Nepal is one of the favorite destinations for trekking in the world. After all, 8 of 10 highest mountains in the world are located in this beautiful country along with Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
Nepal is also famous for accommodating all types of trekkers, from beginners to experienced ones, from a tight budget to tight schedules. Nepal has been gifted with various trails that have something for everyone including short to very long treks.
Trekking to the Everest region of Nepal is possible in a variety of routes, time schedules, and difficulty levels. Everest Base Camp trek is one of the famous and busiest trek routes in Everest Region. This trek can be done throughout the year.
Everest Base Camp Trek in June can be a tricky affair. It can be done by anyone; however, you need to take additional care in the planning process. Prepare well and choose a good, reliable trekking agency with good reviews and guides for a safe and comfortable trek.
Highlights of the trek
- Trekking to the footsteps of Everest, the highest mountain in the world
- Short yet thrilling mountain flight to and from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Beautiful sunrises and sunsets on clear days, evenings
- Namche Bazaar which is the world’s highest trade market is a place you should see and experience.
- Numerous stupas and prayer wheels along the way
- Experience of a unique culture and lifestyle of remote mountain region of Nepal
- View of the majestic, snow- capped mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori on clear days
- Lush, green forest, the flora and the fauna of the region is refreshing.
- Tengboche Monastery which is one of the largest monastery of Khumbu region is on the way to the EBC. This is a mystical place that will awaken your spiritual side.
- The Khumbu Glacier which is the largest glacier of Nepal is simply spectacular.
Weather Condition of Everest Base Camp in June
June falls in between the end of spring and the start of Monsoon season in Nepal. Early June is still warm and has fair weather with occasional rains. The mid to end of June is the start of Monsoon season with an almost daily downpour.
The good thing about Monsoon in Nepal is that most of the rainfall occurs in the late afternoon and night making for sunny and warm mornings.
The temperatures may reach 30+ degrees on clear and sunny days and drop to 18 degrees Celsius when it rains. The weather in Everest Base Camp is slightly colder and drier than the lower regions of the trek.
Duration of Trekking
You can choose from a range of packages with different durations that is suitable and comfortable for you. Some of them are 20 days EBC (Everest Base Camp), 11 days rapid EBC, 15 days EBC.
Shorter treks like 9 day Everest Panorama trek and 9 days Dudh Kunda trek are also recommended for Everest Base Camp Trek in June
On most of these trekking packages, you will be walking on rough terrains going up and down for a minimum of 4/5 hours to a maximum of 11 hours for the duration of the trek.
Physical Fitness and Experience
Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be as difficult as you think but it is not a piece of cake either. It is suitable for anyone who can comfortably walk uphill for 6/8 hours on a daily basis.
If you are still not sure about this, feel free to check how difficult is it to trek Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The experience of doing this trek in June will be slightly more different with the experience of walking through sunny days to rainy ones.
However, tea houses, food, and accommodation facility should be great during this season.
Most of the tea houses in the Everest region are open throughout the year except for the months of December and January with a few exceptions.
Due to the less number of trekkers during this month, you will get to choose from the available tea houses and rooms. Some packages come with a pre-booked tea house.
You don’t necessarily have to pre-book your rooms during this month. But if you pre-book you get to enjoy some local delicacies that they could prepare for you.
Food and Water
One of the best things about Everest Base Camp Trek in June is not having to queue for your food. You can eat when you please without having to wait for your turn.
Most of the tea houses, restaurants along the trails will be open for business during this month.
With or without a Guide
During this month it is strongly recommended you take a guide with you while you trek. An experienced guide will have trekked during the changing weather conditions in Nepal and hence will have all the necessary and latest information on the conditions of the trails.
They will know which trails to take and to avoid, the landslide and mudslide areas, any recent trail damage that may have occurred and so on. A guide will make sure that your trek here is a good and comfortable one along with being a safe one.
Trekking without a guide is possible but you may be stopped on the trails for your safety by the authorities during rainfalls, thunderstorms.
Trekking Equipment and Supplies
All of your required trekking equipment can be easily obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Some of the basic supplies can be found on the trekking route as well. You can choose to buy or rent them.
Listed below are the trekking equipment and supplies you may need for Everest Base Camp Trek in June. This is just a guideline and is not compulsory and you are free to adjust your personal list to your needs.
This trek requires you to pack your light, breathable clothes to deal with the heat and humidity during the day. Light winter clothes for cold, windy weather during rain, thunderstorms, and rainproof clothes to remain dry and comfortable during downpours.
A good, waterproof shoe with perfect grips to prevent any slips on the trails is a must have along with warm, breathable and easy to dry socks.
A sunhat and polarized UV sunglasses to protect from the sunlight during clear days are also recommended. The sun can be brutal as it is summer (monsoon) in Nepal.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Tissue or toilet paper
- Shampoo and conditioners
- Quick drying towel
- Antibacterial sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Sunscreen cream
- Feminine hygiene products
- Waterproof backpacks (safer for your personal belongings and important documents)
- Sleeping bag with a liner (for windy and cold nights when it rains)
- Trekking Poles
- Headlamps and extra batteries
- Insulated water bottle
- Insect repellant sprays, bands or ointment (mosquitoes and leeches may bother you during your trek in June) or Table salt (protects from Leeches)
- Extra plastic bags (to store your garbage along the way and to keep your things dry)
- Waist bag for small items
- First aid kit
- Rain cover for your backpack
Additional Recommended Items
- Binoculars (optional)
- DSLR Camera
- Extra batteries for your DSLR Camera
- Maps of route and mountains
- Personal documents
- Polar blanket and pillowcase (if not comfortable sleeping on the ones provided by tea houses)
Every trekker requires two different permits to trek to the Everest Base Camp throughout the year.
Firstly, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management entry Permit) is required by every trekker who wants to trek in Nepal.
Secondly, Sagarmatha Conservation Area Permit is required by any trekker who wants to trek in the Everest Region. Sagarmatha is the local name for Everest. A trek to the Everest Base Camp takes you through the Sagarmatha conservation area which is a protected area and hence you require having a permit for it.
Both of these permits are easily obtainable in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will pass through various checkpoints while doing this trek.
You can trek up to 5000m above sea level in this trek; hence having as much information about survival in the high altitude region is a must. High altitude sickness can happen to anyone and is a serious cause for worry.
Having information regarding the symptoms, precautions, and safety measures related to altitude sickness can be a great benefit to you and your trekking team. Also keeping yourself hydrated is the key to avoid Altitude sickness.
Having a few extra days on your trek
It is a good idea if you have room for adjustment on your trekking days while trekking in June to Everest Base Camp. Depending on the weather conditions, your flights in and out of Lukla may get changed.
The speed of your trek may also get hampered due to the conditions of the trail: muddy and slippery trails, the onset of landslides, mudslides.
Additional tips for Everest Base Camp trek in June
- You should get an early start on your treks as most of the rainfalls occur in the mid-afternoon or the later part of the day.
- Have enough change of clothes to last for the duration of the trek. (clothes gets easily dirty from the muddy trails, rain),
- Get a local and healthy porter to carry your equipment, supplies. It is not recommended to carry your own belongings on a high altitude trek. Carrying your own equipment, gears on any long duration, high altitude treks will make your trek more difficult and exhausting.
- The trails will be more vibrant during the monsoon so be open to exploring the trails
- Learn to enjoy the rain; after all, it is just water. And it is monsoon so rain should be obvious.
- You can take lots of photos without the disturbance of fighting or waiting for the best spots.
- You can explore the blooms of many wildflowers on the trails.
- Landslides, mudslides, flood may occur during the month of June, have a guide with you at all times while undertaking any unknown or not commonly used trail.
Trekking in Nepal in the Everest base camp in June is definitely possible with proper preparation and flexibility on the duration. The trails provide a bit more challenge yet makes for a unique and rewarding adventure.
The tea houses, restaurants, and the trails will all be less crowded, so you can comfortably complete your trek without worrying about getting rooms or food.
Due to the rain, you can witness the farmers enjoying the rain and the cultivation season in the lower regions. If you are lucky, you may be able to participate in the rice cultivation festival as well. The forest will be lusher and green making for spectacular views of the landscape.