October is the local autumn season of Nepal. With moderate temperatures and weather conditions, it is the perfect time for trekking in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp trek in October is the best time to explore the geographical diversity of the Everest region in moderate temperatures and the stable weather conditions.
In the Everest region, the days and nights have cool weather with little to no precipitation. Hence, treks to higher altitudes like Everest Base Camp is comfortable, safe, and majestic during this month.
You can enjoy all the perks that the Everest Base Camp trek has to offer. From magnificent views to a look into the rich culture of the region, you can have it all.
- Everest Base Camp Weather in October
- Benefits of Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- Routes and Everest Base Camp Trek Options
- Things to Consider while Trekking to EBC in October
- Final Say,
Everest Base Camp Weather in October
Weather conditions are one of the most important factors to consider for high altitude treks like this. For a safe and comfortable experience, you will want to trek in comfortable weather. October is the time.
It has moderate temperatures and more stable weather conditions. In October, you will see little to no rain or snowfall. The precipitation level of this month is the least of the year.
The average hours of sunshine per day during October in this region is 6-7 hours per day. It gets shorter as the month progresses.
The average daily wind speed in October is around 8-11 km/hr. Wind-chill is a factor to consider in October, it can hit you at times.
The Everest Base Camp trek takes you’re through a wide range of altitudes. Hence, the temperatures will decrease with the increase in altitude.
To give you an idea about this, listed below are the main trek destinations along the Everest Base Camp Trek.
- Lukla at 2,829 m enjoys average daily temperatures of 10-11°C.
- Namche Bazaar at 3,463 m has an average daily temperature of around 7°C.
- Dingboche at 4,483 m has average daily temperatures of 1-2°C.
- Hereon, the temperatures may drop to negative degrees during the nights.
- Lobuche at 4,910 m has average daily temperatures of around -1 to 1 °C.
- Gorak Shep at 5180 m is the highest sleeping point of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Here, the average daily temperature is around -1.8°C.
In October, even in places like Gorak Shep, the average daily temperature doesn’t drop too low. These are bearable temperatures for a high altitude trek.
Even during peak trek month like October, bad weather can hit anytime in the mountains. You should always keep that in mind.
Benefits of Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Festival Season in Nepal
October is host to the biggest and most celebrated festivals of Nepal. This includes the biggest Hindu festivals of Dashain and Tihar.
You can see the local temples cleaned and decked with butter lamps, colorful lightings.
Ideal Climate for Treks
October offers one of the best weather conditions and temperatures for treks in Nepal. The days are neither too cold nor too hot. The days are warm, dry, and clear with less wind.
You can enjoy your walks without getting too sweaty nor too chilly. These make your trekking experience more enjoyable. The bright and comfortable climate means you can relax and complete your trek without any rush.
During your Everest Base Camp trek, you pass through Sagarmatha National Park. Home to diverse alpine vegetation, October is a great month to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna.
You will walk through forests of rhododendron, orchid, and oaks. You will also pass through forests full of many medicinal plants and herbs with a beautiful fragrance.
You will witness the lush greenery of these forest in October. In the lower region, you will also pass various fields of crops like Paddy, Millet.
October is one of the busiest seasons for treks in the Everest Region. Hence, the Himalayan Rescue Association runs its health post at Pheriche during this month.
It offers emergency treatment. It also holds a free session or talks on sickness, dangers, precautions to take in the high altitudes of the Everest Region.
You can get consultations from professional, western doctors here during this month.
You get to enjoy exceptional views during the days as well as the night. October is one of the most scenic months for most treks in Nepal.
During the days, you can enjoy the exceptional view of the mighty mountains. You can enjoy the views of the surrounding landscapes. You can see the settlements of the Sherpa people along with their monasteries, prayer flags and mani walls.
October is a great time to witness the beauty of the tough mountain trails, waterfalls, rivers, and glaciers.
The sunny days of October offer unobstructed and clear views of the Himalayan range. You can get panoramic views of the Himalayan giants of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu.
During the nights, you can enjoy the cloudless night sky with its countless stars and the beautiful moon.
You can also enjoy some of the most incredible views of sunrise and sunset over the mountains. You can enjoy these from the comforts of your tea house.
Routes and Everest Base Camp Trek Options
In the Everest region, all the routes leading to Everest Base Camp are open and doable in October.
Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return
For those who are short on time, yet do not wish to rush their trek, this is the ideal option.
You will use the Everest Base Camp trek route to trek to Kala Patthar and back to Gorak Shep. Yet, you will return from here on a helicopter.
This 9-day trek is, hence perfect for those who wish to enjoy their trek in comfort yet have a time constraint.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek or Shivalaya Everest Base Camp Trek
These treks are the perfect options for those who want to retrace the classic trekking routes.
You will start at a lower altitude and do the whole trail by walking. These treks do not have any domestic flights. You will start and end your treks via a bus journey.
Everest Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek
This option takes you through a less trekked way in the Everest Region. Along with the Everest Base Camp, you will get views of the splendid valley of Gokyo. You will also pass other high passes like Renjo La and Cho La.
It is also a great option for the more adventurers and challenge seeking individuals.
For those looking for an easier alternative in the Everest Region, you can opt for Everest Panorama Trek. This trek offers fabulous panoramas of the Everest range along with other high mountain peaks.
For those looking for more challenging treks in the Everest Region, you can try Island Peak Treks or Mera Peak trek as well.
Things to Consider while Trekking to EBC in October
Proper Gearing Up
Make sure you pack all the trekking essentials for your Everest Base Camp Trek. During October, dressing in layers is beneficial. The high altitudes are colder. The mornings and evening are also colder than the days.
Your clothing layers should include the base layer, insulation layer, and the outermost layer.
The outermost layer should be warm and windproof.
You will also need sleeping bags, trekking poles, and a good pair of trekking boots. Sleeping bags suitable for -20 degrees Celsius should be good for this month.
You must also remember to have UV protective layers. The days can still be warm, bright.
This layer can include UV protection creams, sunglasses, woolen hats, gloves, and socks.
For the lower region, you can bring a wide-brimmed sun hat.
Guides and Porters
Trekking with or without guides or/and porter are possible for Everest Base Camp trek.
Yet, it is always safer and more comfortable to trek with one or both of them.
They will ensure you take the safest trails and they can also give you safety tips. A porter can also help relieve you of your burden.
They can also suggest the best tea houses, rest stops to take along the way. They can also book these in advance which is a must for October with the high number of trekkers.
You will also learn a lot about the surrounding flora, fauna, landscapes, and mountains. They can also help you interact with the locals giving you a more interactive local experience.
In October, they can also help keep an eye on your belongings. With the large crowd, this can be important.
Make sure you book a reliable and professional guide and/or porter in advance. In October, they get booked early.
Travel Insurance is a good measure to take for your safety. Everest Base Camp Trek is a high altitude trek. Even in October, the weather in the mountains can change drastically.
High altitude sickness can happen to anyone, anytime. Accidents are also possible in the safest of trails and months.
Hence, having insurance can come in handy. Some trek operators also do not accommodate you if you don’t have insurance.
When you get insurance, make sure it covers altitudes up to 6000m in foreign countries like Nepal. Make sure it also covers emergency evacuation and helicopter rescue.
You need to get your insurance from your home country. Nepal has no such facilities for now.
Having insurance is one thing off your mind during the trek.
Accommodation, Meals and Drinks, Flights
The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. During the peak months like October, almost all the tea houses, restaurants, cafes, lodges, and hotels are open. There are even more flights to and from Nepal, Lukla.
The accommodation, meals and drink facilities are comfortable on this trek. There is also the option of luxury treks for this trip.
You will find plenty of tea houses that offer Wifi, western style toilets, and delicious meals.
Yet, this is the peak month. Hence, pre-booking is an absolute must for your flight, food, and accommodation.
It is always good to prepare for your Everest Base Camp Trek. You need to prepare both physically and mentally. Everest Base Camp trek involves walking 4-5 hours on a daily basis for the duration of the trek. You will also trek up to altitudes of 5,545m.
For physical preparation, you can undertake trek specific training for a few months before your actual trek. You can also do training that focuses on cardiovascular. You can do this by taking part in swimming, cycling, walking, or running. The best way is to go an actual hike.
This will also give you the mental strength needed for treks. Along with good training, having a balanced diet is also importation. Dehydration along with the lack of a good meal is a major cause for altitude sickness.
Hence, you need to prepare and train well for your Everest Base Camp Trek.
In October, the trails will be in good conditions. Yet, you may have to make your way through the crowds along with yak caravans. You also may have to queue to get the best spots for mountain viewing. Hence, being mentally and physically prepared for these helps.
Regardless of the season you trek in, you need Local entry Permit and Sagarmatha Conservation Area entry Permit to do treks to Everest Base Camp.
You can get these in Kathmandu itself or in Lukla. Make sure you have these taken care of.
All these things make October a popular and great month for treks to Everest Base Camp. You can meet people from all over the world.
If you enjoy the experience of trekking with fellow travelers, this is the month for you. The numbers never lie. October is a fabulous time for treks in Nepal evident from the sheer number of trekkers.
If you have any further queries or questions about your Everest Base Camp trek in October, feel free to contact us.
You can also contact us for any other treks and tours in Nepal at any time of the year.