Trek to Everest Base Camp in October

  • Jul 8, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

What about October to trek to the Everest base camp? Is it a good month? It is one of the best months for the EBC trek and the Nepalese Himalayas. Everything is smooth in the region this month in the mountain. The weather is bright, the temperature is tolerable and the mountains are shiny with mostly no rain in October on the base camp trail. However, you meet lots of trekkers on the trekking route.


Everest base camp (5,364m)

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October is an interim of the autumn season, which is one of the brightest seasons for mountain treks in Nepal. If you are planning the Everest base camp trek in October, don’t think much! You can go for it. Moderate temperature and favourable weather make your trip wonderful in October. There is also a very fewer chance of rainfall in this month.

If any usual mountain trekkers from around the world think about visiting the Everest base camp, October comes to their mind as the priority. You can surely enjoy the beauty of Khumbu and meet lots of other travel fellows from different nations in this month.

Why Everest Base Camp Trek in October?

There are lots of advantages and highlights of the Everest base camp trek in October. Fine the region here, what is the advantage, and why October is the best month to visit the base camp of Mt. Everest?

Fewer Chances of Lukla Flight Delay and Cancellation

No rain and no clouds with clear weather and visibility, so there are fewer chances of Lukla flight delay or cancellation in October. You will have stunning mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Tibetan massif, Gaurishankar and the Everest Himalayas while you will be flying to Lukla from Kathmandu.

Bright and Sunny Days


Trekkers on Everest base camp trail

The best things about trekking to the Everest base camp in October are the charming weather, shiny mountains and bright sunny days. Nature looks nice and the waterfalls are attractive on the trekking trail. Except for the night and early morning temperature, it is tolerable cold in the EBC trek route in October.

It is not a rainy and snowy month, so the trail won’t be wet and slippery. But, still, we suggest you pack warm trekking gear and rain gear for the trek in October to the Everest base camp.

Share Everest Experience with Others

October is a peak season for the Everest base camp, so there are hundreds of adventure trekkers every day. You might have a great meeting with many people from different countries. You can share your base camp experience with the people who will be going towards the EBC Kalapatthar. Similarly, you can talk an opposite way while you will be ascending. You can even make good friends walking the same route as you in the Everest region.

Explore Some Popular Festivals

There are some famous Hindu and Buddhist festivals in October. You will have a great opportunity to explore these festivals this month with the Everest base camp trip. You can also be a part of the festival celebration with the locals.

The Hindu people celebrate Dashain as a victory celebration against the demon Maishasur by the goddess Durga. It is the biggest Hindu festival in Nepal. The second Hindu festival in Nepal is Diwali. You can join Deusi Bhailo (singing and dancing) with the locals at this festival. The city looks very pretty with lights everywhere during Deepawali.

The Buddhist festival Manirimdu is very special in the Everest region, which celebrates in Tengboche in October and also in November. There is an ancient historical Buddhist monastery with a big ground on the top of a hill. Lots of Buddhist people from the Khumbu region go there for this festival, and hundreds of visitors from different countries come for this.

Everest Base Camp Trekking in October Difficulties

There are lots of perks of doing a trek to the Everest base camp in October, that we found above on the post. But, you might also have some difficulties at this time.

Altitude Sickness in October

Altitude sickness is a major problem during the Everest base camp trek in October. Although, it is not a serious thing for everyone. Most of the EBC trekkers may feel it but, just the least number of trekkers might suffer badly.

Traffic on The Trail


Traffic on EBC trail in October

Lots of trekkers choose October to trek to the Everest base camp because of clear visibility and tolerable temperature. It needs lots of food and other daily usage supplies for the region, so you will see many foods and things suppliers on the trekking trail in October.

Local porters, Jokpe (hydride from cow and yak), yak and mules are using for goods transportation in the region. Besides the local suppliers, you also meet many trekking crews on the EBC trail. There are many suspension bridges along the way, and they are narrow. So, you need to stay in queue to cross those bridges. Because of the human traffic, your trekking day can be longer from one place to the other.

Difficult to Get Lukla Flight Ticket

October is one of the busiest months for the Everest base camp, so the flight ticket to Lukla sold out a few months earlier. There are limited flights and fly in the morning only because of the weather conditions of Lukla airport.

Guesthouses can be Occupied

Because of a big following of the trekkers in October to the Everest base camp route, some places may not have enough accommodation. So, you need to book a few days earlier in those places. Most trekking camps have many lodges with plenty of rooms, but Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep might not have enough space for all trekkers in October.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp in October – How to Manage Difficulties

There are difficulties during the Everest base camp trek in October, that you know from above. Are there solutions to manage those difficulties? Yes, of course! there are solutions.

Prevent Altitude Sickness in October Trek


Altitude rescue from the mountain

Coming from sea level and flying to Lukla from Kathmandu is already high enough. Although, it is not a place to suffer from altitude sickness. You might feel the altitude from Namche Bazaar. Drink plenty of water during the day, walk slow, eat well, sleep well, keep warm yourself, start taking an altitude pill of 250mg every 12 hours (if necessary), and take enough acclimatization rest.

If the altitude symptoms occur, do not go further higher place. Stay one more day at the same place or walk down to the lower elevation.

Stay Safe on the Trail

The trekking is narrow somewhere. If you encounter Jokpe, Yak, Mule and porters with loads, they might push to the cliff, so stay n the safe zone and let them go first. Check well while you will be crossing a bridge if the people or animals are coming from the other side or not.

The wild animals and yak can drop stones from above from their movement, so check well while you will be walking below them. Taking photographs also can bring accidents sometimes, so check properly if the standing surface is safe or not, and check if there is a cliff or not behind you. Human traffic can take a longer time to trek, so start walking early in the morning.

Book Lula Flight Ticket in Advance

Usually, the morning weather is clear, so all the Everest base camp trekkers prefer to fly on earlier flights. Morning flights are fully booked a few months before October, so book your seat as soon as possible.

Reserve Accommodation Earlier

Because of so many trekkers in October, the accommodations in Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep can be full if you are late. So, reserve your space at least one or two days earlier. But, do not forget to inform them if you are not able to reach on that day in that place, due to the altitude effect.

Weather and Temperature in Everest Base Camp Trek in October

It will be bright sunny days in October in the Everest base camp region. You will definitely enjoy with clear views at this time of year. The daytime temperature is very much tolerable, but it might drop down to 2°c to -5°c at night and morning. Although, the temperature in the lower region doesn’t drop down to minus degrees Celsius.

Note: the weather and temperature in the mountain are not stable, so you might have a four seasons feel in one day sometimes.

Trek to Everest Base Camp and Fly Back by Helicopter in October

If you do not have enough time for a regular EBC trek or do not want to trek back on the same trail, you have an option. You can follow the regular trekking itinerary until the base camp and then fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter. It is a shorter Everest base camp trekking in October.

Luxury Way to Reach Everest Base Camp in October

A helicopter tour is a luxury way to reach Everest base camp in October. This sharing flight tour takes you within an hour from Kathmandu to Kalapatthar. You will see the nearest view of the world’s highest mountain without many days on the trek.

It is a landing tour, so you will have several landings up in the mountain region. Everest view hotel at Syangboche hill and Kalapatthar are the stunning viewpoints where the helicopter lands for eye-captivating views of the Everest Himalaya.

Other Beautiful Treks in Everest Region for October


View from Gokyo Ri

Everest region is one of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal, and it has several beautiful trekking packages. Everest view trek, also known as the Everest panorama trek is the shortest trekking package in the Khumbu region to see the world’s highest mountain and its range. It is one week trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

Gokyo lake trek is an alternative to the Everest base camp because the duration of the trip is similar. The Gokyo valley trail has fewer people compared to the base camp route, but the view is amazing from Gokyo Ri. You can also see tranquil lakes in the Gokyo lake trekking. If you are looking for trekking in the Everest region in October with less traffic, you can go for the Gokyo valley trek.

Cho La pass is a combined trek of the base camp and Gokyo, so you can try this in October if you are an adventure trekker. You have to cross a high pass (Cho La) through a rough trail and glacier for this trek. It can be challenging one day to cross the hill, but the rest trails are not bad and difficult.

Renjo La pass is one of the most beautiful treks in the Everest region, which offers stunning mountain views like Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Makalu and hundreds of other high mountains from the top of Renjo hill. You will have a great experience of the high mountains, beautiful lakes and Himalayan hidden valley visits from this trek in October.

Are you an adventurous trekker and looking for the most adventurous trek in the Everest region for October? If yes, the Everest high pass can be your right choice. It is also known as the Everest 3 passes trek. It includes 3 hill passes Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La. Kongma La trail goes from Imja valley, then goes to Khumbu valley to the Everest base camp. After visiting the base camp, you go to Chola to go to the Gokyo valley. You will go for Renjo La at last from Gokyo valley to Thame valley in this high passes trek in October.

What Else Can You Do in October With Everest Base Camp Trip in Nepal?

You might have some extra days when you trek to Everest base camp in October. You might be interested to do some different activities at the same time in Kathmandu and Nepal. You can do some heritage tours in Kathmandu valley in your free time in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu city tour, Bhaktapur and Patan tour, Dakshinkali Pharping tour, Bungmati Khokana Newari traditional tour are highlighted day trips in Kathmandu valley. Besides these heritage tours, you can do some day hikes before the Everest base camp trek in October, which can be good practice for the longer trek.

If you have a few more days in October after the Everest base camp trip, you can go on the Chitwan jungle safari tour. 2 nights and 3 days safari tour can be a refreshment and relaxing trip after a long mountain trip in Nepal.

Conclusion

Trekking to the Everest base camp in October is one of the best times. Hopefully, you know the reason, why is it the best time. So, you can plan the trek in October if you have time and interest. If you did not find any information, that you were looking for in this post, you can freely contact us for further Infos. We arrange the Everest base camp trek in October for individual, group trekkers and families, so you can remember us for the best Everest base camp trek arrangement in October.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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