Trek to Everest Base Camp in September

  • Jul 1, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Are you planning to trek to the Everest base camp in September, but are not sure if it is a good time or not. Of course! it is a good season, but you need to know about the whole month’s situation of weather, temperature and other things. Here, you can see the detailed information, that you are looking for. So, read the post well, and then you can find essential information about the Everest base camp trek in September.


Trekkers during September on the Everest trail

 

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The autumn begins in September and stays until the end of November. The weather starts clearing in September, though the beginning of this month still has some rainy days. All haze clears by the monsoon rainfall, the sky becomes blue, and the mountains look bright. The temperature is neither hot nor cold in September in the Everest base camp region. So, it is a perfect time to trek to the Everest base camp in September.

Trekking on the Everest trail and reaching the base camp might be a dream goal for lots of mountain trekkers who love mountains. It is an adventure Himalayan ramble that offers you a lifetime memorable experience. Trekking to the Everest base camp can relish you from your adventure thrust with its natural and cultural attractions.

Exploring magnificent snow-capped mountains, attractive landscapes and other natural diversity of the region is a marvellous experience on this trek. The culture, religion and daily activities of the Sherpa people, vegetation and wildlife on the Everest base camp trail make it worthwhile.

Everest base camp trek presents a close-up look at the most famous highest mountains in the world. September is one of the best months to trek to the Everest base camp, which provides a mesmerizing adventure experience.


The higher area of Everest base camp region

Mental Preparation to Trek Everest Base Camp in September

Mental preparation before any adventure mountain trek plays a vital role in a successful trip. Likewise, it is the same for the Everest base camp trip too. The first thing is, are you sure planning a trek in September and why in this month? You can start researching more about good things and difficulties that you might face during a trek to the Everest base camp in September.

A short and adventurous scenic flight to Lukla joins the Everest base camp trail from Kathmandu. You need to know about the flight delay and cancellation to Lukla and the weight limitation that you can take on the plane. What should you do if you can’t fly on a regularly scheduled flight? It is good to have information about altitude sickness and be well-prepared before going to the Everest base camp.

Physical Preparation for the Everest Base Camp

After the mental establishment, the second thing to trek to Everest base camp is physical training. Trekking to the Himalayan region at a high elevation is not an easy activity, so it is better to have some hiking practice before attempting the Everest base camp.

The mountain trail has lots of up and down hills with rocks and dust. First, you need to have the experience of walking on that kind of path. The second thing is altitude sickness, so you need to be well acclimatization to walk at a higher elevation with limited oxygen. Some short treks in Nepal or in the other Himalayas above 3,000m may help you to prepare Everest base camp trip physically. The Annapurna base camp trek in Nepal can be a good recommendation before the Everest base camp one.

Significant Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trip in September

Highlights that attract visitors - Numerous attractions amaze trekkers and make a wonderful and memorable trip to Everest base camp in September. What are those things that impress you on the trek? Let’s check them here:

  • Short, scenic and adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, which can be a thrilling experience for you
  • Typical Sherpa settlements with traditionally carved buildings
  • Lifestyle, religion, culture and daily activities of mountain legend people Sherpa
  • Ancient historical Buddhist monasteries, Mani rocks, Mani walls, prayer flags and other monuments
  • Eye-captivating mountain views from unblocked hill stations such as Syangboche hill, Tengboche hill, Nangkar-Tsang hill and Kalapatthar
  • Attractive river valleys like Dudhkoshi valley, Khumbu valley and Imja valley
  • Beautiful landscapes, vegetation, wildlife, rivers, waterfalls and other natural beauties
  • The Everest base camp - A dream destination for the trekkers
  • Giant Khumbu glacier, Khumbu icefall, glacial lakes and more

Weather and Temperature on Everest Base Camp Trail in September


Beautiful weather at Everest base camp

The first two weeks of September have post-monsoon weather, so it might rain sometimes. But, it won’t rain continuously like from June to August. There will be high chances of flight cancellation to Lukla, so be ready in case to fly on a helicopter in case the regular flight is cancelled, if you are planning a trek to Everest base camp in September.

The weather in the Everest base camp region in late September is mostly stable. The monsoon rainfall clears the dust and haze, so the environment looks fresh and clean. You can see longer visibility, bright mountains and blue skies in late September.

The temperature in the lower region is chill even in the morning and evening, but it drops down to the minus degree very quick in the higher areas. You can feel the colder temperature in late September compared to the early September in the Everest base camp trekking region.

Accommodation, Food and Drink on EBC Trail

September is the beginning trekking fall of autumn, so the Everest base camp trail will not be much busy. The region is less crowded, so you easily get rooms in the trekking camps. You do not need to book your space in advance and can trek freely.

Foods are served from a food menu in the guesthouses where you stay during the Everest base camp trek in September. The kitchen will be very busy if there are crowded trekkers in the lodge during the high trekking season, but September is a bit calm. In the high season, you need to order the dinner before 5:00 pm, but you will be free from this pressure in September.

The foods are hygienic and prepared by trained cooks on the Everest base camp trail. You can get mixed courses with western and local foods on the menu. Sherpa stew soup and Dal Bhat are the popular local dishes, that you can try if you would like. You can get meat dishes every place, but we suggest staying vegetarian foods after Namche Bazaar. They do not kill animals and chickens because of the Buddhist region. And they do not have a deep freeze in the higher areas to store, so the meat could not be fresh.

You can buy bottled water everywhere in the guesthouses and grocery shops in the place. You can also drink normal water using purification methods, but be sure if there is dust or not. The spring of the drinking water supply will be still big, so it can flood the dust to the tap.

Advantages of Everest Base Camp Trek in September

Different timing offers different prospects in the Everest base camp trekking region. Surely, you can get extra advantages from the Everest base camp trek in September. So, check those perks below and get ready to trek in September.

Bright Environment and Greenery Surroundings

Except for the first two weeks of September, the environment becomes amazingly bright. You can see clear and shiny mountains and fairy blue skies. You can feel fresh air with no dust, smoke or haze. It will be mostly sunny days, so the Himalayan views are unreal in September.

Grass and trees look dry and brown from the winter snowfall and spring dryness, but the monsoon rains give life and bring them back to greenery. So, the vegetation on the Everest base camp trail looks fresh and attractive.

Less Crowed Trails and Easy Accommodation

September is the startup trekking season, so there are fewer trekkers on the Everest base camp trail. If you prefer a trip with less traffic, September can be a perfect time for you. But, the region gets busy after mid-September.

Due to not many trekkers in September, most of the guesthouses have plenty of free space, then you can easily get accommodations in each camp. Otherwise, the accommodations in the places like Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep are booked in advance during busy times.

Easy to Get Lukla Flight Ticket and Fewer Chances of Cancellations

Because of fewer travellers at the beginning of September, you can get a Lukla flight ticket even in the last hour of booking. Although it may not work well always, that is why you can keep your seat safe in advance.

Except for the first week of the month, the weather will be clear and have perfect visibility in September. You have more chances of flying to Lukla at a right time.

Tolerable Temperature

The temperature in the Everest region in September is much tolerable. It will be cold, but not freezing. But, if you are on a trek in late September, the temperature starts decreasing. Tolerable temperature does not mean warm. Still, there will be cold, so do not forget to pack warm trekking gear.

Celebrating Hindu Festivals

You also have a great opportunity of observing some of the popular Hindu festivals in September before or after Everest base camp. You can learn the meaning and myths of celebrating those festivals celebrations. You can also be a part of the festivals by joining the locals. Teej, Indra Jatra and Dashain are the major festivals in September.

Everest Base Camp Trek in September Challenges


Lukla airport

Of course! trekking in the mountain region with high altitudes is not an easy activity. There are also some difficulties during a trek to the Everest base camp in September. Then, what should be those challenges? Check them below:

Flight delay or cancellations: If you are travelling to Lukla for the Everest base camp trek in early September, it will be a high possibility of a flight delay or cancellation

Some rainy days: There might have some rainy days in the first weeks of September. The walking path might be slippery due to wet surfaces

Altitude Sickness: You fly directly to 2,840m (Lukla), so it is already high enough for you coming from sea level. Altitude sickness can be a serious matter during Everest base camp trekking in September

Week feeling and loss of appetite: You might be dehydrated in the higher region and loss appetite due to the high altitude effect

Helpful Tips for Everest Base Camp Trekking in September

You already know about the challenges of the trek from above. If there is a difficulty, there should be a solution. You need to follow the tips provided here for successful trekking to the Everest base camp in September.

What happens if the Lukla flight is delayed or cancelled? : Travel with a few extra days to the Everest. If you have some spare days, you can wait for the regular flights. If you do not have enough time, you can fly on a helicopter to Lukla alternatively.

For the rainy weather: You have a helper to carry your main gear bag for the Everest base camp hike in September. Do not leave your rain gear in a big bag, and take it with you in your daypack.

Prevent altitude sickness: Walking slow and stopping thinking and scaring of altitude sickness is the main key to preventing altitude sickness. You are on holiday, so do not think that you are in a marathon and competing with the others. Take frequent rest while ascending in the higher region. Stay protected from the cold wind by covering your head and ear. Drink plenty of water, but not much before bed. If you drink much before bed, it may affect your sleep and need to go bathroom many times.

You can start having a 250mg altitude tablet every 12 hours after 3,000m of elevation but do not take it if you feel normal. Stay at the same place or descend lower altitude if the symptoms occur. If you have early symptoms, do not try to go to the higher with altitude medication.

Eat and drink enough: Not just to prevent altitude sickness, you need to drink plenty of liquid for rehydration. If you are not starving, try to eat light food or just hot soup, which keeps you healthy and fit for the Everest base camp trek in September.

Take enough Nepalese rupees: There are a few ATMs in Lukla and Namche, but no more after the Namche Bazaar. You can change foreign currency up in the mountain region, but you will not get a similar fare as in Kathmandu. That is why it is better to take enough Nepalese cash with you from Kathmandu.

Gear List for Everest Base Camp Trekking in September

Quality trekking gear plays a primal role in a successful trek to the Everest base camp. Then, what to pack or what is a packing list for the September trip to the Everest base camp? Check them here:

  • Duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack
  • Rain gear
  • Bag cover and Plastic bag
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Windproof jacket
  • Long and short trekking shirts
  • Thermal layers
  • Long and short trekking trousers
  • Good quality trekking boots
  • Few pairs of trekking socks
  • Extra shoeless
  • Head torch
  • Sport shoes and water sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Moisturizers
  • Lip balm
  • Wet napkins
  • Toiletries
  • Quick drier towel
  • First-Aid kit
  • Water bottle and purification medication or sterilizer
  • Multi-socket charger
  • Powerbank
  • Nepali SIM card for calls and internet

Shorter Trek to Everest Base Camp in September

Regular Everest base camp trekking itinerary is for 11-12 days, but it can be shorter for the people who do not have enough time. It can be customized to 7-9 days. The shorter Everest base camp trekking in September follows the formal itinerary up to the base camp, then flies out to Kathmandu on a helicopter directly.


Helicopter flight to Everest base camp

Best Way to Reach Everest Base Camp in September Without a Trek

Don’t you have enough time for a trek or can’t trek to the high altitude? But, you still might be interested to reach the world’s highest mountain base camp and seeing this famous mountain from a close distance. And you may not know how it is possible. Yes, it is possible! You can reach the Everest base camp without many days of walking.

A helicopter tour takes you directly to the Everest base camp in September from Kathmandu within an hour. It is perfect for those who do not have plenty of time for long trekking or can’t trek in the high mountain lands and cold temperatures.

Conclusion

Now, you have found why September is a perfect month to trek to Everest base camp. We have talked above about mental and physical preparation, highlights, weather/temperatures, advantages, difficulties and tips for the Everest base camp trek in September.

Not only about a regular trekking package, you know about a customized trek with a shorter itinerary and reaching the base camp without a walking trip. There are also many other trekking packages in the Everest region that you can do in September. Check our available packages from the Khumbu region and contact us for more information if you need it. If you think this post is helpful to plan a trekking trip to the Everest base camp in September, we are happy to arrange a trip for you. And share this and recommend it to the friends to read once before they plan to trek to Everest base camp in September.

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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