Among people who visit Nepal for a holiday, Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular activities. Passionate hikers from all around the world visit Nepal to trek to the Everest Base Camp for a lifetime adventure. Trekking to the footstep of the world’s highest peak (8,848 meters) is a milestone to the daring climbers.
October is the end of monsoon in Nepal. It offers almost guaranteed clear weather in Nepal. Because of the perfect climatic conditions, Everest Base Camp trek in October is just perfect.
Not only the white snow and rugged landscape define mountains. Crystal clear eye-catching sceneries of fantastic views of Himalaya’s ranges also welcomes you.
Deep blue sky over your head, the soft breeze of wind accompanies you throughout the journey! You will have a perfect trek. What else do you desire?
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Highlights of the trek
- You’ll begin with sightseeing of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal
- October is the season of festivals in Nepal. So, you may experience cultural celebrations
- An adventurous, yet beautiful flight to the Lukla airport
- Eye-catching scenic views of the beautiful Himalayas and surrounding landscapes.
- Immersing into culture and traditions of red-cheeked Sherpas
- Visit famous Buddhist monasteries like Tengboche and Pangboche Monastery
- Hiking to Kala Patthar-5,643 m (the perfect viewpoint of Mt Everest)
- Remarkable panoramic view of the entire Mount Everest
- Walkthrough a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site(Sagarmatha National Park)
- Visit the footstep of the Mt Everest, world’s tallest mountain
- Witnessing the beauty of tough mountain trails, waterfalls, and swift-flowing rivers
Everest Base Camp Temperature in October
October offers you perfect temperatures for the Everest Base Camp trek. The temperature is moderate. Days are warm. Nights are colder, yet the temperature is bearable.
While trekking in mountains, the average temperature decreases as the altitude increases. In October, it is neither too cold on the higher elevation nor too hot at the lower elevations. The daytime temperatures are the most pleasant for the trekkers.
Average daytime temperatures will reach highs of around 14°C. Sunny days can bring temperatures reaching about 20 °C. The least temperatures drop down to around -6°C during the night. The temperature in a cold morning can drop to -10 °C in an area above 4000 meters.
Temperatures at the summit are always below freezing. Places such as Gorak Shep (-0.7℃) as well as Lobuche (-1.7℃) have temperatures below freezing on average. Despite the low temperatures, wind chill is amongst the biggest issue faced by the trekkers.
Everest Base Camp Weather in October
Bad weather can hit anytime in the mountains. The weather of Mount Everest is amongst the extremes. Yet, the weather is stable and clear during October.
The Autumn season arrives after the monsoon. The monsoon rain clears the atmosphere. It washes away the dirt and dust, leaving the weather clear and dry. Thus, the Everest Base Camp weather is super fantastic during October.
Traveling after monsoon means there is little chance of rainfall. Thus, clouds may not affect your marvelous views. The weather during the trek to Everest Base Camp will remain constant most of the time. However, light rainfall may accompany your trip for short durations.
Fresh air quality improves visibility at the viewpoints like Kala Patthar. The favorable weather in October polishes the mountain vistas. Also, the beauty of the lush forests increases.
In October, you may see little rain or snowfall (in higher altitudes) which will not hinder your trek. The precipitation in this month is least in the year.
Trek with your full energy. With determination and a proper backpack, you should have no difficulties during the trek.
Accommodation and Food
During the EBC trek, you will be accommodating in various lodges. The available lodges and teahouses will provide you rooms and foods. There are ample accommodations in EBC trek routes.
Since October is the main season to trek, the teahouses may be already occupied. Thus, you may have difficulty in finding places to stay. In some cases, even when you get rooms, you may have to share it with other travelers (same gender).
Because of the crowd, you may have to stand in long queues for your meals. In many places, they provide comfortable bed sheets and blankets. But we recommended you to carry your own sleeping bag.
You will get an abundance of tea houses serving the best meals. But, you may have to compete with fellow trekkers for a comfortable stay. So, it is best to pre-book for the room and food before you start to march towards the destination.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek in October?
The month of festivals in Nepal
Nepal is rich in culture and traditions. Varieties of festivals that Nepalese people celebrate have the significance of their own. Dashain & Tihar being two of the most celebrated festivals in Nepal falls in October.
Festival means a time of celebration, delights, and togetherness. Traveling a long way, people return to their home villages. Families unite. This creates a joyful and homely environment in the country.
Also, you can be a part of the Hindu festivals if you’ve decided to trek in October. Memories that last for a lifetime are little. The feelings of receiving blessings of tika (red vermilion, rice, and yogurt) on your foreheads from the aged Sherpas are wonderful.
You can experience the glory of Nepalese culture and festivals. Don’t miss the joy while mountain swings along with you on the large swings.
October is the best time to trek because of its moderate temperature and weather. You will not experience the chilling cold of the snow-covered winter world. Unlike in winter, you will feel the warm sun rays of summer.
Least chance of rainfall means you should not be afraid of terrifying slippery monsoon trails. Bright sunny days improve visibility. Also, you can walk in light clothes. This makes your trek far more pleasurable.
The great climatic condition means you don’t have to rush so early in the morning or the evenings. You can have more to enjoy with the Himalayas.
Eye-Catching Scenic Views
Enjoy the sceneries and catch your breath!! Chained ranges of dramatic mountains dominated by Mount Everest and craggy hills.
The peaceful environment relieves all your stress and takes you back to nature. I bet each view that your eye photographs will leave an imprint on your mind and soul.
The diversified scenery is a hallmark of the Everest Base Camp trek in October. Settlements of Sherpa people and the Buddhist monasteries along the route allures you. Green grasslands and the herds of cattle (Yaks, Mules, Himalayan Goats, etc) are lovely.
The views in October are surprising and most scenic in the whole year because of the clear weather. This is the reason why the month is the best month to trek in Nepal.
A ‘NO’ to snow means a ‘YES’ to diverse vegetation. Sagarmatha National Park is a home of diverse alpine vegetation. While trekking along the park, you will bump into various lush trees. Also, wonderful rhododendron forests spread colorful smiles.
Sagarmatha National Park celebrates the world’s diverse flora and fauna. You will walk the trail past rhododendron and oak forests inside the park. The interconnection of the Sherpa culture and the ecosystem is a major highlight of the park.
In the lower altitudes, various crops like Paddy, Millet are grown. Also, there are various grazing lands at the footstep of hills. You can also see the cattle grazing on the bushy plants that grow over irregular hills.
The Everest Base Camp trail is one of the most beautiful trails for trekking. October is the peak season to trek Everest Base Camp. So, the trails are busy with lots of local and international tourists. ‘NAMASTE!’ and warm smiles are the greetings you receive the most. This creates a happy and cheerful atmosphere along the trail.
Tips to trek in October
Starting early means you have more time to spend with nature. You will reach your destination for the day early. Also, you will have more time to enjoy the sunset views in the evening.
The weather in this month is stable. Yet, bad weather can hit any time of the month in the Himalayas. Thus, starting early is the best thing to do.
Arrange a proper guide
Trekking in the Himalayas is not easy. Especially if you are a beginner, you may not be familiar with trekking in rugged landscapes. So, you may need a well trained and experienced guide. An experienced guide has approximations of the trek routes and time inexact.
Book teahouses earlier
October is a peak season to trek. So, most of the lodges and teahouses are already occupied during October. So, pre-booking places for accommodations can simplify your travel.
Carry a comfortable backpack
Trekking becomes the most pleasurable if you are more comfortable. First of all, prepare yourself mentally for the trek. Physical comfort involves your dressings, shoes, and the weight you carry on your back. Thus, arrange a comfortable backpack before going on a trek.
Difficulties during Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Difficulty in finding lodges and teahouses
Even though there are plenty of lodges and teahouses on the trek route, they get easily occupied during October. So, you might have difficulty in finding teahouses for accommodation.
Along with this fact, you may have to stand in queues for food. You may have to share a room with other trekkers. (of the same sex)
There are altitude variations while ascending or descending the Everest Base Camp. If you haven’t traveled in the mountains earlier, you might get altitude sickness in the EBC trek.
The Trail Itself
EBC trek is a rough trail. The trail may seem long and tedious to those who are not used to hike or travel long distances.
Obstacles in every step of craggy and rugged mountain trails are daring. The trails are narrow at some places. The moving Yak herds or the loaded mules may push you off the cliff.
Be careful and confident. Nothing can lessen your passion to complete the trek.
Packaging list for EBC trek in October
- Light Sleeping Bag
- Trekking boots (waterproof)
- Pair of Trekking shirts
- Trekking trousers
- Jackets (Down and fleece)
- Trekking Poles
- Solar Torch
- Water bottles
- Water purifiers
- Trekking socks
- First aid medical kit
- Portable Altitude Chamber and Oxygen
- Trek duffle bag
- Trekking Map
Everest Base Camp Trek in October Itinerary
Everest Base Camp Trek in October is full of beautiful vista and exciting adventures. Written below is the 14 days EBC Trek Itinerary:
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!
Welcome to the beautiful city of Kathmandu! The stunning view of the magnificent peaks seen under the bright blue sky during October is a great way to enter the city. Viewing picturesque sights, you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
Our representative will be waiting for you at the terminal. Then picking you up, they drop you off at your hotel. After helping you check in to your rooms, they leave for the day.
The remaining day is unplanned, so you are free to do as you wish. You can visit local markets or rest after a tiring long hour flight.
Day 2: Sightseeing around the Valley
Kathmandu Valley has some of the famous UNESCO Heritage sites in Nepal. Such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and the three Durbar Squares.
October is the best time to visit this city. As it is a festive time, you can see the celebration all around the town. You get to experience one of the major festivals of this country i.e. Dashain and Tihar.
After a beautiful day, you return to your hotel, where your guide will give you a short briefing about the trek. If you have anything left to buy, then you can visit stores in Thamel.
Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2860 m), 30 minutes then Trek to Phakding (2610 m), 3 to 4 hours
Today, your journey to the Everest Base Camp begins. This day starts by waking up early and catching your flight to Lukla. It is about a half an hour flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
The weather is excellent with a clear blue sky. Viewing beautiful snowy peaks and valleys, you reach your destination.
After your arrival, your trekking journey begins as you head towards Phakding. Heading out the town, you make a descent and follow the trails on the side of Dudh Koshi River.
After a few hour’s walk, you arrive at Phakding where you stay for the night.
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m), 4 to 5 hours
After having a healthy breakfast, you head towards Namche Bazaar, a beautiful Sherpa village. Your journey begins by walking on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and crossing a large suspension bridge over it.
Then entering a beautiful forest of pines and oaks head to Monjo. From here, you reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After checking your permits, you descend the trails along the river till Jorsale.
You have your lunch here and do an uphill climb till Namche. As you are doing Everest Base Camp Trek in October, you might spot some rare animals on these routes.
Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche
Today you will have your first acclimatization in Namche, the largest Sherpa village of this region. During your stay, you can hike to the Everest View Hotel. Or spend time exploring the beautiful town and visiting places.
You can also check out the Sherpa museum or visit Haat Bazar if it’s Saturday. The weather is warm and sunny, making your walks comfortable.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3867 m), 5 to 6 hours,
Today’s route towards Tengboche is full of scenic views. After having your breakfast, your trail leads you through a narrow path.
You will see many Buddhist gompas and monuments on your way. Also, the stunning view of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and other mountains as well.
Walking on stone steps, climbing uphill, and crossing small streams, you reach Tengboche. This village is famous for its ancient Buddhist monastery.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche (4350 m), 6 to 7 hours
Waking up early, you visit the Tengboche monastery and head out to Dingboche after breakfast. You begin by descending in the trails through a beautiful forest of rhododendron. Then make a gradual climb till Pangboche.
Passing several mani stones while ascending in the trails, you reach Dingboche. This village is a summer settlement for grazing yaks.
Day 8: Rest day in Dingboche
Today you acclimatize in Dingboche before reaching higher altitudes. You can hike up to Chukkung village to view some of the world-class peaks. Or you can visit Nagarjuna Hills, a popular viewpoint.
After a few hours hike, you return to Dingboche. Stay here for the night.
Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (4950 m), 5 to 6 hours
Today you will be following small upward trails and passing several grassland areas. You begin your trek by crossing a suspension bridge heading to Thukla. Then making a steep climb, you reach Lobuche pass.
You will see various prayer flags, Chortens, and stones this day. You also get to view several spectacular peaks like Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, etc.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5160 m), 4 to 5 hours then Hike to Everest Base Camp (5364 m), 2 to 3 hours and back to Gorak Shep
Finally, the day has arrived when you will reach the Everest Base Camp. Waking up early, you head towards Gorakshep. Today’s trek is full of gradual up and downhill walks.
Walking in the trail, you pass through Khumbu Glacier. The routes get harsh as you reach Gorakshep. Upon your arrival, you rest for a bit and head towards your destination.
After walking for a few hours, you reach Everest Base Camp. The beautiful vista surrounding you will be quite overwhelming. You get to see Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, etc.
After taking pictures and spending some time, you return to Gorak Shep. You stay the night there.
Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar (5554 m), 1 to 2 hours and down to Pheriche (4371 m), 5 to 6 hours
Today you wake up early and hike up to Kala Patthar. This place is a viewpoint for trekkers to see the dazzling sunrise. You get an up-close view of Mount Everest from this point as well.
After viewing the scenarios, you head down to Pheriche, making steep downhill walks.
Day 12: Trek to Namche (3441 m), 7 hours
This day you began your journey towards Namche. Following the trails on the side of the Dudh Koshi River, you pass through tree lines. Then walking a bit ahead, you encounter the same routes.
Then crossing a suspension, you enter the beautiful forest of pine and Rhododendrons. Walking on the forest path, you see the beautiful scenarios of mountains from between the trees.
Viewing them and passing several villages, Mani stones, and Chortens, you reach Namche.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2860 m), 5 to 6 hours
Today is your final day in the Khumbu district. You head towards Lukla, retracing your steps. Walking up and downhill, crossing several small settlements and suspension bridges, you reach your destination.
Day 14: Flight back to Kathmandu
Today you wake up early to catch your flight back to Kathmandu. You return, viewing beautiful scenarios of the peaks and valleys. Be sure to cherish these moments.
Arriving in Kathmandu, the representative will drop you off at your hotel. You can rest or roam around the city.
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Other Everest Base Camp Trek Routes
During October, the classic route is full of trekkers, which can be a disappointment for many. Thus, there are several other famous routes to reach the Everest Base Camp during October. We have mentioned a few of the different courses below:
Everest Base Camp with Three High Pass Trek in October
Everest Base Camp with Three High Pass Trek provides you with the ultimate experience of Everest. This trek is an adventurous journey that combines both the scenarios and cultures of this region.
This trek is one of the most challenging treks of Nepal. You will be crossing the three high Passes of this region, ranging over 5000 m altitudes. They are Renjo La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Kongma La Pass.
Many trekkers look forward to Everest Base Camp with Three High Pass Trek in October. During October, the weather and temperature are at its best. It is neither too hot nor too cold.
During your trek, you get to view some of the spectacular peaks of this region. Such as Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, and many more. Also, the beautiful forest paths will overwhelm you with its beauty.
This trek usually lasts about 22 days in the great Himalayas. You will be encircling the whole Everest region in this trek. The routes are less-crowded, making the journey exciting and thrilling.
Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake in October
Another alternative route for Everest Base Camp Trek in October is via Gokyo Lakes. You will be visiting the base camp along with these beautiful lakes. The beauty of the region showcased during this trek will leave you breathless.
Gokyo Lakes are the series of beautiful lakes residing in the Gokyo Valley. You will find yourself immersed in the beauty of these turquoise-colored lakes. During this trek, you will be crossing Cho La Pass, one of the three high passes of this region.
Walking in these routes, you get lost in the scenic views of various world-class peaks. Like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Aba Dablam, and many more. In these trails, you also get to see the great Khumbu Icefall.
Many trekkers prefer visiting Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lakes in October due to its favorable climatic condition. It is warm and sunny during the day, making the walks comfortable.
Also, the skies are clear, giving you the best view of the vistas. Moreover, it is the month of the festival all around Nepal. So, you get to be a part of the celebration.
The Gokyo lakes route is less packed than the classic route. Also, there are fewer chances of finding fellow companions on every corner of the trails.
Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lakes trek lasts about 16 days in this region. In brief, this trek is full of adventures like walking in the off-beaten paths, visiting remote areas, and many more.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp, the footprint of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest (8848 m) is the dream of many. But very few dare to take the challenges and win every difficulty to meet their dream. And, for this October is the best time to execute your trekking plans.
With determination, comfort, and proper guidance, you can be one of those few.