Imagine! You finally see Mount Everest after an adventurous trekking. White snowcapped, the world’s highest peak Everest greeting an inspiring welcome to you in such a freezing cold altitude. Everest Base Camp is not only a trek but the beginning of the expedition bid for the climbers.
Offering a lifetime adventure, Everest Base Camp Trek in September is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. The route is famous for its challenging yet incredible and beautiful trail. Smiles of red cheeked Sherpa children, monasteries holding spiritual beliefs and the natural beauty itself are few amongst the things that attracts trekkers from around the world.
EBC trek takes you through stunning landscapes, ethnic settlements, and green piled mountainous sceneries. Along with magnificent Himalayan views of Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, Island Peak, Makalu and breathtaking Everest itself.
Monsoon ends by late September. Moderate weather and least chance of rainfall in the lower parts and little snowfall in the higher elevations makes it best to trek EBC. But, few preparations and detailed information can ease your trek if you choose early September.
Trekking to the foot of the Everest, may not be simple but with determination and courage, no season, no weather can actually lessen your enthusiasm if you wish to achieve it. With appropriate backpacks, you can trek any time of the year.
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Highlights of the trek
It’s not easy to write the uncountable highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek. Here, we have summarized some of the major highlights of the trek.
- Starting from Kathmandu, you’ll begin with sightseeing of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
- Breathtaking experience of short and beautiful flight to Lukla airport. (Lukla airport is among one of the 10 most dangerous airports in the world.)
- Impressions of great mountain views
- Experience of Sherpa culture and lifestyles by visiting their settlements.
- Visit to the Tengboche and Pangboche Monastery.
- The vantage point of Kala Patthar (5,643 m).
- Stunning panoramic view of the entire Mount Everest.
- Walk through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
- Visit to the base of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt Everest.
- Witnessing the beauty of tough mountain trails.
EBC temperature in September
The temperature at Everest Base Camp during September is unpredictable.
Early September is still a monsoon time in Nepal. With little rains, the temperature would be around 10 to 20℃ on the lower region and around 5 to 10℃ on the upper regions. The temperature can sink to -15C at least during nights.
Monsoon, in general, ends by Late September. Usually, it ranges from 15 – 20℃ during sunny days. And -2℃ during nights, mornings.
Day time won’t be too hot or cold. You will have moderate walk in the tough terrains. But, the evenings are colder. Night temperature will be colder till the next morning.
EBC weather in September
Even though September isn’t the warmest time of the year, it offers a pleasant weather for the trekkers. Monsoon ends by the mid of September. But it can continue throughout the month. The weather completely depends upon the northern hemisphere seasonal pattern.
The weather is quite unpredictable in this part of the country. The weather could be better or worse. So, you need to be ready to encounter little rain or snow during the trek. It is possible that rain stops earlier too. If so, the stable and clear weather offers you spectacular views.
If historical weather pattern holds true, you will see clear mornings, a cloudy noon followed by rainy spells throughout the afternoon into the evening.
The normal weather in Late September is stable. The exact weather of the Everest is unpredictable. In general, days are sunny and nights mild, colder. Occasional rains or snowfall may occur.
In the mountain regions, September is the time of pre-winter weather. The days are sunny and bright while nights are colder but not much colder than in winter. The temperature during nights are bearable.
With light rain improves the air quality. This improves the visibility. Good weather in early September means little rain or snow.
In lower elevations, the monsoon rain washes the landscapes. This makes the surrounding tranquil and clear. The chances of dark clouds blocking the beautiful scenarios are lesser.
Accomodation and Food
There are many Teahouses for your meals and accommodation purposes on the Everest Base Camp Trekking route. During Everest Base Camp trek in early September, you won’t have to encounter more crowds as in the main seasons.
The Tea Houses provide you rooms and foods. In many places, they provide blankets along with the rooms. But, carrying your own sleeping bag is highly recommended.
During the whole trek, you will be accommodating in the available Teahouses. If you love camping, you can stay in camps with the groups. During the clear nights, you can do camping while staring at the sky full of stars.
The Tea Houses have small rooms. They provide basic lodging experience during your trek. In the mountains, do not expect high standard rooms.
There are five star hotels at Namche bazar including The Everest View Hotel.
Some places in Everest Base Camp Trek only have small Tea Houses that may not be comfortable sometime. In places like Lobuche and Gorakshep, teahouses are few in number. If you are a single trekker you may need to share your room with someone else of same sex.
During the trek to Everest Base Camp, you get few options for food as you ascend higher. So, while planning your Everest Base Camp trek, it is necessary that you know what food will be available to you along the route. You should also keep in mind what food you’ll need to bring yourself.
Cereal and flour products are dominant on the menus of most of tea houses. These generally include bread, pancakes, porridge, fries, rice, pasta, beans etc.
You will always be able to get three meals a day on the Everest Base Camp trek.
The popular meals at EBC trek includes Dal Bhat, Garlic soup, Yak Steak, Yak cheese,Nepalese bread, Momo (Dumplings), etc.
We recommend you to drink at least 3-4 litres of water per day because of the altitude. The drinks can include water, tea and soup.
A good guide will supply filtered water. Along the route, you can buy bottled water at most tea houses and shops. The tea houses will generally be more expensive than in the main cities like Kathmandu. Since porters or Yaks transport foods and other essential materials to high latitudes, their price is higher.
Tea houses generally serve tea and well known branded drinks. In most of the tea houses, they mix various fruit flavored powders with hot water, orange and lemon in common. These drinks are especially helpful during upset stomach.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek in September?
A trek to the Base Camp in early September is always better as there will be less trekkers. During early September, it is still monsoon. Hence, many fear the landslides, floods and slippery trails in lower elevations. So they rather plan the trek in other seasons.
So, if you are planning to trek this time, you will encounter fewer crowds, quieter trial and more time with nature. Also, you don’t have to stand in queues for meals and lodges like in the main seasons.
The temperature during this time is the most favorable. Because of favorable temperature you can trek in light clothes during the day. Since the nights aren’t too cold as in winter, you do not need extra jackets or sleeping bags.
Sunny days and the stable weather with deep blue skies offer the clearest views for the trekkers. During early September trek, you may see little rain or snow. It is possible that rain stops earlier too. If so, the stable and clear weather offers you spectacular views.
Sometimes during noon-afternoon the dense clouds may block panoramic views of snow-capped peaks. Else, the scenery of the landscape, mountains, and the beautiful nature is breathtaking.
The lower altitudes and the forest areas bejewels in green vegetation everywhere. Paddy plantations is another attraction. The beautiful monsoon flower blossoms and the green landscapes makes the surrounding enjoyable. The angelic beauty of the mountains radiates around you.
Lesser the crowds, higher are the accommodation alternatives. September, not being the peak seasons to trek offers you many choices at a quite cheaper price. Also, you do not have to compete for comfortable beds, washrooms, hot showers, and meals.
The normal wind condition of the Everest region has records of 4 km/hr during September. This notifies fewer chances of change in weather. Despite worrying about the weather you can enjoy your trek to the fullest.
The suitable temperature and weather of Everest Base Camp in September affects the regulation of flights at the Lukla airport. The clear weather offers best visibility. So, there are lesser chances of flight cancellations and delays. You do not have to take stress or troubles for the regular flights.
Tips to trek in September
In early September, chances are high that it may rain in the lower altitudes, whereas it may snow in the higher altitudes. The mornings are usually clear. It usually rains after the noon, during the evening and late afternoons. So, it is better to leave early so that you reach your destination before you encounter rain or snow.
The cloud often blocks the sceneries during late afternoons. So, starting early you can enjoy the sharp view of the snow covered enchanting peaks.
Carry insect repellent and Table Salts
In the lower altitude trails, you may find leeches and earthworms due to monsoon rain while walking. So to escape the insects, it is better to carry minor insect repellents.
The density of leeches gets lesser on ascending altitude. You can apply table salt to your exposed body parts to avoid leech bites.
Carry a pair of Leech Socks
What else could be worse than finding many blood thirsty leeches attached to your feet during the trek? So, to prevent leech bites during the walks in lower terrains, you can get yourself a pair of leech socks.
Carry waterproof backpacks
Weather of mountains is unpredictable. The weather at the Everest Base Camp could be better or worse in September. Although monsoon ends by the mid of September but it can continue throughout the month.
Sometimes, chances of rainfall are high till late September. So, it’s wise that you carry waterproof backpacks to protect the necessaries.
Difficulties during Everest Base Camp Trek in September
The Everest Base Camp Trek is suitable for trekkers with at least basic trekking experience. An experienced trekker do not have to endure difficulties that a novice may go through. . But always keep in mind that challenges are what makes the journey beautiful.
Altitude challenges the most during Everest Base Camp trek. As you ascend towards the base camp, the density of the air becomes lesser and so does the amount of oxygen in the air. This results in altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness. It affects both mental and physical functioning of your body.
Shortness of breath, headache, nausea, vomiting and fever, etc are most of the sicknesses that more trekkers get. With the increment in altitude, these problems gets worst. To prevent this, walk slow, drink enough water, and take proper rest.
Temperature and Weather
The uncertain weather and extreme temperature during September causes difficulties in trekking to the Everest Base Camp. The unpredictable monsoon rain on the lower altitudes makes the trails slippery and more dangerous. During early September, the night temperature can fall down to minus degrees.
The rise in altitude challenges budget too. The cost of food, accommodation and other facilities increase with the increasing altitude. So, it is always good to carry some extra money.
The trail is more with lots of steep ups and downs for the trekkers. The path is rough, rocky or gravel strewn. It contains lots of loose slippery rocks. The trail may also be full of yak herds that doesn’t mind pushing trekkers off the cliff.
Walking 8-9 hour of per day might sound moderate if you are a regular hiker.
Packaging list for EBC trek in September
- Rain Jackets
- Light Sleeping Bag
- Trekking boots (waterproof)
- Trekking shirts
- Trekking trousers (waterproof)
- 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
Despite all the difficulties, the Everest Base Camp is able to attract thousands of adventure trekkers every year. Once you make up to the top, the view is like something that will imprint on your mind for years.
An adventurous trek to the Everest Base Camp in September gives you the reasons to smile and forget the pain. Be determined not to let anything put you off. And we assure you that you’ll be proud of the achievement by the end of the trek.
If you need any further information of trekking in the Everest region or any trek destinations in Nepal, feel free to contact us.