Everest Base Camp trek in August is possible and quite adventurous as usual. In fact, Everest Base Camp trek is possible all year round, each month has something totally different to offer.
Everest Base Camp Trek is in the priority list among trekkers trekking to the Himalayas of Nepal or to any individual aiming for a lifetime experience in the lap of this mountainous country. It is an adventurous trek and trekking in August with wet monsoon season adds to the thrill. During this time of the year you will witness nature at its best and find greenery everywhere (of course at lower altitude); higher altitude is kind of barren land round the year.
August is the off-season for trekking in the Everest region so the Everest Base camp trekking trail experiences fewer trekkers. Hence the advantage is that the trails will be less crowded and you can enjoy the trail all yourself peacefully. Only problem of trekking during this time is that you need to prepare well for the rain since it is a monsoon season.
Actually, after the rain, sometime you can get views better than other peak seasons like spring and autumn. In this Khumbu region (local name for Everest region), it usually rains in the evening and at night. Therefore, in the morning when the clouds are clear you will get chance to get breathtaking views of the Himalayan snow capped mountains.
With the right preparation and guidelines, you can certainly trek to Everest Base Camp Trek in August.
Table of Contents
- Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in August
- Weather and Temperature
- Food, Accommodation, and Water
- Duration of Everest Base Camp Trek in August
- Guide and Porter
- Physical Fitness
- Trekking Permits
- Altitude Sickness
- Packing for Everest Base Camp Trek in August
- Some Useful Tips While Trekking to Everest Base Camp in August
- Other Recommended Treks in the Everest Region in August
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in August
- Scenic and thrilling mountain flight to and from Lukla
- Getting to the foot of the highest mountain in the world, the Everest
- Clean air as the dust settles down due to rain
- A full gush of rivers and waterfalls
- Amazing biodiversity -various flowers and wild berries welcome you on the way
- Experience unique culture and lifestyle of the remote mountain region of Nepal
- Khumbu Glacier (largest glacier in Nepal)
- View of majestic snow-capped mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori etc
- Fewer crowds allowing you a quiet and peaceful time with nature
- Witness three of the biggest festivals in Nepal- Nag Panchami, Janai Purnima, and Gai Jatra.
Before you plan your trek to Everest Base Camp in August, there are variables to consider. They are:
Weather and Temperature
August is the last month of the monsoon season. It will be hot and humid in August in Nepal. The average temperature in the upper region (3000-3500+ meters) can go high up to 10 to 12-degree Celsius at daytime. And drop down to around minus 5 degrees at night.
For the lower regions (2000 to 3000 meters) of your trekking, you can expect temperatures above 18 degrees Celsius during the days. While you can expect around 8 degrees Celsius during the nights.
During this time you can expect the sun for about 6 to 7 hours per day. As for rainfall, it decreases as you ascend to the higher altitude over 3500m.
But it is also a fact that the weather condition and temperature changes and becomes less stable as you go higher up in altitude. So, for cold nights and mornings, carrying around minus 5 degree Celsius sleeping bag is essential.
Down below is the table that shows the temperature of different places while trekking to Everest Base Camp in August.
|Place||Elevation||Avg. Temp||Min Temp||Max Temp|
With this, we can clearly see that the weather in August is fairly warm and you do not have to worry about the extreme cold conditions.
Food, Accommodation, and Water
During August, most of the tea houses and restaurants along the trails will be open for business but will have less occupancy.
Hence you can pick your choice of available tea houses and rooms. Also one of the perks of trekking in August is that you do not have to wait in line for your food. You can eat when you like without having to wait for your turn.
The accommodation in the tea houses is of twin sharing basis with the basic facilities such as bed, pillow, and a blanket. As for the food, you will get Dal Bhat in almost all tea houses. You will also get some continental food like spaghetti, pizza, fries, sandwich etc.
For safety against water contamination, it is important that you take purification pills. You can even purchase bottled water, hot water, soda, coffee, tea along the way. However, the prices go up with the increase in altitude.
Moreover, it is always wise to bring water purification tools over buying bottled water for environmental concerns.
Duration of Everest Base Camp Trek in August
We have 16 days ideal trek to Everest Base Camp. But depending on your preference the package is customizable. During August the heavy rainfall may cause flight delay and cancellation. This also means that on some days you have to go slow on your treks.
If it rains continuously for a day or two, you might have to extend your trip.
Hence these circumstances should be in consideration. For that matter, having extra days after the trek, before flying out of Nepal will always come in handy.
Guide and Porter
While trekking into the mountains, it is always important that you have a guide with you. The trials in the mountains and high altitude can be tricky. In a month like August or any other months , a guide is strongly recommended for such high altitude trek for your own safety.
An experienced guide will help you with navigation and will know what to do in emergency situations. He will make sure that you have a comfortable and safe trek. They will know which trails to take to avoid the landslide and mudslide areas. Not only that certified guide can educate you with the necessary information related to high altitude trek which otherwise would not be possible if you trek solo.
Hiring a guide will cost you around USD 25 to 35 per day. Similarly having a porter with you can save you from the burden of carrying heavy baggage.
During the month of August, due to rainfall, the trails can be muddy and slippery. Hence it is important to maintain the balance and grip while walking to avoid slipping. Having a porter will allow you to walk freely and concentrate on your own safety. The cost of porter is around USD 15 to 20 per day.
Everest Base Camp trek is an adventurous trek and trekking in August adds more thrill to the adventure.
This trek consists of walking uphill and downhill on rough and uneven terrain. Added the various weather conditions for 6 to 7 hours on a daily basis. As mentioned earlier, sometimes the trails can be muddy and slippery due to the rain. Hence to trek in August, it is important that you prepare yourselves physically for long hours of walk-in various situations. You should have strong will and determination in order to complete the trek successfully.
Some of the exercises you can do prior to the trek are hiking, jogging, climbing stairs etc to build up your stamina. Start preparing yourself for a trek to EBC at least 3 months prior to trip date.
The Government of Nepal issues various permits and permission to trek in Nepal. And Everest Base Camp is no exception. To trek to the Everest Base Camp, every trekker requires two different permits. They are, Local Area Entry Permit which you can get in Lukla itself. And the second is the Sagarmatha Conservation Area entry permit. This permit is easily obtainable at Kathmandu from Nepal Tourism Board; you don’t have to worry about permits if you have booked one our packaged tour. While on the trek, you will come across several checkpoints where you will need to show the permits. Hence it is wise to keep the permits in your daypack.
There is no doubt that the Everest Base Camp trek is a high altitude trek. So there is always a chance for altitude sickness. This illness is the result of a shortage of oxygen in the high altitudes.
There are various symptoms of AMS (Acute mountain sickness). They are insomnia, dizziness, breathlessness, coughing, nausea etc.
If you find yourself having any of these symptoms it is best to stop climbing further and take rest until you feel better. It is very important that you treat the illness immediately with necessary precautions and not neglect it. Not doing so can lead to an even worse condition that can be fatal.
Some of the precautions you can take to avoid altitude sickness are walking slow, drinking plenty of water, stop alcohol and smoking etc. Staying hydrated reduces the risk of altitude sickness.
Make sure you do not consume alcohol while trekking as this can cause dehydration.
Packing for Everest Base Camp Trek in August
Packing wise plays a huge role in making your trekking experience smooth and comfortable. A good pair of comfortable waterproof hiking shoes with proper grip is a must for the muddy and slippery trials in August.
You also have to pack dry socks, breathable clothes to counter the heat and humidity during the day. Also, you should carry winter clothes for cold weather in the higher altitude.
Wind and waterproof jackets are a must for monsoons to make sure you remain dry and comfortable.
For sunny days it is important that you carry UV polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes and high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin for sunburn.
Insects like Mosquitoes and leeches can bother you in the month of August at lower altitude. Hence it is very important that you carry insect repellent sprays and ointments.
Also, make sure that your backpacks is waterproof to protect your belongings from getting wet. Do not forget to carry the necessary documents such as passport and permits and carry them with you at all times. For detailed guidelines on packing please go through this ultimate packing list for Everest Base Camp.
Some Useful Tips While Trekking to Everest Base Camp in August
- Always check the weather forecast and plan accordingly
- Wear light and breathable clothes that are moisture-wicking
- Trek early as it usually rains in the evening during August
- Do not forget to carry rain gears as the weather in the high altitudes is unpredictable
- During monsoon, you are prone to leeches and mosquitoes. So carry insect repellent
- Landslide, mudslide or flood may occur during the month of August. Hire a guide who can help you with navigation and choosing a safer path.
- The trials in August are often muddy and slippery. Having a porter will help you with the baggage. This way you can walk freely and maintain your balance while walking in the slippery trials.
- Walk slow and maintain your own pace to avoid the risk of altitude sickness.
- Keep buffer days in case of any delays and unplanned situation.
Other Recommended Treks in the Everest Region in August
Everest Helicopter Tour
Choosing the Everest Helicopter tour, you will get to the Everest Base Camp in just one day. However, if the flight gets canceled due to heavy rainfall, you will get the full refund.
This is a good alternative during the month of August where you can avoid walking in the rain. With this trip, you will be able to put your footprint in the Everest Base Camp with lesser effort.
It is an easy and comfortable flight from Kathmandu to the Base Camp. Here you will go to the Sagarmatha National park and enjoy a beautiful breakfast in the Himalayas.
Everest View Trek
Another recommended trek during August is the Everest view trek. This is great for those are short on time to see the Mt Everest.
What’s great about this trek is it doesn’t exceed the altitude of 3956m. Moreover, it takes only 7 days to complete the trek. Hence you can check the weather forecast and plan the trek.
In this trek, you can get the full panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more.
Trekking in August is a fun-filled trip but challenging and thrilling at the same time. The rainfall is usually short-duration and hence it shouldn’t bother you a lot.
Due to fewer crowds, you do not have to worry about accommodation or meals. Also due to the rain and monsoon weather, you can enjoy the forests at their best with blooms of alpine flowers.
Hence with the right preparation, equipment, and gear, trekking to Everest Base Camp in August is completely doable.
For further question and queries, please feel free to contact us. We assure to guide and assist you with the best of our knowledge.