Autumn is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. Autumn begins in September and ends in November.
The ideal weather conditions of October continues to the days of November as well. It is one of the ideal months for trekking in Nepal, including to Everest Base Camp Trek.
During November you can enjoy a comfortable weather. Unlike the summer heat and chilly winters, autumns are the best.
The stable weather conditions make it the most beautiful trekking experience to Everest Base Camp.
Table of Contents
- Weather in November in Everest Base Camp
- The Trail for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Accommodation for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Meals for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Drinks for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Guides and Porter for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Equipment and Supplies for Everest Base Camp Trek
- Highlights of Everest Base Camp trek in November
- Tips for Everest Base Camp trek in November
Weather in November in Everest Base Camp
November is the last month of autumn in Nepal. The days are sunny and bright. The clear weather condition adds in to the amazing visibility.
You can enjoy the panoramas from the different vantage points of Everest Base Camp trek.
The glory of Mt. Everest is visible on the Everest Base Camp trek during this month. The temperature ranges from 6 to 12 degree Celsius during the daytime. The temperature drops during the night time.
The temperature starts to decrease by the end of November. It starts to get colder. The temperature during the last week of November ranges from 6 to -4 degrees Celsius during the day. The nights are colder.
The Trail for Everest Base Camp Trek
The trekking trails of Everest Base Camp gets a large number of trekkers during November. The trekkers are here to enjoy the last month of ideal weather conditions of the trails.
You can try the more rustic and classic trails to EBC during this month to avoid the crowds. Some of these include the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek, Everest Base Camp three passes trek, Everest Panorama trek, Everest Gokyo- la trek.
If you enjoy the crowd and the energy of a large number of trekkers, then the direct route to EBC is perfect for you.
This route is also perfect for the beginners and solo trekkers. It is the shortest trail to EBC.
Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek
You can easily get your permits for Everest Base Camp trek in November. You need to obtain two permits:
Location Entry Permit: NRs. 2000 ( US $20)
Sagarmatha Conservation Area Entry Permit: NRs. 3400 (US $34)
Both of these are available in Kathmandu. You can also get them from Lukla.
However, there might be slight variations in price in Lukla.
Accommodation for Everest Base Camp Trek
November is the peak month for trekking in Nepal. Most of the tea houses will stay open for business. The tea houses on the trails will witness a large number of trekkers during this month.
You definitely need to pre-book your rooms. You may have to camp or even move on to the next village for accommodations. For detail information read this article.
Meals for Everest Base Camp Trek
Most of the tea houses, cafes, and restaurants along the trails will welcome trekkers. Most of them will offer you the basic choices of simple and healthy food.
The choices can include Dal Bhat Tarkari (a meal of steamed rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables). Or, noodles, momos (dumplings), roti (flatbreads), cereals, and so on.
You may also see some cafes offering bakery items like chocolate pastries, fresh bread and so on.
Due to a large number of trekkers during November, you may have to queue for your meals. Follow this food guide article for EBC Trek.
Drinks for Everest Base Camp Trek
You can have a lot of option for drinks on the trail, from a number of tea houses, cafes, and restaurants on the trails. The options for drinks include bottled water, hot water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, flavored drinks, and so on.
It is best to carry a refillable water bottle with you instead of buying bottled water.
You can carry water purifying tablets, gels to be safe from water contamination. This way you can fill your bottle from the springs, rivers, taps, waterfalls along the way.
Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek
Most of the travel agencies will not accept you if you don’t have travel insurance. You should get a good travel insurance before you go trekking anywhere in the world.
You should do this from your home country. Having a good travel insurance is a must.
Make sure you have a travel insurance that covers treks to Nepal including high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp trek. You should get insurance that includes emergency evacuation and rescue. Also, be sure to check the maximum altitude stated in your insurance policy.
The weather in the upper regions of the trek is unpredictable. Having a well-rounded travel insurance is a great safety precaution.
Guides and Porter for Everest Base Camp Trek
The temperature gradually decreases during November. You will need to pack clothes for both cool, summer weather and cold weather. You might also have to take some winter-climbing equipment if you trek during the end of November.
A porter is a great help. A porter can help lighten your load leaving you free to explore the trails and villages.
Having a guide in November is a great advantage. They know the trails very well. They can call and help pre-book the best tea houses for rooms and meals. This way you will not have to queue for your meals or worry about getting the best rooms.
They can also recommend you the best places for great views, the local festivals that take place in the villages during this month and so on.
Equipment and Supplies for Everest Base Camp Trek
One of the most daunting tasks for the Everest Base Camp trek is packing for the trek. During November, the weather conditions are slightly more predictable.
The temperature gradually begins to drop. During early November you can enjoy the cool temperature, about 12 degrees Celsius. During the last week of November, you can experience gradual fall in the temperature.
Be sure to prepare for the month with the right equipment and supplies.
- Base layers: Synthetic shirts and trousers (choose fabric that wicks moisture away)
- Insulation layers: Lightweight fleece jackets and pants (soft and warm for cold nights)
- Upper Layers: Warm and waterproof jackets and trousers
- A good, heavy winter jacket
- Breathable, moisture wicking undergarments (underwear, bra, vest)
- Wide brimmed hat
- Buff (great for protecting your neck from the wind and sun)
- Gloves (light, insulated)
- Hiking boots (comfortable ones with ankle support)
- Breathable, moisture-wicking socks
- Trekking sandals (great for exploring villages, tea houses, cafes)
- A good, waterproof day backpack
- Sleeping bag with liner (easier to warm up than the blankets provided)
- Trekking poles (great for balance and descents)
- Torchlight (great for early morning treks)
- Water bottle
- Portable chargers
- Easy to dry towels
- Travel size toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, tissue paper)
The given list is for a reference. You are free to customize it according to your needs and specifications.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp trek in November
- Stunning and exciting mountain flight: Kathmandu-Lukla
- Upfront view of the tallest mountain in the world: Mt. Everest
- Tengboche Monastery: 17th-century monastery
- Explore the villages, culture, and lifestyle of the world famous ‘Sherpa’ people
- Kala Patthar: 5545 m, the highest point of the trek
- Clear and comfortable weather condition
- Awe-inspiring views of some of the highest peaks in the world, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Ama Dablam
- Great and clear views of the surrounding landscape, glacier and gorges from different parts of the trail
Tips for Everest Base Camp trek in November
- The weather in the mountain is unpredictable. Be prepared for swift weather changes.
- Get well acquainted about altitude sickness. Make sure you have knowledge about its symptoms, precautions and so on. There are always trekkers who have to halt their trek due to altitude sickness. Do not take it lightly.
- Always maintain your own comfortable pace. Do not rush. It is not a competition. Relax and enjoy your trek.
- You do not need to be a professional climber or trekker to do this trek. However, we recommend you to consult your doctor before undertaking this high altitude trek.
November is still the peak month for trekking in Nepal and to Everest Base Camp. Book your flights, tea houses, meals, trekking packages in advance. You can contact us for this.
The dry and clear weather conditions in November are perfect for treks to Everest Base Camp. You can enjoy the glory of Everest Base Camp to the fullest during this month.
Everest Base Camp trek offers you wonderful and unique experiences throughout the year. Do not choose a recommended month for treks. Research about the weather throughout the year and choose one that meets your preference.