Everest Base Camp Trek in OctoberAugust 10, 2018 No Responses Mosaic Adventure
Everest Base Camp trek is a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in 1953. There is no stopping oneself when it comes to Everest Base Camp trekking.
Though there are many mountaineering options in Nepal, Everest is the ultimate challenge.
Among four seasons in Nepal, October is the best time for Everest Base Camp trekking. October as most of the time, the weather remains constant with clear sky views. For this reason, it is the busiest month to trek.
The clear sky gives you spectacular views of the snow capped mountains.
Expect the sun to shine for an average of 6 to 7 hours per day. You walk during the day, so better the sun easy will be the walks.
In longer daytime, you can cover longer distance and find a great place to stay. Plus, spend some time clicking the surrounding and relaxing.
Table of Contents
- Temperature and climate in October
- What is it like trekking to Everest Base Camp?
- Guide and Porter
- Accommodation in the Everest Region
- Dealing with High Altitude
- Health facilities/Emergencies during October in EBC Trek
- Permits and Fees
- Packing for Everest Base Camp Trekking
Temperature and climate in October
|During the day||12 degree Celsius to 16 degree Celsius|
|During the night||-5 degree Celsius to 2 degree Celsius|
The Everest Base Camp weather is quite unpredictable. The temperature, and wind condition changes swiftly. So, is the case even in October. However, the weather change is less frequent in October than in other months.
In general, the day time temperature ranges from 12℃ to 16℃ which is neither too hot not too cold. Sao, during the day time you will feel moderate weather.
And, in nights the temperature drops down from 2℃ to -5℃. This is not the too extreme cold especially in high altitude mountainous regions.
However, it is difficult to predict the exact weather of Everest Region. Because, with the change in wind pattern and clouds, the weather of Everest Base Camp changes every hours.
The climate in EBC is very unpredictable. With the moderate climate on the months of March to May, and October to November they are the best times to go to Everest region.
What is it like trekking to Everest Base Camp?
Aside from breathtaking scenery, travelers to the region can experience unique Sherpa culture. They can visit monasteries and museums along the way to know Sherpas’ better.
Your walking days turns bliss with colorful prayer wheels and chortens across the route. You stroll along the swing bridges and numerous boulders.
While during the evenings you get to enjoy hot food and conversation with people, travelers nearby.
The perfect blend of natural beauty, fascinating culture as well as warm Nepalese hospitality of the locals make the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable places.
Guide and Porter
Nepal government is considering making the hiring of a guide compulsory. But we suggest that you make it a compulsion right away, it is always safe to trek with a local, a guide.
Solo trekking ban is on hold for now so, it’s still possible to do it alone. But hiring a guide or porter has many advantages.
For US$10 to $20 a day you’re giving someone a valuable job. In return, they will help you complete the trek with much ease and comfort.
And, you will also learn about the local culture and natural environment.
Accommodation in the Everest Region
Accommodation along the trekking routes are open in October. Though being in a high and rugged region, the accommodation facilities are comfortable.
Trekking routes are well developed, with plenty of teahouses, mostly made of stone, offering wi-fi, western style toilets, and delicious meals.
However, because October is a peak season pre-booking is an absolute must.
Almost nothing can really prepare you for the trek’s extreme hills and altitude of up to 5,545 m. It is up to you and how you experience it for yourself.
But there are certain fitness activities that you can do to prepare yourself physically.
Prepare yourselves with cardiovascular training several times a week. You can do this by cycling, swimming, hill climbing and lots of walking. Aim for a five-hour walk once a week.
Look out for hills or find a tall building and repeatedly walk up and down the stairs.
‘Slow and steady’ walk is the key to achieving and enjoying your trek. People with moderate fitness can do this trek.
Dealing with High Altitude
The Everest region is the highest in Nepal, averaging 4,000 meters (12,800 ft.) with Mt. Everest (8848 m; 28,313 ft.)- the tallest mountain in the world.
The combination of cold, wind, strong sun, low oxygen, and dry air create a harsh atmosphere for trekkers on the high altitude trail.
As you hike higher, there is less oxygen in the air to breathe. Altitude related illness can harm anyone. If untreated, it will end your trek short and in some cases prove to be life-threatening.
Here is a quick guideline to help prevent altitude sickness during an Everest Base Camp Trek
- Climb slowly; this gives your body time to acclimatize. Walk at conversation pace and breathe normally. No need to worry if you are behind, there will be someone who will accompany you on the trial.
- Sleep at the lowest possible altitude. This gives your body time to recuperate and adjust.
- Stay hydrated; drink plenty of water. We encourage clients to drink 5 liters of fluid or more.
- Avoid alcohol; there will be plenty of time to indulge when you return to lower altitudes.
- Know yourself. Have you had altitude sickness before? If so, you have a higher risk of having it again. Consult your doctor. Be aware of Diamox, it can unmask other symptoms.
- Be honest. If you suffer AMS on the trail, please report to your guide. Don’t try to hide it or “tough it up”. It happens to everyone, even Sherpa returning home from a lower elevation. This careless act can result in an emergency evacuation or death in some cases.
- Many suffer light headaches which is normal. Over the counter, medicine should relieve pain; but, if it continues after reaching Tengboche, inform your guide. In most cases, it is treatable on the trail and many make it to the EBC. There will be an oximeter to measure oxygen intake.
- If you suffer severe altitude Illness (severe or constant headaches with difficulty breathing or vomiting), or HAPE or HACE, supplementary oxygen and, a Gamow bag are usable. Your guides or fellow trekkers will immediately escort you to a lower altitude. And take you to the nearest clinic for treatment.
- If the clinic or the main guide decides you need further treatment, you get immediate helicopter evacuation.
Health facilities/Emergencies during October in EBC Trek
The Khunde Hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1965, located north of Namche Bazaar has been providing medical services for the past few decades.
The Himalayan Rescue Association also runs a health post in a village called Pheriche above Namche Bazaar, offering emergency treatment.
Consultation costs about US$65 with Gamow bags and bottled oxygen for treatments.
Chartered helicopters are available to rescue those who have fallen sick or gotten injured.
Permits and Fees
Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) issues the necessary TIMS card for Everest Trek.
There are three different types of TIMS card. Cost and color of each card are different.
|Organized TIMS card||Blue color- USD 10|
|Individual TIMS card||Green color – USD 20|
|SAARC countries TIMS card||Red color -USD 3|
If you are trekking through an agency you need to get organized TIMS card. Each trekker needs to have their own card.
Your agency handles issuing the necessary card for you. You just need to provide your passport details and one passport size picture to your agency.
If you are trekking independent then you need to get an Individual TIMS card. You need to do this yourself. You can get this either from TAAN, Thamel or Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
If you are from SAARC country, then you can issue SAARC TIMS for Everest Trek.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Cost – USD 30+Govt.tax
Mount Everest rests inside the Sagarmatha National Park, Solukhumbu. Trekkers need to get necessary national park entry permit. There is a checkpoint in Monjo, where you need to show your permit cards.
There are few checkpoints along the way and you need to register your permit. If you are trekking through an agency, they will manage all the permits for you.
For independent trekkers, the cost is same to those trekking through an agency. You can get the permit either in Kathmandu or in Monjo. The cost is same in both Kathmandu and Monjo.
Gaurishankar National Park Entry Permit
Cost –USD 20
The cost is the same for both individual and organized trekkers. For SAARC there is a discount on this permit.
There is a checkpoint at Shivalaya (Next town from Jiri). You can either buy this permit at Kathmandu for US $20 or pay the double (US $40)and get it at Shivalaya.
Update: New Permit System for Everest Base Camp Trek
With decentralization now giving basic rights to local authority TIMS is no more demanded for Everest Base Camp Trek.
A new local permit system works instead. And you can obtain it in Lukla. This will cost NRs 2000 for both organized and individual independent trekkers.
Packing for Everest Base Camp Trekking
Pack lightly – aim for 10 to 15kg. It is very important to pack the necessary trekking equipment. And, make your trekking experience smooth and comfortable.
Here is a guideline that will help you decide what items you add and what to let go. You can check here: What to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Insurance is crucial while trekking in Nepal. The weather in October is good and is the peak season for trekking.
Before you insure, make sure your policy covers upto the height of 6,000 meters and offers an immediate helicopter evacuation in case of emergencies.
Accidents can happen anytime even on the safest trials and while taking precautions. Thus, having an insurance can be very useful. Nepal doesn’t offer any kind of insurance, you will have to do this from your home country.
Also, Some trekking companies do not accommodate you if you don’t have the right insurance necessary for the trek.
If you already have insurance, make sure it covers all trekking activities and conditions that you plan to undertake.
Everest Base Camp trekking in October is the best season for trekking in Mt.Everest. It is the best time to see crystal clear mountain view. October is also the month of cultural celebrations in Nepal.
You can observe the main festivals of Nepal like Dashain and Tihar in this season. And, enjoy the taste of Everest Base Camp Trek with the experience of Nepali traditional festivals and culture.
For further information and details, you can contact us. It is our pleasure to assist you to the best of our ability.