Autumn in Nepal starts from the month of September. It means one can witness the clear blue sky, amazing vegetation, and the least rain towards late September. The friendly locals, cool and mild temperature welcomes a lot of trekkers and travelers for Everest Base Camp trek in September.
Everest Base Camp trek is a dream trail of many trekkers. It is an adventure of a lifetime and a journey that engraves into the heart of the explorer.
Far away from fast going modern life, this journey will quench the thirst of your soul and feed it with the best of nature.
Exploring the magnificent landscape, diversity of the place during the trek is an amazing experience. The different groups of ethnic people, their culture, lifestyle, various high Himalayan mountains, flora, and fauna are what make this trek unique and memorable.
Everest region offers you a close-up view of some of the most beautiful and the highest mountains in the world including Mount Everest standing at 8848 meters. And September is one of the best times to trek along the trails of the Everest Region. It has a lot to offer you.
Table of Contents
- Weather of Everest Base Camp Trek in September
- Perks of Everest Base Camp Trek in September
- Everest Base Camp Trek Alternative Routes for September
- Tips for Trekking to Everest Base Camp in September
Weather of Everest Base Camp Trek in September
September has very pleasant weather in Everest Base Camp trek, which means it is neither too hot nor too cold.
You may experience slight rainfall during the early days of September. This is not frequent and the weather is quite warm and welcoming.
Nights and early mornings at the mountain regions are cold in September. Yet, it is not as harsh as the winters.
The temperature in the day time can vary from 18 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius at lower altitude and eventually get to start colder as you climb up . During the nights, the temperatures can easily drop to minus 5 to minus degrees Celsius. However, temperature entirely depend on altitude. At higher altitudes (4500+ meters), the temperature may be an average of 0 to 10°C during sunny days. However, sometime it can still drop to minus 10 to minus 15 °C during the nights at an altitude of 4500 meters above the sea level.
The temperature may vary in the following ways:
|Place||Elevation||Average Temperature||Minimum |
|Lukla||2,829 m/ 9281 ft||13.5°C||9.5°C||17.5°C|
|Namche||3,463 m/ 11,361 ft||10.2°C||5.8°C||14.5°C|
|Dingboche||4,483 m/14,708 ft||5.9°C||0.3°C||11.5°C|
|Lobuche||4,910 m/ 16100 ft||3.9°C||-1.7||9.6°C|
|Gorak Shep||5180 m/ 17000 ft||3.0°C||-2.6°C||8.7°C|
Perks of Everest Base Camp Trek in September
Trekking in Nepal is possible throughout the year and EBC is no different. But if you are planning the Everest Base Camp Trek in September then enjoy some amazing perks. They include
A Good Flight and Scenic Views
Since September has very clear and mild weather, you will get the chance to witness amazing views of the mountain ranges from your plane itself.
There are lesser chances of flight delays and cancellations. The weather is crisp and stable. Thus, you will not have to wait long for the regular flights.
Namche Bazaar the capital city of Sherpas, is exciting to visit during September. September weather serves you with the best views.
The town has a stable climatic condition in late- September and the people have a wonderful welcoming nature. It allows you to get a good outlet to stroll in the place and get accustomed with the wonder of the town.
Impeccable views of the pristine mountains during the rain-washed September surrounding are absolutely breathtaking.
Fewer Crowds and Better Accommodations
This time of the year, you can feel that the entire route is “yours”. With lesser crowds, you can have more time with nature in solitude.
Early September sees fewer trekkers, so you can get better accommodation options. Also, you will have access for the better options with food, rooms, and other services.
The snow-capped mountains are definitely the most significant view one expects through an EBC trail. If you’re trekking at the beginning of September, lush green hills, waterfalls, and rice fields will bless you.
September marks the beginning of autumn so you can enjoy the blooming flowers and greenery with crystal clear weather.
September is famous not only as the trekking season but also a month that officially starts the festival season.
You will get acquainted with the festivals like Indra Jatra, Dashain, Teej, etc in Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Alternative Routes for September
If you are looking to explore the EBC trek, there are a couple of alternate options too.
You can enjoy the route at your own pace as the cool and stable September weather accompanies you throughout.
Some other popular routes to the Everest Base Camp are:
Everest Base Camp – Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trek in September
One of the most adventurous treks in Everest Range is the Gokyo Lakes Trek via Cho La Pass.
It is followed by the Base Camp route, passing through the buzzing town of Namche Bazar.
You will be trekking to three different trekking points in this trek. The Everest Base Camp at 5380m, Cho-La Pass at 5420m and Gokyo valley at 4750m.
All the three popular visiting destinations are challenging and adventurous. Trekking to these points requires immense physical fitness and mental strength.
You can also witness the amazing Tyangboche monastery on this trip. This magnificent monastery lies between the panoramic view of the mountain range.
You will also get to hike the infamous Kala Pathar, at 5545 meters, which is the highest point of this trek.
Highlights of the Trek
- Namche Bazar: The highest trade center, and the gateway to Everest.
- Tengboche Monastery – the oldest monastery in the region
- Close view of some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Some are Mount Cho Oyu (8201m), Mount Makalu (8463 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m) and Mount Everest (8848 m) and other mountain ranges of 7000m.
- Nepal’s largest glacier, Ngozumpa Glacier
- Gokyo Ri (5357 m). It is the best point to see the Gokyo valley, surrounding lakes and glaciers.
- The highest pass of the trek- Cho La Pass
Everest High Passes Challenging Trek in September
The Everest Three Pass Trek is a very challenging yet adventurous route of the Everest Region.
It is an absolutely challenging trek. It also covers trekking to most of the parts of the Everest Region. You venture into the Khumbu region through the Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar.
You will pass through the three mountain passes, it is challenging and absolutely serene.
You will reach Lobuche via the Kongmala Pass, Thangnak via the Chola-la Pass and Lungdhen via the Renjola Pass.
September is the best time of the year for this trek. The thrill and challenge you face during this trek are best supported by September weather.
Highlights of the trek are:
- The three passes – Renjola Pass (5435m), Chola pass (5420m) and Kongma La Pass (5535m)
- Everest Base Camp, Kala Pathar and Gokyo Lake
- Climbing to Gokyo Ri (5375 meters)
- Tengboche Monastery
- Amazing views of the glaciers and Khumbu Icefall
- The flora and fauna inside the Sagarmatha National Park
Jiri to EBC Trek in September
The classic Jiri to EBC Trek is a route with a twist. It starts from the lower altitudes of Jiri, unlike the trek that starts directly from a high altitude in Lukla.
It is called a classic route as it is the original route to the Base Camp of Mt Everest, before the Lukla airport.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa had walked through this route, which dates back to the 1950s.
As this trek starts from a lower altitude and gradually increases as we trek through, the trekkers acclimatize better, as there is more time for it. The trek eventually joins the more popular Lukla route and continues towards the Namche Bazar.
Highlights of the Trek:
- Trekkers can witness the amazing combination of natural and cultural beauty.
- Witnessing the amazing beauty of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Thamserku.
- It is a trek into the heart of Sherpa culture and tradition. You can experience the unique cultural performances and festivals in the monastery.
- Exploring the landscape, flora, and fauna of the Khumbu region along with the amazing views of the lush valley surround by the Himalayas.
- The Kala Pathar Hike and Tengboche Monastery
Tips for Trekking to Everest Base Camp in September
Check and Re-check Packing List
The weather and temperature vary according to the altitudes. The early September may experience monsoon rain so you need to pack rain gear and water-proof backpacks for the trek.
Towards the late May, the Everest region experiences autumn weather. So, the days are hot with colder nights. Therefore, you need to pack appropriately for both warm and cold days.
As a trekker, layering is the key. You need to choose clothing that wicks sweat and moisture keeping you fresh and comfortable.
Be sure you wear a good pair of waterproof trekking boots and waterproof socks.
Well, a pair of convertible trekking pants does not hurt.
For the trek at this month, you must be very careful about the packing for the Everest Base Camp trek because you may face the frequent weather changes in some unfortunate days.
Pre-booking always helps. You may not have to do so early September but better safe than sorry.
Tourist flow increases by mid-September. This increase in the number of trekkers increases crowds in the teahouses. So, you may have difficulty in finding the best place for food and accommodation.
So, it is a better idea to pre-book the food and accommodation if you are planning Everest Base Camp trek in September.
Be Prepared for The Unexpected Flight Delays
As September is the transition month between the monsoon and autumn season, you may sometimes face unexpected weather changes. The dense cloud and heavy shower may sometimes lead to the cancellations or delays of the Lukla flight.
So, as you go for this trek in September it is good to spend a few extra days for some unpredictable(s) that may occur on the trek.
Pack Insect Repellents
Everest Base Camp Trek in September means you will witness the traces of Monsoon in the trekking trails. You may encounter some bugs, specially in the lower altitudes of the trek. So, to avoid any inconveniences caused by them, you can carry insect repellents.
Everest Base Camp Trek in September can be a memorable experience. The soothing and pleasant temperature, clear view of the flora and fauna and the breathtaking mountain ranges add to your trekking memories.
You will have easy options for food and accommodations, peaceful hikes and cheaper options for flights and hotels.
For further questions and queries regarding the trek or other trekking options, feel free to contact us.