Everest Base Camp Trek in September
  • Sep 20, 2022
  • Raj Kumar Basnet
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September is a perfect time for your trek to Everest Base Camp as the Monsoon ends when September approaches in the Everest region. It is the official beginning of autumn. The temperature and weather in September are suitable for your trek plans.

The monsoon cleans up the atmosphere enhancing a clear and beautiful atmosphere. The scenic views of the towering peaks during this period are amazing. The green hills and the pastures are lovely. The mild daytime temperatures are suitable for day hikes.

Let's be honest. Trekking in the mountains in really cold weather isn't practical. And you wouldn't want to go on a journey in too much heat. You should also steer clear of any rain. What month will solve all of these issues, then? September is a perfect trekking month in the Everest region!

You can enjoy the alluring vistas of sugar-coated peaks including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8,515m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam, etc. You will also love the unique culture and traditional practices of the Himalayan Sherpa people. The lifestyle and hospitality of the Sherpas are inspiring as well.

In this blog, we explore why September is an ideal month for planning your next EBC trek.

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Everest Base Camp Weather and Temperature in September

The weather in September is one of the nicest aspects of the trek. For trekking in the Himalayas, the weather in September is excellent. It's not too cold or too hot. At this time of year, the skies are clear and devoid of humidity. However, early weeks may have a small risk of precipitation. While there are no prospects of snowfall in September.

Post-Monsoon Weather

September arrives right after the monsoon ends officially. If you are trekking in September, you will experience post-monsoon weather. During early September, it might rain at the lower elevations. The trails might get wet and slippery. While trekking to EBC in September, you must take rain protection gear. In some years, the monsoon continues till September. Do not forget to pack warm gear for nights. Nights in September are cold.

Stable Weather

The weather in late September is much more stable. The monsoon rain washes away the dust and dirt from the atmosphere; also, it nourishes the vegetation. The hills, forests, and grasslands look greener. The skies become cloudless and blue. The distant vistas and the panorama of snowy peaks will look more attractive.

Pre Winter Weather

At Everest base camp, the month of September experiences pre-winter weather. Days are warm. The daytime temperature is mild. However, the nights are colder. Nights get colder day by day. You will need warm gear for the nights while trekking to the Everest base camp in September.

The Temperature of Everest Base Camp in September

In the Everest region, there is always a huge difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. September experiences pre-winter weather at the base camp. At the base camp, temperatures in late September are colder than in early September.

Daytime temperatures are mild. However, the night feels chilly. The temperature at night can drop even to zero degrees or below. The temperature at Everest base camp ranges between 8 to 15 degrees in the daytime. In September, temperatures at night range between 7 to -1 degrees.

Note: Get some warm trekking gear for your EBC trek in September. We also advise you to carry rainproof gear.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp in September

  • The short and scenic flight Kathmandu - Lukla. Flying to Lukla is quite a thrilling experience.
  • The aerial views of the impressive mountains, high hills, and the snowy peaks.
  • The Everest base camp itself.
  • The Unique Sherpa culture and traditions of the Sherpa people of the Khumbu region.
  • Getting an insight into the day to day lifestyle of the Sherpas.
  • The impressive Sherpa monasteries at Tengboche and Dingboche.
  • The 360 degrees panorama of gigantic Everest massif, Khumbu glacier, and icefall from Kalapatthar.
  • Sagarmatha National Park, a natural UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • The diverse flora and fauna in the Everest region.
  • Magnificent panoramas of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and others.

The Everest Base Camp

Accommodation, Food, and Drinks

Even though September marks the beginning of autumn, the EBC trails are less crowded. This means you will have easier access to accommodation and food.

Accommodation

The trek to the Everest Base Camp is a popular tea house trek route. You will find plenty of tea houses for accommodation. Many people love to go on camping during September. It is a good time for camp trekking as well.

The EBC trail isn’t as busy in September. So, it will be easier for you to get rooms for staying at the teahouses. You will have lots of choices for stays. Early booking isn’t mandatory for the base camp to Everest Trek in September.

The tea houses en route are basic. Do not expect big rooms and high facilities. The tea houses provide basic services. In general, they provide a single room on a twin-sharing basis. But in September, you might also get a single room.

Note: Nights are cold. Carry a sleeping bag. The tea houses will provide you with blankets. You can ask for some extra blankets in September.

Food and Drinks

The higher you trek, the fewer will be options for food. You will eat three meals a day during your Everest trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The tea houses where you stay overnight will serve you dinner and breakfast. You will eat lunch at some lodges or tea houses en route.

The food menus have limited cuisines at higher altitudes, given the situation. They serve some of their local dishes. Most of the foods include cereals and flour products. You can also try some famous international cuisines as well.

Most tea houses have similar menus. You can eat bread, pancakes, porridge, fries, rice, pasta, beans, yak cheese, Dal Bhat, garlic soup, yak steak, momo, etc. Consume a balanced diet. Eat something that supplies you sufficient energy for the trek.

For drinks, we advise you to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water every day on the trek. It is essential to keep your body hydrated. Keep your distance with alcohol and beverages while you are trekking. Consuming alcohol might dehydrate your body. This will increase the risk of altitude sickness.

Perks of Trekking to Everest Base Camp in September

Trekking in September has its own pros and cons. Plan your trek, pack all the essentials and you will have a wonderful trek.

Less Crowded Trails

Due to the post-monsoon weather, it might rain sometimes. The region still remains affected by the monsoon weather. So, September is less popular than the other autumn months. Hence, that makes the trails peaceful. If you are someone who loves quieter trails, September is a good time for you to go.

Clear Views

The air is clean and dust-free. The Himalayas exhibit their best forms on bright and sunny days. The clear blue sky compliments magnificent views.

Greenery Everywhere

The monsoon rain gives life to the vegetation along the trail. The forests look greener and denser. The pastures are green and beautiful. You’ll also see the herds of Yaks grazing on the pastures. The clean and green surrounding is one of the best highlights of the EBC trek in September.

Easy Accommodation

There will be a lesser number of trekkers on the Everest region trails in September. So, you will have options for accommodations and food. Also, unlike in popular months like October, you won’t have to stand in queue for food.

Fewer Chances of Flight Delays and Cancellations

The weather in September generally remains stable. So, there are lesser chances of flight delays and cancellations in September.

Festivals of September

You will witness some Nepalese festivals while on the trek and participate in them. Indra Jatra and Teej, two renowned carnivals, take place in September. The wonderful people will invite you to partake in the traditional cuisine and the festivities. Thus, this particular reason also makes your trek to the base camp more memorable during September.

Difficulties during Base Camp to Everest Trek in September

Altitude is one of the biggest challenges during the trek. You will reach an altitude of 5643 meters at Kala Patthar. You are prone to altitude sickness throughout the trek. The weather and temperature at the base camp are unpredictable. The first half of September still experiences monsoon weather. Thus, the trail can be more difficult to trek on. The temperature at night is very cold. The cold temperature will be very tough to stand if you lack appropriate trekking gear.

You might feel weak and low in energy while walking through some difficult sections on the trek. Carry some energy bars and chocolates with you that will supply you with instant energy.

Some Tips to Trek to Everest Base Camp in September

  • Start early. The mornings in September are clear. It might rain in the afternoon or the evenings. Better reach your destination before the sun sets. You will experience the leftovers of the monsoon in early September.
  • Maintain a constant pace of the walk. Take rest at intervals. Do not try to overdo it. Walking slowly is key to a successful trek.
  • Drink plenty of water on the trek. Your body tends to dehydrate faster at high altitudes. Make sure you stay away from getting dehydrated.
  • We advise you to carry your own refillable hot water bottle. Bottled mineral water is quite expensive on the trail. Do not forget to get the water purifying liquids or tablets.
  • Watch out for the symptoms of altitude sickness. As soon as you observe any symptoms, talk about it with your guide or a trekking partner. You must descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible.
  • The unpredictable monsoon rain may come along with the trek. Pack the rain protection gears. Wear hiking boots with sturdy soles to walk over the wet trails.
  • The temperature at night is very cold. Get a good-quality sleeping bag. You can buy or rent a sleeping bag at many shops in Thamel.
  • Budget management is a challenge during the EBC trek. You must carry sufficient hand cash before you go on the trek.

Essential Gears and Equipment for EBC Trekking In September

  • Rain Jackets for early September
  • A good quality Sleeping Bag
  • A pair of comfortable trekking boots (waterproof)
  • Trekking trousers (waterproof)
  • Trekking shirts
  • Jackets(Down and fleece)
  • Caps or Hats for head
  • Trekking socks
  • Moisturizer and sunscreen lotions
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Trekking Poles for ascends and descends
  • Solar Torch
  • Refillable hot water bottles with water purifiers
  • Toiletries including toothbrushes, toothpaste, dry and wet tissues, soaps, shampoos, Sanitizer gel or hand wash gel, a lightweight towel, etc.
  • First aid kit with essential medicines.

September is a beautiful time for trekking in Nepal. Base camp to Everest trek in September is a perfect outdoor activity in Nepal. The beautiful weather and mild temperature in September are so perfect for a remarkable trek. Are you excited to trek to the lap of Everest? If you are, start planning your trek with us. We organize the best treks and tours in Nepal. All our treks are customizable. We can organize the treks as per your preferences. See you on your next journey!

Raj Kumar Basnet

Raj Kumar Basnet

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Raj Kumar Basnet holds more than two decades of travelling experience in different regions of Nepal. He has trekked in both popular and off-the-beaten-path Nepali trekking trails which have allowed him to gain expertise in tourism. With years of field experience under his belt, he is now concentrating on sharing as much of his tourism knowledge as possible. Now, the co-owner of Outfitter Nepal, he hopes that the knowledge he’s gained over the years would deem helpful for the travellers visiting Nepal!

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