September, October, and November fall during the autumn season in Nepal. The autumn season arrives just after the monsoon season making the views clear and crisp. The weather is relatively stable. Generally, these months have perfect temperatures, not too cold on the higher elevation and not too hot at the lower elevations. Yes, the lower elevation is warm but the daytime temperatures are the most pleasant for hiking conditions.
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One thing that you have to keep in mind while trekking in the Himalayas is, the bad weather can hit at any time of year. But, looking at the weather history, we can see that the fall season has the most reliable weather conditions. Besides the clear weather and beautiful mountain vistas, you’ll also absolutely fall in love with the views of lush forests. Mountains are not only about white snow and rugged landscape!
On the trail, especially on the hillside, you’ll find flowers colored with the whole spectrum of the rainbow. You’ll be intoxicated by the fragrance of the flowers and vegetation. Even though trekking for multiple hours a day for more than two weeks can be tiring, walking through the woods listening to the sound of the crunching leaves underneath your feet makes your walk pleasurable.
Normally, during these months, the weather across Everest Base Camp is super fantastic. Of course, the popular trekking route of Everest regions such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Trek,Gokyo Valley Trekking,Everest Panorama Trekking, andEverest High Passes Treks are bustling with trekkers.
Since autumn is the best time for trekking in the Himalayas, the tea houses along the trail tend to get packed early. Trekking guides also might charge higher rates, though hiring a guide in Nepal is relatively cheap at any time of year. Thus, booking your accommodations, flights, and guide in advance is highly recommended.
Also, you can take lesser-known routes such as Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek, which will take you off the beaten track and away from crowds. Everest Base Camp trek doesn't only offer you jaw-dropping mountain vistas and high alpine landscape, but also the opportunity to connect more closely with the local people. Sherpas are native to this mountainous region, famous for their hospitality and mountaineering abilities.
Everest Base Camp, at about 5380 meters above sea level, has very low temperatures. Whereas the lower areas, averaging around 2000 meters above sea level, have a milder climate. Generally, Everest Base Camp weather during September, October, and November are mild i.e, not extremes hot in the daytime and not too cold at night.
Traveling before the colder months means that you won’t need too much protective clothing, you can save some space in your backpack for other essentials. Though, it never hurts to bring extra layers especially when you are sensitive to cold.
Also, traveling just after monsoon means there is little chance that rain and clouds will affect your marvelous views. The average temperature during these months is 15 °C. Sunny days can bring temperatures reaching about 20 °C whereas the cold morning and nights can drop to -10 °C in the area above 4000 meters.
But, as you trek to higher altitude places, weather conditions can't be accurately predicted. Thus, you may encounter rain showers or even snowfalls even while traveling in autumn ie. in the month of September, October, November.
Apart from Everest Base Camp trek, you can also opt. to any of these treks which surely offers you the best chances of enjoying the ideal conditions:
- Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Langtang Valley Trek
- Langtang Gosainkunda Trek
- Rara Lake Trek
- Kanchenjunga Trek
Everest Base Camp Weather in September
September is the beginning of the autumn season and also marks the end of the monsoon season in Nepal. During September, with the end of hot and humid weather and torrential downpours, once again all types of trekking are possible. By the end of the September month, again the trail of Everest Base Camp is full of trekkers. However, at the beginning of the month, it can potentially rain quite a bit. So, it is recommended that you start your Everest Base Camp trek from mid-September to avoid unexpected rainfall.
Temperature: Throughout September, daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 15°C. When days are warm, trekking can be done just in shirts and shorts. Though the temperature won't be that high, you may take quick-drying trekking shirts to keep you fresh during uphill climbing. At night, the temperatures can drop up to around 2°C.
Estimated Hours of Sunshine Per Day: During September, you can expect the sun to shine for an average of 8 hours per day.
Wind: The average daily wind speed in September is around 8-11 km/hr (roughly 5-7 mph).
Everest Base Camp Weather in October
October is another great month to embark on the Everest Base Camp trek. In fact, it is considered the best month to trek during the autumn season, as the climate during this time is neither too cold nor too hot. It’s a perfect scenario for trekking in Nepal! October is the busiest month to trek during the fall. Since the sky is clear, you’ll feel lucky taking in the HD quality views of the snow-capped mountains. This month, you can see decorated houses and markets due to festivals like Dashain and Tihar while you stay at Kathmandu.
Temperature: Throughout October, the daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 12°C. At night the minimum temperatures drop down to around -6°C. The temperature slowly starts to lower than in September making it comparatively easier to trek during the daytime. You may need to take care of colder nights with which are still bearable in most of the days.
Estimated Hours of Sunshine Per Day: During October, you can expect the sun to shine for an average of 6 to 7 hours per day.
Wind: The average daily wind speed in October is around 8-11 km/hr (roughly 5-7 mph).
Everest Base Camp Weather in November
In Nepal, November marks the end of the autumn season, just before winter arrives. In November, you can expect bright sunshine and warm sunny weather across most of Everest Base Camp. During this time of year, you’ll have a perfect temperature for hiking. Pack your backpack and hike comfortably in the Everest region without getting too sweaty or too chilly as you may experience at other times of the year. But as the days are shorter during November, you may need to speed up a bit during the day to reach your daily destinations.
Temperature: Throughout November, daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 6°C. At night the minimum temperatures drop down to around -12°C. Even though days are warm, nights can be pretty cold and you may need extra sleeping bags to keep you warm.
Estimated Hours of Sunshine per Day: For November expect the sun to shine for an average of 6-7 hours per day.
Wind: The average daily wind speed in November is around 8-11 km/hr (roughly 5-7 mph).
Tips for trekking in September, October, November
- You are recommended to wear clothes in layers because during late autumn days it may start to be colder. You may also feel cold during early mornings, late afternoon and nights.
- September, October, November are peak trekking months and the accommodations and other services need to be booked earlier.
- If you are more interested in exploring the diverse culture of Nepal, you may want to plan your trek in festive time of Dashain and Tihar starting from mid-October.
- If you want to experience less-crowded trekking even in peak season, you may want to trek in less popular regions like Gokyo lakes and Everest High Passes.
Note: All these available data are only estimated data based on our past forecast data. This doesn't predict the weather of the upcoming season which may or may not vary
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