Everest Base Camp Trek in October

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October is one of the most popular months to trek to Everest Base Camp. The monsoon season, which makes trekking in the Himalayas difficult, is all but over and the bitter cold of the winter has not arrived. Many people take advantage of this weather window to trek to Everest Base Camp in October. Since this is a popular trekking month, expect the routes to be somewhat crowded. But the trade-off will be more than worth it, for you will get a fantastic view of the Himalayas.

Everest Base Camp Weather in October

Lukla village has clear weather when trekking Everest Base Camp in October.
Enjoy the autumn weather in Lukla where you will begin your Everest Base Camp trek.

October is part of the peak autumn trekking season and though the weather is colder than in the monsoon, the temperatures are relatively moderate. The days are dry and the views are crisp while traveling to Everest Base Camp in October. Lukla, which is the starting point for the classic Everest Base Camp trek, sees an average high temperature of 3°C and an average low of -5°C during this time. However, the mercury in Lobuche stays below the freezing point for most of the time in October, varying from an average high of -4.2°C to an average low of -12.4°C.

For a seasonal overview, see our guide on the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp.

Why Trek Everest Base Camp in October

Mount Ama Dablam looks amazing during Everest Base Camp trek in October.
Get unhindered views of the snowy mountains in October.
Get amazing view of Namche Bazaar while trekking Everest Base Camp.
Most of the teahouses on the route start opening back up after the monsoon season.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp in October is popular because of these reasons:

  • Optimum weather: Weather conditions during the Everest Base Camp trek in October are better than most months of the year. The days are relatively warm, humidity is low and chances of snowfall are low, and the winter chill has not yet set in.
  • Great views: Dry and clear weather conditions after the monsoon season offer uninterrupted views of some of the greatest peaks on earth, including Mt. Everest.
  • Food stops: Teahouses are mostly open in October which means you do not have to worry about food and accommodation during the Everest Base Camp trek.
Watch the Island Peak on your way to Everest Base Camp.
If you are up for some challenge, include a trek to Island Peak while trekking Everest Base Camp.

Most first-time trekkers gravitate towards the classic or traditional route. But if you are trekking to Everest Base Camp in October, the weather conditions are conducive for trying out more challenging routes.

  • Three Passes Detour: If you are game for a tougher trek, try the Three Passes trek, which takes you across Kongma La (5,550 m), Cho La (5,420 m) and Renjo La (5,360 m) passes. It is possible to do a detour to Everest Base Camp from this route. Ideally, the Three Passes trek should be undertaken only if you have some prior trekking experience at these altitudes.
  • Island Peak Climb: This one is strictly for those with professional mountaineering experience because it needs basic technical skills. Island Peak stands at 6,189 meters. You will follow the classic route to Everest Base Camp before proceeding to Kala Patthar, Khongma La pass and Island Peak Base Camp. The final stretch from High Camp to Island Peak requires ropes and crampons.
  • Classic Everest Base Camp Trek: A majority of trekkers take this route, and for a good reason. This route has the most teahouses and trekking companies are very well versed with the trail. The main points on this route before you reach Everest Base Camp are Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Deboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp in October can be a magical experience due to clearer weather conditions that offer splendid views of the mountains. Contact our travel experts in Nepal, who will help you choose the perfect route for your Everest Base Camp trek in October.

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