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Everest Base Camp Trek During Monsoon – What to expect?

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The diverse landscape, scenic, natural beauty along with giant mountains makes Nepal a paradise for the adventure seeker and travel enthusiastic. Nepal is the home of the world’s highest mountain (Everest– 8,848m) along with eight of fourteen eight-thousand mountains in the world. The undisturbed natural beauty, traditional lifestyle, unique cultures, and the sense of trekking halfway up Everest, the world’s highest mountain is simply amazing.

Everest 8848m and Nuptse seen on the way to Kala Patthar summit
Everest 8848m and Nuptse seen on the way to Kala Patthar summit. Photo: Sharan Karki

Normally, Nepal has five seasons: Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. Out of these, Spring & Autumn is considered as the best trekking season in Nepal, because these seasons have ideal weather which helps to see the crystal clear mountains and beautiful landscape. Generally, In Nepal monsoon starts from mid of June and gets in peck around August and goes down in early September.

Everest and Lhotse can be seen from this place including, Phortse village. Photo: Sharan Karki
Everest and Lhotse can be seen from this place including, Phortse village. Photo: Sharan Karki

If you trek Everest Region during the rainy season (we called monsoon) will be more interesting for the adventure seeker trekkers. Trekking in the rainy season can add difficulty for you. Weather fluctuation in each hour, rainfall, water everywhere, slippery trail, sometimes having chances of landslides and difficult pathways. But, if you have experienced monsoon in its full glory, then you realize there is no other season like it. Gloomy, mischievous sky, fresh air, the sound of raindrops, waterfalls, and rivers everywhere, green forest, and cool weather makes your trip memorable. The most important part, there are fewer trekkers on the way which means, you don’t need to be stuck in traffic jams during crossing suspension bridge, narrow trails, and checkpoint. The hotels and lodges have fewer crowds.

Here are more photos of Everest Base Camp Trek during Monsoon:

Lukla Airport 2840m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Lukla Airport 2840m. Photo: Sharan Karki

 

Phakding village, bank of Dudhkoshi river 2650m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Phakding village, bank of Dudhkoshi river 2650m. Photo: Sharan Karki
First view of Ama Dablam 6812m near Namche Bazaar. Photo: Sharan Karki
First view of Ama Dablam 6812m near Namche Bazaar. Photo: Sharan Karki
A beautiful green view and Mt. Thamserku 6623m trying to hide inside clouds. Photo: Sharan Karki
A beautiful green view and Mt. Thamserku 6623m trying to hide inside clouds. Photo: Sharan Karki
Ama Dablam and Small stupa on the way
Ama Dablam and Small stupa on the way. Photo: Sharan Karki
Mountain Goat called Himalayan Tahr can be seen on the way. Photo: Sharan Karki
Mountain Goat called Himalayan Tahr can be seen on the way. Photo: Sharan Karki
Dingboche village, a place for the acclimatization for many trekkers, located at 4410m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Dingboche village, a place for the acclimatization for many trekkers, located at 4410m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Imja Khola, near Dinggboche village 4410m
Imja Khola, near Dingboche village 4410m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Namche Bazaar at 3440m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Namche Bazaar at 3440m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Mt Pumori 7161m near Gorakshep village located above 5000m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Mt Pumori 7161m near Gorakshep village located above 5000m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Lobuche village situated at 4910m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Lobuche village situated at 4910m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Tengboche Monastery at 3867m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Tengboche Monastery at 3867m. Photo: Sharan Karki
Green valley seen from Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Sharan Karki
Green valley seen from Tengboche Monastery. Photo: Sharan Karki
Apples are grown during Monsoon Season. Photo: Sharan Karki
Apples are grown during Monsoon Season. Photo: Sharan Karki

When you are trekking in the off-season, the safety things are most important. Here are some safety tips for you,

  • Rainproof jackets, pants, trekking bags, long raincoats, and fast-drying socks are a must.
  • To protect your trekking stuff, you must carry backpack cover waterproof protection.
  • Monsoon means slippery trail, so bring a pair of fast-drying and if possible waterproof boots.
  • Bring some dry fruits and chocolates along with hot water and keep a bottle with you. There might be closed hotels and tea houses during lunchtime. 
  • Since you are traveling in the monsoon season, there might be chances of landslides, so make sure to speak with every checkpoint, locals, and weather forecast. Preferably, more contact with the locals, they know weather conditions more than international weather stations, because the weather in the Mountains is normally hard to predict.

Normally, Everest Base Camp trek is 12 days moderate level trekking, which includes 35min thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and 10 days normal hiking which starts from 2,840m (Lukla) to 5545m (Kalapatthar) along with 5,364m (Everest Base Camp).

Article By: Sharan Karki

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