You can do Everest Base Camp Trek during Monsoon too. If you love greenery, gloomy days, and the Himalayas simultaneously, then the Everest base camp trek during the monsoon is best for you.
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 diverse landscape, scenic, natural beauty, and giant mountains make Nepal a paradise for adventure seekers and travel enthusiasts. The undisturbed natural beauty, traditional lifestyle, unique cultures, and the sense of trekking halfway up Everest, the world’s highest mountain is simply amazing.
Much more than you can see Everest closely within reality. It is the dream of most people to see Everest once in a lifetime. That’s why mountain flights around Everest, helicopter rides to Everest Base Camp, and even skydiving in the Everest region are extremely popular.
For those who love to trek and want to explore the beauty, landscape, and diverse culture of the Everest region, then the Everest base camp trek is one of them.
Everest Base Camp Trek During Monsoon
Monsoon is surely not considered the best time for trekking in Nepal, there is a high risk of landslides and floods. But if you are an adventure seeker and loves to lose yourself in the foggy, rainy, and gloomy environment, then why not trek to Everest Base Camp during the rainy season. 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.
This time, the path will be less crowded and you will get to enjoy more of the Everest Region. The hotels and lodges have fewer crowds. Gloomy, mischievous sky, fresh air, the sound of raindrops, waterfalls, cascading rivers, green landscapes, the Himalayas playing hide and seek with you, tasty apples, and delicious meals will make your whole trek worthwhile. You will be accompanied by the Sherpa people, who are the most friendly and brave people of Nepal. You will surely forget the whole hardships when you stand in front of the mighty Mt. Everest. (Make sure to tuck your trousers into socks as you will hunt by leeches. They are very active during monsoon season.)
Best time to trek in Nepal
Normally, Nepal has five seasons: Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. Spring & Autumn is considered 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 the peak around August, and goes down in early September.
Here are more photos of Everest Base Camp Trek during Monsoon:
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 a 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 of moderate level trekking, which includes a 35min thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and 10 days of normal hiking which starts from 2,840m (Lukla) to 5545m (Kalapatthar) along with 5,364m (Everest Base Camp).