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Everest Base Camp Trek During Monsoon – What to expect?

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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.)

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

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.

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

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 are 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 of many trekkers, is 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 is 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 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).

Article By: Sharan Karki

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