• Raj Kumar Basnet
  • Last Updated on Dec 30, 2023

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is best done in spring and autumn. We're all well-known of that fact by now, but among those two seasons, which month is the most favorable? Well, it depends on several factors, primarily your schedule, and preference. While all 6 months are best for trekking to EBC in their own ways, September has its own charm to attract trekkers to the Everest region.

September is the official beginning of autumn in the Everest region and all over Nepal, as the monsoon ends when September approaches. The monsoon cleans up the atmosphere with a long rainy season, enhancing the ambiance of the Everest region with a crystal clear view of the verdant hills and snow-covered mountains. The scenic views of the towering peaks during this period are amazing. The green hills and the pastures look lovely.

Let's be honest. Trekking in the mountains in really cold weather isn't practical. And you wouldn't want to go on a hiking journey in too much heat. You should also steer clear of any rain as well. What month will solve all of these issues, then? September! The weather in September is pleasant and suitable for your trekking plans. The mild daytime temperature is suitable for day hikes.

You can enjoy the alluring vistas of sugar-coated peaks, including Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Lhotse (8,515m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam, etc., without any obstacles. You will also love the unique culture and traditional practices of the Himalayan Sherpa people, especially the festivals celebrated during the month of September. The lifestyle and hospitality of the Sherpas are humbling as well.

In this blog, we'll find out why September is the best month for you to plan your next EBC trek in detail. Please follow through to learn more about the trek to Everest Base Camp in September.

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Highlights of Everest Base Camp in September

  • Stable weather and pleasant temperature conditions
  • Crystal-clear views of the impressive mountains, high hills, and snowy peaks
  • The unique culture, traditions, and festivals celebrated by the Sherpa people of the Khumbu region
  • Fewer chances of flight delays and cancellations for Lukla
  • Good availability of accommodation on the trail
  • Less-crowded trails offer solitude while trekking
  • The diverse flora and fauna of the Everest region flourishing in September

What is the Weather and Temperature in the Everest Base Camp like in September?

The weather in September is one of the nicest aspects of the EBC trek. For trekking in the Himalayas, the weather in September is excellent. It's not too cold or too hot. At this time of year, the skies are clear and devoid of humidity. However, early weeks may have a small risk of precipitation, while there are no prospects of snowfall in September.

Post Monsoon Weather

September arrives right after the monsoon ends officially. If you are trekking in September, you will experience post-monsoon weather. During early September, it might rain at the lower elevations. The trails might get wet and slippery. While trekking to EBC in September, you must carry rain protection gear such as a raincoat or even a poncho. In some years, the monsoon continues till September. Do not forget to pack warm gear for nights. Nights in September are cold, while days are warm.

Stable Weather

The weather in late September is much more stable. The monsoon rain washes away the dust and dirt from the atmosphere and nourishes the vegetation. The hills, forests, and grasslands look greener than ever. The skies become cloudless and blue. The distant vistas and the panorama of snowy peaks look more attractive. The wind is mild and enjoyable.

Pre Winter Weather

At Everest Base Camp, the month of September (especially late September) experiences pre-winter weather. The daytime temperature is mild, so the days are warm. However, the nights are cold and get colder day by day. You will need warm clothes for the nights while trekking to the Everest Base Camp in September.

Everest Base Camp Temperature in September

In the Everest region, there is always a huge difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures. At the base camp, temperatures in late September are lower than in early September. Daytime temperatures are mild. However, the night feels chilly. The temperature at night can drop even to zero degrees or below. The temperature at Everest Base Camp in September ranges between 8 to 15 degrees in the daytime, while the nighttime temperature ranges between 7 to -1 degrees.

Note: Get some warm clothes for nights for your EBC trek in September. We also advise you to carry rainproof gear.

How's the availability of Accommodation, Food, and Drinks on the EBC trail in September?

Since September marks the beginning of autumn (peak trekking season), the EBC trails are less crowded as people are just starting to show up. This means you will have easier access to accommodation and food.

Accommodation in the Everest Base Camp route

The trek to the Everest Base Camp is a popular tea house trek route. You will find plenty of tea houses and mountain lodges for accommodation. Many people love to go camping during September. It is a good time for camp trekking as well. Similarly, there are also high-end fancy hotels providing 4 to 5-star services in the Everest Region. You can choose your accommodation according to your liking.

The EBC trail isn't as busy in September as it is just the beginning of the autumn season. So, it will be easier for you to get rooms for staying at the teahouses and hotels. You will have lots of choices for stays. Early booking isn't mandatory for the base camp for Everest Trek in September.

The tea houses en route are basic and provide decent services. Do not expect big rooms and high-end facilities. In general, they provide a single room on a twin-sharing basis. But in September, due to less crowd, you might also get a single room. On the other hand, the big hotels facilitate you with spacious rooms with comfortable beds and attached washrooms.

Note: Nights are cold. So, carrying a sleeping bag helps. The tea houses will provide you with blankets anyway. You can ask for some extra blankets in September.

Food and Drinks available on EBC trekking trail

The higher you trek, the fewer will be options for food. You will eat three meals daily during your Everest trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. The tea houses where you stay overnight will serve you dinner and breakfast. You will eat lunch at some lodges or tea houses en route.

The food menus have limited cuisines at higher altitudes, given the situation (food has to be carried in helicopters or by horses or potters). They serve some of their local dishes. Most of the foods include cereals, rice, and flour products. You can also find some international cuisines on the menu.

Most tea houses have similar menus. You can eat bread, pancakes, porridge, fries, rice, pasta, beans, yak cheese, Daal Bhat, garlic soup, yak steak, momo, etc. Consume a balanced diet. Eat something that supplies you with sufficient energy for the trek. Daal Bhat, a traditional Nepali meal based on rice with side dishes of lentil soup, seasonal vegetables, greens, and pickles, is a great source of carbs and protein required during the trek.

For drinks, we advise you to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water every day during the trek. It is essential to keep your body hydrated. Keep your distance from alcoholic beverages while you are trekking, as it dehydrates your body. This will increase the risk of altitude sickness.

Why is it beneficial to trek to Everest Base Camp in September?

Trekking in September has its own pros and cons. So, it's important to find out both and plan your trek accordingly. Get physically and mentally prepared for the trek, pack all the essentials, and you will have a wonderful trek. Here're some advantages of trekking to EBC in September.

Less Crowded Trails

Due to the post-monsoon weather, it might sometimes rain at the beginning of September. The lower region still remains affected by the monsoon weather. So, September is less popular than the other autumn months. Hence, that makes the trail peaceful. If you are someone who loves quieter trails, September is the best time for you. You can enjoy the breathtaking vistas by yourself and feel the one-on-one connection with the mountains.

Clear Views

The monsoon that lasts 3 months (June, July, and August) just before September washes out all the impurities in the air, resulting in a clean and dust-free atmosphere. The Himalayas exhibit their best forms on bright and sunny days. The clear blue sky compliments magnificent views. The verdant hills appear bright green, the snow-capped mountains in their purest white, and the sky turns a shade of deep blue, creating a mixture of colors that makes the scenery magical.

Greenery Everywhere

The monsoon rain gives life to the vegetation along the trail. The forests look greener and denser. The pastures are green and beautiful. You'll also see the herds of Yaks grazing on the pastures. The clean and green surrounding is one of the best highlights of the EBC trek in September. Green is such a refreshing color that elevates your mood and makes you forget the pain in your body caused by continuous hiking for days.

Easy Accommodation

As previously discussed, there will be a lesser number of trekkers on the Everest region trails in September. So, you will have options for accommodations and food. You can take a look at different rooms and choose the one that you like. If you're a solo trekker, you might not even have to share your room with other trekkers. The chances of you getting a single room is high. Also, unlike in popular months like October, you won't have to stand in a queue for food.

Fewer Chances of Flight Delays and Cancellations

The weather in September generally remains stable. There's less rainfall in comparison to previous monsoon months. The sky is clear, and visibility is good. The wind during this time is also mind and not disruptive. So, there are lesser chances of Lukla flight delays and cancellations in September.

Festivals of September

You will witness some Nepalese festivals while on the trek and participate in them. Indra Jatra and Teej, two renowned carnivals, take place in September in Nepal. Indra Jatra is celebrated religiously by the Newari community of Kathmandu Valley, while Teej is a Hindu festival where women dress in red, worship lord Shiva, fast, sing, and dance. The humble Everest region people will invite you to partake in the traditional cuisine and the festivities. Thus, this particular reason also makes your trek to the base camp more memorable during September.

What are the difficulties during the trek to the Everest base Camp in September?

While September is a great month to go for the EBC trekking journey, we can't deny the fact that there are some setbacks that might hamper your trip. Altitude is one of the biggest challenges during the trek. You will reach an altitude of 5644 meters at Kala Patthar, which is high enough for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You are prone to altitude sickness throughout the trek, irrespective of the time of travel.

The weather and temperature at the base camp are unpredictable. The first half of September still experiences monsoon weather in the lower Everest region. Thus, the trail can be more difficult to trek on due to rainfall hiking, slippery trail, and landslides. The temperature at night is very cold. The cold temperature will be very tough to stand if you lack appropriate trekking gear and have never experienced such cold sub-zero temperatures.

You might feel weak and low in energy while walking through some difficult sections on the trek. Carry some energy bars and chocolates with you that will supply you with instant energy.

Some Tips to Trek to Everest Base Camp in September

  • Start early. The mornings in September are clear. It might rain in the afternoon or the evenings. Better reach your destination before the sun sets. You will experience the leftovers of the monsoon in early September.
  • Maintain a constant pace of the walk. Take rest at intervals. Do not try to overdo it. A slow-paced walk is key to a successful trek.
  • Drink plenty of water (3 to 4 liters daily) on the trek. Your body tends to dehydrate faster at high altitudes. Make sure you stay away from getting dehydrated.
  • We advise you to carry your own refillable hot water bottle. Bottled mineral water is quite expensive on the trail. Do not forget to add water-purifying liquids or tablets once you're on the trail.
  • Watch out for the symptoms of altitude sickness. As soon as you observe any symptoms, talk about them with your guide or a trekking partner. You must descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible.
  • The unpredictable monsoon rain may come along with the trek. Pack the rain protection gear. Wear hiking boots with sturdy soles to walk over the wet trails.
  • The temperature at night is very cold. Carry warm clothes and a good-quality sleeping bag, and prepare yourself mentally.
  • Budget management is a challenge during the EBC trek. You must carry sufficient hand cash before you go on the trek.

Essential Trekking Gears for EBC Trek In September

  • Rain Jackets for early September
  • A good quality sleeping bag for nights
  • A pair of comfortable trekking boots (waterproof)
  • Trekking trousers (waterproof)
  • Trekking shirts
  • Jackets(Down and fleece)
  • Caps or Hats for head
  • Trekking socks
  • Moisturizer and sunscreen lotions
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Trekking Poles for ascends and descends
  • Solar Torch Light (headgear)

Toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, dry and wet tissues, soaps, shampoos, Sanitizer gel or hand wash gel, a lightweight towel, etc. We suggest you carry your toiletries as those are common to use for all guests in the tea houses.

First aid kit with essential medicines.

September is, without a doubt, a beautiful time for trekking in Nepal. Base camp to Everest trek in September is a perfect outdoor activity in Nepal. The beautiful weather and mild temperature in September results in a remarkable trek. But the actual question is, Is September a good month for trekking to EBC for you? If so, start planning your trek with us.

We organize the best treks and tours in Nepal with our 20+ years of experience in the Nepalese Himalayas. Our guides are well-trained to make your trekking adventure fun and informational. All our treks are customizable, so we can organize the treks as per your preferences. If you're interested, feel free to reach out to us so we can discuss it further. See you soon on your journey to the Everest Base Camp!

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