Everest Base Camp Trek in September

Everest Base Camp Trek in September

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the world’s most popular and iconic trekking destinations. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains, an opportunity to experience the unique Sherpa culture, and a chance to challenge oneself physically and mentally. While the trek can be done throughout the year, September is an ideal time to embark on this adventure. 

Why do you ask? Well, there are several reasons, including the ideal weather conditions, the beauty of the flowering season, the cultural events, and fewer crowds on the trails. Let’s explore these reasons together, so you can better understand why September is the perfect time to take on the Everest Base Camp Trek.

If you’re planning to go on the Everest Base Camp Trek but want to know more about it first, we have a detailed Everest Trekking guide that can help. It has all the information you need before starting your journey. Check it out and learn from our expertise to make your trip a success.

Why Trek Everest Base Camp in September?

1. Ideal Weather Conditions

One of the most significant advantages of trekking to Everest Base Camp in September is the ideal weather conditions. This season is notably advantageous for photographers due to the cessation of the monsoon season by August’s end, providing a stable, dry and cloudless climate, which offers an excellent opportunity for sightseers to behold the surrounding mountains.

In this month, the temperatures during the day can range from mild to warm, with an average high of around 17°C (62°F) in the lower elevations and around 4°C (39°F) in the higher elevations.

Be prepared for colder temperatures at night and early mornings, especially in higher elevations that can drop to around 0°C (32°F) or even lower. However, the weather is typically clear and dry, with less rain compared to the summer months.

Here’s the weather data for different places along the Everest Base Camp trek during the month of September:

PlaceElevation (m/ft)Daytime Temperature (°C/°F)Nighttime Temperature (°C/°F)Average Precipitation (mm)
Namche Bazaar3,440m/11,286ft10-16°C/50-61°F3-8°C/37-46°F100
Lobuche4,910m/16,109ft0-8°C/32-46°F-8 to -3°C/17-26°F25
Gorak Shep5,164m/16,942ft-2-5°C/28-41°F-10 to -5°C/14-23°F20

2. Less Crowded and Better Accommodation

Number of Trekkers in Everest Base Camp (2019)
Source: Nepal Tourism Board

One of the biggest advantages of trekking in September is the availability of better accommodation options due to lesser crowds.

In the lower elevations, such as Lukla and Namche Bazaar, there are plenty of teahouses and lodges to choose from, and you’re likely to find better rooms and services as well. This is because the peak season crowds have yet to arrive, so the accommodation owners are still fresh and eager to provide excellent service.

As you ascend higher, the number of accommodation options decreases, but you can still find decent teahouses and lodges. However, I still advise you to book in advance to ensure availability, but you’re more likely to get a good room and a warm shower in September compared to the peak season when everything is much more crowded.

3. A Scenic Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Here comes the most exciting part of doing the Everest Base Camp trek in September, the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This month, the flight offers a bird’s eye view of the picturesque villages, lush valleys, and snow-capped peaks. On top of that, there are low chances of flight delays and cancellation of Lukla and return in September.

The flight takes around 30 minutes. It is often the most exhilarating part of the journey for many trekkers, as it is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world due to its short runway and challenging terrain. However, don’t worry; our experienced pilots are trained to handle such conditions and prioritize your safety.

Don’t forget to protect yourself from unforeseen travel mishaps by getting travel insurance. Click here to learn more about the importance of travel insurance for the Everest Base Camp trek.

In addition, if you want to take your adventure to the next level, you can consider the Everest Base Camp Luxury Heli Trek. It is a popular option for those who want to experience the beauty of the Everest region but are short on time or not physically fit for the trek.

4. Flowering Season

September is a flowering season in Nepal, and the Everest region is no exception. If you are a nature admirer, you will enjoy the trek even more as during this month, the hills and valleys come alive with colourful blooms of rhododendrons, magnolias, and other alpine flowers.

During this time, the lower region of the trek is covered in a carpet of colourful flowers, making it a photographer’s paradise. You will also see wildflowers in full bloom along the trail. The rhododendron forests are a sight to behold, with shades of pink, red, and white flowers adorning the trees.

The higher regions of the trek, including Gorak Shep and Kalapatthar, are also home to a variety of alpine flowers that are unique to this region. You will see the stunning Himalayan blue poppy, primrose, and many other wildflowers that are not found anywhere else in the world.

In addition, the flowering season also attracts a lot of birds and wildlife to the region, making it an excellent opportunity for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. You may spot musk deer, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, and various species of birds, such as the Himalayan monal and the Tibetan snowcock.

5. Festivals and Events

One of the most significant events in September is the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu. This festival celebrates the end of the monsoon season and honors Indra, the Hindu god of rain. The festival is characterized by masked dances, processions, and the erection of a tall wooden pole called a linga, which represents the god Shiva.

Another important event that takes place in late September or early October is the Dashain, the biggest festival celebrated in Nepal. Dashain is a fifteen-day-long festival celebrated enthusiastically, including animal sacrifices, prayers, and feasting. This provides an opportunity for you to experience the unique cultural traditions of the Nepalese people.

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In conclusion, September is an ideal time to trek to Everest Base Camp due to the favourable weather conditions, fewer crowds, flowering season, and cultural events. Furthermore, the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an added bonus that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains.

I hope this article has provided you with valuable information about why September is an ideal time for trekking to Everest Base Camp.

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Basu Panday

Basu Panday started his journey in tourism and hospitality as a support staff 17 years ago. He has travelled all the Himalayan region as trekking staff and trekking guide, and have climbed 6000+ meters several trekking peaks in the Himalaya. He often leads trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. He had travelled to many other countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Lithuania, Greece, Denmark Spain, Australia and the USA for promotion of Nepal’s tourism.  After working as support staff, then tour and trek guide, he eventually fulfilled his desire to start his own company, Nepal Social Treks and Expedition, in 2006. Basu is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.
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