You’ve come to the right place if you are planning for Everest Base Camp Trek in Summer. June, July and August are the months of summer in Nepal. This may not be a favorable season to trek but, as the rain starts to fall, the misty views and greener vegetations make you feel refreshed. Afterwards, the astounding mystical views of the mountains and landscapes will keep your spirit going.
The monsoon months brings in precipitation of 500-550 mm and the atmosphere is hot along with humidity. The trails are muddy and slippery in most of the routes, you should be extra careful while in the trails.
Below are some useful things you should know if you are about to head on to Everest Base Camp Trek in summer (June, July and August).
Landscapes and mountain views
During summer, more clouds and warm temperature comes along the wind from the Indian ocean. These situations may obstruct the views of the mountains. The trails are slippery and muddy and trekkers may have to deal with the leeches. Pack accordingly for the trek, good footwear and anything that keeps the leeches away is necessary for the trek. It may rain quite often but not every time. Rain is unpredictable and mostly falls during the evening. And the next morning, the view is spectacular.
Expect a peaceful Everest Base Camp Trek in Summer
As June, July and August are the off season for trekking, the trails are empty. Most trekkers prefer to go to other lower regions instead of the Everest Trek. According to the statistics, only 5-8% of the trekkers head on to the Everest region during this time of the year. This makes Everest Base Camp Trekking routes peaceful and you could also make some new friends along the way.
Days and Temperature
Everest Base Camp Trek Weather during Summer is determined by hot days cooling down with rainfall. The temperature is 23 degrees during the day. So, you should better bring good SPF rated sunscreens and sunglasses with you. And as you can imagine the nights are colder and the temperature might go down to 4 degrees. The day lasts up to 8 hours which is enough to get across the terrains on time. The precipitation is 170mm in the Everest region, so raincoats are necessary.
Lodges, Teahouses and Food
It is normal that most teahouses and lodges will probably be vacant and have plenty of rooms available. You can also get rooms for a reasonable price by bargaining with the owners. You should also not worry about getting into trouble with pre booking (because of the offseason).
The menus are limited. As, during the offseason, it is unreasonable for stockpiling of the ingredients. So, do not expect much and bring in some food yourself while packing. And for non-veg folks, it is a bit saddening that there will be lesser menu items.
Guides and Porter
For successful Everest Base Camp Trek in Summer, hiring guides and porters are necessary. The monsoon may bring a whole lot of challenges that you may not be able to tackle without the help of the guide. Guides become your best friend in these treks, they share jokes, keep you motivated even in the worst times. Trekking during the offseason will be a lot easier if you have a guide with you. Guides will help you and suggest for acclimatization considering the situation you might be in.
Festivals in Summer
During the period of June/July, the Dumji festival is celebrated in the Khumbu region. This festival is celebrated by the Sherpa community. As you can expect, the festivals in Nepal are truly a cultural experience. The festival brings in all the local villages together and they perform various dances and traditional acts. The festival lasts up to 4 days, where every 13 years, a group of three families are required to provide food and drinks for the entire village. The other thing special about this festival is the performing of rituals with masked dancers.
Things to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek in Summer
You should pretty much pack everything that keeps you away from being wet, cold and leeches for EBC Trek. Packing for the Everest region should be optimal. Monsoon season is rather hotter than most of the other seasons. For avoiding the rain, waterproof clothes (trousers or raincoats) are recommended. Raincoats, umbrellas and bag rain covers are necessary.
Here is the list of packing you should consider for the trek:
- Shoes with fine grip
- Shorts and Trousers
- Waterproof Jackets
- Trekking pants
- Sunglasses, gloves, and hats, sunscreens
- Water Bottle and Purifier
- Trekking poles
- EBC Trek Map
- Medical Kit
- Hand Sanitizer and Toiletries
- Sleeping bag
The trails are slippery, so you need to be extra careful. Trekking poles can be of great help for you for your Everest Base Camp Trek in summer. Trekking in the monsoon can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Average Temperature in Summer around Everest Region
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The weather is ever-changing in the Everest Region, being mentally prepared is the key to successfully complete the trek. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of its kind. The one word to describe the trek would be “beautiful”. It takes 12 or 13 days of trekking to get to the Everest base camp. It is a life-changing experience one should definitely recommended atleast once in their lifetime.
For more information on the trek read A Complete Guide to Everest Base Camp Trek
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