Everest Base Camp Trek Overview
Walk begins from Sherpa town of Lukla, a place of great interest with its small unique airstrip. There's an airport named ‘Tenzing and Hillary’ tribute to late legendry mountaineers the first to reach on top Mt. Everest in 29th May 1953.
Adventure continues following Dudh Koshi, a raging fast river fed by massive Khumbu and Ngozumba glaciers locate further high north, where walks lead you to our main highlight of the journey.
Trek leads past several nice and lovely villages of Ghat, Phakding to Monjo villages adorned with impressive religious monuments of prayer walls and spinning bells where walking clockwise a sign of respect in Buddhism religion.
As route leads to cross over long suspension bridges, at Monjo where walk enters into Sagarmatha National Park. This park was established toconserve and protect various exotic flora and fauna of the Khumbu area.
The park was designated as world heritage sites in 1979, where world's highest peaks Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyo, Pumori, Amadablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang are located.
Sagarmatha a name for Everest in Nepal, while the native Sherpa call as Chomolungma of Tibetan origin where both names means ‘Great Mother’ an interesting place to collect information of Khumbu region of Everest.
To enter park premises one has to obtain permits or tickets along with TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) for all trekking areas within Nepal Himalaya including Everest region
From the park walk leads around Dudh Kosi River gorge and deep valley covered with dense tree lines of rhododendron-magnolia-blue pines, oaks and silver firs then heading steep up facing glorious views of Kwangde, Thermasarkhu with Everest on clear morning.
Finally after a nice pleasant and hard long walk reaching at Namche Bazaar where houses are located in amphitheatre U shaped a popular and main hub of local Sherpa as well for trekkers.
Namche offers facilities of nice hotels, shops, stores, banks and ATM with number of good restaurants where once a week colorful and busy Saturday market takes place an interesting and exciting bazaar to witness.
The bazaar of Namche, where all Khumbu Sherpa visit a great spot to observe the local immense culture and custom which is quite similar to Tibetans where border of Tibet located high and beyond Khumbu area.
After Namche walk on wide and scenic trail with fabulous views of Everest and range of adjoining peaks where down and uphill reach you at wonderful spot in Tengboche with its impressive monastery.
Tengboche is surrounded by green alpine woodland where views of high peaks encircles this lovely place. Tour of the monastery is worth a visit enriched with bright painting of fresco known as Thangka with many precious idols of Buddha and other important Gurus and Lama.
At Tengboche Monastery mountaineers also visits for blessing from the high priest for safe and successful climb around world highest mountains within Khumbu and Everest region.
From here onward on high trails where tree lines and lush vegetation and tree lines disappears for short juniper and rhododendron bush and shrubs, as walk proceeds higher on leaving last village of Pangboche.
Walking carries on after overnights at Dingboche and Lobuche settlement to reach our ultimate goal and highlight at Everest Base Camp at the height of 5,365 m high.
Standing beneath world's highest Mountain certainly excites all trekkers with close views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, enjoying marvelous moments of lifetime experience where next adventure takes you high on top Kalapathar.
Kalapathar is a rocky high hill, the highest point of trekking adventure at above 5,545 m with closest views of Mt. Everest at stone throw distance with array of peaks that surrounds you.
After a remarkable journey enjoying glorious moments on highest point of the adventure return walk leads you on the same trail with slight difference taking a route towards Pheriche windy and scenic valley to reach Namche unto Lukla.
At Lukla where one can celebrate final and last night around high Khumbu and Everest region, a perfect spot to complete Everest Base Camp September Trekking.
Early morning from Lukla short and scenic flight brings you to Kathmandu with great panorama of mountain range during 30 minutes air borne includes ever present views of Mt. Everest.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek in September?
Everest Base Camp September Trekking, where travelers and adventurer might wonder why visit high Khumbu and Everest in the month of September, after end of wet season around post monsoon times.
Traveling in Himalaya region especially around Everest base camp in September where trekkers can find much difference than other main high peak seasons for treks around March to May or October till December months.
While September months are much green with lush vegetation around hills and valleys walking on great blankets of miniature wild-flowers like small violets in bloom.
A lovely and enjoyable time with green environment and enough moisture that also helps trekkers to get acclimatize well on high altitude walks, than other dry and arid times of the year.
Trekking on higher altitude where travelers requires oxygen and acclimatizing slowly along with the altitude, where the month of September is perfect for high altitude walks and much safe, due to its green surrounding that support trekkers to enjoy more and in good health even on high elevation.
Other reason for trekking in September is one can walk on peaceful path and away with less number of visitors. Thus it is certainly a best time to enjoy the beauty of marvelous scenery in perfect tranquility.
During September with less number of trekkers, good lodge will be easy to book for overnight stops, as well to achieve more attention and hospitality of the locals than on other busy time of the year trekking on the month of September.
Weather of Everest Base Camp in September
Everest base camp in the month of September with right pleasant temperatures of minimum -05° C to + 5° Celsius in the morning and night as well in shades away from sun lights.
Day time with maximum +15° to 20° Celsius in the sun and depending upon elevation wise, higher can be freezing cold during morning and night time with bright sunny day for few hours where UV (Ultra Violet) can be strong. Sun block and hats are therefore required.
The cold weather in the morning and night time and sometimes during afternoon time, clouds can accumulate and makes much cold without wind-chill factor that occurs during mid day adding more freezing temperatures.
Pros and Cons of Everest Base Camp Trek in September
It is a good time of the year in the month of September around post monsoon and with perfect temperature for walks as well to catch the morning and late afternoon views of peaks.
The negative side is it can get cloudy during mid day till late afternoon or in the night time with chances of light rains or snow in higher elevation.
The main and important thing to know is due to end of wet season of monsoon rains where dark clouds can still obstructs the views and flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu, which might lead delay of flight and cancellation with unfavorable bad weather in the month of September.
Everest Base Camp Trek in September Itinerary
Day 01: Flight to Lukla (2,820 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,657 m) - 04 hrs.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) - 06 hrs.
Day 03: In Namche rest day for acclimatization with short hike.
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche (3,867 m) - 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4,365 m) - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Another rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4,890 m) - 05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,365 m) and walk back to Gorakshep (5,180 m) - 06 hrs
Day 09: Morning climb Kalapathar (5,545 m) and Trek to Pangboche (3,900 m)
Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek in September
Nights in the mountains can get cold so you to carry a down sleeping bag. You never know where you have to sleep. So the sleeping bag is the most important thing to pack before leaving for trekking.
Light Wear Fleece Gloves
Lightweight fleece gloves work as inner gloves when the temperature is moderate.
Heavyweight Fleece Gloves
When the temperature gets colder, heavyweight fleece gloves gives you extra warmth. It would be best if the glove is waterproof and durable.
Other Personal Stuffs
Your personal belonging cell / phone, good charger, walking poles, indoor games chess or similar and playing cards, reading materials, daily-note books and pens.
You need sunscreen when trekking in the high mountainous region. In the high altitude, the sun rays are powerful. So you should bring the highest SPF sunscreen for your protection.
Water can prevent you from altitude sickness in the high altitude. So to avoid such a problem, bring a durable water bottle with you. Most of the lodges provide safe drinking water but sometimes you need to refill your bottle from outside taps. So it is best to carry a water purifier with you.
Some of the trekking routes in rural Nepal have no access to electricity. So, your head torch is the only source of light in such area. And also, the head torch will be useful as you will also have to trek during dawn to view early morning sunrise. Thus do forget to bring one.
First aid Kit
As prevention is better than cure, first aid kit plays an important role in avoiding some minor injuries while trekking. So pack things such as antiseptic wipes, bandages, hand sanitizers, antibiotic ointment, pain relief tablets and you might need
Everest Base Camp Trek in September is a nice and pleasant walks on quiet trails than on busy peak time of trekking season, with less number of people where you can choose best lodges at your disposal.
The area around high hill are alive with fresh green vegetation walking on blankets of miniature low ground flowers, where you can catch the aroma and fragrance of wild flowers in bloom.
Around September there is a less chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) due to enough moisture of post monsoon that adds more oxygen levels on high altitude walks.
Enjoy Everest Base Camp September Trekking at your best on low trekking season around Himalaya without the hassle and away from crowd of trekkers.
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