Are you planning to trek Everest Base Camp in June?
Are you worried if it is not worth to travel to Nepal in June?
Then, this article is for you.
We will guide you through everything you need to know while trekking in June in Nepal.
June is Grishma ritu (summer season) in Nepal. The monsoon season usually starts mid-June or might even delay till late June.
It is better if you check the weather first before deciding your journey.
It is the offseason for trekkers and hence, the trail is usually very quiet. If you enjoy empty trails then June might not be that bad.
To tell you the truth, trekking late June is not for people with weak of the hearts. There will be challenges: leeches in forest trail and downpour with occasional thunderstorms.
Your effort will not go down the drain. You will have a more adventurous ride and interesting stories to tell your friends.
The higher you go, lower will be the precipitation. That means it will not rain much as you ascend the altitude.
So, we would also like to suggest you to choose a higher trail like Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp.
Table of Content
- Why trek Everest Base Camp in June?
- Everest Base Camp Weather in June
- Packing List
- Tips for Trekking in June
- Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Why trek Everest Base Camp in June?
As it is the off-season, there will not be many people along the trail. Most of the foreign visitors would have gone back to their home countries.
If you are a person who hates crowds then June is pretty good for you. Your journey will not have chatters and noise of the people.
Also, there will be no air pollution because rain settles everything down.
How many of the people would have reached the Everest Base Camp in the monsoon? Very few!
How many people would be there to tell the interesting episodes that happened while walking down the trail while it was raining? Very few!
The wet trail and leeches on the way? It is not only about the bad things!
Green lustrous valley, leaves having drops of water on them, wild berries, hot tea, high mountain vistas…and many more.
It will be an absolute adventure!
Discounts and offers
Because it is the off-season, you can get many discounts and offers in June.
Flight discounts, discounts on accommodation and other kinds of offers.
The tea houses and lodges usually would have fixed price due to the transportation cost. But, they will be easily available. You can get best of the rooms.
You can at least try to negotiate a price with them or ask for a free hot shower.
As the cooks will not be busy, you can expect better food and service.
Rice planting festival
It is the National Paddy day in Nepal on Ashad 15 (usually falls in late June or early July). Farmers plant rice in their field after there is enough rainfall.
After there is enough rainfall for plantation, the farmers would plant rice in their field.
They sing folk songs and eat Dahi Chiura (Yogurt and flattened rice).
You can take part in this activity for free wherever you see people planting it. Just offer them to help!
Expect some mud play. You will get really muddy. Wear light clothes that are easy to wash.
Everest Base Camp Weather in June
Usually, the first half of June is suitable for the trekkers. There would be occasional rainfall but will not downpour.
The second half would get rainfall with the occasional thunderstorm. However, the higher you will go, less will be the rainfall.
Also, in Nepal, it doesn’t rain the whole day. There might be exceptions but usually, it rains from the evening to the morning.
At the daytime, you will get good sunshine. In fact, you can expect 13 hours of daylight in June in Nepal.
Carry everything waterproof like clothes, shoes and even sunscreen.
The temperature can go high up to 18℃ (64℉) and fall down to -3℃ (27℉).
We would advise you to stay in the lodge than using the tent.
Get a zero degree sleeping bag and ask for a blanket. There is nothing like a warm snuggly blanket in the rainy chilly mornings.
Read more at Everest Base Camp Weather
- DEET containing bug spray
- Trekking Poles (very important)
- Rain jacket
- Rain backpack cover
- Rain trousers
- Waterproof Shoes/ Gaiters
- Waterproof hiking glasses
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Down and Fleece Jackets
- Warm Cap (for the night)
- Sun Hat
- Lip Balm
- Water Purifying Tablets
- Water Bottle
- Sleeping Bag
- Trash Bag
- Personal Hygiene Kits: Shampoo, Sponge, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper.
- Quick Drying Towels
- Washing Powder
- Mobile phone
- Portable charger
- Head Torch
- Medical Kit
- Notebook and Pen
See more detail at: EBC packing list
Tips for Trekking in June
Update yourself with the weather
You cannot be sure about the weather at the higher altitudes. So, always update yourself with the weather. Be prepared.
It would also be better to keep a couple of days extra. In case there is any kind of cancellation, then you wouldn’t have to cram up everything at last.
Wake up early and look outside. Is it raining? If it is, go back to sleep for another hour and check again.
As soon as the rain stops, start your journey. Most likely, it will rain in the evening so you can try to finish your expedition early.
Then come back to the lodge and drink warm tea.
Bug spray or salt
Expect leeches to be on your way. If they get on you, sprinkle some salt on it, it will fall down and die.
You can also use the repellent spray or ointment containing DEET (Diethyl Meta Toluamide).
Wear long trousers and socks and check your legs regularly for the leeches.
Get a guide/porter
Do not walk alone in the slippery paths. Many trekkers have gone missing while traveling solo.
As it is offseason, there might not be anyone walking the trail for 2-3 days or maybe even more.
If you get hurt somehow, no one will be there to help you. Get a guide or porter to go with you. They are not very expensive. You will be safe.
Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek
You can take a detour to the Everest base camp to watch the highest freshwater lakes in the world; Gokyo Lake.
Gokyo Lake Trek consists of an 11-day expedition to Gokyo valley.
The Gokyo Lakes are of utmost importance to Hindus and Buddhists. You can enjoy the view of crystal clear water body and wash all your worries there.
Along the trek, you can even see Ngozumpa, the largest glacier in Nepal.
After climbing to Gokyo Ri, you can watch the panorama of different mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu.
Everest Three High Pass Trek
As the name suggests, the Everest Three High Pass Trek consists of three high altitude passes: Renjo La Pass (5,465m), Cho La Pass (5,420m) and Kongma La Pass (5,535m).
This 16-day trek is for the people with high stamina. You can get spectacular views of the mountains and lakes which you can’t see from the normal trek. It also consists the usual trail so you get best of all in this one.