Yayy!! It’s November – Autumn season in Nepal. The best time for trekking to the Everest Base Camp. It is the time when the temperature is in your favor, you can walk free. No need to fear the leeches, rain, snowfalls, or extreme cold.
November is the tourist season in Nepal also in the Everest region. You will have an amazing experience with the distinct views of the surrounding landscapes, and the snow-capped peaks.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek in November?
Peak tourist season
November in Nepal is the peak time for any trek because of the moderate climate and the stunning views it offers. In this season if you are trekking independently, you do not have to fear getting lost midway. You will meet frequent trekkers en route which means you do not have to walk alone. Also, tea houses are open any time across the route.
Clear weather/brilliant views
November weather is favorable for every long and short hike and trek in Nepal. The weather of a particular place varies with the altitude. Also, it varies according to the route you prefer. The days are warm and sunny, you can trek in light clothing.
According to Historical Weather Data, the weather is wonderful with splendid views. Fewer chances of snow until the first week. The whole month offers good weather conditions for trekking.
The days in September are usually sunny and you will have mild walking in the crisp surrounding. During the day, the temperature usually ranges from 12℃- 16℃ whereas nights are quite chilling with the general temperature of -7℃ to 2℃. While in this trek, you need not worry about dying cold, nor the heavy snow, nor the excessive heat.
Valleys are in bloom, villages full of life
This is the time when different flowers bloom in the valleys and the forests turn deep green. You will have an amazing stroll around the Khumbu valley and enjoy everyday activities of the Sherpa traders. Also in higher meadows, you will walk across the yak herds and pastures.
Accommodations in November
Accommodation is not a problem during this time of the year. The hotels and tea houses are open along the route. Since this is the peak season, it’s better to book early. Else you may not get comfortable rooms. Also, in some places where there are few teahouses, you may find desired rooms.
Pre-book your trip
Since it is the peak season, you may not get tickets timely, or may not get the best packages to suit you, so it is better to book early. If you book early, we promise to design the best itinerary for you.
Carry a small water bottle to prevent dehydration.
Because of the sun, you may feel exhausted while walking. Also, with proper hydration, you can walk better. So better carry the water bottle with you. Also, carry water purifying capsules to remain healthy.
Carry comfortable clothing and hiking shoes.
When in sun and heat, you may be unable to walk in uncomfortable cloth and shoes. Also, the trial can be difficult oftentimes. To walk better, wear comfortable.
The early bird catches the worms- like the saying if you leave early for the trek it will be beneficial for you. You will get time to enjoy the view in peace, as the day deepens crowds increases in the route. Also, you will reach your preferred destination early and choose the best accommodations.
Carry lightweight warmer clothes and sleeping bags
In higher altitudes, the night and early mornings could be colder than you expected. So it’s wise to carry a few warm outfits and light sleeping bags.
- Trekking T-shirts
- Fleece Jacket or pullover
- Lightweight thermals
- Waterproof pants
- Sun hat/caps
- Warm insulating jacket
- Light sleeping bags
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Guide Book
The weather condition in the mountains is unpredictable. You never know when the sunny weather changes into a cloudy haze. So, before you plan the trip to the Himalayas, better prepare for the swift weather change too.
Also, the flights may delay sometimes due to bad weather conditions. You may have to stay at Lukla for extra days.
Before leaving for the trek, prepare physically and mentally.
Alternative treks to EBC
Mani Rimdu festival trek
The major festival is celebrated in the Tengboche Monastery, at 3,867 meters by the Himalayan Sherpa people. The 19-day festival allows three days of the public festival. It includes the events of empowerment and religious functions. It involves Buddhist Dance Drama enacted by the monks of the monastery.
The dramatists enact the victory of Buddhism over the Bon religion. The festival involves three parts:
-The blessing of red pills is later distributed to those who attend the function at the monastery.
-Creation of mandala diagram with the sand collected from nearby hills. At the end of the festival monks light the holy fire in the mandala to drive away evil from the world.
-Mask dance by the monks of the monastery. They perform mimicry to celebrate the victory of Buddhism over the Bon religion.
This festival allows you to get deeper insights into the Himalayan Buddhists. Also, if you have extra time, you can invest in walking across villages and the meadows to better understand the lifestyle of people.
Renjo La Pass Trek
This is the most adventurous trek in the Everest region. This trek is suitable for those who wish to walk a different route than the ideal trek route to the EBC. During peak season, the EBC trek is quite crowded but this route is much quiet and more novel.
On this trek, you walk through the Gokyo valley. Cross the shining Gokyo lakes, and quiet glaciers to climb to Gokyo Ri. This is the vantage point for the Everest view from a different yet amazing angle.
Crossing the Alpine meadows, Sherpa settlements and the ancient monasteries will add joy to your walk. You walk to witness the spectacular views of different peaks above 8,000 meters. What a pleasurable moment you will have!!
On this trek, despite the peak season you do not have to compete for either the peaceful walk or for the cozy accommodation.
Annapurna region trek in November
If you do not have longer days to spend in Everest or do you fear the Lukla flight issue? Then you can fulfill your trek desire by trekking in the Annapurna region. You can start the treks from Pokhara- a short and frequent flight from Kathmandu.
In the Annapurna region, you can go for Ghorepani Poonhill trek, Dhampus trek, or Ghandruk village. Also, Panchase Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek could be the trek you are looking for.