Everest Base Camp trek in November is one of the most incredible times of the year to trek in. The weather and the entire atmosphere are favorable, with colorful autumn leaves, crisp air, and sunny days making every place absolute the Khumbu region fabulous. November offers spectacular views to all its visitors, wishing for a beautiful holiday to make it even panoramic.
The allure of the autumn (months from September to November) does not replace the Himalayas either, causing it to captivate hikers with a picturesque backdrop, glistening mountains, and charming villages, beautiful waterfalls, glacial lakes, and torrential rivers, which speaks volumes for the madness and fascination of hikers for Everest Base Camp trek.
Most trekkers prefer trekking Everest Base Camp in November for its impressive view, mild weather conditions, dry and easy trekking trails, stable temperature, picturesque deep green valleys, and many others. However, from the lower valleys to the hilltops or flat terrains, the region does not leave a bit to impress its explorers.
As autumn prepares to take time off and winter gradually gets ready to make its way, trekkers can spot the change in color of leaves while passing through the forests and valleys. It is perfect at the lower hills with gorgeous sunny days. However, in the higher climb, the colder it gets with the temperature falling sub-zero degrees Celsius. Therefore, it would be best to prepare for the perfect temperature and breeze in the mornings and evenings/nights.
Because it is there if someone asks you why one should trek Everest Base Camp, among several other reasons, I have mentioned some of the most significant reasons why one should go for Everest Base Camp Trek in November.
Almighty mountain vista
Everest Base Camp trek is renowned for its magnificent snow-capped mountain panorama. Trekkers can observe an awe-inspiring sceneries of Mt. Everest, the highest peak or the world- Mt. Everest (8848.86m), Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Nuptse (7855m), Mt. Pumori (7161m), Mt. Changaste (7550m), Mt. Amadablam (6856m), Mt. Thamserku (6723m), Mt. Kantega ( 6685m), Mt. Kusum Khagaru (6367m), Mt. Kongde (6011m), Mt. Khumbila (5761m), Mt. Twache peak (6367m), Mt. Lingterin (6679m), Mt. Cholaste (6335m), Island peak (6179m), Honku south peak (6119m), Lobuche peak (6145m), Pokalde peak (5806m), and, many others during their hikes.
Incredible viewpoints as Everest View Hotel, Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagarjun hill, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Patthar offer you 360-degree panoramic views of the unobstructed snow-capped mountains, which is the main highlight of this trek.
Stable weather and favorable climate
Considering weather and climate, November is an ideal time for trekking the Everest region. Stable weather conditions with only rare chances of precipitation and the rare opportunity of snowfall (in high elevation), sunny days and chill nights, dry trekking trails, crystal skies, and unobstructed sceneries make your journey even spectacular.
Autumn and spring are considered the perfect months for trekking Everest Base Camp. November, one of the favored months for trekking, remains lively most of the time as many other fellow trekkers seem to enjoy the trail. The trekking route and teahouses get packed, and you may need to share a room, lunch/dinner tables with your fellow trekkers. You get plenty of time to share your stories make new friends while trekking.
Everest Base Camp trek in November remains packed as it is a crowning period for trekking in Nepal. Therefore, the trail and teahouses get filled, and you may have to share rooms, lunch tables, and even toilets with the fellow trekkers. However, you can share the stories and make new friends with fellow trekkers too.
Vibrant flora and fauna
The vegetation inside Sagarmatha National Park and its surroundings look magnificent during November. A fantastic view of the Himalayas, along with the green foliage, makes your trek even enchanting. The flora found at the lower altitude of the park includes pine and hemlock forests. At the same time, fir, juniper, birch, rhododendron, scrub, and alpine plant communities are expected to have higher altitudes.
The park is also home to the red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan tahr, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), and over 118 species of bird, including the Impeyan pheasant, snow cock, blood pheasant, red-billed cough, etc.
Moderate and mild temperature
Throughout the trekking trail, November witnesses moderate temperature. The breathable weather and climatic conditions in the Himalayas have warm temperatures in the lower elevations and cold temperatures in the higher altitudes. In late November, the temperature may decrease below negative during nights and early mornings. Pack warm clothes for higher altitude conditions and nighttime.
Many cultural festivals fall in the Everest region in November. The Mani Rimdu festival is one of the significant festivals in November celebrated by the Sherpa community. Trekkers can witness and explore this grand ceremony throughout the Everest region during this period.
Additionally, trekkers can obtain a plethora of information on the cultural and religious performances and practices in the different monasteries, gompas, and chortens during the trek. The exemplary lifestyles of Sherpas, world-famous mountain expeditioners, can be witnessed throughout the walk.
Among a couple of other ways, the quickest way of getting from Kathmandu to the Everest region is to fly to Lukla airport and trekking. Although, during November, although the days are sunny and the weather is clear and favorable conditions, flights might get delayed or canceled for any other reason. So, it is great to leave some extra days in your schedule while planning to trek Everest.
Alternatively, you can take a pioneers’ route from Jiri to Lukla and Everest Base Camp if you are on an extended holiday. This classic route was followed by the first Everest summiteers and was quite popular before the airport of the Lukla was built. Jiri is just a day hike from Kathmandu. Likewise, another way from Phaplu is also quite popular for the Everest Base Camp trek. Trekkers fly/drive to Phaplu from Kathmandu, spending 4-5 days to reach Lukla from there.
However, to the day, the most popular way to get to the Khumbu region is taking a short flight to Lukla and trekking onwards.
Everest Base Camp trek has its unique charm in every season; its magnificent vista, astonishing landscapes, unique topography, diverse flora and fauna, distinctive Sherpa culture, torrential Dudh Koshi river, several springs, beautiful Himalayan valley, lavish vegetation, and ever-smiling hospitable people. This trekking trail brings out the best from each month that travelers cannot get rid of immersing themselves in the beauty of Everest Base Camp.
November, an autumn month, being no exception, offers panoramic sceneries to its guests. This month witnesses moderate weather conditions with spectacular mountain sceneries and landscapes, making the trip pleasant. Not only that, it brings several fall colors to life, with tinted red, orange, and yellow leaves all around the woods, valleys, villages, and hills.
As a transitional month, November gets a mix of fall and winter colors. The freshness in the air with the elusiveness of warm sunshine is what makes it so tempting. In the beginning days, trekkers can experience a hot climate, but it gradually gets cold at the month's end. Of course, the temperature varies according to the elevation too.
Expect warmer temperatures in Lukla, Phakding, and even Namche Bazaar than the higher altitudes; Lobuche, Gorekshep, and Everest Base Camp itself. A more detailed approximation of the temperatures at different Everest Base Camp trek spots in November is given below.
One of the peak months for trekking in Nepal, most teahouses remain open, witnessing large travelers. Trekkers are advised to pre-book the rooms. Otherwise, you may have to camp or even move to the next village for accommodations.
Now, choices of accommodations are available in the Everest region. Trekkers can choose budget hotels to luxury lodges during their trek. In the lower elevations like Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, the hotels are available, which offer extensive amenities like in the cities.
There are neat rooms in the budget teahouses, primarily double sharing ones, having two beds with a mattress, a blanket/quilt, and pillow in each, making them comfortable for sleeping. Although blankets are available, carrying a sleeping bag is recommended.
Teahouses, cafes, and restaurants during the trekking route are eagerly awaiting trekkers. Most of them will offer you basic choices of simple and healthy food. Dal Bhat (a set of steamed rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables), noodles, momos (dumplings), chapattis (flatbreads), cereals, spaghetti are primarily available food items during the trek. Unfortunately, due to a large number of trekkers in November, you may have to queue for your meals.
In the trial, lots of options for drinks are available. Teahouses, cafes, restaurants sell the drinks during your walk. The possibilities for drinks include bottled water, soft drinks, hot water, tea, coffee, flavored drinks, and more. It will be ideal to buy a refillable water bottle with you instead of buying bottled water.
Carrying water purifying tablets, gels to be safe from water contamination where you can fill your water bottle from the taps, springs, waterfalls, rivers during the hike.
Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular trekking entire Nepal that takes you to the base of the world’s tallest peak-Mt. Everest (8848.86m). A couple of routes are available reaching Everest Base Camp. However, a standard trail that most of the trekkers use is explained below.
Day 1: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Duration: 35 minutes flight and 3 hours walk
Distance: Flight distance – 135 km/ 73 miles and trekking distance – 8.2 km/5.1 miles
Starting Elevation: 1350m / 4429ft
Ending Elevation: 2610m / 8563ft
Net Elevation Gain: 1260 m / 4133 ft
Day 2: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Duration: 6-7 Hours
Distance: 10.9 km/6.8 miles
Starting Elevation: 2610 m / 8563 ft
Ending Elevation: 3440 m / 11286 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 830 m / 2723 ft
Day 3: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization (Hike to Everest View Hotel)
Duration: 3 Hours
Distance: 5.4 km / 3.4 miles
Starting Elevation: 3440 m / 11286 ft
Ending Elevation: 3880 m / 12730 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 440m / 1,444ft
Day 4: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Duration: 5-6 Hours
Distance: 9.6 km/6.0 miles
Starting Elevation: 3440 m / 11286 ft
Ending Elevation: 12664ft / 3860 m
True Elevation Gain: 878m / 2881 ft
Day 5: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche
Duration: 6-7 Hours
Distance: 10.5 km/6.5 miles
Starting Elevation: 3860 m / 12664 ft
Ending Elevation: 4410 m / 14469 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 550 m / 1805 ft
Day 6: Dingboche Acclimatization (Optional hike to Nangkartshang Peak)
Duration: 5 Hours
Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles
Starting Elevation: 4,410 m / 14,469 ft
Ending Elevation: 5,083 m / 16,677 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 673 m / 2,208 ft
Day 7: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche
Duration: 5-6 Hours
Distance: 7.9 km / 4.9 miles
Starting Elevation: 4410 m / 14469 ft
Ending Elevation: 4910 m / 16109 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 500 m / 1640 ft
Day 8: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorek Shep
Duration: 7 Hours
Distance: 11.7 km / 7.3 miles
Starting Elevation: 4,910 m / 16,109 ft
EBC Elevation: 5,364 m / 17,598 ft
Ending Elevation: 5,125 m / 16,814 ft
Net Elevation Gain: 454 m / 1,489 ft (Lobuche to EBC)
Day 9: Hike Gorekshep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorak Shep to Pheriche
Duration: 7-8 Hours
Distance: 15.2 km / 9.4 miles
Starting Elevation: 5,125 m / 16,814 ft
Kala Patthar Elevation: 5,545 m / 18,192ft
Ending Elevation: 4,371 m / 14,340 ft
Net Elevation Gain: -754 m / -2473 ft (Gorak Shep to Pheriche)
Day 10: Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Duration: 7-8 Hours
Distance: 19.5 km/12.1 miles
Starting Elevation: 4,371 m / 14,340 ft
Ending Elevation: 3,440 m / 11,286 ft
Net Elevation Gain: -931 m / -3054 ft
Day 11: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Duration: 7 Hours
Distance: 19.1 km / 11.9 miles
Starting Elevation: 3,440 m / 11,286 ft
Ending Elevation: 2,840 m / 9,318 ft
Net Elevation Gain: -600 m / -1,968 ft
Day 12 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Duration: 35 minutes
Distance: 135 km / 73 miles
Starting Elevation: 2,840 m / 9,318 ft
Ending Elevation: 1350m / 4429ft
Net Elevation Gain: -1490 m / -4888 ft
Different hazards may occur during your Everest Base Camp trek in November. Therefore, Trekkers need to pack well with appropriate arrangements and take necessary precautions to complete their journey with ease. Here are some of the possible hazards during their hike to Everest Base Camp during November.
High altitude conditions
Everest Base Camp trek is a high-elevated journey leading to 5545m above the sea surface. Walking in the lower oxygenated lands passing the rugged hills and terrains, may exhaust you.
Acute Mountain Sickness is another challenge during your walk. Walking above 2750m above the sea level, trekkers may encounter the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness, which commonly are severe headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, etc.
If it gets serious, and you may have to leave the trek or cancel the entire tour. So, you should acclimatize properly and hydrate regularly to tackle it along the trail.
Everest Base Camp trek covers 130 kilometers in total, spending around 12 walking days. Trekkers may need to walk 6-8 hours a day in the rough and rugged trekking trails, which can be taxing and slippery at times.
Although trekkers need not advanced mountaineering skills, essential walking skills and good physical fitness with solid mental determination are necessary.
Autumn (September to November) is the peak season for trekking and traveling in Nepal. However, the entire Everest region remains crowded with trekkers where every teahouse gets quickly and overly packed.
Therefore, there will be only a few choices to choose your accommodation. In the upper part of the trek, trekkers may need to share the rooms or sleep even in the dining rooms. However, if you book your accommodations earlier, you will not have any worry about finding lodgings. Trekking with a guide also will be much easier to find lodging spots.
Extreme weather and temperature
The weather in the high altitudes remains almost unpredictable. The temperature drops drastically as you move up along the trail. The occasional snowfall, especially in late November, makes the pathway slippery. Severe weather conditions and chilly temperatures can cause difficulties among vacationers. However, with appropriate packing and preparation, you can succeed in the trek easily.
Adjusting to the services
The trekking journey to Everest Base Camp is a Himalayan walk that leads you to the remotest landscapes. This means that services along the routes may not be like the cities where you might need to be adjusted in basic amenities in the accommodation and food services—compromising facilities and making adjustments while trekking is necessary.
The standard Everest Base Camp trek trail is good in several ways. November is a peak month for trekking, where hundreds of other trekkers are encountered throughout. If you wish to escape the busy trails, there are a couple of different alternative routes that offer spectacular sceneries of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks without crowds.
The Gokyo Lakes trek, the Ama Dablam Base Camp trek, and the Everest High Passes trek are alternatives that skirt the main trail and head up different valleys overlapped with the main EBC trek at places offering the best views. Some of the most popular
Everest Base Camp via Cho La pass trek
This trek combines the Gokyo Lakes trek and Everest Base Camp trek via Cho La Pass. Observing the serene lakes of Gokyo, trekkers ascend to Cho La pass and descend to Everest Base Camp. This is the best alternative to the busy Everest base camp trek trail.
One of Nepal's most adventurous trekking journeys, Everest Three passes treks offers an off-the-beaten adventure that takes you to remote landscapes of the Everest region. A complete journey of the entire Everest region, three passes trek crosses three high mountain passes of the Everest region, including Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La.
Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri are the central trekking peak quite famous for amazing sceneries. Trekkers can complete this trek within 20 walking days, beginning and ending the tour in Lukla. All in all, Everest’s three high passes trek is one of the best treks entire Nepal. No doubt, it is a complete tour of the Everest region.
A pioneer’s route to Everest Base Camp from Jiri is taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to the Mt. Everest expedition. The journey begins after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri Bazaar, and the classical trek route starts from there.
This route was quite popular before the establishment of Lukla Airport. It takes almost a week to reach Lukla from Jiri, following the footprints of those legends.
Gokyo Lakes trek is another alternative route to the classic Everest Base Camp trek. Trekkers can observe six different lakes along the trek. Most of them are seen at once if you reach the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri.
Ascending to Gokyo Ri, trekkers can observe pristine lakes, magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Pumori, and several other peaks, Gokyo valley and more. Also, the thick flora of Sagarmatha National park is another excellent aspect of this trek in the Everest region. This is why the Gokyo Lakes trek is one of the best treks in the entire Everest region.
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