Being the ultimate trekking destination for adventure seekers, the Everest Base Camp trek is a life-changing journey that takes you to the base of the world’s highest mountain Mt Everest (8,848m). While the most preferred seasons to embark on this magical adventure are Spring and Autumn, a less crowded trail and unique experience await the ones choosing to embark on the Everest Base Camp trek in August.
Out of the four distinct weather patterns in Nepal, the month of August falls in the middle of the monsoon season. The monsoon season in Nepal extends from mid-June, with its peak in July and August, ending early September. While you can expect rainfall during your visit in the month of August, the temperature in lower altitudes remains fairly warm. The Everest base camp trek in August features rich landscapes, a less crowded quieter journey, and a remarkable adventure with a unique set of challenges than other months of the year.
The Everest base camp trek in August is a hidden gem waiting to be unraveled. With proper preparation and guidance, trekking to the base of the world’s highest mountain in August can be an iconic journey, for ones seeking a unique perspective.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in August
- Monsoon rain
The month of August marks the heart of monsoon in Nepal, nurturing the Everest region landscape to its fullest bloom. While trekking during light drizzle might be a challenge, the otherwise barren landscape turned into lush greenery with the monsoon rain makes the challenge worthwhile. The best view of the rhododendron forests blooming with captivating vibrancy, and snow-capped mountains in the backdrop is the bright side of monsoon rain.
- Quiet trails
One of the best parts about Everest Base Camp Trek in August is the quiet trails bringing a sense of exclusivity and a deeper connection with nature. Since many trekkers prefer the drier season for trekking, the mid-monsoon season features a more peaceful journey with still nature. This gives you an opportunity to indulge yourself in the stillness of nature, get deeper into nature’s wilderness, and connect to the tranquil ambiance.
- Charming views
One of the highlights of August is the scenic view it brings out. With frequent light rain, the otherwise barren landscapes turn into lush green scenes, a perfect backdrop during the trek. Moreover, the rain clears out all the dust everywhere and you can witness the views as fresh as new.
While clouds can block the mountain vistas from time to time, the view gets flawlessly breathtaking once the clouds clear out. You can expect to watch the most beautiful views of the world’s most renowned mountains including Mt Everest itself, followed by Mt Lhotse, Mt Cho Oyu, and others.
- Light drizzles along the journey
The monsoon season features light drizzles to occasional rain, mainly in lower altitudes. The light drizzles can be refreshing during the trek, which many trekkers love! Exploring the natural wilderness, and soaking in the stillness, while walking through light drizzles favors can be magical. However, you need to prepare and pack accordingly with rain jackets and strong boots.
Nepal, being a diverse country, has celebrations of different religions lined up for August. Jeej, Krishna Janmashtami, and Eid-Ul-Haajah, all are in the month of August. This trip to Nepal allows you to witness and indulge in such diverse festivals, and explore the cultural attractions of the country.
Everest Base Camp Trek Weather and Temperature in August
The month of August falls in the monsoon season in Nepal, offering a unique experience to the trekkers. With fairly warm temperatures, the weather during August is usually hot and humid.
The average temperature in Kathmandu during August is 20-29°C. Likewise, the temperature remains warm throughout the trekking journey. In lower altitudes up to 3,000m during the trek, you can expect a good 18°C during the day, to 8°C during the night. However, exceeding 3,000m, the temperatures in the Himalayas are never ‘hot’. So, the temperatures range from 14°C to 4°C.
The temperature decreases as we head to higher elevations. In the trekking journey, you can expect the average high temperature in Lukla or Namche at around 15-18°C, and the lowest in the Everest Base Camp itself. The range of temperature during August is considered to be an ideally comfortable one since it rarely goes down to 0°C.
Likewise, the lower altitude regions during the trek have higher rain expectancy during August. Due to the rainy season, you can expect muddy trails in lower altitudes. However, the higher altitude regions are rain-shadowed and do not experience rainfall even during the month of August.
You can find more specific temperature information at different altitudes of the trek during August in the table below
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While the journey has its own challenges, temperature will not be a challenge when it comes to embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek in August.
Accommodation availability during August
The teahouses and lodges along the route of Everest Base Camp Trek are all open and in service during August. However, with less crowded trails and few trekkers during the monsoon, the teahouses and lodges are only partially occupied.
At the major stops along our journey such as Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Gorak Shep; we can find a huge range of options to stay overnight. The teahouses and lodges provide basic amenities to rest and reenergize for the following day. Such an opportunity to choose lodges ourselves is not possible during busier seasons.
So, one of the high sides of Everest Base Camp Trek in August is the availability of accommodations, with options to pick ourselves. Further, you can also get good offers and discounts on food and accommodations during August due to fewer crowds, compared to the busier ones.
Lukla flight circumstances during August:
During the monsoon season, Lukla Flight comes with a set of conditions that trekkers should be aware of before commencing the Everest Base Camp trek journey. The Tenzing Hilary Airport in Lukla is the main gateway to the Everest Base Camp trek.
Being mid-monsoon, the weather during August is unpredictable. Especially in Lukla, since it is surrounded by mountains, the weather is unpredictable and the place experiences frequent cloud cover resulting in low visibility. So, the flight to Lukla will only be commenced by the airline with assured good visibility and safe weather. Safety remains the primary concern. This can lead to possible delays of flights.
Trekkers should be aware and well-informed about the challenging flight conditions during the month of August. With possible flight delays and possible cancellations, the itinerary should be flexible and you should be prepared to allow some extra days for such possible circumstances.
An early flight to Lukla will be scheduled for the trek, and we will try our best to prevent any difficulty due to the weather. The weather tends to be clearer first thing in the morning and deteriorates as the day moves forward.
In conclusion, the Everest base camp trek during August welcomes you with thrilling adventure, a touch of unique challenges, and lush landscapes. The unpredictable weather testing your strength and dedication to get to the base camp of the world’s most iconic giant Everest, adds to the thrill of this adventurous journey. Featuring quieter trails and fewer crowds, you can get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquil nature completely.
If you’re seeking a unique journey in the Himalayas, with a love for the monsoon drizzles, the Everest Base Camp Trek in August is just the package for you! Our team at Adventure Great Himalayas is here at your service, to guide and plan your journey that will leave you with memories of a lifetime and the deepest connection with nature.