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Everest Base Camp Trek in July

Dwarf Rhododendron

July is when the Everest Base Camp Trek comes alive, with flowers, with greenery, with the life-giving rains, and with the epic Dumji festival.

Weather for Everest Base Camp Trek in July

It does rain cats and dogs in July. You can count on rain every day. Sure, mornings can still start pretty and bright, but by early afternoon, we are willing to bet ten dollars to your two that it will rain. Also, rain translated to snow at higher altitudes, which, even with the thick cloud cover, increases UV exposure massively.

Also, while the statistics for air temperature look very attractive, remember that real feel is a function of how wet your clothes are, sunshine in the past few hours, and wind.

Also, it is safe to say that it will be a good idea not to expect mountain views but focus on the beautiful flowers on the ground!

  Lukla (2,860m) Namche (3,440m) Lobuche (4,950m)
Max Avg Temp 22° C 19° C 14° C
Min Avg Temp 12° C 8° C 5° C
Precipitation 96 mm 96 mm 121 mm
Precipitation Days 27.3 days 27.3 days 24.4 days
No. Sunny Days 1.9 days 1.9 days 3.8 days
Sunrise (Feb 15) 5:11 am
Sunset (Feb 15) 6:56 pm

Hazards, Gear and Planning Tips for EBC Trek in July

Prayer Flags and clouds
Prayer Flags and clouds

In addition to the usual environmental hazards and altitude-related illnesses, you need to be extra vigilant about the following issues while trekking to Everest Base Camp in July: diarrhea, landslides, and leeches below 3,500 meters and snow blindness, sunburn and frostbite higher up. There is, of course, an increased risk of traumatic injuries

A good pair of waterproof boots with excellent grip and ankle support will keep your feet dry and your body stable. Rigorous water hygiene will make sure you steer clear of water-borne illnesses like diarrhea. For snow blindness and sunburn, it is essential not to skimp on sunglasses and sunscreen even when it is overcast. There is, of course, little you can do about landslides and avalanches other than being careful while passing one and being generally vigilant. Of course, high-quality rain gear will keep you warm and dry and safe from frostbite.

The gear suggested above is, of course, not exhaustive. Please refer to a comprehensive gear checklist for treks as epic as the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Three High Passes of Everest in July

It is not recommended at all.

How crowded is the Everest Base Camp Trek in July?

July is the least favorite month among trekkers in the Everest Region. With barely 400 trekkers in 2018, consider yourself blessed if you run into another trekker during this period.

Number of Trekkers in Everest National Park (2018)

Lukla Flights to Everest Region in July

Plan extremely flexibly as flights to Lukla will be very unpredictable. It is a good idea to brave the leeches and start walking from Jiri / Salleri. It is also advisable to look into other alternatives to Lukla flights.

Hotels along the Everest Base Camp Trek in July

Except for a few hotels designated to remain open throughout the rainy season, all others are shut. Hence, while choices are limited, you will not go hungry and without a roof. A few smaller settlements might close down completely, but there will always be another settlement a few hours away, which will have an open hotel.

Of course, it will not be necessary to book lodges in advance.

Attractions in the Everest Region in July

July is when the flower spectacle at the higher stretches of Everest peaks. In a lush carpet of green, you will see flowers of just about every color: white edelweisses, blue poppies, yellow cinquefoils, and creamy dwarf rhododendrons. Unfortunately, it is a sight that very few see and is mostly reserved for the yaks and their herders.

July is also the month of the biggest Sherpa festival of Dumji. While this festival is celebrated in quite a few villages, Namche is where the action is. You can read more about the festival here and the dates for the next seven years are as follows:

Year Dates 
2016 July 11 to 14 
2017 June 30- July 3
2018 June 20 to 23
2019 July 9 to 12
2020 June 27 to 30
2021 June 17 to 20
2022 July 6 to 9
2023 June 25 to 28
2024 June 13 to 16
2025 July 2 to 5
2026 June 21 to 24
2027 July 10 to 13

Note: The dates are usually confirmed a few months before the main festival. The above are predictions. Old dates have been included so you can verify the accuracy for yourself.

This post is part of the Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp Series. Here are some other posts from this series:

Renjo La
Best time for EBC
Himalaya Tahr
Seasons in EBC
Trekkers in Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp
Health and Safety
Trekker in Everest
EBC in January
Ama Dablam from Khumjung
EBC in February
EBC in March
EBC in April
Everest Marathon
EBC in May
EBC in June
Dwarf Rhododendron
EBC in July
EBC in August
Cholatse
EBC in September
Everest as seen from Kala Pathhar
EBC in October
mount ama dablam
EBC in November
Mount Everest
EBC in December

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