With low precipitation, moderate temperature, and clear skies, November in Everest Base Camp Trek is quickly becoming the new October.
Weather for Everest Base Camp Trek in November
November, along with December, are the two driest months of the year in the Everest Region. Except for a few odd showers, the skies will generally stay clear. With around 25 completely sunny days, you will get plenty of sunshine. The ground is also usually free of snow and ice. It is also worthwhile to note that the rainy season that used to end by September has now started to stray a bit to October, which makes November even more attractive.
Evenings are chilly, especially at higher altitudes. Also, remember that by mid-November, daylight hours have gotten noticeably shorter. But all in all, November is undoubtedly the best month to do the Everest Base Camp Trek.
|Lukla (2,860m)||Namche (3,440m)||Lobuche (4,950m)|
|Max Avg Temp||15° C||11° C||2° C|
|Min Avg Temp||2° C||-1° C||-11° C|
|Precipitation||3 mm||3 mm||2 mm|
|Precipitation Days||1.4 days||1.4 days||0.3 days|
|No. Sunny Days||24.3 days||24.3 days||27.6 days|
|Sunrise (Dec 15)||6:18 am|
|Sunset (Dec 15)||5:06 pm|
Hazards, Gear and Planning Tips for EBC Trek in November
Except for preparing for the usual Altitude Illnesses and Environmental Hazards, there isn’t anything else you need to worry about in November. Also, please go through the Gear Checklist to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
Three High Passes of Everest in November
November is the best month to do the High Passes of Everest. Period. Of course, it isn’t going to be a walk in the park, and an experienced guide, crampons, and a fair degree of preparation are still essential. Low temperature at high altitudes and shorter days are other possible factors to consider.
How crowded is the Everest Base Camp Trek in November?
With around 15 percent of trekkers, November is one of the most popular months. Even though it is less popular than October and April, given that most of the traffic is in the first half of the month, it doesn’t feel any different from those peak months. 2018 saw around 7,500 trekkers enter the Everest Region in November.
Lukla Flights in November
It is highly likely that for the first half of the month, flights to Lukla will take off from Ramechhap Airport. This will mean that you will have to drive 4 hours from Kathmandu to Ramechhap Airport to catch your flight to Lukla. For the second half, flights might operate from Kathmandu Airport.
Given that flights operate from Ramechhap for the most part and the weather is generally clear this time of the year, chances of cancellations are really low.
Hotels and Prices in Everest Base Camp Trek in November
All the hotels will remain open throughout the month. A few might start to close at the end of the month, but you will not be able to tell. Given the traffic in the first half of the month, it is highly advisable to book hotels in advance. This is especially an issue for independent trekkers as hotels tend to give preference to larger organized groups.
Prices are generally uniform in the Khumbu throughout the year. Even though you might be able to snag a discount here and there, the busy November season is not the time.
Attractions in the Everest Region in November
In addition to the unobstructed mountain views, November is also the month of the famous Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche. The festival can fall both in October or early November. The dates for the renowned festival are:
|Year||Mani Rimdu Date|
|2020||October 31 and November 1/2|
Note: The dates are usually confirmed a few months before the main festival by the Tengboche Monastery. The above are predictions. Old dates are included so you can verify the accuracy for yourself.
To the Mountains!