August is often considered to be the rainy season. August is the last full month of the rainy season in Nepal, and it is also the low season for trekking. When the warm, humid air from the Indian Ocean comes into Nepal, the monsoon season begins. The path will be less crowded this time, and you’ll be able to have lots of fun in quite path. If you go Everest base camp trek in August, make sure to have enough rain gear. Because the trail is muddy, you may need to extend your hike by an hour or more. However, if you don’t want to sprain your ankle and miss EBC, you must go cautiously and steadily.
Rainfall occurs primarily in the afternoon or at night in the mountain region. As a result, when the clouds clear in the morning, you’ll be able to see the Himalayan mountains in all their magnificence. I’ve hiked a lot during the monsoon season as a tour guide. Sure, the rain will come in August; five out of ten days have seen rain.
Rainfall is not always bad and bad; yes, there will be some days when it is mild. However, I am confident that I have not encountered any leeches after Phakding on my EBC trek during the wet season.
Periodically, you may get a sight of the mountains and a few sunny mornings. In August, though, it might be better to focus on the beautiful flowers that blossom on the surface.
Everest Base Camp Trek August Weather
The monsoon season comes to an end in August. This time the temperature is hot and humid in lower region. During the day, the average temperature in upper zone rises and can be reach 10°C to 15°C in between 3000 M to 3500 M. The upper region temperature drops roughly at night which hover around minus – 6°C.
The elevation between 2500 M to 3000 M, the temperature will be around 20°C to 25°C during the day. However, in the night time, the temperature is expected to be around 5°C.
You know, Rainfall reduces when you trek to higher altitude above 3500 meters. But the weather & temperature will be variable as you go high height. You should have around -5 Degree sleeping bag in the contest of Everest base camp trek in August.
Keep in mind that normally the monsoon season in Nepal from mid-June to last until mid-September. July & August, is highest rainfall in the country. Almost 90 % of precipitation in whole Nepal falls in July and august. Therefore, the hottest temperatures in Namche bazaar is about 7°C in the night & 18°C during the day time.
Remember that, it will be cooler and less rainfalls as you go higher in the mountains. In august, also their will be risk of landslide, hence, you should be alert while hiking or trekking. Don’t forget to purchase proper waterproof trekking shoes if you wish to go Everest base camp trek in august.
Everest Base Camp Trek Temperature in August
|Place||Altitude||Avg .Temperature||Min .Temperature||Max .Temperature|
|Lukla||2860 M / 9383 Ft||16°C||11°C||22°C|
|Namche Bazaar||3440 M / 11286 Ft||11°C||7°C||20°C|
|Dingboche||4410 M / 14469 Ft||11.5°C||4°C||17°C|
|Lobuche||4910 M / 16109 Ft||4°C||0°C||12°C|
|Gorakshep||5180 M / 16995 Ft||3°C||-1°C||10°C|
Everest Base Camp Trek in August: Advantage & Disadvantage
In the Everest region, august is like off-season for the trekking, so we see fewer trekkers on the trail. However, you will be able to enjoy some peace and quiet along the EBC trek in August. In the Himalayas, trekking during the monsoon months August can be difficult. Because of rainy weather, you are requiring to be well prepared for the rain. More cloud (than May) would be present in the Everest region in July and August, with the possibility of rain in lower elevation and snow in higher altitude. Following are some advantage & disadvantage for trekkers who are coming to EBC trek in August.
Suggested Everest Region Trek Route in August
For the Everest base camp trek, there will not be problem to trek in august as well. But you must be mindful & alert that the conditions on the way will be less than an ideal. Remember that most of the rainfalls occurs in the lower elevation, thus there will be less rain as you ascend upwards destination in EBC trek.
If you just want to see the tip of Everest with open eyes in august, you don’t have to go all the way to EBC to see Mt. Everest. A wonderful alternative is to stay in Namche Bazaar. Although, you will have enough time to decide either to embark on the days hike from there or not. If you can afford a little more money, you can easily take flight by helicopter to base camp from Namche bazaar.
If your plans of trekking to EBC canceled due to the rain & slick trail, visit wonderful cafes, shops and explore cultural lifestyle of Namche bazaar. Keep in mind, during the august also you will be able to enjoy some spectacular mountain vistas, hence, you need enough patience & must have few more extra days.
The travelers those wish to be at Everest region and have limited time to trek & visit EBC. Everest view trek is also a good option. In this trek, your trekking will be up to Tengboche (around 3900 M). Tengboche is the best vantage point to see the Everest view and other mountains around.
Another one-way option in Everest region is Gokyo Lake trek. In this trek, you will have a chance to see the highest fresh water & largest glacier (Ngozumpa). If the weather is clear, go & see the close-up view of Everest from Gokyo Ri.
Everest Base Camp Trek August Packing List
In order to trek to Everest Base Camp in August, you’ll need to bring all of the requirements for a high-altitude even during the monsoon season. Due to the monsoon weather, you may need to prepare with the rain gears. In fact, it is warm at lower elevation (high rainfall) and it will be cold at higher altitude ( Less rainfall). Therefore, you need all types of clothes that make comfortable to your journey.
Don’t forget to bring insect repellent lotion or spray with you. Because, small insects, bugs are common in August monsoon. You should also bring rain gear. Otherwise, bring a decent pair of collapsible umbrellas. August sees a lot of rain, but it doesn’t linger long. Trekking poles and boots with adequate grips are also required. These all necessary to maintain your balance on muddy and slick trails.
Here I am going to mention some important things packing lists for the EBC trek.
- Waterproof hiking pants with zip-off bottoms.
- Three pairs of trekking socks made from a woolen blend.
- Socks with two liners
- Thermal underwear is a must-have.
- A few trekking shirts with short sleeves
- Several long, quick-drying base-layer shirts
- A jacket made of down (goose or duck)
- Pants with a wind/rainproof outer layer
- A jacket made of fleece (one lightweight).
- Woolen hat for the cold season
- Best trekking boots for EBC trek
- Gloves have a thin layer of thermal insulation and a waterproof outer layer.
- A raincoat or poncho and a rain cover for your backpack.
- Soap or detergent
- Toilet paper
- Tooth brush
- Tooth paste
- A Towel that dries quickly
First Aid Medical Requirements
- Bugs, Insect Repellent
- Imodium is a drug that is used to treat indigestion (in case of diarrhea)
- Diamox is a high-altitude supplement
- Blister Tape
- Medicine for common problems like dehydration, fever, headache, tonsillitis.
Nepal Festival & Events in August
While there are no festivals or celebrations in the Everest region in August, however, you can observe few notable festivals while you are in Kathmandu after or before trekking that fall in August.
Naag Panchami (The day of the Snake God):
The serpent god Naag is honored in this festival. The celebration falls on the fifth of brightening lunar fortnight late in July or early August. In central Kathmandu, Naag Pokhari is the spot to be for this celebration.
Janai Purnima (Raksha Bandhan):
This festival is also known as Sacred Thread Festival. Janai Purnima, commencing on the full moon day of August. This is the day when the annual changing of the sacred thread, a yellow string worn around the shoulder and underarm beneath the clothing of Hindu Brahman & Chhetri.
Gai Jatra (The procession of Scared Cows):
This festival is very much like a carnival, begins on the day after full moon day of August – September. It is one of the most important celebrations among the Kathmandu valley’s Newar population; nonetheless, the festival is held all throughout the country.
On this day, people dress up as cows in fancy attire and wander around the city costumed as cows with images of their loved ones.
The festival is a memorial to families who have lost loved ones over the time of the year. They share their grief, but they also take comfort in knowing that their loved ones are secure in the eternal.
Krishnasthmi (Krishna’s Eight):
This festival is celebrated as birthday of Hindu Lord Krishna. According to myths, Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day of the waning moon of August or early September. This celebration is best experienced at the Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square (Kathmandu Valley).
Teej (The Fasting Festival women only):
This three-day festival starts on the third day of waxing moon. This is biggest festival of women in Nepal. Hindu women dance, pray, and fast for the health of their husbands in this festival.
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