Weather and Temperature in August
August is regarded as POST MONSOON in Nepal. However, still you can experience some rainfall at the lower altitude of Nepal but in the Himalayas above 3500 Meters, the possibility of rainfall is rare.
The temperature will be hot and humid at the lower altitude but will be cool as you ascend higher. The temperature above 3300 meters will rise from 10°C to 12°C during the daytime and will drop down to -5°C at Night.
Moreover, trekking below 3300 meters will be a bit warmer, temperature can rise between 15°C to 18°C during the day and will decrease to 8°C at Night.
As you ascend higher, the temperature declines and the weather will be less stable, so wearing long-sleeved clothes and trekking trousers is recommended during the hike. Furthermore, carrying a sleeping bag that can afford -5°C is highly recommended.
Following is the table which shows the overall temperature during the Everest Base Camp Trek (10 days). These are the places where trekkers spend overnight during their trek.
Everest Trek Crowds in August
August is just the starting time for trekking in Nepal. After two months i.e., JUNE and JULY, which is regarded as off-season because of the Monsoon, August starts welcoming travelers to Nepal.
Tea houses and lodges in the mountain remain open and are ready to serve trekkers. This is just the beginning of the trekking season, so the trail will be easygoing with fewer trekkers.
So, if you prefer less or fewer crowds on the trail and the tea house, August will be a blissful month for your Everest trek (12 days). There will be fewer trekkers and you can enjoy nature by yourself, without being disturbed.
Moreover, you will be able to hike at your own pace without being worried about the comfortable rooms at the tea house, and at some point like crossing a suspension bridge, hiking to Kalapatthar, a day tour to Everest Base Camp (15 days) will be very free and open, as you don’t need to stand in a long queue.
Accommodation and Food
Everest Base Camp Trek (11 days) in August comes with multiple opportunities. This is the starting month of the trekking season in Nepal after two long months of Monsoon. So, you will have multiple options for the best tea house available with the best mountain-facing room to sleep in.
Although accommodation will be basic to standard depending upon the altitude. You will still enjoy the best room with an attached toilet and fewer trekkers to share the common bathroom at the high altitude.
Tea houses and lodges are ready to welcome trekkers, thus all the accommodation will run in a normal way. Lodges will have menus to select for food items, varying from local, continental, Chinese, Indian, and Italian food.
Trekkers can order accordingly and eat veg and non-veg items that are well-cooked and hygienic.
Electricity and Internet
In the entire Everest region, hotels and tea houses have access to electricity and internet. Tea houses have their power system through locally developed hydropower and solar panels.
However, the use of electricity for charging will cost some extra ranging from altitude to altitude. This might cost around USD 2 for a full battery or other electronic devices to charge.
Please make sure there is no charging point inside the room, so charging can be done only at the reception of the lodges and tea houses.
Moreover, for the internet, you can use the WIFI of the tea houses upon payment of a certain amount for a full day. This also varies from the place, ranging from USD 2-3.
Apart from this, you can easily use the mobile data of the SIM Card or there is a separate internet pack data called Himalayan card which is good from above Namche Bazaar (7 days). This sim can be used for multiple days only in the Everest region upon payment of USD 18.
Highlights of the Everest Trek in August
Everest Trek during August carries a scenic view of nature and the Himalayas. This is the time after the monsoon; thus, the rivers of the Himalayas will be enchanting. Moreover, at the lower altitude, there will be greenery with different flowers.
The forest will be filled with different colors and the villages and farmland will have majestic views. The sky remains clear, however, there might be a possibility of a small amount of rainfall at the lower altitude.
August is just the beginning of the trekking season, so all the tea houses remain open for travelers and the hotel and the trail will be less crowded. As you ascend higher the sky remains clear and there will be a splendid panoramic view of the mountains and the Himalayas.
Temperature remains fair with neither too hot nor too cold, so you can trek with less stuff.
Festival during August
August is the beginning month of the festival season in Nepal. Thus, two important festivals are celebrated nationwide during August. Apart from those, other locally celebrated festivals fall during August.
The Gaura Festival is an important festival among the Hindu community in Nepal. This is a festival mainly celebrated in the community and is one of the important festivals for the people residing in the western part of Nepal.
Gaura festival is a wedding celebration of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati, also known as Gauri.
In Kathmandu, the Gaura festival is celebrated openly in Tudhikhel where people gather and perform singing and dances.
Janai Purnima/ Raksha Bandhan
Janai Purnima is another important nation that widely celebrates the festival in Nepal. It is a festival also known as Raksha Bandhan, where brother and sister meet together and tie a sacred tread in their hand. They pray for the longevity and prosperity of each other.
Moreover, this is also a festival where Hindu males wear sacred treads on their body visiting the temples, and take blessings from the priest.
Best recommended Packages for Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest is a vast region with diverse trails leading one to different areas of the region. There are numerous different packages for the Everest Trek and further trekkers can extend the trail or combine the Base Camp Trek to Everest with other areas of the Everest region.
Apart from the moderate trekking trail, one can also join different Peaks to climb in the Everest region. Here are some of the popular packages for Base Camp Trek depending upon different numbers of days.
Alternative trekking routes for Everest Base Camp and Everest Region in August
Trekking to the Everest region is always highlighted with multiple options and August is the best time for extending towards other alternative destinations during the Everest base camp trek. Some of the popular alternative trails that trekkers can extend while being at Everest can be:
What to Expect during Everest Base Camp Trek in August
August is just the beginning of the autumn season in Nepal and is regarded as the post-monsoon month. This is the right time for trekkers who prefer less crowded in the Himalayas.
After two months of monsoon, all the lodges and tea houses get open and are ready to welcome travelers. Thus, the trail will be less crowded as compared to the other month of the year. You will be able to enjoy the best accommodation at the lodges and there will be fewer trekkers to disturb you.
The Everest base camp trek in August will bless you with scenic views. At the lower altitude, one can enjoy greenery and cascading waterfalls. There will be green farmland, fast-flowing rivers, and diverse vegetation to explore at the lower altitude.
Moreover, as you ascend higher you will be able to explore the mighty Himalayas at a close range including Mount Everest.
Multiple options for accommodation
August is just the beginning season for the high Himalayan trek. Tea houses and lodges are fully operated and you will have multiple options to select the best accommodation available with an attached bathroom.
As there will be fewer trekkers on the trail, this gives extra benefit for overnight accommodation to select.
Possibility of rainfall at the lower altitude
August is the post-monsoon season in Nepal. Thus, at the lower altitude till Namche Bazaar, you might experience some rainfall. This will be a very less downpour as compared to June and July. However, it is recommended to carry a raincoat and rain cover for your bag pack.
Everest Base Camp Trek in August is still a doable month of the year but not the best with Himalayan views. This is the time with less crowd and trekkers will have multiple options in selection. As the weather is neither too cool nor too hot, you can extend the trail to other areas of the Everest region.
Weather will remain clear without the possibility of Snowfall and the temperature is fair enough to support trekkers. You don’t need to carry lots of trekking stuff and the hotel will be comfortable with blankets and mattresses.