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Updated on Jun 30, 2023
Everest Base Camp Trek in November
Notice: Nepal bans solo trekking for foreigners, came into effect from 1st April 2023
November is one of the pristine months of Autumn for Everest Trek. This month is the end of Autumn and welcomes winter. Rain clouds are all faded up in the sky, which makes high visibility, crystal clear blue sky, and beautiful snow-covered views of the Himalayas.
November is also regarded as the busiest trekking season. The temperature is pleasant, without humidity. This makes Everest Base Camp Trek (15 Day) a thrilling experience full of wonder, joy, and surprise, an appealing month of autumn for trekking Everest.
Due to the supportive climate in this month of the year, Everest is busy in November. Trekkers enjoy the majestic towering view of the wide Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, etc. all covered with snow.
Even in Kathmandu temperature remains cool with a clear view and regular flights to and from Lukla, the only gateway to the Everest region.
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Everest Base Camp Trek Weather and Temperature in November
November is the last month of the autumn season and the beginning of winter as well. The temperature remains pleasant throughout the country and the mountain remains cool for those who are from lower altitudes.
November is one of the best times of autumn for any trekking or tour activities in Nepal. With no precipitation, stable weather condition, and splendid view of the hills and Himalayas makes November one of the finest months of the year.
Temperature ranges from region to region, however, in the Everest region temperature declines to -14°C.
Start your trek from Lukla after a short flight from Kathmandu. Lukla’s maximum temperature goes up to 12°C and declines up to 6°C in the month of November.
On the other hand, Namche Bazaar receives a maximum of 9°C and declines to 3°C in November, still cold at this time of the year.
Now, as you ascend higher into the Himalayas, the temperature further goes on declining. In Lobuche maximum temperature remains at 3°C, whereas, sometime declines up to -13°C but the average temperature remains around -6°C.
Finally, Gorakshep your last overnight camp experienced a nominal temperature of 2°C and declines up to -14°C, and still, an average temperature remains -6°C.
Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail in November
Autumn and winter are the dry seasons of the year and November is the month of autumn and is just the beginning of winter as well.
This time of the year is the busiest month for Everest Base Camp Trek (12 Days). Due to the large number of trekkers, the trail remains clear.
Normally, trekkers during November should follow trails that guarantee to find comfortable lodges and rooms. This location also helps them with a selection of tea houses and lodges.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) and trek to Phakding
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 3: Acclimatization Day
Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 6: Acclimatization Day
Day 7: Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep and day tour to Everest Base Camp
Day 9: Hike to Kalapatthar and descend to Pheriche
Day 10: Descend to Namche Bazaar
Day 11: Descend to Lukla
Day 12: Flight to Kathmandu
Food and Accommodation in Everest Base Camp Trek in November
Due to the busy season of trekking, Everest trails remain crowded with trekkers and also climbers. With the magnificent supportive temperature and weather like splendid views and jaw-dropping vistas, you will experience the Himalayan wild.
Foods during November will be with paramount selection. There will be a large and selective menu in hotels and lodges but as you hike higher, the menu will be limited.
All these foods are tourist standard and are hygienic in the Himalayas but make sure you are giving the hotel staff a sufficient amount of time to cook your lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
However, due to the busy trekking season of November, hotels, and lodges will be fully occupied by trekkers. Make sure pre-booking is very important during November to avoid sleeping in the dining hall.
Every room will have two beds, with a standard mattress, bed sheet, pillow, and warm blanket. This makes trekkers share their room with a partner if they are single on the trail. And also, there will be a common toilet on each floor but as you ascend higher toilets in some lodges will be outside the lodge.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in November
Majestic flight to Lukla airport
Trek through the wild Himalayas of the Everest region
Cascading snow-melted rivers and waterfalls
Cross over the fast-flowing rivers through the swinging suspension bridge
Enter the highest-situated UNESCO Natural Heritage Site i.e. Sagarmatha Conservation Area
Acclimatize at the Himalayan capital of Sherpa, the Namche Bazaar
Visit the highest existing Tengboche Monastery
Step at the highest altitude of the entire Everest Base Camp Trek the Kalapatthar (5545M)
Detour to Everest Base Camp to step at the base of the highest mountain on earth i.e. Mt. Everest
Festivals during the month of November in Nepal
Autumn is a time of festivals in Nepal. Due to the diverse ethnic settlement in Nepal, there are different festivals and celebrations observed all over the country.
Some festivals are celebrated nationwide and some are restricted to a particular region/area. Among hundreds of festivals and celebrations, Dashain and Tihar are two very popular (week-long) festivals in Nepal.
However, these two festivals fall in September and October, a festival never to miss if you want to explore the cultural significance of the country.
Apart from Dashain and Tihar festivals, November has some of the popular region/areawise festivals. The first is the Gurunanak festival, which is mainly celebrated by the Sikh community in Kathmandu and the southern part of Nepal.
Another exciting and thrilling festival celebrated in the Everest region is the Mani Rimdu festival. This is one of the most popular festivals of the Sherpa community and is only celebrated in the Tibet and the Himalayan region of Nepal.
Mani Rimdu festival can be observed only in the Tengboche monastery of the Everest region. This is a two-week-long festival but the last 3-day celebration is open to the public. Mani Rimdu festival falls on November 8th-10th 2022.
Other alternative trekking routes in Everest Region during November
There are numerous different trekking trails in the Everest region. Starting from easygoing to moderate to extremely challenging treks along with peak climbing.
This Everest region holds a record with different climbing peaks and high passes for trekkers.
Namche Bazaar is a popular short trekking destination in the Everest region. Starting with the same adventurous flight to Lukla, you will enter Sagarmatha National Conservation Area, a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Finally, the Namche Bazaar on your second day from Kathmandu. Namche is one of the oldest towns in the entire Khumbu region and is the center of commerce and trade with the official administration.
Situated at an altitude of 3440 Meters, Namche Bazaar is a popular touristic destination with magnificent views of the wide Himalayan range including Mt. Everest.
You can spend a couple of days visiting Sherpa villages, and monasteries, observing Chorten, and hiking uphill to Everest View Hotel (3880M) will be one of the best trips during your trek.
Everest View Hotel which lies on the top of the magnificent mountain provides splendid views of the entire Himalayan region at a close distance.
Explore one of the most demanding hidden lakes of the Khumbu region the Gokyo and numerous other surrounding lakes from Gokyo Ri.
Gokyo is one of the most fabulous lakes in the entire Khumbu region, situated at an altitude of 4800M is a freshwater lake from the melted snow of the Himalayas.
Apart from Gokyo, there are numerous other surrounding lakes starting from the altitude of 4700M-5000M. surrounded by the high Himalayas and the blue sky over, Gokyo Lake carries religious significance and is believed to be the abode of Sesh Nag (Serpent God).
Further, hiking toward Gokyo Ri (5357M), a majestic high point will bless with jaw-dropping views of the wide range of the high Himalayas including Mt. Everest and other lakes situated beneath the Himalayas.
Three Pass Trek in the Everest region is one of the most adventurous and challenging trekking trails in the Everest region. This trek demands high stamina and fitness level.
Three Pass Trek is also known as the ‘Everest Circuit Trek’, covering all the peaks of the entire region.
Starting from a lower alpine altitude, this trek will take you to three popular high passes which include Kongma La Pass (5535M), Cho La Pass (5368M), and Renjo La Pass (5360M).
Apart from this, the trail will further lead you to the majestic paradise of the Himalayas to give you magnificent views of the famous existing lakes which include Gokyo Lake (4800M) and other surrounding lakes ranging the altitude of 5000M.
Starting with a short majestic flight to Lukla, you will be making a circuit, passing by all the demanding spots before descending to the same point for the Kathmandu flight.
With three high passes, the trail will lead you to the other three splendid viewpoints of the Everest region. This includes Chhukung Ri (5546M), Kalapatthar (5545M), and Gokyo Ri (5357M), which are the majestic viewpoints of the Himalayas to explore the wide ranges of high Himalayas above 8000M including Mt. Everest.
Last but not least, you will visit the base of the highest mountain on earth Mt. Everest. This Everest Base Camp (5364M) will be your day tour from Gorakshep (5164M).
Ama Dablam Trek is a moderate, easy-going, less time-consuming, and affordable trek that can be accomplished within a week and is best for any age group or for first-time trekkers.
This Ama Dablam trail will take you to the base of Mt. Ama Dablam (6812M), one of the most viewed mountains in the Everest region. Ama Dablam is popular for its majestic shape and size and is a mountain for expedition before ascending to Mt. Everest.
So, climbers prefer summiting Ama Dablam before trying their luck toward Mt. Everest or other high Himalayan expeditions.
Ama Dablam is yet another less crowded trail in the Everest region at a low altitude. Starting your trek from Lukla, you will enter Sagarmatha National Conservation Area, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche.
Spending splendid time in Tengboche monastery, one of the oldest and highest settled Buddhist shrines of the entire Khumbu region, you will reach Penboche the highest overnight camp of the entire trek.
Panboche is situated at an altitude of 3930M, spending a night, the very next day you will begin your day tour journey towards Ama Dablam Base Camp (4600M).
Exploring the incredible Himalayas, snow-melted rivers, and diverse flora and fauna, you will descend to Tengboche for an overnight stay because Ama Dablam Base Camp lacks any tea house or lodge. Trekkers can spend overnight in a tent or camp if they prefer to do so.
If you want to further hike towards Everest Base Cap, you can combine both Ama Dablam and Everest Base Camp (16-Day) Trail together with just a couple of days extra.
Kumar is one of the Co-founders and Managing directors of Discover Altitude holding 18 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the popular regions of Nepal and is an authorized trekking and tour guide.
Started his career as a porter to support his study, now holds MPhil and LLB degree, and is doing his Ph.D. in religious studies. He loves traveling to the Himalayas and has deep knowledge about religion, culture, and history.
Kumar is also involved in the teaching sector as a part-timer to deliver his research related to the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal and is the one who mostly answers your queries giving them his personal touch through his decade-long experience.