Who is this trip for?
This trip is for anyone who wants to climb Mount Everest, but does not want to deal with the crowds and queues present during the Pre Monsoon (Spring) Season. In the Post Monsoon (Autumn) Season, we have Everest to ourselves. Almost no one is on Everest at that time, and it must be what it was like to climb Everest in 1953, with Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, and their famous team.
Many school kids all around the world know the name of the highest mountain in the world. Some people grow up dreaming about climbing Mount Everest. They learn the mountain was first ascended by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953. When they become old enough, they might actually plan to visit Mt. Everest and even climb it. When they do, chances are they will try to climb Everest during April and May, in the “pre-monsoon” season. This is when 98% of climbers will attempt Everest. However, I am writing this article to inform everyone that there is another climbing season on Everest, the “post-monsoon” season of 20 August – 20 October, when Everest is completely uncrowded and empty.
I have climbed Everest in both Pre-Monsoon and Post-Monsoon seasons. What are some of the facts we should know about the difference in Pre vs. Post Monsoon?
What is a “Monsoon”?
The Monsoon is an Asian weather phenomenon that originates in the Bay of Bengal. Each year, during April and May, heavy wet ocean air currents from way down in India and Bangladesh sweep inland, often depositing deluges of rain, even flooding everything. The monsoon is the main source of water for growing farmer’s crops, so it is very necessary. The monsoon usually hits the Mt Everest region each year in June, and it can last through July, August, September, and even part of October. The monsoon often brings with it heavy rain and at higher elevations, significant snowfall.