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Every journey starts with a dream. One of the most stunningly beautiful, life-changing experiences you can have on your Dream trek to Everest base camp, and I’m pretty sure that, you’ll be absolutely enthral by the area from the very first day.
Everybody wants a glimpse of the world’s highest mountain and that’s the reason why the Everest Base Camp Trek is so popular. The trek has a number of stunning attractions, not least of these is being able to say you’ve visited the highest mountain in the world. The trek gets you right into the high-altitude heart of the high Himalaya, more so than any other teahouse trek. There are some lovely villages and gompas (monasteries), and the friendly Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu region make trekking through the area a joy.
Nepal country of 4 seasons, and always better to avoid monsoon and winter for better experience on Trek. The good periods for hiking the Everest Base Camp are mid September – early December, and late Feb – May.
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The Everest Base Camp Trek requires no technical expertise or mountaineering skills as it is basically a long hike at altitude. If you can hike 15 km with the pack you plan to carry for consecutive days you are fit enough. Simple as that.
Nobody can say how hard it is, as there is no international rating system for treks and people’s fitness. Many new trekkers seem to have problems, though, as the new Asian city middle class has grown up without much exercise and do not lead an outdoor life, but want to go trekking because it is the cool thing to do.
As long as you are reasonably fit and allow yourself enough time to safely trek the route AND Acclimatise properly then you shouldn’t have any major problems on this trek as, after you have reached Namche Bazzar you can only trek relatively short days and stay within the Acclimatisation Guidelines.
One question we get asked a lot is ‘how fit do I need to be to trek to Everest Base Camp?’
Certainly understand that trekking a 130 kms can seem a little daunting to people with low levels of fitness, especially considering much of the trek is uphill.
However, although a high level of fitness will certainly make the trek easier, you don’t need world class strength or fitness to complete the Everest Base Camp trek. We have seen old, young, overweight and underweight complete the trek – and they all loved it!
Whilst it is possible to trek the Everest Base Camp with a basic level of fitness, a good training plan prior to your trip will make the trek that much more enjoyable. it’s definitely worth putting in some hard yards at the gym, in the mountains or around the block before you leave.
Often overlooked, but just as important, is your mental stamina. The EBC trek is long and some days are tough. Having the right attitude therefore is key to your enjoyment of the journey.
Get your feet used to being in boots day after day. If you want to you can do any kind of training to keep you fit and increase your stamina. You’ll be grateful you made the effort before your adventures begins.
Are you Marathoner? Are you Ironman? Are you runner? Are you cycleist? Whatever, but it won’t help you with altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness can affect anyone, including locals or Everest summiteers. so make sure you take all the necessary precautions after 3000m.
That includes taking Diamox (if you wish, but consult with your doctor), staying hydrated, fuelling up and getting enough rest. If you feel symptoms, let your guide know and take action. Your guide knows what to do .
We recommend reading up on altitude sickness before you leave.
I know you are not expecting 5 stars accommodation, if you do you’ll be disappointed. You’ll be satisfied with the basic accommodation what they have along the trek.
Rooms at each teahouse are generally twin share, with enough space to spread out. And basic amenities, such as showers and toilets
As the altitude increases the accommodation becomes more basic, however, the higher you go the happier you’ll be with any form of bedding! Each teahouse has a common area which is usually stoked with a fire in the evening. This is where you’ll spend most of your time, eating dinner and meeting fellow travellers.
Local Hero’s will help to carrying all your stuff on their shoulders and neck up and down in the mountains. They’re called Porters, and they do this for money, so they can look after your family, same time you can concentrate on accomplishing your goal without extra baggage. Help them out here by bringing only what you really need (10kgs or so), for get all make up kits , hair dryer or heavy jeans you won’t need it.
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Be prepare with a medical kit for the unexpected moments, little emergencies, or bloody great big blisters, and you’ll never miss a step!
Band-aids / blister plasters (bad blisters will literally do as much damage to your trek as AMS, so be sure to have plenty of these on hand!)
Water purification tablets
Daimox for ams
Antibacterial cream for scratches or cuts
Anti-histamine tablets – because the last thing you want is an allergic reaction or severe hay fever on the trail!
Motion sickness / anti-nausea tablets
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen for pain relief
Anti-inflammatory gel – if you’re like Mark and have a super bad back or other injury, pack some decent anti-inflammatory cream to combat any potential flare ups
And so on
Whether it’s a sprained ankle, severe altitude sickness, or a natural disaster, lost items, flight delay or any other unexpected can happen and it’s always better to be prepared and buy the travel insuranve before the trip. We highly recommend to buy your home country base insurance.
Everest Base Camp Trek is upheld as a significant cultural and sacred trail by the Nepalese, so it’s important that you as a visitor also a) behave accordingly, b) show respect for various sites along the way (dressing appropriately, not littering, etc), and c) take the time to chat with the locals and trying to understanding their way of life and beliefs up here.
After all, one of the best parts of travel is the total immersion in another culture, right?
Trek with a company that aligns with your values | Seek out sustainably-minded companies that care for their employees and the environment, for eg. Mountain World Treks and Expeditions.
Respect your porters and Guides| Ensure that the porters and guides you use aren’t being exploited financially or physically
Don’t use plastic | Plastic pollution is a huge problem here. Don’t buy bottled water instead buy boiled water or drink tap water after using purification tabs. Avoid plastics, what you bring in take it out with you.
Stick to the trails and leave no trace | Don’t wander off the trails, pick up your rubbish, minimise your overall impact on the areas
Respect the local culture | Nepal’s mountains are more than just hiking paths; they’re sites of rich cultural, religious, and historical significance. Treat them, the people who call them home, and their local culture with respect.
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