Things to know before Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest base camp trek is one of the longest trekking trails situated at high elevation, yet very popular among the world. The 13-26 days of trekking depending upon the itinerary you choose is one of the most adventurous, challenging, and amazing trekking experiences. However, the classic and popular Everest base camp trek is of 14 days. If you choose to do three high pass treks then it will be 23 days and the Everest base camp and Gokyo lake trek will be 17 days respectively. Starting from the small airfield at Lukla this trek takes you to the historic trading town of Namche along with the highly elevated monastery at Tengboche and the last settlement at Gorakshep, finally at Everest base camp. 

Following are some things to know or consider before trekking to the Everest region.

Schedule appropriate timing

The perfect time or season for this trekking is during March to May and September to November. Do choose your itinerary that suits your walking pace and your energy. Do not rush your itinerary. Do plan a spare day then that of itinerary as weather in the Himalayas are difficult to predict and sudden snow fall, storm and flight delays are normal. Having extra day comes handy in such case as you have to stay where you are and you itinerary does not go as planned. However this two season are busies[t as trekkers from all over the world come to the Himalayas.

Pack lightly 

When you are at trekking any place at Nepal please pack lightly. Nepalese porter will carry 15 kg and the flight to Lukla allows you to carry 15 kg of your luggage and 5 kg as hand carry so it is better to have light back pack. There are many thing you need to carry yourself and carrying the heavy backpack and hiking at higher elevation will make you exhausted as well. Carry warm jackets, few layer of clothes, thermals, basic medicine, snacks etc. in your day bag pack and leave you other clothes like jeans, shorts, and other at Kathmandu. You can carry a cameras but it’s suggested not to carry your laptops.

Do not underestimate the altitude

Altitude sickness is real and can happen any time with anyone above 2500m. You can use medicine like Diamox and be prepared for it. The symptoms includes mild headache, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty in sleeping. However staying hydrated and walking on your pace and proper acclimatization on trails will help you avoid altitude sickness. The general idea in order to avoid altitude sickness is gaining elevation during the day and sleeping on low elevation during the night. Do listen to your body and do not push yourself more than it needs to be. If you feel any symptoms do consult with your guide and listen to his suggestion. Garlic soup often comes handy in case of altitude sickness and considered as natural remedies for altitude sickness.

Insurance with helicopter rescue

It is better to have travel and medical insurance wherever you visit. Nepal being mountainous country with diverse terrain have challenge and risk related to avalanches, high passes and risk associated high altitude. Having an insurance policy that covers ambulances and emergency return, including helicopter evacuation. With travel insurance, you can cover most of the risks of trekking in Nepal. The policy helps you recover from an emergency medical evacuation in the event of lost luggage or travel cancellation.

Eat well and take care of your body

In such challenging terrain, prioritize self-care and nutrition to your body. One of the common findings at the trail is Nepali food Dal Bhat (rice, lentil, vegetable curry) which nourish your body and provide you adequate energy to conquer the trail. You could find western foods as well like pizza, spaghetti, burgers and other bakery items. Proper hydration for your body is crucial. Do some self-care as well as the harsh wind can damage your skin as well.

Pack your own personal items

It is important to have your own bathroom essential especially where the hotel amenities are limited. Make sure you pack your own essentials such as serum, moisturizer, sunscreens, hand/body wipes, shaving gel, toothpaste/toothbrush, deodorant, hairpins, hair spray, body spray, and more. This foresight guarantees you’re well-equipped for personal care, promoting comfort and hygiene throughout your trekking adventure.

Shoes and Gear for Your Trek

Do carry water resistance, reliable as well as comfortable boots for your trekking. Avoid unnecessary gear purchase and prioritize essentials. Do pack head lamps, gloves, and numbers of shocks for daily change. Buy moisture wicking layers as your base clothing for hikes. Pack windproof and waterproof jackets to combat varying weather conditions. Additionally, include thermal layers and jackets for warmth during stays at accommodations. You do not have to carry all your needs from your home country as you can sort out your gears in Kathmandu.

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