Everest Base Camp is an ideal trek in the foothills of peaks above 8,000 meters. And is dream trek for many as they want to enjoy the close-up views of Mount Everest(8,848 meters)- the highest peak in the world.
This is a popular and achievable trek. You do not have to be trekking expert for this trek.With proper information about the weather, accommodations, and the landscapes of the region you will have the memorable trek of the Everest Base Camp.
Here are 5 tips for trekking in Everest Base Camp:
1. Pack well (carry garbage bag too)
When it comes to the mountain weather you can never predict the exact weather condition. The morning may be sunny and bright. While the afternoon cloud may block the mountain views and bring winds too. So if you plan for the Everest Base Camp trek better prepare for the weather change.
It is better you carry sleeping bags, warm clothes, sunscreen, waterproof trousers, trekking shoes, and the like. These are the general things you need to pack whenever you go for this trek. But, for specific seasons you have to pack special as the weather varies with the seasons.
Along with your backpacks, it is wonderful if you carry garbage bag along. Many trekkers leave their wastes in the route. This has increased pollution in the route. It affects the beauty of the place. So, if you carry a garbage bag, it will be helpful to reduce the wastage you have produced on the trek route.
Garbage issue is a serious problem on the trek route, why not contribute from our side???
2. Take proper acclimatization
Walking in the higher altitudes is a bit challenging than what you may have expected. Proper acclimatization is a must for walking better the next day. There’s a high risk of altitude sickness where you will not even realize you are falling sick.
So, for this trek instead of running in a hurry, you need to take proper rest. Get familiar with the place and the weather. Also, collecting some pieces of information about the symptoms, prevention, and treatment will keep you alive high in the mountains. With this, you have two benefits, one you will have fewer risks of altitude sickness. And the other, you get to explore the landscapes around in leisure. Also, get insights into the daily life of the Himalayan Buddhists.
There are enough of places like Namche Bazar, Khumjung, Khunde, Dingboche and many such villages for your acclimatization.
3. Carry water bottles and water purification tablets
While trekking at high altitudes, you need to keep yourself hydrated. Or you may feel lethargic and suffer altitude too. So, it is better to carry your water bottle whenever you walk.
But in many places, you may not get filtered water or you may have to drink water directly from local sources. So, it is better if you carry a water purifier or tablets. While in remote locations you can not risk your health. So, better be careful of your health and sanitation. You can buy the tablets in Kathmandu.
Also, if possible avoid junk food and meat products in the higher altitudes. It worsens your health conditions.
4. Train well- prepare physically and mentally
Walking in the completely rugged location, away from your comfort zone is not that easy. You never know what befalls upon you. You need to practice walking long distances, uphills, and the rugged roads before you go for this trek.
Although the trek routes are well managed and infrastructures developed, sometimes you may not get expected experience. When in times of bad weather, you may have to stay for more days in Lukla because of flight delays. Or, you may not get proper accommodation in peak seasons. In such cases, you have to prepare yourself to compromise with the situation.
If you travel in December, you may face heavy snowfall and extreme cold in high altitude. But you have to keep walking despite the cold. In that time you need to be physically fit and convince self emotionally too.
5. Get proper Insurance
Travel insurance is a must if when traveling at the higher altitudes. For Everest Base Camp Trek you should get the insurance that covers you adequately. You can not take chances in such places where you may even lose your life.
Most of the travel insurance covers the insurance up to the height of 3,000 meters. But this insurance does not work if you are going for the Everest Base Camp. You need to take travel insurance that covers up to the height of 6,000 meters.
Also, you need to make sure that your insurance covers a wide variety of accidents and illness. Better choose the insurance that covers helicopter evacuation in case of a serious problem. So that you get treatment on time.
Sometimes, due to bad weather or some technical problems, the domestic flights to and from Lukla may cancel or get delayed. For such inconvenience, make sure your insurance policy covers flight cancellations and delays.
Trekking in Everest Region is not much difficult as the altitude suggests. With proper information and guidance, you can avoid many problems in the trek. If you want to trek with a travel company, you can feel free to contact us. We promise to plan the best itinerary to suit your expectations.