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Your flights to Lukla from Kathmandu may be diverted to Ramechhap Airport. Here’s Why!

Your flights to Lukla from Kathmandu may be diverted to Ramechhap Airport. Here’s Why!

How Hard is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Is Everest Base Camp a very difficult  trek?

If you are planning for the iconic Everest Base Camp Trek anytime soon, one question probably struck your head: “How hard is the trek to Everest Base Camp?” Are you fit enough for the Everest Base Camp Trek? To answer that, let’s first understand the difficulty level of the trek. The Everest Base Camp trek is moderately difficult and is immensely doable. So, yes, you can do it, but only with proper planning and preparation. If you ask anyone who has done it, some would say it’s easy, while others may not recommend you do it at all. We have had clients who have never done any high-altitude treks and still completed the adventure to the base camp of Everest. And yeah, one of them danced at the base camp.

The Everest Base Camp trek is hard, but it’s doable. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is tough, and it requires a high level of fitness and an even higher level of mental strength. We go to great lengths to prepare all of our trekkers for what is an enormous challenge. We won’t sugarcoat the experience to get your business; in fact, we don’t want you to join one of our groups unless you’re prepared for it. We pride ourselves on having an unusually high success rate, and we want to keep it this way. Honesty is our policy!

This adventure takes you to a soaring altitude of above 5000 meters, and that could be challenging to someone who is not adequately prepared. Your body will be exposed to high altitude for at least 8 days in a row. That means you’ve got to be prepped! Most novice trekkers are recommended to engage in a month or two exercise regimen to build up strength and endurance for the trek.

Trekking Hours:

You will be trekking for a minimum of 5 hours every day for at least 10 days. Imagine walking for hours on rough terrain with loads on your back. You will become tired and sore, but the fitter you are, the easier this will be for you. Therefore, as we said earlier, you’ve got to be prepped. You must be physically fit and ready for the adventure to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. Engage in a progressive training routine for at least 2 months before the trek. Your training should incorporate cardiovascular exercises like running and strength training to prepare muscles for the trek through rugged terrains.

You must be mentally prepared for challenging days, varying weather conditions, and high altitudes. Acclimatization is another crucial aspect of preparation. During the trek, follow a gradual ascent approach, stay hydrated, and maintain a steady pace. The best rule is to listen to your body and act accordingly.

Altitude Sickness:

It’s crucial to work against high altitude sickness. If you want to reach the base camp of Everest, you must avoid altitude sickness. Despite its simple name, ‘altitude sickness’ can pose significant dangers. If your body is exposed to altitude above 2800m, your body can develop altitude sickness symptoms. Acquainting oneself with the signs and perils of altitude sickness serves as the guardian of an adventurer’s journey.

Prioritizing a gradual ascent is essential, allowing the body time to acclimate to higher altitudes. Staying well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water is crucial. Adequate rest and pacing oneself during the trek are vital, avoiding overexertion and allowing the body to adjust. Recognizing the symptoms early, such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness, and taking immediate action, which might include descending to lower altitudes, is crucial for a safe and enjoyable trek.

But what if you somehow develop altitude sickness? As you try to inch forward, your head pounds so hard that you can barely move. You want to rest, but the persistent headache refuses to subside, and it intensifies. That’s a sign of danger: altitude sickness. Some immediate symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. So, how do you tackle it?

First and foremost, don’t ascend further, and descend immediately. You can let your team move, but you need to descend. You may ask for help from your guide on this matter.

Tips to avoid altitude sickness:

Here are tips on how to avoid altitude sickness:

  • Drink up to 5 litres of water every day. The bottom line is to stay hydrated.
  • Eat plenty of food high in carbohydrates. Our guides will advise you on the best meal choices.
  • Attempt to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every night.
  • Stay positive and strong both in a physical and mental capacity.
  • Keep a slow and steady pace; even if you’re full of energy, it’s still better to maintain a steady pace.
  • We strongly advise you not to drink alcohol during your ascent up to Everest Base Camp. Save the drinking until you get to the Irish bar in Namche on the way down!
  • See your doctor regarding medication that can assist with the prevention of altitude sickness (Diamox).

Trek Distance and Elevation:

It usually takes 14 days to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek, which covers approximately 130 kilometres (80 miles). You will reach an altitude of up to 5634 meters, the lowest being 2,610 meters (Phakding). You will be spending a night above 5000 meters and at least 2 nights above 4,500 meters. However, the duration can vary depending on your chosen route, itinerary, side trips, and trekking pace. Reaching Everest Base Camp takes approximately 8 to 10 days from Kathmandu, with a descent spanning 2 to 4 days. The adventure starts with an enthralling flight to Lukla, and the trek begins, traversing various scenic spots and picturesque villages like Namche, Tengboche, and Dingboche, gradually ascending to the base camp.

Do I need a guide? Can I trek solo to Everest Base Camp?

Yes, you need a licensed guide for the trek to EBC. Besides, having a guide is a blessing when it comes to safety and challenges during the trek. The rule mandating the necessity of a guide for the Everest Base Camp trek is ostensibly in existence, but its implementation appears to be non-existent. As of April 1, 2023, the Nepalese government has implemented revised regulations, requiring all travelers to Everest Base Camp to be accompanied by a professional guide, making independent trekking to

no longer permissible. In recent weeks, many trekkers exclaim that they have witnessed numerous trekkers navigating the EBC trek route without a guide. It’s always good to go with a guide and porter for the obvious reason that you will have someone to assist and guide you, and not to mention you will help the local community directly. It is advisable to consult with travel experts and fellow travelers regarding the solo trek to EBC.

Is it safe to trek to Everest base camp trek?

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is generally safe, but it’s essential to be well-prepared to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. The good news is that there are rarely any death news or records on the Everest Base Camp trek. If you are physically fit and mentally prepared, you can do this trek. Altitude sickness is a significant consideration due to the high elevations. To mitigate this risk, it’s crucial to acclimatize properly, stay well-hydrated, and ascend gradually. It’s equally important to be prepared for the unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalayas. To further assure safety, use safe-and-standard trekking procedures such as staying on marked trails, booking reputable lodging, and carrying the necessary equipment.

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