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HOW TO PREPARE FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK? BEST TIPS FOR YOUR TREK TO EVERET BASE CAMP 2018 AND 2019
The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is the journey to the close view of the highest peak of the world Mount Everest and surrounding regions. This trekking expedition contains the views of beautiful and fantastic mountain views.
This trekking trail passes through amazing landscapes, incredible green vegetation, beautiful Khumbu ice glacier and reaches to the highest and closest point of Everest known as Kala Patthar.
This trekking trip introduces you to the great excitement and joy which will last for the lifetime in the memory.
Mount Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the altitude of 5645m at Kala Patthar giving you incredible views of the highest peak Mount Everest covered in a white sheet of snow.
One can witness the excellent views of beautiful Himalayan ranges and sunrises. Everest Base camp trek is an excellent package of amazing walks across beautiful forests, different landscapes, and fauna.
It is a dream trekking venture for many travelers and trekkers around the globe. Also, it is one of the highly recommended trekking expedition in the world.
But, trekking at Mount Everest Base camp needs some preparation as you are going to very close to the highest altitude of the world. Here is the list of preparation you need before going Everest Base camp trek.
Best Time to go for Everest Base Camp trek
The best and perfect time to go for Everest Base Camp Trek in summer is April to mid of June and in fall from September to November. These two seasons are considered the best time to trek around the Everest region.
You can observe clear mountain views, amazing landscapes, green vegetation along with the beautiful local culture in these two seasons.
These two seasons are recommended as the views of green forests, exotic flora and fauna are incredible during these times. The joy and excitement of trekking are very high, and trekkers from different parts of the world come to trek EBC during these two seasons.
While the trekking trail and the base camp is completely covered with snow in the winter season. The chilling cold temperature also becomes a hurdle during trekking in winter. And there is a high risk of floods, landslides, and various other dangers during monsoon.
Health and Physical Fitness
The Mount Everest Base Camp trek is a moderately tough trek and does not require so many technical skills. One can trek without any previous trekking or climbing experience.
It is doable for anyone who is physically fit and can walk for about 5-6 hours a day with a little weight of baggage.
The Everest Base camp trekking route provides you quite a lot of time to adjust your body with climate and the height. But, you need to take proper care and necessary precautions.
It is suggested to train yourself by doing some necessary physical activities such as swimming, running, weight exercise, cycling, and climbing. It will help you to boost your stamina and endurance level.
Guide and Porter
It is entirely upon you to go with or without a guide on Everest Base Camp Trek. But, it can be risky and be challenging to trek at unknown trail and chances of getting lost will be high.
We always recommend you to hire a professional trekking Sherpa guide and supportive porters who will make your trekking expedition enjoyable and comfortable.
A guide won’t only help you from getting lost but also explain the required necessary information about the local traditions, people and places on the trekking trail.
They will also assist you during hard times on the journey and help you avoid the possible risks and take the required precautions.
Your expenses might be less without a guide. But your life is more important than a little amount of savings.
Also, you will be supporting the livelihood of guides and porters by hiring them for your trekking expedition.
Going trekking at a remote location surrounded by High Himalayan ranges at high altitudes is never 100% safe even you take complete precautions.
You never know what can go wrong. Hence, it is always recommended to go trekking in such locations with travel insurance which will cover up in case of trip cancellation, travel delays as well as an interruption. Additionally, it can be helpful in case you lose your baggage and travel documents and even help to cover up the medical expenses including emergency evacuation in case if needed.
So, having travel insurance is very important while trekking in Nepal as the weather condition is never predictable.
Permits and Fees
There are two types of fees every trekkers and traveler need to pay to trek around the Everest Base Camp area. They are as Below:
Local Entry Permit Rs. 2000 | Can be obtained in Lukla | Do not a need photo
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit Rs 3390 | Can be purchased in Tourism Board, Kathmandu or National Park Entrance at Monjo | Do not a need photo
Additional to above permits for Jiri to Everest Base Camp
Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project (GCAP) | Rs 2000 | Need two photo for independent trekkers and one photo for organized trekkers | Have to be issued in Tourism Board Kathmandu
Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) | Green in color, Rs 2000 and two photos for independent trekker | Blue in color, Rs 1000 and one photos for organized trekker
You do not need to worry about the above fees if you book the Everest Base camp trek with Mountain Sherpa Trekking. We will arrange all the permits and tickets required to trek to the Everest Base camp. You do not need to pay any extra charges; it's all included in the package.
Food and Accommodation
The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is the most famous trekking route, and it has got well-maintained trails. The path to the Everest Base camp is semi-developed and has a good network of hotels and tea houses. Hence, you can get a wide range of food in hotels and restaurants.
You can get a wide range of food options to choose from. Dal Bhat is the most popular dish in Nepal, and you can find it at every corner of the country and at the lowest price. It is the most fulfilling dish.
You can also get alcohol if you want at the hotels and restaurants. But it is advised to avoid coffee and alcoholic drinks at high altitudes.
You get three times healthy and hygienic meals on trekking journey along with the best accommodation at a comfortable lodge or tea house if you book your Everest Base Camp Trek with Mountain Sherpa Trekking.
If you are ever traveling beyond the altitude of 2400 meters, you should know about AMS also referred as Altitude Sickness. It is quite common if you are trekking at high altitudes. Acute Mountain Sickness can be a severe health issue and can be life-threatening.
The typical symptoms of AMS are nausea, headache, lack of appetite, vomiting, shortness of breath and so on. One should not ignore the signs of AMS as it can make the situation worse and turn into a critical health issue.
You will be trekking above 5500 meters on Everest Base Camp Trek. Hence, it is essential to take the necessary precautions and preventive measures such as eating well, staying hydrated, ascending and descending slowly, etc.
Trekking Gears and Equipment needed
What things one need to carry during the trekking journey is one of the most critical questions. It can be quite problematic not having proper trekking gears and equipment.
You may result in having health issues and even ruin your trekking experience with lack of proper trekking gears or equipment.
Here is the list of necessary trekking gears or equipment you should take while going for Everest Base Camp Trek:
You will get a duffle bag from Mountain Sherpa Trekking during Everest Base Camp trek or any other trekking tours if you book your trip with us.
Preparation and Planning are quite crucial for trekking or traveling to high altitudes. And, the Everest Base Camp Trek is no different. This trekking route is suitable for everyone, but you need proper planning for that.
You should train yourself and make a habit of walking at least 4 to 6 hours every day. It will help you to complete your trekking journey smoothly without any issues.
There are various trekking packages around the Everest region that you can choose from. We have made different Everest Base Camp trek packages based on the number of days, comfort, and price to help you get the suitable one.
Also check out our best Recomended Everest base camp Trek itinerary. For further questions and queries, you can contact us.