How hard is it to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Published Date: 2017-09-17 16:40:58

Everest base camp trek is the lifetime adventure; you shouldn’t be worried about the Difficulty of Everest base camp, as you shall be passing through several villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, cross several rivers via the suspension bridges, making through dense forest full of rhododendrons, pines, junipers, etc., leaving the Mani Walls, Chortens, Prayer Wheels, stupas, and monasteries, without any technical climbing and moderate level of strenuousness. As you shall be gaining much altitude within the short span of duration, altitude sickness might make you quite unwell and difficult to trek. Similarly, depending upon the season you are doing this trek, weather can be another challenge you might have to face during your trek. You might not find comfortable accommodation in the higher altitude areas of the Everest region. However, despite these and other challenges that might make your trekking quite difficult or miserable, Everest base camp trek is always a worthy destination to make.

For all those trekking enthusiasts who haven’t made any trek, and are doing their trek for the first time, it might be good if they are mentally and physically prepared and ready for this. Keep in mind that you have to hike for 6-7 hours on an average, for some days in a row, in unstable altitude. If your body cannot ensure such long duration of walking for some days in a row, you might be in problem in this unknown land. It is better to do some exercise few weeks before your trek to the Everest base camp. This brings your body in proper shape and condition and helps you manage the long duration of walking. Similarly, if you have some prior experience of trekking, it can be a good advantage to you. Though no matter how many times you have made in the high altitude areas, there’s always the possibility of you suffering from the altitude sickness, such prior experience in the high altitude areas make you familiar with the atmosphere in the highlands, thus, facilitating you to acclimatize. You might also like carrying some medications related to altitude sickness, such as Diamox. It is more beneficial if you talk about your trekking plan with your doctor. Ensure that you do not have any problems related to your bones, or any part of the body, that might directly affect your trekking.
March to May and September to November are considered the best time to do any trek in Nepal, including the Everest Base Camp trek. Some lower altitude area is hot, and the higher altitude areas aren’t too cold during March to May. Since it is the pre-monsoon time, expect unprecedented rainfall. Similarly, the lower altitude areas during September to November aren’t too hot, and the upper altitude areas aren’t too chilly. However, the early morning and nights can be quite cold during these months. It is quite difficult to do this trek during December to February. It is really cold, and, even if you do this trek, which isn’t impossible, it can be quite miserable. The weight of your trekking gear might increase, as you would have to carry more gears. It is another question if you can make this trek successfully on your own, carrying all those gears by yourself, in the cold and icy season of the year.

Your trek starts after your arrival at Lukla, where you shall meet your guide and porter(s); it is a 35-minute flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From Lukla, you start trekking towards Phakding. Leaving Phakding, the very next day, you shall make to Namche Bazar. It is one of the largest areas inhabited by Sherpas. You shall find ATM, few modern hotels, lodges, shopping areas, etc. here. You shall spend an extra day for acclimatization in Namche. You can explore the place, visit the nearby monastery and Sherpa museum. Visiting the museum is the best idea to gain some insight into the history of Sherpas and their life attached with mountains. From Namche, you shall make towards Tyangboche. Via Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, you shall make all the way to the Everest Base Camp—your destination of the trek. You might be engulfed by the deep captivation and tempting desire to reach at the top of the world’s highest peak. Returning back to Gorakshep, you shall make to Kalapatthar, the very next day. Kalapatthar offers you the most breath-taking panoramic views of mountains. You shall never forget the moment when the rays of the sun flood the mountains. From Kalapatthar, you shall reach to Pheriche via Gorakshep. Via Namche Bazar, Phakding, you shall make to Lukla. Your guide and porter(s) shall part away from Lukla. Catching the flight from Lukla, you shall return to Kathmandu.
Mountain Hiking & Trekking Pvt. Ltd.  is the leading trekking and travel agency in Nepal since years. For further information about the Everest Base Camp difficulty, or any trek in Nepal, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 

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