Last Updated on September 8, 2022 by Alpha Adventure Treks
Do you aspire to trek to Everest Base Camp? It is breathtaking to go over the Himalayas to actually stand at the foot of Mount Everest. There’s a reason Mt. Everest towers over you as you stand at 5,354 meters in elevation, making this spectacular peak one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Everest Base Camp is a lodge-based journey where you spend each night in a Nepalese teahouse. The choice to upgrade to a luxury lodge is also available. For both the Everest Base Camp and Luxury Everest Base Camp trips, we have set departure dates. Below, we’ve provided some advice based on our own experience to help you improve your chances of reaching Everest Base Camp.
Join a longer trip to Everest Base Camp:
Your plan must include enough trekking days to allow for the required acclimatization to high altitude. Keep in mind that as you climb to the top of Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, there is only about half as much oxygen present as there is at sea level. Almost everyone can adjust to high altitudes, but you must rise gradually. This gives your body time to adjust to the less oxygen that is accessible. The biggest cause of hikers turning around before reaching Everest Base Camp is following a too-short plan. Be cautious because some trekking companies offer quick treks just to sell more vacation packages.
Train Ahead of Time:
Although trekkers of all ages and physical capabilities may reach Everest Base Camp, you’ll feel considerably more at ease if you’re in peak physical shape. To hike to Everest Base Camp, you don’t need to be a triathlon, but you do need to have the stamina to do it. To help you get ready for your trip, you must follow the training guide for Everest Base Camp.
Trekking up Mount Everest via the traditional route:
You can reach Mount Everest by a variety of routes. The conventional and ideal route to Mount Everest should be used if you have a limited amount of time but still wish to properly acclimatize. When trekking to Everest Base Camp, we think you’ll benefit the most from using this path. It is impossible to find anything like the mountain views on Shangbouche Hill above Namche, the picturesque vistas above Dingbouche, and all the way up to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Why not sign up for one of our overnight treks to Everest Base Camp? Since we run over 50 trips into the Everest Region each year, we can create custom itineraries for you or your party. There are many more ways to reach Mount Everest. In Kathmandu, we have our own full-time staff members.
Pack the Right Gear:
Having the proper clothing to keep you warm and dry on a high altitude trek is crucial for your safety. As the weather might change quickly in the mountains, you must have essential gear with you in a daypack. A down jacket and a sleeping bag, among other things, should be packed so you have them to use in the teahouse lodge to keep warm in the afternoons and evenings. As you climb to higher elevations, the weather changes from season to season and day to day. You will experience warm weather at the beginning of the walk, with temperatures reaching 20 Celsius. At a height of 5,200 meters, Gorak Shep has the coldest temperatures. Here, overnight lows will drop to about -15 degrees Celsius.
Plan Extra Days:
It is advisable to schedule any additional days in Nepal at the end of your walk rather than the beginning. The departure and return flights from Lukla can be delayed by bad weather. It’s recommended to avoid booking a flight that leaves on an international route the next day if you’re delayed in Lukla due to inclement weather.
Be ready for delays with flights:
In the highlands, especially, the weather is particularly unpredictable. As a result, when flying to Nepal’s higher altitudes, you should be prepared for flight delays. Flights to Lukla may have delays of many hours or even days. In the mountains, the weather can change in only a few seconds. As a result, be prepared for the tour by being aware of the likelihood of flight delays.
Select the ideal trekking season to reach Everest Base Camp:
April, May, October, November, and December are the finest months for hiking to Everest Base Camp. Trekking is possible in September, although if the monsoon withdraws later than expected, there is a chance of gloomy weather and precipitation. Although it may be cooler and occasionally there will still be winter snow on the ground higher up, March can also be a good time.
Don’t carry too much:
Do not overpack, that much is true. The Everest Base Camp Trek is a 130-kilometer-long trip. Pack as lightly as you can if using a porter is not an option. Otherwise, the trek’s long, rocky, and steep trails will take a lot of your time. The weight of your bag will feel like a stone on your back. Pack only the basic, necessary, and lightweight items. If not, get ready to go on the EBC Trek as a mule.
Have the Best Guides:
In trekking, the guide is essential. Your journey can be made interesting, educational, and enjoyable with the help of a knowledgeable guide. A guide may show you the way to your destination, show you the trail, and provide you advice on how to hike in Everest base camp. Furthermore, they will be in charge of managing your meals, lodging, and health as well. A porter is in charge of carrying your luggage in a similar manner. Walking at this altitude with a large bag-pack is really challenging. In order for you to enjoy your trek, the porter will make it pleasant.
Bring sufficient local currency:
Nepalese rupees are the local currency. It is advisable to have a moderate amount of local cash on hand. It is fine if you have adequate local currency. Less problems will arise when you pay at several locations along the route. Spend the money carefully and safely. Don’t splurge so that you run out of money. There are no ATMs available for cash withdrawals before to Namche Bazaar. When purchasing anything while on the trek, you must use local cash. Therefore, we advise you to convert local money in Kathmandu.
Be prepared for a flight detour to Ramecchap:
The Kathmandu airport’s increased flight volume and ongoing construction have resulted in several alterations to flight paths during the past few years. The majority of aircraft are diverted from Kathmandu to Ramecchap during the busiest season. 140 kilometers (85 miles) from Kathmandu is the little airfield of Ramechhap, which has little to no facilities for tourists. Depending on traffic, the trip to the airport takes about 4 hours, while the trip back to Kathmandu might take up to 6 hours. Although having to wake up earlier and navigate a winding mountain route back and forth to Ramecchap is an inconvenience and additional task, it does not significantly alter your hiking timetable.