Are you planning a trek to the Everest base camp? Great, you are choosing the right destination for your adventure travel holiday. This is excellent trekking among other trekking destinations in Nepal. It is even one of the top mountain journeys in the world.
9 Best Tips for Everest Base Camp Trekkers
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You might have collected some information about the base camp trek and were well prepared. But, maybe you are unknown about certain things that you should follow. Here are those things that you need to be careful of on the Everest base camp trek.
The Everest base camp trek runs through the Sagarmatha national park after entering Lukla with a scenic flight from Kathmandu. This 12 days journey takes you to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain walking for 8 days. Then treks back another 3 long days to Lukla and flies back to Kathmandu.
Whether entering for the trek from Lukla is not only the way. There are other entries too as from Jiri and Salleri with driving. Trekking to the Everest base camp gives you beautiful memories of big snow-capped mountains, landscape, wildlife and more others. You should know about accommodation facilities, packing list, internet service, itinerary, difficulties level and more but still, no idea about those things and no one has told you. So, check out some Everest base camp trekking tips here.
Everest Base Camp Trek Gear Tips
The main thing is that you should be careful while packing your stuff for the trek. You are going to start your trek with a small flight to Lukla so there is a weight limitation. You only can take 15kg of weight including your hand luggage. You can pay an extra amount if it is overloaded but if the load limitation of the plane goes over; it will be difficult for the flight. You may fly on one plane and your bag will be put in another sometimes. There are a lot of flight cancellations so if your flight would be able to land at Lukla but the plane with your bag would be cancelled, then you will have no equipment.
We suggest packing only the things that you really need on the trek. You can buy your daily usages things in Namche Bazaar to minimize the limitation of your luggage. Also, there will be one porter between two people so one porter will carry about 20kg.
Don’t Trek Alone - Everest Base Camp Tips
Trekking in the mountain is not safe every time. There should be any unwanted accidents so trekking alone is not good. Everest base camp trek is mostly on high altitude walk so you might have a problem with altitude sickness at any time. You will see lots of trekkers during high trekking season and could be easy to find the trail but if you are alone and got a problem, you will be in trouble so trekking with a friend or hiring a guide is highly recommended.
Especially, if you are on a trek during off-seasons like winter and summer, it can be very dangerous if you are an individual. There will be a lot of icy surfaces on the trail that you should not know so you might fall over and get injured. And trekking during the summer will be wet floor and rivers will be big. If you follow the wrong direction, then it might be a serious problem.
Everest Base Camp Safety Tips
Being safe during the trek is one of the most important things. As talked about altitude sickness above, there are many other challenges. The first thing that a lot of people are not caring about while taking a picture. You will see nice scenery and would like to capture it with your camera from a particular spot. You need to be careful at this time if the spot is safe or not for this. People also don’t care while taking the picture and moving backwards so be careful if there is a cliff behind or not.
You will see some groups of Yak, Jopke and Mule carrying loads. Seeing them, you should be interested to take pictures of them. Check the spot if it is safe or not first and you should not have any idea how quickly they will arrive at you. If you encounter them, always try to stand in the safe zone if the load push you then will not fall down. Not only in the case of animals, has it applied to local porters who are with big loads. Also, check well on the trail while you will be walking. There will be some wild mountain goats and yak walking above the trekking trail, there might be stones falling by them sometimes.
Base Camp Trek Nature Tips
The Everest base camp trek goes through the Sagarmatha National Park. This is a natural world heritage site of UNESCO in Nepal. There are lots of wild animals and some are endangered. You will see them closer to the trekking trail walking around. Just see them but don’t do any activities that violet.
Some animals especially a bird called Kongma (Tibetan snowcock) respected culturally as holy in this region. There is a myth that if anyone kills this bird, he or she will die so don’t talk about killing them even as joking.
Don’t Try To Swim In River And Lake - Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips
Along the trail, you will stay in the place which is closer to the river and will see some glacial lakes. Don’t try to swim in those because the rapid of the water is so fast with lots of rocks so it won’t be safe. There will be icy surfaces closer to the river and glacial lakes so if you step on them, can easily fall over and get injured.
It is a cold region and the water will be freezing. If you swim in this cold water, your body temperature and nature should not adjust quickly and will be easy to get sick.
Everest Region Religion and Cultural Tips
Everest region is a Buddhist land so you can see lots of Buddhist monuments on the trail. People have religious aspects, cultures and customs so try to follow and respect them. As walking on the trail, you need to keep your right to those religious monuments. You will see prayer flags, Mani walls, Mani wheels, Stupa, and Rocks with mantras during your walk.
While entering the monasteries, you need to wear long sleeves. You are not allowed to take pictures and keep silent if there is an offering going on. You should ask the people if you are taking pictures of them.
Don’t Waste Food - Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips
Most of the stuff and food that you use during the trek go with a flight so the cost of transportation is very high. You will lose apatite on a higher elevation. Try to order food that you can finish and do not waste food. People in this region don’t kill animals but you still get meat carried from the lower areas. Meat is not fresh everywhere so try to be vegetarian during the trek.
Using Drone is Prohibited on Everest Route
Everest base camp trek is a heritage site so using a drone without permission is strictly prohibited. So don’t think there is not security around me and I can use the drone. If you do this mistake, you might be in trouble.
Be Careful With Altitude - Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips
Altitude sickness is a serious problem in the Everest region. It can kill people quickly so you need to be very careful with this. You will fly from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2840m) directly so it is already high enough. Normally, it takes 12 days to finish the Everest base camp trek so don’t try to trek with limited time and take enough acclimatization rest days on the way up.
You need to walk slow, drink plenty of clean water, eat well, sleep well, keep warm and take enough acclimatization rest days to avoid the problem of altitude sickness. If you find some symptoms like vomiting, tiredness while resting, headache, feeling like drunken, difficulties sleeping and breathing, you need to talk to the guide and follow the instruction. If the condition gets worst, it is better to rest in the same place or try to descend as soon as possible. If you decide to descend, don’t walk alone and take one friend with you.
Hope the tips above help you a lot. If you have any queries regarding the Everest base camp trek, you can contact us and ask anything. We are happy to provide any trip regarding solutions.
These tips do not only apply on the Everest base camp trek, But It is also really usable on any trek in Nepal like a long trek in the Annapurna region, Manaslu region, Langtang region and Kanchenjunga region. But if you are doing some short and easy trekking in Nepal, not all the tips need to apply.