Are you planning a Trek to the Everest Base Camp? Great, you are choosing the correct 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 of certain things that you should follow. It would be best if you were careful of those things while trekking to the Everest Base Bamp.
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 eight days. Then Treks back another three 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, as from Jiri and Salleri, with driving. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp gives you beautiful memories of big snow-capped mountains, landscapes, wildlife, and 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 essential trekking tips for the Everest Base Camp here.
Tips One - Packing Trekking Gear
The main thing is that you should be careful while Packing your stuff for the Trek. You will start your hike 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 can land at Lukla, but the plane with your bag is canceled, then you will have no equipment.
We suggest Packing only the things that you need on the trek. You can buy your daily usage 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.
Tips Two - Don’t Trek Alone
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 walks, so you might have altitude sickness problems anytime. You will see many Trekkers during the high Trekking season, and it could be easy to find the trail, but if you are alone and have 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 perilous 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 the rivers will be significant. If you follow the wrong direction, then it might be a severe problem.
Tips Three - About Safety on the EBC Route
Being Safe during the Trek is one of the most important things. As talked about altitude sickness above, there are many other challenges. Many people do not care about the first thing while taking a picture. You will see lovely scenery and want to capture it with your camera from a particular spot. It would be best if you were careful whether the place is safe or not for this. People also don’t care while taking pictures and moving backward, so be cautious 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 in taking pictures of them. Check the spot if it is safe first, and you should not know how quickly it will arrive at you. If you encounter them, always try to stand in the safe zone; if the load pushes you, you will not fall. Not only in the case of animals, but has applied for local porters with big loads. Also, check well on the trail while you are walking. Some wild mountain goats and yak will be walking above the Trekking Trail; there might be stones falling by them sometimes.
Tips Four - Do Not Disturb Animals
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 catch 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, they will die, so don’t talk about killing them, even as jokes.
Tips Five - Do Not Swim in the Rivers
Along the trail, you will stay in a place that 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, you 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 it will be easy to get sick.
Tips Six - Respect Culture and Religion
Everest Region is a Buddhist land, so many Buddhist monuments are on the trail. People have religious aspects, cultures, and customs, so try to follow and respect them. As walking on the path, you need to keep your right to those religious monuments. During your walk, you will see prayer flags, Mani walls, wheels, Stupa, and Rocks with mantras.
While entering the monasteries, you need to wear long sleeves. You cannot take pictures and keep silent if an offering occurs. You should ask the people if you are taking pictures of them.
Tips Seven - Do Not Waste Food
Most of the stuff and food 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. Order food 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 be vegetarian during the Trek.
Tips Eight - Take Permission to Use Drone Camera
Everest Base Camp Trek is a heritage site, so using a drone without permission is strictly prohibited. So don’t think there is no security around me, and I can use the drone. If you make this mistake, you might be in trouble. If you want to use a drone camera in the Everest Region, you must take a special permission letter from the home ministry office in Kathmandu.
Tips Nine - Be Aware of Altitude Sickness
Altitude Sickness is a severe problem in the Everest Region. It can kill people quickly, so you must be very careful. You will fly directly from Kathmandu (1350m) to Lukla (2840m), which is already high enough. Typically, 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.
It would be best if you trekked, drank plenty of clean water, ate well, slept well, kept warm, and took enough acclimatization rest days to avoid the problem of Altitude Sickness. If you find symptoms like vomiting, tiredness while resting, headache, feeling drunk, and difficulty sleeping and breathing, you must talk to the guide and follow the instructions. 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 drop, don’t walk alone and take one friend.
I 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 apply not only to the Everest Base Camp trek. Still, they are also usable on any Trek in Nepal, like a long Trek in the Annapurna Region, Manaslu Region, Langtang Region, and Kanchenjunga Region. But not all the tips need to apply if you are doing short and easy trekking in Nepal.