How To Prepare For The Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

If you’re planning to go on the Everest base camp trek, one of the most important things you can do is prepare yourself well in advance so that when you arrive at base camp, you’re ready to make the most of it. These are some things you should do before your Everest base camp trek to help make your trip a success.

Why do it?

I would consider myself more of a hiking enthusiast than an extreme mountain climber. I have hiked and climbed many mountains in my life so far, but nothing too serious or life threatening (aside from maybe one night on Mount Kilimanjaro). This is why my decision to climb Mount Everest base camp was out of character for me. It was a big decision because it doesn’t happen quickly and you must do your research first before even thinking about going through with it. Also, it’s dangerous! You don’t want to be unprepared or ill-equipped when trekking so high up in elevation.

Your Gear List

If you’re planning on taking a trek to Everest base camp, you’ll need to ensure that you pack everything you need. That includes all of your essentials (sunscreen and cash, for example) and things like emergency equipment and snacks—but it also includes certain items that are specific to your needs (like proper footwear). Remember, if you’re only taking day-hikes, your packing list will vary from what’s included here. Make sure your basecamp checklist is thorough, but don’t worry about being an overpacker; it’s easier to carry more than it is to lug extra stuff up that hill!

Guide Choices

Choosing a guide for an Everest base camp trek is as important as choosing one for hiking on Mount Everest itself. There are several levels of experience, styles of guiding, and pricing options to choose from. You should expect to pay at least $2,000 USD per person for a top-level guide. But be prepared: guides can also cost double or triple that amount. Your choice will depend on your budget and whether you want a non-Sherpa guide who also knows more about plants and animals than just how high they grow in relation to oxygen.

Fitting In A Few Days At Lukla

Sure, you could fly into Lukla airport (also known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport) and then join a group for your trek to base camp. But if you’ve ever seen a photo of what Lukla looks like when there are a few flights due to land at once—complete with 100 or so people carrying tents and backpacks, standing around in an overcrowded space—you may have second thoughts about that option. Instead, do yourself a favor and make sure you can fit in at least one or two days at Lukla. Staying there gives you time to acclimate from sea level to altitude before starting your trek.

Entering The Khumbu Valley and Phakding

Once you’ve entered Phakding, your adventure really begins. This is where you’ll find trekking agencies for organizing your permits, as well as lodges for accommodation. There are a number of activities to do in Phakding, like visiting Gokyo Lake and climbing Kala Patthar (5643m). From here on out, each town has a specific purpose and their corresponding activities are generally less varied than in other areas. Between Namche Bazaar and Tengboche is Thame village—home to Mani wall (stone carvings) and blacksmiths. Here you can also visit several Gurung villages that aren’t found elsewhere in Nepal or beyond Everest base camp trek route.

Pheriche And Lobuche – Walking Through History

There’s no denying that it takes a special kind of person to journey all that way just to get a glimpse of Mount Everest. While it’s not for everyone, for many people, completing an ascent up its base camp is an unforgettable life-altering experience. And how you prepare will determine whether or not you leave with fond memories or nightmares. Pheriche and Lobuche are two key stops along your trek between Lukla and Namche Bazaar and they offer a wealth of history and sights to explore while you wait out those pesky acclimatization symptoms. So, regardless if your time on the Khumbu Glacier is brief or lengthy, here are some suggestions on how to make it count!

Kala Patthar And Gokyo Ri – Climbing For Views

Kala Patthar is a peak that rises above Pheriche village and offers dramatic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Nuptse and more. It’s a 3- to 4-hour round trip hike from Namche Bazaar. Gokyo Ri (which means Lake Mountain) is an island in Gokyo Lake with great views of Cho Oyu and other Himalayan peaks. It can be reached by trekking for about two hours or you can take a short flight from Syangboche Airport to Khumbu Glacier Airport on Tenzing Hillary Airport.

Dole, Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Pangboche, Periche and Tengboche Again – Taking It Easy At Last!

Most treks start with a flight to Lukla, and most trekkers spend their first day just getting acclimated to life at 10,000 feet. From Lukla you have two options: take a bus directly to Phakding or take it easy on a couple of days in Pheriche. Either way, be prepared for all your senses to be assailed: Pheriche is one of those towns where even your dreams are smoky and dreamy from all that pollution!

Day 15 – A Rest Day at EBC

Today is another rest day, but no one calls it that. Instead, we call it Day 15 – A Rest Day at EBC. No matter what you call it, though, today is a day for resting up and taking in everything around you. No better place than here for doing just that: Everest Base Camp! … In order to avoid altitude sickness on your trek to base camp, try to stay as close to sea level as possible for at least two weeks before your trip begins (if you live at sea level). … Are You Ready To Hike Everest? … Get All Your Treks Done Before Booking Your Flight: You can never be too careful when traveling high in elevation such as during an Everest base camp trek or climbing expedition.

Visiting Cho Oyu Base Camp and Back to Kathmandu – Wrapping Up An Amazing Experience

Cho Oyu (Tibetan for mountain of the gods) is one of fourteen 8000-meter peaks in Asia and is a popular peak among climbing groups. There are two main routes to reach Cho Oyu base camp: either through Tibet or Nepal. While we did not go with a guide, it’s much safer to use a guide if you have never been to one of these mountain ranges before. On our way back from Cho Oyu base camp, we flew back into Kathmandu and had dinner at Mama Ganesh (Rajpath Marg)—one of our favorite local eateries that serves very fresh dal bhat.