The journey through the Himalayas to personally stand at the base of Everest is breathtaking.There’s a reason why this majestic peak is one of the 7 Natural World Wonders—with Mount Everest standing at 5,354 meters it is surreal.While we believe that almost anyone can enjoy trekking up to Everest Base Camp,there are a few things to do to make the journey more smooth and enjoyable.In this article,we will talk about some of the best tips,tricks and travel hacks for trekking Everest Base Camp.
TIPS FOR TREKKING EVEREST BASE CAMP:-
If you can only choose one trek in Nepal, we believe Everest Base Camp is the best option. Below, we list our tips for trekking Everest Base Camp. These tips will help you save time and money while making your travel more comfortable
TRAIN AHEAD OF TIME:-
While people of many ages and physical abilities can trek to Everest Base Camp. You will be more comfortable if you are in good physical condition to do so. You don’t have to be a triathlete to hike Everest Base Camp ,but you do want to make sure you have the endurance to get there. Here’s an Everest Base Camp training guide to help get you in shape for your trip.
TREK THROUGH PHORTSE:-
There are two main treks to Everest Base Camp. The first is the classic Everest Base Camp route that leads from Tengboche to Everest Base Camp. The second is a minor adaptation that treks from Lukla to Fortse Thanga before rejoining the classic trail to Everest Base Camp. The Fortse Trek Via Everest Base Camp does not take extra travel time, but offers a scenic,less traveled route.
PLAN EXTRA DAYS AT THE END:-
If you have any extra days to spend in Nepal,it’s best to plan them at the end of your trek—not at the beginning. Bad weather may delay flights from Lukla back to Kathmandu.If you are staying in Lukla due to bad weather. It is better not to fly international the next day.Read more about flight delays in Lukla here.
BUY GEAR IN KATHMANDU:-
There are more trekking shops in Kathmandu then you can count with intense competition which drives down the prices.This means you can get great prices on gear you might not be able to afford at home.Not all gear is created equally.Here are 6 tips for buying cheap trekking gear in Kathmandu
GET THE BEST RATE ON YOUR FLIGHT:-
Flying is going to be one of your biggest expenses for trekking to Everest Base Camp.However,there are a few tricks to make sure you get the best deal.Here is an article we wrote on how to get a cheap flight to Nepal.
STAY WITHIN LUGGAGE WEIGHT LIMITS:-
There are strict weight limits on your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (the start of the Everest Base Camp trek).Your main pack may only weigh 10 kg (22 lb) and your carry-on may only be 5 kg (11 lb). Paying for extra baggage is possible,but not recommended.Any extra baggage you carry on your flight to Kathmandu will be carried by you or your porters up the mountain.
USE A PROFESSIONAL TREKKING COMPANY:
There are several ways to trek to Everest Base Camp: going with a professional trekking company, hiring a private guide or porter,or doing it yourself. In most cases,hiring a local professional trekking company is well worth your while.A professional trekking company has the organization and infrastructure to help things run as smoothly as possible.This means they have a better ability to navigate flight delays,emergency services,communication challenges,and more.Using a local trekking company (such as Himalayan Wonders) also means that you will be able to experience the knowledge and culture of a local guide while benefiting from the company’s ties to the area
READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE:-
You can learn a lot more about how Everest Base Camp Trekking Company handles emergency situations through its terms of service.A well-established company will have a Terms of Service that cover in detail what can go wrong in Nepal and how the company manages those situations.This is good to know in advance.One thing you can be sure of with Himalayan Wonders is that no matter what happens, we will do our best to ensure that you have a great trek and you can be assured of the full support of our team.We have been driving the trek for almost a decade and experience is definitely something that matters
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET:-
Bad blisters can end a trek as easily as altitude sickness.I recommend bringing some duct tape or moleskin and treating the area as soon as you start to feel discomfort,not after an actual blister has formed.Here’s a great article on how to do it from Backpacker.