How to trek to Everest Base Camp
Are you planning for Everest Base Camp Trekking for the first time? Or, are you planning to be a group leader for trekking in the Himalaya? If yes, you must read this article before going to Everest Base Camp Trek.
Most of the people don’t make their plan to Everest Base Camp Trek because of high altitude, rugged mountain and thin air. To some extent, there is a risk of high altitude because of the high elevation and improper information about the mountain. Lacks of the proper information about mountain, geographical condition, frequently changing weather are the major risks factors to trek in the Everest Base Camp. In the last decade, dozens of the trekkers missed their life on the popular trekking area because of above-mentioned reasons.
People can get AMS on the Lobuche or Gorakhshep at the midnight then they need to buy Oxygen cylinder from the hotel which is cost more than $300 per night. It is not enough to get back your health condition and most of the guide will suggest you for helicopter rescue to go the hospital in Kathmandu which is very expensive about $4500/$5000 from Lobuche and Gorakshep respectively.
Most of the trekkers have medical and evacuation insurance and want to use their insurance here but their insurance company will give you some trouble to refund your money. To claim your money from the insurance company, you must inform your insurance company before taking helicopter service. If possible local doctor’s recommendation is also plus point for you. Doctor’s report, Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card will be your proof to claim insurance.
Why agency for trekking:
We believe that solo trekking in the Himalaya is the risky task because of the unfamiliar rugged mountain. To be safe, you need to hire an experienced local guide from government registered trekking company. If you hire a local guide from the trekking entry point or on the way, it is too risky for you. You have not proper information about that local guide. S/he may have incomplete information about trekking, s/he may have chances to do illegal activities and you must bear total burden of that guide. If that guide meets an accident, you should accept medical and helicopter rescue expenses or s/he dies because of any reason, you must compensate around USD 10,000 to their family.
To be safe, we would highly recommend you to hire an experienced guide from the trekking company. Trekking guide is a person who is very smart and strong to deal with every problem and well-known person to use the available resources in his group to save his customer’s life. He has proper information about geographical location, culture, trekking trails, history etc. e is not only leading the trail but also plays the vital role to enjoy his customer and his staff. Every company has insurance of their staff and insurance company will bear all expenses if that guide meets an accident.
Responsible Customers care for Everest Base Camp Trek:
Each and every day when you are climbing, the guide will give good suggestions to walk slow and continue with drinking more than 4 litres of water after 2500 meters of an altitude. The guide and customer want to have rest in the acclimatization day but the guide will take you to climb higher altitude and come back to the Lodge for good sleep without any symptoms of mountain sickness. Guides will provide the powerful items and offer tea and coffee times to time or garlic soup which is good to keep warm your body.
A guide is a well-known person with the symptoms of mountain sickness so s/he will ask your headache or tiredness. If you start to get mountain sickness he will decide to climb up or have rest or go down as soon as possible according to your condition. He will use his porter or local resources to bring lower altitude. In the meanwhile, he will call for helicopter rescue to go the hospital in Kathmandu. The company supports to collect the documents to claim from the insurance company.
Treks in Nepal can be organized through the year. There are four seasons in Nepal and each season has a different attraction to do the trek in the different places which are classified as follows:
Autumn (September to November)
Autumn season is one of the best seasons to trek in the Himalayan region, which offers the excellent weather and clear sky to see the mountain views and good weather to fly Lukla and Jomsom. Another attraction of this season is the festive season that you get a chance to explore some Nepalese culture and tradition in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Winter (December to February):
This season is the most snowfall and coldest season at the higher elevations in the Himalayas. It is very cold at the night and in the morning but offers the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. We can organize short and panoramic view trek in the lower level of Himalaya in this season
You can view the different variety if the flowers in this season and good weather even in Mountain. The temperature is quite moderate and clean sky to view mountains.
Summer (June to August):
This season is hot and wet. This season is blessed for the green vegetation in the mountains but the lower valley is rainy and muddy. If you are trekking to Annapurna region, leaches will disturb you but our guide will use salt in your walking boot.
Fitness level for EBC Trek:
Trekking in Nepal is a moderate trek most of the trek which we have designed, suitable for passionate trekkers who have the ability to walk at least five-six hours a day. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding comparatively walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Regular Exercise and jogging are a good idea and prior to trek to enhance our strength and stability. Past experience in the mountain would be an asset but it is not mandatory. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases better to check up with your doctor before you go trekking.
Accommodation during Everest base camp trek:
We will provide tourist standard hotel to luxurious hotels in Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, and Namche. Normal teahouses are available in the trekking area. You have many options till Namche to choose hotels as per your budget. After Namche, there are not proper luxurious hotels but normal teahouses are easily available. Western, Indian and Continental foods are available in the trekking area and Chinese and Korean foods may not available in the trekking area. You need to inform upon arrival if you have any interest in special foods. On the premises of Sagarmatha National Park, there is a no-killing policy so; all meats are carried by porters from Lukla. So, meats are not fresh and frozen. Try to be vegetarian for your health; you can take soup of lentil for protein and energy.
What should you take for Everest Base Camp Trek:
Before packing your stuff, please remind that your porter can carry only 15 KG. Warm Jacket, few pairs of trousers, thermal underwear, big neck water bottles are essential things. Similarly, 2-3 pairs of t-shirts (synthetic fabrics – not cotton – that wick away sweat), trekking shoes, thick socks, ear covering cap, globes, trekking pole, Camera, extra battery, sleeping bag, normal medicine, toilet paper, some chocolates, notebooks, Suns cream, Polarized Sunglasses, water purification tablets are also necessary things for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Last but not least
Everest Base Camp Trek is an achievable goal for the normal people; who have a positive attitude towards the trekking and really want to see Mount Everest through their fresh eyes. But, they must be careful about the safety and security during trekking. Trekkers can reduce the risk and much secured if you join with reliable trekking agencies. You can take benefits by choosing Peregrine Treks because of our decade-long experience in the mountain tourism.