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Aleena Ariz
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Published: Sep 04, 2018 | 32 Views

Guide to everest base camp trek

Take on the journey to the Everest Base Camp and experience the world famous Sherpas, Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, culture and faith in Buddhism, the view point of Kala Patthar and the Mount Everest Base Camp itself.

It is home to four of the six highest mountains in the world –

  • Mt. Everest ( 8,848 meters )
  • Mt. Lhotse ( 8,516 meters )
  • Mt. Makalu ( 8,470 meters )
  • Cho Oyu ( 8,201 meters )

Adventure love and trekkers from all over the world take this opportunity to hike in one of the grandest trekking areas in the world.



LOCATION

Situated in the Everest, or famously known as Khumba region of Nepal. It is regarded as one of the most popular treks in the region.


BEST SEASON FOR TREKKING


The best to go on a trek is the Autumn season that starts from September to December and the Spring season that lasts from the month of March to May. You can enjoy the rhododendron forest with blooming flowers in the month of May. The clear skies give you a wider view of the Himalayan ranges. There is very little or no rainfall at all.


The Less Crowded Everest Trekking Months : March, June, late September, December

The Least Crowded Everest Trekking Months : July – August (monsoon), January – February (cold, icy)


The Most Crowded Trekking Months : April – May (both tourists and climbers on the route) October – November (trekking high season in Nepal)


OTHER INFORMATION

Everest Trekking Options :

  • Private Guide with a Porter
  • Private Guide with No Porter
  • No Guide with Porter
  • No Guide and no Porter
  • Porter/Guide Combo
  • Small Group Tour with Guide with Porter



Health Concerns :

If you are trekking to high altitude like Mount Everest Trek, it is very common to have risks concerning health. It can be common a cold or a viral fever or muscle ache. It might also be a result of natural calamity or a careless step.


Altitude Sickness :

Altitude sickness is a result of high altitudes and is extremely fatal. It should be treated at the right time. The symptoms occur gradually and occur within 6 to 24 hours of achieving high altitude. The common symptoms can be -

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset Stomach
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty in Sleeping
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tiredness


Preventive Measures to Take :

  • Rest is essential and one should take plenty of it.
  • Keeping yourself hydrated is a must.
  • Eating high calorie food is good.
  • Smoking, Drinking or consuming medicines must be avoided.
  • Keeping it constant by ascending slowly as you gradually reach higher is a good idea.



Accommodation :

You can put up in guesthouses where the rooms will be simple and comfortable to sleep. In case you can open for camping, you can put up in tented camps.


Food :

You can have food at various small food joints in Nepal. You can get wide options like momo, pasta, noodles, lentils, sprouts, vegetable curry, and the famous dal - bhaat - tarkari.


Drinking Water :

Water is easily available to drink, however, the more you ascend the cost of water will rise up to Rs. 60 per litres. You can also have boiled water from tea houses for a relatively cheaper price.



Mount Everest Trek Cost :

Carrying cash or withdrawing cash from Kathmandu city is the best idea. One should carry at least $600 - $700. In case you are looking for a luxury trek, keeping about $2000 would do.


What can you enjoy? :

You can experience Tengboche Monastery which is the highest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal and come close to four of the world's sixth tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu. We begin our hike to the Everest base camp with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla equipped with all necessary permits and trekking gears.



Mount Everest Trekking Peak you can enjoy :


  • Mt Lhotse (8516m)
  • Mt. Nuptse (7855m)
  • Mt. Pumori (7161m)
  • Mt. Changaste (7550m)
  • Lobuche peak(6145m)
  • Pokalde peak (5806m)
  • Honku south peak (6119m)
  • Mt. Thamserku(6723m)
  • Mt. Lingterin (6679m)
  • Mt. Amadablam (6856m)
  • Mt. Cholaste (6335m)
  • Island peak(6179m)
  • Mt. Kantega( 6685m)
  • Mt.Kusum Khagaru (6367m)
  • Mt.Kongde (6011m)
  • Mt. Khumbila(5761m)
  • Mt. Twache peak (6367m)


WHAT TO EXPECT ?


  1. The region is rich in its composition of flora and Fauna.
  2. You can enjoy the walk through the high green filled hills, beautiful rhododendron forest, serene waterfalls, glacier lakes, rivers and Kala Patthar. The whole experience of Mount Everest base camp trek can be worth to cherish for.
  3. The Sagarmatha National Park is listed under UNESCO world heritage site. It is home to several rare and endangered species as well as you might come across exclusive wildlife inhabitants on your way.


Fitness :

People with health issues like Asthma, Pregnancy, Severe blood pressure, Heart problems, a recent surgery or operation are advised against taking this tour. Hikers who are physically fit, in good health, and have a little experience with high altitude walks can sign up for this trip.



TIPS TO REMEMBER :


  1. Make sure your footwear is very comfortable and durable. Your whole experience can be ruined with shoe bites and blisters.
  2. Start training your body for the trek. Strengthen your muscle and increase your stamina and lung capacity.
  3. Make sure your clothes are light weight, specifically suiting the need for trekking.
  4. Carrying lightweight trekking boots is advisable.
  5. Keep your hands, head and body as warm as possible.
  6. Dress in layers and purchase gaiter to regulate your body temperature.
  7. Carry along a waterproof shell outerwear, jacket and pants.
  8. Consumption of alcohol should be strictly avoided during the trek.



WHAT TO PACK?


  • Clothing
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Footwear Bags and Backpacks
  • Sleeping Gear Poles and Headgear
  • Miscellaneous
  • Accessories
  • Technology and Entertainment
  • Insurance Medications and Toiletries


The gears for Mount Everest Base Camp trek you must have:


  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • Fleece or wool trousers/pants
  • Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Footwear for around camp, for example, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Gaiters (optional)

You will also need the following during the trek.

  • Thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Wind cheater jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Thermal gloves
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • Cotton trousers/pants
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
  • Head lamp, spare bulbs & batteries
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Plastic bags
  • Thermal bottoms
  • Sun hat or scarf or Hat or light balaclava
  • T-shirts
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
  • Camping mattress
  • Water bottles
  • Small wash towel
  • Footwear
  • Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Toiletries
  • Basic first aid kit


COST FOR EBC :

  • Trek General EBC Trek Price from Tour Agency: $1300 – $2300 depending on amenities
  • Lukla Flight Sold Separately : Price $300-$350
  • Self Trek Estimate Per Day : $50 TIMS Card: $20 (subject to change, but has been this price since 2008)
  • Sargamantha National Park Permit : $10 (subject to change)



Mount Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime and will never cease to vanish from your memory. The trail will guide you through stunning Himalayan landscapes, traditional Sherpa villages, monasteries, prayer flags and chortens. You will eventually find yourself among soaring peaks.



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