Everest base camp trek – am I ready for this year?
An Everest Base Camp Trek is a life-changing and exhilarating experience where you will be able to see the highest peak in the world in all its glory. It offers some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in all the world. There are different routes that you can take to reach base camp.
When you will make a plan to hike to the coveted Everest Base Camp or the lovely trails of Annapurna massif, first of all, what you need to ask yourself is am I ready for this year trekking? This trek is on everyone’s bucket list and is also regarded as a very difficult trek by the public.
So, what are the physical and mental challenge in doing this trek? Well, we will discuss below the challenges faced and also provide a solution how to be out of it.
- Need to be physically fit and be able to walk up to 7 or 8 hours a day couple of days and 6 hours most of the days.
- You need to walk on a rough surface and in varying weather condition as weather can become unpredictable at times in this region.
- You may think downhill walking is easy but not the case – it will be uncomfortable and can often hurt legs.
- Need to cope with high altitude and need to be disciplined to be slow and adhere to acclimatization rules and listen to the guide.
- Commitment needed for setting a goal such as setting a target date, in training and preparation, to complete the trek, to lock in the date for the epic journey.
- Financial commitment to save for the trip and make a booking.
- Commitment to check the gear list and do shopping in preparation for the trek.
- Being open minded to travel in a third world country and out of the city to a remote place and be able to appreciate local people, culture, language, and environment.
What to do to minimize and manage these challenges-
- Research properly about the place and check all facilities provided by going through the internet.
- Build up your strength and endurance level.
- Understand high altitude risk and prepare a plan for your physical training. You have to organize your every step.
- Check out the standard itinerary provided by any local trekking company and then either go along with it or design your own itinerary if needed.
General assessment of difficulty level of Everest base camp trek-
|Shorted number of hours walk per day||4 hrs|
|Longest number of hours walk per day||8 hrs|
|Average number of hours walk per day||6.5 hrs|
|Trek starting point||2800m|
|Minimum altitude where it is said that human body feels altitude||2800m|
|Highest altitude reached on trek||5545m|
|Highest altitude where a night spent||4800m|
|Number of nights spent above 4000m||1|
|Number of nights spent above 3000m||5|
|Highest altitude gained in a day||1150m|
|Lowest altitude gained in a day||120m|
|Average altitude gained in a day||500m|
It is important to note that there is not so much age restriction and experience required for trekking but you need to have good health and suitable to travel in high altitude areas. For any practical help, guidance in this assessment, or for preparation and booking of your epic Everest base camp trek journey, please contact Sherpa Tours via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone 1300 660 226.
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