Everest Base Camp Trek is an absolute quintessence of trekking in Nepal or even other treks in the world. Many of the trekkers want to win over this trek, but they are lagging in terms of important pieces of information regarding this trek. Don’t worry, Greater Himalaya brings to you a complete guide on “Everest Base Camp Trek” to help you figure this amazing trek so that you can take this trek you have been lingering upon for quite a time.
Across the Globe, one of the attributes about Nepal that makes people familiar with Nepal’s presence is Mt. Everest and other top mountains belonging here. Not only this much, but people also travel from oceans apart to explore these majestic mountain roofs. Everest Base Camp is the base of the world's jewel – Mt. Everest, from which you can have an amazing outlook of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peak. Everest Base Camp trek is a high-altitude trek that takes people to the base of Mount Everest passing just as beautiful landscapes and diversity.
The EBC trek rewards you with the best views of Himalayan mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,855m), Mt. Pumori (7,161m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Island Peak (6,189 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), etc. These alluring Himalayas decorate the trekking trails of this trek enticing adventurers to onset on this trek as soon as possible.
The once in a lifetime experience is what is waiting for you through this trek. The trekking trail of this classic trek is teeming with diverse landscapes of alpine meadows, luxuriant green grasslands, close-up view of gorgeous rhododendron forest, pine woods etcetera. Moreover, the fauna you will encounter during this trek is diverse. From rare snow leopard, elusive red panda to other more available animals like Himalayan bear, sheep, yak’s etcetera, EBC trek encompasses it all.
Difficulty of EBC Trek
Here’s the common query of almost every trekker out there- How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek? How tough can it get? Don’t worry. Greater Himalaya here will clear your queries. So, trekking to Everest Base Camp is definitely not rocket science. Trekkers needn’t be a technical climber or mountaineer or professional athlete to go through with this trek. But, the uphill and downhill, the tricky trails, high altitude, and the chances of Altitude Sickness, steep trails all accumulate to label this trek of moderate-difficult category.
Starting from Lukla, the round-trip distance you need to cover during the Everest Base Camp trek is 130 Km. Adjusting this distance for a 12-16 days itinerary, you might be trekking for an average of 6 or 7 hours during this trek. Having some previous trekking experience definitely helps this trek making it slightly easy for you. Nevertheless, with a proper trekking guide and trekking agency like ours, even novice trekkers can go through this trek if they have maintained fitness.
We highly recommend you to do some exercise prior to the classic EBC trek so that ascending and descending along uneven terrains for a duration of more or less 12 days won’t be a nightmare ruining this trek. We also advise you to not miss the acclimatization days, that way altitude sickness won’t be much of a serious issue.
Also referred to as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), Altitude Sickness is a derogatory effect on Health that occurs at High Altitude as a result of immediate exposure to low oxygen amounts there. Altitude Sickness can even be fatal if it is not given urgent attention and care. We present to you some symptoms indicating AMS. We recommend you to be ultra-careful and look out for the symptoms so that you can apply prevention cues before it gets serious or fatal.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness/ AMS
- Sleep Deprivation/ Difficulty in sleeping
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea and Dizziness
- Minor respiratory complications
- Loss of energy and tiredness
- Appetite loss
Prevention against Altitude Sickness/ AMS
- Drink water adequately so that you are hydrated along the trek.
- Gain the elevation slowly acclimatizing with the increasing altitude.
- Eat High-calorie food- Carry protein and carb bars
- Avoid alcohol, cigars, and other tranquilizing medications.
- Try to be calm throughout the trek rather than pushing yourself.
- Have a regular dose of rest.
- Tag along with some pain relievers.
With respect to the 4 seasons of Nepal, the environment, safety, and weather of Everest Base Camp Trek differs. We provide you with highpoints as well as low points of EBC trek during different seasons in Nepal. You can decide for yourself which suits you the best for you. If you ask us, the best time for EBC trekking is the spring season and autumn season.
- The rainfall during this season results in slippery trekking routes or wet trails.
- Humid surrounding thus cloudy sky and hence poor view
- Tag along with trekking boots with a strong clasp, if you go trekking this season.
- Dry and safe trails hence one of the best times of year
- Sunshine and great views are the next pros.
- Thriving rhododendron and other flowers passing their fragrance to trekkers.
- No harsh weather conditions making your trek further enjoyable and easy.
- The trekking trails might be crowded and the tea houses or lodges might be occupied.
- Tremendously cold as temperature might drop up to -15 degrees centigrade.
- Some trails and even Lodges and teahouses might be closed.
- Very vivid views of mountains and Himalayas.
- Biting cold so few people opt for this season as a result trekking trail is silent with almost no crowd.
- Peak season to go for EBC trek safety and views wise.
- Radiant views of the Himalayas making your worth every penny and physical hardships.
- Temperature is analogous to that of Spring and predictable climatic conditions.
- Crowded trekking routes and occupied rest houses so book early.
Note - Pack for EBC trek depending on the time you decide to go for a trek.
EBC Trek Preparations and Training
We highly recommend you to practice a bit for this trek rather than taking It lightly. You need not be a professional for this trek, but if your health and fitness is not up to the mark, this trek is going to be way more challenging for you. Following are some training and things that you should follow for this trek.
- Do exercise and physical activities so that hiking is something your body is familiar with.
- Try to increase your strength by various forms of exercise like push-ups, walking on uneven surfaces, squats, etc.
- Various cardio exercises like running, swimming, cycling for your legs and arms.
- Try to go on short hikes first.
- Have your body examined and checked so that you can know from a professional, whether you are fit enough for such a challenging trek at high altitudes.
Equipment and Gears required:
- Trekking poles
- Trekking boots with a nice grip
- Woolen and normal gloves
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Toiletries (towels, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet papers, moisturizers, lip balms, and others as you see fit for you)
- Woolen and normal hat
- Extra pairs of socks and underwear
- Water purification tablets
- Woolen trekking thermals, jackets, and trousers.
- Sleeping bag
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries, camera, books as you see fit
- Plastic bags
You can pack other things depending on the time and season you opt for the EBC trek. Contact us for authentic details about this.
Day 01: Arrival at TIA Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla flight (2840m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar trek (3440m)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (Exploration)
Day 05: Namche to Tengboche Trek (3860m)
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche Trek (4410m)
Day 07: Acclimatization at Dingboche
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche trek (4910m)
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorakshep hike (5140m) and soar up to Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Day 10: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche trek (4240m)
Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazzar trek (3440m)
Day 12: Namche Bazzar to Lukla trek (2840m)
Day 13: Lukla to Kathmandu flight back
Day 14: Depart to your destination