It is said that the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular bucket lists, and for the right reasons. The back-and-forth route takes adventurous trekkers to the base of Mount Everest (called Sagamartha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan) that is the highest peak on the planet.
The actual climb at the top of Mount Everest is a legendary feat that requires huge sacrifices. At 5,600m, Base Camp is not an exaggeration. However, it is an easier goal for those from all walks of life who are still seeking a glimpse of the highest mountain in the world.
In reality, this Everest Base Camp trek has become so well-known that there’s been a lot of debate in recent times concerning trekker “traffic jams,” littering and possible limits on the number of trekkers allowed per year.
Coronavirus and Everest
Despite its extremely remote location and abundant fresh air, the Everest region was still affected by the coronavirus epidemic. In March of 2020, China and Nepal shut down their borders and cancelled their 2020 Everest climb season.
In November of 2020, Nepal reopened borders to trekkers, but in a very limited capacity. Even though most non-natives aren’t allowed to access the country, trekking enthusiasts can now apply for approval before travel and special permits from the company that organizes trekking for the coming spring 2021 trekking season. Keep up-to-date with current restrictions on travel by referring to the travel guidelines of your country.
How is it to trek up to Everest Base Camp?
In addition to the stunning scenery, travellers to the region can enjoy the region’s unique culture by visiting monasteries, getting in touch with local teahouse owners and guides, and admiring Buddhist mani and stupas throughout the journey.
The days are filled with walking to enjoy pure pleasure and determination. It is possible to pass through prayer flags and walk across bridges made of metal strung across deep canyons. In the evenings, you can enjoy steaming hot Nepali meals, tea and conversations with fellow travellers and guides at the flames of the teahouse.
The enthralling combination of nature’s beauty, fascinating tradition, satisfaction, and welcoming Nepalese hospitality is offered by the people from Solukhumbu.
It’s not to say that the trek up to Everest Base Camp is simply an enjoyable walk. Although the trek isn’t difficult in terms of technical difficulty, it can be extremely taxing for your body because of the elevation. Many will agree that the physical challenges make the hike worth it.
What time should I start the journey?
It is hot in May, just before the monsoon season. Be ready for rain and beautiful blooming rhododendron flowers. December temperatures drop to below zero. However, the days are breathtaking, and there are fewer hikers (but make sure you wrap yourself warm during the night).
Do I require a manual?
It’s not required to carry a guidebook for this Everest Base Camp trek, and the route is well-marked. But the assistance of a local guide could greatly improve your experience, even if you’re a seasoned hiker.
The hiring of a guide comes with numerous advantages. For US$20 to $30 per day, you’re offering someone a worthwhile job, and you’ll gain a wealth of knowledge about the culture of the area and its natural surroundings. Many people also employ porters for the price of the range of $10 to $20 per day, who can take care of the majority of your possessions and leave you with an everyday bag (and it’s a lot easier to travel). Several trekkers usually have one guide to share to save cost, and two trekkers can share a porter. Make sure you tip them both after your hike.
A trekking company has the benefit of having everything organized for you, from airport transfers and flights, or helicopters that take you towards Lukla airport, teahouse reservations made in advance, accommodation breakfast and dinner every day, and guides and porters as well as their insurance. Another advantage is that guide guides have been educated on the symptoms of altitude sickness and carry oxygen canisters along with them to help ensure you are safe on the trail.
How can I get into shape?
If you’re not a professional trekker, don’t get put off. Even people who are averagely fit and have no experience in hiking can still do this hike. It is nevertheless essential to get ready to go on Everest Base Camp with physical exercise. You’d much prefer to enjoy the views instead of complaining about how your legs hurt.
Your training program must include endurance, cardiovascular and strength exercises every week at least once. Focus on running, stair-climbing or hiking, as well as other exercises that build the muscles you’ll require for hiking.
Do cross-training at minimum once per week by doing yoga, swimming or other exercises that focus on breathing. There is no way to predict how your body reacts to high altitudes until they’re in the actual situation; however, this training can aid in preparation.