How to trek the Everest Base Camp Trek
Are you planning for Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time? Or, are you planning to be a group leader for trekking in the Himalayas? If yes, you must read this article before going to Everest Base Camp Trek.
Most people don’t make their plan to Everest Base Camp Trek because of the 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. Lack of valuable information about mountains, geographical conditions, and frequently changing weather are the major risk factors to trek in the Everest Base Camp. In the last decade, dozens of trekkers missed their life in the popular trekking area for the reasons mentioned above.
People can get AMS on the Lobuche or Gorakhshep at midnight; then, they need to buy an Oxygen cylinder from the hotel, which costs more than $300 per night. It is not enough to get back your health condition, and most of the guides will suggest helicopter rescue to go to the hospital in Kathmandu, which is very expensive, about $4500/$5000 from Lobuche and Gorakshep respectively.
Most 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 a helicopter service. If possible local doctor’s recommendation is also a plus point for you. The doctor’s report, Sagarmatha National Park Permit, and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card will be your proof to claim insurance.
Why the agency for trekking:
We believe that solo trekking in the Himalayas is a risky task because of the unfamiliar rugged mountain. To be safe, you must hire an experienced local guide from a government-registered trekking company. Hiring a local guide from the trekking entry point or on the way is too risky for you. You do not have the correct 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 the total burden of that guide. If that guide meets an accident, you should accept medical and helicopter rescue expenses, or if s/he dies for any reason, you must compensate around USD 10,000 to their family.
To be safe, we highly recommend you hire an experienced guide from the trekking company. A trekking guide is a person who is very smart and strong to deal with every problem and a well-known person to uses the available resources in his group to save his customer’s life. He has valuable information about geographical location, culture, trekking trails, history, etc., leading the trail and playing a vital role in enjoying his customer and his staff. Every company has insurance for their staff, and insurance companies will bear all expenses if that guide meets an accident.
Responsible Customers care for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Every day you are climbing, the guide will give good suggestions to stroll and continue drinking more than 4 liters of water after 2500 meters of altitude. The guide and customer want to rest on the acclimatization day, but the guide will take you to climb higher altitudes and return to the Lodge for good sleep without any symptoms of mountain sickness. Guides will provide powerful items and offer tea and coffee from time to time or garlic soup which is good to keep your body warm.
A guide is a well-known person with the symptoms of mountain sickness so that s/he will ask about your headache or tiredness. If you start to get mountain sickness, you will decide to climb up or have a rest or go down as soon as possible, according to your condition. He will use his porter or local resources to bring lower altitudes. Meanwhile, he will call for helicopter rescue to go to the hospital in Kathmandu. The company supports collecting the documents to claim from the insurance company.
When to trek to Everest Base Camp?: Best time
Treks in Nepal can be organized throughout 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)
The Autumn season is one of the best seasons to trek in the Himalayan region, which offers excellent weather, a clear sky to see the mountain views, and good weather to fly Lukla and Jomsom. Another attraction of this season is the festive season, where you get a chance to explore 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 freezing at night and in the morning but offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. We can organize a short and panoramic view trek in the lower level of the Himalayas this season.
You can view the different varieties of flowers in this season and good weather even in the mountains. The temperature is relatively 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 the 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 treks we have designed are suitable for passionate trekkers who can walk at least five to six hours a day. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower ones; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Regular Exercise and jogging are good ideas to enhance our strength and stability before the trek. 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 disease better check up with their doctors before trekking.
Accommodation during Everest base camp trek
We will provide tourist standard hotels with luxurious hotels in Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, and Namche. Normal teahouses are available in the trekking area. You have many options until Namche to choose hotels as per your budget. After Namche, there are no excellent luxurious hotels, but normal teahouses are readily available. Western, Indian, and Continental foods are available in the trekking area, and Chinese and Korean foods may not be available in the trekking area. Upon arrival, you must inform if you are interested in particular foods. On the premises of Sagarmatha National Park, there is a no-killing policy; porters carry all meats from Lukla. So, meats are not fresh and frozen. Try to be vegetarian for your health; you can take soup of lentils 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. A warm jacket, a few pairs of trousers, thermal underwear, and big neck water bottles are essential. 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, regular 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 ordinary people; who have a positive attitude towards trekking and want to see Mount Everest through fresh eyes. But, they must be careful about their safety and security during trekking. Trekkers can reduce the risk and feel secure if they join reliable trekking agencies. You can benefit by choosing Peregrine Treks because of our decade-long experience in mountain tourism.