Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is a dream of every adventure lover. However, the trip is not a smooth ride. There are many things you need to keep in mind before your trip to the Himalayas in Nepal. You need to prepare yourself both mentally and physically; you need the right trekking gears for the trip and choose the most suitable itinerary, and you need to consider many other things. We have made a list of various pointers for a successful trek to Everest Base Camp.
The tips mentioned below will help you reach the base camp with more ease. Even though these tips are titled for Everest Base Camp, they come in handy for various other Himalayan trekking trails in Nepal like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and many other Nepal trekking trails.
- 1. Choose a suitable itinerary
- 2. Choose the professional & right operator for you
- 3. Prepare yourself mentally
- 4. Train and prepare time in advance
- 5. Pack wisely and avoid excess
- 6. Choose the right group for you
- 7. Listen to your trekking guide/ trip leader
- 8. Make your walking pace slow and steady
- 9. Make sure you get a balanced diet
- 10. Always stay hydrated
- 11. Take necessary steps to prevent altitude sickness
- 12. Be comfortable and relax
- 13. Know how to stay connected with your loved ones
- 14. Plan a few extra days at the end of your trip
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Choose a suitable itinerary
The biggest mistake people make while preparing for Everest Base Camp trek is assuming the trip same as a regular hike. However, in reality, it is more physically demanding and the biggest hurdle is altitude. Since the trek starts at 3,000m (mention in ft. also) from sea level and reaches up to 5,365m (mention in ft. also), many people suffer from altitude sickness during Everest Base Camp Trek.
To prevent altitude sickness, you need to maintain a slow and steady pace and select a suitable itinerary. A suitable itinerary allows enough time for acclimatization, which means fewer chances of experiencing altitude sickness. While choosing the suitable itinerary, you also need to select the best trekking route for Everest Base Camp as per your physical ability and time availability.
2. Choose the professional & right operator for you
Choosing the operator might not seem like an important task at the beginning. However, there are lots of operators in the marketplace that offer different kinds of services. The most important things to consider while choosing the right operator are:
- Where you want to buy the services?
- What is your budget per day for the trip, excluding international flights?
- What is your interest? Do you want low-budget travel, or comfort and everything to be organized?
Himalayan Glacier Adventure offers personalized services for safe, successful, and comfortable services. Our services include everything from arrival to departure to the service destination.
3. Prepare yourself mentally
Your mental strength has a significant role in your successful trek to Everest Base Camp. Your confidence matters the most for these long treks. So, you need to develop a ‘I Can Do!’ mentality. Since the trek is physically demanding, you may feel that you cannot complete it. During such moments, having a strong willpower and strong mentality acts as a significant asset.
Himalayan Glacier’s 99% success rate on 29 years long history to the Everest Base Camp might help you boost your confidence.
4. Train and prepare time in advance
Trekking to Everest Base Camp does not require any specific training in advance. However, the trip is physically demanding as you have to walk long hours through the rocky trails of mountains for days. You need to prepare your body accordingly. We suggest you start with basic physical activities a few months before your trip. You can start with simple morning workouts, running tracks, and going on short hikes. You can also go through Everest Best Camp training routines suggested by professional hikers. Prior training will allow you enough strength for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
5. Pack wisely and avoid excess
The most common mistakes people make during their trips are over packing and not packing things that will come in handy. If you are going on a trekking trip, you need to be very wise with your packing. You need to pack the right clothes, trekking gears, and other necessary items.
Himalayan Glacier has made a Complete Everest Base Camp packing list, giving detailed information about what to pack for your trip to the mountains.
6. Choose the right group for you
Adventure companies offer treks in different packages. You can travel alone, in small groups or large groups. The group treks are slightly cheaper but there are some disadvantages. When you are trekking in large groups you might feel pressure in maintaining the same walking pace with other fellow trekkers and you may not be able to enjoy the trip more peacefully. So, we suggest traveling in small groups for a successful trek to Everest Base Camp.
Himalayan Glacier offers guaranteed departure with any numbers, offers on your travel date. We also provide personalized service as per your requirements.
7. Listen to your trekking guide/ trip leader
There is a reason why you need guides for the Everest Base Camp trek. Those people are experts who know the trails very well. Further, your safety, comfort and success are always in the guide’s hand. So, you need to listen to your guide and do accordingly. Further, you should never hesitate to share your mental and physical condition with your guide. If you feel physically drained during the middle of your trek, you can just tell your guide and that will allow your guide to make the right decision at the right time.
8. Make your walking pace slow and steady
In the beginning days of trekking, there is a lot of excitement among trekkers. Most travelers tend to overuse their energy and walk at a strong pace, draining energy for later days. Since the treks are days long, you need to conserve your energy and maintain a slow and steady pace, which will help your body and muscles start getting used to gradually.
9. Make sure you get a balanced diet
It is a well-known fact that food is what provides energy to our body. Moreover, on such trips, you need a lot of energy, so you need to take proper balanced food. You need high-protein foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Apart from food, comfortable sleep is also essential for a successful trek to Everest Base Camp.
Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of choosing cheap operators that limit their budget on foods and choose basic lodges. But with Himalayan Glacier, there will be no compromise with food and comfortable lodges.
10. Always stay hydrated
While trekking at high elevations, staying hydrated is the best thing you can do for yourself and your body. Hydration is the key factor that will keep the blood thin to carry enough oxygen to the blood circulatory system, including the brain. If you do not take enough water, it increases your chance of getting altitude sickness.
So you need to drink enough fluids. It can be water, tea, hot lemon, drinking chocolate, soups, and even coffee. However, it is better to avoid coffee in the evening, as caffeine in the coffee can kill your sleep.
11. Take necessary steps to prevent altitude sickness
It is very common to experience altitude sickness while trekking in high altitudes. You need to build up your confidence level and prepare yourself in all ways. We suggest using Diamox or any other altitude sickness tablets to prepare your body medically and physically at high altitude. It is always better to consult your doctor about the right medicine for your body before starting the trek.
12. Be comfortable and relax
You need to remember that Everest Base Camp trek is not only an adventure but also a holiday; an escape you planned for years. So, instead of thinking of it as a task that you need to complete, you should think of it as a time to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains.
Himalayan Glacier offers a tension-free trek where you need not worry about any micromanagement.
13. Know how to stay connected with your loved ones
For many trekkers, traveling in a foreign land evokes a sense of wilderness, and they start missing home and family after a few days. During such time, connecting with loved ones and sharing the experience of the trip firsthand can help you enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Further, the Himalayas of Nepal are no longer far from modern technology. You can get access to internet facilities in most of the teahouses in the Everest area.
14. Plan a few extra days at the end of your trip
Mountains are unpredictable; the weather conditions and visibility in the Everest region change rapidly. No matter how well you plan as per the weather forecasts, there will always be chances of flight delays due to weather conditions. So you should prepare yourself for possible delays.
We recommend adding at least a day or two extra days to your trip so that you have the flexibility to change your itinerary accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best season to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Everest has a lot to offer for its visitors in almost all seasons. But the best season to trek the famous trail in Nepal is during the months of spring- March, April, and May. In the months of spring, the weather is pretty favorably stable and perfect for high altitude climbing. Further, you will also get to treat yourself with alluring views with clear sky and colorful rhododendrons along the trail.
Apart from springtime, the fall season is also a good time for Everest Base Camp. The months of September to November in fall also offer moderate temperatures, clear skies, and less chance of problematic rains or snowfall.
If you want more information on trekking to Everest in different seasons, we also have a seasonal guide on the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp.
How difficult is it to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Naturally, trekking to the foot of Mt. Everest is not an easy task; the trail goes through the rocky paths of hills with hours-long walk for multiple days. However, the difficulty level to complete the trek up to the base camp is fairly moderate.
Altitude is what adds to the difficulty level. The trek starts at the height of 3000 m/ 9842 ft from sea level and ends at the base camp, which is 5400 m/ 17716 ft. But, if you choose the right itinerary with a proper acclimatization point, altitude will not be a huge issue.
Further, if you follow all the above-mentioned tips, a successful trek to Everest Base Camp is not far away.
Is it possible to trek to Everest Base Camp in winter?
Generally, the winter season is considered an off-season for Everest Base Camp trek. During the winter months of December and January, the region sees its coldest days. But, many enthusiastic trekkers have completed the trek even in these months.
As long as you are fully prepared with the right trekking gears and warm clothes, trekking in winter will be a true adventure. You just need to be smart with your packing list for Everest Base Camp.
Himalayan Glacier Adventure has been running successful trips to Everest Base Camp for over two decades! We offer many options on itineraries and provide custom-made trips at your convenience. If you are planning a trip to Everest or any other Himalayan trail, and want to know more, we have a team of experts who will guide you through the entire process and plan a tailor made trip to your dream destination.