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Trekking to Everest base camp is a lifetime adventure and life changing for many people. Just because you are not stepping foot on Mount Everest, do not think that the trek to Everest Base Camp is an easy undertaking. It is achievable for most people but not a tourist trek and needs to be respected, prepared and well trained for. It is so tough that at times you question your sanity and why you ever decided to do it. At other times you look at the scenery that’s so majestic, breathtaking and unlike any mountainous terrain that you have ever seen before, changing from lush green landscapes, dense forest and glistening blue fast flowing rivers and rivulets to barren land and glacial pools the higher you trek and realize it was one of the life best decision. Everest base camp trek is one of the hardest physical and mental challenges but once upon reaching Base Camp it changes into one’s proudest and unexplainable moments. There are a couple of key factors for a safe, successful trek and journey up through the Khumbu valley, hiking at low level oxygen environments and making a safe, successful and enjoyable trek.
Everest base camp trek is one of the most exciting, challenging, adventurous and fun treks in Khumbu region of Nepal. Reaching as close as the base of the majestic high Himalayas and being able to admire the beauty and enigma of the peak, Everest base camp trek is a worth enriching experience. For those trying to complete this euphoric itinerary, the major concern is how difficult is the trek. The various difficulties that arise during the trek are health status, altitude, length and training.
For Everest base camp trek proper physical fitness is necessary to ensure fruitful accomplishments. If incase you have any health problems then it may lead to several difficulties during the trek and may result in life threat. The better you feel and walk, the more you’ll enjoy the trek. In general if you are happy walking for 4-5hrs a day with a light day pack then you shouldn’t have any fitness issues.
Likewise, altitude is undoubtedly the most difficult and underestimated aspect of the Everest base camp trek. The high altitude profile of the trek certainly makes the going more difficult. In fact, if the trek were not for the altitude, the Everest base camp trek would be very basic indeed. One thing you can’t train for is altitude and that can prevent people reaching base camp where there is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level. Altitude Sickness should not be taken lightly nor underestimated, especially at the altitudes reached on the Everest base camp trek. The hike begins at Lukla which stands just below 3000meters which is already a high enough to induce altitude sickness. The trek steadily climbs as the trail winds its way up to Base camp. The view point from Kalapatthar on your return journey is the highest point standing at 5,554meters. They secret or key to high altitudes trekking is to acclimatize well and to do so you need to take a slow pace, a goon itinerary, ascend to altitudes slowly, rest, eat good food, sleep well and drink plenty of fluid. The actual distances from Lukla to Everest Base camp can be covered far quicker than we do it, but that will make you ill. For this reason the trek is relaxed and of course enjoyable. The trek to EBC is dangerous if you don’t stick with a good guide who will ensure a good itinerary in terms of rest days and acclimatization and of course good hygienic food and pure drinking water because apart these there is least dangers in terms of hanging off ropes, exposed ridges and etc.
The altitude challenges the budget as well. The cost of both food and accommodation along with several other facilities increases with altitude. It not just doubles, but things actually triple in price. Therefore, it’s good to carry some light fast food and some extra money in case you want to purchase any extra stuff.
The round trip of 130km seems the trek quite long, but if you consider that on a typical guided trek you will on be walking for 9 out of total trip days, you’ll see that you will be covering about 15km per day which is not a tough task as in average a person can run 5km per hour. The 15km per day will not be on a paved path that is flat. Rather you will be trekking on quite rocky and sometimes snowy terrain depending on the weather and altitude that is sure to slow down your pace. When you combine the terrain with the fact that you are generally hiking upwards, gaining altitudes, and one can easily feel and ensure the toughness of the trek with change in altitudes, distances and temperature. The trail is also one of the major challenges for the trekkers. Luckily, an itinerary operator uses porters, yaks and mules to carry your bags so you just have to focus on getting yourself up the trail with little bit relief.
Everest base camp trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. So, it is not possible for a person to just pick a random date and say they want to reach the base camp of the highest mountain the world. The trek does tire most of the people because of the altitude and the hilly nature of the trails. However one with a little basic training, any novice-trekker can tackle the hike. Walking for 4-6 hours a day up to 5-8 weeks before the trek would be advantageous. Along with all the proper training, it is possible to make EBC trek a challenging yet easy itinerary.
Regardless of several difficulties, it is one of the famous destinations on earth which attracts thousands of adventure lovers and trekkers every year. It is because the sweetest pleasure is pain. There is no pleasure without pain. Once you conquer to the top, the panorama provides you all the reasons to smile and bloom and one can easily forgets the pain and feel proud of their unexplainable worthwhile accomplishments.

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Author: Treks Planner Nepal

Treks Planner Nepal is one of the leading Trekking and Travel agency based in the Nepal.