It may sound like one of the most difficult and challenging tasks to trek around the world’s highest mountain, Everest. But Everest Base Camp Trek is not as daunting as it feels like.
Well, not to be confused with climbing to the summit, the base camp trek takes you only to the starting point of the wildest excursion of climbing Mount Everest. From where you can get the supreme view of the glorious mountains.
Nealy around 30,000 trekkers visits the Khumbu area around the year to witness and capture the magnificent view of the tallest mountain. It might be a bit surprising to know that people from every age group, and with all type of body structure have successfully made it up to this trek.
It is achievable with a bit of determination and some early preparation.
You will not need any technical expertise or mountaineering skills in order to conquer the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is basically a long hike at a higher altitude.
The only thing that is overwhelming is its total duration of time, 12 to 14 days which makes it look like an intimidating task. But the fact is that the days are counted on the basis of slowest walkers and including enough time for acclimatization. However, the level of difficulty may increase if you try to complete it in less than 12 days.
Though the trek is achievable for people of all age and with a basic level of fitness, there are still some areas that need to be considered before you actually set for the trek.
Difficulty based on Length
The trek might seem quite lengthy because of its distance coverage of around 130 km (round trip). However, considering the same on a typical trek with a guide, it is equivalent to walking for about 9 out of the 12 days where you’ll be covering about 15 km per day.
Even by taking 5 km/hour as an average walking pace, the figure does not seem to look very tiring.
But walking out the 15 km per day will not be as easy as walking on a paved path. The trekking trails are quite rocky and sometimes even snowy (depending on season and altitude). Hence, automatically slows down the pace.
As you climb up the terrain, you will have to encounter both the altitude and the steep lands which makes it quite difficult to pull your body against gravity. But luckily, most of the travel agencies will provide you with porters to help you carry your bags. You can focus on getting yourself up through the trail.
Difficulty based on Altitude
Altitude is one of the most challenging aspects of every trek and is the reason for increased difficulty. Altitude-related illness such as Acute Mountain Sickness and other similar types of serious and risky ailments can be encountered on the trek.
The trek to Everest Base Camp starts right after you fly to Lukla. So basically, you will start from a point that is just below 3,000m of height from the sea level and then make your way up to Everest Base Camp at around 5,400m.
At Kala Pathar, you will be at the highest point of the trek, that is some 5,500m above the sea level. This height allows you experience an incredible and breathtaking view of the entire region.
If you are on a guided tour, you will have a total of 2 days that allows for acclimatization at this altitude. This allocated time helps your body to adjust itself to the environment and get used to the higher landscape. Doing this will provide you with an opportunity to closely explore some of the local areas while you’re not trekking.
The acclimatization days for better adjustment and the steady approach to increasing altitude may increase the overall trek duration. The outward leg of the trek should only take you 9 days while the inward leg is of around 3 days.
All in all, make sure you give a thorough study of the symptoms of altitude sickness. The methods of proper acclimatization and related techniques should be considered before you actually set off for the trek.
If you have a serious breathing or lungs problem then it is recommended to seek the advice of your doctor first.
Difficulty based on Training
Training your body to get fit for your trek does not have to be one of the hardcore sessions that will require you to hire a personal trainer or even quit your day job. However, if you spend some time in the gym and go on some longer hikes before the real adventurous trek, it will definitely add up.
4 to 6 hours long hikes before your scheduled plans for Everest Base Camp trek is recommended. Doing this will help your body get used to this length of walking or workout.
You can start training your body at around 6 to 8 weeks before you leave for the journey. You should build up the time and distance coverage slowly. By the end of this self-motivated training, your body becomes comfortable with trekking for a solid 6 hours per day.
Strength is required so squats can be a great exercise to strengthen your quads and prepare them for the long, adventurous trek.
At last, some aerobic exercises such as jogging, swimming and sprinting will help to build up endurance and also boost the ability to circulate oxygen in your body, which may become difficult at higher altitudes.
Technically, there are no roads reaching to Everest Base Camp. Every person who wishes to view and experience the incredible sight of the mountains very closely will need to trek through the Khumbu Valley. Trek en routes from Lukla to Base Camp and back to Lukla again, unless you can afford to hire a helicopter.
It may sometime take several weeks to complete the trek and can likely be a bit of daunting task to a novice hiker.
But you don’t need to panic. It is pretty achievable.
All you need to make clear is that the Everest Base Camp trek requires no technical climbing and it requires nothing more than the strength, stamina, and willingness to commence.
Clients from Eagle Eye attest to this fact.
Having said that, the difficulty level of individual trekker can be affected by some crucial factors influencing the overall trek such as length, altitude, and training. A thorough study on each one of these will definitely help you figure out whether or not the EBC route is the right trek for you.
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