HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?
One of the most common questions we get asked is how difficult the trek to Everest Base camp is. More often than not the perception of this trek is that it is set aside for the very elite or the most adventurous of society. The best news of all is that the trek to Everest base camp is open to everybody, regardless of fitness and age.
Yes, the trek is uphill all the way, but the flowing rivers and charming local villages that you slowly amble your way through are extraordinarily beautiful.
Before we get started it is worth noting that the trek is not a climb and you will not be donning crampons or ice axes in order to get a view of the lofty summit of Mount Everest.
Naturally, trekking in the Himalayas does involve some steep uphill sections, but with lots of nice slow days walking, taking in the scenery whilst having a cup of warm masala tea the days easily go by as you head towards the most famous base camp on the planet.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE OT GET TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?
The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most straight forward and rewarding treks available in the Himalayas. It also remains one the most popular.
We arrange out and back trips on as little as 14 days on our classic trek which gives enough time to make it to base camp without overstretching yourself, as well as building in all important rest days to acclimatise to the altitude along the way.
It’s no secret that one of the most exciting flights in the world connects you from Kathmandu with the village of Lukla which acts as the gateway to the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. From there the well-trodden path works it’s way steadily uphill pitting you amongst some of the most amazing scenery you will have seen anywhere else on earth.
There are a range of other routes heading to Everest Base Camp – if you are feeling adventurous the route via the impressive Gokyo Lakes and Renjo-la pass is magnificent.
There is also the Khumbu 3 Peaks challenge you could consider, but maybe best to talk the White Tiger team first to find out the logistics of how the routes work.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO MAKE IT TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?
Surprisingly, not. You don’t need to have run ultra-marathons or climbed peaks in the alps before you attempt the Everest Base Camp trek.
Generally speaking, an overall good level of fitness is required. By that we mean that you are comfortably able to walk up to 5 hours a day, carrying a light pack. Walking in the Himalayas and adjusting to altitude is always nice and steady, with lots of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and to chat with happy locals.
A typical day sees us leave first thing in the morning, completing our daily distance before it gets too hot. That then leaves the afternoon free to relax and explore our local surroundings.
One thing fitness can’t train you for is the adaptation to the altitude. Oddly even the fittest amongst us can be affected by acute altitude sickness at relatively low altitudes.
The rule of thumb is to take your time and don’t overdo it. Drink plenty of water and take lots of rest along the way. We manage all our treks so that there is plenty of rest days for you to adjust to the altitude as we slowly go higher, arriving at Everest Base Camp (5,000m+!) ready to enjoy and celebrate the achievements of being at one of the most magical places on the planet.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?
There are two major seasons which coincide with the weather, loosely speaking you can visit Everest Base Camp at any time of year bar the summer months (June – August). Early spring is a wonderful time to be there (March-May) when crisp mornings are greeted by blue, clear skies and wonderful views of the mighty mountains above you.
The longer days that the spring season brings make it the ideal time for expeditions to climb Mount Everest and it is interesting to see the Mountaineers making their way to Everest Base Camp in March and April.
You can also trek in the autumn months of September – December, when the weather is more stable and gifts clear skies and outstanding views.
Take a look at our Everest Base Camp treks which will give you full details on how we operate in the region.
All of our treks include whistles and bells to make the trip as unique and spectacular as possible. We endeavour to set ourselves apart from the rest – apply for a free adventure pack to learn more about our trips.