Every travel enthusiastic wants to trek to Everest at least once in their lifetime. It is a dream of many. However it is definitely not an easy one either for the beginner or the experienced trekker. The difficult landscape, topography and its trail makes it tough for almost every trekker.
While trekking to base camp, every trekker needs to be prepared not only physically but mentally as well. So, please don’t worry as we have some tips to help you with your trek. You can even call it a quick hack if you want if you are planning or preparing for this trek.
1. Before you arrive
There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before you arrive. Firstly, know when is the most suitable time for trekking to Everest Base Camp, then buy good rate tickets to fly to Nepal. Along with your all the required documents, do bring a couple of your passport size photos. This can make your visa processing easier and is useful for permits. Such photos are also needed if you want to buy any local sim card in Kathmandu.
If you are with us, please make sure you email us your full flight information so that we can arrange your airport transfers on time and guide you for any extra night accommodation you would require.
2. Buy gears in Kathmandu
If you have not brought any gears or you are confused with what you should bring, don’t worry. You can buy lots of different types of good quality gears here in Kathmandu at a cheap price. There are many shops where you can buy all the material you would need. If you want, you can even ask us to help you with your shopping. Our agency will help you buy your gears according to your preferable price.
3. Dress accordingly
Clothing is very important while trekking to the Everest region. Never forget that the weather in the mountain is very unpredictable. So, preparing yourself with warm clothes is very necessary. It might be warm or cold depending on the season you are trekking. If it’s warm, shirts and shorts are fine in lower altitudes. If it’s cold, wearing a good amount of clothes will help you stay warm and regulate your body temperature. If you were layering with your clothes, then it would be easier. Just to be on a safer side having a warm down jacket is very important and if you miss to bring it from home, you can contact our agency for the the renting facility too.
4. Stay hydrated
If you are wondering that you don’t need to drink much water since the climate in the mountain could be cold, you are totally wrong. You should drink plenty of water while trekking to keep yourself hydrated throughout your trip. You can buy bottled water from the teahouses along the trail easily but if you are very much eco friendly you can even drink the water by purifying it. Bringing chlorine or iodine tablets will help you purify the stream or tap water in case you are planning to drink normal water then.
Please take a note that the minimum liters of water that you need to drink while trekking is 3 liters but if you are under any sort of high altitude medication you need to drink at least 4 liters a day.
5. Take rest as much as possible
Even walking for a short amount of time in the trials might be tiresome. So, getting a good amount of rest for your body is very important. Slowing down and taking your time will help you throughout your trek. The idea to finish it faster is never good, as you should not forget; you need to save your energy for the toughest part. Therefore slower you walk, the better it is.
6. Prepare for cold and rain
During summer season, the temperature would be warm during the daytime however mornings and night could still be cold as you are in mountain region. Wearing shirt and shorts at low altitude can be feasible but it is always best to have some kind of lighter jacket. But, once you go up to higher altitude, the weather could be freezing and sometimes it might even rain. So, you should be prepared for the worst therefore carrying some warm gears is the best option. Always keep in mind that the weather up there could change unexpectedly so it’s better to be prepared than to be sorry.
If you want to know more about the weathers & temperatures during Everest Base Camp trip, you can visit our previous blog on this link.
7. Take care of your feet
Taking care of your feet during the trek is a must. Wear Warm socks and comfortable shoes. A bad blister might end your trek very easily. You can bring duct tapes or ointments to help you prevent from getting any. Please try to treat as soon as possible if you are feeling any discomfort in your feet.
8. Altitude sickness
Many of us are not familiar with high altitude so having some certain sickness problems like small headaches and nose bleeding is quite normal. However, severe headache or something unusual in the body can be the first sign of an altitude problem. So, if you keep on facing issues like severe headache, frequent chest pain, cough, vomiting, loosing of appetite can be serious. It is highly advisable to discuss your any of the symptoms with guide.
9. Avoid the sun
You would be definitely hiking for long hours in the daytime protecting your skin and eyes is one of your most important thing to do. During the daytime, it could be very sunny depending on the season you chose to trek so having sunglasses and sunscreen with high SPF or depending on your skin is mandatory. It will help you protect you from sunburn. Therefore we suggest this for any season you choose because it is better to be on safer side.
It is certain that we will be providing you with a guide to help you with your trip. Getting yourself a porter will be much helpful during your trek. Carrying heavy weights and walking through the trails would be pretty difficult. So, why do it yourself when you can get a helper to do it for you.
Note: Do not feel bad about having someone carry your bags for you. You are supporting the porter financially if you hire him.
11. Don’t rely on ATM
ATMs would only be useful when you are in a town or cities. Before going on the trek make sure you draw out the cash from the ATM machine. Once you start your trek there would be no any ATM tellers on the way. The only place where you will find ATM is in Namche Baazar and it is also not sure whether the ATMs over there would work properly or not.
12. Go with an established company:
Going with well-known trekking agencies is very important. These types of company are more familiar with the trekking routes and have a good relationship with the locals and teahouses. They will provide you with well-experienced guides and help you with all the trekking plans and activities
Although going with such companies are a little bit expensive than usual, It is a wise idea to do so.
13. Plan an extra day at the end
Having one or two extra days planned for your trip is always a good idea. The weather up there will change very often and our flight might get canceled or you can get stuck in some place unexpectedly due to flight delays. These things might ruin the schedule that you have made. So, try to plan one or two extra days for your trips. You can also plan some other extra activity and do some Kathmandu tour once you are in the city.
These are the small tips for you to help in your journey ahead. Keep all these points in mind, as it will help you prepare to plan any Everest Region trek.