Trekking to Everest Base Camp: Your Questions Answered
One of the most incredible treks on earth, the journey to Everest Base Camp is a truly thrilling experience, and, as it requires no expensive equipment or specific technical skills, it is the perfect challenge for the adventurous traveller!
If it sounds like your cup of tea, but you'd like to know more, then we've got you covered, read on to discover the answers to your questions on trekking Everest Base Camp.
How high is Everest Base Camp? (Also: How far from top of Everest?)
Everest Base Camp is located at an altitude of 5,364 meters, and 3,485 meters below the mountain's summit.
Where is Everest Base Camp?
There are actually two base camps, North and South. The former is situated in Tibet, while the latter is in Nepal, and is by far the most popular of the two due to the accessibility and safety of its trail.
How long does it take to climb to Everest Base Camp?
The round trip usually takes between 11 and 14 days. Most people opt to do it in 12: 8 days from the starting point in Lukla to Everest Base Camp and then 4 days to return.
What's the best route to take?
As mentioned previously, due to the safety and accessibility of the trail, the South Route is the better of the two.
The trail begins in Lukla, a small town located a 45-minute flight from Nepal's capital Kathmandu. From here you'll begin your ascent, stopping in several Sherpa villages along the way, before reaching your destination.
Where can you stay on the route?
Along the route, there are a number of Sherpa villages and small settlements that feature basic lodgings commonly known as 'Tea Houses'. These feature all necessary such as single beds, electricity, and shared toilets and washing facilities.
The quality of these 'Tea Houses' vary, though generally, the closer you get to base camp, the more basic the facilities.
How do you train for trekking Everest Base Camp?
Although you don't have to be a seasoned mountaineer to trek Everest Base Camp, it's important to ensure you have trained properly for the challenge.
Your training regime should include both cardio and strength endurance, as you will be trekking uphill for up to 6 hours a day, whilst carrying a daypack.
You should begin your training at least 8-12 weeks before you depart. Aim for long walks (preferably on hilly terrain) at least 3 times per week, starting with 2-3 hours and slowly building it up to 5-6 hour long treks.
How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek?
Everest Base Camp is a challenging hike, designed for those with good levels of fitness.
You must be comfortable hiking uphill for up to 6 hours a day. However, if that sounds like too much for you to handle right now, don't be dissuaded, we provide all users with an 8-week plan to help them achieve the necessary fitness levels for the challenge.
What kit will I need?
Due to the large variation in altitude, the temperature can change dramatically as you ascend, and therefore, layering is key.
- Base Layers - We recommend merino wool for its warmth, breathability and odour resistance.
- T-Shirts/Long sleeve t-shirts - you will need 5/6
- Insulation layer - e.g fleece/sweatshirt
- Down jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Trousers/Shorts - 1/2 pairs of each (preferably water-resistant) plus one pair of waterproof pullovers
- Hiking socks - These need to be warm, breathable and moisture-wicking. As with the base layers, we recommend merino wool.
- Thermal socks - For colder conditions.
- Gloves - 1 pair of lighter gloves for warmer conditions, and 1 pair of insulated gloves for colder conditions.
- Footwear - We recommend hiking boots rather than shoes are they provide more support and reduce the risk of injury. Ensure you choose a pair that are comfortable and the right size, and make sure to 'break them in', by wearing them on plenty of treks prior to your departure.
- A duffle bag (if you have porters, otherwise a comfortable backpack) plus a smaller daypack to store your personal items.
- Raincover (for your bag)
- Sleeping bag (rated for at least -10°C)
- Trekking poles (you can buy or rent these)
- Bug spray
- Portable charger
- Snacks (dried fruit, nuts, energy bars)
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