Posted On: Sep 01, 2017
Nepal attracts people from all over the world. There’s no doubt about that! With the popularity of Himalayas increasing each year, people will always seek to go for trekking in Nepal. Among which, the Everest Base Camp is considered to be the most popular one. Hence, we always get a lot of questions from individuals who want to come to visit EBC. But there is one question that is asked quite a lot in my opinion. And that question is “How hard is Everest Base Camp Trek?”.
Well, to answer that question, I must first tell you that there are many factors which effect the EBC Trek. So, one must consider all those factors while making a plan to visit Everest Base Camp. The first thing which you have to keep in mind is the “altitude”. As the Everest Base Camp lies at a high altitude of 5,380 m on the south side of Mt. Everest. It can be a great ordeal for normal people to get up there. Every individual must prepare themselves to handle high elevations by in cooperating acclimatization days in their trek itinerary. Furthermore, at least, one day must be left out to do so. It doesn’t matter how much time you have or how much budget you have planned for the trek. Unless you acclimatize your bodies, there’s no hope of reaching EBC without fatal consequences.
The second thing is duration. How long are you going to spend trekking in Everest region? That will drastically affect your trek’s hardness. Normally, it takes 12 to 14 days to complete a full EBC Trek. However, you can do in less days. But we don’t recommend doing that. The more time you give your body, the more it will acclimatize properly. Staying at Namche Bazaar for at least one day will be good enough to continue your Everest Base Camp Trek. Besides that, you must consider your ability to cope with harsh cold temperatures. The weather at such high altitude can be deadly for some if not taken seriously. Therefore, pack your luggage accordingly while keeping the weather in mind.
Lastly, you must factor in your age and physical fitness for doing the EBC Trek. Mainly because, you will have to walk on a rough Himalayan terrain which goes from Lukla to EBC. If you cannot keep your legs moving for 4 to 5 hours a day on an everchanging trail. Then you might have to face some complications during your trek. So, we highly recommend doing various cardio vascular activities like swimming, running and cycling before coming to Nepal. If you can do all of that and factor everything mentioned here in this blog. Then, a trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest won’t be so hard as you might think.