Everest base camp trek takes you at base camp of Everest which in itself is a great accomplishment. And with great accomplishment comes certain risks that need to be spotted and tackled accordingly in order to make a successful EBC adventure. Therefore here are few risks that you need to know and try to respond in such a way that it has least negative impact on us.
Risk 1: Altitude Sickness (AMS): If you are looking for EBC and don’t know about AMS then it’s a high time to do research on it. Otherwise, you must have idea that AMS refers to sickness caused by change in increasing altitude. Headache, vomiting and difficulty in breathing are the major symptoms of AMS.
How to Tackle? : When you feel the symptoms of AMS, first you must let your trekking guide know about it, listen to what he says. You may need to drink fluid, trek down towards lower altitude, visit nearby hospital and if your health condition worsens, you will be airlifted to hospital in Kathmandu. Trekking is not racing, therefore, slow and steady enjoying the best of nature, culture with taste of adventure is the way to go.
Risk 2: Unpredictable Weather: Weather changes in Himalayas pretty quickly. We have an idea on main season and can possibly estimate the climate but it is impossible to predict exactly. There can be sunny day in Kathmandu can snowy day at Everest base camp simultaneously. Therefore you might need to change your plans, itinerary according to weather conditions.
How to Tackle? : Our local professional and government licensed trekking guide knows best about what to do and what not to during weather complications. Because they have been in that sort of situations many time before. Follow your trekking guide and listen what he says, either to move forward, stay over there or head backwards. The domestic flight may get delayed or cancelled during bad weather, so you need to have couple of extra days planned in your visit to Nepal. You don’t want to miss your international flight after all.
Risk 3: Injuries, Bruises and Sprains: Everest Base Camp Trek is popular and has well marked developed trails. However there are always possibilities of risks of injuries, ankle sprain, bruises or minor cuts wounds while walking around the foothills of Himalayas through forests, uphill and downhill trails. However major fractures are very rare.
How to Tackle? : While trekking with TAAN registered trekking company, you will be accompanied by licensed trekking guides with first aid training. They know what to do best as per situation. We always carry first aid kit for primary medical attention. And if something unfortunate happens, he/she will be taken to nearest hospital or airlifted to Kathmandu.
Risk 4: Stupidity and Carelessness: Even though it is least risky among all, but if not taken care of it, consequences can be life threatening. Like should never take selfies or pictures standing at edge of cliff or from somewhere there are high chances of falling. You should never try to tease the beasty Himalayan Yak and other animals especially while you meet them along the trail.
How to Tackle? : Grow up. Be Careful while taking pictures. Take great pics but don’t put yourself on risky situations. When you spot animals passing by, walk aside through safe side (not falling side). And always follow what your trekking guide suggests. You will be all fine.
Therefore, these are the top 4 risks that you need to know and smartest ways to tackle them. Have you been to EBC before? Did we miss any? Or what risks did you encountered? We love to hear from you.
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