9 Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek
Since how long are you planning for your Everest base camp trek? What are the thing that keeps striking on your mid while planning for this ultimate trek? Here are few tips that we would like to share with our readers so that you can have the best time at foothills of highest Himalayas.
These simple tips might come handy for you if you are planning for EBC trek. Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek are:
First and foremost, you should know that how much weight to pack for your Everest base camp trek. While flying from Kathmandu to Lukla on domestic flight, 15 kg luggage is allocated per passenger out of which 5 kg handcarry and 10 kg of your stuffs in duffel bag. Extra weights will lead you to pay more for additional weights and problems like misplacing and late arrival of luggage in another flight can happen.
Sunburns are common, prevent by using prescribed precautions. Carry your SPF 55+ sunscreen lip balm and skin care cream along while packing for your trip. During the trekking days, it is advised to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before walking outside in sun. Similarly after you arrive at your tea house at end of the day, take warm cotton hanky on you face and rinse. It will replenish your skin, makes it more oxygenated and healthy.
While your first acclimatization day at Namche Bazar, you are highly recommended to visit around the Sagarmatha National Park. At just few minutes hike from main streets of Namche to the north, walking through stone steps, you will enter the national park where excellent views of Everest Himalayas are seen at almost every direction. There is a huge statue honoring Tenjing Norgay Sherpa who was one of the first Everest summiteers. Also there is a museum showcasing the history, Sherpa culture and stories of Everest region and expeditions.
Hot showers are basically freely available at most of the lodges at Namche Bazar. There are showers available at lodges at higher elevations at extra cost. Even if you don’t take shower until you return down back to Namche, it will be fine. At Dingboche, you have to pay 500rs for hot shower via LPG gas geyser. However, these prices may vary.
If you are planning to buy chocolate bars and sanitizers, toilet papers, you are recommended to get it at Kathmandu. In any case, if you missed these items at Kathmandu, then buy these miscellaneous items at local shop instead of tea houses/lodges, you will save few bucks.
Food and meals are adequately and subsequently provided at all tea houses along the Everest trekking route. From simply Dal, Bhat, tarkari to noodles, porridge, toast, ginger lemon honey tea, black team masala tea, yak steak, apple pie, and pineapple delights, hot chocolates, momos and many more. Believe me or not you might gain weight while trekking up to base camp.
Avoid taking non-veg items and alcoholic drinks at least while ascending your way to Everest base camp. Don’t take any additional risks by drinking from local unpurified water too. Always ask for boiled water at kitchen of your lodge, or you can purify water from publicly available drinking water sources by steripen or chlorine tablets. Mineral water are also available but you need to dump the bottles at specific dustbin, sites, avoid littering.
Little Headache is normal, but it should not be ignored however. You shall get some sort of headache while taking ascending mountainous trails and you need to manage these headaches without letting it ruining your trip. The best tip for preventing and getting calm from mild headaches is drinking water at regular intervals, taking hot tea and other fluids. Garlic soup was tasty and also works very well as antidote against mountain sickness. Always ask your trekking guide before taking any medications like Diamox. If your condition worsens, first descend to lower elevations and your trekking guide will do necessary action as per situation.
Namche Bazar is the best place for shopping local items as souvenirs, or anything that you want for hiking like trekking poles, sleeping bag, down jacket or other climbing gears. The point to be noted is that if it’s about buying a souvenir, buy it while returning down. It will just be an extra carrying load if you buy it on the way up to base camp and again carry the same path down.
Therefore, these are our top 9 tips for EBC Trek. If you have done this trek what else tips you would like to share? Or, if you are planning, what would you like to know more? Comment / Share / Happy Trekking!