Everest Base Camp Trek Diffculty and what should you consider?
When an adventure seeking person, like you, lists out the trek to Everest Base Camp in his/her ‘To- Do List’, one of the first questions that pops out is about its difficulty. So how difficulty is it? Or what is Everest base camp trek difficulty? Simply stating, Everest Base Camp is not like strolling around in a sea beach or walking in a park; this walk in the hilly and higher altitude needs to be respected, prepared and trained for. Though sometimes this walk can be daunting for novice trekkers, it’s moderately strenuous and still achievable for almost everyone!
Having said that, we now bring to your attention following crucial areas that shall give you some idea on Everest base camp trek difficulty and make you need to consider and prepare accordingly, for your successful trek in the Everest region.
Now when you are trekking to higher altitude like in Everest region, altitude is the most crucial factor to consider; the walk in rough terrain, icy and moraine landscape is made more difficult when you are in higher altitude than in lower elevations. The pace has to be adjusted according to altitude and fast ascent leads to Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), a condition which can lead to difficulty in various ways and, at its worst, to death due to biological reaction of human body to lesser-oxygen environment, which cannot be underestimated. Acclimatize at Namche Bazaar (3440m) which is suitable for acclimatization in higher altitudes in the region and, prior to that, in the trek from Lukla as well you should not make a rushed walk. The highest altitude is 5545 meters at Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp is 5364m. Always consider itinerary with proper scope for acclimatization and in the field follow the advice of trekking guide. Everyone is at risk due to altitude and you, besides the trekking guides, need to be aware of the symptoms and treatments of altitude sickness.
Length of the trail
When you are in this trek, you have come from comfy couches to follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. This trek of around 65 km from Lukla to Everest Base Camp (130 km round-trip), may or may not be a long distance for you to walk by. Considering the fact that average walking speed of an individual here is found to be about 5 km an hour, even a novice trekker may not consider Everest Base Camp much far from Lukla and with a light backpack this walk may be eased a bit. There are some cautions as well. You will be on higher altitude and that’s most crucial thing as mentioned earlier. In a terrain which can often be steep, rocky and slow going, and sometimes icy and snowy, this length may feel like a long one. So you need to prepare yourself accordingly, mentally and physically.
Training and Preparation
Trek to Everest Base Camp is moderately strenuous and hence you need to have above average physical fitness. You don’t need to be an athlete or a young individual for successful accomplishment in this trek, though being in great shape is a bonus! Expect some days to be easier and some others to be tough which requires you to get prepared for the worst case scenario. It is advised that you prepare a training plan several weeks ahead of the trek and in your training scheme include physical training including aerobic exercises, strength training at the gym and develop mental strength to endure the odds during the trek. Such trainings make your trek more enjoyable and highly increase the chance of successful trek. In addition to that, during the trek you need to pack optimally and shouldn’t include unnecessary items or exclude necessary ones.
Let us summarize things for you: you don’t need ropes and ice axes and there is no vertical climbing involved but Terrain is rocky, rough and gravel sprinkled, most of the trek has long paths and depending on the season you may have to walk on snow and ice in the trails. In addition to that you may encounter some boulder that need climbing, have many sections of steep climb and descend, and in the vicinity of base camp you have to cautiously walk on surface with potholes and unsettled ground. Respect the trek and get prepared for the worst to get the best!
We hope that this has provided you some idea as to the level of Everest base camp trek difficulty and shall help you with your preparation for the trek. Best wishes for your Everest Base Camp Trek!