Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty, Route & Preparation
Everest Base Camp is a long trek of 130 km (Lukla to Kala Patthar) where lies the world’s tallest mountain Mt Everest (8,848.86m), the trek seems pretty long, however, if you consider that on a normally escorted trek you will only be walking for 10- 17 days (depending upon how many places you want to cover and how many days you put aside for acclimatization), every day you’ll cover at least 15 km up and down in the trails of Everest Base Camp.
That being said, the 15km will not be like our normal morning walk, mostly it’ll be off beaten roads with small and large pebbles and stones. You will be hiking on pretty rocky and sometimes icy terrain (depending on the month of the year and altitude) that is sure to slow down your pace. You’ll experience how your body will react at different altitudes. When you gradually hike upwards, gain altitude, you can feel a decrease in oxygen level comparing to Kathmandu.
Luckily, if you’re planning for an adventurous EBC Trek, we at Discovery World Trekking have different Everest Base Camp tour packages covering different routes so that you can choose for yourself with the best package that suits you well. Apart from packages like Everest Base Camp 14 days, 12 and 10 days Discovery World Trekking offers awesome packages like Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake, Everest high two-pass, Everest high three passes, and many more. Or you can just customize your trip exactly the way you like via our trip planner(if you want to join a group or want a private trek, we have everything cover!).
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
First thing first, Everest Base Camp is a challenging trek that goes up to 5,364 m/17,598ft at Altitude which is by far the most challenging aspect of the trek and is what makes it more difficult than any other average trek of the same length. Acute Mountain Sickness and other altitude-related illnesses are very common at the sort of altitudes encountered on the trek but if you have done the necessary preparation it can be a life-changing experience.
The trek starts after the scenic mountain flight to Lukla, which stands at just below 3,000m, and you’ll hike all the way up to Everest Base Camp at around 5,400m and finally up to Kala Patthar at around 5,550m. At the highest point, Kala Pathar, you will be at just over 5,600m – a height that allows to you experience breathtaking views of the whole region.
The trails on the way will be full of suspension bridges, monasteries, peaks, rivers, and lots of snow depending on which month you’re traveling. Other reasons that make EBC challenging is it’s a pretty long trek, you’ll hike almost 10-12 days. Generally, people with very little experience join 14 days or more days so that they have enough time for acclimatization and people are Pros go for 12 or less (which is pretty difficult for an average person). Hiking for 10/14 days can be tough but in the end, it’s all worth it.
Everest Base Camp Route- Itinerary
Everest Base camp is at a very high altitude, which makes the journey quite interesting. It’s easy for locals to navigate as they’re very used to the terrain, it can be very challenging for anyone who’s traveling for the 1st time, that’s we recommend planning with a travel agency so that your trip from day 1st to day last will be well organized and healthy. Today there are three routes to reach up to Everest Base Camp, one via Jiri (Classic Route used by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hilliary), the other via Salleri/Phaplu, and last but not the least via Luka (The most popular among tourist). While every route has its own perks, Lukla Route stands out because it shorts trek by almost 4-5 days, unlike Jiri or Phaplu. EBC itself is a very long trek, making it longer doesn’t seem a nice idea which why Lulka Seems to be the most preferred route.
Following a breathtaking 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu, Our journey will reach the starting hub of Everest base Camp- Lukla(2,840m) (Gateway to Everest base camp). Gearing up to walk towards Phakding (2,610 m) through the Sherpa village and farmland will be our first move there. The next day will start with a long suspension bridge over fast-flowing white rivers to Namche Bazar(3,440m). Wandering up and down the hills of Sagarmatha National Park through rhododendron and alpine forests, we’ll walk trek the trail of Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally reach our destination- Everest Base Camp (5,364m17,598ft). When the first ray of sunlight slowly kisses the snow-capped peaks in the next chilly morning, we’ll be there holding a cup of coffee surrounded by those pristine and pearly white mountains.
Watch the video above to see what it takes to reach Everest base camp and why EBC is once in a lifetime experience journey. your eyes will be glimpsing lateral moraine of the Khumbu Icefall, marvelous panoramic view of Mt. Everest, and everything you can wish around the world's highest peak, you’ll be endowed with those. Spend 14 days hiking around villages, exploring remote monastic caves, and acclimatizing the body to the higher elevation. See the magical Khumbu Icefall and its towering seracs from a distance. Again, we hike (5,550m/18,208ft) to the peak of Kala Pattar for an unobstructed breathtaking view of Everest's windblown peak. We return home to tell tales of our legendary classic venture.
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How to Prepare for Everest Base Camp Physically?
Check out the video above to get an idea about trails, you can see it's a short clip nearby Namche Bazaar. Realistically, You definitely don’t have to do 200 push up or hire a personal trainer or quit your day job to get fit for the trek, working out sometime in the gym and going for long walks along with some occasional long treks will definitely help prepare you well for the classical trek up to Everest Base Camp.
We advise doing a few 2-3 hour jogging at home so that your body gets used to that sort of duration of the workout. Start around 2-3 weeks before you arrive in Nepal and build up the time and distance slowly so that by the end of it your body is comfortable with trekking for a solid 6 hours. For a better experience go for a one-day trek near your home. If you workout in the gym, spend some time focussing on strength training for your legs. While you’ll not be carrying your bags around (Porter Will), you still have to carry your own weight at such a high elevation! Squats are a great exercise as you will be utilizing your quads a lot on the trek.
Finally, any aerobic workout such as jogging, sprinting, and swimming will help your endurance and increase the ability of your body to circulate oxygen, which becomes harder at higher altitudes. In Nutshell, Everest Base Camp is a challenging yet thrilling trek that requires some level of fitness, acclimatization is compulsory and if we take care of those things EBC can be conquered by pretty much everyone.