These are the 10 most important things to know before trekking to Everest Base Camp. I have trekked and lead over 20 treks to Everest Base Camp in the past decade. The two main challenges are adapting well to the lack of oxygen and having the physical strength and conditioning. Let’s explore these and other things to consider below. Watch both of our Everest Base Camp Trekking video’s.
1). Less than 70% of people make it into Everest Base Camp, so pick the best itinerary with the best acclimatization. We have put over 1,300 people in Everest base camp and we have 100% success on all of our Sleeping at Everest Base camp Treks. Pick the best route for your trek.
2). Acclimatization is critical to success. The biggest mistake people are making in their preparation for Everest Base Camp treks is they fail to have enough acclimatization at the critical parts of the trek. Most people are trying to arrive in Everest Base Camp on day 6 or 7. This is not the way to go. You need 8 days minimum before reaching Everest Base Camp. You really need 3 nights in Namche Bazaar at 3,500m/ 11,500 feet. You came here to enjoy not endure altitude sickness.
3). You should be training hard for 3 to 6 months prior to you trek. This training will depends on a wide range of factors. You would speak with your doctor first before even considering making this journey. You then need to speak to us or professionals about how you should approach your training. READ MORE. You should take your preparation seriously. Towards the end of your training and if possible you should be doing multi-day hikes or longer training sessions. Build your training slowly over a a longer period of time. You need to be training 5 days a week and months prior to your climb. You need to be training with a weighted back pack and training 10+ hours per week, building your strength, endurance, cardio and stressing your body so it will be able to cope better with hiking up and down hills with less oxygen.
4). Make sure you have the right clothing and gear for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Depending on the month you decide to trek to Everest, you will need assistance and expertise in deciding which pieces of gear are the most important. You will be allowed a max of 15kg/33lbs which yaks will carry up and down the trail. Ideally it would be best if you have less weight than this.
5). Have previous altitude experience. You do need to understand how your body reacts to low oxygen environments. I would highly recommend a trek to Annapurna base camp, Machu Picchu or Mt. Toubkal before you consider trekking to Everest Base Camp. This is not vital, but it will help you understand what itinerary to pick.
6). Think about the food you need on the mountain. You need excellent food and fuel to power you up and down the trail to Everest Base Camp. Having a menu with nutritious and balanced meals is critical to your success trekking to Everest. We stay in the best lodges with the best food available in the region. Check out our food and accommodation video.
7). Read our Top 10 Tips for trekking to Everest Base Camp then consider giving us a call. We can provide you with all the tips, information you need to make a safe and successful trek into the Everest region of Nepal.
8). Hydration is critical in low oxygen environments. You need to be drinking 4 to 6 liters of water per day on route to Everest Base Camp. If you fail to drink enough water you also limit your chances of success. Hydration should start weeks before you go to the Himalaya’s. Hydration builds up over time to start working on your hydration weeks before your trip.
9). Pacing at high altitude is really important and another reason to pick a professional guiding service that understand each persons needs and take extreme care of your safety on the trek to Everest. It is critical and can make all the difference between success and failure. Think about heart rates when you are exercising if you were to push even 10 beats per minutes faster in each hour of exercise on your trek to Everest Base Camp, you would be under so much more pressure, you would waste a lot of energy, fatigue your muscles and have less energy to recovery on your multi-day trekking adventure.
10). Last but not least, you need to pick the right trekking company that looks after the staff on the ground. We support the Mt. Everest primary school in Uganda that we built in 2009. We built our 1st school in Nepal in 2015 and set up the Goli village trust supporting our staffs village. We have brought our Nepalese staff to Kilimanjaro and our Kilimanjaro staff to Nepal and we will keep investing in them to make sure the service we offer is world class. We can only offer quality service with the same crew working with them and helping them, help their families and communities on the ground where we work. These are just the 10 most important things to know before trekking to Everest Base Camp. CALL US, EMAIL US and find out everything you need to know about trekking to Everest Base Camp.