Everest Base camp trail safety being ignored.

Everest Base Camp trekking seems to be opening it’s doors to everyone and anyone who feels like they should be there. They don’t without the proper gear and training.  I am disappointed in how the trek is being perceived and how local guides are pacing clients and managing them in risky areas of the trail. This group were standing below this highly dangerous area of the trail for over 5 minutes waiting for yaks to pass.

Dangerous section on the Everest base camp trek

Some of the questions I got from other groups while I was on a recent trek to Everest base camp were:

They need chairlifts, any plans to put them in?

When will this path end, my legs are sore? Your on day three…….

Why not one day in Namche Bazaar? I don’t have time for this hanging around.

I didn’t know I would have to walk so much, how much further?

Crossing boulders into Everest base camp

I didn’t think there would be so many hills…. I didn’t think I would have to walk this much. Are you kidding me…………These were just some of the comments I heard from people on the trail. So many people wearing cotton clothing, knee braces and over weight, with little or no preparation. This is dangerous, not responsible and down right stupid on this rugged, high altitude trek in the Himalaya’s. So many people almost being taken out my yaks, porters and people taking pictures on very exposed parts of the trail. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times as you would in a city crossing a road and be responsible for yourself while in this potentially dangerous mountain region.

Landslide area on the Everest trail

On one of our most recent trek to Base Camp in April 2015 we had hail, rain, deep snow, freezing temperatures, lightening, exposed trails, 5,6,7 and 8 hour walking days, lots of up and down hills on mixed terrain, different weather conditions under foot on any given day. We had to contend with yaks, people and be super careful of exposed areas and uneven ground as we walked for miles to get to our daily destinations. Check out the daily distances on the Everest base camp trail.

narrow section on the Everest trail

You need to be fit, active and have put in the hours and hours training to be conditioned to walk up and down hills (8,000m/ 26,000 feet) over 13 days in a row, day after day on uneven trails. Let us help you prepare probably. Don’t be a liability to yourself, others in your group and local people. Get trained up and prepare properly for this adventure of a lifetime. You want to enjoy it, experience the best of the region. Be prepared!!

Small rock fall area near Thukla at 4,620m

We can help you get in shape and have a clear understanding of what is involved in making the journey to Everest base camp. Everest base camp trail safety being ignored is not good for Everest, and the region. Make sure when you arrive in the region that you look after yourself and the others around you.

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