IS IT DIFFICULT TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?

People always ask me, is it difficult trekking to Everest base camp? Let’s have a look. I have the journey to Everest base camp 20+ times to date and climbed to the top of Mt. Everest. I make this journey two or three times per year. Sometimes the journey is more difficult than others, depending on how I adapt to the lack of oxygen. It is an adventure of a lifetime and life changing for many people. It is achievable for most people but not a tourist trek and needs to be respected, prepared and trained for. There are a couple of key elements to a safe and successful trek and journey up through the Khumbu valley, hiking at low level oxygen environments and making a safe, successful and enjoyable trek. Watch one of our Everest Base Camp video’s and read more below.

How many days do I need for the trek? You should be arriving into base camp on day 9 of your trek. 

How far do I walk on this 13 day trek? Check out our daily distances on our Everest base camp trek

How much ascent do I have to walk up? 5,500m/ 18,044 feet

How much descent to I have to walk? 5,500m/ 18,044 feet

What sort of training should I be doing? Training advice for the Everest trek

What gear to I need? Watch our packing video 

Is it steep? Watch all our Everest base camp video’s

When is the best month to trek? Late March, April, May, late September and October and November

Coldest months? December, January, February

How much should I be training per week? This depends, 7 to 10 hours per week

– What height to I start at? 2,850m/ 9,350 feet

– What is the high point on the trek? 5,545m/ 18,192 feet

1). Make sure you have the right Itinerary, you need to have 3 days acclimatizing to the low levels of oxygen around 3,500m/ 11,500 feet around the town of Namche Bazaar. All altitude related research suggests that you need acclimatize well at this critical point. If you fail to acclimatize well at this height you run a serious risk of getting serious altitude sickness higher up the trail. Check out our Itinerary.
2). Have an effective training program at home that gives excellent physical conditioning. Add weight to your backpack gradually building from 6kg to 12kg / 12lbs to 25lbs over months of training. Building your hiking training from 3 – 6 hours once a week on uneven terrain both up and down hills. You should also be training an additional 3/ 4 times a week. If you are on one of our treks to base camp, we are available to help you get specific information and help you get the conditioning needed for this long trek to and from Everest.
3). Have a weight program that gives excellent condition in your legs, calf’s, shoulders, core stability and back. You should try and work on your balance as a key element of your training. You will be walking on mixed terrain up and down hills and steep steps for 13 days with long days on your return from base camp back to Lukla with a couple of 20 km days. You need excellent preparation before joining our treks to Everest base camp.
4). When you start the trek to Everest Base Camp you are at 2,850m/ 9,000 ft and start walking to 5,364m/ 17,500ft high in the Himalaya’s.  Slow your walking pace drastically. The key with climbing any mountain or trekking to altitude is to expend as little energy as possible moving from one village to the next. Yes, physical exertion is an important part of acclimatizing, along with hydration (4/5 liters per day), eating well and sleeping. Just make sure you keep your walking pace slow and keep your heart rate at a manageable rate and not to fatigue your muscles and aid the recovery process as you move to higher altitudes.

You will be learning to walk again and pace yourself as your body will have lower levels of oxygen to work with. The slow approach with an experienced guide will get results. We have 99% success rate on our trek to Everest base camp. You can walk in the hills at home with extra weight building from 6kg  to 10+ kg for 3 – 6 hours along with weight training and other endurance training you can easily build up the correct fitness in a 3 – 6 month period depending on where your starting point of fitness is.  Check out our  Everest Base Camp Trek information and read more blog posts on Everest base camp, training, preparation and getting ready for your adventure.
If you would like to talk more about specific training required for mountain treks, feel free to get in touch.  We have a wealth of experience. Our Everest Base Camp Trek have 99% success rate to date and we have a 45 page dossier on the trek, training plans and we are available 5 days a week to help you get trained up and have all the information you need to make this journey to Everest base camp.

2 thoughts on “IS IT DIFFICULT TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?

  1. My self and my fiancé are looking at doing the Everest base camp trek and were wondering how much in total would it cost including flights to and from Ireland.
    Thank you.

  2. I would like to climb to base camp in August this year. How should I train effectively to accomplish this and what precautions should I take? Thank you

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