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Our Top 50 Tips for your Everest Base Camp Trek
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Our Top 50 Tips for your Everest Base Camp Trek
1). Pick the traditional and best route to Everest. I personally believe you will get the most of of this route to Everest. There are lots of other routes to Everest and we can tailor itineraries for you or your group.
2). Have the best acclimatization possible for your Everest trek. We highly recommend you having 3 days in Namche Bazaar on the way up the trail. Trust me this can make all the difference in your safety and success in reaching Everest Base Camp and climbing Kala Phatar.
3). Train, train, train. You need to come fully prepared for this challenge of a lifetime. Trekking to Everest Base Camp at 17,500 and Kala Phatar at 18,520 feet. This trek is underestimated by so many people. You do need to train, you do need to come prepared with the right physical conditioning and endurance. Don’t be silly train hard and get the most out of your Everest trekking experience.
4). Chose the right gear for your Everest Base Camp Trek. We have one of the most watched Everest Base Camp packing video on You Tube. WATCH IT HERE. If you sign up to one of our Everest Base Camp Treks, we send out a 45 page document with an itemized kit list for your Everest trek.
5). Have the right trekking boots for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Your boots need to be warm and well insulated with excellent ankle support. I have seen so many ankles twisted from wearing trail shoes. Even if you wear trail shoes you can only use them in May and September.
6). Make sure you have the best guides. All our guides have gone through rigorous training and we have continual training available to them on the ground from our full time staff who are based in our office in Kathmandu.
7). Make sure you pick a team who have their own highly qualified full time staff on the ground. We have our own Ian Taylor Trekking staff on the ground in support of your trek to Everest. We invest in our staff, sending them on courses and invest in them continually.
8). You need access to professional Everest Base Camp Trekking guides 5 days a week prior to your trek. Make sure you are getting all the up to date information on how to plan and prepare correctly for your trek to Mount Everest.
9). Have the more staff on the mountain in support of your Everest Base Camp Trek. We have 4 guides per team of 10 people. This is important so you get that personal care and attention throughout the whole trip.
10). Have yaks carting your duffel bags. Yaks are more reliable than porters. Some people might argue that you are employing people to work in the region. I think you are employing them to work in the wrong jobs. You need porters for certain routes, treks and climbs but use animals where possible. Having more guides and support staff is more important. This is where you want the investment in staff.
11). Use the better lodges. We use the Mountain lodges for all our trips. For example we use Hotel Namche in Namche Bazaar at 11,500 feet. You will have a shower in your room. Great food and comfortable experience on route to Everest.
12). Use the better lodges that have better food. We know all the lodge owners and they understand the service we require for our trips. Watch our FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION VIDEO. We have 3 hot meals each day for you on the way up and down the trail to Everest.
13). Do some mental preparation for your Everest Base Camp Trek. The Everest region and trek to Everest demands respect. You can gain mental strength from your physical training. Try a lot of wilderness trekking, walking and get used to your gear and being comfortable going to the toilet outdoors and maybe don’t shower for a couple of weeks. Only messing!! Just get yourself mentally prepared for the developing world.
14). Be prepared for the outdoors. Do some camping prior to the trip. Test your sleeping bag, clothing and gear for your specific trek. Make sure you are comfortable using clothing, hydration system and each piece of your kit.
15). Check each piece of gear you are bringing on the mountain and make sure it fits, works and makes sense to bring. Make sure you have the right gloves.
16). Make sure your team have oxygen with the group at all times on your way up to Everest Base Camp.
17). Break in your Trekking boots. You do not want blisters on your feet at any stage of this trek to Everest.
18). Make sure your team have a satellite communications device on our trek. If you need emergency evacuation, you will to call directly to your insurance company or helicopter evacuation service. They will need to make sure you are actually sick and require to evaluate you over the phone and there is not always mobile or cell coverage.
19). Have the right amount of support staff. We have 4 guides and staff or each team of 10 people. You also want to be in a smaller team. All our trekking team have a maximum of 10 people per team.
20). Pre hydrate before you enter the Everest Region. It is a good idea to get used to drinking 3/4 liter of water per day and 4/5 liters when you are doing your longer training session each week, prior to the trip.
21). Make sure you have the right gloves for the time to year you are trekking. Some time in early September or late May all you need are liner gloves. In colder months above 15,000 feet and climbing Kala Phatar up to 18,520 feet you will need a serious mountain glove with liner. It is important to get this right.
22). Make sure you are drinking 4 to 5 liters of water per day up and down the Everest trail. Hydration is critical for a successful journey into low oxygen environments.
23). Make sure you have a cover for the nozzle of your camel bak hydration system. You do not want dust or dirt building up on your hydration device. Also keep your nozzle clean and use sanitizer to keep it clean.
24). Make sure you bring hydration salts and hyper hydration sachets
25). Make sure you bring a multi-vitamin for each day on the climb.
26). Consider bringing Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex and Garlic. You should be taking these in your training and in the lead up to the trip. A strong immune system is really important to survive in the Everest region for 2 weeks.
27). Do not show up sick for your Everest Base Camp Trek. Activate your insurance and reschedule. You run the risk of getting other people sick and ruining their once in a lifetime trip. Also if your immune system is weak you run the risk of getting much worse and limits your chances of reaching your destination.
28). Try Diamox before leaving for Nepal. Try it and test it.
29). Take Diamox from start to finish. Ask your Doctor, but our doctors recommend 125mg morning and 125mg late afternoon. This can vary on the person, symptoms and a range of factors. Make sure you are not allergic to sulfa’s.
30). If you are not keen on taking diamox, there are a few alternatives to taking diamox. Remember there is no substitute for good acclimatization.
31). If you want to limit your chances of fatigue. You need to travel with professional guides who know how to pace each day of the trip perfectly. Pacing at high altitude is critical to success. I personally believe having the right pace each day if one of the most important elements of a safe and successful journey up and down the Everest trail.
32). Stay out of the sun as much as possible. With limited UV protection in low oxygen environments you need to be protected from the harsh rays of the sun. Use a brimmed hat, use factor 50 sun screen. If you get sun burned you add to the list of problems your body is already going to struggling with on route to Everest Base Camp .
33). You might want to consider additional protein bars for each day. I like a very small bag of trail mix for going up kala phatar along with a couple of packets of Clif shot bloks.
34). Bring a battery pack. I use a Ravpower bank 22000 mah/ 83.6 wh
35). Bring a solar panel. I use a Solpro Helios Smart.
36). You need to wear a hat and sunglasses at all times. Protect your eyes from the sun especially if there is snow on the ground.
37). Make sure you sleep with batteries and your phone. I have built in a compartment to hold batteries and my phone which I take most of my pictures and video on. You want to keep these items as warm as possible.
38). Bring some dry bags to separate your gear. I have my socks and underwear (merino wool) in a separate bag. I then separate cold weather gear and try and separate my clothing into what I need on a daily basis. Keep a separate bag for dirty cloths.
39). Bring some plastic bags for your camp shoes and keep dirt off the rest of your gear. If you are walking around the villages, you will pick up dirt and dust and you want to keep this off the rest of your gear and out of our bag.
40). Make sure you use your trekking poles. You will need them each day and I highly recommend them on all down hill sections of the trip.
41). Have a separate set of cloths for sleeping. Always keep 1 pair of socks to change into when you arrive into camp and use these socks while you are in each lodge.
42). Fill your nalgene bottle each night with boiling water and but into your sleeping bag. This does cost extra.
43). If you are cold in your sleeping bag but your your down jacket down in by your feet or wherever you are cold. It will add additional warmth.
44). Dry Shampoo can be useful along with some soap. You will be able to take a hot shower on arrival in some of the lodges. On days where there is no shower, you may want to wash your hair. You may just want to stay with the baby wipe shower but a lot of people bring dry shampoo.
45). Make sure you trim your toenails before the trip. You can also consider bringing a nail brush for your finger nails. Personal hygiene is really important.
46). Focus on one day at a time, don’t be thinking too much about higher up the trail. The journey is far more important than the destination. This experience might just change your life so be present, enjoy each day as it comes and embrace this unique mountain destination.
47). Get your room in order and get a routine in place for how you want to manage sleeping space. Once I arrive into the lodge I like to get into my room, set out my sleeping bag and organize by duffel bag. Change into my camp clothing, new socks, layers and do a quick wash. I then get my toilet paper out, toiletries lined up and get my head torch in the same place. It is good to get into a routine.
48). Have the right attitude to what you are going to experience on the trek to Everest. Be relaxed and calm at all times. One the biggest lessons I learned climbing Mount Everest and leading over 100 expeditions around the world is the more relaxed you are the better your Everest Base Camp Trek.
49). Get to know the staff and listen to their stories. All of our team have a story to tell and they are always looking to improve their English.
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