Beginner’s Guide for Everest Base Camp

Located between Nepal and Tibet Mount Everest is the highest peak in the Himalayan range and world’s tallest point to be considered. Mount Everest attracts many trekkers and mountaineers to visit this magnificent beauty which has it’s dangerous drawbacks too.

Trekking to the Everest base camp will be very exciting and makes memories for a lifetime with hiking to Himalaya mountains, visit the monastery all favours make your experience a daring one as it is of the difficult trek with a maximum height of 5555m at Kala Pattar.

Here is the basic guide to the Mount Everest Base Camp for Beginners:

There are several routes that differ from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp to reach in 12 days with a distance of 80 miles. The biggest point is the elevation gain from Lukla to Everest Base Camp as Lukla stands at 9383ft while Everest base camp sits at 17,600ft. Trekking at high altitude can make shortness of breath, and fatigue as the higher the altitude increases the oxygen level decreases. It is necessary to carry oxygens pumps. The altitude is the real problem as altitude sickness occurs at the elevation of 7900 feet.

The best time to visit the Base Camp or any Nepalese Himalayas is between April-May or maybe between October -November as they are pre-monsoon or monsoon season making it a suitable time to ascend the trails.

The Everest Base Camp begins from Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal where you reach Lukla from where the trekking starts as a base point of an amazing, exciting and breathtaking trekking experience. Once reaching the base the trek starts with beautiful landscapes and valleys to the site of phakding village that stands at the height of  2650 ft. From there you can view the pine groves and bridges of eccentric Namche Bazaar which will lead you to the northwest route of Thyangboche which stands at the height of 3790 meters. And a few trails on you reach a Khumbu valley at Dingboche which summits at 4320 meters from there the path to Lobuche lies with moraines at it’s the great height of 4900meteres where one can finally reach to the Mount Everest base camp at 5360 meters.

Highlights of Mount Everest Base Camp

  • Explore and experience the rich beauty of flora and fauna at the Sagarmatha National park
  • Walking last of different glaciers and Khumbu Glacier
  • Visiting  some of the oldest monasteries of the region like Tengboche Mountains 
  • Sightsee the close view of Mount Everest, Mt Pumori, Nuptse
  • Interact with the sherpa people of Khumbu region
  • Stroll at the altitude town of Namche Bazaar

How to reach

The popular way to reach the trail trek is Lukla which is 45 minutes from Kathmandu. From Lukla is the base point of the trek which starts on foot and to reach the Base Camp Of Mount Everest it takes almost two weeks.

Things to carry

  • Thermal innerwear to keep warm
  • Thick Woolen socks to keep your legs warm
  • Torch with batteries
  • Good quality trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen and lotions
  • Trekking pants 
  • Water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medication
  • Extra clothes 
  • Camping shoes for crossing streams
  • Winter-proof jackets
  • Sunglasses
  • Wet clothing

Precautions and Tips

All precautionary measures should be taken to ensure safety to the trekkers.

You should train before you plan a trek to Mount Everest Camp. You need to be physically fit and trained to have endurance, Strength to complete the trek.

   You need to be mentally prepared to face any kind of situation with your level of comfort. The Trip includes camping, bugs, dirt, showers or even going to the outdoor toilet.

 The advice of professionals is necessary for the complete kit of innerwear. Having a warm jacket can help you keep to the comfort level.

      Keeping yourself hydrated is the key to survive in the high altitude because the body dehydrates easily at higher altitude. This will help to process the drinking habits and helps to survive in the trek.

  If you want to have a successful trip to Mount Everest base camp is taking time to acclimatize and physical condition is the key to have a successful trek for a beginner.