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Here’s what you need to consider and plan for doing while you are traveling to Everest base camp. First of all brace yourself for the thrilling experience. However, be prepared for every situation that may arise while trekking to Everest Base Camp. This is the complete guide for helping you pack certain stuff while providing information about any dangerous situation that you may arise, and ways to get the most thrilling experience throughout your journey to Everest base camp trekking.
First, you need to know about its itinerary and places you are going to stay for overnight. This way you can get the required clothes and devices you want to carry. You can read the detail here at Everest Base Camp Trek and you will also be able to read detailed itinerary here Everest Base Camp – Detailed Itinerary.
Here we have provided you with a short itinerary which will give you slightest idea of where you are going to be and what level of altitude you will be staying at for the overnight.
Outline Itinerary of Everest Base Camp:
- Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu:
- Day 02: Preparation and Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu (1400 meter):
- Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 meters) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 meters):
- Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 meters):
- Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazar (3,440 meters):
- Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,860 meters):
- Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 meters):
- Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche (4,410 meters):
- Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 meters):
- Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5335 meters) and Trek to Gorakshep (5,142 meters):
- Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5,643 meters) and to Pheriche (4,371 meters):
- Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3,440 meters):
- Day 13: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2,860 meters):
- Day 14: Fly Back from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400 meter):
- Day 15: Final Departure Day:
[Note: If you are looking for another type of trekking to Everest base camp or at Everest region you can get the detailed itinerary, trekking route to various trekking destination in Everest region and can know more about packing list here at – Everest Region.]
Once you have read the Outline itinerary now you can prepare for clothes to be packed and you should always consider packing around 25 kg. It would be better if you can get your luggage to 20 kg you need some space so that you can buy missing things in Nepal after arriving here. Your luggage will be carried by porter while you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. Other than the luggage you need to carry your own day bag which is stuffed with water, snacks and some of your own stuff such as windcheaters and camera.
The second thing you should do is prepare yourself for physical strains and train your body for climbing and walking for a long time. Sometimes time you will need to hike for longer than the time given in itinerary due to weather and many other issues of glacial fall and more. If you are to train before the trekking you will be able to enjoy the trekking much more.
You need to start exercising 4-5 weeks before the trek. Cardio exercise will be best. Cardio exercise includes cycling, running, swimming or walking. Try to carry a backpack with certain weight while doing the exercise and try to strengthen your muscles by doing squats, pull-ups, push-ups, deadlifts etc. And while excursing doesn’t overdo it and focus more on increasing your stamina and lung capacity.
After having prepared all these now you need to read the equipment list and pack the stuff according to the equipment list. You can also be decisive and can alter some equipment’s which you think would be better for the trip.
Things you need to consider while packing your stuff:
- Not all the items on the checklist is a must. You can use your own judgment to make your buying decision.
- Your footwear must be very comfortable and durable. Shoe bites and blisters can ruin the experience for you. The boots should be lightweight trekking boots. Ensure that the fabric is good and waterproof.
- Purchase a pair of gaiters to keep your legs warmer.
- Dress in layers so that you can regulate your body temperature as and when required. You can alter the combination of the clothes according to the prevailing weather condition.
- Your clothes should be lightweight and specially designed for trekking.
- Carry along a waterproof shell outerwear, jacket, and pants.
- Keep your hands, head and body as warm as possible
After you have completely read this now you need to know about the Altitude sickness. This is a kind of illness that is caused by ascent to high altitudes. The symptoms will occur within 6 to 24 hours of achieving a high altitude. Altitude sickness is fatal and can result in death if not treated in time. You need to stay alert to any of the symptoms that occur. You can know more about this at Altitude Sickness.
Then depending on your interest, you can choose whatever time of year for trekking to Everest Base Camp. But we also have an article which will tell you detail about the packaging and the best trekking season for Everest Base Camp. Read it here at Things to consider while trekking to Everest Base Camp.
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