The only most popular trek in Nepal is the Everest Base Camp Trek, thanks to the splendor associated with the majestic Everest!
While it would not be wrong to count the trek among the most difficult ones, it is also important to break certain myths that are often associated with it, the most popular being that it is only for experts and not for the novice trekker.
Everest Trekking needs more planning than it requires athletic fitness. If a novice trekker undertakes a basic level of fitness training for around a month or two in advance and takes enough stops during the treks for acclimatization, the trek is a no brainer!
If you are planning to take up the popular trek but are too apprehensive about it, we have got you loads of information that will matter and can help you make a decision.
Some facts about the EBC Trek-the only most popular trek in Nepal
- The EBC Trek usually takes about two weeks or 15 days except in the cases when a novice trekker is involved.
- A major part of the trek is high altitude trek.
- The only way to see the majestic Everest is by trekking the Khumbu valley from Lukla since there are no roads in the region. Using a helicopter, however, is the easiest way to get a glimpse of the mighty mountains.
- Even though there are high altitudes involved in the trek, the Everest Trekking does not require any prior experience or any technical expertise.
- A basic level of fitness combined with lots of determination is the only two things that you require to complete the trek successfully.
- Whether you are young or old, underweight or overweight, you can do the trek unless you suffer from ailments such as breathing issues, blood pressure troubles or sprains or injuries in the leg.
- Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS is a reality at this trek and it must not be ignored or taken lightly at all. It is due to the high altitudes that are being covered on the trek.
- The highest altitude achieved on the EBC Trek is 5,554 meters at the Kala Patthar viewpoint. This is on the return journey of the trek.
- The trek starts from Lukla. The distance from here to the Everest Base Camp trek is a formidable 65 km that makes it 130 km round trip.
- The standard itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek is 14 days, out of which 12 days are spent walking. The average distance that is covered every day is about 15 km.
EBC Trek - Things to remember
- While the common belief is that the trek requires a high level of fitness. In truth, a basic level of fitness with good determination can do the trick. It does not require one to be marathon fit.
- A basic level of training about 6 to 8 weeks before starting the trek can go a long way in making the trek successful and enjoyable.
- The trek will have easy days and tough days depending on the region you are covering and altitude you are climbing. It is advisable to train in advance for those difficult days.
- The Everest Base Camp Trek is a wilderness trek with no proper paved paths. There are enough ascends and descends that can tire you. Ensure that you take enough rest if you wish to go far.
Everest Trekking is more about grit and determination of a trekker than it is about his physical fitness or his trekking history!