The Everest Base Camp Trek – the EBC trek as it’s popularly called – is a thrilling hike to the base of the majestic Mount Everest. The South Base Camp, which is in Nepal, is a celebrated trekking destination amongst adventurers, especially from India.
The trek is challenging, yes, but it is absolutely doable. And there is a one-word secret to emerging victorious in this Herculean task. That word is – Preparation.
But how exactly to prepare for the EBC trek? How much does the Everest Base Camp Trek cost? Don’t fret. We are here to help you out.
Everest Base Camp trek – know what you are in for
The South Base Camp resides at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet. Your expedition will involve 5-6 hours of daily trekking, covering a distance of 12-15 km each day.
The trek is advised for intermediate to expert trekkers with a bit of experience in high-altitude trekking. Having said that, even if you are a beginner – a motivated one – you can attempt the trek, provided you put in the appropriate efforts.
Plan your finances
Choosing a complete Everest Base Camp Trek package from India is a good idea to start with. You are accompanied by experienced guides and need not bother about accommodation, meals, permits, among other things. Typically, the cost of Everest Base Camp Trek from India can be anywhere between Rs. 65k to Rs. 1 Lakh, depending on the itinerary and the amenities you opt for.
Pick the right time
You cannot go wrong with this one. The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek usually happens in 2 seasons – pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to December). Both these seasons offer good visibility and stable climbing conditions.
Fitness above all
Physical fitness is a vital factor in determining your triumph over the mighty Everest. Persistence over speed, that’s the mantra. Start working on your stamina and endurance at least 2-3 months before the trek. A few areas to focus on are:
- Core Strength: In the course of the trip, you will have to sustain 120+ km of trekking while carrying a heavy backpack. Engaging in strength training, especially for the lower-body muscles, is an excellent way to develop the required endurance.
- Stamina: Trekking for long hours each day at 30-40% lower oxygen levels is not an easy task, and hence, building your stamina is essential. Activities like running, cycling, or swimming, coupled with a few breathing exercises, work perfectly well for this purpose.
Gear and clothing
This trek is the closest you can get to Everest without requiring any special gear. However, the rough, rugged trails and the chilling weather do call for some basic gear and clothing:
- Trekking boots: The most crucial gear! You will be in a spot if your boots start pinching or wearing out after a few days of the trek. Hence, opt for high-quality trekking boots that are comfortable, light-weight, and durable.
- Clothing layers: Layering allows you to add or remove clothing layers whenever it gets warmer or colder in the course of the day. Ideally, you can go for the below combination:
- A base layer
- An insulating layer
- Outer jacket (down jacket)
- Hiking trousers and shorts
- Backpack: Your backpack will be your constant buddy (a 5-6 kg one, to be precise). A 75–80 litresbackpack is sufficient to carry all your personal belongings, with a buffer space to squeeze in some extra clothes.
- Sleeping Bag: The temperature during the trek can easily fall below 0 degrees at night, even during summers. So, to keep you warm and protected, it is imperative to have a good quality sleeping bag (season 3 or 4 rating)
A few more tips to ensure you are fully ready
- Ensure that your EBC trek package includes buffer days for acclimatizing to the high-altitude environment.
- Go on a couple of trial hikes, preferably on higher altitudes, to test your fitness levels and the gear.
- Consult a doctor before the trek for a full-body checkup, and have your medical kit ready.
Proper training and planning lay the groundwork for a successful Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and only by preparing for it today will you ensure a memorable tomorrow.
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