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Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

27 Jul 2020 Nepal Dream Path Treks

Talking about Everest base camp trek difficulty, Everest Base Camp trek is not that difficult since every people with a normal health condition, age, and size can do this trek.
While every year, many mountaineers and adventure lovers’ summits the Mt. Everest and over 30,000 trekkers go on this trek to bless them with the almighty view of the world’s highest mountain.
It takes around 12-14 days of slow pace hike to conquer this trek including acclimatization days.
We don’t need special technical and mountaineering skills but what makes it a little bit difficult is the long hike around high altitude. However, there are still some important facts that need to be considered before doing this trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Altitude

Beautiful Panorama of Mt. Ama Dablam from Lobuche

This is by far the most challenging factor of this trek, especially for the first time trekkers.
Acute altitude sickness and other altitudes related sickness are the most serious problem one can encounter during this trek. But if you are in a well-guided trek, you don’t have to worry.
The almighty viewpoint of Kalapatthar is the highest point of this trek which is at the altitude of 5644m. A long hike around the mountains won’t be easy. 2/3 days of acclimatization is the most required break since it allows your body to get used to high altitude and also provides the chance to visit surrounding places.
Research about the symptoms of altitude sickness and the preventives of altitude sickness can be sometimes life-saving. As long as you are in a good guided tour, you don’t have to worry.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Length

On the way to Everest Base Camp Trek

130 km (round trip) is the total distance one will be covering during this trek.
It seems like quite a long trek to cover in 9/10 days excluding acclimatization days. But if you are on a well-guided tour, they will manage your walking schedule according to the altitude.
The walking trails will be quite rocky or snowy which will for sure slow your pace down.
You will be walking 6-7 hours per day but as the altitude increases, the walking duration will decrease to 2-3 days. The acclimatization days will also help to get your body relaxed and get used to high altitude.
Either porters or mules will be carrying your bags so all you have to do is prepare yourself for the trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Training

It is also the most essential thing to do before going to any trekking. Training helps to increase your endurance as well as the ability of blood circulation of your body, which helps a lot in high altitude.
A couple of hours’ time spent in the gym and treks around your house will be enough. Some physical exercises like squats, swimming, jogging, and sprinting will be great.


Additionally, other factors like weather conditions, itinerary, trekking operator, management of food, and accommodations will definitely affect your trek. Sometimes, Due to the worse weather condition, the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla won’t be available. So be informed and keep yourself prepared, this is the only way to get the most out any trek and make it easy.