Going on a Mount Everest Base Camp Trek? What to Know

Those who love new adventures and want a challenge are sure to know about Mount Everest, and it’s likely a bucket-list dream. If you are planning it right now, you probably already know that it is the highest mountain throughout the world and it’s something you’ll never forget. Most people think that they must be in the best shape of their lives to do the trek, but you can reach Base Camp, even if you don’t climb to the very top. However, it’s essential that you plan for the trek, even if you only choose to go to the Base Camp.

Not Fit

While you do need to be relatively healthy and have few health issues, such as having a low risk of heart attack/stroke and being comfortable walking/hiking long distances, most people think that they have to be able to run a marathon to get Base Camp. As long as you can walk up to 10 hours a day, going down and up hills, and carrying a backpack with you for about two weeks in a row, you should be fine. However, if you can do the walking and can’t carry the pack, you can hire a porter to take your pack for you. It’s also important to understand that it’s going to be freezing, so you need the right gear, such as walking sticks, arctic-style coats, and thick gloves.

Go Slow

It’s not a race, though most people think that they must walk a certain mileage or speed each day. In fact, you can find tours and guides that desire to go slow to help you acclimate to the higher altitude.

If you already know that you get altitude sickness, it might be best to take Diamox beforehand. Of course, it can have some side effects, such as tingling, numbness, and loss of appetite, but it can prevent dizziness, nausea, and headaches. The medicine decreases bicarbonates and hydrogen in the body, which can help you breathe faster and deeper. While most people say you don’t need it and shouldn’t take it, you may want to have some just in case.

How Hard Is the Journey?

It’s tough to answer that question because many people respond differently to various situations. You may hear rumors that it’s best to climb other mountains first before trying Mount Everest. While it can help you get a feel for the trek itself, most other mountains are just as challenging or have unique challenges that this one doesn’t.

If you’re worried about not making it to Base Camp, you can find training programs that help you determine how much of a challenge it could be. These training programs simulate a variety of conditions you are likely to experience, such as frigid temperatures, uphill climbs, and let you test yourself with a backpack and other gear.

Just remember that no one is going to be rushing you, so you can take a break or stop when you need to do so. It’s important not to be a ‘hero’ here; if you know you can’t carry the backpack the entire way, hire a porter. If you know you’re going to need frequent breaks, take them.

Is Wi-Fi Available?

Most people cringe at the thought of wireless internet being at the base of the most magnificent mountain in the world, but companies have spotted an opportunity. You can find Wi-Fi along the trek, and all tea houses are likely to have it. Just expect to pay about $10 to use it.

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