Tips for Everest base camp trekking
The Everest Base Camp Trek has really become a possible goal for people from all walks of life. Beyond from the awesome scenery, trekkers to this region get chance to experience special Sherpa culture by seeing monasteries and museums across the way. Here are the 5 tips which will help you while you are in Everest base camp trekking.
- Leave Extra Days For Return Back Home
Give yourself a few days after the trek before you have to fly home. Flights may delay or cancelations for some days near the end of your trek in Lukla due to bad weather. So you should be prepared to make another plan, or you may take other routes back to Kathmandu. We would like to recommend you to book early flight in the morning as delays and cancellation during day time occurs more.
- Gear and Equipment
Gears and equipments should be properly managed. The most essential things are Hats and Head coverings, trekking poles, sunglasses, thermal, buffs, Clothing adequate gear and gloves, Day packs and Duffle bags and plastic inside bags, sleeping bag, trekking boot, down jacket etc.
- Height and Temperature
Due to high altitude you may cause Altitude sickness, it can affect any person even though the person very healthy so look for indicators of altitude sickness which include, insomnia headaches, dizziness, hunger and shortness of breath. And also due to low temperature people may become sick, so always wear warm clothes. You should be always aware of height and low temperature.
In Everest region no animals are allowed to harm so most of the meats comes to the Everest region either by plane or by road. Then it is transported via yak, without a cooler in most cases, so vegetarian meals are safer than non-vegetarian meals. Chocolate and candies will sweeten your way along the trail. Bring some chocolates, snacks, nutrition bar etc. Food poisoning will surely shorten your trip, so you should care in food while trekking. Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trail and always keep a full bottle as a spare.
5) Respect the local culture
Respect the local cultures and traditions which will make locals happier. For example while entering inside monastery taking off your hats and shoes off. Shaking hand with right hand, left hand is considered polluted by Nepalese, Sherpa and Tibetans alike. Trekkers must be ecologically and culturally responsible. Basic phrases like ‘namaste’ which is “hello” and ‘dhanyabad’ which means ”thank you” are commonly exchanged between the locals and trekkers alike. It doesn’t hurt to learn the local language either u may enjoy in local languages also.