There’s no question that the whole trek to Everest Base Camp is a great and exciting challenge in many ways. It can get you puzzled from the moment you start thinking about packing to the moment you feel sick because of high altitudes and all the troubles they can give you. Which brings you tons of reasons to get ready thoroughly not just in case of what to put in your backpack but also in such things as getting in shape for long hikes and getting all the possibly useful information.
Here I’m listing all the things that made my way around Nepal a little bit easier and more conscious or could do so if I knew them at the right moment. Take a note!
- Get physically ready in advance: start running to boost your stamina, train your legs and corps, walk with a heavy backpack or go to Bikram yoga to get used to exercising in extreme environment.
- Start taking some health vitamins so the weather changes affect you less.
- Most blogs or journals say you can only buy the Tourist passes in Nepal Tourist Board which closes at 5 pm but as we got late (as usual) I found another way: there are a lot of Tourist shops that sell excursions and tickets. And they do sell those cards and passes at the same price: 4000 Rupiahs for all together. Plus it took 10 minutes to buy them despite waiting for 2 hours as some people say about the NTB. They also sell plane tickets for the same price as in the airport.
- If you’re going to hire porters, please, make sure you pay them enough and don’t give them all of your stuff. For sure, they agreed to do work of that kind but just be a human being.
- There is a rule of trekking to eat in the same lodge you sleep otherwise you get an extra charge for your bed beside paying for charging your gadgets and hot shower. Although I’d say after trekking for 6 hours all the desires to explore some new cafe disappear completely. You just crawl to a table in the common hall and feel happy when a hot dish gets there too.
- Take at least 2 liters of water/tea per person for a day and stay safe!via GIPHY
- Instead of buying bottles of water for the road bring a water reservoir with a tube — so much easier to drink, so little plastic waste you make.
- Mostly for inexperienced trekkers: there’s a big chance to pack too much but you can always leave what you don’t need in the lodge you stay in. It’s free, from my experience. The best place to drop off extra weight for us was definitely in Namche Bazar.
Not to pack too much read this Packing list for Everest Base Camp trek
- Learn how to use hiking poles to prevent your knees from hurting and make hiking easier in general — they help to dump some weight from your legs to arms by creating an extra fulcrum.
- Think of the waste you’re going to leave in the mountains and how to make its amount as small as you can. Sometimes you’ll have to carry the litter in your hands till the next dumpster and there are not too many of them. Also, consider using as little plastic as possible.
- Download maps.me for the trek — you won’t believe how accurate these maps can be in such remote places!
- Get ready for a real challenge and take everything with a smile — and that’s the most important point.