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How to Trek to Everest Base Camp

How to Trek to Everest Base Camp

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How to trek to Everest Base Camp
 
Jenny Ling
 
Lonely Planet Author Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. Theexploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and TenzingNorgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed,making huge sacrifices
many with their lives
in their own attempts to thesummit.
.
But today, the trek to Everest Base Camp has become an achievable goal for 
people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. In
2012, between 35,000 and 37,000 people trekked in the Everest region.
What’s it like trekking to Everest Base Camp?
 
Aside from breathtaking scenery, travellers to the region can experienceunique Sherpa culture by visiting monasteries and museums along the way.Days are filled with walking for the sheer pleasure of it, past colourful prayer wheels and across swing bridges straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, whileevenings are rewarded with hot food and conversation with like-mindedpeople around the dining-room fire.The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a personal sense ofachievement, as well as warm Nepalese hospitality, makes the Everest Base
Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable.
 
 
When should I make the trek?
From March to May and from September to December. It gets hot in May, justbefore the monsoon season; be prepared for possible rain. December reachesbelow-zero temperatures but the days are still beautiful and there are fewer trekkers (but remember to wrap up warm in the evenings).
Do I need a guide?
The Nepal government is considering making the hiring of a guide compulsorythis season, after the disappearances of some lone trekkers and the death of aBelgian trekker in the Langtang region in June 2012.B
ut the solo trekking ban has been put on hold, so for now it’s still possible to
go it alone. But hiring a guide or porter has many advantages: for US$10 to $20
a day you’re giving someone a valuable job and in turn you will learn plenty
about the local culture and natural environment.A trekking company offers the advantage of having everything arranged for you, including airport transfers, accommodation and porters and/or guides andtheir insurance. You can book before you go with western tour companies,
though you’ll pay significantly less by booking in Kathmandu –
 
ensure they’re
registered with the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). For a list ofregistered companies visit 
. 
 
How do I get in shape?
Nothing can really prepare you for the trek’s extreme hills and altitude of up to
5545m.
But don’t be put off –
people with average fitness can do this trek.
‘Slow and steady’ is the key to achieving, and enjoying, your trek.
 Prepare with cardiovascular training several times a week: cycling, swimming,hill climbing and lots of walking. Aim for a five-hour walk once a week. Seek outhills or find a tall building and repeatedly walk up and down the stairs.
What should I take?
Pack lightly
 
aim for 10 to 15kg. Consider your porter’s load before you include
that big bottle of shampoo or pair of jeans.A fleece jacket, down jacket and thermal underwear are a must, as theHimalaya gets cold above 3000m any time of the year. Also take two pairs oflong pants, two or three T-shirts (synthetic fabrics
not cotton
that wickaway sweat), and another warm jumper or light fleece.

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