It is often asked about the difficulty of climbing to Everest Base Camp and how it compares with other climbs such as Kilimanjaro. The climb to Kilimanjaro at 5895m is the most difficult. It takes six days, with the descent taking place on the seventh day. The final summit climb is approximately 1200m. The trek to Everest base camp, at 5600m, is done over several nice days so it takes longer to get used to.
Klimanjaro has five camp options for those who wish to rest on the ascent. In Nepal, there are two days of rest that allow for good acclimatization.
Everest Base Camp, perched high on the Khumbu Glacier at Everest’s foot, is at 5600m. It can be reached in nine days and two days rest. It is possible to acclimatize if you don’t travel too fast.
It’s not a climb, first of all. It’s a trek to Everest Base Camp. Most of the journey is on mountain trails, with the last two days being on lateral moraine. Although there are some steep hills, the path is zigzagged to make it easy and allows for plenty of time to rest and chat. The terrain on the moraine can be slippery with ice sometimes, but it is not necessary to have any special equipment or skills. The trek is straightforward and you will only need to bring a few mini spikes for when it gets icy.
What is the time it takes to trek to Everest Base Camp.
If you fly into the mountain airstrip at Lukla and follow the normal route to base camp, the trek will take 14 days. Allow 4 to 5 additional days for travel to Kathmandu, to overcome jet lag, and to explore the city. You can also choose to trek Everest Base Camp via Jiri, Saleri, and Phaplu. These routes are less traveled and more scenic, but they are longer and more beautiful. These routes are worth stopping by for a few days to visit the villages below Lukla, where our charity Moving Mountains is located. You have a variety of routes that lead to Everest Base Camp. These can add to the length of your trek, such as via Gokyo lakes or interesting detours. It all depends on how much time you have.
What level of fitness do I need to reach Everest Base Camp?
You don’t have to be a marathon runner, but you will feel better and enjoy the trek more if you are fitter. You should be able to walk 5 hours per day comfortably with a small day pack. There are only 14 days where you could actually walk for 5 hours. Mornings are spent walking, and afternoons are used to relax and soak up the culture and atmosphere of the incredible places you’ve walked through.
Altitude is something you cannot train for. This can make it difficult to reach base camp, where there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Acclimatization is a process that requires you to take it slow, follow a good route, climb slowly to altitude, eat well, rest well, drink lots of fluid, and sleep well. Although the actual distance from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is much shorter than what we did, it will not make you sick.
Is Everest Base Camp Trekking Dangerous?
If you are not accompanied by a professional guide, it can be dangerous. They will make sure that your trip is well-planned and includes acclimatization and rest days. There will also be good food and water. However, there are no risks of falling off ropes or exposing ridges. The only thing you need to worry about when you are trekking with a trusted company is the yaks, which are used for carrying people’s gear. They can run very fast along the trails, and they have been known to speed up and knock people over. You can hear their bells coming from the trails. This is your signal to stay off the trail and to always go to the top of any slope. The main trekking destinations of Nepal are well served by helicopters. In an emergency, the Everest Base Camp trail is also well-covered.
What is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp
Pre and post monsoon are the main seasons to trek to Everest Base Camp. It starts to get colder in March and then gets warmer after monsoon.
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