Exiting Adventure Awaits at the Mount Everest Base Camp

20th July 2012

For those of you seeking to have an epic adventure, Mount Everest Base Camp and the Himalayas are a perfect destination. Nepal is very famous not only for its colorful and rich culture but also because of the mountain peaks that and trails that pose a great challenge to all trekkers. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world and reaching the Base Camp on a 14 day trek would bring satisfaction to anyone who undertook the ambitious challenge.

 

Tour packages can come in handy for people planning to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and the Himalayas. Starting from your arrival at the airport until you return from the Himalayas, trekking companies, such as Experience the Himalayas, plan and prepare the trek so that everyone treks in safety and has an amazing and rewarding experience. Trekking companies employ experienced guides and porters who will guide you up on the Himalayan trails and carry your luggage. They will arrange trekking permits, the logistics, and help motivate trekkers accomplish their challenge of making it to Everest Base Camp.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation is essential to people who decided to take on the world's tallest mountain, and this usually comes in the form of teahouses that scatter the mountain trails. Teahouses are places where people can rest for the night and get a good meal. Tea house are usually quite basic but most have electricity and hot water, which is generated from solar power. The other option is to camp. Yaks will transport tents and camping equipment up the mountain and you will able to be able to use the shower facilities of the tea houses.

 

Packing Your Bags

Packing your luggage to go on a trip can be the most exiting part in the whole preparation process as it gives you feeling that the destination is closer. Before people go crazy about what things they should bring and what should be left, they should follow a detailed list provided by the trekking company that they are using.

 

In packing the luggage for an expedition to Everest Base Camp, people should bring two types of packs, one that they could carry during the day and another that can be carried by the porters of the trekking group. The rucksack that people would be carrying during the day is intended to carry essential items that will be used during the day such as a water bottle, a warm and waterproof jacket, sun cream, snacks, and a camera. The other larger rucksack carried by the porters should contain things that people would need during their stops such as a sleeping bag, change of clothes, toiletries, etc.

 

Besides two different packs, people should also limit their things to the essentials such as footwear, clothing, equipments, walking poles, a sun hat, a wooly hat, and toiletries. For clothing, people should be prepared for cold weather and hot weather especially when the sun is out during the day which can cause sunburn. This is also the same for the footwear. People should pack their trekking boots for climbing and spare trainers when they reach the camp. It would help give their feet a much needed rest after trekking for hours.

 

Trek Time in the Mountain

People will be walking from four hours to eight hours until they reach their tea houses or campsite. Trekking to and from Mount Everest Base Camp usually takes 14 days and it is hard exercise and causes weight loss.  Trekking can be difficult but on your way back from Everest Base Camp to Lukla airport, the trek generally feels easier as you are trekking downhill, altitude is gradually reducing, and you will be fitter as a consequence of the previous days trekking.

 

Food during the Trek

Food and water is essential during a trip to Mount Everest Base Camp. Lack of nourishment can endanger the body especially when at altitude when people's appetites are often reduced. Most tour packages offer inclusive packages that include breakfast, lunch, and dinner when trekking. Although the tea houses offer a menu, the choices are not as many as those seen in the capital, Kathmandu.

 

The teahouses that trekkers encounter offer basic meals such as those made with vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and rice. Other foods include soup, egg, cereals, bread, biscuits, carbonated drinks, mineral water or coffee. For the first few days meat is available, but after Namchi Bazaar it is limited and it is dangerous to eat red meat after this mountain village as it is carried up the mountain in often unhygienic conditions. For the environmentally conscious, instead of buying mineral water, people can drink boiled water that can be purchased from tea houses or they can teat local water with purification pills.

 

In Nepal the locals eat a staple meal called dahl batt twice a day. Dahl bhatt is a rice based dish that comes with a lentil soup, curried potatoes, pickled spinach, and if you are lucky a little meat. It really is delicious and is highly recommendable as a staple meal when trekking.

 

Tea house sell chocolate bars and there is the occasional bakery selling croissants and pastries. These are however not the same caliber as their French equivalents, however when you have been trekking for days and your energy levels are low, they are even tastier.

 

When to go

Choosing the month of departure also helps, as there are highly recommended seasons when people can visit the mountains with the best views. October to November is the start of the dry season and the most popular time to visit Nepal as the monsoon has recently finished, leaving a green and lush countryside, fresh and clean air, and fantastic views of the Himalayas. 

 

In December and January the temperature is very cold, but visibility is still good. With less tourists are on the trails, some tourists prefer this time of year. However, the cold can make high altitude treks more strenuous than normal. Some treks such at the Annapurna circuit are often closed due to snow, but shorter and lower altitude treks are a delight at this time of year.

 

February to April is the second most popular time to visit. The weather gets warmer, so high altitude treks are not as difficult. Visibility is still good, though not as crystal clear as in October to November. Nepal's flowers, however, come alive at this time of year.

 

Tourists can visit Nepal in May to September but it can be extremely hot and dusty in the cities, with temperatures peaking in June and July that are often above 30°C. This reduces the visibility of the Himalayas at low altitude. June is also the onset of the monsoon season so it will rain on the trekking trails. If you decide to go in this period but you will have the advantage of having less people on the trails. May is still a good month to go.

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