Top 7 tips for hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek

everest-trek-to-base-campThe Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the ultimate treks in Nepal, offering hikers the chance to stand at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain.

The scenery, people and culture that hikers witness is quite simply second to none and anyone who makes the journey will remember the experience for the rest of their lives.

So, to help you get the most out of the trek, we have listed my top 7 tips for hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek.

1. Sit on the left side of the plane on your flight into Lukla:

The flight into Lukla is a truly exhilarating experience and you’ll be amazed (and worried) but how short the landing strip is! However, make sure you sit on the left side of the plane if you can to get the incredible views of Mount Everest as you fly in!

2. Purchase/rent gear in Kathmandu:

Purchasing your trekking gear in Kathmandu can save you a lot of money. Trekking gear is not cheap and there are a while host of outdoor shops in Kathmandu that have a wide range of bargains!

3. Bring some snacks

There are teahouse dotted along your route. However these places only provide meals and you’ll need some sustenance to keep your energy levels up on the trail. So bring some energy bars to snack on during the day!

4. Keep your batteries close to your body:

Taking pictures and videos of your experience is a must! However, because of the cold your batteries will loose charge very quickly. It is therefore advised to keep them close to your body to so they stay as warm as possible.

5. Bring a book:

The long hiking days will often leave you exhausted and you’ll just want to crash in your bed and read for a few hours. We always advise bringing a mountaineering book or two such as Touching the Void or Into Thin Air.

6. Take your time:

Altitude sickness is a real risk on the Everest Base Camp Trek. There is no cure and you will have to ascend very slowly to avoid getting it. Remember to descend quickly if symptoms appear.

7. Yaks and Sherpas have right of way:

You’ll most likely come across yak trains and sherpas carrying heavy gear. When you do, step off the path and give them a good deal of space as you don’t want to be kicked off a cliff!

We hope these tips have helped you. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself on the trail!

For a full website on trekking to Everest Base Camp see this guide.

Good luck!