How Difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Mount Everest (8848m) is the world’s highest peak. It is famous for mountain expedition for adventure seekers and base camp trekking for mountain lovers to see the Himalayan range. This mountain is located on the border of Nepal and China. However, the entire part of the mountain lies in Nepal. So, Everest Base Camp trekking from Nepal side is most popular in the world.
The world famous trekking route to the base camp of Mount Everest is not easy by walking for everyone. The altitude raises up to 5555 meters from the sea level is not digestible for all. For the successful completion of Everest Base Camp trekking, some preparation is necessary.
The first thing to make clear is that the Everest Base Camp trek requires no technical climbing and is essentially a long hike. We therefore strongly believe that anyone with determination and a basic fitness level can trek the route – and all of our successful clients attest to this! We have seen overweight, underweight, old and young do this trek and all of them enjoyed it thoroughly.
On the basis of length, altitude and physical fitness level, you can determine how difficult is the Everest base Camp trek for you? The trekking season (time) also makes the trekking difficult or easy. However the major factors for difficulty for trekking is describe here.
The walking trail to Everest Base Camp from Lukla is about 65 km. which is not so long route but trekking in the altitude area following the slope route is difficult. The trekking route with return back is about 130 km is easy to complete within 9/10 days of walking. If you walk average 15 km per day, this route can be easily complete.
Although 130km does not sound very long but walking along the terrain can often be steep, rocky, slow going and, depending on the season, icy and snowy. It is important to remember that this is a wilderness trek and at no point is the path paved. As with most paths in the Himalayas, the trek is very up and down and you will need to make sure you stop and rest often to prevent over-tiredness.
Altitude is the most difficult side of the trek and what makes the relatively short length of the trek appear quite far. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a serious situation that should not be underestimated or taken lightly by anyone, especially when trekking a route of this altitude.
Starting just below 3,000 meters at Lukla, the trek steadily winds its way upwards to Everest Base Camp at 5,364 meters. At 3,000 meters, Lukla is already very high and you will need to take the trek slowly if you are to reach Base Camp safely. The highest point of the trek is at Kala Pathar on the return section – a beautiful view point at 5,554 meters.
So the difficult part of the trekking is altitude, be aware of altitude sickness. If you walk by enough acclimation, Everest Base Camp trek is not so difficult to achieve.
If you are walk half an hour a day about 3-5 kilometers. You will find the Everest Base Camp trek not so difficult. Basic preparation of walking in the hills makes you fit for trekking in the altitude.
It is recommend everyone planning for the Everest Base Camp trek to make a training plan that encompasses several long walks a week (preferably carrying a heavy load), strength training at the gym (particularly your legs) and some form of aerobic exercise like jogging or swimming to build up your long distance fitness.
If you are well prepare for the long trekking in best season and you are physically fit for long days walking. You will have no difficulty on the Everest Base Camp trek.