Do you love the outdoors, especially trekking in nature for multiple days? If you are an avid trekker, you certainly must have heard about trekking in Nepal. Of hundreds of trekking trips in the Himalayas, trekking to Everest is the most popular adventure. If you have thought about going trekking in Nepal, you must have searched for the Everest Trek.
As one of the most sought-after trips in the world, adventurers may have several different expectations about the trip. For some, trekking to Everest means climbing to the top of Everest but for the most, those who really care to go on a walking adventure, this is the Mecca of trekking. They really understand that they are going to go only up to the base of the highest mountain in the world but not to the top.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is somewhat like seeing the edge of the planet. The high soaring mountains stand right in front of you leaving you in bewilderment if there lies anything beyond those peaks. When you trek to Everest, you will have certain expectations for sure.
Do you know what you can expect on your adventure trekking to Everest? We have something to share with you that may be helpful in setting your expectations.
Trekking to Everest: A Wonderful Walking Adventure
Walking in the high mountains of Nepal involves a lot of walking uphill and downhill. So trekking in Nepal may be quite different than what you know trekking to be. You go downhill only to go uphill followed by another downhill and uphill again. Quite tough, isn’t it? But there is no other way to do the mountains. While you are on the Everest Base Camp trek, it applies to all the trekking trips in Nepal actually; you can expect a lot of walking up and down the mountains for several hours each day into the high elevation.
Accommodations are pretty basic in the mountains. Everest region has better accommodation compared to the other trekking regions in Nepal but it’s still basic. Luxury accommodations and mountains in Nepal don’t go quite well so far. However, you can find luxury accommodations in some places in the region only to take the cost higher. The higher you go more basic accommodations you will come across. They are good enough to lie down and get a good rest. That even will be a sheer luxury in the mountains.
Everest Base Camp Trek is no longer a Dal-Bhat-only trek. You will have varieties on the menu to choose from. You can expect different food you want to eat on each meal in most of the places along the route.
Flying into Lukla is the only mode of transportation to get into the Everest region now. There are no road connections linking the region with parts of the country. You will have no option but walk once you start the trek. The emergency evacuation is done via air.
Everest is the home to the legendary mountaineering tribe called the Sherpa. You will come to know closely the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. Their lifestyle is so simple and inspiring that you will definitely fall in love with them. Tibetan Buddhist influence can be seen all throughout the trial.
Yeti is probably the most sought-after mythical animal in the world. Do you expect to see the animal while trekking on Everest? Keep your expectation alive but don’t get disappointed because you are definitely not going to come across one. But you may see a ‘yeti scalp’ in one of the monasteries in the region. The monastery in Khumjung has that scalp.
You are definitely going to be surrounded by the majestic snow-capped mountains. From Mt. Everest to Lhotse, from Ama Dablam to Thamserku and several other mountain peaks are going to be around to stun you with their magical appearance. You will treasure the beauty of those gigantic peaks for life. You will have amazing and never-seen-before views all the way along the trek. And finally, stand at the base of the highest mountain in the world and be surrounded by other peaks. It’s an awesome feeling.
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp doesn’t come easy. It definitely contains risk factors such as altitude sickness. As you go higher you are always prone to altitude-driven discomforts. You have to be very careful and take well care of yourself. Walking at a leisurely pace, drinking plenty of water, eating enough food, and acclimatizing are some of the cautious steps that you have to take along the trek. But even after doing all those things and taking the best care of yourself, you still have the chance to fall into the fate of high altitude.
So, remember that while trekking to the Everest Base Camp or any other high-altitude trekking trip, you are always at risk. Make sure you are well insured for the high-altitude trek and check the elevation level that your insurance covers.
Expectation vs. reality is always different. Sometimes your expectations exceed and sometimes they are nowhere closer. Make this adventure trip a journey, not an expectation. But know well where you have to be prepared. You will definitely enjoy the trip.
Let us know if you have any questions about trekking to Everest.