All About The Everest Base Camp Trek

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since I set foot at Everest Base Camp. But I still remember it like it was yesterday!

To commemorate my one year EBC anniversary I thought I’d put together a post with all the information I’ve had to offer about EBC so far.

I really hope it helps others achieve their goal of trekking to Everest Base Camp (5364m)


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How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Many people ask ‘how difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?’┬áThe answer to this question depends on a number of factors.

Do you like walking?
First of all, ask yourself the following question – do I like walking? Because if the answer is no, then the trek probably isn’t for you. Yes you’ll still feel the same accomplishment of getting there, but if you don’t enjoy the journey it’s probably not worth it.
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What you need to know about altitude sickness

The vast majority of high altitude trekkers will feel some effects of altitude above 3000m. There’s a lot of information out there and some of it sounds pretty scary. I read about altitude before trekking in the Himalayas and thought I would shared what I found.

Altitude sickness is caused by reduced atmospheric pressure at high altitudes. There are various symptoms and some people are effected more than others. It has nothing to do with fitness, but rather the speed at which your body acclimatises. I have listed the most common symptoms below.
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Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 5

Day 12
Gorak Shep (5164m) – Pheriche (4280m)
Today we began the arduous descent back down the valley. We had planned to climb Kala Patar for sunrise but the clouds would have made our efforts futile and my boyfriend was still feeling the altitude.

We descended quickly down to Pheriche and were there in time for lunch. Unfortunately we were feeling a bit lazy and weren’t selective over our tea house. We picked the first one we saw, which turned out to be a mistake as it was probably the worst we stayed in.
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Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 4

Day 11
Lobuche (4940m) – Everest Base Camp (5364m) – Gorak Shep (5164m)

Finally the big day had arrived with Everest Base Camp less than 500 vertical metres away. After a truly awful cinnamon pancake we started to trudge to Gorak Shep. Apart from one steep, but thankfully short ascent the trail was fairly forgiving. Some ups and downs but nothing too severe. However the altitude gains continued to make it feel like a bit of a slog.

Upon arriving in Gorak Shep we grabbed a room, dumped our packs and fuelled up on snickers. Then it was off for the final stretch to base camp.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 1

Day 1
Kathmandu – Lukla (2840m) – Phakding (2610m)

Our flight to Lukla was scheduled for 6.15am and as per the ticket instructions we were at Kathmandu airport at 4.15am. Of course the airport was closed when we arrived, so we waited patiently for the doors to open at 5am.

Checked in and ready to go we waited in the chaotic domestic departures lounge. There were no screens displaying flight information so we had to keep a sharp ear out for the crackly announcements. Soon we were ushered into a bus ready to board our tiny fixed wing plane.

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