More than 30,000 tourists do trekking in Mount Everest Base Camp in a year. And every year, people ask about Everest Base Camp difficulty. But the answer is simple i.e it depends on how your physical conditions are and what’s your age.
However, Mount Everest Base Camp trek is always a challenging trekking trail for all the people. Even a small careless can cause a lot of trouble in the EBC trek. And a trek of 65 km from Lukla to Mount Everest Base Camp is, of course, a difficult trail.
This EBC trek covers the Lukla which is at the altitude of 2,800 meters and ends at Kalapathar which is at the altitude of 5,545 meters. Ascending and descending at this high altitude will make you really tired. Similarly, you have to be alert of slippery stones, Acute Mountain Sickness, Yaks, low oxygen e.t.c.
As the normal walker, the walking speed is 5 km per hour. It isn’t surprising for a normal human being to travel 15 km a day. Due to the rocky, steep path, we must walk slowly while trekking in EBC. That is why slow and steady is the best thing to do while trekking in the Everest Base Camp trail.
But nowadays Mount Everest Base Camp is not difficult as people think. A basic training program for 6 to 8 days is enough for a normal person to complete it.
The major problem that people face during the EBC trek is altitude sickness. Above 2,000 meters of height, there is always a possibility of AMS. And in order to avoid altitude sickness you must be careful about the following things:
- Avoid flying direct areas of high altitude, if possible.
- Make sure you’re drinking enough water.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol.
- Avoid climbing more than 300-500m a day.
What can affect the Everest Base Camp difficulty?
There are many factors that can make more difficulty while trekking in Mount Everest Base Camp. It is better to know all the causes as well as the solution to these factors.
How Seasons affect the Everest Base Camp difficulty.
Depending on which month you trek, the paths can be easy due to a favorable atmosphere or very hard by snow. We must try to avoid overtiredness or any possible risks while trekking in Everest Base Camp. That is why you should choose the best time to do trekking in EBC.
|March 19-June 20||15°C at Day and -10°C at night||Spring season||Warm at day, clear blue sky, lush forests|
|June 21- Sep 22||17°C at daytime & 5°C at night||Summer season||Too much fog/mist. Slippery roads and muddy.|
|Sep 23- Dec 21||20°C at day & -10°C at night||Autumn season||Dry winds, warm and clear blue sky|
|Dec 22- March 20||15°C at day and -17°C at night||Winter season||heavy snowfalls possibilities, extreme cold at night.|
From the table above, the Autumn season and the Spring season are the best seasons to do trekking in Everest Base Camp. If you decide to trek in Winter then you have to face extreme cold as well as snow. As for the Monsoon season, it is also not recommended.
Without Right Gears also affect Everest Base Camp Difficulty:
Without the right knowledge about trekking and gears, it can be very difficult also. You should be well prepared with the right gear as well as you have to know some basic information. Things like, water purifier, warm clothes, glucose, snacks, raincoat, and medical kit box are most important.
Likewise, remember to pack the things according to the itinerary of that trip. With the right gears and supplies, you can trek easily at every trekking. And taking some best tips from professionals also can add bonus points.
Does Training help to reduce the EBC difficulty?
Training doesn’t mean that you have to do physical exercise daily. It means that you have to be healthy. Even though you are busy in your office works, you will get a weekend. It may be 1 day or 2-day weekend. You can do hiking or play sports on your weekend because it is also considered as training.
Training doesn’t mean hiring a trainer and doing physical activities like a gym. Just doing a light exercise like morning walk, jogging, playing sports also can be recognized as pieces of training for Everest Base Camp trek. Therefore, training also can help you to overcome the obstacles in EBC.
Do they use Yak for Everest Base Camp trek and does it helps?
Yaks are considered as transportation in Nepal in the Himalayan regions. They are the only cheap methods that can bring foods to tea houses, hotels, lodges or local people at higher altitudes.
Yaks are usually found at an elevation of 13000 ft and above and it is taken as both wild and domestic animals. You can find lots of domestic Yaks than the wild ones in Mount Everest Base Camp trail.
Yaks are very famous for their dairy products like yogurt, butter, and chhurpi (world’s hardest cheese) in Nepal. All these dairy products are also one of the major incomes for peoples living in the Himalaya regions.
Similarly, while trekking to Everest Base Camp, you will see at least 2 or 3 times of Yak caravans crossing through the suspension bridge or in the trail at Himalayans.
Basically, as mentioned, Yaks are the means of transportation for carrying loads and are very important from the point of view of agriculture too. Yaks are very strong animals and rarely carry human beings too.
Obviously, a 14days trek to Everest Base Camp contains huge bag packs or luggage. And carrying heavy luggage and walking those dangerous ways for normal people is very hard and also can cause you high altitude sickness. In these conditions, Yaks can carry all your loads and make your trekking very easy. Therefore, you can say that Yaks are also helpful and can help to reduce Everest Base Camp difficulty.