25 Reasons to Trek to Everest Base Camp
From the perspective of an over 50 years old woman who was never particularly fit, never wanted to go to Everest Base Camp and would now happily go there annually.
1.Trekking to Everest Base Camp is amazing. Amazing. And yes amazing. I make no apologies for the overuse of the word.
What better Big Challenge than Base Camp?
2.Climbing Kala Pattar, looking at Mount Everest at sunset or sunrise or standing at Everest Base Camp is possibly be one of the best things you will ever do in terms of travel experiences. Certainly it will be an achievement you will be proud of. Guaranteed.
3.Trekking to Everest Base Camp is something you have to work at. And we always value things more if we have to work for them. And you have to work for trekking to Everest Base Camp before you leave for Kathmandu. It’s what you call Training for EBC – that’s Everest Base Camp. And to do it you need to train for six months or more depending on your base fitness level. We did. My trainer often reminded me; “Remember it’s not just about the destination, it’s about the journey.”
I discovered on my journey that this is true. Your training is part of the journey when you realise the things you can achieve, when you have a big challenge before you. The trek to Everest Base Camp is a life changing experience. Taking on an amazing challenge and achieving it feels, amazing. You will cry on Kala Pattar or at Base Camp because you will have made it. Guaranteed.
4.Standing in a valley in Dingboche or on top of Kala Pattar totally surrounded by mountains is an amazing experience. You get a little understanding of how astronauts feel when they view earth from space. You walk through the massive landscapes and feel so small. We are a small part of a very big picture on this wonderful planet. You might cry here too.
Lots of Exciting Moments Along the Trail
5.Bridges along the way provide exciting moments though I confess I didn’t linger long on them. At first I felt a bit anxious crossing the suspension bridges that span the roaring rivers and jiggle about a bit. But the rushing wind and the loud water make it exciting. You do get used to them and people are very careful on them.
6.Add flying into Lukla one the world’s most dangerous airports. Granted it is a bit nail biting the first time. It was a dot point on my 2013 “Why I Don’t Want to Trek to EBC” list. I was so worried about all the things that might go wrong that I hadn’t thought about the amazingly beautiful place and adventure I was about to embark on. So when I saw the view out the window of the little plane, I cried. For most of the forty-minute flight you fly along the line of the Himalayas.
7.It is an experience in itself. After doing it once it’s a piece of cake. The pilots fly into Lukla every day. They have lots of experience and there are lots of procedures in place now since there have been air crashes. So you will be able to add that to your list of amazing travel adventures.
Amazing and Beautiful Nepal
8.The most amazing and beautiful landscapes and lovely little villages on the way. And it is so special walking through through beautiful places.
9.Nepal is beautiful. Full stop.
10.The people are beautiful. Time with the local people – your porter or guide and maybe some of the lodge owners is special.
11.Tourism and trekking to Everest Base Camp supports these beautiful people.
Nepal is Well Set Up For Making Trekking Easy For You
12.You don’t have to carry a big backpack, just a daypack. The porter will carry your gear for you. In doing so you will be employing a local person and be helping build the local economy.
13.You don’t have to stay in a tent unless you want to. There are lodges all the way. All the way to Gorak Shep the end of the trail.
14.You are part of life on the track. It feels like you are on a pilgrimage. There is only one track and you are either going up, or you are going down. And you see the daily life along the track of the porters, trekkers, kids going to school, yaks, donkey trains, people going to market, lodges being built.
15.You meet other trekkers staying at the lodges. People are keen to hear news of what is happening along the trail.
16.You often stop and talk to people going the opposite way while you catch your breath or rest or maybe even help with a bit of donkey traffic control.
Trekking to Base Camp You Will Feel Great
17.The trail provides a great opportunity to practice mindfulness. You need to watch where you step. All the time. So I found the trek quite meditative.
18.You breathe fresh air at least five hours a day and think of all the vitamin D.
19.You eat well. We ate vegetarian food and many lodges grow their own vegetables.
20.You sleep eleven hours a night.
21.Very few decisions need to be made. You get up in the morning and you only have one thing to do. Get to the next town on your itinerary. And you know how you are getting there. You are going to walk and you are either going up or down.
22.No traffic, traffic jams or fumes. There’s lots of foot traffic though to keep things interesting. Four footed traffic, donkeys, yaks and a few horses, just give them the right of way.
23.No emails, no phone calls, no stress.
24.You feel so fit and amazing. I felt ten years younger. Had never felt fitter. Ever. So, why wouldn’t you want to try a trek like this? Even if you don’t make it all the way you will have tried and had an amazing experience and you can always try again. We did.
25.Taking on a big challenge is a great thing to do; whether you achieve it or not. The important thing is that you have tried. The journey is as much about the how you get there, the training, the preparation and how great it feels to get out of your comfort zone as is the final destination.
WARNING: You may get addicted to Nepal and to trekking in such an amazing place. We are seriously thinking of returning a third time.
After reading the 25 reasons, you might have a few unanswered questions. Like why on earth did I try to trek to Base Camp the first time if I was worried about it?
Or might want to see more of the bridges you will cross .
You can do shorter treks in the area for example Namche Bazaar, Khunde and Khumjung and Thame or go as far as Pangboche or a bit further to Dingboche my favourite and climb the Dingboche Ridgetop for an amazing view. You will still have had an amazing experience. Most of the villages have side treks. I will be researching those a bit more for future posts.
Don’t forget to train so that you have no aches or pains and instead you will feel fantastic. Guaranteed. And then there will be NO tears.