Things You Should Know about Trekking to Everest Base Camp

Things you might not know about Kathmandu, trekking to EBC and Nepal in general.

If someone says that they are trekking to Everest Base Camp it doesn’t mean they have to sleep in a tent or are intending to climb Mount Everest.

Tents of the 2015 Ultra Marathon Runners at Everest Base Camp

Tents of the 2015 Ultra Marathon Runners at Everest Base Camp

Accommodation is simple on the trail there is not a lot of up market accommodation.

There are no roads into Lukla the start of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Generally  people fly into Lukla and start trekking from there. The nearest road is at Jiri and you can walk from there. The airport was built in 1964. People still walk in from Jiri. Jennifer from Jennifer’s Journeys did it.

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Some villages along the track have wifi but it doesn’t always work. Great places for wifi are Namche Bazaar, Dingboche and maybe Pangboche and Lobuche. It is a combination of the location but also the lodge.

The early part of the trail is not that remote and you will see children going to school along the trail.

Children running home from school EBC trek trail Nepal

You need to research the season and the months you are traveling well. There advantages for the different seasons.

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December – cold but beautiful dry sunny days

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Late September two years later. Warmer days when the cloud lifts.

Going there you are helping the local economy.

Stick to vegetables on the trail. Refrigeration is not brilliant.

Neplese food on the EBC trek

It is not normal walking and Diamox is key. Make sure you have it an I would tend to follow the trekking guides’ recommendation, as in experienced guides who lead treks on a regular basis. A slow trek is key to getting there without be sick. Altitude headaches can be really horrible. I’ve heard and read. We didn’t have any.

There is a thing called a Go Girl. Apparently female rock climbers use them to urinate. Practice is advised.

Kathmandu has lots of places to see including Durbar Square where you can see lots of pigeons.

Durbar Square and pigeons Kathmandu

Having a massage after a trek is a very good idea. I didn’t do this and I felt really sore and stiff a few weeks later, back home in Australia. I felt like my body was seizing up. Next time I will have a massage.

The lower part of Nepal is quite tropical almost and you can even go on a jungle safari. We went to Chitwan. Buses are very scary and the journeys are incredibly slow.

You can fly into Lukla for a day and take flights up over Everest.

You don’t have to go to EBC you can take a shorter trek and just go as far as Tengboche. There are other side treks you could go and not go to EBC.

Todd Samson and How Not to Trek in the Himalayas

Todd Samson’s Salute to Sherpas and Climbing Lobuche

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What Todd Samson has been getting up to lately is far from tame. Todd Samson is an Australian Canadian television celebrity is currently in a show called Body Hack.

Each episode looks at a different group of people who are involved in extreme activity and how the body copes with it. Taking it one step further Todd Samson walks in their shoes for some time. The Nepalese episode looked at the life of the Sherpa people who work as porters along the Everest Base Camp Trail. Continue reading

Training for Everest Base Camp Trek

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I was pleased with my thirty minutes walking and twenty minutes jogging, both on an incline of two followed by fifteen minutes of walking on an incline of six on the treadmill tonight. Hopefully it will appease my personal trainer, disappointed because I had failed to complete two fitness sessions over the three-day break. The 14-kilometre ride on my bike wasn’t enough.

Seven months out from the trek we both agreed my training should be a mid week session and two sessions over my three-day weekend. I am pretty happy that I managed the slow jog on an incline. Jogging was part of my training preparation for the 2013 Everest Base Camp trek. I built up to participating in three  Sri Chinmoy five kilometres runs; not bad for never have jogged in my life before. Strangely I am missing the jogging component so I have started tacking on few short runs to my treadmill walks.

I usually listen to my MP3 player while I am on the treadmill or jogging. Tonight rather than distract myself with music I used the time to draft this blog in my head. Straight after my stretches I scribbled down my ideas.

Tip 1: I record my training on a calendar to track my progress. There have been times over the last two years since trying to get and stay fit, where there have been gaps due illness or injury. It is good tool to use as a reminder that it is possible to pick it up again.

Tip 2: Build the walking and incline training up very slowly. We live in a hilly area and have slowly been building more hills into our walks over the summer holidays. In a few months, we will get much more serious about the hill training.