Everest Base Camp Trek
  • May 6, 2022
  • Raj Kumar Basnet
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As a woman, you might be a bit concerned if you could trek to the base camp of the tallest mountain peak in the world, right? You are in for some magical, life-changing days as you embark on a dream-filled journey.

The trek to the Everest Base Camp is a tough ride as it may feel mostly male dominating. Well, indeed it is. But, that does not mean that women do not make it to the base camp! Many women have even summited the top of Everest, and some have done it multiple times. So, you need not feel so discouraged about it! If you have the will, you will make it!

Yes, the air is quite thin around some of the world's highest settlement zones! The climbs can get difficult and taxing–but incredibly rewarding. The golden hue of daybreak on Everest's famous face will be branded all over your heart for the rest of your life!

Suspension bridges meant to turn your knees into unstable Jell-O will put your strength to the test on this journey. Steep elevation rises with blue sheep grazing casually will put your quivering quads to the test. Take a break and take in the 360-degree Himalayan views from the tea rooms while sharing travel experiences with people you’ve met on the way.

Whether you choose to go on a solo trekking journey or you want to trek in a group, you must prepare yourself in full force. Trekking in the wilderness means you are far from the luxurious travel that most people vacation to. It will be strenuous, but the journey will reward you with the best eye candies of your life.

Here are some of the things you must make sure to include in your trekking plans to make your trek to the best camp the safest and the most memorable one!

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Prepare yourself in advance!

You need to be ready for a multi-day trek! When the air is thin and your body requires more oxygen than it receives, this is especially crucial on the trip to Everest Base Camp and the Everest region.

Specific physical fitness is essential. On your route to Mount Everest, you're not running a marathon; instead, you're going up and down the sides of gigantic mountains. All of this is done while carrying a weight of at least 6kg/12lb on your back. Furthermore, certain days are longer than others.

Your main priorities should be leg strength and endurance training. Gradually increase the length of your hikes from 3 to 6 hours, as well as the amount of height gained and lost. Including biking, swimming, and weightlifting in your workouts will help you build stamina and core strength. Leg muscles must be strengthened!

The journey to Everest Base Camp will be both physically and mentally challenging. A strong and steadfast attitude, as clichéd as it may sound, will carry you through a difficult day better than years of gym training. All those months (or years!) of training will be nugatory if you lack the spirit to keep going. Mentally prepare yourself as well.

The journey to Everest Base Camp will be both physically and mentally challenging. A resilient attitude, as clichéd as it may sound, will carry you through a difficult day better than years of gym training. All those months (or years!) of training will go wasted if you lack the spirit to keep going. Mentally prepare yourself as well.

Get yourself the best travel insurance for your trekking!

You never know what awaits you on an adventure excursion like trekking to Everest Base Camp. Always check your insurance policy before leaving your home country. Before filling out your insurance application, check with your travel insurance company to verify if their policy covers mountainous excursions.

Many insurance policies do not cover you over a certain altitude in hilly areas. Thus, look for insurance providers that have policies that cover your insurance throughout the Everest Base Camp Trek, which reaches a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters.

While emergency services such as helicopter evacuations are available, they are unreasonably expensive. This is one of the most compelling reasons to seek comprehensive insurance for this trip. A single rescue helicopter might cost upwards of $5,000. Thus, we strongly advise you to obtain comprehensive insurance to ensure your safety!

Make sure you choose a reliable trekking company that keeps your safety their utmost priority!

There are three ways to reach Everest Base Camp:

  • Arrange a tour and get everything taken care of.
  • Solo trekking to Everest Base Camp
  • Hire a guide or porter on your own when you get to Nepal.

Many tour companies offer tempting tour packages whilst, it is advisable to choose locally established travel agencies. To begin with, local businesses are more familiar with the place than anyone else. Having local experts accompany you on your trek gives you more freedom and authenticity. They'll also follow you on your journey, providing safety advice, recommendations, and strategies.

Local guides for the company are more knowledgeable about the customs and culture. As a result, they can help you understand the cultures you come across.

However, if you want to book a trekking company, choose the trustworthy one! Some women-focused trekking companies in Nepal can assure your safety during your Everest Base Camp trekking.

Make sure you do your research before you book them. Some trekking companies are trustworthy in their endeavour and will work to have the best and the safest possible trip to the base camp.

You can book your solo or group 14-day packages or more in these trekking companies!

Carry your hygiene essentials

This is something you probably had in your mind bringing more concern than anything else. The sanitation in the Himalayas, as obvious as they can get is not exactly as you get in cities or towns. The weather is chilly while most places are remote! What is best is that you can prepare yourself with all the sanitation essentials beforehand!

Carry your tampons or sanitary pads as much as you need. It is only going to get expensive up there. Wet wipes can also be helpful high up in the Himalayas. Make sure you do not forget to include your prescription drugs as well. To top it off, carry undergarments for maintaining your hygiene!

It may seem like a strange suggestion, but the trek will be windy, and you won't have many opportunities (or want!) to bathe in near-freezing temperatures. If you have long hair, tie it back in a braid or bun to protect it from becoming a hopeless tangle!

Get the best trekking gear for yourself!

It's critical to invest in good gear! While trekking the Everest Base Camp trail, you'll be exposed to harsh weather conditions, so make sure your clothing is up to the task! It would be concerning to realize that your cheap layers aren't viable or that your sunglasses had cracked. Make a long-term investment in quality equipment.

You can purchase trekking poles, caps, gloves, socks, down jackets, sleeping bags, chocolate, and even medications in Kathmandu. Everything in Thamel is reasonably priced! They offer both knock-off and authentic North Face, Mountain Hardwear, and Marmot gear!

There are also reputable sources for adequate mountaineering equipment. Mountain Hardware and North Face authentic store with huge savings! If you need to buy some gear or have forgotten it, all the things are available in Nepal!

Having a guide means you’re safer!

There are a variety of Everest Base Camp trip possibilities to suit all trekking types. Because of the trek's inherent challenges, seclusion, language barriers, and altitude, most people will choose a guided group with porters. Guides are an excellent source of information. They are entertaining and always on the lookout in case you require aid or an emergency occurs.

Hiring an experienced guide is the best way to be safe on the Everest Base Camp path. At Outfitter Nepal, we always encourage choosing qualified, licensed guides, and this list is no exception! A skilled guide will be familiar with the terrain and local weather patterns and how to adapt. A guide should also be conversant with first aid and the best procedures.

A good guide can mean the difference between reaching Everest Base Camp and not reaching Everest Base Camp. And we can tell you that your journey to the Everest Base Camp will be pleasant and fun!

Alternatively, the guided groups shouldn't discourage you from trekking on your own— just be aware of the difficulties. You'll have to bring all of your gear and climb a high altitude. Spend some time learning about acclimating so you don't have any problems when you reach greater elevations.

You'll also need to book tea house lodgings, which are often crowded with other hikers or guided groups who have pre-arranged their stays. For self-guided treks, we do not suggest camping. Having a guide with you is just easier and more convenient!

Carry cash, you will need it!

ATMs are scarce, and the Lukla bank charges a 5% service charge. In Namche, there is an ATM booth that occasionally works and money changers who will run Visa and MasterCard for an 8% fee. A couple of the more costly lodges along the main Everest Base Camp route accept MasterCard and Visa, and will likely charge a higher rate in an emergency.

One tip is to bring as much NPR cash as you think you'll need for your travel with you. Remember to think about tipping the guide, porter, and that imported beer to celebrate your achievement, as well as comfort foods.

Plus a few hundred dollars in cash in case you break a bone and need to be taken to the nearest helicopter evacuation site on a mule. Depending on the season, certain elements like tea house accommodations, WIFI, and shower fees may be adjustable. So, give it a shot and see if you can save some money.

Prepare yourself for the altitude and include acclimatization

To begin, integrate as much acclimatization as feasible in your plan. Spending more time at this elevation will make you safer in a low-oxygen environment. This extra time aids in the development of more red blood cells, helping you to transfer more oxygen and safely ascend to higher elevations.

Because just a few people make up to the Everest region, acclimating well lower down before moving higher is crucial. Years of experience have taught us that if you acclimate for less time than we recommend, you run the risk of developing severe AMS (high altitude sickness). Your odds of success drop as you spend fewer days acclimating. As a result, we strongly advise you to maximize your acclimatization. Do not forget to carry your prescribed medicines!

Choose local foods over anything else!

In addition to drinking water, remember to consume a well-balanced diet. The Everest region has some of the best food and accommodations in the business. Tea shops and hotels have a variety of menus from which you can choose sensibly.

Ensure a safe distance from the meat. Meat is transported by donkeys and porters, resulting in stale and unhealthy meals. It's advisable to keep away from it during your time at upper camp. Instead, choose vegetarian food that is mostly fresh and healthy.

Most importantly, enjoy the moment!

Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest is going to be one of your most memorable journeys in life! The journey, though, can get a bit tiresome and will reward you with some of the best glimpses your eyes can catch. Nonetheless, do not feel pressured to feel like a pro while you’re at it! The views are unlike any other and it’s quite certain you can make most of it. Most importantly, enjoy every moment possible!

We hope that this blog aids you in your trekking to the Everest Base Camp! More female power!

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Raj Kumar Basnet

Raj Kumar Basnet

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Raj Kumar Basnet holds more than two decades of travelling experience in different regions of Nepal. He has trekked in both popular and off-the-beaten-path Nepali trekking trails which have allowed him to gain expertise in tourism. With years of field experience under his belt, he is now concentrating on sharing as much of his tourism knowledge as possible. Now, the co-owner of Outfitter Nepal, he hopes that the knowledge he’s gained over the years would deem helpful for the travellers visiting Nepal!

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