Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the famous treks in Nepal. Everest has two parts South and North, South Base Camp is in Nepal with an altitude of 5,364m(17,598ft) and North base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150m(16,900ft). There are many factors that create Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty. The Everest base camp hike is difficult but doesn’t require technical expertise or mountaineering skill as it is a long hike at higher altitude. While trekking trekkers can see spellbinding landscapes, Sherpa culture, and the amazing wildlife to the serenity of the monasteries.
The climate in the Everest region
Spring season(March-May) is one of the best seasons for trekkers to trek, the weather is favorable. During this season most of the trekkers trek different parts of Nepal. The temperature reaches up to 25 degrees at day time and -20 during night times.
Winter season(December-February) is denoted as the worst season for trekking. Among all those months January is considered as the coldest month where the temperature to -36 degrees and may get an increase to -60 degrees.
Monsoon season(June-August) is known as the rainy season. It is not recommended for trekkers to trek due to heavy rainfall the roads become more slippery and risky.
Autumn season(September-November) is also known as the best time for trekkers to trek. During this season the Everest region bloomed up with beautiful rhododendrons and other wildflowers.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
The total distance to cover Everest Base Camp Trek is 130 kilometers. You need to walk 5 to 6 hours daily covering 12 to 15 km per day. If you are new to trek it may get difficult because of high altitude sickness. The average walking speed is about 5km/hour. 12 to 15 km per day will not be plain or flat path rather it will be quite rocky or snowy depending on season and altitude which may slow down. The tools like ropes, stairs, ice axes, etc are not needed during the trek in Everest Base Camp. You will have a guide and porter which makes your journey easy, comfortable, and decrease the difficulty level.
EBC trek starts at a height of 3,000 meters, and the base camp is at a height of 5,400 meters above the sea level. It is the most difficult for those who have breathing problems.
The hike starts from Lukla which stands below 3,000 meters. The distance between Lukla to EBC is 130 kilometers. The trekkers must know that the route is on altitude with non-paved rocky roads.
We recommend doing a gym or exercise daily focussing on strength training legs. Do 4 to 6 hrs hiking at home so that body gets used to that sort of a duration of the workout. And some aerobic exercises like swimming, jogging, and sprinting will help your endurance and increase the ability to circulate oxygen.
Additional Information About Everest Base Camp Trek
The journey starts from Kathmandu to Lukla. Its height is above sea level at 2,953 meters. Than through Lukla to EBC. The Everest region is also known as the Solukhumbu region ie Khumbu region.
Everest region is full of spellbinding landscapes, amazing glaciers, beautiful mountains, and forest with diverse animals and birds species. The people living in this region are Sherpas. They are open and humble to visitors.