How Difficult is it to Trek to the Basecamp of Mountain Everest

The trek to Everest Base Camp starts by flying into Kathmandu. Here you will be met by Himalayan Mountain Treks Porters and taken to you hotel. On day two you will begin your trek to the Base Camp of Everest. It starts by entering the Everest National Park at Jorsale. Climbers trek upward to the Sherpa capital — Namche Bazaar at 11,290 ft (3,440 m). Namche Bazaar is a center of activity in the area. You can buy food, toiletries and even Mountain climbing gear here. Typically climbers stay a day here to acclimate. You will also stay two days in Dingboche before ascending to Everest base camp.

The south side trek to The Everest Base Camp in Nepal is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and has thousands of visitors each year. As an adventure seeker it is really worth the effort and money. You maybe asking yourself am I physically able to hike to the Base Camp of Mount Everest?

The route to Everest Base Camp is steep and you will want to train to be able to make the journey. Not only is it a trip of a lifetime, but it is expensive and you’ll regret not being able to complete it if it is a result of being out of shape.

Once you book your trip you should begin training right away. It is easy to say I’ll start next month , but before you know it the day has arrived. So start immediately. Your fitness routine should concentrating on stamina and leg strength. You will not want to over-train your legs. If you are doing leg strength training you will want to avoid hiking for a couple of days. Do one leg workout with weights a week, focusing on strength. Exercises that can be done at home are dead lifts, lunges, wall squats, calf raises and leg extensions. Don’t do a lot of reps, concentrate on lifting heavier weight. Afterwards do not hike for a few days. For example, If you hike on the weekends, you are better off to do this heavy leg workout on Wednesday. This is to ensure optimal strength for the workout as well as sufficient recovery time. If you do a heavy workout for your legs and go hiking the same day or the next you will inhibit your recovery as well as muscle growth. Your legs will really put on size when you started really paying attention to what kind of cardio you do the day before and the day after legs. Keep your interval workout as far away from your leg workouts as possible. On leg days, it would be beneficial to drink a protein shake right after you complete your workout.

For the endurance part of your training, hike uphill wearing at least a 25 lb pack. Get out into the hills as frequently as possible. Obviously the more vertical the hike the better since Everest is not flat. You can also climb stairs and stadiums. Start with shorter climbs and build up to longer, steeper climbs as your trekking date approaches.

Keep in mind the trek is not a forced march and the hike is always kept at a slow pace. The daily treks are shorter than most day hikes at home. You will not gain altitude too quickly. The route goes up an down several times in a day, keeping well within the limits of what is a safe ascent at altitude.

Just remember the better shape you are in to begin the trek the more you will be able to take in the scenery and culture which will make your adventure a much more enjoyable experience.