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Altitude Effects On Everest Base Camp Trek And Solution


Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal is the enthralling legendary walking route. Adventure admirers and trekkers across the globe strive to walk on this trail. Moreover, the trail leads trekkers to an abode of the World’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest.

Every year thousands of trekkers trek on this trail. Unfortunately few numbers of trekkers couldn’t successfully complete the trek. Lots of trekkers give in to altitude sickness. The successful Everest Base Camp Trekking is possible through meticulous planning.

Choosing the right trekking agency for trip management is highly important. The accompanying guides and the crew members also need to be highly sincere and experienced.

Beware of the fake emergency calls in the name of Insurance. Nepal Government has strictly directed the trekking agencies to stop misleading the clients. Lots of the trekking agencies who sell Everest Base Camp Trek at cheap price are involved in fake helicopter rescue plans. Some intentionally speed up the trekking. The quick ascent is the biggest reason of altitude sickness.

Getting correct guidance is necessary. Lots of trekking agencies have started creating the short itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Hectic schedules are the dangerous enemies of successful trekking. Always know your body and plan with your trekking agencies. Share your physical conditions and demand the thorough before a trip presentation from the trekking organizers.

Even if you take lots of precautionary measures altitude sickness can happen. Locals can also get caught in sickness.

Lots of the aspiring trekkers just want to reach the Everest Base Camp. There are numerous hurdles that you need to overcome. Lots of people never take consideration of the small details. Therefore, the blogger has stated all the altitudes that trekkers trek on. You can plan accordingly after getting the actual altitude that you gain.

Prepare the trekking plan according to the altitudes that you gain. Discuss with the trekking organizers very seriously. Let them know about your situation. Awesome Nepal Treks is a highly responsible trekking agency in Nepal. Talk with the Sherpa and Everest base Camp Trekking experts. The agency has the provision of customizing the trip. The record of the company is that the agency hasn’t done any Helicopter rescue operations. This means the company has a clean record of successful Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek is the only trekking route in Nepal where trekkers start their journey from 1300 m and reach 5545 m altitude from sea level. Find out the various altitudes within the trekking route which trekkers have to trek past every day.

Day 1 (1300 m – 2820 m – 2640 m)

Trekkers gain 1520 m altitude in just about 35 minutes. Some trekkers might feel uneasy once they land in Lukla Airport. The presence of the greenery and dense population help trekkers to overcome the altitude sickness. The regular Everest trekking itinerary involves trekkers to spend their first night in Phakding.

Trekkers will land in the 2820 m altitude and walk downhill to spend the night at 2640 m height which is Phakding. Trek high and sleep low. The major principle of avoiding altitude sickness is simple and straightforward.

Day 2 (2640 m to 3400 m)

On this day trekkers gain 760 m altitude. On any given day this much of ascent is highly dangerous. However, there are numerous factors that make the transition very smooth. Green lush forests, high air density, and dense population help trekkers to get adjusted with the altitude shift.

Day 3 (3400 m – 3880 m – 3400 m)

This is the day of acclimatization. Trekkers gain 480 m altitude towards thinner air and again trek back to spend an overnight in lower altitude. Namche Bazaar is a very vibrant town. You can get indulge in many kinds of activities. For the altitude gain, trekkers reach the highest situated hotel the Everest View Hotel and return back to Namche for overnight sleep.

Our heartbeat and lungs start to get adjusted to the change in altitude. Two days spent in the Namche Bazaar periphery will help enormously to prepare you for the higher dangers.

Day 4 (3400 m – 3800 m)

On this day trekkers will gain only 400 m. It is truly the most important day of trekking. The trail is such that trekkers lose the altitude by 200 m and gain 600 m at the end. Namche Bazaar is at 3400 m altitude and Phungi Thanga is about 3200 m. From this place, trekkers walk the gradual uphill to Tengboche 3800m.

Day 5 (3800 m – 4400 m)

Trekkers today enter the thinner air area. The vegetation starts to disappear. It would be tough for the trekkers to breathe. However, the walking is steady with a gradual continuous altitude rise. The trail is unique as trekkers again walk downhill and then the only ascent to a higher altitude.

Day 6 (4400 m – 5100 m – 4400 m)

This is the second acclimatization day. The first acclimatization is done to adjust our body with a maximum altitude of 3800 m. The second acclimatization in Dingboche is done to get adjusted beyond 5000 m altitude.

The vegetation beyond 5000 m is scarce and limited to lichens and mosses. The thin air and fatigue might bring trekkers to the risk of altitude sickness. Therefore, climb the top of Nagarshan Hill (5100 m) and spend about an hour on the top. The scenic beauty will keep you rooted on the top. It is also the right way to avoid any risk of altitude sickness. Trekkers then return back to Dingboche for the overnight sleep.

Day 7 (4400 m – 4930 m)

The days after this day are tough. The trail is vegetation less and through moraines as well as glaciers. Thin air prevents trekkers to take easy breathing. Special care and attention should be given. Find out those small things one must do in order to avoid the altitude sickness on the trail.

Day 8 (4930 m to 5364 m)

This is the most interesting and iconic day of Everest Base Camp Trekking. Trekkers finally reach the Everest Base Camp (5364 m). The walking is through moraines and glaciers towards the foothill of mountains.

There is no vegetation at all. The fatigue of walking for a week adds a toll on the body. Therefore, a very cautious approach should be taken.

Day 9 (5200 m – 5545 m – 4200 m)

This is a tough and comfortable day both for the trekkers in terms of altitude. Early in the morning for the sunrise view, trekkers hike the Kalapathar (5545 m). After reaching the top trekkers retrace the journey towards Pheriche (4200 m).

Day 9 Onwards

The return trip is amazing and marvelous. The drop in the altitude offers trekkers to have normal breathing. Most of the trekking is downhill and on the flat track. The moments of Everest Base Camp and the captivating feeling of successful trek completion will endow great feeling.

It takes trekkers to descend to Lukla (2820 m) from Everest Base Camp three days. In three days’ time, trekkers will lose 2725 m by walking.

The blog highlighted the various altitude gains and losses during Everest Base Camp Trekking. The information about the altitudes really helps trekkers to take the trekking incorrect way. Here are the lists of the things you can do in order to avoid altitude sickness.

The sickness can occur to locals as well. Therefore, for the precaution only take the trekking insurance before departing. It helps you to ensure medical expenses in case you get caught by the sickness.

  • Uniform pace of walking – Don’t strain your body. Walk-in a gentle pace
  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water, soup, and juices
  • Eat properly – high altitude often takes away the appetite. Forcefully eat food. Take chocolates with you and supplement your body the carbohydrate as much as possible.
  • Avoid hectic schedules – Keep at least 2 acclimatization rest days
  • Travel light
  • Get cardiac exercises before embarking on the journey.

Thousands of money is invested in travel. It is of utmost necessary to get back all the investment done for the trek. It is highly necessary that you have successful trekking.

Most of the travelers get attracted towards the low and cheaply priced Everest Base Camp Trekking. The Khumbu Local Government has hiked the prices of accommodation and food of the Everest region trekking. Therefore, low costs trekking package is out of the question.

Always ask for “includes and excludes” before buying any packages. Those trekking agencies which sell Everest Base Camp Trek in low cost might have other intentions. These agencies try to trick you with the helicopter rides and trip amenities.

Stay healthy and travel smartly. It is possible to do Everest Base Camp Trek free from the risk of altitude sickness. Choose Awesome Nepal Treks. Our travel planners will provide you information and give you tips to complete your iconic journey to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest.

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