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 21 Dec 2020  Adventure Mountain Treks

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Nepal is gearing up for the next trekking season on its most celebrated trekking routes. For most of the adventure trekkers, this means marking Nepal’s Everest Base Camp trek off their bucket list.

At Everest Base Camp
At Everest Base Camp

The COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for much quieter in 2020, although it is soon reopened in November. Before that, the trekkers had become increasingly devasted. It remains to be seen how brisk tourism will revive in 2022, but regardless of what percentage of people are on the trail, there are ways to make it smoother for everyone.

You meet people of all types once you travel, but there’s something about the Himalayan trail that can really make you a blockhead. There are, of course, also sly ways to be rude on the way to Everest Base Camp, too, which can be disrespectful to everyone from locals to fellow hikers. In an age where even the highest peaks of the Himalayas are littered with trash and experiencing glacier melt, any negative turnaround in traffic can indeed have an outsize impact.

For travelers who wish to have a positive experience trekking to Everest Base Camp – and make it positive for everyone around you too – here are some things to remember of.

Don’t rush

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is, certainly, a physical deed. That doesn’t mean you should treat it as a race between your fellow trekkers. When trekkers rush along the crowded trails, things could get dangerous.

You might have good stamina and may be confident of conquering the Base camp faster than your crewmates. But, when you are climbing uphill, you are also making a distance from sea level. This means the atmosphere up here is thinner than the place where you live. If you try to rush with a racing mentality then there is a greater risk for you to be a victim of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

This is why trekkers should approve of a marathon attitude. Slow and steady always wins a race. After all, the base camp isn’t going anywhere. But don’t need to worry while you are traveling with us(Adventure Mountain treks), we assure you with an experienced trekking guide. If you follow our guidelines properly while trekking, your trip will be smooth and simple, and accomplish your journey through the Everest base camp successfully.

Trekkers should be aware of their marathon attitude and continue being conscious of safety and surroundings as they make that final drive. Not only could you prevent a bad experience or an injury for yourself, but you can help someone else make the most of their challenging, lavishing trip to Everest base camp, too.

time of EBC
Photo during the excursion time of EBC

Don’t complain about conditions 

The popular Everest Base Camp trek is a multi-day hike into an obscure territory of the Himalayas. Don’t make an expectation of 5-star luxury treatment.

Early morning visits to squat toilets in unheated teahouses man not be habitual try not to shout this from the mountaintops. It’s important not to grumble about the conditions. When trekkers pass negative judgment, it can be taken as a personal insult to the locals.

Guides do everything they can to make a trek comfortable, and complaining might make them feel as if they are not fulfilling their responsibility, even if this is not the intention. Remember that your criticism is often a reflection of your privilege.

At Gorakshep, a point to ascend EBC and Kalapatthar
At Gorakshep, a point to ascend EBC and Kalapatthar

Essentially, there are many routes to reach the base camp, which channel down into one boulder terrain in the final few kilometers. If you wish to neglect the normal route to Everest base camp, then you could opt for other routes: Everest Three Passes Trek and Gokyo to EBC via Cho La PassGokyo EBC Trek with Cho La & Renjo La PassJiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

Do use the toilet

Speaking of squat toilets, although you are uncomfortable, use them. At a specific point, a poo in the woods might sound more appropriate than yet another squat toilet, but for the sake of Mother Nature, please resist. It’s necessary to use the provided facilities, not because of the risk of flashing other trekkers, but to maintain the quality of drinking water in communities along the Base Camp route.

One of the side effects of an increase in traffic on the Everest Base Camp trail is a very humdrum increase in human waste – waste which is certain to make its way into local water systems. That inconvenient forest wee carries with it implications for the public health of locals and trekkers alike. After all, you aren’t the only one who had a thought to cut corners by watering a tree personally.

Luckily, trekkers will find public facilities along the Everest Base Camp trail frequently – in teahouses, restaurants, and shops. And if needs must, trekkers could still go in the woods, as long as they are certain to pack out toilet paper and dig a cathole.

At Lobuche, all the way to EBC and Kala Patthar
At Lobuche, all the way to EBC and Kala Patthar

Do be adaptable 

You are at the whims of nature on the Everest Base Camp route, but also you’re in a different cultural environment than back home. In Nepal, the organizational systems both on and off the trail might differ from what you’re used to. Don’t be surprised if you see the vehicles you are sitting is running on the left side of the road.

Firstly, there’s no right or wrong side on the Everest Base Camp trail – there’s just common sense, and do your best not to be in the path of an oncoming yak or a porter. The idea is to always be flexible. Trekkers should try to maintain a certain level of operational versatility on their way to Everest Base Camp. Aim to adapt to the local culture, rather than enforce your own upon it.

Way to Everest View Hotel from Namche Bazaar
Way to Everest View Hotel from Namche Bazaar

Do learn the native names

Finally, trekkers should try to make an effort to learn the native names and history of Everest and its surrounding peaks. This won’t automatically make them a civilized trekkers, but it definitely will show respect toward the local culture and people of which you are a guest.

Note: travel restrictions might be in some place due to COVID-19. Be careful to always check ahead before making a plan and follow government health guidance.