Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most famous and admired trekking route in Nepal. This glorious trekking adventure to the base camp of the world highest mountain traverses beautiful landscapes, hospitable Sherpa villages and serene monasteries. There are many trekking agencies and tour operators who will organize the entire trek and leave you to just enjoy the trekking experience. You can also trek the route with the help of a well-informed trekking guide. It is possible to trek the Everest Base Camp trek without a guide with little more preparation. The trail to Everest Base Camp is well marked and you do not need to worry much about the logistic due to tea house trekking style. However, you do need to prepare a little more while you trek independently. We have compiled a list of things you need to prepare while planning to trek the Everest Base Camp trek independently.
- Maps and GPS:
Although the trail in the famous trekking route like Everest base Camp treks are well marked, it is not a bad idea to carry a map for easy navigation. You will find a plethora of cheap good maps and guidebooks for popular treks like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang Region in the main cities. Carry some good maps and guidebook so you can follow your trail accurately without a guide.
- Know the culture:
Since you will be travelling to Everest Region without any local guide, it is good to inform yourself about the culture and ethics of the place beforehand. The last thing you want to do while you trek in the foreign land will be to offend the locals and their culture. It is very important to have a good rapport with the locals because they may be very helpful to give you information about the local culture, people and place.
- Basic Nepali:
English language may not be widely understood while you are travelling to remote area. Prepare and learn some basic Nepali words to communicate with the locals. Your basic Nepali skills will not just help you while asking directions on the trails but also help you instantly connect to the locals. “Tashidele” and “Namaste” along the way are well appreciated by the friendly locals.
- Smile on your face:
Smile is the most important thing to carry while you trek. Smile is a friendliest language in the world to connect to any locals and adjust to a new country. Trekking in the remote country may not be full of comfort and luxury. A smile and a positive attitude will help you face any inconvenience on the trail and enjoy every moment in the Himalayas.
- Prepare your Documents right:
The Everest Region Trekking doesn’t require the trekker’s permit. However, conservation permit or the Sagarmatha National park permit is required for trekking inside the national park. Trekking in any area will require you to have an Information Management System (TIMS) Card. It is mandatory to carry these documents as they are implemented to control illegal operations in the Nepalese trekking industry and to ensure safety and security of the visiting trekkers. Carry few spare passport size photographs and copies of your passports for preparing your permits.
- Don’t forget to plan acclimatization days:
Accute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is quite common when you travel to higher altitude. Thus, it is necessary to take all the precautions for AMS. One of the most important ways to prevent AMS is by allowing body to adjust to the thin mountain air by acclimatization. Make sure to plan at least 2 days for acclimatization while you are trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp is a wonderful adventure. The trek is sure to astonish you with hospitable villagers, beautiful scenery and wide cultural exposure. Although it is always good to have a local help you out to have much deeper insights during the adventure, the trail is equally enjoyable and can be trekked without guides and agency support by following the given tips.