How is the level of Everest Base Camp Difficulty?
Everest Base Camp is not much easy and also not hard as you think. Let’s figure out how is Everest Base Camp difficulty. There are few elements that play the key role to make success the journey of high Himalaya in the thin air, low oxygen level.
The Key Elements That Brings the difficulty in the Trek are:
It is most important that your itinerary should have to be designed scientifically. While trekking Everest Base camp we must have two acclimatization days, that should be in between the 3000 meters to 4500meters from the sea level. The first acclimatize day is in Namche bazaar (3,441m) and the second day is in Dingboche (4,350m).
Acclimatize days is not a complete rest day, we have to walk at least few meters high from the guesthouse. If the hiking altitude is similar with next day’s altitude that would be good.
The questions arise, why Namche and Dingboche are the best stations for acclimatizing? Because Namche is located at the altitude of 3441m, and we have the option to hike up to 3800 meters from Namche. In the acclimatize day we can hike up to Syanboche Airport, and Khumjung village. Next is Dingboche because from Dingboche we can hike up to Nagarsang Hill ( 5090meter). And also optional day hike from Dingboche valley to Chhukung Ri (5550m). And also to follow the principle Reach at High Elevation and Sleep in Low Elevation. Both destinations of Namche and Dingboche help up to acclimatize in high altitude. You can check this itinerary of Everest Base Camp
Physical Condition and General Training.
Everest Base Camp trekking might be a hard trekking for them who have the lack of physical training, and not habitual with long walking. This trekking requires at least 5hours walking in a day with a small day pack. And also have good conditions of health, both physically and mentally. Sometimes, trekkers get altitude mountain sickness due to the psychological effect. General training is such as jogging in morning, lightly push up and set up the exercise of the knee, calf’s and shoulders. etc.
Getting altitude, walking pace and drink much more water.
Everest Base Camp trekking is starting from the lower altitude of 1345m, from where we will land at 2840m in Lukla. From Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar, which is 2840m to 5555m from the sea level. So, follow the rules of walking slowly, drink much more water, and have some fluid items in either dinner or lunch. To Know the altitude and oxygen level please kindly watch this video: