In today’s article, we will broach the topic of preparing for Everest base camp. While this topic may bring some of you out in a cold sweat just thinking about it (!), I know there will be others who are champing at the bit to get going; but no matter which boat you’re in we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled what we feel are the premier ways to prepare yourself for an Everest base camp trek, bar none.
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Everest Base Camp Trek Preparation
1) Sufficient and appropriate acclimatisation: Acclimatising yourself to the environment can be a difficult task to get right, and is one thing we see many novices get wrong. In order to adapt to the low oxygen atmosphere, it is absolutely vital that you correctly prepare your body. To do this, we suggest around four nights at 3,000m / 11,000 feet in Namche Bazaar. The more time you spend at this level, the more your body will adapt, and the more it will be able to cope when oxygen levels decrease even further at higher altitudes. If you can afford it, then we highly recommend a full week there before moving to steeper climbs. The last thing you want is to suffer from altitude sickness (trust me, it’s not nice at all!).
2) Understanding elevation: Being aware of how elevation (and being higher) up will impact upon your body is critical. To accurately plan a training program that will allow for maximal and optimal fitness you will need to consider this. You will have anywhere between 25-50% less oxygen the higher up you go; therefore your training must accommodate for this. If you don’t have the luxury of an altitude tent (most of us won’t, don’t worry) then simply add more weight to your rucksack when training at normal altitudes. This will help your body adapt similarly and will put you in good stead for your trek.
3) Clothing: Too many times I’ve seen people have inappropriate apparel for this kind of trekking. Having the right boots, sleeping bag and layers (merino) is vital. At higher altitudes getting enough sleep is imperative to recovery, therefore you need to be as comfortable as possible. Also, having the right clothing and layers when you’re trekking is also extremely important. If you don’t then, you’ll suffer both physically and then mentally, and ultimately you’ll perform as well as you’d have liked or are capable of it. This could be a once in a lifetime trip, so don’t let your clothing let you down!
4) Food: Without sufficient (quality) food you will simply not have the calories and energy to fuel your body. It really is as black and white as that. Always purchase the best trekking package you can afford, as they will typically have higher quality food, which will be more macro and micronutrient dense – both of which are required for recovery during your trek. We cannot stress how important this is. Never skimp on food if you can afford to.
Although more points could be discussed here, we feel that these four are the most important.
What do you think? Do you agree? Is there anything you feel we’ve missed out? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!
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