Many of you are dreaming to be in Everest Base Camp trek but worrying about high altitude sickness? Here we have sort out the safest way of Everest Base Camp trek. All of you can manage it that does not have any serious health problems. Few things you need to know is that while ascending once you are above 3000 meters, you have to take an acclimatization day to make your body adjust with less oxygen level. Depending on people for some people one day of acclimatization can work well and for some might need another day before heading to 4000 meters. After you are already in 4000 meters you have to take another acclimatization day before going up to 5000 meters. Each day while ascending if you ascend about 300 -350 meter higher there is always more possibility that your body can adjust with altitude level. After the acclimatization day you have to realize yourself if you are well acclimatized or not and in case you don’t feel well, you need an another extra day for acclimatize, do it before you start you next ascend to 5000 meters. The best way of avoiding the high altitude mountain sickness is a slow ascend, enough acclimatize walk and taking more liquids like water about three liters a day, soup specially garlic soup is very good for acclimatization.
Below is the safe trekking plan to Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860 m ) and trek to Phakding (2610 m, 3-4 hrs)
Day 02: Trek to Namchebazar (3440 m, 6- 7 hrs)
Day 03: Acclimatization day at Namchebazar. Hike to Khumjung village and Everest View point hotel (3880 m) and back to Namchebazar
Day 04: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek to Pangboche (3900 m, 2-3 hrs) , after lunch take a side walk to Upper Pangboche which is 100 meter higher or towards Amadablam Base Camp (4600 m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410 m, 3-4 hrs), after some time of rest take a hike towards Nagarjundanda and try to ascend 200- 300 meter higher and back which is very helpful walk for acclimatize
Day 07: Hike to Chukung valley (4730 m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 08: Trek to Thukla (4620 m, 3-4 hrs) , as usual after some time of rest take a side walk and ascend 100-200 meter higher and back
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910 m, 3-4 hrs) , you can feel quite challenging day because of altitude but keep doing side excursion walk, take a 30-40 minutes of walk to the hill and enjoy the khumbu glacier view and stunning peaks
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5160 m, 3-4 hrs), if the weather is good and not cloudy take rest for couple of hours and start ascending to Kalapattar the most scenic point (5550 m, 4-5 hrs) for the sunset view which is going to be life time experience and in case it is cloudy take a side trip to Everest Base Camp (5360 m, 4-5 hrs)
Day 11: Take either Kalapattar or Everest Base Camp which is left and then descend to Thukla (4620 m, 7-8 hrs), now you do not need to worry about altitude. While descending there is never problem with altitude.
Day 12: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 13: Trek to Monjo (2800 m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 14: Trek to Lukla (2860 m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu!!
The information in this blog we post are from our own experience!! In our recent Everest Base Camp Trek two Swedish friend who are age of 71 and 66 year old managed the trip without any altitude problem while taking the trip as mentioned in the above plan!! If you follow as above plan 95 percent possibility that you can manage Everest Base Camp trek without any altitude problems. However if you can have another 2-3 spare days it would be just perfect and fantastic to be more safe!! Incase you need any more information, write us and we are more than happy to share you our experience!! Wish you all a safe Everest Base Camp Trek!!
Jan Zagora -- I'm that 66 year old swedish guy mentioned in the blog who, together with my 71 old friend, went this trek with no problem at all for any of us. Right acclimatization procedures was the only secret. Put 2-3 days extra on that and you will be guaranteed one of the most positive experience of your life. You are welcome to contact my you have any questions.