Anyone who wants thrill, fun, and adventure in his life must have thought of climbing Everest at least once in his life. If you are determined, you can climb any height but you have to take precautionary measures in every case.
We have compiled a list of 10 predominant things which shall be kept in mind before climbing the world’s highest mountain peak:
- Required Documents and Permits.
For Everest Base Camp trek, 2 types of permits are required- TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. You can obtain them on your own from Nepal Tourism Board or the Sagarmatha National Park entrance on certain fee payment and if you have hired a guide, he’ll help you in the same. Don’t forget to bring your passport size photographs and copies of your passport.
- Best Season for Trek.
Spring and autumn are the most preferred seasons for climbing Mount Everest. Spring stretches from Mid of February to May and this remains the hottest time of the year when the temperature can soar as high as 30 degrees Celcius, whereas Mid of September to November is the time when autumn season prevails. This season comes up with dryness in the atmosphere, alluring clear blue sky and a gentle breeze that sets the perfect ground for mountain climbing.
- Trekking Route and Guide.
For any trip or trek, you need to know the route you have to follow. Generally, the trek is of 8 days that follow the traditional route of Kathmandu- Lukla – Phakding – Namche –Tengboche –Dingboche – Lobuche –Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp (though there are some trekking companies that may ask for a different route).
Hiring a trekking guide has been legalized by the Nepal government for any foreign trekker in the Himalayas. A well-equipped and knowledgeable guide is of great help. Firstly, he does all the preparations for the trek. And, he keeps you informing about the place and people.
- Your Trekking Partners.
You just can’t forget your basic trek friends that include trek boots and socks, sandals/slippers, windproof jackets, shades, gloves, dry pack, trek poles, quick dry lingerie, your sources of entertainment and whatever you feel necessary.
- High Altitude Sickness.
Anyone can suffer from high altitude sickness. Its symptoms can be headache, vomit, fatigue, and increase in pulse rate, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping or any discomfort in your body. It can be fought/prevented by proper acclimatization. Don’t forget to bring your first aid kit but go for any medication only after consulting a doctor.
- Nepali Currency is Must.
Don’t forget to carry Nepali Rupees for your smooth stay and journey. You can exchange your respective currency at various points in Nepal, including the airport. Spend keeping in mind that the higher you go, the more expensive everything becomes.
- Be Prepared Mentally As Well As Physically.
Life in the mountains is not easy. You have to come out of your comfort zone and meet people with an altogether different culture. It’s not rocket science to climb Everest, what’s required is that you shall be properly fit to climb and you yourself shall know your strength and stamina. You can train yourself by exercising or hiking to some altitude so that your body gets used to some stringent physical activity weeks before the trek.
- Walk At A Leisurely Pace.
You are not running for any competition. Health comes first. Reaching your destination before the scheduled day won’t fetch you any medal but trouble for your body for sure.
- Be Insured.
In spite of being physically fit and healthy, it is mandatory to have proper insurance while coming to Nepal for trekking to the Himalayas.
- No Poaching.
Poaching in the Sagarmatha National Park is strictly prohibited. Tourists are always kept under the eyes of community police. The culprit is sentenced to long-term imprisonment in case of poaching.
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