The Seven 'Must Do' Preparations for you Mt. Everest Trek
Trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp is an experience of a lifetime. To maximize your trip follow our Seven 'Must Do' preparations for your journey. Some tips are obvious, and some are not, but all need to be taken seriously before you leave home. Making sure you have completed all seven preparations before you go to Mt. Everest will make your trip enjoyable, unforgettable and a great adventure!
1. Bring and Wear PLENTY of high level Sun block: One of the most dangerous aspects of trekking to Mt. Everest is your high proximity to the sun. Many trekkers don't realize how vulnerable their skin is at high altitude. Serious sun burns can happen, especially to you face, lips, ears, neck and arms. Some trekkers experience skin peeling, crackling and bubbling from over-exposure. So bring a lot of sun block for your face, lips and body.
2. Wear comfortable and waterproof hiking boots: The most important part on any trek is your ability to walk with ease. Purchase a pair of good hiking boots and wear them in - you don't want to break your boots in on the trail. With over ten days of hiking (and sometimes for 12 hours or more) you want to avoid blisters at all costs. Waterproof boots will keep your feet dry when it rains - and you'll be thankful for warm, cozy toes and not wet, soppy socks.
3. Get a good backpack: Similar to the shoes your backpack in one of the most important pieces of equipment because its on your back all day. Make sure it fits properly and that it easily accessibly when you're on the trail (you'll be putting it on and off several times a day).
4. Bring Layers: The Himalayas is cold in the morning and in the evening. However, due to the close location to the sun it warms up quickly during the day. Also, you'll generate a lot of body heat walking, especially uphill. You'll be putting on your coat, sweatshirt and long-sleeve shirt all day over your short-sleeve shirt.
5. Check and double check your camera equipment: Make sure you have everything you need for photography. Bring extra (fully charged) batteries and electric converters to re-charge them at the lodges (for a fee) on the trail. Make sure you have plenty of SD cards and/or film. Bring more than one camera. Your camera may break, get lost or stolen - and you don't want to miss capturing memories of your trip of a lifetime.
6. Bring ample Medicines (prescription and over-the-counter): You'll be thankful for having medicine when you start feeling altitude sickness or get a stomach bug. Getting a full list of prescription meds is a must (and vaccinations). But also bring bandages, antibiotic ointment, sore throat remedies and tablets for your tummy. It all helps make the trip more pleasurable.
7. Train for your Trip: Hiking to Mt. Everest Base Camp is NOT easy. It takes a lot of strength, stamina and agility. Walk several miles (or more) everyday as the trip approaches (or do some running) start as early as six months out. Strengthen your arms because you'll be using your walking poles everyday on the trek. The better you train the better you'll feel on the trail, and the more you'll enjoy it.
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