Nepal – Everest Base Camp Trek – Ascending

The key to completing the Everest Base Camp Trek (and any trek at high elevations) is to ascend slowly. Altitude sickness is no laughing matter and can affect both inexperienced and experienced hikers/climbers/trekkers if not given due consideration. Risk of altitude sickness generally starts from 2500m.

Phakding to Namche Bazaar - Indiana Jones anyone?

Phakding to Namche Bazaar – Indiana Jones anyone?

Lukla is 2800m, so we started taking altitude sickness presentation tablets a day prior. We picked these up from our travel doctor before we left home, as well as getting our travel injections. We took them twice a day, after breakfast and dinner. Worked an absolute treat. No altitude sickness to speak of. We met many others along the way who hadn’t taken them and suffered horribly. Headaches, nausea, blood noses, vomiting etc.

TAKE THEM EVERY DAY OF THE ASCENT.

If you only take them once you start to feel symptoms, they will do nothing. And nothing will make it go away until you start to descend. One guy we met went to base camp, but couldn’t summit Kala Patthar because he felt like crap. Don’t leave home without them!

Namche Bazaar - Unique place, for sure

Namche Bazaar – Unique place, for sure

Namche Bazaar Lookout - First view of Mt Everest on the trek

Namche Bazaar Lookout – First view of Mt Everest on the trek

Most trekking tours allow for ascending slowly and include acclimatisation days (notably at Namche Bazaar). The constant walking 4-8 hours everyday can be draining, especially if the sun is shining strong. The uphill approach to Namche Bazaar is particularly steep.

Namche Bazaar to Dole - Climbing through changing surroundings

Namche Bazaar to Dole – Climbing through changing surroundings

Namche Bazaar to Dole - Sharing the path

Namche Bazaar to Dole – Sharing the path

Namche Bazaar to Dole - Postcard?

Namche Bazaar to Dole – Postcard?

But alas, we met trekkers from all over the world of all ages. Just go at your own pace, and enjoy the views. They are spectacular!

Dole - Our trekking guide after a long day (get used to this scene)

Dole – Our trekking guide, Arjun, after a long day (get used to this scene)

TREK SO FAR:
Day 1: Flight to Lukla. Trek Lukla to Phakding (2640m)
Day 2: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 3: Acclimatisation Day in Namche Bazaar
Day 4: Namche Bazaar to Dole (4190m)
Day 5: Dole to Machhermo (4470m)

Dole to Machhermo - Our porter taking a quick break

Dole to Machhermo – Our porter taking a quick break

Dole to Machhermo - The long path ahead

Dole to Machhermo – The long path ahead

Machhermo - Exploring a gaping valley

Machhermo – Exploring a gaping valley

Machhermo - First snow reached!

Machhermo – First snow reached!

Visited 8th to 11th November 2013.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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