Everest Base Camp Trek (5364m) is one of the most beautiful and adventurous trekking up in the Himalayas. Everest Base Camp is the trekking which offers splendid views of four of the world’s tallest peaks Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse. Everest base camp trekking is a lifelong memorable trekking in the mighty Everest. Everest Base camp Trek also provides privilege to witness the history created by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.
It provides opportunity to witness the culture and the ethnicity of the legendary inhabitant of the Himalayas “Sherpas”. Many Buddhist monasteries, historic monuments and stupas can be seen on the trail to Everest Base Camp. Mesmerizing Views of the surrounding will make you want to settle there and live the rest of your life there. Heavenly feeling can be felt as you will be surrounded with snow clad beautiful peaks all around you. Everest Base Camp Trek route is one of the popular trekking routes in Nepal, you will be able to met enthusiastic trekkers along the trial. The thrill and sense of accomplishment provided by completing this trek is speechless and quite splendid.Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) world heritage side of Nepal
The Sagarmatha National Park includes the highest point of the Earth's southface, Mount Everest (Sagarmatha). The park is also of major religious and cultural significance in Nepal as it abounds in holy places such as the Thyangboche and also is the homeland of the Sherpas whose way of life is unique, compared with other high-altitude dwellers.
The park encompasses the upper catchments of the Dudh Kosi River system, which is fan-shaped and forms a distinct geographical unit enclosed on all sides by high mountain ranges. The northern boundary is defined by the main divide of the Great Himalayan Range, which follows the international border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. In the south, the boundary extends almost as far as Monjo.
This is a dramatic area of high, geologically young mountains and glaciers. The deeply-incised valleys cut through sedimentary rocks and underlying granites to drain southwards into the Dudh Kosi and its tributaries, which form part of the Ganges River system. The upper catchments of these rivers are fed by glaciers at the head of four main valleys, Chhukhung, Khumbu, Gokyo and Nangpa La. Lakes occur in the upper reaches, notably in the Gokyo Valley, where a number are impounded by the lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier (at 20 km the longest glacier in the park). There are seven peaks over 7,000 m. The mountains have a granite core flanked by metamorphosed sediments and owe their dominating height to two consecutive phases of upthrust. The main uplift occurred during human history, some 500,000-800,000 years ago. Evidence indicates that the uplift is still continuing at a slower rate, but natural erosion processes counteract this to an unknown degree.
In the region there are six altitudinal vegetation classed, from oak forests at the lowest elevations to lichens and mosses at the highest elevations. The Himalayan zone provides the barrier between the Palaearctic realm and the Indomalayan realm.
Most of the park (69%) comprises barren land above 5,000 m, 28% is grazing land and about 3% is forested. Six of the 11 vegetation zones in the Nepal Himalaya are represented in the park: lower subalpine; upper subalpine; lower alpine; upper alpine; and subnival zone. Oak used to be the dominant species in the upper montane zone but former stands of this species.
In common with the rest of the Nepal Himalaya, the park has a comparatively low number of mammalian species, apparently due to the geologically recent origin of the Himalaya and other evolutionary factors. The low density of mammal populations is almost certainly the result of human activities. Larger mammals include common langur, jackal, a small number of wolf, Himalayan black bear, red panda, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan weasel, masked palm civet, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, Indian muntjac, serow, Himalayan tahr and goral. Sambar has also been recorded. Smaller mammals include short-tailed mol, Tibetan water shrew, Himalayan water shrew; marmot, woolly hare, rat and house mouse.
Inskipp lists 152 species of bird, 36 of which are breeding species for which Nepal may hold internationally significant populations. The park is important for a number of species breeding at high altitudes. The park's small lakes, especially those at Gokyo, are used as staging points for migrants. A total of six amphibians and seven reptiles occur or probably occur in the park.
There are approximately 2,500 Sherpa people living within the park. The people are primarily Tibetan Buddhists. Their activities are primarily agricultural or trade based. Their properties have been excluded from the park by legal definition. There is and will continue to be an influence on the people by the park and vice versa. The Sherpas are of great cultural interest, having originated from Salmo Gang in the eastern Tibetan province of Kham, some 2,000 km from their present homeland. They probably left their original home in the late 1400s or early 1500s, to escape political and military pressures, and later crossed the Nangpa La into Nepal in the early 1530s. They separated into two groups, some settling in Khumbu and others proceeding to Solu. The two clans (Minyagpa and Thimmi) remaining in Khumbu are divided into 12 subclans. Both the population and the growth of the monasteries took a dramatic upturn soon after that time. The Sherpas belong to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which was founded by the revered Guru Rimpoche who was legendarily born of a lotus in the middle of a lake. There are several monasteries in the park, the most important being Tengpoche.
We heartly welcome to Kathmandu! Your arrival may be at any time and our representative will be on standby to receive you and lead you to your hotel. Future plans and programs are provided to you. Have a good night!
Good Morning! Today is the second day of Everest Base Camp Trek. Kathmandu Valley is a diverse valley which is enriched with different culture from different community, as it is the capital city of Nepal. In spite of the modernization, ancient culture and assets are preserved in a good manner. Nepal holds seven out of ten UNESCO world heritage sites among them Kathmandu alone is the home of four of them – Pashupatinath, Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath.
Kathmandu Durbar Square holds legendary tails of Late Kings of Nepal along with some of the finest art and crafts. Boudha Stupa is situated in the central region of Kathmandu, which has the biggest mandala in South Asia. Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Mahadev (Shiva) and is situated at the bank of Bagmati River. Swyambhunath also known as “Monkey Temple” is situated at the top of Nagarjun Hill range which offers splendid view of the valley.
During sightseeing everything is described and introduced by our guide. After a whole day sightseeing, you will return back to hotel. Have meal and get ready for next day after a goodnight sleep. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the third day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Everest Base Camp Trekking legally embark on after a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Tenzing Hillary Airport). It takes up to 35 minutes to reach Lukla. Lukla is considered as one of the most thrilling and extreme airport in the world as it is situated at the edge of a hill with a short runway. You will have a thrilling experience which is lifelong memory. As the flight follows its route among the hills, closer view of the mountains can be seen. These glimpses are the highlights of this adventure.
After having closer glimpses for 35 minutes, you will slowly move towards the Cheplung village. If everything goes right and you are blessed then Mount Khumbila will show its appearance which will make you stand and appreciate its beauty.
After looking at such beautiful sight from Cheplung, we continue our trek by moderately moving downward to Thado Koshi , a small village on the trial. You will get opportunity to observe beautiful sight of Kusum Kangraru Mountain from here. A large suspension bridge separate Thado Koshi with another small village of Ghat, where we take rest and have lunch.
After taking an easy downhill from Ghat we reach Phakding, which is a mesmerizing village surrounded by tall hills in the Dudh Koshi River Valley. It lies on the north side from Lukla. Phakding is a relaxing stop where you will have rest on your first night of your trek on any of the decent guesthouses and lodges with private bathrooms and hot showers. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the fourth day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. After having breakfast looking at the gentle and calming morning view at Phakding, the trail moves toward Namche Bazaar. On the route from Phakding to Namche, the route bounds several small villages. The route includes villages like Zam Phute, Tok-Tok, Benkar, Chumao, Monjo and Jorsalle between Phakding and Namche.
Zam Phute village is the addition of Phakding , which is thrust out via a short hike through pine forests. After crossing a stream, Zam Phute and Tok-Tok are two villages connected by a bridge. Benkar, which is a small village at the breaking point, is reached after a short hike from Tok-Tok. The whole village is filled with beautiful foxgloves blossoms in every spring along with some tiny red berries during every fall. After crossing a bridge from Benkar, you will reach Chumao after walking some distance.
Chumao holds checkpoint for Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit. You don’t have to worry about anything; your guide will take care of all the necessary permits for the entire trek. You will reach Monjo from Chumao after a smooth walk; Monjo is the last village before Sagarmatha National Park. Monjo lies in northern direction of Phakding, which is the entry point to the Sagarmatha National Park. Route from Monjo to Jorsalle is a steep downhill. Slow pace will reduce the stress that may occur on your knees, regardless of the short distance. You can come over and stay at Jorsalle for lunch and refreshments. At the end of Jorsalle, you will be checked by army at the checkpoint. The entire checkpoint is to make mountains safe.
After a trek for 3 hours from Jorsalle, you will reach the gateway to Mount Everest “Namche”. It is the celebrated mountain town up in the Himalayas. One of the beautiful parts of this trail is a long suspension bridge over the junction of Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi River. This place is called Larja Dhovan (Dhovan stands for the meeting point or junction of two rivers). The real trek begins after crossing the bridge where you will cross an altitude mark of 3000m. As you climb higher, the air gets thinner and you will start to feel the altitude. Your guide will take care of everything.
One of the largest towns in the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar which is loaded with colorful tin walled cottages built to give curved feel to the area. In Namche Bazaar, you can purchase any gears if you have avoided gears to raze luggage weight. Namche is a commercial point of Khumbu because of the strategic location it is in. Namche also offers enraptured view of the Thameserku Peak and Kongdi RI Himal. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the fifth day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. After a tiring trek from Phakding to Namche, you should definitely wake up early if you are not tired to see the dawn at Namche. The view will make your day better and good. In the Everest Base camp Trek, Namche proves to be the perfect destination for your acclimatization. You can enjoy your breakfast while staring at the splendid views offered by your surrounding from your hotel. After having breakfast, you can visit an unpaved airport (Syangboche Airstrip) located at the hilltop, serving Namche and also provides a spectacular view of the town and the surrounding mountains.
For rest of the day, you will hike up to the Everest View Hotel, highest altitude hotel in the world which stands a little farther from Namche Bazaar. Everest View Hotel offers a panoramic 360 view of the Himalayan ranges including Mount Everest.
You will be back to Namche where attractions like Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum, which holds history of the Sherpas, awaits your arrival. The inhabitants there are very friendly so if you want then you can spend the rest of your day getting along with the locals. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the sixth day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will find one of the well-settled trails of your entire trek that is from Namche to Tengboche. On a relative flat land, you will walk on both uphill and downhill. Next place is Syanboche after Namche, which opens the trial straight and wide. This trial provides an opportunity to witness Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest from Kyangjuma.
You will mostly find stalls of souvenir put on for sale in Kyangjuma, which is an encampment of Sanasa. To reach Leushyasa we walk through pine forests from Sanasa. If luck is on your favor then you will be able to see Himalayan Thars crossing your way along with a rock painted with the picture of Guru Padmasambhava are the main attraction of this place.
To reach the encampment of Pungki Thanka, the trail steeply moves towards the Dudh Koshi River Valley. Majestic view of Everest can be seen from here. The route slightly moves uphill towards the village of Tengboche, along the right side of the Dudh Kodhi River. On the trail, there is rapid change in vegetation decorated with flora like blue pines and rhododendron and fauna like Musk deer and Himalayan Monal.
At the junction of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola Rivers, Tengboche is the beautiful village of Sherpa encampment. Tengboche welcomes you with a panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Everest and many other peaks in the range. Tengboche monastery is the remarkable highlights of Tengboche, which is the largest monastery of the Khumbu Region. The monastery itself offers a great prime for splendid views beyond forests. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the seventh day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. After crossing the suspension bridge over Imja Khola, the route from Tengboche to Dingboche starts. You will reach Pangboche village, village with plenty of Mani walls after a long trail from there. You will march along a beaten trial from here and reach a crossroad at Orsho. Right diversion takes you to Dingboche and the left one to Pheriche.
Dingboche “The summer valley” receives more sunlight than any other settlement in the Khumbu region. A kilometer long wall which surrounds the village was built to protect the crops from crazy wind blow from the Imja Valley. Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Island Peak peep from beyond the wall. As you are in a higher altitude so you will feel the oxygen concentration gets lower. You will stay there for the night along with the immense beauty around you. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the eighth day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Dingboche is the best place for acclimatization for a day. A climb to Nagarjun Hill (5100m) is included on this relaxing day. This hike is difficult and demands more stamina which will test your fitness for the base camp trek. Nagarjun provides a peek of Dingboche. Pheriche valley can be seen if you look around you. You will see Lobuche West, Lobuche East, Kangtega, Taboche Peak, Thamserku and Ama Dablam if you look above into the horizon. If the day is clear, you can see Mount Makalu.
Back at Dingboche, a relaxing sunbath and warm hospitality awaits your arrival. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the Ninth day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. After you depart from Dingboche, you will come across Thukla to reach Lobuche for night stay. From Thukla, the route moves towards Pheriche (4210m), where the route gets a bit tough so take calm steps.
You will reach rock scattered area of Chupki Lhara. The terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier can be reached on declining the route. Mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori can be seen while crossing the moraine. Giant Mount Nuptse can be seen after crossing. You will reach Lobuche after a short downhill walk. Lobuche is a small encampment which offers reasonable tea houses and logging catering hospitality to the trekkers. Good Night!
Good Morning! Today is the tenth day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. After a good night sleep, the morning at Lobuche will be the beginning of the most awaited day-the day of setting foot on the Everest Base Camp. You will reach above 5000 meters altitude in few steps away and you might even want to count your steps as you march forward. At any cost you must avoid altitude sickness.
After some slow steps from Lobuche, you will reach Gorakshep which is situated at an altitude of 5180m/16990ft. With a few tented houses at Gorakshep, you will notice the serenity. From here on you will not find any lodges. Gorakshep was derived from the name of a raven, called Gorak by the Sherpas.
Finally! After Gorakshep, a wide path on the surface takes you to Everest Base Camp. Take a relief and praise yourself, you have accomplished your aim and set your foot on the mighty Mount Everest. Panoramic view of the Khumbu Icefall will be divine. The stunning view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains will add more heavenly feeling on the beautiful view. Depending upon the weather condition, the duration you will spend at the base camp is decided. For night, you will walk back to Gorakshep. So, capture the entire thing you can and satisfy your soul to the fullest as long as you spend your time there. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the Eleventh Day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. To be able to capture the sunrise and sparkling Mount Everest, you hike from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar early in the morning. You will have a closer lokk at the Everest from the summit of Kala Patthar. Panoramic view of the Everest from Kala Patthar makes it a perfect stance.
The mesmerizing view of the Everest turning its silver color into golden is a heavenly sight. After an life long memory creation of the Everest lofty sight, you will hike down to Gorakshep and then to Pheriche where you will stay for the night. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the Twelfth Day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will trail back to Namche Bazaar from Pheriche quickly. Trialing back from Inja River to Tengboche towards Pungki Thanka, pass the Kyangjuma and finally Namche. On your way back, take your time to witness everything you missed while pursuing base camp. The oxygen concentration increases and breathing feels easy as you trail back. You will rest on Namche for the rest of the time. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the Thirteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will hear the enthusiastic sound of Dudh Koshi River, feels like it is praising and applauding your victorious and courageous trek to the base camp.
Don’t forget to say final goodbye to Phakding. You will reach Lukla for the night after moderate arise from Cheplung. When you reach Lukla, remember everything and praise yourself and be proud of yourself as your have conquered the thrilling trek to Everest Base Camp. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the Fourteenth Day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Another thrilling flight back to Kathmandu awaits your arrival at the airport. Hold your breath during the flight, as the flight runs down to the inclined runway at the edge dropping into the cram valley.
You are at the end of your trek so take a closer look around for one last time before you leave, after you board the flight you will only have photographs to stare. Be proud on completing you mission to complete Everest Base Camp Trek.
As the flight reaches landing, take a closer look at energetic Kathmandu. You will be transferred back to your hotel after you land in Kathmandu. Good Night! Sleep Well!
Good Morning! Today is the Sixteenth and the last Day of the Everest Base Camp Trek. We hope you enjoyed the great adventure with us in the mountains. Hope you captured lifelong memory. You will be dropped at the airport about 3 hours before your flight by one of the representatives from Nepal Village Trekking Team. We hope to see you soon again. Have a safe flight back home. Good bye until next time we meet. Thank you for providing us the opportunity to be a part of your journey.
Following are the determinants for the price
Note: . The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or downgraded depend on your budget.
You will get best price after your inquiry We know about value of money and world economy, so fell free to share your tentative budget for this trip so we can mention and compromise with price, this is standard price for trip if you have low budget we can run even cheap and if you wise to pay more and need extra deluxe service we will do that.
Everest base camp trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you go on your journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or disease must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure.
Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall of TIA, he/she will be displaying an Actual Adventure sign board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek.
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
11 night’s Trekking Guesthouse, 4 nights three/four star hotels in Kathmandu. We use standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the Everest base camp trekking routes teahouses/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Actual Adventure sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. We usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.
In Everest base camp trek most teahouses (lodges) cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.
Actual Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure, with that in mind, where we think you will get more out of your holiday by using different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalaya tours and enhances the experience! We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or land cruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the Narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring your adapters!
For the internal flights from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu, the airlines we use are Yeti, Sita, and Tara
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave those cities behind, all you need is cash.
In Kathmandu, you can allocate US$ 10 - 15 for a lunch / dinner. It’s all depends on your spending habits. US$8 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and few drinks in trekking.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from 20USD to 1000 USD per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.
*Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
*Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
*Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
*Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.
In major places (Namche Bazar, Lukla), we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower; it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower.
Total distance of the entire trek is about 75 miles.
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We also recommend: - A dental check-up prior to travelling. - That you know your blood group in case of emergency. That if you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Actual Adventureat the time of your booking.
Popular trekking package is Sagarmatha (Everest area)
Tengboche Monastery (or Thyangboche Monastery), also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, located in the Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery of the Sherpa community. Situated at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), the monastery is the largest gompa in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
The monastery was built in 1916 by Lama Gulu with strong links to its mother monastery known as the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. However, in 1934, it was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt. In 1989, it was destroyed for a second time by a fire and then rebuilt with the help of volunteers and international assistance.
Tengboche monastery located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value", is draped with a panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
Tengboche is also the terminus site of the "Sacred Sites Trail Project" of the Sagarmatha National Park that attracts large number of tourists for trekking and mountaineering. It is a circular trail that covers 10 monasteries in a clockwise direction terminating in the Tengboche Monastery.
Trekkers’ management system (TIMS) also required Fee: $ 20
Mount Everest Tengboche Monastery
The highest mountain in the world continues to lure adventurers as ever. A hair-raising flight lands you at the airstrip of Lukla (2,850 m) from where you begin walking to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to Tengboche monastery with the mesmerizing peak of Ama Dablam hovering in the sky. Then it’s over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view of a lifetime. Maximum elevation 5,546m
Sagarmatha National Park ( Everest trekking) fee- 1000RS
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet). It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of 'flu, carbon monoxide poisoning or a hangover.. It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude-sickness, as there are no specific factors that compare with this susceptibility to altitude sickness. However, most people can climb up to 2500 meters (8000 ft) normally.
The body's muscles and organs need an adequate supply of oxygen to function properly. As altitude increases, the percentage of oxygen in the air remains constant but the pressure decreases, meaning we breathe in fewer oxygen molecules with each breath.
This leaves the body short of its requirements and causes altitude sickness.
It's well known that mountaineers may be affected by altitude sickness, but anyone at high altitudes can experience symptoms. This includes people who fly to high-altitude destinations and those who go on walking and trekking trips.
How severely someone is affected by altitude sickness depends on how high they go and how quickly they ascend. It's unusual for altitude sickness to occur below 2,400m (8,000ft).
When altitude sickness occurs because the body is not getting enough oxygen, mild symptoms may include:
For most people, symptoms start after about six hours of being at high altitude. As long as the person remains at the same altitude, the symptoms will usually disappear within one or two days.
Vomiting, chest pains and shortness of breath are signs that someone is affected more severely. These symptoms may take a day or two to appear.
Coughing up frothy sputum is a sign that fluid is collecting in the lungs, while clumsiness and difficulty walking can occur if the brain swells.
If severe cases of altitude sickness aren't treated, fits, confusion and coma may follow.
It's important not to ignore altitude sickness. If symptoms are mild, rest, fluids, a light diet and painkillers will enable the body to acclimatise. No further ascent should be attempted until all the symptoms have disappeared.
Descending to a lower altitude is often necessary when symptoms are more severe. If this fails to resolve symptoms, hospital treatment is needed. Any swelling of the brain will be treated with oxygen, rest and drugs.
Most people who are treated correctly for altitude sickness make a full recovery, usually within a few days. However, when the condition is more severe, treatment over a longer period may be necessary.
Problems with altitude sickness can usually be avoided if care is taken to prepare properly. Climbers, in particular, are all too aware of the importance of:
Thanks to Actual adventure team and my guide Keshab to help me have a wonderful trek . EBC trek was a dream trek for me , coz it was before 2 years when i was in Nepal , i came to see these mountains from distance and got flattered in its beauty. I was in doubt if it would be hard for me to climb as i am not much into mountaineering nd i don't have high mountains in my native place . But the beauty here , keeps u going without feeling any tiredness . I went to EBC and Kaalapathar . I would like to suggest people to go for sunset at kaalapathar coz i went for the sunrise nd started from Gorakhshep at 4am . I could stay there only for half an hour as it was windy and cold . If ever u r going in the morning u can start at 5am instead of 4 so that u can reach on top at the exact time of sunrise . The whole trek was made convenient by our guide and the actual adventures had booked us with good rooms and place to stay . This trek was completely above my expectations nd am really happy to have done it . Planning for future treks in Nepal with Actual adventures.
5th Jan, 2022