21/05/2018 Articles

What experience do you need for the Everest Base Camp trek

So what experience do you need to go on the Everest Base Camp trek?

Short answer, not much!!

Now before you say that I must be joking let me explain why I think this.

We get many people who go to Everest Base Camp who have done little or no mountain or hill walking. They have this idea or dream that they want to get Everest Base Camp and they just go for it. We also get people at the other end of the spectrum who are regular hill walkers, regular climbers and they're out in the mountains regularly. They also go to the gym regularly and some of them run or participate in triathlons, things like that.

So as you can there's a massive range in terms of experience.

The important thing in terms of getting to Everest Base Camp is that it's all about your training to get there and anyone can start this training and put the work in to do it. Ideally, you want to be giving yourself plenty of time before you go, around 3-6 months to start your training. This is to get your body and your mind ready for the challenge ahead.

You need to be getting out on regular walks and also adding in some gym sessions if you can. Ideally around 2-3 times a week. This is so you have the opportunity to add strength to your legs which helps massively on the trek to Everest with the undulating trails or 'Nepalese Flat' as the locals call it.

In an ideal world, the level of experience for the trek without any training would be people who are regular hill walkers, regular mountain walkers and people with alot of mountain experience. That would be great. However, you don't need to be an elite sports person or a superhero and the trek is more than achievable for anyone with the desire and determination to put the work in and get to Everest. Trust me, it's worth it!

A huge part of the trip is in your head. Having a positive attitude, a positive mindset is super important and can make the difference when you're out in the Himalayas regardless of how much training you do.

If you need any advice on how to start training and specifics on what to do in the gym then get in touch and I'll be more than happy to chat about this and make Everest happen for you. Also, check out an article I wrote a while back training to get to Everest Base Camp HERE

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