Everest Base Camp Trek Preparation

trekking in Gorak Shep

I can’t believe it’s here already, but this weekend all of my 18 months or so of planning and dreaming will come to fruition as I jet off to Nepal and start on the Everest Base Camp Trek! To mark the occasion, and to help everyone who may be looking to plan their own trek, I’ve put together all of the information on my preparation for the trek. I’ll be away for a while, but the blog will still keep ticking on – I have plenty of posts scheduled to keep you all entertained! To follow my travels in real time, I’ll be posting updates (where internet access is available) on social media. Don’t forget to follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

I’ll also be trekking with my friend Danielle Marsh who is the reigning Mrs Australia. She won this title by tirelessly raising funds for ovarian cancer and raising awareness of this insidious disease. In November she’s off to compete in the Mrs World competition in America to continue raising ovarian cancer awareness. Check out her website (www.daniellemarsh.com), and if you can lend a hand or donate she’d be eternally grateful!

Everest Base Camp Trek Preparation

Fitness preparation for the trek – when I was doing all of my research and planning, I really couldn’t find much information about what people had done to prepare themselves from a fitness perspective for the trek. Here’s what I did, I’ll soon find out if it was enough!

Packing list for clothing and packing list for other gear – these were so long I broke the information up into 2 posts! All the clothing and gear that I’m taking, plus the reasons why.

Tips from the TAAN – I randomly popped into a travel expo one weekend and as it turned out there were some representatives from the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). We spent quite a bit of time talking to one of the lovely gentlemen there, and he gave us some great tips that should help us along the way on our trek.

Choosing a trekking company – Here’s all of the details about the different options that you have to do the Everest Base Camp trek, and I also go into details about how I narrowed down the thousands of trekking companies out there to select the one that we went with.

Training hikes (here and here) – As part of our fitness regime, we did a few day hikes locally around Melbourne to try out some of our gear and get used to whole trekking thing! Here’s a couple of the ones that we went on if you’re looking for trek ideas in the area as well.

If you have any last minute tips to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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20 Replies to “Everest Base Camp Trek Preparation”

  1. Interestedtohear about your trek. Following you so i can continue the journey. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for reading and the well wishes – I may need it! 🙂

  2. Good luck Erin. Following. Love your blogs. From Kristen and Co on the Gold Coast. Xxxxxxxxx

    1. Thanks Kristen, glad you guys are enjoying them! xxx

  3. What an adventure you’re going to have! It looks like you’re well prepared. Two friends have done this trek this past year and it was quite an experience. Safe travels and good luck!

    1. I’m sure it will be an experience! Thank you 🙂

  4. malaysianmeanders says: Reply

    This is going to be such an incredible experience. I look forward to hearing more about it. We were in Tibet but didn’t get close enough to see Everest, not even from the airplane. I wish you great luck with dealing with the altitude. It really got to me in Tibet, but I bet that you will be ascending more slowly so that it will be easier.

    1. Thank you! The altitude is the part that concerns me the most, as you never know how your body will react, but our schedule allows for ascending reasonably slowly, so hopefully we’ll be all good. Thanks for reading!

  5. This is awesome! Last summer I did a trek from Lhasa to Kathmandu. While I didn’t hike Everest Base Camp, there are definitely a few things you can do to prepare for the altitude. Make your way to the area slowly (I spent 3 days in Qinghai), stop drinking caffeine and alcohol a week before your trip and don’t drink any while you’re there, bring cold medicine (I got a cold and I almost died of migraines because my ears wouldn’t pop), try running and exercising a bit before you go to build up your endurance and heart, and finally if you get headaches while you’re there really sweet iced tea will help. Have a great trip!

    1. Hey Richelle, thanks for the tips!

  6. I’m so jealous, and definitely bookmarking this post for when I finally manage to go on a base camp trek. I’m sure you’ll have an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to hear all about it! Thanks for linking up to #WeekendWanderlust!

    1. Thanks for reading guys, it’s been amazing so far!

  7. Good luck to you! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! Sounds challenging, but also sounds like tons of fun 🙂

    1. Thanks Marissa, it’s certainly been a challenge so far!

  8. What an exciting trip!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Safe and happy travels! Thanks for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust! 🙂

  9. Wow! How exciting, what an experience 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading Sammi!

  10. What an incredible journey. I can’t even imagine all the prep work and physical preparation you did to get where you are. Thanks for linking up to #WeekendWanderlust and sharing your story.

    1. Thanks Carmen, it’s definitely been quite some time in the making!

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