Things to know before climbing Mount Everest

  • Last Updated on Oct 7, 2022

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Simply climbing a wall is a difficult and scary task itself, so we can assume how difficult it is to climb the highest mountain in the world and stand close to the sky. Mount Everest lies at an altitude of 8848.86 meters above sea level, making the record of being the tallest mountain in the world. Thousands of people dream to conquer this peak at least once in a lifetime, and hundreds of people attempt it. Yet, only the ones with top physical ability and mental determination are able to complete the journey.

Mount Everest expedition can be done from two sides i.e. from Nepal (south-side) and Tibet (north-side). The itineraries and ways of getting to the peak are quite different. The person who wants to have a lesser hassle and summit the peak can partake in hiking from the Tibet side. Whereas, persons who want to walk in the footsteps of the legendary climbers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa, and experience every ounce of Himalayan hallmarks, hiking from the Nepal side will be an ideal choice.

Climbing the Mount is one of the most challenging ventures in the world. Mount Everest expedition requires a lot of determination, physical capability, proper expedition gear, appropriate acclimatization potentiality, motivation, and so on. For more closure to the things to be known about, here are the essential things that you should know before climbing Mount Everest:

Fitness and endurance training

Mount Everest Expedition

Mount Everest expedition is marked as one of the moderate to hard level trekking journeys in Nepal. Thus, physical fitness and endurance training alongside meditation is a must before moving forward. Thus, the key to achieving it can be taking part in hiking, cycling, yoga, and regular fitness exercises. Similarly, pre-trekking descriptions and motivation sessions will also aid in supporting overall well-being.

Likewise, around 3 months of intensive fitness training and hitting the gym 5 to 6 times a week for cardio and resistance classes will build up your lung capacity and increase strength in your legs. The heaps of squats, lunges, and stair climbing or hiking once a week will also assist a lot in your physical motivation. It will assist in making you both physically and mentally active so that you will be able to understand and act on any climate, environment, and occurring situations effectively. All these will automatically decrease the chance of fear and risks that occur during the trek.

Proper hydration

Around 75% of the human body is made up of water and only 25% is made up of other elements. While you climb up and downhill, you will feel dehydration, which may lead to a tiring and fatiguing trek. Energy level also drains due to the lack of water in the body. Thus, water is a divine element of the trek, and being properly hydrated plays a vital role in boosting the energy while the Mt Everest expedition in the long run. You should focus on drinking 3 to 4 liters of water per day (or drink as much as possible). It will make more sweat flow away, which will also assist in coping with problems like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), altitude headaches, etc. It will also help in maintaining the sugar level in the body, which is beneficial while expediting Everest.

Climbing gears - Clothes and shoes

No matter what the season is, whether it is winter or summer, it will always be cold on the mountain site. So, it is mandatory to carry warm clothes (like thermals) and other waterproof clothes (including socks, trousers, etc) to make your body safe and comfortable. Also, the right shoes should be chosen because the walking is done for up to 10 hours a day and the wrong choice will damage your legs. The typical recommendation is proper, waterproof, and one-size bigger hiking boots which should be confident of wearing. Being sun smart by carrying decent sunglasses, hats, and buffs will add more consolation to the Mount Everest summit trek.

Environment and food during Everest expedition

During climbing Mount Everest, you will find the environment adorable and peaceful, alongside the cheerful and obliging people who will make both your time and trekking journey worthy and satisfying. Hence, gratitude should be taken as a major attitude. Regarding the food, vegetarian items are recommended during the trek, as there is a chance of being ill eating meat items (as they are likely to have been left unrefrigerated for days in the Himalayas). The items like vegetarian momos (Nepalese Dumplings), Dal Baht, and fried Mars bars are the mains that provide countless energetical help during the Mount Everest climb. The sugar/energy level also may go down, so lots of snacks like nuts, chocolates, chips, and muesli bars should be packed, eating which keeps your energy and spirit up.

Take the risk but avoid rush

While climbing Everest peak, taking a risk is a must in order to enjoy the beauty of nature and the Himalayas. So, the much-conserved type of people should avoid the trek because they are likely to be demotivated in the context of taking the risk. Contrasting to it, you will need to avoid the ‘RUSH’ during this Everest summit expedition, as it can be hazardous. Therefore, the time should be utilized and managed properly so that all the activities would be done in the fixed and estimated period of time.

Previous climbing experience

Experience is earned by trial and practice. So, for trekking, it is likely to have some of the experiences that will lead to a bright, joyous, and successful trek. For this trek to Mount Everest summit, previous experiments with hiking, trekking, and climbing are a plus point. As it will be very difficult to trek directly to Mount Everest peak without any previous mountainous or hilly escapades. You can gain the experience in your own time and place feasibility. However, if you want to experiment with trekking in Nepal, we recommend Everest base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Gokyo valley trek, and Langtang trekking.

The habit of gaining knowledge

You will need to know everything or the basic things about the mountain, do’s and don’ts, acclimatization processes, preventive measures, etc before starting the expedition to Everest. It is a very important procedure to complete. You will be provided all the details about the trip by the company representatives before starting the trip. Yet, you can read different blogs, reviews, articles, and journals by climbers and trekking companies about the Everest mountain and the journey towards it. Likewise, the meetings with the climbers will help you know about the place in a detailed form. Taking advice from them about what to do and what not to do will also be advantageous.

Everest expedition itinerary and cost

Before starting the Everest expedition journey in Nepal, you must properly study in detail the itinerary and cost. The package is prepared, keeping the previous experiences of the expeditors in mind. Thus, it is recommended to avoid blunders like cutting off days from the itinerary. Because it is likely to create a problem during the trek, which might harshly affect the health condition as well. So, be intact with the itinerary and the team leaders and members who will be there to aid you for a smooth expedition journey.

Nepal Trek Adventure & Expedition offers the grand opportunity to reach the top of the highest mountain in the world - Mount Everest at a reasonable cost. The itinerary that we have offered is based on the experiences of the climbers and sherpas who have already gone through vast trails and achieved the glory of standing on the highest point on the earth.

NTA is flexible to run this venture at any season in the year keeping your flexibility and the weather condition in mind. You will be able to join the trip as a solo traveler, duo, trio, or in any group for the Everest expedition. Once you confirm your booking, we will manage everything needed for the travel to make your trip worthwhile and unforgettable. So, become part of the pleasing, comfortable, and glorifying trek, and traverse the beauty of Mount Everest in Nepal with the Nepal Trek team.

In the end, staying at home won’t show you the world. You have to come out of your comfort zone to see the unexpected and dignifying beauty of nature along with mesmerizing services and hospitality. Buckle up!

Anuja Sharma

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