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Typical Day on the EBC trail

Apr 2024

Lots of people always ask what a typical day on an Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek looks like. Especially when you only hike around 3-6 hours per day; what do you do the rest of the time? Hopefully this blog will help answer this question…

Eary starts

For most trekking groups, breakfast is around 7am, so you can be out the door and trekking by 7.30am. This might seem early, especially if you only have 3 or 4 hours ahead of you, but trust me, this early start is worth it. The weather is so clear at this time and so the view of those beautiful Himalayan mountains that you’ve travelled all this way to see, is incredible!

As you get closer to midday, the clouds start to roll in and those spectacular views rapidly disappear. So when you are lying in bed at 6.30am, nice and warm under the blanket, just remember those views and that will help you jump out of bed!

 

Start the day with a good breakfast

The breakfast menus are fairly standard across all the lodges and consist mainly of egg options, porridge and toast. But getting some good fuel on board is important, as you’ll be surprised how many calories you are burning, especially the higher up the valley you go!

 

The Trekking

Every day of this trek is spectacular, with each day brining very different scenery to appreciate, so make sure you enjoy every moment. The terrain changes as your elevation increases and its amazing to see all the different villages perched within the mountains. And make sure you always look up. Those 7000m and 8000m peaks will be surrounding you and sometimes they appear from nowhere through the clouds,; a sight you do not want to miss!

You’ll probably stop for a tea break (the famous ‘ginger lemon honey’ combo) after a few hours of trekking. This break is not only important for hydration and to rest but also to allow your body to acclimatise. Make the most of these stops, rather than focussing on getting to your destination. Take some photos, chat to your group members or those sat around you and enjoy the fact you are in the middle of the Himalayas!

It won’t be long before you stopping for your lunch. Depending on the day, this may be at a village along the way, or it could be at your final destination. It might also seem quite early for lunch, but this is because you will have started trekking early. Make sure you eat something, as every opportunity to get fuel on board is important. Similar to breakfast, lunch menus are fairly similar along the trail. It manly consists of noodle, pasta, rice, toast and pizza options! Enjoy!

 

At your destination

When you arrive, you’ll be offered some more tea! As an English person, I love how much tea you drink out here! Once you’ve taken a rest and rehydrated, I always advise that you take some time for some ‘Mountain Admin’. This means getting your gear sorted for the next day, so you know where everything is, everything is dry and in best condition for the following day. For example:

  1. Take off any damp socks and/or tops and put somewhere to dry, so it is ready to be worn again tomorrow.
  2. Fill up any water bottles so you can stay hydrated for the rest of the day
  3. If using a down sleeping bag, take it out if its bag so it can expand ready for when you jump in to bed.
  4. Get snacks out of your duffel ready for the next day hiking.
  5. Ensure you day bag is ready for the next day.

In term of things to do, some places have more to see than others.

In Namche, you are spoilt for choice for souvenir shops, art galleries and cafes. There is the most amazing chocolate cake at ‘eat well’ in Namche. In Dingboche, you have to try to the most incredible hot chocolate at Cafe 4410. There are also mountain movies shown in the afternoon in Namche and Dingboche with altitude Mountain Sickness prevention talks being given in Periche by the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association – if that’s the route you take).

If you trek via the higher route of Phortse, make sure to check out the climbing centre that was funded by the Lowe foundation which has some incredible mountaineering books, including some famous first editions!

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Grab a Lehara Sports Massage

During your acclimatisation stops in Namche and Dingboche you can grab a Sports Massage from one of the UK trained Lehara Sports Massage therapists. Their techniques will help your muscles recover, reduce the chances of injury and muscle cramping and ensure you are ready for the next day of your trek. Your money also gets invested straight back in tot the community so you can FEEL GOOD while DOING GOOD.

The Sports Massage clinics are at:

  1. Namche: Khumbu Lodge
  2. Dingboche: Hotel Chomolungma

 

Click here to book or WhatsApp +44 7824323679

 

Evening Activities

Enjoy getting to know the rest of your group, your guides and the lodge owners. It is amazing what lifelong friends are formed on the trail. Card games and chess games are a common occurrence in the lodges especially as lots of people are trekking in groups. Don’t be surprised if your competitive guide wants to get involved and is the local Shit Head (card game) or Chess champion! Activities like these, where you can rest your legs are also a great way to spend your time.

 

Early nights

Going to bed at 7pm or 8pm – surely not! But yes, that very quickly becomes the norm. Getting a good nights sleep is so important for acclimatisation and helps to ensure your body is rested and ready for the next day. It also gets harder and harder to sleep as you increase your elevation so make the most of those sleeps early in the trek.

 

An Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime trek, filled with incredible experiences, so make sure you enjoy every moment. It is amazing how quickly each day passes by, and suddenly you are hiking up that final hill to Lukla and taking off from that crazy Tenzing Hillary runway. But I can assure you that you will be leaving the Khumbu valley with new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.