With a mouth dropping elevation of 29, 029 ft, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the Himalayas. It sits on the border between Nepal and China. Because of its elevation, it attracts numerous climbers on a yearly basis. Many of them are very experienced climbers, and they have the goal to climb the highest mountain in the world above sea level.

Before you can scale the mountain, you must trek to the base of the mountain. There, you will find two well-known base camps. Some choose to climb Mount Everest, but others are just as happy to trek to its base, which is a very strenuous and difficult goal within itself.

The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek begins and ends in the city of Kathmandu. It is normally a 12-day steep terrain trek that covers around 81 miles one way. It provides a unique blend of strenuous activity as well as breathtaking scenery in the Himalayas, which includes spectacular views of Mount Everest. You can also expect to see flowing rivers, farmlands and glaciers as well. The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek will take you through places such as Dinboche, Tengboche, and Namche Bazaar.

Although this is a very popular tourist activity, this is not a trip for beginning hikers. Special training is not required for a Mount Everest Base Camp Trek; however, you must be a very fit and experienced hiker in order to successfully start and complete it. Most guided tours will require a consent form from your personal physician as a requirement.

In addition to a period of acclimatization, you’ll need insulated clothing to provide protection from the region’s harsh wintry weather. This includes plenty layers of fleece or wool jackets, sweaters and hiking boots. You’ll also need necessities such as sun block, water bottles, a sleeping bag and rain protection. Keep in mind that this trek involves hiking a steep altitude, which means you must adhere to strict safety standards in order to complete the trek successfully.

Many different companies can offer a Mount Everest Base Camp Trek, and the prices vary depending on each company and what they have to offer. Most include things such as accommodations in Kathmandu, trek guides and porters to carry your supplies during the treks. However, be advised that most packages do not include food and drinks, which accounts for differences in pricing.

All in all, it may be a dream for many to climb Mount Everest, but others are happy to just trek to the base of the mountain. Do your research and find an option that is suitable for you.