Many dream of scaling Mount Everest Base Camp Trek. It is, after all, the tallest mountain in the world. Yet the logistics, the cost, and the fitness required to reach the peak can be daunting for many. That is not such a bad thing since there are still plenty of routes that are more accessible to mere mortals. For example, traveling on foot to the mountain’s base camp is a popular activity for tourists. It is challenging but doable for most with the right preparation and attitude. Here’s how you can survive a Mount Everest Base Camp Trek:

Get as Fit as You Can Be

The most important things that you can bring to Nepal are a fit body and a sound mind. Train as early as you can to boost your fitness level. Many will use an entire year to get physically ready for the challenge. Others already hike regularly so they only need a bit of specific training for a few months. You can run to improve your cardiovascular system and lift weights to increase strength. If you can’t go to the mountains, then put a weight vest on, and go up and down the stairs.

Bring the Right Gear

Be mindful of the weather conditions in Nepal during your scheduled trek. Check typical temperatures and buy gear accordingly. Ask your guides or touring company for advice. Read blogs and forums that deal with this same topic. Learn from the experience of others so you don’t have to repeat the same mistakes. Buy clothes that suit the expected weather and try using them on your local hikes. If you are going to bring poles, then use them extensively so your arms can adapt.

Study the Route

Get familiar with the route that you are about to take. Your guides will probably had you vital material on the subject but you can supplement this with online articles. Know what to expect at each stop so that you can prepare mentally for what’s to come. You will be able to make adjustments faster and better when you have the information you need.

Follow Your Guides

Most guides will be highly interactive with their group months before the trek. Follow their tips as they have been there multiple times and know what to do. Coordinate with them regarding the vaccines you might need and the food that you will be having. Once you get to Nepal and meet them, listen to what they say about the local culture so as not to offend the residents. Stay with the group at all times to avoid unnecessary dangers.