Trekking to Everest Base Camp was that one thing on our bucket list that felt unattainable. Sitting on that list for a long time, we never thought we'd have the skills, knowledge, money or opportunity to even try.
Then during our travels we met other people, just like us, who said they made the trek. After talking about their experiences for a while, we were convinced we had to go. There would be no better time than now. It was kind of like when we were in South America and persuaded into going to the Galapagos.
We didn't do much training and our knowledge of the how to make the trek was very minimal, but we knew we wanted to do it on our own, independently, without any expensive tour company.
After making it to EBC and back, we've put together a complete guide to show you exactly how you too can trek to Everest Base Camp independently on a budget without being a super athlete or an expert on the Himalayas.
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Use this information we've created as your guide to make your own journey. In addition, we encourage you to trek responsibly. Here are a few ways you can hike consciously in the Himalayas:
- Please, please, please don’t throw any rubbish on the ground! If you do, we can’t be friends! The Everest Base Camp trek has received some bad press in the past for all the trash hikers leave behind. Over the last decades though, many organizations have worked to clean up this wilderness area and educate those passing through about the environment. While we were there, we didn’t notice much trash (other than one specific path). But we need to work hard to keep it this way. I'd even urge you to pick up some pieces of trash you see, especially on your way down the mountain.
- Hire a local guide or porter. Although we didn’t do this, it can be a great way to create meaningful work for the local people. Going with a local guide/porter is less expensive than going with a larger company, and you it ensures that the money is going to an individual rather than to a company’s advertising budget or office rental fees.
- Be kind. Say “Namaste” to passing porters, be courteous and get out of their way. Be respectful if you enter monasteries and treat the wildlife around you with respect.
- Consider the waste you create. Any wrappers, plastics or bottles you throw away on the trail in a bin will need to be trekked down on a person’s shoulders. When you consider it that way, it makes it all that much more important to limit the amount of waste you create.
A couple easy ways to limit the waste you create:
Sterilize you water with a SteriPen instead of buying bottles along the way (it’ll save you money too!).
Ladies: bring tampons without applicators (I like OB brand), or use a menstrual cup (although it may be difficult to clean properly on the trail).
Have a plastic bag dedicated to wrappers you use. This way, you're carrying it out yourself rather than passing that job off on someone else.