Continue our last topic, How to Trek to Everest?
What should I do to get my body in a good condition for trekking?
People always get worried about their body condition when planning a trip to Everest. They may feel anxious if they can acclimatize to the high altitude or not. Thus, they are looking for every way to increase their power for not being beaten by altitude sickness. But actually, there is nothing can guarantee that you will be 100 percent fit at the elevation of 5,545m (18,192 feet) and up. Just remember “slow and steady” is the keywords of a successful trekking, and no matter what the result will be, enjoying yourself is the most important part of your Everest tour.
You can do some cardiovascular training before you trek to Everest, such as swimming, hill climbing, walking, running, etc. Try to make a long walk over 5 hours once a week. Or if there happen to a hill or tall building with long stairs near your house, you can just repeatedly walk up and down when you are free. It’s quite a good exercise for helping to build up stamina.
What should I pack for a Mount Everest Tour?
Try to pack yourself as light as you can. 10-15kg is your aim.
As a mountain covering with snow all year round, it’s getting cold when over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) on Everest. So, the must-carrying list is including a fleece jacket, down jacket and thermal underwear. You can also take two or three T-shirts made of synthetic fabric, which can wick away sweat easier than cotton. Another warm jumper or light fleece is preparing for the night when you are sleeping. A light warm scarf is practical for dealing with cold wind. Regarding the bottom, you can bring two pairs of long pants.
For trekking, of course, you need good light trekking boots and socks. Please do not wear new shoes, because it’s going to be a disaster if they are not broken in correctly. Sneakers or sandals are suitable for evenings.
First Aid Kit
Although your guide will prepare some medicine, you should bring some as well. For example, medication for diarrhea, sticking gauzes for blisters, antibiotics for a chest or sinus contagion, and so on. You need to keep an eye on any sign of altitude sickness, like dizziness, insomnia, short of breathing, loss of appetite, etc. Be noted that bring some Diamox with you as you could not buy it in Tibet. It’s a helpful medication to prevent altitude stress. And you must descend if you could not feel any better after taking medicine.
Gloves, woolen hat, sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses are protecting you from sunburn. A sleeping bag with a good quality which is rated to -20°C/0°F is necessary; the one with a thermal liner is more useful for winter. Lip balms can keep your lips from chapping. Travel towel, tissues, wet wipes are essential stuff.
For optional, you can prepare two bottles with water purification tablets for water drinking. This is a relatively safe way to keep healthy, I mean at least you will not get ill because of the unclean water you buy from lodges.