Planning a trek to Everest Base Camp? Looking to retrace the footsteps of greats like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay? Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will help you complete this most beautiful of journeys.
· Take small steps going uphill
While ascending, the longer steps you take, the more effort you body will have to exert to push your weight upwards. Purposely taking shorter steps will help you reduce the power you use while climbing and keep you energized for longer. They also help maintain the balance. Lunge-up type steps (and over stretches) are the big one-off energy expenditures that can quickly cause tiredness.
· Plan several footsteps ahead
You need to plan way ahead of where you are right now while climbing uphill. The shortest route might not always be the best option. While trekking to Everest base camp, you will experience a terrain that will test you to your limits. You need to look for a way that will save energy as well as keep you safe.
· Zigzag steep ascents and descents
Taking a zigzag route reduces the gradient you are hiking. This simple step makes it easier to climb or in the case of descent, to slow down your pace. Still this method should be used carefully as it adds distance to your hike and thus, can be a huge energy spender.
· Use your hands
Get your hands dirty by using surrounding rocks and boulders to help you stay balanced and secure on steep ascents and descents. Do not hesitate while grabbing hold of anything to keep you steady. Do whatever you can to keep going.
· Take energy snacks and water more frequently
Especially when ascending, your body will burn more energy. You need to replenish it by taking something to eat at regular intervals. Keep snacks like energy bars, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, etc. handy. Water is also essential. Stay hydrated with regular sips of water to replace water lost through perspiration.
· Kick your heels in
Remember that while going downhill, rushing will only send you out of control. Keep your pace slow, lean back a little and push your weight on to the earth through your heels. Or you can stand on your side and lower yourself one step at a time. While trekking Everest Base Camp, different kinds of terrains will present different challenges. Be particularly careful on very steep descents especially if the grass or rocks are wet or is there are loose stones. Choose your path carefully.
· Use Trekking Poles
Poles will give you extra control of your speed and balance. Whether you are climbing up or going down, trekking poles help you keep your balance and steady yourself in a difficult situation. They also help by reducing the pressure, wear and tiredness of your knees and legs and the rest of your body as well. This is especially in the case of downhill ascends. The pole will also come in handy if you need an emergency break.
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