32 Things You Need to Know Before Doing the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
The Mount Everest Base Camp trek has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. While a lot of my friends would cringe at the idea and say things like, "It just sounds awful," I thought the opposite. I love challenging myself and doing things that scare me, and traveling to Nepal and hiking up to 17,600 feet and back down again over the course of two weeks definitely scared me. But this past April, after two years of planning, I finally freaking did it. I completed the trek with my husband, sister, brother-in-law, and another couple through Mountain Gurus, and it was, by far, the hardest and most amazing thing I've ever done.
Since I've been back, friends and family have asked me so many questions about the trek, including how hard it really is and if I would ever do it again. The answers to those are very and probably not, but there's so much I wish I would have known before going from someone who's been there. Like how you definitely have to bring your own toilet paper, how you'll go to bed at 9 p.m. at the absolute latest, and how hot showers cost money . . . but you won't even want to take one anyway (trust me).
If you're thinking about crossing the Mount Everest Base Camp trek off your bucket list (do it!), keep reading for 32 tips to keep in mind while packing, traveling, and starting one of the biggest, most amazing journeys of your life.