Top 6 Myths About Everest Base Camp Trek

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About 5000 reached the summit of Mount Everest since the time Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary reach the peak in 1953. Almost 306 people have died climbing the mountain and 11 by the mid of 2019.

Everest’s peak keeps on shining 5.5 miles above the sea level. To reach the summit successfully, the climbers need to be brave enough to cross the dead zone that is more than 26,000 feet up. In this region, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen. However, the experience of climbing Everest is quite different than what you can imagine. Here are a few misconceptions discussed on the world’s highest mountain.

Myth#1 It’s the Tallest Mountain in the World

Yes, you read it right! It’s a myth that Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. We all have been taught that Mount Everest is the tallest. Which is not the truth. Instead, the Mauna Kea, which is an island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano.

Myth#2 Only Select a Few to Climb:

Climbing Everest is not visiting the park. The success rate of Mount Everest Climbers is only 29%. Despite this fact, people get permission to climb Everest every year. Every year, for Annapurna base camp Nepal trek, Nepal tourism board issues 381 permits so far.

Myth#3 You Get Close to Nature:

With an increasing number of visitors, the mountain’s sensitive environment is getting damaged. In a clean-up effort by the April this year, we collected more than 6,613 pounds garbage in first 2 weeks, which contains plastics, discarded climbing gear, bottles, plastics and empty cans.

Myth#4 Sherpas Drag Members to the Summit:

Just like any living being, anyone would want to save their life before anyone else’s life. So, dragging members to the summit will pull their life at risk. Whereas sherpas are motivated to earn an extra $1,000 with summit bonuses, they are likely to encourage members. However, in most cases, it has been seen that members push sherpas to keep going.

Myth#5 You Need to Take Years of Preparation:

It’s not true at all, and the Nepalese government doesn’t require climbers to go through any training session before the Everest summit. We are Everest base camp as well as Annapurna circuit trek organiser who facilitate a number of adventure seekers to climb the Everest.

However, the first step anyone who is considering Everest trek must consider is the physical condition. It’s a way to discover the pre-existing condition that can cause you ill health at a high altitude.

Myth#6 Most Climbers Die In the Khumbu Icefall: Though falls are the primary reason of death on Everest at 67, Icefall collapse took 15 in this list by 2015. The most death cases happen due to altitude sickness and illness-related death. Most deaths occur because people don’t even realise when to turn round or don’t listen to the advice by someone experienced.

So, these were a few myths you will be content of knowing. And, unless you put yourself in the extreme condition of such a great mountain region, you would never know how to react.

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