Do People Die on Everest Base Camp Trek? If Yes, How to Avoid Death on Everest Base Camp Trek?

Do People Die on Everest Base Camp Trek? If Yes, How to Avoid Death on Everest Base Camp Trek?

I know, it is not a good title, which can scare you. You have to always need to know the good thing and bad both about the places where you go. Perhaps, you have heard a lot about the natural beauties of the Everest base camp trek which make your journey wonderful. There will some death also on the Everest base camp trek sometimes. Then check here: do people die on Everest base camp trek? How to avoid death on Everest base camp trek?

Trekking to the Everest base camp is an enjoyable mountain journey. You will have a great time to explore nature, wildlife, the massive world-class Himalayan range and much more with this trek. Encountering with world’s famous ethnic people Sherpa, who are popular as a mountain climber and knowing their lifestyle should be another curious factor to you on Everest base camp trek.

Now, let’s talk about the death on Everest base camp trek. Is it difficult and do people die often on the trek? The answer is yes, but very rare. Then, how people die on the trek and what you should do to avoid death on the trek?

Altitude Sickness On Everest Base Camp Trek

Mountain rescue

Altitude sickness is the main cause that trekkers may die sometimes on the Everest base camp trek. Most of the trekkers will have some mild symptoms after 3000m of elevation but people die only often. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) could the biggest problem to the trekkers while they are on this trek.

You will fly directly from 1350m to 2840m of elevation so it is already high enough. After landing at Lukla, you will trek to the base camp (5364m) and hike to Kala Patthar (5550m). Though you will not visit this height direct and of course, you will trek more than a week to reach on this highest point.

Altitude can kill but you can be 100% safe with this but how? You need to follow some tips which you find here. First of all, go trekking with enough time. Trekking with rush can bring an accident and easily can get altitude sickness. You need to have a minimum of 16 days from your home to home. With this time, you will have 2 acclimatization rest days for altitude practice during the trek and it is highly recommended.

Altitude sickness mainly effects in brain and lungs. This problem caused by less oxygen and high atmospheric pressure in the air when you reach high elevated lands. People don’t die without any symptoms of altitude sickness. It means you will have some symptoms when you will get the problem.

Badly headache, the hardness of breath while resting, loss apatite,  feel like a drunk, tiredness even while you rest, difficulties for sleeping, vomiting, tingling fingers and toe and some other symptoms occurred earlier. If you would have some of these sings, you need to be careful. Then, what you should do in these cases?

Important thing avoiding altitude sickness is walk slow which makes you comfortable to breathe and you don’t get tired. Drinking plenty of fluid and clean water helps a lot to avoid the problem. Keeping a freezing body is not good because it might harm for blood circulation and will be easy to get altitude sickness so, keep warm yourself as much as you can. Have 250mg Diamox or similar medication every 12 hours after you reach 3000m. But this medicine can make dehydrated, you need to drink plenty of water. Drinking too much water also can disturb your sleep so drink more during the day.

Once symptoms occur, don’t try to go further higher elevation. You need to have one extra day rest at the same place, descend according to the condition or consult with your guide or local health assistant from the place where you will be. Don’t try to go further higher places having medicine with altitude sickness because it can be dangerous. If you decided to descend, always walk with someone.

Some suddenly it can be worst and you might need helicopter evacuation to admit in the hospital. Evacuation flight is unwanted but in case if needed. You need to have a good insurance policy which covers an emergency evacuation up to 6000m of altitude. Hiding symptoms to your group members and guide can bring a bad result so always be friendly and tell problems which saves your life and avoid the death on the Everest base camp trek.

Unwanted Accidents On Everest Base Camp Trek

Khumbu glacier

Trekking through the valley with big hills on the sides somewhere might be dangerous. As other mountain trails, the Everest base camp trek also has some risky surfaces where you need to be careful to avoid that sudden and unknown accidents.

Most of the trail along the trek is nice and clear but you need to walk through the riverside and closet to the cliff somewhere. There should be some narrow trail and can easily slide and fall over which can be caused of death often.  There will be snow with a narrow path during winter and beginning of spring and the trail can be slippery. You will encounter with local porters with heavy loads and some animals carrying stuff. They will be walking and might push by the loads which they will be carrying. You need to be careful with them too during the trek. You will see some wildlife and yak on the way while you will be walking. You might like to take their picture. There also should be an accident sometimes.

So, what to do with these things? If you are on the narrow surface and encounter with other people, porters, mules, and yaks; you need to stand on the safe side. Also, be careful if you are on a safe spot while you will be taking pictures of nature or anything. Taking pictures of wildlife from some spots, you need to stay on the secure spots making some angle that if the rocks fall from them and not hit you. You will see some waterfall and rivers along the way and might like to go closer to them. Be sure if there is ice where you can fall and can have any kind of accidents. Think and be sure if it is safe to go or not before going closer.

If you follow these tips while you will on the Everest base camp trek, you will be 100% safe. So, you must follow these instructions to avoid the death on the Everest base camp trek.

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Written by Rajesh Thapaliya

I am Rajesh Thapaliya working in the Nepalese tourism industry for more than a decade and a half as a tour leader and trekking/ tour operator in Frolic Adventure Pvt. Ltd. I have been to most of the Nepalese Himalayan base camps and historical heritage sites. I write my Nepal travel experience and love photography.