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The Everest Base Camp Trek is undoubtedly the most popular trek in Nepal. Not only that, it is one of the most well-known trekking destinations in the world.

The journey to Everest Base Camp starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla airport that will surely give you an adrenaline rush. From there you will follow the footsteps of some of the brave men like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and numerous other trekkers who have climbed the Everest.

Along the route, you will come across the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park and gradually reach Everest Base Camp.

Allow us to elaborate on the Everest Base Camp Trek Distance, Length, and Elevation.

Distance of Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek distance is a 130 km round trip starting from Lukla – the gateway to Everest.

However, the outward 65 km to Everest Base Camp takes much longer as you need to consider acclimatization. It is almost impossible to trek to Base Camp continuously. Doing so, you will be at high risk of altitude sickness.

Considering ones previous experience in trekking, 130 km might not seem like a long distance. Yet you should be aware that the average walking speed during this trek is 5 km per hour.

So, those who have the stamina to walk 5 to 7 hours in the mountain can easily cover the distance.

To make the walking less difficult you can have a porter who will carry your large bags. This will allow you to focus on getting yourself safely to EBC and back down the trail.

You will be walking 9 days with an average of 15km a day on a standard 16-day trek to EBC. The remaining days will be for rest, acclimatization and in Kathmandu.

Although 15km per day might not seem long, yet the steep and rocky terrain, gradual ascent and high altitude will slow you down. This is more difficult in winter when the snow and ice cover the trails.

But, it is still safe to say that the distance is very attainable for people from all age groups.

You can complete the Everest Base Camp trek by 10, 11,12 or more days. This depends on one’s physical strength and your time preference.

So, let us know if you want to shorten or extend your days. We can arrange the itinerary depending on your time and budget.

Whatever the distance you cover each day, you will have many options for food and accommodations along the route. Although tired you will become after day-trek, your tiredness exhausts in the cozy beds and warm soups of the tea houses en route.

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Length of Everest Base Camp Trek

The standard length of the Everest Base Camp trek is about 16 days. However, there are variations of the route like Jiri to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo lakes trek which takes longer days.

It will take around 8.5 days of trekking to reach the Base Camp and just 2.5 days to return to Lukla. This is because the ascent is more difficult than the descend and some days are for acclimatization.

To get a clear idea of the distances. Let us break down the EBC trek on a day to day basis.

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (capital of Nepal), you will spend overnight at hotel in Thamel area.
  • Day 02: Pre-trek meeting and guided heritages tour of Kathmandu valley
  • Day 03: Drive to airport, fly to Lukla, then trek to Phakding – 8 km (3.5 hours)
  • Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar – 11 km (7 hours)
  • Day 05: Acclimatization day hikes. Gain altitude by doing some side trip but spend overnight at Namche. We hike up to the Everest View Hotel AKA Syangboche and may visit Khumjung Village as well.
  • Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery – 10 km (6 hours)
  • Day 07: Hike from Tengboche to Dingboche – 14.5 km (6 hours)
  • Day 08: Acclimatization day in Dingboche. Explore the area, go to higher elevation and return to Dingboche.
  • Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche – 11 km (7 hours)
  • Day 10: Hike from Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp, then return back to Gorak Shep – 13 km (8 hours)
  • Day 11: Trek from Gorak Shep up to Kalapatthar and then to Pheriche – 18 km (7 hours)
  • Day 12: Trek from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar – 22 km (8 hours)
  • Day 13: Hike from Namche Bazaar to Lukla – 19 km (8 hours)
  • Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

Elevation of Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is a high altitude trek in Nepal where you must be very careful about gaining altitudes every day.

The trek starts from the lowest point of 2800m i. e Lukla. The highest point that you will reach is the Kala Patthar, 5554m, viewing point where you will witness some of the most spectacular views of the Everest and the nearby peaks.

However, you will not spend too much time at that altitude as the trek then descends back down to Pheriche and eventually back to Lukla Airport.

Itinerary and elevation of the places along the way

Day Place Elevation
1 Kathmandu 1345m
2 Lukla/Phakding 2800m/2610m
3 Namche Bazaar 3441m
4 Tengboche 3860m
5 Dingboche 4350m
6 Lobuche 4910m
7 Gorakshep- EBC- Gorakshep 5170m/5364m
8 Kala Patthar 5545m
9 Pheriche 4280m
10 Namche Bazaar 3441m
11 Lukla 2800m
12 Kathmandu 1400m

With the variation in altitude, you are highly prone to altitude sickness if you do not take proper acclimatization along the route. So, to reduce the adverse effect of altitudes you must take gradual ascends. Drink plenty of water and take proper rest along the trail.

In case of severe problems, you can get medical assistance or helicopter evacuations if you have travel insurance for this trek.

Last Say,

There are various ways to reach Everest Base Camp. The distance, length, and various elevation depend on which route you want to choose. And, how much time you have allocated.

The elevation of the Everest region is definitely high. Going slow and steady is the best way to go along. And acclimatization is key, you should not at all skip this day.

It is always a good idea to do proper research before taking the trek. That way you know what to expect and prepare accordingly.

We hope the facts and figures above helped you with your questions and doubts.

If you still want more information on Everest Base Camp trek, please feel free to contact us. It is our pleasure to guide and help you set out on your own trek to the Everest Base Camp.

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Madhav Prasad

Madhav started working as a porter in 2001 and then went on to work as a trekking guide. After working in the trekking and tourism industry for 8 years, he co-founded Mosaic Adventure in 2009. Madhav has trekked to most of the treks in Nepal including Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Indigenous Peoples Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and all of the day hikes around Kathmandu. He has also extensively traveled to other countries like USA, UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Philippines, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Behrain, Thailand, Turkey and India. Madhav is the one who answers most of your questions about trekking and tours and helps to plan your trip by giving a personal touch.

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