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.
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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 making it slow to properly acclimatize. It is almost impossible to trek to Base Camp continuously without adjusting your body to increasing altitude. If you do Everest Base Camp trek without acclimatization, you will be putting yourself at higher risk of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
If you have got previous experience in multi-day trekking, 130 kilometers might not seem like a long distance. Yet, you should be aware that the average walking speed during this trek is more than 3km per hour and altitude not less than 3000 meters.
So, those who have the stamina and physical fitness to walk around 5 to 7 hours in the mountain terrain can cover this long distance to get to the Everest Base Camp.
To cover the Everest Base camp trek distance you can hire a porter who will carry your large bags and you just walk the entire length of EBC with small backpack. Hiring porter will allow you to focus on getting yourself safely to EBC and back down the trail and at the same time you are helping local economy by creating a job.
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, return flight to Lukla and stay 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 could be more difficult if you are planning to trek to Everest Base Camp during months of 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 if you well prepare yourself for successful trek to Everest Base Camp .
You can complete the Everest Base Camp trek in 12 or more days. This depends on one’s physical strength and your time preference but to make it safely we do not recommend it doing in less than 12 days unless you book Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return. If you book this helicopter return trip, then only you can do it safely as proper acclimatization is made before ascending towards the Mt Everest Base Camp.
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.
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 and length of Everest Base camp trek increases accordingly.
It will take 8 days of trekking to reach the Mt Everest Base Camp and just 3 days to return to Lukla and one another day out of 12 days is for return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Ascend takes longer because the climbing up is more difficult compared to going down; it takes long to go up as there are two days for acclimatization as well.
To get a clear idea of the Everest Base Camp Trek Distance. 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
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
|7||Gorakshep- EBC- Gorakshep||5170m/5364m|
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; whatever your problem is always speak to your guide.
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 these acclimatization day. Acclimatization day is not rest day, so don’t think it as rest day. On these acclimatization days, you hike to higher elevation hill and return to where you started your 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.
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