Everest Base Camp Trek Distance, Length and Altitude

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek in Nepal ane one of the most iconic and classic treks in the world. This Everest Trek takes you to the heart of the Sagarmatha region in Nepal.

The total Everest Base Camp trek distance is around 130 km round trip beginning from Lukla. But the distance of this trek can vary depending upon which route you take.

The journey to Everest Base Camp embarks with the 30-minutes adventurous mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport, which is considered as one of the most dangerous airports. From there, you trek through the trail walked by some of the brave men such as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and many others who climbed the Mount Everest.

The Everest Base Camp Trail takes you along the beautiful cultural settlements of Sherpa communities and the staggering Sagarmatha National Park. The trek finally concludes at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Everest Base Camp Trek Distance, length, and altitude.

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance

The total Everest Base camp Trek distance is around 130 KM round trip from Lukla. That means you will first ascend 65 KM to the base camp and hike back to Lukla which is another 65 KM.

Although the walking distance is the same, the 65 kilometers to Everest Base Camp takes far longer as you will be acclimatizing for the few days. Since it is a very high altitude trek, there is a high chance of mountain sickness. Thus, acclimatizing is very important for a safe and successful trek.

If you have a previous trekking experience then 130 KM may not seem like a challenging task. But you should be aware of the fact that the average walking speed in this trek of a human is 5 KM per hour.

If you have the endurance to hike for 5 to 7 hours a day in the high altitude area then you can easily complete the trek. However, if you a novice trekker or a beginner then it is better to hire a porter to make the walk less difficult. The porters will carry all your luggage and you can have a comfortable walk.

On average, you will be covering a distance of 10 to 15 KM per day for 9 days on a standard 15 days Everest Base Camp trek. You may think that 15 KM a day is not that tough but the diverse terrain, high altitude, and the rocky and steep trail will slow you down.

But you can customize your trekking itinerary depending upon your physical and mental strength.

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

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance

 

Everest Base Camp Trek Length

The typical length of the Everest Base Camp trek is about 15 days. But the length of the Everest Base Camp Trek depends on the trekking route you choose to trek to Everest Base Camp. There are various trekking routes such as Jiri to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek which takes longer days to complete.

In a usual 15 Days Everest Base Camp trek itinerary, you will have to hike for around 9 days to reach the Base Camp and just 3 days to return back to Lukla to cover the total Everest Base Camp Trek distance. Plus, you will have a few days for acclimatization in between. This is because the ascent is more difficult than descend.

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Distance Covered Each Day During EBC Trek

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

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Preparation for the trek.

Day 02: Drive to Manthali Airport (Ramechhap); fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

  • Distance Covered: 9 KM
  • Walking Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,438m/11,280 ft)

  • Distance Covered: 12 KM
  • Walking Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazar

Day 05: Namche Bazar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)

  • Distance Covered: 10 KM
  • Walking Duration: 5 hours

Total Distance of Everest Base Camp Trek - View of Namche Bazaar

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft)

  • Distance Covered: 12 KM
  • Walking Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Day 07: Acclimatization in Dingboche

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche

  • Distance Covered: 12 KM
  • Walking Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft)

  • Distance Covered: 15 KM
  • Walking Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pheriche (4,288m/14,070ft)

  • Distance Covered: 13 KM
  • Walking Duration: 7 hours

Day 11: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar via Tengboche

  • Distance Covered: 14 KM
  • Walking Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Day 12: Namche to Lukla (2,860m/9,186ft):

  • Distance Covered: 15 KM
  • Walking Duration: 7 hours

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Ramechhap and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Experiencing Kathmandu

Day 15: Final Departure

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost | Cost of Flight to Lukla

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Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the high altitude treks in Nepal. Thus, the altitude is one of the most vital and challenging parts of this trek.

The Everest Base Camp Trek starts from Lulka which is located at the altitude of 2800 meters. And the highest point of the trek is Kala Patthar which is located at the altitude of 5545 meters. Kala Patthar is the best point to get the view of the mighty Everest and the nearby peaks.

However, you won’t be spending much time in these altitudes as you then hike back down to Pheriche and finally to Lukla

Since the starting point of the Everest trek is in such a high altitude, most people usually are not used to this kind of attitude. That is why these treks involve a few days of acclimatization during your ascent to the base camp.

Itinerary and elevation of the places along the way

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

Due to the diverse altitude, there is a very high risk of altitude sickness during the trek if you don’t acclimatize properly.

So, to avoid the altitude sick, walk slow and steady and never rush. Take enough rest and acclimatize properly. Drink plenty of water and always keep yourself hydrated.

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

Conclusion

The distance plays an important part in the Everest Base Camp trek. The duration of the trek depends on Distance, length, and gradual and steady gain of altitude. Everest base camp covers a long distance and takes a certain period of time to accomplish. So, you must plan and perpare yourself properly to complete the trek conveniently and easily.

Furthermore, if you are any questions or queries regarding this trek, then please feel free to contact us.