Everest Base Camp Trek Route, Length and Duration

EBC trek is an iconic multi-day trekking route situated in the Himalayan mountains region of Nepal. The Everest Base Camp Trek route offers spectacular mountain views and passes through a variety of diverse environments, ranging from lush green pastures to icy rocky glaciers. Along the way, you will explore breathtaking landscapes, stroll around Sagarmatha national park, and visit monasteries and Sherpa villages. The length of the trek depends on individual fitness levels and personal preferences, but it generally takes 12-15 days for roundtrip completion.

Length and Duration

The Everest Base Camp Trek provides an incredible, yet strenuous journey up to the famous base camp on Mount Everest. Travelers face the challenge of 80 miles (130km) of the high-altitude route. It normally takes between 12 and 15 days to complete. Starting from Lukla, trekkers will experience long days of walking and acclimatization with rest days continuing along the same path.

We plan out the typical itinerary in smaller daily sections of 8-10 miles (13-16km) each. 15 kilometers per day is not that terrible because you realize that the average walking speed is around 5 kilometers per hour. The difficult terrain, steep rise, and significant elevation gains that need to be achieved will prevent you from trekking at that speed, of course. However, We can complete this trek at a comfortable pace below the average trekking speed. For this reason, mental preparedness will be very important while trekking. Hence, Mentally prepared people who are engaging in regular physical activity can complete this trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Route

The classic route to reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC) begins with a short flight from Kathmandu. From this route, you will make your way along established trails. From this route, you will get spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and lush meadows. The classic Everest Base Camp Trek route begins from Lukla. You will start your trekking journey and make your way along the beautiful Dudh Koshi river valley and stay at Phakding. From there, you will visit coffee shops and small villages as you reach Namche Bazaar – the gateway to Mount Everest.

Yak on himalayan mountain trek to everest base camp
Yak on a Himalayan mountain trek to Everest base camp

At an elevation of 3500m, this bazaar provides basic amenities like banking services, and stores selling essential supplies such as food and clothing. The tea houses serve local favorites such as momos (dumplings) and chowmein (noodles) in this bazaar. From there you will take a couple-hour hike on a winding path through the picturesque landscape to Tengboche Monastery before going further up to Dingboche.  The next day you will cross Imja Khola and trek towards Dingboche. From Dingboche, the trail joins the Thugla pass and brings you toward Lobuche.

Finally, on the next day from Lobuche, you will trek through the Khumbu glacial path towards Gorakshep and to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate destination of this trek. Following the day you will also make it to Kalapatthar(5545m) the highest point of the trek.

Elevation

EBC trek is the high altitude trek.  It is appropriate for individuals with previous high-altitude trekking experience. From the first day of the trek, trekkers will embark on their EBC trek from Lukla which locates at 2680m from the sea level. We have included a few acclimatization days in the program because most people are not accustomed to this type of altitude. To facilitate acclimatization and guarantee safety, the journey to Everest Base Camp must have trekked at a far slower rate.

Trekker in khumbu valley on a way to everest base camp
Trekker in Khumbu valley on a way to Everest base camp

The EBC trip begins at a starting elevation of 2,680 meters in Lukla and ascends to its highest point at a height of 5,545 meters in Kala Patthar. During the entire journey, there is a total altitude rise of around 2,865m. Subsequently, This trek’s typical daily elevation rise will be between 400 and 800 meters.

Trek Everest base camp within 10 days or less

Reaching the Everest base camp and again returning from the trail path can be tiring and lengthy. For that reason, there is another option where you can choose a helicopter for your return from the base camp. The most popular 10 days Everest base camp trek is designed for those who want to experience the majestic scenery of Mount Everest but don’t have the time or energy to complete a full trek. With this tour, you’ll be able to explore the base camp in just 10 days and enjoy a helicopter ride back down to Lukla. In a similar manner, you can also complete the trek within 7 days.

To make the trek even more comfortable and you can choose to fly directly to Kathmandu from the Base camp. This trek can be also completed within less than 10 days easily. These kinds of trekking options are being more popular in the Everest region in recent days.  The combination of the Trekking adventure and the thrill of the Helicopter Flight which witnesses the grandeur of the world’s highest base camp is unmatched by any kind of activity around the world.

However, we recommend this type of trek for people who want to finish it in a short duration with luxury. Life Himalaya highly encourages you to explore these activities assuring full satisfaction and worth of your time and money.

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