Everest base camp trek is one of the most exciting trekking holiday in the world. Any trekker can enjoy spectacular Himalayan view (more than 100 Himalayan view including Mt. Everest), beautiful scenery & landscape, Himalayan glacier, the culture of Sherpa people, various monasteries of the Khumbu valley & gain the adventure trekking experience for the lifetime in 2023.
Before your trekking tour to Everest base camp; there might be few questions people generally asked are;
1) What is the elevation or height of Everest Base Camp?
The elevation or height of Everest base camp is 5,364 meters and elevation of Kala Patthar or Kalapatthar is 5,545 meters (18,192 ft). Kala Patthar is highest point of the trek.
2) How long does it take to climb Mount Everest Base Camp?
It can be complete in 13 days too (total duration in Nepal) if you have limited time but 17 days in Nepal is good for your comfortable Everest base camp trek where walking days will be 12 which offers spectacular scenery & Himalayan view.
For the Everest base camp trek to begin, we take an amazing mountain flight to Lukla at the altitude of 2800 meters and suitable for private and group advneture trek seekers. This is quite a hike in altitude so it’s advantageous to walk for three or four hours to Phakding, which lies at the slightly lower altitude i.e. 2600 meters. This is nearly all downhill or flat. If you arrive early you can walk over to the Gumba (Buddhist Monastery). Next day in EBC hiking, we will walk to Namche Bazaar (3500m). This is only 6 to7 hours easy walk and reasonably level. You will be walking through a lovely agricultural area with pines and snow clad peaks in the distance on the way to Namche Bazaar. The next day should be an acclimatization day in Namche but there are things we can do if we keep an eye on the altitude. Some of you will need this rest day so as to let your body catch up to the elevation and cope with the environment before carrying on. Namche has bookshops, gift shops, bakeries and monasteries which you might love to explore.
We will have an early climb up to the ridge (about 20 minutes) to see the big peaks. Then, after breakfast, we will probably go for a day -walk out to Thamo. This is only two hours away but if we dawdle, look at everything, take lots of photos and have lunch there, it may take time. From Thamo you can experience great views of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Kwangde and Ama Dablam which are highlight of trek to Everest base camp. There’s facility of a great lodge too. After continuous walk of 3 hours, we will get Thangboche.
On the next day, we will climb up to Dingboche which can feel strenuous. After an initial climb, it is long and gradual but you are at an altitude of around 4,000 meters now, so it feels hard. The views are fantastic from here, Lhotse and Ama Dablam in particular. If you are feeling up to it, the last day will be a walk up to Chukung, which is about two hours away and only 300 meters up. The views are AMAZING. We will be in a bowl surrounded by peaks with glaciers glittering in the sun. If you are feeling fantastically fit (most unlikely) you can stay overnight at Chukung and climb Chukung Ri with a guide the next morning. We have two nights at Dingboche.
Next day we will walk up to Lobuche (4950m) and the next day after that, Ghorakshep (5140m) which is the nearest spot from Everest base camp. This day we will visit Everest base camp (5,364 meters – this is the dream of your adventure, world’s highest base camp for trekking). And another day we will make our journey to Kalapatthar (5545m) to have a close view of Mount Everest range, this is the ultimate destination of Everest base camp trekking. And then, we continue hiking to Pangboche (3,985 m) and continuously walk for days to Mong La (3850m), Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Lukla to finish your dream hiking to EBC. There are no flights till the next morning so you can spend your late afternoon on the street in Lukla, meeting other trekkers coming and going and share your stories. We will fly down to Kathmandu the next morning. After the EBC trip you can enjoy your holiday as per itinerary… Sightseeing or shopping can be arranged in Kathmandu – as you like.
Everest base camp trek highlights
- Take an exciting scenic flight to Lukla
- Visit Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
- Experience unique Sherpa culture
- Fascinating with a breathtaking Himalayan views from Kalapatthar
- Feel the adventure at base camp of Mt. Everest
- Visit beautiful town at Namche Bazaar
- Stop by many Buddhist monasteries of Khumbu region
Altitude chart of Everest Base Camp trekking