How high is Everest Base Camp

  • Last Updated on Jul 31, 2023

Discover the Altitude: How High is Everest Base Camp? Unveil the exact elevation of this iconic trekking destination and prepare for an awe-inspiring adventure amidst the majestic Himalayas. Find all the essential details here.

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The quick answer to Everest Base Camp Elevation is 5,364m and Mt. Everest at 8,848m is the highest mountain in the world and in fact the highest point in entire planet. By highest point we mean there’s no other structure higher than Everest in Earth.

4 out of 6 highest peaks stand close to Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest is located in Khumbu region and is colloquially known as the head of world. Here are some key facts about Everest and its base camp including its height

How high is Mt. Everest and its base camp?

The height of Mt. Everest is 8,848m and its base camp is nestled at an altitude of 5,364m. The height of Mt. Everest is believed to change every year due to collision of tectonic plates.

How Mt. Everest’s height compare to Mt. Wyacheproof?

Mt Everest is significantly higher than Mt. Wyacheproof at (148m), standing at 8,848m (29,029ft) – whooping 8,700m higher. Even Everest Base Camp at 5,364m is way taller than Mt. Wyacheproof.

What is the distance of Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek?

Starting from Lukla, Everest Base Camp Trek distance is roughly 130 Km (round trip). However, the climbing journey (65km) takes far longer as you need to acclimatize and walk on gradual pace.

If you are physically fit and mentally prepared, 160km journey might not bother you. You have to walk for 6 – 7 hours on mountain terrain in a pace of 5km per hour; which is easily achievable by weekend walkers.

Distance Covered Each Day

Lukla to Phakding
Distance: 9 km
Walking Hours: 4 hours

Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Distance: 12 Km
Walking Hours: 6 hours

Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Distance: 3 – 4 km
Walking Hours: 5 hours

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Distance: 10 Km
Walking Hours: 5 hours

Tengboche to Dingboche
Distance: 12 Km
Walking Hours: 5 – 6 hours

Dingboche to Lobuche
Distance: 12 km
Walking Hours: 5 hours

Lobuche - Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep
Distance: 15 km
Walking Hours: 7 – 8 Hours

Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Pheriche
Distance: 13 km
Walking Hours: 7 hours

Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Distance: 14 km
Walking Hours: 5 – 6 hours

Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Distance: 15 km
Walking Hours: 7 – 8 hours

How long does it take to trek Everest Base camp?

Starting and ending at Lukla, it takes 10 days to complete 130 km round-trip to Everest. Though it includes night extra rest at Namche, we suggest you include one more night at Dingboch in your itinerary. This helps your body acclimatize properly and explore the surrounding vicinity of Mt. Ama Dablam.

How hard is it complete 130km Everest Base Camp Round Trip?

With no road transportation, the only way to reach Everest Base Camp is by trekking through the Khumbu Valley from Lukla (Unless you can afford heli ride)

Depending on your operator, this trek usually takes two weeks to 14 days. This length of time can often bother a novice trekkers; especially majority of trek goes on high altitude.

Likewise, the high altitude profile of the trek certainly makes the journey more difficult. In fact, when altitude factor is removed, it is just a multi-day leisure walk.

Staring from 2,800m at Lukla, you have to achieve 5,364m altitude: It means you are gaining 300m – 400m per day. The steeply rocky trail and frequent coming ups and downs; makes the trek more difficult.

However, with proper acclimatization, preparation and good fitness, the difficulty of Everest Base Camp Short Trek  changes into sweet adventure.

How to stay away from altitude sickness during Everest Base Camp Trek?

Acclimatization is the key factor to consider in order stay away from altitude related sickness in Everest. However, there are other factors which might really help you to stay fit during the Nepal trek.

Here are some important tips which been implemented by our guides and travel planner to avoid sickness during Everest Base Camp Trek:

  • Walk on slow pace
  • Acclimatize your body properly
  • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes and Tabaco
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat balanced food (better to avoid non-veg product)
  • Prepare yourself physically and mentally

What are the best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best season to trek Everest Base Camp depends on how you wish to trek and what you wish to see. For those who loves to see mountains, April – May (spring) and October – November (autumn) are best time to visit Everest. The weather during these months tend to remain stable with clear sky and outstanding views.

For keen botanist, Monsoon welcomes with full of greeneries and surprises. At a same time, it invites the risk of landslide, flood and avalanche. Add to this, the trails are slippery and views are often blocked by dark clouds. We suggest you not to trek Everest in Monsoon. It is said that mountains at its best attire in winter. Though winter trekking is possible, the extremely cold temperature might not be suitable for every trekkers.

Suman Aryal

Suman Aryal

With over 15 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal, Suman is the Managing Director of Dream Heaven Adventure. His passion for trekking has taken him to nearly all of Nepal's popular regions, making him an authorized trekking and tour operator.

Suman has a particular affinity for traveling to the Himalayas, where he has gained deep knowledge about the region's religion, culture, and history. As a part-time blogger, Suman shares his research on the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal, providing his personal touch with insights from his decade-long experience. He also enjoys answering readers' queries with his expert knowledge and personal touch.