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16 Jan 2024 Himalaya Trip

The Everest Base Camp trek is an iconic trek in the Everest region which is a dream destination of enthusiastic trekkers. If travelers are planning for the Everest Base Camp trek and are concerned about the trek duration. Then, we present this article to give you detailed information on ‘How long is Everest Base Camp Trek?’ Everest Base Camp Trek duration takes 12-14 days and more than that depending upon the trek route selected or the pace of the trekkers. But, the standard Everest base camp trek is 12 days.

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance and Duration

The standard Everest Base Camp Trek duration is 12 days and the total trek distance it covers is 124 km or 77 miles starting and ending both at Lukla. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Distance and Duration in Table

DayTrek DestinationDistanceDuration
1 Lukla to Phakding8 kilometers4 Hrs.
2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar11 kilometers5-6 Hrs.
3 Namche Bazaar Day Hike7 kilometers3-4 Hrs.
4 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche9 kilometers5-6 Hrs.
5 Tengboche to Dingboche10 kilometers6 Hrs.
6 Dingboche Acclimatization (Day Hike)6 kilometers3-4 Hrs.
7 Dingboche to Lobuche8 kilometers5-6 Hrs.
8 Trek to Gorakshep, EBC Day Trip11 kilometers8-9 Hrs.
9 Hike to Kalapatthar, Trek to Pheriche16 kilometers7-8 Hrs.
10 Pheriche to Namche Bazaar19 kilometers7-8 Hrs.
11 Namche Bazaar to Lukla19 kilometers7-8 Hrs.
Everest Base Camp Trek daily distance in KM or Hours.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu – Lukla by fly, trekking to Phakding (2,860m)
Trek distance: 8km
Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Attractions:
The Buddhist Mantra carved on stone, Mane walls, and monasteries in the vicinity
Attractive Villages: Chheplung, Thado Koshi, Ghat, Phakding

Enjoy an adventurous scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Then start the trek to Phakding passing through a beautiful forested trail. Traverse attractive villages such as Chheplung, Thado Koshi, and Ghat to reach Phakding. Witness the Buddhist mantras carved on stones, mane walls, colorful prayer flags, prayer wheels, and monasteries in the vicinity.
Day 01 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 02: Phakding – Manjo – Jorsalle – Namche (3,440m)
Trek distance: 11km
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Attractions:
Many suspension bridges and the most popular Hillary suspension bridge
Sagarmatha National Park
First Mount Everest view on the way to Namche
Pretty Villages: Tok Tok, Bangker, Manjo, Jorsalle, and Namche

Trek on an ascending trail uphill towards Manjo. Trekkers cross through many suspension bridges including the most popular Hillary Suspension Bridge. Reach at the entrance of the highest altitude situated Sagarmatha National Park walking through diverse flora. If lucky encounter some wild animals. Complete all permit verification at Manjo and pass through Jorsalle to reach Namche, the Sherpa capital. From Namche, if the weather is clear get your first Mt. Everest view.
Day 2 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 03: Acclimatization Day (Hike to Everest View Hotel, Visit Khumjung village) and back to Namche (3,440m)
Trek distance: 6.6km
Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Attractions:
Hike to Syangboche Airport, Everest View Hotel, Khumjung village
Opportunity to see Yeti Scalp at Khumjung monastery
Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung
Best View of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Konde, Thamserku, Kangtega and others.

An acclimatization rest day at Namche begins with a hike to Syangboche Airport situated at the highest altitude (3,780m). Next, hike to Everest View Hotel to get the best views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Konde, Thamserku, Kangtega, and others. After witnessing stunning views, explore to lovely Khumjung village. Visit Khumjung monastery and get an opportunity to see the purported Yeti scalp. Also, visit the Sherpa Museum and Sir Edmund Hillary School. Rest of the time give yourself refreshment treats at Namche. Enjoy coffee, continental foods, and bakery goods.
Day 3 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 04: Namche – Kyangjuma – Phunki Tanga – Tengboche (3,860m)
Trek distance:  9km 
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Attractions:
Beautiful Mount Everest and other Himalaya views
Beautiful Settlements: Kyangjuma, Phunki Tanga, and Tengboche
Largest Tengboche Monastery Sunset view over the Himalayas If you are lucky you may see Musk deer

Ascend gradually and pass through the beautiful settlements of Kyangjuma, Phunki Tanga to reach Tengboche. Witness spectacular views of Thamserku and Ama Dablam. At Tengboche, visit the largest Tengboche Monastery in the region. The prayer time is at 3 pm every day. If you are lucky, you can witness Musk deer. In the evening, adore the mesmerizing sunset view over the Himalayas.
Day 4 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 05: Tengboche – Pangboche – Somare – Dingboche (4,410m)
Trek distance: 10km
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Attractions:
Beautiful Himalayas view during the trek (Ama Dablam, Lhotse, etc.)
Oldest Pangboche Monastery
Lovely Villages: Diboche, Pangboche, Somare, and Dingboche

Trek through the forested trail of conifer, willow, and rhododendron and navigate through the lovely villages of Diboche, Pangboche, and Somare. At Pangboche, visit the oldest Pangboche monastery. On the trek route, get glimpses of the spectacular Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and surrounding peaks. Reach Dingboche and get a sight of terraced fields of buckwheat, and diverse crops.
Day 5 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 06: Acclimatization Day (Hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak), and back to Dingboche.
Trek distance: 6km
Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Attractions:
Hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak Breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lhotse, Nuptse, and others.
The second acclimatization day at Dingboche starts with a hike to Nangkar Tshang Peakwhich lasts for 3-4 hours. Get a breathtaking view of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other surrounding peaks. Return to Dingboche and spend the rest of the time exploring the surroundings and interacting with the locals.
Day 6 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 07: Dingboche – Thukla – Lobuche (4,910m)
Trek distance: 8km
Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Attractions:
Beautiful Himalayas view Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Khumbu Glacier, and Cho la Pass trail
Beautiful landscapes, Snowy glaciers, and breathtaking sceneryMany memorial statues who died on the Everest expedition

Pass through a narrow valley admiring the beautiful landscapes, and snowy glaciers, and reach Thukla. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Khumbu Glacier, and Cho la Pass trail throughout the trek. Also, witness memorial statues of dead Everest expediting mountaineers. Reach Lobuche after ascending for an hour.
Day 7 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 08: Trekking to Gorakshep (5,140m), Hike to Everest Base camp (5,364m)
Trek distance:  11km
Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
Attractions:
The biggest achievement of this Trek, reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
Nearest view of Khumbu glacier
Astonishing Lhotse, Nuptse, and other Himalayas view

Trek to the iconic Everest Base Camp begins from Lobuche. Trek on the trail with several ascend and descend to reach Gorakshep. Stop for lunch at Gorakshep. Hike for some hours and finally reach the Everest Base Camp. It is the biggest achievement for trekkers to reach an altitude of 5,364 m. The air is thin and breathing may be difficult but the surrounding views are exceptional. Relish the astonishing views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and surroundings. Explore the camp for some time and also witness the impressive Khumbu glacier and trek back to Gorakshep.
Day 8 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Video

Everest Base Camp 5364m
Day 09: Climb to Kalapatthar (5,550m), and trek down to Dingboche (4,410m)
Trek distance: 16km
Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
Attractions:
Summit highest point Kalapatthar 5,550m, near the viewpoint of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and other peaks.
Close-up view of southern Mt. EverestThis day is a trek to the remarkable Kalapatthar viewpoint at an elevation of 5,550 m which is the maximum elevation gain of this trek.

Start the day adoring the spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks. Have breakfast and trek forward to the vantage point Kalapatthar. From here, get a close-up southern view of the world’s highest Mt. Everest, and other surrounding peaks. Take some snaps, create some beautiful memories, and trek back to Dingboche.
Day 9 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 10: Dingboche – Pangboche – Tengboche – Namche (3,440m)
Trek distance: 19km
Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions:
Attractive villages: Somare, Pangboche, Tengboche, and Namche
Beautiful scenery, and stunning surrounding mountain vistas

Pass through the attractive villages of Somare, Pangboche, and Tengboche walking on ascending and descending trails. Get rewarded with beautiful scenery and stunning views of surrounding mountain vistas. Traverse back through the forested trail to reach Namche. Rest, relax, and enjoy at Irish Pubs or bakery shops or stroll around the Namche market.
Day 10 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 11: Namche – Manjo – Phakding – Lukla (2,860m)
Trek distance: 19km
Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions:
Beautiful scenery and towering snow-capped peaks

Descending through Namche HillThe trek begins on a descending trail through Namche Hill which is fascinating. Trek pass beautiful settlements and cross the Sagarmatha National Park to reach Phakding. The beautiful surroundings and towering snow-capped peaks throughout the trek teases trekkers for the last time in this Everest region. Pass through Ghat and trek a little further to reach Lukla.
Day 11 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu, and drive back to the Hotel.
Flight distance: 135km
Flight Hours: 30 minutes 
Attractions:
Scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

The Everest Base Camp trek finally comes to an end. It’s time to bid farewell to this beautiful Everest region. With tons of sweet and unforgettable memories, board on Lukla flight. Adore the beautiful scenery and snow-capped peaks from the flight. It takes 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Upon arriving at the airport, drive back to the hotel for rest.Note: If you do this trek in the months of April and the first half of May, take a 4-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap and fly to Lukla. Besides April and the first half of May month, there is a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Day 12 of Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Map

everest base camp trek map
everest base camp trek map

Teahouses at Everest Base Camp Trek

Basic teahouses are the accommodation types for budget-friendly trekkers during the base camp trek. There are lavish lodges/hotels for luxury trekkers as well. Most teahouses are basic but comfortable to stay with limited facilities such as beds, quilts, mattresses, and pillows. An additional cost for the use of Wi-Fi, laundry, hot shower, and hot water is required. Room-sharing is common during the peak season.

Foods in Everest Base Camp Trek

Full board 3-course meals are provided during the Everest Base Camp trek. There are abundant options from Nepalese cuisine to continental cuisine of your preferences. The food served is healthy and hygienic. At Namche, trekkers can enjoy bakery foods and coffee. For drinking, buying mineral water, filling tap water, or boiling water from teahouses are options. We suggest carrying a water bottle and water purifying solutions for safe drinking.

All-inclusive Everest Base Camp Trek

Himalaya Trip organize all inclusive Everest Base Camp Trek which is very popular and most demand package. According to your desire and expectation, it can be modified. Here is the all inclusive Everest Base Camp Trek standard package.

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus depending on group size.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance fee.
  • Kathmandu- Lukla – Kathmandu flight ticket with Airport departure tax.
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 2 Hot Shower (One in Namche and One in Lukla).
  • One English-speaking government certificate holder trekking guide and trekker’s 2:1 porter.
  • Guide and porters: food, accommodation, insurance, salary, flight ticket, and equipment etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Seasonal fresh fruit such as Apple and Pomegranates etc.
  • Duffel Bag
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to avoid high risk).
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • 13% government VAT and official charge.

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