Your journey to Everest Base Camp starts when you arrive to the bustling city of Kathmandu at 1,400m/ 4,593 feet. Most people will arrive a day or two before you fly into Lukla Airstrip. You may choose to spend your time there relaxing, exploring the Kathmandu Valley, rafting, sightseeing, or just walking around the busy district of Thamel. All of our trips include one night at the beginning of the trek and one night at the end of the trek in the Yatri Suites and Spa Hotel in Thamel.
There are many routes to Mount Everest and these distances are based off our most popular itinerary to Mount Everest Base Camp. If you are interested in trekking to Everest, why not check out our upcoming trips. Also, you could consider joining one of our sleeping at Everest Base Camp Treks. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.
The Start of the Trek
Once you leave Kathmandu, you fly into the Everest Region of Nepal. The start of the trek is in the town of Lukla at 2,850m/ 9,350 feet. On the trek, you will be walking for 13 to 15 days, depending on your chosen itinerary. All of our Itineraries have 3 nights in Namche Bazaar at the critical acclimatization point of the trek. This gives you the best chance at making it safely to Everest Base Camp. Remember you will be covering 8,200m/ 26,902 feet of ascent and decent. This is a physically demanding trek and it is in a low oxygen environment. COME PREPARED!! We have helped over 3,000 people reach Everest Base Camp. You can view all our upcoming trips.
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Check out our Everest Base Camp Trek page, and watch our Everest Base Camp videos. There, you can learn more about making this once in a lifetime adventure to the base of the world’s Highest Mountain. If you would like to read further information about trekking to Mount Everest, then you can read our Top 10 Tips for a successful trip to Everest Base Camp. We also have a page where we have added all the most important links that you should read before signing up to an Everest Base Camp Trek.
These are the daily distances traveled on our Ian Taylor Trekking Everest Base Camp Trek. We have 3 nights in Namche Bazaar which most treks don’t do.
Day 1). Arriving into Lukla Airport
Ideally, you will arrive in Lukla between 7 – 9 am, however this is weather dependent. Once you arrive, you can have breakfast, fill up on water and start walking mostly down hill for a relaxed walk on your first day. The total hike should take 3 – 5 hours, depending on if you will travel to Phakding or Monjo. Our goal is to always make it to Monjo however. If you go are going to Phakding 2,650m/ 8,694 feet it will be about 3 hours walking and if you are going to Monjo 2,850m/ 9,350 feet it will take approximately 5/6 hours.
If we are going to Monjo, we will have lunch in Phakding and then continue onto Monjo, arriving in the afternoon. When you arrive, you will check into your room and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and starting the acclimatization process. Make sure you keep well hydrated, drinking 4 to 5 liters of water a day is essential all the way through the trek. 9km/ 5.6 miles to Phakding or Monjo will be 13km/ 8.8 miles
Day 2). Trek to Namche
For the first couple of hours on the second day you will get to cross some of the famous suspension bridges in the region. You will gradually move up-hill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. You continue down hill on for a short time before it levels out to flat ground on mixed rocky terrain. The trail then follows the river to the final high suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will begin the hike up ‘Namche Hill’, which can take 2 hours, to reach the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar.
Our itinerary has you based in Namche Bazaar for 3 nights at 3,340m/ 11,286 feet. Today’s trek is usually 6 hours from Phakding or 4 hours from Monjo. We hike slowly so we can adjust to the lower levels of oxygen. We also have plenty of breaks and rest along the way. There are many exposed parts on the trail so be aware of your surroundings and stay on the mountain side.Check out our Top 11 Tips while you are on the Everest Base Camp trail. From Monjo to Namche is 8km/ 5 miles
Day 3). Acclimatization Above Namche
All our treks have an extra day in Namche Bazaar. After doing a lot of altitude research, we have found having three nights at this point is critical to success on the Everest Trek. Today, we will trek up to the Sherpa Museum, which holds a stunning view of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. It takes about 40 minutes to hike up around the Monastery to this viewing point. Once we arrive at the museum, then we can learn about Sagarmatha National Park, the Sherpa culture and the surrounding mountain region. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing, hydrating and enjoying the unique Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar at 3,450m/ 11,320 feet. Here are 5 things you need to do in Namche Bazaar. We will move up to 3,600m/ 11,811 feet and back to the lodge for lunch 1km/ .6 of a mile
Day 4). Another Acclimatization Day in Namche
Today is one of our acclimatization trek days. We hike up past the monastery on the western side of Namche Bazaar. This gives great views of Thamsurku, Kongde Ri and Kusum Kangguru. As you trek up behind Namche Bazaar, the trail is quite steep and you will be walking on a steep stair case. You feel the lack of oxygen while you ascend 460m/ 1,509 feet to Shangbouche Airport. Then, we will cross the runway and head another 100m/ 328 feet up to Shangbouche Hill at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. We will enjoy the stunning views and relax for 45 minutes before returning back to Namche. There is an option to head into Khumjung to visit the local monastery. This trek is an essential part of the acclimatization process and usually takes approximately 4 or 5 hours. 3km/ 1.8 miles
Day 5). Trek to Tengbouche
Today you will hike towards Tengbouche at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. After ascending out of Namche, the first 2 hours are relaxed walking, traversing the left hand side of the valley, high above the valley floor. The trail then descends steeply down hill toward the river for our lunch stop. From here it will take 2 hours to hike up the long hill 700m/ 2,296 feet to the town of Tengbouche and the famous monastery. This is a gradual but long ascent and the total time will be 6 hours of hiking today. This will include breaks on the way. 12km/ 7.5 miles
Day 6). Trek to Dingbouche
From Tengbouche, we will travel to Dingbouche, at 4,350m/ 14,271 feet. The trail starts down-hill and continues very gradually up and down hills before crossing the river and gradually heading up hill towards Pangbouche. We will take a tea break here and then continue to Shomare for Lunch. Pangbouche was one of the villages on the trail that suffered most from the recent earthquakes. It will take 2 hours to reach Pangbouche and another 1 hour to reach Shomare. It takes another 3 hours to reach Dingbouche. After lunch it is a gradual up-hill trek towards the Imja Valley looking towards Island peak. The trail passes some landslide areas on your left, and then, 40 minutes later, you will arrive in Dingbouche. Our lodge is at the top of the town. The total trekking time today will be 5 to 6 hours. 12km/ 7.5 miles
Day 7). Acclimatization Above Dingbouche
Today, we spend another night in Dingbouche to further the acclimatization process. From here we will aim to reach the height of 4,900m/ 16,076 feet, gaining 550m/ 1,804 feet. This acclimatization hike which should take approximately 2 hours to reach this elevation. Then, you will rest and enjoy the amazing views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Lhotse and the surrounding mountains. We will enjoy the views and rest for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the weather. It is important to spend some time at this elevation to push the acclimatization process in preparation for moving higher on the trail to Mount Everest. After resting, we will drop back down for lunch and an afternoon of relaxing and re-hydrating. 3km/ 1.86 miles and 550m/ 1,804 feet of ascent and descent.
Day 8). Trek to Lobuche
From Dingbouche, we will head to Lobuche at 4,920m/ 16,141 feet. The trail heads back towards the Khumbu Valley and continues on a long and slow trek across a beautiful elevated route towards Tukla 4,620m/ 15,157 feet. This stretch usually takes 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes and we will take our time. We will stop in Tukla and have soup and lunch and rest for an hour. After lunch, we will slowly make our way from Tukla to Lobuche.
The first hurdle is the Tukla pass. This is all up hill for approximately 1 hour to reach the top of the pass. Once you reach the top you will enter the Everest Memorial, where we will rest and explore for 10 or 15 minutes. This area is the end of the Khumbu glacier and end of Mount Everest. From the memorial it takes about 1 hour to reach Lobuche. We will be trekking for a total of 5 to 6 hours today including breaks. 12km/ 7.5 miles
Day 9). Trek to Everest Base Camp
Today we travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,180m/ 16,995 feet and on to Everest Base Camp. If you are on one of our sleeping at Everest Base Camp itineraries you will follow a different plan. Today’s trek is very beautiful and unique, crossing a lot of loose rock, boulder fields and Glacial moraine. The up and down trail into Gorak Shep takes approximately 3 hours. We will have an early lunch here before continuing an additional 2 hours to reach Everest Base Camp.
Once you reach Base Camp, you will spend some time enjoying the Base Camp of the World’s highest mountain and maybe hiking around the glacier if it is safe. The hike back to Gorak Shep is a another 2 hours with breaks, bringing this long day to end after a total of 7 or 8 hours of hiking. Today is very challenging day for most people. 10km/ 6.2 miles
Day 10). Hike up Kala Patthar – Pheriche
After a good nights rest in Gorak Shep, those who feel ready and able, will wake up very early and hike up Kala Patthar, to see the sun rise over Mount Everest. Without a doubt, this is one of the highlights of trekking to Mount Everest. You need to be at the top before the sun comes over Mount Everest. We always see people coming up too late and they miss the best mountain viewing. The goal should be to leave at 4am. This is a difficult 2 hour up-hill hike which is very hard work for most people.
After this amazing experience we will return back to Gorak Shep. You will change back into trekking gear and out of your cold weather clothes and pack up your duffel bag so gear can be loaded onto the Yaks. You will have breakfast and start the return hike all the way to Pheriche at 4,250m/ 13,943 feet which can take 5 hours from Gorak Shep. The total amount of time walking 7 hours today maybe longer. 18km/ 11.2 miles
Day 11). Trek Back to Namche
Today we will trek from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar. Today is another long day and can take approximately 8 to 9 hours. There is an initial uphill out of Pheriche, and then down hill as you pass Shomare and Pangbouche. You continue down hill out of Pangbouche before crossing a high bridge and then up hill into Tengbouche. Then you have a one hour hike down to the riverside for lunch. Then, you will hike up through the forest for another hour and 30 minutes to reach the Ama Dablam view lodge. From here you will traverse back around the mountainside and drop down into Namche Bazaar.
As you are heading down-hill, to lower levels of altitude, and you can cover the ground quicker than on the way out. When you get back to Namche you will get to enjoy the delights at the Namche Bakery, shower or play a few rounds of pool at Cafe Danfe before you rest up for the long walk back to Lukla tomorrow. 22km/ 13.7 miles
Day 12). Trek to Lukla
Today is an another long day of hiking and for some people it can be one of the hardest as your body is tired after a lot of multi day hiking on challenging terrain. You start the day hiking back down the Namche Hill, then cross the Hillary bridge and then the long stretch of of up and down hiking all the way back to Lukla. You will exit the Sagarmartha National Park, pass through Monjo and Phakding before starting the last up hill section into Lukla. We will have one final night sleeping in the mountains! Today’s trek can take 8 to 9 hours. 21km/ 13 miles
Day 13). Fly back to Kathmandu
Today your legs get a break as you only have to walk to the Lukla Airport and fly back to Kathmandu, which is only about 10 minutes walking! We always book the first rounds of flights, so weather permitting you will arrive back in Kathmandu by 8am and back in the hotel by 9am. This is all dependent on the weather however. Once you arrive back in Kathmandu, we will transfer you back to the hotel for a well deserved shower and rest!
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