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Everest Base Camp Trek Daily Distance, Elevation and Duration

  • 11-Jul-2016
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What is Everest base camp Trek Distance from Lukla? Or, how long one has to walk per day during an EBC adventure in Nepal?  These are few oblivious inquiries that we get from our clients and in this article, we try to explain an actual Everest base camp trek distance that needs to be traveled on daily basis.

As straight forward EBC Trek is completed in 16 days including 11/12 days of walking days around the foothills of the Himalayas (i.e. Lukla – EBC – Lukla). Look out for more information on the best time of EBC trek, ways to go for EBC trek, and all other information on Everest base camp trek.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Distance in km, Altitude in m, and Walking Time in hrs is represented graphically as follows:




The above graphical representation is explained as:

Distance from Kathmandu to Lukla and then to Phakding on Day 1:

Our EBC Trek starts from day 1 as we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla on a scenic mountain flight that covers 138km distance and altitude variation from 1338m at Ktm to 2800m at Lukla and 2652m at Phakding where we will reach at end of the day. Overall it's 40 minutes flight and 3 to 5 hours of hike.

Distance from Phakding to Namche Bazar on Day 2:

Our second trekking day begins from Phakding at an altitude of 2652m to Namche Bazar at an altitude of 3440m with a variation of 788m in altitude. The total trekking distance will be approx 7.4 km and it takes around 5 to 6 hours of walking in total.

Namche Acclimatization on Day 3:

The third day is acclimatization day at Namche Bazar. We have a couple of options on how to spend our acclimatization day at Namche. Basically in all options, we go for a few hundred meters hike ascend and return to our Namche tea house for an overnight stay.

Distance from Namche Bazar to Tengboche on Day 4:

The fourth trekking day takes us from Namche (3440m) to Tengboche(3860m) situated 420 m above Namche which is a 10.4 km walking distance that takes around 5 to 6 hours usually.

Distance from Tengboche to Dingboche on Day 5:

On our fifth trekking day, we gain 550m altitude while trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m) which takes approximately 5 to 6 hours of trekking activity. Now as we have crossed the 4000m mark, it's time for our second acclimatization day at Dingboche.

Dingboche acclimatization on Day 6:

Our second acclimatization day. We don’t take rest on rest days, we ascend to higher altitude and descend. Doing this helps our body acclimatize. So we hike up to Nagarjun Hill at 5100m and descend to Dingboche. Just a quick note that the views from the top of Nagarjun hill are simply awesome.

Distance from Dingboche to Lobuche on Day 7:

Day seven is a lucky day indeed as we leave behind the tropical green region and enter into the alpine atmosphere. We ascend from 4410m altitude at Dingboche to 4910m at Lobuche via Pheriche at 4240m. The total walking distance is 7.7km and takes 5 to 6 hours of trekking activity in general.

Distance from Lobuche to Gorakshep, then to EBC and back to Gorakshep on Day 8:

Big day today, challenging and longest one too. Early morning we head from Lobuche to Gorakshep(5181m, 4.3km and takes 3 to 4 hours walk). Book our tea house and go further up towards our destination Everest base camp(5364m) which takes around the next 2 to 3 hours.  After stepping at the base camp of the highest Himalaya, we return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. So, the total walking distance for a day would be around 8 to 9 hours covering nearly 10km total distance at high altitude.

Distance from Gorakshep to Kalapathher, back to Gorakshep then trek to Pheriche on Day 9:

From Gorakshep, we don’t miss the golden opportunity to witness golden sunrise views over the highest Himalayas, so, very early in the morning, we hike towards Kalapathher(5545m) which is the highest point we reach during EBC. It takes less than an hour to cover a 1.2km distance from Gorakshep to Kalapthher. After getting awesome Himalayan views, we return to Gorakshep and descend towards Pheriche(4210m)  which is a 9.6 km walk from Gorakshep. Tough day with a total of 7 to 8 hours walk.

Distance from Pheriche to Namche on Day 10:

A huge drop in altitude brings an increase in oxygen level making us easier to breathe. Walking through Pangboche, Tengboche, we arrive at Namche Bazar(3440m) today.  It will be a 5 to 6 hours downhill trek.

Distance from Namche to Lukla on Day 11:

Final trekking day of our EBC trek, that takes us from where it all started at Lukla. After an easy 6 to 7 hours of downhill walk through refreshing forests, with an altitude drop from 3440m to 2800m; we fly back to Kathmandu (1338m) on a 40 min flight the next day.

So, are you ready for the Everest base camp trek adventure with us? Let us know if you have any inquiries. Contact us now.

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