Everest base camp trek can be characterized as one of the greatest adventures that one can endeavour in their lifetime. As it is the base camp of Worlds tallest mountain Many travellers & especially explorers dream of stepping their foot to the land of Everest at least once in their lifetime. All the majestic mountain views & miraculous scenery of Mount Everest must be one of the reasons that Everest base camp trek marks itself as the most iconic & well-known treks in the world. There aren’t many people who actually make their dream come true because of lack of information about the height, distance, walking hours & altitude of Everest base camp trek. So, Here is the brief information about the Height, distance & altitude of Everest base camp trek.
- Everest base camp Distance
What is the Everest base camp distance from Lukla? or how many hours one needs to walk every day during the trek? are the most common questions that one thinks before deciding to trek to Everest base camp. A typical Everest base camp trek from Lukla to Everest base camp is 130km long, 65km each way. It does sound like a lot of trekking but you should know that typical round trek to Everest base camp takes around 12 days. You’ll be walking 15km each day & the average walking measure is about 5km/hour. But because of the rocky terrains, slow climbing & depending on your previous trekking experience, you’ll not be trekking according to that measure. Despite all these things being said, the point is that Everest base camp trek is accomplishable for all the people of all age & shape if he/she is in good health. If you are going to trek independently then, there may arise some problem of carrying your bags & stuffs yourself while trekking. But if book through a tour operator, it’s possible to have the comfort of having your bags carried by a porter or yaks which will make your trek a lot easier & comfortable.
- Everest base camp trek Altitude
One of the main reason which makes Everest base camp trek the most challenging & adventurous trek is a change in altitude. Even at the beginning point of trek, Lukla airport, you will be at an altitude of over 2,600m. During this trek, you’ll be walking for 9 days & the rest of the days on your itinerary will be for acclimatization. The highest point on most of the Everest base camp trek tends to be Kala Patthar viewpoint from where you get to see the majestic & breathtaking views of world tallest mountain Mount Everest. The altitude of Kala Patthar is over 5500m. As you start your trek from Lukla & move to Phakding where the altitude is over 2500m. likewise Namche bazaar (over 3000m), Tengboche(over 3500m), Pheriche (over 4000m), Dingboche(over 4300m), Dughta(over 4500m), Lobuche(over 4800m), Gorak Shep(over 5000m), Everest base camp(over 5300m), Kala Patthar(over 5500m). These are the altitudes of the places you go through before you reach your main destination Everest base camp.
Due to the sudden change in altitude, there may arise some problem of altitude sickness during your trek. But the best way to avoid altitude sickness is to move as slowly as you can & take rest during your trek to get used to the altitude.