Undoubtedly, the Everest Trekking trail is not only one of the most famous trekking trails of Nepal but also one of the renowned trekking trails in the world. During the trekking, you will face diverse topography. During the trek, you can come across rare animals that are protected by the Sagarmatha National Park. You will also come across beautiful streams, lakes, and dazzling small snow-capped mountains. In this blog, you will get to know the distance, time is taken, the Best Time to visit, and the highest altitude you will get during Everest Base Camp Trek.
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The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is pre-monsoon from February to May and post-monsoon from late August to early November. It is challenging to trek during the monsoon and rain as the surrounding will be too cold and it will be difficult to walk in the snow. Everest Base Camp is mainly vast views up Himalayan valleys, mani stones, prayer flags and cozy teahouses that awaits you on the way to the world-famous rock-covered glacier.
After an intense flight to the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla Airport from Kathmandu, the first view after getting off of the airport will surely mesmerize you with its beauty. You can also find pictures of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and many other climbers that successfully reached the top of the Mt. Everest. You can also take a bus ride to Jiri and then start your trek from there, which will be some days longer than you beginning from the Lukla Airport.
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The total distance of the trek depends on the trails you choose. You can also go to Everest Base Camp by Helicopter and fly back. While trekking to Everest Base Camp, you can also trek to famous other places nearby like Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Cho La pass, and many more. The distance of the most famous trail is around 130 Km. The initial 65 Km of the trek will take longer as you also need someday for acclimatization. Doing acclimatization will reduce the chance of you having altitude sickness. Trekking without acclimatization is almost impossible.
The average distance that you will need to cover is around 15 Km. The average speed of walking should be about 5 Km per Hour. Beginners are likely to find it very hard and exhausting, whereas experienced trekkers will find the trek average. For your comfortable journey, you can also hire porters that help you carry your luggage. The distance of 15km is not that long, but the steepness of the trail will make you exhausted.
No matter how much distance you cover each day, you will get lots of options to fill your belly and rest during the night along the route. Although you will be exhausted and tired, there will be cozy beds in the room that will help you get good sleep and rest. Though you will be exhausted, you will feel proud of yourself for the job you did.
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The length of the trek, on average, is 14 days. But, if you trek from Jiri, it may take 4-5 days longer. The trek is of average difficulty. If you have an excellent physical condition, then you can finish the trek earlier than the expected time. As it is hard to ascend than to Descend, it takes around nine days for you to reach Everest Base Camp and approximately three days to return to Lukla.
On the first day, after you land at Lukla, you need to walk around 8 Km which will take 3.5 hrs approximately. For the second, you need to walk about 11 Km, which will take around 7 hrs, and the third day is for Acclimatization at Namche Bazar. On the fourth and fifth day, you need to walk 10 Km and 14.5 Km respectively.
Acclimatization is done in Dingboche n the sixth day. In the day eighth, you will reach Base Camp by walking 13 Km, and you reach the highest elevation in day eleventh. From day ten, you will gradually ascend back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla on the twelfth day.
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Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most famous treks with the highest elevation. The trek starts at the altitude of around 2800m from Lukla and gradually elevates up to 5554m at Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is the viewing point of the Mt. Everest, where you will have a chance to witness the most spectacular view of Mt Everest. The average rate of increasing elevation is around 400-800m each day. Here is the list of the places that you will rest at and the elevation from sea level for your information.
Lukla/ Phakding: 2800m
Namche Bazzar: 3441m
Gorak Shep: 5164m
Kala Patthar: 5554m
Namche Bazzar: 3441m
As you will experience a vast variation in altitude, you are likely to get altitude sickness. There is also a chance of you getting altitude sickness if you don’t spend time acclimatizing in the way. You need to drink a lot of water to avoid getting altitude sickness. Despite the measures, if you get altitude sickness, you need to descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible and get medical help.
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The distance is an essential part of the Everest Base Camp Trek. The time taken to complete a trek depends on the length, elevation, physical condition, and steady gain of the altitude. Everest Base Camp trek is harder and takes a long time in comparison to other treks in Nepal. There are different ways for you to reach Everest Base Camp.
The distance, time, and variation in elevation depending on the trail and the way. The altitude of this region of the trek is high in comparison to other treks. Elevating slowly at a pace is the most crucial part for you to succeed. Acclimatization also plays a vital role for you to reach the Base Camp. It is also a good idea to go for an easy trek or a short hike to make your body manage the walking during the trek.