From the incredible scenery along the trails to the life-long memories you’re sure to make, the hike to the World’s Highest Peak is one of the greatest journeys for adventurers around the world
Where is Everest Base Camp in Nepal?
Everest Base Camp is located on the Khumbu Glacier at 17,598 feet / 5364 meters at end of a long valley in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Starting from the airstrip village of Lukla, the classic route to Everest Base Camp is an 80-mile (130km) round trip hike, and is broken up into manageable stages in order to provide adequate acclimatization.
How long does it take to hike to Everest Base Camp?
The average time people take to hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is 12 days. One World Trekking recommends this 12-day itinerary, which includes 2 acclimatization days (Namche Bazaar and Dingboche Village). We have been arranging this itinerary for over 30 years with an almost 100% success rate of of hikers reaching EBC safely, in good health and with a big smile!
Is the Everest Base Camp Trek difficult?
We rate the Everest Base Camp Trek as strenuous, but the trip is totally doable by any fit individual. A tremendous sense of accomplishment waits for you when reaching base camp. The trip is a long hike. Besides your fitness, determination, and sense of adventure, you don’t need any special skills or equipment to hike to Everest Base Camp. Yes, you will feel the altitude at various points along the trek, but our time-tested itinerary, careful route planning and expert guides will help you avoid the worst of the altitude’s short-lived effects.
When is the best time of year to hike to EBC?
There are several decent weather windows throughout the year to make the journey to Everest Base Camp. The main trekking seasons in Nepal are split into two distinct periods: pre-monsoon and post-monsoon.
From March to late May, it is springtime in Nepal. With all the festivals and the Everest climbing season, this can be the busiest time of year. That being said, temperatures are ideal for hiking, the rhododendrons and in a stunning bloom, villagers are planting their fields, colorful festivals are underway, and Everest Base Camp is alive with expeditions hoping to reach the Top of the World.
From mid-June through to early September, you won’t want to be trekking in Nepal. This is Nepal’s rainy monsoon season. It doesn’t rain 24/7 during this time, but it downpours with enough frequency and intensity that any trip would swiftly brought to a halt (not to mention the mud, landslides and leeches that accompany the rains).
Once the monsoon rains ease, the autumn trekking season begins in earnest. October through mid-November offers beautiful trekking conditions, with fresh air, crystal-clear views and cooler but still comfortable temperatures.
From December to February, it does get colder, but this is a typically dry time and quiet with very few groups on the trails. Temperatures at night will drop below freezing, but you’ll be staying in comfortable lodges. ace weather delays. For those with the warmer clothing to brave the colder temperatures, this is an amazing time to trek to EBC.
Trekking routes you can take to reach Everest Base Camp
One World Trekking offers several different routes and itineraries that will get you to the foot of the world’s highest peak! Check out all of our Mount Everest Trip options on our website!