• Updated on Aug 13, 2022

Everest Base Camp Trek a popular and most demanding trail in the Khumbu region of Nepal is a challenging 2-week trek. This will take you to one of the highest regions on earth at the base of Mt. Everest (5364M).

Trekking towards the highest peak is always fun, however, it is challenging as well due to its elevation. Two-week-long Everest Trek is filled with majestic views, enchanting culture and the mesmerizing Himalayas.

Trekking into Everest Base Camp is entirely a hike at various elevations, with the change of altitude everything goes on changing.

When the altitude changes, the vegetation, landscape, flora and fauna, culture and lifestyle of people residing change. And, moreover, the structure of the village and the lively community change.

Everest Base Camp Trek elevation starts from 2845M to 5545M. This change in altitude during the trek is all about ascending higher into the Himalayas in a period of 6 days trek. So, to acclimatize your body needs 2 extra days as ‘acclimatization day’, one in Namche Bazaar and the other in Dingboche.

This extra day makes Everest Base Camp Trek 8 days ascending uphill into the Himalayas to reach Base Camp 5364M and 3 days to descend towards Lukla 2845M, the starting point of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Although Everest Base Camp Trek is a two-week trial, this can be customized according to the individual physical level and further experience at such altitude.

These extra days help to increase your stamina and respiratory system, further helping to cope with the high-altitude climate and thinner oxygen level.

When the altitude of Everest Base Camp keeps on changing the landscape gets a majestic view and the Himalayas closer. Flora gets thinner due to high altitude and snow becomes thicker and compressed while entering the Khumbu glacier.

Now, let's talk about the Everest Trek elevation on daily basis according to our popular itinerary followed during the trek.

Table of Contents

Day 1 (One): Kathmandu to Lukla flight and trek to Phakding 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: Lukla 2,845M/9,334Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: Phakding 2,610M/8,563Ft
  • Descending Altitude: -235M/771Ft

 

This is your first day of the trek, starting from Kathmandu. Trek to Everest Base Camp mainly starts from an early morning flight to Lukla.

Starting your early morning 20-minute flight from Kathmandu which is 1350M, you will land at Lukla airport 2845M. This drastic change in altitude might sometime create uncomfortable, so better to spend some time in Lukla for tea/coffee before descending towards your first overnight camp at Phakding 2610M.

From Lukla, you will descend through jungle, river and crossing stream to reach Phakding 2610M. this will be your first descend in the entire Everest Base Camp Trek before reaching the Everest base camp.

Day 2 (Two): Strenuous hike to Namche Bazar 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: Phakding 2,610M/8,563Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: Namche Bazaar 3,446M/11,306Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +836M/2,743Ft

 

Starting your day from the altitude of 2610M at Phakding, the trek continues through the forest. You will cross a suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River to enter the ‘Sagarmatha National Conservation Area’.

As you enter the entry point with documentation and record keeping, your hike continues uphill all the way through the rhododendron forest with the majestic view of the Himalayas.

With some climbing, you will reach Namche Bazaar 3446M your second overnight camp during Everest Trek.

Day 3 (Three): Acclimatization day in Namche Bazar | Hike to Everest View Hotel Syangboche 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 3,446M/11,306Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 3,446M/11,306Ft
  • Highest Acclimatized Altitude: 3,880M/12,730Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +434M/1,424Ft

 

This will be acclimatization day for Everest Base Camp trekkers, as you are trekking towards higher altitude acclimatization of the body is vital for the trek.

So, all trekkers heading towards the Everest region passing through Namche Bazaar 3446M spend a night extra to acclimatize.

The very next day you will hike towards Everest View Hotel point which lies at the altitude of 3880M. This is one of the majestic spots for a magnificent view of the wide range of the Himalayas.

Everest View Hotel is the only luxury hotel in the Everest region, situated on the hilltop. Apart from the Himalayas, you will be able to have a closer look at Mt. Everest and the existing other villages of the Sherpa community other than Namche Bazaar.

Spending a couple of hours will help your body to acclimatize and will definitively benefit you for the following trek while heading uphill. Finally, you will descend towards Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay.

Day 4 (Four): Trek to Tengboche 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 3,446M/11,306Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 3,867M/12,687Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +421M/1,381Ft

 

After extra acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar 3446M, you trek continuous uphill towards the high Himalayas. As you bid farewell to Namche, you will enter the Himalayan region with less vegetation.

Passing by small villages and alpine forests with pine and juniper trees, you will reach Tengboche Monastery. This is one of the finest existing monasteries in the entire Everest region.

Your hike continues with the majestic view of the snow-capped Himalayas to reach Tengboche 3867M.

Day 5 (Five): Tengboche to Sherpa village Dingboche 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 3,867M/12,687Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 4,410M/14,468Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +543M/1,781Ft

 

From Tengboche 3867M onwards you will have a more far-sighted view of the Himalayas and the surrounding areas. This is so because the vegetation gets declines however you will see limited numbers of rhododendron and pine trees.

Your trek continues uphill to reach a small village at Deboche with some tea houses. Trekking with the splendid view of the Himalayas with Mt. Lhotse (8501M) will be memorable.

Your trek continues passing by a small snow-melted stream, Chorten, praying wheel and bare/open pasture land for grazing yak.

And finally, you will be at Dingboche 4410M, a small village with tea houses and touristic lodges.

Day 6 (Six): 2nd / Final  Acclimatization day in Dingboche | Explore Dingboche and Hike to Nagarjuna Hill

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 4,410M/14,468Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 4,410M/14,468Ft
  • Highest Acclimatized Altitude: 5,091M/16,703Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +681M/2,234Ft

 

Dingboche 4410M is another a must to acclimatization spot for Everest Trek. This is so because most people have an altitude-related problem from Dingboche.

To avoid any possible risk at the high altitude, you must spend a day extra at Dingboche which is highly recommended.

On this acclimatization day, you will hike to the nearby hilltop known as Nangkartsang Peak 5091M.

From Dingboche, you will spend a couple of hours reaching Nangkartsang Peak, as the peak itself is one of the finest places to explore the majestic view of the Himalayas and some wild animals and birds of the mountain.

After some leisure time, you will descend towards Dingboche for your overnight stay.

Day 7(Seven): Dingboche to Lobuche via Thukla 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 4,410M/14,468Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 4,910M/16,109Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +500M/1,640Ft

 

This will be a difficult day as compared to other days because from Dingboche 4410M you will be entering the Khumbu glacier of the Everest region.

Your trek continues towards Lobuche 4910M. This will be inclined to climb uphill with the views of the Himalayas and surrounding landscape.

As you climb uphill the layer of oxygen gets thinner, so make sure you are maintaining your pace, which is very important.

Your trek continues passing by a wooden bridge over a seasonal stream, Chorten, praying wheel and praying flag hanging all around.

Due to the higher altitude, you won’t be able to explore vegetation however, the farsighted view will be mesmerizing and Mt. Nuptse (7861M) will be in a majestic form.

Finally, you will reach Lobuche a small village with a couple of lodges to spend overnight.

Day 8 (Eight): Lobuche to Gorekshep (overnight ) and detour to  Everest Base Camp 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 4,910M/16,109Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 5,164M/16,942Ft
  • Highest Altitude to Step: 5,364M/17,598Ft
  • Ascending Altitude: +454M/1,489Ft

 

The final most awaited day is today. Starting from Lobuche 4910M, you will hike for a couple of hours through bare land by the Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep 5164M. Gorakshep is the last existing village during the Everest Base Camp Hike.

You will unpack your bag and after lunch, your day tour to Base Camp begins. Hiking a couple of hours from Gorakshep you will reach Base Camp of Everest 5364M.

Sending some free time, taking pictures and gossiping with climbing groups you will descend towards Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

Day 9 (Nine): Kalapatthar Hiking and Descend to Pheriche 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 5,164M/16,942Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 4,252M/13,950Ft
  • Highest Altitude to Step: 5,545M/18,192Ft
  • Descending Altitude: -912M/2,992Ft

 

Today will be a very early morning day, you need to make a wake-up call to hike towards Kalapatthar 5545M for a sunrise view however this hike is optional and depends upon your interest.

Kalapatthar is the highest altitude of the entire Everest trek and is one of the best hill-point to have a closer look at 360° Himalayan ranges.

You are reaching early before the sunrise will bless you with the majestic view of the first rays of sunlight falling upon the white snow-covered Himalayas including Mt. Everest.

You descend towards Gorakshep 5164M for breakfast and pack your bag to hike through the same trail until Thukla.

From Thukla, you will divert your trail towards the left to reach Pheriche 4252M for your overnight stay.

Day 10 (Ten): Descend to Namche Bazar 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 4,252M/13,950Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 3,446M/11,306Ft
  • Descending Altitude: -806M/2,644Ft

 

From Pheriche 4252M, you will descend through Pengboche and Tengboche. As you descend, there will be greenery with dense vegetation.

The descending trail will be the same as the one you ascended uphill to reach Everest Base Camp. Crossing a wooden bridge, and strolling the praying wheel, you will reach Tengboche monastery.

If time permits you can visit the monastery for the ritual ceremony and finally you will be at Namche Bazaar 3446M for an overnight stay.

Day 11 (Eleven): Return to Lukla ( Tenzing Hillary Airport ) 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 3,446M/11,306Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 2,845M/9,334Ft
  • Descending Altitude: -601M/1,972Ft

 

From Namche 3446M you will descend all the way through the forest to reach the Sagarmatha National Conservation Area checkpoint. Here it would be best if you showed your permit for them to keep a record of your safely descended proof.

Hiking through the Dudh Koshi river, you will reach Monjo a famous Sherpa village. The trail thence will be followed through the agricultural land and village.

Crossing the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River you will stop at Phakding for a lunch break and continue your hike towards Lukla 2845M for your last overnight stay in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Evening, you can enjoy your free time visiting Lukla village or spend time in a popular bar with music.

Day 12 (Twelve): Fly back to Kathmandu 

  • Trek Starting Altitude: 2,845M/9,334Ft
  • Overnight Altitude: 1,350M/4,429Ft
  • Descending Altitude: -1,495M/4,905Ft

 

Final and easy day for you. After breakfast take an early morning 20-minute flight from Lukla 2845M to Kathmandu airport 1350M.

Upon arrival transfer to your respective hotel and spend free time visiting some of the popular heritage sites situated at a closer distance.

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar is one of the Co-founders and Managing directors of Discover Altitude holding 18 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the popular regions of Nepal and is an authorized trekking and tour guide.

Started his career as a porter to support his study, now holds MPhil and LLB degree, and is doing his Ph.D. in religious studies. He loves traveling to the Himalayas and has deep knowledge about religion, culture, and history.

Kumar is also involved in the teaching sector as a part-timer to deliver his research related to the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal and is the one who mostly answers your queries giving them his personal touch through his decade-long experience.