How to Get to Everest Base Camp

  • Jan 18, 2021
  • Karna Rana

Are You Wonderning How to Get to Everest Base Camp?

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The top of the world Mt. Everest has drowned attraction to the adventures lover in the world after the epic journey of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. To get to Mt. Everest you do not require professional mountaineering skills and to be alpine, just simple physical fitness and mental preparation would be sufficient for this trek. If you are looking for first-time travel in Nepal, you might be wondering with such some question; how to Hike to Everest Base Camp and Can we Get to Lukla without Flying? In this article, we are going to guide you on Everest Base Camp Trek.

How To Get To Mt Everest Base Camp From Kathmandu?

There are several trekking routes to get to Everest Base Camp from the capital city Kathmandu, fly by aircraft, or drive:

I. Drive Kathmandu to Salleri / Phaplu and to the Kharikhola -How To Get To Mt Everest Base Camp: 

This is an economical way to visit Everest Base Camp. Drive 10 to 11 hours Kathmandu to Salleri (2390m) by Private Jeep /Local Bus and further to Andheri Khola about 3 ½ to 4 hours and if not raining, now day it is possible to drive all the way to Kharikhola from Salleri to catch the main Trail of EBC Trek from Jiri. It takes one additional walking day to the Lukla or Chaurikharka from the last Jeep station at Kharikhola. To boost the number of domestic and international tourists, the local Government of Solukhumbu has declared road access up to Lukla and Chaurikharka within two years, and taking action to implementation of plan accordingly. We believe this project would be complete in time. This helps to reduce the dependency on the Lukla flight, would be less costly for everything, and can do Everest Trek whole in the year due to not need to wait for good weather to fly Lukla. This helps to make a budget trip and much more comfortable for the trekkers and all the local has also chance to involve in the tourism mainstream.

II. Drive Kathmandu to Bambi Bhandar via Jiri -How To Get To Mt Everest Base Camp:

This is a classical trekking route which had used by Sir. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa for their epic journey to Everest in 1953. This is also a long journey from Kathmandu about a 10 to 11 hours bus drive. And get in Lukla is 6 Days and heading to Everest Base Camp.

III. Fly Kathmandu to Lukla -How To Get To Mt Everest Base Camp:

The exciting flight to Lukla Tenzing Hillary Airport is the most reliable so far. There are regular flights (Tara, Sita, Goma/Sumit) from Kathmandu to Lukla every day. It takes 25 minutes to 30 minutes. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has declared Lukla flight from Ramechhap after 1st-October-2019 due to heavy air traffic in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Ramechhap is 132km North-East from Kathmandu, can get 4 to 5 hours drive. For an unforgettable journey, you can fly by Helicopter also.

IV. Fly Kathmandu to Phaplu Airport -How To Get To Mt Everest Base Camp:

Fly to Phaplu by regular flight is another option to the Everest Base Camp Trek. If you have a longer time and like to see the culture of low land to high lander people, then Phaplu is the best place to start Everest Base Camp Trekking.

How far from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp?

Probably, you are wondering how long is Everest base camp trek? How far from Lukla to Everest base camp? Can you fly to Everest base camp? Lukla is 138 Km from the capital city Kathmandu in crow fly distance and another 130 km to get in Everest Base Camp back to Lukla by walk. If you are searching for How Long to Get to Base Camp Mount Everest? Here is the Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary most of the trekkers have followed.  

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary -13 Days

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,800m) – 25 to 30 minutes, trek to Phakding (2,640m) -3 to 4 hours

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,430m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar and visit Khumjung Village (3,790m), Everest View Hotel

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3,867m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 05: Tyangboche to Dingboche (4,300m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 06: Acclimatization day at Dingboche visit Nangkartshang peak (5,615m). visit Nangkartshang peak (5,615m)

Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,140m) - 3 hours & Everest Base Camp (5,364m) -2 to 3 hours

Day 09: Gorakshep to Kalapater (5,550m) -2 hours & Stroll back to Pheriche (4,240m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 10: Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867m) - 4 to 5 hours

Day 11: Tyangboche to Namche Bazaar (3430m) - 4 to 5 hours

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,800m) - 6 to 7 hours

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy the rest of the day.

How long to get to Everest Base Camp?

Everybody is curious, how to get to Mt Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu? There is a regular daily to Lukla from Kathmandu. It is a maximum of half an hour scenic flight from Kathmandu and begins the trek to Everest Base Camp. Normally, you can hike from Lukla to Everest base camp within one week to 8 days including two acclimatization days at Namche and Dingboche. The trip can complicate into 10 Days as Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek and 13 days as normal.

Best time to do Everest Base Camp:

The best time of year to do the Everest base camp trek is two sessions; Autumn (mid-September to November) and Spring (mid-March to May). For the best mountain view with perfect weather, autumn is best. And spring is good to mountains view with rhododendron blooming.

Can we see Mt. Everest from Base Camp?

This is the question of most of the traveler's tongue can we see the view of Everest from base camp? As Everest Base Camp is at bottom of the Everest, there is incredible scenery of Glacier around. You are a witness with surrounded many mountains like; Pumari (7,145m), Khumbutse (6,623m), Lingtren (6,695m), Changtse (7,550m), Nuptse (7879m) from here. But to see Mt. Everest, it is advised to accent to Kalapatthar (5,555m), which is 2 hours from Gorakshep. The view of Mount Everest from base camp is not possible due to hiding by Everest West Shoulder.

Mt Everest Base Camp Height:

Some time you are confused when search the Mount Everest Base Camp Elevation. The various source shows the different elevation of Mt. Everest Base Camp. As the Glacier is moving every year Mt Everest Base Camp can’t stay constant. It is changing each year, as a result, Everest base camp height is not accurate. So, for the trustworthy best to give two different elevation bases on minimum and maximum. The minimum height of Mt. Everest Base Camp is 5,350 meters/17,552 Feet and a maximum of 5,380 meters /17,651 feet from the sea level. You have a great chance to experiment with the height of Everest base camp while visiting yourself.

If you require any further details information, please feel free to contact Nepal Mother House. We are here for your assistance.


Karna Rana

Karna Rana


I hearty welcome to Nepal, known as the Kingdom of Himalayans and the roof of the World “Mt. Everest.” Nepal has been named a Heaven on Earth and is a wonder in the Himalayan. It is the Shangri-La, a living cultural Museum, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha and it is the country of the living Goddess “Kumari.”

I am Karna Rana Trekking Tour Operator and Mountain Guide, specializing in Trekking, Tour, Travel in Nepal, Hiking in the Himalayan and other Outdoor Activities including, Peak Climbing, Expedition, Adventure Trekking, Rafting, etc. applying my field expiring since 2000. Meanwhile, I have completed my Master’s degree in Rural Development (2016) from Tribhuvan University of Kathmandu, Nepal’s leading educational institution. Now, I have been applying my field experience in tourism, especially in remote areas of the country for sustainable eco-tourism for local empowerment. I enjoyed writing my blog own word sharing my travel experience in the Himalayan, aiming to provide the right information and help to the Nepal Traveler.

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