One of the most epic adventures in the world, the trek to Everest Base Camp is steeped in mountaineering tradition. Meandering through the Nepalese countryside, through beautiful villages, this trek is a fantastic journey. But how far is base camp on Everest? How long does it take to get there? We’ve got the answers…
How far is base camp on Everest?
Our expedition to Everest Base Camp is 18 days long. In total, we spend 8 days trekking to Everest Base Camp, with 2 rest days along the way. We then spend 5 days trekking back to Lukla.
Why take rest days?
The reason we have 2 rest days built into the itinerary is to allow for acclimatisation along the way. As we are gaining height quickly, we need to allow our bodies to rest and get used to the altitude. If you go slowly, you acclimatise much better.
What about spare time?
We believe that the trek to Everest Base Camp shouldn’t be rushed. After all, you want to make the most of the incredible scenery of the Khumbu Valley and meet the local people along the way. We also visit the Sherpa museum and the statue of Tenzing Norgay, the Tibetan mountaineer who became the first to step-foot on “top of the world” alongside Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.
There is also time to explore the city of Kathmandu, with a free day at the end of the trek and some time when we arrive.
If you want to read more about our expedition to Everest Base Camp, including 2022 dates, click here. You can also read our Ultimate Guide to Everest Base camp here.