How Much Distance Do You Have To Hike Everyday For Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest base camp in July

The Everest Base Camp trek is a long one; two weeks! Seems tough!

Not actually.

Let’s take it this way. You travel short distances every day for two weeks to complete the long trek to Everest Base Camp!

Seems better now?

Let me make you more clear about the everyday distance you will be traveling for the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lukla (Flight) to Phakding

On the first day, you will catch a flight to Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. This short ride will provide you the views of green valleys and the gorgeous mountains. You will experience landing on the single runway which is only 500 meters long.

After Lukla, you will descend down to Phakding to get acclimatize to the altitude. The trail will be pretty easy with marvelous views of Dudh Koshi river, pine trees, magnolia trees and even rhododendrons.

Flight Distance: 135 km/ 84 miles

Flight Duration: 30 minutes

Walking Distance: 9 kms/ 5.6 miles

Walking Duration: 4.5 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation: Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft) to Lukla (2,845 m/9,334 ft) to Phakding (2,651 m/8698 ft )

Elevation change: 1,445 m/ 4,740 ft ascend and 196 m/ 643 ft descend.

Day 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

The second day. You will love the scenery while you will be walking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. You will walk uphill crossing some beautiful suspension bridges. You will officially enter the Sagarmatha National Park region on this day.

The walk will be a little harder from the previous day because of the uphill trail. But you can take plenty of breaks in between. Have a camera ready with you on this day, you will need it.

You will reach the biggest and liveliest town in the Khumbu region: Namche Bazaar.

Walking Distance: 9 km/ 5.6 miles

Walking Duration: 5-6 hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Elevation: Phakding (2,651m/8,698 ft ) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/ 11,286 ft)

Elevation change: 789 m/ 2,589 ft ascend

Day 3 Acclimatization day (Day trip to Khumjung)

You will spend the third night in Namche Bazaar as well. It is an important part of the acclimatization process. In an acclimatization day, you “hike high and sleep low”. Do not expect to be resting on the “rest day” during the trek. You walk continuously.

On this day, you will take a day trip to Khumjung. You might feel the thinning oxygen while walking uphill to the Syangboche Airport. But as this is for acclimatization, you can take the walk very slow.

You will reach the beautiful Khumbu village where every house roof is green in color. There you can see the skull of Yeti, and visit the Hillary School.

Walking Distance: 16 km/ 10 miles

Walking Duration: 5 hrs

Difficulty: Medium

Elevation: Namche Bazaar (3,440m/ 11,286 ft) to Khumjung (3,790m/ 12,434 ft )

Elevation change: 350m/ 1,148 ft ascend

Day 4 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 4. You will walk towards Tengboche. The hike is long one but doesn’t consist of a hard trail. Mostly, you will walk through flats and descend down along the Dudh Koshi River.

Then you will have to walk to ascend gradually to Tengboche. The ascend is not that steep but you will have to walk continuously for 2-3 hours north.

When you reach the Tengboche Monastery, you can get amazing views of different mountains like Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Everest.

Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7.5 miles

Walking Duration: 5-6 hrs

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Elevation: Namche Bazaar (3,440m/ 11,286 ft) to Tengboche (3,870m/ 12,697 ft )

Elevation change: 430m/ 1,410 ft ascend

Day 5 Tengboche to Dingboche

You will walk through the alpine forest and Imja river and start to see the change in the vegetation. The yellow shrubs will now have replaced the lustrous green trees.

It is important to wear in layers because the trek is continuous up and down the hill. When you are up feeling the sun, you will feel very hot. Down you descend out of the reach of the sun, you will feel cold. You descend, cross the river and walk uphill.

As the trail is mostly downhill and flatland, the trek would be easier. But, the altitude and the breathing might make this day hard.

Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7.5 miles

Walking Duration: 5 hrs

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Elevation: Tengboche (3,870m/ 12,697 ft ) to Dingboche (4,360m/ 14,304 ft.)

Elevation change: 490m/ 1,608 ft ascend

Day 6 Acclimatization day (Day trip to Nagarjun Hill)

It is the second day at Dingboche to acclimate your body. You will again hike higher and sleep lower on this day.

You will hike to Nagarjun Hill. This could be a hard day but remember to take it slow and steady. Once you reach the top, you will get excellent views of the mountains and the landscapes.

Walking Distance: km/ miles

Walking Duration: hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Elevation: Dingboche (4,360m/ 14304 ft.) to Nagarjun Hill (m/ ft )

Elevation change: m/ ft ascend and descend

Day 7 Dingboche to Lobuche

After spending two nights at Dingboche, you will now hike to Lobuche on the 7th day. The trail is steep so you might want to take it slow. It might also be harder due to the altitude.

You ascend the Dughla Pass and pass through the memorial of the mountaineers who died climbing the nearby peaks including Mt. Everest. You will then pass to the glacial moraine. The view will keep you motivated. Walk on.

Walking Distance: 12 km/ 7.5 miles

Walking Duration: 5-6 hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Elevation: Dingboche (4,360m/ 14,304 ft.) to Lobuche (4,940m/ 16,207 ft)

Elevation change: 580m/ 1,903 ft ascend

Day 8 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (Day trip to EBC)

Finally! It is the day to reach the Everest Base Camp!

The trail near the Gorak Shep is hard as you have to keep on walking up and down. There will be lots of loose rocks you will have to walk over it. It might be hard on your knees.

After having a little rest and lunch in Gorak Shep, you will walk further to the Everest Base Camp. That would be the most celebratory moment of your life.

After that, you will come down to Gorak Shep which might be the tough ride back after a long day.

Walking Distance: 10 km/ 6.6miles

Walking Duration: 7-8 hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Elevation: Lobuche (4,940m/ 16,207 ft) to Gorak Shep (5,170m/ 16,962 ft ) to EBC (5,368m/ 17,612 ft)

Elevation change: 230m/ 755 ft ascend and 198m/ 650 ft ascend

Day 9 Gorak Shep to Pheriche (Morning trip to Kala Patthar)

On this day, you will go to the highest point of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Kala Patthar (5,545m) is the best point to watch the Mt. Everest.

The hike to Kala Patthar takes three hours but is a very strenuous work. However, you can get the breathtaking view of the panorama of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse etc.

After then, it is an easy ride down to Periche even though you will have to walk up and down.

Walking Distance: 13 km/ 8 miles

Walking Duration: 7-8 hrs

Difficulty: Hard and then Easy

Elevation: Gorak Shep (5,170m/ 16,962 ft ) to Kala Patthar (5,545m/ 18,192 ft) to Periche (4280m/ 14042 ft)

Elevation change: 375m/ 1,230 ft ascend and 1265m/ 4150 ft descend

Day 10 Pheriche to Tengboche

Periche is on the other side of Dingboche. From Periche, it is mostly downhill and has a flat surface. This might be the easiest and happy day of your journey as your lungs will be getting more and more oxygen.

Be sure to use the trekking poles as the descend might not be good for your knees.

Walking Distance: 12 km/ 11.2 miles

Walking Duration: 5-6 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation: Pheriche (4,280m/ 14,042 ft) to Tengboche (3,870m/ 12,697 ft)

Elevation change: 1,265m/ 4,150 ft descend

Day 11 Tengboche to Jhorsalle

The trail from Tengboche will drop down sharply from Tengboche.

On the 11th day, you will hike down to town lower than Namche Bazaar. As you have already experienced two nights in Namche Bazaar, you will now get to spend the night at Jhorsalle.

You will feel really good with lots of oxygen around you.

Walking Distance: km/ miles

Walking Duration: 6-7 hrs

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation: Tengboche (3,870m/ 12,697 ft) to Jhorsalle(2,730 m/8,957 ft)

Elevation change: 1140 m/ 3740 ft descend

Day 12 Jhorsalle to Lukla

It is the last night of your expedition. You will come down to Lukla and stay for the night there. It might be hard for you because your body will be tired of the long hike since days.

If you want to tip your guide and porter, then you can do it on this day.

You can treat yourself with a hot shower. Sleep early as you will have to wake up early for the morning flight.

Walking Distance: km/ miles

Walking Duration: 4-5 hrs

Difficulty: Moderate-Hard

Elevation: Jhorsalle(2,730 m/8,957 ft) to Lukla (2,845 m/9,334 ft)

Elevation change: 115 m/ 377 ft ascend

Day 13 Lukla to Kathmandu (Flight)

Finally the day back to Kathmandu. Your legs will get complete rest as you only have to catch the flight and taxi back to the hotel.

Expect a sudden elevation of the flight for several seconds as soon as it leaves the runway. The flight will still be a thrilling and majestic experience.

Flight Distance: 135 km/ 84 miles

Flight Duration: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation: Lukla (2,845 m/9,334 ft) to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft)

Elevation change: 1445 m/ 4740 ft descend.


The trek to Everest Base Camp is a long one. There will be hard days and there will be easy days. But if you walk slow and steady and acclimatize well, you can reach the Everest Base Camp. It will remain as a warm memory for rest of your life.

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Article by Pradeep Guragain

Pradeep is the co-founder of Magical Nepal. He was born and bred in Nepal and is a seasoned hiker and rider.

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