Guide to the Everest base camp trek
Trekking anywhere in the Nepalese Himalayas brings you closer to breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, but the route up to Everest Base Camp includes a dollop of history, too. This small rocky campsite is the hopping off point for serious summit attempts, and trekkers and mountaineers alike share the same path to reach it. After a short but sometimes white-knuckle plane ride to Lukla, it takes an average of eight days to hike up to Everest Base Camp South, spending time acclimatising along the way. (Everest Base Camp North, by the way, is in Tibet).
CLIMBERS ATTEMPTING THE SUMMIT TREAT IT AS A TEMPORARY HOME, BUT FOR MERE MORTALS, EVEREST BASE CAMP IS THE HIGH, ROCKY HIGHLIGHT OF A 12-DAY TREK
Few trips involve a night here, but it’s fascinating to visit this key location, particularly if it coincides with climbing parties preparing for the epic ascent in April and May. It’s also no mean achievement. At 5,364m, Base Camp is over half the height of Everest, as the mighty mountain measures an enormous 8,848m. The thrill of reaching this historic location is huge – this is your chance to bag your very own moment of ‘I’ve done it!’
Find out how in our Everest Base Camp travel guide.
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a brief history of everest
Known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet, the world’s highest mountain has been around for over 60 million years. Calling it Everest, though, has only been the norm since 1856, when the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India established its first published height as 8,840m (in fact, it’s 8,848m, but they weren’t far off). Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India, decided its then name of Peak XV was a bit ho-hum and renamed it after his predecessor, Sir George Everest. Far from being flattered, Everest opposed this, explaining that the name couldn’t be pronounced by locals. Ironically, it can’t be pronounced by anyone else, either. Sir George’s surname sounds more like Eve-rest.Read more
More about Everest Base Camp
The best time to visit Everest Base Camp is outside the June to August rainy season.
Our Everest Base Camp map and highlights are vital reading for all wannabe explorers.
Find out what trekking to Everest Base Camp entails, and what life’s like at the camp.
Trek with a mountain guide and expert photography tutor from Lukla to Base Camp.
Our summiting Everest page explains the costs, practicalities and risks involved.
This is a hard but not technical trek, at altitude and over at least 10 days.
Our Everest Base Camp travel advice features essential health and safety tips.
Responsible tourism here ranges from Sherpa safety to porters’ rights and waste disposal.