How Long Does It Take To Climb Mt. Everest

10 May 2020 Prakash Devkota

How Long Does It Take To Climb Mt. Everest

Nepal is a mountaineer’s paradise wrapped in an awe-inspiring beauty of snow-peak summits. It unrolls some of the world’s tallest and magnificent mountains with a jaw-dropping framework like Annapurnas.

But nothing seems as good or even close to what Mount Everest is, not even base camp. It’s one attraction that tends to draw every trekker from all over the world. From a dazzling view of Kanchenjunga to pleasantly old-fashioned villages, Everest trek provides trekkers with irresistible sceneries.

The world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest bestrides proudly in the country and Tibet. It lies at an altitude of 8848 meters from the seal level in Khumbu region. Now you must be head-scratching and thinking how long does it take to climb Mt. Everest.

Well then let me tell you that the time taken to climb Everest depends on the itinerary. If you allow your body to rest and acclimatize for a longer period then the trek will last more days.

With our Mt. Everest tour package, you’ll make good on Everest in about 2 months. It’ll all start from Kathmandu and cease in the capital again. In no more than 2 days after landing at Kathmandu, mountaineers will take a flight to Lukla.

Being an entrance to Namche then Everest, Lukla boasts well-marked routes. The trail runs through untold valleys and classic Himalayan villages including the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar.

One of the prime focus of the Everest expedition, Namche is where most trekkers acclimatize for the first time. After passing through villages like Tengboche and Lobuche, we’ll come to rest at Gorak Shep.

How Long Does It Take To Climb Mt. Everest

For the trek ahead, we’ll take a short hike to Kala Patthar(5643m) and then continue climbing Everest Base Camp. After more than a month of preparation and climbing the trail to summit from Camp 1 to Camp 4, we’ll return to Gorak Shep. Following the trail, we’ll retrace our steps back to Lukla descending through Pheriche. To arrive at the capital, we’ll take a short flight from Lukla airport and finally bring the end to an unforgettable experience.

Highlights of Mount Everest Expedition

  • Astonishing view spotted from the summit and Everest Base Camp
  • Tranquilizing hike to Kala Patthar with a scenic view of Lhotse and Cho Oyu
  • Scouting historical and religious sites to get better off Himalayan culture and traditions
  • Traversing through the wild forest and watching exotic animals and birds
  • Visiting oldest monastery in Khumbu region Tengboche
  • Trading off culture and fellowship to form an everlasting relationship
  • Exploring Sagarmatha National Park filled with unique vegetation and floras
  • Rolling valleys and trails which walks through Namche Bazaar and Gokyo Ri


    Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

    As pre-planned, we’ll meet you at the airport on the first day of the trek. Our officials will be at the arrival point almost half an hour before the flight so that you don’t have to wait.

    To develop an amicable relationship, they will treat you with courtesy and positive spirit. Within just a minute, they’ll drive you to your hotel where you can rest to get over the hectic flight.

    In-between the time left out, you can give a quick look to the city or enjoy service of the hotel. If in case you went on a tour to the city then expect shimmering lights, busy streets, and local shows. Sleep well, the night at your hotel.

    Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu

    The second day of Mt. Everest trek will see you spending time at religious sites and durbar square in Kathmandu. As for the morning, we’ll drive you to Boudhanath Stupa but after stopping by Pashupatinath Temple.

    Upon exploring the religious shrines, you’ll proceed to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. On your visit there, you can get a close insight into the ancient history and artefact of the Malla regime. Other than cruising, you’ll prepare for the trek and get all the essentials under the instruction of a guide.

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    Day 03: Flight to Lukla

    The longer you stay at Kathmandu, the more it will take for the trek to kick off. So, early next morning, we’ll fly to Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport. It’ll take about 30-45 minutes for the aircraft to land but up until which you can relish unique landscapes.

    After taking down the airstrip, we’ll trek to Phakding on a steep staircase. The trail ahead contours Ghat alongside the bank of Dudh Koshi River. The greater part of the route is a mixed bag of downhill and sloped hillsides through pine forest. Nearly after 3 hours, you’ll come to rest in the beautiful village of Phakding.

    Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Namche Bazaar is an uptown area of Khumbu so the trail heading there unwinds a magnetic view. At the start of the trek, we’ll have a small stream to cross over which steers hillside over a terrace farm.

    After coming through a lot of highs and lows, we’ll show up at Sagarmatha National Park. It’s an access to Mt. Everest so we’ll have to validate our trek permit. The path to the fore is uneven so it can be a little disturbing for mountaineers. Nonetheless, the scenic view will compensate for it by offering a view of snow peaks and dense forest decked with Rhododendron.

    Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    To prevent every possibility of altitude sickness, we’ll take a day off at Namche Bazaar. But, snoozing all day won’t help so, to make it worthwhile, we shall go on a short hike. For that, Namche offers plenty of options including a trek to Khunde Hospital and Sherpa Cultural Museum. But the most sought-after is hiking Syangboche which provides the view of sunrise and even Ama Dablam and Lhotse.

    Day 06: Trek to Tengboche

    After a productive day at Namche, we’ll advance to Tengboche on a trail out of the village. The troute is mostly steep in the frontier so the first few hours is going to be a lot stressful. However, we will speed up soon after coming off the ground level through a wild forest area.

    The trail blends more downhill and less climbing along with crossing a river through a wooden bridge. It’s nearly two hours of ascending from a local restaurant called Phunka and you’ll arrive at Tengboche Monastery. Since there’s enough spare time, we’ll take a tour of the monastery in the afternoon.

    Day 07: Trek to Dingboche

    Leaving the wonderful Tengboche behind, we’ll proceed along the rough mountain route on day 7. Despite that, the astonishing view of Kantega and Ama Dablam will somewhat relieve the stress. There is so much to witness as we ascend uphill including ancient chortens and a field enclosed by a stone wall. The trail steadily climbs to Mani Stupa and finally takes down at Dingboche.

    Day 08: Trek to Lobuche

    Time to move on from Dingboche so we’ll descend the hill to Pheriche early in the morning. The first few hours of trek before taking down Dugla is relaxing, having boasted hypnotic scenery. Along the route, we’d be seeing rural settlements and mani walls, adding to the beauty of the region.

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    After coming across the bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier, we’ll ease off at Dugla and have lunch. The uphill trek to Lobuche takes about an hour to complete. But meantime, the trail will bestow us with a staggering vista of Mt. Pumori and Everest.

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    Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep

    View of Everest and Nuptse from GorakShep

    Far away, Gorak Shep summons us therefore, we’ll start the trek early today. To begin, we’ll follow the route leading the terminal moraine with an iceberg beneath Khumbu Glacier. After passing the only rocky moraines left, we’ll walk downhill to reach Gorakshep. The place has a great view to offer including the picturesque Nuptse and Everest Base Camp.

    Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep

    Since the trail to Kalapatthar walks through rocky mountains, we’ll trek early and slowly. The entire trek lasts around 2-3 hours during which you can enjoy the view of Nuptse and Pumori. After spending a few hours watching the spectacle of Kala Patthar, we’ll head back to Gorak Shep.

    To restore the energy, we’ll have lunch at Gorak Shep then head towards Everest Base Camp. Following the rocky trail to the north-east, we’ll scramble steadily to reach the base camp. Since our crew members would be looking after all the stuff including the tent, you can simply relish the visual display.

    Day 11-13: Acclimatization at Everest Base Camp

    Trek to Mount Everest never comes easy. You’ll have to overcome lots of challenges to make it to the summit. Going beyond, altitude sickness stirs up the difficulty level. Therefore, to avoid the complications like shortness of breath and loss of appetite, self acclimatization is must. We’ll take a time off of around 3 days to adapt with the temperature at high elevation. In-between the time, medical professionals will continuously check our health. On our side, we’ll help you keep up with physical fitness and stability.

    Day 14-60: Trek to Mount Everest and return back to Base Camp

    After all the needed preparations, we’re now ready to take the summit. Giving a quick start, we’ll climb the trail via Khumbu Icefall. To walk further, our Sherpa crew members will set up the fixed lines and ladders leading up to Camp I.

    Meanwhile, we’ll gradually ascend to Camp II but also participate in training for mountain climbing and. Thanks to our crew members who’ll be putting up with all the difficulties to arrange food, tent and even routes for us to traverse Everest.

    For many days, we’ll run across steep hills and climb down until finally arriving at Camp III where you can find ice cliffs. The trail ahead is quite difficult with sheer glaciers, crevasses and inconsistent seracs. The local Sherpa who’s relatively familiar with the route will the region will fix the ladder to pass crevasses.

    We’ll use an oxygen cylinder while ascending Everest as the climate is too unpredictable at the summit. Due to the likelihood of substantial change in the weather, we’ll climb from South Col to reach Mt. Everest.

    The views are absolutely breathtaking from the summit with marvellous feats like Kanchenjunga and Sishapangama. As there is too much risk in spending a great time at Everest, we’ll soon retrace our steps back to Gorak Shep.

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    Day 61: Trek to Pheriche

    After that surreal experience of summiting Everest, we’ve to get back to Pheriche now. But before taking down the trail, we’ll pack all our stuff and throw away the waste materials and garbage. It’s comparatively easy trekking to Pheriche as most of the trail walks downhill starting with base camp. Highlights of this trek would be the memorials placed along the route as a tribute to the lost lives while climbing Everest.

    Day 62: Trek to Tengboche

    It’s hard to get away the majestic beauty of Pheriche but we’ve to return to Tengboche now. The trail coming out of the village climbs downhill for a greater part. Scrambling the hill down to Pangboche will connect to Deboche. From there, it’s a short trek to a sloppy trail and we’ll finally reach Tengboche.

    Day 63: Trek to Namche Bazaar

    After almost 2 months, we’ll once again travel to Namche Bazaar but this time to bid farewell. The trail descends the hill from Tengboche, making it trouble-free for trekkers until they arrive at Phugi Thanga. The view gets better as we approach Namche with vibrant valleys and remote villages. On this day, we’ll spend the night in a hotel.

    Day 64: Trek to Lukla

    For the last day of our trek to Mt. Everest, the route gets a bit easy passing through Monjo. Climbing down, we’ll get through a dense forest filled with Oak and Pines. Following the defined trails, we’ll reach Bhote Koshi River that is to be crossed more than two times. Scrambling the hills for almost 45 minutes will lead us to Lukla.

    Day 65: Flight to Kathmandu

    Despite the fascinating time, it’s time to leave Lukla now. We’ll start the morning by having a hearty meal in the lodge at Lukla and soon head towards the Airport. The picturesque flight will last about 30 minutes before taking down at TIA airport. But, before landing we’ll get to see the diverse topography, gleaming mountains and forest for one last time.

    Day 66: Final Departure

    We’re sad that you’re leaving after staying almost 2 months in Nepal. But we’re also glad that you made the trek happen and even accomplished it. Once for the last time, we’ll pick you from the hotel and drive to Tribhuvan International Airport. To ease your job, we’ll keep assisting and checking on you until you board on the flight.

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    Weather at Mount Everest

    1. How high is Mount Everest?

    The world’s highest mountain Mt Everest sits astride Nepal and Tibet. It lies at an elevation of 8848 meters that is 29,029 ft high.

    2. How many trekkers attempt to climb Mt. Everest every year? How many of them succeed?

    More than a thousand mountaineers strive to climb Everest every year. Amidst them most succeed to make it to Everest Base Camp. Till date only few, to be precise more than 600 have been able to reach the summit. This is nearly half the number of people who made an effort to climb Everest but failed miserably.

    3. Who will look after the arrangements? Who is to guide us?

    Often Sherpa’s in the Himalayas will take after the role of guide. From assisting trekkers to facilitating them with ladders and fixed rope on the route, they’ll do it all. Most of these Sherpas are generally youth and do the job for a living. With each excursion, these men make around $6000 while the guide who leads the way to the summit earns up to $10,000.

    4. How much does it cost for Everest trek?

    Everest Trek is arguably the most pricey of all treks in Nepal. The cost varies depending on the service trekkers demand to have. Everest Cost Trek ranges from almost $30,000 to $100,000 and even more. Foreign nationals have to get a permit from Nepalese Government which costs about $11,000 excluding the service charge. However, the variation in the cost is mainly due to the foreign guides offered by some travel agencies. It usually costs less to hire local guides than import from western countries.

    5. How extreme altitude affects the body?

    The presence of air is extremely low at high altitude, causing threats to hikers. The air gets thinner after Camp 4 up till the summit which is why the area above 8000 meters known as the death zone. It endures too harsh weather leading the trekkers to have high altitude sickness like pulmonary edema. Some people start to hallucinate and lose control over their muscles due to the sickness.

    6. How long does it take to climb Mt Everest? Which is the best time to climb it?

    Typically in a normal trekking season, it takes about 2 months to climb Everest. Since the primary hurdle is weather and climate, it’s best to climb Everest in the Spring and Autumn season. They are the two peak seasons for trekking in Nepal, offering pleasant weather and great visibility.

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      Prakash Devkota

      Managing Director and Team Leader

      Mr. Prakash Chandra Devkota is an established name in the Tourism Sector in Nepal. He is a focused individual gifted with a brilliant mind. He is also hugely dedicated to social work. Born in the Gorkha district, a beautiful hilly region of Nepal, he first entered the tourism industry as a guide in 1997. He has gained extensive experience in almost all the trekking and climbing routes like Mera, Island, Lobuche and, Ama Dablam, etc.

      He registered Nepal Guides Treks & Expedition in 2009 AD. Due to his passion for adventure and efforts to provide quality personalized service to his clients, he has established himself as a successful tourism entrepreneur. He has dedicated most of his time working diligently to elevate the tourism industry and collected more than 15 years of experience in organizing trekking and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, and India. He believes in the power of the tourism industry and the employment opportunities that can be created through it. He constantly looks for innovative ways to run the company.

      Mr. Devkota has always been an avid practitioner of eco-friendly tourism and has always promoted environmental conservation throughout his career. He motivates his staff to embrace eco-friendly tourism through responsible tourism practices. He believes promoting eco-tourism will preserve natural resources and positively impact the environment.