How Long Does It Take To Climb Up And Down Mount Everest ?

The time to climb Mount Everest depends upon different factors but normally, it takes nearly 60-65 days (around 2 months) to climb Mount Everest. External factors like weather conditions, your health condition etc. different situations may affect the time duration. Sometimes you may have to wait for good weather conditions which may extend your trip duration.


Climbing Mount Everest is possible from both sides of Nepal and China but the Nepalese side (southern side) is popular because of less challenging as compared to the Chinese side (northern side). In late March, climbers begin their expedition to Everest. From Everest Base Camp to the top of the world, it’s about 20.5 kilometers or 12.74 miles which includes a climb in elevation of 11,433.7 feet or 3484.86 meters.

Summary of trip

  • Lukla: 2,860 meters (9,380 feet)
  • Everest Base Camp: 5,364 meters (17,598 feet)
  • Camp 1: 6,100 meters (20,000 feet)
  • Camp 2: 6,400 meters (21,000 feet)
  • Camp 3: 6,800 meters (22,300 feet)
  • Camp 4: 8,000 meters (26,000 feet)
  • Everest Summit: 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet)
  • After reaching the summit it will take a few days to come back to your home.

Lukla: 2,860 meters (9,380 feet)

Lukla a gateway to Mt. Everest is a small town in the Solukhumbu district which is situated at 2,860 meters (9,383 ft). It is a popular place which contains a small airport, shops, lodges etc. Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is the only airport in Solukhumbu which has a very short and steep airstrip. It has been called the most dangerous airport in the world, built-in 1964 under the supervision of Sir Edmund Hillary. The Lukla airport was later renamed in honor of Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in January 2008. Multiple flights carry travelers between Kathmandu and Lukla every day, adventure begins from here.

Everest Base Camp: 5,364 meters (17,598 feet)

The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking routes which is at 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) on the south side. It will take 2 days (17.7 kilometers) to reach Namche bazaar from Lukla but regular trekkers can reach in 1 day. From Lukla, it takes around 12 to 14 days (approximately 38.5 miles or 62 kilometers) to trek a round trip to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is not that challenging if you can deal with the attitudinal gain and walk for 6-7 hours continuously for 10 days.

Camp 1: 6100 meters – 6400 meters (20000 – 21000 feet)
Camp 1 is set up at the top of the Khumbu Icefall, it will be less dangerous once you pass the Khumbu Icefall. During night time you may hear murmuring cracking sounds of crevasses opening and closing deep down in the glacier beneath your tents. You need to stay away from the walls as a mass of snow may fall rapidly down a mountainside. In Camp 1 you can rest up before moving forward to camp 2.

Camp 2: 6,400 meters (21,000 feet)
Camp 2 a rocky patch is at the foot of the icy Lhotse wall where you can get views of Mt. Lhotse.

Camp 3: 6,800 meters (22,300 feet)
Camp 3 is exposed to rock falls and Sherpas rarely stay at this stage of the climb.

Camp 4: 8,000 meters (26,000 feet)
Camp 4 is the last Camp before the summit which is also the most dangerous segment of the climb and the winds are strong here. The best route to reach the summit is the narrow southeast ridge which was also used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Everest Summit: 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet)

After reaching summit it will take a few days to come back to your home.

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