Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty: Easy or Hard?


From a beginner to a pro-level hiker, asking about the difficulty level of Everest Base Camp Trek is a common thing. Without a doubt, trekking to 5,545m high altitude is not a joke. Every trekker needs to train their body and mind to complete the majestic Everest Base Camp.

Till now, taking hundreds of Guests to Everest Base Camp, Pristine Nepal teams know how hard the Everest Base Camp trek is. Sometimes, the unpredictable weather makes it hard, sometimes the natural disasters, and sometimes guests fall sick. However, we have always been successfully keeping our guests motivated, safe, and healthy.

After the 2020 pandemic, the story is now different for our Pristine Nepal Team. The responsibility is bigger now – taking you to the top of Everest Base Camp. But, before planning trekking in EBC, we want to inform you that “You need to prepare more than before”.

Cut from hiking, travels, and adventures a whole year, your body may be a little stiff. So, do concern about fitness for Everest Base Camp trek. Because as a normal walker, the walking speed is 5 km per hour but that’s on a normal path. When it comes to the Everest Base Camp trek, it may take more time and effort. The reasons are the rocky unpaved roads, steep paths, AMS, and unpredictable weather.

If you are concern about choosing best month for EBC trek then read our article about “Weather in Everest Base .Camp”

The next thing that rises the Everest Base Camp difficulty is altitude sickness which occurs above 2,000 meters of height. And in order to avoid it, here are some tips you can follow during the Everest Base Camp trek:

  • Avoid flying directly to Everest Base Camp.
  • Make sure you’re drinking enough water while trekking.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol during Everest Base Camp Trek.
  • Avoid climbing more than 300-500m a day.

If you are interested in some more tips then read our “50 Best Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek” for beginners and pros trekkers.

How long will it take to complete the Everest Base Camp?


“Completing Everest Base Camp Trek depends upon how you have managed training for it.”

After you reach the Lukla airport, the trek is a 130km round trip (80 miles). And to get to Everest Base Camp, you have to walk almost 5 hours a day covering almost 10km a day or even more which can be hard for inexperienced trekkers.
However, there are different types of Everest Base Camp trek packages that fit everyone from beginner to professional trekkers.

15 Days Safe Everest Base Camp Trek-Best for trekkers who have not done EBC trek.
14 Days Intermediate Everest Base Camp Trek-Best for pro-level hikers, adventures.
10 Days Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek -Pro-Level trekkers who have already trekked EBC.

Furthermore, you will get a guide and porter according to your pax which will help to carry the loads after booking EBC trek with us. However, as I told you already, training is the key to success.

How to train for Everest Base Camp Trek?


“Training is the key to success.”

Being healthy always benefits you in many ways and when talking about the EBC trek then it is compulsory for you. Why training matter is because you have to spend most of the time with low oxygen levels while trekking to Everest Base Camp.
You can find many cases where trekkers didn’t reach Everest Base Camp due to altitude sickness even though they were physically fit.

Therefore, the best way to train for Everest Base Camp Trek is by doing hiking. swimming, and some aerobic exercises. Similarly, doing everyday exercises like jogging, running, gym and some yoga can also help you achieve your goal. Just keep in mind that, you have to be prepared both physically and mentally to trek to Everest Base Camp.

Best Time to Climb Everest Base Camp:


“Trekking Everest Base Camp in Autumn season.”

Depending on which month you trek, the paths can get easy as well as hard. When talking about trekking in Nepal, Spring and Autumn season is considered the best season. From my experience, for beginners, Autumn is more suitable. Whereas, if you are thinking of trekking in the monsoon and winter season, then plannings need to be made for the itinerary, accommodations, and foods too.

Look at the climate table for more detailed information about seasons in EBC:

MonthAverage TemperatureSeasonsWeathers
March 19-June 2015°C at Day and -10°C at nightSpring seasonWarm at day, clear blue sky, lush forests
June 21- Sep 2217°C at daytime & 5°C at nightSummer season
Too much fog/mist. Slippery roads and muddy.
Sep 23- Dec 2120°C at day & -10°C at nightAutumn seasonDry winds, warm and clear blue sky
Dec 22- March 2015°C at day and -17°C at nightWinter seasonheavy snowfalls possibilities, extreme cold at night.

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty:


Without the right knowledge about the right gears for the EBC trek, you will be spending your money and effort only. When it comes to the difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp trek, your gears play a huge role. Your whole trek depends upon gears. So, here are some tips about the packing-list for the EBC trek.

Things like, water purifiers, sunglasses, warm clothes, glucose, snacks, raincoat, trekking shoes, and trekking poles are compulsory things for EBC.
Similarly, smaller things like a charger, Multiplug, hat, knife, compass, batteries, etc are useful and life savior while trekking.

Q & A: How much weight limit is acceptable for trekking in Everest Base Camp?
According to the Airlines, for Lukla flight 15kg is acceptable (10 kg for luggage and 5kg for hand-carry) and $1 approx. for any extra baggage that weighs 1 kg.

Q & A: Can I rent gears in Thamel, Kathmandu?
Yes, you can rent gears in Thamel at less than USD 1-2 per day. This method is the best way to save your money. The items that can be rent vary from sleeping bags to Down Jacket.

The packing list for the Everest Base Camp trek difficulty depends upon the season you choose too. If you are trekking in Spring or Autumn season then the gears can be less weight. However, at the time of Monsoon season or Winter season, renting gears can be expensive and a heavy load too.

For more detailed information about backpacking, read our blog about “What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Some Common Questions of Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty:

  1. Which is the hardest trek? “Everest Base Camp or Kilimanjaro”?
    Ans=In terms of difficulty, trekking to Kilimanjaro is harder than trekking in Everest Base Camp. The success rate for trekking in Kilimanjaro is 40% while EBC has a 90% success rate.
  2. Can I do the Everest Base Camp trek without Guide?
    Ans=Yes, you can do the Everest Base Camp trek without a guide too but only if you are experienced enough. You don’t want to get lost; do you? If you are interested in doing solo then I have covered some useful information in “Everest Base Camp Trek Solo Guide“.
  3. Does acclimatization affect Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty?
    Ans=Yes, acclimatization does affect Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty. It is very important while doing the Everest Base Camp trek. Normally, you will have 2 days of acclimatization day in the Everest Base Camp Trek package or you can customize your trip too.
  4. Will I be safe during Everest Base Camp Trek?
    Ans=Yes, if you are with a guide then safety will be the main priority for guides. However, if you are doing solo trekking then you are on your own and may not be safe. But still, you can do evacuation at the time of danger.


What’s important to get that 90% success rate in Everest Base Camp Trek?

The main thing that helps you to overcome Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty is by enjoying your trek. Yes, it’s simple as that. Setting your mind to complete the trek is the best tip. And without a doubt, you will enjoy every moment while doing Everest Base Camp Trek after boosting your mind.

So, if you ever want to visit Everest Base Camp then be mentally prepared too. And thanks to all the trekkers who had completed the EBC trek and motivating others.

About Author

As the head of Pristine Nepal Treks and Expedition, he is the inspiration for all young generation who wants to work in the trekking field. Working in the trekking field from his young age he is also very interested in learning the Himalayas, Culture, History, and politics too.

With a friendly nature, smart-looking personality, and kindness he is an expert in the tourism sector.

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