How to Get to Mount Everest from Kathmandu

This article is about the transportation between Mount Everest and Kathmandu. Mount Everest is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal and China runs across its summit point.

How to Get to Mount Everest from Kathmandu?

Everest base camps refers generally to two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest: South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft), while North Base Camp is in Tibet, China at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft). The base camps are rudimentary campsites on Mount Everest that are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent; they are also visited by tourists. South Base Camp is used when climbing via the southeast ridge, while North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge.

How to get to North Base Camp from Kathmandu

By Driving

Driving to Mount Everest via Gyirong Port  is the fastest way to appreciate the charming north of Mount Everest. At a leisurely pace, you can reach Mount Everest in two days. Mount Everest in Kathmandu can be divided into two parts:

Kathmandu – Gyirong Town: Currently, Gyirong Port is the only port available for foreigner tourists to travel overland from Nepal to Tibet. The distance between Kathmandu and Gyirong Port is about 160km. It is no so long, but the road condition is not good. Please be careful.

Gyirong Town – Mount Everest: You will drive about 325km from Gyirong Town to Mount Everest. The road condition is better.

By Flight and Driving

There is no available airport in or near Everest. Instead of overland driving from Kathmandu to Mount Everest directly, many tourists prefer to take a flight to Lhasa first for altitude-acclimatization, and then drive to Mount Everest.

Kathmandu to Lhasa:If you want to know more information about the flight schedules and booking, please transfer to Kathmandu-Lhasa Flights.

Lhasa to Mount Everest: It takes 2 days to drive from Lhasa to Mount Everest usually. This driving journey is a fantastic sightseeing tour as well.

How to get to South Base Camp from Kathmandu

By Helicopter

If you don’t have time or energy to climb Mt. Everest, but want to enjoy the magnificent scenery of Mt. Everest on the Nepalese side, please take a helicopter to Mt. Everest base camp. Some Nepalese airlines offer helicopters from Mt. Everest headquarters to Mt. Everest headquarters, with the option of stopping at Sherpa or Lukla. Some helicopters will land in Karaputar (5550 meters), where you can see Mount Everest and other peaks at a closer distance. Helicopters take you to other peak cameras and cruise around to awesome rocks and ice.

By Hiking

South Mount Everest is not the preferred destination for ordinary tourists. It has always been popular with hikers. Hiking from Kathmandu to the base camp of Mount Everest (5320 meters), from thrilling adventures to experiences that Nepal can’t miss. It is recommended that the hiking trip from Kathmandu to Mount Everest headquarters on the Nepalese side be completed in 15 days.

Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Thyangboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – Gorak Shep (Everest Base Camp) – Pheriche – Thyangboche – Monjo – Lukala – Kathmandu


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