What is the height of Everest Base Camp?
Actually, there are two.
Mount Everest, referred to as Sagarmāthā by residents of Nepal and as Chomolungma by residents of China, is the tallest mountain in the world – with its tallest mountain peak reaching 29,029 feet above sea level.
It is centered within the Mahalangur Range and its international borders run between China (within the Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal, which spans across Everest’s summit point.
Geologists have subdivided the area into three different formations, each separated by their low angle faults also called detachments due to their Southward positioning over each other.
Some of the world’s most breathtaking views can be seen from these high mountain peaks as this site is visited by thousands of travelers annually who take in all of its beauty.
Mount Everest is divided into three main camps, but at an even lower elevation are the Everest Base Camps, positioned at an elevation of roughly 18,679 feet.
Everest Base Camp is made up of two camps, both appearing on opposite sides of Mount Everest. The Everest base camp elevation on the south side is 17,598 feet and is located in Nepal. Whereas the height of Everest Base Camp on the north side is 16,900 feet and its located in Tibet.
Each year, roughly 40,000 people take the trek from the Lukla Airport to the South Base Camp.
Those who take the 14 day trip to Southern Base Camp do so by first taking a 14-day trek through the Himalayans. This route is known to have been hiked by some of the world’s greatest legends, such as Sir Edmund Hillary, George Mallory, and Tenzing Morgay; all of who were known for putting this world renowned mountain on the map.
Ever since the 1920s, Mount Everest has captured the curiosity of thousands of men and women around the globe.
Although climbing this beautiful summit has cost some of the climbers their lives, today taking the hike to the Base Camp is much more achievable than ever before.
As people come from all over the world just for a glimpse of this highest mountain peak ever known to man, they do need to adjust to the high altitudes (which is hard work!)
On the journey to the Everest Base Camps travelers will experience days of walking through the rugged terrain and walking across swinging bridges, which serves as an overpass that overlooks creeks and streams and the high mountain views. Hikers also pass the colorful prayer wheels on their journey as well.
There is a colorful altar at the Base Camp that has a pole containing prayer flags. These prayer flags are extended over all of the tents that makes up the Base Camp.
Travelers are greeted by the warm Nepalese hospitality that they receive from those who reside within the villages of Solukhumbu region.
The Base Camp is considered a very international place, where there could be anywhere around 32 tents and roughly 50 countries represented at any given time.
It is a very sprawling place because of its uneven terrain and the glaciers throughout. This makes it difficult to place tents on a flat surface. As a result, the tents are spread out throughout the camp pretty much where ever travelers can find a evenly leveled space.
Although Everest Base Camp appears relatively stable, the camp is built on top of an ice fault and the glaciers are constantly moving.
Because Everest Base Camp is on a moving glacier, it often turns into pure ice which means that you need to have sure footing to make it through the tough terrain.
The best time of the year to take the trek to the Base Camp is between March and May and between September and December. However, if traveling during the month of December, temperatures drop well below zero and there are fewer trackers that will be around to join you for your journey during that time, so plan ahead.
Although the landscape of the Base Camp has changed over the years, the excitement and the adventure of the journey is still the same.
Check out our Mount Everest Guide for more information.