Mt Everest Base Camp elevation and altitude

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Mount Everest has two base camps. They are on opposite sides of the mountain. South Base Camp is in Nepal and is at an altitude of 17,598 ft (5,364 meters) The South Base Camp is at coordinates 28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E (5,150 meters) The North Base Camp is at coordinates 28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E.

These Mount Everest base camps are rudimentary. They are used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. South Base Camp is used when climbing via the southeast ridge, while North Base Camp is used when climbing via the northeast ridge.

Supplies are carried to the South Base Camp by sherpas or porters, and with help of animals, usually yaks. The North Base Camp has vehicle access (at least in the summer months). Climbers typically rest at base camp for several days for acclimatization; to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness.

The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. From Lukla, trekkers hike upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, 11,290 ft (3,440 meters), following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river. The village is a central hub of the area, and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.

This takes about two days. Typically at this point, climbers allow a day of rest for acclimatization. They then trek another two days to Dingboche, 13,980 ft (4,260 meters) before resting for another day for further acclimatization. Another two days takes them to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar, 18,192 ft (5,545 meters) and Mt. Pumori.