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The Long Trail to Mount Everest
By GreatOutdoors Staff - April 8th, 2009

Trekking Route to Mount Everest

To get to Mount Everest, Ed Viesturs and the other First Ascent team members fly from Kathmandu to an airstrip in the village of Lukla. Recently paved, the airstrip is approximately 35 miles from Everest Base Camp, but climbers and trekkers usually take eight to ten days to make the famous walk through the Khumbu Valley: Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Thyangboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally Everest Base Camp. See the gallery of trek photos from Dave Hahn, 2008 Everest correspondent.

Everest Map to Base Camp

Climbing Route for the South Col Route, Nepal Side, Mount Everest

Climbers begin the six week process of climbing Everest by first acclimating to base camp, at 18,000 feet, then making forays gradually up the mountain. The deadly Khumbu Icefall separates the huge valley known as the Western Cwm (formed by Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse).  Camp I at 20,000 feet is near the top of the Icefall, Camp II at 21,300 feet midway up the Western Cwm. Camp III at 24,000 feet is perched on the steep Lhotse Face, and the highest camp, Camp IV, is situated on the South Col itself at 26,000 feet. Summit day covers the final 3,035 feet to the topSee the gallery of Base Camp and Upper Mountain photos from Dave Hahn, 2008 Everest correspondent.

Everest Route Map


The Climb to the Top of Everest!

I have been fascinated with Everest and the notion of climbing to the Top and making the trek back down successfully for 25 years now. I know that it is just a dream at this point in time in my life, and I will always have the utmost respect for those who have tried, whether successful or not. I will be an admirer for the rest of my life. Sometimes the risks are well worth the challenges even if you do fail.


Posted on July 7, 2010 - 10:48am
by Mark Ciccone, Pittsburgh, PA

My Dream, Everest

This mountain is amazing! At 16 my dream is to eventually climb all the Himalayan mountains in my lifetime and I think that this picture of the route of Everest is a great way of helping me learn more about this dangerous yet wonderful mountain.

Posted on May 18, 2009 - 7:43pm
by Vinson Turner


I am also 16. And i was wondering if you have found any expeditions that will let minors(under 18)climb any of the lesser peaks around 7000m?

Posted on August 29, 2011 - 1:02pm
by matt

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