Overview

Express Everest Base Camp is a spotlight of the trekkers. Trekking to Everest base camp is a dream of those who love to trek. Yearly, more than 35 thousands of tourists from around the world visit the base camp. Some trek to the base camp, some go for the mountain flight to Everest, some fly to the base camp in a Helicopter.

Our Everest Base Camp Express trek is for the highly experienced trekkers. Those people who have a busy schedule and have already dome many high altitudes before are the eligible one. We are looking for such trekkers from around the world to come and create your life experience with us.

The Express trekking to base camp isn’t easy. This trek is a challenge to even the highly experienced trekkers. Altitude isn’t a joke. There are some porters and guides who share their stories of getting altitude sickness even on their 8th or 9th time at the base camp.

Before thinking of undertaking this trek, you must make sure that you want to and that you can. Practice some aerobic exercises starting months before you go. Also, while on the route, you must take care of your body. Keep it hydrated. Drink plenty of water.

To those who don’t think they want to do the express trek to EBC, we have several other Everest Base Camp trekking packages including Short EBC Trekking, Everest Base Camp Trek, and many others. For any queries or some suggestions, you can contact us.

Best Time for Express Everest Base Camp Trek

Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are the best time for trekking in Everest region. During these times, weather is stable and temperature is mild. The stable weather improves visibility and also provides the best experience of trekking.

The short Everest base camp trek is doable in Winter (November, December, and January) and in Summer (June, July, and August) as well. But for Everest base camp trekking in offseasons, you will need special and proper plans and gears.

Trek Difficulties During Express Everest Base Camp Trek

Altitude sickness is the greatest threat during this trek. You will gain more altitudes in a single day. Thus, this trek is highly targeted for those who have lots of high altitude experiences before.

In most of the cases, trekkers get injuries on their trek back from EBC to Lukla. This happens because they tend to run or walk very fast in the rugged descends as well. Be careful when you walk.

You must have a very good physique to do this trek. This trek isn’t for the trekkers without strong physique and endurance.

Trip Highlights

Reaching Everest Base Camp and the view from Kala Patthar

Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu and other incredible Himalayan views

Khumbu Glacier and Icefall views

Prayer stones and mani walls

Sherpa culture and hospitality

Tengboche Monastery

Beautiful Namche and Khumjung Village.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860m) 30 min, trek to Phakding (2610m) 2-3 hours.
  • Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Pangboche (3985m), 7 hours.
  • Day 04: Trek from Pangbuche to Thukla (4600m), 7 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Thukla to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp (5360m), 9 hours.
  • Day 06: Hike to Kalapathar (5555m) and retreat trek to Pheriche/ Pangboche
  • Day 07: Trek from Pheriche/ Pangboche to Namche Bazaar, 6 hours.
  • Day 08: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 7 hours.
  • Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu, 30 min.

Trip note

Accommodation

Express  Everest Base Camp Trek includes accommodation in the cost.  This accommodation is included only during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2/3 star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay in based on their experience as well as room availability.  During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we will order our meals from teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel.  

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed and very professional guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

our Express Everest Base Camp treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek. This trek requires a very good and high experience in the high altitude.  On average, expect to walk an average of 7-8 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can’t be done with beginner level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains.  

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course, they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Domestic Flights

Flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. In the case that you have a tight schedule and the flights out of Lukla are delayed, it is possible to take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu for an additional cost.  Again, we recommend added a couple extra days to your arrival/departure dates to prevent any problems.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860m) 30 min, trek to Phakding (2610m) 2-3 hours.
    Early in the morning, we will fly in a domestic flight to Lukla airport from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The short flight to Lukla is highly scenic. As you approach nearer to the airport in Lukla, you will see the glistening peaks right ahead of your windows. The landing experience at Lukla airport is quite a thrilling one. As soon as we land in Lukla, we will see a stunning view of the white Himalaya.
    After landing at the airport, we will meet and introduce with the other trekking team including the porter. From Lukla, we will start trekking towards Phakding. From Lukla airport, the trekking trail declines through the stone steps. The first day of the trek is refreshing. We will walk through the flat descending trails on the bank of a Khola.
    There is a suspension bridge over a landslide. The trail passes alongside the shades of Rhododendron trees. If you are trekking during Spring, you will see beautiful colored Rhododendron blossoms. After trekking for two to three hours on the beautiful trail, we will reach Phakding.
    Phakding is a beautiful place with lots of teahouses, bars, and shops. There are beautiful teahouses that provide beautiful services. Overnight in Phakding.
    • Phakding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 7-8 hours.
    On this day, we will start at around 7 in the morning after a nice and filling breakfast in Phakding. From Phakding, we will set off on the trekking trail towards the heart of Khumbu, the Namche Bazaar.
    Today is the day of ‘crossing suspension bridges’. Walking through the riverbed of Dudh Kosi river, we will be crossing the high suspension bridges. From the village in Phakding, we will descend down the trekking trail to meet the river and our first suspension bridge of the day.
    Crossing the suspension bridge is a thrilling experience. You will experience thrilling motions with bumps and swirls of the bridge. The trekking trail passes through beautiful forests and small waterfalls on the trail. In between the trail from Phakding to Namche, there are many villages like Monjo, Tok Tok, and Jhorsale.
    At Monjo, there is a checkpoint where you have to get the local area permit. This permit is not required for Nepali citizens. Our guide will help you obtain the permit, you can rest waiting till s/he makes the arrangement.
    After obtaining the permit, we will walk till we reach the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park. There, you have to obtain the national area permit. In peak season, you will have to wait in a queue for the permit.
    After obtaining the permit, the trail descends down. After reaching Jhorsale, we will have lunch in a teahouse or lodge. After lunch, we will start again. Crossing the suspension bridge, we will start climbing the uphill trail. On this trail, you will meet with the herds of mules and Jokpeys. Be careful while walking.
    After walking for nearly an hour, we will reach the Hilary suspension bridge. Here, you will see two suspension bridges one over the other. This is the highest and longest suspension bridge in the Everest region. Crossing the bridge is an amazing experience. It is quite windy and the bridge keeps on oscillating with lots of people walking along with you.
    Right after the bride is this famous uphill trail to Namche. This trail is dusty with herds of mules and Jokpeys around. Be careful when you hear the bells ringing. After walking for nearly an hour, we will see the first view of Namche Bazar. After reaching in Namche, we will check into a teahouse for overnight.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Pangboche (3985m), 7 hours.
    After having breakfast in Namche, we will walk over the rising stone steps until we meet the flat trail. While walking, you will see the shops in Namche where you can buy anything. They sell all the trekking gears in Namche.
    Looking at Namche from above, you will see most of the green and blue roofs over highly clustered houses. Walking in the flat trail is easy. You will see the beautiful views of white Himalayas while looking back at Namche. During clear weather, Himalayas starts appearing ahead of your eyes. You will see Mt. Thamserku towering to meet the sky. On walking further, we will also see beautiful views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Mt. Everest itself.
    At a point on the trail, you will meet with an old couple making donation appeals. Walking with the best views of the Himalayas you will feel wonderful. The flat trail comes to an end and dips down into a river. There is a suspension bridge that you have to cross over the river. After crossing the river, there is a checkpoint where you have to verify your permit.
    Now, it’s time to climb again. We will climb the steep ascent to Tengboche for about 2 hours. After reaching Tengboche, we will visit the Tengboche monastery. Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery in Everest. Also, the place is famous for the beautiful panorama of the admirable Himalayas.
    After making a visit inside the monastery, we will start trekking towards Pangboche. The trail descends through a beautiful forest. After walking through the beautiful trail, we will finally reach our destination of the day.
    There are many trekkers who stop at Tengboche for the sunrise view. People say it is warmer in Pangboche than in Tengboche. So, many prefer to stay overnight in Pangboche. Pangboche is a small settlement with teahouses and guesthouses. Overnight there.
    • Pangboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3985m
  • Day 04: Trek from Pangbuche to Thukla (4600m), 7 hours.
    Today, we will be trekking from Pangboche to Thukla. We will gain more than 600 meters in a single day today at such a high altitude. The trekking trail from Pangboche is flat. The trail is beautiful with shades of trees. There is a possibility that you will see some animals and birds there.

    After walking for some hours, we will reach Solmari village. With beautiful views of the striking Himalayas, you will have an amazing time walking over the rugged trails in Himalaya. The trail starts getting windy as you trek to the higher altitude.

    We will have our lunch reaching the Dingboche village. Dingboche is a small beautiful village in Khumbu with few teahouses and lodges. After having a full meal and taking a short rest, we will start to trek again. The trail is splendid! With new steps, you will feel closer to your destinations. The Himalayas portray their best images over the wide skies.
    After walking continuously for nearly a couple of hours, you will reach Thukla. While trekking, remember to keep you hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Also, be careful not to hurt your legs or get into any accidents on the trail.
    After reaching Thukla, we will check into a teahouse. As you trek into higher altitudes, you will find lesser options for accommodation. There are very few teahouses in Thukla. If you are trekking in peak seasons, you must book for the teahouses earlier. There are some cases when the trekkers will have to sleep in the dining halls over the tables sometimes.
    • Thukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4600m
  • Day 05: Trek from Thukla to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp (5360m), 9 hours.
    From Thukla, we will walk towards GOrakhshep after having a nice and warm breakfast. People in Everest recommend having garlic soup in the higher altitudes. People believe that it will help against altitude sickness while keeping your body warm too.

    The trail becomes more exciting. Today you will be reaching your dream destination, the Everest base camp. The trail is wonderful with amazing views of the splendid Himalayas so clear and so close. Today, we will be walking through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Also, we will be climbing through the rough boulders.

    From Gorakhshep, we will trek towards the Everest base camp after leaving all our luggage at the teahouse. The trail is rough and rugged. You will feel really excited. The base camp gets closer in every minute. The trail is wonderful. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.

    After reaching the base camp, you will have time to cheer and feel extraordinary. Standing there, from where the tallest mountain in the world rises, trust me! you’ll have a hard time believing. You can take lots of photographs here. Enjoy your time to the fullest.

    After making wonderful memories at the base camp, we will trek back to Gorak Shep for overnight. Today is the day when you will sleep at the highest altitude during your entire trek. Be careful! Drink plenty of water.
    • Gorakshep
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5360m
  • Day 06: Hike to Kalapathar (5555m) and retreat trek to Pheriche/ Pangboche
    On this day, we will hike to the highest elevation on the trek at Kalapathar. Kalapathar is the best sunrise viewpoint. From there, you will see the astounding 360-degree panorama of Mount Everest.

    We will start early in the morning, at around 4 am from Gorakhshep. The trekking trail is quite hard. You must be very careful while trekking in the rugged uphill. Sometimes, it is snowing at Kalapathar. So, you must be very careful. Load your body with warmest gears.

    The hike to Kalapathar will take you around 2 hours from Gorak Shep. Reaching Kalapathar feels like reaching the best part of heaven. The view when the soft rays of the baby sun caress peak of Mt. Everest is heavenly. You will be spellbound. The views of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu icefall when seen from Kalapathar are awesome.

    Kalapathar is a very high altitude. Thus, after spending some time, around half an hour there, we will hike back to Gorakhshep. From GOrakhshep, we will trek down to Pheriche village. The trail is beautiful. Even though you are returning via the same trail, you won’t regret it. Mountains are different every day. The weather, the visibility, the clouds, etc give them new appearances.

    Be careful while you are descending. There are lots of trekkers who get injured on their way back. Don’t hurry, you’ll have sufficient time to get back to the destination.
    Depending on your speed of the walk, and also on various other factors, we will stay for overnight at either Pheriche or at Pangboche.
    • Pheriche or Pangboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5555m
  • Day 07: Trek from Pheriche/ Pangboche to Namche Bazaar, 6 hours.
    We will start to trek from either Pheriche or from Pangboche. While returning, you don’t have to worry about anything. Eat a proper diet, be careful while walking, don't try to run. Take time to stop to look at the mesmerizing views of the surroundings. Everything about Everest is more than wonderful.

    The trail is not new to you. We will be trekking through beautiful places with amazing settlements. The bright eyes and rosy cheeks of the little kids in Everest are captivating. After several hours of walk, we will reach Namche Bazaar.

    Namche Bazaar is a beautiful place to be in. The clustered houses, the bright lights, busy shops, live music at the pubs are something that you can see in Namche. In fact, in the entire Everest region, you will see all these at Namche only.

    In the afternoon, you can visit the shops in Namche. If you want to buy some gifts for your friends and family, you can buy them in Namche. Overnight in Namche.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 08: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, 7 hours.
    Today is your last day of trekking in Everest. From Namche, we will descend the trail dip down to the Hilary suspension bridge. While walking on the steep descent, be careful. Also, shoes with firm grip will be very helpful while descending.

    Also, there are various shortcuts made by the local porters who are too familiar with the trails. Do not take such shortcuts. They are highly risky. Also, you will meet many herds of animals suplying goods. Be careful while they are around.

    After hours of walking, you will reach Lukla. At Lukla, arrange all your goods and accessories. You will have an early morning flight to Kathmandu on the following day.
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 09: Fly to Kathmandu, 30 min.
    Via an early morning flight from Lukla airport, you will get to Kathmandu. Taking off at Lukla airport is quite a heart-shaking experience. If the weather at the airport and at the places in between the mountains is not good, there will be delays in your flights
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

All transportation for the trek, including flights to and from Lukla.

Local guest house accommodation in mountain.

Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Sagarmatha National Park entry fee

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)