Overview

Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular trek in Nepal and also in the word. Thousands of trekkers from around the world visit the Everest base camp in Nepal every year via trekking or other means. Our Short Everest Base Camp trek is for those who have a limited time for Everest trekking. This trek is a complete Everest Base Camp trek that completes in 10 days without any acclimatization or rest days.

This wonderful EBC trek is a customized standard Everest base camp itinerary. The short Everest base camp trekking offers the splendid time trekking on the Everest trekking trails. You will reach the base camp of the highest peak in the world in a few days from Lukla.

You will see the amazing Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Tawachi, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and several other peaks. Watching the striking views of the panoramic Himalayas from different places on the trek is truly a blissful moment.

The early morning hike to Kalapathar is one of the attractions of the trek. Kalapathar is the best viewpoint of Mt. Everest. You will see the 360 degrees panoramic view of Mt. Everest from there. The moment when the soft rays of sun caress Mt. Everest and other giants are splendid. The views are out of the world.

There are uncountable highlights of this Short EBC trek. The magnificent trekking trails, the impressive views of animals porting the goods in tough trails, beautiful forests, meadows, waterfalls, variable landscapes, and many others.

The customized trek to Everest base camp is full of both the natural and cultural surprises. You will see the traditional villages, simple lifestyles, beautiful traditions and culture of the Himalayan Sherpa people while trekking. You will see lots of mani walls, small stupas, and prayer flags along the trekking trails.

Tengboche monastery is the biggest monastery in Khumbu valley. Visiting this monastery is a blissful moment. Inside the monastery, you’ll see the Buddhist monks praying. From the monastery, you will see an amazing view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamsekhu and many more. This place is also popular for sunrise and sunset views.

Since this trek has no rest or acclimatization days, this trek may not be the perfect choice for beginner trekkers. The beginners should spend a few more days acclimatizing at some places on the trail. This will help them to get adjusted with increasing altitude. But for those who have lots of high altitude experiences before, this trek exactly what they’d look for.

 

Trip Highlights

The thrilling and scenic flight, Kathmandu to Lukla and back.

Namche Bazaar, the major Sherpa hub in Khumbu.

The traditional Sherpa villages, their traditions, and culture.

Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal.

Tengboche Monastery, the biggest monastery in Khumbu Valley.

Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar.

Khumbu Glacier

Panoramic view of the Himalaya

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m), 30min Flight, walk 2- 3 hours
  • Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), visit Tengboche monastery. 5 hours.
  • Day 04: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m), 5-6 hours
  • Day 05: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m), 6 hours.
  • Day 06: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164m) to EBC (5365m) and back to Gorakshep, 8 hours
  • Day 07: Hike from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5643m) and retreat trek to Pheriche (4370m), 8 hours.
  • Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar, 7 hours.
  • Day 09: Trek from Namche to Lukla , 7 hours
  • Day 10: Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Trip note

Accommodation

Short 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 Short 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 very good and long experience in the high altitude.  On average, expect to walk an average of 6-7 hours per day while on the trial. Generally, the treks can’t be done with a 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 of extra days to your arrival/departure dates to prevent any problems.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Lukla (2860m), trek to Phakding (2610m), 30min Flight, walk 2- 3 hours
    We will take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. This flight is short and is highly scenic. We always recommend you for the left raw seat for the best views of Himalaya. As you get closer to the Khumbu region, you will see the big hills and mountains outside your windows. The most thrilling experience is the landing experience at Lukla airport.

    After landing in Lukla, we will start trekking towards Phakding. From the airport, the trail descends down the stone-paved stairs. Today, there are no ascents, you will descend through the scenic trails under the shades of Rhododendron trees. This trail becomes beautiful in spring when the Rhododendron is blooming.

    We will cross a suspension bridge over the landslide. This is your first suspension bridge on the EBC trekking trail. Walking through the beautiful trail for nearly three hours, you will reach Phakding. At Phakding there are many teahouses. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Phakding
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6-7 hours.
    On this day, we will start at about 7/8 am in the morning after a nice breakfast. From Phakding, we will trek towards Namche Bazar. The trail passes through the bank of Dudh Kosi river after leaving the village of Phakding. Today is literally the day of crossing the suspension bridges. We will be crossing the high suspension bridges over the same Dudh-Kosi river several times.

    Today, we will have to collect our Sagarmatha National park trekking permit. Our guide will help you collect the permits at the two checkpoints on the trail. The trail passes through small villages of Tok-Tok, Monjo, and Jorsale. The Jorsale village is the stop point of many trekkers. They stop there for lunch. We will also stop at a teahouse at Jorsale for lunch.

    After having lunch, we will again start following the trekking trail. The trekking trail passes through beautiful forests. We will meet with herds of mules very frequently. They port the materials up to Namche and to the higher places from Lukla.

    The last suspension bridge for today is the Hilary suspension bridge. This is very long as well as highly placed. Crossing this bridge is thrilling. The adventure doubles if you cross the bridge along with herds of mules or Jokpeys. The bridge literally swings giving you chills!

    Right from the other edge of the bridge starts the vertical ascent before Namche. While ascending, you should be careful. Walk slow. The trail is dusty and rugged. This is a difficult ascent.

    After the uphill, we will see Namche. Namche is a place with clustered teahouses. There are many teahouses that provide the best services and facilities. Also, there are bakeries, pubs, ATMs, and various shops. You can buy some trekking gears or other accessories at Namche. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Namche Bazar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m), visit Tengboche monastery. 5 hours.
    On this day, we will begin to trek after a nice breakfast in Namche. From Namche, we will walk the short stone stairs for a short while. From there, the trail is flat and is easy to walk. You will see the Himalayas as you look back to Namche. The glistening peaks look so amazing.

    On the way, you will see great views of Mt. Thamserku soaring above the sky. On the way, we will see two stupas. Also, we will see a couple asking for a donation. After walking for some time, we will see the first view of Mt. Everest. We will also see Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks.

    After the flat terrain, the trekking trail drops down to a river. We will have our lunch there and will cross the river on a suspension bridge. While trekking in Everest, a descend is continuously followed by an ascent. There is a checkpoint just before the ascent to Tengboche. We will verify our permits there and will start the uphill climb.

    The trail is dusty. Cover your nose and mouth. The climb will take us 2 to 3 hours depending upon the pace of our walk. After completing the ascent, you will see a gate to Tengboche. From there, you will see the Tengboche monastery, the biggest monastery in Khumbu.

    We will check into a lodge. After leaving all the luggage in the room, we will go visit the Tengboche monastery. Inside the monastery, we can hear the evening chants inside the monastery by the Buddhist monks. From the backyard of the monastery, we will see the trekking routes to Gokyo valley.

    If the weather is clear, we will see the best sunset view over the shimmering Himalayas. Overnight in Tengboche at a teahouse.
    • Tengboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3860m
  • Day 04: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m), 5-6 hours
    After having morning breakfast at Tengboche, we will continue our Short Everest base camp trek. From Tengboche, the trekking trail descends down for about 30 minutes and reaches Pangboche. After that, the trail is flat. The trail is beautiful with amazing sights of the Himalayas and many trekkers around.

    The trek route is amazing. We will pass through small villages of Somare and Orsho. We will have lunch at the Somare village. where you can have your lunch. On walking further, we will see the Lobuche river. After crossing the river, we will reach Dingboche village.

    Dingboche is a lovely village. We will see the cultivation of Potato and Barley there. Here, people surround their fields with stone walls to protect the crops from cattle and cold air.
    We will see amazing views of Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Taboche from the village. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Dingboche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4410m
  • Day 05: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m), 6 hours.
    From Dingboche, we will continue trekking on the beautiful trail. We will walk through the uphill trail that meets a ridge after some time. From the ridge, we can see the best views of Mt. Tawache and Cholatse so close and so beautiful. With the admirable views of the Himalayas in front of us, we will trek further.

    Remember, we are above 4000 meters now. So, you must be very careful. Walk slow. Drink plenty of water. You must get down to lower altitudes as soon as possible if in case you see any signs of altitude sickness.

    On walking further, we will trek through the beautiful yak pastures in Thukla, 4620 meters. Now, the trail climbs steeply uphill to the terminal moraine of Khumbu glacier. From there, we will walk for around two hours, we will reach Lobuche. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Lobuche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4940m
  • Day 06: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164m) to EBC (5365m) and back to Gorakshep, 8 hours
    Finally, it’s the day! Today, we will reach the Everest base camp. After having breakfast in Lobuche, we will set off on the trekking trail towards Gorakshep. In the beginning, the trekking is easy. We will be walking through the flat terrains and up - down on the Khumbu glacier to the small settlement in Gorakshep. As we reach closer to Gorakhshep, the trail becomes tough. There are frequent ascending and descending trails.

    Walk slow, be careful. At Gorakhshep there are teahouses where we will stay overnight. After checking into the teahouses, we will have lunch. After leaving our backpack and luggage there, we will begin trekking towards the base camp.

    The walk is exciting! Reaching the base camp of Everest base camp, 5364 meters is a blissful moment. The Everest base camp is a dream destination of most of the trekkers, and you are there. Enjoy your moment at the base camp with views of the different Himalayas and Khumbu icefall.

    After spending some time at the base camp, we will now trek back to Gorakhshep for overnight. You must drink plenty of water before you sleep in Gorakhshep. Gorakhshep is a high altitude to sleep at. Be careful as there are trekkers who get altitude sickness while they are sleeping. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Gorakshep
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5365
  • Day 07: Hike from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5643m) and retreat trek to Pheriche (4370m), 8 hours.
    Today, we will be trekking to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is the best viewpoint of Mt. Everest. From there, you will see the 360 degrees view of the Everest massif. We will start pretty early in the morning, nearly at 4 am.

    Be careful, as it is before daylight that you will start to trek today. If you have torches, bring them with you. The trail to Kalapathar is difficult. It is an uphill climb on the icy trail. The sunrise view from Kalapathar is the best one.

    First ray of the sun caressing the peak of Everest makes such a wonderful view! You won’t believe your eyes, the moment is heavenly. From Kalapathar, you will also see great views of the Khumbu icefall and Khumbu glacier.

    Cherish the moment. Take some photographs with gigantic Everest standing proud on the background. Click the panorama of the Himalayas. After rejoicing for some time at Kalapathar, we will get back to Gorakhshep. We will carry our luggage and will start trekking down towards Pheriche.

    Pheriche is a beautiful village. Beautiful and artistic rocky hills surround the village from all sides. There are some teahouses and guest houses in Pheriche. Overnight in a teahouse.
    • Pheriche
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4370
  • Day 08: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar, 7 hours.
    It is a long day today. After having a filling breakfast in Pheriche, we will start trekking back. The trekking trail is beautiful. We will trek towards the Debuche village. This is a small settlement with some teahouses. From Debuche, the trail leads you towards the Pangboche village.

    Most of the trekkers have their lunch at Pangboche village. After having lunch, we will continue to walk. After an uphill climb, we will reach Tengboche. From there, the trail takes a continuous downhill and crosses a river. After crossing the river, there is another ascent. After the uphill, the trail is flat and easy.

    Walking through the beautiful trail, we will reach Namche. Overnight in Namche at a teahouse.
    • Namche Bazaar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3440m
  • Day 09: Trek from Namche to Lukla , 7 hours
    Though the trail is long, the walk is easy. There are some trekkers who run on their way back from the base camp. Doing so, you are increasing the risk of getting injured. Do not hurry, do not run, most of the accidents happen on the way back.

    From Namche, we will start descending the famous uphill after the Hilary suspension bridge. We will cross the bridge and will hike gradually along with the other trekkers on the trail. On our way back, we will have lunch at Tok Tok. After having lunch, we will continue to walk.

    The joy of getting back home is different on this day. After trekking for long hours, we will finally reach Lukla. At Lukla, you can buy some gifts for your friends and family. There are bakeries and shops where you can go and relax. Overnight in Lukla at teahouse.
    • Lukla
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2860m
  • Day 10: Fly out from Lukla to Kathmandu.
    Today is your last day on the trek. If the weather is good, you can fly back to Kathmandu via the scheduled flight. In cases of bad weather, there can be delays in the flights.
    Enjoying the thrilling flight, we will fly back to Kathmandu.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Two 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.)