Everest Base Camp Short Trek leads you to one of the most popular destinations in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp. This short trek of fourteen days takes you through the spectacular Khumbu Region to the base camp of the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest. This is supposed to be one of the most beautiful multi-day hikes in the world. The trail goes alongside the Dudh Koshi River, the lifeline of the tiny Sherpa villages en route.
Nestled under the mighty snow-covered peaks these villages introduce you to the indigenous culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas. A walk to the base of the world's highest mountain, an insight into a rich mountain culture, and a chance to walk close to 7000 and 8000-meter peaks- Everest Base Camp Short Trek, we tell you is one incredible adventure.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek begins with a flight to Lukla's Tenzing Hillary Airport from either Kathmandu or Ramechhap. The airport perched on top of a mountain serves as the main access point to enter the Khumbu Region. For the first couple of days, you follow the Dudh Koshi River valley making numerous river crossings over suspension bridges.
Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa homeland, is your first acclimatization stop. After spending an extra day hiking to one of the highest hotels in the world and enjoying panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and other giants, you hit the trail again and continue your journey. Crossing Tengboche and Debuche, you reach Dingboche your second halt for acclimatization. From this point on you will be walking above the treeline. With jagged mountains looming close to the trail you walk along a barren landscape filled with boulders and stubby grasses.
The last settlement on the trail is Gorak Shep, which sits on a dried and sandy lakebed. From here you will hike to your final destination Everest Base Camp and reach the highest point of your trek Kala Patthar. While the trail is not that challenging the high altitude and the lack of oxygen makes the trek difficult. However acclimatizing properly, maintaining a slow and steady pace, and keeping yourself hydrated will get you there in good time.
Our experienced guide will always be there to lend support in case of an emergency. You also won't have to worry about booking accommodation and meals(breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as we will take care of it. With all the logistical details taken care of you can simply enjoy your walk along the foothills of the world's highest mountain. Just savor the most memorable and amazing trekking experience of your lifetime.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek Highlights
- World's highest multi-day trek
- Close-up views of 4 highest mountains in the world – Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu
- Stellar views of 6000, 7000, and 8000-meter peaks
- Cultural experience at Sherpa villages en route
- Learn more about the lifestyle of the Sherpa, the world's best mountaineers
- Walk on the Khumbu Glacier and soak in the views of the stunning Khumbu Icefall
- Sunrise hike to Kala Patthar, the most beautiful Everest viewpoint in Khumbu Region
How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Short Trek?
The Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a moderately difficult trek with some serious elevation gains. You will be walking at altitudes above 5000 meters where the amount of oxygen present in the atmosphere is only fifty percent of that at sea level. You will be walking 6 to 7 hours most days, so it's important to be relatively fit to complete this trek.
As you approach the Everest Base Camp you will be traversing the Khumbu Glacier where small loose rocks and gravel will make walking difficult. The dust and cold will also mess with your breathing. If you are not careful you are likely to get the famous Khumbu Cough, a dry hacking cough that is bound to keep you up at night. Therefore always protect your nose, mouth, and neck from the fine dust and chilly wind.
You may start feeling the effects of altitude from Namche Bazaar which lies at an elevation of 3440 meters. You need to keep an eye out for symptoms of altitude sickness like headache, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, etc. which might get more severe if precautions are not taken. Let your guide know if you have any of the symptoms. Drinking lots of water, walking slowly, maintaining a rhythmic pace, and sleeping and eating well will help you avoid altitude sickness.
Accommodation throughout the Everest Base Camp Short trek will be at teahouses. While the newer ones offer modern amenities like rooms with attached Western-style toilets, hot showers, etc., the old-style teahouses offer basic amenities but are still comfortable.
Can beginners trek to Everest Base Camp?
The trail to Everest Base Camp is well-maintained and walkable. If you are fit and healthy and have trained yourself physically to take in this high-altitude challenge you can surely complete this 14-day hiking adventure. While experienced trekkers will have an edge, beginners can also make it to Everest Base Camp if they properly plan and train for their trek. You should be in top physical form to tackle the elevation gains each day and the lack of oxygen. It's not the terrain but the high altitude and depleting levels of oxygen that will test you physically as well as mentally. The route is non-technical, with gradual inclines and some steep portions. You can take your time to rest and catch your breath while tackling steeper portions.
When is the best time for Everest Base Camp Short Trek?
The peak seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek are spring and autumn. During these seasons, the skies are mostly clear and the nights aren't too cold. But the downside is the trail is busiest during this time. Early winter is also amazing for trekking but one will have to face extreme cold. The summer months are wet because of the monsoon rains. The advantage of trekking in winter and summer is that you can catch your flight to Lukla from Kathmandu instead of Ramechhap. Another plus is the trail will be less crowded.
The Everest Base Camp Short Trek begins with a thrilling mountain flight to Lukla, a small Sherpa settlement with the only functioning airstrip close to Mount Everest. From Lukla, you take the trail to Phakding, the first Sherpa village where you will spend the night. The first day's trek is short and easy with a few ascents and descents. You will cross your first suspension bridge and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River. The air from the pine-covered hills is pure, fresh, and clean.
The next day you will hike towards Namche Bazaar crossing picturesque Sherpa villages en route, including Monjo the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. A heart-stopping crossing of the Hillary Suspension Bridge spanning a deep gorge is one of the highlights of the day.
Namche, a busy town carved on a mountainside like an amphitheater is the economic center of Khumbu. Here traders from as far as Tibet come to buy and sell goods. This settlement high in the mountains is a trading hub with restaurants, teahouses, cafes, spas, shops, bakeries, banks, and luxury lodges lining its streets. Surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku, Tawache, Kantega, Khumbila, Kongde, and other peaks Namche is a destination in itself. Here you will spend your first acclimatization day. Your acclimatization hike will lead you to one of the highest luxury hotels in the world, Hotel Everest View.
Your next stop is Tengboche. The route to this monastic village is one of the most beautiful on this trek. Ama Dablam looms close to the trail and you can spy some of the rare Himalayan wildlife as you walk up and down through a dense forest of pine, juniper, and rhododendron. In the village, you can visit the most important monastery of the Sherpas, Tengboche Gompa. You can witness the Buddhist monks chanting mantras and praying at the huge assembly hall of the monastery.
As you move higher you will start feeling the thin air slowing you down. At Dingboche, you reach above the treeline. The lush greenery vanishes replaces by barren mountainsides and patches of scrub vegetation. You will spend your second acclimatization day at Dingboche hiking to Nagarjoon Hill, a superb viewpoint that offers grandiose views of the Imja Valley, Island Peak, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taboche.
During your hike to Lobuche, you will cross the Thughla Pass. The stone memorials of the dead mountaineers at the pass are a grim reminder of how brutal and unforgiving the mountains can be. Lobuche is made up of a few lodges and teahouses that cater to the wave of trekkers and mountaineers that walk through this route. It's pretty cold up here and you can expect snow and icy conditions. Further up from Lobuche is Gorak Shep the last place where you will halt during your adventure.
With Gorak Shep as your base you will hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar viewpoint, the highest point of your trek. To reach Everest Base Camp you will have to traverse the Khumbu Glacier walking over glacial scree and moraine. Trekkers usually walk only up to the 'EBC Rock', a huge boulder with Everest Base Camp scrawled over it in red paint. The real Everest Base Camp lies further up a few kilometers, close to the Khumbu Icefall. It is the base camp of Mount Everest expedition groups and is covered in colorful tents during climbing season.
A sunrise hike to Kala Patthar will let you enjoy glorious views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Cho Oyu, and a host of other snow-capped mountains glistening in the early morning sun. It's a sight that will warm your heart and soul and make you forget all the aches and pains you have endured to reach this point. You descend to Lukla via the same route.
Alternate treks you can consider
If you are short on time you can try out the shorter version of this trek: Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return - 12 days where you can skip the return trek and return to Lukla from Gorak Shep by helicopter.
For senior citizens and for those who want to linger and take it slow during the trek we have the ‘20 days Everest Base Camp Trek for Seniors’ package. With short walking hours and ample free time to rest and explore, this itinerary is ideal for elderly trekkers, school groups, and families trekking with kids.
Our popular EBC product, ‘Everest Base Camp Trek – 16 Days’ includes a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the colorful, vibrant, and culturally rich capital of Nepal.
Trek in luxury by choosing our ‘Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek’. The package includes overnight stays at luxury mountain lodges during the trek (wherever available) and accommodation at a five-star hotel in Kathmandu.