Everest Base Camp Short Trek

Duration: 14 DAYS

(Based on 6 Reviews )

Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT244

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Trip Grade: Moderate

  • Max Elevation: 5545 m

  • Total Duration: 14 days

  • Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec

  • Group Size: 1 - 12 People

The Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a journey that harmoniously incorporates all of the best features and attributes of the Everest region to present you a short trekking experience perfect for travelers who are less on time. The jovial trekking trail passing through the ethnic villages of the region, and coruscating around landscapes that are extremely beautiful and refreshing, offer a trekking journey that truly captures the essence of the Nepalese mountain life. The Khumbu earns it’s well deserved fame as one of the most amazing trekking destinations in the entire world because of the region’s many appeals pertaining to both its cultural aspect and natural setting. The mountain views seen along the way, the rich natural terrain and its prospect of Sherpa tradition is what makes the Everest Base Camp Short Trek journey a daring feat of adventures in the alpine acreages of Khumbu. The many dispositions of the region play out a harmonious tune to present trekkers from all over the world an experience unlike anything else. Start off the trek from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to Lukla as you hold on to your seats while the plane flies around rolling green hills and mountains to land on one of the most dramatic airstrips on the planet. Trek on beautiful paths to villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and Dingboche as you make your may to the Everest Base Camp. Hike to the famous vantage point of Kalapatthar and revel in the panoramic sight of the entire Mount Everest massif. Enjoy a jovial trekking journey that completely captures the Everest region’s mountainous diversity.

As the paths wind about many hills and valleys, you would be crossing rickety wooden and suspension bridges and crossing Imja Khola and the Dudh Koshi Rivers to come across wide open expanses of boulder-dotted pastures and river basins. Herds of yaks, sheep and mountain goats carry along their trudging from one location to the next and the Sherpa people carry out their day-to-day life in the mountains, which are both very humbling to observe. Pass by many chortens and Gompas along the way and reach the famous Tengboche Monastery for blessings from the monks. Catch glimpses of animals and birds in the woodlands and rejoice in both open panoramic views and small peeks of mountains like Everest, Thamserku, the Kongdi RI, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Nuptse, the Kusum Kangraru, the Pumori and Makalu among many others. Spend time at Namche exploring the mountain town and visit the Everest View Hotel, the highest located hotel in the world. Namche is known as the “gateway to Everest” and its location on the side of the mountain face presents a terrace-like terrain filled with colorful houses and mountains in the distance like tapestries. Standing at the lower terraces of Namche and looking upwards at the rest of the village is like standing at the centre of an amphitheatre show and looking around the arena with houses and people scattered about. Hike to the summer valley of Dingboche and follow its mile-long stone wall to reach the Himalayas. Look at many Mani-stone wall carvings and colorful prayer flags that decorate the region at regular intervals. The Everest Base Camp Short Trek is an amazing combination of Khumbu’s many natural beguiles and its people’s traditional way of living. Immerse yourself in the region’s mountain sights and trek up hills brimming with rhododendrons and azaleas. It is a trek of a lifetime!

You can also opt for Everest Base Camp Heli Trek which is a journey that involves returning back to Kathmandu via a helicopter or you can also choose our Everest Gokyo Lake Trek for a journey to the sapphire Gokyo lakes of the Himalayas. The Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a guarantee of a grand time in the Himalayas of the Khumbu and its cultural countenance. So come join us in this endeavor!     

Itinerary Expand All

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Duration: 3 hours

Early morning transfer to the airport for Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield is at high evaluation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. Trek to Phakding with an arresting, green landscape with the view of Kusum Kangraru. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 03 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 6 hours

We follow the Dudh Koshi, ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat and textiles.

Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You will spend two days at Namche for acclimatization, visit local markets and spend time with your team. On the hike we capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 04 - Namche Bazar and Everest View Hotel

This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. We will hike to Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest airport in the world, then continue climbing to Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Tawache etc. On the way back, we visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) Duration: 5 hours

The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka and from this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to Tengboche Monastery (3860m). It is the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Amadablam and on a clear day, views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft) Duration: 5 hours

Descend through a beautiful forest, cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m); perhaps today is the most interesting trekking because you will not lose altitude like on other days and you will enjoy views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse & other peaks; the route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the ‘summer valley’. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 - Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return Duration: 6 hours

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100m. After breakfast, you ascend Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche.

The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude there are good views of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you could even see Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley.

After a short rest, you start the descent back to Dingboche and the walk at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. You will also spend a second night in Dingboche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft) Duration: 5 hours

Trek along a broad valley floor to Dughla, passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This trek is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continue up the valley, gaining altitude. We come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft) Duration: 8 hours

After a short climb through meadows, look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead is Kalapattar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours we will get to Gorekshep, and continue our journey to the Everest base camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek – but the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp and enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions begin. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10 - Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m/18188ft) - Gorekshep - Pheriche (4210m/13809ft) Duration : 7 hours

The day starts with a hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mount Everest, in all its glory and the spectacular Himalayan range. We then trek back to Gorekshep, for breakfast and then descend to Pheriche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11 - Trek to Namche (3440m/11283ft) Duration: 7 hours

Easy walk along the Imja Khola, short climb to Tengboche, descend Pungki Thanka and complete steep to Kyangjuma, and easier trail to Namche. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 12 - Trek to Lukla (2800m/9184ft) Duration: 7 hours

The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi River to the small mountain airstrip at Lukla, where you will catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 - Fly back to Kathmandu

30-minutes amazing scenic fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel, breakfast included.

Day 14 - Farewell

Breakfast at hotel and approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights (twin sharing beds) accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek, we provide you attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding and Namche
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek if require
  • Nepal Hiking Team T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, fanta etc.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi internet during the trek
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

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Reviews

Alysia Kim Norris , 701/53 Crown Street, Australia

Starting from the very beginning with my first communication with Mr. Ganga, I was met with a fast response that contained detailed information about the trek. Any other questions I had about the Everest Base Camp Short Trek were answered in the same professional and prompt way. I did the trek in late May and as a solo traveler, my biggest concern was about joining other people. With e-mails back and forth leading up to my arrival date in Nepal, Mr. Ganga had managed to arrange a group for me to join, despite its unavailability in the initial stages of our conversations. I am grateful to Mr. Ganga and all of the team members of NHT for arranging and organizing the trip for me, it was amazing and one of the best trekking experiences I have had. The accommodations in the mountains were comfortable; my guide made sure that the meals I was given was fresh and filling. Bhim, my guide, always went out of his way to make sure that I had no problems or discomfort of any kind. All of the formalities and various procedures that has to be followed while trekking, like the permits, the tickets at the national park and the guesthouse accommodation methods and the likes, were all taken care of effectively by Bhim. I didn’t worry about anything outside of my current thought bubble. My trek was trouble-free, well oriented and simply amazing. Definitely One of the best Agency, highly recommended.

Flavia Michelato , Chicago, USA

Because of my limited time in Nepal, my first concern was the re-scheduling of my trip of the Everest Base Camp Short trek. But because of Balaram’s provision of care and Nepal Hiking Team’s flexibility, it was established earlier on that I would be getting a customized itinerary made that would suit my convenience. The fast and efficient exchange of information regarding the trip was done with relative ease and Balaram provided to me one of the best deals regarding the trip. Along with the customized itinerary, I was also given a good percentage of discounts for the trip, and for what it was worth, the services that were provided to me were all up to par.

As a solo traveler, I had wanted to be a part of a group, but because my trip was a customized one, the prospect of joining a group proved to be difficult. Nevertheless, my guide Prakash Rai accompanied me and as told by Balaram, I certainly did meet many number of travelers. Having one of my biggest concerns taken care of, the rest of my trekking journey went on with absolute ease. When I had to deflect some of the schedules, Balaram was available to me at all times. He took care of schedules and managed the accommodations and the flight.

Nepal Hiking Team is one of the best travel agencies that really went out of their way to help me with my trekking journey. Balaram, Prakash and the rest of the NHT team are the best people to deal with when it comes to efficiency and management and I am extremely impressed with their abilities and services.

Brian Holroyd , Texas City, USA

The Short Everest Base Camp trek, in my opinion, is a good package for a reasonable price. I took the trip under this tour package with Nepal Hiking Team and immensely enjoyed my time with them. I loved the experience with them, and I should I choose to come for trekking in Nepal again, I would definitely go along with Nepal Hiking Team again! I familiarized myself with the guide as well, who accompanied me throughout my trekking journey, and we showed me wonderful villages and natural sceneries throughout the trek. The Everest base camp was very daunting, and I enjoyed every moment of the trek, with the snow and the people along the way, the wonderful temples and the monasteries that I visited.

The views of the mountains from the vantage point were astounding, and I loved all of the moments of my trekking journey. The villages along the way were so tiny, and the way of people along those settlements was nice to see and experience. I loved the typical Nepali village lifestyle that the people have in those places; it’s very peaceful, and winsome. Namche Bazaar was also great; I had a little detour to the museums of the place as well, and got a chance to visit the art gallery that it has. The views from Namche were wonderful, and the little trip to the Syangboche airport was quite nice. I liked all of the services that I got with Nepal Hiking Team and I was satisfied with my service and my experience with them. Highly recommended.

Thank you guys for making our holidays something special.

Best Regards
Brian Holroyd

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