Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 10 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 5545

Highlights

  • An adventurous yet short 10-day itinerary to Everest base camp
  • Guided by the experienced native guide as per the group size
  • Thrilling Lukla flight with beautiful aerial views of the Himalayas
  • Walk through lush rhododendron and magnolia forests that go along the Dudh Koshi river
  • Cross many suspension bridges and walk via verdant gorges and uneven cliff sides
  • Memorable interactions with Sherpas and other kind mountain communities during your overnight stay in the lovely villages
  • Explore ancient monasteries, stupas shortens, and mani walls along the trail
  • Navigate through glacier and loose rock fields, glacial moraines, and steep tracks
  • Enjoy jaw-dropping mountain panoramas, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and diverse landscapes
  • Explore the Everest base camp and witness a stunning view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar

Short Everest Base Camp Trek 10 Days

Embark on an adventurous yet short 10-day trek to Everest base camp with the expert team of Outfitter Himalaya. This is a special Everest base camp trekking package crafted to cater to trekkers with limited time. Supported by professional native guides, we assure you of a safe and memorable trekking experience in the Khumbu region.

The Everest base camp trek is the finest trekking route in the entire Himalayas. On this trek, you will get to witness five out of the ten highest mountains in the world- Mt. Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m/27,766 ft), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft). The trekking route goes through the homes of Sherpas and other friendly mountain communities like Rai, Lamas, Limbus, Bhotiyas, etc.

Not only that, you will explore a diverse climatic zone, starting from lush rhododendron forests to glacial moraines. The beauty of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal, where Mount Everest is located, has won the hearts of millions of travelers around the world. This is one of those trekking routes that sees hundreds of trekkers in every peak trekking season- spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

Add a helicopter return from Kala Patthar to Lukla or Kathmandu at the end of the short EBC trek to take the journey to the next level. Charter a private helicopter or join a group helicopter flight for a low per-head cost!

The trekking route is adventurous and fun. You will trek following the lovely Dudh Koshi River, crossing it numerous times as the trail proceeds. This river is the lifeline for the natives. The short Everest base camp trek begins with a thrilling 35-minute flight to Lukla (2,845 m/9,334 ft). You will trek in the Dudh Kosi valley and further enter Imja Khola valley. The Sagarmatha National Park starts after Monjo village (2,835 m/9,301 ft). The trail ascends and descends via rhododendron and magnolia forests.

Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,290 ft) is known as the tourist hub in the Khumbu region. The trail from here continues along rugged hillsides and forested hills. After Namche Bazaar come the Tengboche (3,860 m/12,660 ft), Dingboche (4410 m/14470 ft), and Lobuche (4,940 m/16,210 ft) villages- the three main settlements. On the way, you may come across pheasants, mules, yaks, blue sheep, musk deers, and Himalayan tahr. The trekking route has many stupas, chortens, and prayer wheels scattered.

Tengboche and Pangboche monasteries are the two main religious places you can explore on the short Everest base camp trek. Apart from them, many parts of the short Everest base camp trek route are fastened with colorful prayer flags, sending blessings on your way. Interactions with the locals along the trail and their unique lifestyle are some of the main aspects of Everest base camp trekking that make this journey very memorable and special.

Our short Everest base camp trek itinerary does not include acclimatization days, so the journey can get a bit more challenging. However, with a strong determination, anyone can do the short Everest base camp trek 10 days with us. You can book the short Everest base camp trek 2023/2024 departure through our website. Confirm your seat now to do this lifetime trek at the best price.

A short itinerary to Everest base camp

Usually, the Everest base camp trek goes from 14 to 16 days. Or, the package includes a helicopter flight at the end of the trek, which makes the cost of the package expensive. However, this Everest base camp trek package lets you do this ultimate trek only in 10 days at an affordable price.

To lower the cost of the package, we have not added the arrival/departure to Kathmandu, so you have to be in the city at least one day before the trek begins. Even though the itinerary is short, it is designed thoughtfully to let you witness the beauty of the Himalayas safely.

Spectacular mountain panoramas and diverse landscapes

Apart from the five highest mountains in the world, the short Everest base camp trek in Nepal lets you witness many other stunning peaks. Some of them are Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Cholatse (6,440 m/21,130 ft), Chamlang (7,319 m/7,319 ft), etc. Likewise, the short Everest base camp trail sees a huge elevation change, resulting in a wide variety of landscapes.

At the start of the trek, you will see lush hills, gorges, rivers, and verdant valleys around you. As the trek progresses, you will find yourself amidst barren hills, glaciers, moraines, and towering snow-capped mountains. The diversity in the landscape keeps you motivated to reach the base camp.

Lush forests, beautiful valleys, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, and glacial moraines

The short Everest base camp trek route is phenomenal. On this trek, you will enjoy nature at its best. The trail follows the Sagarmatha National Park. You will hike through rhododendrons and magnolia forests. Beautiful valleys and picturesque villages decorate the trekking route. Dudh Kosi River and Imja Khola are two major rivers that go along the trail.

You will cross these rivers many times via thrilling suspension bridges. And towards the end of the trek, you will navigate glacier moraines and frozen streams. Overall, the trail is quite adventurous and lets you explore varied climatic zones.

Sherpas and their rich cultural heritage

Sherpas are the core of the Khumbu region. They are the leaders of trekking groups and climbing parties. The Short Everest base camp trail is also home to other mountain communities equally involved in the trekking and climbing sector of the Khumbu region. However, Sherpas are particularly famous for their strength and resilience.

You will get to see their lifestyle and beliefs closely on this trek. In Namche Bazaar, you can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum, which provides in-depth insight into their life. The locals are quite friendly and welcoming. You will love your time in the mountains thanks to their short yet sweet company.

Reach the base of the highest mountain in the world- Everest base camp and hike to Kala Patthar

Everest base camp is the lap of Mt. Everest. At 5,364 meters (17,598 ft), it is the nearest you can get to the highest mountain in the world without climbing. Hundreds of trekkers travel here every year, making the journey possible for everyone. The base camp is usually packed with tents of mountaineers during the peak climbing season that coincides with the best trekking season.

You will not spend the night at EBC and descend to Gorak Shep (5,164 m/16,942 ft). The view of the Khumbu Icefall is surreal from the base camp. Likewise, Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 f) is the viewpoint and the highest point of our short Everest base camp trek 10 days. We hike here to witness a beautiful sunrise along with a jaw-dropping mountain vista.

Escape from the bustle of city life and unwind by enjoying crisp Himalayan air

If you are tired of the noise of the city and wish to escape somewhere far in nature, then a short Everest base camp trek in Nepal is one of the best options. There is no peace like the Himalayas. This adventurous journey will test your endurance and push your limits. At the same time, you will unwind and rejuvenate while trekking. The fresh Himalayan air will clear your thoughts, and the daily 6 hours long walking with clean meals will help you get healthy.

The Short Everest base camp trek difficulty

The short Everest base camp trek is not that difficult. The difficulty level ranges from moderate to a bit challenging. The elevation gain is serious, so you have to be careful of altitude sickness. Every day, you will trek for 6- 8 hours on average. The total distance covered during the short Everest base camp trek is approximately 120 kilometers (65 km on each side).

The terrain is rough at the beginning and gradually gets steep and rugged. Dingboche village onwards, you will walk on small loose rock and glacier fields. You will trek through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier and also navigate the rocky track before Gorak Shep and the Everest base camp. The upper part of the trail is dusty, so you may get the infamous Khumbu cough. Cover your mouth and nose as much as possible.

Altitude sickness on Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Altitude sickness happens during high-altitude journeys like the short Everest base camp trekking. It happens because of the low oxygen level at high altitudes and if your body does not acclimatize to the elevation. Altitude sickness is common on this trek and quite avoidable if you follow the precautions like-

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do not smoke or have alcoholic beverages
  • Do not rush and maintain your pace
  • Eat proper nutritious meals and get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • Be aware of symptoms (headache, difficulty in breathing, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, etc.) and take appropriate first-aid right away

Short EBC trek preparation

To prepare for the short Everest base camp trek, do regular exercise. You can do strength training and cardio, like walking on the treadmill. Other activities such as cycling, swimming, running, and jogging are also helpful to increase your stamina and endurance. Likewise, if your trekking boots are going to be new, buy them early and wear them to avoid blisters during the trek. Pack all the essentials and be ready for all kinds of weather.

Can beginners trek to Everest Base Camp? What about solo trekking?

Yes, a beginner can trek to Everest base camp by doing this short trek with us. You have to be fit and in good health to do this short Everest base camp trekking. From the usual EBC trek, this itinerary is a bit more demanding because there are no acclimatization days in it. With our professional guide, you will be able to complete this trek safely.

You can do solo trekking in the Everest region, Nepal. However, solo trekking makes the Everest base camp trek very demanding because you also have to take care of all the accommodation, meals, permits, and transportation involved in the journey. Instead, go for our private short Everest base camp trek and do this trek one-on-one with our native guide and porters.

Itinerary

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You will leave Kathmandu early in the morning. Our team will drop you at the airport for your short flight to Lukla. The flight offers stunning mountain panoramas. Once you land at the Lukla airport, we will spend some time getting our luggage.

The trail from Lukla descends to Phakding. We will descend around 200 meters. It will be an easy walk through lush hills and small villages like Cheplung and Ghat. The trail goes along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing it many times before reaching Phakding. Here, we will visit an old monastery called Rimishung.

*Note: In the peak trekking season, the flight to Lukla sometimes gets operated from Ramechhap Airport. It is located 5 hours away from Kathmandu.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2610

From Phakding, the trail continues along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River. We will trek through rhododendron and magnolia forests, crossing many suspension bridges on the way. Hillary Suspension Bridge is the longest way. Trekking past small settlements, we will reach Monjo, where we will register the permits at the checkpoint.

From here, we will gradually ascend via dense forests. On the way, we will witness a glimpse of Mt. Everest from one point and steeply ascend to Namche Bazaar. It is the biggest Sherpa settlement in the Khumbu region and also the tourist hub. Here, you will get many services, including ATMs, cafes, gear shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, etc.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

The trail from Namche Bazaar ascends and descends via forested hills. On the way, we may come across pheasants, yaks, mules, etc. Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will follow a zigzag route to Kyangjuma (3,550 m) and gradually descend to Phungi Thanga (3,250 m), crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River.

Further, we will trek following an uphill route to Tengboche village. This village houses the ancient Tengboche monastery, the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. Likewise, the views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Ama Dablam are fantastic from Tengboche.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3860

The trail from Tengboche descends to Deboche (3,820 m) and continues through dense forests to Milinggo (3,750 m). In this part of the trail, we may see musk deer, blue sheep, and monal. Crossing a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail gradually ascends to Pangboche village. On the way, we will trek past stupas, mani walls, and chortens.

Leaving Pangboche, we will cross one another suspension bridge and ascend to Shomare (4,010 m). The trail crosses a sand field over a suspension bridge and ascends via Orsho (4,190 m). We will follow the route on the right side from the junction and gradually ascend to Dingboche village, crossing a bridge.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4410

From Dingboche, the trail ascends to Dusa (4,503 m) and continues to Dughla (4,620 m). We will trek via bushes and steep, rocky terrain. From Dughla, we will follow a steep glacier field to Dughla Pass (4,830 m). Further, trekking along the Khumbu Glacier, we will reach Lobuche village to spend the night. Today, the scenery is mainly barren hills and towering snow-capped mountains, unlike the last few days.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4910

The trail from Lobuche goes along the Khumbu Glacier and ascends to the Pyramid (4,970 m). From here, we will steeply ascend to Lobuche Pass (5,100 m) and continue to Gorak Shep. On the way, we will also trek through the Khumbu Glacier moraine. In Gorak Shep, we will leave our duffel bags and heavy luggage in the lodge and trek from here to Everest Base Camp.

This is the closest you get to Mount Everest by trekking. We will be surrounded by giant mountains and glaciers. The view from the base camp is also spectacular. After exploring the base camp, we will return to Gorak Shep to spend the night. Mt. Everest is not seen from EBC because two other huge mountains block the view of the summit.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5364

Early in the morning, we will hike to Kala Patthar. This is a viewpoint from where we get to see a gorgeous sunrise and a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains. It is like watching over the sea of mountains from here.

After spending time here, we will descend to Gorak Shep and continue trekking down to Phercihe village. The trail is the same up to Dughla (4,620 m), and from here, we will take a different route that descends to Pheriche village. The mountain views are fantastic, as usual.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5545

Leaving Pheriche, we follow a downhill trekking route crossing a suspension bridge. The trail gradually ascends to Pheriche Pass (4,270 m) and from here descends to Orsho (4,190 m). We will descend and cross one more suspension bridge before reaching Shomare (4,010 m). The trail descends to Pangbcohe village.

From here, we have two routes that lead to Namche Bazaar. One goes via the Deboche and Tengboche villages, whereas another one follows the trail via Phortse Thanga. Both trails offer excellent views of snow-capped mountains and lush valleys.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3440

Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will trek back to Lukla on this day. The trail steeply descends along a stone paved path and reaches a point after walking 40 minutes from where you can see Mt. Everest view. It is also a resting point.

The trail gradually descends alongside the Dudh Koshi River. We will trek via rhododendron and magnolia forests throughout the way. Crossing many suspension bridges and remote villages, we will reach Phakding village. From here, the trail ascends to Lukla.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2840

Today, we will fly back to Kathmandu. The flight will be thrilling and scenic. In Kathmandu, our team will help you commute to the hotel. The remaining time here is leisure. It is your last day in Kathmandu as well. You can visit the local market around your hotel and explore the bustling streets of Thamel. Window shopping is very famous. In the later evening, we will organize a farewell dinner and end our short EBC trek.

  • MealsB, L
  • Max. Altitude1345

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Short Everest Base Camp Trek map

Inclusions

  • Domestic airport transfers
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek
  • Accommodation in lodges on trek
  • An Experienced guide
  • Paper work, National park entry permits & TIMS permit
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Flight ticket from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu with airport tax
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (Paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag, if Necessary (return after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any hotels, tours and meals in Kathmandu
  • Trekking porter
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in included section

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