Introduction of Everest Base Camp Short Trek
Everest Base Camp Short Trek is perfect for those who have a short time in Nepal. The magnificent view of Mount Everest attracts trekkers from all over the world. The Everest Base Camp Trek is 14 days but you can complete it in 12 days. This trek is in the Everest region and this region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. Among the treks in the Everest region, the Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek is also called Short EBC Trek. Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the top three trekking destinations in the world with extreme mountain views. That’s why thousands of trekkers every year prefer trekking to Everest base camp on their vacations.
Everest is in the Sagarmatha National Park which is the highest national park in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everest Base Camp Short Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal that takes you to the lap of the world’s highest peak, Everest. EBC is usually the first choice of trekkers who want to trek in the mountains of Nepal.
This 12-day trip fulfills your dream of Mount Everest Base Camp, the world’s highest peak. Everest Base Camp Trekking is popular not only for visiting the top of the world but also for visiting Khumbu Himalayan Glaciers, Khumbu Icefall, beautiful landscapes, Tibetan Sherpa culture, ancient Tibetan monasteries, wild animals, and green forests.
View of Mountains above 8,000 meters
Everest Base Camp Short Trek allows you to see the view of many high stunning Himalayan peaks in a short period of time. You can see magnificent views of mountains above 8,000 meters like Mt Everest (8,848m), Mount Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8,481m), and Cho-Yo (8,201m).
While trekking you will be miles away from the busy lifestyle, cars, conveniences, and daily luxuries and enjoy the natural beauty. Along the way, you will find many monasteries and prayer flags. Visit beautiful Buddhist monasteries with prayer flags along the way where you can feel the positive vibes.
On the way to the base camp, you will pass many beautiful Sherpa settlements. Interacting with the locals will give you insight into their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. The life of the Himalayan people is simple and charming. Their warm hospitality can make you feel at home. Enjoy a unique taste of the nature, culture, tradition, and daily life of the mountain peoples. Also, enjoy the impressive views of mountains and vibrant villages.
Along this route, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful fields, majestic mountains, stunning waterfalls, and pine and rhododendron forests. The view of the beautiful Himalayas will not leave your eyes throughout the journey.
Start Everest Base Camp Short Trek
You will begin your Everest Base Camp Short Trek with a short adventure flight to Lukla. After an exciting and scenic flight of 45 minutes from Kathmandu, you will land at the Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla at an altitude of 2,846 meters. Upon landing at Lukla airport, you will immediately feel the change in the climate. Lukla is in the Khumbu region which is also the starting point and end point of the trek.
After landing at Lukla airport, you start walking to Phakding village (2,610m). You will reach Phakding in around 4 to 5 hours passing through various traditional Sherpa villages, incredible landscapes, green forests, and many suspension bridges. This day’s trek will be short and pleasant. you can spend your free time visiting local monasteries.
Namche Bazar (Main Commercial Market of The Khumbu Region)
The next day you will start your trek after breakfast to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Namche Bazar is the main commercial market of the Khumbu region. You will continue the trek along the northern bank of the Dudhkoshi River enjoying scenic views. During Everest Base Camp Short Trek, you will cross many suspension bridges. you will also cross the famous and beautiful Hilary Suspension Bridge. In this area, you will find thousands of prayer flags and huge prayer wheels.
On the way, there is an Everest National Park check post where you have to register the permits. In Namche, you can visit the Sherpa Museum where you will see art galleries and glimpses of Sherpa history. The next day is an acclimatization day. So, the next day also you will stay in Namche and enjoy the view of Namche market and surrounding mountains.
In Namche, you can also visit Hillary School, Sherpa Settlement, Sangboche Airport, and Yak Farms. If you are already curious about Everest, you should not miss the hike up to Everest View Hotel. From here you can enjoy the beautiful views of Everest.
Visit Famous Tengboche Monastery
Next day after breakfast you will continue your journey from Namche to Tengboche (3,860m). The main attraction of this place is the famous Tengboche Monastery at an altitude of 3,860 meters. The beautiful Tengboche Monastery is perfect for meditation and prayer. The Ama Dablam mountain in the background adds to the beauty of this monastery.
The next day you will continue your Everest Base Camp Short Trek journey to Dingboche (4,410m). From here you can see the entire beautiful Himalayan range of the Khumbu region. You can see many peaks from here like, Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Makalu (8,485 m), Cho Oyu (8,189m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Island Peak (6,189m), Mera Peak (6,476m), Lobuche (4,940m), etc.
The next day you will have an acclimatization day in Dingboche. Your next destination will be Lobuche (4,910m) and to reach there, you will walk along the Khumbu Glacier. The trekking trail also leads to Thukla hills. In these hills, you will see the memorial statues of climbers who passed away in this area.
Celebrate success at Everest Base Camp
The next day will be a great day for you as this day trek will take you to the Everest base camp (5,364m). From Lobuche, you will reach the beautiful Gorakshep village (5,140m) surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You will leave your luggage at Gorakshep and walk to the base camp. When you reach the base camp, you will find that your dream of getting the closest to the highest mountain in the world has come true. Spend some time enjoying the incredible views of the world’s tallest peaks and surroundings. After celebrating your success, you will return to Gorakshep by the same route.
The next morning Everest Base Camp Short Trek will take you to Kalapatthar (5,545m). From Kalapatthar you can see amazing views of sunrise on Mount Everest and other peaks. After spending some time at Kalapathar, you will return to Gorakshep and from there you will trek again to Pheriche.
On the way back, the next destination after Pheriche is Namche. The prayer flags, monasteries, chortens seen on the way will make your journey enjoyable. After arriving at Namche Bazar, the trek ends for the day and you will go to rest at the lodge.
On the last day of the trek, you will reach Lukla after approx. 8 to 9 hours of walking from Namche. As there is a flight to Kathmandu tomorrow morning, you will spend the night at the hotel in Lukla after making all your preparations to return. On the last day of the trip, you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and your 12 days Everest Base Camp Short Trek is complete.
Short EBC Trek is designed for all
This Short EBC Trek is designed for trekkers who are in good health, have normal trekking experience, and can walk for 6-7 hours per day without any difficulty. This trek does not need good technical skills but past trekking experience or regular walking habits will make the trip easier.
If you have less time than 12 days, you can do Everest Base Camp Heli Trek in 9 days. But the trip becomes a bit more expensive as the helicopter is included while returning after completing the trek. Everest Base Camp Short Trek is not just a journey but it is one of the best mountain treks you will do in your lifetime.
Weather should be considered while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal otherwise the trek can be painful. So, it is better to do Trekking in Nepal at the best time. There are no restrictions for trekking in Nepal in any season. With proper planning and management, you can do any trek at any time. But, trekking is recommended in the best seasons.
Among the four seasons, spring and autumn are the best seasons for Nepal Trekking. Autumn and spring have the best climate and during these seasons you can have a clear view of the majestic mountains. So, you can plan for the Everest Base Camp Trek during these seasons. Along the trekking route, you can find many tea houses where food and accommodation are available.
Plan your Trip with Odyssey
We arrange the trek according to your wishes and holiday schedule. This Short EBC Trek will be one of the most unforgettable moments of your life. Check out our itinerary which is prepared for trekkers who want to do a Short Everest Base Camp Trek. But if you have a particularly different kinds of plans or interests, we can customize the itinerary according to your needs.
The attractions of Everest Base Camp Short Trek
- An exciting 45-minute morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport at an altitude of 2,846 meters.
- Trek to the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
- Magnificent views of Mount Everest, Khumbu Icefall, and Khumbu Glacier.
- An opportunity to experience the age-old culture, tradition, and daily lifestyle of the Mountain people.
- A Visit to Namche Bazaar, the major trading center of the Khumbu region.
- A delightful walk through a dense forest of rhododendron trees and lush vegetation.
- Beautiful view of sunrise from Kalapatthar.
- A Visit to Tengboche Monastery, the largest and most famous Buddhist monastery in the Everest region.
- A visit to the world-famous Everest National Park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Beautiful view of the suspension bridge and prayer flags on the way.
Food and accommodation during Short EBC Trek
During Everest Base Camp Short Trek, you will find many teahouses and hotels run by the locals. Teahouses are a type of small lodge where food and accommodation are available for trekkers. These are simple rooms with beds, pillows, mattresses, and blankets. Extra blankets are available if it’s cold or you can use your sleeping bag.
These teahouses serve Nepali food as well as continental food. Depending on the location, some tea houses have rooms with attached bathrooms while others have fewer facilities. Hot water for bathing is available in almost all places but if not, it is available at your request. Not just simple teahouses, but if your budget is high, luxurious hotels are also available.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek Cost
The total cost of your Everest Base Camp Short Trekking depends on the route, trekking agency, service, and several other factors. The cost can estimate based on the preferences of the trekkers. So, to determine the cost, trekkers have to decide what kind of service they want to take. It also depends on the size of the trekking group. If you are single, it will be a little more expensive, if you are in a group, the cost will be less. If you are doing luxury trekking then it will cost around $4,500 but if you are doing a simple budget trek then you can do it for $1,350.
The Difficulty of Everest Base Camp
Before starting any trek, it is important to know how difficult or easy the trek is. Weather is also a factor that can make any trip difficult or easy. Everest Base Camp Short Trek is suitable in spring and autumn and is also a bit easier.
It is easy at lower altitudes but somewhat challenging at higher altitudes. This trip is for everyone and can complete with good trekking preparation and a bit of self-determination. No hard-core technical skills need to complete this trek. Although hard-core technical skills are not required, one must be able to walk for a long time as this trek involves a lot of up and down climbing.
Another aspect that makes this trek difficult is its altitude, which can sometimes lead to altitude sickness. So, it is important to acclimatize your body before attempting the next altitude. To avoid altitude sickness, you should acclimatize yourself one day at Namche and one day at Dingboche. This trek is of moderate to the strenuous level so you need good physical fitness to complete the trek.
Best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek
The weather aspect is important for Trekking in Nepal. If you come to visit Nepal when the weather is not good, it can cause difficulties. So, before trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, it is better to know which seasons are best for trekking. During autumn and spring, there is not much rain and not much cold which makes it easy for trekkers to complete the trek.
These seasons have the best climate. So, during these seasons, you can get a clear view of the majestic mountains and surroundings. You can trek according to your wish throughout the year as there is no restriction for trekking in Nepal in any season. With proper planning and management, you can trek at any time. But, we recommend trekking in the best seasons (Autumn and Spring).
What about security during Everest Base Camp Short Trek
Everest base camp is a center of attraction for trekkers from all over the world. And, every year around 30,000 tourists visit this area for trekking. All the trekkers return after completing the trek well. So, there is no doubt that the Everest Base Camp Short Trek is safe for trekkers. There is no problem if you trek without a guide, porter, or agency. But, trekking through a local trekking company in Nepal is easier, better, and safer for you. The safety of customers is the most important to us.
All our guides and porters are selected for the trip. All the selected guides are licensed by the Government of Nepal and the porters are well trained. Our guides and porters will protect you as well as your belongings throughout the trekking. But during the Short Everest Base Camp Trek, we advise you to take care of your personal belongings as well. Take your personal belongings with you to the room and lock your room if necessary.
Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization During EBC Trek
Altitude sickness is a common problem on high mountain trips, but you can avoid it by taking some precautions. Yet, if you ignore the symptoms of altitude sickness, it can cause serious problems. So, acclimatization days are necessary to avoid the problem of altitude sickness.
Acclimatization is very important during a high trek like EBC. Generally, if you go above 2,500m you are at risk of altitude sickness. At an altitude of 3,500 meters, there is a lack of oxygen so your body needs more time to adjust. Gaining an altitude of more than 5,000 meters requires serious attention. If you fail to acclimatize well to low altitude, you will struggle higher up. So, need to have an acclimatization period in the schedule for the Everest base camp trek.
It is clear that the more time you spend at the critical points, the better you will feel. So, it is necessary to have acclimatization days at Namche and Dingboche during the base camp trip. The itinerary we design helps prevent altitude sickness as we allow time for acclimatization and slow ascents. Yet, you don’t have to worry too much, as our team takes care of your health and also suggests ways to take precautions.
Purified water, Shower, Toilet, and Mobile Battery During Trek
You will have access to boiled pure drinking water in almost every village during Everest Base Camp Short Trek. Mineral bottled water is also available in all the teahouses. Cold water for a shower is free, but it is difficult to take a cold shower as it gets cold in the Everest region. Therefore, it is better to take a bath with a hot shower and this is possible by a gas geyser or a hot bucket. But for the hot shower, you have to pay extra 4 – 5 dollars per head. In terms of camera and mobile batteries, it’s a good idea to carry some extra batteries if possible. If not, you can charge mobile/camera batteries at almost every teahouse where you stay overnight. But for charging you have to pay a cost of around 3-5 dollars per battery.
Toilets are available at almost all places during trekking, but they are simple toilets, i.e. squat toilets. Don’t expect all the bathroom amenities you have at home. These toilets are usually outside the room. But in some good hotels and lodges, the western commode toilet is attached to the room. At lower altitudes, you can find western commodes but most guesthouses along the Everest Base Camp Short Trek route above 4000 meters have squat toilets. It is better to carry essential toiletry items such as toilet paper, hand washing liquid, wipes, sanitizer, soap, and a small dry towel with you as these are not available in all places.
Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekking in the Himalayan region and higher national parks of Nepal requires a permit. Permits vary by region and may also vary by specific trip. Since Everest Base Camp is not a restricted area, it does not need special permits but other permits are required. TIMS – Trekkers Information Management System is still in use in other areas, but is not currently applicable for the Everest region.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry Permit has been implemented from 1 October 2018 by replacing TIMS Card. This permit is implemented by the local government of Khumbu according to which Rs 2,000 is collected from each foreigner. This permit should be taken in Lukla as it is not available in Kathmandu.
Another permit you need for the Everest Base Camp Short Trek is the Everest National Park Entry Permit. You can get this permit at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. For convenience, you can get this permit at the entrance of Everest National Park. But you don’t have to worry about it, as we conduct the trekking in the package, it is all our responsibility. Our guide will arrange all necessary permits for trekking.
Weight to be carried on Everest trekking
While Short EBC Trek you carry some of your personal items like warm clothes, water, snacks, sunblock, a camera, towel, soap, toothbrush, and more. Generally, these lightweight items range from 5 to 10 kilograms (10 to 20 pounds). If your luggage is small or you can carry it yourself, you don’t need a porter. But you need a porter because there are usually other goods besides small light weight goods.
If you hire a porter then you don’t have to worry about carrying heavy goods. The maximum weight carried by a porter is 20 kg. There is a provision for porters to carry a maximum weight of 20 kg while trekking in any area of Nepal. Trekking companies usually provide 1 porter for 2 people and you can share that porter with two people. If you want to carry more weight than this you can hire more porters.
Emergency During Everest Base Camp Short Trek
You can do Everest Base Camp Short Trek without any agency, porter, or guide. But if you trek through a local trekking agency, it will be easier for you in various situations. Generally, if you are not well or have any problems, our team will take care of you. But in case of an emergency, your guide will call us immediately and we will arrange for a helicopter. According to the information from the guide, the helicopter will take you to the hospital in Kathmandu from where you are. You will have to pay for all the hospital expenses and also the helicopter.
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m) and start trek to Phakding (2,610m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Acclimatization and exploration day at Namche Bazar.
Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Acclimatization and exploration day at Dingboche.
Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,160m). Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and back to Gorakshep – 8 to 9 hours walk.
Excursion around Kalapatthar (5,545 m) and trek down to Pheriche (4,240m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazar (3,440m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Trek Namche to Lukla (2,840m) – 8 to 9 hours walk.
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,300m)– 45 minutes.
Have just returned from my fourth trip to Nepal and as always Odyssey Treks organized everything superbly. We visited Makalu relatively late in the season and were rewarded with empty trails and amazing weather. Karma was as entertaining, friendly, and informative as ever along with Ang Dawa Sherpa who together made the three weeks perfect.
They also organized a few days to Helambu at short notice as I had some time spare, all done easily and professionally. Thanks for the company both and I will be back again. I cannot recommend Odyssey highly enough as a genuinely friendly, locally based company that provides not only unforgettable experiences but also great service at a very reasonable cost.
I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex