Everest Base Camp Short Trek

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One of the most popular trekking route and trek in the world, Everest Base Camp Short Trek is definitely the wonderful experience of a lifetime. Normally Everest base camp trek is done in around two-three week. If you don't have the time for the classic Everest Base Camp trek or simply if you don't want to spend about 15 days or more on the trail, the Everest Base Camp-Short Trek is for you!!

The  Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a short version of the trail which can be done within 12 days.

The 12 days Everest Base Camp Short Trek is very beautiful and excellent with the alternative to the full Everest Base Camp Trek. This route is best for those who are lack of the time to complete the longer trek or have the every shot vacations.

With very beautiful scenery, wider variety of the flora and fauna, the Everest base camp short trek takes to the lap of the world's highest mountain Mt Everest and can experience and enjoy every moment of the Everest Base Camp trail within 12 days.

On the trail to the Everest Base Camp Short Trek, each day after a few hours walk upwards and downwards you'll get the wonderful moments.

The itinerary you will follow allows you most of the things that you can see the regular or long trail of Everest Base camp within 12 days or below too.

But keep in mind that the Everest Base Camp Short Trek doesn't include Kathmandu arrival, departure, rest or acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. So you should be physically fit to do this trek rapidly.

But if you want to do the trek with one-day acclimatization on the trek route and one or more free day in Kathmandu after and before the trek, then you can easily extend this trek or also you can choose  Everest Base Camp Short Trek.

Enjoy the natural beauty and scenic views of the Everest by Everest Base Camp Short Trek with very easy and fast.

In the Everest Base Camp Short Trek, you'll start and end your trekking journey from Lukla-a wonderful place where you will enjoy the scenic and adventurous mountain flight. On the way, you will explore the different landscapes and enjoying the stunning view of the Everest Base Camp. you will also hike Kalapather- offer you the mind-blowing views of the snow-capped mountain including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and many other surrounding peaks which usually gets blocked from Everest base Camp.

Everest Base Camp short trek is a great option to enjoy the beautiful views of the world highest mountain Mt Everest and other snowy peaks including Mt Nuptse, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Ama Dablam and many more, you will also explore the green forest of bamboo and pine-covered with blooms rhododendron, experience of the Sherpa's lifestyle, their unique culture, traditions and warm hospitality. So Everest Base Camp- the short trek is a great option to Explore and experience as the most popular trek in the world thus visit Everest Base Camp Short Trek, visit Everest region!

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Everest Base Camp Short Trek highlights

  • Adventure and scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, the capital of Sherpa of Khumbu region of Nepal.
  • The beautiful monasteries decorated and marked with the colourful prayers flags, mani walls, and prayer which offers a spiritual experience.
  • Visit Sagarmatha National park, view some rare and lovely wildlife like red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, Mush deer, Himalayan monals and many more.
  • Explore Tengboche monasteries in Tengboche-the largest monasteries of the Khumbu region.
  • Hike to the Kalapther- the attractive views of the trek which offer the view of the awesome mountains including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse, Mt ama Dablam, and many other surrounding peaks.
  • Trek to the Everest Base Camp, the base camp of the world's highest peak Mt Everest.
  • Explore the Sherpa culture and traditions which are well known for their bravery and high altitude mountain knowledge but also for their kindness and warm hospitality as well.

Daily itinerary of Everest Base Camp Short Trek is:

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival

  • Altitude: 1340 meters
  • Accommodation: three-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Welcome to Kathmandu-a city with full of the colorful market, bustling streets and colorful temples and beautiful pagodas. Nepal hiking trek representative will receive you from an international airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of your time you'll explore the Thamel city. You can do the shopping and buy your necessary trekking gear near the city. Overnight at the Three-star hotel, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2869 meters) and trek to Phakding

  • Altitude: 2869 meters
  • Highlights: Adventures and scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 4 hours

On the second day of your trek, you'll take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is sure that during the entire flying you will enjoy the awesome views of the snow-capped mountains and colourful flora and fauna of the Himalayan region. After landing on Lukla airport you will take short rest, and head towards Phakding by following the Dudh Koshi river. During the hike you will also cross a suspension bridge, you'll see the Chorten and mani stone and prayer flags too.

On the first day of your adventure hike, you will view the beautiful views of snow-capped mountains like Kartolung, Nupla, Google and others. During the trek, you will take rest at several stops for lunch and tea breaks. Overnight at Phakding.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar

  • Altitude: 3445 meters
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours

On the third day, after having the early breakfast you'll head towards one of the beautiful places, Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar- the famous Sherpa settlements, also famously known as the gateway of the Khumbu region. The trial involves quite high climbing and steep steps through the beautiful forest, crossing the fast-flowing rivers by suspension bridges. After a pretty long day hike and reached in Namche Bazaar. You'll surely fall in love with the sight of the snowy mountains at the beautiful sunset time. Turs me the view will be really mindblowing. I'm sure you will completely forget all your tiredness. In the evening you can roam around the Sherpa village, know about their lifestyle, experience their culture, tradition and their warm hospitality. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

  • Altitude: 3860 meters
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours

On the fourth day of your trek after having the hot breakfast, you will start your walk through the narrow trails. During the hike, you'll stop in several places to blow your tiredness by enjoying the outstanding views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Everest, Mt Tabuchi, Mt Thamserku and other un-named surrounding peaks. After a few walks in the trek, you will reach to the hilltop village of Tengboche crossing the dense forest of alpine and bamboo covered by the blooms rhododendrons experiencing the beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna. Tengboche village is very famous due to the presence of the Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery of Khumbu region.

Day 05: Tengboche to Dingboche

  • Altitude: 4360 meters
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 4 hours

On the fifth day of your trek, you will leave Tengboche village after having an early breakfast. The trek begins with first descend through the rhododendrons forests and then gradually hike. After climbing countless mani stone, you will reach to Pangboche. Rest here for a while and you will again begin your walk. You will ascend to reach Dingboche village. Dingboche is a very famous village for the summer settlements for yak grazing. During the walk, you'll see a lot of yak grazing and the stunning views of the snowy-mountains like Mt Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Taboche and other surrounded peaks will be beyond your expectations. Overnight at Dingboche.

Day 06: Dingboche to Lobuche

  • Altitude: 4930 meters
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 5 hours

On the sixth day of your trek, you will leave Dingboche village after having the early breakfast to reach Lobuche village crossing the dense forest of bamboo and pine-covered with blooms rhododendrons. During the walk, you will also cross the Suspensions bridge of Thukla. On the way to Lobuche, you will also reach the Lobuche pass, see many colorful flags, cross the huge boulders displaced by the Glacier. You may fill quite difficult while climbing but the view is very amazing. Overnight at Lobuche.

Day 07: Lobuche to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp

  • Altitude: 5346 meters (Everest Base Camp)
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: about 6-7 hours

On the seventh day, you will finally trek to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp Trek leaving the Lobuche after having the hot breakfast. Today's trekking trail will be smoothly up and down, heading to the Gorak Shep you will view the beautiful Khumbu glacier and beautiful surrounding views. As you come near to the Gorakshep the trail can be quite tough you will hike rough up and down in the rock. But bearing some leads you to enjoy the mind-blowing views of the surrounding peaks. After you reached to Gorakshep, taking some rest you'll head to Everest Base Camp, the main attraction and destination of this trek. the major highlights of the day are that you can see the gorgeous views of the snowy mountains including Mt Everest, Mt Nuptse, Mt Pumori, Mt Khumbutse, Mt Lingtren, and other surrounding peaks. After enjoying the beautiful views of the snowy peaks you will return back to Gorakshep. Overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 08: Hike to Kalapathar and descend to Gorakshep-Pheriche

  • Altitude: 5545 meters
  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: about 6-7 hours

On the eighth day of your trek, you will hike up to Kalapather. From Kala Pather, you will enjoy the panoramic mountain views. You will also view Khumbu glacier which will look amazing. After reaching the Kalapather-the attractive views point of your trek, your breath is truly taken away. Actually from the top of Kalapather, you will see Mt Everest very close. You will also view the summit of Mt Everest which always gets blocked by Mt Nuptse and other snowy-peaks including Mt Nuptse, Mt Lhotse and many more. Once you're done enjoying the mountain view then you'll trek back to Gorak Shep and then you will descend to Pheriche-one of the beautiful valley of Everest region which is surrounded by the rocky hills and mountains. Overnight at Pheriche.

Day 09: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 6 hours

On the ninth day of your trek, you will trek back to Namche Bazaar leaving the Pheriche village again you will cross the beautiful scattered village of Sherpa, you will walk through the dense green forest of pine and bamboo covered with the blooms rhododendrons. Again you will walk through the suspension bridges. You'll get perfect scenery of breathtaking mountain vistas. You will also pass the different Mani stone, Chorten and Stupa. Then, you'll reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 10: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

  • Accommodation: basic teahouse
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trekking hours: 8 hours

On the tenth day of your trek, you'll back down to the Lukla, where you'll catch your flight back to Kathmandu. The trail continues along the Dudh Koshi rivers as the flashback of the past 10 days. After a long hike around 8 hours, you'll reach Lukla. Once you reach Lukla here you can celebrate your achievement and success and also cherish for your amazing and beautiful journey. Overnight at Lukla.

Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu

  • Accommodation: Three-star hotel, Kathmandu
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

On the eleventh day of your trek, you will take the beautiful mountain flight back to Kathmandu leaving Lukla. You will say the final heartfelt goodbye to the majestic mountains. Finally, you'll land at Kathmandu airport. Rest for a while, enjoy the hotel shower and you can visit the Thamel city for the final, buy some gifts for your friends, do shopping. In the evening Nepal Hiking Trek will host a dinner for the beautiful success of your trek. Overnight at three-star hotel Kathmandu.

Day 12: Departure

In the last day of your trek, you will say goodbye to your trekking and close friends and Nepal Hiking trek representative will drop you to the airport with the final goodbye. Have a safe journey to your homeland.

Top 10 reason why should you trek  Everest Base Camp Short Trek

Mt Everest- world tallest peaks

Adventure lover and all the trekkers are almost aware that Mt Everest is the tallest snowy peak standing with the height of 8848 meters which is around 29,028 ft high, as it is a dream of every traveller to enjoy the glimpse of this peaks but due to the lack of the sufficient holidays and being Everest base camp trek too long they are enabled to enjoy this view so Everest Base Camp  Short Trek is for those visitors who are unable to experience this feeling. Now within 8 or 9 days, they can reach to the lap of the World highest mountains.

The exciting flight to Lukla

Everest Base Camp Short Trek or all the Everest region trekking is commenced by the flight to Lukla. However this is not the only way to the Khumbu region but certainly one of the easiest and the shortest route and most preferred. It takes around 35 minutes short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla by it is like a small adventure in itself. It is very scenic and adventurous mountain flight. The Lukla airport- also known as the tensing-Hillary Airport which is situated at a top of the cliff and you will see a drop off downwards at the end of the runway. The fact of the Lukla airport runway is that it is considered as one of the shortest runway on the earth but the flight is very rewarding, the short flight to the Lukla is surely in the mind of every visitors and trekker who had experience of who do it, as the short flight offer the mind-blowing views of the snow-peaks, it also presents the beautiful sceneries of the unique topography, diverse landscapes as you leave hills and enter into the Himalayn foothills. Normally you will see the flight cancellations or delay of the flight due to the bad weather and temperature but don't worry keeping the extra days make your trip more beautiful and exciting to the Everest Base Camp.

Beautiful scenery and unique landscapes

The second best reason to enjoy the Everest base Camp Short Trek is the dramatic scenery of the country which makes the Everest Base Camp Short Trek very beautiful. As you will see the mid areas are covered with the green rolling hills whereas your walk takes you the scenic climb from one village to hilltop village with the beautiful views of Mt Everest and its surrounding snowy-mountains. You will also see the lovely and unique landscapes while hiking along with the views of the cool forest covered with dense rhododendrons, oaks, blue pine and lush green vegetation covering the side of the trekking trails. The landscapes and topography of the country are very unique with high hills, open valley, towering peaks of the Khumbu makes the Everest Base Camp Short Trek very beautiful.

Cultural and Traditions

High Khumbu region is listed in the rank of five best reasons on the Everest Base Camp Short Trekking, the area is highly populated by the Sherpa of the Everest. the trail to the Everest Base Camp follows through the many Sherpa villages of the High Khumbu and Everest region area. According to the present statistic approximate;y around 3000 Sherpa lives in the Khumbu, interwoven with the Buddhist religion and culture of the old heritage. You will walk through the many villages enjoying the religious monuments and Buddhist symbols of the prayers, bells. You will see the high settlement of Sherpa people from the village of Lukla, including Namche Bazaar, Thame, Tengboche, Dengboche, Phakding, Lobuche and other small scattered villages. You will see the people of the Khumbu area economically based on the trade, livestock herding cattle cows, ox, yak, due to the strong practice of the Buddhism this place is quite restricted for killing the animals and also not allowed in the High Khumbu Region. During the walk, you can see the unique culture and tradition of the Sherpa people also their warm hospitality.

The beautiful trekking route to Everest Base Camp Short Trek

The most important things while trekking quite a long hike in the Himalayan region is to know the overnight stops. As enjoying the scenic mountain flights to Lukla from Kathmandu and the trekking trails leads you to Phakding-Monjo and the at Namche bazaar you will spend two night with acclimatization day. From Namche Bazaar to Tengboche and then Dingboche to reach Lobuche and then toward the Everest Base Camp- the final destination of the trek at the altitude of 5545 meters with the beautiful close views of Mt Everest and other surrounding peaks. After that, you will walk back to Pangboche-Namche and to Lukla with a flight to Kathmandu.

Impressive monasteries

The Everest Base Camp Short Trek also leads you to the most impressive Buddhist monasteries-one of the most simple religion of great interest which you can visit from the entry to Lukla Khumbu region, in Namche Bazaar and at Khumjung (the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region where you ca witness scalp believed of yeti). You will also visit the Tengboche monastery-one of the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region located within the beautiful forest surrounding with the panorama of the high mountains with the beautiful views of Mt Everest and other surrounded peaks that encircle the beautiful and peaceful monastery.

Every season is favourable to Trek

Weather and season are one of the main highlights for Everest Base Camp Short Trek. The Everest Base Camp Short Trek can be trekkers all around the year. But monsoon season can put some obstacles on your trek, the trail can be slippery, you may find leeches, bugs and some other irritating insects. Except for this the months of July to mid-September, March to May is very popular around because the days are best for the mind-blowing views of the snowy mountains, the day's rea very warm, the sky is clear blue, no disturbance of the weather. The other excellent time for Everest Base Camp is from mid-September to December during the autumn season which also known as the pre-winter, although in this time you will experience much more cold in evening and night time you will see the clear fine day, you will see the crystal clear and magnificent views of the snow-peaks, the days are very clear and warm and are very pleasant walk. You will also experience snow at a higher altitude on the trek.

The Everest Base Camp

The base camp of the world highest mountain Mt Everest is, of course, the most attractive highlights of the whole trekking journey, it is the final destination of the 12-days Everest base Camp trek itself. Trekking over a week and finally reaching the base camp is very rewarding. After the long wike through dense forest, hiking up and down leads you to the base of world highest mountains, it fills up trekkers with a sense of pride. The sense of the inspiration of the trekkers also becomes too big to hold as they stand under the shadow of the world's tallest snowy-peaks, surrounded by the snow under the clear blue sky is very rewarding.

The Sagarmatha National Park

The Sagarmatha National park is one of the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Short Trek and to make a small tour around the Sagarmatha National Park they choose the Everest region trekking. The beautiful 12-days Everest Base Camp Trekking trail goes through the wonderful Himalayan protected area and offer the beautiful views of the natural sceneries of the himalayn flora and fauna. The Sagarmatha Nationa park is also listed in the UNESCO as the natural world heritage sites and trekking through this park is very beautiful with the special experience. The diverse landscapes of this park are the home of may wildlife, endangered species of the animals as well including snow-leopard, red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayn Thar and many other rare creatures. The birch, oak and the bamboo forest of the park offer you a tranquil nature to trek through and collect the beautiful scenery of the Sagarmatha National Park that the park protects is the beautiful journey that adds more worth to the final destination of the Base Camp.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is another famous highlights of the Everest Base Camp Short Trek. Namche bazaar is a popular mountain town that offer you the stunning views of the snowy-peaks including the Kongdi Ri, The Thamserku and also you can view the world highest snow-peaks Mt Everest with it surrounding peaks from here. This town is quite famous for being the gateway of the Khumbu region of Nepal and known as the capital of Sherpa settlements. The amazing topography and its atmosphere provide you with the outer-worldly aura of the Himalayan serenity. Namche is the popular stop where most of the trekking loves to stay for acclimatization. Namche bazaar is also the popular trade centre between the Khumbu and Tibetan region. Namche bazaar is also a beautiful destination that plays an important role in the growth of the tourism sector of the Khumbu. You will see the Sherpa people loving and sharing the Buddhist and Tibetan culture, you can also see their unique mixed culture and tradition with the experience of their warm hospitality.

Panorama views of Himalayan

The Himalayan vista of Nepal is one of the biggest attractions and draw points for every trekker, visitors and adventure plus nature lovers and the Everest base camp trek also does not disappoint in this aspect. As the Everest Base Camp Short Trekking journey presents one of the short amazing and beautiful panoramas of the Khumbu's snowy mountains like of which are not found anywhere else on the earth. Though out the Everest Base Camp Short Trek, you will constantly see the amazing views of the giant snowy mountains of Everest Massif, which include many other surrounding peaks like Lhotse, The Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Mt Makalu as well as Mt Everest itself along with many other unnamed mountain peaks. Similarly, you will also see the famous Khumbu icefalls-which is also one of the beautiful sights for every trekker while hiking to the base camp. furthermore, it sound quite good that one cannot see the summit views of Mt Everest from the Everest base camp itself but can view from the most famous vie point- the beautiful summit views of the blue skyline decorated with the glowing white the Everest peaks are very fascination to see and wonderful from the Kalapather- the attractive views point of the Everest Base Camp Trek which are really mind-blowing and breathtaking scenery you will see within in 8-9 days while trekking  Everest Base Camp Short Trek.

In conclusion, there are many highlights, aspects and reason to trek the famous - Everest Base Camp Short Trek in Nepal. if you seeking fro the adventure trek to the Khumbu region but have very short vacation then Everest Base Camp is truly for you, you will reach to the base camp within 9 days of your adventure hike. The best season to do the Everest Base Camp  Short Trek journey is during the spring and autumn season which last from the months of March to May and from September to December respectively. In this time you will not get disturbed by the weather and temperature which remain very stable, the sky is very clear and can see the clear crystal views of the snowy-peaks. Anyone can do this trek successfully and is a must-do for any trekkers and adventure lover.

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