Everest Base Camp Short Trek

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Everest Base Camp Short Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes and is definitely a wonderful lifetime experience. Normally Everest base camp trek is done in around two-three weeks. If you don't have time for the classic Everest Base Camp trek or 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 the short version of the Everest Base Camp Trek that can be done within 12 days.
The 12 days Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a very beautiful and excellent alternative to the full Everest Base Camp Trek. This route is best for those who lack the time to complete the longer trek or have a very short vacation.

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

On the trail to the Everest Base Camp Short Trek, you will have to walk upwards and downwards each day. 
The itinerary you will follow allows you most of the things that you can find in 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.

But if you want to do the trek with one-day acclimatization on the trek route and one or more free days in Kathmandu after and before the trek, then you can easily extend this trek or you can choose Everest Base Camp Short Trek.
Enjoy the natural beauty and scenic views of Everest from the Everest Base Camp Short Trek.
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 different landscapes and enjoy the stunning view of the Everest Base Camp. You will also hike Kalapatthar that offers you mind-blowing views of the snow-capped mountains including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and many other surrounding peaks which usually gets blocked from Everest base Camp.

Way back from Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp short trek is a great option to enjoy the beautiful views of the world's 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 bamboo and pine-covered forests with blooming rhododendron. You will get to experience the Sherpa lifestyle, their unique culture, traditions, and warm hospitality. So the Everest Base Camp Short Trek is a great option to explore and experience Everest Base Camp. 

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Everest Base Camp Short Trek highlights

  • Adventure and scenic mountain flight to Lukla
  • Explore Namche Bazaar- the Sherpa Capital of Khumbu Region of Nepal
  • Beautiful monasteries decorated and marked with colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and prayer offering 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 Kala Patthar that offers attractive views of the trek including views of awesome mountains like Mount 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 Mount Everest.
  • Explore the Sherpa culture and traditions which are well known for their bravery, high altitude mountain knowledge, kindness, and warm hospitality.

Kala Patthar

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 full of colorful markets, bustling streets, colorful temples, and beautiful pagodas. Nepal hiking trek representative will receive you from the international airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of your time you'll explore the Thamel area of the city. You can do the shopping and buy your necessary trekking gear near the city. Your overnight stay will be 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 colorful flora and fauna of the Himalayan region. After landing at 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 snow-capped mountains like Kartolung, Nupla, Google, and others. During the trek, you will take a rest at several stops for lunch and tea breaks. You will have an overnight stay 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 is also famously known as the gateway of the Khumbu region. The trail 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, you will return to Namche Bazaar. You'll surely fall in love with the sight of the snowy mountains at the beautiful sunset time. Trust me the view will be 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. You will stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

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

On the fourth day of your trek after having 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 the hilltop village of Tengboche crossing the dense alpine and bamboo forest covered by the blooming 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 the 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 rhododendron forests and then gradually hike. After climbing countless mani stones, you will reach 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 stunning views of the snowy mountains like Mt Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Taboche, and other surrounding peaks. The views will be beyond your expectations. You will have an overnight stay 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 an early breakfast to reach Lobuche village crossing the dense forest. During the walk, you will also cross the Suspension bridge of Thukla. On the way to Lobuche, you will reach the Lobuche pass, see many colorful flags, and cross the huge boulders displaced by the Glacier. You may feel quite difficult while climbing but your tiredness will vanish away by the amazing surrounding. You will stay 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 Lobuche after having a hot breakfast. Today's trekking trail will be smoothly up and down, heading to the Gorakshep you will view the beautiful Khumbu glacier and beautiful surrounding views. As you come near to Gorakshep, the trail can be quite tough as you will hike rough up and down in the rock. After you reach 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 to Gorakshep. You will stay overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 08: Hike to Kalapatthar 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 the Khumbu glacier which will look amazing. After reaching Kalapatthar- the attractive viewpoint of your trek, your breath will be taken away. From the top of Kalapatthar, you will see Mount Everest very closely. You will also view the summit of Mount Everest which always gets blocked by Mt Nuptse and other snowy peaks. Once you're done enjoying the mountain view, you'll trek back to Gorakshep and then you will descend to Pheriche- one of the beautiful valleys of the Everest region which is surrounded by rocky hills and mountains. Overnight stay will be 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. You will cross the beautiful scattered Sherpa Villages and will walk through the dense rhododendron forests. Again you will walk through the suspension bridges. You'll get the perfect scenery of breathtaking mountain vistas. You will also pass different Mani stones, Chorten and Stupas. You'll then reach Namche Bazaar and spend your night there. 

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 Lukla where you'll catch your flight back to Kathmandu. The trail continues along the Dudh Koshi river where you can walk with a flashback of the past 10 days. After a long hike of around 8 hours, you'll reach Lukla. Once you reach Lukla you can celebrate your achievement and success and also cherish your amazing and beautiful journey. You'll have a night stay 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 bid the final heartfelt goodbye to the majestic mountains. Finally, you'll land at Kathmandu airport. After resting for a while and enjoying the hotel shower, you can visit Thamel city for one last time before your departure. You can buy some gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family, and do personal shopping. In the evening, Nepal Hiking Trek will host a dinner for the beautiful success of your trek. You will have an overnight at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Departure

On the last day of your trek, you will say goodbye to your trekking and return to your homeland. The Nepal Hiking trek representative will drop you at the airport with the final goodbye. 

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

Mount Everest- world's tallest peak

Adventure lovers and all the trekkers are well aware that Mount Everest is the tallest snowy peak standing with a height of 8848.8 meters which is around 29,028 ft high. It is a dream of every traveler to enjoy a glimpse of these peaks. But due to the lack of sufficient holidays and the Everest base camp trek being too long, they are often unable 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 the lap of the World's highest mountains.

The exciting flight to Lukla

Lukla Airport Runway

Everest Base Camp Short Trek or all the Everest region trekking is commenced by a flight to Lukla. However, this is not the only way to the Khumbu region. But it certainly is one of the easiest, shortest, and the most preferred routes. It takes around 35 minutes short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It's like a small adventure in itself. It is a very scenic and adventurous mountain flight. The Lukla airport, also known as the tensing-Hillary Airport is situated at the top of the cliff. You will see a drop-off downwards at the end of the runway. The Lukla airport runway is considered one of the shortest runways on the earth making it the most dangerous airport. However, the flight is very rewarding. The short flight to Lukla is surely in the mind of every visitor and trekker. The short flight offers mind-blowing views of the snow peaks and green valleys. It also presents the beautiful sceneries of the unique topography, diverse landscapes as you leave hills and enter into the Himalayan foothills. Normally you will face flight cancellations or delays due to bad weather and temperature. But it isn't a big deal. You can keep extra days for the flight. Keeping extra days can make your trip more beautiful and exciting to the Everest Base Camp.

Beautiful scenery and unique landscapes

The second-best highlight of the Everest Base Camp Short Trek is the dramatic scenery of the country which makes the Everest Base Camp Short Trek very beautiful. You will see the mid areas covered with the green rolling hills. Your walk will take you through the scenic climb from one village to another hilltop village with the beautiful views of Mt Everest and its surrounding snowy mountains. You will also see lovely and unique landscapes while hiking along the cool forests. These landscapes cover the side of the trekking trails with dense rhododendrons, oaks, blue pine, and lush green vegetation. The landscapes and topography of the country are very unique with high hills and open valleys. The towering peaks of the Khumbu Region make the Everest Base Camp Short Trek very beautiful and worth visiting.

Cultural and Traditions

The high Khumbu region is one of the five best reasons that make the Everest Base Camp Short Trekking interesting. The area is highly populated by the Sherpa community of the Everest Region. The trail to the Everest Base Camp follows through many Sherpa villages of the high Khumbu and Everest region area. According to the present statistic, approximately around 3000 Sherpa live in the Khumbu Region, interwoven with the Buddhist religion and culture of the old heritage. You will walk through many villages enjoying the religious monuments and Buddhist symbols of the prayers and the bells. You will see the high settlement of Sherpa people from the village of Lukla, including Namche Bazaar, Thame, Tengboche, Dingboche, Phakding, Lobuche, and other small scattered villages. The people of the Khumbu area are economically based on the trade, livestock herding cattle cows, ox, and yak. Due to the strong practice of Buddhism, this place is quite restricted for killing animals. The same is applicable in the High Khumbu Region. During the walk, you can see the unique culture and tradition of the Sherpa people. Their warm hospitality and loving nature are what make them special from the rest.

The beautiful trekking route to Everest Base Camp Short Trek

The most important thing while trekking quite a long hike in the Himalayan region is to know the overnight stops. Enjoying the scenic mountain flights to Lukla from Kathmandu, the trekking trails lead you to Phakding-Monjo. You will spend two nights with acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. The trail starts from Namche Bazaar and goes up to Tengboche. Then you'll trek from Dingboche to reach Lobuche and the trail will move toward the Everest Base Camp- the final destination of the trek. The Everest Base Camp is located at an altitude of 5545 meters with beautiful close views of Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks. After that, you will walk back to Pangboche-Namche and Lukla with a flight back to Kathmandu.

Impressive monasteries

The Everest Base Camp Short Trek also leads you to the most impressive Buddhist monasteries- one of the greatest interests of the trek that you can visit from the entry to the Lukla-Khumbu region. In Namche Bazaar and at Khumjung, the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, you can witness scalp believed of yeti. You will also visit the Tengboche monastery- one of the biggest monasteries of the Khumbu region located within beautiful forests surrounding the panorama of the high mountains with the beautiful views of Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks that encircle the beautiful and peaceful monastery.

Every season is favourable to Trek

Weather and season are some of the main highlights for Everest Base Camp Short Trek. The Everest Base Camp Short Trek can be trekked 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, and March to May are very popular because the days are best for the mind-blowing views of the snowy mountains. The days are very warm, the sky is clear blue, and there's no disturbance in the weather. The other excellent time for Everest Base Camp Trekking is from mid-September to December during the autumn season. This season is also known as the pre-winter season. Although in this time you will experience more cold in evening and night time, you will see crystal clear and magnificent views of the snow-peaks. The days are very clear and warm and are very pleasant for the walk. You will also experience snow at a higher altitude on the trek.

Trekkers on the way to Everest Base Camp Short Trek

The Everest Base Camp

The base camp of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, is, of course, the most attractive highlight of the whole trekking journey. It is the final destination of the 12-days Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekking over a week and finally reaching the base camp is very rewarding. After the long walk through dense forests, hiking up and down leads you to the base of the world's highest mountain. It fills up trekkers with a sense of pride. 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. Trekkers often choose the Everest region trekking to make a small tour around the Sagarmatha National Park. The beautiful 12-days Everest Base Camp Short Trek trail goes through the wonderful Himalayan protected area and offers beautiful views of the natural sceneries of the Himalayan flora and fauna. The Sagarmatha Nationa park is also listed in the UNESCO as the natural world heritage site and trekking through this park is a very beautiful experience. The diverse landscapes of this park are the home of many wildlife, endangered species of animals including snow-leopard, red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and many other rare creatures. The birch, oak, and bamboo forest of the park offer you a tranquil nature to trek through. You can collect the beautiful scenery of the Sagarmatha National Park that the park protects. This beautiful journey adds more worth to the final destination of the Base Camp.

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is another famous highlight of the Everest Base Camp Short Trek. Namche bazaar is a popular mountain town that offers you stunning views of the snowy peaks including the Kongdi Ri, and the Thamserku. You can also view the world's highest snow-peak, Mount Everest, with its surrounding peaks from here. This town is quite famous for being the gateway of the Khumbu region of Nepal and is 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 trekker love to stay for acclimatization. Namche bazaar is also the popular trade center between the Khumbu and Tibetan regions. Namche bazaar is also a beautiful destination that plays an important role in the growth of the tourism sector of the Khumbu Region. You will see Sherpa people loving and sharing the Buddhist and Tibetan culture. You can also witness their unique mixed culture and tradition with the experience of their warm hospitality.

Namche Bazaar

Panoramic views of Himalayas

The Himalayan vista of Nepal is one of the biggest attractions and draw points for every trekker, visitor, and adventure lover. The Everest base camp trek also does not disappoint in this aspect. The Everest Base Camp Short Trekking journey presents one of the short, amazing, and beautiful panoramas of the Khumbu's snowy mountains. Some of which are not found anywhere else on the earth. Throughout 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, 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 are also one of the beautiful sights for every trekker while hiking to the base camp. furthermore, it sounds 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 viewpoint- Kala Patthar which offers the beautiful summit views of the blue skyline decorated with glowing white. The Everest peaks are very fascinating to see from Kalapatthar- the attractive viewpoint of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Kalapatthar offers the most mind-blowing and breathtaking scenery you will see within 8-9 days of your Everest Base Camp Short Trek.

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

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