7 Days Short Trek to EBC

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Everest Base Camp
  • Trip Style: Active/ Adventure
  • Age Group: 14+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Confirmation
  • Max. Altitude: 5367m
  • Best Season: March - May and Sep - Nov
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

The classic 14-day trek to Everest Base Camp is the most-loved high-altitude trekking package in Nepal. But, do you know that a short trek to Everest Base Camp is the best alternative pick to it? In this trek, you'll hike to Kala Patthar for six days, and on the 7th day, you'll fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp has been a favorite high-altitude hike among travelers forever. It has been the ultimate destination for trekkers across the world. Nepal, known for its highest peaks, is synonymous with Everest.

When you plan a tour to Nepal, without a doubt, the thought of treading your way to Everest pops into your mind. You'll likely choose the classic trekking plan. But, if you can trek at high altitudes without acclimatizing, the short, 7-day trek to Everest with a helicopter return from Kala Patthar might be best for you.

We've planned and prepared a short trekking plan to Everest Base Camp for seven days with every high-altitude trekking nuance. We believe that our valued clients enjoy every detail this trek offers, with utmost safety. This trek would be challenging but also rewarding. A week-long steep ascent, decent, tireless sightseeing, countless mountains, and high-altitude passes make it one of a kind.

Travelers on the Everest trek admire the diverse alpine landscape of the Everest region. You'll experience the gradual change in alpine terrain from lush oak and pine forest in Lukla to the almost barren landscape above Tengboche. A serene hike along rhododendron-bloomed forests to the icy Khumbu glacier is the best of the short trek plan to Everest.

Unlike the one-day Everest base camp helicopter tour, the 7-day EBC trekking package is a blend of hike and helicopter flight. People prefer Everest helicopter tours to sightsee Everest and other mountains from the sky. It is best when you don't have days to hike to the base camp.

But the short trek to Everest for 7 days gives you the experience of high-altitude hiking. The sweat and sightseeing never end throughout. From Gorak Shep, you'll fly back in a helicopter to Lukla and Kathmandu. Every terrain you hiked to the base camp appears panoramic from a helicopter. It is the beauty of the short trek to Everest.

Throughout this trek, giant mountains will be your companion. Pumori, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and many mountains surround you. 360-degree viewing of these massifs on a clear weather day is eternal bliss to the eye and soul.

On top, the bird's eye view of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Khumbu glacier, icefalls, and glacial lakes on helicopter return from Kala Patthar makes the 7-day short trek experience sublime.

7 Day Short Trek to Everest Base Camp Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Crossing several high-suspension bridges and hiking through the shore of the pristine Dudh Koshi River.
  • Trekking to the crown jewel of Khumbu, Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Kala Patthar, and several other places.
  • Hiking to Everest base camp through the icy sections of Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier.
  • Visit the largest and centuries-old Tengboche Monasteries.
  • Sightseeing of spectacular Everest, Makalu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse from the Kala Patthar viewpoint.
  • Helicopters return from Kala Patthar to Kathmandu on the 7th day with utter aerial sightseeing of the Everest region.

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7 Days Short Trek to EBC Itinerary

  • Day 1:Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,860 metres) and trek to Monjo (2,845 metres/ 6 hours)
  • Day 2:Monjo to Namche Bazar (3,870 metres/ 5 hours)Altitude: 3440m, Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 3:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche ( 3,870 metres/ 5 hours)Altitude: 3,870 m, Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 4:Tengboche to Dingboche ( 5 hours)Altitude: 4,350 metres, Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 5:Dingboche to Lobuche ( 6 hours)Altitude: 4,920 metres, Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 6:Lobuche to Everest Base Camp ( 7 hours)Altitude: 5,364 metres, Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 7:Hike to Kala Patthar view point and helicopter flight to Kathmandu

Day 1:Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,860 metres) and trek to Monjo (2,845 metres/ 6 hours)

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ll fly from Kathmandu to Lukla on day one of the short trek to Everest. Our representative will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at Kathmandu airport. 

The flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is mesmerizing. Langtang, Ganesh, and Jugal range from the plane that appears as you fly past Kathmandu. Some glimpses of Everest become visible from the flight on a clear weather day. 

As the plane approaches the Lukla airport, the airport and surrounding prospects amaze you. Called the gateway to Everest, the pristine landscape of the Everest region unfolds from Lukla. 

After some quality sightseeing and rest at Lukla, you'll hike to Monjo. Monji at 2,845 meters is 13 kilometers hike distance from Lukla. It takes 6 hours to reach Monjo from Lukla by taking enough rest. 

You'll constantly meet returning trekkers having blistered lips and brown faces as a souvenir of the trek. The passing porters and guides and their noise make you pretty familiar with the environment. 

Monjo is not limited to the mountain tops but is also rich in springs and blossoms of rhododendrons. Overnight at a tea house in Monjo.

Day 2:Monjo to Namche Bazar (3,870 metres/ 5 hours)

  • Max Altitude3440m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

On the second day, you'll head from Monjo to Namche Bazar.

After a fantastic breakfast, you'll buckle up the backpacks for a 6-hour hike. Trekking Namche Bazar from Monjo would be sublime and serene. Travelers admire the pristine Dudh Koshi River and lush oak and pine forests in the sublime trails the most.

The walk over alluring suspension bridges ornate with prayer flags is joyous. The wind blowing over these chortens, chirping birds, and the soothing sound of the flowing river never let you feel tired. Moreover, the blossoming rhododendrons in Spring and verdant pine forests make the outlook spectacular.

The arch-shaped Namche Bazar is the highlight of today's trek. Namche Bazar is the busiest hub for Everest region trekking and tourism. You can also buy some trekking gear and essentials at Namche if you have missed buying in Kathmandu.

You can have quality time at Namche with pizza and coffee before heading to Tengboche. Overnight at Namche Bazar.

Day 3:Namche Bazaar to Tengboche ( 3,870 metres/ 5 hours)

  • Max Altitude3,870 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Trekker trekking standard Everest base camp itinerary acclimatized at Namche Bazar on the third day. But, trekkers on seven days of Everest trekking don't rest or acclimatize.

On the third day of the 7 days trek to Everest Base Camp, you'll trek to Tengboche. It is a 5-hour hike.

Mt. Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Phortse peaks start appearing as we hike to Tengboche. Little glimpses of Everest and Lhotse are also visible while trekking to Tengboche. Until reaching Phunge Thanka, you'll walk through the pine forest and  Gompas ornate with a prayer flag.

We'll stop at Phunge Thanka for lunch. After quality rest and food here, you'll hike for two hours via suspension bridges and climb to Tengboche.

Trek to Tengboche from Phunge Thangka is more difficult than hiking from Namche to Phunge Thangka. But, our professional trek guides and porters carrying backpacks support you in hiking.

Tengboche Monastery at Tengboche is the largest in the Everest region. You can sightsee around the monastery in the evening. Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.

Day 4:Tengboche to Dingboche ( 5 hours)

  • Max Altitude4,350 metres
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Trekking Dingboche from Tengboche is arduous. Also, the short trek to base camp without acclimatization is for experienced trekkers. Adequate fitness and preparation make this trek possible for you.

Visiting Tengboche Monastery for morning prayers becomes the perfect start for the day. Quality breakfast at the tea house and some stretches follow the hike to Dingboche.

You'll notice the change in alpine vegetation as you hike further up. Soon, you'll be on the almost barren terrain of the Everest region. But, the Himalayan elegance and presence of Ama Dablam make you feel lively throughout the trek.

You'll hike down to Deboche from Tengboche. You'll traverse the Imja Khola bridge and hike uphill to Pangboche and Somare for lunch. After lunch, you'll follow an easy flat trek trail to Dingboche.

Day 5:Dingboche to Lobuche ( 6 hours)

  • Max Altitude4,920 metres
  • AccommodationTea Hosue
  • MealsBLD

Graced with natural scenery, the fifth-day trek to Lobuche from Dingboche takes you closer to the Everest base camp.

The 11 km distance to Lobuche takes nearly 6 hours to walk from Dingboche. You'll behold the Khumbu glacier from Lobuche village. On top, snow-clad mountains are all over the landscape.

As you begin hiking Lobuche from Dingboche, you'll ascend from Pheritse. It continues to Lobuche via the Khumbu glacier. Hike to Lobuche is continuously graced by the presence of Himalayan giants.

The climb further ahead lets you enjoy majestic Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Lhotse, and several peaks. You'll reach Thukla and stop for lunch and quality rest. It's a memorial place for climbers who lost their lives on Everest.

Overnight at a tea house in Lobuche. Curling inside a warm sleeping bag makes you fall asleep at no notice.

Day 6:Lobuche to Everest Base Camp ( 7 hours)

  • Max Altitude5,364 metres
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Hiking from Lobuche to Everest base camp and Gorak Shep is the longest hike in the 7 days of the Short Everest Trek. The hiking for this day is not arduous. Also, the mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest near make the walk sublime.

The hike to Gorak Shep from Lobuche is for two hours with another hour of stop for rest and lunch. After breakfast, you’ll start trekking to Everest base camp. One hour's walk from Lobuche takes you to Lobuche Pass at 5,110 meters. You’ll hike further to Gorak Shep from Lobuche Pass for two hours. This trail follows the rugged trekking trail.

Day 7:Hike to Kala Patthar view point and helicopter flight to Kathmandu

  • MealsBreakfast

In the morning, trekkers to Everest base camp hike to Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep for ultimate Everest sightseeing.

After a decent breakfast, you'll hike to Kala Patthar viewpoint for three hours from Gorak Shep. On a fine morning with perfect weather, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other mountains and landscapes look amazing from Kala Patthar. Also, in Spring, the thick snow deposits on these mountains make them further arresting.

Never again in your life, you'll experience such heavenly pleasure of Everest sightseeing. On top, witnessing Khumbu icefall and glaciers leaves you in awe. The colossal ice chunks and snow-filled terrain look best when viewed from Kala Patthar. A camera and binoculars become best when you start sightseeing around Kala Patthar.

You'll then fly in a helicopter to Kathmandu. Aerial sightseeing of these mountains by helicopter becomes a sublime adventure. You'll get a bird's eye view of every detail on the ground.

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Cost Details

Included

  • Flight fare to Lukla
  • Domestic airport pick-up and drop
  • All meals and accommodation during the trek for 6 nights 7 days
  • Guide and Porters (1 porter between 2 trekkers)
  • Direct helicopter return from Gorakshep to Kathmandu
  • All the entrance fees and paperwork with the government of Nepal
  • National park and local government fees.
  • Insurance for guides and porters

Excluded

  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival from trek
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including boiled and mineral water
  • Nepal visa fee (pay upon arrival at the airport)
  • Tips for guide and porter

Dates, Prices & Booking

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Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJun 06, 2024PricePriceUS$2170StatusStatusAvailable

Trip Essential Information

Where Will You Sleep in the Short Trek to Everest Base Camp?

Accommodation in this trek is tea house (lodge) based. Locals-owned tea houses throughout the trek offer simple and hygienic overnight services.

Accommodation in Everest trekking seasons in Spring and May, you must adjust on a twin-sharing basis. But, you'll get a warm and decent bed, blanket, and comfortable mattress. You'll get attached bathrooms in some places but not everywhere.

Hot showers and solar power-supported Wi-Fi are available in most lodges during the short Everest trek. But, these services will cost you extra bucks.

Throughout the trek, we'll manage the accommodation for you in the best available lodges. On top, you'll get striking views of mountains from the lodge's windows.

In Kathmandu, you can stay at hotels of your preference. You can get Three Star grade hotels at affordable rates. They will serve you the best dishes and accommodation.

Meals in 7 Days Short Trek to Everest Base Camp

There'll be no acclimatization in this trek. Plus, hiking on the rugged Everest trail requires much energy. Thus, hygienic and energy-rich foods are what you need to eat.

In Kathmandu, demanding luxurious food won't be an issue. Likewise, food in the Khumbu region past Namche will be of varied choices. You may taste the foods differently, but they supplement carbohydrates and protein, which are a must for trekking.

Breakfast food items comprise Tibetan bread, Chapati with Cheese, Toast, Oatmeal, Hashed Brown, fried eggs, porridge, pancakes, etc. The lodges offer these food items with utmost hygiene.

You can eat Nepali Dal Bhat, Steaks, Spaghetti, Thukpa, Noodles, Yak meat, and other protein-rich dishes for lunch.

Mo: Mo, Noodles, Dal Bhat, Yak Steak, Sherpa Stew, and Chapati are on the dinner menu. You can have Pizza and sandwiches at Lukla, Namche, and other places, but not at every stop.

Sweet Time for Everest Short Trek

March, April, and May are the best months for trekking in the Everest region. The hiking trail from Lukla to Namche Bazar is ornate with blooming rhododendrons. Also, the lush alpine landscape seems spectacular.

The winter snow deposit makes the surrounding mountains alluring. Ama Dablam, Everest, Thamserku, and other peaks scintillate on crispy clear Spring days.

Post-monsoon months like September, October, and November are also good for 7-day Everest trekking. The rain-free days and crystal clear weather in the autumn days make it a pleasant journey.

Flight Delays and Transportation

Sublime Trails offers complimentary airport pickup and drop service for you upon your arrival and departure.

For this trek, you'll take a flight to Lukla, trek to EBC, and then return in a helicopter from Kala Patthar to either Lukla or Kathmandu. Besides these, there's no transportation involved in this trek.

Since you'll be flying to Lukla, the weather becomes a crucial factor affecting it. If you're in Spring and Autumn for this trip, you'll be less likely to get delayed or receive flight cancellation. But, sudden weather changes can affect the flight even in these months. We request you plan your trip with one or two extra buffer days to cope with the delays and cancellations.

FAQs

  • The short 7-day trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the toughest treks in the Everest region. There will be no acclimatization days, so you'll need to have past evidence that you can function well at high altitudes without acclimatization. Additionally, all days in the itinerary incorporate rigorous trekking through the Khumbu region. As such, you'll need to have good endurance, body conditioning, and prior trekking experience.

    While not trying to put you off, we do stand by our decision to not onboard first-time trekkers. If you still want to experience trekking in the Everest region, our easier itineraries to Everest Base Camp may be more suitable.

  • The 7 Days Trek to Everest Base Camp is certainly not for the vulnerable, but we don't want to put an age restriction for capable trekkers either. If you think you meet the requirements listed in the answer above, you can take on the glorious trails of Everest in this short itinerary.

  • You'll get an opportunity to meet your guides at the Sublime Trails office in Kathmandu before the trek starts. All our guides are certified by the government of Nepal and carry years of experience leading treks to the mountains of Nepal. They have a fluent grasp of the English language and are some of the most hospitable people you'll ever meet.

  • Our guides carry state-of-art technology supported in each location in the Everest region. Furthermore, we have a wide network on the trekking trail to Everest Base Camp, which makes it convenient to request additional support. In worst-case scenarios, we flag for a helicopter rescue. 

    At the end of every day, our guides are required to report back to management. This lets the management team analyze the field scenarios, anticipate, and prepare for any possible complications that can occur in the near future.

  • Yes, we incorporate dietary requirements and restrictions for all our clients. Our guides are also given the responsibility to tend to each client's unique culinary needs. If you have such unique dietary requirements or have an issue with the listed menu items, you can inform us beforehand so we can make adjustments.

  • Regardless of gender, anyone can complete the short trek to Everest if they can adjust to altitude well, have a habit of trekking, or is mentally and physically conditioned to take on the challenging journey. Our trekking guides are very respectful and accommodating of each trekker's unique needs. Even if you are a solo female trekker, you can complete the journey with only good things to speak of.

  • The traveler's home elevation is probably the single biggest determinant of altitude sickness. If you're from a country located at or near sea levels, you may have difficulty adjusting to the sudden change in altitude and lowering oxygen levels. You may also be at risk if you have a habit of not drinking enough fluids. Additionally, our guides also keep a watchful eye on somebody who chooses to drink or smoke during the trek (which we recommend you avoid completely) or someone who wants to rush the process and overexert themselves.

    However, it is difficult for anyone, even experienced trekking guides, to tell who's at high risk of altitude sickness until they see the first symptoms.

    Note that the probability of altitude sickness is irrelevant to your fitness levels. We have seen seemingly fit trekkers struggle with altitude sickness and seemingly average folks complete the trek with no complications.

7 Days Short Trek to EBC Reviews

5.0based on 15 reviews
  • C
    Caroline LeeJuly 23, 2023
    TripAdvisor

    Best Guides I Could Ever Ask For

    Guide Ajit is well-versed and knows the precise details of what it takes to do a successful trek in the mountains of Nepal. Only an experienced guide will tell you to take the safer wall side of a narrow trail when mules are carrying heavy loads through the same path. He collaborated with Ram to ensure a smooth trip for all of us. I'm also thankful that I was grouped with some of the most amazing people (fellow trekkers) on the trek.

    Although the teahouses on the trail are basic, Sublime Trails did their best to make us comfortable throughout. I certainly rate them an A+ to do a trek in the Everest region and the mountains of Nepal.

  • J
    Jadu RocksJune 02, 2023
    TripAdvisor

    Flexibility at its Peak

    We gave this review the title above because Mr. Ram (the owner of Sublime Trails) and his crew, Mr. Bibek (our youthful and dynamic guide for EBC trek), Mr. Bikas (strong Sherpa, problem solver), and Mr. Mohan (resilient Sherpa, motivator), were so accommodating to our needs.

    Being family of 3 and having a little child with us made us quite exposed during the journey, yet they treated us like we were invincible and eliminated any signs of weakness with ease. In this context, I'd like to provide the John Wooden remark that seems most applicable to the aforementioned squad "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

    Despite the fact that we were unable to complete the trek, we continue to remain in awe of the Himalayas. After the trek, M/S. Sublime went above and beyond to ensure that our Nepal vacation was really unforgettable and "A trip of a lifetime" by arranging for us to visit Chitwan National Park and Pokhara.

    We can state without a shadow of a doubt that Nepal is the most beautiful place on Earth for two reasons: the Himalaya, and the people of Nepal.

    We would like to stress for the "Healing Sound Bowl", that we purchased, is a wonderful miracle of modern technology, and it even has a name for itself: The Sanskrit mantra "om mani padme hum" consists of six syllables and serves as a reminder and means of relieving the stresses of daily living.

    We are not finished with Nepal just yet; we plan to return with the same group and give it another go in the hopes of gaining the satisfaction that comes from completing a difficult journey.

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