7 Day Everest Base camp trek Overview

14 days Everest base camp trek is the best-selling high-altitude trekking package in Nepal. But, do you know that a short 7day Everest base camp trek is the best alternate pick to it? In this trek, first, you'll hike to Kala Patthar for six days, and on the 7th day, you'll fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter to end this trek.

Everest base camp trekking has been a favourite high-altitude hike among travellers 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 Everest Base Camp trek pops into your mind. You'll likely choose the classic 14 days of Everest trekking. But, if you can hike at a high altitude without acclimatising, you better select a 7-day Everest base camp trek with helicopter return from Kala Patthar.

We've planned and prepared a short Everest base camp trek 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. 

Travellers on 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. Serene hike along rhododendron bloomed forests to icy Khumbu glacier is the best of 7 day Everest base camp trek. 

Unlike one day Everest base camp helicopter tour, the 7 day Everest 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, trekking to Everest base camp 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 7 days Everest base camp trek. 

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 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 Everest base camp trekking experience sublime.

Best part of 7 days Everest Base Camp trek Trip

  • 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 to 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 Everest region.


Itinerary Overview of Everest base camp trek 7 days

The 7 day Everest base camp trek starts with an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. 35-minute utterly scenic Lukla flight takes you to the gateway to Everest, Lukla.

From Lukla, you'll hike to Monjo for 5 hours. Surrounded by beautiful places with natural springs and sublime peaks, it is the best place for overnight.

For the next day of the short Everest base camp trek and helicopter return, you'll hike to Namche Bazar, crossing several suspension bridges.

Trekkers usually acclimatise at Namche before heading to Everest base camp. But, you'll hike to Tengboche without acclimatising. You'll trek to Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and Kala Patthar.

After sightseeing from Kala Patthar on the seventh day of the Everest base camp trek for 7 days, the helicopter will pick you up from Kala Patthar to Lukla and finally to Kathmandu.

Accommodation in 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

Accommodation in Short 7 days Everest Base Camp 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 at some places but not everywhere.

Hot showers and solar power-supported Wi-Fi are available in most lodges during the 7 days Everest trek. But, these services will cost you extra bucks.

Throughout the short Everest base camp trek and helicopter return from Kala Patthar, 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.

Food in 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

There'll be no acclimatisation in 7 days of Everest base camp trekking. 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 on Everest base camp trekking 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 in Everest base camp trek 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.

Best time for 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

March, April, and May are the best time for 7 days of Everest base camp trekking. 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 scintillates on crispy clear Spring days. 

Post monsoon months like September, October, and November are the perfect time for 7 day Everest trekking. The rain-free days and crystal clear weather in Autumn days is best for this trekking. 

Weather and Temperature at 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

Weather and temperature on Everest trekking play a significant role in how well the trek becomes. On top, 7 days of Everest base camp trekking and helicopter return from Kala Patthar has no acclimatisation day. Thus,it has to be on a fine day. 

In Spring, the daytime temperature of 15-20°C makes the day Everest trek easier. Also, the nighttime temperature of -10°C is bearable. Curling inside warm sleeping bags next to mountains is a thrilling experience in 7 day Everest base camp trekking.

During Autumn, hiking along the shore of Dudh Koshi and through the lush alpine forest is calm. Wind Speed of 5 mph and temperature of 14-20°C in the daytime makes the hike less sweaty. Further, nighttime temperatures around -5°C won't be much issue to curl in warm beds in lodges at Gorak Shep and other lodges enroute. 

The harsh cold in winter and frequent rain in summer make the short Everest base camp arduous. EBC trekking in these months won't be easy but doable. 

In winter, the temperature around Everest base camp falls to -17 °C at nighttime. Also, daytime temperatures average 4°C, almost freezing. 

In summer, rain becomes an issue for the 7 day Everest base camp trek. The temperature of 16°C in the daytime won't be an issue for a hike. But, the wind speed of 10 mph and frequent rain hinder the hiking pace. On top, the overcast obstructs Everest viewing. 

Trekking gears for 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

Proper trekking gear on the 7 day Everest base camp trekking and helicopter return is crucial. Without proper gears, you can’t hike for multiple days on the rough terrain of Everest. Thus, trekking to Everest terrain requires special trekking boots. Decent down jackets and thermal wear are a must against cold nights.

Also,  cameras and binoculars are best for sightseeing on short Everest  treks. While flying by helicopter from Kala Patthar, you'll get a chance to witness Everest and other mountains from the sky. With binoculars and a camera, the viewing would be awe-inspiring.

Thus, proper trekking gears to Everest base camp are crucial for an easy hike and self-protection against sunburn and injuries. 

You can backpack the following essential gears for this trek.

Wearables

  • Pair of thermal inner wears
  •  Windproof jacket or pullover
  • A pair of trekking pants
  • Trekking boots and flip flops
  • Face scarf
  • Trekking poles

Skin protection and health safety

  • Sunglass
  • Moisturiser and sunblock creams
  • Body towel, Water bottles, and purifying tablets
  • Wet wipes, tissue papers, toilet papers
  • Toothbrush and paste, Deodorant 
  •  First aid kit- personal

Gadgets

  • Solar powered headlamps
  • Binocular and camera
  • Zip lockers


Safety in 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

Sublime Trails cares about your safety throughout the Everest base camp trek for seven days. For us, your safety is the primary concern. 

We use certified and experienced guides for seven days Everest base camp trekking. Also, our Everest tour guides are fully insured. They speak fluent English. Also, they know first aid treatment and high altitude sickness cures. 

Our licensed guide can treat your minor health issues. For unforeseeable conditions, we'll arrange an emergency helicopter evacuation. If you do your travel insurance before heading for this trip, it will be easy to claim the helicopter cost later. 


Travel insurance for 7 days Everest Base Camp trek

With complete backing from travel insurance, you can complete the Everest trek with peace of mind. 

Travel insurance for the Everest trek is mandatory. We only insure our trekking guides. You need to have your travel insurance for a 7 day Everest base camp trek.  

Being insured while trekking to the Himalayas is best. It is a security for your health that lets you enjoy the trip without concern. Get compelling travel insurance that comprises helicopter evacuation, emergency rescue, and illness treatments.

Itinerary

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The Everest base camp trek itinerary for 7 days follows precise and well-planned tour management. Usually, trekkers complete standard Everest base camp trekking in 14 days. It includes two acclimatisation days at Namche and Dingboche.

But in the 7 days Everest base camp trek itinerary, you'll head to Everest base camp without acclimatising. You'll then fly back to Kathmandu from Gorak Shep after complete sightseeing of Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse from Kala Patthar. 

You’ll fly from Kathmandu to Lukla on day one of 7 days of Everest base camp trekking. Our representative will pick you up from the hotel and drop you at Kathmandu airport.

The flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is mesmerising. 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 metres is 13 kilometres 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 the remainder of the Everest base camp 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.

On the second day of 7 days of Everest base camp trekking, 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. Travellers admire the pristine Dudh Koshi river and lush oak and pine forests in the sublime trails of Everest base camp trekking 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 base camp trekking and tourism. You can also buy some trekking gear and essentials at Namche if you have missed buying in Kathmandu.

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

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

On the third day of the 7 days Everest base camp trek, 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 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. 

Trekking Dingboche from Tengboche is arduous. Also, seven days of Everest base camp trekking without acclimatisation 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. 

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.

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

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 walk from Lobuche takes you to Lobuche Pass at 5,110 metres. You’ll hike further to Gorak Shep from Lobuche Pass for two hours. This trail follows the rugged trekking trail. 

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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What's Included

  • Flight fare to Lukla 
  • All meals and accommodation during the trek
  • Guide and Porters 
  • Helicopter return from Gorakshep to Kathmandu
  • All the entrance fees and paperwork with the government of Nepal
  • insurance for guides and porters 
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 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 any reason
  • 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 mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Availabilities

Start DateEnd DateDurationStatusPrice 
17 Aug, 202223 Aug, 20227 DaysAvailableUS$1790
24 Aug, 202230 Aug, 20227 DaysAvailableUS$1790
31 Aug, 202206 Sep, 20227 DaysAvailableUS$1790
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