About Everest Base Camp Tour 5 Days
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most rewarding treks one can do in their lifetime. 5 Days Everest Base Camp Tour is the shortest and most efficient way to complete this trek which is fit for everyone who can walk for just a few days. Almost every adventurous person has dreamt of being at the foot of Everest at least once in their lifetime. But, due to lack of enough time, physical fitness, and preparation, not everyone can complete regular Everest Base Camp trek. This trek/tour is designed to let you experience all the outstanding features of trekking in the Himalayan landscape except you don’t have to walk for weeks to get to your destination.
With a mix of rewarding trekking and convenient flying, you can experience the best of both worlds. Trekking up to Namche lets you witness into the unique and diverse geography of Nepal's Himalayas and the isolated culture of Himalayan Sherpa people. By choosing this trek, you also exclude all the high altitude trekking exhaustion and risks, and it reduces your trekking time drastically. This trek is also sometimes taken as a more promising second chance for those who initially tried and couldn’t complete their Everest Base Camp trek due to various reasons.
In Namche, you will cross the altitude of 3000 meters bringing you at the risk of altitude sickness, even if it is very slight. This is solved by spending another day at Namche and visiting places around like Tenzing Hillary School and Everest View Hotel. Everest View Hotel is one of the highest hotels in the world and a viewpoint to catch beautiful glimpses of Mount Everest. Then comes the exciting helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp.
The main reason to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek for many is to get close to nature. While you land and spend some time at Kalapatthar, it makes you feel as if there is nothing between you and nature. You are truly at the rooftop of the world, surrounded on all sides by pristine mountain peaks. The glorious Everest stands tall in front of you and you witness it as sunrises over it. 5 days Everest Base Camp Tour lets you achieve everything you could by completing an Everest Base Camp Trek but shorter and more comfortably.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
The infamous Lukla flight is also a part of the adventure of the Everest Base Camp Trek. Starting from Kathmandu, the thrilling ride gives you the bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. Slowly, the mountains slowly start to appear. You will land in Tenzing-Hillary Airport, one of the world’s highest airports.
Food and Accommodation
While you stay at these mountainside villages, you will have meals made from local, fresh, farm-grown vegetables and dairy products. You can also try Yak cheese packed, which is also packed with nutrients. Simple and clean rooms provided by tea houses run by locals. They provide three meals which include dal bhat, fried rice, noodles, pasta, eggs, soups, bread, vegetable curry, etc. You can find almost any food item in villages near Lukla and Namche Bazaar but as you move further, you will have fewer choices. Any snack eatean during the trek should be carried by yourself from Kathmandu. There are few shops in early villages but it is more expensive to buy them there.
Sherpa Tradition and Culture
While you stay at tea houses, you will see that the Sherpa people practice a different way of life. They are mostly farmers, tea house owners, trekking guides, mountain climbers and traders bringing goods to mountainous villages from other parts of the country. The local people are humble, resilient, kind, and seemingly immune to the high altitude and extreme cold. By staying among them for several days, you will gain insight into their unique lifestyle.
Sagarmatha National Park
After Monjo, you will enter the area of Sagarmatha National Park. You will witness the diversity in flora and fauna while trekking in this area. You will see oak, pine and rhododendron forests. If you get lucky, you may also catch glimpses of animals like musk deer, snow leopards, Himalayan black bear, red panda, and more. The sounds of birds chirping and rivers flowing will soothe your ears. This national park is also home to the highest mountain Everest and several other mountains higher than 7000 and 8000 meters.
Helicopter Ride and the Aerial View
In this trek, most of the distance people walk in regular Everest Base Camp trek is covered in a helicopter. After being picked from Namche in a helicopter, all you have to do is enjoy the scenic beauty from the top. You will get a 360-degree panorama of mountains, the bird’s eye view of villages, green forests and Everest Base Camp itself. After enjoying the outstanding beauty you will head towards Kalapatthar again above the rugged terrain. During the helicopter flight, you will get views of great mountains like Mt. Pumori (7,156m), Mt. Nuptse (7,864m), Mt. Lhotse (8513m), and Mt Cho Oyu (8,153m).
Everest View Hotel and Kalapatthar
Everest View Hotel is the first viewpoint from where you can catch beautiful views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Nuptse, etc. Another viewpoint, Kalapatthar, is the best place to see Mount Everest. During the helicopter ride, you will only land at Kalapatthar before returning to Kathmandu. That’s because Kalapatthar is the main highlight of Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a famous activity to go to Kalapatthar for magnificent sunrise view over Mount Everest and adjacent peaks. You will also get an amazing view of Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall.