Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Foods:
    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:

About Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp trek is a dream for every trekker. The high, lofty mountains there, beautiful sunrise, the fantastic culture of the region, and a chance to interact with the people in this region are things that no one wants to miss out on. So Sublime Trails has designed the Short Everest Base Camp Trek so that all interested travelers can get a sense of the beauty of the Everest Region in a short time.

Normally, the Everest Base Camp trek takes more than 2 weeks to complete. There might also be days when your flight might get canceled due to inclement weather conditions. This might further increase the length of the trip. So we have designed this trip so that you enjoy the beauty of the Everest region in a small time frame.

The short Everest base camp trek starts after a scenic flight to Lukla. This flight will give you the first glimpses of the Himalayas of the Everest region. After the flight, you will start your trek as you head out to Sagarmatha National Park.

Sagarmatha is Nepal’s first national park that was enlisted as a Natural World Heritage Site. This national park is home to various species of flora, fauna as well as the Himalayas of this region including various peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse etc.

While trekking inside the Sagarmatha National Park, you will encounter various species of plants like birch, juniper, bamboo, rhododendron etc, which make up much of the forests of this national park. If you are lucky, you might also be able to catch views of various eye-catching animals like Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, snow leopard, and red pandas.

As you trek inside this national park, you will get to some of the most beautiful villages in this region like Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep before reaching the Everest Base Camp.

Tengboche is a wonderful settlement that also is home to the largest monastery of the Everest region- Tengboche Monastery. This monastery is draped with some of the most beautiful panoramic views of towering mountains like Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

Lobuche, Dingboche, and Gorak Shep are other picturesque villages you will go to during this trip. These villages are rocky, arid, and full of gorgeous views of the mountains surrounding the Everest region.

After trekking past these villages, you will reach the Everest Base Camp. Although you can’t see Mt. Everest and other towering mountains from the Everest Base Camp, you can have some thrilling experience walking up to Everest Base Camp through the various moraines of this region.

From Everest Base Camp, you can get the most rewarding views of the Khumbu glacier and the Khumbu icefall from Everest Base Camp.

An early morning hike to Kala Patthar will be one of the most pleasant hikes of this trek. This is due to the fact that Kala Patthar gives you an astonishing view of the sunrise as the sunrises through the mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse etc. When the sun strikes these mountains, these mountains just turn into a rich golden color making this a once in a lifetime experience.

After your hike to Kala Patthar, you will descend to Gorak Shep. From Gorak Shep, you will get to Lukla and take a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. Once you are in Kathmandu, you can also go for a sightseeing tour of the various UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the capital city of Nepal.

This 12-day short Everest base camp trek is one of the fastest ways to getting to Everest Base Camp. The return in a helicopter saves all the time you would have spent in your descent. This also makes the trek a bit more easy on your body as it is not as long as the Everest Base Camp trek. For those who want to trek to Everest base camp and hesitate to return on the way, this short Everest base camp trek is the perfect package.

If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have  Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.  

Major Attractions of the Short Everest Trek

  • A 35-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
  • Visit the largest monastery in the Everest region- Tengboche Monastery
  • Trek inside the natural heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Learn the Buddhist culture of this region.
  • Catch the rhododendron forests of the Everest region which are home to exotic animals.
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku.
  • Get to see the longest glacier of the Himalayas- Ngozumpa glacier
  • Mesmeric sunrise over the Himalayas from Kala Patthar.
  • A helicopter ride from Gorak Shep to Lukla.
  • Sightseeing tour of the city of temples- Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

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You will land at Tribhuvan Airport in Nepal. In the airport, our representatives from Sublime Trails will meet and you help you to transfer to your hotel. After some hours rest, you can either go for a short stroll around the city or you can prepare for the trek. If you are a solo trekker, you can prepare for the permits and other related permissions for the trek.
Maximum altitude: 2804 meters
Trek duration: 3-4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You will head out to Lukla (2800m) in an early morning flight. This flight, which is only 35 minutes long, will give you the first glimpses of the Himalayas of the Everest region. You trek starts in Lukla. Initially, the trail to Phakding descends to Tharo Koshi, which is better known as Kusum Kangru Khola (river). After crossing this river on a suspension bridge, you trek uphill to Phakding (2700 meters).
Maximum altitude: 3,441 meters
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Your final destination of today’s trek is Namche Bazaar. The trail initially descends from Phakding to a suspension bridge over Dudh-Kosi river. After a few steep gentles ascents and descents, you will get to the same river. Along the way, you can have good views of Mt. Thermasarkhu (6,608m).

As you continue your hike, you will reach the small village of Monjo, where the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park is located. No sooner you enter the National Park, you will trek downhill to Jorsalle village, which leads you to a bridge over Imja Tse river.

From there you will trek along a winding uphill to Namche Bazaar- the capital of Sherpas. Namche Bazaar offers you splendid views of various mountains such as Kwangde, Kusum Kanguru, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Taweche peak.
Accommodation: Hotel Green Tara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As the Everest Base Camp trek is a high altitude trek, you will spend this day acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. There are a few optional activities, which you can be involved in this day. One of them is a small uphill hike uphill to the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park.

On clear bright days, this hill offers wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks. The other activity that you can be involved in as the visit to Sagarmatha National Park museum. This historic museum has an abundance of information related to the Himalayas, its culture, religion as well as the rich history of mountaineering here. The museum tour can also help you get information regarding the plants and animals of the Sagarmatha National Park

Maximum altitude: 3,860 meters
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

As you leave Namche Bazaar this day, you will walk 20 minutes on an uphill reaching a ridge at the top of Namche Bazaar. The trail from the ridge has some winding paths, some gentle uphills and downhills. The ridge is equally good to observe the Himalayas of the Everest region.

After a gentle descent, you will reach Phungitenga (3,250m). Phungitenga lies in the middle of an alpine forest in Sagarmatha National Park. The forest is made up of blue pines, rhododendron, magnolia and birch trees. An uphill trek of around 2 hours from Phungitenta will take you to Thyangboche Gomba (Monastery).

Tengboche, which is the largest monastery in the Everest region, offers delightful views of mountains like Ama Dablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar. You can observe the monk prayers inside this monastery as well.
Maximum altitude: 4,400 meters
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The initial trail from Dingboche takes you through birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron forests as you trek downhill. Enroute, you can also view of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt.Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. You will arrive at a narrow gorge of Imja-Tse river, which you will cross on a bridge. The trail then winds gently uphill until Pangboche village (3,900m).

Trekking further, you will reach Shomare, where you can get some close views of Mt. Ama-Dablam. As you walk along the North Eastern side from Shomare, you will reach a small bridge which will take you to will Imja Tse Valley. From Imja Tse, you will trek to Dingboche, which is a quaint beautiful Sherpa village.
Maximum altitude: 4710 meters
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today is another acclimatization day of the short Everest trek which you will stay in Dingboche. You spend this day exploring the mystic beauty of the place. In order to adjust your body to the changing altitude, you can either go for short hikes around the village, or you can climb Nagarjuna Hill, where you can witness the raw beauty of Lhotse, Nuptse, and the Everest. You can also catch the glimpse of Island Peak and the expedition crew from Chukung Ri.
Maximum altitude: 4,900 meters
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You will head out on a gentle uphill trek to the prayer ridge, which offers some wonderful views of Pheriche village. Various mountains like Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam, Pokalde, Kongma-Tse, Mt. Makalu and the great wall of Nuptse are also visible along the way. As you hike from the ridge, you will get to Thugla. After one hour of demanding uphill trek, you will reach the ridge at Thugla pass.

Thugla pass is a good spot for viewing peaks of Mt.Pumori and the mountains that are to the west of Mt. Everest. Memorials of mountaineers who had tragic deaths on the way to Everest are also there in Thugla Pass. After trekking for one hour from Thugla Pass, you will get to Lobuche. Lobuche lies in a corner and is shielded from the cold wind of the mountains.
Maximum altitude: 5,160 meters
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you will trek to the Everest Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 5,357 meters. The initial one hour of the trek is quite gentle. After trekking for an hour, you will trek along a steep rocky moraine. Glacial pond and icebergs of Khumbu glacier are visible from the moraine.
A short downhill trek from the moraine will take you to Gorak Shep.

Gorak Shep is a small settlement that lies below Kala Patthar 5,555m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. After a small break at Gorak Shep, you will resume your trek to Everest Base Camp. The trail to Everest Base Camp is full of rocky dunes, moraine, and streams. You can meet many mountaineers in Everest Base Camp in peak mountaineering seasons. You can see Mt. Khumbutse and Khunu glacier and icefall in the Everest Base Camp.

After this wonderful excursion to Everest Base Camp, you will descend to Gorak Shep, where you will spend your night.
Maximum altitude: 5555 meters
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early in the morning, you will trek to Kala Patthar. The hike from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar is about one hour long. From Kala Patthar, you can see splendid sunrise views of the sunrise. The sun rises over mountains like Mt.Pumori, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and other peaks in giving these mountains a majestic golden color.

After enjoying your time at Kala Patthar, you will hike down to Gorak Shep. A helicopter from Gorak Shep will take you to Lukla. From Lukla, you will head out to Kathmandu in a 35-minute flight over the Himalayas of the Everest region. This flight is also your last chance to view the mountains of the Everest region.
This day will come in handy if there are any flight delays due to bad weather in Lukla. We can also arrange a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu if there are no delays due to weather. As Kathmandu is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you can head out for a tour of these places this day. Many temples and monasteries in Kathmandu like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Durbar Squares etc. have always captivated tourists to Kathmandu.

Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
Meals: BB
The trip concludes here and our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your connecting flight departure from Nepal. It was a pleasure serving you at SUBLIME TRAILS. We hope that the relationship developed between us will extend to further visits to this amazing country of Nepal in the years ahead. We would like to wish you all the best and safe journey home
Meal: Breakfast

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  • All the airport pick up and drove.
  • Kathmandu hotel for 3 nights around 3-star category.
  • Lodge accommodation, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking in Himalaya.
  •  Helicopter flight from Gorekshep to Lukla As per itinerary
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu.
  • Well experienced guide, assistance guide and porter for the trekking (One assistant guide between 6 people and 1 porter for two people Porter carry up to 30 Kg).
  • National park entrance fees, Times card fee.
  • Necessary Paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department.
  • All the Necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • All the Necessary Bus, car and jeep Service for the trip
  • First Aid kit carried by our Guide
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for guides and porters.
  •  Emergency evacuation assistance service but the Helicopter or necessary transport and Hospital cost should be paid by clients them shelf or insurance company.
  • 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 because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and Drinking water during the trip.
  • All the chocolate and dessert items and sweet items.
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tipping for the sublime crews.

Departure Notes

Departure is available on your own date

Short Everest Base Camp Trek Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews

This short Everest Trek that Sublime Trails organized for us was the best trip of my life. I completed my dream trek to Everest Base  Camp. The acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche helped me immensely. I was also quite tired when I reached the Everest Base Camp. So the helicopter back to Lukla relieved me of any further effort. I wish I could get enough of the beauty of the mountains here. But I don’t. I think the mountains here will make me come here for another exciting time to the Everest region.

A group of my college friends decided to come to trek to Everest Base Camp. But we didn’t have a lot of time as our holidays were only 2 weeks long. So we decided to come to this short trek to Everest Base Camp. We didn’t have a lot of trekking experience either so we thought that a short trek would be a safe trip. Sublime Trails told us that we needed to prepare for around 2 months before coming here. And thank goodness they did. Our preparation helped us a lot as the exercise helped us prepare for the altitude as well. My lifetime dream of seeing Mt. Everest in all its glory as possible. All in all, this is an awesome trip.  

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