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.
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.