This Everest Base Camp Short Trek of 10 days is for those looking for the shortest itinerary for Everest Base Camp trek. Within a short span of 10 days you reach the highest trekking destination on Earth and return back to Kathmandu.
Experience one of the most extreme flights in the world, as you fly into Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’. Walk through pristine pine and rhododendron forests and Sherpa settlements with traditional stone houses.
Cross swaying metal suspension bridges built over thundering Himalayan rivers. Colorful Buddhist prayer flags, mani walls, prayer wheels and chortens en route Everest Base Camp Short Trek protect you like spiritual guardians on your journey into the mountains.
Enjoy Sherpa hospitality and learn about the unique culture of these legendary mountaineers.
Stay at Namce, the Sherpa capital in the Khumbu region and Tengboche, the village with the oldest and most important Buddhist monastery in the Sherpa homeland.
Hike through the surreal Khumbu glacier to Everest Base Camp, the final destination of your 10 days short Everest Base Camp Trek. The massive walls of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and the Khumbu Icefall will be a mind-blowing sight, one that will remain in your memory forever.
Celebrate your time at the ‘Top of the World’ by soaking in the views and taking pictures. Visit the vantage point of Kala Patthar before trekking back to Lukla. From Kala Patthar enjoy close up 360-degree views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek
Short trek to Everest Base Camp begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, flanked by tall mountains and precipitous cliffs is regarded as one of the world’s most extreme airports.
From Lukla you begin your trek and walk to the scenic Sherpa settlement of Phakding by crossing the thundering Dudh Koshi or ‘Milk’ River. Cross high suspension bridges and walk through a forested trail filled with tall pine trees.
Prayer flags, Buddhist mantras carved on mani stones and small chortens dotting the trail reminds you about the deep Buddhist faith and spiritualism of the Sherpas.
You get your first glimpse of Mount Everest during your Everest Short Trek from Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. Carved like a bowl on the side of the mountain, Namche is the economic hub of Everest region. Here you will find high end as well as budget lodges, ATMs and money exchange counters, bakeries and coffee shops that offers some of the best cakes, pastries and freshly brewed coffee etc.
At Tengboche, visit the most important Buddhist monastery in the region, the Tengboche Gompa. Soul stirring views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, Tawache, Lhotse and other peaks inspire you to move forward to your goal.
A challenging hike from Gorak Shep brings you to the Everest Base Camp, the final destination of your 10 days short Everest Base Camp Trek. Revel in the mesmerizing views of Khumbu Icefall, Nuptse, Lhotse and the massive walls of Mount Everest. EBC will be filled with colorful tents of expedition groups if you make this trek during the climbing seasons.
Hike to Kala Patthar, the most popular vantage points in the Everest Region for 360-degree views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. Afterwards descend down to Lukla and end your Everest Base Camp Short Trek with a flight to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek Difficulty
Graded moderate to difficult, this trek is for those used to high altitude trekking.
As no acclimatization days have been included, this trip is recommended for those who have currently been trekking in the Himalayas or elsewhere and their bodies are well adjusted to the thin mountain air. No technical climbing is involved.
The highest elevation reached is 5,550 metres at Kala Patthar. Maximum you will have to put in 8 hours of walk and minimum 3 hours. On average you will be spending around 6 hours on the trail each day.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek Itinerary
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft), Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) – Trek to Pheriche (4,240m/13,911ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (12 km) trek
Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (19 km) trek
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (18.5 km) trek
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight