Quickest Trek to Everest Base Camp
The quickest trek to Everest Base Camp is 10 days hiking. This is the fastest trip without any helicopter ride. This trek also includes all the major attractions of the Everest region.
In the shortest trekking to EBC, you will get an opportunity to explore beautiful views of gigantic Mount Everest and its neighboring high Himalayas and also you have an experience of local colorful Sherpa culture.
The quickest trek to Everest Base Camp is recommended who are physically fit and have a previous long day hiking experience to the mountain.
The short 10 days EBC Trek also follows the same normal route to Everest Base Camp. After 35 minutes of scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu, you will land at Lukla Airport (2,642m/8,668ft). Then, you start trekking. The first day of trekking is the only couple of hours through Sherpa villages and local farmland.
Next day, you trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. After two hours of trekking from Phakding, you enter to Sagarmatha National Park. Mount Everest and most of the part is inside Sagarmatha National Park. UNESCO has listed this National Park as the World Heritage Site.
Namche Bazaar is considered as the gateway of Mount Everest. It’s a wonderful mountain market located at an altitude of 3,440 m/11,280 ft. From Namche Bazaar, as you move ahead, the vegetation gradually turns into alpine shrub and scenery becomes more fascinating due to the views of different mountains.
Leaving Namche Bazaar, your first-night halt will be at Tengboche. This place is the Buddhist monastic zone with splendor Himalayan Views. After Tengboche, you trek up gradually to Dingboche then to Lobuche and later Gorakshep.
Gorakshep is the final place with mountain lodges. Reaching Gorakshep, you hike to your dream destination, Everest Base Camp. It’s a short walk on the glacial moraine from Gorakshep to EBC. After the visit of EBC, you trek back to Gorakshep for the night sleep at the lodge.
Next day, early in the morning you climb up the Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is at an altitude of (5,550m/18,210ft). This is best viewpoint for 360 degree panoramic views of Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) and other peaks like Pumori (7,145m/23,443ft), Lingtren (6,697m/21, 973ft), Khumbutse (6,623m/21,730ft), Changtse (7,550m/24,772ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,941ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,792ft).
After spending minutes there, you drop back to Gorak Shep for breakfast; then retrace your steps to Pheriche then to Namche Bazaar and Lukla. Returning to Lukla is relatively easier and quick as you hike down from high land to low land. From Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Morning Flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m/9199ft). Flight 40 minutes. Trekking from Lukla to Phakding (Alt. 2610m/8563ft). Walking 3 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 02: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 03: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Alt. 3860m/12664ft). Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 04: Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche (Alt. 4350m/14272ft). Walking 6 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 05: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (Alt. 4910m/4910ft). Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 06: Trekking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5365m/17602ft) then back to Gorak Shep. Walking 7:30 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 07: Early in the morning hike up to Kalapatthar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft) then trek down to Pheriche (4200m/13780ft). Walking 7 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 08: Trekking from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 6:30 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 09: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Alt.2804m/9199ft). Walking 6:30 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 10: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.