Short Everest Base Camp Trek
- Trip Code: N-ET-116
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: Sept/Oct/Nov/Feb/Mar/Apr/May
- Max Altitude: 5555 meters/18225 feet
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Flight and Private Car
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Tea-house in Trekking
- Trip Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Short Everest Base Camp Trek is 12 days hiking trip to the base camp of world’s tallest mountain ‘Everest’. Twelve days EBC trekking is relatively short however in this tour we have covered all the scenic spots in Everest region locally called by Khumbu valley. Further, in the Short Everest Base Camp trekking, 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.
Short Everest Base Camp Trek suits for everybody who loves the outdoor adventure, who are physically fit and who have a previous hiking experience to any mountain. This trek takes you to the foothill of Mountain Everest at the minimum number of days.
Short Everest Base Camp Trek 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 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 catch a half an hour flight to Kathmandu. The trip concludes on the 12th day. On the final day according to your return flight schedule, we drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight to your home. This trip is customizable according to your need and requirement. You may extend this trip joining with other activities in Nepal.
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Our tour officer will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/She will be displaying play card with your name written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do a pre-trip meeting with you. You will be briefed about your overall program, introduced your guide and clear your questions/queries if any. During the meeting please clear the due balance and handover a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m/9199ft). Start trekking from Lukla to Phakding (Alt. 2610m/8563ft). Walking 3 hours.
Early morning you will be picked up at the hotel by our guide and escort you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Then you board the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. During the 40 minutes, you enjoy stunning views of Himalayas. After landing at Tenzing-Hilary airport you meet your porter. He will carry your luggage. Then you start your trekking. Today you trek of three hours. It’s easy and gentle. The trail starts passing a Kani (ceremonial gatehouse). It descends steeply then runs level above Kyangma village, which has a large gompa (monastery) and school. After that, you enter Cheplung village. The trail descends through community forest with the sight of Dudh Koshi River. Crossing suspension bridge it’s a short climb around the ridge to Ghat. Leaving Ghat the trail passes a school and complex of mani walls, chortens and prayer wheels. Then the trail climbs to the hamlet of Chhuthawa. From Chhuthawa after a short walk, you reach to Phakding. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Continuing up the Dudh Koshi valley you will reach a cluster of local Bhatti (porter rest houses) and a small hydroelectric project. The trail climbs up over the ridge and pines to the small village of Toktok. You will soon get your first view of Thamserku peak (6608m). The trail again climbs steeply around the ridge and reach Benkar. Here you find waterfalls. Leaving Benkar the trail crosses east bank of Dudh Koshi River over suspension bridge and heads to Chumoa. From Chumoa it’s another steep climb to the outskirts of Monjo village. Just above the Monjo, there is a checkpoint for Sagarmatha National Park. Your trekking card is checked here. Afterward, the trail cuts across to the west bank of the Dudh Koshi River on another suspension bridge and runs to Jorsale. Above Jorsale you follow the river bank over gravel before climbing to the forest. You will see flowing together of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. From here it continues ascent through dense pine forests and then eventually enters to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you follow the path by the giant Mani in Chhorkung and trek north around the long ridge. At the end of the bluff is a viewpoint over a panorama of Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Then trail reaches Kyangjuma. After a short walk, it takes to trail junction at Sanasa. You follow the trail to Tengboche runs gently downhill towards the river traversing Lawichasa, Tashinga, and Phunki Thenga. Then it crosses the river on the bridge. From here the trail climbs past some water powered prayer wheels and begins a sustained climb through a forest of rhododendrons. On the way, there are many porter rest stops. Eventually, you will reach Kani and a pair of chortens and arrive at Tengboche. The major attraction of this place is Tengboche Gompa. Inside the monastery are incredibly elaborate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Your day starts with following the trail through conifers and rhododendrons forest. The trail sooner reaches Debuche. Then the path continues through rhododendron forests to Milinggo. From here the trail descends steeply to the suspension bridge over Imja Khola. Crossing the bridge it climbs. You find the good photo shooting place of beautiful Stupa mirroring towering Ama Dablam. Afterward, you will soon arrive at Pangboche. Leaving Pangboche the trail climbs above the tree line and enters the arid landscape of alpine meadows. It follows the path of Imja Khola (stream) and passes Shomare and Orsho. After Orsho the trail splits. You will follow the lower path along the west bank of Imja Khola that leads to Dingboche. From Dingboche, you can have good views of Island Peak, Peak 38 and Lhotse. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Dingboche, you follow the path climbing slowly along the ridge through the village of Dusa. On the way, you can have a spectacular view of twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse, Ama Dablam and Kantega. Then the trail drops down to a glacial stream following rising up to Dughla. From this village, the trail goes directly up gravelly terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Afterward, it moves at the top of the ridge which covered with memorials to lost climbers and Sherpas. From here you can enjoy an impressive view of Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m), Khumbutse (6623m), Changtse (7550m) Nuptse and Lhotse. Then trail meets the junction. You follow the path that ascends north over the loose moraine and arrive at Lobuche. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 7: Trekking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5365m/17602ft) then back to Gorak Shep. Walking 7:30 hours.
Today your trek begins following narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall past the Italian Pyramid. The route of the path changes regularly as the edge of the moraine tumbles into the glacier. To find the trail look for cairns of stones left as markers and hoof prints and dung left by yak trains. After rounding the trail you will have your first views of Kalapathar (5545m). As you climb to take the time to detour to the edge of the moraine to look out over the Khumbu Glacier. Then the trail passes Changri Shar Glacier and reaches Gorak Shep, flat sandy bowls at the foot of Kalapathar. You continue walking to Everest Base Camp following the path across the Khumbu Glacier. Everest Base Camp is at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall at 5365m. Visiting Everest Base Camp you trek back to Gorakshep for night halt. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 8: Early in the morning hike up to Kalapatthar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft) then trek down to Pheriche (4200m/13780ft).
Wake up early in the morning then hike up to Kalapathar through grassy ridge above the Gorak Shep. It takes one and half hour to two hours to reach the summit which is marked by prayer flags. As you climb it the peak of Pumori looms dramatically ahead. By climbing 200 m you will find yourself in front of world’s definitive mountain views- a 360-degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche to Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. From this elevation the true height of Everest becomes clear. The entire south face of Everest is visible. After taking photos this world-class scenery you back down to Gorakshep. Have a lunch in Gorakshep. In the afternoon you trek to Pheriche retracing your steps along the moraine of Khumbu glacier. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
After breakfast, you descend to the valley of Orsho then follow the west bank of Imja Khola to Shomare and on to Pangboche. From Pangboche you retrace your footsteps down to the Imja Khola and up through the forest to Debuche and Tengboche. From Tengboche, you trek down to Phunki Thenga then climb the ridge towards Namche Bazaar. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
From Namche Bazaar, you follow the steeply downward path. Once you cross the high suspension bridge the trail runs mostly level to Josale and then climbs to Monjo where your trekking card will be checked out. Then it’s an easy run through Benkar and Phakding to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla it ends your overall trek. Most trekkers make a celebration of finishing their trekking with their guide and crew members at Lukla. Overnight at a mountain lodge.
Day 11: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Evening farewell dinner with Nepali Cultural show.
Early in the morning, you move to Tenzing-Hillary airport. Then catch once again that scenic mountain flight to Kathmandu. After you land at Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time rest of the day. Evening you will be offered farewell dinner with Nepali cuisines and cultural dances at typical Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
The trip concludes today. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
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