For all the trekkers seeking a grand adventure within a short period. Everest Base camp short trek is the best option. It is our most booking trekking package also. It brings an unforgettable experience of the overwhelming vistas of the Everest Himalayan chain of the Khumbu region. Which consists of five of the world’s highest mountains. Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt, Makalu (8,463m), Mt, Cho Oyo (8153m). Mt. Lhotse (8,501m) and Mt. Lhotse Shar (8,393m). Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this Trek will let you experience the most beautiful time of your life.
The nature itself with lots of flora and fauna, glaciers, mountains view. friendly people with distinct cultures and ethnicity, monasteries, etc. are the key factor of the Trek. Aside from the beauty of the Himalayas, this area includes natural wonders heritage sites indexed by UNESCO. Rich in pine forests of rhododendron (Nepalese national flower) and an endangered species of birds and animals, this trek is truly unique and memorable.
After, we will move toward Imja Khola and the village of Pangboche and Pheriche. Similarly, during this Trek, we will be capturing all the places in the vicinity, from Dudh Koshi to the whole Khumbu valley. The amazing view, interact with the best local people. Also meet other like-minded travelers, delicious food, and the culture there will make your short trek remarkable.
This trekking is feasible for the entire 12 months. However, due to the climate and the weather conditions, we recommend to do it from the start of March to mid-May and then again from the beginning of September to November. During the winter months, snowfall may cause difficulty in traveling. On the other hand, summers are wet, and the extraordinary peaks are frequently lost in the clouds.
Above the Himalaya brings you the trek to short base camp with unlimited fun, enjoyable memories, and a remarkable trip. With the professional guides and porters, we ensure you the best trip of your life.
When it comes to trekking and hiking in Nepal Everest base camp trek comes at first. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world so, most people dream of the trek to Everest base camp. Mount Everest lies on the boundary of Nepal and China. Thus, there is two base camp one on each country at the opposite side of the Everest base camp. But the route from Nepal (south base camp) is mostly preferred by the trekkers. The elevation of the Everest base camp is 5830 meter from the sea level. The Nepali name for Everest base camp is “Sagarmatha” which means “Goddess of the sky”.
Everest base camp trek is full of enormous beauty of nature.
Thousands of trekkers trek to Mount Everest trek throughout the year. Trekkers can find a wide variety of nature. The best part of this trek is watching the world’s highest mountain in the world from Kala Patthar (5,600m/18,373ft which provides the best view of Mount Everest. also, Sagarmatha national park which is instead on the world’s heritage site by UNSECO falls under this trek.
In this national park, you can see many rare snow animals and birds. From Everest base camp you will get to witness other high mountains like Mt Lhotse (8,516m /27,940ft), Makalu (8,485m /27,838 ft.) & the giant Cho-Oyu (8,201m /26,906ft). Since you will be going through the different small villages of Nepal, you will get to observe Nepali culture and tradition closely. This trek also has huge religious and cultural importance as there are many small and big Buddhist monasteries throughout the trek. Namche Bazaar is one of the main highlights of this trek. Namche bazaar lies on the altitude of 3440 meters.
The main attraction of the Mount Everest trek
Mount Everest (World’s tallest mountain)
Mount Everest is the main attraction of this trek. Though you cannot see Everest base camp from Kala Patthar provides the best view of the mount everts. Along with getting to see the mesmerizing view of other mountains like Lhotse, 8516 m, Nuptse, 7855m, the south face of Pumori, 7161 m, and Khumbu glacier. Through this trek, you can get the 360-degree view of Mount Everest.
Visiting Tengboche Monastery
As mentioned above Short base camp trek also holds much religious belief. There are many small and big Buddhist monasteries on the trail. Tengboche Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal. This monastery was believed to be built on lord Buddha’s period. Tengboche Monastery is also one of the places which provide a clear view of Mount Everest. One of the main festivals of Buddhists is Buddha Purnima during this festival Tengboche Monastery is all decorated and celebrated very energetically.
Mani Rimdu Festival
The Mount Everest short base camp trek is also important from a religious point of view. It possesses various monastery for Buddhist people. Another main festival of Buddhist people is Mani Rimdu. Almost all the people of the Khumbu region follow Buddhism. The houses on the Khumbu region is built with typical Buddhists style with handmade crafts. You can see Buddhists flag all over the trail. This festival is celebrated to recreate some of the main events of Buddhism.
Wildlife is one of the major attractions of the Everest trek. One of the regions of tame wildlife on the Everest base camp region is due to the great effort by the national conservation reserve and Sagarmatha national park. Snow Leopard, Red Panda are some of the rare animals found in the Khumbu region along with Himalayan Monal and Musk Deer.
Getting insights into the Sherpas
Sherpas are the main inhabitant of the Khumbu region. We all know that Sherpas are the most courageous and energetic. Because of these things they can be able to live in such a high altitude region. Sherpas are also friendly in nature due to which most of the guides to Everest base camp are Sherpas.
Best time to visit Short Base Camp Trek
Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon are two main times of the year to trek to Mount Everest trek. It falls on the month of March, April, and May whereas post-monsoon falls on the month of late September, October, and November.
Pre-monsoon (March, April, and May)
This is the time of the year before starting monsoon. It is one of the best times to trek to Mount Everest because the temperature during this period is perfect for trekking. The weather during this month is dry and very stable for trekking. Days also starts getting warmer. Season wise this is the spring season in Nepal which is very famous for trekking and hiking activities. Trekking Mount Everest is on pre-monsoon is very advantageous because the change of precipitation is very low and you will not have to delay your trek.
The temperature rises to a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius and falls to 0 and even minus during the night time of these months. You should trek to Mount Everest during the pre-monsoon; period because it is often said that Everest base camp comes to its best in this time to the year. Rainfall during this season is very low but there is a chance of snowfall which will make your trek more enjoyable. You can also get a glance at many rare animals and birds. This is also the peak season for trekking so if you are trekking Everest base camp during pre-monsoon then don’t forget to book your trek early.
Post monsoon (September, October, and November)
This is the time after the finish of the monsoon season. It is also considered as the best time to trek to Short Everest base camp. Because of the monsoon rain, the trail looks fresh and green. Post monsoon falls during the winter season of Nepal. If you want to witness the real beauty of Everest base camp trekking in post-monsoon is perfect. You can be able to enjoy the view of Mount Everest and many other mountains covered on the white dress of snow. It is true that trekking Mount Everest trek during September, October, and November is not so easy but it’s worth it because of the mesmerizing view of the mountains.
The maximum temperature of Everest base camp short trek goes up to 12 degrees Celsius and falls to -10 during this season. Trekking to Mount Everest can also be helpful and taken as the training for trekking another extreme mountain. If you trek during this month then you can get the whole trekking trail by yourself.
How to trek to Base Camp
Everest base camp short trek can be completed in 12 days starting your trek from Kathmandu. To begin your trek, you can take a short 35 mins flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Alternatively, you can also drive by private vehicle by covering 136.17km. After that, you will trek to Phakding (that lies at 2652 m) by walking 8 km total distance. Then from there, you will have to walk 11.3 km to reach Namche Bazaar. The 3rd day of the trek will be Acclimatization day in Namche. Afterward, the trek to Tengboche starts which is a total of 10.4 km from Namche Bazaar. You should have an acclimatization day at Dingboche which is at an altitude of (4360m/14304ft).
Then your long journey continued to Gorakshep following the route from Dingboche Trekking to Lobuche and then to Gorakshep (5170m/16962ft). Interestingly the trivial part of the trek is trekking from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18192ft). Kala Patthar is the vantage point of the trek. You get to observe various sparkling mountains from there. Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Nuptse(7855m), Mount Changtse(7550m), Mount Kantega(6685m), Mount Lhotse(8516m), Labuche Peal(6145m), etc. are the famous sparkling mountains of the Everest region.
Watching those snow-capped mountains is a feeling of peace to your eyes. You will be blessed with serene surroundings, dynamic vegetation, dense forest, and various cultural diversity along your trek journey.
Your trek journey starts descending from Kala Patthar to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft). You will have to take the same route for return. And it will take the shortest time.
Everest base camp trek equipment list
The Everest base camp trek is difficult to trek so you need to have the proper equipment to succeed this trip.
You will sleep in the tea house and eat there so you just need to carry your personal belongings which are enough from the cold. Below are some suggested items to take with you while trekking in Everest base camp
- Walking boots with waterproof and have ankle support
- Trainer or casual shoes you can use after a day trek.
- Hiking Shorts (3): Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Trekking Pants (3), preferably that zip on/off at the knees so you can use as shorts also.
- Loose, casual trousers for trekking
- Thermal wear for colder areas
- Lightweight underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- Cotton pants or (loose jeans/khakis).
- T-Shirts: Cotton for lower altitude walking. the synthetic is good above 2500m.
- Thermal Underwear: Synthetic polypropylene
- Waterproof Jacket. Quality waterproof clothing is essential. A proofed nylon or Gore-Tex jacket is recommended
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Goretex or warm jacket for winter trekking bring the down jacket
- women sports bras, Synthetic
- Strong rucksack or large holdall to be carried by porters
- Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
- Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store
- Plug adapter 2 round pin
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen, Pencils, and small notebooks
- Extra contacts or glasses
- Quick-drying towel (medium-sized)
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap/handwash
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror
- Wet wipes
- Water purification tablets or iodine
- Refillable Water bottles
- Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
- Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
- Sunglasses or goggles
- Warm gloves
- Sun lotion
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses protect from day sunlight
- Sleeping bag rated -20 degree Celcius you can also get a sleeping bag liner
- Some Extra pair of Tshirts and also shorts.
- Trekking pole
- Flashlight and battery
- First aid kit (with moleskin for blisters)
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport
Everest trek side trips
Do you know what, trekking to Everest Base camp is a boon for you as there are other side trekking sights for visitors? The Everest region is filled with natural beauties. If you are a nature lover and want to explore dynamic places then so should not miss the side treks. And this is a major reason to travel to the Everest region. Thus, if you are planning to visit Everest base camp then we suggest you reserve more time. As there are other places to visit too. Some of the major trekking destinations are described below:
Sagarmatha national park
One of the main highlights of the Everest base camp short trek is the Sagarmatha national park. You can see different species of flora and fauna throughout the trek. Sagarmatha national park is also enlisted by UNSECO on the world’s heritage site. Sagarmatha national park covers the area of 1148 square kilometers. This national park is the world’s highest national park situated at an altitude of 2800 meters from the sea level. Blue sheep, yak, and snow leopard are some of the endangered animals on the Sagarmatha national park along with Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Snow-Leopard, Himalayan Black bear, and many others. Animals are protected in their natural environment, filled with birch and bamboo forest. For trekking to Sagarmatha national park, you will need to have a special permit. This trekking permits can be made on the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo RI
Trekking to Mount Everest from Gokyo RI and Gokyo lakes is optional but you can get the closest view of the mountains like Mt. Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Pumori from here. Gokyo Lake is a beautiful lake formed by the almost 5 small different lakes. This is also known as the world’s highest freshwater lake which is at the altitude of 4750 meters from the sea level. Gokyo RI is the famous point from where you can catch the magnificent view of the world’s highest glacier-Ngozumpa Glacier. This Lake is also known as the heart of the Khumbu region. If you trek Everest base camp through this way then you can witness a Paranomic view of Mount Everest along with many other mountains.
Helicopter flight around Mount Everest
It is true that you cannot see Mount Everest clearly from Everest base camp short trek. But if you really want a 360-degree view of the mountains then you can take a helicopter trek to witness the beauty of snow-capped mountains. A helicopter tour to Everest is one of the easy and fasted way to trek to Everest base camp. This is also an optional tour for trekking to Everest base camp. Through this trek, you can also witness many other high mountains of Everest base camp. Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Island peak, Mera Peak, and many other surrounding snowy peaks.
Mount Everest trek will provide you the breathtaking view of high mountains surrounded by the green valley, geographical variation, green hills, rivers, and the streams, snow-lakes, Glacier Rivers, and many more. And, Helicopter trek to Mount Everest is slightly expensive and not that safe than other treks. Helicopter trek is not suitable for any season like winter and monsoon. Because of many reasons your trek might be delaying.
As we all know that sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to trek to Mount Everest. So as a memory of Sir Edmund Hillary museum was established. This museum was one of the oldest museums in the Khumbu region. Hillary museum is located at Namche Bazaar. If you have some extra time during this trek you must visit Hillary museum as you can see Tradition Sherpa Lifestyles, cultures, dresses, utensils, art and architecture, trekking gears and equipment, and many other things. You will get to know many things about Nepali and Sherpa culture. You can visit the Hillary museum on the acclimatization day at the Namche Bazaar.
Altitude sickness in Everest base camp trek
Altitude Sickness is the main thing we need to think about while making the trip to Everest base camp trek. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can get in the high altitude int the mountain above 3000 meters. The early symptoms are a headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. Some people become breathless at rest. AMS is the result of fluid accumulating in parts of the body. It does not belong: in the brain or into the lungs or both, when mild symptoms develop, it is a signal that you must stay at that altitude until symptoms have gone away. Never ascend with any signs of AMS! If you get a headache or normal symptoms just take a rest after two days, you will feel well and can continue your trek.
Treatment of altitude sickness:
The main medicine for the Altitude sickness is to lower down the elevations, Therefore If you get some symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.
For mild symptoms, one can stay at the same altitude to see if symptoms will resolve and ascend when symptoms have resolved entirely. Diamox can take to treat mild to moderate symptoms. If symptoms persist or worsen at this altitude need to be descent.
If you gee the severe symptoms of HACE or HAPE, We suggest you immediately descend down whenever feasible. In wors case, Helicopter evacuation may be essential and we will help you to arrange it. you need your full coverage insurance for both rescue and medical assistance for this.
Do you need to hire a guide and porter for trekking to Everest?
Particularly, Hiring guides and porters are optional but it is better if you hire them as they can help you to solve your problems while trekking. Most of the people hire the guide for their trek. Not hiring a guide or porter is okay if you are traveling for the second time.
There are different ways for an Everest base camp trek, if you are planning to create your own crew then you will have to hire both a guide and porter. Furthermore, you can hire a trekking guide online however it will be safer if you go to the agency. Some of the trekking agencies will provide you guide and porter from Kathmandu but sometimes they will pick you up in Lukla airport. For your kind information, your contact with the trekking company then porter and guide will cost very less. Not only this, our trekking agency company would have a well-trained guide so that that would provide you a lot of information. But if you are hiring a guide by yourself then make sure that the person is a Government certify guide and he has insurance. Be aware of while hiring a guide outside of the company. They may charge more.
Health problem during this trek
Short Everest base camp trek is a challenging and exciting trip. However, there is a risk of various problems you will encounter in your journey. Most importantly, Altitude sickness is very common while trekking to higher altitude places above 3500 meters. So you may have altitude sickness while trekking to Everest base camp. Simply altitude sickness is causing by ascending too quickly. For preventing altitude sickness you will have to slow your trekking rate. Altitude sickness may cause headaches, fever, and vomiting. The major way of reducing altitude sickness to be fit from your mind. If you are mentally ready and strong then there is a lesser chance of altitude sickness. Along with that, you will have to drink water continuously.
The key prevention of altitude sickness
Proper hydration is the key prevention for altitude sickness. So have enough amount of water at regular intervals. Keeping your body hydrated is very important for this trek. For safe and clean water you need to carry purifying tablets with you. In addition to this, you should not drink hard drinks like beverages and alcohol in high altitude places like Everest base camp. Sometimes your feet might hurts due to continuous climbing so it will be very much easier if you carry a couple of trekking boots. Another important factor for preventing altitude sickness is having enough acclimatization. Enough acclimatization will help to preserve energy and cope with the current environment.
Stay fit and do some training before the trek
We offer you lots of training packages other than the Everest base camp short trek. You can choose the best according to your need. We above the Himalaya will try our best to provide you what you need. With a team of experts and well-trained members, we are always ready to serve you. Get ready to achieve your goal of traveling to the lap of the world tallest mountain. The following are the various types of trekking packages we provide you.
Everest Base Camp Trek 3 Days
If you are planning to Mount Everest base camp trek, you should know some of the necessary facts related to this trek. We are sure that, knowing such facts will help you to prepare well.