Everest Base Camp, the closest any non-climber can get to the mighty Everest, is a goal that adventure seekers from all around the world set and achieve with days of trekking along the Himalayan trail of Nepal. Reaching the Everest Base Camp is a challenging yet pleasantly rewarding experience that takes weeks or even months, according to your chosen route. Not everyone has the time and patience to trek for that long. For the impatient and the time-bounded ones, getting to Everest Base Camp via a quick trip can be achieved within a week with a day or two to add, considering the weather condition.
Quickest Itinerary for Everest Base Camp
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Quickest Itinerary for Everest Trek
Flyback with a helicopter after the base camp
Day- 1 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day- 2 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day- 3 Trek from Namche to Tengboche
Day- 4 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Day- 5 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
Day- 6 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep visit EBC
Day- 7 Hike up to Kalapatthar and fly to Kathmandu by helicopter
A flight to Lukla from Tribhuwan International Airport on day 1 is a refreshing start to the week-long adventure. The flight is a breathtaking experience involving the scenic view of mountains and landscapes to the 2860m airport. Getting to Lukla is the easiest part of the journey. The quickest trek to Everest Base Camp follows the same route as the other trekking experiences. You wouldn't be missing out on anything.
The trekking experience begins with a 3 hours hike to Phadking from Lukla. From Phakding, Namche Bazaar is a 6-hour hike away. The trek to Namche Bazaar involves crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudhkoshi River and walking along with the Chortens and many stones. Alongside the view of mountains like Mt. Kongde (6168 m), Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), and Kusum Kangaroo (6367 m), the walk to the heart of Khumbu renders a scenic experience.
Special features while reaching Everest Base Camp
View from the Everest view hotel.
Also known as the trade and tourism hub for the Everest region, Namche Bazaar is a colorful village decorated with the culture of the indigenous Sherpas. This gateway to Everest at an altitude of 3500m holds hotels and homestays and is considered a great stay to acclimatize before you head on to the next destination, Tengboche. This specific trip demands 5 to 6 hours of hiking daily. The scenic hike to Tengboche is also a 6-hour hike from Namche Bazaar. The walk starts with a panoramic view of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Mt. Tawache (6367 m), and Mt. Thamserku.
The trail from Namche Bazaar starts with going through teashops and villages. As the path moves along the Sagarmatha Conservation area, the greenery and the wildlife are significant highlights of this hike. Seeing the mountain goat in the valleys is one to look out for. The valleys are lush with rhododendron forests and pine trees. Along with these natural components, Tengboche holds an ancient monastery named after the region itself, the Tengboche Monastery. Decorated with prayer walls, Chortens, and prayer flags, visiting this 1915-built monastery is a spiritual insight. A night of rest at Tengboche acclimatizes and prepares you for the next day's hike to Dingboche.
Views on Quickest Base Camp Trek
Located above 4500m, Dingboche is the most popular acclimatized destination due to Chukung's height (4735m). The view from the hilltop renders the scenic view of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Tawache, Peak 38 (7590 m), Thamserku, Island Peak (6189 m), Baruntse (7152 m), Amphulapcha (5630), and Makalu (8485 m), etc. Alongside these majestic mountains, the view includes the faunas of the Himalayan region, including the Yaks, Himalayan Ravan, and the Himalayan Vulture.
The trail from Dingboche further moves to Lobuche. An hour-long tough ascend from Dingboche takes you to the no-tree grasslands of the region, giving you a spectacular view of the grassland terrains of the Himalayas. A four-hour walk in these terrains, and you get to Lobuche. Lobuche offers some of the most spectacular and scenic mountain views and holds a high-altitude research center that is used as a communication center for rescue operations.
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Highlights of Everest Base Camp
The longest 8-hour trail to walk on for this quick trip is the hike to Gorakshep. After the bird raven, Gorakshep is the final stop for getting to the Everest Base Camp. Compared to the other hikes up to this point, the walk is relatively easy. Ascending from this point, you get to the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base camp holds an up-close view of Mt. Nuptse (7861 m), Mt. Pumori (7138 m), Lingtren (6749 m), Tibet mountain called Changtse (7543 m), and the mighty Mount Everest (8848m). An average of 5-6 hours worth of hike along the most challenging trails of Nepal and the view at the Base camp sums it up all into a worthwhile experience. Furthermore, ascending to Kalapathar is another highlight of the experience. With an elevation of 5500m, the view is as spectacular as it gets.
This quick seven-day trip to the Everest Camp involves going through the usual route of the weeks-long travel. The only difference is getting back. A helicopter pickup from Kalapatthar that drops you directly to Kathmandu significantly shortens the trip duration. Thus, without missing out on the experience of trekking along the Himalayan trails, the culture, and the scenic view from up-close, this quickest trip to the Everest Basecamp gives you access to being close to the highest mountain in the world and back within a week. Contact us for arrangements for this trip.