Want to experience this iconic trek in a little less than 2 weeks without worrying about technical gear or altitude? Then this is the trek for you! You can get in and out in less than 2 weeks.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport, taken to the hotel for a quick stop and then shuttled to Thamel to get any last minute gear required or pick up rentals. As long as you know what you want in advance, the items will be delivered to your hotel for you to try. This is very helpful if you have any flight delays.
Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo (2840m): Flight 1/2 hour, Trek 5 hours
Early morning 30 minute flight to Lukla (2840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region of Nepal and home to Mount Everest. After landing and arranging our porters for our gear and luggage, we’ll be on our way to Monjo (2840m) where we’ll spend our first night in the mountains. We will not have any days to waste, so if the flight is cancelled on Day 2: we will take a helicopter to Lukla. You will need to be prepared for this additional expense of 400-500 US per person. Its the only way to ensure our itinerary stays on schedule.
Day 3: Trek from Monjo to Namche (3440m): 6 hours
From Monjo we’ll enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We’ll trek and cross the famous suspension bridge before rising up to Namche (3440m). On our way up to Namche, we will catch our first glimpse of Everest at a hidden lookout point if the weather is clear. When looking back, people say this is the toughest day! Your body is fighting you hard to acclimatize, so take it easy! You get a nice rest day tomorrow.
Day 4: Acclimatization #1 and Rest Day
We’ll spend 2 nights in Namche. Today we’ll trek up to the Everest View Hotel to see the stunning panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku peaks (on a clear day). This is a taster of what’s to come and it will blow your mind! We stay an additional night here in order to acclimatize to the thinning air, meaning the body needs time to adjust to its new oxygen poor surroundings. A pretty relaxing day to get yourself ready for the higher altitudes.
Day 5: Trek from Namche to Debuche (3710m): 6 hours
Today we trek to Debuche (3710m), a stunning little village not normally frequented by as many trekkers as other villages in the vicinity. We trek across the foothills before descending to the Imja river and then rising back up the other side to Tengboche. After having lunch in the famous German bakery at Tengboche we visit the highest monastery in the Khumbu, before walking down to Debuche for the night.
Day 6: Trek from Debuche to Dingboche(4410m): 5 hours
The first thing you’ll notice today is a distinct change in the terrain as we break through 4000m. At this altitude trees struggle to grow and are replaced by shrubs and grasslands. We trek up to Dingboche (4410m) and here you can really feel that Everest is close! The surroundings have changed, the gloves and wooly hats are needed and the mountains start to close in.
Day 7: Acclimatization Day #2
As we have gained another big chunk of altitude, today we’ll spend the day acclimatizing in Dingboche. We’ll walk up to a lookout point, which is not an easy task, as it touches 5000m, but will really help with our acclimatization. From here we may be lucky enough to see Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m) and even Cho Oyu (8201m) and Shispangma (8013m).
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m): 6 hours
Up here rocks start to replace any shrubs or grass. On our way up to Lobuche we pass the famous Everest fallen climbers memorial at the Thokla pass.
Day 9: Acclimatization #3
On Day 8, you will stop just short of Labouche Village, and the Eco Lodge and spend your night in the Labouche Camp. This camp will look and feel exactly like Everest Base Camp as it houses those people who are planning to summit Everest, but use Labouche to acclimatize and train their bodies to the altitude.
Day 10: Trek from Lobouche to Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep
(5180): 8 -10 hours
Heading to Gorak Shep (5180m) from Lobuche involves a gentle ascent on rocky terrain,that traces the Khumbu glacier. We’ll head through the final village on the trek, Gorak Shep for an early lunch before trekking to base camp (5364m) and returning for the night to Gorak Shep.
Day 11: Summit Kala Pattar (5545m)
This is our summit day! We’ll climb up to the summit of Kala Pattar (5545m) where we will see panoramic views of Everest and Lhotse for sunrise. This is a key highlight of the adventure and you’ll feel on top of the World! We’ll head back down to Gorak Shep for some food before descending to Labouche. (4410m). This time, you will get a well earned night in the teahouse in Labouche (not the tent!)
Day 12: Early Morning Helicopter Back to Lukla, flight to Kathmandu
If the weather is clear enough for the helicopter, its good enough to fly to Kathmandu, and you will take advantage of it. Keep your flights ‘flexible’ as if you get lucky, you can change your flight and leave the same day.
Day 13: Fly to Dubai
You may note that you will never see an Everest Base Camp itinerary that can be done in less than 12 days. People will tell you its too dangerous. Please note that we are NOT skipping acclimatizing, but we ARE skipping, as you see, 3 days to trek back down. This is the only way that we can do the trek in as few days as this by using the helicopter.
Cost: 6500DH does not include the helicopter or international flights.
Airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla
2/3 nights in Katmandu (in case of delay, still included)
All teahouse stays
Personal gear and expenses
Nepal’s Tourist Visa can be obtained online or issued upon arrival at the boarder. Please check their website for the latest prices and regulations. Visa’s are not included in the tour price.
Clients are responsible for ensuring that their passport is up-to-date. Countries can and will deny travelers entry if a passport has less than six months before it expires. This is the clients responsibility.
We highly recommend buying travel insurance to cover any unexpected events. We’ve been using World Nomad (https://www.worldnomads.com/) for years, although you are welcome to use a different company. This trip is non-refundable 30 days prior to arrival.