Everest Base Camp Short Trek - 12 Days

Everest base camp Trek 12 Days
Everest base camp Trek 12 Days
Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Flight and car
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
  • Group Size: Max 01 Pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,535 m
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Average Walk: 4-6 hrs
  • Best Season: March to May / September to November

About Everest Base Camp Short Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek (5364m) is like that big guy on the block- it dominates all the other treks. Most call it a “journey of a lifetime”, but that would be an understatement. Such is the eminence of the Everest region- greatness simply isn’t sufficient praise. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the nerve-racking journey Everest presents is unlike anything else. To think that you are within miles of the world’s greatest mountain is empowering enough. Overwhelming, even. The sense of accomplishment it pours in you will stay for a lifetime. You grow fond of, and eventually, grow with the experience. It is these subtle but magnified experiences we live for. This 12-day Everest Base Camp trek from The Great Adventure Treks does this job beautifully for you.

Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary were the modern heroes who achieved this unimaginable feat back in 1953. Ever since then, the Everest region has been a sanctuary for trekkers and mountaineers alike with its vast inventory of magnificent treks. Every other trail the area unfolds is a rare delight. The trailblazing landscapes of the Mount Everest and the lush greenery of the Sagarmatha National Park only support the case in point. In Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu, the region has three of Earth’s tallest peaks up its sleeves. You’ll observe raw and rugged Buddhist tradition in a settlement dominated by the Sherpa community.
We assume that you are a thrill seeker- that nothing short of a mind-numbing experience compels you to set off on an adventure. The Everest Base Camp trek is one of those that gives you the chills and rewards you for your endurance. This is a place beneath the clouds and closer to them than you could ever be. Watch how those Buddhist monasteries speak to you of their rich history. Feel the cold when you witness the Khumbu icefall staring right back at you. From Namche to Kalapathar, experience the journey unfold right in front of your eyes with you being a part of it. Finally, let the euphoria take hold of you when you stand at the foot of the mighty Mount Everest.
Starting from a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, you’ll fly to Lukla the next day. On your way to the bustling city of Namche Bazaar, you’ll pass the village of Phakding. You’ll also come across the famous village of Tengboche. Each day, you’ll walk in patches from Dingboche to Duglha and along Lobuche. Thick coniferous forests felted by thin layers of air will keep you on track for a stunning walk. At last, you arrive at approximately 5364m; the Everest Base Camp looks unreal. Could you ask for a better sight? Nothing beats the gripping hold the Everest Base Camp trek has on you, right till the end.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring and autumn bring a smile on trekkers’ faces every year. It isn’t a surprise that wise trekkers wait for these two seasons to go on their dream adventure. You know what to do, don’t you?
To put this simply, the months of March through May and September through December are best times of the year for the Everest Base Camp trek. Around winter though, the Everest Base Camp can become a dreary place to be. The weather is fickle and unpredictable enough to pose severe challenges. This tells you precisely what the story is up there- avoid traveling winter at all costs.

Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Yes, let us say this out loud. The Everest Base Camp trek is moderately challenging, and many label it as “difficult”. It requires your determination and both mental and physical robustness. But you came to read this itinerary with all the confidence there is to have. Knowing what the difficulty level of this trek is, won’t stop you.
You’ll need to walk for 5-8 hours every day. The surfaces of the Khumbu region are rough, steep, and at times, tormenting. The manic walk can very well sedate you. Our best tip is to stay hydrated at all times. There is light at the end of a tunnel.
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From the hotel, drive to the domestic airport and fly to Lukla, which is a 35 minute picturesque flight, enjoying the snowy 8000 meter peaks, including the world's tallest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m). In Lukla, we meet the assisting team and begin to trek passing the stone wall, Nurning and reach to Phakding. Overnight at lodge.

From Phakding, pack up and start walking early in the morning as it takes you 6-7 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. To get to explore Namche is a joyous opportunity aside from the tight itinerary. Get a hold of the milky white Dudh Koshi River, and cross villages like Chumoa and Jorsale. Once in Namche Bazaar (3,440m), you can rest and freshen up before you head out into the city. Explore all the exotica that Namche has to offer. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Evidently, Namche is the biggest hub of the region. It connects trekkers with destinations and locals with privileges. Plus, there are facilities like cafes, shops, market, restaurants, and even ATMs. Scurry to the Hillary School. Get excellent views of surrounding mountains like Thamserku and Kongde. By now, you are also within the vicinity of the Sagarmatha National Park region. The park is one of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal, and therefore, quite significant. 

Our destination for today is Tengboche at 3860m. While in Namche, you’ll visit the Tengboche Monastery, the most popular one in the town. The monastery opens late afternoon, which gives you time for other explorations. Glimpses of mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam will also fascinate you. In the evening, the area hosts one of its distinct Buddhist ceremonies. Observe the ceremony and get back to Namche Bazaar. Night at the hotel in Namche.

Another of many villages that fall on your way to the base camp is the Dingboche. However, to get to Dingboche, first, you’ll have to cross the likes of Pangboche and other small villages. The river Lobuche will accompany you all the way with its wavy rustles. Also, visit the Pangboche Monastery which lies on the way. Get through patchy grazelands and reach Dingboche at 4410m. Overnight at Dingboche.

From Dingboche, walk up north for around 6 hours to reach the Nagarjun Hill. The hill is at an astounding 5,100m. This mildly strenuous walk can be a good forecast of your abilities to make it to the base camp. The hill features excellent scenic views of the Himalayan vista. From there, check out the panorama of Lobuche, Kangtega, and Ama Dablam. Walk back to Dingboche where you’ll be staying for the night. 

As you head towards Lobuche for the day, there are two things to expect. One is the spectacularly suave Khumbu Glacier, whose moraine you’ll leave behind. The other is a ridge at Chupki Lhara which trekkers mention, is for stunning views. There will be shrines and flags and boulders along your path to Lobuche. The walk is bumpy and uncomfortable for most parts. But miles across, the helping hand from mountains like Khumbutse and Pumori make it easier, characteristically. Arrive at Lobuche and stay overnight at a tea house.

It’s a bright sunny day, perhaps not naturally, but emotionally. If at any point up until now you asked yourself - “well, was it worth it?”, then expect a firm answer today. All the build up from days led you to this. Today will be a day of planning, of challenges, of overcoming, and of triumph. Walk slowly from Lobuche just beside the Khumbu Glacier and reach Gorakshep at 5181m. The path will be stiff and quite abrupt. Take measured steps to the top. A surge of relief will stream down your body. You’ll commend yourself for this endurance. Soak in all the flavors of this Everest Base Camp trek. Take a few moments to yourself. You have earned it. But time’s ticking. Note that you’ll now take a walk back to Gorakshep again, because of the lack of places to camp/stay in the base camp. Say farewell to the Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. 

Kalapatthar is peculiarly known for its unbiased views of the Mount Everest. Avid photographers, who could kill for a scene like this any day, love this region. Take a shot at it yourself, and embrace the beaming giant of a mountain. This unhinged and unfiltered view makes you swivel. The golden sun on the other side is cherry on the cake. Take several miles down until you reach Gorakshep, and eventually, Pheriche. This is where you’ll spend the night before heading back to Namche. 

Today, we head back to Namche from where we kicked start this epic journey. Follow the gushes of the Imja River towards Tengboche first, and then the Pungki Thanka. Also, you’ll leave the Kyangjuma behind on your way further down. Take your time exploring whatever’s left of Namche. The sight of the mountains starts getting clearer again, with the clouds moving away. You know what that means- more oxygen. Life will be easier again. Once in Namche, you’ll get to do all the stuff you probably missed the first time around. Later, have dinner and stay at the hotel in Namche.  

Wake up to some breakfast in Namche. Start walking down the rough trails on the way to Lukla. Acquaint with that old friend Dudh Koshi again. Also, the village of Phakding which you crossed days ago. It’s almost a full circle back to Lukla, but not quite. You’ll hear the mountains bid you adieu for being an exceptional guest. Prepare for the departure as you head back to the capital city the very next day. Settle for the night in Lukla. 

From Lukla, we fly back to Kathmandu 30-minutes in the morning getting the sights of the Everest Himalayas. From the airport, transfer to the hotel. You have the whole day to do shopping or what is there in your list. Overnight at hotel.

Cost Details


  • Round-trip airfare to/from Lukla from Kathmandu or Ramechhap including airport transfer to domestic airport.
  • All necessary permits for 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek
  • 11 nights’ accommodation during the trek (Twin Sharing Base)
  • 3 Meals a day during the trek: (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a cup of Tea/ coffee at breakfast time.
  • English Speaking professionals trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accident insurance is include
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag, (if you don’t have your own, you need to return after the trip is completed.)
  • Everest base camp trekking map.
  • First aid medicine kit including a pulse Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Free luggage stored at Adventure Bound office during the Trek
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fee and any kind of insurance
  • All meals during the trip and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you would like to take a porter to carry your stuff it will cost you USD 280 each porter, who can carry maximum 25 KG)
  • Expenses during the trekking such as hot showers, all kinds of drinks, extra meals, Wi-Fi or data, battery charging, upgraded accommodation etc..
  • Tips for Staffs (it is expected)

Useful Information

It is important to be noted that the Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu flights often gets delayed by hours or even gets cancelled for a day or few days due to unfavorable weather conditions in the mountain airstrip Lukla. Such unfavorable conditions may arise even during the best seasons including months October and November hence inis always better to prepare ahead. In such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or at the end of the trek and sometime in both cases.  We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the earliest next flight for you but it might not always work well as there are many people in que for days long. In case of emergencies and need of urgent flight, the Helicopter rescue can be another option to escape to and from the mountain, except for some bad weather the Helicopters always have easy excess in the mountains. This can be arranged upon your request with some additional cost which sometime is covered by your insurance as well. The Helicopter can be chartered from both the airports, Kathmandu and Lukla with the tentative cost of US$ 3000 per lift which at a time can accommodate maximum of 5 Person. Having said this, we still suggest you to mentally prepare for possible delay/cancellations and arrange some extra contingency days which we can save for the end of the trip and if everything goes normal these days can be utilized for exploring other beautiful destinations around the valley as per your interest and we, the Adventure Bound is always there to provide you different options to utilize the days in best ways.