The trek to Everest is different from that of any other treks. You get to experience the perfect blend of Sherpas’ mountainous lifestyle to the magnificent beauty of Himalayas. Meet Sherpas, peek into their culture, tradition, and the way of living. Stay in their settlements and befriend them, thereby enjoying every single day that you spend on the lap of Himalayas.
As days pass by and you get nearer and nearer to the gigantic Everest, you get overwhelmed by the fact that you will be standing at the base of Everest, gaze at its southern face, and see mountaineers preparing for the summit. See the terrifying, yet equally attractive Khumbu Glacier and icefall. Nowhere else in the world, you will experience such excitement.
A 7-days Everest Base Camp Trek is a shortened journey to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. Usually, trekkers spend anywhere between 11 to 16 days to reach Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu. That does not mean you will have to spend the same amount of time.
In this 7-days trek, you will travel to Lukla by flight from Kathmandu early in the morning and then spend six days trekking to Everest Base Camp. You will then fly back to Lukla by helicopter and then travel to Kathmandu by flight.
Experience the bird-eye view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other surrounding mountains and landscapes. There is so much you can accomplish in your 7-days trek to Everest Base Camp.
Note: This 7 days Everest base camp trek do not have Acclimatization day. Altitude sickness might catch you if you don’t have habits of trekking into the high altitudes.
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Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek 7 Days
- The breathtaking view of Everest and other mountains including Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and more
- The aerial view of Himalayas
- The scenic mountain flight to and from Lukla
- Explore Sherpas settlements
- Visit Tengboche monastery, and other gumbas, chortens, mani walls, and more
- Peek into the mountainous lifestyle of Sherpas
- Explore the Tibetan-influenced culture, tradition, and religion of locals
- The majestic view of landscapes
7-Days Everest Base Camp Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu(1400 m) and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Namche Bazaar(3,440 m),7-8 hours trek
Day 03: Trek to Tengboche(3870 m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 04: Trek to Dingboche(4350 m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 05: Trek to Lobuche(4940 m), 5-6 hours trek
Day 06: Trek to Everest Base Camp(5,364 m), retrace back to Gorak Shep, (7-8 hours trek) and fly to Lukla by helicopter
Day 07: Early morning flight to Kathmandu and departure
7-Days Everest Base Camp Cost
The cost for 7-days Everest Base Camp Trek depends on several factors. Factors like the size of the group you are traveling with, the quality hotels you will stay at, etc. play a role in determining the cost of your trek.
For a single person, it can be as high as $4500 and for two or more than two trekkers, the overall trip can get as low as $2600. However the cost is also depend on the season. The cost includes the flight cost, helicopter travel cost, guide fee, porter fee, accommodation and food cost, and permits.
Although the general approach is returning to Lukla from Gorak Shep in a helicopter and flying back to Kathmandu by flight, you can slightly change this itinerary for a quicker approach. You can travel to Kathmandu by helicopter from Gorak Shep, but this obviously adds extra cost on the aforementioned price rate.
Sometimes, there are issues that are beyond our and your control in your flight to/from Lukla. Lukla Airport lies at a high altitude. Sometimes the flight schedule is canceled due to issues like low visibility, bad weather, and sometimes even due to technical problems in the plane or due to some political reasons. So, flights can be delayed to some hours, or even a day or two. In such circumstances, if you have limited time, then a helicopter flight to/from Lukla can be managed. This will, however, cost you an extra charge.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek
The best time for the Everest Base Camp trek depends on your priorities. If you want to trek through forests full of blooming flowers and warm climate, the pre-monsoon season is a great option. Or, if you want to avoid crowds and still trek to Everest in a warm climate, then the monsoon season can be a great option. However, it comes with its own sets of challenges. Likewise, Autumn is another trekking season when thousands of trekkers reach Everest Base Camp. Let’s talk a little in details about the different seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Spring
Spring in Nepal prevails from March through April and May to June. During this season, the sky usually remains clear and forests on the trail are full of blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers.
The climate is warm with the average temperature of 17-degree Celsius. The temperature can usually get as high as 25-degree Celsius in the day and as low as – 15-degree Celsius in the night in the areas above 13,000 ft of altitude.
However, the season comes with some disadvantages too. This is a peak season during which thousands of trekkers trek to Everest Base Camp. The trails are crowded and lodges are packed.
Without proper planning and pre-booking order, you may find it hard to get comfortable stays on the trek. So, if you plan to trek to Everest Base Camp in Spring, make sure you book the trip through a genuine trek agency.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Monsoon
Monsoon in Nepal prevails from July to mid-September. This is not a peak season is not much recommended either. The lower altitude areas get a lot of rain and sometimes the flood, heavy rain, or flood damage the trails. The upper region, however, gets less rain and remain dry sometimes.
If you plan to trek to Everest Base Camp in monsoon season, you have a few advantages over the trekkers who prefer to trek to Everest Base Camp in other seasons. Firstly, you get to witness the growling rivers and waterfalls at their full-speed. Moreover, the climate in this season is still warm and the nights tend to be warmer than those of Spring. For those, who like to avoid crowds and the cold climate, monsoon can be a great option.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Autumn
The post-monsoon season in Nepal prevails from late September through October to November. This is another peak trekking season in Nepal. If you trek to Everest Base Camp in Autumn, you will miss the view of forests full of blooming flowers. However, you can get the incredible views of Everest and neighboring mountains as the sky remains clear usually.
In Autumn, the average temperature is usually 15-degree Celsius with the maximum of 20-degree Celsius in the day. In the night, the temperature dips as low as -10-degree Celsius in the region above 13,000 ft.
Difficulties in 7- Days Everest Base Camp Trek
The trailhead of Everest Base Camp Trek is Lukla which lies at the altitude of 2,800 meters. For those, who live at sea-level, this is quite a high altitude to begin a trek. Moreover, you will trek to as high as 5500 meters of altitude in a span of six days. So, altitude sickness can be an issue if you are not used to with the high altitude areas.
Some parts of the trail can be pretty steep and rocky. Moreover, you will have to walk usually 5-6 hours a day. So, you need to be physically fit.
Since the trek lies at a high altitude with cold climates, the region obviously gets a lot of snowfall during the winter. You may encounter some irregular snowfalls at the beginning of Spring or at the end of Autumn. So, you have to prepare yourself well for the possible snowfalls if you chose to trek to Everest Base Camp in the early Spring or late Autumn.
On your way up to Base Camp from Lukla, you will cover about 65 kilometers in the span of six days. Moreover, most part of the journey is uphill which may add more woes to the difficulty.
Packing list for 7-Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Here is the general packing list for your 7-days Everest Base Camp Trek.
- Water bottle
- Headlamp with additional batteries
- Trekking poles
- Passport and photo
- Sleeping bag(optional)
Clothing and accessories
- Long-sleeve moisture wickening t-shirt (2 pieces)
- Trekking pants(2 pieces)
- Underwear(4 pieces)
- Down jacket
- Fleece track
- Rainproof jacket
- Wool hat
- Hiking boots
- Camp shoes
- Socks (3 pairs)
Bags and accessories
- Duffel bag
- Day pack
- Small locks
- Rainproof cover
First Aid kits and medicines
- Medical tape
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Lip balm and more
With this short trek, you will stand at the Base Camp of Everest, get the closeup view of the massive mountain and its neighboring peaks. You will get a chance to meet and interact with Sherpas and know about their endurance, bravery, and capacity. In your 7-days trek to Everest, you will witness and experience something you had never experienced before.