Nepal is the land of unexplainable natural beauty and many thrilling adventures. Nepal houses eight out of the fourteen highest peaks (>8000m) in the world. And thousand of trekkers visit Nepal to witness those majestic mount ranges and fulfill their thrive of adventure.
Amongst all, Everest Base Camp is the most popular trekking destination in the world. It is on the top bucket list of every feat lover. And many people gear themselves for their ultimate adventure of a lifetime.
Everest Base Camp trek normally takes around 12-15 days for completion. And, with its vantage point at 5643m (Kala Patthar), it is of difficult grade.
But, can you believe this famous trek can be cut short and in a luxurious way too? Yes, Everest Base Camp trek 5 days is all about that. The trek completes within 5 days and you get to explore every nook and corner of Everest Region. Isn’t that EXCITING?
Moreover, this part of the trek is not of a challenging grade so even the amateurs can opt for this. Despite the short duration, you will be enjoying the ethnic beauty of the Everest Region. You will get close with high peaks of Mahalangur ranges including the imperial Everest.
You will encounter the lifestyle of local inhabitants; Sherpas along with their tradition and culture.
Thus, this trip offers all kinds of thrills and chills you want and give you the amazing experience worth every penny.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days
- Experience the adventurous and scenic Helicopter ride from Namche to EBC and return to Lukla
- A balanced combination of Trekking and Helicopter Ride
- Complete the whole EBC trek within 5 days
- Glorious panoramic views of the giant Khumbu Mahalangur range like Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Nangpai Gosum, Gaurishankar, and many more
- Up-close and personal encounter with the world’s highest Mt. Everest
- Explore the beautiful biodiversity of UNESCO world heritage site, the Sagarmatha National Park
- Audacious flight to Lukla Airport, which is considered the most perilous airport in the world
- Immerse in the ethnic culture, traditions, and lifestyle of locals like Sherpas
- Preferable for the unexperienced trekkers who want to explore EBC
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Detailed Itinerary for 5 Days Everest Trek
Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Max. Altitude: Lukla (2,843m); Phakding (2660m)
Trek Duration: 3 Hours
Trek Distance: 8 km
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is the adventurous part of your trek. Lukla has the tiny 527 meters of a runaway at the altitude of 2843m. Yet, this 40-minute ride will take you to a delightful tour within snow-clad mountains. Upon reaching Lukla, your trekking starts officially. Lukla is a fabulous market of the Everest Region with quaint villages, monasteries, chortens, and numerous hotels.
Crossing the busy streets of Lukla, you will ascend towards Phakding. Along the way, the radiant vegetation with colorful rhododendrons surrounds you. The part of the trek is short and easy along with beautiful scenery. You will reach Phakding within 3 hours. The rest of the day is yours for further exploration.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Max. Altitude: 3,440m, Namche Bazaar
Trek Duration: 7-8 Hours
Trek Distance: 3 km
Leaving Phakding, you will head to Namche Bazaar. This is going to be a long tough day as the trails are full of gradual ascend. On this exciting day, you also enter Sagarmatha National Park. The atmosphere starts getting more beautiful and the trails more rugged.
Walking along Dudh Koshi, you encounter forests of rhododendron, blue pine, and fir. You will also view the pleasing scenes of apical peaks like Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku.
The path is difficult with steep climbs. You will also cross the narrow lanes of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River.
Finally, crossing the suspension bridge full of colorful flags, you reach Namche Bazaar. It is such a beautiful village covered with glazing mountains and gives glamorous views. You can explore the charming monasteries, vibrant markets where you can buy essential trekking gears and souvenirs.
Namche Bazaar also has the world’s highest Irish Pub at 3440m which will give full-on refreshment. This is also the place where you can celebrate the success of your journey.
Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Syangboche
Max. Altitude: 3,790m, Syangboche
Trek Duration: 2-3 hours
Trek Distance: 4 km
You will have an amazing morning at Namche Bazaar. The sight of golden mountains during sunrise will re-energize you for the rest of your journey. After your early breakfast, you will hike upwards following the narrow lanes. On the way, you can also spot the astounding Mt. Everest. The first sight of the majestic Everest will give eternal inspiration and radiating energy.
Today, the journey will again be extremely tiring and long with steep ascents. Khumbu region will welcome you with artistic prayer wheels and many ethnic monasteries. You get closer not with the life of locals buts also of monks and nun. You will also get the magnificent panorama of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
You also go through heavenly landscapes of yaks and blue sheep grazing in the meadow.
Once you get on your destination, you have multiple options for accommodation. It is recommendable to choose to stay at the Everest View Hotel. This hotel holds a special record on the Guinness Book as “hotel at the highest altitude in the world”. It may be expensive but it will make your stay more memorable.
Day 04: Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp and Fly Back to Lukla
Max. Altitude: Everest Base Camp (5,364m), Kala Patthar (5,643m)
Here comes the ultimate and exciting day of your trek. Right after your breakfast, you will start your helicopter tour towards the Everest Region. You’ll be riding above the deep rhododendron forests within the snowy fog and clouds.
You can witness the exciting and attractive views of Khumbu Valley. Then, the ride will take you over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Kala Patthar. You get closer to the panorama of the highest peaks in the world. You will get close views of the giant Himalayas like Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Nangpai Gosum, etc.
Your flight will land at Gorakshep as it is the final stop for the trekkers to Everest Base Camp. You also have the option to land on the vantage point; Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is such a pride in the Khumbu region that makes everyone alive and awesome. This is the spot where you will literally be standing on the lap of Himalayas. You can enjoy the 360 degrees panoramic views of mountains with your heart & soul.
Standing on Kala Patthar will make you crave for more adventure and thrill.
After embracing such magical moments, you will take the heli ride back to Lukla. If you have a short time period, you can take the same heli ride back to Kathmandu. But the charges might be a little expensive.
Day 05: Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Max. Altitude: 1400m, Kathmandu
Trave Duration: 40-minutes of flight
Today is the final day of your trip. You will witness the awesome sun rising through the majestic mount range for the last time. After your breakfast, you will take an early flight back to the city. Once again, you get to enjoy the audacious surrounded by beautiful aerial views.
When you get back to Kathmandu, our representatives will transfer you to your respective hotel. You can spend the rest of the day celebrating the accomplishment of your journey. Kathmandu, being the famous tourist hub, has options for everything you wish for.
Also, if you want to explore more about Nepal and even Kathmandu, you can add a few more days. This will let you visit different places according to your preferences.
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Food and Accommodation
There are countless teahouses and lodges along the route. Thus, there is not a problem of staying at a fixed spot. You can walk as much as you can. Whenever you want to stop, you will find a teahouse around.
The teahouses have single and double rooms with shared toilets and shower rooms. Regarding the charge, it might vary from place to place. The rates are minimal if you eat meals in the same lodge you stay in. However, the charges of hot-showers, hot drinking water, wi-fi, and charging your devices will be extra.
Regarding food, Everest Base Camp is the trek that offers you multiple cuisines. Besides regular dal-bhat, the food menu has burgers. Pizzas, parathas, macaroni, steaks, chowmein, choupsey, and desserts. However, it is suggestible to stay vegetarian after Namche. You can enjoy these delicacies while returning.
While for drinking water, as tap water is available on the route, you can carry your own filter or purifying tablets. Mineral water bottles and hot water will cost you extra charges. And regarding alcohol, it is available on the entire route. But, you are strongly suggested to take while celebrating your way back.
Best Season/Time for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Weather is indeed unpredictable in Everest Region at such elevated altitudes. Moreover, the steep lanes and continuous ascend add more challenge to your journey. And on this trip, you will be taking a helicopter ride. Thus, choosing preferable weather is a must.
The prime trekking season for EBC is during the season of spring (April-May) and Autumn (October-November). The skies are clear and the views are fantastic. And there are rare chances of flight cancellation.
In spring, nature blooms in its true color. The surroundings are gorgeous with wild and colorful vegetation. It is the best time to explore the biodiversity inside Sagarmatha National Park. Also, the weather is stable with good visibility. The temperature is moderate except for few cold nights.
While Autumn is an ideal time for EBC trek with the best panoramic views of mount ranges. The temperature is cooler yet comforting. You can enjoy the crisp in the weather. The weather conditions of the trails are perfect. However, the trails are the busiest of all.
But if you want to avoid crowds, you can opt for months like late March, early June, and December. However, the availability of flight might depend on the weather.
Everest Base Camp Trek is an exhaustive trek. You will realize that within the 3 days of the trek. Although you won’t be walking for more days, being physically fit is crucial at such altitudes. The ultimate altitude you would be standing is 5360m for EBC and 5555m for Kala Patthar. And they cannot be taken lightly.
It is advisable to start regular workout including heavy cardio and strengthening 3-months before your trek. Go for Regular hike practices, jogging, and climbing stairs too.
Be conscious of your health condition and always prepare for the worst. Keep yourself hydrated and don’t stress much. If you get any signs of AMS, descend down immediately and take proper actions. Consulting medical help before trekking is a significant part too.
Amongst all, you have to mentally prepared to cope with these conditions. As this is a short and comparatively easy trek, trekkers with moderate fitness can opt. Thus, even if you are not an experienced one, you can go for 5 days Everest trek.
Everest Base Camp is the plethora of heart-throbbing stories and heartening emotions. And it would really be an adventure in itself to explore this heavenly place within 5 days.
Believe it, Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days will give the most glamorous experience ever! The soaring mount ranges, typical flora & fauna, hospitable locals, and their ethnic culture. You will immerse yourself completely in the essence of the Solukhumbu region. In such a short period of time, you collect the special memories of a lifetime.
And after such an experience you will surely think “Once is not enough”
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