5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 5 Days   |   Trip Photos  |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Aeroplane + Helicopter
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 2-10 pax
  • Max Elevation: 5,555m

5 Days Everest Base Camp TrekWhy trek for two weeks when you can reach Everest Base Camp Trek in 5 Days? Yes, Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days is a smart way to explore the base camp of Mt Everest.

Like every EBC trek itinerary, this trip begins with a scenic flight to Lukla. It continues to Phakding and Namche Bazaar on the first and second day, respectively. As it reaches Namche Bazaar, the trekking part of this trek finishes.

Here onwards, the trip is on a helicopter. Namche Bazaar to Kala Patthar and Kala Patthar to Lukla in one day. And finally, with a flight back to Kathmandu, the trek completes. This is how a walk of 12 days becomes of mere five days.

Although it lasts only five days, the experience this outing gives is beyond expectations.

view from kala patthar

Firstly, you get to enjoy the flight to Lukla, one of the best flights in Nepal. Secondly, you trek through Lukla to Namche Bazaar, exploring Sherpa villages, people, and eternal nature.

As you go ahead, you explore Namche Bazaar and adjoining places on an acclimatization day. Likewise, you make an exciting helicopter journey above Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar(5,555m).

By landing in Kala Patthar, you collect the best experiences from the foothills of Mt Everest. You see peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, Numbur, and others from close range.

After all these beautiful moments, you fly back to Lukla from the base camp. And finally, the following day, you take one scenic flight back to Kathmandu and complete this trip.

See how many good experiences in one trip of just five days. Therefore, this trek is for time-bounded, beginner, and experience-seeking trekkers who want to reach Everest Base Camp. It takes you to the base camp by engaging in outstanding ventures.

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    Major Highlights of Everest base camp trek 5 days

    • Complete Everest Base Camp Trek in five days.
    • Begin the trip by doing one of the most scenic flights in the world, the Kathmandu-Lukla Flight.
    • Land in the Lukla and begin the beautiful and soul-soothing walk right away.
    • Move across and above the Dudh Koshi River using colorful suspension bridges often.
    • Step into Sagarmatha National Park and explore its diverse and rich greenery.
    • Pass many Sherpa villages, Buddhist Monasteries, and Shrines along the way.
    • Reach Namche Bazaar, an iconic Himalayan village, and experience its exuberant life and ambiance.
    • Fly to Kala Patthar and above Everest Base Camp on a helicopter and catch many amazing views.
    • See the glaciers, terminal moraines, rivers, valleys, hills, and mountains.
    • Return to Kathmandu just five days after exploring Everest Base Camp and the region.

    Day to Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,850m) and Trek to Phakding(2,650m)

      Flight Duration: 30-35 min

      Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

      Overnight stop: Phakding

      Let’s pack our backpacks. It is time to leave Kathmandu and get the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days started. We will begin with a morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. It will be an astonishing flight full of breathtaking mountain panoramas.

      Within 30-35 minutes of aviation, we will see Lukla, the gateway to the region, arriving. We will land safely and start experiencing the beauty of the area already.

      Without wasting too much time in Lukla, we will begin our day’s trek, which takes us to Phakding. The walk is short today. We will head down from Lukla and join a trail along the Dudh Koshi River. After several hours of walking via greenery and nature, we will reach Phakding.

      • Day 2 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3,400m)

        Trek Duration: 6 hours

        Overnight stop: Namche Bazaar

        Waking up to a lovely morning, we will have breakfast and leave Phakding. Our walk will happen by following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River on the north. We will use suspension bridges dotted with prayer flags several times today. With them, we will cross the sounding Dudh Koshi River easily.

        Our walk will continue. We will cross several tiny villages like Benkar and Zamphuti. From Benkar, we will see glimpses of peaks for the first time on the trail. Likewise, Dudh Koshi River will be around for a while. At Monjo, crossing the river, we will pass Sagarmatha National Park’s gate. We will show our permits at the entrance and enter the protected area.

        Following that, we will walk through a steep trail of Jorsale. It will be a walk through the woods. We will trek gradually in the shade of the trees and reach the Tenzing Hillary Suspension bridge. We will take one long uphill walk from there, which ends in Namche Bazaar. Ultimately, our evening will end well in the most happening town in the region.

        • Day 3 Acclimatization and Free Day in Namche Bazaar

          We will wake up in Namche Bazaar to spend a free day. The upcoming day will be in the mountains. Hence, we need to habituate well before we go higher. For that, Namche Bazaar is an ideal place. We can get used to the elevations while exploring.

          We will have some alternatives in Namche during the day, like a visit to Syangboche Airport, Everest View Hotel, Khumjung & Khunde Village. Syanboche Airport is one of the highest airports in the world.

          Likewise, Everest View Hotel is one of the high elevation hotels on Earth. Similarly, Khumjung & Khunde are two of the largest Sherpa villages in the region. We will tick one or two of these before returning to Namche Bazaar in the evening.

          • Day 4 Helicopter Flight to Kala Patthar(5,555m)/ Everest Base Camp(5,364m) and Fly back to Lukla(2,850m)

            Overnight stop: Lukla

            This morning in Namche Bazaar will be memorable. We will wake up and prepare for the Everest Base Camp visit. It will happen early in the morning after breakfast.

            As we sit on our helicopter seats, the helicopter will take us to the skies. Gradually, it will fly where Mt Everest is. Through the glasses of the craft, we will catch amazing pictures of the Everest Region. We will have a bird’s eye view of the place, watching all the terrains, hamlets, and landscapes.

            In a quick interval, we will fly across the region and Everest Base Camp and land in Kala Patthar. We will land in Kala Patthar in place of Everest Base Camp for a smooth and safe landing ground. Everest Base Camp landing is quite tricky and risky. Thus, we will see the base camp from the air only.

            However, we will experience Mt Everest from Kala Patthar(5,555m). The landmark offers an incredible view of Mt Everest and surrounding peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Pumori, and Nuptse. We will take a moment to capture all these good images and experience the feeling of being at Everest Base Camp.

            Following this memorable sightseeing, we will return to our helicopter, which will take us to Lukla. We will get another chance to see the home of Mt Everest from above. By flying above Gorakshep, Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche, and Phakding, we will perch in Lukla for the night. We will celebrate our Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days accomplishments before bed.

            • Day 5 Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla

              Flight Duration: 35 minutes

              As we are already back in Lukla, we are one flight away from completing Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days. The flight to Kathmandu from Lukla happens early in the morning. We will take one and say goodbye to the place and people. For the next 30-35 minutes, we will see a fantastic Himalayan vista across the window. And we will land in Kathmandu to complete the visit.

              What to Expect

              • Airport transfers
              • Trekking permits and entry fees
              • Accommodation and meals during the trek
              • Experienced guide and porter services
              • Trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket, etc.)
              • International flights and travel insurance
              • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
              • Personal expenses and tips
              • Additional activities or excursions not included in the itinerary
              • Emergency evacuation or medical expenses

              PRICES & DATES

              Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
              21 May, 2024 - 25 May, 2024GuaranteedUSD 2150
              25 May, 2024 - 29 May, 2024GuaranteedUSD 2150
              27 May, 2024 - 31 May, 2024GuaranteedUSD 2150
              30 May, 2024 - 03 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 2150
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              Useful Information

              How challenging is the Everest base camp trek 5 days?

              Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days is one easy EBC itinerary. It involves only three days of trekking in which you will walk through Lukla to Namche Bazaar. This must be fine, as it is the easiest part of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

              The rest of the Everest Base Camp trip after Namche, which is the hard one, will be on a helicopter. Using a helicopter, you will avoid the difficult part of the Everest Base Camp Trek and reach Kala Patthar. After the visit, you will also return to Lukla on a helicopter. You will complete the Everest Base Camp visit in just five not so much trekking, sweating, and breathing days. That is why this plan is so easy to do.

              A person with no prior trekking experience can do it. You do not have to prepare hard for the walk either.

              Is Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days really for you?

              Everest Base Camp Trek in 5 Days is a super package to EBC. It is short, easy, and hence for all trekkers. Like said above, you do not require any prior trekking experience or hard training for this trek. You are eligible for this plan if you can trek for three days.

              This short EBC Trek is made mainly for someone who wants to experience everything about the trek. You will experience the joy of trekking and flight in a heavenly region. If you want to collect these experiences, this is for you.

              Likewise, this trek is suitable if you need more time for the standard Everest Base Camp Trek. Instead of 12 to 14 days, you will complete the visit to Everest Base Camp in 5 days.

              Or, if you cannot trek all the distance, i.e., 130km, of the standard Everest Base Camp Trek, this is for you. While others travel for 10-12 days, you will trek for only three days. This plan will let you walk on the easy part of the trek and fly on the more complicated part. You will avoid the demanding route and make it easier with this package.

              If your idea relates to the above things, Everest Base Camp Trek in 5 Days is really for you.

              What is the right time for the Everest base camp trek 5 days?

              Autumn and Spring are the right time for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek. Most travelers pick these two seasons; we hope you do too.

              Autumn(September-November) and Spring(March-May) are the two most suitable times condition-wise. You get stable weather, sunny days, pleasant temperatures, and low precipitation. If you expect a trek in sweet conditions, look no further than these two seasons. You will have real chances to witness the clear mountains in both seasons.

              Besides, Spring is the flowering time of Rhododendrons around the Himalayas. The jungle gets red blanketed. You can experience this extra thing if you pick Spring. Likewise, Autumn hosts two of the huge festivals in Nepal: Dashain and Tihar. You can be part of the celebrations if you select Autumn.

              However, the remaining two, i.e., Winter and Monsoon, do not offer any of the conditions mentioned above. At times, the weather in Winter and Monsoons gets appropriate, but only briefly. The weather keeps on changing.

              In Winter(December-February), it is too cold and snowy in the mountains. Likewise, the Monsoon(June-August) brings fickle weather and regular rainfall. These things can disappoint you and ruin your trip. Therefore, we strongly recommend the former seasons over these latter seasons for the journey. Although, we can do this trek all year around.

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              FAQ of Everest Base Camp Trek

              Is Everest Base Camp Trek worth it?

              Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in the world. Nothing is popular without being worth it, in this world. That is the same case for this trek. It is more than worth it for its amazing sceneries and experiences.

              How safe is Everest Base Camp Trek?

              Everest Base Camp Trek is entirely safe if you prepare well and are with an experienced team. Therefore, prepare physically and mentally, and choose a trekking agency with long experience and expertise. The trail is developed and well-navigable. Likewise, people are super amiable.

              How long does it take to reach Everest Base Camp?

              You can reach Everest Base Camp in 1 to 14 days or so. It depends on the package you are choosing. For example, you can reach EBC in one day if you do Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. In the case of this package, you will get there in 5 days. Therefore, it depends on the plan and mode you are choosing.

              What are the necessary permits for Everest Base Camp Trek?

              Local Area Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Permit are the two permits necessary for the trip. A local Area Permit is compulsory as we enter several restricted local areas—and Sagarmatha National Park Permit is for entering the national park on the trek.

              Where do we sleep on Everest Base Camp Trek?

              Along the route, we can find many tea houses and lodges to eat and sleep on the trek. Accommodation is fine on the walk as its trail is a developed one.

              What kind of food is available on Everest Base Camp Trek?

              Indian, Chinese, Local, and Continental foods are available on the trek. The teahouses, lodges, restaurants, and bakeries are the various eateries. Dal Bhat, Noodles, Dumplings, and Spahagetti are some of the most popular. One can get vegetarian, non-veg, and vegan food items.

              Is there an age limit to do EBC Trek?

              No specific age limit. However, a trekker has to be fit enough to walk the trail and face the adversities of the trek.

              Do I need travel insurance for Everest Base Camp Trek?

              Yes, travel insurance is compulsory. With travel insurance only, you can obtain the EBC trekking permits. Hence, you need travel insurance for the plan. So get insured by an excellent agency with a well-covering policy.

              Could there be altitude sickness during this tour?

              Yes, the risk is there as you are in the mountains above 3000 m+ altitude. If you take precautions, you do not have to worry primarily.

              What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?

              Headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, tiredness, feeling sick, and loss of appetite are some symptoms of the sickness. These symptoms can get worse at night.

              Can I get porters for Everest Base Camp Trek?

              You can hire porters. The porters are readily available for the trek. Porters charge around 15-20 USD per day for their service.

              How can I avoid altitude sickness?

              Ascending slowly, drinking water, trekking slowly, acclimatizing correctly, and avoiding drinking and smoking are some ways to prevent it. You can also use Diamox or other medications if symptoms grow.

              Do we land at Everest Base Camp?

              Sadly, not in Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days. It is super tricky to land at Everest Base Camp. The topographic structure is not suitable for a smooth landing. As an alternative point, we land in Kala Patthar, the best vantage point of Mt Everest. The place, which lies above Everest Base Camp, suits easy landing. So we land in Kala Patthar, a bit above EBC.

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