Short Everest Base Camp Trek - 10 Days

Who would not want to behold the beauty of Mt Everest! To see and experience the nicest gift of mother nature from a close range is a whole lot of happiness. Your wish to see it can be ventured by the widely known Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek transports your ever-excited body all the way to the base camp of the peak, where you can write down a poem on a peak.

If you are one of those who are dreaming to do the Everest trek, here is a deal that you could not drop. We are talking about the Short Everest Base Camp Trek which lasts only 10 days.

Yes, it is absolutely possible to complete the trek to EBC within 10 days. But that will take a whole lot of preparation, sweat, and walk. You cannot forget that you are doing a trek which takes at least 14 to 16 days for a normal trekker.

Short Everest Base Camp Trek is a shortened version of the standard Everest Base Camp Trekking. With not a single acclimatization day, this brief trek is for those trekkers who have been trekking for some time now and have an excellent high altitude trek record. The trek will lead you straight into the serenity of the Everest region and you’ll march on until you find the base camp of Mt Everest. En route to the base camp, you’ll explore the beautiful Sherpa settlements along with the eye-catching landscapes.

Undoubtedly, EBC Trek is a great treat to your eyes. They will view scenic things, mountains, horizons, vegetation, settlements, and people like never before. As you reach the legendary Everest Base Camp, your heart will jump out of its place to celebrate the success. Then it will become the moment for your time in this bubble.

Want to know more about Everest Base Camp Trek 10 Days? Why don’t you jump deeper into this article which is all about it?

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Major Highlights of Short Everest Base Camp Trek 10 Days

  • Get a chance to stand one-on-one against the tall and breathtaking Mt Everest.
  • Leave all of the worries and troubles at home to enter the paradise Everest Region.
  • Find yourself amid the traditional Sherpa villages several times.
  • Explore the enriched and loaded vegetation of the region.
  • Pass via resounding rivers, streams, and glaciers.
  • Enjoy the mountain panorama of the Everest region’s mountains.
  • Traverse and get to know many religious Buddhist shrines, gompas, and monasteries.
  • Learn something about the culture and lifestyle of locals.
  • Trace the way to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar: the two best places to enjoy Everest beauty.
  • Experience and receive all of the offerings of the trek within 10 days.

Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek 10 Days

Day 1
Day 01: Flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trek up to Phakding

Flight Duration: 40 minutes.

Trekking Duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Trekking distance: 6.2km

Altitude Gain: Lukla(2,850m), Phakding(2,650m)

Here is the beginning of the trek where you will hop in the aircraft for an overwhelming mountain flight to Lukla. You’ll leave Kathmandu until next time and ride by the mountains and hills around. Then you’ll land at Lukla Airport to enter the Everest region. From there, it will be a trek of 3 to 4 hours to reach Phakding. So you will not stay much in Lukla, as soon as all of the arrangements are done, you’ll leave the place.

The trek will lead ahead by following the riverbed of the Dudh Koshi River. It will be a walk to cherish the raw nature that is there to be cherished. This day will not see much trekking, within some hours of walking, you’ll reach the destination. Overnight in the teahouse of Phakding.

Day 2
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Trekking Duration: 6 hours.

Trekking distance: 7.4 km

Altitude Gain: Namche Bazaar(3,440m)

The following of the Dudh Koshi River led trail will continue today also. This time it is to see Namche Bazaar in the evening. Now you will be already deep in the region, you’ll start to see the beautiful things coming around, the mountains, the greenery, and the landscapes. You’ll also traverse several suspension bridges that are nicely dotted with prayer flags.

Keeping the pace at the top, you’ll continue the walkthrough serenity of the Khumbu region. By now you’ll have entered through the gate of Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site of the region. The conservation area has a wide and vibrant display of vegetation. Chasing that greenery, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar before it is dark. The day will make your trek a bit longer than the first day. However, the evening at Namche Bazaar will make you forget everything. The place is the most happening place around the Everest region. You’ll explore the Himalayan town until it is time to rest at the lodge.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Namche to Tengboche

Trekking Duration: 6 hours.

Trekking distance: 7.4 km

Altitude Gain: Tengboche3,855m)

The closer you move to Everest, the more beautiful things will come your way. You will feel that once you leave Namche after breakfast. The mouth-opening mountains like Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Everest will keep you amazed through this day. You’ll slide yourself into the forest that is full of Pine and Rhododendron. The same river and similar suspension bridges as day 2 will be crossed today several times.

Enjoying the displays that will pour upon you, you will see Tengboche is arriving way before reaching there. Tengboche is one of the popular stops of Everest Base Camp Trek. The stop is famous for the biggest monastery, Tengboche Monastery, of the region. Inside the monastery is a big statue of Buddha. From the laps of it, you can sum up views of numerous peaks all along. It will be an evening to remember for a long time in Tengboche.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Trekking distance: 12 km

Altitude Gain: Dingboche(4,360m)

This is the day when you’ll cross 4,000m of altitude for the first time in this trek. As you are gaining quite some altitude, you’ll obviously walk for longer hours today. The trek will be a bit longer but do not worry, the view will make some sense. Apart from the mountains, you’ll see the traditional villages of Sherpas by the mountains. Moreover, the Mani walls and Buddhist Chortens will provide you energy and vibe to keep going.

Traversing through the middle of Imja Valley and following the Lobuche River, you’ll ascend Dingboche. Take your time and trek slowly, as you are approaching 4000+ altitude, you may get caught by the sickness. Once you reach Dingboche which comes after some real Himalayan trekking hours, you will take a rest whilst enjoying the mountain panorama. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Trekking Duration: 5 hours.

Trekking distance: 8.5 km

Altitude Gain: Lobuche(4,930m)

After enjoying breakfast with the view, you’ll now leave Dingboche behind to march toward Lobuche. The trail will turn a bit rougher now as you pass along the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. There in the way, you’ll see memorials of stone dedicated to the lost souls in the Everest expedition.

Moving further, you’ll see a picturesque village appearing. The village is Lobuche where you will spend the night. You’ll be bestowed with great mountain views from the village. That means, the evening in Lobuche will be quite very scenic. However, you will feel the change in altitude as you feel the thinner air and the chilly temperature. A warm needing night rest at Lobuche.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep

Trekking Duration: 6 to 8 hours.

Trekking distance: 15 km

Altitude Gain: Everest Base Camp(5,364m), Gorak Shep(5,185m)

Here we reach the vital day of the trek. You’ll start the day early as you will have some distance to cover. You’ll find Everest Base Camp before nightfall and will make the return to Gorak Shep safe and sound. This can be a tiring day where you’ll trek for 6 to 8 hours. The trail which will be through the moraine of Khumbu glacier is rough and steep. You have to show what you are made of on this day.

Via Gorak Shep, you’ll reach the historic Everest Base Camp, the place from where the Everest expedition starts. If it is a peak season, you’ll see colorful tented camps of mountaineers below Everest in the base camp. Once you got enough of the view and time at the base camp, you’ll now descend to Gorak Shep. The long and tiring but happening day of the trek will end up at Gorak Shep.

Day 7
Day 07: Early Morning hike to Kala Patthar and trek to Pangboche

Trekking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.

Trekking distance: 9.5 km

Altitude Gain: Kala Patthar(5,555m), Pangboche(3,900m)

You’ll wake up early in the morning to catch the morning glimpses of Everest from Kala Patthar. The place is believed to be the best place to see Everest and other mountains from. Obviously, the day will demand good trekking performance from you as you pass via rough trails. As you reach Kala Patthar(5,555m), the view will tell you why people trek up there.

Glancing enough at Everest and other neighboring peaks, you’ll now sign out from Kala Patthar for Pangboche. The trail will be a little bit easier than before and downsloping as well. Via Gorak Shep and Pheriche valley, you’ll find the way that ends in Pangboche. The village lies at an altitude of 3,900m and you can finally take a sigh of breath for dropping altitude. Overnight in Pangboche.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar

Trekking Duration: 6 hours.

Trekking distance: 14.5 km

Altitude Gain: Namche Bazaar(3,440m)

From Pangboche, you’ll aim to reach Namche Bazaar before dark. It will be a retracing trek where you’ll follow the same trail to leave Everest behind. The same settlements, rivers, bridges, and woods will come across today. As you are leaving the Everest Region already, make sure your every moment is worth remembering.

Pangboche to Namche Bazaar trek is easy as it does not involve many uphill or steep climbs. Instead, you’ll do many downhills descends. The lush forest will make your every step something beautiful. Tengboche Monastery and the village will also come once again. This way you’ll be back at Namche Bazaar after completing the Everest Base Camp job.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Trekking Duration: 6 to 7 hours.

Trekking distance: 13.5 km

Altitude Gain: Lukla(2,800m)

This will be the last day when you’ll be trekking in this Everest Base Camp Trek 10 Days. The last stretch will start from Namche and will end up in Lukla. The same forested trail will be your companion for this day and you’ll rest for a while Phakding. That is how you’ll reach Lukla after trekking for 6 hours. In case you reach Lukla earlier, explore this small but happening place. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 10
Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and end of the trip

Flight Duration: 40 minutes.

Altitude Gain: Kathmandu(1,400m)

You’ll not notice it but the end of Everest Base Camp Trek will be upon you. The happening of the trek will keep you so busy that you forget that end is arriving. Sadly, you’ll leave Lukla and the Everest region until next time with a flight to Kathmandu. It will be a scenic flight through and over the hills to the capital of Nepal. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll get a hotel transfer and this is how the trip will end.

Service includes

  • • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • • All necessary paper works Sagarmatha National park Entry permit and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • • Kathamandu – Lukla - kathmandu-flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide. With all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • • Comprehensive medical supplies(first aid kit will be available)
  • • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag. (If you don’t have your own, need to return after trip completed).
  • • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • • Everest base camp trekking map.
  • • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily. (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms.)This will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • • Assistant guide group size above 8 + person.

Service excludes

  • • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $30 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • • International Airfare.
  • • Your Personal Expenses.
  • • A Porter if needed($200)
  • • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek (those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
  • • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • • Excess baggage more than 15 kg for Lukla flight.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

Autumn

Autumn is the time that sees lots of happy souls around the trekking trails of Nepal. Everest region is also packed in this so-called best time for Everest Base Camp Trek. From September to November, it is Autumn season in Nepal and a high time for trekking in Nepal. The season is characterized by conditions like clear skies, sunny and warm days, undisturbed mountain views, and stable temperature. However, the high regions like Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar are icing cold all the time. This time of year is suggested to travelers coming to Nepal only to enjoy those amazing trekking conditions.

The Temperature chart of the Everest region in Autumn:

Places Altitude Max Temp Min Temp
Namche Bazaar and Tengboche 3,000m to 4,000m 16°C 2°C
Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar 4,000m to 5,500m 10°C -7°C

Spring

Spring season is another best time for doing Everest Base Camp Trek. It starts in March and extends through April and May. Spring’s weather conditions are quite similar to the conditions of Autumn. However, it is slightly colder than the Autumn season. Other than that, you will get sunny and enchanting trekking days here in this season also. Plus, you’ll enjoy the amazing landscape views which will be full of blossoming flowers through this season. The trekking trails are packed with trekkers from all around the world as everyone feels like it is the right time to experience Everest.

The temperature chart of the Everest region in Spring:

Places Altitude Max Temp Min Temp
Namche Bazaar and Tengboche 3,000m to 4,000m 17°C 2°C
Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar 4,000m to 5,500m 10°C -2°C

Low Time for Everest Base Camp Trekking

Winter

Winter, which stays through December, January, and February, is the coldest season of all. One thing is sure in this season is the chilly temperature. Lots of people do not prefer this season for trekking as of its extremely cold temperature. However, there are people who try their luck in trekking during the less active Winter period, i.e. around late or early Winter. Once it is peak Wintertime, it is difficult to do trekking, especially in the higher areas. Those areas turn into the freezing zone and there are equal chances of snowfall, which ultimately make trekking difficult. Otherwise, you can trek on a clear and sunny trekking day. Mostly, peace lovers prefer this season for trekking.

The temperature chart of the Everest Region in Winter:

Places Altitude Max Temp Min Temp
Namche Bazaar and Tengboche 3,000m to 4,000m 12°C -5°C
Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar 4,000m to 5,500m 8°C -15°C

Summer

Summer is another season that is not liked by many trekkers. The reason is unpredictable rainfall through this season. It is hot and humid during this season(June to August) but heavy rainfall also. And you can guess what it is like to trek in a rainy season. The trails can be slippery and full of leeches. Similarly, there is a high risk of landslides in the hills. These are the facts that make Summer a low season for trekking in the Everest region. Nevertheless, people can do the trek when the monsoon is less active. For that, you should either schedule your trek in early Monsoon or late one. Other than that, you are sure to trek under rainy conditions.

The temperature chart of the Everest Region in Monsoon(Summer):

Places Altitude Max Temp Min Temp
Namche Bazaar and Tengboche 3,000m to 4,000m 18°C 2°C
Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar 4,000m to 5,500m 10°C -2°C

Difficulties of Short Everest Base Camp Trek

As you know that the Short Everest Base Camp Trek lasts only 10 Days. You also know that there are much longer Everest Base Camp Trek itineraries which can go up to 18 days. But this short version trek is of only 10 days and there are no acclimatization days at all. So it is obvious that with the days dropping, the difficulties are increasing. We are going to list those difficulties down here.

Altitude and the sickness

5,643m is the point you’ll reach ultimately in Everest Base Camp Trek. That sort of attitude is nothing less than a mountain’s height. When you’ll ascend that part of the trek, you may come across altitude sickness. And it is never easy to deal with sickness. If your body cannot acclimatize to such high heights quickly, the Everest Base Camp Trek 10 Days is not for you. There is no day to acclimatize to the high altitudes, your body should acclimate immediately. And that can be a problem to the non experienced high elevation trekkers.

Trekking Length

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a 130km long trek. If that doesn’t sound good for you, here is another problem for you on this trek. You are supposed to trace that distance in just not more than 10 days. The trails will be not as you think, they are rough, steep, and breaking ones. Snowy and slippery parts will also come along. That is how the Short Everest Base Camp Trek becomes even difficult. If you think you can do it and have enough prior records of doing the same, the trek is for you otherwise not.

Daily Trekking Hours

You are ought to trek for at least 6 to 15 KM Per day to see yourself completing the trek. If you are okay with that daily trekking length, you can possibly do the trek. Otherwise, it is a bit hard to say. The important thing for you in this trek is you keep moving. Surely, 15KM/day is not a cup of tea for everyone. To do so, you need to be fit, physically, and mentally prepared. If you are prepared enough, do this trek. If that is no then you have enough time to prepare for some other time in the future.

No time to Acclimate

As said earlier, you’ll not get days to acclimate to the new altitudes in the trek. If it was a standard Everest Base Camp Trek, you would have got 1 or 2 days to acclimatize yourself. But this is a shortened version of the standard trek, you cannot expect acclimatization days, not even one. If you and your body can accustom to the heights within no time, you are good to go for the trek. If not then you know what happens when not acclimating to the altitudes timely, problems and just more problems.

Training Difficulty

If you really wish to do this Short Everest Base Camp Trek, you have to prepare well some months prior to the trek date. In that period, you are supposed to do hard training which mostly involves cardiovascular training. For some months, you have to give your 150% in the training for the trek. Hitting the gym, doing longer hikes, jogging, swimming, sprinting and many other similar exercises can only make you eligible for this trek. You know it will not be an easy thing to do for someone not used to doing so.

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