Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek – 9 Days
‘Adventure around world highest valley and mountains with the close-up view of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar’
- An adventure at comfort with treks and Heli-flight from Everest base camp
- The shortest way to complete Everest Base Camp and back to Kathmandu in nine days
- Around high and scenic Khumbu valley with the backdrop of world highest Mt. Everest
- Explore high Khumbu Sherpa villages enriched with a colourful culture of the Buddhist religion
- Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and junipers trees
- Visiting impressive monasteries within the great beautiful surrounding of giant snow-capped peaks
- Scenic and panoramic flight to Lukla with amazing views and flying back in the chopper
Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days in Nepal is an exhilarating Khumbu trip. It is an answer for those seeking luxury Everest Tour. However, it is slightly different. Endow your soul with an adventure of walking up in the Himalayas as well as feed your pride with the regal tour. It is a luxurious way of exploring an entire Everest Locale too. Some trekkers understand this package as the Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return.
The package consists of the regular itinerary of EBC Trek. Therefore, check out our regular Everest Trekking package for more details regarding the route overview. Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days is the perfect combination of trekking and tour. Everest Helicopter Tour is becoming very famous among holiday goers. Similarly, trekking to the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest’s foothill is also an extraordinary travel activity.
Therefore, Awesome Nepal Treks knitted the finest combo of helicopter tours and trekking. The package is suitable for those people who have limited vacation. This fulfils the wish of traveller to walk on the moraines and leave footprints on the base camp. However, this is completely sumptuous. While returning back from the base camp trekkers will take the joyous Helicopter Ride.
During the Helicopter return from Gorakshep or Kalapathar travellers will have the astounding bird eye view of Khumbu. One can explore above the Gokyo Valley, Chhukung Valley, and Namche Ridges. It is probably the only holiday package which offers a great experience of walking as well as touring.
There are two options for travellers to choose. You can opt to relish the full helicopter tour from Kalapathar to Kathmandu via Lukla. Or you can choose to take the helicopter ride to Lukla and flight to Kathmandu. These two options definitely come at different prices. Contact our travel planners for the options.
Moreover, this is the best best way to experience an abode of the world’s tallest mountain in less than 10 days. Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days definitely is an epitome of all short trekking courses.
Book the Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days also known as the Everest Heli Trek. It is less risky and the chance of getting caught by the altitude sickness is very low. You will have the assurances that anything happens you will be airlifted. It is part of the package as well. This provides immense confidence to conquer the stunning yet rugged abode of the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest.
Day 01: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 08 hrs.
Day 03: Acclimatization day in Namche bazaar.
Day 04: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 07 hrs.
Day 06: Acclimatization and exploration day in Dingboche.
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m – 08 hrs.
Day 09: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m and fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter.
NOTE: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can bring changes in the itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Day 01: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs.
Transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for morning scenic and the short flight to Lukla with views of mountain range includes Mt. Everest after 30 mins air-borne reaching at Lukla with its unique airstrip a gateway Sherpa town to Everest base camp and other adventure destination.
From Lukla walk to Phakding village for overnight stop leading past Sherpa farm villages, a nice and pleasant walk with few short ups overlooking beautiful views along the walk to Phakding village located by Dudh Kosi a glacial River.
Day 02: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 08 hrs.
After a colourful morning, walk continues crossing bridges over Dudh Kosi River passing several interesting villages of Toc-Toc, Benkar and Monjo arriving at Sagarmatha National Park entrance gate, from here on the river bed for few hours and after the last bridge a steep uphill to Namche Bazaar, at Namche with facilities of good restaurant, pubs, cyber café, post office, and banks.
Day 03: Acclimatization practice around Namche Bazaar with a short hike.
A perfect place for a rest day for proper acclimatization before heading higher area, morning a short hike to Everest View Hotel or walk up on top a hill of Namche for views of Everest, Amadablam and adjoining peaks, visit the museum with wide information of the Khumbu areas.
Day 04: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 07 hrs.
From Namche on the gradual scenic path with downhill to Imjatse river at Phungi-Tenga for lunch, and then uphill through rhododendron, pines, firs tree forest with views of snowcapped peaks.
On reaching Thyangboche visit famous Buddhist monastery with a magnificent panorama of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwande and majestic Amadablam. An afternoon with time for the tour of the monastery, which was burnt by an accidental fire in 1991 at present back into normal form, where you witness young monks and elderly priest and Lama on evening prayer.
Day 05: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 07 hrs.
Morning downhill walk for few hours over Imjatse River, after the bridge walk on an open country where tree lines fade for few short junipers and dwarf rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach at Pangboche village at 3,900 meters. Last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue to walk with the climb to Dingboche village for the overnight stop, located in Imjatse valley with the panorama of mountains.
Day 06: Acclimatization practice around Dingboche with a short hike.
Another rest day for proper acclimatization, a short hike to Nagarjuna hills for best views of Mt. Makalu and other adjoining. For energetic people can walk up to Chukung at 4,760 m high a small and last settlement within Imjatse valley offers incredible views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Amadablam.
Day 07: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 6 hrs.
After a great rest at Dingboche morning walk with steep climb for an hour commanding excellent views, and then on gentle trail to Thugla for lunch where Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river, here trail from Pheriche joins after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thulga pass, with stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other high mountains. From here a nice pleasant walk brings to Lobuche for an overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5364 m and return to Gorakshep 5,180 m - 08 hrs.
Today reach the highlight of this adventure at Everest Base Camp, walk for few hours with a short steep climb in between over glacier and moraine, reaching Gorakshep, beneath Mt. Pumori and Kalapathar. The walk continues towards Everest Base Camp, at base camp enjoy the view of notorious Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after a grand time with the experience of a lifetime adventure at base camp retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight halt.
Day 09: Hike to Kalapathar 5,545 m and fly back to Kathmandu.
Early morning hike on top Kalapathar at 5,545 meters, the highest point of the adventure with a glorious and captivating panorama of close Mountain views with Mt. Everest at a mere distance, after a great scenic moment descend to Gorakshep. At Gorakshep enjoy views of surrounding high peaks while having last breakfast on Everest region and around scenic Khumbu, where the final leg of the journey completes taking a swift and panoramic flight on spacious Helicopter to reach Kathmandu.
At Kathmandu where a short drive takes to your respective hotels after an awesome experience and memories with a magnificent journey on 9 days Everest Base Camp Trek.
- Airport pick up and transfer
- Flights Kathmandu–Lukla (Weight limit:10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight)
- Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu.
- Necessary paperwork and permits
- An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage
- Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
- Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
- Hot drinks
- All mountain accommodation soft comfortable private twin sharing room
- Hot shower
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepali Sim Card for a phone call and to use data ( for internet )
- Trekking equipment such as the down-filled sleeping bag, and duffel bag
- Meals, accommodation and transportation Kathmandu
- All bottled drinks in Mountain
- All kinds of electronic device re-charge
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance & evacuation
- Tips to the staffs
Trips Notes & Information while joining for the trip with us:
After booking the trip with Awesome Nepal Treks there are few points that one should bear with us. Where Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes with the sudden change in freak weather conditions, and as well health and fitness factor of the member while on the trek or just before trip departure times. Might compel us to change or reroute the itinerary to other similar destinations for the benefit and satisfaction of the clients.
Our main concern is clients and staff safety and to provide full satisfaction while you are with us on any treks and tours, and we assure you that Awesome Nepal Treks will provide the best team of staff and guides with well-planned logistics, professional services to make your trip enjoyable and mesmerizing experience that will last for lifetime while holidaying with us.
Also note that our trip leader and head guide deserves final decision if the trip has to be amended, change of route or cancellation due to the extreme conditions beyond our control and as well for safety precaution. However, we will try our best to ensure that the trip runs accordingly as per our standard itinerary with some flexibility where necessary.
Experience & Fitness Required:
Trek to Everest Base Camp is not difficult or technical, where no previous trekking and outdoor experience required if you are a sports person or have done outdoor activities and physical fitness training it will be a great advantage and plus point.
On this trek to Everest Base Camp, one should be aware that you are walking into the world’s highest areas of Everest where maximum elevation rises above 5,364 meters at base camp.
With optional climb to high and scenic Kalapathar which is at 5,545 m offers you with a spectacular panorama of peaks with Everest at close distance, most of the walks within Everest and other parts of Himalaya involves lots of ups and downs. Somedays can be tiring and exhausting, but rewards you with scenic views with a glimpse of local colorful culture with refreshing stops in between and walking into nice lovely villages.
Around Everest mid hills where you will be walking through farmlands, well-tended terraces, where route follows on the bank of a river crossing suspension bridges with duration of minimum 4 hours, and a maximum of 6 hours walks on this wonderful Everest Base Camp Treks.
All members should be physically fit with sound health to join in this marvelous walking journey on Everest base camp treks, and we strongly suggest all clients consult with your medical doctor before traveling and joining for the trip with us.
Where doctors can provide you with advice on disease and AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and the symptoms if it happens while on treks, for health and fitness, the participant must have a positive attitude and strong determination to enjoy and making the trip a great success.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal Visa is easy to obtain; you may obtain from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or Mission offices in your home country if it’s not possible abroad one
can obtain on arrival at Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. Where you need to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months validity from the starting of the trip.
SAARC countries and China do not need the visa when visiting Nepal, as per the rule and regulation and Indian nationals do not require the visa.
Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over an initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.
• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid-Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
In Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek, minimum group size would be Four persons and maximum group size of ten persons for more on above Ten on request.
We also organize the private trip for a single person on single supplement cost or join in join our estimated group departure dates available online or contact us with your traveling and arrival dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Treks in Nepal and at Everest base camp takes you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with experienced and qualified guides or group leader for the safe and successful trip.
Awesome Nepal provides native trekking guide and staff who are trained and qualified for these type of trips. Our guides are fully trained and licensed from Nepal Government Tourism Department, certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association.
All our Trekking and Climbing Guides are professional with decades of experience in this fields of adventure. They are trained specially for specified and various trips, to cater the flexible requirement of our clients from different nationalities, this will assure you that your trip will be enjoyable and in safe hands of professional experts.
On every trip, will be one Trek leader and an assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples in the group on treks, this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides gets sick or clients may get sick and need to be evacuated or staying behind from the walks, it wills still works smoothly and there would non-impact with our original trek plan.
Every two trekkers will have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at the 2-star deluxe hotel or similar (if one has to upgrade please inform us) with all modern amenities to ensure your comfortable stay and while on the trek, your accommodation is at best local Lodge and Guest Houses where available. The Mountain local Lodges are clean and have comfortable beds. Our entire accommodation is on twin sharing basis unless required for single supplement accommodation at extra trip cost.
While in Kathmandu and at Pokhara or some any city in Nepal, based on bed and breakfast, while on the trek it will be on full board includes all 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, with Tea- Coffee). We provide meals from the local Lodge on route trekking. Breakfast and dinner will be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house on overnights stops, where lunch will be on-route day walks.
Foods provided in the local lodges depends entirely on availability and season, you can have Nepalese meals (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, kinds of pasta and even pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of foods on the trek.
Two best seasons for the trek to Everest Base Camp. As this trip is an adventurous walk, we suggest you join in at the right time of the year as far as possible.
Spring: - (March, April, and May) – Warm days with Rhododendron in flowering times includes clear views of mountains, pleasant Temperature, warmest weather of the year.
Autumn:- (Mid-September, October and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to your plan for the trek in the cold months.
Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July to August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at the right altitude. Being in good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. This itinerary is designed with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas with much acclimatization days to cope with pre-caution for altitude sickness. Staying well hydrated and getting plenty of rest may help.
The maximum elevation of the trek will at Everest Base Camp at 5,364m above sea level. We will be walking from the mid-range at Lukla with 2,820 m and altitude range gradually with enough days for rest in each high altitude with overnight stops.
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
On this trip, you must obtain personal travel insurance to join with us in all our Himalayan trips. You must obtain travel insurance which covers helicopter rescue and immediate evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses.
We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining with us, where it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have the thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal.
Our porter is fully equipped and insured on each trip with us. As you know that we are very sincere and polite, while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and benefit for trekking porters.
The maximum load carried by our porter minimum 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag is not more than the above figure.
Once you choose the trip and would like to book, write us with information or by phone using our proper phone number for the trip booking confirmation.
We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us.
Once you choose the trip, we will suggest you with the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. A non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking Process.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your daypack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Buff headwear /neckwear
- Sun hat/scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head Torch
- Cotton T-shirts/Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof/windproof jacket
- Down filled jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thermal underwear
- Thin inner socks
- Thick and warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sneakers /slippers
- Gore-tex gloves
- Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag