Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

Short Everest Base Camp Trek is a customized 12 day surreal trip across the Khumbu Valley and the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek offers many attractions in the Everest region. As such, the short Everest Base Camp Trek follows the same trail, however, at a rapid pace. Thus, it can be done within a week. Similarly, the trek also displays the culture and heritage of the Sherpa community. All in all, the Short or Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the best to enjoy the wonders of the Everest Himalayas in a limited time.

Trek Highlights

  • Explore the rich Sherpa culture and tradition.
  • Namche Bazaar; hill town guarded by mountains like Everest and Ama Dabalam.
  • Experience the Base Camp of the world’s highest Mount Everest Base Camp
  • Visit Kalapatthar; renowned for the view it offers. It is the highest point of your trek at 5,555 meters.
  • Khumbu Glacier, the highest in the world.
  • World’s highest airport in Syangboche.
  • Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site and relish its biodiversity.
  • Visit Khumbu Icefall and majestic Himalayan Rivers.
  • Flight to Lukla with amazing views of terrains and mountains.

Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

This 12 days rapid Everest base camp Trek begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Here, you prepare for the trip and take a scenic flight to Lukla. Lukla houses one of the most dangerous airports in the world and offers a beautiful display of mountains in the Kongde range. The trek begins as you head to Namche Bazaar across the Dudh Koshi river bank. Namche is a popular stop in the Everest region and is home to numerous restaurants, hotels, and modern luxuries. Then, you trek along the Imja River and continue to Tengboche. Here, you can visit the Tengboche Monastery which is one of the biggest in the entire region. Walking with the company of Ama Dablam (6856m), you will trek east towards Dingboche. Likewise, the trail heads north from here and reaches Thukla village. The trail gets more rugged and ascends to Lobuche.

Further, you continue along the Khumbu Glacier and reach Lobuche. On the next day, you cross the Lobuche Pass and reach Gorak Shep. From here, the final trek across the arid trail with views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). Next, you explore the Everest Base Camp and prepare for a hike to Kala Patthar. From here, you can relish the sights of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) among others. Then, you will begin to retrace your steps and pass numerous Sherpa villages. Finally, you take a return flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.

Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek or Short Everest Base Camp Trek is specially designed for travelers who have less time. This short Everest Base Camp Trek does not include days for acclimatization and good pace is required for to complete the trek. Inquire us for trip customization. If you think the trek is not a match for your needs, we can help you customize your trip or you can choose and customize from these Everest Base Camp Trekking packages:: 15 Days – Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp 1 Day Helicopter Tour and Island Peak Climb with Everest Base Camp.

Best Time for the Short Everest Base Camp Trek

The best time for Everest base camp trek is from February to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn). However, if you are want to be alone and away from the crowds, these may not be the best time for you to do the trek. The trek is accessible most of the times and inquire us to know if the trek is accessible at your suitable time.

Short Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty can be graded as moderate. People from all ages have completed the trek but with good preparation. But, as this is Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek and it is designed for people with less time, it requires a good pace and fitness level to complete the trek. This trekking package does not  include days for acclimatization. So, this is tougher than the normal 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek Altitude

The starting spot of the trek Lukla is at 2820m and the Everest Base Camp is at an altitude of 5365 meters. The highest point of the trek is 5555 meters at Kalapatthar. On average, you will ascend 400-800 meters per day on your Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek. There are chances of Altitude Sickness in Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek as the trek is fast paced. Inform the company about your health and fitness conditions before you go for this trek.

Note: Due to the Air Trafic at Tribhuvan International Airport, all flights to and from Lukla will now be operated from Ramechhap Airport, which is 4-hour drive from Kathmandu. The transportation to and from Ramechhap will be provided by the company. Thus, it’s good to keep a few extra days after trek in case of flight delay or cancellation.

At Heaven Nepal Adventure, we make sure that our clients are safe and comfortable. Also, we have numerous other trip packages across the Everest Region of Nepal.


Day 1
On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,340 m meet our staff and transfer to the hotel.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our representatives at the airport. S/he will help you get transferred to your Hotel. You will also meet our staff at the Hotel. More information will be provided to you about the trip.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (30 mins) and trek to Phakding 2,635 m – 04 hrs.

You will then head towards the airport for your Lukla flight in the morning.

The short flight is quite amazing as it presents aerial views of the Himalayan periphery of Nepal. The sight of the peaks rising against the low-lying valleys is like looking at a canvas dotted with small villages, farmlands, and gorges with the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Upon landing at Lukla, you will begin your trek to Phakding- a famous Himalayan village of the Khumbu lying just north of Lukla. It is a rather easy trek where you can enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the Khumbu and take in the Himalayan surrounding. The trail goes through forest-covered hills, and when you approach Phakding, you will get your first view of the sacred Kusum Kangraru Peak.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Phakding. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee.

Day 3
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 06 hrs.

Following the trail that snakes through the Dudh Koshi River Valley towards Namche, you will be presented with the magnificent Himalayas decorating the horizon. Making your way down the hill towards the river, the path runs by the banks of the Dudh Koshi until you reach Monjo. The entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park is situated here. The trek through the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site- the Sagarmatha National Park, presents lush green alpine forests of aromatic pine and scented cedar trees.The woods are home to a wide species of Himalayan birds and small animals of the river valley. Along the journey, you can catch glimpses of the Danphe birds and small forest animals like the Musk Deer.

Gaining steady altitude, you will trek up the hill again away from the river towards Namche Bazaar. It is one of the most famous towns of the Khumbu from where captivating views of peaks like the Kongde RI, the Thamserku, Everest, and the Ama Dablam among many more can be seen. Namche Bazaar is a major commercial hub of the region. It was also a major trading point for Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times. Traders of the lowlands and the Himalayan people used to exchange salt, textiles, and meat.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche Bazaar. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 4
Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m – 05 hrs.

Trekking further into the Dudh Koshi valley, you will pass by Phungki Thanka and make your way from Pheriche to the Thyangboche village. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Imja River, you will make your way through the trans-Himalayan woodlands that carpet the hills to Thyangboche. The village is situated on the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Rivers. Moreover, the ridges that surround the village are blanketed with rhododendron trees home to many Himalayan eagles. The views of the mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Everest and many more from the village are also absolutely breath-taking. You can also visit the famous Thyangboche Monastery here.It is a spiritual center of the region and the largest Buddhist shrine. You can take blessings from the monk at the monastery and light a few butter lamps offering prayers for a successful trip. The monastery is also where the celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival takes place.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse Thyangboche. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 5
Trek to Dingboche 4,350 m – 05 hrs.

The path snakes through jade bamboo woods up-and-down the valley towards Dingboche. The tall ivory peaks of Everest keep you company along the journey. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja River and pass through the village of Pangboche on your way. The terrain is quite dense and the trans-Himalayan landscape is filled with small brooks and streams flowing through the chartreuse forests of rhododendrons and juniper, flanked by occasional tall cliffs ornamented with moss and ferns. Dingboche is situated snugly amidst the hills of the Imja River Valley and is also famously referred to as "the summer valley" of the region.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 6
Trek to Lobuche 4,980 m – 05 hrs.

From Dingboche, the trail coruscates alongside the Imja River and branches up the valley towards Lobuche.It is a small settlement towered over by the Lobuche Peaks. The trek is moderate, with the path going through rocky terrains and steadily gaining elevation. As you progress, you can also notice the terrain changing from greener pastures to barren rocky boulders and snowy grounds. You will pass Pheriche where the Trekker’s Aid Post is located. The Aid Post is run by western volunteer doctors and oversees the minor treatment of trekkers. Further along from Pheriche, the path leads to Chupki Lharka, a rocky terrain strewn with large boulders. The Khumbu Glacier moraine is situated ahead. Views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the glacier moraine are quite enchanting. Once the glacier passes, you can also see Mount Nuptse on the horizon.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 7
Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m and walk to Everest base camp 5,364 m – 06 hrs.

From Lobuche, you will make your way to Gorakshep- a sparsely populated settlement that used to be the original base camp.From there, you will finally hike towards the base camp of Mount Everest located a few miles up the terrain. Upon reaching the base camp, you can take in the scenery of the Khumbu Icefall and the Khumbu Glacier- the largest glacier in the country. During peak expedition time, the base camp becomes a vibrant tapestry of colorful tents set up in the snowy fields by climbers doing the Everest expedition. After sending time at the base camp, you will return to Gorakshep.

Overnights stay at Lodges/Guesthouse Gorakshep. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 8
Climb to Kalapatthar 5,545 m and walk to Pheriche 4,230 m – 06 hrs.

Waking up before dawn, you will make your way to the vantage point of Kalapatthar. It is the most famous vantage point of Khumbu that presents the beguiling and other-worldly view of the entire Mount Everest massif. Kalapatthar is known for its sunrise view amidst the peaks. The mountains change color from silver to gold as the sun slowly spreads its golden rays over the peaks. It is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. After enjoying Kalapatthar, you will make your way back to Pheriche, trekking along the familiar pathway. The journey downhill is easier.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Pheriche. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 9
Trek to Namche 3,440m via Thyangboche – 06 hrs.

Trekking back down the valley, you will traverse along the hillside trek to Namche. Crossing the Imja River again, you will reach Thyangboche. From there, trek through the ridgelines of the gaping open valleys to Namche Bazaar.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 10
Trek to Lukla – 06-7 hrs afternoon free at leisure.

Back through the Dudh Koshi River valley, you will pass by Phakding and Monjo, exit the national park and trek back to Lukla. Once there, you have the rest of the time to yourself, which you can spend exploring the village, talking to the locals and relaxing.

Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lukla. Include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or Coffee.

Day 11
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel with a free afternoon.

Catching an early flight back to Kathmandu, you will bid goodbye to the mountains for the last time. Back in the city, you can spend your time as you please, resting or shopping, as per your preference.

Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu. Include: Farewell Dinner with limited Drink.

Day 12
International departure for homeward bound.

Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by one of our staff members from where you will depart.

Include: Departure to the airport on our private vehicle

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions or Queries):

When can I book for Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek?

The trek is available most times of the year. You can inquire for your preferred date and we will see if it’s possible to do the trek in the time. You can book this trip 2-3 weeks or at least 1 week prior to your departure date. Make sure that you have checked your medical and physical condition before signing up for the trip. Purchasing medical and travel insurance is recommended for Everest Base Trekking in Nepal.

How many people will be in the group?

We offer trips to groups of all sizes including solo travellers. However, our costs and discounts are designed for group sizes of 2 or more. So, solo travellers are required to pay slightly more.

How is the weather in Everest Base Camp Trekking?

The temperatures during Everest Base Camp may vary with trekking season. The best time is from March to May when most of the day is clear with the minimum temperature being around 0° to 20° celsius depending upon the altitude and areas. Most mornings till mid days are clear for views and walks. Sometimes, afternoon can get overcast with chances of light rains and snow. March to May will be lively with wild-flowers in full bloom especially various species of
Rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) from trees to short bushes.

How are the accommodations like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Tea house was the word used in early days when smaller numbers of lodges were available on the trek route. At present, most villages have 10 to 20 good lodges with good rooms and offer excellent foods depending upon the season.

Higher above 4,000 m the lodges are available but some only offer common bathrooms and toilets. Most rooms and dinings are with heating facilities to make your stay warm, pleasant and enjoyable.

Are there electricity and networks for cell-phones?

Most of the places do have electricity during the trek which are either through hydro-power. After Namche and Thyangboche, much of the electric supply is private and individual of the lodge owners. Solar Panels are installed for the lodge and the guests to charge their computers and cell-phones.

How much to tip to porters and guides in Everest Base Camp Trek?

The tip amount is usually around 20% of the total wages of porters and guides. So, you may tip $50 or more on a week-long trek. However, it is your decision to tip or not. You can also choose not to tip. It is a nice gesture and is regarded as an appreciation of the services offered by the guide and porter.

When to do Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best months to experience the Everest Base Camp Trek are September, October, November, February, March, April and May. These are pre and post monsoon months. The trek is accessible most times of the year. It is recommended to inquire beforehand if you are planning the trek on other months to make sure.

Is Everest Base Camp Trek worth it?

Everest Base Camp Trek is worth it according to many travellers who have been there. The trek offers both cultural and natural experiences. Many trekkers have done this trek several times and they have had enjoyable journeys and experiences, every time. The main highlights of the trip are Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Khumbu Glacier, Kala Patthar and the Everest Base Camp.

Can I do Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek?

Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek is a fast paced trek and it requires you to have a good level of physical fitness. People who are experienced to trek and hike 6-7 hrs along the hill trails for around 7-8 days will find the Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek relatively easier. You will require a good level of fitness to hike around 80 miles in 10-12 days along the mountainous Everest Base Camp Trekking trails. People who have time are advised to do 15 Days Everest Base Camp Trek rather than a 12 days Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek as you will have some days for acclimatization and rest.

How many days for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Well, it depends on you. The trek can be arranged to run anywhere from 10 days to 25 days. There are various trekking routes and itineraries that can be designed to fit your needs. If you want to go to Everest Base Camp on the same paths walked by first climbers Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa then it will take you 20 days.

How much does it cost to do Everest Base Camp Trek?

The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek can go anywhere between $1200 – $5000. However, a normal 15 days trek would cost you around $1400 depending upon operator. The cost depends upon the quality of services offered, likes modes of transportation, routes of trek, food and accomodation.

Can I do Everest Base Camp Trek solo?

Yes, you can trek to Everest Base Camp alone. Make sure you have a proper checklist of things you need to take care of. Permits, accomodation and transport can be hard to manage especially in a peak tourist season.

What shoes should I take for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Hiking or trekking shoes are perfect for Everest Base Camp trek. You will have to hike through different landscapes for 6-7 hours a day and you will need the shoes to be comfortable, durable and waterproof too. Snow boots are necessary if you are planning to trek in winters.

How busy is Everest Base Camp Trek route?

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous in the world and it is only possible to avoid crowds during winters and off season. Another option to avoid crowds is to take alternative routes to Everest Base Camp. Around 35,000 people visit Everest Base Camp each year.

What foods are available during Everest Base Camp Trek?

Most of the tea houses offer traditional Nepali food, Dal Bhat (rice and lentil). The food has to be carried by porters and animals to the remote areas and the options on the menu may not be like Kathmandu or even Lukla. There are options for non veg food but it is wise to keep your stomach in good condition during the trek. Eating three times: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is mandatory during the trek. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, oatmeals, omelette, chapati, jam and fruit juice. You will have options in lunch and dinner ranging from tibetian bread, soups to pasta, pizzas, dumplings and Dal bhat.

Is Everest Base Camp Trek safe?

Yes, Everest Base Camp Trek is safe but it has its risks due to its geography. The chances of the trek being unsafe is fairly low if health conditions and fitness is good. Altitude sickness is a problem for some trekkers but there are various ways to prevent it. Of all, a good plan and preparation ensures safety on this Everest Base Camp Trek.

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Trip Facts

  • Domestic Airline
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • 5550m.
  • Min 2 - Max 10
  • March-May & September-December
  • 11 Nights and 12 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • Tea House(On Hotel and lodges)

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