• Duration:11 Nights 12 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max. Altitude: 5545m
  • Group Size: 1-12
  • Activity: Hiking & Trekking
  • Pick Up: Kathmandu

About Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking

Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking is definitely one of the life’s wonders that you wish to do at least once in your life. The trek to the foothills of world’s highest mountain is a magical experience in the Himalaya of Nepal. The sole idea of reaching the base camp of Mount Everest is enough to attract travelers and enthusiast hikers across the world to visit this destination. What comes in between is the journey through the Sherpa villages, monasteries, and the beautiful mountains accompanying you throughout the journey including Mount Everest (8848.86).

The Trip is designed to complete the whole trek within less than 2 weeks. If you have tight time schedule, or already been to Nepal, want to escape the day tours in Kathmandu and would like to choose your own accommodation in Kathmandu, and start the trek immediately then Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking 12 Days is the best suited trip for you.

Our Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Early in the morning, you and your guide will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. Upon reaching Lukla, we will meet our supporting staffs (porters) and from there, our hike to Everest Base Camp begins. We start our hike with a gentle walk to the village of Phakding at 2610 meters. Next day starts with the hike to Namche Bazzar, passing through sherpa villages such as Monjo, Jorsale etc. There will be two acclimatization days, one at Namche and another at Dingboche. The trail follows the village of Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep before reaching the amazing Everest Base Camp. The hike and view from Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5545 m is one of the major highlights of this trek.

Not just the highest mountain views, this adventurous trip offers a combination of nature, changing landscapes, culture, insight into Sherpa people and communities with the best as well as well maintained trekking trails in the Himalaya of Nepal. Our trek officially concludes at Lukla where the hike to the foothills of worlds' highest mountain, Rapid Everest base camp Trek started. This last evening at Lukla is the perfect opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa Guides and Porters and a good chance to sample some chhyang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences and marvel at all the incredible things you have encountered throughout your jorney in the Himalayas 

Best Seasons for Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking:

The best season for the  Everest region Trek is from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.

Tea House/Lodge Trek:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Meals:

Three meals a day are included during your Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp Trekking:

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health:

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About on the Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Travel Insurance for Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking:

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation:

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 2600, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Highlights of Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • Rapid Everest Base Camp in less  than 2 weeks
  • Marvel the Himalayan Views you'll witness from Everest Base Camp
  • Culturally Rich Sherpa settlement, people and their lifestyle
  • Ever changing sureal landscapes everyday 
  • Early morning hike to Kala Patthar to eye witness surreal sunrise over Mount Everest
  • Base Camp of world's highest mountain
  • Probably the perfectly adorned trekking trails in Nepal Himalaya

Itinerary

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Day 1: Fly to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma 4 hrs 2,610 m/8,562 ft

Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla

We head to the domestic airport for our early morning flight to Lukla. From the twin otter plane, we will enjoy some amazing views of several of the world’s highest mountains including Cho Oyu, 8153m, Lhotse, 8516m, Gauri Shankar, 7145m, Menlungtse, 7181m, and Mount Everest. Because of Air Traffic Congestion (ATC), direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is only operated in off seasons (December - February, June - August. Usually, it takes around 40 minutes to reach Lukla.

Flying from Manthali to Lukla

Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the busiest time in Everest region because of which Lukla airport gets congested. So, during these months, all the flights to Lukla are re-routed from Manthali. Drive to Manthali from Kathmandu is somewhat 5-6 hours. Accordingly, leave for Manthali at 1:45 a.m. (approx.) on tourist vehicle. By doing so, will reach Manthali on time to catch our flight to Lukla. From Manthali, it takes around 15- 20 minutes (depending upon weather condition) to reach Lukla.

 Helicopter Option

Flying in helicopter is a unique experience that adds a touch of luxury to your journey, allowing you to enjoy the pristine beauty of Khumbu Himalaya in style. You can book your spot for a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for an additional USD 300 Dollar per Person. Do note that the price is quoted on a sharing basis of 5 people.

At Lukla, our support crew will be waiting to welcome us. After distributing our luggage among the strong Sherpa porters who will so cheerfully carry our burdens for the trip, we set out downhill into the Dudh Koshi (milk river) Valley. The trails in these parts reflect the large roll Tibetan Buddhism plays in the lives of the Sherpa people. There are many mani stones, which are large stones with Tibetan prayers chiseled into them, all along the trails. You will soon become familiar with the customary way of passing chortens, mani stones, and prayer wheels in a clockwise direction. We reach Phakdingma,  a small village beside the Dudh Kosi River. 

  

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Today will be one of the harder days of the trek, so we take it slowly, giving our bodies a chance to acclimatize and our senses a chance to take in the sights and smells on this trail into the heart of the Khumbu. From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Kosi valley north for 2-3 hours to Monjo, the entrance to the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. There is a good view of Thamserku, 6608m. We follow the river to the Hilary Bridge, a fantastic suspension bridge that spans the deep chasm over the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Koshi. From here it is a tough climb to Namche. The trail continues to climb through forests of pine. About half way up there is a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest rising majestically from behind the great ridge of Nuptse-Lhotse. Namche village is beautiful in itself with colorful houses and lodges and prayer flags, and the setting is majestic, spread on the steep sides of a horse-shoe shaped valley facing the beautiful Kongde Ri Peak.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

If we are acclimatizing well, we will want to walk up a hill for spectacular viewpoint where we can see all the way up the Imja Khola Valley to where the glacial moraine begins below the towering Mt Everest, 8848m. Other spectacular peaks. We can see Taweche, 6542m, Thamserku, 6808m, Kantega, 6685 m, Ama Dablam, 6856m, Nuptse, 7896m and Lhotse, 8511m. Besides, the great bazaar with a wonderful variety of shops to visit, today gives us a chance to visit the Sherpa Cultural Centre which has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. There is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital. We can see the “scalp of a yeti” at the Khumjung monastery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Today we follow the Classic Everest Base Camp trail and enjoy one ofthe most scenic days of the trek. We start with a short, steep climb out of Namche up to a ridge which meanders above the Imja Khosi. As we hike we get spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and also the beautiful Ama Dablam. We descend through rhododendron forests to Phunki Tenga near the Dudh Kosi where we have lunch. A suspension bridge takes us across the river and we start an ascent of about 1 hr through pine and rhododendron forest. We will likely spot some wildlife such as, Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer and pheasants while passing through the forests. The trail becomes less steep after leaving the forest. We climb for another 1.5 hours through grassy meadow to reach the Thyangboche monastery on the crest of a long ridge which stretches to the summit of Kantega. Sir Edmund Hillary helped to re-build this famous monastery after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. From Thyangboche the views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. From Thyangboche it is only a 20 minute descent through trees to Deboche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

The trail descends through a beautiful forest, then crosses the Imja Khola (river) and passes through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures where the yak graze, to Dingboche, 4400m, the second place to stop and acclimatize. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

 A second acclimatization day, with optional hikes to Nagarjun Hill (approx. 5,050m) or Chukung village, with fine views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and other peaks, interspersed with lakes and glaciers. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

We continue our trek through the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier to Dugla. The trail goes through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt. Everest. We continue to climb to Lobuche, 4910 m from where you will see the awesome Mt. Pumori Peak, 7220m, very well.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

Today we trek on past Gorak Shep 5130m, to reach Everest Base Camp. After celebrating our efforts and photographing this achievement, we return to Gorak Shep.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House

An early morning climb will take us to our destination peak, Kala Pattar, following the Khumbu Glacier. From Kala Pattar we will see the sun rise and enjoy superb views of the surrounding mountains. We descend for lunch at Lobuche, 4915m, and continue down to Feruche.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne
  • Lodge/Tea House

Gradually, we trek down to Pheruche and again pass through the Pangboche village, the same trail we used on the way up. The trail leads down to a river. After crossing the river, we walk for an hour up through the forest and reach Tengbuche after continuously to Namche. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne
  • Lodge/Tea House

Boosted by all our new red blood cells, we rush down the footpath toward Sagarmatha National Park gate, in Jorsale. Later, Lukla's footpath leads us back to the first villages we saw two weeks ago: Gumila, Phakdingma, and Choplung. The high peaks disappear behind the hills. In Lukla, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinne
  • Lodge/Tea House

Flying from Lukla to Kathmandu

During off season in Nepal which refers to months like December - February, June – August so travelers can enjoy direct flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. It approximately takes 40 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Lukla on a flight. From domestic airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

Flying from Lukla to Manthali

The flight from Lukla to Manthali is takes approximately 20 minutes. Afterwards, we drive back to Kathmandu from Manthali which usually takes 5-6 hours (hours may differ depending on traffic condition). Expect to fly from Lukla to Manthali on peak seasons: Spring (March –May) & autumn (September – November). Upon reaching Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel on a shared tourist vehicle.

 Helicopter Option

Flying in helicopter is a unique experience that adds a touch of luxury to your journey, allowing you to enjoy the pristine beauty of Khumbu Himalaya in style. You can book your spot for a direct helicopter flight from Lukla to kathmandu for an additional USD 300 Dollar per Person. Do note that the price is quoted on a sharing basis of 5 people.

 

    What's Included

    • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges Eleven nights (With twin-share rooms, beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
    • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
    • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained / License Holder).
    • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
    • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
    • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
    • First aid medicine kit.
    • Sagarmatha National Park Fee and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
    • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
    • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)

    What’s Excluded

    • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
    • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
    • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
    • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
    • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu
    • Excess Baggage charge for Kathmandu -Lukla - Kathmandu
    • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, desserts, hot and cold showers
    • Beverages (drinks, mineral water and beer).

    Departure Dates

    FromToStatusPrice  
    Start Date05 Mar, 2024End Date16 Mar, 2024AvailableUS$ 1290
    Start Date21 Mar, 2024End Date01 Apr, 2024AvailableUS$ 1290

    Departure Note:

    Guaranteed- We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.

    Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

    Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.

    Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.

     

    The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.


    We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Everest Base Camp. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.

    Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.

    We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

    Private Trips to Everest Base Camp is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.

    Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.

    Useful Info

    Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking Packing List:

    Are you planning your dream trip to the Himalaya of Nepal? Make sure you have packed well for your hiking and trekking experiences in Nepal. The time period of your visit also determines your packing list. The best trekking seasons for beginning your Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking are spring and autumn. During these seasons, maximum flow of trekkers can be witnessed. Weather during spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November) are likely to be mild with clear blue sky and outstanding mountain views. But nights can get freezing cold at higher elevation. So, packing appropriate clothing, gear, and equipments for your Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek is a must for lifetime memorable trekking experience in Everest region of Nepal.

    Here is the complete packing checklist for Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking or any other similar teahouse trekking in the captivating Himalaya of Nepal.

    Upper Body:

    • Warm beanie hat
    • Tubular Headwear (buff)
    • Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
    • Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries
    • Sunscreen with factor 50+
    • Upper Body (Core body):
    • 3 Light and trekking weight thermal tops
    • 3 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
    • 1 Fleece Jacket
    • 1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
    • 1 Down Jacket

    Lower Body:

    • 2 Thermal base layers (merino or polartec power dry)
    • 2 Pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
    • 1 Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
    • 1 Waterproof/ Rain pants
    • 1 Fleece Pants
    • 4 Under wears (merino)

    Hands:

    • 1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves
    • 1 Pair shell gloves (Gore-Tex)

    Feet:

    • 3 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)
    • 3 Pairs of liner socks
    • 2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks
    • 1 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
    • Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)
    • Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses

    Accessories:

    • 1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters
    • 2 Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
    • Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
    • A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole
    • Camera with extra battery
    • Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)
    • Sleeping Bag liner
    • Ear Plugs
    • Portable Solar Charger
    • Smart Trekking Watch

    Personal First Aid Kit:

    Please do note that our trekking guides will be too carrying the first aid kit with them especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

    • Personal Medication
    • Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)
    • Paracetamol Tablets
    • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
    • Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)
    • Water Purification tablets or drops
    • Blister kit / Zinc Tape
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Dressing Gauze
    • Antibiotic Cream