Walking through the remote trails, smelling the fresh air with no pollution while admiring the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains standing tall. You must have envisioned your holidays looking like this at some point.
If this was you at some point, we have the perfect destination for you. Everest Base Camp trek is all about experiencing the beauty of nature away from the modernized civilization. With the beautiful and amazing views of nature, mountains, and the locals along the way. Let us take this beautiful trip together.
Trekking all the way up to the Everest base camp can be a little too endearing for some people. Mostly when you are trying to take a vacation from all the hard work. Also, if you have a limited time, you must be worried you can’t make it for the whole trip.
Worry not we have introduced the short Everest Base Camp trek 5 days for you. With a short and sweet trek to the Everest Base Camp of only 5 days, you can enjoy your trip without worrying about the time. Also, what makes this a great deal is a fact that you don’t have to overexert yourself during your holidays walking every day for hours. With our 5 days Everest Base Camp trek, you get a helicopter ride to view the Everest Base Camp.
Starting the Everest Base Camp trek 5 days with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, you will start your trek from Lukla to Phakding. The trails are filled with the beauty of nature expressed through waterfalls, suspension bridges, and the lush forests.
From Phakding, you will head towards Namche Bazaar experiencing their unique culture and lifestyle. We shall soon head towards Syangboche famous for the Everest View Hotel and the airstrip. The view from Syangboche is another major attraction for the trek.
The big day arrives after Syangboche as we head to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar through helicopter ride. The eagle eye panoramic view will leave you speechless.
After admiring the view the helicopter ride will take you straight to Lukla where you started your journey. The 5 days Everest Base Camp trek will end with your scenic flight back to Kathmandu.
- Helicopter ride with a panoramic eagle-eye view
- Great views of the Everest Base Camp along with Khumbu glacier san the neighboring mountains
- Namche Bazaar
- Syangboche viewpoint along with Everest View Hotel
- Kalapathar Viewpoint
Best Time for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Being a short trek of only 5 days, it is possible almost all times of the year. However, there are certain times of the year when this 5 days Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return gives you the best out of the trip.
As any other trekking experience, the months of September to November during the Autumn Season make your trekking experience a lot more vibrant and livelier. With the rain subsiding and the winter breezes slowly closing in, the weather is just perfect for trekking in the Everest Region. Apart from the suitable temperature, the skies are clear providing you with the best views of the mountains. Especially during your helicopter ride, clear skies are a must for best views and smooth ride.
Also, the months of March through May during the spring season is another great time for the short 5 days Everest Base Camp trek. The beautiful season of spring brings about great luscious forests with exotic flora and fauna making your trip a lot more interesting. Similarly, the views of the mountains and the glaciers are just as beautiful during this season.
Winter season provides you with the best views of the snow-covered trails and the mountains. However, during late December all through January make the weather and temperature of the region very low. So trekking may be difficult during this time. However, the helicopter ride will be just as beautiful and adventurous.
The summer season is mostly rainy in Nepal. With the rain, you get to see many new waterfalls form and the trails are adventurous as well. You should however watch out for slippery parts on the trail. Other than that with some rain protection gear, you will have a great time during your trek. Researching the weather beforehand for the helicopter ride makes your trip safe.
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Despite being a short Everest Base Camp Trek, there are some difficulties that may arise during the way. Most difficulties are easily solved with proper preparation and the help of professional guides. Here are some difficulties that may arise during your short Everest Base Camp trek 5 days so you can be prepared beforehand and tackle them.
Altitude sickness is the condition where your body is having trouble adjusting to the changing altitude of your surroundings. Usually, this is caused when the altitude changes rapidly. This can be an issue during your short trek to Everest Base Camp as the altitude gain is rapid. With the helicopter trip, the altitude gains even more rapidly within hours. So be careful if you are susceptible to having altitude sickness make sure to keep medicines in hand. Also, during your trek, take short breaks. Drinking lots of water along with avoiding any alcoholic drinks helps reduce the symptoms.
Another difficulty you may face is adjusting with your accommodations. Unlike the cities in Nepal, the accommodations in the trek will be mostly tea houses with shared rooms. The accommodation facilities will be hygienic and comfortable but if you are someone who doesn't like to share their rooms with others, you may have some issues. You can choose a private room but it will cost you more. Also during peak seasons, without pre booking, you won’t have single rooms. So be prepared for some changes.
As for the trekking trails, the popular trekking trails of Everest Base Camp trek are mostly in great condition. However, there are some uphills and the trails are rough in some regions. If you are physically strong and have great stamina, you won’t have any problems. However, you should build up your stamina for this trip as there are some days when you have to walk over 7 hours a day. On rainy days, the trails may get slippery so be prepared and bring your rain gear along with great grips on your shoes.
In higher altitudes, there are issues of uncertain weather changes. Especially with your helicopter ride, weather changes affect you greatly. So make sure to check the weather forecast before you take your trip.
5 Days Detailed Everest Base Camp Itinerary
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Maximum Altitude: 2,843 m
Our short 5 days Everest Base Camp trek itinerary starts off with our flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the main attractions of the Everest Base Camp trek.
Starting off your adventurous trip with this beautiful experience is a blissful experience. Our Everest Base Camp trek 5 days is off to a grand start with the picturesque views from the infamous Lukla flight.
As you wait to reach your Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days starting point, you will be mesmerized by the views of nature from your flight. As you look to your left you can enjoy the amazing and unique landscapes along with the glorious mountains covered in snow. Glowing as the sun rays hit them, they are the main focus of this scenic flight.
After this mesmerizing flight of 40 minutes, you will reach Lukla. This is our starting point for trekking as per our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary. Trekking from Lukla to Phakding, we shall start our Everest Base Camp trek 5 days with great adventures ahead of us.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Maximum Altitude: 3,440 m
After a good night’s sleep and a filled stomach at Phakding, we shall now head to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a popular destination among trekkers and tourists. Filled with rich culture and traditions along with a wide variety of unique goods is what makes Namche Bazaar a popular destination among the trekkers.
We shall leave Phakding and head towards Namche Bazaar through the beautiful trails passing through the lush Rhododendron forests and numerous waterfalls and suspension bridges. Finally reaching Namche Bazaar after 5-6 hours of trekking, you can feel engrossed in the cultural diversity and the hospitality of the people. There are numerous things for you to experience in this small settlement. Especially the marketplace with the most unique products and activities to try.
We shall spend the night in Namche Bazaar at a tea house in the beautiful settlement.
Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Syangboche
Maximum Altitude: 3,790 m
Leaving the beautiful and diverse settlement of the Namche Bazaar, we shall head towards Syangboche. The way from Namche Bazaar to Syangboche is filled with amazing views and adventures.
Leaving Namche Bazaar, you can admire the beautiful views of the glorious mountains including Mount Everest and its neighboring peaks like the Lhotse and Nuptse.
As you head uphill towards Syangboche, you can experience a wide range of the lifestyle and culture of the people in the region. Starting from chortens and prayer wheels along with monasteries dating back centuries, you get to experience a religious and cultural side of the region.
Also, as you go further up, you can also see the amazing green pasture land with the yaks and sheeps grazing. This is a peaceful and relaxing sight to see.
You will reach Syangboche after 2-3 hours trekking uphill. The main attraction in Syangboche is the Everest View Hotel deemed as the highest hotel in the world as it is at an altitude of 3880 meters. We shall spend the night in Syangboche and rest up for the big event tomorrow.
Day 04: Helicopter Ride to Everest Base Camp and Fly Back to Lukla
Maximum Altitude: 5,643 m
Today is the big day. Today is the day we shall get to experience the helicopter ride view of the Everest Base Camp. with the helicopter ride, the views are so much more clear and the experience much more lavish. So prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime.
Starting your day with a warm breakfast at Syangboche, you will board on the helicopter and begin your adventure. Starting from the beautiful view of the mountains and the small villages, you will slowly head towards the Everest Base Camp.
You will be able to enjoy the eagle-eye view of the Everest Base Camp as you fly over the base camp in the helicopter. Slowly you get to enjoy the beautiful and amazing views of the Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp, and Everest mountain along with Kalapathar. The panoramic view of the mountains will win you over and have you speechless.
Your helicopter ride is bound to land at Gorak Shep but you can choose to stop at Kalapathar at an altitude of 5643 meters as well for the beautiful view of the Everest mountain along with other peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, etc.
After the beautiful adventure of admiring the mesmerizing and glorious views, you will return to Lukla. From Kalapathar, your helicopter ride will take you back straight to Lukla.
Day 05: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
Maximum Altitude: 1400 m
Today is the final day of our Everest Base Camp trek 5 days itinerary. After experiencing the mind-boggling helicopter ride experience of the Everest Base Camp along with the flight to Lukla, we shall now board on the flight back to Kathmandu.
We shall end the short Everest Base Camp trek with our beautiful scenic flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. The 40 minutes flight will enhance your trip ec[erience with refreshing views of the mountains and the landscapes. It feels different from the first experiencing this view and admiring it now that you have seen it up close. So enjoy your flight back and hope you had a great time with our short Everest Base Camp trek 5 days itinerary.
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