Rapid or Short Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 Days
The Rapid or Short Everest Base Camp Trek Program is designed for those who have limited time but want to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. In fact, reaching Mount Everest Base Camp is almost a trekker's dream, so why not go for this trek yourself, even if you have limited time. A minimum of 14 days are required in Nepal to complete the full version of the traditional Everest Base Camp trek. It is an 14-day itinerary that requires a brisk walk as compared to other normal trekkers. The trek takes you to the base camp (5364 m) of Mount Everest and the top of Kala Patthar (5545 m) for amazing mountain views with excellent sunrise. The trek starts after a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and ends at Lukla.
The fastest trek to Everest Base Camp is between 10 and 11 days of hiking. This is the shortest journey without a helicopter ride. The trek route passes through Sherpa villages and old Tibetan Buddhist monasteries (gompas), mani stones whose shapes echo from the mountains, prayer wheels so large that they take our full body-weight to turn, ice-cold rivers and the world’s highest suspension bridge, mossy forests and bare, high-altitude rock-scapes. And of course, the views of the highest mountains in the world, Everest and Ama Dablam are the most spectacular among them.
The trek route/trail is inside the Sagarmatha National Park (Sagarmatha is the Nepali name for Everest), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a refuge for musk deer, red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, black bear, and pheasant. The prime trekking season brings serious crowds on this trek. The best time to trek Everest Base Camp is in spring and autumn, but it is possible to trek Everest Base Camp anytime of the year without any difficulty.
Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek will also cover all the destinations but you need to walk fast and there is no extra day to adapt to the high altitude during the whole trekking. This trek is one of the most famous treks in the world to witness the great views of the Himalayas and the native Sherpas and their culture. Of course, the main goal of this trek is to reach the base camp of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. However, the trip is not complete without climbing Kala Patthar (also spelled out as Kalapathar) offers a better view than Everest Base Camp.
Nepal’s Everest Base Camp is quite different from other Base Camps treks in Nepal because we can’t see the best view of Mount Everest even from the Everest Base Camp (5364 meters) means there are other insanely tall mountains blocking some view of Mount Everest so most of the trekkers climb the non-technical peak Kala Patthar (5545 meters) for the best views of Mount Everest and surrounding Himalayas. After the summit of Kala Patthar, get down to Gorakshep and start your trek back to Lukla, which takes a few days to reach where your trek ends. From Lukla, you will get an exciting early morning flight to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 03: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 05: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Day 06: Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4410m)
Day 07: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4910m)
Day 08: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5140m) and Everest base camp (5364m)
Day 09: Gorak Shep Hike to Kala Pattar (5545m) then trek to Pheriche (4260m)
Day 10: Pheriche trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Day 11: Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2840m)
Day 12: Lukla flight to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 13: Reserve Day in Kathmandu
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip