Everest Base Camp trek 5 days
The trek to the spectacular Everest Base Camp is one of the greatest adventures in the world. The pristine foothills of the magnificent Mt. Everest (8848m), provide fantastic trekking opportunity. The “ Everest Base Camp trek 5 days ” trek package adds luxury travel to the stunning trekking adventure.
You will pass through the natural landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park along the trek. The UNESCO listed World Heritage site works extensively in protecting and conserving the natural habitat of the Everest region. You will also have an opportunity to explore Namche Bazaar. Namche is a famous Sherpa settlement and a tourist hub in the Khumbu region.
The scenic mountain helicopter ride from Syanboche to Everest Base Camp is the highlight of the trek. The aerial view of the Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Pumori, Taboche, Cholatse, and others is incredible. We also explore the vibrant Everest Base Camp region before returning to Lukla on the helicopter.
The “ Everest Base Camp trek 5 days ” is ideal for those who wish to trek the natural terrains of the Everest region in a short period. Moreover, we are offering this trek package at a reasonable cost. So, are you ready for this short and exciting trip?
Read further for best time, difficulty, detailed itinerary and other information about the Everest Base Camp trek 5 days. Book your trip now!
Major Highlights of the Trek
- Exploring the incredible atmosphere of the Everest Base Camp
- Awe-inspiring sunrise overlooking the entire Himalayan range including Mt. Everest
- Opportunity to witness the majestic snow-capped mountains of the Everest Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and others
- Scenic helicopter ride from Syangboche to Everest Base Camp
- Wildlife spotting of rare animals including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, etc
- Passing through the UNESCO world heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
- A cultural exploration of the ethnic Sherpa community
- The warm hospitality of the Nepalese people
When is the Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days?
The best time for the “Everest Base Camp Trek ” is the Autumn months of September to November and Spring months of March to May.
Autumn (September to November)
The post-monsoon period of autumn is a great time to trek the Himalayan foothills of the Everest region. The spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains are the primary attraction of the trek.
The temperatures are moderate and favourable for trekking. The festive atmosphere also adds cultural value to the trek. It is also the peak season for trekking in Nepal, and the trails will get crowded with hundreds of trekkers.
Spring (March to May)
The spring season adds beauty to the scenic landscapes of the region. The wildflowers bloom all over the trails attracting trekkers with their unique beauty. You also have an opportunity to explore the rare wildlife of the region that stay active after a long winter’s break. The entire region becomes incredibly beautiful in the spring season. The temperatures stay moderate for trekking in the daytime.
The monsoon season comes with heavy rainfall in the region, and the below 0 degree temperatures of the winters is tough on trekkers. There are many leeches in the area during the monsoon, and the slippery trails make trekking difficult.
Besides these, landslides and avalanches in the region pose a significant threat for trekkers as well. Trekking is a challenge, in these seasons, but with adequate preparation and packing, it is doable.
How Difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days?
The trek to Everest Base Camp is always a challenge. If you are a beginner, the high altitude trek can be especially challenging. Altitude sickness is a problem for trekkers in the high altitude region. The oxygen levels, temperatures, and air pressure decrease significantly, which creates problems for the trekkers.
Acclimatization is a must in these high altitude treks. Along with acclimatization, hydrating regularly also helps to beat altitude sickness. If the problem persists, you can either descend or take rests. One pro tip is to walk as gently as possible with a steady pace in these terrains.
You will be walking for 3-6 hours on an average. The winding trail move across rough terrains in an up and down path. A basic level of fitness will help the trekkers significantly to complete the 5 days Everest Base Camp Trek without any hassle.
The Everest Base Camp trek 5 days is a short duration trek with the added luxury of a Helicopter ride. Hence, this trek is less challenging than your regular Everest Base Camp trek. The shorter trekking period makes the trek ideal for all skill levels, including those who have not trekked in the high altitude region before.
Food and Accommodation along the Everest Base Camp Trek - 5 days
The “ Everest Base Camp trek of 5 days ” takes you through some of the finest tea houses that provide basic meals and lodging facilities. The rooms have basic twin beds, a pillow and a warm blanket. Some of the tea houses offer hot water facilities and wifi along the trail as well.
For breakfast, you will generally get served bread toast with hot drinks like tea and coffee. There are different varieties of tea, including mint tea, butter tea, hot chocolate, rhododendron tea, and other hot beverages.
For lunch and dinner, you will get served “Dal Bhat”. Dal Bhat is a staple Nepalese dish that consists of rice, dal (pulses), lentils, spinach, vegetables, meat, and pickles. You can also get a limited variety of western cuisine, including pizza, burgers, pasta, and others.
Essential Tips for the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days
- Pack all your basic necessities and equipment properly
- Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
- Hire a guide and a porter
- Get Proper training before the trek
- Start your trek early
- Pre book all the accommodations
- Eat a balanced diet
- Check for weather updates before the trek
- Add extra days on your schedule for delays
- Get a proper Travel insurance package
Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days - Packing List
The Everest Base Camp trek of 5 days requires a light packing as it is a short duration trek. Some of the essential items you need to pack are as follows:
- Insulating down jackets
- Trekking boots
- Trekking pants and jackets
- Thermals underwear
- Trekking shirts (Short-sleeved/ Long-sleeved)
- Trekking Gloves
- Woollen cap
- Oral rehydration salts
- Anti-nausea Medicines
- Diamox tablets
- Mosquito repellents
- Toilet Paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Sleeping bag
- Solar Chargers
- Water Bottle
- Hot water Thermos
- Travel Permits
Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
Maximum Elevation: 2610 m
Trek duration: 3 hrs
We take a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu early in the morning. The beautiful 45 minutes trip provides us with a picturesque view of the Himalayan range of mountains. After arriving at Lukla, you can start your trekking journey of the 5 days Everest Base Camp trek.
The short trek to Phakding moves along a well-trodden path, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. After 3 hours and almost 8km of trekking, you will arrive in Phakding. We stay overnight at a lodge in Phakding.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche
Maximum Elevation: 3446 m
Trek duration: 6 hrs
You will start your trekking adventure from Phakding via the trail alongside the Dudh Koshi river. We pass through the rhododendron, pine, fir and rhododendron forests.
After crossing the Dudh Koshi River at Benkar, you can observe the beautiful snow-capped mountains including Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku and others from a scenic viewpoint.
The trail then turns steep and difficult towards Namche Bazaar. The walk progresses on an uphill path, and the trail turns into flat land. After a trek of some time, we arrive at a meeting point of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi river.
After crossing several suspension bridges above the river, you will arrive at Namche Bazaar. In Namche, there are many restaurants, cafes, and exploration points that is reminiscent of Thamel in Kathmandu. We stay overnight at a lodge in Namche.
Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Syangboche
Maximum Elevation: 3790 m
Trek duration: 2-3 hours
After early morning breakfast, we start our trek to Syangboche from Namche. The trek passes through beautiful scenic traditional villages of the region.
You will arrive at the Syangboche airstrip situated at 3790m after a trek of almost an hour. You can stay overnight at the Everest View Hotel, which is the highest placed hotel in the world. Alternatively, you can spend the night at other lodges in Syanboche.
Day 04: Helicopter Ride to Everest Base Camp and Fly Back to Lukla
Maximum Elevation: 5170 m
Flight duration: 25 minutes
After breakfast, you will board a stunning helicopter ride in the Everest region. The majestic Khumbu valley looks incredibly beautiful from above the sky. The Heli tour of the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier and other viewing points of the Everest region will spellbind you.
The aerial view of the Himalayan mountains of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and others is awe-inspiring. After exploring the Everest region from the top, the helicopter flight then lands at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. You can experience the bustling experience of the Everest Base Camp, and take outstanding pictures.
The Helicopter flight above the Himalayas is a once in a lifetime experience. After the beautiful experience, we fly back to Lukla on the helicopter. We stay overnight at a lodge in Lukla.
Day 05: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
Maximum Elevation: 5170 m
Flight duration: 45 minutes
After breakfast, we will take an adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. We have an opportunity to observe the aerial view of the mountains for one last time. After a wonderful trek of Everest Base Camp for 5 days, our journey comes to an official end in Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp 5 days - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is the elevation of Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp is 5,380m above the sea level.
2. Where is Everest Base Camp located?
The Everest Base Camp is in the Everest region of the Solukhumbu district in eastern Nepal.
3. What are the best months to trek to Everest?
The best seasons to trek to Everest are the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May).
4. How to tackle altitude sickness?
You should acclimatize and hydrate regularly. You can also carry Diamox tablets under the prescription of a medical professional.
5. Should I hire a guide or a porter or both?
Hiring a guide and a porter is entirely upon you. However, hiring a professional guide makes the trekking quite easy. You can hire a porter if you find it hard to carry your luggage and trek. Some guides work both as a guide and a porter.
6. How much cash should I take with me to Everest Base Camp Trek?
On an average, 25$ to 30$ per day would be enough for the Everest Base Camp trek, including accommodation, food, tipping and other costs.
The Final Say
The Everest Base Camp trek 5 days is an excellent trek package for those who love some luxury along with adventure. The trek allows you to trek the foothills of the Himalayas. The morning Himalayan sunrise from various viewpoints along the trek is spellbinding. You can also experience to observe the region from a helicopter.
The helicopter ride provides you with an incredible aerial view of the Himalayas, including Mt Everest. The foothills of the Himalayas and the unique sherpa settlements looks incredibly attractive from the trek. Overall, the Everest Base Camp trek of 5 days is a short trek that offers great value.
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