3 Day Trek To Everest Base Camp

3 Day Trek To Everest Base Camp

Take a moment and think for a while about what you can do in 3 off days. What came to mind, a family picnic, or a friend reunion, or a farmhouse visit, or a weekend hike? You should think of the best thing that you can do in 3 days. Wait, what would be better than the 3 day trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC)? Yes, 3 days are enough to dare a great adventure so you should start thinking of doing Everest Base Camp trek in 3 days. You probably do that cause seeing the base camp of the world’s tallest peak is not an ordinary thing to do in 3 days.

This awesome outing is a blend of a helicopter ride and trek; the shortest Heli-trek combo to EBC. In simpler words, some part of the journey by trekking and the remaining part by a helicopter ride. However, this 3 Day Trek to Everest Base Camp is more about a Helicopter ride than the trekking. Don’t get upset that you don’t have much to trek on this package. If it would involve more trekking then it would not be possible to touch EBC within 3 days.

As you know the standard Everest Base Camp Trek takes a minimum of 12 days to get finished. We assure you that, however trekking and helicopter rides are available in this package you are going to love it thoroughly. Let us explain why.

The first day of 3 days begins with the scenic helicopter escape from Kathmandu directly to Namche Bazaar. In that fly over you will see some of the best things in your life like the entire snow-washed Himalayan belt, green uneven hills, and appealing landscape. Thereafter, you will land at Namche Bazaar for exploring it and the overnight stay which is the most attractive town of Nepal sitting in the heart of the Everest(Khumbu) region.

The next you will indulge yourself in a short day trek to the Everest View Hotel via Khumjung Village. If you don’t know, Everest View Hotel(3,962m) is one of the world’s highest placed hotels and you will get a chance to dine there in front of the towering Everest and other peaks. And Khumjung Village(3,790m) is the most important Sherpa settlement of the Khumbu region which gives an insight into the lifestyle and culture of locals. And the last day fulfills the longing of yours i.e. to view the world’s highest Peak from the Kala Patthar(5,644m).

The Everest view that you can intake is not like anywhere else. For that, you will fly just over the Khumbu region and EBC straight to the Kala Patthar. Then you will end the 3 days trip to EBC by making the return to Kathmandu via a quick and vigilant helicopter ride.

See, that is why we were saying 3 day Trek to Everest Base Camp is the best thing in the entire world that you can do in 3 days. Until this was just the overview but if you want to know more about this package then spend some time around the down listed headings.

Key Highlights

  • Impressive helicopter ride to Namche Bazaar
  • Trek to the one of the highest hotel Everest View Hotel
  • Tasty cuisine at Everest View Hotel with a stunning peak views
  • Explore the lifestyle and culture of the Khumbu region
  • Day trek around Namche Bazaar and Khumjung Village
  • Adventurous and a scenic helicopter ride to Kala Patthar
  • Breathtaking views of Mt Everest along with its neighboring peaks from Kala Patthar

Detailed Itinerary 3 Day Trek To Everest Base Camp

Day 01: Fly to Namche Bazaar from Kathmandu and Explore it

Flight Duration: 50 minutes

Maximum Altitude: 3440m

After breakfast, you’ll hop into a helicopter to start the 3 days journey to Everest Base Camp. Flying over the Kathmandu skies the helicopter will move towards the Khumbu region to make land at Namche Bazaar. As you rise up in the skies, you’ll start to see the catchy landscapes and mountains of Nepal. That will be a 50 minutes adventurous, scenic, breathtaking helicopter ride from boisterous Kathmandu to the calm Namche Bazaar. As soon as you land at Namche, your exploration of the town will start right away.

Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful town which rests perfectly near the Himalayas on a sloped hill. The streets of this town are worth exploring as you’ll find Sherpas living and trading there. Moreover, there are many hangouts like good coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, etc. While roaming around the alleys of Namche, you’ll find yourself amid many other local peoples as well as foreign visitors. There is one popular museum out there in the town which holds memorials from old years.

If you are interested to get insight into the lifestyle of mighty Sherpas, you can have interaction with them as they are most welcoming and nice to the foreign visitors. They take tourists as the people sent by god. After enough tour and interaction, you’ll head towards the lodge where you have already checked-in to take the night rest.

Day 02: Trek From Namche to Everest View hotel via Khumjung village and return back to Namche Bazar

Trek Duration: 2 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3880m

Today, you’ll wake up to the beautiful window view of the mountains and landscape of the Khumbu region. Then after breakfast, you’ll start to get ready in haste for another great day of 3 days trip to Everest Base Camp. Have a tight breakfast as this is the day when you get to head out on the trails for the trek to Everest View Hotel.

As you leave Namche the views will start to get better and better. The trek to Everest View Hotel is via a rugged trail of the Khumbu region which is surrounded by beautiful hills and teasing mountains. In this 2 hours trek, you’ll come across one of the most beautiful Sherpa settlements, Khumjung Village. It is the oldest village with many nicely built traditional houses and some monasteries from centuries ago. You’ll stop for a while to explore this village as much as you can.

Then after some minutes of leaving Khumjung village, you’ll be at one of the highest placed hotels in the world Everest View Hotel(3,880m). Take your moment and enjoy the far yet close Mt Everest and its siblings from the yard of the hotel. You’ll surely want to have a perfect lunch at this hotel whilst you enjoy the wide panorama of the Everest region.

After that, you will sing-off from the hotel to make a return to Namche for the overnight stay. On that part, you’ll retrace the same track that you have used earlier while coming to Everest View Hotel. Enjoying the same views in dusk times is something different. You’ll make your way to your Namche Bazaar’s lodge before the nightfall.

Day 03: Fly to Kala Patthar via EBC from Namche and then Make a Straight Return to Kathmandu

Flight Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Maximum Altitude: 1440 meters

Following your second night at Namche, it’s time to go out for what made you come on this trip i.e. Everest Base Camp. You’ll hop into the helicopter to leave Namche for Kala Patthar. Even though this trip is about Everest Base Camp, you will make a landing at Kala Patthar, not at Everest Base Camp. That is Kala Patthar is the best place to view Everest even better than the base camp. It feels like Everest is just in front of you when you are at Kala Patthar.

The helicopter takes only 25 minutes to reach Kala Patthar from Namche. This particular flight will be the best flight of yours up until that point. While your heart beats like a drum, you will be calmed by the aerial view of Mt Everest and several other peaks, dramatic Everest Base Camp and above all the entire Khumbu region. Then you land at Kala Patthar for a few minutes. Before time is up, celebrate the panoramic view of Everest from Kala Patthar, take pictures for a lifetime and inhale the chilly oxygen there.

After your stay time at Kala Patthar is up it is good to get going because the weather of Kala Patthar changes too quickly. So, you will head inside the craft to fly straight towards Kathmandu. 1 hour more and you will reach Kathmandu to celebrate the success of 3 day Everest Base Camp trek.

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Best Time for 3 Days Everest Base Camp Trek

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The very best times for 3 days Everest Base Camp trek or any other trip in Nepal are Autumn and Spring. Both of these seasons are also known as the peak seasons to do things in Nepal. It’s because of their adventure friendly weather conditions they are considered as the best times.

Autumn makes sign in from the start of September and remains through October and November. Any day you come in these months, days are warm, clear are the skies, no fear or sign of rainfall or snowfall. The days of Autumn are the best to enjoy the unobstructed views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and many other peaks. It’s an awesome trekking experience in Nepal during Autumn. That is why trials of Everest Base Camp and other trails are flocked with a good number of trekkers.

Likewise, Spring, the other best time for 3 Days Everest Base Camp is pretty similar to Autumn. The only difference is Spring is slightly chilly and colder than Autumn. This slightly cold Spring season takes over the clouds of Nepal from March to May just after the Winter. It is also a season of new flowers. You will be trekking on a warm day amid newly blossomed Rhododendron flowers and enriched vegetation. There is no chance of either snowfall or rainfall rather one will enjoy the mountain views all day long.

On the other hand, Monsoon and Winter are low times for adventures in Nepal. Better known as the off-seasons for trekking Nepal, Monsoon is a rainy season and Winter is the coldest season of all. The rain makes the trail slippery, arouses landslides, clouds before mountains so it is not a good season to trek. In the same manner, Winter brings bone-chilling cold and heavy snowfall, hence it is difficult to trek during such times.

Thus, the best times for 3 days Everest Base Camp itinerary are Autumn and Spring. Yet knowing everything about off-seasons(Winter & Monsoon) you still want to try on this trip, consult our Himalayas On Foot team and they will provide the safest and successful itinerary.

Difficulties during 3 Day Trek to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

As you have already known, Everest Base Camp Trek 3 Days is a Heli-trek which demands more helicopter ride than trekking. So, there are no such difficulties like the standard Everest Base Camp Trek where you have to do the entire journey by trek. But still, you could face certain difficulties on this trip if you are not a regular high altitude trekker.

Altitude Sickness

Where there is a mountain there is altitude sickness. And, how can you be away from altitude sickness in a journey like Everest Base Camp Heli-trek? This mountain sickness can hit anyone who is a complete newcomer in the high altitude areas. In the case of this tour, you will land at Kala Patthar(5,644m) for some minutes to observe the mountain views.

You may get caught by altitude sickness in those minutes. However, don’t panic, it will be a rare case that you get mountain sickness after a whole-day stay around Namche Bazaar. By the time you reach Kala Patthar, you will be already acclimatized with high altitudes. But who knows what can happen, so we owe to provide possible threats of the trip.

High Altitude Trek

Actually, it’s not a real difficulty but it is for those people who are not daily walkers. High altitude trek is a difficult thing to do if you have never done any sort of trekking. On this 3 days package to Everest Base Camp, you have to get involved in a day trek where you are supposed to trek from Namche Bazaar(3,440m) to Everest View Hotel(3,880m) and return back to Namche. It’s not the longest trek, just a 2 to 3 hours hike. But, first-time trekkers can feel difficulty while doing the trek on the steep and hilly trails. If you have done longer treks before then this trip’s trek is an easy piece of cake.

Tips for 3 Days Trek to Everest Base Camp

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  • Have a flexible travel time with 2 to 3 extra days for the trip as the trip can get delayed by weather sometimes.
  • Carry enough warm clothes for 3 days of the trip
  • Be with skin moisturizers, the sun hits really hard when in high areas
  • Carry sun hat or cap for avoiding sunburns
  • Plan this trip with a group of your circle, that way it’s more economical
  • Have some dry fruits, chocolates, energy bars for a helicopter ride
  • Stay hydrated all the time and have a bottle of water beside you
  • Carry some anti-altitude sickness medicine likes Diamox
  • While trekking don’t rush rather walk slowly with short breaks
  • Don’t intake any alcohol and tobacco before flying to Kala Patthar

About Author

Mukti is is the founder and CEO of Himalayas on Foot. He started Himalayas on Foot in 2008 after working as a trekking porter, guide and then a sales manager for a decade.

He has done most of the treks in Nepal such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Poon Hill, Langtang Trek, Annapurna Circuit, etc. Apart from Nepal, he has also travelled to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France and USA.

Mukti was also secretary of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) for the year 2015-2017. TAAN is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the Nepal.

He speaks fluent English, Japanese and Nepali.

Mukti is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.

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