Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days

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Overview

The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most revered adventures in the world. The trek takes you to the foothills of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). This incredible “Everest Base Camp trek 5 days” trek package includes an exciting luxury Helicopter travel.

The trails of this stunning trek passes through the natural landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park. The natural Heritage site works in the conservation of the wildlife habitat of the Everest region. You can also explore the vibrant atmosphere of the famous Sherpa settlement of Namche Bazaar. The ancient monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and other heritage will spellbind you.

Moreover, this spectacular trek itinerary also includes a helicopter ride from Syanboche to Everest Base Camp or Kalapathar. You can observe incredible views of snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, Cholatse, Taboche, and others. We also explore around the Everest Base Camp region before returning to Lukla.

Furthermore, the incredible hospitality of the local people will make you fall in love with the place. The 5 day trek to Everest Base Camp package is available at a reasonable cost. So, what are you waiting for? Read the detailed description of the Everest Base Camp trek 5 days and book your trip now!

Significant Highlights of the Trip

  • Observing the snow-capped mountains of the Everest Mahalangur range, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and others
  • Breathtaking views of the Himalayan sunrise overlooking the snow-capped mountains
  • Exploring the vibrant atmosphere of Everest Base Camp
  • Adventurous helicopter ride from Syangboche to Everest Base Camp/Kalapathar
  • Passing through the natural landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Spotting of rare and endangered wildlife including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, etc
  • Opportunity to explore the culture, heritage, and lifestyle of Ethnic Sherpa community
  • Incredible hospitality of the Nepalese people

Useful Information

When is the Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days?

Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) is the best time for the 5 day trek to Everest Base Camp.

Autumn (September to November)

The spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains are the highlight of the trek in Autumn. There are stable weather conditions and moderate temperatures that are favorable for trekking. Besides that, the cultural aspect of the trek is another attraction as many festivals fall under this season.

Spring (March to May)

In spring, the wildflowers, especially rhododendron, bloom all over the hills. You can also spot the rare wildlife that comes out of their hibernation. The favorable temperatures in the daytime are another attraction of the trek. There are clear blue skies in spring which provide the unobstructed views of the snow capped mountains.

Moreover, the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall in the region, whereas the winters come with freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. Besides these, landslides, slippery trails, and avalanches make the trek quite challenging in the offseason. Overall, Autumn and Spring are the ideal time for treks in the Everest region. However, with proper packing and preparation, you can trek in the offseasons as well.

How Difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days?

The Everest Base Camp 5 days is moderately challenging. For beginners, the high altitude trek can get quite challenging with the chances of altitude sickness. The oxygen levels, and air pressure drop to the bare minimum which creates altitude sickness among trekkers.

Acclimatization along with regular hydration is essential to tackle altitude sickness along trails. Trekkers should take rests or descend in case you get altitude sickness. Gradual treks at a steady pace will help the trekkers along the trail. You will trek for around 4-6 hours on an average. The trail includes trekking uphill and downhill in rough terrain. Hence, a basic level of fitness is essential for the trek.

Moreover, the Helicopter ride reduces itinerary and difficulty of the Everest Base Camp trek 5 days significantly. Hence, this exciting trek is less challenging than your regular trek to Everest Base Camp. Overall, this Everest Base Camp 5 day trek is a moderately challenging trek in the Everest region.

Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2660m, 3 Hours)

Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m, 7-8 Hours)

Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Syangboche (3,790m, 2-3 hours)

Day 04: Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp and Fly Back to Lukla (5,643m,  15-20 minutes)

Day 05: Flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ( 1400m, 45-minutes )

Detailed Itinerary - Everest Base Camp Trek 5 Days

Maximum Altitude: Phakding (2660m)

Trek Distance: 8 km

Trek Duration: 3 Hours

Flight Duration: 45-minutes

Our representative staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the Tribhuvan International airport early in the morning. After an adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, we start our trek to Phakding.

Lukla airport is one of the smallest airstrips in the world with only 527 meters of runaway. You can observe the incredible snow-capped mountains from the top in this 45-minutes flight. Our trekking journey officially starts after arriving at Lukla. Lukla is a quaint town in the Everest region with monasteries, chortens, settlements, and lodges/hotels.

After crossing the busy streets of Lukla, we will ascend towards Phakding. You can observe the green vegetation with colorful rhododendrons trees along the trail. You will arrive at Phakding after 3 hours of trekking. After arriving at Phakding, you can go on a further exploration of the city. You will stay overnight at a tea house or lodge in Phakding.

Maximum Altitude: Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

Trek Distance: 3 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 Hours

After breakfast, we start our trek from Phakding and head to Namche Bazaar. The trails on this trek consists of gradual ascents and hence is quite challenging. You will also enter the famous Sagarmatha National Park. The beautiful atmosphere and rugged trails is the highlight of the trek.

We walk alongside the Dudh Koshi river, passing through the Pine, and Rhododendron forests. You can also observe the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains including Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku. There are steep climbs and you will also have to cross the narrow lanes of the Bhote Koshi River and Dudh Koshi.

Finally, we cross the suspension bridge covered with colorful flags, to arrive at the famous town of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazar is a commercial town in the mountains. You can explore the vibrant atmosphere of the town with magnificent monasteries, cafes, hotels, pubs, restaurants, bars, and others.

Moreover, the nightlife of Namche is reminiscent of Thamel. Namche Bazaar also has the world’s highest Irish Pub located at an altitude of 3440m. Various viewpoints along the trail provide magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains of the region. We will stay overnight at a lodge/hotel in Namche Bazar.

Maximum Altitude: Syangboche (3,790m)

Trek Distance: 4 km

Trek Duration: 2-3 hours

After observing the incredible sunrise views from Namche Bazaar, we start our trek journey. The sight of golden rays of sun falling upon the silver mountains is awe-inspiring. You will hike the narrow lanes and also spot the majestic Mt. Everest. The first glimpse of the highest mountain peak in the world will inspire you.

The trek is extremely taxing with long, steep ascents. There are various prayer wheels and Buddhist monasteries along the trail. You can find monks and nuns worshiping and working in the monasteries. Besides that, you can also observe the magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other snow-capped mountains.

Additionally, there are beautiful hilly landscapes and meadows where Yaks and Blue Sheep graze. You can also find the famous Everest View Hotel in Syangboche. This hotel holds the record for being the highest placed hotel in the world. You can stay at a teahouse in Syangboche overnight.

Maximum Altitude: Everest Base Camp (5,364m)/Kala Patthar (5,643m)

Helicopter Flight duration: Around 15-20 minutes

We have our breakfast early in the morning while observing the scenic vista. We will then prepare ourselves for a helicopter tour towards the Everest Base Camp or Kalapathar. You can observe the exciting views of the entire Khumbu Valley. The helicopter ride takes you over the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Kala Patthar.

You can observe the highest mountain peaks in the world including Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and others. Kala Patthar offers a great vantage point of the Khumbu region. You will be standing on the lap of the highest mountains in the world and observe the 360 degrees panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.

Furthermore, Kala Patthar is a picturesque spot and hence, many photographers prefer Kala Pathar to take pictures of Mt. Everest. After observing the beautiful landscapes, we make our way back to Lukla. You can take the helicopter ride back to Lukla and stay overnight at the hotel.

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1400m)

Flight Duration: 45-minutes

After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. You can observe the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas for the last time. The beautiful aerial views of the entire Everest region is enchanting. After arriving at Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to the hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days?

Everest Base Camp trek 5 days is ideal in Autumn and Spring. The clear skies and favorable temperature are the highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek in these seasons. Since these are the peak seasons for trekking, the accommodation facilities get crowded. Hence, you should book well in advance to avoid any hassles during the trek.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days?

The Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days is moderately difficult. It also includes a helicopter ride which reduces the difficulty level by a significant amount. Anyone with a basic level of fitness can complete this trek.

What are the permits required for the 5 day trek to Everest Base Camp?

The Everest base camp 5 day trek permits include the Sagarmatha National Park permit which costs around USD 30 and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry permit which costs around USD 20.

How many hours of walk is essential for the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days?

A 6-7 hours walk a day on average is essential for the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days. Trekkers must be physically and mentally fit for the Trek.

Is travel insurance necessary for the Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days?

A proper travel insurance is essential for High altitude Everest Base Camp trekking. They cover emergency rescue fees, injuries, flight delays, and others. Since these are quite common high altitude regions, you should get good travel insurance for the trekking adventure.

How are the food and accommodation available in the trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek 5 days food and accommodation is quite basic. The higher the altitude, the more limited the services. You will stay at tea houses and have traditional Nepali food.

The teahouses serve “dal bhat” twice a day which is nutritious and balanced. The rooms in the teahouses are clean and include twin beds, a pillow, and a warm blanket. Toilets are squat style and generally outside of the teahouses.

Is hiring a porter or guide compulsory?

You can trek without a guide or a porter as well. However, hiring a porter will make your trip comfortable and safe. They will help you in case of any emergencies and regarding the logistics like meal, accommodation, permits, translation, and others.

Is solo trekking possible?

Trekking solo is possible in the Everest Region. However, it is generally recommended to hire a guide for safety reasons.

What happens in case of an emergency?

In case of any emergencies, we will carry out rescue operations with the help of a helicopter. It will get managed by the company and covered by your travel insurance.

How much should I tip the guide and porter?

You can tip around 10 percent of the total service charge or as much as you desire.

How safe is Nepal for women travelers?

Nepal is relatively safe for women travelers. However, you should dress conservatively and avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless in the rural areas. Female trekkers must ensure to hire the guide after a proper background check. You should also not travel after dark.

How to avoid altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is when your body cannot adjust to the high altitude. The symptoms of altitude sickness include nausea, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty in breathing.

You should acclimatize and hydrate regularly to avoid altitude sickness. Drinking plenty of water helps in increasing oxygen levels in your body. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks along with smoking. Alternatively, you can also take anti-nausea medicine like “Diamox” tablets to tackle altitude sickness along the trail.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • International and Domestic Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodations during the trek lodge/ tea house
  • English speaking sherpa guide with his insurance and salary
  • Sagarmatha National park permits
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Helicopter Fares and Service Charges
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • First Aid Kit and Oximeter
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may issue the visa upon your arrival at Airport)
  • Porter's Cost not included (Hireable with additional cost)
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses, drinking water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills, wifi, hot shower, battery charge etc.
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

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Everest Base Camp Trek 5 days
  • Flight/Public/Private Vehicle
  • 2 - 20 Pax Max
  • 5,644 m
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu
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