Readout aloud every adventurer’s bucket list and you’ll surely find what you are looking for. I’m talking about the 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek, a must longing for each of the wanderer souls. How not, it’s a long and pleasing walk to see Mt Everest not on the Internet but in front of you. And you know that Everest’s beauty is a great showcase of how awesomely the creator has formed the Earth.
Every single year, people in thousands come to Nepal to suffer the supreme beauty of the Everest region. Towering and snowy mountains every time you turn your head to the North. Plus, you will find yourself enjoying the Everest views from the best place anywhere to view Everest which is Everest Base Camp(5,364m).
Below them are the attractive terrains that are fueled with many beautiful things. Anything in that part of Nepal is unknowingly good even the deserted hills under the blueish skies look great. Now, you can imagine what the rest of things may look like, let’s say dense woods, Sherpa’s settlements, monasteries, gompas, or just everything. People from every corner of the world keep aside their busy work and life to come for Everest Base Camp Trek to celebrate some time for themselves in nature.
Normally, most of the guiding companies that are out there ask for 12 to 16 days of yours for completing the Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a good itinerary for the inexperienced trekkers who have not done any high altitude treks yet and this one is the first. What if you are a well-walked trekker who has done numbers of mountain treks and want the shorter version of Everest Base Camp Trek? Well, you got an option of 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek dedicated to professional trekkers like you. Read the below-placed headings to know more about the 7 Days Everest Base Camp Trek.
Note: This 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek does not have any acclimatization day at all. It is the package strictly for the trekkers who are old in the trekking game especially in the high-elevation treks. But the beginners and less-experienced can get across risks of altitude sickness while doing this trek. And there can be a need for emergency helicopter rescue for such extreme situations. If you are one of them, you should opt for longer Everest Base Camp Trek.
Major Highlights of 7 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Astonishing views of Mt Everest as well as Lhotse, Amadablam, Makalu, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and several more.
- Traverse through woods of a UNESCO world heritage, Sagarmatha National Park
- Pass through and by many attractive suspension bridges, monasteries, prayer wheels, mani walls, stupas, and gompas.
- Enjoy the trek in the heavenly like terrains of Everest region
- Explore the cultures, traditions, foods, and lifestyles of mighty Sherpas
- Share the trail with many like-minded trekkers
- Adventurous and scenic helicopter return from Gorak Shep(5,164m)
Best Time for 7 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
If you ask us about the possible time for Everest Base Camp Trek, we would say it’s all around the year. You can try this or any other trek throughout the year, the only thing is sometimes it is pleasant, safe, and hassle-free to trek, and sometimes it’s not. There are two perfectly suited times in a year for Everest Base Camp Trek 7 days and they are Autumn and Spring.
Autumn arrives in Nepal during the months of September, October, November. These three months are considered the best and so are the peak months for trekking in Nepal. Autumn’s main attributes are its stable weather, warm temperature, clear skies. Doing Everest Base Camp Trek during Autumn means you can enjoy the mountain views all day long without a single disturbance. Moreover, the weather also does not change much rather it provides ideal conditions for trekking.
Similarly, the other idealistic time for 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek is Spring. March, April, and May are the months of Spring when one can recklessly wander around the trails of EBC. Weather is warm and ideal for a trek, no chances of rainfall and overcast conditions, greenery and blossomed flowers everywhere, and bright mountain views all day, this is how it looks like to do a trek in Spring.
On the other hand, Summer and Winter are unfrequented times for EBC or any other treks in Nepal. Trekking trails are mostly vacant during these two seasons. Summer means a season of heavy rainfall and Winter is a time when everything starts to freeze. If you are planning to do it in Winter (December to January) and Summer (June to August), it’s better not to do it. Or else, you should be ready to face any kind of consequences.
Difficulties on 7 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
When you are doing a trek of 12 to 15 days in just 7 days, it’s obvious that it will be a difficult trek. The only thing is how difficult this trek is. We will try to give a short overview of possible difficulties that you can face during the 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek.
The main hardness of this short EBC trek will be the distance and daily trek. Your trek will start from Lukla and over 6 days you will trek to reach Everest Base Camp Trek. All the trek has to be done in haste to cover around 65 km distance on the steepest trails. A total of 65 km means you will be walking an average of 10km per day. And 10km is not a short length to walk on steep and high altitude areas. That average day trekking is not attainable by everyone but only by the experienced trekkers. If you are one of them then this trek is good for you.
Moreover, altitude sickness can be a possible problem on this Everest Base Camp Trek 7 days. You’ll land at Lukla(2,860m) to start the trek to reach Everest Base Camp which lies in a surreal height of 5,364m. Not with a single acclimatization day, you will come across a rapid altitude increase. If you have no experience at all in high altitude treks before, you got a problem here of altitude sickness. But if you have been in a high altitude trek(above 4000m) game for a really good time now then you are ready to move on.
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Flight Duration: 45 minutes
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Altitude Gain: 2804m, Phakding
And with the early dawn, you trek to Everest Base Camp will get kicked off by reaching out for the Lukla flight. Lukla is only 45 minutes away from Kathmandu by flight. It’s a scenic 45 minutes of your life where you will look at the entire Himalayan range, attractive terrains from your window. Then your plane will touch down at one of the most thrilling airports in the world, Lukla Airport.
After your check out from the airport, you will leave Lukla for starting the most awaited trek. This is the point from where your 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek actually begins. As soon as you leave Lukla, you will find yourself trekking ahead amid the woods of the Khumbu region. Then moving through various settlements and crossing several suspension bridges for 4 to 5 hours you will be at Phakding. Overnight at the teahouse.
Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Altitude Gain: 3,440m, Namche
Now you head ahead for the Namche Bazaar from Phakding after breakfast. Today is the day when you will arrive in the most developed area of the Khumbu region. But before that, you have to pass through several villages and the woods of Sagarmatha National Park. You move further and further enjoying the best views of terrains and mountains. The most amazing peaks of the Everest region start to appear around the sky before Namche.
Namche is the best place to stay around before you move towards the most rural part of the world. So while in Namche make sure you enjoy the fullest before you leave rural life for 4 days. Overnight at the lodge of Namche.
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Altitude Gain: 3,860m, Tengboche
After the awesome night at Namche, you will head out on the early droplets to see Tengboche before the dusk. It will be a steep trekking day when you will leave Namche Bazaar for moving closer to the mountains. Today will also be a happening day when you will cross nicely settled Sherpa villages, lush forest, suspension bridges, Buddhist mani walls, and many more.
And yes, after 6 hours of a stretch from Namche, you will arrive in Tengboche where the most important monastery of Nepal lies. It is called Tengboche Monastery, the big Buddhist temple with a great history behind its formation. Moreover, the foreground of this monastery allows striking views of peaks like Ama Dablam, Pumori, etc. Your overnight will happen at the teahouse in Tengboche.
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Altitude Gain: 4400m, Dingboche
Here comes another busy trekking day when you will march for Dingboche from Tengboche. It is also the day to cross the 4000m altitude. With every increase in height, you will see better and better views. After the early blessings from Tengboche Monastery, you will start the 6 hours long trek through another monastery homing village Debuche. There is a lot to explore like Thanka architectures, mani walls, prayer flags, and wheels.
Then you will join the ascending trail to reach Dingboche. It is a beautifully situated village of Sherpa peoples who lay 365 days within the foothills of mountains. The mountain views from Dingboche are the best until reaching here. You’ll spend the evening around the Dingboche by having a maximum of the mountain and cultural exploration.
Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Altitude Gain: 4,940m, Lobuche
Now you better carry a bottle of water as you are about to reach 5000m today. Also, watch out for every next step, it’s all rough and rugged trails now after you leave Dingboche. Though the trials are difficult today, the mountain views of Ama Dablam, Chocolate, Pumori, Taboche, Lobuche, Lhotse, and some more will try to compensate you.
After crossing several villages, you will reach the glacier trail made by the Khumbu glacier. This particular part is the most challenging to walk but you have been to such roads a couple of times. You will cross that hurdle to reach Lobuche, a beautiful village situated very near to the whitish mountains. Overnight at Lobuche.
Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Flight Duration: 20 to 30 minutes
Altitude Gain: 5,364m, Everest Base Camp
It is the day when your wish to reach Everest Base Camp comes alive. But before that, you have to make the longest stretch of the entire 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek. This is the time to trek all the way to Everest Base Camp from Lobuche which is not an easy trek at all. Trails are rougher now, altitude is also high now and so is the total trekking duration. Firstly, after leaving Lobuche you will arrive at Gorak Shep then after a quick rest you march on to make history.
And then you are here at the most astonishing Everest Base Camp. Take a bow for yourself for reaching the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. And celebrate the view of Mt Everest along with some other siding peaks. Also, take some time to enjoy the vision of Khumbu glacier and its icefalls. You will also find Everest climbers settling there in the Everest Base Camp preparing for the climb. It’s a busy time for your eyes to take in views from every side.
After the lifetime lasting views at EBC, you will drop back towards Gorakshep. This time you will easily trek as it is a descending trail. There at the Gorak Shep, a helicopter for your return to Lukla will be heating up. As soon as you reach Gorak Shep, you will hope into the ride before it gets too dark. Within 20 minutes, you will reach Lukla for the overnight rest after the tiring day.
Flight Duration: 45 minutes
Altitude Gain: 1400m, Kathmandu
Here arrives the day that most of the trekkers never wish to come after being in the heavenly Everest region. This is the last day of 7 days Everest Base Camp Trek. Here, you will join the flight of scenic 45 minutes to Kathmandu from Lukla. You’ll enjoy each and every minute flight by looking at Mount Everest and other peaks for the last time until your next visit. Then you’ll finally arrive at Kathmandu to celebrate the success of the completion of the trek.