5 days Everest Base Camp trek is short and easy luxury trek.
This is the least time taken to complete the Everest Base Camp trek.
This trek offers you a chance to trek in the famed Everest region but only for few days in the lower altitudes.
This means the trek isn’t challenging and anyone can signup for this.
Despite the short duration, this trek doesn’t compromise in providing full opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Khumbu region.
And the thrill the mountains has to offer is all for grabs.
In this trek, you will come close to the highest peak in the world i.e the Mt.Everest located in Nepal.
Unlike the 14 or higher days ideal Everest Base Camp Trek, here you will get the feels of trekking without the tiring long walks to Everest Base Camp.
Instead, you will take a comfortable ride on a helicopter that lets you witness close up views of the Everest region and other Himalayan giants.
Moreover, the encounter with the Sherpas- the local inhabitants, their tradition, and culture is also the highlight of this trek.
All in all, this is a unique package that will guarantee you an amazing experience and is worth every penny.
Table of Contents
- Interesting Facts About 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Detailed Itinerary of 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Best Season for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Physical Fitness for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Accommodation and Meals During 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Drinking-Water During 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Travel Insurance for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Things to Consider During 5 days Everest Base Camp Trek
- 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
- Last Say,
Interesting Facts About 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Striking views of the mountain ranges like Mt.Everest, Ama Dablam, Mt.Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Gaurishankar and many others
- Encounter the old but unique Sherpa culture and tradition
- Place a footstep on Kalapatthar standing at the altitude of 5545 meters.
- Witness the UNESCO world heritage site, the Sagarmatha National Park
- Lukla airport, considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world
- Experience adventurous and scenic Helicopter ride: Namche > EBC > Kalapatthar > Lukla.
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Detailed Itinerary of 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Elevation: 2610 m
Trekking duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Today your day starts with a drive to the airport where you will board a domestic flight to Lukla. This is a scenic 45 minutes flight where you will get the astonishing views of the mountains.
After landing in Lukla, you will start your actual trek on foot for the 5 days Everest Base Camp trek. The trek to Phakding is short and easy where you will get to enjoy beautiful scenes along the way.
After about 3 hours of the trek and covering nearly 8km, you arrive in Phakding. Overnight stay at a lodge in Phakding.
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche
Elevation: 3446 m
Trekking duration:6 hrs
Today you will start your trek from Phakding via Dudh Koshi. In this trial, you will walk through the area of rhododendron, blue pine forest, fir and rhododendron forests which is great esp in the Spring season.
As you go crossways to the Dudh Koshi at Benkar, you can take pleasure from the scenes of snow-capped mountains such as Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, and so on.
The path then becomes fairly difficult and includes a steep climb to Namche Bazaar. You will now walk through upstream on flat land on the bank to the fusion point of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi river.
After crossing one of the suspension bridges above the river, you will ascend to Namche Bazaar. In Namche, you can spend some time exploring the place as it has many restaurants, cafes and so on.
Overnight stay at a tea house in Namche.
Day 03: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Syangboche
Trekking duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Early morning, after breakfast, you will start your trail to Syangboche from Namche. You will pass through the traditional villages that are absolutely mesmerizing.
You will start with an hour’s climb to the Syangboche airstrip at 3790m. For overnight, you can either choose to stay in the Everest View Hotel which is more expensive.
Everest View Hotel is on the Guinness book of world records (2004) as the highest placed hotel in the world. Or you can come back to Namche and enjoy the local culture of Sherpas.
Day 04: Helicopter Ride over Everest Base Camp and Fly Back to Lukla
Elevation: 5170 m
Today is the most exciting day of the trip. After breakfast, you will fly over the Everest region on a helicopter. You will go for a ride over the majestic Khumbu valley.
The Heli sightseeing takes you over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier, and Kala Patthar. You will see the Himalayan giants such as Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many others.
The flight will then land on the Kalapatthar (5545 meters / 18192 feet). You will get chance to explore the area while standing on the lap of Himalayas.
As you put your foot in the top of the Kalapatthar, you can take some time to click pictures. And, embrace the wonderful experience.
Later you will fly back to Lukla. Or you can also continue the Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu but for this, the price will be higher.
Day 05: Flight to Kathmandu from Lukla
Today is the day you will fly back to Kathmandu. You will take an early morning flight where you will once again get to enjoy the beautiful aerial view of the mountains.
Once you land in Kathmandu, our representative will drop you in your respective hotel. The remaining day is at your disposal.
NOTE: With this, our 5 days EBC trek comes to an end. However, the number of days is flexible. We can add more days of trekking and increase the duration of the trip according to your preference.
You can also check our Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return option.
Best Season for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Spring and Autumn are the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek. These seasons have bearable temperatures with spectacular views.
Spring: Spring which is from March to May is a great time to take the 5 days Everest Base Camp trek.
This season sees stable weather conditions. And, high visibility of the surrounding peaks including Everest.
It is the ideal weather which is why there are more trekkers in the trials. It is also a great time to view the biodiversity inside the Sagarmatha National Park.
During the daytime the temperature is moderate, however, the nights and mornings are slightly colder and can drop to 0 degrees Celsius.
There are fewer chances of flight cancellations this season.
Autumn: Autumn from September to November is an ideal time for trekking to EBC.
Stable weather along with clear skies guarantee you the best panoramic views of the mountains.
The temperature of the region is also cool making for comfortable treks.
This season is the most popular month for trekking.
Hence you get to interact with the trekkers from all over the world.
Sharing each other’s experiences is such a blissful moment you will have on this trek.
Physical Fitness for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
The 5 days EBC trek is a short and easy trek that is suitable for anyone with a moderate fitness level.
Unlike other standard treks, this trek has only three trekking days.
You can do some regular exercises to warm up before the trek by hiking, jogging, and climbing stairs, etc. before going for the actual trek.
This helps you to reduce the EBC trek difficulty.
If you have any serious health conditions related to the heart/lungs or have a migraine, medical advice is necessary before planning your trip.
Accommodation and Meals During 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
All accommodation during the trek will be on twin sharing basis.
You will get a single supplement upon request at an additional cost.
However, a single supplement may not be feasible all the time. The rooms at teahouses consist of two small cots having mattresses, pillows, and bedsheets.
There is no heating arrangement in the rooms except in the dining areas.
In Lukla, Namche and Phakding, the rooms have attached bathrooms with running shower.
On request, you can get luxury lodges at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche at an additional cost.
As for the meal you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food. Plus, the common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc).
The types of food you will get are Thukpa, fried rice, noodles, Dal Bhat, sandwich, pizza, spaghetti, etc.
You will have breakfast and dinner from the tea house where you spend the night.
Drinking-Water During 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
Bottled water is available throughout the trek. However, we recommend not buying bottled water.
Instead, fill your water bottle with freely available tap water and use water purification tools.
One liter of bottled water can cost anywhere from USD 1 to 5.
So, it saves your money and environment by not buying bottled water.
Drinking at least 3 to 4 liters of fluids per day is a must to stay hydrated.
Travel Insurance for 5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek
It is highly recommended that all the clients have travel insurance. It is strongly recommended that the policy covers personal liability, altitude up to 6000 m, and loss of luggage.
It must also cover for the cancellation of flights, international, local and the Helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.
Be sure that your insurance covers your medical expenses including emergency helicopter evacuation.
Things to Consider During 5 days Everest Base Camp Trek
- Hot water for showering, recharging batteries, tipping, or recreational activities add up to your cost.
- Tip for the guide and porter is around 10 to 20% of your Everest Base Camp trek cost.
- In case of unforeseen events like bad weather conditions and flight cancellations, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu or in Lukla.
- Prior physical exercises and physical fitness programs are a must before the 5 days Everest Base Camp trek.
- Use a neck wallet or money belt while traveling to keep your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items safe
- Leave all your valuable belongings esp jewelry at home. You will not need it while trekking. Many hotels have safe deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables
- It is wise to have a lock for securing your luggage.
- When traveling in a group, please note that your group leader can amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if necessary due to safety concerns.
5 Days Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
Cost of this trek can vary depending on various factors.
However, here at Mosaic Adventure, we run this tour for USD 1510/person if you are a minimum of two participants.
This trek is available during peak season only, which is from the beginning of March to mid-May in spring and from late September to early December in autumn.
If you have a larger group, this trip can be organized for any other season as well, but the cost may differ as we have to arrange a private helicopter.
Here is what is included in the quoted cost of USD 1510/person:
- Round trip flight to Lukla (with airport transfers from Thamel to Ramechap and back)
- An English-speaking guide.
- 4-night teahouse accommodation with breakfast.
- Required entry permits.
- Namche – Everest Base Camp fly over – Kalapatthar Land – Lukla heli ride.
- Applicable taxes.
What is not included:
- Lunch, dinner, beverages, and bar bills.
- Tipping for the guide and any personal expenses.
The trip is available on any date during the seasons mentioned above.
If you are interested in the above trip or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For a short Everest Base Camp Trek, a 5-day trek to EBC is possible where you make your return on a helicopter.
A 5 days Everest Base Camp trek is an ideal combination of a delightful trekking journey to the base of the world’s highest peak.
During your 5-day trek, you will experience the bird’s eye view of the Khumbu region as you hover above the tallest mountains.
This Everest Base Camp trek is a special itinerary for those with time restraints and the experience you will gain is worth every penny.
For further questions and queries, kindly contact us. It is our pleasure to assist you with the best of our ability.
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Madhav started working as a porter in 2001 and then moved on to work as a trekking guide. After working in the trekking and tourism industry for eight years, he co-founded Mosaic Adventure in 2009.
Madhav has trekked to most of the trekking destinations in Nepal, including Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Indigenous Peoples Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and all of the day hikes around Kathmandu.
He has also extensively traveled to other countries such as Australia, the USA, the UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, the Philippines, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Thailand, Turkey, and India. Madhav is the one who answers most of your questions about trekking and tours and helps to plan your trip by giving a personal touch.