Short Everest Trek

7 Days


Short Everest Trek is a hiking itinerary tailor-made for an Everest Trekking Enthusiasts who are constraint by holiday time, but yet, want to have visited this region or simply want to add it to their already short intervals. Then this short trek in Everest is well suited for you.

Basically, our short Everest trekking takes place in the heart of the Everest region, which is home to the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, giving the surrounding areas its regional name. In the local language Nepali, this mountain is known as Sagarmatha. In addition to getting a cinematic view of the peak, you also get to become a part of the culture, traditions and walk of life of the sturdy people, the Sherpa, in the short Everest trek you make in this short span of time. The terrain at this altitude has created some of the most unique vegetation setting the fauna and flora apart from other lower elevations of the Himalayan Region. The people, the Sherpa, attribute their survival in this harsh but friendly region, with reverence to the almighty, with prayer flags, Mani Walls (walls built with stones and mystical prayers etched into them), Chorten (spiritual gateways to villages) and prayer wheels, when spun send your prayer to heaven and the yak grazing lazily away to nourish and feed on the sparse fodder. All this and much more of this region, you get to see, in this short Everest trek in Nepal.

A Short Look into Everest Trekking
Our Everest Trekking Package likely to save you time, all begins with your arrival in Kathmandu on the appointed day. The very next day, you are wisped off in a plane to Lukla, a short 40 minute but most productive, as you not only get to see the lush green lower Himalayas from your bird’s eye view in the plane, but also Everest and other surrounding mountain peaks all covered with snow the year round. Touching down, and a quick bite to eat, you’re on the start of your short Everest Trek in Nepal. We hike to Phakding Village the first stop on our trek for the night. We ascend all the way. Being well rested, continue ascending on the following day to Namche Bazaar. This town is the center of all happening in the world of the Sherpas. All the while on this short Everest hike, you seemed welcomed by the smiling faces of the Sherpa, their flattering sorted colorful flag-waving away in the gentle breeze, the Mani Walls and the Chortens gates and the Everest growing bigger in the backdrop. The next day, we set off for Khumjung and Everest Hotel built at a vantage point where you are able to wine and dine with a cinema look of this gigantic mountain with its shadow over you. It is a quicker return to Namche Bazaar, as it is easier to walk down than up. The next day, it is a downhill day back to the airport in Lukla, retracing our footsteps via Phakding. We stay the night here getting the fading away looks of Everest bringing back stronger memories of it once being closer. We take the first flight back to Kathmandu, all the while on the way back, Everest seeming to become smaller, making you feel, that if you had more time on hand to take our Everest Base camp trek. Sigh! If I could return to do the Everest Trek with a longer duration.

Some Questions might come to mind while considering this short trek in Everest:

Is this short Everest Trekking proper for me? especially with the time constraints I have or for some other reason apparent to you?
Yes, it is, if you have the vitality and you can make it in and out of time on the destined days. No, if you believe you cannot, and again yes, if you take our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, in which you will get to spend a much less number of days in the country than seven and still getting to see Everest in fact from the base camp.

The next thing that comes to mind, is this a difficult trek?
Well, to be frank, walking, whether it is uphill or down, takes its toll on the legs, but it is rewarding in the long run as the pristine air and the psychological benefits it gives, outdoes the negative effects. Yes, low land people should get acclimatize to high altitude living. This short Everest trek will only help to rejuvenate the spirit, soul and mental fatigue that has built up over modern living. In fact, on the same theme, it would be advisable to take other hiking in Nepal packages to the thousand one trekking destination in the Himalayas with a longer time duration.

What is the best time to take this hike?
To which, it can be said, “All year round”, but the winter and monsoon would be a bit extreme on the body due to being much colder and the constant and unpredictable rains.

Is it safe to take this trek?
Like every other trek, in the Everest region which is famed for scaling Mount Everest, it has one of the most developed regions in case of emergency response. There have been no fatalities, but a few injuries from the nature of the hiking sport. You get the most helpful, smiling faced Sherpa people, who all gather to help on the slightest scream especially for visitors to their region. It only puts a blemish on their Buddhist faith if they don’t.

The company believes that if you have made the choice to take this short Everest hike, then you have made the right decision and we only hope with our service, that you have the short adventurous holiday of a lifetime.

Outline Trekking Itinerary for Short Everest Trek
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (40min) and Hike to Phakding (2 to 3 hours hike)
Day 3: Trekking Phakding to Namche Bazaar (5 to 6 hours hike)
Day 4: Namche Bazaar – Hike to Khumjung and Everest Hotel and Back to Namche Bazaar
Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Phakding and then Lukla (5 to 6 hours hike down)
Day 6: Back to Kathmandu (40 Minute’s Flight)
Day 7: Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Trip Highlights

  • Witness magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks on the cards while flying across Nepal’s sky, and excitement level proliferates as the plane cuts through different hills to land on the Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore ancient traditional Nepali bazaars in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar
  • Board terrific Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu flights known for mind-blowing sceneries
  • Witness Mt. Everest from a close range
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery renowned as one of the famous monasteries in the region situated at a height of 3860m
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas


Depend on the time of your flight, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative at the International Airport in Kathmandu. He will take you to the three-star hotel booked for you. You, then can either, relax, freshen up or stroll around the street near your hotel to see what life is like in the metropolitan city.

On your first full day in Nepal, you will take a flight to Lukla which takes about 40 minutes. This flight to the nearest starting point of the trek is without disappointment, as from the plane, you get a bird’s eye view of the mountainous terrain of the mid-Himalayan hills with its lush green hills to slowly fade into higher mountainous terrain of the higher Himalayas with year round snow-capped mountain peaks. After a relaxed breakfast taking the chilled and fresh unpolluted air at Lukla, we begin our 8 km hike to Phakding (2651 meters above sea level), which should take us about 2 to 3 hours, all depending. It’s a walk, done leisurely taking in the sights and sound of the landscape around us and the human activities of the locals and with Everest in the distance slowly beckoning us on forward. Your short Everest trek has now begun in reality. You stay the day at a guesthouse for the night.

Today, we are into our third day of the short Everest hike. The destination is Namche Bazaar (3438 meters above sea level), the regional hub of the Everest region, of the Sherpa and the Gateway to Mount Everest. We need to hike a distance of 11.3 kilometers that should take us about 5 to 6 hours. It has an ascent of 1000 meters and 100 meters while covering it. Besides Mount Everest coming closer into view, you pass fluttering prayer flags, prayers etched into stone walls, chorten welcome gates beckoning you into their hamlets and a herd of yaks being herded off to pasture on available fodder. At Namache Bazaar, we stay the night at a guesthouse.

Today, we basically hike to Khumjung and Hotel Everest which is further on from Khumjung. Everest hotel is so positioned that you are at a vantage point for a cinematic view of the gigantic peak of Mount Everest, all the while you chill out with a beer in hand, taking in this breathtaking of view of Mount Everest at close up. Whereas Khumjung happens to be the oldest and largest Sherpa settlement with all their culture and tradition associated with living and lifestyle. Having spent a productive day, we hike back to Namche Bazar to stay at a guest house for the night.

The hike achieved what we came for, that is seeing Everest first hand, we take the last day’s trek back to Lukla via Phakding. It is easier back than in, as most of the way, now, is downhill, making it faster and time is taken shorter about 6 to 7 hours. All the while, Everest seems to be fading into the distance and the sights and sounds thanking you for your visit. We stay the night at Lukla at a guesthouse.

With the first flight into Lukla, you fly back to Kathmandu in a 40-minute flight all the while being mesmerized by the world’s highest mountain fading off into the distance and the gorges, gushing river verdure valleys taking its place. From the airport you are taken to the hotel by vehicle. With the remaining time on hand in the day, you can haunt the streets of the city, buying what fancies you and see what attracts you. After dusk, you will have dinner with the staff of the company at an authentic Nepalese restaurant. You stay the night at the hotel.

As you have accomplished what you have come for, on this short but productive short Everest hike, you leave for home or to your next destination (all depending). Nevertheless, a representative from the company will drop you off at the airport three hours ahead of your flight out for in check formalities.
At Breakfree Adventures, we will have hoped, that your short Everest hike was a grand success with this itinerary package specially tailor-made for such occasions in which we take your security and comfort of paramount importance.


What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu round trip flight fare.
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
  • Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
  • Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
  • All government and local taxes, VAT.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters.


What is Short Everest trek?

Short Everest trek is trek into the Everest region exploring the Sherpa culture and traditions along with witnessing spectacular Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest. The trek goes till the high Sherpa settlement Namche Bazaar and return to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.

When is the best time for Everest short trekking?

The best time for Everest short trekking is pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December). It is possible to make the journey in January and early September. The weather will be at it’s best during these month.

What is the itinerary for mount Everest short treks?

The itinerary for mount Everest short treks is to fly to Lukla then start trek to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, spent a day in Namche where you will go for hike up to khunde/khumjung and everest view hotel then back to Lukla to eventually fly back to Kathmandu.

Is this the short trek to see Everest?

Yes, it’s the short trek to see Everest if you are planning to visit Everest region but not go up till the Everest Base Camp which is a strenuous trek of altogether 12 days back and forth.

Do I need an insurance for Everest view short trek?

Insurance for Everest view short trek is recommended since you will hiking In the Everest region which is at high altitude. Your insurance should cover charges incurred like helicopter evacuation, medical expenses. The insurance policy should cover rescues above 3000 meters.

Will I get altitude sickness on short treks in Everest region?

Altitude sickness on short treks in Everest region can occur since the trek is at high altitude even if the trek goes up till Namche Bazaar. But the itinerary is well planned with a day’s acclimatization at Namche and it’s a shorter trek, there is less chances of altitude sickness.

Is this short trek to Everest base camp?

Yes, this is the short trek to Everest base camp where you will go up till Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest region and the Sherpa capital.

How is short Everest trek accommodation?

Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. Short Everest trek accommodation is very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.

Is drinking water available during the trek?

Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.

How much is a permit for Everest?

Yes, and trekking permit for Everest includes two permits. One is for ‘Sagarmatha National Park’ which is US$30 per person. The other is ‘Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality’ Entry Permit US$20 per person. Both of the permits are already included while booking the tour so you don’t have to worry about it.

If I get sick during the trek, what will happen?

Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. This is where travel insurance comes covering for a medical evacuation service and other medical expenses. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical services.

How safe is the trekking trail?

The trail to the Everest is among the safe trekking routes in Nepal with the least news of casualties and unforeseen happenings. There is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals. Besides, the trails are well-marked so the least chance of getting lost.

Is Everest luxury trekking Nepal available?

Everest base camp trekking trail does have luxury lodges with high-end facilities. But these luxury lodges are available only at several places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Monjo, Thame, Kongde, Pangboche, Mende, Tashinga. Beyond Namche, you have to go for the basic lodges. These luxury lodges have the finest services and the best food. The cost may be high but with the services you get will make you forget the amount you’ve paid for Everest luxury trekking Nepal.

How often do Lukla flight cancellations occur?

Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occur even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.

is there wifi on Everest?

Wifi on Everest region is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.

Is there ATM on Everest trek?

ATM facilities are available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.

Can credit cards be used?

Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.

Trip Info

We will provide you with comprehensive information on every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in any way.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best seasons for the Short Everest Trek. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Short Everest Trek, the only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather the best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Short Everest Trek, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are traveling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places that do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore, as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Short Everest Trek, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 7 days Short Everest Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 7 days Short Everest Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Short Everest Trek, there will be one Guide, Assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest View trek for a group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Short Everest Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have the ability to operate your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With the objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staff who have plenty of knowledge about the culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with the following training to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation Department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travelers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Short Everest Trek
  • 06 Nights/07 Days
  • Minimum 2 People
  • Private vehicles & Flights
  • Hotel Everest View (3880 meters)
  • Moderate
  • Lukla
  • Lukla
  • Trekking
  • 4 - 6 hours each day
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Tenzing Hillary Airport-Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Hotel Everest View, Mt. Everest
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

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