Everest Short Trek - 7 Days

Himalayas while trekking to Everest

Trip Info

Trip Duration

7 Days

Max Altitude

3900 m



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Everest Short Trek Overview

Himalayan Trekkers’ Everest Short Trek is a perfect journey for individuals with a tight schedule who want to get some of the prospects of the Sherpa land along with close glimpses of the eight-thousanders. It is like the mini version of Everest Base Camp Trek.

As the name implies short, it is a short trekking journey that travels along the first few days of the route to Everest Base Camp up to Namche Bazaar. The Everest Short Trek is a 1-week journey with 4 days of trekking activity. Categorized as a moderate-level trek in intensity, the highest point you reach here is also the Namche Bazaar (3440m).

Name Bazaar is a traditional Sherpa settlement and the business capital of the Solukhumbu (Everest) region. Travelers find this place quite astonishing as it seems so well developed despite its remote feature. Many restaurants, brand Cafes, and lodges are built here since it is also the main gateway to Mount Everest.

Our journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla viewing various mountains and settlements from the air.  Next, we start to trek along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Our trekking trails pass through various villages surrounded by different thick and dense rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests. As we pass along, we also come across the famed Hillary suspension bridge (named after Edmund Hillary) and finally reach our destination - Namche.

We spend a day in Namche exploring and relishing the beauty of this Sherpa land. We hike to the famous hill nearby called Syangboche where there is the world’s highest-located Hotel, Everest Hotel View which is surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan Peaks including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse. Visits to the neighboring Khumjung and Khunde village is a great way to learn about the lifestyle there. You can also buy souvenirs in the weekly market. The following day we descend back to Lukla following the same route and travel back to Kathmandu concluding this 7-day Everest Short Trek journey. 

Everest Short Trek Highlights 

  • An Excellent excursion to the world-renowned Everest Region 
  • A wonderful chance to view Mount Everest
  • Explore the Delightful Sherpa community including the famous Namche Bazaar 
  • Get insight into the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa community 
  • Incredible view of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, and many other peaks 
  • Trek along the streams of Dudh Koshi River, villages and cross the Hillary suspension bridge
  • Visit the Khumjung Monastery, National Park Museum, Syangboche, Everest View Hotel, etc.  
  • Chance to discover some wildlife such as musk dear, snow-leopard, bear, wild goat (Jharal), Himalayan cock, and Impeyan pheasant if we got lucky 

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How Difficult is Everest Short Trek?

The Everest Short Trek is an easy to moderate 4-day trekking journey. The first day is an easy 3 hours walk from Lukla to Phakding. The second day is a bit difficult as you need to cover more distance and walk for around 6 hours. The trail is also a bit steeper once you enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The final 600 meters ascent to Namche Bazaar could be tough for some. The third day of this Everest Short Trek is for exploring the Namche Bazaar where you will be heading up to Syangboche which requires around 3 hours of uphill walking. The final day where you will descend to Lukla from Namche requires approximately 7 hours of descent. 

It is uncommon to get altitude sickness when trekking up to only Namche Bazaar. But we should always be alert about it when traveling to higher altitude places. Namche Bazaar is already high with an average of 3440 meters altitude. Moving slowly and continuously hydrating could work for the Everest Short Trek. But you are always advised to inform the situation to your guide. 

When is the best time to do Everest Short Trek?

Everest Short Trek can be done all around the year but the optimum seasons are spring and autumn. Both spring and autumn have clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and an easily accessible trekking trail. The views are also the clearest during these seasons and the chances of flight delay and cancellation are very low. As these are the busiest seasons for trekking, peak climbing, and expeditions, the trails, and the teahouses are always full of other travelers. 

Summer is also the monsoon in Nepal with the highest precipitation during the July and August months. The days are hot with high humidity and clouds in the sky. Flight cancellation to/from Lukla is common. The trails will be wet, muddy, and slippery. Similar to many other treks in Nepal, this Everest Short Trek is also not recommended during the summer season. However, it is made possible if you have proper guidance and proper gear. You could get the best views of the Himalayas and the vegetation if the weather clears after the rain. If not, you could find the top of the Himalayas covered with clouds and Fog mysterious. 

Along with summer-monsoon, winter is also off-season for Himalayan trekking, firstly because it is the coldest season and as you are traveling to a Himalayan Region, the cold is much more harsh. In case your vacation falls during the wintertime and you want to do this Short Trek to Everest, you could still go till late December. The days are clear and warm, the trails are by yourself only and the views are just as amazing. But the nights are a little bit more extreme than the previous months. Thus, if you are ready for the December trek to Everest, pack some proper clothing to keep you warm at that high altitude with below-freezing nights. 

Permits during the Everest Short Trek

Trekkers only need two permits to do this Everest Short Trek which is also called the Namche Bazaar Trek. The first one is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit which can be obtained in Lukla. The other one is Sagarmatha National Park Entrance as you would be entering the national park area from Monjo. You can get the permit easily in Monjo at the National Park Entrance Gate. The price of the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit is NPR. 2000 for foreigners and it costs NPR. 3000 for the Sagarmatha National Park Entrance. 

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

After arrival in Kathmandu, a representative of Himalayan trekkers will welcome you at the airport and escort you to the designated hotel. After hotel check-in formalities and your needed rest, we will have a short discussion session regarding this Everest Short Trek. Then we will make a stroll around the commercial hub of Kathmandu called Thamel Bazaar. You can do the shopping for the trekking journey if you want to have some personal gear. 

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding
30 Minutes Flight and 3/4 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2610 M

We transfer to the airport early in the morning to board an early morning flight to one of the most dangerous airports in the world named Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest Region. The flight is short and scenic where you will be able to relish the aerial views of the Himalayan ranges, deep valleys, green Hills, and mountain settlements.

Once we land at Lukla, we take a short break and meet our porters before setting off to Phakding. We will descend an overall of 250 meters in a well-defined stone-paved path will covering approximately 7.8 kilometers distance today towards Dudh Koshi valley. 
Once we are in Phakding, we will check in at the teahouse and rest. In the evening, you can opt. to take a stroll around the Phakding village. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar
5/6Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3440 M

Today’s walk is more difficult than yesterday’s as we will be walking for around 6 hours while gaining a massive amount of altitude. Our walk goes along the Dudh Koshi River which is Milk River if translated into English because the river is as white as milk. We will pass through many small villages, villagers, cattle, and other trekkers on our way to Namche Bazaar. 

After our steady and easy-paced trekking, we will reach a place called Jorsalle which normally is the lunch point. So, we might dine in there for some delicious Daal Bhat and short required rest from the continuous ascent. Then, we will be back again on our feet and start the 500 meters uphill from the river valley to the famed Namche Bazaar. If the weather is in favor, we can get a sneak peek of Everest and the neighboring peaks from the trail way. After walking for some time on a steep trail, we will reach Namche Bazaar, the famous settlement of the Sherpa people, and the gateway to Everest. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 4: Exploration in Namche Bazaar - Day Hike to Everest View Hotel
Full Day
Max Altitude: 3440 M

Today is the day for which you approached this trip package. If the weather is neat and cloud-free, the first thing we could see from the Namche Bazaar ground is Everest, peaking us from behind the Lhoste Peak. 

Then, after our delicious breakfasts, we will proceed for an hour trek to a popular hill called Syangboche, for a majestic view of the world’s tallest Everest. Syangboche houses the Everest View Hotel which is recognized as the hotel at the highest altitude in the world. From here, we will not only see Everest but we will get the opportunity to admire the beauty of the Himalayas such as Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhoste, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, and many others. In fact, the hotel is surrounded 360 degrees by white snow peaks. 
Then we will drop down to Syangboche Airstrip from where we head down towards Khumjung Village which is approximately 300 meters uphill from Namche. We make our way through the pine and rhododendron forest for about 30 minutes down to the village where we will visit the Khumjung Monastery which houses the Yeti Skull, and Hillary School which was established by the Hillary foundation. After strolling around the village and having lunch, we will descend down for about half an hour and reach Khunde village where we will discover the Khunde Hospital which was built by Hillary in 1966. 

We then travel back to Namche Bazaar where you can spend the rest of the day exploring the Bazaar or going to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) and Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters which are open every day except Saturday. If you happened to be in Namche on Saturday, you can observe the Haat Bazar which is a weekly market where trekking goods, local items, handicrafts, etc. are sold. 
We end this wonderful day after a warm delicious dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Trek Back to Lukla
7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2860 M

Today is the last day of the trek as we will descend down to Lukla via the same route we walked to get to Namche. We will hike along the backdrop of the Himalayas sometimes steep up and down. We will pass by the Jorsalle, Pkhading, and Monjo villages while we walk along the same Dudh Koshi River. After around 8 hours of walking including a lunch break and short rest breaks in between, we will reach Lukla finally. 

Since you have completed the most exciting & interesting short trek in the world, it is probably time to celebrate in the local restaurants with the crew and have some beer & dance with the local Sherpa in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 6: Fly Back to Kathmandu
30 Minutes Flight & Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

You will reach Kathmandu for breakfast as you will take an early morning flight from Lukla as the afternoon flights are subject to cancel frequently due to the Himalayan weather in the afternoon. The small airplane again flies over the Himalayas and this could be the last time seeing those peaks on this visit.  

In Kathmandu, you are free in the daytime to explore or take a rest. Our guide will assist you in exploring if you would like. In the evening, we shall gather for the one last time to celebrate the trip. We offer you the farewell dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant where we will enjoy the authentic Nepali cuisine along with a cultural program. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 7: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

As your Everest Short Trek has ended, the time of departure has to come. Today, after breakfast or 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by our representative. Wish you have a great flight ahead to your home country or onward destination from here!

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Arrival/Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • All airport transfers as per itinerary
  • All meals, accommodation, tea, and coffee with snacks during the trek
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare
  • Experienced English-speaking guide and porter
  • Sagarmatha ( Everest) National park fees
  • Trekkers' Information Management System fees ( TIMS)
  • Salary, meals, insurance, equipment for required staff and porters
  • Flight fare, Airport tax, and a comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable taxes and office surcharges


  • Visa for Nepal
  • International flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch & dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as Hot shower, laundry, phone calls, Bar Bills
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available for hire)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes section


Accommodations During the Short Everest Trek

Himalayan Trekkers provide 3* standard category accommodations in cities like Kathmandu and comfortable lodges/tea houses accommodations during the trek including this Everest Short Trek. The rooms will be on a twin/double sharing basis. However, if you want to have a single supplementary service, we can provide it for you for an extra cost. Also, you can opt. to upgrade the hotel category in Kathmandu and accommodations in Lukla and Namche as there are options available, we can manage them with the cost being added and prior information. 

Meals during the Everest Short Trek 

On this Short Everest Trek package, we provide breakfasts in Kathmandu and a full board meal during the trek in Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Kathmandu has a wide range of selection options for you to dine in for lunches and dinners along with drinks and desserts. However, we can recommend the best one depending upon your menu, budget, and authenticity choices. 

While we are in Lukla and Namche Bazaar, you can handpick delicious and wholesome meals from regional, Asian, or well-known western cuisines. There are also some nice cafes and bakeries which are not common on Nepal’s trekking routes. 

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