Finally, you can make your dreams come through and set off to the Everest Region in Nepal to do some proper trekking in the Himalayas. What a great opportunity to go to Everest Base Camp and beyond. Yes, it is, but you just found out that most treks in the Everest Region take at least 12 days and you don’t have that much time. Does that ruin all your plans? Must you wait for a moment that you can have more leave? No. Fortunately, there are some short treks in the Mount Everest Region. In this blog post, we present you our favorites.
Our trekking experts often speak to adventurers who want to try and squeeze a 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek into a tight schedule. Although they, of course, want people to realize their dreams, they are also honest and upfront. If you want to be on the safe side, you need to plan a day before and a day after the trek. Our trekking partners can do a lot of things but they can not control the weather. Mother Nature can have unpredictable mood swings in the mountains and that can have an effect on your flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
Why would you push yourself when you are trekking in the Everest Region? Isn’t the whole point of trekking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life? Unwind and make the most of your time in Nepal. Choose a shorter trek and relax in one of the most beautiful and most famous parts of the Himalayas. Do one of the following shorter Everest Region treks if you don’t have more than 10 days available.
Everest View Trek
Ultimately you come to the Everest Region for trekking and the best views. The Everest View Trek delivers exactly that. As the name suggests this trek is all about the best panoramas, vistas, and views. A typical Everest View Trek is between 5 and 9 days long and includes some of the highlights that you would find on longer Everest treks. You will get to spend time at Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa settlement that is the gateway to the rest of the Khumbu region.
You can’t get to Namche Bazaar without an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Some people choose one of the shorter itineraries to experience just that. Tenzing-Hillary Airport, named after the pioneers who first ascended Mount Everest, is rated the most dangerous airport in the world. Adrenaline guaranteed.
On the Everest View Trek, you get to see all the giants the region is famous for. Tick Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Mount Everest off your list. You can compare the different Everest View Trek options here.
Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek
There are more base camps than Everest Base Camp. There are even to EBCs. One if one the Tibetan side of Everest and the famous one is on the Nepali side. Another base camp in the Everest Region is the Ama Dablam Base Camp. Ama Dablam is about 1000 meters smaller than Mount Everest. Because of its shape it is referred to as the Matterhorn o fthe Himalayas. This beautiful mountain was first ascended in 1961 and these days it is the third most popular peak in the Himalayas. The best climbing months for Ama Dablam are from April to May. That is also the best time to go trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp.
If you think that the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek is a lot less interesting than a trek to Everest Base Camp then you’ve got it wrong. Just like on other treks in the region, you stay in teahouses and because of the stampede to EBC, you are likely to have a more interesting experience on this shorter trek.
Wonder what Ama Dablam means? It means ‘Mother’s Necklace’. The long ridges on each side of the mountain are seen as the arms of a mother protecting her child. The hanging glacier is thought as the dablam, a pendant worn by Sherpa women. Check out our offers for the Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek.
Gokyo Valley Trek
Ideally, you spend more time in the Gokyo Valley but you can do it in 10 days. The Gokyo Valley Trek is a quaint option that will allow you to see more of Khumbu. The lakes in the Gokyo Valley are oligotrophic. Oligothrophic is your new favorite Scrabble word; it means that a lake has a low algal product and you can see that because of the clear waters.
You can drink from the Gokyo Lakes but we don’t recommend it. A typical Gokyo Valley Trek takes you from Lukla to Namche where you get to spend a day for acclimatization. This will help you to prevent altitude sickness for the rest of the trek.
After Namche, you will trek via Dole and Macchermo to Gokyo. This is the most interesting part of the Gokyo Valley Trek. Crossing the famous Cho-La Pass is a massive drawcard to choose this direction in the Everest Region. Check out our offers for the Gokyo Valley Trek.
Fast Everest Base Camp Trek
If you insist on trekking to Everest Base Camp, you can consider an accelerated version of this Everest classic. On the fast track you can make it to Everest Base Camp and back in 10 days. On this trek, there is no time for acclimatization days. This leads to higher risk in suffering from Altitude Mountain Sickness. Only consider doing the accelerated Everest Base Camp Trek if you have significant experience trekking above 4000 meters altitude. You can find a 10-day Everest Base Camp Trek here.
Do you want to know more about short treks in the Mount Everest region? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our trekking experts. They are happy to help you out. You can contact them here or start a chat below. Make sure to check out our travel guide for Nepal and find out about the best places to stay in Kathmandu and learn how to get fit for trekking in Nepal.