Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Duration 12 Days Difficulty5,545m

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is an alternative trekking package to one of the most popular treks of Nepal. Trekkers from all over the world come here to do Everest Base Camp trek, which is quite an extraordinary experience. It involves hiking through varied landscapes and traditional human settlements as you see the true beauty of this Himalayan nation. You will be making a fantastic journey to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world.

The Glory of Everest Base Camp

The Trek to Everest base camp is one of the best trekking adventures in the world. It takes you on a fantastic journey to the highest peak on earth. You’ll be following the footsteps of the world’s most famous climbers as you travel across the beautiful Khumbu region. Reaching the Everest Base Camp is certainly on everyone’s bucket list, but you just need to take a step to turn that into reality.

Everest Base Camp entails a challenge of hiking for about 13 days in high altitudes. Moreover, you traverse through narrow sloppy paths and steep inclines as you aim for the base camp of Everest. Additionally, the town of Namche Bazaar is an exceptional sight in itself. Filled with vibrant homes and teahouses, Namche Bazaar is also known as the gateway to the high Himalayas.

Two Different Experiences

Everest Base camp trek is undoubtedly one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. But it is quite a difficult trek and the 13 days are significantly challenging. However, if you only want to walk one way and want to see the aerial view relaxing in the helicopter, then this trek is for you. You’ll trek to the Base Camp in 9 days but come back to Kathmandu in just 45 minutes. So, you don’t have to be worried about walking the way back. Everest Base Camp Heli Trek makes sure that you can just loosen up during your trip back. You can just unwind in the full-windowed helicopter as you relish in the magnificent aerial views.


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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 5,545m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Our representative will meet you at the airport. We will then have a meeting later in the evening before going to the hotel.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

Early in the morning, we will get to the airport in our private vehicle. From there, we will fly towards Lukla and reach there in about half an hour. After getting off the plane, we will hike up to Phakding, which takes about 3 hours.

We will walk along the Dudh Koshi as we ascend through the pine and cedar forests. After 6 hours of trek, we’ll finally reach Namche Bazaar. The village is a historical site where there used to be trading between the Nepalese and Tibetans. We will browse around the village and relax for the rest of the day.

We will spend this day acclimatizing. However, we will not sit still as we will hike to the Syangboche Airport and Everest Hotel. Syangboche Airport is the highest airport in the world. On the other hand, Everest Hotel offers some splendid views of mountains like Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, etc. We will also visit a museum and a photo gallery.

On the next day, we will descend into the valley of Dudh Koshi and ascend again after reaching Pungki Thanka. After walking for about 5 hours, we will reach Tengboche, where we will spend the night.

We descend through a forest and cross the Imja Khola. Hiking further, we pass through the village of Pangboche. We will continue to see some gorgeous views of Mt. Lhotse and Amadablam, among others. After five hours, we will reach the ‘summer valley’ of Dingboche.

This day is also for acclimatization. We will trek for a total of six hours from reaching the Nagarjun Hill to coming back to Dingboche. We will climb to an altitude of 5100m where we will see some excellent views of the mountains. We then return back to Dingboche.

We will walk along a broad valley passing through Pheriche. We hike for about 5 hours before reaching Lobuche.

After hiking up for a short while, we can see the Khumbu Glacier down below. We will walk further and pass through Gorekshep and continue to Everest Base Camp. After walking for 3 hours, we will reach the Base Camp. We will explore the glorious site where the climb to the top begins. As there are no tea houses or lodges there, we will hike back to Gorakshep where we spend the night.

On the 11th day, we will hike to Kalapatthar. Situated at 5545 meters, Kalapatthar is a vantage point that provides some extraordinary views of Everest along with other mountains. After enjoying the view, we will hike back to Gorekshep. There, we get to the Helipad and board our helicopter. We will come back to Kathmandu in just 40 minutes. On the way, we will enjoy the view sitting on the comfortable seats of the helicopter.

Our representative will take you to the airport for your final departure.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 4 stars accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek as mention on an itinerary.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights by a regular Twin Otter plane (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide.
  • One Porter between two people.
  • Helicopter/Chopper expenses from Gorakshep to Lukla.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
  • All government and local taxes.

 

WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepalese visa fee (25 US$ for 15 days) you can easily get on your arrival at Kathmandu airport.
  • Excess baggage charge(s).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • International flights and helicopter rides from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (if requested by guests).
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

FAQs

  • Sightseeing at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City.
  • Visit Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital the gateway to the Everest.
  • Attend Everest Base Camp hike up to Kalapather for majestic views of Everest others.
  • Most scenic helicopter flight back to Lukla head-to-head with the Himalayas.

The suitable time for this trekking is spring and autumn.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveler’ cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

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