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Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking – 13 days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration13 Days
  • Trek Duration08 Days
  • Best TimeMarch-May And Sept-Dec
  • Max ElevationEverest Base Camp at 5,364m
  • Trip GradeDemanding
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle / Flights/ Helicopter
  • AccommodationDouble/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
  • StyleTea House
  • Meals Breakfast Basis in city and full board during the Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax
Overview

Everest Base Camp Heli trekking combines trekking to Everest Base Camp with the comfortable helicopter ride on your way back. This half trekking and half helicopter program allows you to capture all the attractions of Everest region and more.

Relish once-in-a-lifetime experience of reaching Everest Base Camp at 5364m and hiking to Kalapathar at 5643m, which is the highest altitude of this EBC trek. Kalapathar in particular offers you an unforgettable, close-up panorama of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Khumbu Glacier. The trek involves walking at an alpine and tundra highland, navigating over glaciers, moraines and freezing streams, confronting wild animals of the Himalayan region such as Himalayan Black bear, snow leopard, Griffon and musk deer etc. In fact the Everest region is part of a nationally protected area called Sagarmatha National Park, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984.

The trekking route is dotted with several Sherpa villagers among which Namche, Pheriche, Phakding, Dingboche are the prominent ones. During this EBC Heli trek, you will receive first- hand knowledge about Sherpa culture and their hospitality. Take time to explore maniwalls, stupas, chortens and Tengboche Monastery and get acquainted with Himalayan Buddhism. You will directly return to Kathmandu from Kalapathar on a helicopter avoiding the need to trek back to Lukla. The aerial views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and even Makalu will be an icing on the cake.

The best season to attempt Everest Base Camp heli ride is either Spring or Autumn. The trekking is moderate to strenuous and starts with an adventurous flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or Tenzing Hillary airport.

Highlights of Everest Base camp Heli Trekking

● Combine trekking to Everest Base Camp with helicopter return flight

● Enjoy the 360 degree panorama of the highest Himalayan peaks including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku etc.

● Trek through Sagarmatha protected area and learn about Himalayan biodiversity

● Get first hand information about Himalayan Buddhism and Sherpa culture

● Hike to Kalapathar and visit Namche Tengboche Monastery

● Enjoy aerial views of mountains from the comfort of a helicopter

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.

● Four Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accommodations and meals during the trek.

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.

● One way domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla

● Helicopter ride from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu

● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

● Private transport for sightseeing at Kathmandu.

● TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable

● Farewell dinner

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness ● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before you go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.

Accommodations

The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.

Meals

Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft)

Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day exploration in Kathmandu

This is a day allocated for you to spend sightseeing in and around Kathmandu. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a drive to see some of the most famous touristic places in Kathmandu. On this day you will visit three world heritage sites namely Swoyambhu or Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Nepal, meet red robed monks and make a parikrama of two biggest Buddhist stupas in the world. Kathmandu Durbar Square offers you to relish the most illustrious Newari architecture and artwork that are centuries old. In the evening you can take a stroll through the busy streets of Thamel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 35m and trek to Phakding (2780m/9121ft) 3-4 hrs walk

You will take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This 30 minute flight could not be any more adventurous as you fly over countless hills with views of Himalayan peaks to finally land at Lukla airport, which is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Once in Lukla, your trekking guide will lead on the first day of trek to Phakding. The trail winds away across the hills of pine and rhododendron forests passing the Sherpa villages of Chheplung and Thado Koshigaon. Sighting of mani walls and prayer flags is an indication you are in a Buddhist land. You will reach Phakding by early afternoon. Stay overnight in Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After a full breakfast, we followed the trail along Dudh Koshi River. Ahead you crisscross forested hills and witness the first glimpses of Kongde Ri Peak and Thamserku peaks. Cross Benkar village enroute to briefly stop at Monjo, which marks the entry to Sagarmatha National Park. Ahead you will pass by Jorsale village and another 20 minutes walk will reach to confluence of raging Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. Just over a ridge from here is a perfect point to spot Mt. Everest (8848 m) for the first time. The trail climbs gradually until we reach Namche Bazaar, the main center for the Sherpa community. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3850m/12632ft) 4-5 hrs walk

You will move ahead leaving Namche behind. The trail is fairly easy and straight as it follows Dudh Koshi River. One of the prominent places you will come across enroute is Phunke Tenga which is the only visible sign of human presence between here and Tyangboche. You will be surrounded by rhododendron forest on your approach to Tengboche Monastery which sits just opposite the gorgeous Ama Dablam mountain. Everest, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawache, are other mountains visible from here. The 500 year old Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery on this side of the Himalaya. It is headed by a Rimpoche and hosts the popular Mani Rimdu festival. Stay overnight in Tengboche.

Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk

The trail ahead of Dingboche is devoid of any settlements. It is an open expanse of land that is only surveyed by wild animals such as Musk Deer and Blue Sheep. Today you will experience the Alpine landscape with very scarce vegetation. Explore Pangboche and Somare on the way. The Imja River flows by as you ascend to Pheriche and then Dingboche. The village of Dingboche is a small settlement surrounded by potato fields and offers clear views of Lhotse and Island Peak among others. Stay overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Rest day Dingboche

Another acclimatization day for you at Dingboche. Today you will experience higher altitude by taking shorter hikes to nearby places. A 2 hr walk can take you to Nangkartshang Gompa which is famous for hosting Yeti scalp which was once used by Hillary to verify the existence of Yeti. The medieval gompa still contains old paintings and thangkas. This is the path used by mountaineers to reach the base camp of Island peak. Stay overnight in Dingboche.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk

The trek today is going to be even more exciting as we move to higher ground. The lands above have no human presence except for some cattle herds and the occasional maniwalls and chortens. Enjoy walking through glacial valleys while catching rare views of Taboche Peak and Ama Dablam peaks. We eventually come to a place called Dughla, which is the last human settlement. Crossing this section we come across a shrine dedicated to the mountaineers who have lost lives in the mountains. The final section of the trail is a memorable hike over glacial moraines and on your right is spread Khumbu Glacier. Stay overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk

Today is a special day for you to be heading to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate prize of this trek. Wake up early and follow your trekking guide carefully. The trail passes over lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier, walks over Lobuche Pass and heads down to Gorakshep. It will take another 2 hrs from here to trek to Everest Base Camp. You will spend some quality time at Everest Base Camp observing Mt. Everest and glaciers nearby. Return and stay overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 11: Trek to Kala Patthar (5545m/18193ft) 2-3 hrs walk and climb to Gorak Shep to catch a 30 min Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu

Prepare yourself for some tough hike today to Kalapathar. Kalapathar stands at an altitude of 5545m. In order to save time and to be able to reach the peak of Kalapathar to see the sunrise, you will rise early, around 4am, and start your trek. Led by your trekking guide, you will determinedly climb Kalapathar. The top of Kalapathar offers undoubtedly the best and perfect view of Mt. Everest and Khumbu Glacier, which you will obtain from nowhere. Enjoy sunrise views on Everest and other mountain peaks such as Mt, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse and Island Peak.

After spending ample time in Kalapathar we will climb down to Gorakshep where you will be served warm breakfast. After an hour’s rest, prepare to take a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. Enjoy scenic views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu among other mountains from the helicopter. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Rest day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a full day’s rest in Kathmandu. You can visit Thamel and other nearby markets for souvenir shopping. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by us. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Final departure

Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.

Route Map of Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking

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FAQs

1. Is Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Safe?

Yes, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is one of the safest treks in Nepal. It has well maintained trails, adequate facilities for accomodation and hygienic meals, good access to internet and mobile connection..

2. How difficult is Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?

In general Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is graded easy to moderately strenuous. The highest point reached on this trek is Kalapathar at 5545m. The trail is a mix of muddy, rugged and glacial terrain. Proper acclimatization is a must.

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

To do this trek, you should have good physical strength and mental balance. Previous experience of Himalaya trekking is recommended but not essential.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of host destination and our staffs. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practice of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.

6. What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.