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Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking


10 days 9 nights

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Category Nepal Trekking

  • Group Size 2-16 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 4
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 5546m (18,192 ft.) at Kala Patthar
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Trip Ends At Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation Hotels and lodges
  • Type Trekking
  • Destination Lukla Namche Tengboche Dingboche Lobuche Gorakshep Kala Patthar Kathmandu
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Overview

Do you want to trek to the Everest Base Camp but restricted by time? Then this is the trip for you. On this trip, you will trek up to the base camp, but then you are picked up by helicopter and flown back to Kathmandu! Isn't that amazing? You will experience everything that the trek has to offer and also save five or six days of your time that you would basically spend in backtracking down.

You will take a regular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla-the gateway to the Everest region and then begin the adventure of your lifetime! Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will trek through the Everest region, dominated by Sherpa Buddhist culture. Sherpas are also the legendary mountain climbers.We will see the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags and beautifully-carved mani stones along the trails and Sherpa villages. We will visit several Buddhist monasteries, including the most prominent at Tengboche and explore the Himalayan flora and fauna.

The majestic peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu, four of the world's six tallest mountains always
Everest region is highlighted by four of the world's six tallest peaks – Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu – that crown the towering ridges of the forbidding Himalayas.The experience of walking among these giants and their purity and spirituality is something we will never forget in our lifetime.You will experience the grandest moutain of the world’s great prize, and its grandest and most beautiful destination.

We hike the Everest Base Camp and climb the Kalapattar Peak for the best view of the Everest and then retrace down to Pheriche for the overnight. Next day morning, a chattered helicopter will pick us up to transport to Kathmandu. The aerial view on our way back provides a whole new experience.

The itinerary is carefully designed and reasonably paced with proper acclimatization opportunities. Our first acclimatization halt will be in Namche Bazaar (11,283 ft) and second one in Dingboche (altitude 14,300 ft).

Trip Dates 2018

Apr: 4, 18 & 25 May: 02 & 09 Oct: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov: 07

Trip Dates 2019

Mar: 06, 13, 20, 27 Apr: 03,10,17.24

Trip dates don't work for you, pick your own date for a private trip.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding (3 hrs trekking, altitude 2,652m/8,700 ft.)

On the first day of our Everest Base Camp Trekking, we take 40 minutes long scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla - the gateway town to the Everest Base Camp. Here, we meet our other crew members; assemble our gears and commence trekking. After walking about 2-3 hours, we arrive at the village of Phakding where we stay overnight today.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (6 hrs trekking, altitude 3440 m/11,280 ft.)

The second day of the Everest Base Camp trek is a bit tougher. The trail leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through several suspension bridges. We are greeted by the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m/21, 707 ft.). The trail passes through the Sherpa villages of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo and enters Sagarmatha National Park and then climbs through the forests and several suspension bridges until we reach the confluence of two rivers - Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi.

The final steep ascent of about 2 hours rewards us with the first sight of Mount Everest looking over the ridges of Mount Lhotse and Nuptse. We stop briefly at Chautara to appreciate the view and continue further on the trail.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

It's very important to have proper acclimatization for higher chances of making to the Everest Base Camp. Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar is well spent on browsing the market or taking side trip to Thame. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. We will also visit Tourist Visitor Centre near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Trek to Tengboche (5 hrs trekking, Tengboche altitude 12,664 ft.)

5 hrs trekking, Tengboche altitude 12,664 ft.

As we leave Namche Bazaar, our trekking trail follows the steep hillside high above the Imja Khola River. As we advance forward, magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku come closer and closer. Our trail descends to the river and we cross the river and a steep climb to Tengboche starts.

 

We spend the afternoon touring the historic monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhists. Today we may stay overnight in Tengboche or further go down to  Debuche a quite village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest where we spend the night.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Trek to Dingboche (6 hours trekking, altitude 14,300ft)

We descend through the forest to Debuche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja Khola river, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 12,792 ft, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley, we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja Kholas. 

 

A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,360 m or 14,300 ft , a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

We have our second acclimatization day in Dingboche. We will have a relaxed morning to enjoy breakfast with stunning views of Mount Amadablam (6856m/ 22493 ft.) that looms to the south. After breakfast, we take an acclimatization climb to the ridge to the north behind the village and have even better views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and the numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche. From here we can see three of the world's six highest peaks- Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Yu. To the west tower the peaks of Cholatse (6440 m/21,126 ft.) and Taboche (6542 m/ 21,463 ft.). As we turn our head to the northwest, we see an array of peaks rising above the Khumbu River valley.

Along with Lhotse (8,501m/27, 890 ft.) stand proudly the Lobuche West and Lobuche East peak. Looking down from the ridge top, we will enjoy a sweeping view of Imja River Valley and the picturesque fields and the pastures of Dingboche Village.

 

Overnight in Dingboche

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Trek to Lobuche (5 or 6 hours,16,207 ft.)

Today, the trail climbs through Khumbu Khola Valley to Duglha with awesome views of mountains on all sides. As we approach Dusa - a yak herder's place, the valley begins to narrow. We will see a beautiful glacier lake - Chola Lake above Phulung Karpo. The superb Mount Pumori (7,138 m/ 23,418 ft.) comes into view as we continue on the trail.

Now the trail descends and curves and Mount Pumori vanishes from the scene. We cross the roaring stream on a small wooden bridge and the trail ascends to Dughla from where we can view the tip of Nuptse as well as Cholatse, Thamserku and several other majestic peaks. 

Beyond Dughla, the trail climbs up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail goes through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, a spine-chilling ridge top with dramatic views of the mountains. At the top of the ridge, we will see cairns with prayer flags which are a memorial to Scott Fischer - an American Mountaineer and Babu Chiri Sherpa - a Nepali mountain guide and 10 times Everest summiter who perished on a mission to climb Everest.

 

The trail then drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and we find ourselves right "in front of" several great peaks - Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. It takes about 2 hrs to reach Louche -also spelled as Lobuje. We are now very close to the Mount Everest but it still remains hidden. As we cross the Khumbu Glacier, we will see Nuptse towering to the right.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakhshep (2-4 hrs, 5160 m/16,925 ft.)

Gorakhshep has a strategic position in the Everest Base Camp trekking as it's in the junction of the trail to the Kala Patthar and the base camp. The trail from Lobuche to Gorakshep goes through the moraine of the Khumbu. We pass through the pyramid sign post and continue ahead on the trail; we see the crest of north ridge of Mount Everest along with Mount Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, and other splendid peaks. A small climb would lead us to Thangma Riju from where we enjoy 360-degree vista of snowy mountains.

The trail, then climbs steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier and we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft.), a greyish green hill beneath the Mount Pumori. As we arrive at Gorakshep (2 hours) we will be overwhelmed by the snow-capped mountains including the top of the world - Mount Everest surrounding us.

We take our lunch in Gorakshep and we further continue through the Gorakshep Lake to Everest Base Camp. The hike is pretty easy, first along a ridge and then later going onto the Khumbu Glacier and takes about 3 hours. If you are trekking during spring, you will see the entire base camp ground covered by mountaineer’s tents. From the Everest Base Camp, we will have great views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori but Mount Everest! By now, we have attained our ultimate goal of the trip and we head back to Gorakhshep for a good night's rest.

The return trip to Gorakhshep takes about 2 hours. Time permitting and if weather is fine, it's worth hiking to Kala Patthar today rather than next day to enjoy the amazing sunset view. The reflection of setting sun’s rays from the snow-capped mountains creates very emotional and overwhelming scenery that trekkers shouldn’t miss.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Hike from Gorakhshep to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18,192 ft.) and descend to Pheriche (4280 m/14,070 ft.), Total Trekking 7-8 hrs

Although Everest Base Camp is the main goal of this trekking, Kala Patthar is the climax of the trip. Kala Patthar offers the most spectacular views of Mount Everest and quite different than from any other points.

We have to begin early morning so that we reach the summit before sunrise. Be prepared to walk in the dark and very cold temperature, ranging from -10°C (14°F) to -14 °C (7°F). Moreover, usually there will be chilly winds which are quite expected. It takes about 2 ½ to 3 hours to reach the top, and 1- hour return trip down to Gorakhshep. We cross the beach and follow the path - steep at first and then gentler. The final portion of the trail is very steep. On the trail, we can pause on several outstanding points to catch our breath and capture the beautiful scenery on the camera. The summit is marked by cairns and loads of prayer flags offered by the trekkers. As the first light of the day shines on Mount Everest and other peaks, we will have overwhelmingly beautiful views of Mount Everest and Nuptse to the east are magnificent, at much closer range than at Gokyo Ri. We can see Everest Base Camp in the distance on the Khumbu Glacier. For many trekkers, Kala Patthar ascent is the lifetime achievement.

Depending on weather, we might spend 1 to 2 hrs on the top enjoying the sceneries and taking the pictures. After having late morning breakfast in Kala Patthar, we head down to Pheriche for overnight. We return the way we come from. It takes about 1 ½ hrs to reach to Lobuje, half an hour from Lobuje to Dughla and another 1 hour to Pheriche.

Accommodation in the guesthouse.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu
You have leisurely morning breakfast while waiting for the helicopter. Enjoy the aerial view of the Everest region. 
Service ends.
Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • 9 Nights mountain lodges with basic facilities on twin sharing basis.
  • 3 meals a day in the lodges during trekking.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla airfare.
  • Chartered helicopter for return flight
  • English speaking certified trekking Guide.
  • 1 porter for each two trekkers.
  • Trekking permits
  • Trekking crew insurance.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping bag for the use during trekking
  • A down jacket for the use during trekking
  • A duffel bag for you to use during trekking or keep with you.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Hotels and services in Kathmandu.
  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone etc.
  • Extra expenses or loss caused due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, civil unrest, illness, accident etc.
  • Emergency medical transportation and evacuation expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare to and out of Kathmandu.
  • Meals other than listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal trekking gears

Trip Activity Level.

The Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp Trekking is a strenuous graded trekking, involving very high altitude that can pose serious risk to an unprepared traveler. Most of the camp stops are at 3500m (11, 480ft) or higher and we have at least 6 nights at the altitude of 4000m (13, 120 ft) or higher. We attaint the highest altitude of 5416m/17769ft on the top of Kalapattar and our highest camp will be at Gorakshep at 5170 m/16,961ft. Everyone will experience some degree of altitude sickness when we reach at the elevation of 3000 m (9,840 ft) or higher but our itinerary is planned for a gradual gain of altitude and allows proper acclimatization. You are recommended to begin preparation several months ahead of the trip. We advise you to do some jogging, cycling, swimming or aerobics that helps build stamina in your body as well as increases your confidence level and of course minimizes the chances of getting acute mountain sickness. We have to avoid dehydrating and so we advise you to consume 3-4 litres of water daily and also liquid food in meals. Not sure if it has any medical grounds, but our Sherpa guides recommends garlic soup to treat the effects of the altitude. If you have any heart, lungs or blood diseases, please, do consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Besides the altitude, we have to be prepared for the harsh weather. While days are warm and sunny, temperatures during the morning, evening and nights can be very cold often below freezing point. We need protection against the strong ultraviolet rays as well as dry winds.

The trail has guesthouse accommodations with basic facilities with exception to some western standard hotels. Forget about the heating system of the western and developed countries. During the peak season, the guesthouses can be cramped with trekkers and you have to be ready to sleep anywhere- in the dining room or kitchen! A hot shower will be a luxury and if it exits, we have to pay extra. Normally, we don’t dare to take our cloths off, due to cold. Food and water quality will be low and its recommended to pack vitamin supplement, dry foods, energy bars etc on your own to maintain your calorie requirement.

A typical trekking day

Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day's walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of our gear for us.

After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep. In the Everest Region and as at other High Himalayan region the temperatures are as follows from 2000m onwards.

Accommodations and facilities during trekking

We will sleep in the local lodges and eat our meals in the kitchen. The lodges or guesthouses are basic and are provided with dorm style rooms with futon or foam mattress and quilt or blankets. We try to get private room for 2 persons as far as possible. Toilet will be squat style . Hot shower, if exists in the lodge, will be a luxury and is not included in the room rent. The guesthouses are run by by local Sherpa families. Staying in guesthouses gives opportunity to befriend the locals and fellow international trekkers like you. We do not book the lodges in advance but our guide will chose the best lodge available. Places like Lukla, Phakding and Namche Bazaar has recently some up market accommodation which costs from $150 to $250 a night. Those up market accommodations are not considered in costing of this trip.

The trip does not include the accommodations in Kathmandu but we will be more than happy to book it for you. It's advisable that you plan minimum 2 nights before the trip and 1 night after the trip in Kathmandu.

Meals during trekking

Our trekking cost includes standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinners, followed by tea or coffee. Meals are cooked by the family . As individual order takes time for a group, our Guide will order a set menu. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. 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 (extra cost) and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill up your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills. Some lodges charge extra for filling up bottle for the cost of boiling the water.

Guide and support staff

You will have local English speaking certified Guide, accompanying you as from Kathmandu. All Highland Asia Guides are trained by KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) on first aid, environment, conservation and biodiversity. As required by law, all our trekking guides are licensed by Tourism Department’s academy. Most importantly, they are professional, helpful and always willing to provide you with personalized care and services.

Your guide escorts you along the trail, selects the lodge for accommodation or camping site and help you choosing your meal and deals with local bureaucracy whenever required. As you pay all trekking charges in advance, the guide will take care of all the purchases or charges on the way. We provide one porter for each two trekkers and he carries 15 kilograms (33 lb). Porters are locally hired at the village where your trek begins from, if not hired from Kathmandu. The guide and porters will have good clothing and boots to survive the harsh weather of the mountains.

Packing Suggestions

  • Kitbag (provided locally by Far & High Adventure travel
  • Radial compression sack (for down jacket and pile pants, etc)
  • Down sleeping bag, 5 degree F (Available on rental in Kathmandu)
  • Walking stick, collapsible
  • Cameras and film rolls
  • Medical and first aid kit
  • Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, razor, toothbrush, etc)
  • Repair kit (tape, glue, safety pins, sewing kit, batteries, etc)
  • Water bottle (quart or liter)
  • Iodine (Polar-Pure) for water
  • Boots (light-weight Gore-Tex)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Shower thongs
  • Wool socks (2 or 3 pairs
  • )
  • Polypropalene socks (2 pairs)
  • T-Shirts (2)
  • Supplex nylon pants/shorts (convertible: these are wonderful)
  • Nylon wind/rain suit (jacket and pants, breathable)
  • Polyester pile jacket and pants
  • Down Jacket (available on rental in Kathmandu)
  • Wool/polypropalene long underwear (shirt and pants)
  • Underpants (3 or 4)
  • Woolen gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Belt
  • Wrist watch
  • Matches and lighter
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Comb
  • Capilene shirt
  • Bandana
  • Pack towel
  • Gator Aid (for rehydration)
  • Flashlight with headband and batteries
  • Spare glasses
  • Clip-on sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip guards
  • Lonely Planet: Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (guide book)
  • Notebook and pens.
  • Padlocks and cable (for private room doors, securing pack)
  • Luggage locks
  • Extra zip-lock bags

Vaccinations

There is no mandatory vaccination unless you have traveled to the countries infected by Yellow Fever within the past 6 months. Its very important that you consult your physician for the official advice. Most travelers consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. As the trip involves high altitude, participants with heart and lungs issues, diabetic issues must consult with their physician before you sign up for this trip. You are responsible to determine that you are fit for the travel.

For general travel health advice and information on vaccinations, please, visit the site of Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

International and Internal Flights

You need to book your return international airfare to Kathmandu on you own or we are also able to help you with that. This trip involves a return domestic fligth to Lukla from Kathmandu which will be taken care of by us. The internal airfare is quoted separately in the trip cost section.

Passport Visa and Permits

Your passport must be valid 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Make sure you have at least one blank visa page. Please, provide us a color scan of your passport and headshot photo so that we can ready your trekking permit before your arrival in Kathmandu.

Booking and payment schedule

US$ 300 deposit is request along with the completed booking form. You can charge credit card. Balance payment is due 90 days prior the trip date. Balance payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. For detailed information, please, visit Booking Terms and Conditions.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation or missed connection, loss of baggage, etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Highland Asia’s tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions. We strongly encourage you to buy travel insurance for the protection of your travel investment and cover the expenses due to unforeseen events.

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