Everest Base Camp Fly Back By Helicopter - 12 Days

Language English
Cost 2799 USD for tour/excursion
Capacity Group of up to 5 people
Duration 1 week 5 days

Following the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay we take a thrilling steady climb of 2800 m / 9187 ft to 5545 m / 18193 ft from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar (5545 m), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest. After exploring the temples, shrines, bazaars, and restaurants of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, and then the trail passing Buddhist monasteries to have the views of Everest get closer every day. This trek is particularly strenuous as there are many ups and downs and the itinerary doesn’t allow us for proper acclimatization days.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft)

Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya who will drop you off at our hotel. Check-in, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening a welcome dinner will be hosted by Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2651m/8700ft) (40 mins flight; 3-4 hrs trek)

Take an early morning flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane, where all Everest treks begin. Meet the rest of our team in Lukla and start trekking from there. Walk on a gradually descends trails to Cheplung village. From here, we get a glimpse of Mount Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. Then gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438m/11,280 ft) (5-6 hrs)

Our trail passes through a pine forest and continue our walk on the trail that goes up north through the Benkar Valley. Cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, ascend on a steep trail with amazing views. Ascending further, will reach Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization

Spending one more day in Namche Bazaar will help us get used to the high altitude and thinning oxygen. Tour the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colourful market. You can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, can try trek to Khumjung village. Today will also visit the Hillary School and a monastery which houses a yeti scalp. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m/12,694ft) (5-6 hrs)

Today’s trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along with the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and so on. Upon reaching Tengboche, will visit Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the region, and be amazed by the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m/14,300 ft) (5-6 hrs)

Today descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees such as birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again filled with tremendous views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, cross the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails will be more rewarding with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. Moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Dingboche for Acclimatization

Dingboche is a famous stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and animals. Spend a day here for acclimatization. You can take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, and Ama Dablam.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) (5-6 hrs)

Today’s trek starts with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, continue trek to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find yourself facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft) (6-7 hrs)

Take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continue straight ahead, will come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading. Therefore, it is important to follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to the thin air at the high altitude. Pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Base Camp. Upon reaching, we can see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of earthy surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. Get back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 10: Gorakshep to Kalapatthar, back to Gorakshep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter (3-4 hrs trek)

Prepare for an early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 degrees Celsius). Moreover, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower are seen to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. Upon reaching Kalapatthar (5545-meter) that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mount Everest. Take nothing but pictures, and enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama. After that, return back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest.

Those who visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as the hike takes longer than the hike at Kalapatthar. Descend down to Gorakshep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. Fly over the serene waters of the Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After captivating the lake’s tremendous beauty, continue our helicopter ride to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu

Catch an early flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we can do it today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening by the Alpine Club of Himalaya to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

(Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Final departure

Your Everest adventure in Nepal ends today. A representative from Alpine Club of Himalaya will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Cost Include

Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle

Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast

Best available teahouse accommodation during the Everest trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

Welcome and farewell dinners

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

Domestic flights from a regular Twin Otter plane (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)

Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers = 1 assistant guide)

Porter service (2 trekkers = 1 assistance guide)

Helicopter/Chopper expenses as per the itinerary

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)

Alpine Club of Himalaya t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

Nepal entry visa fees

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)


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