Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
Everest base camp helicopter trek
If you want to explore world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest doing by trekking and don’t have enough time, don’t worry trekking planner organize Everest base Camp helicopter trek. Its gives you the opportunity to explore the beauty of Mountain, amazing landscape, Sherpa people and their lifestyle.
Everest region trekking is considered as the greatest trekking in Nepal. The major attraction of Everest region is Mount Everest, Sagarmatha national park (listed in UNESCO world heritage site), Tengboche monastery, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lake, Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Makalu and Everest base camp. The Everest base camp helicopter trek starts from Lukla after short flight (about 35 min) from Kathmandu. Once you leave Kathmandu airport flying parallel to the Himalayan range, allowing you to discover magnificent view of the soaring Himalayan peaks. The trek follows the Dudh Koshi River with few up and down all the way to Everest base camp passing through Namche Bazzar, Tengboche monasteries, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep. While you have rest day in Namche bazaar we take sight walk up to Museum, Everest View Hotel and Khumjung village. The walk goes continually to Everest base camp and trek back. The Helicopter will pick you up from Pheriche and will make couple stop for the photography from the ground before reaching base camp of the Everest. Leaving Everest base camp and Khumbu, you will return back to Lukla airport and then fly to Kathmandu for completing the Luxury journey. This trek can do any time of the year but March to May and September to December consider as a best time of the year. The spring season brings out the wild flowers particularly Rhododendrons, while autumn season is generally good for the clear Mountain View.
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter trek will fulfill your desire to see Base camp of world’s highest mountain. Trekking planner is Nepal based trekking company own by experience family provides quality service and makes your holiday enjoyable. To make your holiday hassle-free and memorable we use qualified and experience guide and strong porter.
“Ready-Made itinerary presented in our website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss your tour plan.”
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Arrival in Kathmandu
- Meet Trekking Planner representative with your name card and transfer to hotel and Check in Hotel
- Rest for the day/explore the area
- Later in the afternoon pre-trip meeting in hotel/office
- 06:30 welcome dinner
- Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing tours and trekking preparation
- Breakfast in hotel
- Pashupatinath Temple; located bank of the Bagmati River. It is very famous and most worshipped temple for Hindus in Nepal. Swyambhunath Stupa; A holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the monkey temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Boddhanath Stupa; one of the biggest and oldest stupa in Nepal. Patan durbar Square; a city of fine arts. Patan is filled with wood and stone carving, metal statues, ornate architecture, Buddhist and Hindu temples and many monuments. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip
- Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2828m) about 35 min flight and trek to Phakding (2780m) 3-4 hrs walk
Breakfast in hotel/Pack breakfast
According to flight time pick you up from hotel than transfer to airport for short but scenic flight to Lukla, where the adventure starts. The flight to Lukla totally depends on the weather, sometime it may delay due to weather. Once you reach in Lukla you will have short time for tea while porters prepare your luggage. Trek along the Dudh Koshi River with few up and down passing through several villages. The views of Kusum Kangkaru from Thado Koshi make your day enjoyable. The walk continues to Phakding (where you spend the night) through the scenic valley. Lunch will be on the way to according to your time.
Dinner and stay overnight in Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) about 5 hrs. Walk
Breakfast in Lodge
Trek starts around 08 in the morning. The walk passes through Toktok, Bankkar, Monjo and Jorsale, there are most popular Sherpa town of the day. Sound from Dudh Koshhi River and view of Mt Thamserku make your day delightful. We stop Monjo village at Sagarmatha National park entry point to check the permit. The trek continues to Jorsale village where we make as lunch break. Jorsale is the last town before we get Namche Bazaar, so we have to prepare drinking water and some energy bar. After lunch the trek goes gradually until Larja Dobhan than long ascend toward Namche Bazzar. The first view of Mt Everest makes your day memorable. Dinner and Stay overnight in Namche Bazzar.
Day 05: Rest day/ acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the capital town of the Khubhu valley. If you are not fully prepared your trek you can get rest of the thing here, to buy or rent. There is money exchange counter, Bank, post office and different kind of shops. After breakfast we hike up to National Park Head quarter and Everest View hotel for the acclimatization, the excellent view point of Mountain including Mt Everest. Visit museum then hike up to Everest view hotel through the Shyangboche village. If you want or if you have enough time you can continues your day hike to Khumjung and Khunde Village. Hike back to Namche, Lunch and explore the town. Dinner and stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3850 m) about 5 hrs walk
Breakfast in Hotel/Lodge
The trek start with gradual walk towards Tengboche, enjoying fantastic view of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse and close view Thamserku and Taboche Peak. Along the way we may see wildlife musk deer, Himalayan Thar (mountain goat) and Pheasants. The walk continues to Kyangjuma and Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base camp. The trek follows through the pine forest and Chorten, we reach Phunki Tenga which is the last town before we get to Tengboche, the biggest Buddhist monastery of the Khumbu region. We visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to for the ceremony. Diner and overnight in Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) about 5 hrs walk
Breakfast in Hotel/Lodge
The scenery around the Tengboche makes our morning more delightful, the monastery looks more spectacular in the morning. The walk start with small downhill trail passes through several Chortens and Mai walls and small villages. There is two trail to Pangboche village, upper trail and lower trail, enjoying super view of Mt Everest, Imja Valley, close view of Mt Ama Dblam and many more mountains. From Pangboche village we walk along the DudhKosi River passing several small villages with few up and down until enter the Imja Valley. Stay overnight in Dingboche.
Day 08: Rest day/ acclimatization day in Dingboche
Today we take another rest and acclimatization day. There is the option of taking a light hike up the valley for a wider variety of photos of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 4-5 hrs walk
From Dingboche the trail diverts towards north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is begin gentle, with nice view of Pheriche village. Today’s walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde and many more mountains. Thugla is the only place with teahouses before Lobuche. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region. Finally reach Lobuche for an overnight at a tea house.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m) 2-3 hrs walk
After an early morning start, we ascend through the glacier to Gorakshep. After meals with some time rest we begin trekking to Everest Base Camp which is located at the foothills of the Khumbu Icefall. Back to Gorakshep and stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 11: Trek to Kala patthar (5545m) 2-3 hrs walk and to Pheriche (4280m) 5-6 hrs walk
Today, Early morning Guide will lead you to best view point of Everest Base Camp trek i.e. Kala patthar top from where you will see Mt.Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Changtse, Khumbu glacier and south-west face of Everest. You can take your time to see these panoramic views. Back to Gorakshep for breakfast, after breakfast we re-trace our steps to Pheriche. The trail from Gorakshep descends all the way to Pheriche. Stay overnight at a tea house.
Day 12: Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu
After wonderful time in the mountain; today after breakfast take charter helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. You will be flying through High Mountain, enjoying fantastic view of mountain include Mt Everest. On arrival in Kathmandu airport you will receive from out office representative and transfer to hotel. Leisure afternoon and stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 13: Final departure
Today we will transfer you to the international airport for your departure back home.
“Trekking Planner is committed to keeping the day-to-day schedule as per the predetermined itinerary however there might be an occasion in need of a change due to factors beyond our control. Factors such as adverse weather conditions, flight delays, natural disasters, political situations etc can force us to make necessary changes. Even though it is not possible to guarantee the itinerary the trip leader will do his best to minimize your inconvenience.”
We trust you will have a wonderful time with us!
USD $2347.00 per person(3 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $2510.00 per person(4 star category hotel in KTM)
USD $2780.00 per person(5 star category hotel in KTM)
Single Supplement US $180.00
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Lukla by regular flight and Pheriche to Kathmandu by helicopter flight with airport departure tax
- National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
- 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment.
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
Safe drinking water and first add kid box
- Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
- Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
- The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes column
Activity Level rating of Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
A trekker or walker who is able to hike normally 5-6 hours per day carrying a light weight backpack will be fit enough to do this trekking. There are stone steps up and downs which are uneven and due to some long descents your legs may feel shaky so we recommend the use of walking poles. The maximum altitude of the trek is 5545 m, so you need to be careful about your health and the altitude related risks. To properly acclimatize one needs to walk slowly and drink more water.
Safe drinking water on Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
Generally, you can find bottled water at lower altitude places but it gets harder to find it in higher elevation places and it gets more expensive. In those higher altitudes we recommend you drink previously boiled water which tea houses sell for a small fee. You can also bring chlorine tablets to purify your water if you wish. Due to lack of regulation on the discard of plastic bottles it is probably better to use boiled water, very helpful for the protection of our environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hour for charging facilities. We recommend buying adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Extra Advice for Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
In your trekking you might come across some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers have felt same. But it is best not to do so because it encourages them to beg. In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave valuables behind. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything outside at night.
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water froze then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Toilets are outside your room and it varies in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea house lodges with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will have the opportunity to interact with the charming local people and experience their hospitality.
Altitude sickness is a change in a body due to high altitude, decrease in atmospheric pressure makes breathing difficult due to less oxygen. Mainly, it happens above 3300m (10,000ft). Signs and symptoms are as follows:
- Sleepy but can’t sleep
- Loss of Appetite
Prevention for this is to dress warmly as per weather conditions, drink and eat plenty, walk slowly and climb high sleep low. Keeping hydrated, but make sure you avoid alcohol.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is the government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We require a non-fundable deposit of 15% as down payment in advance in order to book flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims Cards, as well as permits. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and the amount can be either, a Bank Transfer, Western Union, Money Gram, or a Credit Card with the balance payable upon your arrival in Nepal
FAQs of Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
Can you provide me more information about the tea houses on Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipe. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room is unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. We recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there are electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.
Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek?
No, as there is enough time to acclimatize while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the effects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various points and it’s easy to get.
How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekker’s baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.
At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.
Is it necessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.
Is bottled water available everywhere Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There are no any plastic recyclable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the tea houses.
Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odorless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 liter of water. Neutralizing tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.
What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognize Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers show any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimize effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatization.
What if I get ill while on Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feel dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carry down if no progress we advise travelers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if it’s very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekker before you come to trek in this trek.
Would you recommend taking a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.
Is alcohol permitted on Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.
Equipment for Everest base Camp Helicopter Trek
- Trekking Bag pack.
- Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Trekking stick.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 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.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
To provide you a reasonable price, we need some number of persons into a group to minimize your cost on hotel, transportation and any other alternation in your itinerary. Departure dates available for online booking are as below where price given is per person and international flight is not included. If given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US so that Trekking Planner will happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
Trekking Planner also organizes various trips on small groups that can suit for you. We recommend you to reserve a seat for you by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
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- Total Duration13 Days
- Trekking Duration09 days
- ActivityTrekking, Historical & Cultural Excursion & Helicopter flight
- StartsFrom Kathmandu
- EndsAt Kathmandu
- Trek typeHotel/Lodge
- Per Day Walkingabout 5 hrs.
- Trip GradeModerate-fairly challenging
- Max. Altitude5545 M
- MealsFull board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
- Accommodationouble/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
- TransportationPrivate vehicles /Tourist Bus/Flight
- Best SeasonMarch-May & Sept-Dec
- Group Size1-16 pax
- CostUSD 2347