Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Duration: 12 Days

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek-12 Days is quite popular for people who wish to scale the heights of Everest region, but have limited time and cannot manage to trek the regular itinerary, or are in need of luxury during the trek. Flying across the Everest region over the soaring Himalaya is not only a unique experience but also an achievement. Adventure Club Trek’s Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek-12 Days perfectly incorporates trekking experience with the luxurious helicopter ride from Gorakshep. It is every trekker’s dream to step foot on the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848m). Moreover, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek offers precisely that opportunity in a very short time duration. One will also have the opportunity to climb up to Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point of the Everest region.

We start our helicopter trip to the Base Camp with a flight to Lukla. It is a breathtaking experience in itself. On our way to the Everest Base camp, we pass through the famous Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagerjun and Lobuche.  Before arriving at the Everest base camp, we pass through Dingboche, a Himalayan village that offers spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotse among others. During the trek from Dingboche to Nagerjun, we witness amazing views of Lobuche East (6,119m), Kangtega (6,685m), Thamserku (6,608m) and other surrounding mountains.

While the trail from Nagerjun to Lobuche has many luscious meadows, the landscape becomes arid and rocky from Gorakshep. We make our way to Everest Base camp from Gorakshep accompanied by astounding mountain views and get back to Gorakshep the same day. Next day, we hike to Kala Patthar and descend back to Gorakshep again. Today, we will take a helicopter ride from Gorakshep over Everest to Lukla via Pheriche. The helicopter ride gets you as close to the Everest region and its grand mountains as you can ever get. The helicopter drops us off at the Lukla airport from where we board a regular flight which also takes you over the Himalaya to Kathmandu.

The unique culture of the Sherpas, never-ending suspension bridges, densely forested hills to arid, rocky terrains, chortens, gumbas and monasteries, and the stunning landscape combined with a helicopter ride across the Everest region make this trek a memorable journey. For a shorter helicopter tour of the Everest, consider Adventure Club Trek’s Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Helicopter or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour-1 Day.

 

Why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek-12 Days

 

  • Adventure and thrilled packed flight to Lukla, one of the most scenic aerial routes in the world.
  • Explore the Sherpa capital of Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar
  • Panoramic views of Everest and other surrounding peaks from Everest View Hotel
  • Explore Everest Photo gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum
  • Over a century old Tengboche Monastery, the largest of its kind in the Khumbu region.
  • Amazing views of Lobuche East(6,119m), Lobuche West(6,145m), Taboche Peak(6,367m), Thamserku(6,608m), Ama Dablam(6,856m) and Kangtega(6,685m) from Nagarjuna
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp with amazing views of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Glacier, and Khumbutse
  • Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point for the best view of Everest
  • Helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla followed by another flight to Kathmandu with up and close aerial views of the Everest region.

 

Can I Do This Trek?

If you are a physically fit person, you can definately trek to the Everest Base Camp. The highest altitude we hike in this Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is 5550m. The trek lasts for 12 Days and consist of 2 Acclimitazation Days giving you ample time to rest. Also, there is no technical climbing involved and one doesn't need to have experience in climbing too. On top of that, you return back to Lukla via a helicopter!

 

Best Time of the Year for Everest Base Camp Trek.

The best time for the Helicopter trek to Everest is from March to May and mid-September to December months. Most of the days during this time of year are clear with fabulous views of peaks and Mt. Everest. March to May falls during spring to pre-summer when days are longer with enough sunlight for views to enjoy mountain panorama. However, days can get windy and cloudy sometimes in the afternoon, even snow in higher elevation. Around this time the hills are lively with wild-flowers blooming with riots of colors especially Rhododendron (national flower of Nepal). Mid-September to December is another best time for the Base Camp Tour as most of the days are clear with stunning views of the peak. However, the temperature can sometimes drop to freezing point.

 

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m) :.8km, 3 hours
  • Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) :11km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 04: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization, hike to Everest View Hotel (3860m): 3-4 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tangbouche (3860m): 10km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m): 9km, 5-6 hours
  • Day 07: Hike up to Nagerjun Hill (5100m),and return to Dingboche
  • Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m): 7km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp(5364m),and back to Gorakshep (5,160m):13km 7-8 hrs
  • Day 10: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5545m),and back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter: 3 km 4 hours
  • Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m)
  • Day 12: Farewell, Flight Home.
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Adventure Club Trek will receive you and drop you off to your hotel. After you have checked in you can relax for the day as there are no planned activities for the day. However, in the evening you will join the welcome dinner by us where you can put forward any queries you have about the trip. Overnight at hotel.

    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

  • Day 02: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m) :.8km, 3 hours

    We fly to Lukla early in the morning as there are only morning flights to Lukla due to unstable weather conditions. The Twin Otter flies over the Himalaya including the mighty Mt. Everest, rewarding us with the spectacular views. After landing at Lukla, you will be assigned a porter. We start off by walking downhill towards the DudhKosi River passing through grasslands. Enjoy the magnificent views of KusumKanguru (6,367m) along the path. After we reach Ghat (2,550m), a small village, it is a short walk to Phakding. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 03: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) :11km, 5-6 hours

    After a filling breakfast in Phakding, we begin today’s trek to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. We follow the trail along the banks of Dudh Kosi, crossing the river few times via suspension bridges. The trail is steep and uphill after we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. During our ascent towards Namche Bazaar, we catch the first glimpse of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m). Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization, hike to Everest View Hotel (3860m): 3-4 hours

    We spend the day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar. To familiarize our body to the high altitude, we hike to Syangboche Airport(3,700m), one of the world’s highest airports followed by a short trek to Everest View Hotel to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the mighty Everest and other peaks including Lhotse(8,516m), Tawache(6,542m) and Ama Dablam(6,812m). Also, we visit the Everest Photo gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum before we head back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tangbouche (3860m): 10km, 5-6 hours

    We start our trek with an uphill climb and along the way we are rewarded with fantastic views of the Everest. The trail then continues down to the DudhKosi Valley followed by a gradual climb through rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche (3,860m). Tengboche central attraction is the Tengboche Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery with strong ties to Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. It was built in 1916 AD. The sound of monks humming Buddhist prayers in Tengboche monastery with a backdrop of peaks including Tawache, Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku is a sight always to cherish. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m): 9km, 5-6 hours

    Our goal today is to reach Dingboche which is at an altitude of 4,410m. As we are scaling higher altitude, it is advised to maintain a steady pace instead of going too fast or too slow. While we descend from Tengboche, we pass through a forested area and Imja River followed by Pangboche village (3,900m). After crossing Imja Valley and Lobuche River, we reach Dingboche also known as the summer valley. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 07: Hike up to Nagerjun Hill (5100m),and return to Dingboche

    Acclimatization in Dingboche. To adapt to the higher altitude, we go for a short hike to Nagerjun Hill (5,100m), a hill positioned at the edges of the Chhukung Valley. Getting there is quite a challenge as the trail is very steep at some points. However, once you reach the top, the up-close views of Lobuche East(6,119m), Lobuche West(6,145m), Taboche Peak(6,367m), Thamserku(6,608m), Ama Dablam(6,856m) and Kangtega(6,685m) among others make it worth your while. If weather favours, you can also see Mt. Makalu (8,481m), a fifth highest mountain in the world. After a day of admiring the mountains, we return to Dingboche. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m): 7km, 4-5 hours

    On our way to Lobuche, we ascend to Dughla(4,620m), one of the world’s highest settlements but it’s not inhabited on a permanent basis. You can see a number of huts here that cater to the trekkers. We descend to Pheriche (4,240m) where we pass by Trekkers Aid Post (emergency treatment center for trekkers provided by western volunteers). We continue on the path to finally reach Lobuche. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp(5364m),and back to Gorakshep (5,160m):13km 7-8 hrs

    Today’s trek to the Everest Base Camp starts with a gradual climb through green meadows followed by a downhill drop towards Khumbu glacier. After a couple of hours’ walk, we reach Gorakshep. We head forward on a trail that frequently drops and rises to arrive at the Everest Base Camp finally. The campsite is usually loaded with tents of climbers headed to summit. You’ll be awestruck by the ecstatic views of Pumori(7,161m), Nuptse(7,861m) and Khumbutse among others. After spending sometime at the base camp, we head back to Goreshap where we spend the night at a guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5545m),and back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter: 3 km 4 hours

    We leave for Kala Patthar early in the morning to witness the sunrise over the beautiful Himalaya. It is the ultimate vantage point of the Everest region. Kala Patthar offers 360-degree panoramic views of Everest, Changtse, Lingtre, Pumori and Ama Dablam among others. After spending sometime at Kala Patthar, we descend to Gorakshep where we have breakfast and board a helicopter to make our return to Kathmandu. The helicopter picks us up at Gorakshep, flies us over the Everest region and drops us at the Lukla airport. The ride takes you as close to the Himalaya as you’ll ever get. From Lukla, we board a regular flight back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the breathtaking aerial views of the mountains and experience the landscape change from snow-capped mountains to valleys and green lands. Overnight at guesthouse.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m)

    This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes, and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Farewell Dinner

  • Day 12: Farewell, Flight Home.

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the year’s ahead.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (2nights)
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. 
  • All meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • Private helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking 
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.

You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the AnnapurnaLangtang, or any other regions.

 

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

 

A typical day on a trek: Live the Experience in words

A typical day on a trek organized by Adventure Club Trek will be exciting, informative, picturesque and lots of fun, of course! Our guides do not believe in hurrying the trekkers during the trip, they take a more leisurely approach which means you can take your time to enjoy the landscapes, take your photos and explore as much of the culture as you’d like. There are, of course, exceptions; times when guides have to hurry a team for safety reasons.

Trekking in the Himalaya is an experience like no other. Experienced, strong, qualified and friendly guides along with porters who carry your luggage make every day of this journey more feasible for you. You have to carry your small regular day pack on trekking days. We start each day with a wake-up morning cup of tea. Then, we pack our bags and sit for a locally made wholesome breakfast before setting off for the trek.

We typically start the day’s hike around 7:00 am-8:00 am, depending on the nature of the day’s trek and duration. We sit for lunch after walking for 3-4 hours. We usually take the lunch break around midday and resume after an hour’s rest. The afternoon trek is usually only up to 2-3 hours long meaning we reach our overnight stay before evening, so, we munch on extra dietary snacks till the dinner is ready. Once we have our dinner (around 6 pm) we are free to explore the adjacent places.

Before going to bed, the group discusses their experience. Later, the guide will brief the group on the next day’s trip plans. If it is too early to go to bed for you, we can engage in some games and fun conversations. Most trekkers prefer playing cards, reading books or learning some Nepalese. We wake up and start the cycle again.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek-12 Days is per person but don't include International flights. If you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

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PRICE FROM US$ 2799 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 2799

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-48
  • Trip Duration 12 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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