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Everest Base Camp heli trek

Everest base camp heli trek
Everest Base Camp Heli trek - 10 days is especially designed for those who have short travel duration but wish to explore the Everest region. Witness the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. The program allows trekking in the Khumbu region then after visiting the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar you will fly back to Kathmandu from Gorekshep. This way one doesn’t need to again trek back to Lukla. Within a matter of hours, you will be back in the comforts of the Kathmandu City.
 
Everest Base Camp Heli trek - 10 days initially starts will a regular flight by plane from Kathmandu to the small air-strip in Lukla. Then starts the trek to the small Himalayan settlement of Phakding town. Start-off the next day trekking towards the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. Namche is the gateway to the Everest region with many hotels, lodges, restaurants, shops etc. Two days are spent in Namche for acclimatizing. On the second day, hike to the Everest View Hotel at Syangboche for better views of Mt. Everest including Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku etc. After Namche the next stop is Tengboche. Tengboche has one of the biggest monasteries in Khumbu region. Everest Base Camp heli trek - 10 days then proceeds to Dingboche, Lobuche and ultimately towards the Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp offers great view of the magnificent Khumbu glacier from where Everest expeditions begin. Early in the morning the next day is hike to ‘Kalapathar’ at 5,550 meters. Kalapathar, the Himalayan vantage-point, offers panoramic views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding mountains. Afterwards, hike back to Gorakshep where a chartered helicopter awaits you. Then fly back to Kathmandu from Gorakshep. The tour concludes after spending a night in Kathmandu. We shall transfer you to the airport for your onward flight the next day.

Trip Highlights

  • Exhilarating Trans-Himalayan Kathmandu Lukla flight witness spectacular Himalayan panorama.
  • Discover the age-old lifestyles and traditions of Himalayan Sherpa community.
  • Hiking along the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site)
  • Visit the Tengboche Monastery at 3860m, one of the biggest monasteries in Khumbu region.
  • Witness the mixture of rich Buddhist & Tibetan cultures and traditions.
  • Everest Base Camp & the great Khumbu Glacier.
  • Hike to Kalapathar at 5,550 meters with spectacular views Mt. Everest including other Khumbu giants.
  • Scenic flight back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours]

Day 03 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]

Day 04 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]

Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m) [5 hours]

Day 07 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m) [5 hours]

Day 08 : Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) & return Gorak Shep [7 hours]

Day 09 : Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) & return Gorak Shep to fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered helicopter

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop-off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and Back to Kathmandu by Chartered helicopter Charge
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.
  • Sagarmatha National park entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, the internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels.  If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours]

After breakfast, drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It’s about 40 minute’s flight passing over the majestic mountains and considered one of the beautiful air-route in the world. Finally landing at Tenzing-Hillary airstripe in Lukla. Meet the trekking crew and you will start the trek to Phakding after some brief rest. The trail is filled up with green landscape and scenic view of Kusum Kangaru. O/N at Lodge.

Day 03 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]

After breakfast, trek starts with stiff walk through beautiful pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River and crossing the Hillary suspension bridge. Then you will reach the check-post and the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. You will reach Chautra after further walking and get rewarded with the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. After two hours of continue walking will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest and the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu region. This high mountain settlement has many restaurants, hotels, shops, local market.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

Today is set for acclimatization as it’s very important whilst trekking in the high altitude. The full day is spent getting used to the high altitude and environment of higher elevations. After lunch, you will go for a short hike towards the Everest View Hotel from where some great panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks including Mt. Everest can be witnessed. Later on back to Namche. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]

Trek starts after breakfast to Tengboche en-route witnessing majestic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku peaks. The trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. It passes through Kayangjuma and reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. You will walk further crossing the Dudh Koshi bridge to reach Punki Thenga – a small village with few teahouses and lodges. The trail now slightly turns to a rougher climb to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is the a good spot to observe Everest, Nuptse & Amadablam. Tengboche has the biggest monastery and it’s the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m) [5 hours]

The trek today is towards the summer valley known as Dingboche. You will choose the upper trial passing thru several Chortens, Mani walls & small villages. Cross the Imja Khola including the village of Pangboche (3,900m). En-route keep up spotting the majestic views of Amadablam and other Himalayan ranges. Then the trail enters the Imja Valley and descends into the Lobuche River. You will then climb continuously to finally reach Dingboche. You can spot beautiful green fields protected by stone walls from cold wind and animals. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m) [5 hours]

After breakfast trek to Lobuche climbing towards Duglha thru the Khumbu Khola Valley. You will continue your walk reaching Dusa, Phulung Karpo and reach Chola Lake. En-route spot some great view of Mt. Pumori. After crossing a small bridge the trail ascends to Duglha from where spectacular Himalayan views can be seen. You still climb up passing thru Chupki Larka and still continue till reaching Lobuche. We might feel some breathing disorder due to high altitude but no need to panic. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) & return Gorak Shep [7 hours]

Today is the special day to achieve the ultimate destination of the trek – Everest Base Camp. The trail is with many ups and downs in high altitude and you may feel tired but the journey is still worthwhile. It takes about 3 hours of steady hiking to reach the base camp. Upon reaching the base camp, enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and icefall. This exactly is the point from where expedition to Mt. Everest begins. After base camp, you will return to Gorakshep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) & return Gorak Shep to fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered helicopter

Wrapping up the Everest Base Camp Trek and today you will fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter. Early in the morning, you will hike towards Kala Pathar (5550m) known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. At the Kala Pathar site, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of snow laden giants over your head. Then hike back to Gorak Shep from where fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the panoramic Himalayan views onboard the flight and make sure you have a camera or handy-cam to capture the spectacular mountain drama as it unfolds. The flight then lands at the Kathmandu airport and you will be met by our representatives who shall transfer you to your hotel. PM: Enjoy the day in Kathmandu just by strolling around and shopping or just relaxing at the hotel. In the evening, we shall take you for a Farewell Dinner at one of the Nepali authentic restaurant. O/N at Hotel.

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in any way.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, the only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are traveling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore, as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interact with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. 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 and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have the positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Everest Base Camp Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Everest base camp heli trek, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter Trekking for 1-5 people per chopper.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have an ability to operate your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills, and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following training to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company, however, there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travelers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 10 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Trekking & Helicopter flight

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Nov

Max altitude: 5545m/18192ft

Daily walking: 5 - 7 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Plane & Helicopter

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort in Kathmandu, Lodge/Guest house during the trek

Group Size: Max 5 person per chopper

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek

Departure: You don't have to join a fixed departure group - just pick your day.

Price start from US$ 1950.00

Single Traveler: US$ 5295
Group Size 2pax -  US$ 2995 Per Person
Group Size 3pax -  US$ 2345 Per Person
Group Size 4pax -  US$ 2045 Per Person
Group Size 5pax -  US$ 1950 Per Person

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