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Luxury Everest Trek fly back by helicopter-12 Day/s

Luxury Everest Trek fly back by helicopter-12 Day/s

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Height: 5,555m
  • Level: Medium Hard
  • Transport: Heli + Plane

Accomodation

  • Hotel Moonlight or similar in ktm
  • Tea house/ Home stay

Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Duration

12

Days

Trip Introduction

Enjoy a magnificent trek in the most sought-after trekking destination in the world –Everest Base Camp and experience an adventurous aerial tour towards Kathmandu. The luxurious trek goes through the pristine Dudh Koshi Valley overlooking a few of the highest mountains in the world including Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.

Located in the northeastern frontier of Nepal, the Everest Region is home to the indigenous Sherpa tribe. One of the first persons to climb the Everest, Tenzing Norgay, belonged to the Sherpa community. Enjoy observing the rich culture, lifestyle, tradition, cuisine, arts, and architecture of the Sherpa tribe along this trek.

Everest is home to the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO designated Himalayan national park), Tengboche Monastery (the highest Buddhist monastery in the entire region), Ngozumpa Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal), and Khumbu Icefall (the most dangerous Himalayan route).

The 12-Days adventurous trek commences with your arrival in the historical Kathmandu City followed by a delicious welcome dinner. Embark on a short Himalayan flight to Lukla, the gateway to Khumbu Region, and begin trekking alongside the Dudh Koshi River towards Namche Bazaar. You will walk past numerous beautiful Sherpa settlements en route.

You will enter Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo village and begin walking through the lush green vegetation, waterfalls, and long wooden bridges towards Namche Bazaar overlooking the magnificent Kongde Ri (6187m). The trail continues through Dudh Koshi Valley and climbs uphill towards Tengboche Monastery. After visiting the century-old monastery, you’ll begin climbing uphill through Pangboche towards Dingboche.

Walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier and cross Lobuche to arrive at Gorakshep, the transit to Everest Base Camp. A short detour will take you to Everest Base Camp followed by a hike to Kala Patthar. Enjoy viewing the majestic summit of Mount Everest and Lhotse Peak from the highest point of the trek before heading back to Gorakshep.

The trip cuts short and you’ll embark on a helicopter to fly back to Kathmandu via Lukla. Enjoy the beautiful aerial tour of the scenic Everest trail and lush green forests and massive rivers of Central Nepal as you fly back to Kathmandu.

Experience a unique trek to the Everest Region with Corporate Adventure. Our full-board packages cover entire transportation, three meals a day, an experienced guide, permits, and logistics throughout the trip.

As always for any modification of the Everest Treks, extend, or any other Trek or Tour in Nepal please contact our specialist [WhatsApp: +9779851029803 Saroj] Team during your booking or via the quick inquiry.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy trekking in one of the most sought-after destinations, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
  • Visit the UNESCO designated Sagarmatha National Park and witness the unique flora and fauna of the region
  • Experience the tour to Tengboche Monastery, the highest monastery in the region, and Khumjung Monastery. Witness the purported Yeti Scalp preserved inside a glass box at Khumjung Monastery.
  • Enjoy an adventurous aerial tour of the Everest Region and Kathmandu Valley through the scenic helicopter flight.

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderately graded trek. If you are reasonably healthy, can climb stairs and you have no trouble walking for a couple of hours, then you can easily do this trek.
  • You spend 9 days on the trail. The maximum time spent walking on the trail is 8 hours and a minimum of 3 hours.
  • While trekking there will be an elevation gain of 400 to 600 meters each day. The highest point you will reach during your trek is Kala Patthar at 5,550m and Everest Base camp 5,350m
  •  The route is gentle with some steep portions and downhill descents. You walk on an unpaved gravel path. No technical maneuvers involved, just easy walking.
  • You will stop for food and rest at local mountain lodges.

Day To Day Itinerary

  • Arrival On: Kathmandu Airport
  • Departure from: kathmandu Airport

Day 1

Welcome to Kathmandu! Upon your arrival at the airport, our representatives will warmly receive you and drive you to your hotel through the bustling town. As nothing is planned for today, you can freshen up and enjoy the refreshment. We will take you to our office where you’ll get to meet your trek guide and discuss the trip in detail. It will be followed by a delicious welcome dinner in the finest Nepali restaurant located in the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2

The day begins with a ride to the airport. You’ll embark on an early morning flight to Lukla located in Khumbu Region. The flight may last anywhere from 25-30 minutes and will take you over the pristine hill and forested valleys towards the gateway of Everest. You can enjoy your breakfast at Lukla and check your bags before embarking on the first day of the trek. The trek begins at Lukla and advances slowly through the thick Sherpa settlements alongside the massive Dudh Koshi River towards Phakding. Although a short trek, you will get to warm up your body for the upcoming trek. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 3

After early morning breakfast, you’ll embark on the second day of the trek. Today, you’ll begin climbing alongside the Dudh Koshi River and past few waterfalls en route to Monjo. Monjo village marks the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.

You’ll get the permit and continue trekking through the unique Himalayan flora and fauna of the park towards Namche Bazaar. If you’re lucky, you may get to witness the exotic bird of Nepal Lophophorus or Himalayan Pheasant. A short uphill trek will bring you to the largest village in the region, Namche Bazaar, overlooking the beautiful Kongde Ri Peak. You can spend the evening exploring the village. Overnight in Namche.

Day 4

After breakfast overlooking the beautiful mountains, you’ll embark on a tour of the village. You will spend the day acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar and indulge in a short hike to the nearby villages.

Adjacent to Namche lies Khumjung village that is home to the majestic Khumjung Monastery. You can visit the monastery and witness the purported Yeti scalp preserved inside a glass box. A short distance from the monastery is the largest school in the region, Edmund Hillary School. After making a short scan of the place, you will begin hiking downhill and make your way towards Namche Bazaar via Kunde village. Namche is bustling with many locals and tourists. You will also find many shops and restaurants in the area.

Day 5

Leaving Namche, you’ll begin climbing the stone steps towards the top. The trail continues alongside the Dudh Koshi River and heads to Phungi Thenga village. You’ll walk past the village towards the rocky terrain overlooking the beautiful mountains in the north.

A short uphill trek will bring you to Tengboche Monastery overlooking the majestic Ama Dablam peak. You can choose to explore the monastery before heading forward. The monastery is known to host the annual Tiji festival that is attended by many locals and tourists. The day will end at Deboche village which lies at a short distance from Tengboche.

Day 6

From Deboche, the trail rises further north and heads towards Pangboche village. You will cross the mighty Imja Khola and head towards the Sherpa settlements that are also home to thousands of Mani Stones. You will find the imagery of Buddha and Tibetan literature painted all over the large stones. After having your lunch, you’ll continue forward and make your way towards the village of Dingboche overlooking the beautiful panoramic sight of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

Day 7

Spend the day acclimating at Dingboche overlooking the beautiful sights of Chhukung and Imja peaks. You can consider making a short hike towards the memorial site. The village is considered a major transit between Island Peak, Amphu Laptsa Pass, and Makalu Barun National Park. Overnight at Dingboche.

Day 8

After early morning breakfast, you’ll begin trekking along the easy path towards Lobuche. The entire trek may span 6-7hr and will take you through Thukla towards Lobuche. Thukla is home to a popular climbers’ memorial park. After witnessing the park, you’ll continue trekking towards Lobuche village that lies at the foothill of Lobuche Peak. Catch the beautiful sights of Khumbu glacier, Lobuche peak, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Nuptse at the distance.

Day 9

Leaving Lobuche, you’ll begin trekking alongside the Khumbu Glacier and make your way towards Gorakshep. A rather easy trail, you’ll arrive at the intersection between Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. After taking off your backpack and enjoying your lunch at Gorakshep, you’ll make a tremendous hike towards Everest Base Camp. A few hours of the walk alongside the beautiful Khumbu glacier will bring you to a rocky terrain that remains a campsite for the climbers. You can enjoy the surroundings and take pictures before heading back to Gorakshep. The night will be cold, hence you should keep yourself warm.

Day 10

Today is a rather special day! The day starts early as you leave the hotel and being walking towards Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar at 5643 meters is a landmark that offers a close view of Mount Everest. After enjoying the majestic sight of the summit and the beautiful sunrise, you’ll begin trekking downhill and make your way back to Gorakshep.

After having your breakfast, you’ll embark on a helicopter stationed just outside the village. The aerial tour begins with a scenic flight above the region. You can catch the beautiful view of the lush alpine forests, small Sherpa settlements, glaciers, and mountains as you make your way towards Lukla. The tour continues and takes you to Kathmandu. En route, you can catch the majestic panorama of the mountains and lush green hills.

Once in Kathmandu, you can catch the aerial view of some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11

Today is a free day. As nothing is planned for today, you can enjoy the day as you wish. You can choose to explore the city and visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. Visit the nearby Thamel area to shop for souvenirs. If you need a good massage, Thamel has many great Trekker’s massage centers. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12

The last day in Kathmandu can be spent with ease. We’ll drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport in the time of your flight back home.

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 3-star deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Gorekhshep to Lukla by Helicopter
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trekking Guide
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (10 trekkers: 1 Asst. guide)
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trekking Guide
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges.

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or supplementary oxygen if required
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control.

Note: Lukla weather and Flight

The easiest way to reach Lukla (2840m), the trailhead of your Everest Base Camp Trek is via a flight. One of the highest and most extreme airports in the world, flying to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla has its own challenges. The chief among them is the weather.

The airport is built on a narrow plateau, over a steep cliff. Navigating the plane along the short and narrow runway is difficult when strong winds whip across the mountains. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world, the weather here is unpredictable and changes frequently. It would be clear and sunny one minute, and the next moment the clouds will appear and everything will turn hazy. Flights operate only when the weather is stable and visibility clear.

The chances of your Lukla flight getting canceled cannot be ruled out. If this happens your EBC Trek may get extended by a day or two. So come prepared and keep buffer days so that you may not miss your international flight.

If there is a long delay due to bad weather, we will try to secure a space for you on a helicopter flight. The cost for the heli flight [USD 500 one way per person] is not included in the trip price and should be borne by you.

Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, autumn – October, November), flights to and from Lukla now operates from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu.

However, airline companies operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you book your trip early, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to or from Lukla. It will be easier and more comfortable to fly directly from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa, instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.

Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits you need for the Everest Base Camp trek are – 1) Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, and 2) Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit. Unlike other treks in the Nepal Himalaya, you won’t be needing a TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or at the park’s entrance gate in Monjo by paying NRS 3000. For citizens of SAARC countries, the fee is NRS 1500. You need to fill out the permit form and show your passport or a copy of your passport. This will be including on our package.

To get the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you need to be in Lukla. You have to pay NRS 2000 for the permit at the rural municipality counter which lies at the edge of the village.

 

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.

Travel Insurance

For Everest Base Camp Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 5,550 meters and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time. Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure. Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.

The Trekking Group

For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations & Meals

We will be accommodated in Hotel Moonlight or Similar in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 270. Corporate Adventure treks rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Remember you will be trekking to the world’s highest trekking destination, Everest Base Camp which lies well above 5000 meters beyond the sea level. Here there is less oxygen in the atmosphere which will make breathing a bit difficult.

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily, and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.

Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.

There are clinics at Lukla, Namche, and Pheriche which offer basic care for minor ailments. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.

On a high altitude trek like the trek to EBC, acclimatization is very important. Your body needs time to get used to thin air which can be done by resting at a lower altitude before reaching a higher level of elevation.

Our experts have included two days in the itinerary for acclimatization. During your trek, you will be spending extra days at Namche (3440m) and Dingboche (4410m) to acclimatize successfully before trekking further.

Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.

We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains. Moreover like everything else, bottled water is also expensive in the mountains.

We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw. You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Up to Namche, you may have to pay around 1 USD per liter or pot (every teahouse use a different sized pot). The price increases gradually as you climb higher. You pay the highest for boiled water at Gorak Shep, ie, 4USD. While cold water is provided free of charge, it is not advisable to drink untreated tap water.

Internet Connectivity on Everest Base Camp Trek

Despite being the world’s highest trekking trail, internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Everest Region.

You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses up to Gorak Shep. While it is free at some cafes in Lukla and Namche, most teahouses will charge you extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.

It will be cheaper and easier to get an Ncell (a private telecom company) sim card in Kathmandu and purchase internet data that could last you for your entire trip. The company offers 3G connectivity up to Everest Base Camp (5364m).

Everest Link, another local internet provider also offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.

Note: company will be provide limited data every lodge. If you need more date you can purchase direct.

Packing Checklist For Everest Base Camp Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Everest Base Camp adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your EBC Trek:

A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support

Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with a waterproof cover

Trekking pants and waterproof trousers

T-shirts or shirts

Down jacket

Wind/ waterproof light jacket

Fleece jumper or jacket

Inner Thermal (top and trouser)

4-6 pair of socks and underwear

Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap or balaclava

Inner and outer gloves

Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries

Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer

Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries

Water bottle and water purification tablets

Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Check a more detailed packing list for trekking. Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

Guide(S) & Staff Arrangements

Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the highest trekking trail in the world. Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.

When you book an EBC Trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 8 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 12/13 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 25/30 kg.

We believe in the ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather-appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

 

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.

Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. The Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have guided several groups to Everest Base Camp innumerable times.

To prevent AMS, the required number of rest days has been added to the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.

If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to Lukla or get airlifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.

Trip Reviews

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Based on 10 reviews


Rupen Oswald

Russia
Spetember 14, 2019

My Everest Base Camp Trek- Mrs. Galina Vasileva

I did EBC trek with a helicopter return with The third rock adventures. I can wholeheartedly advise this company to anybody who wants to get best service, best adventures, and best memories. The whole team works as one perfect mechanism, giving you everything you want and a lot more. If you know what you want exactly, they will do it for you, if you do not want to go to too much details while preparing for the trek - just trust them! Thank you once more, my support team of Nabin, Babu, and Nikesh. You did a lot to make me happy and I can now change a bit of Robert Burns's words to “ My heart is in Nepal “.

Samantha Harper

United Kingdom
August 8, 2019

My Everest Base Camp Trek- Mrs. Galina Vasileva

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Spain
August 3, 2019

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