Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla via helicopter. If you have a tight schedule but still don’t want to miss out on an Everest adventure, then this Everest Heli Trek is for you. In just a little over a week, you will be able to trek to Everest Base Camp, stand at the popular viewpoint of Kala Patthar, fly back to Kathmandu and be homeward bound. After walking up to Everest Base Camp you return to Lukla by helicopter. Get an aerial perspective of Everest Region. Hover above some of the tallest peaks in the world, the turquoise Gokyo Lakes, undulating glaciers and charming Sherpa settlements.
Start your Everest Base Camp Heli Trek from Lukla, a mountaintop Sherpa settlement with an airport. Head to Namche through the pretty Dudh Koshi Valley crossing swaying suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags. Spend a day at the Sherpa capital of Namche getting acclimatized. Pay your respects at Tengboche Monastery, an important spiritual center in the Khumbu region. Trek to Everest Base Camp and stand beneath the tallest mountain on earth, Mount Everest. In addition, visit Kala Patthar and surround yourself with an amazing panorama of 7000 and 8000-meter peaks. After taking in the views, next you board a helicopter. Enjoy a helicopter ride to EBC and savor aerial views of Mount Everest, Sherpa settlements and glacial rivers. The helicopter flight to Lukla marks the end of your memorable Everest helicopter trekking.
While we have kept aside two rest days for acclimatization, an experienced trek leader will be there to guide you. You are in safe hands as our guide has led several groups to EBC and back safely. If you don’t want to trek all the way to Everest Base Camp, we have a shorter trip (Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek) where you can trek till Namche and fly over Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes in a helicopter. If you want to experience Everest without trekking for several days, then our Everest Base Camp Heli Tour that lasts for just a couple of hours will be right for you.
The ideal seasons to visit Everest Region are pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to December). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) the alpine meadows are covered with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms. The higher you go the colder it’s going to be. Above 4000 metres, you can expect snow and temperatures to plummet below zero degrees. Nighttime temperatures can drop as low as -10 degrees.
Accommodation is on twin-sharing basis. If you are single, you will get to share the room with a person of the same sex. If you need a single room, it will be available at an extra cost.You may click on the ‘single supplement’ tab while booking your trip. Please remember, single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking; but at higher reaches it is very difficult to get a single room.
Standard Package: 2 nights’ stay at Oasis Kathmandu Hotel, a 3 star boutique hotel. The hotel lies close to all the major sightseeing places and international airport. It is located next to the beautiful ‘Garden of Dreams’ (a landscaped garden designed by a Rana nobleman). The hotel offers clean and air conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms. Other amenities include free wi-fi, restaurant, coffee shop and bar.
On the trail spend 9 nights at teahouses or mountain lodges. The rooms are clean and feature shared washroom facilities.
Deluxe Package: Stay for 2 nights at the luxurious Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu. The hotel is designed like a Newari royal palace and showcases a fine collection of traditional Newari art. A classy five-star deluxe boutique establishment, Dwarika’s features tastefully decorated rooms, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurants, bar, café etc.
On the trail, enjoy luxurious accommodation at ‘Yeti Mountain Home’ in Lukla, Phakding and Namche. The properties of Yeti Mountain Homes offer well-appointed rooms with en suite bathrooms (with hot and cold water) and hot drinking water. The beds are warmed with electric mats. Enjoy food prepared from farm fresh organic produce. The resort features a spacious dining hall, living room, spa, bar etc. At other stops, accommodation will be arranged at the best available lodges. Do remember you are trekking in the wilderness, far from civilization and most lodges will feature basic facilities.
Breakfast is complimentary at the hotel you will be staying in. While in Kathmandu, for lunch and dinner you can choose from a range of fine dining and budget restaurants. The streets of Thamel are filled with several top-notch restaurants serving eclectic fare.
While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided. Try local food - dal-bhat(rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread, chapattis etc, or choose an international platter (apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.). Enjoy a complimentary welcome and farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Our representative will receive you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. After a brief rest, attend a pre-trek briefing and meet your trek leader and other members of your trekking group. Get answers for queries regarding the trek, if you have any. Check your gear for the final time and if you have missed out on any item you can buy or hire one at one of the shops selling trekking gear in Thamel. Ask your trek leader for suggestions. Lined with restaurants, shops, pubs and hotels Thamel is the usually the ‘go-to’ address for tourists in Kathmandu. Head to an authentic Nepali restaurant in the evening and enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner. Have an early night as you need to make an early start tomorrow.
We recommend you to schedule your arrival to Kathmandu in the morning or daytime so as to let you attend the pre-trek briefing and get over the jetlag before the start of your trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Board a plane from Tribhuvan International Airport and head east. As you fly above the mountains look down and view the jagged summits of the Himalayan range. Hold on tight to your seats as the plane makes a landing at the narrow airstrip in Lukla. At the airport in Lukla you will meet the other crew members. Pack your stuff and head to Phakding walking by the lively Lukla bazaar. Crossing a metal suspension bridge brings you to the riverside settlement of Phakding. Make your way to a teahouse and rest for awhile. Later stroll around the village and head down to the riverside and watch the Dudh Koshi, a glacial river surging down the valley. Take pictures and spend some quiet time soaking in the mountain views. Later head back to the teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Phakding.
Walk along a scenic trail filled with mani stones (stones engraved with sacred Buddhist mantras), Buddhist shrines and colourful prayer flags. The path goes through a forest of pine and rhododendron. Enjoy magnificent views of Ama Dablam and other peaks. As you gain elevation you are surrounded on all sides by the broad walls of mountains. The triangular summits reach up towards the sky. After the tiring walk a sense of relief wash over you at the first sight of Namche. Cut along the side of a mountain, the settlement of Namche fans out like an amphitheatre. Known as the Sherpa capital Namche offers a range of high end and budget mountain lodges. On reaching the town head to a teahouse and rest your aching limbs. Overnight in Namche.
Spend a day in Namche getting acclimatized. Filled with cafes, bakeries, mountain lodges, shops and internet cafes, the town is the economic heart of Khumbu region. There is even an ATM booth. Every Saturday traders from the whole of Khumbu, the Terai lowlands and Tibet converge at the Saturday Market trying to sell their wares. If you happen to be in Namche on a saturday don’t forget to visit the ‘Saturday Market’. As an acclimatization hike visit the neighbouring Sherpa villages of Khumjung or Kunde or trek to Hotel Everest View that lies right above Namche. From the hotel’s terrace enjoy magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Khumbu Himal, Mount Everest and many more peaks. Overnight in Namche.
Today you will walk along one of the most beautiful part of the trail. Head to Tengboche crossing an alpine meadow filled with pine trees and rhododendron bushes. Pause time and again to take in the breathtaking mountain views. Capture these in your camera. The imposing Tengboche Monastery looms over the settlement of Tengboche. It is one of the oldest and the most important Buddhist monasteries in the Everest Region. Inside ancient statues are placed at the altar while colourful Buddhist murals adorn the monastery’s walls. Attend a prayer meeting and observe the monks chanting the 'sutras'. Feel the serene beauty of this mountain haven at dusk when the sun sets below the white majestic peaks. Have dinner and trade stories with fellow trekkers before retiring for the night. Overnight in Tengboche.
Wake up early to catch the sunrise over the mountains. Watch in awe as the sun lights up Ama Dablam, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. After breakfast, head out towards Dingboche. Descend down a path that passes through a forest. Cross a wooden bridge and make an upward ascent. The pyramid of Ama Dablam looms directly overhead. Stop for awhile to soak in this once in a lifetime view. As you approach Dingboche the treeline disappears and the landscape turn barren and stony. Dingboche is surrounded by farms with stone fences. Once you reach the settlement, head to the teahouse where rooms have been booked for you and take rest. Overnight in Dingboche.
You are at an altitude of above 4000 metres and you feel the difference in the air. The air is thinner and moving around needs effort, especially climbing. To get your body into that comfortable zone take an acclimatization hike to the surrounding hills. Head to Nangkartshang Peak or Chukkung Valley. Allow your guide to make the decision for you as he will take into account your physical state before choosing the destination for the hike. The non-technical ascent to Nangkartshang peak (5083m) offers inspiring panorama of Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam and many other peaks, while from Chukkung Valley you can enjoy incredible sights of glaciers tumbling down the mountainsides. Or if you want to conserve your energy for tomorrow’s trek you can ascend any of the small hills surrounding Dingboche. Overnight in Dingboche.
Leave Dingboche and make your way towards Lobuche. Walk on a barren wide valley till you reach Dughla. Get close up views of Mount Pumori, Khumbila, Lingtren and Cho Oyu. At the top of Dughla Pass you will come across stone memorials of mountaineers and trekkers who have perished in these mountains. A steep climb later reach Lobuche, a tiny settlement with just a handful of teahouses. If you are not too tired you can explore the surrounding area. A small hill located nearby offers wonderful views of the Khumbu Glacier. Have an early night as you have a big day ahead of you tomorrow. Overnight in Lobuche.
Wake up early and head towards Gorak Shep. You walk alongside the Khumbu Glacier making your way slowly and steadily. The treeline has long vanished and you hike up a barren rocky desert. Watch your feet while stepping on the loose rocks and pebbles. The landscape is stark and beautiful. Upon reaching Gorak Shep head to a teahouse and have lunch. Later take a hike up to Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar.
As Kala Patthar(5550m) lies towards the west, the sunset is absolutely amazing from Kala Patthar. One of the highest and most popular viewpoints in Everest Region, Kala Patthar offers 360-degree views of Himalayan Peaks including Mount Everest. The play of light and colours during sunset is spectacular and not to be missed. The sun turns into an orange globe and fires up the icy summits of Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse and Mount Everest before finally setting below the mountains. Stand at the base of some of the tallest peaks in the world and watch this incredible spectacle. This sight is one of those precious views that will remain with you forever! Take pictures and head down to Gorak Shep again. You can hike to EBC tomorrow if you visit Kala Patthar today and vice versa. Do inform your trek leader about your decision so that he can make arrangements accordingly. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
If you have already hiked to Kala Patthar, today you will visit Everest Base Camp and vice versa. Wake up early and make your way towards your destination. The route to Everest Base Camp follows the Khumbu Glacier. Walk along a steep trail filled with loose rocks and gravel. Huge boulders lay strewn on the way. Everest Base Camp lies in an open field at the foot of Mount Everest right below the Khumbu Icefall. If you make this trek during the climbing season you will find colourful little tents propped up filling the grey landscape. Meet climbers who are preparing to scale the world’s tallest mountain and take pictures. You have accomplished your goal and it feels amazing to stand beneath some of the tallest mountains on earth.
Later head down to Gorak Shep, board a helicopter and fly to Lukla. Get an aerial perspective of some of the most beautiful sights in the planet . Hover above the mighty peaks, the turquoise Gokyo Lakes and the rolling Khumbu and Nzogumpa glaciers. Finally at Lukla, celebrate the end of your incredible journey with your teammates and crew. Raise a toast and boogie to local tunes sung by the Sherpas. Overnight in Lukla.
Return to Kathmandu by flight. Once you get back to your hotel, rest or explore more of the city on your own. Stroll around Ason Bazaar and Thamel, and shop for souvenirs. Evening, enjoy dinner (complimentary) at a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural show. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Bid goodbye to your new found friends and Kathmandu. One of our staff will drive you to the international airport three hours before your flight departs. Do let us know if you want to visit more places in Nepal.
On Day 9 you have the choice to hike up either to EBC or Kala Patthar. If you visit EBC on Day 9, you can hike to Kala Patthar the next day and vice versa. Please inform your trek leader where you want to head first so that he can arrange your trek accordingly.
Before booking this trip please do go through the detailed ‘Additional Information’. As you will be trekking to one of the highest destination in the planet, you need to have some idea about the place before the start of your trip. Our advice for you is to read about Nepal and Everest Region and keep yourself informed. To this end, we have tried to provide as much information as possible about this trip (for example, Nepal Visa, travel insurance, equipment & gear list etc.) on our website. Furthermore, if you have additional queries, please send us email or call us +977-9851196875
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I chanced upon Third rock Adventures’ Everest Heli Trek itinerary while searching for a suitable agency to book an EBC Trek. The itinerary included an EBC Trek followed by a helicopter flight to Lukla. It sounded fun and less time consuming and strenuous. I booked the tour after exchanging a series of emails. Though I have been to Pokhara and Chitwan previously, this was my first trek. I am not much a walker and I was apprehensive about the trek. But the travel consultant’s advice to do some cardio and climb stairs for three to four weeks before my trek began, stood me in good stead. My stamina increased and I was feeling fit and ready to burn the trail as D-day approached. During the trek, not even once did I fall sick. I was trekking with a bunch of people who belonged to different nationalities and different age groups. They were all friendly and we had a lot of fun on the way. I had the best apple pie in Namche and the visit to the monastery at Tengboche cleansed my soul.
The mountain panorama from Kala Patthar was amazing and so was the hike to Everest Base Camp. But the icing on the cake was the helicopter ride from Gorak Shep to Lukla. While other trekkers had to walk all the way down to Lukla again, our group comfortably boarded a helicopter from Gorak Shep and flew all the way to Lukla within minutes. The sights were incredible. We could see Mount Everest and other peaks, and they looked heavenly. This was an amazing and a memorable journey. All thanks to the staff at Third Rock Adventures and the guides and porters. They surpassed our expectations. The quality of their service was extremely high and of a professional standard. Would recommend this company and this tour to anyone considering a trip to Nepal!
I've always had a dream to stand below Mt. Everest and raise my hands up to the sky in joy. My dreams came true when I booked a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to EBC. Third Rock Adventures organized the helicopter ride for me and my wife and it went as smooth as butter. It was a beautiful day with wonderful service from the team. Will never forget the experience. Three cheers to Third Rock...hip hip hurray.