Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter combines Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter tour around the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest. This is a special adventure that allows you to trek to EBC and return to Lukla via helicopter. The heli flight will save you time as well as energy, plus give you an aerial perspective of the Himalayas. In the course of this unique adventure, you stop at picturesque Sherpa villages. End your adventure in style, with a helicopter flight to Lukla..
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 Luxury 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, undulating glaciers and charming Sherpa settlements.
Start your Everest Base Camp luxury 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. Please heed your guide's advice and you will be okay. Once you reach above 3000 metres, you will start feeling the thin air. It will be colder and harder to breathe. To let your body get used to the rarefied air we have set aside two rest days at Namche (3440m) and Dingboche (4400m). Once you have decided to book this trip, you can start preparing for your trek 2 to 3 months in advance. To get into shape you can go on hikes (walk uphill and downhill). Jogging, cycling, swimming and any other cardio activities that builds your muscle and endurance level will also be helpful.
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.
Lukla Flight Alert: Due to congestion at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
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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. 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 Yeti Mountain Home, a luxury lodge . 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 lodge 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. Cross metal suspension bridges built over fast flowing glacial rivers. You cross the famous Hillary Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the Everest region. 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. Enjoy your first view of Mount Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m) and a host of other peaks from here. Known as the Sherpa capital Namche offers a range of high end and budget mountain lodges. On reaching the town head to Yeti Mountain Home 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 village of Khumjung 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. At Khumjung you can visit the first school in Khumbu region established by Sir Edmund Hillary. The ancient Khumjung Monastery which houses a scalp, believed to be that of a Yeti(abominable snowman), is also worth a visit. Later hike back to Namche. 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. Ama Dablam rises right above Tengboche. Capture incredible views of this beautiful mountain 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. Later walk down ( around 25 minutes) to Deboche, a monastic settlement with a nunnery. Your overnight stay is at another luxury lodge, Rivendell Lodge. Overnight in Deboche.
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. Ascend up a path that passes through a forest. The pyramid of Ama Dablam looms directly overhead. Stop for awhile to soak in this once in a lifetime view. En route you walk past the Sherpa village of Pangboche. 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, 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 Thukla. Get close up views of Mount Pumori, Khumbila, Lingtren etc. At the top of Thukla Pass you will come across stone memorials of mountaineers and trekkers who have perished in these mountains. The most notable memorials are those dedicated to Rob Hall, Scott Fischer and the super sherpa, Late Babu Chiri Sherpa(climbed Everest without supplementary oxygen and stayed at the summit for 22 hours). Rob Hall and Scott Fischer's Everest ordeals have been immortalised in Jon Krakauer's best-selling book "Into Thin Air" and the movie "Everest". 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.
Wake up early and hike to 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 view is spectacular and not to be missed. Stand close to Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse and Mount Everest, 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. From Gorak Shep, board a helicopter and fly to Lukla. You thank your support crew and bid farewell them. Once aboard, enjoy aerial views of some of the most beautiful sights in the planet. Hover above the mighty peaks and the rolling Khumbu and Nzogumpa glaciers. Once you reach Lukla you board a fixed-wing aircraft and fly to Kathmandu. This is the final leg of your journey and you bid adieu to the Khumbu mountains. From the airport you will be driven to your hotel. Check in and take rest or explore Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Explore the city on your own or take a guided sightseeing tour (our travel consultant is ready to help you plan your guided excursion). The lively Ason Bazaar and Thamel, the tourist hub, lie close to your hotel. You can explore these areas on your own and shop for souvenirs. Evening attend farewell dinner hosted by us. Celebrate the completion of your amazing luxury trip with good food and wine, and wonderful . 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.
The ideal seasons to visit Everest Region are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (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.
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.
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Kathmandu, Nepal: In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated at Hotel Shanker, a 4 star hotel. The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The hotel offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.
On the trail, enjoy luxurious accommodation at ‘Yeti Mountain Home’ in Phakding and Namche and Rivendell Lodge at Deboche. 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. The resort features a spacious dining hall, living room, 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 lodges at Dingboche, Gorak Shep and Lobuche will feature basic facilities.
Accommodation is on twin-sharing basis. If traveling solo, you will get to share the room with a person of the same sex. In case you require a single room, it will be available at an extra cost.During peak season it may be difficult to get a single room on the trail.
In Kathmandu enjoy breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners.
All meals(breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. At Yeti Mountain Homes you can enjoy food prepared from farm fresh organic produce. They offer high quality cuisine in ample portions. Items on the menu at other teahouses include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes ( chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).
Journey at your personal timeframe. Choose your own travel date and book this trip. All departures guaranteed and no minimum group size. Trip guaranteed to run even with just one person booked.
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If you book a deluxe package your accommodation will be arranged at a luxurious five star hotel in Kathmandu and at luxury mountain resorts while on the trail.
The luxury mountain lodges are set in picturesque surroundings, complete with landscaped gardens and majestic mountain views. These lodges have beautifully decorated dining halls and bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and western toilets. You can enjoy hot showers and sleep in comfortable beds. The staffs at these lodges are all trained in hospitality and offer a high level of service.
Four to five passengers. It depends on the total weight.
No, you will be flying to and from Lukla via an aeroplane (Twin Otter).
The trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. We were blessed to have a good weather on our scenic chopper flight back from Everest. The thrilling helicopter ride was awesome!!! Except food in tea houses during the trek I enjoyed everything. Nevertheless, Kathmandu has good restaurants. From the moment we (me and my partner) arrived, we were taken good care and their team was very attentive to our needs. We were briefed well and our questions were duly answered too. Everything was well organized.
Since I couldn’t decide either to trek to Everest Base Camp or take a helicopter tour I decided to do both. Once in a lifetime opportunity of trekking amidst the majestic mountains. The trek was strenuous but rewarding as well. The sight of Everest from Kalapatar is breathtaking! The helicopter ride was out of this world- flying so so so close to mountains was a dream come true…. The amphitheater of high mountains, kumbu glacier is overwhelming. Felt lucky to have safely arrived and departed from one of the dangerous airports in the world, Lukla. Sad part: The menus in the mountains have pizzas and pasta but with a Nepali TWIST. Of course, I didn’t expect this so was completely surprised with the food. I had a mild altitude sickness with headache so I didn’t enjoy food much as others did.