Everest Base Camp Heli Trek combines Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter charter around the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest. If you have a tight schedule but still don’t want to miss out on an Everest adventure then this Everest Base Camp 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. Moreover during your Everest Base Camp Heli trek you will be staying overnight at comfortable luxury lodges. After walking up to Everest Base Camp you return to Lukla by helicopter. Get an aerial perspective of Everest Region and hover close to some of the tallest peaks in the world.
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. 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 Everest luxury lodge trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Start your epic Everest Base Camp luxury lodge trek by boarding a helicopter from Tribhuvan International Airport and head east. As you fly above the mountains look down and view the jagged summits of the Himalayan range. It is a memorable flight filled with astounding views of Kathmandu valley, hilltop villages and towering Himalayan peaks. 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 during your Everest luxury trek 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.
There will be a brief stopover at Lukla before you fly onward to Kathmandu. This is the final leg of your journey and you bid adieu to the beautiful Khumbu mountains. Before you land in Kathmandu you will be able to enjoy a bird's eye view of Kathmandu valley. From the airport you will be driven to your hotel. Check in and take rest or explore Thamel.
Evening attend farewell dinner hosted by us. Celebrate the completion of your amazing luxury trip with good food and wine. 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.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
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During your Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, you spend 2 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has been renovated and fitted with modern conveniences.The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The establishment offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.
While trekking you will be staying 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 higher elevations, we use the best available lodges. These include - Hotel Countryside in Dingboche, Himalayan Eco Resort in Lobuche and Everest Inn at Gorak Shep. Do remember you are trekking in the wilderness, far from civilization and these lodges may offer basic facilities.
Accommodation is on twin-sharing basis. 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 and farewell dinner.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route.
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.).
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We have more than 23 years of experience in planning adventure holidays in the Himalayas. Our trips are fully-supported and we offer personalized service to our clients. The care and attention that we put in your trip ensures that your holiday is more enriching, satisfying and successful. When you travel at your personal timeframe with your own group it's guaranteed that you will have the trip of a lifetime.
The best seasons for Everest Base Camp Heli Trek are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). 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. But since global warming is changing the weather patterns in the Himalayas, from our experience we can say that this trip can be done in Summer(June and July) as well as Winter(December to February). During Summer, it will be a bit wet and foggy but the trail will be walkable. In Winter the skies remain cloudless giving you crystal clear view of snow covered mountains. As both these seasons are off-seasons, the trail will be less crowded and quiet during these months.
Find the necessary information for your trip in our Essential Information page. Check out information about visa rules, trip preparation, emergency contact information, gear and equipment packing list, permits, physical fitness, health and safety, route, currency, transportation etc.Check Essential Information
When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.
So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.
One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.
Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.
- Werner Berger