Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return - 12 days

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Activities:Trekking and Hiking

Duration

12
Days

Facts

  • Group Size: 1-12 People
  • Min. Age: 12

Accommodation

  • 3 Nights 4* Hotel 
  • 8 Nights Best Available Teahouse

Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 9 Dinners

Short and Safe EBC and Kala Patthar Trek - Return to Lukla via helicopter

Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return takes you across the highest trekking trail on Earth. Located at the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, EBC is the ultimate destination for passionate hikers and adventurers. This Everest Base Camp short trek lets you visit Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, the most popular viewpoint in Khumbu region. The route to Mount Everest Base Camp short trek crosses remote Sherpa villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries and the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your Everest short trekking adventure kickstarts with a thrilling flight to Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’. From Lukla you begin your short Everest trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala PattharYou walk for several days over hilly terrain before finally arriving at your destination. Get awestruck with stunning views of Himalayan peaks, some of the highest in the world. Cross swaying suspension bridges built over thundering glacial rivers. The alpine landscape is covered with pristine pine and rhododendron forests and snow covered peaks. At intervals you will find the trail adorned with Buddhist mani walls, chortens and colorful prayer flags.  Overnight stops at Sherpa settlements offer a rare chance to observe traditional Sherpa lifestyle and culture.

After your Kala Patthar trek, you return to Lukla by helicopter. This heli flight offers you a chance to fly close to some of the highest peaks in the world. An incredible adventure and cultural experience at an affordable price; this is a trip not to be missed!

Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic 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. 

Why Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return?

  • Everest Base Camp Short Trekwith Helicopter Return takes you across the highest walkable trail in the world within a short period of 12 days 
  • Our itinerary has been designed by experts and helps you reach EBC, the base of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth and visit Kala Patthar, the best viewpoint in Everest Region, safely in the shortest time ever. The required  number of acclimatization days(2 days) will have you tackling high altitude in a safe and healthier manner. A free day has also been added for emergency, like flight delays or bad weather. 
  • A helicopter ride to Lukla on the reurn leg will save you valuable time and energy. You won't have to walk through the same trail again. Moreover the helicopter ride will give you a rare opportunity to experience the Himalayan mountains from the sky. 
  • Overnight stays at mountain teahouses will let you experience traditional Sherpa lifestyle and culture
  • Walk past the Sagarmatha National Peak, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to endangered Himalayan wildlife and flora
  • Incredible views of the world’s tallest peaks (Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Nuptse etc.) during the Kala Patthar Trek

Is this trip suitable for you?

  • This is a moderately difficult trek. If you are physically fit and can walk for long hours without any difficulty, you can complete this short Everest trek. Prior experience in high altitude trekking can be an added advantage but not essential.
  • On this Everest Base Camp short trek, you spend 8 days on the trail. Maximum time spent walking - 8 hours, mimimum - 2 hours.  On average you spend 5-6 hours walking. You carry a light daypack while your heavy luggage will be carried by the porters.
  • 2 acclimatization days (at Namche and Dingboche) for your body to get used to high altitude. The highest point of this short Everest trek is Kala Patthar at 5,550 metres.
  • The Mount Everest Base Camp short trek route is gentle with some steep ascents and descents at intervals
  • While on your Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return, you stay overnight at local teahouses run by Sherpa families
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Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4593ft) expand
Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

A representative from our office will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Check in and take rest. A trip briefing will be held at our office or at your hotel’s lounge later in the day. Meet your guide and if you have any queries you can ask your guide. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker

DAY 2:

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) and Trek to Phakding 2,610m/8,563ft) expand
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

Drive to the airport and catch your flight to Lukla, the Gateway to Everest. Once you arrive in Lukla you meet the rest of the crew. Sort your luggage and start your Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Short trek. Walk past Lukla Bazaar and head down to Phakding.

It is a short hike and you reach in Phakding in about 3 to 4 hours. Cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to finally arrive at the picturesque village of Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Accommodation: Hotel Sherpa
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) expand
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10.7 km) trek

The trail goes through forests of pine and rhododendron. As you head higher you cross many suspension bridges, including the highest of them all the Hillary Bridge over the Imja Khola(river).

Just before you arrive in Namche you get to enjoy your first view of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and other 7000 and 8000 metre giants. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

At Namche Bazaar: 1st Acclimatization Day (3,440m/11,286ft) expand

Spend a rest day in Namche, the Sherpa Capital. The settlement is carved on a mountainside overlooking the snow covered Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Take an acclimatization hike to Hotel Everest View and Khumjung Village.

Hotel Everest View lies above Namche and offers mesmerizing view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.  Khumjung Village is an old Sherpa settlement with a monastery (that houses the scalp of a Yeti) and the first school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Khumbu Region.  Overnight in Namche.

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft) expand
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek

Leave Namche and head to Tengboche. Tengboche is a small village with few houses. The village is named after its monastery Tengboche Gompa, the largest and the most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest region. You can visit the monastery with your guide and witness a Buddhist prayer ritual. Overnight in Tengboche.

Accommodation: Tashi Delek Lodge
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft) expand
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek

Wake up early and catch the sunrise over Ama Dablam, a mountain that lies close to Tengboche. Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.  After breakfast, hit the trail to Dingboche. As you walk past the 4000 metres mark, you can feel the effect of high altitude. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Overnight in Dingboche.

Accommodation: Hotel Countryside
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

At Dingboche - 2nd Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft) - Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5100m) expand
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek

Hike to Nagarjun Hill that lies close to the village. The vegetation turns sparser and the tree line vanishes. The landscape turns stark and barren. No technical climbing is required to climb the hill. It is an uphill ascent. From the top you can enjoy 360 degree views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse etc. Overnight in Dingboche.

Accommodation: Hotel Countryside
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft) expand
Walking Distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek

Take the trail to Lobuche. Walk past Thukla and Thukla Pass. Thukla Pass is decorated with stone memorials dedicated to climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Everest. Among the memorials are those dedicated to Rob Hall and Scott Fischer whose tragic Mount Everest expedition is the subject of Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book “Into Thin Air” and the movie “Everest”.

There is also memorial dedicated to one of the finest Nepalese climbing Sherpas, Late Babu Chiri Sherpa. He broke the world record for climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen and staying at the summit for 21 hours and reaching the summit in record time of 16 hours and 56 minutes. Lobuche has a few teahouses offering basic facilities. Overnight in Lobuche.

Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft) – Hike to EBC (5,364m/17,598ft) expand
Walking Distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek

This is D-Day of your Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Short Trek. You walk up to Everest Base Camp, your destination. As you will be walking above 5000 metres, you need to keep your face slow and steady. After reaching Gorak Shep, head to a teahouse. Have some food and after a bit of a rest, hike to Everest Base Camp.

The trail follows the Khumbu Glacier. The loose rocks and dirt on the trail can be tricky. Walk carefully as you step on the moraine. Once you reach EBC, take pictures and enjoy the incredible views. Though the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from EBC you can enjoy the views of the Ice Fall, Nuptse and Lhotse. If your trip is during climbing season you can see the colourful tents of the expedition groups.

Later return to Gorak Shep, have a warm dinner and have an early night. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Accommodation: Everest Inn
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 10:

Hike to Kala Patthar (5550m/18,209ft) – Return to Lukla via helicopter- Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) expand
Duration: 45 minutes flight, 2-3 hours (3 km) trek

Wake up early and start with your Kala Patthar trek. Kala Patthar is the most popular view point in Everest region. Kala Patthar trekking takes you right above Gorak Shep.

From here you can enjoy 360 degree views of some of the highest peaks in the world- Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse etc. At 5,550 metres, Kala Patthar is the highest point of your trek.

Later descend to your teahouse, bid goodbye to the trekking crew(porters and assistant guides). You board a helicopter and fly to Lukla. Fly close to the mountains and savour the bird's eye view of some of the highest peaks in the world.

From Lukla you catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Once you touchdown in Kathmandu, you will be driven  to your hotel. Take it easy and get some rest. If you feel energetic enough you can stroll around the streets of Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 11:

Free Day - Kathmandu expand

 A free day or a reserve day in case of flight cancellations due to bad weather or any emergency. If everything goes as planned you can spend this day as you like in Kathmandu. You can take guided city tour or explore Kathmandu on your own. Do let us know if you need ideas on the best way to spend a day in Kathmandu.

In the evening, celebrate the end of your Everest  Base Camp short trek with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 12:

Final Departure expand

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Inclusions

What's Included

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 20kg
  • Gorak Shep to Lukla by Helicopter
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • 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.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
  • 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.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

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Accommodation

 During your  Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return, you spend 3 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 char ...Read More

 During your  Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return, you spend 3 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 the best available teahouses. These are run by locals and are a source of livelihood for Sherpa families. At Lukla, Phakding and Namche you will get rooms with attached bathrooms and can enjoy free hot showers. At higher elevations, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom and a communal sitting and dining area. You will have to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. 
 
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. A single room will be available on request, at an added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are very few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season. 

Meals

 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 ...Read More

 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. Items on the menu 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.).

Best Time To Travel

The best seasons for Everest Base Camp Short Trek with Helicopter Return 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. 


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Jasmine Beeton
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Mar 05, 2020

Perfect trek to Everest

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This trek is more than just a trek for me- I have lots of memories from this trek, most of which are new and beautiful. I saw and shared the trail with Yak. My guide shared amazing stories and insight into the trek. I met with Sherpa people and slept at their teahouse. Though this trek was a bit rough for me, my guide made it happen. His experience was really helpful for me. My hike to Kalapatar was amazing. It was a bit cold there but the views were out of this world. The 360 degree view of the Himalayas was truly incredible. And from their, my heli flight was fantastic. I was flying above the mountains. Back in Kathmandu, farewell dinner was perfect. Overall, this trip was a perfect trip. I am so in love with mountains and Nepal. Recently I am planning for another trek to Nepal. I will go with Third Rock Again.
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Jeremy Farrer
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Sep 13, 2019

Awesome Trekking to Everest Base Camp

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Rocked at base camp of Everest with Third Rock Adventures- had lifetime experience! Admittedly without the awesome field staff of Third Rock Adventures, I wouldn't have enjoyed much. First of all, I want to thank my guide, who was superb, superb with every little task and decision he made throughout the trek. Hadn't I followed his decisions, there would have many problems, I realized it the moment he gave me some medicine and my dizziness faded like wind. Our flight to Lukla was thrilling and I enjoyed every second. Our trek started right then- trekked through dramatic landscape, with constant backdrop of majestic mountain. Crossing the suspension bridge was another beautiful moment that I will reminiscence for my whole life. Kala Patthar, the vantage point for breath-taking views of mountains was the best part of this trek. Every day was amazing day, met many foreigner like me who were on their quest to Everest Base Camp. My guide managed for every little things I could not have thought of!!! Imagine on an adventure to the himalayas where only thing you do is enjoy your trek and that's what Third Rock Adventures offer as their quality service to you. I recommend Third Rock Adventures for any trek especially EBC Trek.
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Tineke S.
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Sep 13, 2019

the best hike and the best memories

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Just spent 12 days hiking with ThirdRockadventures for everestbasecamp, whit the guide Depack. Everything was well arranged from the beginning, and if I had any worries og questions prior to the trip, the third rock would answer any questions at any time, in a very professional way. They picked us up at the airport, and delivered us for departure when the hike was over. Good service from start to end. Depack, the guide, was very lovable and caring all of the way, showing us the best ways of hiking, telling us facts about the mountains surrounding us, and cared for us in the best way all the way. I was never worried for anything, and i I was, Depack would ease me in no time. Depack is a very good, dedicated and experience guide, worth every trust. Leading us the right way, whit good sense of humor, respect, and very good locale knowledge. His English was excellent.
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Nicolas Tardif
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Sep 13, 2019

Beautiiful EBC trip

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Namasste! Nepal ! I learned this from my trip to Nepal. I recently completed EBC Trek. It was beautiiful trip. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures. They are very very good company. I am again coming to Nepal with Third Rock Adventures. I am planning for next adventure to Mera Peak Climbing. One of the travel consultent is already starting to help me with gears and clothing and trainings. I am constantly in touch with them beforehand. Namasste to Third Rock Adventures family
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Guinness World Record holder Gives Third Rock Adventures a Review!

Werner Berger is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest person in the World to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven (7) continents (incl. Mt. Everest).

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

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