Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour is a perfect combination of an overland trek and an aerial tour to witness the up-close beauty of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. The seven-day adventure is one of the shortest and most luxurious ways to witness the most significant highlights that the Khumbu region offers.
Imagine having to experience the best that the Himalayas have to offer in a fast-paced trip, starting from an elevation of 2,610m at Lukla to a whopping 5,644m at Kala Patthar viewpoint. The tour that starts from Lukla takes on a trek towards the famous Namche Bazaar, then a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp (EBC), Kala Patthar then back to Lukla.
The major awe-inspiring moments of this tour are flying up close to Mt. Everest and witnessing the views of 8000m giants. Moreover, you get to come across unique flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha region, visit the religious and historical sites, visit the highest placed hotel in the world, and experience the livelihood of the Sherpa community living in the Himalayas.
The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.
Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.
|Day 1||Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Cultural Sightseeing|
|Day 2||Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 3||Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 4||Rest Day at Namche, Optional Hike to Everest View Hotel|
|Day 5||Helicopter flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) fly over and land in Kala Patthar (5550m/18,204ft) and then flight to Lukla - 45 minutes Helicopter flight|
|Day 6||Lukla to Kathmandu by regular flight - 35 minutes flight|
|Day 7||Final Departure|
You will be welcomed at the terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport as you land in Kathmandu. We will drive you to your hotel based in Thamel, just 5 km from the airport. Following some rest, the guide will brief you about the tour. Then, you can head out for a cultural sightseeing adventure in the city of temples.
First up, the closest UNESCO world heritage site to your hotel is the Kathmandu Durbar Square, located in Basantapur/Freak Street. Witness the narrow gullies, ancient temples, and the historical palace turned museum, Hanuman Dhoka Museum. You can even explore the western hills of the city to Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the most beautiful Buddhist stupa. Return for a delicious Nepali cuisine dinner at night.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
On this day, we will be leaving for Lukla, which is the gateway to the Everest region. Catch a regular flight and enjoy the mesmerizing views of changing landscapes, from green hills to milky white mountains. Upon landing, you will have your lunch and begin the trek to Phakding village.
Passing through a green coniferous forest, with views of grazing yaks and a traditional lifestyle, you will reach Phakding. The Dudh Koshi river valley is very welcoming, with views of the white river and green forest surrounding it. You can witness a series of chortans and Mani walls and fluttering prayer flags.
Overnight stay in Phakding.
Following a rich breakfast made mostly of local produce, you can begin your trailhead to Namche Bazaar. The trail crosses a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river and then towards the village of Monjo checkpoint, which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. You can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest from here. After reaching Namche Bazaar, settle in and then explore the town.
Namche Bazaar is the main hub and a commercial center of the Everest region with the availability of ATMs, decent cafeterias, renowned bakeries, banks, and weekend markets in the area. As most trails lead here, you will meet many other tourists and even mountaineers.
Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
As there is this additional day for exploring Namche Bazaar, you can have breakfast, leave your bags and then visit the Khunde Hospital. The hospital was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hilliary and is a famous spot for tourists.
Following that, you can take a slow one to two hours hike up to the Everest View Hotel, the highest placed hotel stated by the Guinness Book of World Records. You can witness majestic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and the amazing Everest. You can enjoy your lunch in the hotel while enjoying those views. After exploring, return to Namche Bazaar and pack up for the next day. Intermingle with the local sherpas to understand their traditions and livelihood in the Himalayas.
Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
This is the most impressive day of the entire trip as you will get to fly across the gigantic mountains and land at the base camp of the highest mountain in the world.
Begin the day by calming your nerves because the experience will be exhilarating and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You will take your belongings, then head to the Helipad in Namche Bazaar. The helicopter then hovers towards Everest Base Camp. You will make a short landing at the base camp to enjoy views of the tallest 8000m mountains in the world. For instance, it will feel like an entirely different experience as you will get a bird's eye view of the deep Himalayas.
However, as the tip of Everest is not seen from its base, after 15 minutes, we will hop in the helicopter again and fly to Kala Patthar viewpoint, the highest point of this trip. From there, you will see clear panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega, Lhotse, and Nuptse. After enjoying the view, the helicopter will take you on a flight to Lukla. However, at 8,848.86m/29,031.7ft, Mt. Everest steals the show.
Overnight stay at Lukla.
After having breakfast, you will be leaving the beautiful and serene Everest region on a regular flight back to Kathmandu. Engage in souvenir shopping to support the community, then bid farewell to the locals before hopping on the scenic flight.
Upon reaching Kathmandu, rest, then head to a local pub or club to enjoy the night away. If time permits, buy some souvenirs and try authentic local cuisine.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
On your final day in Kathmandu, Nepal, you will bid farewell to your team and be driven to the international airport for your final departure. On the way, reminisce the memories you had here, relish the views of the mountains and hills. If you wish to extend your tour or wish to plan for a future tour, get in touch with our team to manage a similar successful adventure.