Namche Bazaar Trek with Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is a luxurious, time-saving, and easy way to explore some of the world’s eight thousand mountains in the Khumbu region by foot then on air. The trekking trail traverses through the rich subalpine terrain of Sagarmatha National Park. The route passes traditional Sherpa villages in Dudh Koshi river valley towards Namche Bazaar, the heart of the Khumbu region. Subsequently, the fast-paced tour takes a helicopter flight to offer close-up views of Mt. Everest and its adjoining mountains. It also includes a stopover at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain which is an unforgettable experience.
In just three days, the tour fully explores the major attractions of the Everest region, which is the dream destination for many tourists around the world. The short duration of the trek assures that it is easy and does not require apt physical fitness. The unique experience is best suited to those individuals who have limited travel duration, want to travel lavishly, or prefer short treks.
|Day 1||Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Cultural Sightseeing|
|Day 2||Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/9316ft, 35 minutes) then Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561 ft, 8km, 3 to 4 hours)|
|Day 3||Trek from Phakding village to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft, 10.5km, 6 to 7 hours)|
|Day 4||Helicopter flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), then flight to Kathmandu|
|Day 5||Final Departure from Kathmandu|
Namche Bazaar Trek with Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a lavish way to explore the beautiful Himalayas in northeastern Nepal and get a close-up view of Mt. Everest. In as little as 3 days, the trek traverses to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft) then flies off to the mountains for a stop at the maximum altitude of 5,364m/17,594ft at Everest Base Camp. The stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nupse, Lhotse, and other peaks along with an introduction of the Sherpa villages are the main high point of the trek.
The trip starts off at Kathmandu city after arrival from Tribhuvan International Airport. The afternoon can be utilized by taking a cultural tour. Either explore the historically significant Kathmandu Durbar Square or visit the world-famous Swayabhunath Stupa. The second day initiates with a flight to Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary Airport. After landing, the trek starts to Phakding village in the Dudh Koshi river valley.
Third day’s trek heads to Namche Bazaar. Beginning with a trek to Sagarmatha National Park via the Monjo village checkpoint, the trail leads to Jorsale village, Tope Danda then Namche settlement. The afternoon and evening are spent exploring the market, monastery, and nearby areas.
On the fourth day, a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp from Namche Bazaar is taken while flying close to the highest mountains in the world. After a brief stop at the Base Camp for exploration, the helicopter flight heads back to Kathmandu city. Engage in souvenir shopping, and enjoy the night away in the city. The fifth day marks the ending of the trip as we head to the international airport for a homeward return.
Fly into the capital city, Kathmandu with a scenic view of the high Himalayas and green hills as you land at the airport. After fulfilling the customs, head to the terminal where you will be welcomed by Third Rock Adventures’ representative. You will be transferred to your hotel in the tourist hub of the city, Thamel.
After settling in you can opt to relax at your hotel or can explore what the mythical city has to offer. If you are drawn by history then you can visit the age-old Kathmandu Durbar Square in the part of the city also called Freak street or Basantapur. There you can explore the narrow alleyways sprouting with temples, local pubs, and Shah dynasty Palace, which has now been turned into a museum. Alternatively, if you are more spiritual then you can head to the Swayambhunath stupa located atop a hill in the west of the city. While the stupa itself is mesmerizing, you will most certainly enjoy the views of the sunset and the wide-angle view of the city.
In the evening, enjoy your first authentic Nepali food in any of the varied restaurants and pubs located there.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, you will be woken up with some delicious fulfilling breakfast. On this day you will be taking a flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region. The 35 minutes flight engulfs you with amazement as you get the bird’s eye view of the rivers, forests, hills, and eventually some of the tallest mountains in the world. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport is one of the most adventurous experiences.
Upon landing you will begin your short trek towards Phakding village. The snowy terrain is very different from Kathmandu, so the experience is distinct. On the way, you will pass by Chaurikhara village and head alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You will come across an unclimbed sacred peak named Khumbila that is worshiped by the ethnic Sherpa community.
After a few steps along the stone-paved road, you will reach Phakding village largely inhabited by the Sherpa community. The cold mountain wind blowing on your face while walking to the village decorated beautifully with prayer flags is a surreal feeling. Unpack your belongings, get settled, and enjoy some hot butter tea with the locals.
Overnight stay in Phakding Village.
You will trek to the awaited highlight of the entire trek; Namche Bazaar. The initial leg of the trek takes you to a steady and steep inclination. Cross the Dudh Koshi river passing a suspension bridge into thick pine and rhododendron-clad forest. The green trail leads to Monjo village. A little further from there you will cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge to the Monjo checkpoint which is the gate to Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will get all the documents and essentials ready.
Walking ahead, you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Everest which is a wonderful sight to sore eyes. With newly lit enthusiasm you will head to Jorsale village and make a stop for some much-needed lunch. You’ll get to observe pine tree plantations and honeycombs on the way. After lunch, take a steep climb to the hilltop of Tope Danda which offers views of the Namche settlement below. A short while from there will lead you to Namche Bazaar which is completely different than the silent villages that you came across the past day.
Namche is lit up in the evening and offers an array of basic to standard facilities like ATMs, bakery, coffee shops, and even clothing stores. Also, the hub of the Khumbu region, it is the starting and ending point of many treks and expeditions in the region. You will come across many trekkers who spend their night here. The Saturday market sees a turnout of both the Tibetan Yak caravans and Hindu traders selling their products from across towns and villages. You can head on to Namche Monastery and enjoy the serenity there while spinning prayer wheels. Views of Kongde Ri (6187m) can be seen. Mt. Everest looks gleamingly beautiful as the sun comes down. In the evening you can interact with the locals and other trekkers while enjoying local dishes in tea houses and cafes.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
After spending a splendid day in Namche, yet another adventure awaits. Pack all your belongings and wear warm clothes. On this day, you will lavishly enjoy a bird’s eye view of the highest mountains in the world in a helicopter! After breakfast at Namche, you will charter a private helicopter flight towards Everest Base Camp.
The first view of Ama Dablam (6,812m/ 22,349ft), Thamserku (6,608m/21,680ft), Kantega (6,782m/22,251ft) Lhotse (8516m/ 27,940ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,791ft) comes into light. However, the crown jewel, Mt. Everest at 8848.86m/29031.7ft is the best attraction being the highest mountain in the world.
You will be dropped off at the Everest Base Camp for 15 minutes to set foot on the lap of the highest mountain. The top of Mt. Everest is not seen from its base camp. The weather is freezing in this area but you are engrossed by the scenic views of snowy mountains. After a short while, you will hop back onto the helicopter and be taken to Kathmandu. The flight back is also very interesting. As you leave the snow-covered Dudh Koshi Valley, you will be welcomed with green hills and a city area.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel where you can take some rest. In the afternoon, you can head to local restaurants to try out distinct dishes native to Nepal and buy some souvenirs to take back home. In the evening, you can head to a pub with your friends and crew.
Overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.
You will bid farewell to beautiful Nepal on this day. After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the international terminal by our representatives who will bid you a warm farewell. You will be taking back memories of setting foot on the lap of the highest mountain in the world. If you wish to extend your stay or wish to come again in the near future, feel free to contact us for an exciting and heartwarming travel memory in Nepal.