The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return trekking is much scenic, slightly easier and less crowded alternative route to Everest Base Camp trek. It includes dramatic views of the northwest face of Mt. Everest set amongst other giants.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
- Sherpa Culture and tradition
- High suspension Hanging Bridges
- Tibetan Buddhism and practice
- Rest and acclimatization days before conquer Everest Base Camp
- Breathtaking view of Mount Everest and Himalayan wide range
- Comfortable Accommodation and hygiene meals everyday
This short trekking followed by returning with chopper is smart choice for those who are looking for EBC trek on a short time frame. The Everest Base Camp Trekking (EBC Trek) is the most beautiful trail in the Everest Region and is indeed the most famous Himalayan Trek. Mount Everest is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepalese language, which in English literally means “Mother Goddess of the World”.
Everest Base Camp trekking offers a unique experience with panoramic views of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains. It is one of the most inspiring place in the world and trekking is possible all year round, but the best times to visit are March to May and September to December.
The trip begins with a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is an entry point of the Everest Region. You start your trek from Lukla. On the way there are many tea houses in which you can stay and eat locally as well as Western food. The trail takes one through the green Dudhkosi Valley, which is rich in Flora and Fauna, Sherpa Villages, and Buddhist Monasteries. It leads one up to the legendary Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar where you spend two nights exploring and acclimating, an important factor for your safety and enjoy experience the Everest Base Camp trekking. Then you follow the trail to the villages of Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche where Yaks can be seen grazing in the high meadows. Finally you reach the last human settlement, the village of Gorakshep, which is just two hours from Everest Base Camp. From here, you can see the Khumbu Ice Fall and interact with other mountaineers climbing the Everest. From Gorakshep your trail takes you to Kalapathar from where you have the best possible view of the Himalayan Range.
In general after Kalapatthar and Base Camp trek most of the trekker hikes down same trail with almost the same scenery but different angle. After multi day hiking your sore feet needs rest and this is possible with this ideal package. Give rest to your legs meanwhile your eyes outside of helicopter window will encounter snowy mountains on your level. Flying back at the right time when your feet starts hurting and see all those mountains you have seen from ground coming your eye level is unreal.
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m)
You board a 30 minute flight to Lukla early in the morning. Enjoy the magnificent mountain range as you arrive at Lukla airport. You will be introduced to your porter at the airport. After enjoying a hearty breakfast in Lukla, you will begin your trekking. The walk to Phakding is a fairly easy 3 hour walk through the Dudhkosi valley. You will head north from the airstrip to Chheplung (2700m) and cross the ThadoKoshi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Just past the bridge, you can see the peak Kusum and Kanggru (6367m), which are some of the most difficult trekking peaks to climb. Beyond the ThadoKoshi, the trail climbs towards the Ghat (2590m) and crosses a ridge marked with painted Mani stones. You will continue our ascend to reach the beautiful village of Phakding where you will stay overnight.
ou start your second day of the trek through the Valley of Dudhkosi River. You cross the Dudhkosi River five times on the exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags on the way to Namche. After you cross the last bridge, you will continue your ascent, gradually lead leading you to Jorsale. It is a two and a half hour climb up to Namche with two view points on the way.You will enjoy a mesmerizing view of Mt Everest on a clear day on the trail. At Jorsale you enter the Sagarmatha National park where you will need to verify your permits. After 5 or 6 hours of hard walking, you reach the main trading center of the region, the Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is very important before proceeding higher to avoid altitude sickness. You will be taken for a day’s hike through the villages of Khunde and Khumjung and come back to Namche through the Everest view hotel Khumjung.You can see the so called skull of a Yeti in the monastery in the region. You can also visit the bakery at world’s highest altitude. You get to enjoy the panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many other mountains on a fair day. Even the view from the Everest View hotel is very impressive. After a savory breakfast, you take a steep one-hour climb to the Syangboche airstrip (3790m), from where you will slowly ascend towards Khunde passing numerous chorten (stone Buddhist monuments). From Khunde you follow the trail eastwards to Khumjung, the largest village in the Khumbu region, at the foot of the sacred peak Khumbila. After enjoying lunch at Khumjung,you follow a gradual climb to Everest View Hotel where you will enjoy the splendid mountain views. Then you descend towards Namche (3540m). 4/5 hours walk.
Your route for today to Tengboche weaves in and out of side valleys, making small ups and downs, to the teashops of Kenjoma, and joins the trail from Khumjung just before a collection of Mani stones. The views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from this part of the trek. You pass the small settlement of Sanasa from where the trail drops towards Phunkithanga (3250m). >From here the trail climbs steeply through pine forests and around Mani stones as it follows the side of a hill to the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. The view from here is rightly deemed to be one of the world’s most magnificent sceneries. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega and Thamserku provide an inspiring panorama as the Himalayan giants. You will spend the night in the Tengboche village (5 hrs).
Today you start your trek with a descent through a beautiful forest, then cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche. The route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche. You will spend the night at Dingboche. It is a very relaxing village with lots of mountain views. This is a very easy walk and takes about 3 to 4 hours.
You will start around 8:30 after breakfast. The trek up to Chhukung is quite nice and easy. You get a really nice view of most of the mountains specially Ama Dablam. The view from Chhukung and further up the valley on the moraines towards Island Peak is tremendous. To the south-west, the eastern face of Ama Dablam provides an incredible view of the picturesque peak. This short trek is one of the highlights of the trek. It is a quick trip back down the valley to Dingboche for the night. While going back to Dingboche you might encounter strong winds.
You start with a climb to the chorten trail that is a gentle climb for about 1 and half hours.Thenyou get to Thugla at 4600m with a tea house where you will have your lunch before climbing the steep part of the day’s trek for about one and a half hour. You start to get close to high mountains like Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse after a while as you proceed towards Lobuche where only basic accommodation and food is provided. Then you trek along a broad valley floor to Thugla, leaving behind the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche at 4240 Meters. A western volunteer doctor, supported by The Himalayan Rescue Association is stationed here and offers treatment and consultation to trekkers as you continue up the valley gaining altitude. When you come out of the valley, you descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche. Overnight at Lodge.The day’s trip takes about 5 and a half hour’s walk.
This morning, you will take a2 hour hike up to Gorakshep.The first part is nice and easy, but one hour later the trail starts to get harder, which is compensated by the really nice view of big walls formed by Everest, Nuptse and many other mountains. Once you climb about 150m then the trail gets better again. Shortly after you will get to the moraine. Finally, you get to 5160m, the world’s highest settlement at Gorakshep. Once you have lunch, you begin your walk to Everest base camp. You will be walking on a side ridge of the Khumbu glacier. After walking on the ridge for about one and half hours, you cross the Glacier and into the Everest base camp area. Today you reach your final goal by trekking to Everest base camp at an altitude of 5360m. You will be able to meet and talk to other mountain climbers at the base camp. You can get a good view of Khumbu glacier and Khumbu Ice fall. From there you can also see the big crevasses in the climbing way. After appreciating your own efforts and photographing the achievements, you start your way back to Gorakshep. (6-7 hour).
The early morning walk to Kalapathar from Gorakshep is about approximately 2 hours.The short hike up to Kalapathar with clear views of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks are magnificent. Most of the famous photographs of Everest are taken from this “thump” on the landscape. After the you return to Gorekshep then take the breakfast then fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival to Kathmandu transfer to your hotel.
- All government taxes and Everest National Park entry fees as well as local charge
- Helicopter from Gorekshep to Kathmandu including airport to Hotel transfer.
- TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System). We need two photograph each for permit.
- Required number of experienced English speaking guides ((trained by Ministry of tourism), and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment’s, thiefood and accommodation).
- 8 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipments
- 8 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equpipments
- Local taxes in Everest
- 8 nights best Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
- Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
- Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
- Flight tickets: Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathamndu for guide.
- Domestic Airfare (Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kathmandu and domestic airport tax) for
- Trekking poles, sleeping bag, down jacket/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
- All necessary Domestic airport taxes.
- Trekking maps.
- Rubbish disposal.
- PNT service charge and government taxes.
Yes, you can get arrival tourist visa at Nepal’s one only international airport Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people have easy time during visa apply for Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and $100USD for 90 days tourist visa. And you also need two pp. size photos for the process. For the online visa apply you can visit linked web site from 1st of March (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np./).
Best time to visit Nepal is during the seasons of spring and autumn which also favorable for trekking. But it depends on the will of the trekker which can be managed. As for the trekking at the high altitude which should be done during the summer time or September. But for the low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.
The trekking is happens to considered as the most interesting things to do by the most of the visitor to Nepal. The trekking will provide visitors of Nepal to visit different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will be for about 5 to 7 hours per day but the toughness of the trekking is depends upon its grade as There are grading for trekking like easy, medium, challenging and demanding. And these grades normally covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters. Trekking expedition is challenging but it has its own fun and beauty.
It depends on individual, if you’re happens to be fit and also enjoy walking the uphill and downhill then trekking is certainly is for you. Individual can choose the trekking route which is suitable for individual’s fitness level. And off course shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer treks requires a better standard of fitness. If you are planning for the longer treks then you should try some longer day hikes for practice but for shorter treks it is not needed
The trekking different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are various trekking destination in Nepal and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking for shorter routes will be short but for the longer treks like, trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long. many political upps and downs. But since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) refill the peace in country which make the all the trekking routes. Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Beside you need to take usual precautions like as traveling anywhere in the world.
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in from your own country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call and popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there are good coverage of cell phones. For internet there are also internet café and also some lodges do provide Wi-Fi service.
A porter are easily available which will carry your luggage and belonging. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek. But Each trekker will carry minimum small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
Permit & Entry Fees:It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.
Medical Support:An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.
Accommodation and meals:During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)
Water:Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.
Travel Insurance:Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek
- Spring : March – May
- Summer: June – August
- Autumn: September – November
- Winter: December – February
Check-list of personal equipment:
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Swim wear
- Sun Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Sun block
- Travel Towel
- Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
- Camera & lenses
- Memory cards
- GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
- Book/music player/pack of cards
- A plastic bag for waste
- Energy/snack bars