Here is your chance to get close to Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and high Himalayan region. Our Everest Base Camp Heli Tour gives you once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the foot of Mount Everest. This heli tour to Everest considered as one of the best aerial tour in the world among nature lovers.
This tour starts from Kathmandu by flying east towards the beautiful Sherpa village, the gateway to mighty Everest, Lukla. After a quick stop for fueling at Lukla, the flight continues by flying towards the Everest Base Camp/Kalapathar. This helicopter flight then covers the Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorak Shep, Khumbu glacier and finally reaches the Everest Base Camp.
This ultimate ride gives you the best views of the Himalayan range and scenery. The scenic ride allows a maximum of 5 minutes of landing time at the base camp due to altitude threat. On the way back, you can have 20 minutes in Syangboche to take a quick tea/coffee or Breakfast at Hotel Everest View. From Everest View Hotel, you can have an excellent view of the Everest range. Afterwards the helicopter will again make a quick fueling stop at Lukla airport, and then fly back to Kathmandu.
Meet and greet at Tribhuvan International airport with your trekking guide and transport to your Hotel. Afternoon, trip briefing and final trek preparation and stroll around tourist colorful market ‘Thamel’
Early morning transfer to the Domestic Airport for the Trans Himalayan flight and dramatic landing at Lukla: gateway to the Khumbu/Everest region. Meet your local porters and walk downhill to the Sherpa settlement of Cheplung. The trail then, follows the DudhKhosi Valley before ascending to Ghat and Phakding
The trail meanders through pine forest, crossing suspension bridges and several Sherpa villages to Jorsale: entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park and permit checkpoint. Thamserku (6,618m/21,714m) glistens above the village. Continue to the confluence of the Bhote and DudhKhosi Rivers then climb steadily via the high Tenzing- Hilary suspension bridge with inspiring glimpses of Everest and the Nuptse – Lhotse ridge. A final three hour forest ascent leads to the administrative town of Namche Bazaar.
This is a scheduled acclimatization day. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and health experts recommend a stop for at least one extra night. Be active: climb high and sleep low is the acclimatisation advice. Namche Bazaar has ATMs, cyber cafés, delicious restaurant food and bakeries, plus a colourful market each Friday evening and Saturday morning. Visit the Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Centre: with informative displays on Sherpa culture, local flora and fauna. Walk to the traditional Sherpa village of Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft): with fine views of Thamserku, Kangtega, Ama Dablam and Everest.
The trail climbs, then contours around the hillside, offering great views. Look out for spotted deer, Himalayan tahrs and birds – including the colourful (male) Danphe pheasant (Nepal’s national bird). At Sanasa the trail forks to Gokyo or Everest BC. Turn right and descend to cross the DudhKhosi (past water driven prayer wheels) near PhunkiThenga (3,250m/10,663ft), the lowest point north of Namche Bazaar. It then enters the ImjaKhola Valley and rises, through dwarf conifers and rhododendron forest, for a two hour pull, to the hilltop village of Tengboche. Their famous Gompa is set against the backdrop of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Everest and other peaks. At full moon in October/November they hold the colourful Mani Rimdu festival with masked dancing and Tibetan Opera in the courtyard. Visit the monastery during the afternoon.
Today’s trail descends to Debuche: a scattered stone village with a nunnery, chortens and long mani wall. Cross the ImjaKhola and ascend to Pangboche with closer views of towering AmaDablam (6,856m/22,495ft). The trail then follows the river as it rises to its confluence with the LobucheKhola and continues up to Dingboche: the last year-round Sherpa settlement. Different views of AmaDablam rise above terraced fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes. The fields are walled to protect crops from icy winds and animals during the short growing season.
Customize scheduled res/acclimatization day will assist your fitness and oxygen intake at the higher altitudes to follow. An enjoyable 3-4hr, 400m climb to NangkartshangGompa, north of Dingboche affords views of Makalu (8,463m) the fifth highest mountain and awesome views of AmaDablam and the valley floor.
The trail climbs to a ridge and views of Taboche and Cholatse. Continue through yak pastures to a wooden bridge – and Duglha (4,620m/15,158ft). The trail then ascends steeply for an hour, up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. On the summit is a large group of stone-pile memorials to lost Sherpas and climbers. It also affords great border-views including Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori. Everest is hidden behind the towering Nuptse – Lhotse wall. Follow the valley upstream for an hour to Lobuche.
A long but rewarding day. Follow the windblown rocky path along the barren Khumbu moraine to the last village at GorakShep. After an early lunch, set out on the feint trail to the world’s highest Base Camp, on the Khumbu Glacier: opposite the dreaded ice fall – the most dangerous section of an Everest ascent. In April/May the trail is busy with porters carrying in supplies and the site is a riot of colorful tents perched on the dirty ice. For the rest of the year it is a bleak and lonely place set below the impressive ice walls (and avalanches) of the Mahalangur Himal along the Tibetan border. From west to east, the main peaks are Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse and Nuptse. Everest and are hidden behind buttresses.
Morning hike to Kala Pathar for Everest Sunrise and after breakfast airlifted by Helicopter to Lukla and connect commercial flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of day relax, shopping and etc. Overnight in Kathmandu at 3 star Hotel with breakfast Remark - Please note that cloud and turbulent weather is a regular phenomenon along the Himalayan range. It is thus possible that domestic flights Kathmandu/Lukla and from may have to be delayed for a few hours or even cancelled for a day or more. Fortunately this does not happen frequently during the high seasons of March – May or September – November, but you need to plan for this possibility. As a safeguard, we recommend that you add couple of buffer days after trek before your onward destination flight. on a couple of extra days after your trek before you fly from Kathmandu to your onward destination.
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Patan durbar square then drive back to International airport for final departure.
What are included?
- Airport pickups and drops by a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the Everest base camp trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
- Porter service
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- First aid services
- Trekking Map
- All government and local taxes
What are not included?
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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