Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is the trek that provides the overall experience of mountain view and an assured safe flight on time. Due to the weather problem there won’t be any commercial flights for some days. So Everest base camp trek by heli is being popular nowadays.
You can experience and see the base and trail in a different angle going back as you did going towards. Your aerial view on your way back to Kathmandu provides a whole new experience that most trekkers do not get to experience themselves.
The peak of Mount Everest is dauntingly high that even trekking its base camp proves to be challenging, but absolutely worth it. More than a mere mountain, trekking its base is a journey of a lifetime. Those who have experienced it say that every step leads you closer to heaven.
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The Everest base camp soars at 17,590 feet and boasts some of the world’s most breath taking sceneries. Every angle and bend of the trail shows the beauty of nature that not all people get to see in their entire lifetime. From the beautiful forests, glacial moraines, unique Sherpa villages, and gorgeous foothills, this adventure is a must for trekkers.
Some trekkers do not have the time or the physical capacity to trek to and from the Everest Base Camp. Since it is a challenging trek, some people prefer to take a helicopter back. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek provides this option to trekkers who prefer to plan their trip this way.
This is definitely a dream destination for thrill seekers and adventure lovers. However, not everyone has the time to finish the entire trek. The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a 10-Day tour that allows you to experience the whole trek going to the Everest Base Camp, but return on helicopter. This trek is more luxurious in comparison to Everest base camp trek.
Historical and Spiritual Adventure
You will also witness the rich history of the Himalayas – from the treasures of Kathmandu to the villages, unique location, and culture of the Sherpas. You can also walk through the trails lined with mani stones with Tibetan Buddhist payers engraved on the surface. This adventure also allows you to discover remote mountain monasteries like you have never seen before. You also get to learn about the Sherpas’ spiritual perspective on their home – the splendid mountains of the Himalayas.
Meet and greet at Tribhuvan International airport with your trekking guide and FREE transport service o your Hotel. Afternoon, trip briefing and final trek preparation.
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. Return from the rarefied air to Dingboche for the night.
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 icefall – 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 colourful 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 the Cwm are hidden behind buttresses.Trek back to GorakShep for the night
It is possible to climb Kalapathar, the best vantage point offering awesomely close views of Everest and return to Gorak Shep the previous day. But to make the trip relaxed and strain-free, we recommend you to spend the night at Gorak Shep, and then climb to Kalapathar early in the morning to catch the sunrise view. At anytime of the day, the visitors get beside themselves with excitement to have close up views of grand and majestic mountain panorama for 360 degrees. Now imagine for yourself the fresh beauty of the glimmering, glistening mountain peaks in the morning!
We trace our steps back to Dingboche today and take rest.
We trace our way back to Namche Bazaar. Feel the difference in your perception today of this same place. After days in sparsely populated, high mountain terrain, you may feel like being thrown from virgin wilderness to a booming metropolish!
We return to Lukla from Namche.
We fly back to Kathmandu and end our trekking. Arrive Kathmandu, tour guide will take to you for sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel.
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination
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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