On first arrival at Kathmandu international airport via various, respective airlines you will be received by Trekking Planner staff and guide with traditional with garland, and then transfers to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city around Thamel area.
An interesting and exciting place to be steeped with shops, trekking stores, world-class restaurants, and hotels of international standard.
On checking into your rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg, then join with other members of the groups for briefing on Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli, our guide provides important information regarding trekking with other necessary details to make your adventure a great success with us.
Evening includes a welcome dinner in a nice, authentic Nepalese restaurant with a Nepalese Folk Culture program to entertain while having dinner.
Morning, after breakfast by 9 a.m our city guide receives you for an exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great cultural and historical interest.
Kathmandu and adjoining cities are steeped with ancient monuments listed in World Heritage Sites.
After an interesting tour rest of the afternoon free to relax and prepare for the Everest Base Camp trek with Heli on a normal flight to Lukla.
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for short and scenic flight to Lukla, on a small aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier), seated for a maximum of 18 passengers, including two pilots and air attendants.
Enjoy grand panorama of Himalayan peaks with views of Mt. Everest, as plane lands on unique airstrip and runways to park at Lukla ‘Tenzing & Hillary Airport’.
On collecting your baggage, carried by our strong porters and pack animals as walk starts on a gradual downhill, after leaving interesting Lukla town, and then following Dudh Kosi River upstream through number of Sherpa farm villages to reach at Phakding village for first overnight of the adventure.
From Phakding, a pleasant walk in the morning around of pine and rhododendron woods to a long suspension bridge to cross above Dudh Kosi River, and the short ups to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village.
Sagarmatha, name for Mt. Everest in Nepal while Sherpa calls Chomolungma of Tibetan origin, the park designated in World Heritage Sites. From the park entrance cross another bridge to the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar.
Probably, stop for lunch for an hour or more and then follow the river bed into the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest and then cross the last high bridge.
After the bridge, a long uphill haul on a winding wide trail with views of high snow peaks with Mt. Everest on a clear day. As the walk progress slowly the climb ends on reaching at colorful Namche Bazaar for an overnight halt.
The main hub of trekkers and mountaineers as well a perfect place for rest days to get acclimatized.
Full day in Namche Bazaar, for leisure hike to explore Namche Bazaar and its high view-point for excellent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and range of peaks. Visit the National Park museum for more information on Khumbu and Everest area, energetic people can taka hike uphill to Everest View Hotel which is about two hours hike above Namche Bazaar.
Rest of the afternoon enjoy your day, relaxing and browsing around Namche nice café, well-stocked shops and stores with banks and ATM if you require local cash.
Enjoying time at Namche, adventure continues heading higher on a nice scenic path facing lovely mountain views with a deep river gorge, as walk head downhill to Imjatse River, a small spot called Phunge-Tenga for lunch stop within the shade of coniferous tree lines.
Afternoon, start climb into the cool shade of pine, hemlock, fir, oaks, and rhododendron forest to reach at beautiful Thyangboche / Tengboche and its impressive monastery.
Thyangboche, surrounded by green forest and snow-capped peaks with grand views of Mt. Everest with stunning close views of Ama Dablam with an array of peaks that encircles this wonderful spot.
Thyangboche for overnight stop or little further down to Deboche, with time to visit the monastery and observe young monks and priests on daily religious routine, where climbers on major expeditions visit here to get blessed by head priest / Lama for safe climb and success.
Enjoy the morning views of Everest and beautiful Ama Dablam, along with the breakfast, then start our day with easy downhill into serene woodland for less than an hour, to reach a strong metal over raging Imjatse River deep gorge.
From here with a slow climb with majestic view of Ama Dablam to reach the last permanent Pangboche village, the other places on route like Dingboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep are temporary settlements to cater the travelers with lodges accommodation and restaurants.
After Pangboche tree lines drop for wide-open country, with gradual climb with short descend to a small bridge to cross, and then steep climb for an hour to enter scenic Imjatse valley at Dingboche for overnight stops.
Dingboche with many good lodges for travelers, includes grand views of Ama Dablam North Face with famous Island Peak towards the east.
Another well-deserved rest day at Dingboche allows you with proper acclimatization at this high altitude.
To support acclimatization take a short hike up to Nakarjung hills for better views of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east direction with array of peaks, walking high and sleeping or resting low helps you to overcome with altitude sickness or AMS.
Enjoying wonderful rest at Dingboche, today a short distance walk to Lobuche but takes time due to dry air and high altitude. Morning starts with a short climb to a high ridge, offers grand views of Imjatse valley and Dingboche settlement with surrounding high snow peaks.
From here on a gradual scenic trail to Thugla for lunch, this is where the massive Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river. Thugla a junction to Everest base camp where Dingboche and Pheriche valley trail joins.
After a lunch break, start the windy afternoon with a steep climb for an hour to Thugla pass, where you can notice many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing on Mt. Everest, Lhotse, or other high mountains. From here a nice walk to Lobuche for an overnight stop.
Our Big Day! Adventure to Everest Base Camp, starts early morning on easy gradual path and then short climb to reach a near level ground.
Where trail to Gorakshep and Glass Pyramids (a metrological stations), separates interested people can make a short visit to glass pyramids and collect information of glacier movements and climate change of the area.
From here walk for few hours with a short steep climb in between glacier and moraine, then short downhill to Gorakshep, located beneath lofty peak Pumori and Kalapathar rocky hill. Gorakshep was an early base camp back in the 1950s to late 1970’s, a small settlement with few lodges where we will spend overnights after visiting base camp.
The walk continues for another 2-3 hours to reach our destination at Everest base camp, where you will be standing beneath towering Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse with close views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers.
Enjoying grand views of amazing experience retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the last overnight stop around Everest and the high Khumbu area.
Early morning start with strenuous steep climb to Kalapathar black rocky hill top, on the highest spot of the adventure. From the top and along mid-way enjoy a breathtaking panorama of giant mountains, with Mt. Everest at its closest distance. Enjoying grand glorious scenery descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast.
After a good morning high altitude breakfast with views of surrounding high peaks, get ready for a Helicopter flight to Kathmandu, the scenic swift flight on
AS 350 B series of helicopters of Euro-Copter, made in France, which is popular all over the world and Ecureuil model or similar types.
The seats of maximum for 4-5 person, for larger group, requires two heli to ferry all passengers back to Kathmandu.
During your air journey, enjoy the dramatic scenery of the countryside with Central and Eastern Himalaya mountain range, as Heli makes a smooth landing at Kathmandu airport, transfer back to your hotel after a glorious adventure and experience on Everest base camp trek with Heli.
Free day in Kathmandu reserved as an extra day in case of delay, due to unfavorable bad weather conditions for Helicopter flight to operate. If all goes well as per our guideline itinerary, enjoy this day relaxing or with individual extra activities or book for another exciting tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, a country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time for homeward bound or to your next respective destinations. Trekking Planner staff and guide transfers you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing adventure on Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli.
Awesome panorama of world highest mountain range, which you can view four world highest peaks on Everest Base Camp Heli flight, from Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Mt. Cho-Oyu. The difference is, you can enjoy the trek to Everest base camp in a short duration of time, than normal trekking days of more than 11-12 days.
Not as hard as it looks, although much ups in the first part of the trek, return journey is easier on losing heights. The high altitude makes hard walks for some people, taking time with a slow walk makes you overcome the hard work, and feel great on achieving your goal.
A big yes, it can land depends upon landing space as base camp is full of rock, moraine and glaciers, the available Heli-Pad or level ground is hard to maintain due to rock falls, avalanches and movement of glaciers every season.
Which makes any type of chopper difficult to find space for a smooth and perfect landing. The only best available Heli-Pad with much level ground at Gorakshep or on the base of Kalapathar Hill.
Not at all, as long one take precautionary measures as advised by your doctor, guide, and group leader. High Altitude Symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is the main danger to be avoided, with enough rest days for acclimatization, drinking enough fluid (safe drinking water, green tea, or hot lemon and soups). As well walking slow with short rest will help you to make your trek enjoyable without any danger of high altitude.
The other part of the trek is walking over moraine and glaciers to Everest base camp for just one day, it can be dangerous if you do not know the right path with guide will be safe throughout the treks.
Spring and autumn/fall to pre-winter best seasons for Everest base camp Heli Trek, when most morning till mid-day with clear sky for views and pleasant Helicopter flight, as well for treks.
Simple to standard room accommodation either you prefer single or twin sharing rooms with your partners, but higher up at Lobuche and Gorakshep single rooms might not be available in high trekking seasons.
Lodge room accommodation as per your budget, where one can find luxury to simple standard rooms up to Dingboche. From Lobuche and Gorakshep only simple rooms available. Most places till Thyangboche with attach bathrooms and toilets or common, with large warm dining hall.
Yes, Travel and medical insurance most important and necessary documents to have with you, which should cover emergency medical evacuation on health issues by any means of transport like a Helicopter.
Travel insurance should cover flight cancellation due to bad weather, or any unforeseen situation like roadblocks, due to landslides, political unrest that might hamper your travel in Nepal.
Once you book with us, no need to carry your stuff like bigger baggage which will be carried by our porters and pack animals, the only item that you should carry with you is your day items with small day pack or rucksack.
It varies on booking as per season size, normally we run the trek for a minimum of 2-3 person and maximum of 08 to 12 person in a group, but in special case we also organize for solo or individual travelers, although the cost comes much higher than in group.
Simple jogging, running, and walking for an hour or less every day before and after booking the trek with us. Exercise should include walking ups and down steps or one can enjoy swimming, aerobic, and Zumba class to stay fit and healthy for the trek to Everest base camp.
Guide will either accompany from Kathmandu, sometimes our local guide and field staff are stationed in Lukla also. All expert local guides provided with much knowledge of the area of trekking equipped with basic medical training and First-Aid including Responsible Tourism or Eco-Trekking to make our clients safe with enjoyable holidays.
The number of guide and field staff provided according to group size, larger the group with more guide, staff and porter for minimum of 2-4 person with a guide and couple of porters to accompany throughout the trek.
It is best to join in a group departures date, as it is more fun and enjoyable with travelers of different nationalities and the cost of the trip comes slightly low than traveling alone with a guide and porter.
If your holiday and date do not coincide with group departure dates, we can organize a special private trek for you, as exact date provided by you, we will set the date accordingly.
As long you take enough precaution you will be okay, walking slow and steady with some rest will help you from altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The other good things to fight with altitude is drinking enough water, light tea, or some hot drinks and soups, should consume at least a minimum of 2-3 liters of fluid every day.
We have flexible itinerary days to cope with altitude having rest days for acclimatization. Do not take sleeping pills or strong drugs at high altitudes can lead to critical situations. Ibuprofen is all right to take as per your doctor's advice or medical personal. As for Diamox, your doctor should advise you, normally some people take from the start of the trek to the end at Lukla or any final destination. Diamox can help but one will get a slight side effect like a nibbling feel on fingers and makes you pee a lot.
When booking the whole package with guide and porters, including all meals on treks with room accommodation. The only money you need is for your personal needs, like buying souvenirs, hot shower in lodge or for snacks and other refreshments. US$ 300 to 400 convertible to local currency should be enough, and carry extra emergency money about US$ 100 to 200 in case of flight delay and cancellation, or if you have to break the journey and have to leave earlier.
Other expenses for tipping the guide and porters, if you feel they deserve it after taking much care of you and the whole group.
You can buy or rent some good gear required for the trek in Kathmandu, if it is too much to carry from home, like sleeping bags, down jackets, snow gaiters, flash/torch including good metal water bottles and rucksacks.
You can leave at the hotel storage, or with Trekking Planner as well any valuable items and documents that are not required on treks, where you can store in a safety box at the hotel.
Showers are available hot or cold in every lodge that you stay, at extra cost where your guide will advise you, the bathrooms are all right and clean but some places not to Western standard or of Kathmandu hotels. Depending upon the standard of the hotel, there are toilets and bathroom, available on route trek at lodges and restaurants. Further high up there are no attach bathrooms or toilets due to harsh weather and high altitude terrain, where most toilets are outside the lodge.
In every lodge to Gorakshep, with facilities to charge your electronic gadgets, from Thyangboche onward most lodges have their solar power, where you have to pay per hour for each gadget.
There is WiFi available on route EBC Trek in most lodges that you spend overnights, sometimes with poor reception due to weather condition as well if you are staying in places enclosed by high hills and mountains or near river gorge.
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