Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

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destination Everest
duration 9 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Everest
max altitude 5364m
group size 2-5
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Tea House
season Autumn/Spring

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 3,990
Pax 2 USD 3,490
Pax 3 USD 3,190
Pax 4 to 6 USD 3,090
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,790
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,690
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,590
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Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Dream no more! You can, in the shortest possible time, reach Everest Base Camp by first flying from Kathmandu to Lukla and then take a helicopter trip back to Kathmandu from Lobuche. This is an excellent means of seeing the countryside from the ground and from the sky. You will follow the trail of Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing to Everest Base Camp. The trek is just 11 days and takes you to an altitude of 5364 meters which is a physical challenge, but with time to acclimatize at Namche Bazaar on the way, you will have little difficulty reaching your destination. This is an experience of a lifetime and will require a certain degree of stamina and perseverance, but it is achievable for those of average fitness. The profusion of flora and fauna will leave you in awe as you head to EBC. 

Your trek starts at Lukla with airline tickets included in the price and ends when you fly out of Lobuche back to Kathmandu by helicopter – also included in the price of the trek. The best part of this trek is reaching EBC and also the magnificent views of Mt. Everest from Kala Patthar famous for being the best place to capture views of Mt. Everest. Even Hillary said so!

Along the trail you will visit the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar in the very heart of the Khumbu District of Nepal and see numerous evidence of their Tibetan Buddhist faith. On the trail in this region you will see Tibetan prayer flags, Mani stones and other Buddhist structures. The trail takes you into the heart of the Sagarmatha National Park and along trails where you can expect to see wildlife, such as red panda, snow leopard, musk deer and the Himalayan Monal (vividly colorful pheasant). You will also pay a visit to Tengboche Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region.

Sherpa Teams have been taking trekkers to this region for over 40 years and have an excellent reputation for providing excellent service. We will take care of all permits, meals and accommodation on the trail.

ITINERARY

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Our representative will pick you up at Kathmandu International Airport as per your flight time and then take you to your hotel. You will be given a short briefing regarding your trek and be introduced to your guide. Your hotel will be in Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu and a wonderful place to explore with many cafes and shops.

Our Everest Base Camp (EBC) adventure begins after arriving at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla and then trekking to Phakding.  Our trek leads us through Chaurikharka Village before ascending to Dudh Koshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft) and then heads to Lukla and on finally to Phakding Village. At  Phakding we will visit the Rimishung Monastery.

Today we follow the trail through the valley with the Dudh Kosi River at our side. We will cross the Dudh Kosi River on suspension bridges before having to climb higher before arriving at the small village of Jorsale in the Khumbu region – just south of Namche Bazaar. After a two hour trek, we will come to Namche and will have some exceptional views along the way, including Mt. Everest (Sagamartha in Nepali). You formally enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale where authorities will check your trekking permit. After another 5 or 6 hours of hard going we come to Namche Bazaar.

It is highly recommended by health experts to acclimatize before heading to higher elevations. On this day, we will explore Namche Bazaar and will trek to Syangboche, also known as Everest View, and visit nearby villages in order to stay active and better acclimatize.

Today it takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Tengboche as the trail zigzags, taking us through many valleys before arriving at Kenjoma, where it connects with the path from Khumjung just before passing many Mani stones (stones inscribed with sacred Buddhist prayers). The views of Everest and Mt. Ama Dablam along this section of the trail are amazing. We will pass the small village of Sanasa at which point the path descends to Phunki Thanga (3250m) before a steep ascent through pine forests before arriving at Tengboche (3870m). Tengboche is famous for its magical views of many of the world’s tallest mountains, such as Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega, and Thamserku.

Today we follow the trail downhill on a 4 to 5-hour trek passing through forests before having to cross the Imja Khola (river) via the village of Pangboche, noticeable for its cultivated fields surrounded by rock walls. Tonight we stay at Dingboche.

We will spend another day acclimatizing at Dingboche. We will trek up to a ridge above Dingboche and take in the magnificent panoramic close-up views of the snow-capped peaks: Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. In the north, we can see more Himalayan peaks soaring above Khumbu Khola valley and Dingboche Village where we will stay the night.

It will take us about 5 to 6 hours to reach Lobuche, passing frozen rivers along the trail and where stone houses exist in this wild and cold region. Along the trail, we can view the Khumbu Icefall, Pumori, and many other peaks from the tops of the ridges.

An early start to the day will be rewarded with unforgettable sunrise views from Kala Pathar – a photographer’s paradise! Mount Everest and other gigantic peaks will be in-your-face!  After spending some time here to capture the views we will head back down to Gorakshep for a well-deserved breakfast. After breakfast, we will prepare for the scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu taking in some glorious views of the surrounding Himalayan Mountains. 
Overnight stay at 3-star hotel.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure by private vehicles (Domestic Only)
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, the main course) during the trek.
  • One highly experienced Sherpa Teams’s government-licensed, English-speaking local guide covering meals, flight, insurance, accommodations, and equipment for the guide.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • All the necessary documents such as Sagarmatha national park Fees and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) 
  • Trekking lodges or tea houses during the trek
  • An assistant guide for the group of 8 pax or above 
  • Gorakshep to Kathmandu flight by sharing Helicopter
  • Flight from Kathmandu – Lukla including applicable departure taxes
  • Seasonal available fresh fruits every evening after dinner.
  • Sherpa Teams' Certificate of appreciations after the successful trek
  • Sherpa Teams’s complimentary free hiking T-shirt
  • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of the high altitude sickness.
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees (You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra nights accommodation and meals before and after the trek
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, hot and cold drinks, tea, coffee, soup, pie, pudding, hot shower, hard and soft alcohols, snacks, hot and cold water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge fee, and extra porter
  • Travel insurance - insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation 
  • Personal cloths and trekking equipment
  • Additional cost, the itinerary modifications or delay caused by out of management control due to the weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
  • Gratitudes to the guides and staffs (Recommended by Nepali culture )
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price "inclusive section" of this program
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom - until Namche which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.

Physical fitness

EBC is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Yes, you can. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphills, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream of standing at Everest Base Camp into reality.

The month of March to May in Spring and September to December in autumn seasons are considered the best for the Everest Base Camp Trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for Everest Base Camp trekking.

No, there is no age limit for the trek to Everest Base Camp but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.

During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include Tibetan, egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

A teahouse trekking accommodation will be made for you for the Everest Base Camp trekking whereby you will be able to stay at tea house(Local lodge) and have wholesome food and net and clean comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can trek at your own pace and enjoy the Everest panorama on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the local's sherpa peoples.

Most of the teahouses on the Everest Base camp trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing foreign mountaineers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Hot shower facilities are available till Gorakshep. The most common type is a bucket shower, usual buckets with tap filled with hot water and placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs from US$ 4 to 15 per use and the price increases along with the elevation. Attached bathrooms and toilets are not available unless you book for a luxury lodge during the EBC trek.

What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Everest Base Camp trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.

During the Everest Base Camp trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.

If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.

Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.

Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.

Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Everest Base Camp trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.

The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

It takes 6 to 14 days to reach Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.

We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

You can either trek on foot or by a helicopter. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offer exciting and reasonable Helicopter trek to Everest Base Camp for 5 days and 10 days. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can also customize your tour as per your necessity.

The flights are usually regular between September and May. But due to high altitude, bad weather and unforeseen technical issues, you may experience a delay or cancellation of the flight. On the occurrence of such events, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking charter a helicopter to make sure you are on the safe schedule either for a trek or for your flight back home which would cost extra charge as an unexpected event. However, if the visibility is less than 1,500 meters, it is unable to operate helicopter facilities and Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will reschedule the flight.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination. However, the weight limit on flights to the Everest region, basically to Lukla is a total of 10 kgs and you need to pay an extra amount per kg for the excess baggage. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking pays up to 5 kgs of extra baggage making your total to 15 kgs with your hand bag.

Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge. it cost USD$5 per day.

ATM services are available only in Namche Bazaar and Lukla. However, the services might not work or run out of cash. Therefore, we suggest you carry a small amount of money to buy snacks, etc during the trekking.

Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 3 USD per hour.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 3,990
Pax 2 USD 3,490
Pax 3 USD 3,190
Pax 4 to 6 USD 3,090
Pax 7 to 12 USD 2,790
Pax 13 to 18 USD 2,690
Pax 19 to 24 USD 2,590
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • Your Happiness Guaranteed
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 3,090

Per Person

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