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Everest Base Camp Trek: Return by Heli

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  • Duration
    Duration:12 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 2 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    9 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches
    11 Dinners
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,545m/18,193ft

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek and return by Heli tour offers a unique experience of the trek as well as the mountain flight opportunity. We trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, and visit Kalapathhar which is another most sought after destination in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, the real trek starts from Lukla next day. During the trek we have an opportunity to explore the landscape of Khumbu and the spectacular mountain views along with green forest with rare wild animals and birds. Everest Base Camp Trek offers you the astounding beauty of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Pumori as well as Mt. Thamserku both in the trek and flying via helicopter.

As we finish out trek in Gorak Shep, we charter a helicopter to return to Lukla from Gorak Shep. The helicopter tour over the the beautiful Gokyo Lake gives an added pleasure for the trekkers as this is one of the most popular trekking destination among the trekkers.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the green terraced farm, Himalayas, waterfalls, swift flowing rivers and surrounding landscapes
  • Overwhelming beauty of the rhododendron and pine forest, numerous ethnic settlements and valleys
  • Opportunity to explore the landscape of the Khumbu with the spectacular view of the giant mountains.
  • Be enthralled by the astounding beauty of Mt. Lhotse , Mt. Nuptse , Mt. Amadablam , Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Thamserku
  • Explore the cultural performances in the monastery and festival celebration in the Himalayas
  • Intoxicated views of Khhumbu glacier and ice fall together with Sagarmatha National Park
  • Sweeping scenic flight from Everest base camp to Kathmandu with views of Himalayan peaks
  • Green alpine forest of rhododendron, pine trees tand ice and glaciers
  • Dramatic flight at the foot of world’s highest Mt. Everest base camp via Khumbu Ice falls

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu ( 1300m/4264 feet)

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Dinner 

Day 2Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek

We take an early morning regular flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane which is where all Everest treks begin. We meet the rest of our team in Lukla and start trekking from there. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft): 5-6 hrs trek

Our trail passes through a pine forest and we continue our walk on the trail that goes up north through the Benkar valley. We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, we ascend on a steep trail with incredible views. Ascending further, we reach Namche Bazaar which is the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

Spending one more day in Namche Bazaar will help us get used to the high altitude and thinning oxygen in the air. We tour the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School and a monastery which houses a yeti scalp! Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)- 5 to 6 hrs trek

This segment of the trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, we enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery in the region and soak in the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

We descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again rewards us with tremendous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails reward us with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Dingboche: acclimatization

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours

We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter: 3 km, 3-4 hours trek

We prepare for an early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower are seen to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.

Those participants who visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kalapatthar. We descend down to Gorak Shep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. We fly over the serene waters of the Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After admiring the lake’s tremendous beauty, we continue our helicopter ride to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Fly to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12Final departure

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.

Breakfast

Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast
  • Best available teahouse accommodation during the Everest 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 from a regular Twin Otter plane (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Black Diamond Expedition bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Excluded

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge
  • 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 and helicopter rides from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (if requested by guests)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Everest Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while a three-course meal will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to trek Everest Base Camp

The best time for Everest Base Camp trek are Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm making the views outstanding in these seasons. The weather condition is the primary issue during the Winter (Jan to Feb) season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The region offers a freezing cold during winter. Just opposite to this, EBC trek gets affected by monsoon during Summer/ rainy season (June to August). Nevertheless, this time is the appropriate time for a keen and enthusiastic Botanist.

Packing list for Everest Base Camp

While trekking to the high altitude Everest area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to over pack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp packing list.

FAQs

How hard is it to climb Everest Base Camp?

Everest base camp difficulty level is fairly demanding due to its long duration trek at an altitude of 17,599 feet (5,364 meters) and unpredictable trail conditions. Despite the challenges, the trek can be completed with proper preparation and determination as it does not require any technical mountaineering expertise. It is also important to follow appropriate safety measures while doing the trek. We also can make arrangements for the porters to do heavy lifting for you. Through the trek, we always make sure that you are fit and fine for the next destination. In addition to that, our expert guide will make sure to support, encourage and assist you during Everest Base Camp trek. 

What is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The months during fall(September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) are considered as the best time for Everest Base Camp trek. In this season the temperature is moderate with clear sky and the dry trails, which gives us ample opportunity to admire the majestic view of mountain ranges with perfect trekking conditions. During the months of winter (December-February) the temperature is extremely cold with heavy snowfall and during the months of monsoon (June-August) there is heavy rainfall and the trail is slippery with leeches on the way. During the winter and monsoon you should take extra precautions as the unfavorable condition makes it difficult to trek. If you like to trek when there are few tourists, winter and monsoon are the best times and you can get an extra discount on top.

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed to trek Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp trek is a unique experience where you will be trekking on remote places of himalayas staying in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. It is not as cold as Mount Kilimanjaro. But still it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove  as per need. For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp packing list.

What kind of accommodations are found on the route to Everest Base Camp?

During your long duration trek to Everest Base Camp it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike in order to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the less facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp.

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