Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly back by Helicopter

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  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Max Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft
  • Difficulty Level : Moderate
  • Arrival City : Kathmandu
  • Departure City : Kathmandu
  • Meals: 11 Breakfast, 9 Lunch , 11 Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel and Teahouse during Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter takes you to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest, and another sought after destination, Kalapatthar. The adventure begins with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and next day, take a flight to mountain airstrip at Lukla, the gateway to Nepal’s famous Khumbu region and from here you will start on your leg. The journey takes you through many Sherpa villages, including the childhood home of the famous mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay. After trekking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar you trek back to Gorakshep. We charter a helicopter on our way back to Lukla from GorakShep, which also is another exciting part of our Everest trek as it flies over the pristine Gokyo Lake, which is a popular trekking destination among trekkers who travel the Everest region. From Lukla you fly for 40 minutes in a domestic flight back to Kathmandu. This trek is ideal for those who have short vacations and for those who have bad knees for walking downhill.   

Trip Highlights

  • 3 to 8 hours of walking for 9 days surrounded by beautiful Himalayas
  • Pass through Sherpa villages, get an insight of their culture and way of life
  • Stunning views of the highest peaks of the world
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
  • Reaching the highest altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet) at Kala Patthar.
  • Helicopter Ride from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • 2 rest days incorporated into the itinerary for acclimatization.

Trip Cost Includes

  • 4 Star Hotel Accommodation for 2 Nights in Kathmandu
  •  Tea house during trek for 9 Nights
  •  Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu Round Trip Flight 
  •  Helicopter Ride cost
  •  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek and Breakfast in Kathmandu
  •  Welcome and Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  •  Highly experienced trekking guide and 1 Porter for 2 trekkers
  •  Sagarmatha National Park Permit, TIMS Permit and Local Govt. Tax at Lukla
  •  All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All government and Local Taxes
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket [to be returned after trek]
  • Eve Holidays T Shirt, Cap and Duffel Bag.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips, drinks and Personal expenses (Laundry, battery recharge, bottle water, shower etc)
  • 1 Lunch in Kathmandu on Day 11

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Eve Holidays will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters); Trek to Phakding (2,652 meters/8700feet) 3-4hrs

We fly to the mountain airstrip of Lukla (2,800m), and set off on the first leg of our trek, heading northwards up the valley of the DudhKosi. We descend from the small plateau, down into the forested valley. The trail offers some tantalising views before reaching the small settlement of Phakding (2,652m), where we spend our first night.

Overnight: Lodge in Phakding

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Trek to Namche (3,450 meters) 5-6 hrs

From Phakding, we cross through suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. You then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, you get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market, a meeting place for the traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Rest day in Namche (3,450 meters)

Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche. To acclimatize, you can do a strenuous day walk to a higher altitude, coming back down to Namche for sleep.

Overnight: Lodge in Namche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Trek to Tengboche (3,870 meters) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast we start our trek further to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its celebrated monastery, the largest in the Khumbu where lots of visitors come for traditional yoga and meditations. From Tengboche we can see nice views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and Mount Ama dablam.

Overnight: Lodge in Tengboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Trek to Dingboche (4,360 meters) 5-6hrs

We descend through the forest to Devoche and a little further on we cross the rushing Imja River, whose valley we now follow. Climbing steadily the trail enters Pangboche, at 3,900m, the highest permanent settlement in this valley. Ascending the valley we have lunch at Shomore, after which we leave the trees behind and cross a wooden bridge at the confluence of the Khumbu and Imja River, A short steep climb brings us to Dingboche, at 4,530m, a summer settlement where great peaks surround us.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360 meters)

Rest days are for acclimatization of body to high altitude. So we take short walks around and enjoy the views.

Overnight: Lodge in Dingboche

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Trek from Dingboche to Dughla (4600m) 3-4 hrs

From we walk alongside arid terraces with awesome views of mountains on all sides. We pass through Phulung Karpo, the camp site of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953 then onwards uphill to to the memorial site. After the memorial site it is an easy walk in the fairly even trail. As we continue towards our destination, the majestic sight of Mt. Pumori (7138 m/ 23418 ft) comes into view. Then the trail descends and curves, paving way for Mt Cholatse, Mt Thamserku and others to appear before us and after a short while we reach Dughla.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Dughla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek from Dughla to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp(5364m) to Gorakshep 8-9 hrs

Very steeply up at first onto the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. Here you come across scores of memorial cairns commemorating climbers and Sherpa’s that have died on the mountains. The path then slowly climbs along the left hand side of the glacier to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft), About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach GorakShep (5,220m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. For those visiting base camp in the spring, it is a chance to meet teams making an ascent of the mountain. Base Camp is actually spread over quite a wide area and we will spend some time wandering through it and getting a sense of what it must be like to be camped here for two whole months, whilst attempting the mountain.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Gorakshep

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) and back to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs); Fly to Lukla (2,800m) by Helicopter

The climb takes between 2 and 3 hours and can be hard work, but the effort is rewarded by the classic view of Everest and the Khumbu Icefall, as well as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Pumori immediately above. We retrace our steps back to Gorakshep. From Gorakshep you fly in a helicopter to Lukla.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Lukla

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 : Fly back to Kathmandu /1,300 meters (40 minutes flight)

In the early morning you take off from Lukla airstrip for a spectacular mountain flight back to Kathmandu. After being met at the domestic airport terminal and transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this wonderful city; shopping for souvenirs, trying out the various restaurants in Thamel or simply relaxing.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast,  Farewell Dinner

Day 12 : Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time

Meals: Breakfast

NOTICE: 

The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 5 hours drive). Flight to Lukla from Ramechhap airport is almost guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions. Such cancellations can occur even in the best time of the year, so please be well informed about the alternatives to Lukla flight cancellations.

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Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 4 Star Hotels with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses/lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.

Food during Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

In Kathmandu breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner are provided. While on trekking, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at  teahouses/lodges where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Best Months for Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter.

Experience Required for Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization during Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others. So we suggest to avoid alcohol and drink enough water and get good night sleep during the trek.

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is this trek?

Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter is a walking tour and it does not involve any technical skills. If you are physically fit and mentally prepared to trek, it works well. You will find some challenging sections at Kala Patthar and Everest, so it would be better if you start following our trekking training guidelines. The earlier, the better. More over, in this trek you do not have to walk all the way back, you fly back in a helicopter. So its even easier.

When is the best time to trek?

March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best time to trek

Can I change the travel date?

Yes we give you the flexibility to change the travel date or amend the itinerary and that has to be in written and at least 25 days before departure date. The cost incurred due to the changes has to be borne by you.

Do I get refund if I cancel the trip?

Booking deposits are transferable to anyone you want for any time in future. For cancelling the trip, cancellation policy in our booking terms and conditions will apply.

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    Kari Karason, Iceland

    Couple Traveller

    Wow, trip of a lifetime! I want to thank the staff of Eve Holidays for a fantastic job. I got a great feedback from Maina on all my questions from the start before I confirmed my trip, to the final preparation and throughout the trip. Bishnu, our guide was super friendly and great help. Maina and Bishnu, we love you. The people from Iceland. All the best.

    September 14, 2022

    Sylvia

    Group Traveller

    his was a great trekking experience for us. We three friends did the trek with this company in the recommendation of one of our common friend. Our guide Sunaina was very friendly and knowledgeable. She is a great guide and we thank her for taking care of us in such a great way. We enjoyed Nepalese Dal Bhat, and also had fun eating with our hands like locals do, lodges we stayed were not luxurious like back home but were very comfortable for a good night sleep after long walking day. Mountain views were amazing. We loved trekking with Eve Holidays and thanks to Maina and her team for giving us the nice memories. We would love to come back again.

    November 9, 2019

    Kari

    Family Traveller

    Wow, trip of a lifetime! I want to thank the staff of Eve Holidays for a fantastic job. I got a great feedback from Maina on all my questions from the start before I confirmed my trip, to the final preparation and throughout the trip. Bishnu, our guide was super friendly and great help. Maina and Bishnu, we love you. The people from Iceland. All the best.

    April 30, 2019

    Jacob

    Couple Traveller

    I have travelled to many parts of the world due to my work and have enjoyed my holidays along with work. I hardly had chance to travel to Nepal for work. So after a long time planning I finally decided to go for trek in Nepal. While looking for treks I found this company Eve Holidays and I got very quick and positive response from them. After exchanging some emails I was convinced to book the trek with them. I am really impressed by the standard of service they provide. Everything was perfect. They are very professional in their job. My trekking guide Pasang was very much informative and caring. I would recommend Eve Holidays to everyone looking for trekking in Nepal.

    April 6, 2019

    David

    Couple Traveller

    We are just back from trek. I am overwhelmed by the beautiful mountain views and the life of people in the mountains. We are thankful to Eve Holidays team for this great experience. Everything was well organized. We had Helicopter in few minutes after we were at Gorakshep and the views were amazing flying past the worlds highest mountain and himalayan glaciers. Hotel in Kathmandu was one of the best in Thamel and food was delicious. Our guide Pasang was born in mountains and very knowledgeable. We had farewell dinner with Maina in a traditional restaurant with Nrpalese Cultural Dance. Born in a hilly region of Nepal Maina is a strong lady and single mother making her space in between the fierce competition of tourism businesses run by men. In overall we appreciate that we got more than we expected and we are glad that we can honestly recommend this company to anyone travelling to Nepal.

    April 6, 2019
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