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12-Day Trekking Tour To The Everest Base Camp And Helicopter Flight Back To Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, 12 days guided journey to Everest base camp and fly back to Kathmandu on a private chartered helicopter from Pheriche. Duration: 11 Days (approx.)
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Everest Base camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter is one of the short treks for Everest Base Camp; especially focused on those who want to experience the adventure on limited holidays. We assure you for the heavenly experience and challenging adventure that you worth your time and money. From EBC Heli Trek, you can experience the mountain glory from every angle. As the trails start from Lukla to the Everest base camp you can explore the breathtaking sceneries through the ascending steps. Which is looking up to the peaks and the other angles of the skyline view from a helicopter on the way back to Kathmandu.

As the Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world so to reach the Everest base camp is a huge achievement in itself. The thrilling journey begins from Lukla that goes different trails through the dense forest, ethnic Sherpa village, fast flowing rivers, stunning landscapes, tranquil green forest, deep canyons and the cold and barren region at the feet of the great mountain peaks. This adventure also allows you to discover the rural mountain lifestyle of Nepalese people.

From the Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by helicopter; you get the combined view of all the glistering mountain peaks including Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt Lhotse 8516 m, Mt. Nuptse 7855m, Mt. Pumori 7161m, Mt. Changaste 7550m, Mt. Lingerie 6679m, Mt. Amadablam 6856m, Mt. Thamserku 6723m , Mt.Kongde 6011m, Mt.Twache peak 6367m, Mt. Cholaste 6335m, Island peak 6179m, Lobuche peak 6145m. Also, Pokalde peak 5806m, Honku south peak 6119m are the major towering peaks that reflects you the lifetime memory. Moreover, the stunning lining views of the trail that you have trekked through and the steep terraces cultivated lands from the Aerial view. Leaving your footstep on the lap of Everest base camp you will fly back to Kathmandu by a helicopter ride.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival And Transfer To Hotel. Short Briefing At Evening (1300 Meters)
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport a representative from Peregrine treks will welcome you and drop you to the hotel after half an hour drive from the airport. You will have leisure time to rest. In the evening you will get the briefing about the trek from your guide and get prepared for the next day adventure.

Day 02: Lukla Flight And Trek Up To Phakding (2651 Meters) 8 Km Distance, 3 Hours Trek
You will have an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Tenzing Hillary airport). This is the beginning point of all Everest trek. The other member of our team will join us from Lukla. Now our team gradually descends to Cheplung village from where you will get a close view of the sacred mountain peak called Mt. Khumbila which has never been climbed. The trails gradually descend to Phakding where our team will stay overnight.

Day 03: Trek To Namche (3440 Meters) 11km Distance, Approx. 7 Hours
After early morning breakfast, the trails continue towards Phakdine that passes through a pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River crossing the suspension bridge that seems to be decorated with a holy prayers flag. Now, entering the Sagarmatha national park we continue our trek to Jorasalle spotting the mani stones along the way. Lunch will be served here. Again the trails descend steeply upwards to Namche Bazar, a beautiful valley which is considered as the capital of Sherpa people from where you can have the very first appearance of the majestic mountain the Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 04: Acclimatization Day To Avoid High Altitude For Coming Days
One more day in Namche Bazar will help you to be used to the high altitude as the oxygen gets thinning more and more in the high. It will be good for you to stay active then to take more rest for the next day adventure. You can go for a hike to the Everest viewpoint just above the Namche Bazar. Also can visit the Sherpa museum to get the information about the Sherpa culture, you can also see the footprint of Yeti in the museum and many historical and geographical information of the mountain and the people here. Overnight at same lodge

Day 05: Trek To Tengboche (3870 Meters) 10km Distance, Approx. 6 Hours
After early morning breakfast, we continue our trek to Tengboche along some descends and some ascend through the Rhododendron forests, the trails drop to Phungi Thanka where you will have your lunch. The trails now descend to Tengboche that provides you with the magnificent views of the different mountain like Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablm including Mt. Everest. Overnight at lodge

Day 06: Trek To Dingboche (4360 Meters) 9 Km Distance, Approx. 5 Hours
After early morning breakfast, the trail descends smoothly through the rhododendron forest. Today the trails are quite easy to compare to other days. Now you will cross the tree line spotting the mani stones and the coniferous forest admiring the view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Amadablam. The trail continues downhill to Dengboche crossing the Imja River to reach Pangboche for the lunch. Our walk continues after the lunch visiting the famous Pangboche monastery and the view of fabulous mountains will be along with you the whole day. We continue our walk to Imja valley now the trail literally ascends to Dingboche the beautiful village which used to be summer settlement for yak grazing so you can view the yak grazing over the slope of the cliffs. Overnight in the lodge at Dingboche

Day 07: Dingboche 2nd Acclimatization Day
You start your day with the sunrise view between the majestic peaks. Though this is the day for the relaxation of your body we recommend you to stay active with moderate walk and hike. Here you can get the chance to know about the villagers and their unique culture and explore the beautifully cultivated field of barley, wheat, buckwheat, and potato. Overnight at lodge

Day 08: Trek To Lobuche (4940 Meters) 7 Km Distance, Approx. 6 Hours
After breakfast, we start our day with a moderate climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which is a tiny village of a colorful strand of prayers flags hung across the valley. We continue our steep ascends to Chupki Lara that goes to Khumbu Glacier moraine where you can witness the leistering peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtern, Pumori and Mahlangu Himal. Then the trail follows the way to Lobuche where you will spend the night.

Day 09: Trek To Gorakshep (5170 Meters) And EBC (5364 Meters) 13 Km Distance, Approx 8 Hours
After breakfast, today we take the trail to Everest base camp which is not very difficult. We continue our walk to some ascend and descend trails mostly on a glacier path. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high elevation. Passing the rocky dunes, moraines, and streams on the way we reach the Everest base camp. The beautifully stunning and the picturesque views of the majestic peak like Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori will welcome you. After this heavenly experience, we get back to Gorakshep. Overnight at lodge

Day 10: Trek To Kalapather (5545 Meters) For Sunrise View And Fly Back To Kathmandu By Helicopter
Today we wake up early for the walk to Kala Patthar in the dark with cold temperature and chilly wind. After the moderate walk of 2-3 hour, we reach Kalapatthar. The view from the summit is adorable. Every peak is revealing in itself including Mt. Everest. After enjoying the magnificent mountain panorama we get back to Gorak Shep. We will take a helicopter ride from where you can explore the combined view of all the mountains from the skyline. We fly over the serene waters of the Gokyo Lake and the stunning lining view of the trails that you have trekked through. Leaving your footsteps on the lap of the Everest base camp you will fly back to Kathmandu. Your guide will take you to Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Final Departure
This is the last day in the land of Everest. After breakfast or lunch according to your flight schedule, we will drop you at the Tribhuvan international airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. Fly back to your home.

- What Will You Do

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Day 02: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 04: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 07: Dingboche: acclimatization
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours
Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours
Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter: 3 km, 3-4 hours trek
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 12: Final departure

- What To Expect

- Sightseeing at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City.
- Visit Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital the gateway to the Everest.
- Attend Everest Base Camp hike up to Kalapather for majestic views of Everest others.
- Most scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu head-to-head with the Himalayas.

- What Is 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
- 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 (4:1)
- Porter service (2:1)
- Helicopter/Chopper expenses as per the itinerary
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Peregrine Treks' trekking 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

- What Is 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 and helicopter rides from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (if requested by guests)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

- Transfers

For the airport transfer service, you need to provide your flight details at the booking time.


What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?
Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming and hiking are recommended before you embark on this journey. While on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. Two rules you need to remember to prevent and beat altitude mountain sickness (AMS) are: drink lots of water (at least 3 litres a day) and walk slowly.
Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.
Do I need any extra documents?
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?
We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.
Is it possible to swap my accommodation from mountain guesthouse to hotels in Kathmandu?
Substituting the accommodation or swapping from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. We only provide three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package. In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.
What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?
All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.
What sort of food can I expect in trekking?
Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest region trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. 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 – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
Is the food in the mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
I am a Vegetarian. Is that a Problem?
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
What is the drinking water facility in the mountain?
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. More higher you go it would be expensive. If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche.
What opportunities will I have for a shower along the trek?
The guesthouses at Lukla, Phakding and Namche provide the facilities of a hot shower. For all above showers, it would cost you an extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.
How much additional money do I need per day?
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 20 to USD 25 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, lunch and dinner, hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
During the trekking period, cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a wise idea, which we too recommend.
What mode of transportation do you use?
We use private tourist vehicles for airport transfers and city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus and vans. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler seasons. For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Summit Air and Sita Air-popular domestic airlines. And, for heli-tour we use Fishtail Air, Air Dynasty and Simrik Air.
What is the alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?
Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical issues. In such a case, Peregrine Treks can help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trek or international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter and Dornier can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated for the flights. In such cases, we will reschedule your flight for next day provide you with alternative trek options.
In case of cancelled flights due to weather conditions, how do we reach Lukla from Kathmandu and vice versa?
In case of emergency cancellation of flights due to weather condition at Lukla or in Kathmandu, we recommend our clients to wait for some time for the weather to clear out. In case the weather fails to clear out and the flights are not likely to take place then in such cases we recommend to go for a helicopter charter. This facility can be provided if our clients are agreeing to pay the extra charges to apply for the heli ride. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through a travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim.
What is the best season for this trekking?
The months from March to May and from late September to early December are the best time to sign up for this trip.
What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?
One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything. Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season. Spring – March / April / May / June Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters. Monsoon – July / August Through Mid-September This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters. Autumn – End of September / October / November Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. Winter- December/ January/ February Winter start from mid December till mid February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period. The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude. The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?
Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use the first aid kit and have the knowledge to use oximeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk. Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency, our guides are alert and keep updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
Do you use porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.
Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
All your departure is guaranteed to run?
YES, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimal additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.

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