Everest Base Camp Heli Trek- 12 Days

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a combination of classic trekking to the foothills of world’s highest mountain and returning back to Kathmandu on a Helicopter. The trek to Everest Base Camp is a Himalayan classic and trekkers with limited time period can choose this option with a Helicopter experience in the Himalaya of Nepal.

It’s a dream of every adventure seekers to be at the world’s adventurous station of the base camp of mighty Mt. Everest. Annapurna Foothills Treks has customized this 12 Days amazing trip in the Himalaya of Nepal for those travelers who cannot afford more than two weeks holidays but would like to explore the Khumbu Himalaya. Some of the plus point of selecting this trip is that people doesn’t need to worry about delay in flight at Lukla because of unpredictable weather and returning the same way.

The itinerary of this Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is designed looking at our guests experiences allowing them enough time for proper acclimatization and experience a lifetime journey in the Himalaya.  

The trek begins after we take an adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. After reaching Lukla, the gateway to Everest Region, We start our hiking. We’ll hike further to Namche the next day from Phakding and spend 2 nights at Namche Bazaar, also known as the capital of the Sherpa’s, for proper acclimatization and exploration. On the way to Dingbouche, We’ll encounter Tengbouche monastery, one of the alluring destinations as the monastery covers 10 monasteries in a clockwise direction terminating within it. It is believed that Dingbouche is the best station to witness Mount Ama Dablam panoramically as the village is nestled in sunny valley facing Mt. Ama Dablam.

Hike to Everest Base Camp over the Khumbu glacier ridge can be challenging but after the walk, one will be clearly awarded with the highest Himalayan panoramic views and gorgeous glaciers surrounding them. The glimpse of Mount Everest is best witnessed from Kala Patthar, one of the best view points across the globe. Eventually, we spend a night at Pheriche and then fly from there to Kathmandu next morning. The flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu is one of the most spectacular Helicopter rides and one of the highlights of this amazing trip.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Trek to the amazing Everest Base Camp 
  • View from Kala Patthar 
  • Trek with our Local Sherpa Guides
  • Khumbu Culture and People 
  • Helicopter Ride in the Himalayas 

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding ,2610m/8561ft

Day 3 : Trek to Namche ,3440m/11,284ft

Day 4 : Acclimatization rest day

Day 5 : Trek to Tengbuche, 3,864m/12,674ft

Day 6 : Trek to Dingboche 4360m/14,301ft

Day 7 : Rest day at Dingboche 4360m/14,301ft

Day 8 : Trek to Lobuche 4930m/16,171ft

Day 9 : Trek to Gorak Shep (5288m/17,345ft) Hike to Everest base camp 5364m/17,594ft

Day 10 : Ascent to Kala Pattar 5545m/ 18,188ft and trek to Pheriche

Day 11 : Chartered Helicopter back to Kathmandu

Day 12 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
20 September, 2019 01 October, 2019 US $3190 per person Available
12 October, 2019 23 October, 2019 US $3190 per person Available
15 November, 2019 26 November, 2019 US $3190 per person Available
05 December, 2019 16 December, 2019 US $3190 per person Available
22 December, 2019 02 January, 2020 US $3190 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two  nights (bed and breakfast and tax included)
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges  Nine nights (9 breakfasts, 9  lunches, 9 dinners, and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder). 
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis. 
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill's T-shirt 
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Kathmandu to Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes  

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Equipment and Packing List

This list is only our suggestion Everest Base Camp Trek. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.   

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail. 

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

Upper Body

  • 2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  • 3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec powerstretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  • 1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  • 1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  • 1-Down parka with hood

Lower Body

  • 2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  • 1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  • 1-Light weight hiking trousers
  • 1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  • Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  • *Under Garments

 

Feet

  • 4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  • 4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  • 2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  • *Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Snow Gaiters (optional)
  • Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Head

  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •  Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 20’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):  

  • *personal medication
  •  Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  • Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  • Rehydration salt sachets
  • Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •  *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  • Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  • Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze 
  • Antibiotic cream 
  • 10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory)
  • 4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  • throat lozenges
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Small whistle
  • Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

Extras/Luxuries:

  • *Lightweight reading material, journal
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  • *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  • *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  • A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

Best Season for the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.

EBC Heli Trek is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package.   Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people.  In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to ‘god’, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn.  You will be made very welcome!  

Meals on the EBCHeli Trek

Three meals a day are included during your Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health on the EBC Heli Trek

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize. 


Local Customs You Should Know About on Classic Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area.Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability,medical treatment is recommended.The insurance must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 12 Days

Price : US $3190 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Max. Altitude:5545 m

Group Size:4-6 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Hiking, Heli Tour

Best Season:September- May

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