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Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return - 9 Days

Our Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Trek begins after an exciting regular flight landing at Lukla. The journey to Everest base camp is more than just a trek of Khumbu glacier with its wonderful trek destination which has many spectacular mountains including Mt. Everest and more. Now days there are many lodges with basic and luxury facilities and most of them are run by the local Sherpas’ community. Depending on your budget you can choose the quality of lodges as the luxury lodges are with full of comfort with unexpected facility in its elevation.

The Buddhist Monasteries and Manis with the view of Everest and other gaint mountains are giving a spiritual feeling for all the trekkers. With our genuine itinerary of Everest Base Camp trek we will have rest days in the villages of Namche and Dingboche. This will allow you to explore the region and to acclimatize, which is very helpful method of ascend of Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. After reaching to Gorak Shep which is also known as the last settlements of Everest base camp route, we will have the opportunity to climb Kalapathar [5545m] from where we can get the best and awesome views of the massif Himalayas which exactly freeze up your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eyes; and makes up for the lung-bursting climb that took you up there. You soon realize it was absolutely worth it.

Depending on the weather and your condition, you will normally visit base camp in the afternoon at the same day of your arrival in Gorek Shep. You stop for lunch at Gorak Shep before finally making your way to Everest base camp, after enjoying with the views in Everest Base Camp you return to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay. We leave the early morning session next day to climb Kalapathar for a breath-taking view of Mount Everest. After enjoying the views from Kalapathar you return to Gorak Shep where your helicopter comes to take you straight to Kathmandu.

Day 1
Day 01 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2804m), trek to Phakding

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Altitude: 2610 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) which takes about 40 minutes. Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640 m.) which takes approximately three hours. Lukla is a small town with an airport where there are few tea shops, lodges, hotels and general stores. You begin your first day trek with gentle walk with beautiful view of Dudh Koshi River valley and finally you will arrive at Phakding for the overnight stay.

Day 2
Day 02 - Trek to Namche Bazaar

Duration: 6-7 Hours

Altitude: 3441 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) which takes about four and half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo village (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market.

Day 3
Day 03 - Namche Bazaar Acclimatizing day.

Duration:

Altitude: 3441 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

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 as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tengboche tiny Village. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town.

Day 4
Day 04 - Trek to Tengboche Monastery.

Duration: 5-6 Hours

Altitude: 3860 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867 m.) takes almost five hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. Now you have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.). Tengboche is also very famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.

Day 5
Day 05 - Trek to Dingboche.

Duration: 6-7 Hours

Altitude: 4350 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes about five hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and half hour’s walk brings you to Dingboche. Here you can see Sherpa people working hard in the agricultural farm.

Day 6
Day 06 - Acclimatization day, or day trip to Chhukung valley

Duration: 3-4 Hours

Altitude: 4350 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Here you can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about 2 and half hours to go up and 1 and half hours to come back to Dingboche. There are some of the lodges which serve you the delicious food items.

Day 7
Day 07 - Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.

Duration: 5-6 Hours

Altitude: 4910 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Now you begin your trek to Lobuche via Dongla which offers you panoramic view of the mountains along the way. The tea house at Dongla is a good spot to have lunch, before zigzagging up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone caves, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 8
Day 08 - Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorakshep.

Duration: 8-9 Hours

Altitude: 5180 Meters

Accommodation: Guest House

Trek from Lobuche (4900m.) to Gorakshep (5180m.) takes about three and half hours. You will lunch at Gorakshep, take rest in your own room and if the trekker feels fine, the participants can walk to Everest Base Camp (5486m.). You will spend about 4 and half hours trek up to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakshep. The trek is on glacier and snow capped rocks. You can also see many small frozen lakes around the Everest Base Camp and return back to Gorakshep.

Day 9
Day 09 - Early morning trek to Kalapatthar (5545m) and then return to Kathmandu by Helicopter.

Duration: 5-6 Hours

Altitude: 1390 Meters

Accommodation:

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kalapatthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning, dark and cold temperature (-10 to -14 C) departure beforehand. Plus there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. Finally we reach Kala Patthar from where here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take the in view with our mind’s eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and then wait for your helicopter o straight fly to Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop-off by private car / van.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • 08 Night guest houses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government license holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking guide and porter.
  • All necessary trekking permits, National Park permits and entry fees.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate.
  • EBC trek route map.
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax.
  • Helicopter flight from Gorekshep to Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

  • Any meals whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (but we can arrange if requested)
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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