Everest Heli-Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli-Trek


What could top the thrill of conquering the legendary Everest Base Camp.

A truly unique experience is yours as you take in the majestic view from the air and see Mount Everest from a very different angle = from a Helicopter.

This Eleven (11)Day trek takes in all the challenges and excitement of the amazing Everest Base Camp Climb without the exasperation of having to traverse the same path you just climbed for the past week on the way back down.

And the best part of it all is that the entire trek can be completed within two weeks giving you time to recuperate before heading back to work or home where all your friends will be envious.  This limited offer is only available on selected dates during the best seasons to visit the Himalayas.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu:

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Kathmandu Adventures. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Kathmandu Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will then be taken to your hotel. If you arrived in the afternoon then tonight you will be treated to a Nepalese dinner and cultural show courtesy of Kathmandu Adventures.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Included meals: Dinner


DAY 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (flight) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft):

3 to 4 hour trek   (Distance 14.3 km, approximately 20,000 steps)

This morning you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning helicopter flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), the gateway destination where our trek begins. After an enjoyable 40 minute flight above the breathtaking Himalayas, we reach the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in an exciting landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, you will be met by a representative from Kathmandu Adventures and we will have breakfast before meeting our guide. We start our trek from the prosperous village of Lukla along imposing green valleys crossing multiple streams with water rushing ever downward from the snowcapped mountains above until we reach the village of Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if you are interested in additional activities you can take a side trip to a nearby Thaktul monastery.

Overnight in Phakding.

Included meals: Breakfast


Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft):

5 to 6 hour trek   (Distance 11.3 km, approximately 15,500 steps)

Walking through a beautiful pine forest the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River over many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First we catch wonderful views of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618m). Through the settlements of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We will pass through the last village of Jorsale as the trail climbs through forests and over bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get our first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. At this juncture, we stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals: None


Day 04: Namche Bazaar: Rest day

2 to 3 hour trek   (Distance 6.2 km, approximately 8,500 steps)

This is the first of the two days set aside for “acclimatization”. Health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest to give our bodies the best chance of acclimatizing correctly. We either spend the day taking a day’s hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATM’s, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday and Saturday evening. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly adjust to the altitude. You’ll have the opportunity to go to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park where you can see displays related to the first Everest ascent, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plants and animals of the Everest region.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Included meals: None 


Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft):

 5 to 6 hour trek   (Distance 10.4 km, approximately 14,000 steps)

 After breakfast we set out towards Tengboche, enjoying superb views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku. Our trek follows a more or less smooth trail with a few ups and downs that should not bother us as the magnificent view of the Himalayas keeps us company all through the day. Along the way, we can spot many species of native wildlife such as: musk deer, Himalayan Thar and multicolored pheasants. The trail goes gradually down to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track continues through the pine forests and after we cross a prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga, we gear up for a slightly tougher climb through the pine forests before we reach Tengboche. You may start to feel the effects of lower oxygen levels today so pace yourself, or as the locals say bistari, bistari. (steady, steady). Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Nuptse, and Mt Everest, and it has the biggest Buddhist Monastery of the Khumbu region. We pay a visit to the monastery the same day at around 3 pm to witness a ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region.

Overnight in Tengboche.

Included meals: None


Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft):

5 to 6 hour trek     (Distance 14.5 km, approximately 20,000 steps)

With mountains as its backdrop, the monastery at Tengboche looks more spectacular in the morning, so there will be opportunities for photographs before we begin our trek. We choose the upper trail on leaving Tengboche to enjoy the magnificent views along the way to Pangboche village and pass through several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. The place where we stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. In the afternoon, we walk north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt Ama Dablam. From here the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley that gradually unfolds as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River. We descend to the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, we will see a beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Overnight in Dingboche.

Included meals: Breakfast


Day 07: Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft):

Acclimatization Day     (Distance 8.1 km, approximately 10,500 steps)

We spend our second day of acclimatization at Dingboche. A refreshing breakfast while admiring a looming Ama Dablam (6856m/ 22493 ft) to the south is really fantastic. An ideal acclimatizing excursion is to climb the ridge on the north behind the village to get a better appreciation of Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and numerous other peaks visible from Dingboche. Upon reaching the ridge, we can see three of the world’s six highest peaks, Mt Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Oyu. To the west, loom the towering peaks of Cholatse (6440m/21,126ft) and Taboche (6542m/21,463ft). As you look northwest, you will see an array of peaks rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola valley. The Lobuche West and Lobuche East peaks are the most dominant along with Lhotse which stands over 8500 meters (8501m/27,890ft). From our vantage point high on the ridge, we can scan the sweeping Imja Khola valley as well as the picturesque fields and pastures of Dingboche.

Overnight at Dingboche.

Included meals: None


Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207ft):

2 to 4 hour trek     (Distance 8.4 km, approximately 11,000 steps)

Beyond Duglha, we climb up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest Summiteer Babu Chiri Sherpa (a Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains elusive. Mt Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass along a murmuring stream leaving the Khumbu Glacier behind, we start to enter the higher altitude, and may start to feel the effects.

Overnight at Lobuche.

Included meals: None 


Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m/16,961ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) to Gorak Shep:

8 to 9 hour trek         (Distance 13.0 km, approximately 17,500 steps)

The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As we pass through the pyramid sign post ahead on the trail we see the crest of the north ridge of Mt. Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we have a 360 degree vista of snowy peaks. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. After a brief lunch and rest we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. Only upon reaching the Everest Base Camp do we really appreciate the Everest climbers who brave the hazardous route through the Khumbu Icefall. Mountaineers’ tents 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. Everest is not actually visible from here. By now we have met the ultimate objective of our trip.

Once the celebrations are complete and all the obligatory photos of base camp are taken we head back down to Gorak shep.

Overnight in Gorek Shep.

Included meals: None 


Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft) then Helicopter flight to Kathmandu via Lukla

2 to 3 hour trek.     (Distance 2.0 km, approximately 3,500 steps)

Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar and witness the first light of day caress the peaks of the mountains, particularly Mt. Everest. However we need to be prepared for an early morning departure amid predawn darkness and cold temperature (-10C to -14C) and there is always the potential for chilly winds from familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points from where we can snap great pictures. After several hours of ascent we reach Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar we scramble up to the top of a rocky outcrop marked by cairns and prayer flags. Mind-blowing Himalayan panoramas unfold before our eyes as they wander from one mighty massif to another. You can take as many pictures as you want with your camera but don’t forget to imprint the vista into your mind’s eye so that it lasts a lifetime. From here we make our way to the Helicopter landing zone and await our ride.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Included meals: Dinner


Day 11: Farewell Friend

We are saying good-bye to the mountains as our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Kathmandu Adventures will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals: Breakfast

Cost Inclusions:

Trekking with all accommodation in lodges

Meals where included, during the trekking period.

Tea/coffee with breakfast (where included)

Welcome and Farewell Dinner

All National Park entrance fees and trekking permits

All ground based transportation

Airport picks ups/drops

First Aid kit carried by Sherpa leader

All government taxes and official charges

Two night’s hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast in a basic 2-3 star hotel

Experienced and Government-licensed Guide and Porter

Food, salary and insurance for Nepalese staff

Hire of personal equipment such as down sleeping bag / down jacket / hiking pole

Farewell dinner last night in Kathmandu


International Flights

Extra night’s hotel stay in Kathmandu if extended stay is required

Laundry service / battery charge

Rescue / emergency and Travel insurance

Additional Beverages and alcoholic drinks

All meals on the trek (approx. US$ 300 pp)

Nepal entry visa fee

Personal equipment and personal expenses

Sunscreen & Sun Glasses

Tips for guide and porter (approx. US $5 pp per day)

Equipments list

we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to trekking which includes instructions on clothing, medicines, equipment and training for the trek.

lthough we aim to ensure you never need it (in fact we have never had an emergency evacuation) it is highly recommended that you obtain Medical Evacuation Insurance from a reputable insurance supplier.

For minor cuts and abrasions we do bring along a first aid kit (just in case)

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