The short Everest Base Camp Trek returned by helicopter is one of the most famous trekking adventures in the world. The Everest Base Camp is on the bucket list of every hiker/trekker and explorer with good reason. The classic Everest Base Camp Trek through Khumbu valley presents Himalayan way of life, wonderful Sherpa culture to that breathtaking sight of Mt. Everest and become unforgettable moments of life.
The addition of helicopter in Everest Base Camp Trek saves a lot of time that was to be needed for return and your energy too and the challenging trek becomes a bit easy as well. You will have to trek only 65 km out of 130; the helicopter will take you to Lukla straight from Kala Patthar view point on this itinerary. One will lower the challenges and who are short on time yet and want to experience the Everest Base Camp on this classic style.
The epic sight one of the most iconic view of more than 300+ mountains and four of them above 8,000 m including the Mt. Everest along with Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho-oyu for the first time will leave you in awe.
Beside this, Short Everest Base Camp trek returned by helicopter offer you the majestic view of Mt. Ama Dablum, which considered one of the most iconic mountain in the world. The Thamserku, Pumari, Nuptse, Kondge and other numerous snowcapped mountain range provide additional beauty that cannot found anywhere on the planet.
When you land to Lukla airport, the traditional prayers flag fluttering in 5 colors, blue for sky, red for fire, white for air, green for water and yellow for earth being symbols depicting Buddhist teachings. Beautifully decorated monastery with paintings and murals is one of the very peaceful and spiritual stop on your epic trek. You will be rewarded by Lama Rinpoche for successful journey in the popular and oldest Buddhist Monastery in Tengboche which add more spiritual energy to your Journey before embark on the rest of their adventure.
The home of Sherpa people Khumbu region represents their tradition, culture and uniqueness which are the best things to explore on this trek. Your adventure begins 30 min scenic and dramatic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, before reach to trail, the world’s most extreme airport is initial thrill for you due to short runway over perched atop of cliff.
You can experience extraordinary views of Kathmandu valley and Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas on the way to Lukla. The incredible Sherpas, guides, and local peoples most friendly, caring and welcoming behave and their experts at making their way up the mountain will be accompanied to your trek is another best part of this trek.
The fairly basic tea houses give you a chance to enjoy with fire and meet people from all around the world who are embarking on the same adventure which all feel like home than hotel. Stay close surrounding to fire and share your experience with same interest’s people unknowingly is an amazing experience that very few people can experience during their travel.
Hiking over the steep up trails, suspension bridges, gaining more than 600 m altitude every day and encounter with local people, Yak and donkeys who is carrying essential goods towards Base Camp add more excitement on your trek to Everest Base Camp.
Finally, of course the most awaiting moment of your journey is reaching to finish line of the Everest Base Camp. The most significant highlight of your whole adventure is no better feeling when reach to world’s highest mountain’s base camp; Stop! Drop your backpack at mighty mountain and start celebrates with fellow trekkers. You will feel sense of achievement and joy; is that hard work worth it!After all, the most exciting part of Short Everest Base Camp Trek returned by helicopter provide you a bird’s eye view of whole Everest region when return back to Lukla where it all started.
Thus, Short Everest Base Camp Trek returned by helicopter experience provides you both traditional settlements like (phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche) and flying over the villages and mountains.
You will be witness of loaded vegetation of the Sagarmatha National Park and more than 300 + peaks nothing will be left; you can feel all the experience Everest Region has to offer!
It is usually possible to trek Everest region (autumn, spring, summer and winter) Season over the year but you need greater preparation for summer and winter and may not get clear views due to fog. The best times to do Everest Base Camp Trek are autumn (September-November) and spring (May-March) as like most other treks in Nepal. During these seasons the weather is clear and day temperatures warm. However, the Khumbu region is known as particularly cold area.
The best time to do Everest region trek are:
Autumn season is attributed to warm days, open bluish skies, good sunlight and more visibility which is prefect time for outings. The day times are warmer than the nights and the temperatures of higher hills rotate around 15 to 24 degree C, which is just the way we want, stable and clam. These points indicates it a good season to Trek to Everest Base Camp However, until mid- September can be little rainy and then it takes over from mid-September and rules the serenity until late November.
Spring season is also known as Basanta Ritu in Nepali, and is the best time for trekking, hiking and other activities you would like to do in Everest Region. Temperature and weather are stable. The temperature of upper hill areas is around 16 to 23 Degree C during spring season. Bunch of blooming Rhododendron flowers, bluish skies, good sunlight, more visibility, green landscapes and transparent mountains driven hundreds of people across the globe to the tracks here and become one of the busiest period on trekking trails.
Due to the clear weather and sunny days the trekkers love doing trekking and Mount Everest Expedition and other peak climbing these days as most preferred time.Thus, April is the best month to pick over other for Everest Base Camp returned by helicopter.
Summer is much about rainfall and cloudy season in Nepal. These time records the hottest temperature along with the wettest weather. The mountains are often behind of clouds however, mountains open up nicely after rainfall and that is great to watch.
The trekking trails are not populated on Summer as in other seasons. The trekking trails are slippery, muddy, and wet due to regular rainfall and leech can be active.
The possibilities of landslides and block the trails in these months are high and the mosquitos all over the trail can make your trekking harder. These seasons also sees plenty of trekkers walking around the Everest Base Camp. They accept the added challenges with greater preparation like (considering more days with heavy cloths and other necessary things for rainy season)
Winter season from December to February the country experiences the coldest time of the year. Of course, the number of trekkers arriving in Nepal decrease on these days but the views can be stunning especially after snowfall blankets the mountains in white.
You can get a temperature of around 5 to 12 degree C in the daytime and even low in night. The higher altitude areas like Everest Base Camp are coldest ones, the temperatures is below the freezing level but its normal during winter season.
It is good to do low altitude hike or trek without greater preparation which do not get affected by snowfall but if you go to higher, the region can receive immense snowfall which can further increase the challenge of your trek that’s why you need greater preparation (considering more days with heavy cloths and other necessary things).
You know that after the hardest climb you well get best and different views. You can expect snow loaded mountains, which looks like mountains are newly decorated with snow and everything looks like fresh during winter.
The Everest Region is well developed and comfortable than the other trekking route in Nepal. You can get variety of hotel from budget to luxury quality. There are loads of tea houses, luxury hotels, and lodges along the route since the Everest is popular. However, not all grades of accommodation have hot shower and other facilities available in all settlements, particularly the budget ones. The facilities like hot water, WIFi, and electronic charging are accessible in those tea houses for extra charge.
The teahouses, hotels and lodges along the route provide a wide range of food items. The local operate and serve tea houses are the most common eating places in Everest Base Camp Trek. The menu features Chinese, Indian, Continental, and Local(Nepalese) food.
You can expect Noodle soup, Dumplings, Macaroni, Pizza, Spaghetti, Soup, Tibetan style bread and the many kind of other local Nepalese food items such like Dal Bhat. Teahouses also serve beverage items like tea, coffee and energy drinks. You will get bakeries as well at various places of the Everest Base Camp Trek.These items are more permanently on the trekking areas menu. When you reach to Base camp fewer amount of fresh food and vegetables available. When you progress Higher and costs also rise due to remoteness to carry in Everest Region. The food and other necessary items are carried by people, horse, mules, yak, and from helicopter.
You can get bottle water as well as drinkable water from every hotel, tea houses and lodges. However, you can also get water from water taps along the trail, we also provide you a water purification tablets to purify water.
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Everest Base Camp Trek returned by helicopter is moderate level trek in Everest region. It is little easier than the standard Everest Base Camp Trek while return by Helicopter.
Difficulty level of Everest Base Camp Trek categorized as moderate in terms of difficulty level. Prior experience becomes helpful but not mandatory. Anybody who has perfect fitness level, positive mindset, and strong determination can complete Everest Base Camp Trek.
Altitude is increase day by day reach till to Everest Base Camp. The highest elevation kalapatthar is 5,554m which is the ultimate point to complete this trek. The starting point Lukla is at 2,860m, now you can guess what altitude you will gain during the trek. Thus the trek you are planning to do is one of the highest altitude treks.
When you cross 3,000m altitude in mountain, there is always a chance of altitude sickness. If you got altitude sickness, immediate treatment and emergency evacuation may require for crumbled to the illness.
The trek starting point Lukla to ending point Everest Base Camp, you will cover total around 65 km. You will have to cover 5-8 hour per day to cover this distance in time.The rough trail which is steep ups and downs may not easy for inexperienced and beginners on such a trail in a single day.Anybody who is physically fit and mentally prepare can do Everest Base camp Trek but with prior hiking or trekking experience is plus point.
Please, contact us for craft a tailored made trip based on your experience, time and budget.
The weather on Everest Region is pretty unpredictable; it can be change any time. Trekkers who usually not feel comfortable with a changing weather may face more trouble during the trek and someone from low altitude may feel it tough to settle with temperature.
The Everest Base Camp trek and other Everest region treks stands on Sagarmatha National park but its dominated by Mt. Everest 8848.86m, the highest peak in the world. The word Sagarmatha; Sagar means sky and Matha means head in Nepali. Everest is the western name given to the mountain and to the surroundings, which is the highest national park in the world and it is also UNESO world heritage site.
As with all treks in this national park, you will need Sagarmatha National Park Permit which cost is US$30 and TIMS cad permit which cost is US$10.
Here is the basic packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek; you can add it up as per your requirements. However, don’t pack useless things which cause to increase your bag pack weight. Be a wise backpacker!
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Trekking or tour in Everest Region is relatively costly because of Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Adding the helicopter ride from Kalapatthar to Lukla increase your cost upto around $650 to above but it became the short and one of the best ways to get up close to mountains.
The total cost of short Everest Base Camp returned by helicopter is $2650 only. You will get the idea about cost in exclude and include below. And other reason is accommodations which can differ the price. You have both budget and luxurious options available.
Our representative will be waiting to greet you and guide you the initial information about country during the transfer to your hotel.
Once, you settled in, you can explore the tourist hub Thamel, where lots of small shops, cafes, clubbed are and the restaurants to choose your favorites meal. If you wish there are lots of places and things to do, to stretch your legs as your taste.
The perfect example of unity in diversity, Kathmandu is historical and cultural city for so many interesting things and facts. Going through them makes your day fruitful. Out of ten world heritage sites of Nepal 7 belong to Kathmandu.
The Kathmandu is called “an enormous treasure house of art and sculptures”. Pashunatinath, Bouddha and Swyambhu, are religious and Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar square, changunarayan and Bhaktapur Durbar square are historical.
The treasures has made from wood, stone, metal and terracotta, and made in profusion inn various temples, shrines, Gompas, sutpas and chaityas and places. These flourished with an uncountable number of temples and the historic monument makes witness the past glory of Kathmandu.
There are many options to spend your day as your interest. You can you as free day or sightseeing around the places.
Flight Duration: 40 minutes
Trekking Distance: 6.5 km
Trekking Duration: 4 to 5 hour
Trek Starting Point and Elevation: Lukla (2,840m)
Trek Ending Point and elevation: Phakding (2,610m)
Your short trek to Everest Base Camp returned by helicopter begins here! Early morning get ready to fly lukla. You will take aircraft from Kathmandu to Lukla. The most exciting and adventurous 40 min flight took you to Lukla airport. You will enjoy the views of numerous mountains and landscapes while in aircraft.
After land at Lukla you will have breakfast and start your trek towards Phakding. If you forgot to take any essentials then you can get at Lukla. The trail from Lukla to Phakding is an easy. You will not face many challenges as route goes a few uphills only. The stone stacked trails are pretty comfortable. After, passing several settlements and suspension bridge; fauna and mountains will also start to appear along the route to Phakding village where you can communicate with the locals. Stay overnight at teahouse.
Trekking Distance: 8 km Approx.
Trekking Duration: 6 to 7 hour
Trek Starting Point and Elevation: Phakding (2,610m)
Trek Ending Point and Elevation: Namche Bazar (3,440m)
The second day trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar is one of the longest day of our trek. The day starts by crossing the suspension bridge near Phakding village through the Valley of Dudh Koshi River. After half an hour trek will reach to Khumbu Pasang lhamu permit checking counter and start our trek towards Namche Bazar. You will trek through stairs while move ahead you will start to notice board valleys, rivers and peaks. You will trek through several Sherpa settlements and you will stop one of them to have lunch.
When reach to Monjo you will have to show your permit at Sagarmatha Naional Park.Then you will follow the downhill trail runs by Dudh Koshi River. You will experience rich vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park along with suspension bridges in the river dotted with prayer flags you will keep hiking until Namche Bazar.
The picturesque views keep coming until reach to Namche Bazar. Located on the lapes of mountains, Namche Bazar is most popular market of Khumbu region. You can expect excellent view of Himalayas. Stay overnight at Namche Bazar.
Today is acclimatization day. You can take a short hike to higher altitude according to your interests. You can hike to Khumjung village or Syanboche.
Hike to Khumjung:
Hike Distance: 7.6 km
Hiking Duration: 4 hour
As we mentioned earlier that Everest region is not for only natural beauty where you can experience the culture and tradition as well. One the way to Khumjung and Khunde village you can also visit the local school, hospital and monastery. It takes around 4 hour.
Hike to Syangboche airstrip
Hike Distance: 8 km
Hiking Duration: 4 hour
You will be precious when you see world iconic mountain Mt. Amadablam, along with Mt. Everest, Lhotse and other in front of you on the way to Syanboche(3720m) which is one of the best view point and called Everest View Hotel where you can enjoy surrounding mountains with coffee. After, that you can hike upto Syangboche airstrip (3,780m) which is called world highest airport.
And then you can hike back to Khumjung village on the way back. Stay overnight at teahouse.
Trekking Distance: 9.5 km Approx.
Trekking Duration: 6 to 7 hour
Trek Starting Point and Elevation: Namche Bazar (3,440m)
Trek Ending Point and Elevation: Tengboche (3,860m)
After, acclimatize your body and mind 2 nights at Namche; start trek towards Tengboche. You will face the challenging uphill trail to leave the town to reach Tengboche. You will trek through downhill and uphill and somewhere amid woods. But every corner when you climb uphills there will be a view of massive mountain infront of you and when you go downhill there will be suspension bridges. After, push last stretch towards Tangboche you will see Tangboche monastery in the backdrops as you come to nearer to the village. You will be greeted by warm blessings for you success of the trek to Base Camp by lama. Overnight at Tengboche.
Trekking Distance: 11 km Approx.
Trekking Duration: 6 to 7 hour
Trek Starting Point and Elevation: Tengboche (3,860m)
Trek Ending Point and Elevation: Dengboche (4,410m)
Your trek start begins with descent through a beautiful forest, anlong with Imja Valley. And then you will gradually make way to Pangboche which have oldest monastery of Everest region. The iconic Mt. Ama Dablam will look more clear and natural as you move up along with inscribed stones. A suspension bridge will take you to another side of valley where you can see many peaks clearly. You will gain elevation gradually as the day passes on climb the steep sections.
The fifth day of short Everest Base Camp Trek returned by helicopter bestows the best views of Lhotse and Nuptse and Everest will keep on coming as you trek ahead. Overnight in Dingboche.
The second day of acclimatization, we can hike one of the nearby places:
Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083m)
Hike Distance: 6 km Approx.
Hiking Duration: 5 hour
Trek to Nangkartshang Peak offers you a Magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Themserku and other mountains
Hike to Chhukung (4,750m):
Hike Distance: 8 km
Hiking Duration: 4 hour
The easy day hike offers you beautiful views of Makalu(8,463m), and Island peak (and other several mountain peaks
Trekking Distance: 11 km Approx.
Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 hour
Trek Starting Point and Elevation: Dengboche (4,410m)
Trek Ending Point and Elevation: Lobuche (4,910m)
The day starts climb to the chorten trail and onwards to Pheriche. You will pass through trekkers AID post you can get consultation and treatment before continuing towards Lobuche. After, leaving Pheiche, you will trek to Thungla (4,600m) where the trails join with Gokyo trails. You will have more fun with fabulous views of snowcapped mountains. Start the valley becomes barren of vegetation when you nearby to Lobuche. After, leaving the valley behind, you descend to yak pastures at Lobche. You can expect magnificent view of Mt. Tawache and Mt. Nuptse from Lobuche village. Overnight at Lobche village.
Trekking Distance: 15 km Approx.
Trekking Duration: 7 to 9 hour
Trek Starting Point and Elevation: Lobuche (4,910m)
Trek Ending Point and Elevation: Gorakshep (5,160m)
Highest Altitude: Everest Base Camp (5,360m)
Today is the main day of your trek; of course the most awaiting moment of your journey is reaching to finish line of the Everest Base Camp.
You will reach Gorekshap before reaching to Base Camp. Gorekshap is the last settlements where you will stay. The most significant highlight of your whole adventure is no better feeling when reaches to world’s highest mountain’s base camp. After, celebrating and staying few hour at Base Camp you will back to Gorakshap and stay overnight at Gorakshep.
Trekking Distance: 4 km Approx.
Trekking Duration: 2 hour
Hike Starting Point and Elevation: Gorakshep (5,160m)
Highest Altitude: Kalapatthar (5,645m)
Ending Point and Elevation: Kathmandu (1,360m)
Early morning hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshap. You will get the chance of clear views in morning. Kalapatthar is highest altitude of your trek. The view point is famous for views of innumerable mountains peaks. Many of world famous photos of Mt. Everest were taken from here.
You will get 360 degree panoramic view of some world’s highest peaks from Kalapatthar which include Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori Mt. Lhote, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Changtse. And then you will back to Gorakshap for breakfast.
After all, the most exciting part of Short Everest Base Camp Trek returned by helicopter provides you an aerial view of whole Everest region (traditional settlements like (phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche as well as Natural)) when flying over the villages and mountains.
You will be witness of loaded vegetation of the Sagarmatha National Park and all the peaks of and Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Nothing will be left; you can feel all the experience Everest Region has to offer! Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla by helicopter.
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