Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter (5,545 m) - 14 Days

Group size: 2-6 pax Max-Altitude: 5,545 m
Duration: 14 Days Trip grade: Extreme

Everest Base Camp trek is very famous trekking route in the world, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nepal is a fascinating country and the trek gives an insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people. Our ascent is steady and well paced to best suit the acclimatization needed. Sunrise on the snow capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Pattar, with base camp below us. This Everest Base Camp trekking is one for the lover of high places and those wanting to push themselves to the limit. This Everest Base Camp trekking is tough challenge and not to be taken lightly with generally well graded paths but some tougher sections along the Khumbu glacier. It is suitable for people who are generally fit, and used to walking before you join this Trekking and is an experience never to be forgotten. On the Everest Base camp trekking, we reach the height of (5,545 m.) and is well within the reach of the average hill walker. If you have ever longed to set eyes on our highest mountain, then the view from Everest base camp will stay with you forever. Ever since the early days of climbing expeditions, the 8848m mountain has had a lure of its own; very few people return from this trek unmoved by the experience of gazing at Everest.

For This Everest Base Camp trekking we fly From Kathmandu to Lukla, the Everest base camp trekking starts here, and we begin our adventure landing at this tiny airstrip. The next few days are spent trekking through the heartland of the Sherpa people. Passing Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest getting closer everyday. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche, Tengpoche and Dingboche. This will allow us to explore the region and to acclimatise, which is very important. Although this trek is called the Everest base camp trek, our goal is to reach Kala Pattar which is higher than Everest base camp with awe-inspiring views of Nuptse and Everest. After trekking to Kala Pattar, we return to Khumjung, Phakding & Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.


Note:

Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions.

In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu – Lukla or vice versa.

It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. We can arrange you cultural / adventure tours (such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari,) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back.

If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions and Ang Rita Trek & Expedition will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

You will be greeted by a representative of Climbing Guide who will drop you off at our hotel. You then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 02

Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Kathmandu is the cultural and historical heart of Nepal. The city presents a fascinating mix of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Western influences. You will enjoy a guided tour of the city and its most important monuments. In the afternoon we visit Bhaktapur, the capital of Nepal until the middle of the 15th century. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03

Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek

We fly to Lukla, start of the trek. This is a mountain flight that offers us impressive views of the Himalayas, but it depends enormously on the weather conditions, therefore, in case of bad weather, the flight could be delayed until more favorable situations .. From there we started the trekking to Phakding 8 kilometers away. Overnight in Phakding.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours

After having breakfast, we will begin the stage crossing a path that crosses the Dhud Khosi River several times. Upon reaching the town of Monjo (3000 m.), After completing the required procedures and permits, we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park (Everest). We continue with a strong zig-zag climb, and where we will not stop because in one of the curves we will observe Mount Everest.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05

Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

Acclimatization is the key to a successful trek, in this region because you are ascending to the highest altitude near Everest. We can explore the Namche Bazar, a multitude of restaurants, coffee shops, are available in this place. You can visit the Khunde Hospital that was created by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk to the Everest View Hotel above Namche. From there you can see the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

 Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5- 6 hours

You will start the day with an easy way to Phulki, from there you ascend towards the village of Tengboche which is very famous for the Tengboche monastery probably the largest monastery in the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park that has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From the monastery you can see panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Accommodation in Tengboche.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07

Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

The trail descends and crosses through lush forests of birch trees and rhododendron trees. You will arrive at Pangboche walking to Debuche and crossing the Imja river. The hike continues through the Imja Valley and the Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful fields of barley, potato and buckwheat, complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08

Dingboche: Acclimatization

This day is properly spent exploring the village of Dingboche, you will climb a ridge behind the village to see six of the highest peaks in the world including Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You will need your rest for the penultimate day of promotion.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09

Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m): 4km, 6-7 hours

The path will be gradually more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We climbed the final steep moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail extends through the slopes of stony as we ascend Chupki Lhara which is a ridge that offers spectacular views of the mountain. We arrive at Lobuche, a small settlement with spectacular views of Mount Lobuche, Mount Pumari and the Nuptse. Accommodation in Lobuche.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10

Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

You are one step closer to your destination starting from the relatively easy hike from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The next direct path to Everest Base Camp is more difficult. On the way up and down especially on a glacier road. The Everest Base Camp is incredibly beautiful; Enjoy the show to capture magnificent images. After visiting Everest Base Camp, we will return to Gorak Shep to end this wonderful day. Accommodation in Gorak Shep.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11

Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter: 3 km, 3-4 hours trek

Kala Patthar is definitely the highlight of this incredible hike. Kala Pathhar Literally means Black Stone. The trek to Kala Pathar begins early in the morning with cold temperature of (-10 to -14 C) to capture the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest. Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. The first light of day will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.  But, it is upon reaching Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.

Those participants who visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kalapatthar. We descend down to Gorak Shep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. We fly over the serene waters of the Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After admiring the lake’s tremendous beauty, we continue our helicopter ride to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12

Fly to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Free day to visit Kathmandu, Durban Square, Swayambhunath temple or monkey temple, the medieval cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, the Buddhist monastery of Kopan, the Hindu temple of Pasupathinath cremations, the Boudhanath stupa in the Tibetan neighborhood. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 13

Final departure

Our Everest adventure in Nepal ends today. A Climbing Guide representative will drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Foods in Kathmandu.
  • Your warm clothes for trekking/climbing.
  • Tips for your trip staff.
  • Personal high rescue medical insurance.
  • Helicopter evacuation if needed at the time of emergency.
  • Beverages such as coke, beer, mineral water, bar bills.
  • International Ticket
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • English speaking  trained and experienced trekking guide, climbing guide and assistant guides
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • Assistant Guide and Porter
  • National Park / Conservation Area entry permit such as tents and mattresses, cooking equipment, camp site charges, insurance and equipment for the staffs
  • Porter service (2 trekkers 1 porter)
  • coordination of quick rescue service

 

PERMIT

  • National Park entry permits.
  • Climbing permit.
  • All government and local taxes.

 

BEST TIME TO CLIMB
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although Island Peak can be climbed during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

This trip will take you high into the Himalayas and into the heartland of the Everest region with a chance to visit the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. You will have the opportunity to get up close not only with the snow-clad mountains and rugged terrain of the Khumbu region of Nepal, but also with the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people, whose name rings synonymous with the Himalayas itself. In order for you to maximize your opportunity and get the best out of this trip, it is only pertinent that you become familiar with the timing of your trip.