EBC trek - Heli flight from Gorakshep - 12 days!

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 2550/ per person

  •  Duration: -12 days
  •  Trip Code: -
  •  Best Time: -February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
  •  Trek Start-End: - Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  •  Group Size: -
  •  Trip Grade: Lodge
  •  Max Elevation: -5,555 m/18,225 ft
  •  Accommodation: Hotel,Camping

Trip highlights:

  • Walk underneath the Mount Everest(8848m) & other Himalayan giants.
  • Catch a scenic flight to and from Lukla.
  • Chance to get a ride on Helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla.
  • Get familiarised with Sherpa culture.
  • Visit the ancient and renowned Buddhist Monastery, Tengboche Monastery.
  • Unbelievable views of the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Climb Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5555m, the highest point of the trek.
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Traverse on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Take a walk along the Sagarmatha National Park.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hours
  • Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hours
  • Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar
  • Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) - 6 hours
  • Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m)-6 hours
  • Day 7: Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m)
  • Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
  • Day 9: Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep
  • Day 10: Hike up to Kala Patthar in the morning and hike down to Gorakshep, then 20 min Helicopter ride to Lukla.
  • Day 11: Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell
  • Day 12: Transfer to the Airport

Trip information:

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular, adventuresome and in-demand trips in Nepal. Heading to the circuit of the highest mountain in the world is a lifetime happening and the best that can be cherished forever. The trail will take us through the twisting paths, through the lush green forests, passing through the glacial lakes, we will cross several suspension bridges and eventually to the Himalayan Giants. The unique feature of this trek is the scenic 20 minutes helicopter ride from Gorakshep back to Lukla.

The adventure begins with the scenic chopper flight to Lukla. The landing at the runway of Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla will give you added chill down the spine. After landing, we will follow our qualified mountain guide and trek to Phakding, a Sherpa village situated in the Dudh Koshi river valley. Our next depot is Namche and to reach the village we will cross and re-cross the natural Dudh Koshi River. Trekking past mani stones, colorful strips of prayer flags and chortens we will reach the bowl-shaped Namche Bazaar, an essential trading post for Sherpas living in the higher ranges. Namche is home to several restaurants, shops, lodges, internet zones, and bakeries.

Other villages along the route include Tengboche, Lobuche, and Dingboche. We will hike up to Nangkhartshang Peak which is at an elevation of  5082m, and enjoy the impressive views of the divine Himalayan giants like Ama Dablam (6812m), Lhotse (8516m), Thamserku (6623m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Island Peak (6160m) and several other peaks. The highlight of our trip is going to be hiking to Kala Patthar (5555m), the viewpoint on the bottom of Mount Pumori (7161m) and Everest Base Camp (5365m), the bottom camp of Everest summiteers at the foot of the world’s highest mountain, mountain peak (8848m). By the end of the trek, we will have a valuable repository of memories, photos, and experiences in our head and it will last for a lifetime in your memories as well as the pictures you have captured.

NOTE: We recommend you to arrive in Kathmandu a day before you start your trek. On arriving a day earlier, you will have ample time to rest as well as enough time to buy trekking equipment if required. Likewise, it is better to have some extra days after finishing your trek.

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Firstly, on arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport. He/She will be holding up the signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be escorted to your hotel. You can visit our office to get more information about the trek. In case you happen to arrive after 4 pm, you will be briefed about the trip by our authorized guide. You will be provided with our trek duffel bag and cap. Please make sure to carry along your passport, 3 copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Also, make sure to clear any due balance and then sign on the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer form. You can stroll around the city in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel. No meals are included.

Day 2Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) - 3 hours

We will wake up early in the morning and start with a warm breakfast. We will head to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla. On arriving at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding. After landing, your porters will carry the bags. We will have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we will begin our trek by gravitating towards the Dudh Kosi River where we will join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just over Chaunrikharka. The trail is easy. After passing by the small village of Ghat, it is a brief walk to Phakding. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) - 5.5 hours

After breakfast, we will recommence trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, and cross this majestic river many times on thrilling suspension bridges weighted with prayer flags. After accessing the Sagarmatha National Park, the trail escalates steeply with awe-inspiring views. Namche Bazaar, also known as the Gateway to Everest, is a dwelling to numerous quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, Internet cafes, and bakeries. Namche is the most populous village along the entire Everest trail. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar to adjust to the thinning air and get acclimatized to the weather conditions. We will hike a short distance to a museum that is glorified for its displays of the folkloric customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see gratifying views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 5Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) - 6 hours

The views of Taboche and Khumbi La look magnificent the entire day. We must dress warmly because the cold wind blows throughout the trail. In the middle of the trek, there are two trails that divide into the lower and upper trail. To continue our journey, we will take a left. In Phorste Thanga there exist a few houses and lodges. After some hours of walking, we will reach today’s destination, Tengboche. It is dwelled by Sherpas where their main source of income comes from tourism. There is an important and largest Buddhist Monastery, Tengboche Monastery where Ama Dablam lies behind. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m)-6 hours

After breakfast, we will start trekking towards Dingboche which will cover 9.1km and the easy trail with going downhill on a fairly wide path is covered with beautiful rhododendron trees. After a few hours of walking and crossing bridge over the Imja River, it takes us to Pangboche. Throughout the trek, we will see wide open areas where you can observe more beautiful landscapes. Walking trail above Pangboche, we will get a magnificent view of the Himalayas and Pangboche Monastery. We will move ahead towards the Imja valley and finally, we will reach Dingboche. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 7Acclimatization Hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m)

We will take a brief hike to the Nangkartshang peak for amazing views of gorgeous Ama Dablam. It will take around 4 to 5 hours. In the evening, we can stroll around the village or you can take a rest. Along the way, we will see farmlands surrounded by stone walls to protect food crops grown there. We will stay in order to acclimatize, especially if it begins at a high altitude. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 8Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)

The trail steadily goes upward to Dughla offering us a remarkable view of Cholatse and Tawachee. As we pass through a trail, we will come across the sidelong moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. En route, we will observe the stone memorials with prayer flags built in the memory of perished climbers. Then, we will trek towards Lobuche village, from here we will witness a close view of mountain peaks like Nuptse, Pumori, and Lobuche. It will take us around 5 to 6 hours. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 9Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep

The trail will be of medium level up to Gorak Shep. Before heading off to Everest Base Camp, we will take lunch and rest at Gorak Shep for a while which takes around 2 hours. If the weather is clear, we will be able to see the divine Himalayas. Then we will head towards Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment and also the highest altitude that most will reach without a climbing permit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is striking. We will return back to Gorak Shep for the night. It will take around 8 to 9 hours approximately. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10Hike up to Kala Patthar in the morning and hike down to Gorakshep, then 20 min Helicopter ride to Lukla.

Early morning, we will hike to Kala Patthar for a striking sunrise view over the Himalayas. This place offers the best viewpoint for witnessing a panoramic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Chagatse, Pumori and many more. Finally encounter the enthralling trip of a lifetime and the profound phenomenon of mountains, standing on the highest elevation of the entire trip i.e., 5555m. From there, we will descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast and hop on the helicopter taking a flight to Lukla. We will reach Lukla in 20 minutes approximately. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 11Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and Farewell

Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight will take us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to your starting hotel. And, in the evening we will host farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances to make this day a memorable one for you. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner is included. If you are interested to extend the trip, there are several other options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking, and other activities.

Day 12Transfer to the Airport

We will provide you with the morning breakfast. Lastly, our representative will escort you to the International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. Breakfast is included.

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