Everest Base Camp Trek with Chopper Return
- Duration:11 Days
- Max. Altitude: 5600 Meters
- Start at: Kathmandu
- End at: Kathmandu
- Group Size: 1 - 12
- Best Season: Spring - Autumn
- One of the most extreme flights to Lukla with scenic views of the Himalayan range and landscape.
- Visit the base camp of the world's highest mountain
- Trek through Khumbu's Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
- Visit Khumbu's prominent settlements and villages like Namche Bazaar and Pangboche.
- Visit the Tengboche Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the region
- Experience the ethnic Sherpa culture as you trek through the villages
- Visit the vantage point of Kalapatthar from where the entire panorama of the Everest massif can be seen in a dramatic manner
- Enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan views, glaciers, lake, and landscape as you Ride back by Chopper.
Adventure travel in Nepal is a grand experience where the balance of nature, Himalayan beauty, and exotic cultures come together to present trekkers with simply unforgettable experiences. As such, one of the most popular treks in Nepal is the amazing Everest Base Camp Trek with Chopper Return.
The wonderful 11 days of Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return is one of the must-do activities for any passionate trekker. The trek to the base camp of the world's tallest Himalayan peak is so popular that thousands of trekkers from all parts of the world visit Nepal to experience the majestic splendor of the mighty Sagarmatha, popularly known as Mt. Everest, 8848 meters.
What to Expect on the Everest Trek?
The adventure journey begins with a short scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Furthermore, trekkers walk on mesmerizing trails that scintillate through the trans-Himalayan terrains of the Khumbu and progress onwards until finally reaching the base camp at an elevation of 5,364 meters.
The journey includes visiting many prominent Sherpa villages and settlements of the Khumbu, like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Pheriche. Throughout the journey, the sight of Everest and other peaks like Lhotse, the Ama Dablam, Tawache, the Kongdi RI, and the Thamserku among many others, adorn the distant vistas of the Sherpa capital.
Not only that, but the trekking journey also includes going through the Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, as well as visiting the vantage point of Kalapatthar- from where the panorama of the entire Mount Everest massif and its neighboring peaks are extraordinarily sensational.
The 11 days Everest base camp trek return by chopper is a magnificent blend of Khumbu's best natural and cultural facets. It is a journey that presents trekkers with breathtaking Himalayan views combined with natural tranquility that isn't found anywhere else. Moreover, the trip is also blissfully immersive in terms of culture and tradition. It is a journey that is among the most remarkable adventures the world has to offer.
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Arriving in Kathmandu - a valley surrounded by mountains and the silver-gleaming Himalayas in the north - gives you a sense of adventure, thrill, and nature. On the way to your hotel, you will observe the lively and thriving way of life of our capital. It’s diverse and mesmerizing for anyone, from its traffic to the antiques and temples.
Fly from Kathmandu to the Land of Sherpa in 30 Minutes and Trek to Phakding, 3-Hour
Today our trip to Tenzing-Hilari airport in Lukla, Everest - is one of the most thrilling adventures in Nepal. The plane flies in parallel to some of the world's tallest peaks before touching down at Lukla Airport. This is regarded as one of the most extreme airports in the world at 2,800m/9,184ft above sea level. After this exciting ride, we join our crew members – who are none other than the famous Sherpas, world-renown for their bravery and mountaineering skills. And we head out for Phakding- our stop for the night- through dense rhododendron, magnolia, and pine forest, mountains covered with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, Mani stones, and Gumpas.
Today, we begin our trek to Namche Bazar, which is an interesting part of the Everest Base Camp trek. This 6-hour journey takes you through one of the famous glacial rivers – Dudh Koshi River and offers scenic views of the snow-capped Mountains Kushum kangaroo (6369m), and Thamserku (6623m). Trekking to Namche is fairly difficult & includes a perpendicular climb to Namche. After a short break at Chautara, where you will get plenty of opportunities to admire the scenic view of Mt. Everest, we continue our ascent to Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of Khumbu. Overnight in lodge.
To acclimate ourselves to the climate – we will spend the day visiting places around Namche. The Sherpa town is situated in a protected hollow and enjoys an amazing view of the Khumbu Himalayas. Among others, we will make a short hike to the Everest viewpoint, the beautiful village of Khumjung, and the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural Heritage. Short treks and visits provide panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse, insights into the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpas and Buddhism. Apart from that, you can enjoy plenty of modern amenities in Namche such as an internet café, shopping center, bakeries, and restaurants. This will allow you to spend your time and get closer to the local’s way of life.
Thyangboche is another famous mountain village in Khumbu. From Namche Bazaar, you will trek deeper into the Dudh Koshi River valley, making your way toward the village of Thyangboche. On the way, you will pass Phungki Thanka, a small settlement from which you can see Everest Peak and the Ama Dablam Himal. Climbing up the rhododendron-laden terrain, you will finally arrive at the "spiritual center" of the region. Here, you can also visit the holy Thyangboche Monastery and observe the Puja ceremony. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Today, we trek through tall pine and cedar forests. We will cross a suspension bridge over the Imja river and walk through the village of Pangboche on our way to Dingboche today. The trans-Himalayan landscape is filled with small brooks and streams running beside chartreuse forests of rhododendrons and junipers. Dingboche is also known as "the summer valley" of the region. Stay overnight at the guesthouse in Dingboche.
Today we will start our hike to Thukla with a spectacular mountain view. The route ascends steeply out of Dingboche past a Chorten and climbs the valley gradually to Dugla. We’ll look at the beautiful tiny flowers carpeting the land. The path follows the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, and after crossing the Khumbu Khola bridge, today we will reach our destination Thukla. After a short rest, we will have lunch and hike higher to acclimatize our bodies. Overnight at Thukla yak lodge.
From Thukla/ Dukla the hike is a steep climb up to Chukpo Lari (Memorial wall), a beautiful, yet heart-touching place that is home to a memorial that honors the climbers who died in the Mount Everest region during an expedition. After the memorial, the trail’s gradient becomes far easier and smoother until we reach Lobuche. We will have our lunch here and will head out for small casual hikes along the Khumbu Glacier and enjoy views of Mount Nuptse and Pumori and hang around in Lobuche.
TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP 4-5 HRS. (5364M/17593 FT).
Today is the main day of our trip. We trek out for Everest Base Camp in the early morning – as this is going to be a long day. After around 3 hours we will reach Gorekshep, the last teahouse settlement on this trekking trail. After lunch, we continue our hike to Everest base camp which is an exhausting climb through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trek provides an astounding view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Nuptse, among others. It is a photographic day with no breaks - each step brings you to a breathtaking view of Mount Everest and many other mountains. After spending some time at Everest Base Camp, we will trace our steps back to Gorakshep and rest for the night.
Today early in the morning we head out for Kalapathhar- a viewpoint that offers the most spectacular views of Mount Everest, Pumori, and Amadablam among others. After spending some outstanding time in Kalapather, we hike down to Gorekshep. We order breakfast and finish our packing. After breakfast, we walk to the helipad and start our way down by chopper ride. It is an aesthetic experience to take a helicopter ride over the mountains, glaciers, lakes, and wonderful landscape of the Khumbu valley. About an hour's helicopter ride will end in Kathmandu and we drive back to our hotel. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport by one of our staff members from where you will depart. Keep in touch and get more information about other exciting adventures in the Himalayas. Feel free to contact us to organize your next holiday in Nepal.
- All Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
- Accommodations in a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basic.
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Flight from Kathmandu – Lukla and Chopper Ride from Gorakshep including departure taxes
- Full board meals: B, L, D, and accommodation during the trek.
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
- Sleeping Bag, Green society duffel bag, t-shirt, trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and National Park permit and TIMS
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).
- Tips for guides and porters.