Everest Region

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek - 10 Days

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NPR 79,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Two way Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight Accommodation on twin sharing basis Breakfast, lunch and dinner Heli shuttle from Gorakshep to Lukla 2 liters of hot water at each night stop Trekking Guide from Lukla Permits ADD-ONS Porter from Lukla at NPR. 1,800 per day

INR 67,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Two way Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight Accommodation on twin sharing basis Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Heli shuttle from Gorakshep to Lukla 2 liters of hot water at each night stop Trekking Guide from Kathmandu First Aid KIt Permits ADD-ONS Porter from Lukla, NPR. 1,800 per day.

USD 1,499

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

INCLUSIONS Both way Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla Heli shuttle from Gorakshep to Lukla Trekking Guide from Kathmandu Room with private bathroom (where available) Breakfast Permits Porter from Lukla First Aid Kit

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complete your Everest Base Camp Trek in just ten days by taking a helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla.
  • Skip the recap view and get breathtaking aerial views of the entire Everest Region, Everest Base Camp, and Khumbu Glacier from above.
  • See Mount Everest up close from the iconic viewpoint of Kala Patthar.
  • Appreciate the rich culture of the world-famous Sherpas and amazing wildlife of the Everest Region.
  • See Ama Dablam, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, and other mountains up close.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Moderate
  • Total Length
    55 km
  • Highest Altitude
    5,644 meters
  • Elevation Profile
  • Start location
    Lukla
  • Finish location
    Lukla
  • Permits
    Sagarmatha NP Permits, Khumbu Rural Municipality (only for non-nepalis)
  • Best Season
    March to june. september to december

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

This heli trek will give you both a birds-eye view and grounded perspective of the Everest Region. If you are looking for a way to shorten the Everest Base Camp Trek without compromising on safety, then this option is perfect for you.

For the first part of the trek, you will follow the standard Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary. On the ninth day at Gorakshep, a helicopter will pick you up and bring you down to Lukla.

As such, for the first part of the trek, you will slowly walk through mystical coniferous forests, long suspension bridges, hospitable villages and iconic mountain views. If you are lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the iridescent Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Tahr, and the Musk Deer.

And on the last day, you will get a fantastic birds eye view of the entire Everest Region and get to Lukla just on time for a celebratory drink!

Also check out the Standard EBC Trek and EBC Trek by Road.


ITINERARY

DAY 1: Kathmandu- Lukla - Monjo ~ Flight to Lukla (2,850 m) - 25 minutes. ~ Walk for around 3 hours through villages, forests, and some long-ass bridges to reach Phakding for lunch. ~ Walk for another 3 hours to settle for the night at Monjo (2,820 m).

DAY 2: Monjo to Namche Bazaar ~ Get your Sagarmatha National Park permits at Jorsalle. ~ Walk uphill for around two to three hours to reach Namche Bazaar (3,640 m). ~ Stroll around Namche and enjoy the sunset from the National Park View point. ~ Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

DAY 3: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar ~ After breakfast at Namche, walk to Hotel Everest View to enjoy amazingly stunning mountain views. ~ Play the grand piano at 3,880 meters. ~ Return to Namche through the twin Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde (2 hours) ~ Overnight at Namche Bazaar.

DAY 4: Namche Bazaar to Deboche ~ Walk past some beautiful mountain view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega to reach Phungi Tenga for lunch. (3.5 hours) ~ Watch out for Himalaya Tahr and Himalaya Monals in the first section. ~ Climb up to the famous Tengboche Monastery. (2.5 hours) ~ Settle for the night at the quiet monastic village of Deboche (3,740 m). (20 minutes)

DAY 5: Deboche to Dingboche ~ Walk past the village of Pangboche, past the treeline, to have lunch at Syomare. (3 hours) ~ As you settle in for the night at Dingboche (4,340 m) (2.5 hours), make sure to take an oximeter reading and see how you are feeling. Read more about AMS ~ Overnight at Dingboche.

DAY 6: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche ~ After breakfast, hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5,083 m) and return to Dingboche for lunch. (3-4 hours) ~ Overnight at Dingboche.

DAY 7: Dingboche to Lobuche ~ Walk past some amazing mountain sceneries to have lunch at Thukla right at the mouth of the Khumbu Glacier. (3 hours) ~ Settle in for the night at Lobuche (4,930m) (3 hours). ~ This is another spot where you have to take stock of your physical well being with regards to altitude. If you are not feeling too well, talk to your guide or call us. We can help you with the best course of action. ~Overnight at Lobuche.

DAY 8: Lobuche to Gorakshep and Everest Base Camp ~ An early start from Lobuche will make sure that you get to Gorakshep (5,170 m) in good time for lunch. (3 hours) ~ After lunch, walk to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and come back to Gorakshep to settle down for the night. (3 hours)

DAY 9: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar - Heli to Lukla ~You might want to start real early on this day if you want to enjoy the sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,643 m). (3 hours) ~After the hike to Kala Patthar, you come down to Gorakshep for breakfast, pack off, and fly to Lukla. ~Overnight at Lukla.

DAY 10: Lukla to Kathmandu ~Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.


Please note that we will be more than happy to assist you to tweak this tour to your liking. However, we will not entertain requests to shorten this trek as we like our trekkers to come back smiling rather than in a rescue helicopter. Some possible changes are: ~ Book a porter. - NPR 1,800 per day. ~ Room with attached bathroom where possible.

In case you have any questions, feel free to Call / WhatsApp / Email Ashish at +977-9841370673.


INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes ~Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu two way flight. ~Accommodation for 9 nights on a twin sharing basis. ~10 Breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners. (Only breakfast is included for non-Nepalis and non-Indians.) ~Heli shuttle from Gorakshep to Lukla. ~Certified Trekking Guide and his accommodation and meals. ~Permits (Sagarmatha National Park & Khumbu Rural Municipality).Learn More ~ Porter (for non-Nepalis and non-Indians only)

Excludes ~ Tips for guides and porters (15% of wages is considered fair) ~ Battery Charging. (NPR 100-500 per hour) ~ Extra Hot Water. (NPR 100-300 per liter) ~ Hot Shower. (NPR 300-500) ~ Everest Link WiFi Cards. (NPR 600 for 600MB) ~ Oxygen Support available at extra cost ~ Drinks, Travel Insurance, and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions.


Relevant Link Helicopter Safety Briefing

Essential Information on Everest Region Altitute Illnesses / Best Time for EBC / Packing List / Difficulties / Accommodation / WiFi, Mobile Network, and Electricity / Food and Drinks / Permits / Maps / Lukla Flights

Other Information on Everest Region Mountains / Festivals / Sherpa Food / Wildlife / Flowers / Birds / Photo op Spots / Lakes / See All Posts about Everest


IMPORTANT NOTE Any flight in the high mountains is weather dependent and the captain of your helicopter has the last word on what is safe and what is not, regardless of what is mentioned in the tour outline. Any additional cost incurred due to weather disruptions will be the responsibility of the traveler.

FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9803759639 or email Ashish at busybee@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKUS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes