7 DAYS EVEREST HELICOPTER TOUR

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Region
Everest Region
Duration
7 Days
Grade
1
Transportation
Domestic Flight (Ktm-Lukla-Ktm) and helicopter tour from Namche to EBC and Back to Namche
Activity Per Day
4-6 Hrs Walking
Max Altitude
5,555m at Kalapatthar
Best Season
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Overview

The 7-Day Everest Heli Tour is a comprehensive package designed for mountain lovers with limited time in Nepal but a desire to experience Everest. This best-selling tour includes a short trek to Namche Bazaar, followed by a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp.

With this tour, we use helicopters for a swift journey to and from the base camp, allowing you to enjoy the appeal of Everest with minimal effort. The trek begins with a short and easy walk to Phakding and Namche Bazaar, which serves as the ultimate destination for Everest enthusiasts. Along this route, you will be captivated by the beauty of the mountains and the breathtaking scenery.

This refreshing and invigorating excursion to Everest Base Camp is designed for dreamers. Escaping the pressures of daily life, we embark on a comfortable journey to the base of mighty Everest. We witness the awe-inspiring mountains and immerse ourselves in the beauty of Sherpa culture and traditions. The surrounding mountains create a stunning backdrop for the enchanting valleys, thrilling bridges, prayer-flag adorned stupas, and charming villages in the Everest region. By skipping the walking part and opting for the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour, you can fully enjoy the Himalayas on this short trip to EBC.

Optional: For all the helicopter enthusiasts, you now have an option to take a luxurious and adventurous helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back from Lukla to Kathmandu by paying extra USD 350PP one way . With this, you no longer have to worry about flights being delayed or canceled, which can happen every now and then due to bad weather. 

 

Highlights 

  • Lukla's finest, most stunning Flight.
  • A little trek to the gate to Everest, Namche Bazaar
  • A breathtaking and exciting trip to Everest Base Camp by helicopter
  • Get to know the Sherpa community's history and lifestyles
  • Mt. Everest (8848 m ), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Cho Oyú (8201 m) and Mt. Macalu (8463 m) are the beauty of some of the world's highest summits.
  • Admire the majestic Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier in the world.
  • Witness the incredible elegance of the Icefall of Khumbu(5486 m)
  • Lifetime Experience on a thrilling helicopter ride.

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Outline Itinerary ( 7 Days ) Expand all +

Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Orientation in the evening at around 5 PM. After your orientation meeting, welcome dinner at Local restaurant. 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Overnight
Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Dinner included

Early morning flight to Lukla, the gateway to Khumbu region to start the trek. The trek starts from the very day to the up-hill up-to Phakding for 3-4 hours. We will stop at Phakding and stay overnight at Sherpa Shangrila Resort. (B)

 

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Max Altitude
Lukla (2,840 m)
Duration
3-4 hrs
Overnight
Sherpa Shangrilla Hotel
Meal
Breakfast included

Early morning after breakfast, we start our journey through a pine forest and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi river. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar (5-6 hours) which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B)

 

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Max Altitude
Namche Bazaar (3,535 m)
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Hotel Sherpaland
Meal
Breakfast included

To avoid the altitude sickness, we need to acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful and primary town of the Everest region. The place is occupied by the colorful market with ATMs, government office, shops, restaurants and so on. Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B)

 

 

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Max Altitude
Namche Bazaar (3,535 m)
Overnight
Hotel Sherpaland
Meal
Breakfast included

We start the day as right on time as conceivable to relish the magnificence of Mount Everest. We fly from Namche Bazaar over Everest Base Camp, Khubmu Glacier and Kalapatthar with a helicopter. Moreover, we climb till Kala Patthar(5,555m), the most elevated height purpose of our outing. It might be a touch of testing as we climb tough in higher rise. In spite of the case, it is prescribed to take the rising. Mount Everest(8,848m) holes up behind Mount Lhotse(8,516m), which is the reason we climb to Kalapatthar to observe the strong Everest alongside other charming Himalayan pinnacles. We spend many occasions here and taste a decent cup of tea in the midst of the peacefulness of the world's most noteworthy mountains. As we slip down to Gorak Shep, we appreciate the alluring excellence of the path. We fly back to Lukla and end for a night. With save time available, we can walk around the Lukla town and grasp the excellence and the advantage of the spot.

 

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Max Altitude
Kala Patthar(5,555m)
Overnight
Hotel Mera
Meal
Breakfast included

After the breakfast you will catch the early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla and  sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley in various sites which have been listed in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. (Pashupatinath Temple / Kapan Monastery/Budanilkhantha, Boudhanath, Swaymbhu and Patan Durbar Square). Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort/ Hyatt Place Kathmandu or similar. (B)

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Overnight
Gokarna Forest Resort/ Hyatt Place Kathmandu
Meal
Breakfast and Dinner included

You will have your breakfast in the morning and the airport representative will drop you to the airport for your International flight as per your flight schedule. Or if you are staying Nepal for few more days, you can join another trip. (B)

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Meal
Breakfast included

Departures & Availability

Personal Information

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Include / Exclude

  • Airport Pickup & drop and all land transfers
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu first 1 night after your arrival in Himalayan Suite Hotel (3*) on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • Last 1 night accommodation before your departure at Gokarna Forest Resort or Hyatt Place Kathmandu or similar (5*) with breakfast
  • Kathmandu city tour by private car/van/Hiace with English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in Guest House in attached bathroom with hot and cold running shower including breakfast
  • Highly experienced, licensed and English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) or necessary Yaks and their all expenses (Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of trekking crew)
  • Welcome Dinner on Day 1 and Farewell Dinner with a 30 minute complimentary massage on the last day
  • Company T-shirt and first-aid kit
  • Necessary equipment (Sleeping bag and Duffle bags - if necessary)
  • Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu by plane or Helicopter (on additional charge)
  • Helicopter tour (Namche-Gorakshep-Kalapatthar-Lukla)
  • Airfare for trekking crew
  • All necessary TIMS and Permits
  • All government taxes and office expenses
  • Lunch and Dinner during the trip except welcome dinner
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu (NPR 200+400+1000+1000)
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory)
  • Tipping to guide, porter and driver as per your satisfaction

Additional Information

Alternatives

Himalayan Social Journey organizes various sort of exciting and adventurous trips to Everest Base Camp Trek considering venturers’ wish and time frame. Thus, be a part of Himalayan Social Journey, feel the difference.

You can find our programs for Everest Regions here: 

Essential Info Expand all +

Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Everest region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 08-12 Kms per day. Since the beginners can also join the trip, but it is recommended that you prepare for the trek by some suitable general training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek. If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people into their early 70's. This trek is the most popular trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks. The highest altitude we reach is 5545 meters at Kalapatthar which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World's greatest peaks. It is stunning! Any trekking equipment such as walking poles, water bottles, and the rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our hotel.

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To be honest you don't have to be a runner to enjoy the trek. But the preparation will probably save you a lot of pain and suffering on the trail and help you to enjoy your experience there. The suggestions we have for physically preparing is to take good, long, brisk walks, preferably wearing a pack with a similar load that you'll be carrying. Cycling and swimming are also great alternatives too, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercise to get more oxygen into your lungs? Watch for signs of altitude sickness: symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and breathlessness. Bring a supply of the medication Diamox for treatment; if symptoms persist, descend. Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be the trip for everyone as it is quite a physically demanding experience, and when you combine high altitude with plenty of climbs, you may get a recipe for suffering. But normal, average, travelers can do Everest Base Camp trek.

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Travel insurance & rescue when travelling to a remote destination like Nepal is strongly advised. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour. Your insurance policy must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as helicopter rescue, cancellation, air ambulance, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and cover repatriation and personal expenses. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility. For the reliable travel insurance, we have the suggestion of some of the best insurance companies: Cover more or Europe assistance or Travel Direct- TID. We have an agreement with Helicopter Company to do the payment of Helicopter evacuation after we collect the payment with you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company will go up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation and does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism.

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Most of the tea houses do have western-style flushing toilets. But in higher elevation, you may also find the traditional type of toilet made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground and it is situated outside the room.

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You will get the facilities of hot/cold water running with attached bathroom up-to Namche without any extra charges. But above Namche, you will be charged about USD 5$ per shower (depending upon guesthouse) for a hot water shower.

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There will be a laundry facility in Kathmandu and Namche.

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The maximum weight limit for the Lukla flight is 15kgs, which is equivalent to 33 pounds including your hand-carry (daypack). If your baggage exceeds the weight limits, additional costs of USD 1$ -2$ per kg will be applicable and the payment should be made at the airport counter itself.

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Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for -10 degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for -3 to 5 degrees Celsius, Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant.

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A sleeping bag is necessary during the trekking days and if you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring it. Otherwise, HSJ will provide you the sleeping bag during the trek (-10 to­­­­ -15 degree).

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In Kathmandu, we will be staying at the three star standard hotels like Hotel Holy Himalaya or Himalayan Suite Hotel or a similar quality hotel. These places come highly recommended but please don't expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are the good quality by Nepali standards. On the trek, we'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek, the bathrooms are outside the rooms and hot water is dependent on solar panels so don't count on many warm showers.

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If you wish for the better accommodation during the trek you can upgrade the accommodation in the Mountains. The upgrade will be at Yeti Mountain Home; Namche, Phakding, Lukla night. It costs USD 150 per night including breakfast, service charge, and tax.

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Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest region trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal Bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

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The best months of trekking are Spring March, April, and May, as the weather is bright and calm in these months and you can see high mountains, with Manaslu full of snow. Spring and May are the best months. Rhododendron is ideal for the spring season; all the rhododendrons turn into a wonderful garden and you can see them. Autumn is another strong season for the Everest tour. The perfect months for trekking after the monsoon in Nepal are September, October, and November. During these months you have a beautiful view of the Himalayas and their people because you can be part of Nepal 's biggest festivals in the fall.

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Yes, if you are solo traveler and to avoid single supplement surcharge, you can share your room with same sex solo traveler.It however depends on availability of another solo traveler and their willingness to share the room with you.

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At 9,500 meters, Lukla is 2850 meters high. The higher the height, the less the rain. The aircraft must then land quickly. The weather in this area is continuously shifting and the cloud cover can be severe and contributes to large turbulences, which appear to be rough for travelers, but not dangerous. In fact, it is the busiest airport in the world and the most important port of entry and exit for walkers trying to climb Everest.

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The minimum pax for this trek is 5. However if we have insufficient number of travelers there will be group joining or there will be departure when we have sufficient pax.

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Our local Nepali team at HSJ is renowned for being one of the most experienced, hospitable, and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. With full licensing and affiliation with prestigious organizations such as the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association, and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project, you can be confident in the quality of service we provide.

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When you embark on this trek, you will be accompanied by a professional and experienced English-speaking trekking guide who possesses excellent knowledge of the area and the trek itself. Our guides are skilled and have over 10 years of experience in leading treks. They are friendly, courteous, and helpful, ensuring that you have a wonderfully memorable experience throughout your journey.

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To ensure your comfort during the trek, we maintain a porter-to-people ratio of 1:2, considering the group size. Each porter will carry a maximum of 12-15 kg of luggage per person. While the porters take care of your belongings, you will only need to carry a day pack containing your essentials such as a wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snacks, a headlight, and other gadgets. We value the safety and well-being of our porters, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure their welfare. We kindly request that you only bring items that are absolutely necessary to reduce their burden.

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In addition to the trek itself, we offer various programs and complimentary services to enhance your overall experience:

  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner: To make you feel at home and foster a sense of camaraderie, we arrange welcome and farewell dinners, where you can savor delicious local cuisine while sharing stories with fellow trekkers.

 

 

 

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At HSJ, we prioritize your satisfaction and strive to provide a personalized experience. We are your flexible travel partner, catering to your unique preferences. Whether you wish to follow a different route, have extra time in Nepal, or customize the trip according to your specific interests, we have you covered. Our additional add-on tours include options such as the Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu, and more. Just share your ideas with us, and we will create a complete itinerary tailored to your desires. Moreover, if you prefer different standards of accommodation than those provided in the standard itineraries, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests. From the moment you arrive until your departure, your wishes become our command. Feel free to make any requests, and we will ensure your utmost satisfaction.

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To embark on this trek, you will need to obtain two permits: the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Permit. HSJ will take care of arranging these permits for you. Please ensure that you carry a minimum of four passport-sized photos for the trekking permit checkpoints.

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While we recommend booking in advance, we understand that some circumstances may require last-minute reservations. At Himalayan Social Journey, we strive to accommodate such requests; however, please note that full tour payment is required within 24 hours for last-minute bookings. While we make every effort to operate treks at any time, delays may occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions and accommodation availability.

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There are two ways to get from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp.

  • All the land transportation shall be done in private vehicle.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu from Lukla is included in the price. 
  • Helicopter tour of Everest Region from Namche is highlight of this tour. 
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It is moderate trekking trip. You will have light type of trekking from Lukla to Phakding (3hrs), Phakding to Namche on 4th Day which is around 5-6 hours. You will be flying out of Namche to Lukla in Helicopter and hence this trek can be leveled as easy trek for the fit and physically healthy people. Even the people with no trekking experience can do this trek easily. 

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The best months of trekking are Spring March, April and May, as the weather is bright and calm in these months and you can see high mountains, with mountains full of snow. Spring and May are the best months. Rhododendron is ideal for the spring season; all the rhododendrons turn into a wonderful garden and you can see them. Autumn is another strong season for Everest Base Camp Trek. The perfect months for trekking after monsoon in Nepal are September, October and November. During these months you have a beautiful view of the Himalayas and their people, because you can be part of Nepal's biggest festivals in the fall.

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At Himalayan Social Journey, we value customer feedback and consider it an essential aspect of our journey towards becoming an exceptional travel partner. We have faced both ups and downs along the way, and it is through feedback, both positive and constructive, that we have reached where we are today. During the farewell dinner with our crew at the end of the trek, we kindly request you to share your valuable feedback, including your experiences, recommendations, and honest rating on our trip advisor page.

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Himalayan Social Journey is committed to providing you with a remarkable trekking experience in the Everest region. With our experienced local team, flexible itineraries, and attention to your needs and preferences, we strive to create memories that will last a lifetime. Choose HSJ as your trusted travel partner and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure in the breathtaking Himalayas. Contact us today to start planning your Everest Base Camp Trek.

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