9 Night / 10 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Return by Helicopter back to Lukla and fly back Kathmandu

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

  • Explore the beauty and magnificence of the greatest mountain in the world Mt.Everest 8848m .
  • Check out the highest mountains in the world such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse & Ama Dablam
  • Enjoy one of the top ten hiking in the world.

This Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return is perfect for those who wish to have a fantastic trek to Everest Base Camp, but who do not wish to trek along the same trail back. Instead, you will be taking a helicopter from Everest Base Camp and go back to  Lukla then vai flight back  and Kathmandu

Trekking Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is in itself a unique and life time  experience. You’ll be trekking on some of the best mountain tails on earth, visiting monasteries, local Sherpa villages, and of course, sipping some sherpa tea with the local sherpas, known for their incredible mountaineering skills.

After having completed the EBC trek and hiked Kala Patthar, boarding the helicopter and flying alongside some of the highest mountains of the world is a magical moment which will truly reveal how unique mother planet is. You will get to see fantastic mountain landscapes close-up and fly over and pass by several majestic Himalayan mountain peaks. This is such an awesome experience and we dare say, it is likely to become the best trip of your life.

Please see the itinerary for further details about the day-to-day trekking programmer on blow consider by nepalguideinfo.com

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Lukla and start trek to Phakding
  • Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest)
  • Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
  • Day 4: Trek to Tyangboche
  • Day 5: Trek to Dingboche
  • Day 6: Day Hike to Chhukung or Nangkartshang Peak
  • Day 7: Trek to Lobuche
  • Day 8: Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakhshep
  • Day 9: Trek to Kalapatthar and fly back to Lukla
  • Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Lukla and start trek to Phakding 3 to 4 Hr

Transfer to the domestic airport to connect to a 30-minutes flight to Lukla (2800 meter), the gateway to the Everest Region. The trek begins with a gentle hike up by the river side, along excellent paved footpaths, passing a multitude of tea houses and scattered green conifers. Phakding at 2610 meter is a pretty village comprising approximately 30-40 houses. It is roughly a 3-hour walk from Lukla and is located at both sides of Dudh Koshi River.

We will spend the night at Phakding, preparing for a tougher hiking day tomorrow.

Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest) 6 to 7 Hr

The day will begin with a hike up to Monjo, another beautiful Sherpa settlement of the trek. This is also the point at which you will officially enter into the Sagarmatha National Park (the Everest Park) where you will have to show your permits (SNP entry permit and TIMS card) at the office in Monjo.

The walk to Namche Bazaar involves a tough uphill climb of about 590 meter, taking approximately 2.30 – 3 hours, however, halfway up the hill you will be able to see Everest and Lhotse for the first time.

As you approach the town of Namche Bazaar, the peaks of Thamserku (6648 meter) and Kwangde (6224 meter) are visible to the East, and to the West the sacred mountain Khumbila (5707 meter) is within sight.

Being the capital of the Solu Khumbu region (aka Everest region), Namche Bazaar, at an altitude of 3440 meter, is famous for its many bakeries and local market (Haat Bazzar) which takes place each Saturday. Built on a steep mountain bowl with excellent views of high Himalaya on either side, the town has restaurants, shops, banks and currency exchange.

Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization 4/5 hr

Today we will stay another night in Namche Bazar to better acclimatize. We recommend hiking to high altitudes on this day as it will help your body acclimatize better

There are a few hiking options here: (1) trek to Khumjung where you can visit the local school and hospital or (2) trek to Thame village or (3) to the airstrip at Shyanboche (3720 meter), above which you can visit the Everest View Hotel, a perfect location to take a break and order a coffee or tea. This is also the point at which we will start hiking back to Namche Bazar again.

Day 4: Trek to Tyangboche 5 to 6 Hr

10-minutes and descend back to the Dudh Koshi at 3550 meter before ascending to Tyangboche at 3870 meter. The views of Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and the valley are mind-blowing.

At an altitude of 3870 meters, Tyangboche is a charming spot built around the main Tibetan monastery in the region where you can enter and listen to the monks chanting their mantras. The view of Lhotse, Everest and Amadablam are unforgettable. We will stay overnight at Tyangboche.

Day 5: Trek to Dingboche 6 Hrs

Your journey will pass through wooden forest and along the Imja Khola valley. The views will become more impressive as the high himalaya begins to surround you.

You will gradually trek up to Pangboche, an interesting Gompa site above the main village. This is the oldest monastery in the region and also symbolises the introduction of Buddhism to the Solu Khumbu region. You will then climb up to Dingboche at 4360 meters.

The views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak are breathtaking here. We will stay at Dingboche over night.

Day 6: Day Hike Nangkartshang Peak 5 Hr

Today, we will have another day of acclimatization, while we again recommend that you do a small hike to acclimatize better.

One option is to hike up to Chhukung (4750 meter) which offers magnificent views of the Mt. Makalu (8463 meter), Island Peak (6160 meter), Peak 38 and several other himalayan peaks. An alternative hike is up to Nangkartshang Peak (5083 meter) that offer magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Khangtega.

Day 7: Trek to Lobuche 5 hours

The valley now becomes barren of vegetation as you walk up towards Lobuche (4950 meter), but your attention will be firmly on the snow-capped peaks, which soar above you.

The Everest trail joins the trail from Gokyo below Thugla and gives beautiful views of Mt. Cholatse (6442 meter) across the valley. The path can become quite rocky in some places so it is important to watch your step.

After another steep ascent, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Nuptse are particularly spectacular form the village of Lobuche, towering almost 2 kilometers directly overhead.

Day 8: Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakhshep 8/9hr

Today, the walk towards Everest is along the Khumbu Glacier. You will reach the small village of Gorakhshep, where you will be able to have lunch. Gorakshep is the last settlement before Everest Base Camp.

After having your lunch the trail will lead you to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5400 meter. Everest base camp gives you an unforgettable view of Mt. Khubutse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Changtse and the Khumbu Ice Fall. Everest is not very visible from here, but you will get amazing view of Mt. Everest tomorrow morning, when hiking up Kala Patthar.

Day 9: Trek to Kalapatthar and fly back to Lukla

 4 hours  

We wake up early in the morning to increase our chance of clearly seeing Mt. Everest. The ascent of Kalapatthar or ‘Black Rock’ will offer the best views of Everest!

Once at the top, you will get a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Pumori (7169 meter), Mt. Everest (8848 meter) and Lhotse (8516 meter), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Mt. Nuptse (7861 meter) and countless other smaller peaks.

This also marks the ending point of our journey. You will now be boarding the helicopter to Lukla and seeing the Himalayas from the above.

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu

Today, we connect regular flight to Kathmandu. A fantastic 30 hour flight awaits you, with several stunning vistas of the majestic Himalayan mountain chain.

Include/Exclude

 

  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (international and domestic both).
  • Pre-trek meeting.
  • Nepal Planet Treks sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag.
  • First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
  • Well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 8+ persons. And one porter for two clients during a trek
  • Guide and Porters Food accommodations , salary, Insurance and All trekking gear during a Trek
  • Full-board meals during the trek (Main course: breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu / Ramechhap – Lukla – Kathmandu / Ramechhap inclusive with all taxes and transfers.
  • Helicopter fly out from Gorakhshep / Kala Patthar back to Lukla
  • All necessary trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees and Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organizational requirements.

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Nepal Visa (USD 25 for 15 days or USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst trekking).
  • Hotels in Kathmandu.
  • Bar and beverage bills, tea / coffee / drinking water. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, battery charger, hot shower etc
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.

Equipment List

Everest Base Camp Trekking Gear Recommended by Nepal Guide Info 2020/2021

Essential Equipment for Trekking in Nepal:
A warm sleeping bag rated for temperatures up to -15 degree Celsius
Comfortable hiking boots. Make sure they are tried and tested before you go on this trek. Carry spare boot laces and lightweight trainers/shoes as well
A waterproof jacket a fleece jacket and a down jacket. Also carry a Fleece sweater
Waterproof trousers
Light-weight fleece or woollen vests. Long or short-sleeved shirts
Warm hiking trousers
Underwear
A woollen/felt hat (can be purchased in Kathmandu for a couple of pounds) and a wide-rimmed sun hat
2 to 3 pairs good quality walking socks
Warm gloves or mitts
A large rucksack or a duffel bag (55 to 70l) along with a rucksack liner or a thick bin bag
A day sack (25 to 40l)
Dark sunglasses
High-factor sunscreen & lip balm
Ear plugs (walls in the lodges can be thin)
A headlamp and spare batteries.
2 water bottles and a water purification kit
Toiletries
A small hand towel (do not bring large towels. They are bulky and heavy)
Toilet paper (you can buy poor-quality paper along the route)
Non essential but recommended Equipment:
Hiking poles
A light-weight windproof jacket
A neck warmer
A sleeping bag liner
Wet wipes
A length of string or para-cord (12 feet)
Half a dozen cloth pegs
Safety pins
Plastic bags, carrier bags. These come in handy for a myriad uses.
Shorts
Camera (you can recharge batteries at a small cost in lodges)
Binoculars

Everest Base camp Trekking /Hiking Health Insurance Recommended by Nepal Guide Info 2020 /2020
We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue.
We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist.
Health Issues
We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader
Vaccinations Required
Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority,
We recommend the following
Poliomyelitis
Tetanus
Typhoid
Rabies
Meningococcal
Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A)

Things to Know before having Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight— As per the notice issued by TIA the airport remains closed for 10 hours from 10 PM to 8 AM every day due to maintenance of runway. Direct flight to and from Lukla will be operated from Manthali Airport (Ramchhap). The notice will be applicable from 1st October 2019 to 30th November 2019. — Trip departure time will start from 6:30 Am. It takes 30 to 35 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. The departure time highly depends upon morning temperature and wind on a very day. — The maximum weight limit for the Kathmandu to Lukla flight is 15 Kg per person. — During high season, both type of helicopter service is available. i.e sharing and private. .

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