EBC Trek with Helicopter Return

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Duration

13 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate/Strenuous

Max Height

5545m

Start/End

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel / Guesthouse

Group Size

Min 2 / Max 15

Best Season

Oct-Dec / Mar-May

Trip Overview

The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return is not much different from the Everest Base Camp 17-day trek. The only difference is upon reaching Kala Patthar peak (5,545 m.), the highest point of this trek, you will take a helicopter flight to Kathmandu instead of trekking back to Lukla (2,846m.) and flying commercial. You will avoid 2 to 3 days of exhausting descent and complete the Everest base camp trek in 13 days. The helicopter flight at the end of the trek makes the journey much more adventurous and lets you behold breathtaking Aerial Mountain landscapes, which very few travelers get to enjoy. Himalayan High Path Adventure, welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to join us on this adventurous trek to the low-key top of the world.

You will experience the Sherpa culture, tradition, and mountains and reach the Everest base camp (5,364 m), the highest mountain in the world, the trek offers a life-changing experience. Leaving the modern comfort behind, you will embark on an adventure of a lifetime amidst towering Himalayan Mountains, deep river valleys, hanging suspension bridges, lush rhododendron forests, steep farming fields, small settlements, rushing rivers, narrow streams, cascading waterfalls, or rocky gorges. At every turn, you will be surprised by spectacular landscapes and mountain vistas.

What's Included In The Cost

  • Airport pick-up and drop services by private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu sharing Room with breakfast (BB)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a guide, entry fee, and private vehicle
  • All Government tax, National Parks fee, Local tax and TIMS card
  • All grounded transportation during the trek
  • Kathmandu/Lukla flight
  • Gorak shep/Lukla/Kathmandu Helicopter flight
  • 3 times meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) during the trek
  • All accommodation best available lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Meal/accommodation/salary/insurance/equipment of Nepali crew
  • Government License holder experience guide and porter (as you need) during the trek
  • First Aid Kit during the trekking

What's Not Included In The Cost

  • Meals (Lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • International flight fare and airport departure tax
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • Personal expenses include such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, beverages, bar bills, shower, and camera battery charging.
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Excess baggage on Domestic flights (max. weight 15 Kg)
  • Tips to guide and porters
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Includes section

Trip Itinerary

Flight to Lukla (2,840 m) from Kathmandu – 40 minutes or drive to Manthali/Ramechhap (474 m) – 5 / 6 hours and take a 20 minutes flight to Lukla, then trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 / 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar/excursion to syangbouche air strip & khumjung village/back to Namche Bazaar -3/4 hours, Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek Lobuche to Gorak shep (5160m) - 3/4 hours, after Lunch excursion to Everest Base Camp (5363m.) and back to Gorak shep – 4/5 hours, overnight at a Guesthouse
Early morning Hike to Kala Patthar (5,545 m) and descend to Gorak Shep (5,164 m) – 4 / 5 hours and From Gorak shep, Shared on helicopter Flight to Lukla (2,840 m) – 15 / 20 minutes or Kathmandu (option),Overnight at a Guesthouse/Hotel
Flight Back to Kathmandu – 40 minutes or Manthali/Ramechhap – 20 minutes from Lukla and same day drive to Kathmandu – 5 / 6 hours. Overnight at a Hotel

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement and you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

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Useful Information

Arrival:

You will be met at the airport by our representative; holding a play card with your name on it, in front of the arrival gate. After the greeting, you will be transferred to the Hotel, where rooms have been booked for you. In the evening, our trekking guide gives you a trip briefing about transportation, day-to-day lifestyle, difficulty, altitude sickness, accommodation, mountains, culture, food, etc.

Equipment List:

This is a guideline for the gear that is suggested during the trekking. You may consider bringing it with you when you are doing a teahouse or Camping (Tent) trek with us; Most of the gear can be purchased or hired in Kathmandu at reasonable prices.

The following basic equipment checks list help you with your packing.15 kg (33 lbs) is the maximum weight limit for the duffel bag plus your hand luggage for Domestic flights. If you have excess luggage, you have to pay extra money as per airline rules. Per client, 12 to 14 kg weight is limited on the trek.

Visa:

You can get your Nepal visa either at the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu or any land border when you arrive in Nepal or leave home.

Temperatures & Clothing:

Spring and autumn are the main trekking season in Nepal. During the spring season (March-May) is usually warm (T-shirt, sandals, light pants or skirts) in the day in Kathmandu and in autumn it is a bit chilly (light fleece or windproof top) in the afternoon.

In the afternoon for a fleece, sweater, or light Jacket, and evening, cold enough that you can wear a light down Jacket, if you’re sitting outside in the much colder winter, you won’t leave the hotel without your down jacket. It’s not snowing in Kathmandu; leave your snow boots behind. Keens or lightweight sports shoes, sandals great for wandering around Kathmandu and for trekking in lower altitudes

Trekking is a mixed bag of temperatures. LAYERS are the key as hot can change quickly to freezing crossing the passes, and snowfalls are common. We often have some rain below 3000 meters in the spring and early autumn. It can rain hard in the summer. Have a wide range of layer-able trekking clothes for summer to winter temperatures. Keep a lightweight down jacket or windproof jacket with you at all times, available inexpensively in Kathmandu. A lightweight rain poncho for trekking is recommended in spring and summer, Be prepared; Check our GEAR LIST for all details on gear, shoes, clothing, electronics and medicine for the trek.

There are lots of real gear shops (North Face, Mountain Hardware, Marmot, Sherpa Gear) and of course many fake ones in Kathmandu, so if you don’t think you have the right gear starting the trip it will be easy to pick up stuff once in Kathmandu. We provide sleeping bags, duffel bags, and down Jackets, especially for the camping trek and peak climbing. If you are doing a tea house trek you can buy or hire (rent) trekking gear in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Dress conservatively in Kathmandu and on the trail as a rule. Shorts are okay if they aren’t too short; a mini-skirt isn’t recommended. Sleeveless t-shirts are fine, but perhaps avoid tank- tops on the trail. Super tight doesn’t go over so well with the village elders.

Important Documents:

Hotel / Accommodations:

We provide accommodation in a standard 3*star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nepalgung, and Lumbini as well as Bhutan, Tibet, and India Tour as per itinerary and stay in the best available guesthouse in the mountains during the trek. You may have to share a bed with a companion during the mountainous trip. But if you need, a single supplement you have to pay extra yourself.

Food:

You will be served with bed and breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu. All other meals Lunch and Dinner will be paid for clients themselves but Himalayan High Path Adventure provides welcome dinner before the trek. We provide 3 meals (breakfast, Lunch, dinner) during the trek. 

When you are on the trip, you will get the menu and choose a food that you like to have but we suggest not to have oily foods or nonvegetarian (meat is not fresh) foods. Sometimes we prefer to eat local food such as Dal Bhat (Lentil soup and rice), noodles, Tibetan bread made of buckwheat, spaghetti, different types of soup fried potato, and many more.

Best time to travel:

The best time for trekking in Nepal is either in the spring season (March to May) or in autumn (September to November). It offers magnificent views in these two seasons. Trekking is also possible in other seasons despite having extremely cold weather, climate, and temperatures which may not suit, and we do not guarantee to see the panoramic views.

Points to consider:

The mountain flight and Kathmandu /Lukla / Kathmandu flight may be delayed depending on the weather conditions. It is very likely to delay the flights from one to two hours until the next day. In case you miss the scheduled flight due to the weather conditions, you will have to wait or you may pay US$ 600 for an emergency helicopter lift. So, it would be better if you keep a few days more in reserve to cope with such conditions. Depending on the time and situation concerning your safety and security, your Guide may change the itinerary in Mutual understanding.

Tips for staff:

A tip is expected, so we recommend at least $ 10 – $15 per client/per day tips for the staff end of the trekking. Please bring Nepali currency (NPR) with you on the trek for your expenses (see cost includes/excludes section) and for tips. It’s nice to buy the drinks for the staff and the group will celebrate the last day party in the night.

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