Everest Base Camp is one of the most visited base camps in the world. It is also one of the most difficult base camps to ascend and one of the most time consuming too. And if you are looking to save time and are not fit enough to take on the trek , Everest Heli Trek might be the best trek for you.
Everest Heli Trek is one of the most exciting (if not the most exciting ) Heli Trek in Nepal. It’s not the only option to get to Everest Base Camp (there are a lot of other options and we have them all) but it sure is the easiest one there is.
The duration for Everest Heli tour is about 3 hours. You’ll fly through the Everest region and will be allowed to land at the base camp for 5 minutes because of the fear of altitude sickness and when you return you’ll be allowed to land for 20 minutes at Syangboche(you’ll stay at Hotel Everest View to take your breakfast) and enjoy the stunning views of Mount Everest. Then you’ll be flown back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Helicopter Trek to Everest Base Camp is wonderful in so many ways. Some of the chief highlights of this trek are as follows :
Our representative will pick you up in Kathmandu International Airport as per your flight time and then transfer you to your hotel. You will be briefed regarding your tour and be introduced with your guide.
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel. Drive to airport and board a flight to Lukla which takes approximately 30 minutes. You start your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek in Lukla. First day trek for 3.5 hours to reach Phakding.
From Phakding, we trek for about 6 hours through pine and oak forests, crossing suspension bridges to reach popular town Namche Bazaar – known as the gateway to the Everest base camp.
On this day, we explore around Namche Bazaar. We hike to Syangboche, also known as Everest View, and visit nearby villages. No fixed agenda for this day.
After leaving Namche Bazaar,we trek for 5-6 hours along the gushing glacial waters of the DudhKosi while enjoying the magnificent views of the mountains that become more dramatic as you approach the holy place of Tengboche (3860 meters). Then, we reach a traditional site with its wonderful gompa (monastery), a spiritual center of the Khumbu region where the rimpoche (Lama Re-incarnate) exists. Tyangboche is the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, AmaDablam and Everest.
From Tyangboche, we trek to Debuche, crossing another exciting suspension bridge in the Imja Khola. On the way is Pangboche, a village where a monastery is located famed for its ‘Yeti Scalp’ hand. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the picturesque traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, just under Ama Dablam where we can enjoy the lovely views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.
We trek for about 5 hours to reach Lobuche, passing frozen rivers where stone houses sit in an icy wilderness of stunning beauty. We can view the Khumbu Icefall, Pumori and many smaller peaks from ridge tops on the track.
A reasonably difficult day trekking along the Khumbu glacier and upto Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5364 meters. Everest Base camp is the closest place to reach Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment.
Another difficult but rewarding day during our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek. We wake up early and start our hike to Kala Patthar at the elevation of 5545 meters. The climb is challenging but we get the most superb mountain scenery: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848meters (29028 feet), towers directly ahead and on all sides emerge the other giants: Nuptse, Pumori, Cholatse, Lhotse and countless others. Then we make a quick plunge to Lobuche to ride a helicopter back to Kathmandu.
Congratulation, you did it! You have trekked the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar!
Transfer to International airport as per your departure flight.
We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.