Everest Base Camp Heli Trek - 13 Days

Trip facts

Trip Code: GHA-EIP-205
Duration: 13 Days
Best Season: Mar - May/Sep - Nov
Max. Altitude: 5545 M.
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Accommodations: Hotel, Lodge, Camp
Transportation: Flight, Private Vehicle

Everest base camp heli trek is a combination of cultural sightseeing in the legendary Kathmandu valley, trekking in the footsteps of Tenzing Hillary and heli sightseeing to the top of the world Mount Everest.

This incredible heli trek is designed for those who want to success their dream to reach Mt Everest base camp and don't have enough time to back lukla by foot. During this trip you will have a great experience of trekking through the Sherpa village, Buddhist monasteries, alpine forest, Sherpa culture and other hightlights of Khumbu region.

Itienery Overview

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport (Kathmandu). Global Holidays Adventure's airport representative meets you and transfer you to hotel by private tourist vehicle. There will be briefing in evening time about trekking. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: An early morning drive to Airport and fly to Lukla (2800 meters) from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2652 meters). 30 minutes flight and 3 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) - 5 / 6 hours walk. Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Hike to kunda and back to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 05: Trek to Tengboche village (3860 meters), 5/6 hours walk. Overnight at Guesthouse.

DAY 06: Trek to Pheriche (4371 meters), 5/6 hours walk. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 07: Second acclimatization day at Pheriche. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters), 5/6 hours walking. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m), then return to Gorekshep (5180 meters). 5/6 hours walking. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 10: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m) and trek down to Gorekshep. After breakfast you will start helicopter sightseeing tour of Mt Everest region.

DAY 11: The chopper takes you for a ride over the majestic Khumbu Valley. The heli sightseeing takes you over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Icefall region, Kalapatthar, Namche Bazar and Lukla, where you will be able to see Ama Dablam peak, Lhotse Peak, Nuptse Peak and many other high Mountains as well. It stops at Lukla and you will have your lunch and stay here tonight.

DAY 12: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 13: Final Departure transfer to airport.

Useful Informations

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
For Everest region Trekking often twin Otter is the primary mode of transport form to Lukla. The flight is depend on the weather. Sometime flight (to and from Lukla  ) may be canceled due to the bad weather condition of Mountain or technical problems. In such case Global Holidays Adventure will charter a helicopter to ensure your international flight. 

The cost of helicopter charter is not included in your entire tour cost. So you can directly pay to our Kathmandu Office. We accept cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit card (Master Card, Visa Card, National Card only) . You will be given a receipt upon payment so That you may claim the insurance. The begins for US$ 600 to US$ 3500 depending on the number of group.

Insurance
While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make that the policy of the insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International airport (Kathmandu). Global Holidays Adventure's airport representative meets you and transfer you to hotel by private tourist vehicle. There will be briefing in evening time about trekking. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: An early morning drive to Airport and fly to Lukla (2800 meters) from Kathmandu and trek to Phakding. (2652 meters). 30 minutes flight and 3 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters) - 5 / 6 hours walk. Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Hike to kunda and back to Namche. Overnight at guesthouse.

DAY 05: Trek to Tengboche village (3860 meters), 5/6 hours walk. Overnight at Guesthouse.

DAY 06: Trek to Pheriche (4371 meters), 5/6 hours walk. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 07: Second acclimatization day at Pheriche. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters), 5/6 hours walking. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 09: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365m), then return to Gorekshep (5180 meters). 5/6 hours walking. Overnightat Guest House.

DAY 10: Hiking to Kalapattar (5545m) and trek down to Gorekshep. After breakfast you will start helicopter sightseeing tour of Mt Everest region.

DAY 11: The chopper takes you for a ride over the majestic Khumbu Valley. The heli sightseeing takes you over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Icefall region, Kalapatthar, Namche Bazar and Lukla, where you will be able to see Ama Dablam peak, Lhotse Peak, Nuptse Peak and many other high Mountains as well. It stops at Lukla and you will have your lunch and stay here tonight.

DAY 12: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 13: Final Departure transfer to airport.

Price Include

  • Airport pick up and drop as per the itinerary.
  • Fully organized teahouse/lodge trek
  • All meals (B,L,D) on trek.
  • 2 nights twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu on BB.
  • All required permits for trek.
  • Internal flights Kathmandu- Lukla - Kathmandu.
  • Everest Helicopter charter and sightseeing.
  • An English speaking local guide.
  • Necessary porters to carry your luggage.
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances

Price Exclude

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance.
  • Meals at Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason).
  • Personal expenses and tips.

Why TREKKING IN NEPAL ?
Trekking in Nepal provides an excellent opportunity to observe the local culture of the people and enjoy the beauty of nature undisturbed by the incluence of modernity. The diversity of Nepal's nature and range of exotic culture make this country ideal for trekking. This makes trekking in Nepal most popular. Besides, where else can you stand at the foot of the tallest mountains in the world.

WHERE IS NEPAL ?

Nepal is located in South Asia and is bordered by China to the North and India to the East, West and South. Nepal is also country of World highest peak Mt. Everest.

HOW CAN I ENTER NEPAL ?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Culcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa & Varanasi. 

Visa Info: Entry Visa fees- at present US$ 25 for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

WHAT IS TREKKING ?
Trekking is an adventure activity that generally involves walking from one place to another every day.

WHY TREK WITH GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?
Trek with us because we provide you the best quality service and the most reasonable price. We organized everything for you to make a smooth and enjoyable trip allowing you to get the most out of your time in Nepal. Also, our company is registered in different government bodies & non-profit organizations of Nepal such as the Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Mounteering Association, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project.

WHAT IS A TEA HOUSE TREK ?
Tea House are local lodges where you get to eat and sleep during your trek. There are plenty of tea houses across all the trekking routes in Nepal. A tea house trek means that you get to stop and rest each day at a tea house during your trekking period. Unlike camping treks you don't have to carry food, tents and other items during a tea house trek. 

Camping trek: Camping treks require us to carry tents, Kitchen gear, food and other equipments. Unlike tea house treks camping treks are more adventures. 

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR TREKKING ?
In Nepal, there are two seasons which are considered prime time for trekking. These times range from Feb-May and Sep-Nov. There are places to visit during Monsoon season ( June-August), such as Mustang and Upper West part of the Annapurna Circuit, as these treks are in the "Rain Shadow" and virtually untouched by Nepal Monsoon. Our Philosophy is simple. We believe in " Sustainable Tourism through eco friendly practices'. 

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN NEPAL ?
Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature can range from extremely hot ( 37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May and Sep-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon ( June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon. 

WHAT TYPE OF SHAPE DO I NEED FOR THIS TRIP ?
GHA offers trekking opportunities for all every age and fitness level. Our treks are graded on difficulty level, 1 being the easiest and 5 being for advanced trekkers. The level of difficulty is based on the altitude and natural terrain of the trek. The difficulty levels for eash trek can be found on each indivisual itinerary of both our website and brochures. 

IS SOMEONE GOING TO METT ME AT THE AIRPORT ?
Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it. You need a visa to Nepal. You can easily get a visa upon your arrival in TIA airport, Kathmandu on paying US$. 40 for a month US$. 100 for three 
months.

DO I HAVE PRE_DEPARTURE MEETING ?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek leader. 

While briefing, please bring passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travel insurance, writing pen and notepad.

HOW DO I PAY TO GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ? 
After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveller Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.

WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION CAN EXPECT IN KATHMANDU AND IN TREKKING ? 
In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel. It's depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis. 

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can offer GHA sleeping baggage if needed but it's good idea to bring your own always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. And you will have twin sharing tent with matteress in camping trek. 

Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek commmon toilet facilities are available at tea house. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom. 

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouse but some place there isnot hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for shower.

WHAT IS THE GROUP SIZE FOR TREK ?
There are no restrictions on the size of a group. We organize trekking to an individual as well as a group and services will be same. 

IS IT POSSIBLE TOORGANIZE MY OWN PERSONAL GROUP ?
It is possible to organize your own trekking group. Simply book with us online or in one of our trekking offices in Bhagawan Baha, Thamel, Kathmandu and we will get your next Himalayan adventure sorted. You may choose to have a private group, or keep it open, in which case other travellers can join your group. We allow up to 8 people to join a group. 

DO THE GUIDE AND SUPPORT STAFF SPEAK ENGLISH ?
Most of guides speak fluently English and some speak well. Some of the support staff do speak little English and some do not speak. 

DO SOMEBODY CARRY OUR BACKPACK ?
Yes, Our Porters/sherpas will carry you heavy backpack and you will carry only the baypack. 

WHAT IS OUR DAILY ROUTINE WHILE IN TREKKING ?
Daily Routine starting from 7 am. Wake-up 7 am, start trek before 8 after breakfast, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm lunch and trek end 3:30 to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner. After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT IN TREKKING ?
Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegerarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( 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 items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. YOu can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will take on the way to distination. 

WHAT IS THE WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE LIKE IN TREKKING ?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time. 

CAN I CHARGE MY CAMERA BATTERIES ON MY TRIP ?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE ON TREKKING ?
There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, Some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges. 

HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL MONEY DO I NEED PER DAY ?
In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 15-20 for lunch, dinner and drinks. It's all depends on your spending habits. US$ 15-20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency Global Holidays Adventure will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an events as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the most frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel. 

IS GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE'S STAF F INSURED ?
Yes, GHA insures all our trekking staff including guide, cook, sherpa and porters. 

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE ON TREKKING ?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc. 

IS THE WATER OK TO DRINK ? DO I NEED TO BRING PURIFYING TABLETS/FILTER ?
There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges. 

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND PORTERS HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE ?
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you. 

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND PORTERS HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE ?
This is difficult things to tell. It's up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide. 

WHAT ESSENTIAL DOCUMRNTS DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME ON TOUR ?

  • Valid passport, must be valid up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a seperate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a seperate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
  • Cash, keep numbers and proof of purchase seperate.
  • Flight ticket.
  • Emergency contact numbers for insurance & family contact.

CAN I ADD ESTRA DAYS TO MY TREKKING TRIP ?
A trekking holiday should be about making it to the final quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. 

IF I EXTEND MY HOLIDAY, ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ?
Yes, there are many options and choice to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

  • Trisuli River Rafting
  • Chitwon Jungle Safari Package
  • Volunteering in School and Village
  • Kathmandu shopping Tour
  • Pokhara paraglading tour

WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS WILL I NEED ?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are covers for Diphtheria & TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We are recommend.

  • A dental check up prior to travelling
  • That you know your blood group in case of Emergency.

The Personal Equipment and items are individual interest & choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you many need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, Camera, sun cream & toilet paper etc. Should be carried by yourself so you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

Global Holidays Adventure will provide complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porters. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. you can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

GENERAL

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag ( Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase ( We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep )
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )


UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES

  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.

  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.

  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.

  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.

  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc so don't go cheap here.

  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional)

  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional)


HAND

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).

CORE BODY

  • T-shirts ( 2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.

LOWER BODY-LEGS

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.


FEET

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it ( Otherwise you will get lots of blister)
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals ( Optional)


MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please not our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with uss before starting to take his medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have also more extensive medical gear, but your should have the basics for general use.


MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !

  • Passport and extra passport photos ( 4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.
  • 2 Bandanas


OPTIONAL

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking pole. Although there are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc especially when going downhill ( Optional )
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binocular (optional )
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )

These above mentioned equipment list is only the supporting guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment’s can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Especially for women, Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with lycra can often be offensive to local. If you fell these items comfortable to wear then use it on base layer and please pack something to wear on the top of them.

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