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9 Day Everest Base Camp Trek With Chopper Return

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

Trekking Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar is in itself a unique experience. You'll be trekking on some of the best mountain tails on earth, visiting monasteries, local 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 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 programme.

AIRCRAFT DETAILS:

· Helicopter : AS 350 B3E (H125)

· Power Plant : 1 Turbomeca Arriel 2D

· Service Sling : 23000 Ft

· Rate of Climb : 1818 fpm

· Capacity : 1 pilot + 6 Passengers

· Cruising Speed : 137 knots

· Max takeoff weight : 2250 kg

· Endurance : 3 Hours 20 Min

· Call Sign: 9N – AKP & 9N AKG
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EBC chopper return 9 days
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“Did EBC in 9days chopper return with unique adventure.
Excellent company . No hesitation recommending them.
Everything very well organized.”
Amazing for those on a Tight Timeframe
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“My friend and I completed the “9 day Everest Base Camp trek with Chopper Return”. We had amazing time with Unique Adventures and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to organise a Base Camp trek.

Our restricted holidays from work meant that the 14 day trek was not possible for us. For those on a tight timeframe, this is the perfect trek. For small extra fee to cover the cost of a helicopter return, we saved 5/6 days by choosing this trip. We thought the extra cost was more than justified – even to experience the helicopter ride alone!

Overall the trek was very well organised. Khum (Director of Unique Adventures) was in close contact with us at all times. His communication was outstanding. Any queries that we had, he was always there to help and he replied instantly. When we began our trek, we experienced two days of cancelled fights due to bad weather conditions at Lukla airport. This can frequently happen so please account for it in your travel itinerary. Khum kept in contact with us all along the way and organised travel to and from the airport on all occasions, which was amazing. He was also very kind to treat us to dinner after our flights were cancelled on one of the days.

After the second day of cancelled flights, we decided to get a helicopter to Lukla airport to avoid wasting another day where flights could potentially be cancelled again. Please be careful when booking the helicopter. The companies can often overcharge. We paid 500USD each, but after talking to other trekkers we realised that we were grossly overcharged. We informed Khum of our situation and he managed to sort it out and get us 150USD each. Big thanks to Khum for getting this sorted.

From here on we experienced zero issues. Dawa was our guide. He was absolutely fantastic – cannot recommend him enough. He is young, but has lots of experience and his English is brilliant. He is also a lot of fun! I did notice that some other guides did not have as good English as ours, which may be something to look out for. If you ask for Dawa to be your guide, you won’t be disappointed. He knew everyone along the way on the trek which was a big help. This helped us to get into nicer lodges along the way and also get extra servings of food (this was a big deal!). His knowledge of the trek, the mountains and the history was great. He also introduced us to many of his friends and we spent time hanging out with them. Dawa really helped to make our experience very memorable – thank you so much again for everything.

In terms of the trek itself, make sure not to skip the acclimatisation days. These are extremely significant. I met some people who were behind schedule due to their cancelled flights and wanted to make up time. As a result, they skipped their acclimatisation days, which was not good. They quickly developed symptoms of altitude sickness which set them back.

Another piece of advice is to ensure that you climb Kalapatthar. This is higher than Base Camp (you can’t see Everest from Base Camp!!) but you get AMAZING views of Everest at the oeak of Kalapatthar. Well worth the extra trek.

Other than this, the helicopter journey home went perfectly. The helicopter arrived on time and brought us to Lukla. From there we got a plane back to Kathmandu with no issues at all – a great way to end the trek.

Again, I would have no hesitation in recommending Unique Adventures (and our guide Dawa) to anyone. Khum was extremely professional in his dealings with us – this was evinced especially when unexpected circumstances arose (e.g. cancelled flights, helicopter overcharge etc.). You can be assured that you will be well looked after in his capable hands. Thanks for everything Unique Adventures, Khum and Dawa!”
3.30 hours Guest house
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 teahouses 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.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
5 - 6 hours Guest house
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 - 5 hours Guest house
Today we will stay another night in Namche Bazar to better acclimatise. We recommend hiking to high altitudes on this day as it will help your body acclimatise 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 hours Guest house
The day begins with a little climb up about 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5.30 hours Guest house
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 - 5 hours Guest house
Today, we will have another day of acclimatization, while we again recommend that you do a small hike to acclimatise 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 Nagarjun Hill that offer magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Khangtega.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 hours Guest house
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8.30 - 9 hours Guest house
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.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4.30 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. A fantastic 1 hour flight awaits you, with several stunning vistas of the majestic Himalayan mountain chain.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (international and domestic both).
  • Pre-trek meeting.
  • Unique Adventure sleeping bag and down jacket, duffel bag, area trekking map.
  • 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 5+ persons.
  • Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner with cup of tea/coffee).
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu inclusive with all taxes and transfers.
  • Helicopter fly out from Gorakhshep / Kala Patthar.
  • All necessary trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organisational requirements.
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Luxury Hotel
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.
  • Porters to carry luggage (you can add a porter when booking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Private and Group Tour
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 5545 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Good to know Recommended Gear Lists:
01.) Good wind/rain jacket
02.) Warm fleece jacket or jersey
03.) Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
04.) Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
05.) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
06.) Fleece jacket or pullover
07.) Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
09) Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
10.) Lightweight gloves
11.) Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12.) Sun hat or scarf
13) Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
14.) Sunglasses with UV protection
15.) T-shirts
16.) Underwear
17.) Hiking shorts
18.) Lightweight cotton long pants
19.) Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
20.) Fleece or wool pants
21.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
22.) Thin, lightweight inner socks
23.) Thick, warm wool hiking socks
24.) Hiking boots with spare laces
25.) Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Other necessary equipment:
1.) Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
2.) Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
3.) Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
4.) Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5.) Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6.) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
7.) Toiletries
8.) Small wash towel
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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