- Helicopter tour
- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 50
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Take an included small plane flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Have the adventure of a lifetime trekking to Everest Base Camp
- Visit important memorials and monasteries along the way and learn more about the culture
- See incredible views of the world's biggest mountains
This 12-day trip begins in Kathmandu, from where you will take a mountain flight to Lukla and begin trekking. Trek through rhododendron forests, along river banks, and on stony trails. Experience the remote mountain culture of the local people as you pass through villages and monasteries. Soak up the stunning views of the Himalayan giants. After the trek, we ride back to Lukla by helicopter from Gorakshep. One of the most exciting parts of this Everest trip is the helicopter tour over the pristine Gokyo Lake, which is also a popular trekking destination among trekkers who travel the Everest region.
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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
Day 3: Trek to Namchebazaar
Day 4: Rest in Namchebzaar
Day 5: Trek to Tengboche
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche
Day 7: Rest in Dingboche
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche
Day 9: Trek to Gorakshep via EBC
Day 10: Trek to Kalapatthar, back to Gorakshep, fly to Lukla
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 12: Depart
- Airport pickups and drops by private vehicle
- Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast
- Best available teahouse accommodation during the Everest trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights from a regular Twin Otter plane (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers = 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers = 1 porter)
- Helicopter expenses as per the itinerary
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Any extra night accommodation in Kathmandu for any reason (early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain)
- Some meals in Kathmandu, only those included in the itinerary
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?
What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?
It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.
- How does it work with a porter?
Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.