10 Day Everest Base Camp Trek with Chopper Return

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5 Based on 44 Reviews
  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Private and Group
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 35
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 5545 meters
  • Tour Code BM-8079
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  • Operated in English
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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 Chopper 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
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Fly to Lukla and start trek to Phakding
  • Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest)
  • Day 3: Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization
  • Day 4: Trek to Tyangboche
  • Day 5: Trek to Dingboche
  • Day 6: Day Hike to Chhukung or Nangkartshang Peak
  • Day 7: Trek to Lobuche
  • Day 8: Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorakhshep
  • Day 9: Trek to Kalapatthar and fly back to Lukla
  • Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu (international and domestic both).
  • Pre-trek meeting.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag (to be returned upon the completion date of the trek)
  • 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.
  • Full-board meals during the trek (Main course: breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu / Ramechhap - Lukla - Kathmandu / Ramechhap inclusive with all taxes and transfers.
  • Helicopter fly out from Gorakhshep / Kala Patthar.
  • All necessary trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park entrance fees and Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organisational requirements.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Deluxe EBC Trek Accommodation
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in KTM
  • 3 * Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 4 * Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 5 * Hotel in Kathmandu
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepal Visa (USD 30 for 15 days or USD 50 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).
  • Bar and beverage bills, tea / coffee / drinking water. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, battery charger, hot shower etc
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 44 reviews
  • Greg
  • From USA
  • On Apr 18 2024
5 - Excellent
Everest Base Camp Success!
Our 10-day Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return was an experience of a lifetime! The itinerary was just right. It was a challenging adventure but not overwhelming. The acclimatization days were incredible, and the final... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review: Your 10-day Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return sounds absolutely incredible! The itinerary was perfectly balanced, offering a challenging adventure without feeling overwhelming. Those acclimatisation days must have been breathtaking, and reaching Kala Patthar for those stunning views of Mt. Everest must have been unforgettable. Experiencing the 'Everest Highway' firsthand must have been quite an adventure!
  • Anonymous
  • From Australia
  • On Mar 08 2024
5 - Excellent
"Thrilling Trek: Everest Base Camp
My 10-day Everest Base Camp trek with this tour operator was an unforgettable journey. From start to finish, their attention to detail and expertise made the experience seamless and enjoyable. The trek itself was breathtaking,... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review:

Thank you for sharing your unforgettable experience with us! We're thrilled that your 10-day Everest Base Camp trek with our tour operator was seamless and enjoyable, thanks to our attention to detail and expertise. The breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the unique perspective of the helicopter return were undoubtedly highlights of your journey.

Our knowledgeable and supportive guides were there to ensure your safety and comfort every step of the way, making your adventure in the Himalayas truly memorable.

We're grateful for your recommendation and would be honoured to assist anyone looking to embark on their own unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas. Thank you for choosing us for your Everest Base Camp trek!

  • Khiem Ho
  • From USA
  • On Jan 02 2024
5 - Excellent
Fantastic trip to EBC
We had a fantastic trip to EBC with helicopter return. The majestic white-capped mountain peaks were indescribable. Although we didn't make it to EBC due to acute altitude sickness on the very last day, it's still a worthwhile... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review:

Thank you for sharing your incredible journey to Everest Base Camp with us! The majestic views of the white-capped mountain peaks must have been awe-inspiring indeed. While it's unfortunate that altitude sickness prevented you from reaching EBC on the last day, your perspective that it's the journey, not the destination, truly resonates.

Your trip sounds like an adventure of a lifetime, and we're thrilled that you had a fantastic experience overall. We hope that, despite not reaching the final destination, the memories and experiences you gained along the way will be cherished forever. Thank you for choosing us for your EBC adventure, and we'd love to welcome you back for more unforgettable experiences in the future!

  • Nikoloz Kapanadze
  • From Georgia
  • On Dec 15 2023
5 - Excellent
Everest Base Camp
Very nice pick up from the airport. We were informed in time where the driver was, and in a nice car, we were driven to the hotel! We got a lot of information on Kathmandu and Nepal on our way.
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review: It's wonderful to hear that you had a pleasant airport pickup experience with timely communication and a comfortable ride to the hotel. Providing informative insights about Kathmandu and Nepal during the journey adds an extra layer of hospitality and enhances the overall experience. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback! If you need any further assistance or information during your stay, please don't hesitate to reach out.
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GOOD TO KNOW
CANCELLATION

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.

Other Practical InformationNOTE: 1. Urgent Notice for Domestic Flights (To/From Lukla) The Government of Nepal has announced the halt of all flight operations from Kathmandu to Lukla, tentatively. Flights to Lukla have now been re-directed to Manthali airport in the district of Ramechhap which is 132 Km east of Kathmandu until further notice, to avoid the heavy traffic congestion at Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap physically sits in the Tamakoshi River Valley and is located 132 km from Kathmandu (an approximately 3-4 hours drive). However, the early morning flight which departs at 6 am in the morning from Kathmandu will be available throughout this period, subject to early bookings at least 6 months to 1 year in advance prior to all Everest trips, which can be tedious in the peak season periods of spring and autumn. This too, is not guaranteed due to inclement weather patterns in these climatic changing times. All other flights after 6 am to Lukla will only be available from the airport in Ramechhap. Other than this, optionally, helicopter arrangements can be made for 5 people on a sharing basis with an addition of USD 500 for a one way flight per person with an exclusive choice [only yours] to change your airplane flights to the helicopter. We will try to coordinate ways to form groups at the airport for this arrangement, but again, this too cannot be guaranteed, especially in peak season periods. The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla is almost always guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions. Travelers are requested to advise us on your preferred alternatives for flights to/from Lukla if/when possible delays or disruptions occur. We would truly appreciate your patience to bear with us in the mentioned circumstances above. Climate change and our, should we say, blessed geographical conditions; which can be a monster when least expected, has become the relevant cause for this, making us victims of unseen circumstances beyond our control. Thank you so much for your kind understanding. Recommended gear: Waterproof jackets Warm fleece jackets, jerseys, pullovers Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light leather boots Sleeping bags (preferably those rated -20 degree Celsius. You can rent them in Kathmandu) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband Fleece wind-stopper jackets (optional) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jackets Down vests and/or jackets (optional) Lightweight gloves Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer Sun hats/scarfs Light balaclavas/warm fleece hats Sunglasses with UV protection T-shirts Underwear Hiking shorts Lightweight cotton long pants Light, expedition-weight thermal bottoms Fleece or woollen pants Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, warm wool hiking socks Hiking boots with spare laces Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Other necessary equipment: Headlamps (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag Basic first aid kits (We also provide a comprehensive first aid medical kit and oxymeter to the head guide) Large plastic bags to keep items dry inside your trekking bag Day packs (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended) Toiletries Small wash towels COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • An average group size of maximum 8 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travelers safe.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • 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.

  • What is the weather going to be like when I travel to Everest Base Camp?

    The weather in Nepal varies by season. For example, November to January is the dry season with sunny days, clear skies and usually no rain. However, on Everest Base Camp, the temperatures at this altitude will be cold, particularly at night. February to May and September to October is the most popular time to travel to EBC, with usually fairly dry and stable weather, although there may be the occasional shower. June to August is monsoon season in Nepal, but once you pass 3,000 meters altitude there is less and less rain. Check out our guide on the best time to visit Nepal for more on specific monthly climate and seasons.

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    There are no quarantine requirements in Nepal for arriving visitors at the moment.

  • Are there bag weight restrictions for the small aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla?

    Yes. The baggage weight allowance on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 10 kg for checked baggage plus 5kg for hand baggage for a total of 15 kg. Bags overweight will be charged approximately USD 1 per kg over the limit.

     

  • How much should my backpack weigh?

    A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.  

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