Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

11 Days, from AU $5,351

Helicopter in the Everest Region

Everest Base Camp

Prayer wheels at the Thyangboche Monastery

Trekkers near Dingboche with Ama Dablam in the background

Chukpilhara Memorials between Thukla and Lobuche

Camp of climbers near the Everest Base Camp

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Follow in the footsteps of legendary climbing expeditions on this short, stunning trek to Everest Base Camp.

After an unforgettable flight to Lukla, follow trails that wind through pine and rhododendron forests to friendly Sherpa teahouses clinging to the hillside. Venture through remote, less explored terrain to Ama Dablam Base Camp and scale the summit of Kala Pattar to take in dazzling views of Everest at close range. A helicopter flight to Kathmandu ends your trip in spectacular style.

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

On arrival in Kathmandu, your experienced trek leader will lead an adventure briefing for the group. Unwind over drinks, get acquainted with fellow trekkers and discuss plans for the following morning’s departure before trying out the delicious local cuisine.

Day 2: Phakding

This morning, a stunning flight over the snow-capped peaks of Gauraisankar, Menlungtse and the terraced farms of the Himalayan foothills offers a tantalizing introduction to the Himalayan panorama you will explore in the coming days.

After landing in Lukla’s tiny airport, embark on a gentle, 3 hour hike to Phakding.

The mainly downhill trek leads you through colourful and fragrant forests of pine, magnolia and rhododendron, past several small Buddhist settlements with their pearl white stupas, ornate prayer wheels, piles of mani stones and colourful flags flapping in the breeze. Soak up the intoxicating beauty of the valley as you cross the swirling ice-water of the Dudh Kosi or ‘Milk River’ by suspension bridge, before arriving in the small village Phakding, where you lodge tonight.

Day 3: Namche Bazaar

Today, continue north along the Dudh Kosi River, passing through the small villages of Monjo and Jorsale and on into the Everest National Park. From here, it’s a challenging 2 hour climb up through pine forest to Namche Bazaar, but on a clear day, you’ll be rewarded with a spellbinding first glimpse of Everest’s fearsome peak halfway up.

Tucked within a horse-shoe shaped valley, prosperous Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar is an important trading centre and home to many shops, as well as a lively market which draws in locals from all over the region every Saturday. Fresh food is brought up to the town on yak-back or via ‘donkey trains,’ which can often be seen crossing the perilously high suspension bridges nearby. Spend a relaxing afternoon wandering the narrow streets and haggling for kit supplies in the local shops, or drop by an internet cafe and take advantage of the last chance to check your emails for several days.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar

Today we take a day off from our journey to become acclimatised and further explore Namche Bazaar and the surrounding area.

With its collection of artefacts, photos and archives chronicling Sherpa Everest climbing expeditions, a trip to the Sherwi Khangba Centre provides a fascinating insight into the history of the Sherpa culture in the Everest region. The Khumbu International Library, located within the Centre, features an ever expanding selection of books, magazines and videos dedicated to every aspect of Nepalese mountain life from flora and fauna to agricultural techniques.

Sagarmatha National Park Headquarters offers an interesting display of photos, memorabilia and information about the park and the spectacular views of the snow-swept ridges of Ama Dablam, Kwangde, Thamserku and Kangtega are not to be missed.

Day 5: Thyangboche Monastery and Deboche

Bypassing the crowds heading to the often crowded Tengboche monastery, we embark on a less-followed trail to Deboche via the Thyangboche Monastry.

Ascending out of Namche, we follow a spectacular mountain path that towers around 1,500 feet above the churning Dudh Kosi River below. Everest is now clearly in sight, along with ‘sister’ peak Lhotse and the equally imposing looking Nuptse. After stopping to browse several Tibetan trinket shops, we descend through rhododendron forest, crossing the river at Phunki Tenga where we reach the valley floor.

Keep your eyes open for Himalayan Thar, Blood Pheasants and Musk Deer as you venture through Blue Pine forest on the climb up to the remote Thyangboche Monastry (3867 metres) The monastery was seriously damaged by fire in 1989, but has since been rebuilt and its brightly coloured sacred paintings beautifully restored. Pay a visit to the monastery museum, listen to the curiously haunting, repetitive chants of the monks’ prayer ritual and soak up the astounding views from Ama Dablam and Taboche in the north to Kantega and Kwangde in the south.

Lodge tonight at Deboche, located further down the valley.

Day 6: Pangboche via Ama Dablam Base Camp

After crossing the Imja Drangka River, it’s a gradual ascent up to Lhabarma, where suddenly you come face to face with the colossal mountain ridge of Ama Dablam. Venture to the foothills and gaze in awe at the sheer enormity of its pyramid peak which soars 6,856 metres into the clouds.

The Base Camp itself stands in an open yak pasture beneath the mountain’s west face, offering unforgettable views of KanTega, Thamserku and Tawache. From here, you can explore one of the most beautiful but least seen stretches of the region as we make our way to Pangboche. Stopping here overnight ensures we beat the crowds while helping the local lodge keepers in this remote village make some extra income.

Day 7: Dingboche

Trekking high above the tree line, we descend to 4,580 metres and follow a pristine glacial stream towards the teahouse of Dughla. Shortly thereafter, the memorials of several Sherpa mountaineers who died during Everest expeditions offer a stark reminder of the peak’s formidable reputation.

Scrambling along the moraine of the mighty Khumbu Glacier, you’re greeted by astounding views of Kalar Kala and Pumori before reaching tonight’s lodgings at Dingboche after a 5-6 hour trek. Located on the Imja River at an altitude of around 4,530 metres, Dingboche has a population of just 200 people. Amazingly, this tiny village is also home to one of the highest billiard parlours in the world!

Day 8: Lobuche

After climbing out of Dingboche, we progress high above the valley floor along the shoulder of the huge glacial moraine wall. Far below us, a river formed by melt-water from the colossal Khumbu glacier at Everest courses through the valley.

Following trails carved into the tundra by generations of yak-trains, our ascent reaches 15,000 feet before we stop off for lunch in the tiny settlement of Thukla. From here it’s a steep and invigorating climb up to the village of Lobuche, where we will lodge tonight.

Day 9: Everest Base Camp to Gorak Shep

Our initially flat trail begins to wind up and down the moraine as we draw closer to the village of Gorak Shep (5,120m) and the frozen lakebed it sits on. From here, our path grows increasingly faint as we weave between mounds of rubble high among the glaciers of the world’s tallest peaks.

Leaving Gorak Shep it’s a steep uphill climb, sometimes scrambling over rock slabs, to the small peak of Kala Pattar (5,545m) or ‘Black Rock’. The views from the summit are outstanding, with the looming mass of Everest directly to the east, and many of the incredibly tough ascent routes that wind up its sheer walls now clear. Look in every direction and soak up unforgettable views of some of the world’s most fearsome peaks, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Changtse.

A three hour trek from Gorak Shep takes us to Everest Base Camp, situated close to the foot of the dazzling Khumbu glacier. Wandering this legendary camp site, hemmed in by the towering spikes of Nuptse and Pumori, gives some sense of the challenge mountaineers attempting the mountain must face. Those visiting during the spring might be lucky enough to meet some expedition groups preparing to take on the challenge.

We enjoy lunch at the camp, and then retrace our steps to Gorak Shep for an overnight stop.

Day 10: Kathmandu via Chartered Helicopter

Today, a private helicopter will transport you back to Kathmandu, bringing your Everest adventure to a spectacular close.

Enjoy free time in Kathmandu for the rest of the day, perhaps heading to the beautiful Garden of Dreams to unwind among tranquil lily ponds and verdant lawns, or venturing to iconic hippy destination Freak Street to browse the many art, trinket and book shops.

Day 11: Kathmandu

On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).

Inclusions:
  • Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Boutique hotel in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Hotel/Lodges each night.
  • All transportation.
  • English speaking trek guide.
  • Use of trekking kit bag during trek.
  • One Assistant guide between 4 trekkers.
  • Trekking chef for meals.
  • Professional porters, one between two trekkers.
  • All permits.
  • Hearty yet delicious meals on trek.
  • Domestic airfares.
Notes:
  • Mixed group for trek, up to 12 trekkers per group.
  • Highest altitude is Kalapathar 5,550 metres.
  • Trekking time of approximately 5 to 6 hours each day.
  • Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation (speak to us).
  • This trip package includes 1 internal flight (Kathmandu - Lukla) which retails at about 200AUD.
  • This trip package includes a private helicopter return flight from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu.

Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal

Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide 2-4 passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Always have extra US dollars just in case.

The following costs were correct at time of writing:

- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40

Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season, and the number of trekkers to share the helicopter flight with (4-5 passengers per helicopter).

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"On the base camp I booked helicopter from Namche up to Gorak Shep to pick up Lana and our guide see Everest and then fly back to Kathmandu- incredible views! Barahi Lodge in Chitwan was fantastic, probably would have liked one extra day. Pokhara was also interesting, walked up to the Peace Pagoda as a training hike after boating across the lake. Sarangkot lookout was also a bit of a hike (by moonlight) for sunrise and although a fairly clouding had some good views. Bandipur was also very nice .Thank you for your help. " — Dale and Lana, Sydney, October 2017

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