Everest Base Camp Trekking: 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by HelicopterMulti-day Tours & Adventures

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Everest Base Camp Trekking: 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

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About this experience

✔ Private group
✔ English speaking guide and a porter per group of two
✔ Full Board during the trek
✔ Flexible starting date after booking

DURATION: 12 Days including your arrival and departure day
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Patthar
OPENING SEASON: Year-round
WHO CAN COME: This trek is private. Only your group will participate. Everest Base Camp Trekking is suitable for anyone in good health and reasonably fit. No previous experience in high altitudes is required

Overview

Take an Everest Base Camp Trekking and follow the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on a thrilling steady climb of 2800 m/9187 ft to 5545 m/18193 ft from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar (5545 m), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest.

Enjoy incredible mountain landscapes and interesting culture during your ascent and then, after completing your adventure, return to Kathmandu by helicopter to enjoy extraordinary views of the mountains from high up.

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Highlights

◾ Take a multi-day trek to Everest Base Camp (5340m/17521ft) and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience
◾ Follow your experienced local guide and get an in-depth and authentic cultural experience in the local Sherpa villages
◾ Take in incredible views of the soaring peaks, gaping valleys, and glaciers as you trek leisurely to Everest Base camp
◾ Enjoy fantastic mountain views while flying back by helicopter

About this experience

✔ Private group
✔ English speaking guide and a porter per group of two
✔ Full Board during the trek
✔ Flexible starting date after booking

DURATION: 12 Days including your arrival and departure day
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Patthar
OPENING SEASON: Year-round
WHO CAN COME: This trek is private. Only your group will participate. Everest Base Camp Trekking is suitable for anyone in good health and reasonably fit. No previous experience in high altitudes is required

Description - What to expect

Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary

◾ Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport to be warmly welcomed by your host. Drive and check in to your hotel for some rest before you explore this historic and vibrant city on your own. In the evening a welcome dinner will be hosted by Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.

◾ Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2651m/8700ft), 40 mins flight, 3-4 hrs trek
Take an early morning flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane, where all Everest treks begin. Meet the rest of your team in Lukla and start trekking from there. Walk on a gradually descending trail to Cheplung village. From here, you can get a glimpse of Mount Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. Then gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438m/11,280 ft), 5-6 hrs
Your trail passes through a pine forest and continues up north through the Benkar Valley. Cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, ascend on a steep trail with amazing views. Ascending further will reach Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 4: Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization
Spending one more day in Namche Bazaar will help us get used to the high altitude and thinning oxygen. Tour the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. You can hike up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and so on. If you are interested in a day hike, can try trekking to Khumjung village. Today will also visit the Hillary School and a monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m/12,694ft) (5-6 hrs)
Today’s trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along with the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. Upon reaching Tengboche, will visit Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the region, and be amazed by the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m/14,300 ft), 5-6 hrs
Today descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees such as birch, conifers, and rhododendrons. This journey is again filled with tremendous views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River, and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails will be more rewarding with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. Move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River, and ultimately begin climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 7: Dingboche for Acclimatization
Dingboche is a famous stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and animals. Spend a day here for acclimatization. You can take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, and Ama Dablam.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) (5-6 hrs)
Today’s trek starts with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, continue your trek to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find yourself facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft),6-7 hrs
Take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continue straight ahead, will come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading and it is important to follow your lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to the thin air at the high altitude. Pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Base Camp. Upon reaching your destination, you will see tents of mountaineers standing out in bright colors against the grey of earthy surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. Get back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorakshep.

◾ Day 10: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorakshep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter (3-4 hrs trek)
Prepare for an early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 degrees Celsius). Moreover, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower are seen to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. Upon reaching Kalapatthar (5545-meter) you can enjoy 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mount Everest. Take nothing but pictures, and enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama. After that, return back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest.

Descend down to Gorakshep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. Fly over the serene waters of Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After captivating the lake’s tremendous beauty, continue your helicopter ride to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
Catch an early flight to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, this is today. Your guide can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening by the Alpine Club of Himalaya to celebrate the successful completion of your journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

◾ Day 12: Departure
Your Everest adventure in Nepal ends today. Your host will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Free Cancellation

◾ If you cancel your Everest Base Camp Trekking up to 15 days before departure you forfeit your deposit only
◾ If you cancel your tour between 15 and 7 days before departure you forfeit 50% of the tour cost
◾ If you cancel your tour within 7 days from the start of your experience you forfeit 100% of your tour cost
◾ You can reschedule the starting time of your experience up to 15 days prior to the original starting time for free. If your want to reschedule your starting time within 15 days prior to departure extra fees might apply
◾ No refunds are made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip starts
◾ No refunds will be made for accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, or any services not used

What's included, what's not

✔ 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
✔ 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 assistance guide)
✔ Helicopter/Chopper 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 entry visa fees
✖ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
✖ Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
✖ International flights and helicopter rides from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (if requested by guests)
✖ 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)

Bring with you

For this Everest Base Camp Trekking, we recommend carefully considering all essentials for the trek. (an extensive list can be provided on request) The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own.

Accommodation offer

You will be accommodated in Alpine Hotel and Apartments or similar hotels in Kathmandu and standard tea houses during trekking. All accommodations in Kathmandu and tea houses are on a twin-shared basis. We can cater to a special request for a single room in Kathmandu by paying a single supplement of USD 310.

Prepare for the experience

◾ The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive). Alternatively, helicopter arrangements can be made for up to 5 people on a sharing basis with the addition of USD 500 for one way flight per person to change your airplane flights to a helicopter.

The drive to Ramechhap and flight to Lukla are guaranteed unless the flight is canceled due to bad weather conditions. Travelers are suggested to advise us on the preferred alternatives for the flights to/from Lukla affected due to possible delays or disruptions.

◾ Your safety is of paramount importance and your host has the authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when there is reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group.

Health and safety

Nepal is open to fully vaccinated people. Provider complies with local legislation and applicable health recommendations with regard to Covid-19 prevention measures

Description - What to expect

Everest Base Camp Trekking Itinerary

◾ Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport to be warmly welcomed by your host. Drive and check in to your hotel for some rest before you explore this historic and vibrant city on your own. In the evening a welcome dinner will be hosted by Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.

◾ Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2651m/8700ft), 40 mins flight, 3-4 hrs trek
Take an early morning flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane, where all Everest treks begin. Meet the rest of your team in Lukla and start trekking from there. Walk on a gradually descending trail to Cheplung village. From here, you can get a glimpse of Mount Khumbila, a sacred mountain that has never been climbed. Then gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3438m/11,280 ft), 5-6 hrs
Your trail passes through a pine forest and continues up north through the Benkar Valley. Cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, ascend on a steep trail with amazing views. Ascending further will reach Namche Bazaar, the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 4: Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization
Spending one more day in Namche Bazaar will help us get used to the high altitude and thinning oxygen. Tour the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. You can hike up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and so on. If you are interested in a day hike, can try trekking to Khumjung village. Today will also visit the Hillary School and a monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3870m/12,694ft) (5-6 hrs)
Today’s trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along with the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. Upon reaching Tengboche, will visit Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the region, and be amazed by the views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360 m/14,300 ft), 5-6 hrs
Today descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees such as birch, conifers, and rhododendrons. This journey is again filled with tremendous views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River, and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails will be more rewarding with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. Move ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River, and ultimately begin climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 7: Dingboche for Acclimatization
Dingboche is a famous stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold wind and animals. Spend a day here for acclimatization. You can take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, and Ama Dablam.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft) (5-6 hrs)
Today’s trek starts with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where you will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, continue your trek to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find yourself facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 9: Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft),6-7 hrs
Take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorakshep Lake. Continue straight ahead, will come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading and it is important to follow your lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to the thin air at the high altitude. Pass through rocky dunes, moraine, and streams before reaching the Base Camp. Upon reaching your destination, you will see tents of mountaineers standing out in bright colors against the grey of earthy surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains you can view from the base camp. Get back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorakshep.

◾ Day 10: Gorakshep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorakshep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter (3-4 hrs trek)
Prepare for an early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 degrees Celsius). Moreover, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower are seen to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. Upon reaching Kalapatthar (5545-meter) you can enjoy 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mount Everest. Take nothing but pictures, and enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama. After that, return back to Gorakshep for a good night’s rest.

Descend down to Gorakshep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. Fly over the serene waters of Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After captivating the lake’s tremendous beauty, continue your helicopter ride to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

◾ Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
Catch an early flight to Kathmandu after your long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, you can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If you want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, this is today. Your guide can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening by the Alpine Club of Himalaya to celebrate the successful completion of your journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
(Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)

◾ Day 12: Departure
Your Everest adventure in Nepal ends today. Your host will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.