Everest Heli Trek

Everest heli trek
Price $5500

USD 4900

Trip Duration

11 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

Kala Patthar (5,545 m)

Accommodation

Hotel/Teahouse

Transportation

Bus/Car/Flight

Group Size

2-20

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Highlights

  • A fusion of trekking and a helicopter ride over the towering Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest.
  • Stunning views of the region’s other famous peaks, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
  • Discover old monasteries and traditional Sherpa communities while learning about the area’s culture and way of life.
  • Discover the popular Kalapatthar viewpoint for the magnificent views of Mount Everest.
  • Hike through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich flora and fauna.

Overview

Everest Heli Trek is a variation of the Everest Base Camp Trek that includes a helicopter ride back to Lukla from Gorakshep. It offers a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges of the Everest region. The Sherpa culture and warmth, as well as monasteries and shrines, mountain forests, and other sights, make for an unforgettable experience.

This Heli Trek is broken down into sections. One takes you to the well-known trekking trails in the Everest region, from Lukla to Kala Patthar. While the other transports you by helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla. The flight takes you across Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Kala Patthar, introducing you to the spellbinding Himalayan scenery. The journey concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu.

The best part about the Everest Heli trek is that you’ll follow traditional trails to Everest Base Camp, making it convenient and enjoyable. As a result, the trek is suitable for people of all ages. As a result, this trek suits for those who want to experience the grandeur of the Everest Base Camp Trek without having to endure long days of trekking.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
  • Day 02: Flight to Lukla and then trek to Phakding
  • Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche
  • Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
  • Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Day 07: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
  • Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep and Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

Welcome to Nepal! Just outside of the airport terminal building, one of our personnel will be waiting for you. You will be received and brought to the pre-arranged accommodation upon arrival at the airport. In the hotel, a brief meeting about trekking and preparation will be held. After that, you can check in and rest at the hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Flight to Lukla and then trek to Phakding

The trek to Everest Base Camp’s first day begins today. For your early-morning flight to Lukla, our personnel will transport you to the airport.

Lukla’s flight is brief yet breathtaking. The flight takes off with a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley. You’ll pass over some beautiful mountain ranges as the flight heads near Lukla. Not long later, you reach Lukla.

You trek to Phakding after some time in Lukla. The straightforward hike starts with a rugged descent. It delivers you to Cheplung and the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. You reach Phakding after continuing your ascent.
Overnight in Phakding.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

There are many suspension bridges along the path that leads to Namche Bazaar, which traverses rivers and valleys. It’s enjoyable yet difficult at the same time. After breakfast, you leave Phakding. After a short climb through Benkar, the breathtaking view of Mount Thamserku catches your attention.

You will reach the Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint after traversing a number of suspension bridges. Our guides will assist you in obtaining permits so that you can continue the walk. The Dudh Koshi River, which leads to Jorsale, is reached after the trail descends. The terrain has now climbed. The journey is worth it only for the views of Mt. Everest and Nuptse. You eventually arrive to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche

A settlement reknowned as Namche Bazaar can be found in the Khumbu region on the hillsides. It serves as the region’s primary trading hub. The day after you arrive in Namche, you should acclimate to the surroundings. Acclimatization days are crucial when mountaineering. Due to the high altitude, altitude sickness is a potential risk. In order to avoid illness, our bodies must acclimate to the environment and rising elevation.

You’ll be brought to Hotel Everest View to get used to the new atmosphere. As the highest placed hotel in the world, it is well-known. The hotel offers a stunning perspective of the enormous Himalayas. You’ll spend some time there and then head back to your hotel.
Overnight in Namche.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

The trails from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche are difficult. It begins with a fall in height and then becomes full of irregular terrain with high elevation.

You enter the rhododendron woodland after leaving Namche Bazaar by traveling past Kyanjum. The Phungi Thenga river’s banks are reached after the trail lowers. The trail is lined with magnificent mountain ranges, including as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Following that, the trail climbs to Tengboche.

The primary attraction in Tengboche is the monastery. In the Khumbu region, it is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist temple. You are welcome to go to the monastery and take in the peaceful surroundings.
Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

It’s a beautiful journey from Tengboche to Dingboche. On your route there, you’ll go past glaciers and mountains covered in snow.

After leaving the village, you descend to Deboche village through a forest. After some distance, you’ll come across a wall made of carved stone. You cross a suspension bridge, ascend a short hill, and then enter the valley from the opposite side. Ama Dablam is now clearly seen up close. You reach Pangboche village after an extended journey that takes you past Shomare town and uphill. Soon you’ll be at Dingboche.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 07: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

The trek’s second day of acclimatization is today. A few distance above Dingboche is Nangkartsang Peak. Therefore, the climb to the summit will aid in your preparation for acclimatization.

The valley is divided in half by Nangkartsang. On one side is the Imja valley, which leads to Chukkung, and on the other is the valley that leads to Lobuche. The ascent has a steep incline. The vistas of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and other peaks as you make your way up the mountain are breathtaking. It won’t take long for you to reach Nangkartsang Peak. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views from the summit. The same track will take you back to Dingboche shortly.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

The route to Lobuche is a little challenging. Leaving Dingboche, the journey continues with a climb to a moraine. The route leads to the valley-dwelling village of Pheriche. After an arduous ascent, you will reach the Khumbu glacier and Everest Memorial after passing via Thukla. In honor of climbers who lost their lives trying to reach Everest’s summit, the Everest Memorial was built. As you carry on walking, you will reach Lobuche.
Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep and Visit Everest Base Camp

Once the trail leaves the settlement of Lobuche, it starts to climb gradually with less pronounced slopes. It is broken up into two parts. One that leads to Gorakshep village, the single village at the highest elevation of the journey. Gorakshep, which is not far from Everest Base Camp, is reached by the second trail.

You follow the Khumbu glacier as you leave Lobuche. Along the trip, you might get a close-up view of Nuptse’s magnificent surroundings. You might be able to see Mount Everest’s summit as you go. You must hike across Lobuche Pass to get to Gorakshep. Before continuing on your way to the base camp, you can take a break.

Once you’ve left Gorak Shep, the Khumbu Icefall will be even more spectacular to see. You’ll reach Everest Base Camp soon after that. A breathtaking panorama is provided by Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori, and other peaks. After some time, head back to Gorakshep.
Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and Back to Kathmandu

The trek begins early on this particular day so that travelers can witness the enthralling sunrise from Kala Patthar. It is simple to follow the course. As you go on, the view of Mount Everest becomes more distinct. You arrive to Kala Patthar after negotiating a difficult trek. The world’s tallest mountain is a tremendous source of pride and success to stand beneath. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas. Soon after having a great time, return along the same route. Breakfast involves a trek to Gorak Shep. Hereafter we’ll take a short heli ride to Lukla and get on a flight back to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 11: Final Departure

The final day of the Everest Base Camp Trek is today. You will be taken to Kathmandu Airport for your return journey. We look forward to working with you once more.

What is included in Everest Heli Trek

  • Helicopter Flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • All land transportation
  • 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3 daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, along with seasonal fruit snacks
  • Round-trip flights between Kathmandu and Lukla with departure taxes included
  • Use of a down jacket and sleeping bag while trekking
  • A duffle bag for trekking
  • One government registered trekking guide and assistant (optional)
  • One Porter for two people
  • Food, accommodation, salary, and equipment for staff are covered
  • Trekking route map
  • Certificate of accomplishment for a trip
  • A well-equipped first aid box
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit Fee
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • Confirm Booking
  • Local Taxes

What is Excluded

  • Extra personal expenses
  • Airfare regarding International flights
  • Tips to Porters & Guides
  • Extra facilities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa
    Obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport. Pay $50 for 30 days or $135 for 90 days, or in another currency of equal value. Remember to bring two passport-sized photos.
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Any drinks or beverages
  • Access to hot showers while trekking
  • Any additional activities/meals besides the itinerary

Best Time for Everest Heli Trek

In the Everest region of Nepal, the most suitable time for the Everest Heli Trek is often during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons.

The trek combines trekking to the base camp with a thrilling helicopter flight back, making for an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Here’s a more extensive explanation of why these seasons are ideal for the trek:

Spring Season (March to May)

The Everest Heli Trek is best done in the spring. It usually begins in March and lasts through May. The weather is consistent during this period, with clear skies, warm temperatures, and very little rainfall, making it perfect for trekking and helicopter flights.

The rhododendron forests offers vibrant panoramas along the trekking trail. Because visibility is excellent, you can enjoy amazing views of the Everest region, including Mount Everest itself.

Autumn Season (September to November)

Autumn is a good time for the Everest Heli Trek because it is Nepal’s post-monsoon season. The weather is mostly clear and dry, with little rain. This enables comfortable walking and dependable helicopter flights.

The vistas are spectacular, and the skies are frequently blue, providing excellent photographic opportunity. The mild temperatures make it a great time for trekking without being too cold.

Gear and Equipment

Clothes: 

  • Down Jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Warn woolen socks
  • Quality trekking boots with gripping sole
  • Muffler/ scarf
  • Warm trouser

Equipment:

  • Trekking poles
  • Headlights
  • Sleeping bag
  • U-lock
  • Oxygen
  • Survival blankets
  • Insect repellent, etc.

Electronics:

  • Phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Torch
  • Headlight
  • Headphone/ earphone, etc.

Others: 

  • Dry foods
  • Trekking map
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Water bottle, etc.

Safety Note for EBC Heli Trek

  • Fasten your seat belt while onboard.
  • Smoking and drinking are prohibited during the flight.
  • Switching seats during the flight should be avoided.
  • Throwing anything out of the helicopter during the flight is risky.
  • Follow the guidelines given by the operator.
  • Be patient while getting in and out of the helicopter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to do the Everest Heli Trek?
When the weather is stable and the skies are bright, Everest Heli Trek is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons provide the best conditions for trekking and helicopter rides.
How long does it take to complete the Everest Heli Trek?
The trek normally lasts 10-14 days, including rest and sightseeing days. This time frame allows trekkers to adjust to the altitude and enjoy the journey at their own speed.
Is it necessary for me to be an experienced trekker to accomplish this trek?
While prior hiking experience is advantageous, it is not required. A reasonable level of fitness and preparation is all that is required. The best thing is that you don't have to walk back; you can enjoy a magnificent helicopter trip. The trek can be adjusted to different skill levels, and expert guides can help you along the way.
What permits are required for the Heli Trek to Everest Base Camp?
A Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card are required. In addition, helicopter flights require a special permit.
Is altitude sickness a possibility on this trek?
Because you will be ascending to high altitudes, altitude sickness is a possibility. Adequate acclimatization and listening to your guide's instructions can help to reduce the risk. In case of an emergency, helicopter evacuations are available.
Is it required to get travel insurance for the Everest Heli Trek?
Yes, comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, helicopter evacuations, and trip cancellations is highly advised. Examine your insurance policy to confirm that it covers high-altitude trekking.
Is there an age limit for the trek?
While there are no age restrictions, participants must be in decent physical shape. Because the trek is physically challenging, speaking with a doctor before going on it is critical, especially for elderly trekkers.

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