Type
Trekking
Level
Season
Mar/Apr/May/Sep/Oct / Nov/Dec
Accommodation
Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
Duration
12/11
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Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter

Everest Breakfast Heli Tour is the unique package developed by the travel planners of Aster Treks. This is probably the only travel package offered by the trekking and tour agency of Nepal for the travelers across the globe. We always believe in providing the platform where every form of travel is possible and everyone can travel to any place within Nepal. For those who can’t walk but have huge desire to reach the base camp of Mount Everest can choose to travel Nepal with this helicopter tour package in Nepal. We have designed the itinerary in such a way that travelers can boasts that they have reached the base camp of world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest as well as they did their morning breakfast gazing world’s most famous mountains.

Everest Breakfast Heli Tour commences from Kathmandu early in the morning. The chopper will fly above hills and various villages before landing at Lukla for the refueling. The chopper will then fly to Everest Base Camp where you will take pictures while being inside the chopper and finally lands at the Kalapathar (5545 m). The sight of Mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, Choyou etc. looks spectacular from this place. While returning from such an iconic place we will again stop at the Everest View Hotel. This is the most interesting and highest altitude placed hotel of the world. We will take the breakfast gazing at the mountains like Cholatse, Kwangde Ri, Thamserku, Amadablam, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tabuche etc. The voyage then returns back to Kathmandu via Lukla.

The overall theme of this helicopter tour in Everest region is to accommodate all types of people. Everyone has their own dream of reaching the Everest Base Camp but they are denied this opportunity because of physical fitness. Therefore, helicopter tour can become an ideal way of observing such iconic mountains. Come and let’s have breakfast in the vicinity of world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest through Everest Breakfast Heli Tour.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Himalayan Aster who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening a welcome dinner will be hosted by Himalayan Aster. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek

We take an early morning regular flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane which is where all Everest treks begin. We meet the rest of our team in Lukla and start trekking from there. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 3
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours

Our trail passes through a pine forest and we continue our walk on the trail that goes up north through the Benkar valley. We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, we ascend on a steep trail with incredible views. Ascending further, we reach Namche Bazaar which is the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 4
Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

Spending one more day in Namche Bazaar will help us get used to the high altitude and thinning oxygen in the air. We tour the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School and a monastery which houses a yeti scalp!  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5 - 6 hours

This segment of the trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, we enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery in the region and soak in the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other peaks. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 6
Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

We descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees – birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again rewards us with tremendous views of Mt. 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 reward us with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.

Day 7
Dingboche: acclimatization

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. 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 grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam.

Day 8
Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 5-6 hours

We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest.  Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 9
Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest. Overnight in Gorak Shep

Day 10
Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter: 3 km, 3-4 hours trek

We prepare for an early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, 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. But, it is upon reaching Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Gorak Shep for a good night’s rest.

Those participants who visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kalapatthar. We descend down to Gorak Shep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. We fly over the serene waters of the Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After admiring the lake’s tremendous beauty, we continue our helicopter ride to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.

Day 11
Fly to Kathmandu

We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12
Final departure

Our Everest adventure in Nepal ends today. A Himalayan Aster representative will drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

Package inclusions and exclusions

Whats included in this tour

  • Airport pickups and drops in a 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 or farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking Guide
  • Porter service (2:1)
  • 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)
  • Himalayan Aster’s trekking bag/duffel bag, and t-shirt
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Whats not included in this tour

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • 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)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

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