Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return

Trip Code

TTN-497

Trip Type

Group

Difficulty Level

Strenuous

Accommodation

Hotel and Tea House

Group Size

2-14

ALTITUDE

5555 m / 18225 ft.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek in the Everest region and step foot on the Everest Base Camp.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas in helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla.
  • Get insight into the unique Sherpa culture of Everest region.
  • Soak in the sights of beautiful landscape, incredible flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park. 
  • Rejoice in the magnificent views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu and other Himalayan peaks.
  • Enjoy the spectacular flight to and from Lukla-Kathmandu or Manthali.

Trip Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return route is iconic and full of adventures, starting from Lukla that takes you through the beautiful mountains, Sherpa villages, spectacular landscapes, deep valleys, glaciers and finally ends at the base of Mt. Everest. There are invincible Sherpa people who behold the great history of mountain climbing. Beyond the mountains, the trail follows the Sagarmatha National Park where you will encounter rich biodiversity of the Khumbu region.

The EBC Trek comes to close as you set foot on Everest Base Camp and lose yourself in the spectacular mountain scenery of the great Himalayas. This trip gives you a chance to avoid arduous trek back from Gorakh Shep to Lukla, and offers immersive experience of mountain views in the comfort of a helicopter flight.

While returning back to Lukla via shared helicopter ride, you will enjoy the closest 360 degree aerial views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Pumori and associated peaks. Plus, you will witness the cliff top monasteries, yak herders camp, Sherpa villages, lush forests of Sagarmatha National Park, trekkers with backpacks hiking along the trails and many more.

For all those reasons, Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 12 days trip is an intense experience of a lifetime. Every year Trekking to Nepal takes many clients to this adventurous journey of a lifetime followed by our experienced, English speaking trekking guides. Also, we offer Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days where we trek up and back the same trail instead of a helicopter return flight from Gorakh Shep to Lukla.

Come and join this daring adventure with us.

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Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu

    Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Enjoy your first glimpse of exotic Kathmandu as you are transferred to the hotel in our private vehicle.

    Next, visit our office in Thamel for a pre-trip meeting. Depending on your arrival, trekking orientation will happen after 4 PM. If you arrive earlier, we will schedule our trip meeting to this very day. Meet our trekking guide and ask us any questions you have about this trek. Depending on your arrival, trekking orientation will happen after 4 PM. If you arrive earlier, we will schedule our trip meeting to this very day. 

    Note: Make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Besides, please ensure that you clear the due balance, if any, and sign a legally binding trip form as well as non-liability disclaimer in this meeting.

    Accommodation at Hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02

    Fly to Lukla (2804 m) and trek to Phakding (2610 m)

    Duration: 3-4 hours

    Our trek commences today in the morning with a scenic flight to Lukla. Enjoy the scenic view of the world's highest mountain peaks in the mountain region. Meet your porters at Lukla airport and be there for a short trekking brief with guides.Today we hike uphill from Lukla to Phakding for 3-4 hours and stay overnight there.

    Accommodation at a tea house. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Read: Kathmandu to Lukla flight has been shifted to Ramechhaap, Manthali Airport (temporarily) due to increased congestion in Kathmandu airport during peak trekking season (March, April, May, October and November). Manthali Airport can be reached within 4-5 hour drive in road from Kathmandu.

  • Day 03

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m)

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Today, we trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, a historic Sherpa town of the Khumbu region. En route, we cross over suspension bridges, follow the trails alongside the Dudh Koshi River, pass by beautiful villages, alpine forests filled with rhododendron and pines of the Sagarmatha National Park. Further ahead, we reach the mountain town, Namche, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp and acclimatization stop for the trekkers.

    Overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04

    Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar

    We spend acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar in order to adapt to the mountain weather and avoid altitude sickness. Namche Bazaar is a busy tourist hub with the largest settlement of native Sherpa people where you will find the best hotels, lodges, pubs, bakeries, shops, museums, banks and many more.

    On this day, we will visit Sagarmatha National Park Museum, Syangboche Airport and Hotel Everest View. Prepare yourself for the stunning view of the world's highest mountain peak, Mount Everest and adjoining peaks along with beautiful landscapes and nearby villages of the Khumbu region.

    Stay overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05

    Trek to Tengboche (3860m)

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Trek from Namche to Tengboche village. En route, we hike uphills and downhills beholding the sights of beautiful forests, glacial rivers, lush forests, and majestic mountains. Visit the oldest and largest Tengboche Monastery, and experience the spiritual prayer ceremonies by the Buddhist monks. From this point, enjoy the breathtaking view of mountains like Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kwangde, Tawachee and associated peaks.

    Accommodation at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06

    Trek to Dingboche (4350m)

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    Today, we trek downhill to Pangboche, and then climbing stephill to Dingboche, our next acclimatization spot. On the way, we followed by suspension bridges, raging rivers, deep valleys, rhododendron forest, mani stones, and incredible mountain peaks.

    Overnight stay at lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07

    Acclimatization stay in Dingboche

    Duration – 4 hours

    Dingboche is the stop off point for acclimatization and preparing yourself for trekking in the higher elevation. Today, we hike to Nangkartshang Peak near Dingboche. From here we enjoy a closer, stunning view of gorgeous Ama Dablam Makalu and adjoining mountain ranges along with Imja Khola valley, and beautiful farmlands of Dingboche village.

    Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08

    Trek to Lobuche (4910m)

    Duration: 5-6 hours

    The trek continues with a steep uphill climb for an hour. On the journey, behold the sights of the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier and gradually come into ablation zone. As we trek further, we reach Pheriche followed by Thugla pass where we find stone memorials built for the climbers who perished en route to Mount Everest and other mountain peaks. Further ahead, we trek along the Everest trail up to Lobuche village, and spend a night there.

    Accommodation at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09

    Trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep (5180 m)

    Duration: 8-9 hours

    This will be an awesome day of our Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return trip. Get ready for the most awaited moment of this trek, step foot in the base of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest.

    First, we trek to Gorak Shep. Then, we headed to Everest Base Camp beholding the sights of Khumbu Glacier, Icefall, and the magnificent Himalayas. The closest view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori, and other associated peaks are truly breathtaking. Immerse yourself fully in the beauty of majestic Himalayas. From here, we head back to Gorak Shep  for our overnight stay.

    Accommodation at a tea house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10

    Hike to Kalapathar (5555 m), descend back to Gorak Shep and then helicopter return to Lukla.

    Duration: 7-8 hours

    In the morning, we take a short hike to Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar is the most popular destination for the sunrise view and astonishing panoramic view of Mt. Everest and associated peaks. It’s time to experience the adventure of a lifetime, soaking  yourself up fully in the majestic views of mountains. Then, we return back to Gorak Shep for the helicopter return flight to Lukla. You will avoid trekking back the same trail, and instead enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks soaring high above the clouds.

    Stay overnight at a guest house. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11

    Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

    Finally, the trek comes to a close as you fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Enjoy mesmerizing views of mountains, surrounding hills, beautiful landscapes during the flight. Arrival in Kathmandu and back to the hotel.

    Read: Lukla to Kathmandu flight has been shifted to Ramechhaap, Manthali Airport due to increased congestion in Kathmandu airport. It takes about 4-5 hour drive in road from Manthali to reach Kathmandu.

    For those interested in further extending the trip, we offer several travel and trekking packages  in Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Tibet. For more information, please visit our website.

    Overnight stay at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 12

    Departure

    The last day of the trip. Our airport representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. You complete this trek which is a great accomplishment in itself and return home carrying beautiful moments of your journey.

    Breakfast included.

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The price of this trip per person for the Small Group Journey is listed below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey which can be suitable for you, your family and friends. Discounts is also available which is directly subjected to the increase with the number of people in your group. Hence, bigger the group, better the discount. Therefore, group bookings are highly encouraged.

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Price Includes
  • Accomodation at a 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights including breakfast (Twin sharing basis).
  • Accommodation at tea houses for 9 nights during the trek (Twin sharing basis).
  • Shared helicopter return flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla.
  • Daily well balanced meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu.
  • Airport and Hotel pick up and drop off with our private vehicle.
  • A dedicated, experienced, licensed English-speaking trekking guide to manage the entire trek.
  • Porter services to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter= 2 guests).
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments and medicines.
  • Everest Base Camp trekking permit (TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park).
  • Domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Trekking to Nepal’s duffel/kit bag and sun hat are yours to take.
  • All local and government taxes.
  • Official expenses.
Price Doesn't Include
  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa. (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15/30/90 days can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively.
  • Accomodation cost besides the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab).
  • Tips/gratuity for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section

FAQs

    Arrival and Visa

    • Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

      Yes, our airport representative will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal, displaying “Trekking to Nepal” signboard. After meeting up, you will be taken to your respective hotel in our private vehicle.

    • How do I get Visas to Nepal?

      You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are electronic registration machines in Kathmandu airport which read your passport, take your photo and print out visa form for immigration purposes. Further, we suggest you bring 2 copies of passport size photos (not necessary at Kathmandu airport), but it might be needed for documentation.

      You can also apply online within 15 days of your date of arrival in Nepal. For that, you require a valid passport, your hotel address and a recent digital version of passport size photo (size 1.5”x 1.5”). You can print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the Immigration officer along with visa fee in Kathmandu airport.

      A 15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please read this link about Tourist Visa.

      Also, you can follow this link- Department of Immigration to fill up online Tourist Visa form.

    • Do I need special travel insurance for trekking in Nepal?

      Yes. Our company only covers insurance for our team members. We recommend you buy a travel insurance in your country. Make sure your travel insurance covers adventure activities over a certain altitude (4000 m) and covers emergency medical as well as helicopter rescue and evacuation.

      Most importantly, if you are trekking in the mountainous region of Nepal, then you should plan ahead about possible challenges, especially altitude sickness, ill related health issues, accidents, flight delays etc. In such cases, the only possible way out of the mountains is helicopter rescue. So, we recommend you to have a travel insurance policy that covers the helicopter evacuation cost and medical services in hospitals while trekking in Nepal.

    • Do I need any extra documents?

      All you need is a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 2 passport size photos while travelling in Nepal. You are required to bring photos for trek permits.

    Expenditures and Travel

    • How much spending money do I need for Everest Base Camp Trek?

      Well, our Everest Base Camp Trek cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses. (See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides this the other expenses depends totally on your spending habits. In general, you can spend $10 – $15 per person per day for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During the trek a $15 – $25 per person per day is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, Wi fi, showers etc. You might not need the mentioned amount too however it is always better to have the cash handy with you.

      Likewise, if you like to offer tips/gratuity or give donations to monasteries, you can bring along a small amount of pocket money extra during the trek which could be local or your own currency. (It’s optional).

      Please note: Everest region is comparatively more expensive than any other regions of Nepal. Being the mountainous region of Nepal without access to road transport in many parts especially at higher altitude regions, consumer goods are transported by helicopter, airplanes, horses, mules and porters that leads to high-cost at these places.

    • Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?

      You are required to pay 30% deposit at the time of booking and rest of the amount prior to the trip departure date. For this trip, you need to complete an online booking form along with 30% non-refundable deposit. You can pay the remaining amount in cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card) upon your arrival in Kathmandu, at our office in Thamel. Note that a 3.5% levy will be added as card processing fee by banks. (We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee).

      Read more details in “terms and conditions”.

    • What is your Cancellation Policy?

      Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as cancelled and a cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

      If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for unused accommodations.

      Moreover, you can postpone or transfer your booking to another person, if you have genuine reasons for not taking the trip. For instance: serious illness, death of a close relative or friend etc. In such cases, if all the requirements are met, you can postpone or change on another date, but an extra fee of $200 is required.

      For more details please read “terms and conditions”.

    • Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?

      Most places in trekking route doesn’t accept credit cards. Though, there are few ATM booths in Namche Bazaar, they are highly unreliable. So, we highly recommend you to convert currencies into Nepalese Rupees or withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu before going to trek.

      Also, note that money exchanger does not accept credit cards in Nepal. Besides, few shops in Kathmandu accept credit cards for your purchases.

    Preparation and Fitness Level

    • What should be my preparation and fitness level for Everest Base Camp Trek?

      You don’t need any special kind of technical skill or training for Everest Base Camp Trek. If you are fit, healthy and can walk up to 5-8 hours a day, then you can trek to Everest Base Camp.

      While trekking to Everest Base Camp, you hike in the trail up to higher altitude of 5600 m. Likewise, trekking in higher altitude is more strenuous than lower altitude due to lower oxygen level, decreased air pressure and density in these regions. Your body needs some time to adapt in new climate and cope with decreased oxygen level at higher altitude, which is called acclimatization.

      So, we suggest you to do regular physical exercise, running or jogging activities to enhance your fitness level and keep yourself in good health. To enjoy your trek to the fullest, you can start doing an hour of aerobic exercises 3 to 4 times per week before 2-3 months the trek commences. This will surely enhance your stamina and endurance required for the trek. With sheer determination, courage and mental strength, you can accomplish this trek successfully.

      Note: For aspiring trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease, we highly encourage to inform us while booking or consult doctor before the trip.

    • Is there any age limit for trekking in Nepal?

      There’s no age limit for trekking in Nepal as long as you are physically and mentally fit. However, for trekkers below age 18, you should be accompanied by your parents or elder guardians during the trek.

    Trip Difficulty

    • How difficult is trekking in the Everest region?

      It’s all relative and depends on your preparation and fitness levels. If you frequently hike long distances and have prior experience of trekking in hills with backpacks, you will find this trek easier. On the other side, if you are not used to trekking, outdoor activities or physical exercises, then you will find it difficult.

      Trekking in the Everest region is challenging, yet rewarding. Only when you accept and overcome challenges, you will find growth, build your strength and character in life. Depending on your route, usually the trek consists of 5-8 hours of hiking each day with a professional guide. So, trekking in Everest region is achievable for most people, but you need both preparation and obsession with the mountains.

    Accommodation and Communication

    • What kind of Hotel can I expect in Kathmandu?

      We use Nepali standard three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu. You will be accommodated in standard room on a twin-sharing basis including breakfast during your stay.

      Furthermore, if you need to stay extra nights in the hotel or need upgraded to 4 stars and 5 star hotel accommodations, we can arrange it as you wish for a reasonable price.

    • Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms on the trek? If so how much extra will this cost?

      The single supplement cannot be guaranteed earlier due to overflow of trekkers in peak season. Again, when there is a decline in the number of guests, the teahouses can easily provide a private room without any additional cost. In particular, the accommodation during the trek will remain very basic, comfortable on a twin sharing basis and sometimes dormitory. On the other side, we can assure a separate room in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara on the trek.

    • What type of toilet/bathroom facilities are available in the teahouses/guesthouses?

      You can find western style flushing toilets as well as adjacent squat toilets in the teahouses/guesthouses. Mostly, the bathrooms are not attached to the individual rooms and are shared.

    • Where do we go toilet along the trail?

      You can use the toilet facilities provided by guest houses along the trail. Otherwise, if you arrive in places without guesthouses or public toilet in those regions during the trek, then you need to find some privacy and experience outdoor toilet adventure.

    • Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?

      Yes, we suggest you bring toilet paper along with hand sanitizer and towel for your conveniences. Indeed, toilet papers are available to buy on the guesthouses. So, no need to worry about it a lot.

    • Can I charge my electronic gadgets during the trek?

      Yes. There are tea houses and lodges that provide charging facility for electronic gadgets upon paying extra fee.

      Note: The power plugs and sockets used in Nepal are type C, D and M. The standard voltage and frequency of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and 50 Hz respectively. This means if your electronic appliances state ‘INPUT: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz’, you can used to recharge in every country all over the world. Otherwise, make sure you bring universal travel adapter that is compatible for all kinds of devices in the trek.

    • Are there any means of communication and internet access while trekking to Everest?

      Yes. There are telephone services and 3G coverage available in the Everest region. Most trekking routes have been equipped with internet access and telephone services. 

      However, being a remote mountainous region, there may be poor internet connection and uninterrupted coverage cannot be guaranteed. Likewise, our trekking guide has a cell phone from which you can make a phone call. Also, we recommend you to buy a local sim card, Ncell, in Kathmandu and use it for communication and internet access while trekking to Everest.

    Foods and Drinking water

    • What kind of foods are offered on the trek?

      We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Trek. Most importantly, it is mandatory for all trekkers to take breakfast and dinner at the teahouse where you stay overnight. Likewise, lunch will be served at teahouses en route where you can order food as per your choice.

      Usually, the typical Nepali food: dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (vegetable curry) are served on the trek. These foods are highly nutritious and give you sufficient energy for the trek. Besides, other typical meals include delicious vegetarian foods such as pasta, noodles, french fries, boiled eggs, pancakes, omelets, toast, momo, garlic soup and many more dishes. In addition, we let trekkers choose hot drinks from the menus at the tea houses. Also, you can find meat dishes, but we suggest you to choose vegetarian meals for health reasons as the local meat available is not hygienic.

    • Is the food in the mountain region prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

      Yes. The food provided at tea houses during the trek are very safe and hygienic. We recommend you to eat local food, vegetarian meal and avoid meat for your health reasons. Please follow the suggestions of our trekking guide when ordering food in the tea houses.

    • Is it safe to drink water in the trekking region?

      For health concerns, it is unsafe to drink all types of natural sources of water in the trekking region of Nepal. So, we suggest you drink bottled mineral water, boiled water, and use purification tablets or iodine for tap water. Another possible option is using SteriPEN for water purification.

      You can purchase bottled water and boiled water at the tea houses in the trek region. As you sweat a lot when hiking to higher elevation, you must drink plenty (4-5 liters) of drinking water, hot drinks and soups each day. So, make sure you are hydrated well to avoid altitude sickness and muscle cramps in the trek.

    • Is there any problem regarding foods for vegetarian during the trek?

      This is not a problem at all because mostly the mountain teahouses serve vegetarian meals. In addition, all the meals we serve during the trek include vegetarian dishes. Moreover, we highly suggest our trekkers to avoid meat dishes as the local meat is not hygienic and refrigerated properly.

      Note: Please inform us if you have any diet restriction prior to the trek start.

    Transportation

    • Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

      Yes. You should book your own international flights to and from Nepal.

    • What mode of transportation do you use while trekking in Everest region?

      For Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off, we use our own private vehicle. Moreover, it depends on a group size, and we mostly use cars, minibus, vans or 4WD SUV as means of transportation for reaching domestic airport and city sightseeing tours.

      The government of Nepal imposed a very high tax rate (more than 200%) for importing automobiles. That’s why, Indian companies manufactured vehicles such as Toyota Hiace, Mahindra Scorpio etc. are widely used in Nepal compared to vehicles from top luxury brands. This means the mode of transportation will remain basic, yet comfortable and convenient, while travelling in Nepal.

      Everest region is not well upgraded with roadways, and mostly relies on air transport. So, we utilize domestic flights operate from Kathmandu or Manthali airport to reach Lukla airport, the gateway to Everest Base Camp.

      Another reliable mode of transportation in the Everest region is helicopter flight. However, it’s quite expensive than other modes of transportation for regular use.

      Note: Since March 2019, the domestic flight has been shifted to nearby Manthali airport due to increased congestion in Kathmandu airport during peak trekking season. This means Lukla flight will operate from Manthali airport during peak trekking season, spring (March, April, May, October and November). Besides, peak trekking season, all the Lukla flights will operate from Kathmandu airport as usual.

    • What is the alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

      The primary modes of air transport in the mountain region are Twin Otter and Dornier. Sometimes, due to bad weather conditions or other technical issues, flights may get cancelled or delayed to and from Lukla. In this case, we can re book your flight for the next day. We highly recommend you to prepare ahead for unforeseen circumstances (flight delay, bad weather) and schedule a couple of extra days for the trek.

      Another possible option is to charter a private helicopter to ensure you don’t miss the deadline for the trek or your international flight. This option is available only if the clients agree to share the cost of helicopter charter among each other. The helicopter takes 5 passengers at a time, and the cost of trekking guide should be shared by trekkers respectively. The helicopter charter from Kathmandu to Lukla costs you extra $2500 in addition to domestic airfare. Similarly, the helicopter charter flight from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra $1800 in addition to domestic airfare.

    • What is the weight limit for Lukla Flight?

      The weight limit is 15 kg/ 33 lbs for Lukla flight including both your duffel bag (10kg/22 lbs) and backpack (5kg/11lbs). For exceeding weight limit, you need to pay an additional $2-$5 per kg in the airport. So, we suggest you to pack your bag carefully considering the weight limits for Lukla flight.

    Season, Weather and Temperature

    • What is the alternative option if my flight to and from Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

      The primary modes of air transport in the mountain region are Twin Otter and Dornier. Sometimes, due to bad weather conditions or other technical issues, flights may get cancelled or delayed to and from Lukla. In this case, we can re book your flight for the next day. We highly recommend you to prepare ahead for unforeseen circumstances (flight delay, bad weather) and schedule a couple of extra days for the trek.

      Another possible option is to charter a private helicopter to ensure you don’t miss the deadline for the trek or your international flight. This option is available only if the clients agree to share the cost of helicopter charter among each other. The helicopter takes 5 passengers at a time, and the cost of trekking guide should be shared by trekkers respectively. The helicopter charter from Kathmandu to Lukla costs you extra $2500 in addition to domestic airfare. Similarly, the helicopter charter flight from Manthali to Lukla costs you extra $1800 in addition to domestic airfare.

    • What is the weather and temperature like in the Everest Region?

      One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.
      Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 C (77 F), only to dip down as low as -20 C (-4 F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

      Spring – March / April / May / June

      Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and many different species of flowers are visible in the lower altitude. During springtime, the average temperature is 20 C (68 F), with a maximum of 25 C (77 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 C (5 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

      Monsoon – July/August Through Mid-September

      This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it’s rainy as well as dry, that’s why very few people travel during this season.
      There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. During springtime, the average temperature is 22 C (71.6 F), with a maximum of 30 C (86 F) during sunny days and a minimum of -5 C (23 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

      Autumn – End of September / October / November

      Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible mountain views from every angle. The average temperature during the fall is 17 C (62.6 F), with a maximum temperature of 20 C (68 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 C (5 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

      Winter – December/ January/ February

      Winter starts from mid-December till mid-February. People still like to trek this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period. The average temperature during the winter is 10 C (50 F), with a maximum temperature of 17 C (62.6 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 C (-4 F) in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters altitude. The above temperature is based on the outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need to worry about the cold temperature as we provide sleeping bag and extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

    • What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

      The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we provide to trekkers are about -10 degree Celsius (14 degree Fahrenheit). Also, our guides can provide you liners or extra blankets if needed.

    Health and Safety

    • What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

      Our trekking guides are highly experienced, professional and well trained for higher altitude first aid training and related problems. They can measure your oxygen level in blood using oximeters and provide first aid if needed. Our guide carries medicine and a first aid kit during the trek. Besides, our guides carry a cell phone and keep on updating about the trek in our head office Kathmandu every day. If you deal with sickness or accidents, our guide will accompany you throughout the trek and ensure your safety and wellness. In case of emergency, our guide will manage helicopter rescue for your medical treatment in Kathmandu. However, the cost of helicopter charter is solely borne by trekkers.

      Make sure that your insurance policy covered medical expenses and emergency helicopter rescue in high altitude regions above 4,000 m; otherwise the cost is expensive in the mountain region. Only if you have purchased a valid travel insurance policy that covers helicopter charter and medical evacuation, then you can claim for reimbursement with your travel insurance company. In that case, we can help you with providing money receipts for your claim.

    • What immunizations will I need?

      Vaccinations are not mandatory for this trip. Still, we recommend you are vaccinated against diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus for your safety. We suggest a dental check up prior to the trek and be aware of your blood group type. Likewise, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions we recommend you to inform us while booking the trip.

    • If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

      Well, it depends on your sickness level. You should talk with your guide about your health and take necessary measures. If you get sick at a higher altitude, you need to descend at a lower altitude and take rest (3-7 days) for recovery. Depending upon your situation, our guide will put you in the next trekking group coming up in the trek. Your health matters, so you can take a rest until recovery and catch up with the next group.

    • If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

      Well, it depends on your sickness level. You should talk with your guide about your health and take necessary measures. If you get sick at a higher altitude, you need to descend at a lower altitude and take rest (3-7 days) for recovery. Depending upon your situation, our guide will put you in the next trekking group coming up in the trek. Your health matters, so you can take a rest until recovery and catch up with the next group.

    Trekking Guides

    Trip Departure and Extension

    • All your departure is guaranteed to run?

      Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants. Also, we make arrangements for one person and a private trip as well. You can make inquiries while booking the trip.

    • I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

      Yes. There are so many options and choices available to extend your holiday before or after the trek. Please visit our website for more information about treks and tours in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

Equipment Lists

 

Packing Suggestions

  • We provide you a complimentary duffel bag in Kathmandu , where you should repack the essential trekking equipment. This bag is carried by porter during the trek.
  • You need to carry your own backpack (with waterproof cover) where you can carry your daily essential items. For instance: money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
  • You can store your luggage (non trekking items) at the Hotel lockers in Kathmandu.
  • Total luggage allotment allows at Kathmandu-Lukla flight is 15 Kg/33 lbs combining both luggage (10 Kg/22 lbs) and backpack (5Kg/11 lbs).
  • You can rent 4-season sleeping bags and down jackets for USD 35 with us. (Down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,ooom).

We advise you to bring the following items for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return trip.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

Please Note: Our guide will bring the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring personal medical kit.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman.

Terms and Conditions

Trekking to Nepal is owned and operated by Ace the Himalaya, a reputed trekking and tour company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

These booking terms and conditions mentioned here establish a legally binding contract between Ace the Himalaya and you (Client) for our services. Please read our terms and conditions carefully prior to booking a trip with us.

Bookings (Nepal and India Trips)

You can process a booking via our website, our third-party websites or email us at info@trekkingtonepal.com.

Our trip prices are in USD. If you are booking the trip with us and making payment in your local currency, then the same day exchange rate set by Nepal’s Central Bank is applicable when converting your local currency into USD.

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 30% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 30% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • For Nepal trips, the remaining amount can be paid in USD/Credit card on your arrival day or pre-trip meeting at our office or hotel.
  • While for an India trip, the remaining balance should be paid in USD by bank transfer or Credit card at least 20 days prior to the trip departure date.

Bookings (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 50% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 50% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • The remaining balance should be paid in USD/Credit card a minimum of 20 days before the trip departure date.

Last Minute Booking

  • For Nepal and India trips, we accept the last minute booking 10 days prior to the trip departure date, only if we have space available for the trip and full payment is then required.
  • For Bhutan and Tibet trips, we will accept your last minute booking 20 days prior to the tour departure date; full payment is then required.

Payment Method (Applicable for all trips)

You can pay via wire transfer or credit card payment.

Swift/ Wire Transfer in USD
Account number:  01901576560029
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Swift/ Wire Transfer in NPR
Account number:  01901576560018
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Note: We are not liable for the bank transaction fee and should be paid by the customer.

Credit Card Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card, and a 3.5% levy will be added as a card processing fee. We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee and is not affiliated with the total cost of the trip.

For secure and quick payment by credit card, you can fill up our direct payment form.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Nepal and India Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 20 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 20 days prior to the trip departure date, then 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 20 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 30 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 30 days prior to the trip departure date, then 50% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 30 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Reschedule the Trip (Nepal, India and Bhutan)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 20 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 20 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 20 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

Reschedule the Trip (Tibet)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 30 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 30 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

INCOMPLETE TRIP

IN CASE OF ANY FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE TRIP, FOR WHATEVER REASON, BY THE CLIENTS, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS FOR ANY MEALS, ACCOMMODATION OR ANY SERVICES NOT USED DURING THE TRIP. FURTHER, IF YOU COMMIT ANY UNLAWFUL ACT DURING THE TRIP AND ARE COMPELLED TO LEAVE NEPAL, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS.

Passport and Visas (Nepal and India)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • A Nepalese visa can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visa costs are the sole responsibility of clients. For more details, please read this link about Nepalese Tourist Visa.
  • You can fill in the Nepalese Tourist Visa form online. Here is a link- Department of Immigration. The online form will be valid for 15 days, which means you must fill it in less than 15 days before your arrival date. You will receive a receipt by your email after filling in the form. You should print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to produce it before the immigration authority.
  • For Indian visas and cost, please contact the Indian embassy in your home/resident country. There is no on arrival visa facility for Indian visas.

Passport and Visas (Bhutan and Tibet)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • As you are unable to obtain visas to Bhutan and Tibet directly, Bhutan as well as Tibet permit and visa will be organized by Ace the Himalaya. This cost is all included in the trip price.
  • To facilitate this, you need to send a clear, color scanned copy of your passport to us via email at the time of booking.

RISK AND LIABILITIES

ALL OUR NEPAL, INDIA, BHUTAN AND TIBET TOURS ARE CONDUCTED BY FOLLOWING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TOURISM BOARD OF THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRY. ACE THE HIMALAYA WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGES IN ITINERARIES DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. FOR INSTANCE: LAST MINUTE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT RULES, LOCAL POLITICS, GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION, BAD WEATHER, ILL HEALTH CONDITION OF TREKKERS, DEATH, ROAD BLOCKAGE, FLIGHT DELAY/CANCELLATION, NATURAL DISASTERS (EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, FLOOD, SNOWFALL, AVALANCHE, ETC) AND ANY OTHER THINGS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES NECESSITATED BY SUCH AN EVENT WILL BE BORNE BY THE CLIENT/S. FURTHER, WE RECOMMEND YOU TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE WHILE TRAVELING IN NEPAL.

Travel Insurance

Having Travel Insurance is compulsory for all clients while traveling with us. The travel insurance must cover weather delays, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance, trip cancellations, natural disasters, theft of baggage, loss of gear and equipment etc.

Domestic flight delay/Cancellation

Generally, due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility, flight delays or cancellation are likely to happen in mountain countries/regions. In such a case, we are not liable for any extra expenses or inconveniences. Since the weather of the mountain region is quite unpredictable, we suggest you arrange a minimum of 1 or 2 extra days (especially Everest region treks) so that you won’t miss your International flight. Further, we suggest you bring some extra cash to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Changes to your trip and price due to natural disasters, flight delay etc.

In the event of cancellations/changes of the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, flight delay etc., we will arrange another trip for you of the same price value. Also, you are free to reschedule the trip. While rescheduling the trip of either the same price value or higher value, you need to pay the amount of used services from your previously booked trip. Similarly, if the price increases for the rescheduled departure, you will pay the difference between new prices and old prices.

Most of our trip packages are based on twin-sharing accommodation. Furthermore, a single-room supplement charge will be imposed on the clients who don’t have another tour participant to share accommodation with.

Likewise, we reserve the right to revise pricing rates posted in our marketing material under any circumstances or on the pressure of various external factors like changes in exchange rate, government action, etc. which are far from our control.

Health and Fitness

You should be physically and mentally fit when trekking in high altitude regions. Therefore, we suggest you undergo a medical examination with a general practitioner (GP) regarding your health and fitness before traveling with us. If you have any preexisting medical conditions or disabilities, please notify us at the time of booking.

Children

A legal guardian/parent must accompany the participant below the age of sixteen.

Privacy

Ace the Himalaya is concerned to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. No private or personal information that you provided to us when booking will be disclosed for any other purposes.

PUBLICITY

YOU AGREE THAT ACE THE HIMALAYA MAY USE IMAGES OF YOU TAKEN DURING THE TRIP WITHOUT RECOURSE TO YOU AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION TO YOU, FOR PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION PURPOSES THROUGH WHATEVER MEDIUM IT CHOOSES.

Complaints

Should you have a complaint about the trip, make it known to our staff at the earliest opportunity, so that s/he may take appropriate actions to resolve it. Your satisfaction is our top-notch priority.

Acceptance of Terms

These terms and conditions are valid only if you book the trip with us directly. If you book our trip through a third party or any agents, you are liable to their terms and conditions as well as our terms and conditions.

Applicable Law and Choice of Forum

Ace the Himalaya main office is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Nepal. Any dispute arising out of these terms and conditions shall be resolved exclusively by the District Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no case in a foreign country, and the parties agree that the court of Nepal is the appropriate forum for any claim or proceeding commenced in relation to these terms and conditions.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking to Nepal is an online booking platform of Ace the Himalaya. Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of non-profit organization Sambhav Nepal.

Ace the Himalaya covers the administration cost of Sambhav Nepal as the staff working at Ace also help in admin work of Shambav Nepal. For instance: making proposals, collecting information for the related projects, visiting the project sites, coordinating the local governments/authorities etc. That’s why, Sambhav Nepal doesn't have their admin cost in the project it runs.

Furthermore, Sambhav Nepal  provides support to people with needs such as education and health in villages of Gorkha through the children sponsorship program. We sponsor children for school which are conducted successfully in full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

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Travellers Review

Susan S H
Susan S H

| January, 1970

We didn’t have time to do the full Everest Base Camp trek so Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return trek was perfect my cousin and me. Dipesh was our guide and he was very caring, diligent, funny, and took care of all of our needs. Totally recommend!

Price From USD 2,450 / person

Why Trekking to Nepal?

  • Client-friendly trips
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable trekking
  • Experienced guides and porters
  • Safety and comfort a priority
  • Young, innovative team

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