Everest Base Camp Heli Trek gives you the opportunity to experience two activities in one. It combines both trekking and helicopter tours in the same package.
Along with the world, the taste and preferences of people are also changing. So to give you a new experience while trekking to Everest base camp. The members of Everest Assistance have made 11 days of Everest Base Camp Heli Trek.
Undoubtedly reaching the base camp of the world’s highest mountain has been a dream of many trekkers. And now with this new Heli trek, this is a great opportunity to fulfill your dream.
For the next 11 days, this Heli trek takes you through the beautiful Khumbu region. Experiencing the unique tradition and culture of the people living in these parts.
Everest Base Camp lies in the Solu Khumbu region of the Sagarmatha Zone. This region is famous for its trekking routes and Climb to Mount Everest. The Base Camp is the “Gateway to Everest”.
The Khumbu region is home to Tibetan Buddhist people. Sherpas are the majority of people living in these areas. They are influenced by the Tibetan Culture.
Your journey begins by flying to one of the most thrilling airports in the world i.e. Lukla airport. From there you trek to Phakding and stay there.
Then you head to Namche Bazaar and acclimatize there. After resting for a day, you again begin your trek.
Following the paths and resting in tea houses you reach Everest Base Camp. Exploring the Base Camp you return to Gorak Shep and stay there for the night.
On your second last day, you reach the highest point of this trek Kala Patthar 5643m. From there you head back to Kathmandu on Helicopter viewing the beautiful environment.
On this Heli trek, you travel through forests filled with colorful rhododendron, pine trees, oak trees, etc. You get to see unique species of vegetation throughout the trials.
The mesmerizing view of different mountain peaks such as Lobuche East, Thamserku, Kangtega, Mount Everest, etc will accompany you in this journey.
Even though you might have already visited the base camp, this Heli Trek gives you another excuse to travel this region and experience the helicopter ride as well. So grab this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
- Thrilling flight to Lukla airport
- Trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain
- Helicopter ride back to Kathmandu
- Scenic aerial view of the valleys and mountains
- The mesmerizing view of snowy mountain peaks
- Visit ancient monastery
- Experience Tibetan influenced culture and tradition
- Warm welcome and hospitality of Sherpa community
- Sight different types of flora and fauna
Which season is best for Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
Along with trekking in the routes of the Khumbu region, you will get a chance to ride a helicopter back to Kathmandu. So, it is necessary to select a season that is perfect for doing both activities.
Heli Trek in Autumn Season
The Autumn season is the peak season for trekking and going helicopter tours in Nepal. The months between September to November fall under this season. Many travelers choose these months for doing the activities.
The weather is favorable with fewer rainfalls and clear skies. Monsoon season has just finished giving a fresh look for the environment around you.
It is warm and sunny during the day and a bit chilly during the night. The temperature ranges from 6 degrees to 22 degrees during this season. It is neither too cold nor too hot.
The aerial view of green hills and unique landscape will accompany you throughout the flight.
Heli Trek in Spring Season
Spring is another best season after Autumn. This season is crowded with travelers that love to view the beauty of mother nature. The months between March to May fall under this season.
During this season, you can see the hills get their lost color back. The weather is just perfect for trekking as you walk viewing the blooming flowers along the path.
It is sunny during the day and there are no chances of rainfall during this time of the year. The skies are crystal clear giving out the mesmerizing view of the Mountains.
As you look out the window, you get the astounding sight of landscapes and the colorful forests below.
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Heli Trek in Winter Season
Winter season is considered the offseason time for trekking and helicopter tours. If you like snowfalls then this is the perfect time to visit the Everest region. The months between December to February fall under this season.
The weather is very cold but the skies clear giving the astounding view of the mountains. The whole region is covered in blankets of snow, making it quite a sight.
The temperature drops below the freezing point during these months. It is warm during the day but during the night time, it gets colder.
However, the Heli flight can be delayed due to snowstorms. So, it is better to be prepared during these months.
Heli Trek in Monsoon Season
Monsoon season is the least preferred time for trekkers. The months between June to August fall under this season. These months are when heavy rainfall occurs throughout the lower region.
Due to heavy rainfall, the routes are slippery and muddy. There are high chances of flights getting canceled due to bad weather conditions.
But travelling during this time has its own benefits. Many researchers visit the region to view new species of flora and fauna. The routes are less crowded making the walk peaceful.
Their low chances of rainfall in high elevation so you can fly during that time.
Today you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Prior to your arrival, our representative will be waiting for you outside the terminal.
From there, the responsible representative will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours as no plan has been made for this day. So feel free to do anything you want.
You can freshen up and roam local markets near you. Or you can just rest in your room as the flight must have been tiring.
You spend your night at the hotel.
Today your journey starts towards your destination. You will wake up early this morning as you have to catch your flight to Lukla. The representative will drop you off at the domestic airport.
The flight to Lukla will be a thrilling one as the airport is famous for having a small runway. The flight takes about 35 to 45 minutes to reach there. The distance between Kathmandu to Lukla is around 136.17 km.
On your flight, the aerial view of the snowy peaks and lush green valleys look mesmerizing.
Watching these scenic views you arrive at Lukla situated at an altitude of 2860 m above the sea level, from here you begin your trek towards Everest Base Camp.
Lukla is the starting point from where your journey begins in the Everest Region. You will trek to Phakding which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ walk.
The distance between Lukla and Phakding is around 6.2 km. As you walk the trails you get the awe-striking view of Kusum Kangraru.
Viewing the beautiful scenarios you reach Phakding situated at an altitude of 2652 m above the sea level. It is a small village that lies in the north of Lukla.
This beautiful village is one of the UNESCO Heritage Sites. Phakding is a resting point for many trekkers.
You will stay the night in one of the tea houses.
Today you head towards Namche Bazaar from Phakding which is about 6 to 7 hours walk. The distance between Phakding to Namche bazaar is around 10.3 km.
You begin the trek by making an uphill climb from Larja Dobhan. From there, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. As you walk a bit further you get a glimpse of Mount Everest.
Viewing the mountain you head ahead in the trails reaching Namche Bazaar. It is situated at an altitude of 3440 m above sea level.
After a long day, you will stay here for the night.
Today you will be staying and exploring Namche Bazaar, which is the capital of the Khumbu region. It is the trading Hub of Khumbu where Tibetans and Nepalese exchange meat, slat, textiles, etc.
This Bazaar is a famous stop point that attracts many travelers. It offers many things such as Cafe, Restaurants, museums, etc.
The majority of people living here are Sherpas. Their culture and tradition are very unique. You get to experience the warm hospitality of this community.
You will also hike up to Everest View Hotel from where you get to see the wide-angle view of Mt Everest and other neighboring mountain peaks such as Tawache, Lhotse, etc.
This day is considered your rest day before you climb higher into the elevation. It is done to let your body adapt to the current environment and prevent Altitude sickness.
So drink plenty of water and have a good rest before starting your journey.
Today you head towards Tengboche from Namche Bazaar which is about 5 to 6 hours walk. The distance between Namche Bazaar to Tengboche is around 5.9 km.
You wish farewell to the people of Namche and climb uphill using the stone steps. Walking for some time you reach a flat path and a little ahead from there cross the suspension bridge.
The paths are rough and bumpy in these sections. As you walk through these paths you reach Tengboche. It is situated at an altitude of 3868 m above sea level. This is a Tibetan culture influenced village.
Tengboche is a beautiful Buddhist village from where you get the stunning view of Mount Everest and Lhotse wall. Another main attraction is the ancient Tengboche monastery which is centuries old.
You will stay the night in one of the tea houses.
Today you head towards Dingboche from Tengboche which is about 5 to 6 hours walk. The distance between Tengboche and Dingboche is around 9.1 km.
You will wake up early today and visit the Tengboche Monastery. You can hear the monks chanting morning prayer.
After the wonderful experience, you climb downhill through the colorful forests filled with rhododendron, birch, conifers, etc.
Then you cross the Imja River and walk through the paths till you reach Pangboche situated at an altitude of 3900 m. From there you ascend in the trails and cross many pasture lands.
You then arrive at Dingboche situated at an altitude of 4410 m above the sea level. The view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam is quite striking from there.
You stay in one of the tea houses for the night.
Dingboche is a traditional Sherpa village also known as “Summer Valley”. You will acclimatize here for the day. Today you will hike to Nagerjun hills situated at an altitude of 5100 m.
The distance between Dingboche and Nangkartseng hills is around 5 km. It is about a 6 to 7 hours hike from here.
This day you will be making many steep uphill climbs, so be prepared for this journey.
Reaching Nangkartseng hill you get to witness the mesmerizing view of beautiful Landscape and lush green valleys. You also get to sight Mount Thamserku, Kangtega, Lobuche West, etc.
After a wonderful time, you head back to Dingboche and rest for the day.
Today you head towards Lobuche from Dingboche which is about 5 to 6 hours walk. The distance between Dingboche to Lobuche is around 6.6 km.
You descend to the village of Pheriche situated at an altitude of 4240 m. After walking for some time you make an uphill climb and reach a dense forest.
As you walk in the forest trails you get to see the view of Mount Nuptse, Pokalde, etc from between the woods.
You arrive at Lobuche situated at an altitude of 4910 m. From here, you can see the whole Khumbu glaciers.
You stay here for the night.
Today you head towards Everest Base Camp from Lobuche and retrace back to Gorak Shep. You will be walking for about 8 hours this day covering a distance of 11.3 km.
The ninth day is an important day of your trek as you will reach Everest Base Camp situated at an altitude of 5364 m. You begin this trek by walking down the Khumbu glaciers and ascending, crossing small streams along the way.
After a 4 – 5 hours walk you reach Everest Base Camp. The magnificent view of Mount Everest in front of you is worth all the hard work. The excitement to stand on the foot of Mount Everest will overwhelm you.
Then you retrace your steps back to Gorak Shep situated at an altitude of 5141 m you will stay in one of the tea houses for the night.
Today you hike towards Kalapatthar from Gorak Shep which is about 4 to 5 hours walk. The distance between Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar is around 5.6 km.
You will wake up early and climb uphill to Kalapatthar. It is the highest point of this trek.
Kalapatthar is situated at an altitude of 5550 m. The sunrise view from up there looks marvelous. You also get to witness various Mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse, etc.
Then you return back to Gorak Shep and head back to Kathmandu enjoying the Helicopter ride. The aerial view of unique landscapes and mountain ranges will look amazing from up there,
After you arrive at the domestic airport, you will be dropped off at your hotel. This is your final day in Kathmandu so you can explore the areas near you.
Today is the day you say farewell to us and our country. Our representative will drop you off at the Airport.
We hope you had fun on this Heli trek and it met the expectation you had in mind.