Everest base camp trek & fly back by helicopter ride trip provides a best combination of an adventure and luxury associated with enjoying panoramic views of highest mountains including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Nuptse (7855m) and many other peaks by hiking up to Kalapatthar and taking thrilling helicopter ride to experience aerial views flying over different snowcapped peaks, massive khumbu glacier, pristine Gokyo lake, beautiful Buddhist monastery, suspension bridge and other aspects of Everest region.
Messenger Tours and travel designed this package for those peoples who are adventure trekking lovers and dreaming to take a helicopter ride over the mountains and enjoy the bird’s eye view of Khumbu valley. Moreover, the trek offers opportunity to experience the culture, tradition and lifestyle of Sherpa people.
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
As you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport a representative from Messenger Travel and Tours will welcome you and drop you to the hotel after half an hour drive from the airport. You will have leisure time for rest. In the evening you will get the briefing about the trek from your guide and get prepared for the next day adventure. If you will arrive at night, the schedule will shift for next morning.
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek to Phakding (40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek)
You will have an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (Tenzing Hillary airport). This is the beginning point all Everest trek. The other members of our team will join us from Lukla. Now our team gradually descends to Cheplung village from where you will get a close view of holy mountain peak called Mt. Khumbila which has never been climbed. The trails gradually descend to Phakding where our team will stay overnight.
Day 03: - Day 03 Trek to Namche (11km distance, Approx. 7 hours)
After early morning breakfast, the trails continue towards Phakding that passes through a pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River crossing the suspension bridge that seems to be decorated with a holy prayers flag. Now, entering the Sagarmatha national park we continue our trek to Jorasalle spotting the mani stones along the way. Lunch will be served here. Again the trails descend steeply upwards to Namche Bazar, a beautiful valley which is considered as the capital of Sherpa people from where you can have the very first appearance of the majestic mountain the Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: - 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 05: -Trek from Namche Bazzar to Tengboche (3,800 m., 5-hour trek)
We will today move down through the Khumjung community and move to the major path to Everest at Shanasa. We will walk further to Trashinga and then move down to go across the Dudh Koshi at Phunkitenga (3,250 m.). In the daytime, it is a wide and vertical ascend through fir, black juniper, pine, rhododendron forest and reach Tengboche Monastery. Here we can see gigantic peaks Ama Dablam, Kantega, Mount Everest etc. We stay at hotel in Tengboche tonight.
Day 06: -Tengboche to Dingboche (9km, 5 - 6 hours)
After early morning breakfast, the trail descends smoothly through the rhododendron forest. Today the trails are quite easy to compare to other days. Now you will cross the tree line spotting the Mani stones and the coniferous forest admiring the view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. The trail continues downhill to Dengboche crossing the Imja River to reach Pangboche for the lunch. Our walk continues after the lunch visiting the famous Pangboche monastery and the view of wonderful mountains will be along with you the whole day. We continue our walk to Imja valley now the trail literally ascends to Dingboche the beautiful village which used to be summer settlement for yak grazing so you can view the yak grazing over the slope of the cliffs. Overnight in lodge at Dingboche.
Day 07: - Dingboche for Acclimatization
Dingboche is a famous stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an range of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and animals. Spend a day here for acclimatization. You can take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam.
Day 08: - Dingboche to Lobuche (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 09: - Lobuche to Gorak Shep, (visit Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,594 ft): 13km, 6-7 hours)
Today, we hike to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep. The trail from here can be confusing so we suggest following your group leader or Sherpa carefully. Today our hike is a little bit tiring due to high altitude. We pass through moraine, rocky dunes and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. From Base camp we can enjoy views of mountains including Pumori, Khumbuste, Nuptse etc. After passing great time at Everest base camp we get back to guest house at Gorakshep. Overnight at guesthouse
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 possible 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 terrifying 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 shopping for memories of your trip. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both mementos 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 Messenger Travel and Tours representative will drop us off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude thus resulting in a successful trip.
For Everest base camp trek & fly back by helicopter, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
EBC Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter - 12 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Everest trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the EBC Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter 12 days trip are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)