Duration: 11 Days
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Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli return from Gorakshep is a thrilling experience of the snow-capped peaks and the Himalayan terrain of the Khumbu region, which is ornamented with the settlements of ethnic Sherpa people. The Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli return from Gorakshep presents that very option for trekkers who are looking for an adventure that combines both the trekking and a grand helicopter ride back that offers adventurers a bird’s eye view of the high Himalayas and the Himalayan terrain.
The 11 days trek starts with a short flight to Lukla and a trek through the Dudh Koshi River valley towards the Sagarmatha National Park. Enjoy the magnificent views of the various peaks of Khumbu along with the famous tourist hub of Namche Bazaar and the large and attractive Tengboche Monastery. The journey to the base camp of the world's tallest mountain peak is an unforgettable feat. Everest Base Camp in itself is a marvel as you can relish the beauty of the might Everest (8848m) while standing at its very foot. Moreover, enjoy one of the best highlights of the Khumbu at Kala Patthar, from where the entire view of Mount Everest (8848m) massif is seen in a ravishingly gorgeous manner. The Khumbu's trans-Himalayan terrain presents some of the best topographical features for trekking. From the deep river valleys surrounded by verdant green hills to miles of long stretches of terrace farms brimming with barley plants and rolling rice stalks, wide-open pasturelands, and snowy expanses of boulder-strewn fields accompanied by the gushing Himalayan rivers to rich Sherpa settlements and bustling mountain towns, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli return from Gorakshep presents a hauntingly beautiful adventure that is made even more exciting with a helicopter ride back over the region.
Join Himalayan Recreation for this memorable adventure to the foot of the mighty Everest. With us, you are always in the care of professionals who have been involved in the travel field for more than a decade. The trekking package is also made with the absolute best care keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, blending the best features of Khumbu to present our customers with an experience that will forever be embedded in their memories. This is one trekking journey that definitely should not be missed.
Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of the company’s staff will pick you up and escort you to the hotel. You can have some rest after such a long journey, and in the evening, you will meet your guide. He will briefly explain to you about the upcoming trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning you will have a 30-minute scenic flight to Lukla over the lush green hills and snow-capped mountains. Upon landing in Lukla, you will be walking past the stone-paved streets of the village and trekking along winding trails to arrive in Phakding. Along the journey, you can catch your first glimpses of Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) and Kongde Ri (6168m). Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding.
Today you will be walking along the side of Dudh Koshi River passing many small villages. You will reach Monjo, which is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, and our guide will take care of the permits. Then crossing a suspension bridge and walking a bit ahead, you will arrive at Namche Bazaar. You can enjoy the bustling town’s rich Sherpa ambience as the town’s streets are lined with small Chortens and prayer wheels. Stay overnight in the hotel.
The town of Namche is a great destination for an overnight stop for acclimatization. The town is one of the most famous towns in the Khumbu region and used to be a rendezvous point for many Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times. The town is also amazing for experiencing the Sherpa culture of the Himalayas, and you can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum here. Stay overnight at the hotel.
From Namche Bazaar, the trekking trail continues further towards the Dudh Koshi River Valley, reaching Phunke Tenga—a small settlement that offers an excellent view of Ama Dablam (6856m). Trekking along the alpine forest, you will finally reach Tengboche, the spiritual centre of Khumbu. You can visit the famous and large Tengboche Monastery here. The monastery is surrounded by rhododendron-covered forests that are home to the colourful Himalayan monal and mountain eagles. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche.
From Tengboche, you will trek along a well-trodden track that crosses the suspension bridge over the Imja River and passes through the village of Pangboche to reach Dingboche–a famous “summer valley” of the Khumbu region. The village of Dingboche is a quaint mountain settlement that is surrounded by tall hills and towering peaks along with Mani walls and colourful prayer flag-laden monasteries and Chortens. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Today you will be walking along the steep trails passing through small villages en route to Lobuche. You will pass by the memorial stone Chortens that were specially made for the people who lost their lives while heading towards the summit of Everest. Then you will ascend along the large Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche. Overnight in a hotel.
From Lobuche, you will make your way alongside the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorakshep—a sparsely occupied settlement and one of the last stops before the Everest Base Camp. From here, the trail finally reaches the base camp of Mount Everest. Upon your arrival at the base camp, you can witness great sights of the Khumbu Icefall and the various peaks of Mahalangur Himal Range, including Everest (8848m). After spending some time at the base camp, return to Gorakshep for the overnight stay.
Early in the morning, you will trek to Kala Patthar—one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region. Kala Patthar offers panoramic views of the entire Everest massif. From here, you can enjoy a wonderful sunrise view over the mesmerizing snowy peaks of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. After enjoying the sunrise at Kala Patthar, you will make your way back to Gorakshep, from where you will take a helicopter ride back to Lukla. The helicopter ride presents an amazing perspective of the magnificent mountains, and you can also see the dramatic change in the terrain as you fly over the region. The towering peaks are quite brilliant to witness in such a fashion. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lukla.
An early morning start to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is one of the best parts of the trip. Kalapatthar is a well-known vantage point common for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7165m), Lhotse (8414m), and many other peaks. A tough ascent to Kalapatthar rewards you with the mesmerizing sunrise over the snowy peaks. The sun's rays touch the tip of the mountains and change the Colour of the peaks from silver to gold. After spending some time in Kalapatthar, you hike down to Gorakshep and then trek all the way down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
One of our staff members will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to connect you with your flight back home.
All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
3 standard meals a day (11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 11 Dinners) during the trek
Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
Domestic flights (From Kathmandu - Lukla or Manthali - Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu or Lukla to Manthali) including airport departure tax and transfers.
Service of Heli Shuttle from Gorakshep to Lukla or Manthali
Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Everest trip.
Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers).
All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
Required Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee & TIMS Fee
First aid medicine kit
Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
Government taxes & office service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.