This EBC trek and fly-out by helicopter trip is a great way to witness the Everest region and upon reaching the targeted location, Everest Base Camp, fly back to Kathmandu without the hassle of trekking back again. The program is designed for those who have a limited time and still wish to trek to the base camp, and after attending the base camp, fly back to Kathmandu on a charted helicopter.
The Everest Base Camp trek itself is one of the most popular trekking trails in the world. Six of the world's highest mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu & Cho Oyu are located in the Everest region. Besides, trekking is a great way to witness the culture, tradition and daily lives of the people living in the Himalayas. The trekking trail passes through icy mountain rivers, small villages, high mountain settlements, dry lands, and Buddhist monasteries.
Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, one can spot the massive Khumbu glacier. A hike to Kalapathar gives you panoramic views of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu O/N Hotel
Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing O/N Hotel
After breakfast, meet the city guide and start Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath 'Monkey Temple', Pashupatinath- Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, Boudhanath- Buddhist Stupa. Afterwards, return back to the hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2652m) 3 hours O/N Lodge
Early in the morning, drive to the domestic airport for flight to Lukla. Meet the trekking crew at Lukla then begin the trek to Phakding. The trail is filled up with green landscape and scenic view of Kusum Kangaru.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6 hours O/N Lodge
The trek continues after breakfast with stiff walk through a beautiful pine forest alongside the Dudh Koshi River. After a while, the check-post and entrance to the Everest National Park is reached. The trail then follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers and reaches Chautara. Here, you will spot the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Namche Bazaar is reached upon 2 hours of continue walking.
Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view 3-4 hours O/N Lodge
This day is set for acclimatizing at Namche and you will hike to Everest View Hotel for great views of Mt. Everest. Later on, return back to Namche for the overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) 5 hours O/N Lodge
The trek starts with the trail being more or less smooth with few ups and downs. You will pass through Kayangjuma then Sanasa. The trail then crosses Dudh Koshi bridge to reach Punki Tenga. After a rougher climb you will arrive at Tengboche. There’s a big monastery at Tengboche.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours O/N Lodge
The trek goes to the upper trail passing through several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. You will cross the Imja Khola and Pangboche village (3900m). Then the trial enters the Imja Valley and descends to Lobuche River. After a continuous climb Dingboche is reached.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m) 5 hours O/N Lodge
The trail climbs towards Duglha through the Khumbu Khola Valley. En-route you will pass along Dusa, Phulung Karpo and reach the Chola Lake. The trail then crosses a small bridge and ascends to Duglha. The trail still climbs up passing Chupki Larka and continues till Lobuche.
Day 09: Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) and return Gorak Shep 7 hours O/N Lodge
You will go through many ups and downs today, After a steady hiking of about 3 hours, you will reach EBC from where witness the Khumbu Glacier and icefall. Later on, return to Gorakshep.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) & fly back to Kathmandu O/N Hotel
This is the last day of your trek and you will hike to Kalapathar, which is popular for a 360 degree panoramic view of the Khumbu mountains including Everest. After Kalapathar, you will fly back to Kathmandu on a helicopter.
Day 11: Trip concludes
After breakfast, you shall be transferred to the international airport to catch your flight back home or to your onward destination.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
During the EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 11 days EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 days EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. 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 disease should inform us before booking the trek.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
For the EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter, there will be one Guide and/or porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). The most significant thing that makes your EBC Trek Fly-out by helicopter successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.