Everest Base Camp HelicopterTrekking 9 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight and Shared Helicopter Ride
  • Activity Cultural Tour, Trekking and Helocopter Ride
  • Best Season Feb-May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 ,Max 15 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,550m/18,208ft

Highlights

  • Adventure and thrilled packed flight to Lukla, one of the most scenic aerial routes in the world.
  • Explore the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar
  • Panoramic views of Everest and other surrounding peaks from Everest View Hotel
  • Explore Everest Photo gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum
  • Over a century old Tengboche Monastery, the largest of its kind in the Khumbu region.
  • Amazing views of Lobuche East (6,119m), Lobuche West (6,145m), Taboche Peak (6,367m), Thamserku(6,608m), Ama Dablam(6,856m) and Kangtega(6,685m) from Nagarjuna
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp with amazing views of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Glacier, and Khumbutse
  • Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point for the best view of Everest
  • Helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla followed by another flight to Kathmandu with up and close aerial views of the Everest region.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Overview

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek-9 Day is quite popular for people who wish to scale the heights of the Everest region, but have limited time and cannot manage to trek the regular itinerary, or are in need of luxury during the trek. Flying across the Everest region over the soaring Himalayas is not only a unique experience but also an achievement. The 9 Days Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trip perfectly incorporates the trekking experience with the luxurious helicopter ride from Namche Bazaar. It is every trekker’s dream to step foot on the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8,848m). Moreover, Everest Base Camp Heli Tours offers precisely that opportunity in a short time duration. One will also have the opportunity to climb up to Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point of the Everest region.

Our EBC Heli Trekking offers you an opportunity to trek in the famed Everest region but only for a few days in lower altitudes. This means the trek isn’t difficult and anyone can sign up for this. And the major attraction of this trip is, that a helicopter will pick you up from Namche Bazaar and take you to Everest over Khumbu Valley and Glacier, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Patthar. The tiring long day walks to Everest are replaced by a comfortable ride on a helicopter that offers you bird’s eye views of the Everest region and an up-close view of the Himalayan giants.

The unique culture of the Sherpas, never-ending suspension bridges, densely forested hills to arid, rocky terrains, chortens, gompas, and monasteries, and the stunning landscape combined with a helicopter ride across the Everest region make this trek a memorable journey. For a shorter helicopter tour of Everest, consider Adventure Club Trek’s Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Helicopter or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek -7 Day.

When is the best time for the Everest Base Camp Heli Trip?

The best time for the Helicopter trek to Everest is from March to May and from mid-September to December months. Most of the days during this time of year are clear with fabulous views of peaks and Mt. Everest. March to May falls from spring to pre-summer when days are longer with enough sunlight for views to enjoy the mountain panorama. However, days can get windy and cloudy sometimes in the afternoon, and even snow at higher elevations. Around this time the hills are lively with wildflowers blooming with riots of colors especially the Rhododendron (national flower of Nepal). Mid-September to December is another best time for the Base Camp Tour as most of the days are clear with stunning views of the peak. However, the temperature can sometimes drop to the freezing point.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Meals Welcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

In the early morning, you will be driven to the domestic airport to fly to Lukla. The 40-minute flight offers splendid views of mountains till landing at Lukla (2,800m) airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air route is considered majestic as high peaks are a joy to behold from closer. In Lukla, you will have time for tea while our guide would engage himself in dividing a load of baggage to be carried by porters. Now the trekking starts through the pretty well-off Sherpa village. You will cross several tributaries down the trail. The splendid views would go on revealing the natural beauties as you make it to a small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). Here, you have options either to take a rest or go for a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight in Phakding.

Note:Sometimes, due to renovation and maintenance of the domestic airport in Kathmandu, the flight takes off to Lukla from the Manthali airport in Ramechhap. It's about a 4-hour road trip, which begins early in the morning (around 3 am). Driving early, you do not have to face traffic hassles so that you could catch the flight on time.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2652m/8699ft

After breakfast, we head for Namche Bazaar following the trail that goes through the pine forest alongside the Dudhkoshi River. We walk across several suspension bridges over rivers during the trek. We pass by Chumoa and Monjo villages before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. The Park offers a scenic view of green vegetation and wildlife. As we ascend the steep trail to Namche Bazaar, we get spectacular views. Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

Acclimatization is very important for trekkers hiking at high elevations to get used to the climate and situation. For the speedy adjustment to the higher altitude, we hike to Syangboche and further ascend to the Everest View Hotel which is considered to be located at the highest place. From the hotel, we get a splendid view of the Himalayas; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. After having tea or a coffee break, we gradually descend to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung where we will have lunch. You may also visit the Khumjung Monastery. The legend has it that the monastery houses a Yeti’s scalp. When we return to Namche, we may choose to relax or enjoy roaming about the town. You may visit the Sherpa museum to learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. It is worth visiting the school established by Sir Edmond Hillary, the first person to climb Mt Everest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,860m/13,283ft

We have one more day of acclimatization before we fly to Everest Base Camp. Today we will take a day hike to a small traditional village called Thame which is located off the main trail to Everest. It will take us 5 hours to get there and return back to Namche. Thame was the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first climbers of Everest, and was part of the ancient salt trading route between Tibet, Nepal, and India.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,800m/13,283ft

The dream is about to turn into a magnificently incredible reality to witness the charming Himalayan sceneries of the Everest region from a closer distance. Having breakfast at Namche, we take a shared chopper ride to the most loved viewpoint of the Khumbu region- Kalapatthar, which is located at 5545 meters altitude after exploring above the Everest base camp and Khumbu glacier. The mighty Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, and the surrounding pyramid-shaped peaks. With the admiring setting at the core below the Himalayas. The helicopter ride from Namche to Everest to Lukla takes about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the weather and the number of passengers.

The helicopter ride is on a sharing basis. It only flies over Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier and doesn’t land at EBC or anywhere near it. But, if you want a private charter flight and want it to land near EBC, which is usually at Gorakshep (5,180 m), please contact us to find out the additional cost. A private charter with landing is a great option as you can get out of the helicopter, enjoy the Himalayan scenery and capture some amazing photographs.

Note:In the event, the helicopter can’t be flown because of bad weather or any other technical reason, we will refund the cost of the helicopter ride, and to return back to Lukla, we will be trekking which takes about 6-7 hours.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,545m/18,193ft

Taking an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu of 40 minutes, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After releasing the tiredness, you have abundant options of massage, shopping, walking around, and enjoying the last day with a beautiful memory. Then we meet for the farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Note: In case of maintenance of the domestic airport of Kathmandu, first you fly from Lukla to Manthali airport and drive further to Kathmandu, which is about 4-5 hours drive to arrive in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking 9 Days ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari,Rafting,Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Everest Base Camp HelicopterTrekking 9 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. 
  • All meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • Shared Helicopter tour in Khumbu region and drop off at Lukla.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, Insurance, and medicine.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking 
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 20, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdaySeptember 28, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 24, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 02, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 28, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 30, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1589

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

This is the list of guidelines to help you pack what is needed to bring in on the trip. The packing list may vary depending on the season you set off on the journey. Please take note that a trekker's luggage should not exceed the limit of 11kg as there will be one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers. Apart from the luggage, each trekker will have to carry a day-pack including valuables or what is important. It will be better if you pack only the items that are necessary for you.

  • The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags.
  • Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

  HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 15kgs/33lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon(June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Communication On Trek 

On the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitude, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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