Everest Base Camp Trek and Return By Helicopter 11 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Flights and Helicopter
  • Activity Trekking, Hiking
  • Best Season March-May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft

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 Trek and Return Back By Heli Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek and Return Back By Helicopter 11 Days is quite popular for people who wish to scale the heights of theEverest region, but have limited time and cannot manage to trek the regular itinerary, or are in need of luxury during the trek. Flying across Mt. Everest over the soaring Himalayas is not only a unique experience but also an achievement. Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek in Nepal - perfectly incorporates the trekking experience with the luxurious helicopter ride from Gorakshep. 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 Trekking offers precisely that opportunity in very short time duration. One will also have the opportunity to climb up to Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point of the Everest region.

We start our helicopter trip to the Base Camp with a flight to Lukla. It is a breathtaking experience in itself. On our way to the Everest Base camp, we pass through the famous Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagerjun, and Lobuche. Before arriving at EBC, we trek through Dingboche, a Himalayan village that offers spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotseamong others. During the trek from Dingboche to Nagerjun, we witness amazing views of Lobuche East (6,119m), Kangtega (6,685m), Thamserku (6,608m), and other surrounding mountains.

While the trail from Nagerjun to Lobuche has many luscious meadows, the landscape becomes arid and rocky from Gorakshep. We make our way to Everest Base camp from Gorakshep accompanied by astounding mountain views and return to Gorakshep the same day. The next day, we hike to Kala Patthar and descend back to Gorakshep again. Today, we will take a helicopter ride from Gorakshep over Mount Everest- Khumbu glacier to Kathmandu via Pheriche. The helicopter ride gets you as close to the Everest region and its grand mountains as you can ever get. The Helicopter takes off from GorekShep to Kathmandu via Lukla where the chopper makes a final halt for refueling before flying to Kathmandu. 

Our 11 days Everest Base Camp helicopter Trekking price/cost and itinerary have been designed for limited vacation, but average fit trekkers with rest and acclimatizing day in Dingboche. The trek provides an opportunity to experience an amazing view of mountains from Nangkartshang Hill and get fitness at the higher altitudes. The main highlight of this trek is the 55 to 60 helicopter ride from Gorakshep to return to Kathmandu. This will allows you to replace your trip from the same route with a luxurious helicopter ride.

At Kala Patthar, we enjoy the Massif Himalayan views of the Khumbu Region, taking a dip is highly advised, the extremely cold air can have a severely adverse effect on your body. We will also enjoy the sights of the Khumbu glacier and the Icefall region, and the stunning Khumbu Valley during our helicopter trek, EBC Trek and Fly back to Kathmandu by Helicopter is an ideal trip for those who want to experience trekking on Everest and step foot on its major landmarks-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, and Khumbu glacier.

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 Tour-1 Day.

Note: The helicopter flight is on a sharing basis. It’s not a private charter flight. If you want a private ride, please contact us for the price, and we also offer a Helicopter flight  from  Gorekshep to Lukla which cost  you $1,879 Per Person

When is the Best Time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

The best time for the Helicopter tour 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, even with snow at a higher elevation. Around this time the hills are lively with wildflowers blooming with riots of colors especially the Rhododendron (the 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.

EBCTrek And Return Back By Helicopter Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items are marked with an asterisk (Adventure Club Trek will provide *) at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s 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, paying for restaurants and hotels, gratuities, and 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)

Itinerary

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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 at the hotel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • 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 at Yeti Mountain Home or a similar hotel.

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.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

This day we reserve for acclimatization in Namche. For all the trekkers, it is very important to get used to the climate and situation to make the Everest Base Camp Trek successful. 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 a 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. Altitude3,440m//11283ft

After breakfast, we hit the trail through the forest along the Dudhkoshi River. It’s an easy walk until Phunki Tanga where you will have lunch. From here, we go along the steep ascent all the way to Tengboche village. We visit the Tengboche monastery, the largest gompa in the Khumbu region. If we could reach there on time, we may observe a Buddhist religious ceremony that takes place either in the morning or evening. Ornate walls and a 20-feet tall idol of Buddha are the main attraction in the monastery. We get an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas, including the peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku from the monastery.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude3860m/12660ft

After breakfast, we take a trail descending through a coniferous forest. We can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse while going downhill to Debuche. We cross a suspension bridge over Imja Khola and take the trail that ascends to Pangboche. Further, we follow the upper Pangboche trail which offers better views of the Himalayas. We continue walking through Imja valley to Lobuche and go up to Dingboche village. We can see buckwheat, potato, and barley fields and grazing animals in this beautiful village of Sherpas.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude4410m/14464ft

To adapt to the higher altitude, we go for a day hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m), a hill located on the edge of Chhukung valley. Getting there is quite a challenge as the trail is very steep at some points. However, once you reach atop the hill, you will be awarded up-close 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). In clear weather conditions, we can also sight Mt. Makalu (8,481m), the fifth highest mountain in the world. Many trekkers carry packed food to enjoy their lunch in this pristine view that Nagarjun Hill offers while others prefer having their lunch back at Dingboche after making a tiring excursion. After a day of admiring the mountains, we return to Dingboche.

Alternatively, hike to Chhukung escorts to the gateway of Island peak climbing point. The hiking becomes fruitful adjoined by the delighting Everest Himalayan peaks and back to Dingboche and take a rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude5100m/16728ft

After breakfast, we hit the trail to Lobuche. On the way, there is the campsite of the first successful Everest climbers. Due to the higher altitude, our journey will be challenging as we move ahead. We cross Dusa and reach Duglha after walking for Duglha (4,600m/15,090ft). To avoid acute mountain sickness (AMS), we advise maintaining a steady pace. We take a steep ascent for nearly an hour. On the top of the hill, we pass by memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers, trekkers, and Sherpas who lost their lives in the Everest region over the years. We get a splendid view of Mt Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbtse among the other Himalayas from the higher rocky terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement. Get prepared for the chilly evening and biting cold at night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude4910m/16105ft

This is the day to realize the dream of exploring the Everest Base Camp. In the early morning, we set off on the journey through rocky terrains alongside the Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep. We check in the room at a teahouse, put in our luggage, have a quick lunch, and prepare to continue to the Everest Base Camp. The straight trail to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) is challenging due to the accumulated glacial debris, rocky dunes, and moraine. At the Everest Base Camp, we enjoy the Khumbu Glacier and icefall. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful as we get spectacular views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori. You may engage yourself in capturing the best experience and memories through the lens as we take enough time here. We may find beautiful mountain mice called 'pika' as well as flocks of Tibetan snow peacocks called Khongma at the base camp. After sinking in the beauty of the mountains, we get back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude5181m/16994ft

This is another significant day of the trek. We will begin hiking early in the morning to witness stunning sunrise views from Kala Pathar (5545m/18,188ft). It is the best viewpoint for observing Mount Everest as well as other magnificent Himalayan ranges. After that, we will walk back to Gorakshep. After finishing our breakfast, we will experience a comfy helicopter ride to return back Kathmandu. While soaring above, you will experience idyllic aerial views of the stunning landscape as well as the gigantic Himalayas range

The helicopter flight is on a sharing basis. It’s not a private charter flight. If you want a private ride, please contact us for the price. Please note that in altitudes above 4,500 meters, the helicopters can land but can’t take off with more than 3 passengers. So, if there are more than 3 people, the helicopter will take 3 people in the first shuttle and drop them off at a designated point below 4,500 meters. The point is usually the village of Pheriche. Then, in the second shuttle, the helicopter will transfer the remaining passengers from Gorakshep; it will stop at the designated point to pick up the first three passengers and take all of them to Kathmandu via Lukla. 

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

Our EBC Trek 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.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation hotel 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
  • One Way airfare From Kathmandu to Lukla including airport departure tax
  • Shared Helicopter Ride in the Khumbu region and drop-off at Kathmandu.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • 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)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • 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 (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2689
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 12, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 22, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2689
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 15, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 25, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2689
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 19, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2689
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 27, 2022End DateEnd: SundayNovember 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2689
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 31, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayNovember 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2689

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 headache, 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.

Our Leader and Staff

It needs experienced, highly skilled, courteous, and helpful team members to make any trip successful. All of our guides are experienced and licensed professionals, who have been chosen on the basis of their knowledge, skills, and high level of expertise in leading in the Himalayan region. All of our guides can speak English fluently while some of them have conversational learning in additional foreign languages. Our team includes some supporting members, especially, local Sherpas who have adequate knowledge about their cultural diversity, ecosystem, history, geography, and the flora and fauna in the region.

Experience Required

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who can walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. On some days, we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging regularly is a good idea to enhance our 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 diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Best Time to Travel

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

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.

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.

Communication On Trek 

On the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Trekking 11 Days 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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