Everest Base Camp Helicopter - 10 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityEverest Treks
AccomodationFour Nights Luxury Hotel Yeti Mountain Home & Five Nights Other Standard Hotels/Lodges during the trek
RegionEverest Region
Start / End pointKathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration10 Days
Max. Altitude5,555m at Kalapatthar
Meals IncludedAll Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size2-4
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip CodeDWT57
Activity Per DayApproximately 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationDomestic flight (lukla-Ktm-Lukla), Helicopter Tour from Gorakshep to Lukla, and Pick up & Drop off by private Transportation from Kathmandu Airport
GradeChallenging

About the Trip

This trek is for those short in time, but who want to see Everest up close without sacrificing any highlights. The hike starts from Lukla and follows the classic Everest Base Camp trail reaching Everest Base Camp and then to Kala Patthar viewpoint. From Gorakshep, you will take a helicopter to Lukla. The helicopter ride will take you over Cho La Pass and Gokyo lakes.

Highlights

  • Flying above the mighty Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • A thrilling yet scenic helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche
  • Familiarise with Sherpa traditions and lifestyles
  • Explore world-famous monasteries and museums in the Khumbu region
  • Trek in an incredible landscape around the world’s highest peaks, Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore the UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Khumjung Monastery, which is said to house a yeti scalp
  • Encounter wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan tahr.
  • Traverse through the highest glacier on Earth (Khumbu Glacier)
  • Enjoy the awe-inspiring sight of Khumbu Icefall (5,486m)

Benefits of trekking to Everest Base Camp with DWT

  • Free pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle. 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Oximeters for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes to detect early signs of altitude sickness.
  • Medical kits that often come in handy
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Sleeping bags and Down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek

 

Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available date and time for the trek briefing. Please note that we conduct trip briefing only once either online or in person. 

Lukla Flight Information

There might be slight alterations to the trek itinerary, mainly during peak trek seasons (March, April, May, October, and November), as the flight to Lukla will be from Ramechhap/Manthali instead of Kathmandu due to traffic congestion. At other times, the flight will be from Kathmandu. To catch a flight from Ramechhap, we must leave Kathmandu and head to Manthali around 12:30 a.m. on the scheduled departure date. The drive will take around five hours.

 

Comprehensive Overview

Mt Everest is the highest mountain in the world - and everyone wants to see Everest. Trekkers, adventurers, and nature lovers list Everest Base Camp trek in their to-do bucket list. It is the reason why thousands of people come to Nepal to hike to Everest Base Camp.

We understand that every person is quite unique, and their trek preferences are also different. Hence, we have created this Everest Base Camp - Helicopter trek. The main advantage of this trek package is you do not need to return taking the same route that took you to Everest Base Camp. Instead, you will be flying over other exciting regions nearby as you return from Gorakshep on a helicopter.

With a little bit of struggle to reach the top and a little luxury skipping the downhill trail, this package provides the beauty of the exceptional Himalayas. We enjoy the blanket of mountains surrounding the mystifying valley as we walk past thrilling bridges, moraines, stupas decorated with vibrant prayer flags, and the enchanting aura of the Sherpa villages.

You will start with a short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850m). After getting off at Lukla, we take a short hike to Phakding, letting our bodies adjust to the thinning air. The following morning, we start our trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) - the gateway to Everest. For acclimatizing, we will spend a day at Namche. However, we will not stay idle. You can hike to Sagarmatha National Park, Khumjung village Hillary School, Syangboche Airport, and other old monasteries. People believe that Khumjung Monastery houses a yeti scalp.

After an acclimatization day at Namche, we hike to Tengboche (3,820m), enjoying the panoramic views of Everest(8,848m), Ama Dablam(6,812m), Lhotse(8,516), Nuptse(7,861m), Thamserku(6,623m).

From Tangboche, we will head to Dingboche(4,360m) through lush alpine forest, shrubs, and desert-like landscapeAt Dingboche, you will see a wall, around one kilometer in length, surrounding the fields to protect the crops from cold wind.

You will be acclimatizing one more day at Dingboche. However, we will not be staying idle. We will head to viewpoints to catch stunning views of mountains such as Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), and Island Peak (6,189m).

After a rest day at Dingboche, the next day, we trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930m). The trails will reward you with stunning views of tall mountains up close.

On your eighth day, we trek from Lobuche and reach Everest Base Camp(5,364m). However, before reaching Everest Base Camp, we will leave our luggage at Gorakshep and ascend to the Everest Base Camp. This is the closest you will ever get to Everest unless you decide to climb it. After spending quality time at Everest Base Camp, you will descend to Gorakshep, where you will be spending a night.

The next morning, we will wake up early and ascend to Kala Patthar (5,555m) viewpoint (the highest point in this trek) to see the dawn break at Mt. Everest and other nearby peaks. After enjoying the views from Kala Patthar, you will descend to Gorakshep, from where we will take a helicopter back to Lukla - skipping the downhill trek.

You will spend one last night in the Everest region at Lukla, most probably looking back at your trek and cherishing your memories. The following early morning, you will fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu, marking the end of the trip.

We advise our valuable clients to arrive by 3 pm at least one day before the trek departure for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. Additionally, we recommend you add 1 or 2 days extra to your journey. There is a small chance that the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla to Kathmandu might be canceled or delayed due to bad weather.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day1

    Flight from Kathmandu/Manthali to Lukla (2,850m/9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2,650m/ 8,562ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.2km / 3.8miles
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    Depending on the trekking season, you will be flying to Lukla either from Kathmandu or Manthali. If you are flying during peak trekking seasons (March, April, May, September, October, and November), the flights to Lukla from Kathmandu might be rerouted to Manthali Airport instead. To catch a flight from Manthali to Lukla, we will pick you up at your hotel at around 12:30 am and take you on a 5-hour drive to Manthali Airport. The subsequent flight from Manthali to Lukla takes roughly 20 minutes.

    You can avoid the Kathmandu-Manthali-Lukla route by booking a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla but be prepared to spend around 550 USD per person to cover the helicopter expenses, assuming five people share the helicopter costs. 

    Trekking in months - December, January, February, June, July, and August- means your journey to Lukla from Kathmandu remains on track. After breakfast, we'll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for an exciting and picturesque 40-minute flight to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. 

    After arriving at Lukla, you will take a short trek to Phakding, passing Chaurikharka village. We have deliberately limited the trekking hours so that you can acclimatize. You can utilize your free hours visiting local monasteries (including Rimishung Monastery), shops, and restaurants in Phakding. 

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
    • Welcome drinks on arrival, standard room, attached bathroom, hot shower, unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, electric blanket, bathroom slippers, hair dryer on request, free wifi and charging access.
  2. day2

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.4km / 4.6miles
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    We start early morning trekking along the northern banks of the Dudh Koshi River enjoying stunning views all around. The thrilling suspension bridges often adorned with prayer flags, make this hike even more exciting. You will be passing Monjo Village before reaching Sagarmatha National Park.

    We register our permit at the Sagarmatha National Park and climb a dense forest, finally catching the first views of Mount Everest. Then, we continue our journey through the woods and stone-paved ways to reach Namche Bazaar. With incredible scenery and pleasant vibes, Namche Bazaar is an amazing place to relax.

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
    • Welcome drinks on arrival, standard room, attached bathroom, hot shower, unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, electric blanket, bathroom slippers, hair dryer on request, free wifi and charging access.
  3. day3

    Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    We spend another day at Namche Bazaar, to adjust to the thin air at a high altitude. However, we will not just be sitting idle. You will be exploring the alleys of Namche and hiking to Sagarmatha National Park and Khumjung (3,790m). You will also visit Hillary School and old monasteries on the way to Khumjung. If you wish, you can further hike to Khunde. You must not miss visiting Syangboche Airport (3,780m)- one of the highest airports in the world. If you want to view Mount. Everest some more, you can hike to Everest View Hotel. 

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
    • Welcome drinks on arrival, standard room, attached bathroom, hot shower, unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, electric blanket, bathroom slippers, hair dryer on request, free wifi and charging access.
  4. day4

    Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.2km / 5.7miles
    Highest Altitude 3,855m / 12,850ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The trek begins gently till Phunki Village. Reaching Tengboche can be quite challenging, as we have to hike through steep uphills. As demanding as the hike might be, the majestic views of the Himalayas will make the ascent worth it. The walk uphill provides you a chance to spot musk deer, pheasant, and Himalayan tahr. As one of the most beautiful places on the trekking route, Tengboche has so many niceties to offer, especially the panoramic views of the mountains like Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516), Nuptse (7,861), and Thamserku (6,623m).

    Tengboche is home to one of the largest and most famous monasteries in the Khumbu regionTengboche Monastery. This monastery is also called the monastery on the top of the hill, and you must not miss this site. We conclude the day with the peaceful sound of the prayers and the bells and get ready for our next walk to Dingboche.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  5. day5

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12km / 7.45miles
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    We head towards Pangboche Village (3,985m) while witnessing several stupas, mani walls, and small Sherpa villages on the route. This trail offers admirable landscape views as it passes through a lush alpine forest with seasonal rhododendrons. As you climb higher, you will witness shrubs and a desert-like landscape. 

    The steepest and most challenging climb starts from the Lobuche river and continues till Dingboche. Dingboche (4,360m), known as the summer valley of Khumbu, has a kilometer-long wall built to protect the crops from the cold winds. The view from Dingboche is gorgeous with picturesque views of the valley and mountains. 

    • Overnight stay at Good Luck Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  6. day6

    Rest and acclimatization at Dingboche

    Today, we explore places in and around Dingboche (4,360m/14,290ft) while adjusting to thin air. We prepare ourselves for the next ascent with a hike up the ridge above Dingboche and enjoy the panoramic close-up views of Mount Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), the backside of Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft), and Island peak (6,189m). While our body acclimatizes, we calm our minds with amazing views.

    • Overnight stay at Good Luck Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  7. day7

    Trek from Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) to Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 4,930m / 16,175ft
    Trek Duration 5 hours

    The trail to Lobuche (4,930m) is incredible providing magnificent mountain views throughout. The trail ascends a short hill and then passes through a steep terminal Khumbu Glacier (4,900m) moraine. You will pass through huge slabs displaced by this glacier. As we climb higher with every turn, we gain closer views of the mountains. The hike becomes steeper first, and then the elevation slowly increases as we reach Thukla. As you hike forward, you will pass a memorial commemorating those who could not succeed in this harsh terrain. Despite the steep climb, as we get closer to our destination, the enhanced view motivates us to climb some more until we reach Lobuche. 

    • Overnight stay at Eco Lodge/Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day8

    Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft) and back to Gorakshep (5,185m / 17,010ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 15 km / 9.32miles
    Highest Altitude 5,364m / 17,598ft
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    After days of hiking, the day to reach the foothills of the highest mountain finally arrives. We will begin our walk to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) early in the morning, passing through many glaciers, including the famous Khumbu Glacier. Beyond Khumbu Glacier, you can see Khumbu Icefall (5,486m). We will also pass the Army Mountaineers Memorial. 

    However, before reaching Everest Base Camp, we will trek to Gorakshep, where we will keep our belongings. Then, we climb up to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m). As you find yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains all around you will be overwhelmed with joy. After immersing ourselves fully with the views from the EBC and clicking tons of pictures, we climb down to Gorakshep (5,185m) and rest for the day.

    • Overnight stay at Everest Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  9. day9

    Hike to Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m / 18,208ft), return to Gorakshep and trek to Lobuche, fly to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6km (3.7miles)
    Flight Hours 20 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 2.5 hours

    Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m) is a short hike from Gorakshep. You will hike very early to Kala Patthar to view the sunrise on Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks. Kala Patthar is the highest altitude of our entire trek. After spending a good hour at Kala Patthar, you will return to Gorakshep, have breakfast, and trek for another two and a half hours to return to Lobuche. From Lobuche, you will board a helicopter to Lukla. As you skip the downhill trail, you can reach Lukla fully relaxed.

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
    • Welcome drinks on arrival, standard room, attached bathroom, hot shower, unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, electric blanket, bathroom slippers, hair dryer on request, free wifi and charging access.
  10. day10

    Fly back to Kathmandu/Manthali from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) - 40 minutes.

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40/20 Minutes

    At the end of the trek, you will fly from Lukla to Manthali or Kathmandu, contingent on the ongoing trekking season. You'll likely board a Manthali-bound flight, followed by a drive to Kathmandu if your trek takes place in March, April, May, September, October, or November. In other months (December, January, February, June, July, or August), you will fly directly to Kathmandu.

    You can bypass the Lukla-Manthali-Kathmandu route is feasible if you book a helicopter along with four other individuals, resulting in an additional cost of approximately 550 USD per person.

    We hope your journey to Kathmandu will be a relaxing one. We are sure you will be flooded with the memories you made during this trek. Your trek ends at Kathmandu, and you can spend the remaining day as you like. Kathmandu has several world heritage sites, which we believe you must see before ending your vacation.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • Pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) tickets and airport departure taxes
  • Helicopter tour from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • Accommodations (total 9 nights): Four nights luxury accommodation (Yeti Mountain Home) at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (2N), five nights standard lodge at Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche & Gorakshep (twin sharing).
  • Meals: ten breakfasts, nine lunches, and nine dinners in other standard lodges in trek regions
  • Government licensed, English-speaking Discovery World Trekking trek leader. Porters to carry luggage. One porter for every two trekkers. The luggage limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • Guides and porter costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

What is excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge), extra porters, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused due to circumstances beyond company control like - landslides, bad weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All costs and expenses not listed in "What is included?" will be counted as excludes

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment list for Everest Base Camp Trek
We recommend you to bring only the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. Though different persons have different preferences, we have prepared this basic packing list. Porters will be carrying your main luggage, but your luggage limit is 9 kg.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Journey Start

The 10-day Everest Base Camp helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu. You will be arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport by 3 pm at least one day before the trek departure date for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. You require at least one day in a hotel in Kathmandu, but the package does not include it. On the trip departure date, you will take a domestic flight to Lukla, which takes around 40 minutes. 

This trek package includes Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flights.

Free Airport Pick Up

We provide free airport to hotel pick up and vice-a-versa for all clients booking this trio with us. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find our representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. They will welcome you with a Khada or marigold garland and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. To use pick up/drop off service, email us your arrival and departure dates in advance.

Accommodation During The Trek

10 Days Everest Base Camp Heli trek includes four nights luxury lodge stay at Yeti Mountain Home in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche (2N), and five nights standard lodge stay at Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep.

This package does not include two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. 

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals mentioned (including breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Meals

Everest Base Camp Helicopter package provides three nutritious and delicious meals a day and a total of ten breakfasts, ten lunches, and nine dinners in trekking regions. You will enjoy buffet breakfasts, buffet lunches, and buffet dinners at Yeti Mountain Home luxury hotel. 

Here are your meal options.

Ten breakfasts - Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Nine lunches - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Nine dinners - Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Potatoes items, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, Steaks, etc

The menu items are traditional local, Asian, and western cuisines, but as you go up, the menu gets shorter. We advise you to take plenty of liquids - green, lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup(must), and fresh vegetables in trek regions. 

Despite the availability of non-veg items in the trek regions, we don’t recommend them because of meat quality concerns. We also encourage you to avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, dairy, and hot chocolates.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

You must consider the weather while choosing your trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). Though people trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, some seasons are more favorable than others.

Most trekkers trek to EBC during spring and autumn when the skies are clear, there is no rain, and the temperature is just right. Clear skies provide you to enjoy breathtaking views while avoiding wet and slippery paths during summer and snow in winter. Here is a brief weather description of the high trek regions. 

January to February

Early January to early February is the coldest season. There is heavy snowfall in trek regions, and the temperatures dip very low. 

Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the nighttime would be extremely cold. However, some trekkers enjoy challenging winter treks. Hence, Discovery world trekking conducts winter Everest Base Camp treks as well. 

Temperatures range from 15°C to -15°C.

March to April

Due to favorable weather, this is one of the best seasons to hike in the Everest Base Camp. Temperatures start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, you can enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayas and associated glaciers. March marks the beginning of the spring season. The weather starts to warm up, and the plants and animals dormant throughout the winter come back to life, feeding, and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. 

Temperatures range from 18°C to -12°C.

May to June

These months are also perfect for trekking, mainly before the monsoon. The monsoon starts in Nepal from June end and lasts till mid-August. The mix of spring and summer seasons makes the trek enjoyable during these months.

Temperatures range from 25°C to -5°C.

July to August

Due to heavy monsoon rainfall, mainly in regions below 3,500m, flights to Lukla may get canceled, affecting your trip. Though trek to Everest Base Camp in June and July is challenging, it is not impossible. If you choose to trek during these months, you can contact us for safe and secure treks. Rainy season treks provide spectacular waterfall views in uncrowded trails.

Temperatures range from 27°C to 5°C.

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for EBC treks, bringing in flocks of tourists in the trek trails. As the monsoon ends - a perfect trekking season approaches. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. This is the season when most trekkers enjoy their EBC treks, as the skies clear up providing amazing mountain views. We recommend most trekkers to trek to EBC during this time. 

Two main Nepali festivals - Dashain and Tihar - also fall on these months, enabling you to enjoy the festive mood. 

Temperatures range from 20°C to 5°C.

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snowfalls begin in the Himalayas region, and eventually, it gets tough to trek. Nights are frigid. November treks are comparatively easier - providing amazing views of high mountains. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

Temperatures range from 10°C to -17°C.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization During Everest Base Camp Trek

Altitude sickness is common among trekkers who try to rush to the Everest Base Camp. To avoid this, we will be acclimatizing in two places - Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Trekkers can explore this famous Sherpa town of Namche while adjusting to the thin air. We will also be having second-day acclimatization at Dingboche, where we will climb the ridge behind the village to get stunning views of the tall Himalayas. 

Our trek leaders/guides are used to high altitudes, and they have completed extensive first aid training as well. We genuinely care about your health and safety and guarantee that it will be our very first priority. If you are seriously affected by altitude sickness, the only remedy would be to descend immediately. Your trek lead has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or climb down right away. 

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

As challenging as it is, the Everest Base Camp Trek is equally rewarding. On average per day, you will be hiking for around 5 to 7 hours - depending on the destination. The trail is mostly uphill, with rocky and stone-paved paths.

An average fit person can complete this trek, but the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your hike. Past trek experience or regular exercise is an advantage but not required.

This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung diseases. If you suffer from such conditions, let us know before booking the trip.

Trekking group/single

This is a private tour that includes only your group members. However, we can handle any group size. 

A typical day on the trek

Each day comes with a unique trekking experience, climbing, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the hike, our friendly and qualified Sherpa/guide will share information and historical facts about the places you visit. Porters will carry your luggage. However, the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. In addition, you will also be bringing with you a small backpack for your valuables and important documents.  

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, your trek begins around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of that day's walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will serve you lunch, often midway to your next destination. We continue the trek after resting for an hour after lunch. 

The afternoon walk is generally shorter, lasting about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Then, you can use your free time to explore nearby places.

We serve dinner from around 6 to 7 PM. Before going to bed, you can spend some quality time in friendly conversations, discussing the experience of that day. Your guide will be briefing you about the next day's trip. After this briefing, you will have time to read books, enjoy onboard games such as monopoly, cards, or watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners also learn simple Nepalese words from our crew.

Communication

Wi-Fi service during your stay at Yeti Mountain Home hotel in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche is free. At other places, Wi-Fi is available with some extra service charge. However, communication at high altitudes will be through mobile. If you want, you can buy a local sim card in Kathmandu, but the signals may not be strong enough. DWT Kathmandu office will be in contact with all its trek teams at least once a day via the trek lead to ensure that the hike is going as planned. 

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for this Everest Base Camp trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the hike. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6000m).

We can recommend insurance companies for you based on our previous clients' experience. However, we do not sell insurance policies. We request all trek members to send their detailed insurance information within a week of booking the trek. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and other documents you sent us to plan a quick, effective rescue. 

Before buying travel insurance, call your insurance provider, and recheck if they include helicopter rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Do not just believe in the insurance company's web content.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at the Tribhuvan International airport. The visa application requires a passport with six months validity, passport size photo, and visa fees. The current visa fee is the US $50 for 30 days, which you can pay in cash at Tribhuvan International Airport. 

Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) may not receive on-arrival visas. So citizens from these countries need to contact their local Nepalese embassy.

For the latest visa info, visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR).

You can exchange all major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. If you are carrying Indian Rupees, please note that only Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2000 are legal in Nepal.

Legal money exchanges display ongoing exchange rates visibly. 

Despite the security advantage of traveler's cheques, we recommend you to bring cash and exchange them for Nepalese Rupees. This will avoid lengthy processes and high bank commissions. You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount for a foreign card is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee.

If you exchange money at banks and financial institutions, they will charge a service fee of 4% or more depending upon the bank.

Trek regions have no banks and money exchange services. So you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, depending on how much personal expense you require. Trek regions only accept Nepalese currency.

Most established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

How much luggage can I bring to Everest Base Camp Trek?

We assign one porter for every two trekkers. The luggage weight limit for each trekker is 9kg. So, porters will not carry more than 18kg of combined luggage.  

You will also be carrying a small backpack with your essential documents and valuables. We advise you to bring only the essentials to the trek trails. You can store your excess baggage either at your hotel or Discovery World Trekking store for free. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Safety

We guarantee the safety, security, and satisfaction of our clients.  To ensure a safe trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. We will trek together. Our leaders and guides have completed extensive first aid training. If a trekker catches altitude sickness, the trek leader has the authority to continue the trek or descend immediately. In emergencies, a rescue helicopter will bring you back to safety. We will trek together. 

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. Tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the service received. However, tipping is at the trekker's discretion and should reflect the quality of service obtained. We encourage you to tip collectively and at the end of the trip. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the trek, our well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you. They are licensed and well-experienced in leading trek teams into deep, remote Himalayas. Porters will be carrying your main luggage, but they will only carry 18 kg of combined weight. The weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. 

Our crew members are locals born and raised in remote, high Himalayas. So their physical endurance coupled with heredity nature provides them exceptional ability to live easily at high altitudes. 

 All our staff members are precious to us. In addition to great pay, we cover their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. 

We make sure that our staff members are happy as we believe that only a happy person can keep others happy. In addition, our guides

  • are intensive wilderness first aid trained
  • have trekking guide training certificates
  • are fluent in English and another major language
  • have completed conservation and biodiversity training
  • have rock climbing experience

Responsible travel

We strongly believe in environmental sustainability and try our best to leave only the footprints at the trek regions. If we do not preserve the trek regions today, no trekkers will visit these regions tomorrow. Therefore, Discovery World Trekking organizes eco-tours only. We work with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that meet the expectation of travelers and communities.

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized and bonded trekking and touring operator, providing service for more than a decade. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

Therefore, you can book Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence. We require 10% of the trip cost as an advance for booking confirmation. You can pay through bank transfer, western union, and online payment directly from our website. 

You can pay the remaining trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, or using a credit card after arriving in Nepal. Furthermore, we will email you payment details - including the amount and modes of payment.

Within a week of booking the trek, please send us other necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flights. Please remember the number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited, and it is extremely busy during trekking seasons.

Last-minute booking

Even though it is always a good idea to book your trips in advance. But for those unable to do so, Discovery World Trekking provides a special provision of last-minute booking. To take advantage of this provision, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before trek departure.

Even though we try our best to organize treks at any time, in the case of last-minute booking, there is a tiny chance of trek delay due to circumstances beyond our control like unavailability of air tickets, unfavorable weather, etc. 

Trip Extensions

If you want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal after completing this trek, we can organize activities for you. There are several options - exploring places in and around Kathmandu, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc. 

Feedback

After completing the Everest Base Camp trek, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with the Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate. This is also a great time to give us trek feedback. 

Trip Departure Dates

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5

Based on the opinion of at least 1115 people.

5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Rilee

Written Mar 20 , 2023

First and foremost, I highly recommend Discovery World Trekking to anyone who desires an extraordinary helicopter flight experience with a stunning view of Mount Everest. Their professionalism, meticulousness, and unwavering dedication to fulfilling this dream make them the perfect choice for those seeking to forge everlasting memories.

 

Secondly, I would like to express my gratitude. The entire experience was truly exceptional. From the moment I reached out to inquire about the helicopter flight, Paul, the agency's owner, displayed an impressive level of professionalism, attentiveness, and enthusiasm in providing exceptional care. The guidance and support I received throughout the entire process were unparalleled, resulting in a seamless and enjoyable experience from beginning to end.

 

The actual experience itself, the Mount Everest Helicopter flight, left me without words. It was an unparalleled opportunity to witness the mountain up close, and a meticulously crafted itinerary ensured that I had the best possible viewpoints to behold this magnificent wonder of the world. The attention to detail in every aspect of the trip was praiseworthy.

 

Lastly, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Paul and the individual behind this remarkable travel agency. Your passion for adventure and dedication to delivering unforgettable experiences and fulfilling dreams shines through. Your personal touch and commitment to creating memorable journeys are truly admirable.

Vicky

Written Dec 11 , 2022

We had an incredible experience with Discovery World Trekking, combining a remarkable helicopter tour and trekking adventure. We embarked on a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp, which provided breathtaking views of Mount Everest and the stunning mountains in the vicinity.

 

Our trekking guide, accompanied by a team of friendly and supportive porters, took excellent care of us throughout the journey. Paul, who organized everything for us, was truly exceptional. He was not only accommodating but also flexible, ensuring that all our needs were met. He treated us like friends, maintaining constant communication through WhatsApp during our entire stay in Nepal. I wholeheartedly recommend Discovery World Trekking based on our wonderful experience.

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Jemma

Jan 16 , 2024

We went on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Discovery World Trekking. Honestly speaking, it was an absolute marvel from start to finish. The journey was nothing short of spectacular, with every moment filled with awe and wonder.

Flying high above the towering Himalayas, each turn revealed breathtaking vistas that seemed straight out of a dream. The journey itself felt like a thrilling adventure, with the helicopter gracefully navigating through valleys and around peaks, offering us a bird's-eye view of the world's highest mountains.

The skilled pilot ensured a smooth and safe ride, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty and grandeur of the landscape below. Every second was filled with excitement and anticipation, making the journey an unforgettable experience that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Discovery World Trekking truly knows how to turn a journey into an extraordinary adventure! Thank you, Paul.

 

 

 

Elijah

Nov 28 , 2023

Taking off on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Discovery World Trekking was one of the best decisions I made in my life. The excitement bubbled within me as we lifted off, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of anticipation for the journey ahead. It felt as though the mountains themselves were reaching out to greet us, welcoming us to see their beauty.

This was my first time flying on a heli. I was afraid but the pilot reassured me that it gonna be safe. He felt like a trusted companion guiding me through the skies. I am really thankful to him for boosting my confidence.

But it wasn't just the scenery that touched my heart; it was the warmth and kindness of the Discovery World Trekking team that truly made the experience unforgettable. From the friendly smiles of the staff to the thoughtful gestures throughout the journey, it was evident that they were more than just guides – they were friends, sharing in the joy and wonder of the adventure.

4.9

Based on the opinion of at least 163 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Twinkle

US

Apr 3, 2023

Amazing experience. Our guide was simply great; she answered all of our questions, was there for us around-the-clock, and helped us with every challenge. Additionally, he provided excellent advice that made adjusting to the height much simpler.


I never once thought that the Discovery World Trekking was inadequate or that we were stuck somewhere. When we thought we could go farther than anticipated on one of the days, Paul swiftly secured a guesthouse so we could keep going.

 

Since even a small change in the weather can result in significant delays, DWT made sure we were booked on the earliest flight to ensure the start and conclusion of the journey went as well as possible.

Marshall

US

Feb 22, 2023

It was an adventure beyond words to set out on a 10-day Helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp with Discovery World Trekking! Our tour guide was amazing, offering in-depth knowledge, unwavering commitment, and genuine encouragement all along. A special thank you to the porters, whose fortitude, generosity, and support were priceless.

 

With excellent planning and logistics, there were also luxurious accommodations and meals. This journey was incredibly inspiring, and it left us with priceless memories. For an amazing Himalayan journey, I wholeheartedly endorse DWT.

 

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