Everest Base Camp Helicopter - 10 Days

Everest Base Camp Helicopter - 10 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Everest Treks
Accomodation Four Nights Luxury Hotel Yeti Mountain Home & Five Nights Other Standard Hotels/Lodges during the trek
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 10 Days
Max. Altitude 5,555m at Kalapatthar
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2-4
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip Code DWT57
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Domestic flight (lukla-Ktm-Lukla), Helicopter Tour from Gorakshep to Lukla, and Pick up & Drop off by private Transportation from Kathmandu Airport
Grade Challenging

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. 
  • 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) and online trip briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store during the trek

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 to attend an official briefing. During the briefing, we will provide vital information about the trek and recheck your luggage to ensure you have all the required things for this journey. Additionally, we recommend you to add 1 or 2 days extra for 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. day 1

    Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)Trek to Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft )

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

    The journey starts with a 40-minute scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After arriving at Lukla, we take a short trek to Phakding, passing Chaurikharka village on the way. 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. 

    • 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. day 2

    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. day 3

    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. day 4

    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 you 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 region - Tengboche 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 Culture Home
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  5. day 5

    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. day 6

    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. day 7

    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
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    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 Eco Inn
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Hike to Kala Patthar (5,555m / 18,208ft) - viewpoint, trek back to Gorakshep, fly to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 1.2km / 0.7miles
    Flight Hours 20 Minutes
    Highest Altitude 5,555m / 18,208ft
    Trek Duration 45 Minutes

    Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m) is a short hike from Gorakshep. We 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 here, we trek down to Gorakshep and have our breakfast. Then board a helicopter to return to Lukla. As you skip the downhill trail, you can reach Lukla in comfort, 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. day 10

    Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) - 40 minutes.

    Itinerary Facts
    Flight Hours 40 Minutes

    The flight from Lukla 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. We can manage a tour in and around Kathmandu if you want. 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

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

10-day Everest Base Camp trek that includes helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla starts from Kathmandu. You will be arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport by 3 pm at least one day before the trek departure date so that you do not miss the trip 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. 

We recheck your luggage, equipment, and gear during the trip briefing before starting the journey. .

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 trip 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. 

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Trip Reviews

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Trip of a lifetime

Faaris
5 - Excellent
04/07/2018

After graduating, I wanted to do something that will be my ultimate travel and experience before start working, to go to the EBC. so in short notice, I've been inquiring with several trekking companies but surprisingly Discovery World Trekking seemed the only company that responded well, fast, and very excited about making my dream come true. After emailing and discussing the plan and itinerary for the journey, everything went smooth and I was set to go! Unfortunately, when I arrived at KTM airport, I didn't receive my checked-in luggage after hours of waiting. I went out to be greeted with Paul, the owner and founder of Discovery World Trekking alongside side with Saroz. They helped me to sort things out with my missing luggage and provided me with assistance until I received my luggage the next day. The hotel I was staying at was Tibet Guest House it was amazing and very comfortable! throughout the journey, the guide who was my guide has become a very good company and friend. He took care of me very well, attentive in every detail and I couldn't be more than happier to trek with him. He knows the route well, telling me about the stories and cultures, the people, food and so many things! He is the person, a friend, and a guide that you would want to travel with! All through the journey,



the experience was great! the teahouses that we stayed was very comfortable, clean and nice! Especially after hours of trekking, I bet you will be looking forward to that! The food was excellent and I could pick anything from the menu, that was a privilege on how one should enjoy the journey. the trekking Paul kept in touch with me and Saroz, asking how everything went, motivating me and I felt looked after all throughout the trek and afterward! If you're looking for a reputable, friendly, fun, enthusiastic, and professional trekking company in Nepal, I would highly recommend Discovery World Trekking, they win in so many aspects, they did volunteering with the Discovery Channel in fact you would want to and will be helping a local operator especially because Nepal is recovering post-earthquake. I'm looking forward to trek with Discovery World trekking in the future especially with Paul and the team! I wish the DWT team all the best and thank you so much, they are the best!

A World Away From Covid-19

Teresa Philips & family
5 - Excellent
12/20/2020

We could not have asked for a better time trekking in Ruby Valley with our 4 children (12, 9, 5 & 1 years old). We had a wonderful guide, Dol, & 3 amazing porters Amrit, Prabhat & Gokul. They were so professional, helpful, patient, focused & a joy to get to know. They helped our family, with small kids, to cross over Pansang Pass & enjoy so many beautiful places. On this particular trek, we were able to visit their own home village, Chalish, & get to meet their immediate family members & learn about daily life thereof planting, harvesting & preparing important crops such as red millet & corn, cooking over a fire, visiting the school there, hearing the stories of childhood & seeing the cohesiveness of people working together. Our experience was unforgettable!



The package they offered made our time very smooth & well-provided for. Paul was always in good contact with us, answering any questions swiftly. He is very detailed-oriented & organized things so well for our family. We had no problem getting our visas at the airport, & the staff was waiting for us outside to take us to our hotel. On the trail, we ate the food of the villages we visited. We took refreshment from nature & a wifi-free part of the world! We had a great family time! Concerning Covid-19, we all made sure we tested negative before our trek. The staff took precautions, & we felt very safe as we went on the trail. There is no evidence of Covid-19 in these areas. We could enjoy a normal life again in the beauty of the Himalayas. We are confident this experience will remain in our family's hearts forever.

Everest base camp Trek

Dave
5 - Excellent
01/10/2019

Finally struck off EBC from the bucket list with an extremely professional and well-organized tour with Discovery world trekking! We took on a 10-day trek package with Discovery and what impressed me most was the professionalism of Paul Gurung and his team. Paul was very responsive to our queries about the trek and from the moment we arrived at the airport, he was there behind the scenes making our trip as smooth sailing as possible. During our trek, our trekking guide Saroz was amazing and would constantly check on our well being and give us tips on how to avoid AMS. He was really fun to chill with and it was nice seeing his enthusiasm for the trek as well. Our porters were amazing as well and they made sure we got to EBC in the best condition possible. To add on, Discovery was v well connected and often we stayed in guesthouses which exceeded my expectations. We were also able to get the first flight out of lukla when the weather was turning for the worse which was a major plus point. Discovery has been a great choice for our trek and deserves the highest praise:) Thanks for the memories discovery!

FAQ’s

How safe is Everest Base Camp trekking?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees the safety, security, and satisfaction of its clients. Discovery World Trekking team will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits to face any situation. Our trek leads/guides have completed extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick, the guide has the authority to decide whether to continue the hike or descend immediately. In emergencies, we deploy a helicopter to bring you back to safety. Discovery World Trekking also uses oximeters to monitor the oxygen level of trekkers at high altitudes.

How long will it take to reach Everest Base Camp?

It takes 5 to 17 days to reach Everest Base Camp depending upon the mode of transportation and packages Discovery World Trekking offers.

What are the modes of transportation?

You can either hike or use a helicopter. Discovery World Trekking offers exciting helicopter treks to Everest Base Camp that can last 5 or 10 days. If you require, we can customize your tour as well. 

Is Lukla Airport convenient for the flight?

Lukla is at 9,500 feet (2,850m) above sea level. The higher the altitude, the lower the air density. So, the planes need to land at faster speeds. The weather in this area changes constantly, and the cloud cover can be extreme, leading to turbulence, which, though not dangerous, may be tough on passengers.

Lukla is the country’s busiest airport that serves as the port of entry and exit for trekkers hoping to ascend Everest. Discovery World Trekking will try to make your flight pleasant in any circumstances.

What if my flight to or from Lukla is canceled or delayed?

We recommend you to allocate extra 2 / 3 days for the hike to account for unpredictable weather. In rough weather, flights from Lukla to Kathmandu or vice versa get canceled. In such cases, the flight is automatically rescheduled for the next possible day. 

If you have a very tight schedule, you can charter a helicopter to make sure you are on schedule either for the trek or your flight back home. However, you will have to bear the helicopter cost. But, if the visibility is less than 1,500 meters, it is impossible to operate a helicopter, and Discovery World Trekking will reschedule the flight.

What is the elevation of EBC?

The elevation of EBC is 17,600 feet (5,364m). You will start the trek after flying into Lukla which is 9,383 feet (or 2,845m). Most trekkers hike to Kala Patthar (18,514ft / 5,555m) for sunrise or sunset.

Do I need any permits before starting the trek to Everest Base Camp?

You need Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. Discovery World Trekking will help you with all those necessary paperwork and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Do I need travel insurance to trek in the Everest Region?

There are chances that you may need a quick helicopter ride back to Kathmandu to avoid health emergencies, so adequate insurance is a must. The insurance has to cover helicopter rescue & medical evacuation expenses at high altitudes.

What about the insurance of guides and porters?

Our team members - including guides and porters- have insurance, and the company covers their expenses.

Is there any age limit or criteria for trekking to EBC?

There is no age limit, but Discovery World Trekking does not recommend children to climb high altitudes. Trekking at high altitudes might have severe effects on a child's health. For adults, you need to be in a good physique and have a positive attitude. Discovery World Trekking does not recommend this trek to those who suffer from certain medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.

What is the luggage limit for porter and flight to Lukla?

Discovery World Trekking normally provides one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker).  

The weight limit for the Lukla flight is a total of 10 kgs, and you can hand-carry 5 kg, making your total 15 kg.

What is the weather condition at the Base Camp?

Weather on the trail to EBC is always changing and impossible to predict. Here is a list of probable temperature and weather conditions in each month.

Month Temperature Weather and Nature 
JanuaryMax 4°C in the daytime to min -17°C in the nights and mornings Blue skies, freezing weather 
February Max 4°C in the daytime to min -15°C in the nights and mornings Mild and humid, good visibility 
March Max 7°C in the daytime to min -12°C in the nights and mornings Days are short and the temperature starts to warm up, chances of occasional snowfalls 
April Max 10°C in the daytime to min -5°C a night Moderate temperature with amazing landscape, rhododendron, and wildflowers 
MayMax 15°C in the daytime to min 0°C a night Days are still long, warm, and sunny 
JuneMax 16°C in the daytime to min -1°C a night Rainy season 
July Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night Hot and humid 
August Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night Max 16°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night 
September Max 15°C in the daytime to min 2°C in a night End of monsoon, no clouds 
October Max 12°C in the daytime to min -6°C a night Stable weather condition 
November Max 6°C in the daytime to min -12°C a night Days are sunny and bright, cold during the night, the sleeping bag is most. 
December Max 4°C in the daytime to min -14°C a night Foggy and cloudy weather 

Does EBC trek require an immunization certificate?

No, it does not. But if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, let us know before booking the trip.

What is the booking and payment method for the Trek?

We require a 10% advance for confirming the booking, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

Do I need to bring medicines for trekking to EBC?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own medicines. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as family members and takes safety measures to avoid altitude and other sicknesses.

Is there an airport pick-up service by the company?

You will see a Discovery World Trekking representative welcoming you outside the Tribhuvan International Airport arrival lounge holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will take you to your selected hotel in a private vehicle.

I am a vegetarian. Will I get enough meals during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking does not recommend non-veg items at trekking regions because the meat in such places may not be hygienic. We also strongly advise you to avoid dairy and cheese items along with alcohol. So, our packages are suitable for all - vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for the trek?

We require a 10% advance for confirming the booking, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

How is the drinking water in the trails to the Base Camp?

Bottled water is easily available at a low cost. But you cannot use plastic bottles in the Everest region. So, it is better to carry a thermos with boiled and filtered water. You may need to use water purification drops or tablets, which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provides water purifier pills.

What is the level of trekking to the EBC?

The trekking level is challenging. Discovery World Trekking tries its best to make your journey as safe, easy, adventurous, and joyful as possible.

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