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Mount Everest Helicopter Tour - 10 Days

Mount Everest Helicopter Tour - 10 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Everest Base Camp
Activity Trekking
Accomodation tea houses/ lodges
Region Everest Region / Khumbu Valley
Start / End point Lukla
Duration 10 days
Max. Altitude 5,555m at Kala Patthar
Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at trek regions
Group size Any
Nature of Trek Trekking
Best Season spring, Autumn
Activity Per Day 5 to 7 hours of trekking
Transportation Flight to lukla, Trek to Everest Base Camp, Helicopter flight from Kala Patthar to Lukla
Grade Challenging

About the Trip

If you are short on time but want to reach Everest Base Camp without sacrificing any highlights, this trek is for you. The trek follows the classic Everest Trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and to Kala Patthar, but instead of following the same trail back to Lukla, you will fly to Lukla on a helicopter. In fact, you will get a bird’s eye view of the whole Everest region as the helicopter flies above the Gokyo lakes and the Chola Pass.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • A thrilling helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • Khumjung Monastery, which is said to house a yeti scalp
  • High-altitude wildlife like snow leopards, musk deer, colorful pheasants, and Himalayan tahr
  • Highest glacier on Earth (Khumbu Glacier)
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche
  • Sherpa traditions and lifestyles
  • 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
  • Awe-inspiring Khumbu Icefall (5,486m)

Benefits of Mount Everest Helicopter Tour with DWT

  • Free pick up & drop off from airport to hotel (on arrival) and vice versa during departure in a private vehicle. 
  • 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
  • Oximeters to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes to detect early signs of altitude sickness.
  • Medical kits 
  • Easy payment system and several modes of payment available 
  • Down jackets and sleeping bag arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek

Comprehensive Overview

Almost everyone wants to see Everest. In 1852, Radhanath Sikdar, an Indian mathematician and surveyor from Bengal, declared Everest the highest peak, and from then onwards, Everest has captured the imagination of trekkers, adventurers, and nature lovers. For this reason, thousands of people come to see mount Everest up close. Some ambitious mountaineers attempt to scale Everest.

There are various paths to reach Everest Base Camp and return. The most famous route often referred to as the classic Everest Trek trail, begins from Lukla and passes through several settlements to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. Most trekkers follow the same path back. However, our package includes a helicopter ride back from Kala Patthar to Lukla. The helicopter ride will provide you with a bird’s eye view of the Everest region.

As you make your way to Everest Base Camp, you will get plenty of time to experience the Nepali Himalayas, the people and the culture of Sherpas, the Nepali hospitality, and the incredible terrain.

Your trek starts with a 40-minute flight to Lukla (2,850m) from Kathmandu. After deboarding at Lukla, we will hike as a team to Phakding, the destination for the day. The trek is short, and it allows our body to get acclimatized. The next day we leave Phakding for Namche Bazaar, also known as - the gateway to Everest.

Namche is a large throbbing town in the Khumbu (Everest region), fully connected with the rest of the world. We want you to spend one day acclimatizing at Namche. There are numerous things to do. You can taste new food in Wi-Fi-connected restaurants and cafes, treat yourself to bakery items, or simply shop around. If you love to trek, you can visit Syangboche Airport or head to Khumjung monastery, which people believe houses the yeti scalp.

After a day at Namche, you will head to Tengboche (3,820m), while enjoying the fabulous views of Everest (8,848m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Lhotse (8,516), Nuptse (7,861m), and Thamserku(6,623m). The next day’s trek will take you through lush alpine forests, shrubs, and desert-like landscape to Dingboche, known for cultivated fields surrounded by a stone wall that stretches about a kilometer. These stone walls protect the crops from wild animals and cold icy wind.

You will acclimatize one more day at Dingboche - while savoring the views of Mount Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), the backside of Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft), and Island peak (6,189m).

After one day of rest, the trek continues, and you will reach Lobuche. From Lobuche, Everest Base Camp is not very far. In fact, the next day, you will leave Lobuche and head to Everest Base Camp. However, before climbing up to Everest Base Camp, you will reach Gorak Shep first, leave your luggage at a lodge, and then head to Everest Base Camp.

For most people, Everest Base Camp is the nearest they will ever be unless they want to climb it. As you reach the Everest Base Camp (EBC), you might feel overwhelmed with joy as you look back at the challenges you had to overcome to get here.  After savoring the views from EBC and clicking enough pictures, we will head back to Gorakshep to spend the night.

Early morning the next day, we will take you to Kala Patthar (5,555m) - the highest point of the trek, to let you view the dawn breaking at Mount Everest and surrounding mountains. Then you will get back to Gorak Shep, have breakfast, and board a helicopter to Lukla. From the helicopter, you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Everest region, - which simply looks stunning. You will spend one last night in the trek region at Lukla.

On your tenth day, you will fly back to Kathmandu. We hope your trek experience was pleasant and this trek challenged and changed you into a better person.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

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

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

    Your trek starts with a 40-minute scenic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to Lukla. After deboarding at Lukla, you will trek to Phakding, passing Chaurikharka village. Today’s trek will be short and provide you with time to acclimatize. In your spare time, you can visit local monasteries (including Rimishung Monastery) or taste the local food in restaurants. 

    • Overnight stay at Khumbu Travel Lodge (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  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

    Trekking starts early morning and continues along the northern banks of the Dudh Koshi River as you enjoy the views of several snow peaks all around. The thrilling suspension bridges will infuse excitement into the whole trek. You will reach Monjo village and then the Sagarmatha National Park. 

    At the Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint, we register permits and then climb a dense forest. From the forest, you can get the first glimpses of Mount Everest. Up ahead, you will come across a stone-paved way that will take you to Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Everest. You will be spending one day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Rest and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,440m / 11,285ft

    You will be spending one more day at Namche Bazaar so that you can adjust to the thinning air at a high altitude. However, we will keep you busy. There are plenty of things to do, such as exploring Namche Bazaar, hiking to Sagarmatha National Park, or visiting Khumjung or Khunde villages. We can also take you to Syangboche Airport (3,780m) - one of the highest airports. If you want to enjoy the views of Everest, we will take you to the premises of Everest View Hotel. 

    • Overnight stay at Sakura Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  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

    From Namche, a relatively easy trek takes you to Phunki Village. From there, you will be hiking through steep uphills as you advance to Tengboche. Though the hike might exhaust you a little, the views will keep encouraging you to move further. If you are lucky, from the trails, you can spot Himalayan wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan tahr, and pheasants.

    When you reach Tengboche, you can get a panoramic view of several mountains like  Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516), Nuptse (7,861),  Ama Dablam (6,812m), and Thamserku (6,623m). Tengboche houses one of the largest and most famous monasteries in the Khumbu region - Tengboche Monastery. This monastery, also known as the monastery on the top of the hill, is a not to miss site.

    • Overnight stay at Good Luck Hotel
    • 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

    The trek continues from Tengboche and heads to Dingboche via the Pangboche village through trails that provide fascinating views of stupas, mani walls, and Sherpa villages. You will find yourself trekking in an alpine forest that gradually transfers into shrublands and finally to a high-altitude desert-like landscape. 

    The most challenging climb starts from the Lobuche river as the trails elevate steeply all the way to Dingboche. At Dingboche, the summer valley of Khumbu, you will find a long stone wall protecting the farmlands from the cold winds and wild animals. The views of snow peaks look gorgeous from this village. 

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

    Rest and acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 4,360m / 14,290ft

    One more day to acclimatize and explore places in and around Dingboche (4,360m/14,290ft). We will take you for a hike up the ridge above Dingboche to get a panoramic close-up view of Mount Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), the backside of Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft), and Island peak (6,189m). While your body relaxes, you will find your mind calming down.

    • 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

    Early morning, we leave Dingboche and head towards Lobuche. Throughout the path, you will get amazing views of some of the tallest mountains in the world. The trail ascends a short hill and takes you through the Khumbu Glacier moraine, elevating while offering you stunning views, and reaches Thukla. At Thukla, you can see a memorial of those who fell in this harsh terrain. Then you will hike some more to arrive at Lobuche. 

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • 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
    Trek Duration 6-8 hours

    Today will be your special day as your hike cumulates to reaching the Everest Base Camp. You will wake up early and start trekking on a path that takes you across many glaciers, including the famous Khumbu Glacier. At a distance, you will also see the Khumbu Icefall (5,486m).

    However, before reaching Everest Base Camp (EBC), you will head to Gorakshep, leave your belongings in a local lodge, and climb up to reach Everest Base Camp (5,364m).

    At the EBC, you will find yourself surrounded by high snow-capped mountains all around. As you enjoy the scenery, you might feel overwhelmed with happiness. After enjoying the views to the heart’s content and taking tons of pictures, you will return to Gorakshep and rest. 

    • Overnight stay at Buddha Lodge at Gorak Shep
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  9. day 9

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

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

    We wake up very early morning and head to Kala Patthar Viewpoint (5,555m) to see the dawn breaking from behind Everest and nearby snow peaks. Kala Patthar is also the highest point of your trek. After enjoying the sunrise views, you will head back to the lodge, have breakfast and board a helicopter to return to Lukla. Your helicopter ride will be comfortable as there is no need to exhaust yourself. Moreover, you will gain a broader view of the Everest region.

    • Overnight stay at Comfort Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch+ Dinner)
  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
    Highest Altitude 2,850m / 9,350ft

    After nine days in the Everest region and reaching Everest Base Camp, it is time to return to Kathmandu. We hope your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be memorable as you recollect the memories you made during your trek. Your trek will finally end in Kathmandu. If you wish, we can conduct a Kathmandu Valley trek for you.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes
  • Total 9 Nights - Phakding, Namche (2N), Tengboche, Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Lukla. Twin sharing rooms. Rooms with attached at Phakding, Namche, Lukla, and standard rooms at Tengboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep
  • All standard meals (9 lunches, 9 dinners, and 10 breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government-licensed English-speaking trek leader. For more than 12 trekkers 1 additional assistant guide.
  • Porters to help with trekkers' luggage. 2 trekkers will share a porter, Max weight limit for a porter - is 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non-essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Covers guides and porters' wages, meals, insurance, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenirs - company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking Trek Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek

What is excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (USD 50)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person) on the trek
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or 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 fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guides and porters (recommended)
  • Additional costs incurred due to causes beyond our control, for example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All other costs and expenses not listed in the "cost includes."

Equipment Checklist

We recommend you bring only the basic clothing and accessories for the trek. Though personal choices might differ, we have prepared this packing list. Porters will carry your main luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. In addition, we expect you to bring a backpack for your valuables and essential documents. You can leave your extra luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free for the duration of the trek.

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
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • 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 a porter or not).
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Thermal bottle
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in high altitude trekking)


Toiletries

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


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

Free Airport Pick-Up

We provide free airport to hotel pick-up during your arrival and vice-versa during your return to your country. You just need to share your flight details with us. When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name. After greeting you, they will present you with a marigold garland as a welcome gesture and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. We provide this service to ensure you do not feel lonely in a new country or face navigation problems.

Journey Start

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at least before 3 pm, one day earlier than your trek departure date. It will allow us to complete a pre-trip briefing. During the trip briefing, we will provide important information about the trek, check your luggage to ensure you are adequately prepared, and motivate you to complete your trek. You will require at least one day of a hotel stay in Kathmandu before the trip, but this package does not include accommodations and meals in Kathmandu. On your trip departure date, we will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for a flight to Lukla. Your flight will last for about 40 minutes. 

This trek package includes Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flights.

Accommodations during the trek

You will be spending nine nights in the trek region. You will spend four nights in rooms with attached bathrooms at Phakding, Namche (2N), and Lukla. Similarly, you will stay in standard rooms at Dingboche (2n), Tengboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. All rooms are on twin sharing basis.

You will require at least two days of hotel stays in Kathmandu - one before the trek and the other at the end - but this package does not cover these accommodations. You can find a wide range of hotels that fit all tastes and budgets. 

Meals

You will need plenty of nutrient-rich food for this high-altitude trek. We will provide you with three nutritious and delicious meals a day and a total of ten breakfasts, nine lunches, and nine dinners in the trek regions. 

The food is either traditional, Asian, or Western, but your choices start to get limited as you reach higher regions. For high-altitude treks, it is always a good idea to take plenty of liquids - green, lemon, ginger tea, garlic soup(must), and fresh vegetables. Though non-veg items will be available, we suggest you avoid them for hygiene regions.  

Here are your meal options.

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

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

Dinner - Tenduk Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, 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

We also suggest you avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, dairy, and hot chocolates during the trek.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek

You must consider the weather when you decide to trek to the Everest Base Camp (EBC). Though people trek to Everest Base Camp throughout the year, trekking to EBC is easier in some seasons. Nevertheless, trekking during different seasons will provide you with unique experiences.

Most trekkers make it to the EBC during spring and autumn when the skies are clear, there are minimum chances of rain, and the temperature is just right. Clear skies allow you to enjoy breathtaking views while avoiding winter snow or wet and slippery paths during the summer monsoon season. Here is a brief weather condition at the high trek regions. 

 

January - February

Early January to early February is the coldest period, with heavy snowfalls in high elevations plummeting the temperature. The daytime is still warm with clear skies, but the nights get frigid. The treks get challenging but not impossible. Hence, we conduct safe winter EBC treks during these months.

Temperatures: 15°C to -15°C.

 

March - April

These are some of the best months to hike to the Everest Base Camp. Temperatures rise from the mid of March, and with clear skies, the Himalayas and glaciers look stunning. March marks the beginning of the spring season, marked by rising temperatures, and the plants and animals dormant throughout the winter become alive, feeding, and breeding in the sun-kissed temperatures. 

Temperatures: 18°C to -12°C.

 

May - June

These two months are also perfect for trekking, mainly before the monsoon arrives. The monsoons become active in Nepal from June end and last till mid-August. The mix of spring and summer seasons provides a very great time to trek during these months.

Temperatures: 25°C to -5°C.

 

July - August

Due to heavy monsoon rain in regions below 3,500m, your flights to and from Lukla may be postponed or canceled. Still, the treks to Everest Base Camp are possible, and we conduct safe and fulling hikes during these months. The rain allows you to enjoy the spectacular views of waterfalls.

Temperatures: 27°C to 5°C.

 

September - October

This is one more perfect season for EBC treks that brings flocks of tourists to the trekking trails. The monsoon ends, ushering in a perfect trekking season. The day temperature goes up to 20°C and falls to around 5°C at night. This is the favorite season for most trekkers to reach EBC, as the skies clear up, providing stunning views of snow peaks. We recommend most trekkers trek to EBC during September and October months. Many Nepali festivals - Dashain, Tihar, Chhat - are also celebrated during these months, adding a festive mood to the trek regions.

Temperatures: 20°C to 5°C.

 

November - December

The winter begins and brings snowfall in the Himalayas, and eventually, it gets tough to trek. Nights are frigid. However, November treks are enjoyable - providing great views of high mountains. From December, the temperature dips, and heavy snowfalls begin.

Temperatures: 10°C to -17°C.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization during the trek

Altitude sickness is a common condition among trekkers who try to ascend the Everest Base Camp in haste. To prevent altitude sickness, you will be acclimatizing in two locations, Namche Bazaar and Dingboche. Trekkers can spend their time exploring the famous Sherpa town of Namche while getting used to the thinner air. We will also have the second day of acclimatization in Dingboche, where you will hike up the ridge behind the village to enjoy breathtaking views of the towering Himalayas.

Our crew members come from the high Himalayas. Hence, they are perfectly at ease at high altitudes. Moreover, our guides have completed extensive first-aid training. Your health and well-being are our priority. Altitude sickness can strike anyone. Hence, we encourage you to tell your guide when you realize you are uncomfortable. Though altitude sickness is common, severe altitude sickness can be fatal. In serious cases, your trek lead may decide to descend immediately. In emergencies, we will deploy a helicopter (funded by insurance) to bring you back to safety. We request you listen to your guide at all times. 

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

Though the Everest Base Camp trek is challenging, it is equally rewarding. On average, you will walk for about five to seven hours, depending on the length of the trails to cover and the nature of the trails. Your path will be mostly uphill on rocky and stone-paved trails. 

However, you will have frequent breaks to soak in the scenery and rest. A normal person with average fitness can complete the trek, but the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trip. If you have past trekking experience, it will help but not necessary. However, if you suffer from heart, lung, or blood diseases, you must consult your doctor and inform us before booking the trek. 

Trekking group/single

This is a private tour designed for your group. However, we can manage all group sizes. 

A typical day on the trek

Each trekking day brings a unique hiking experience, climbing, tasting local food, enjoying the scenery, taking pictures, and exploring the local villages. Throughout your hike, our friendly and qualified Sherpa/guide will share information about the places as you visit them. 

We assign porters to carry your luggage, but per trekker weight limit is 9 kg. One porter will carry luggage for two persons - at a maximum of 18 kg. We never overload our porters. You will also need to carry a regular backpack to keep your valuables and essential documents safe and secure. 

Your day starts early morning with a hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, at around 7 to 8 am, depending on the length and condition of the trails to cover, we will start the trek. We will serve you lunch around noon, often mid-way between the next destination. Then, you will walk for about two or three hours. After reaching the destination, set for that day, you can snack on your extra-dietary supplements. You are then free to explore the nearby regions.

We serve dinner at around six. After dinner, your guide will let you know about the next day’s plan. Then you will have time for yourself. You can engage in friendly conversations or play board games like chess, cards, and monopoly. If you have brought a book alongside, you can enjoy the reading. Most trekkers also learn fun and light Nepali words before going to bed. 

Communication

Wi-Fi service is available at all the tea houses/lodges you will be staying. However, you might need to pay for it. You can contact your friends and families from these tea houses/lodges. At high altitudes, we will be using mobile phones. If you wish, you can surely buy a local SIM in Kathmandu. However, the signals may not be strong enough. Discovery World Trekking office remains in contact with all its team at least once a day via the trek lead to ensure the trip is going as planned. 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory. We require all trekkers to provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy to us before starting the trek. Your policy must cover helicopter medical evacuation up to the highest trek point (5,500m) in addition to treatment costs.

If you require, we can suggest insurance companies for you based on our previous clients’ experience, but we are not engaged in selling any insurance policy in any shape or form. In emergencies, we will use your insurance details to arrange an effective rescue plan. 

While purchasing insurance policies, make sure to call the insurance providers and specifically ask if they cover helicopter rescue and evacuation up to an altitude of 5,550m. Do not just rely on what insurers state on their websites. 

Passport and visa

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. However, fortunately, an on-arrival visa is available for citizens from most countries at the Tribhuvan International Airport and immigration points at Nepal-India and Nepal-China borders. To apply for the visa you will need a passport valid for at least six months, a passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current rate is USD 50 for a 30-day stay.

Citizens of China and the SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan) countries are eligible for free visas. However, citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not receive on-arrival visas. So citizens from these countries should contact their local Nepalese embassy. Similarly, most children under the age of 10 will get free visas.

Nepal Government has the authority to change visa rules without prior notice. So, for the latest visa info, visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR)

You can exchange all major foreign currencies through banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display ongoing exchange rates visibly. 

If you have Indian Rupees, please make sure you have Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2000 only. Other Indian Rupee notes are illegal in Nepal. 

Despite the security advantage of traveler's cheques, we recommend you bring cash and change them for Nepalese Rupees in Kathmandu. Cash exchanges will help you avoid lengthy processes and high bank commissions. 

You have the option to withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Most of these ATMs are open 24/7. However, the maximum withdrawal limit for a foreign card is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee.

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

Since trek regions have no banks and money exchange services, you should exchange your money in Kathmandu, depending on your personal estimates. Trek regions only accept Nepalese currency. We estimate that you will need USD 10 to 20 per trekking day.

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

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

We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and our porters will not carry more than 18 kg of luggage. So your personal luggage weight limit is 9 kg. We also expect you to bring a regular backpack to keep your valuables and important documents safe. We advise you to pack only the most essential things for the trek. You can store extra luggage at your hotel or Discovery World Trekking store. Before starting the trip, we will recheck your luggage to ensure you have packed all required clothing, equipment, and gear. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Safety

We guarantee the client's safety, security, and satisfaction. We carry all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits, ready to face any situation. If a trekker catches altitude sickness, the trek leader decides whether to continue the trek or descend immediately based on the circumstances. In emergencies, a rescue helicopter will bring you back to safety. Your insurance will fund helicopter evacuation. For group safety, we will travel together.

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. Tipping is a way to appreciate the service provided. However, tipping is at the trekker's discretion and should reflect the quality of service obtained, the length of the trek, and the cost of the trip. We encourage you to tip collectively and at the end of the trek.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

Throughout your trek, our well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you. They are licensed and have been leading trek teams into deep, remote Himalayas for decades. Porters will carry luggage for every two trekkers, but they will only carry more than 18 kg. It means your luggage weight limit is 9 kg.

Our crew members are locals, born and raised in the remote Himalayas. So they can easily endure high altitude Himalayas as they are accustomed to high elevations. 

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

We try hard to keep our staff members happy as we believe only a happy person can keep others happy. All of our trek leads:

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

Responsible travel

We strongly believe in environmental sustainability, and try hard to leave only footprints behind in the trek regions. If we do not protect the trek regions in pristine condition, no trekkers will come to these areas in the future. Hence, we work with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips.  Our focus is on meeting the expectation of travelers as well as the communities in trek regions.

Booking and payment process

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

Therefore, you can book Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence. We require 10% of the trip cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You can pay using bank transfer, Wise, or through our website. You can pay the remaining trek cost in cash, using a bank transfer or Wise, after arriving in Nepal. We will also email you payment details, including the modes of payment. 

We request you to send necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flights within a week of booking the trek. Please note that the number of domestic flights to Lukla is limited, and the airport gets extremely busy during trekking seasons.

Last-minute booking

Even though we expect you to book your trips in advance, we have a special provision for a last-minute booking. To take advantage of this provision, we require you to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the trek departure date. 

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

Trip Extensions

If you have a couple of days extra in Nepal after the trek completion, we can organize activities for you. There are several options - exploring places in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan jungle safari, rafting, canoeing, paragliding, etc. 

Feedback

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

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