12 days Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking
Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking itinerary advises flying in a helicopter from Gorakshep to Kathmandu after completing regular Everest Base Camp trekking that starts from Lukla. Trekkers can have the luxury of helicopter ride as well as experience thrill of trekking to Everest Base Camp in a single itinerary.
Like any other itinerary, the Everest Base camp Luxury trekking starts upon flying to Lukla airport. Trekker may have the opportunity to enjoy the northern Himalayan ranges from window craft if the weather remains clear. Trekker can experience forested upper temperate climatic zone as they land at Lukla. The vegetation and landscape remain almost the same until Namche Bazaar with dense pine forest.
Furthermore, there is a mandatory acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar in Everest Base camp Luxury trekking. It is a great opportunity to explore other sub-alpine villages around Khumjung and Khunde. Plus, an unrestricted view from the upper ridge of Namche, a trekker can spot numerous mountains and peaks including Mount Everest.
The Everest base camp Luxury trekking further stretches to Tengboche, famous for Tengboche Monastery. The sub-alpine coniferous forest around Tengboche is a great habitat for Himalayan animals and birds species. As trekker gain gradual altitude, landscape, and vegetation changes accordingly. The landscape becomes rockier with open meadows and small juniper bushes onward from Dingboche. Needless to say, the landscape becomes more hostile, icy and rockier upon climbing Thugla ridge, which continues to Everest Base camp.
After, conquering Base camp, next morning trekker climbs to Kalapathhar for an exceptionally close-up view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori. In this particular Everest Base camp Luxury trekking, trekker descends to Gorakshep. And, after breakfast in Gorakshep trekker fly back to Lukla and ultimately to Kathmandu the same day.
Sherpa is the ethnic group around the Everest trekking region that follows Buddhism. Mostly, involved in the tourism business and agricultural household.
Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking is expensive due to flying in a helicopter. This Everest Base camp Luxury trekking is suitable for trekkers who have a limited time schedule in Nepal. Furthermore, who wants to enjoy the aerial view of Everest Trekking region riding helicopter. Subsequently, after completion of trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu,Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide.
Day 3 Fly to Lukla(2845m) and Trek to Phakding(2650m)
Day 4 Trek From Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 5 Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar(3440m)
Day 6 Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3870m)
Day 7 Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche(4360m)
Day 8 Acclimatization day in Dingboche(4360m)
Day 9 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)
Day 10 Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep(5160m) Continue to EBC(5364m) back to Gorakshep
Day 11 Trek Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5600m) back to Gorakshep and fly to Kathmandu by Helicopter.
Day 12 International Departure.
Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchange and other useful information until we meet for next day.
There are various major cultural, historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide so you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries.
Flying to Lukla is always a thrill. The 45 mins flight from Kathmandu highly depends upon vulnerable weather. You need a lot of patience to fly to Lukla since most of the time the flights are delayed. As you fly you can see beautiful Himalayan ranges on Northern part. You can take a short tea break in Lukla until your guide finds porters to carry your luggage. You are already in Upper Forested temperate region so you can already see beautiful landscape as soon as you land in Lukla. Easy walk for 3hr to reach Phakding.
After crossing suspension bridge at Phakding we trek along with Dudhkoshi river .The beautiful pine forest dominates the most of the vegetation. The trail is fairly easy with gentle up and down with numerous suspension bridges. Passing by Monjo and entering Jorsalle valley the trek continues by the bank of river fairly straight with small up and down. We reach a famous Hillary suspension bridge and climb steep up for about 2 and half hour to reach the biggest permanent sub alpine village of region, the Namche Bazaar. You can see a glimpse of Mount Everest(8848m) for the first time as you trek to Namche.
Acclimatization is necessary to adjust your body and mind with the change of altitude,environment, humidity and temperature for the success of your trekking. You will make a day hike to the ridge of Namche where you can see magnificent views of numerous peaks and high mountains from the top. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde peak are some notable peaks and mountains. Spending an hour at the top, you will trek to another nearby beautiful village Khumjung. Most of the young men of Khumjung are engaged in tourism while women spend their days in household and seasonal agriculture. You can see lots of contributions of sir Edmund Hillary on this village . You can see awesome Namche village from top ridge while you trek back down to Namche. A day hike to Thame is another absolute fascinating option to acclimatize yourself.
The trek starts fairly easy and straight with wide route from Namche for an hour with magnificent views of mountains combined with amazing landscape. The trek descends down to Dudhkoshi river followed by sub-alpine forest to reach Phortse Thanga. The trail again continues to climb in between sub-alpine forest of rhododendron, juniper, oak and himalayan pine till we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is beautiful small Sherpa village with a Tengboche Monastery where the Mani Rumdi festival takes on every month of October.You can see magnificent mount Ama Dablam much more closer and beautiful from here.
Today we trek towards wide Imja valley following the river .The damp sub-alpine shallow forest of birch, juniper and rhododendron trees are seen as we descend slightly down to the valley. It is home to numerous birds and animals including Musk deer,Himalayan Thar,and Himalayan pheasants. Short and gentle climb after crossing the bridge we can see Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and popular trekking peak Imjat-se (Island peak).
This is another important day to acclimatize in Everest region. Most trekkers and organizers prefer to skip this rest day but we highly recommend. Dingboche is a hub for climbers of Ama Dablam, Imjat-se (Island peak) and Mount Everest. The other famous characteristic of Dingboche is interestingly long kilometers of stone wall which is believed to be piled up to plow the soil for cultivation. Today we will hike for 3 hr to another settlement Chhukung that lies on the southern glacier of Nuptse and Lhotse mountains. Chhukung is small settlement of Sherpa people where climbers spend the night to climb Imjat-se (Island Peak) the popular trekking peak.
The trail continues further north taking us to chortens at the top; after about an hour climb from Dingboche. The trail continues gentle down towards another Sherpa village Pheriche which just lies at the vast open plateau with great pasture ground for yaks and few cultivable land. The valley is greatly surrounded by numerous peaks and mountains on either side. Ama Dablam, Pokalde ,Kongma-tse is seen along with huge glaciers. Trekking about 2 hour on wide open plateau to reach Thugla which takes about an hour. The climb is not as steep but the increasing altitude and lowering oxygen level takes over your body to make every step harder and heavier. A gentle winding path will bring you to hidden settlement of Lobuche.
The long awaited day starts after taking breakfast .The first part of trekking is gentle up the valley of Lobuche on icy meadow and the path becomes more rocky and hostile as we further trek to Gorakshep. The Pumori peak is seen more beautiful than ever before. Gorakshep is the last temporary human settlement(tea houses) that lies in open and flat land on the foot of Kalapatthar. After short break on Gorakshep our trekking continues for Everest Base Camp. The path is rocky and is eaten up by massive glaciers. Huge icebergs small natural water ponds are seen as we trek to Everest Base Camp.In the right side you see the huge Mount Nuptse and flank of Lhotse. You can see the prayer flags are on the piled up stones. Congratulation to you,you have made to Everest Base Camp (5364m). We retrace same path to Gorakshep.
Early in the morning we climb to Kalapatthar(5600m) a windy hill that lies on the top of Gorakshep on the south ridge of Mount Pumori. From Kalapatthar you can see close-up view of Mount Everest surrounded by Changtse and Nuptse. We can even spot northern flank and summit of Lhotse .You can see massive Khumbu glacier below down the foot of mountains. After picture session and sunrise view we trek back down to Gorakshep. After your breakfast we fly directly to Kathmandu on Helicopter from Gorakshep. You can enjoy rest of your time around street of Thamel, a tourist hub.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
- 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to trekking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking
1. What is Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking?
Everest base camp trekking receives the name after the Mount Everest 8848m. Base camp is the place from where mountaineering expedition is carried out for Mount Everest 8848m along with other mountain like Lhotse and Nuptse. However, the addition of luxury in this trekking means flying on Helicopter from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu.
2. How can I go to Everest Base Camp?
You take a early short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and start your trekking on the same day.
3. What is the landscape features of Everest Base Camp trekking in general?
You are already on Forested temperate landscape as soon as you land on Lukla. Then trekking gradually ends on icy, isolated and hostile environment to Everest Base camp following sub-alpine and alpine climatic zone.
4. Why Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking itinerary is not so popular?
The expensive cost of flying in a helicopter from Gorakshep to Kathmandu is not much popular for general trekkers. However, it can be a boon to the trekkers who have limited time in Nepal. Needless to say, Everest Base Camp trekking is extremely popular.
5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain. Generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region is considerably cold.
6. What equipment do I need to trek to Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffel bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books should be enough depending number of days.
7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
Yes amateur trekker can trek to Everest Base Camp under our strict guidelines without any difficulties.
8. How flexible is Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek itinerary?
Everest Trekking region is really vague with numerous possible itineraries however you need minimum 12 days to complete this specific itinerary.
9. What if I finish Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking before the scheduled date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight. But we cannot guarantee during peak season.
10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Sagarmatha National Park fee ( NP fee) and Pasang Lahmu VDC local tax is required to trek on this region.
11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking but Everest Base Camp is extremely busy with countable tea houses so sometime it is really difficult to find good rooms so might need to spend night on dormitory or dining hall.
12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses. In spite of that we recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.
13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication. While porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guides are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.
14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes, this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.
15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Everest Base Camp Luxury trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.
16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Yes,there is high risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) if you choose random trekking itineraries. Furthermore, if you do not follow the standard itinerary but we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.
17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence,take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals or clinics.
18. What is the price of Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking ?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. We assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the final agreement.
You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.