Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter is one of the Everest trekking packages really helpful for the tourists having limited vacation. Despite having short span to spend in Nepal, this package helps you experience the breathtaking prettiness of the Great Himalayas. This short but sweet trekking in Nepal lets you witness the snowcapped peaks of the Khumbu region including three eight-thousanders. The three 8,000m+ peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Cho Oyu are surrounded by mountains wrapped in silvery coat.
This classic Nepal trekking just requires physical fitness, enough stamina and mental commitment, TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. You will explore through the Sherpa cultural villages keeping the Tibetan Buddhist rites and rituals intact since time immemorial. You relish the incredible Himalayas, ancient monasteries and a good example of biodiversity of the highest altitude national park. The lush valleys, diverse landscapes, glaciers and icefalls are the other important ingredients of this short Everest Base Camp trek.
This Nepalese Himalayan journey begins after a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region trekking. Then gradually you move forward to Namche Bazaar, the largest business hub of the Sherpa region and have an acclimatization day. During the rest day at Namche Bazaar, you will visit Everest View Hotel, one of the world’s highest altitude hotels. Hotel Everest View is famous for the close stunning view of the mountain giants of the Everest vicinity. Similarly, you watch the cultural, historic and artistic attractions of Tengboche Monastery, the largest and oldest monastery in the region.
In Dingboche, you haver another acclimatization day and you visit Nagerjun Hill (5,100m) by walking through the steep but interesting trail. The stunning view of Lobuche East & West, Tobuche, Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam really helps you forget the challenging trekking. From Lobuche, you ascend to Gorak Shep and hike to Everest Base Camp that day and Kala Patthar next morning. After enjoying the 360-degree panoramic vistas of Mt. Everest and other neighbouring peaks, you fly back to Kathmandu in a helicopter.
The best alternative of Everest Base Camp trek 14 days’ itinerary, this trek is the lifetime experience you can ever have. There is very less possibility of altitude sickness as you have enough time for acclimatization: full day and half day. You gradually ascend to the higher altitude covering about 12/15 kilometers within 6/7 hours a day. This is completely a teahouse trek, so, you don’t have to worry about many porters, trekking gears and high cost. However, if you want to make camping trekking to Everest Base Camp, Orbit Alpine Adventure is ready to meet its slogan “Clients’ Satisfaction is Our Motto!”
Everest Base Camp Trek throughout the Year:
The best time for Everest Base Camp trek is spring (March, April & May) and autumn (September, October & November). During these seasons, the temperature is mild and the weather clear so that you can enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan vistas. The snowcapped peaks of Everest region unveil their beauty at the fullest which look superb during the sunrise and sunset. Therefore, there is a huge flow of trekkers to witness the enthralling view of snowy peaks, landscapes, glaciers and icefalls.
However, Everest trekking in summer and winter is not less amazing due to the rewards you get in return of your walking. If you want to walk through the quiet and less crowded trekking trail of Everest region, choose this package in winter. Although the mornings and nights are cold, the days are cozy and pleasant for the splendid mountain view and cultural sites.
Trekking Everest Base Camp in summer is exciting to have tranquil trail and stunning sights of the Himalayas during mornings. The landscapes of this region look live and colourful due to the alpine forests which are decorated with colourful rhododendron flowers. The chirping birds in the early morning environment and yaks grazing in the lush green meadows also makes your Everest hiking more memorable.
1. What is the highest point to reach during Everest Base Camp trek?
The highest point to reach during Everest Base Camp trek is Kala Patthar which is at the elevation of 5,550m. You hike to Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep early in the morning to have the sunrise view of the Everest.
2. Can I do EBC trek solo?
Yes, you can also do EBC trek solo as there is not any region restricted for the international tourists. If you can manage to get the required permits: TIMS card and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit yourself, you can do it. However, we recommend you to do either an organized trekking or consulting with a trekking agency in Kathmandu. It may not be easy for you to book the hotels during the trekking and may get confused on right trail. If you hire a professional guide, he will manage everything for your successful trip to Everest.
3. How frequent is the flights from Everest region to Kathmandu?
Although there is frequent flight services to Lukla from Kathmandu, flight to other parts is available only if chartered solo or in a group. However, if you book the Everest region trekking package with helicopter return flight, Orbit Alpine Adventure manages for it. If you trek down to Lukla by following the same trail to EBC, the cost is low. In case you want to experience Chopper return to Kathmandu, the cost is comparatively high. For more detail, you can contact Orbit Alpine Adventure either via email, phone calls, WhatsApp or online reserve services.
4. What is the best season for Everest Base Camp trek?
Truly speaking, you can do Everest Base Camp trek all the times of the year depending on your choice and vacation. If you want to walk through the less crowded trail, EBC trek in winter is the best option. You can get the verdant landscapes covered with colourful rhododendron flowers all around, you can trek to EBC in summer. Spring and autumn seasons are the best for Everest Base Camp trek to have the clear vistas of the snowcapped peaks. Since the days are warm and mornings-nights cold, spring is the most favourable time for experiencing the highest peak region in the world.
5. Which is the vantage point EBC trek?
Kala Patthar, the highest point at 5,550m is the vantage point of EBC trek. To have a 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Pumori, it is the best place. You must reach to this vantage point from Gorak Shep as soon as possible in the morning to have the sunrise view of the entire Everest region. Mt. Everest is not clearly seen from the base camp as Mt. Lhotse blocks it from sight. Therefore, you must reach Kala Patthar to have the complete panorama of the eight-thousanders and other snowy peaks.
6. Can I fly from Kala Patthar to Kathmandu?
For sure, you can also fly from Kala Patthar to Kathamndu as a helicopter can land on there as well. During Everest Base Camp helicopter tour, the helicopter flies to Kala Patthar from Lukla or Everest View Hotel. Flight over Everest lets you have more interesting sight of the Khumbu region than trekking through the trails. To get more knowledge about flight to Kathmandu from Kala Patthar, contact Orbit Alpine Adventure.
7. What is the benefit of flying Kathmandu from Everest region?
There are a lot of benefits of flying Kathamdu from Everest region rather than walking down along the same trail. First of all, you can have the complete aerial view of the Everest region which is not possible by walking. Next, you arrive Kathmandu within very short time that you can save four days time which you can use to visit other tourist destinations. This service gives you experience the world’s highest peak although you have short period of time to spend in Nepal. The in-flight view of the glaciers, icefalls, amazing snowy peaks, Sherpa settlement areas and ancient monasteries is superb lifelong experience!