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Luxurious Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli ride from Basecamp to Lukla


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Are you travelers across the world looking forward to ‘A Luxury Trip to Everest Base Camp  with Heli Ride from Base Camp to Lukla’? If you are really keen to it, here, we, Himalayan Social Journey Trek offers ‘A Luxury Trip to Everest Base Camp  with Heli Flight’. Actually, this trip has been designed to quench the desire of those travelers who cannot allocate all 16 days and also to those who really don’t want to trouble themselves trekking back along the same trail. We also found that all the travelers those who choose to do Everest Base Camp trekking do not want to get back to Lukla following the same trail. This is reality and we are happy to offer this ‘  Everest Base Camp Luxury Trekking with Heli ride from Everest Base to Lukla’. This luxury trip to Everest Base Camp can be done in 12 days, then  why to spend all 16 days for the same trip program? 

 

And, Secondly, travelers no need to trouble themselves descending down along the same trail witnessing same flora and fauna and mountain views. However, the mountains, flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National park are astonishing. Thirdly, when you get a ride in helicopter, you will again be taken just above the Everest Mountain range and fly back to Lukla. At the very moment of your flight just above the mountain peaks,  both your breath and blood will be suspended for a few seconds and you will experience the divine. This is ‘A Must Do Trip’ while you chose to make your trip to Nepal.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the exhilaration of trekking to Everest Base Camp

  • Trek up to 5545m through spectacular scenery

  • Trek through the heart of Sherpa country

  • Informative guides to uncover the history of mystical sights

  • Breathtaking views of the Everest region

  • Get to know the gentle spirit of the Sherpa people

  • Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser crests seen from a peaked vantage point

  • Get among the hustle and bustle of market town Namche Bazaar

  • Suitable for people aged over 14 and below 65

  • Helicopter flight from Gorekshep to Lukla

  • Guided tour of Kathmandu’s ancient temples

  • Last two night stay at five-star wind down Gokarna Forest Resort  Kathmandu with buffet breakfast and dinner and Spa Treatments

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Airport

Your Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to Hotel. Orientation in the evening at around 5 PM. At evening welcome dinner with cultural program (A program with dances and singing from different ethnic groups and cast of Nepalese community with Nepalese dinner) at Local hotel. Overnight at Hotel Holy Himalaya. (D) 

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Pakhding (2600M.)

Early morning flight to Lukla which is the gateway of Khumbu region to start the trek. The trek starts from the very day to the up-hill up-to Phakding for 3-4 hours. We will stop at Phakding and stay overnight at Sherpa Shangrila guesthouse. (B)

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3535M.)

Early morning after breakfast, we start our journey through a pine forest and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar (5-6 hours) which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region. Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B) 

Day 04: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

To avoid the altitude sickness, we need to acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazzar is the most beautiful and primary town of the Everest region. The place is occupied with the colorful market with ATMs, government office, shops, restaurants and so on. Overnight at Hotel Sherpaland. (B)

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3850M.)

From here we ascend towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery of the Everest region (5-6 hours). Overnight at Rivendell Guest House (B) 

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4350M.)

Our trail descends and passes through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. While trekking we can admire good views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. We continue our walk to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche (5-6 hours). Overnight at Bright Star (B) 

Day 07: Acclimatization in Dingboche.

Spending a day in Dingboche will help us to acclimate to the high altitude. We can also admire the picturesque Imja Khola Valley and the beautiful Dingboche village. Overnight at Bright Star (B) 

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche. (4940 M.)

We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal (5-6 hours). Overnight at Mother Earth Lodge (B) 

Day 09: Trek to Gorakshep (5160M) and hike about 2-3 hour to Everest

Base Camp and trek back to Gorakshep. The trek to Everest Base Camp is not very difficult. However, we ascend and descend mostly on a glacier path. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful. We can enjoy amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp. After soaking in the beauty, we walk back towards Gorak Shep where we spend the night (6-7 hours). Overnight at Himalayan Guest House (B) 

Day 10: Hike to Kalapathar (5545 M) and fly to Lukla by Helicopter

The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Cholatse and Lhotse. This may be, of the whole journey, you’re most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, trek down to lodge and fly back to Lukla by Helicopter. 2-3hours walk). We assure you that you will have the most memorable flight with the spectacular mountains view from Heli. Your Heli stopovers at Lukla. Overnight at Pumori Lodge (B)  

Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla and Kathmandu Sightseeing tour.

After the continuous trekking for 13 days, finally you will catch the early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. After reaching the Kathmandu, the airport representative escort you to the hotel and after lunch, full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley in various sites which have been listed in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO (Pashupatinath Temple or Kapan Monastery, Boudhanath, Swaymbhu and Patan durbar square). You will have a special 30 minutes body massage at hotel. Evening dinner and Overnight at Gokarna Forest Resort. (B.D).

Day 12: Departure or join extra tour.

You will have   breakfast in the morning, Our  airport representative will drop you to the airport for your International flight as per your flight schedule. Or if you are staying Nepal for few more days, you can join another trip. (B)

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup & drop
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu first 1 night after your arrival (Hotel Holy Himalaya) on twin sharing bed basis with breakfast.
  • Last night accommodation before your departure at Gokarna Forest Resort including one buffet dinner, half an hour massage, and two breakfast.
  • Helicopter escort from Gorekshep to Lukla
  • Kathmandu city tour by car/van/Hiace with English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in Luxurious lodge during the trekking days with breakfast (5 nights attached bathroom with hot running shower -  Up to Namche)
  • Highly experienced, licensed and English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) or necessary Yaks and their all expenses (Meals, accommodation, insurance, and other expenses of trekking crew)
  • Welcome dinner with Cultural program
  • First Aid Kit
  • Company T-shirt.
  • Necessary equipment (Sleeping bag and Duffle bags - if necessary)
  • Airfare Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Airfare for trekking crew
  • Yoga classes in Kathmandu with expert Yoga Teacher
  • All government taxes and office expenses

Excluded in the price

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and trekking days. (Meal costs about 5$ - 8$ dollar per item depending on place where you eat)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit & trekking entry fees (NRS 3300 + 2000)
  • City sightseeing entry fees in Kathmandu (NRS 400+400+1000)
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory)
  • International flight ticket
  • Tipping to guide, porter and driver as per your satisfaction
Note: Please bring 2 Passport size photos, copy of passport and travel insurance at Orientation Meeting.

How should we make payment?

1. Down Payment

To secure place, minimum 20% down payment is required to make in advance for the confirmation as per the company policy.

2. How to pay your deposit?

     You can choose only two different ways to settle your payment:

a.      Online Payment by credit card and the link to settle the payment is:http://hsj.com.np/payment.html

b.       Bank Transfer:

 Account Holder's Name: Himalayan Social Journey Travel (P).Ltd
 Account No.:  01-2643197-51
 Bank's Name: Standard Chartered Bank
 Bank's Address: Lazimpat Kathmandu, Nepal.
 SWIFT CODE: SCBLNPKA

Note: Please do not transfer your  payement to any other bank account than the above mentioned bank account.

3. Payment of the Balance

Rest amount can be paid before a month of your arrival. If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after scheduled trip after the breakfast.

You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a Himalayan Social Journey signboard and he will escort you to the Hotel. 

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting reservation@hsj.com.np
After you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details.

When and where should you arrive?
You will arrive In Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu on trip starting day or earlier. If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting 
reservation@hsj.com.np

Booking your international flight
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites. Makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com,  www.vayama.com

They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer we would recommend purchasing the same flight from a local travel agent.

 How many people in each room?

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement"

Who will be leading the tours/treks?
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. 

Vouchers
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also please send your redemption code and voucher number.

Trekking
Our trek will be in a very beautiful part of the Everest region. Expect to trek about 5-7 hours daily or about 08-12 KMS per day. It is recommended that you prepare for the trek by suitable training such as climbing hills or stairs, jogging, and spending some time in the gym to improve your stamina for a few months prior to the trek. If you are quite fit and do sufficient training prior to arriving in Nepal the trek will be enjoyable, and it is suitable for fit people in to their early 60's. This trek is the most popular trek for those wishing to get wonderful views of the Himalayan peaks.
 
If you have health issues please consult your doctor about the advisability of going on the trek. The highest altitude we reach is 5545 meters at Kala patthar which offers a breathtaking view of many of the World's greatest peaks. It is stunning! Any trekking equipment such as walking poles, water bottles, and the rucksack is very easily available in Kathmandu near our hotel.  Important! Please bring 4 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Environmental Concerns

The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it.

  • Not throwing wastages
  • No damaging historical and

I am a Vegetarian, is that a Problem? 

No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek? 

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.


 Is there any communication while we are on trekking? 

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. 

You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Also we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

Extra Excursions:-
We recommend to Explore the Beauty of Pokhara after the Everest trek to see the hidden treasure of Pokhara at very special offer for 6 days at just USD 350.

If you would like to book an extra excursion such as Chitwan Jungle safari ,  Paragliding , Trishuli river rafting ,  Bunjy jump many more programs. You can also do Isalnd peak climbing while on the trek if you are interested and have 3 days extra time. You can book by contacting us at reservation@hsj.com.np

For longer excursions such as Bhutan, TibetIndia and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at reservation@hsj.com.np

 

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment’s on my trip? 

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

What type of plug and what is the voltage used in Nepal? Please click here for details.

Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.


Altitude sickness a problem?

To be honest you don't have to be a runner to enjoy the trek, and in fact, you probably don't have to prepare at all if you don't want to. But the preparation will probably save you a lot of pain and suffering on the trail and help you to enjoy your experience there that much more in Nepal’s mountain and we suggest you do. The suggestions we have for physically preparing is to take good, long, brisk walks, preferably wearing a pack with a similar load that you'll be carrying. Cycling and swimming are also great alternatives too, as is just about anything that gets your cardio working. Do some breathing exercise to get more oxygen to your lungs?

Trekking to Everest Base Camp may not be the trip for everyone. It is, at times, quite a physically demanding experience, and when you combine high altitude with plenty of challenging climbs, you get a recipe for suffering. But normal, average, travelers can do Everest Base Camp trek, but it is not that easy.

Travel insurance & rescue when traveling to the remote destination like Nepal Himalaya makes your insurance up to date. Make sure that your insurance policy covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. The insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees, and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility.

We have an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuation we pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. And the reimbursement responsibility from your insurance company is gone up to you. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation. Also, check that your insurance policy does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim. Himalayan Social Journey can facilitate optional emergency helicopter rescue insurance in Nepal also.


Drinking Water
There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended.
It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek. 

Is there Laundry facility on the trek?
There will be laundry facility in Kathmandu and Namche.

What Clothes shall I bring?
Depending on when you plan to travel it's important to have the proper clothes and be prepared for unexpected weather. Fairly well-worn hiking boots/shoes are a must! For tours between November and the first two weeks of March bring a jacket suitable for -10 degrees Celsius. For tours at other times please bring a jacket suitable for -3 to 5 degrees Celsius, Otherwise, the daytime weather will tend to be warm or pleasant. 

Sleeping Bag
If you have your own sleeping bag, you can bring. Otherwise, we will provide you sleeping bag during the trek.

Visa
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 25 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa and USD 40 for a 30 days visa and you can extend it later on if you wish.They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo.

Is there an Orientation program?
Yes, the orientation will be at the Kathmandu hotel after your arrival and before starting trekking with welcome dinner. The orientation meeting is scheduled for evening on the first day of the tour. Generally, the orientation meeting will be at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival.

How large is each tour group?
For each tour date there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 10 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

Where will I stay during the tour?

In Kathmandu we will be staying at the Hotel Holy Himalaya or (similar category) for first  night and Gokarna Forest Resort for last 2 night at the end of trip. These places come highly recommended. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are a good quality by Nepali standards. On the trek you'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. 

Exra night Accomdation:

If you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip Hotel (Holy Himalaya) prior the trip and at Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenient. The cost is USD 50 per night for Double room at Holy Himalaya and USD 135 per night for double room at Gokarna Forest Resort including tax, Wi-Fi, breakfast and service charge. If you want to book your extra night accommodation at any other hotel, please let us know. We will work out according to your suggestion. Please contact us at reservation@hsj.com.np before two months prior the trip for your extra night accommodation. 

What do we eat?
The lunches and dinners are not included in Trekking days which cost from $5 to $8 depending on meal items and restaurant category. Two Dinners and all the breakfast are included during your trip. 

Travel Insurance?
It is strongly advised that you get traveler's insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company. 
QBE Insurance click or Europe assistance click or World Nomads Click or Travel Direct- TID Clickis possible insurance companies. Travel insurance is compulsory for all clients taking the Everest base camp trek. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance and adequate cover for baggage.

What is the weather like in Nepal?
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December till February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes it is cold during the winter months. 

How much money for my personal expenses?
It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch& dinner) you want to eat. Only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Porters
For the trek we'll have one porter for two people or necessary Yaks as per group size. The weight limit for the trek is 15 KGS per person. Before the trek we will store all our excess baggage in our Kathmandu hotel and only take what we require on the trek.


Tips
 A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD50-80 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you to allocate minimum US$ 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip  whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one. 

 
What should I bring?

  • Day pack (rucksack)
  • Back pack (porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50 liter capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are traveling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn Hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one - liter hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket 
  • Light-weight cotton clothing 
  • Water proof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

   

Optional: School supplies (pens, notebooks, colored pencils etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will arrange them to distribute through our proper channels. 
  
Much of your trekking clothes and supplies can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended.

Risk & Liabilities: We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies.


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to Contact us.

Departures Dates

Date Trip Status Price
Wed 14 Feb 2018 - Sun 25 Feb 2018 OPENED $2500.00 Book Now
Fri 02 Mar 2018 - Tue 13 Mar 2018 OPENED $2500.00 Book Now
Wed 14 Mar 2018 - Sun 25 Mar 2018 OPENED $2500.00 Book Now
Mon 02 Apr 2018 - Fri 13 Apr 2018 OPENED $2500.00 Book Now
Sat 14 Apr 2018 - Wed 25 Apr 2018 OPENED $2500.00 Book Now
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The cost of each trip differs as per the size of group, choice of hotel, client's interest of service and correction in our itinerary.

Supplementary Cost: USD 400.00 PP

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