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Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Ride to Lukla: Champagne Celebration

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  • Duration12 Days
  • Meals:11 Breakfast, 9 Lunch and 10 Dinner
  • Accommodation:Jampa Hotel or a similar
  • Best Season: Mar - May and Sep - Nov
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Ride to Lukla: Champagne Celebration” offers an extraordinary journey, with stunning views of Mount Everest from Syangboche and a truly unforgettable trek to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. The thrilling helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla adds an extra layer of excitement, making trekkers feel like they’ve found paradise amidst the Himalayas. This experience turns a lifelong dream into a cherished reality, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

To make it even more special, the trek includes breakfast at the Everest View Hotel and a Champagne Celebration at Everest Base Camp, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our friendly team will be there to welcome you and provide a comfortable transfer to your hotel. You’ll have an orientation about the upcoming adventure, including essential details about the trek and necessary preparations. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Afterward, take some time to rest and acclimatize to the 1,300-meter altitude before the trek officially begins. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Max Altitude:1,400m (4,600ft)
Accommodation: Jampa Hotel or a similar 

Day 2 - Lukla Flight and Trek to Phakding

A short morning flight will take you to Lukla, an experience that can start from either Kathmandu or Ramechhap. Lukla boasts one of the most extraordinary airports in the world. Your trek commences with a gentle walk through the charming Chauri Kharka village, and then descends to Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m). The picturesque trail follows the meandering Dudhkoshi River, leading you to your overnight destination, Phakding (2,610m), where you’ll stay at a lodge.

Max Altitude: 2610m
Flight Duration: 35 min
Hiking Duration: 3-4 hrs
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Phakding - Namche Bazaar

We will begin our day with a filling breakfast in Phakding as we prepare for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the largest Sherpa village in the Everest region. The trail begins by crossing the Dudhkoshi River, leading you over a long suspension bridge. You’ll then meander through picturesque pine forests until you reach Monjo. As you approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, there will be a permit check. From there, you’ll continue your journey, walking alongside the Dudh Kosi River until you arrive at Jorsale. After a satisfying lunch, get ready for an uphill climb. The ascent to Namche Bazaar may be a bit strenuous, but your reward is the first breathtaking view of Mount Everest in all its glory. You’ll spend the night in Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3440m
Hiking Duration: 6-7 hrs
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Exploring Syangboche, Breakfast at Everest View Hotel, and Rest in Namche

After arriving in Namche Bazaar, it’s essential to rest and get used to the higher altitude. In the morning, have breakfast at Everest View Hotel, which is located at a remarkable 13,000 feet. If you’re up for more adventure, consider a two-hour hike to Everest View Point in Syangboche. This short uphill walk will help your body adjust to the higher altitude. Alternatively, you can explore Namche Bazaar. Don’t forget to visit the Sherpa Museum to learn about Sherpa culture and mountaineering history. Finally, head back to your lodge for a well-deserved rest.

Accommodation:Lodge
Meals:
Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Deboche

Get ready for another exciting day of trekking! As you walk, take in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges. You’ll see majestic peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde.

After a while, you’ll descend to a riverside. Once you cross the river, the path leads uphill through a forested area. You’ll encounter a series of small ascents and descents before reaching Tengboche.

Tengboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Don’t forget to visit the Tengboche Monastery, one of the largest in the Khumbu region. The chants and prayers of the monks will bring you a sense of peace. You’ll spend the night at a lodge.

Max Altitude: 3820m
Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Deboche to Dingboche

Today, you’ll walk through a beautiful rhododendron forest until you reach Deboche. After that, you’ll cross a bridge over the rushing Imja River and pass the valley wall. This will lead you to the plains where Pangboche village is located. This village has the largest Sherpa community in the region, and you can experience typical Sherpa life and try their local food.

If you’re up for it, you can also take another hike to the Pangboche Monastery, one of the oldest in the area. The afternoon trek is a bit challenging as you’ll be walking through dry, deserted mountains on your way to Dingboche. You’ll spend the night in a lodge there.

Max Altitude: 4360m
Hiking Duration: 5-6 hrs
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Dingboche: Acclimatization

Spend a day in the peaceful village of Dingboche to get used to the higher altitudes and explore the local culture. This break is not just for your body to adjust to the mountain air but also for you to connect with the Sherpa community and experience their way of life.

Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Dingboche – Lobuche

As you head to Lobuche, the trek takes you across a high pass, with all trekking above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), resulting in a naturally slower pace. Moving toward Thukla, the landscape turns drier, creating a somewhat solitary atmosphere. You’ll reach the village of Thukla, a small place with only three stone buildings adorned with prayer flags hanging across the valley. Despite its size, the villagers are incredibly friendly.

Leaving Thukla, you’ll face a steep climb to a hilltop with memorial stupas honoring climbers and trekkers who lost their lives on Everest. Continuing through rugged mountain terrain, you’ll eventually arrive at Lobuche, a small settlement that provides fantastic views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari, and Nuptse. Be prepared for chilly nights; it’s a high elevation, almost three miles (4,800 meters) above sea level. You’ll spend the night in a cozy lodge.

Max Altitude: 4940m
Hiking Duration: 3-4 hrs
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Lobuche - GorakShep: Everest Base Camp Celebration

This is a big day. You’ll start by trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The trail to Everest Base Camp that follows is tougher, with rocky terrain and moraine, a mixture of loose glacial debris. Along the way, you’ll pass the famous Khumbu Glacier and icefall, situated on Everest’s slopes. Once you reach Everest Base Camp, it’s time to celebrate with Champagne. During the spring climbing season, you might even meet climbers attempting to summit Everest. Don’t forget your camera, as the views are absolutely breathtaking. You’ll spend the night at a lodge in Gorakshep.

Max Altitude: 5,364
Hiking Duration: 8-9 hrs
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Kala Patthar Summit and Lukla Helicopter Adventure

Today is the day for the big trek to Kalapathar, which stands at an altitude of 5,545 meters (18,192 feet) and is known as the ‘black rock.’ Here, you’ll see the fiery sunrise over Mt. Everest. The first light of the day reveals stunning views of Nuptse Nup, Changtse, and Lhotse. Don’t forget to capture these incredible moments with your camera. After that, head back to Gorakshep for breakfast, and hike to Lobuche for about 2 hours and then take an exciting helicopter ride back to Lukla. You’ll spend the night in Lukla.

Max Altitude: 5,545m
Hiking Duration: 8-9 hrs
Accommodation:Lodge
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Kathmandu Return, Thamel Exploration, and Evening Farewell

In the morning, you’ll take a short scenic flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (please note that the flight might be from Lukla to Ramechhap). Once you land, our representative will escort you to your hotel, where you can finally relax and reflect on your incredible Himalayan journey. In the evening, you’re free to explore Thamel, and you’ll wrap up your adventure with a farewell dinner. Your night will be spent at the hotel

Max Altitude: 13,00m
Flight time: 35 min
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Jampa Hotel or a similar 

Day 12: Departure

As your amazing Everest journey ends, our team will ensure you reach the airport on time for your next destination. This marks the conclusion of an incredible trek, where you immersed yourself in the natural beauty, culture, and warm hospitality of the Everest region. The memories you’ve made during this journey will stay with you for a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Include

  • 2 nights in Kathmandu at Jampa Hotel or a similar property, including breakfast and taxes, with twin sharing or double room accommodation.
  • A 10-day guided trekking tour in the Everest Region (from day 2 to day 10).
  • Accommodation in basic teahouse lodges in the mountains during the trek.
  • Provided meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • All airport transfers via private transport.
  • Roundtrip flight tickets between Kathmandu/Ramechhap and Lukla.
  • Inclusion of local airport taxes.
  • Covering the Everest National Park Fee.
  • Issuing the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Entry fee for Pasang Lhamu Village.
  • The services of one English-speaking trekking guide, including their insurance, transport, accommodation, meals, and salary in a group.
  • Porter service at a ratio of one porter for every two persons, including their insurance, transport, accommodation, meals, and salary.
  • A helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla.
  • All relevant government taxes.
  • Inclusive of tourism service taxes.
  • Comprehensive VAT coverage.
  • Provision of a duffel bag when required.
  • Supply of an Everest map.
  • Provision of a sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek).
  • A memorable farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

What's Exclude

  • International flights
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Trekking gear
  • Snacks, drinks, and other expenses such as toiletries, electronic device charging, and hot showers during the trek
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Travel insurance

Meals

Your accommodation for the Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Ride to Lukla is well-arranged. In Kathmandu, you’ll be accommodated at the Jampa Hotel or a similar property, sharing twin or double rooms, and enjoying complimentary breakfast. Throughout the 9-day trek, basic teahouse lodges in the mountains offer shelter, and your meals (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included. If you prefer a single room, there is a supplemental cost of 300 USD per person.

Accommodation

Throughout your Everest Base Camp journey, you’ll have breakfast at your Kathmandu hotel, and during the 9-day trek, you’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at teahouses along the route. Meals range from Nepali to international cuisine, including Dal bhat, noodles, soups, momo, pizza and both meat and vegetarian options. These hearty meals keep you energized for the trek, but it’s a good idea to bring snacks and water purification methods just in case. To wrap up your adventure, there’s a special farewell dinner in Kathmandu, a great way to celebrate your incredible journey.

Route Map of EBC Trek and Helicopter Ride to Lukla

FAQs

What's the best time to do the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek, offering stable weather and clear mountain views.

Do I need to be in top physical condition for the trek?

While you don’t need to be a super athlete, good physical fitness is important for this trek, as you’ll be walking in varying terrain and at high altitudes. Training and cardiovascular conditioning can help prepare your body.

Can I access Wi-Fi or charge my devices during the trek?

While some teahouses provide Wi-Fi, it can be slow and expensive at higher altitudes. Charging your devices is possible, but costs may increase with altitude, so carry a power bank.

What's the altitude sickness risk, and how can I mitigate it?

Altitude sickness is a concern as you ascend to higher altitudes. Proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and recognizing symptoms are crucial. If you experience severe symptoms, it’s important to descend to lower elevations.

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