Bucket-List 12-Day Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Ride

Experience the exhilaration of trekking to the famous Everest Base Camp and flying over its impressive landscape on a helicopter on this unforgettable 12-day trek. Encounter Nepal’s legendary natural beauty, with towering mountains, lush green valleys, picturesque farmlands, hilly trails and forests full of rare and exotic wildlife. Enjoy guided tours and get an insight into the Nepali life, together with a thrilling helicopter ride taking you from Pheriche to Lukla – allowing you to skip three days of trekking! Includes one night at the five-star Gokarna Forest Resort, stays in Nepalese lodges, internal flights and helicopter transfer, daily breakfast and more.

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12 Days
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Valid for one person (twin share)
  • Nightly accommodation in Nepalese lodges and hotels
  • One night, luxury stay at the five-star Gorkana Forest Resort
  • Internal flights between Kathmandu and Lukla

Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring scenery as you trek to Everest Base Camp through the heart of Sherpa country together with your knowledgeable guides, admiring panoramic views from as high as 5,545 meters. Stay in Nepalese lodges along the way before winding down in five-star style with a night at Gokarna Forest Resort, complete with a relaxing massage – the perfect way to chill out after your exhilarating trek.

This exciting adventure usually takes up to 16 days, with the last three days involving a trek back to Lukla, through the same trail of the ascent. With this exclusive 12-day tour, you will skip the trek back and take a seat in a helicopter from Gorekshep instead.

What You’ll Love...

The Trek – Admire spectacular snow-capped peaks and peaceful monasteries amid the Sherpa kingdom

Prepare for a sight you will never forget as you witness the snow-capped Himalayan peaks of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and more soaring into the clouds.

Your adventure starts in Nepal’s colorful capital city, Kathmandu, where you will enjoy a welcome dinner in true Nepalese style and discover more of the cultural heritage of this enchanting city.

Discover the market town of Namche Bazaar, the most beautiful of the Everest region, dramatically positioned on a hillside beneath the peak of Kongde Ri. Shops and restaurants are plentiful in this bustling area, where you can pick up Tibetan artefacts.

Get an insight into alpine flora and fauna at Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, located at the highest elevation in the world. Admire the beauty of musk deer, Derow, Ghoral and Himalayan Thar.

Admire the striking landscape of glaciers, pine forests and snow-covered peaks, as you reach the highest point of your trek at an altitude of over 5,500 meters: the world-famous Kala Pathar, offering the most outstanding views over Mt Everest.

After conquering the peak of Kala Pathar, you will head back to Pheriche, where you will board a helicopter taking you to Lukla. Take in unparalleled views over Mt Everest and beyond from a very privileged point of view, as you skip the trek and take a seat in a helicopter - for what will be one of the most unforgettable ride of your life.

The Accommodation – Authentic Nepalese lodges plus an indulgent stay at the five-star Gokarna Forest Resort

Wind down after your trek with a relaxing stay at the five-star Gokarna Forest Resort, complete with a rejuvenating massage. This premium resort voted one of the Top 10 Hotels in Nepal in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, is nestled in 470 scenic acres of ancient Gokarna Forest – once the private royal hunting ground for the kings of Nepal.

Your Package Includes:

  • Nightly accommodation in Nepalese lodges and hotels
  • One night, luxury stay at the five-star Gokarna Forest Resort
  • Internal flights between Kathmandu and Lukla
  • A helicopter transfer from Pheriche to Lukla, allowing you to skip the trek back and soak up splendid views
  • Daily breakfast and select additional meals, including a welcome dinner with a Nepalese cultural show
  • A relaxing 30-minute massage at Gokarna Forest Resort
  • Return airport transfers from Kathmandu Airport
  • A city tour of Kathmandu with an English-speaking guide
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit & trekking entry fees
  • Lukla entry and trekking fees
  • Entrance fees for monuments in Kathmandu
  • Yoga classes in Gokarna Forest Resort with an expert Yoga Teacher
  • The services of highly-experienced, licensed, English-speaking guides and porters
  • Equipment such as first aid kit, sleeping bags, duffle bags as needed
  • Government taxes and costs for trekking crew

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Refund Policy applies. Himalayan Social Journey’s cancellation and change of date policy applies. Any changes to confirmed bookings are at the discretion of the tour group and charges may apply.

Valid for the following tour departure dates:

5, 19 and 26 of every month from 5 June 2019 to 26 December 2020

8, 22, 26 October 2019 and October 2020

8, 19, 26 November 2019 and November 2020

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Kathmandu on your chosen tour start date.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-Share Package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, a US$300 single traveller surcharge will apply, payable directly to the tour operator.

Difficulty Rating: Trek is suitable for people aged between 12 and 70. Please note that a good standard of fitness is required to complete the trek. If you have any health issues, please consult your doctor before purchasing. This is a Grade Three rated trek – hard treks are only for real adventurers. Expect to trek about five -seven hours daily or about 8 - 12 kilometres 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 a more enjoyable experience.

Maximum Tour Capacity: The minimum trek capacity is two people and the maximum capacity is 12 people per trek.

Potential Delays: It is recommended that you allow two to three days at the end of your trip to fly internationally, as flights can sometimes be delayed or cancelled from Lukla Airport due to sudden weather transitions or unforeseen circumstances. If flights are cancelled or delayed for a few days, a helicopter charter flight (approx. US$300 to US$400) may be required, so please ensure your travel insurance covers this instance. Suggested activities for extra days could be Chitwan National Park, white water rafting, going on a Pokhara valley tour, yoga and massages (not included). If your flight is cancelled or delayed for longer than two days, you may be transferred to the Annapurna Base Camp with a complimentary Everest scenic flight.

Not Included in Your Package: International flights, travel insurance, personal equipment and clothing, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and on trekking days, city sightseeing entry fees and tipping for the guide, porter and driver.

Important: Please bring two passport size photos, a copy of your passport and travel insurance at the Orientation Meeting.

Please Note: Domestic flight will be operated by Tara Airlines. Your ticket includes a 15kg checked-in baggage plus a carry on.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour operator.

Please note, tipping is not included and is at your own discretion.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

Please note this tour is not operated by Luxury Escapes. You will be contacted post-purchase with further details.

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