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Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Luxury Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Luxury Hotels/Tea-houses

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kala Patthar (5550m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek is to explore Everest in style and comfort. The trek beautifully combines adventure trekking with a thrilling helicopter ride and staying at the finest luxury lodges on the trail. 
Furthermore, witnessing the spectacular Himalayan panorama of the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Everest is always on the list.

The trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to a small airstrip in Lukla from where the trek begins. The trail then follows beautiful Sherpa villages walking along the Dodh-Koshi River side to Phakding and ultimately to Namche Bazaar- the gateway to Everest. The trek then continues following Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorekshep and finally reaches Everest Base Camp.

At the end of your trek, you will board a helicopter for a thrilling flight back to Kathmandu, giving you a bird's-eye view of the majestic Himalayas and spotting the EBC trails from above.

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek is the ultimate luxury trekking experience in the Himalayas that combines the best of comfort, luxury, and adventure in one amazing journey.

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Stay in luxury accommodations along the trek trail.
  • Embark on a trek to Everest Base Camp, the starting point for climbers attempting to summit Mount Everest.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture with visits to age-old monasteries.
  • Hike to Hotel Everest View (3880m), the hotel at the world’s highest point.
  • Visit Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region.
  • Observe stunning views of world’s tallest snow-capped mountains including Mt. Everest.
  • Enjoy helicopter ride back to Kathmandu with a bird's eye view of Mount Everest & the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2840m/40min) & trek to Phakding (2610m/3 – 4 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours
Day 05: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3860m) 5 hours
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5 hours
Day 07: Rest Day In Dingboche; Hike to Chhukung (4730m) & back to Dingboche (4410m/3-4 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 5 hours
Day 09: Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) & return Gorak Shep 7 hours
Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m) back to Gorek Shep & fly to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative outside the airport and transferred to your hotel. Once you reach your hotel, check-in and take some time to rest and freshen up after your journey. Kathmandu's energy can be quite overwhelming, so starting your exploration well-rested is a good idea. 

Luxury Hotel

Early in the morning fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is a thrilling experience as you fly amidst the stunning Himalayan peaks and valleys. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. Your trek begins upon landing at Lukla airport and descend through rhododendron and pine forests. The trail offers beautiful views of the Dudh Koshi River and surrounding landscapes. Soon Phakding is reached where you'll spend the night. Phakding is a picturesque village with teahouses, lodges, and views of the mountains.

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is 5 hours drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for  Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, you will experience a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Luxury Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast start the trek where the trail from Phakding to Namche Bazaar follows the Dudh Koshi River as it meanders through lush forests and traditional villages. You'll cross several suspension bridges, including the high suspension bridge at Larja Dobhan. The trail gradually ascends as you make your way through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, you'll catch glimpses of Everest (if weather permits) and other magnificent peaks.

Take a break for lunch at a teahouse along the trail. As you approach Namche Bazaar, the trail becomes steeper and you'll face a challenging uphill climb. Arrive at Namche Bazaar, a bustling Sherpa town and a major trading hub in the Everest region. The town is set against the backdrop of the stunning Kongde Ri and Thamserku peaks. 

Luxury Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is rest/acclimatization day at Namche. Take a hike to the Hotel Everest View, located at an altitude of 3,880 meters (12,729 feet). The hotel is famous for its incredible views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other surrounding peaks. Reach the Hotel Everest View and take some time to soak in the stunning scenery. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while basking in the beauty of the Himalayan giants.

After spending some time at the hotel, continue your hike to an Everest view point, which offers an even closer and more expansive view of Mount Everest and its neighboring peaks. Capture the breathtaking landscapes through your camera lens and make memories of this awe-inspiring experience. After thoroughly enjoying the views, start your descent back to Namche Bazaar. 

Luxury Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Start the trek to Tengboche from Namche where the path winds through forests, offering glimpses of the towering peaks around you. After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach Phunki Tenga, a small village. This is a good spot to take a break and have some refreshments. From Phunki Tenga, the trail ascends through rhododendron forests and opens up to panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and more. Soon Tengboche is arrived, a picturesque village with the stunning Tengboche Monastery as its centerpiece. This monastery is one of the most important in the region and offers a glimpse into the spiritual and cultural aspects of the area. 

Best Available Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Begin your trek towards Dingboche. The trail gradually descends through rhododendron and pine forests, offering a pleasant start to the day. You will pass through the villages of Debuche and Pangboche, each with its own charm and cultural significance. The trail provides views of Ama Dablam and other peaks. Stop for lunch at a teahouse along the trail. After lunch, you'll pass by the Pangboche Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. The trail gradually ascends as you approach Dingboche. The landscapes change as you gain altitude, with more alpine vegetation and rocky terrain. Soon the village of Dingboche is reacehd, situated in a wide valley with stunning views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks. 

Best Available Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As the altitude increases it’s important to get better acclimatization so it’s rest/acclimatization day at Dingboche. You can rest at your lodge or there are several side excursions like a hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. Or hike to Chhukung (4,730 m) which provides majestic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Choyo. You will also notice Imja Khola Valley as well the fields and pastures of Dingboche. Afterward, back to the lodge at Dingboche.

Best Available Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today the trail gradually ascends through alpine landscapes, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains. After a few hours of walking, you'll reach the small settlement of Thukla, also known as Dughla. This is a common resting point for trekkers and a good place for a break. Just before Thukla, you'll find a memorial area dedicated to climbers and mountaineers who have lost their lives in the Everest region. The trail continues relatively flat, passing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The terrain becomes rockier as you approach Lobuche. Lobuche is a small settlement surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. 

Best Available Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Begin your hike towards Everest Base Camp. The trail is rocky and challenging, but the sense of achievement and the stunning views along the way make it worth the effort. The first part of the hike takes you to Gorak Shep, a small settlement at about 5,164 meters. Then continue your trek to Everest Base Camp. The trail winds through the Khumbu Glacier and offers surreal views of the surrounding mountains. Reaching Base Camp is an incredible achievement and a dream come true for many trekkers. Spend some time at Everest Base Camp, taking in the atmosphere and capturing the moment with photographs. You'll be surrounded by the Himalayan giants, including Everest itself. After enjoying the experience of being at Everest Base Camp, make your way back to Gorak Shep for the night. The return journey might feel easier as you descend.

Best Available Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Start early today to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Kala patthar which is the most popular Himalayan viewpoint in Khumbu providing 360-degree Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest.

The hike up to Kala Patthar is not that long but steep, rocky, and very challenging. Upon reaching it’s top you will be rewarded with the most spectacular Himalayan panorama of the peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Pumori, and more.

Afterward, retrace your way back to Gorekshep for breakfast where your private chartered helicopter will be waiting for you to fly back to Kathmandu. En route observe the Everest trail which you trek before and finally land at Kathmandu then transfer to hotel.
In the evening is farewell dinner at one of the Nepali authentic restaurant with company staff and later on back to hotel.

Luxury Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

Today is the day you bid farewell to Nepal and head back home. If you have some time before your departure, you might want to do some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We shall transfer you to the airport and you need to be three hours before your flight time. As you board your flight, take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey you've had in Nepal. The memories and experiences you've gained will stay with you forever. Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu at 4 or 5 star hotel with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla round airfare.
  • All trekking accommodation costs on a full-board (B, L, D) at luxury lodges basis as per the itinerary.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Chartered helicopter from Gorekshep to Kathmandu.
  • Permits for Everest National Park, Khumbu Municipality and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.)
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the itinerary due to bad weather, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected). 

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FAQ's

1. What is a Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
The Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek combines the exhilarating trekking experience to Everest Base Camp with a luxurious helicopter ride back to Lukla, allowing you to enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas in style and comfort.

2. How long does the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek take?
Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek typically takes 9 days, including acclimatization and trekking to the base camp, followed by a scenic helicopter ride back to Lukla.

3. Are there any age restrictions for the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
Although there are no strict age limits, participants should be physically fit and able to trek for several hours a day. It is recommended for individuals above 16 years of age, but ultimately depends on their fitness level and trekking experience.

4. How challenging is the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves trekking at high altitudes, with some steep inclines and rough terrains. Prior trekking experience and good fitness level are recommended for an enjoyable and successful trek.

5. What is included in the cost of the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
The cost of the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek usually includes permits, experienced guides, porters, accommodation, meals, domestic flights, and the helicopter ride back to Lukla.

6. Are climbing permits included in the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek package?
No, climbing permits aren’t required for the trek but Everest trek permits and TIMS card is required.

7. Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
While prior trekking experience is helpful, it is not mandatory. However, good physical fitness and acclimatization are essential for the trek.

8. What is the maximum group size for the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
The maximum group size for the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is usually around 12 people, ensuring a more personalized and comfortable experience.

9. Are helicopter flights included in the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?
Yes, the package includes a helicopter flight from Everest Base Camp to Lukla, providing a breathtaking aerial view of the Himalayas.

10. What type of accommodation is provided during the trek?
During the Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, you will stay in luxury lodges and tea houses. These accommodations offer comfortable rooms, hot showers, and delicious meals, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable experience after a day of trekking.

11. What fitness level is required for the trek?
Luxury Everest Base Camp Heli Trek requires a moderate level of fitness. While no previous trekking experience is necessary, participants should be prepared for long walks, uphill climbs, and altitude challenges. Regular physical exercise and preparation are recommended beforehand.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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