Everest Base Camp Heli Trek – 8 days

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek – 8 days

This trip is a combination of cultural sightseeing in the legendary Kathmandu valley, trekking in the Khumbu following in the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary, heli-touring the Himalayas, and wondering at the
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  • Trip Code: ATH8407
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Max Altitude: 18,225 ft/5,555 m
  • Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Everest Base Camp-Kalapatthar-Everest View Hotel-Lukla

  • Best Season: 
March to May and late September to early December

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at culturally rich Kathmandu valley
  • Sightseeing of three World Heritage Sites of the valley
  • Adventurous mountain flight to and from Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla
  • Trekking in the famed Everest region
  • Accommodation at the luxurious lodges on the trail
  • Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and cultural centre of Khumbu
  • Viewing Everest, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Khumbu Glacier and Icefall, lakes and other high Mountains on a helicopter tour
  • Lunch at Everest View Hotel, the highest placed hotel in the world

Trip Information

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a combination of cultural sightseeing in the legendary Kathmandu valley, trekking in the Khumbu following in the footsteps of Tenzing and Hillary, heli-touring the Himalayas, and wondering at the world’s highest mountain Everest. Everest alone is sufficient to draw a large group of adventure travelers but other attractions of this trip aren’t weak either. In addition, you will be accommodated in the finest hotels and lodges of Nepal throughout the trip. Plus, it’s the people for whom most travelers return to Nepal for. Meet them, exchange views and personal stories and create lasting memories.

When you land in Kathmandu, our airport representative will receive you. Your trekking guide, who will come to pick you up, will drop you off at the hotel we booked for you on our private tourist vehicle. There will be pre-trek meeting where you will be briefed about the trip and other details. A day will be spent in the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Your city tour guide will take you to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Next day hop into a small plane to the famed Lukla Airport with your trekking guide, the gateway to Everest, and start trekking. After two nights in the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar, start your heli-tour of the Everest region, there will be maximum 4 clients and 1 guide per heli. Due to the limit of the weight, you will be allowed to carry your daypack bag but you might be unable to take your luggage bag along with you, in that case our porter will carry them back to Lukla while you are having heli-tour. The views of the Khumbu valley from above are spectacular. On a helicopter, you will be closer to the mountains than you will be on the trail, you will have good aerial view of Mounat everest, Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Khumbu Glacier and Icefall, Ama Dablam Peak, Nuptse Peak and many high Mountains. After your Heli Tour,  you will have your lunch in Lukla and stay there tonight. Next day, early morning you will return back to Kathmandu on a plane.

Note: The flight might get delayed or canceled due to bad weather in Mountains.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at 5-Star Hotel.
  • Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at 5-Star Hotel.
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 Hours. Overnight at Luxury Lodge.
  • Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at Luxury Lodge.
  • Day 05: Acclimatization Hike around Namche Bazaar – 3 Hours. Overnight at Luxury Lodge.
  • Day 06: Everest Heli Tour and Stay at Lukla. Overnight at Luxury Lodge.
  • Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu in the morning and rest for whole day. Overnight at 5-Star Hotel.
  • Day 08: Depart from Nepal.
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The representative will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Note: Either on Day 1 or Day 2, depending upon your arrival time, we will host a pre-trek meeting in our office or at the hotel and introduce you to your trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our duffel bag and cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Overnight at a five-star hotel. No meals included.

Day 2 – Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:30. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Visit the following heritage sites:

Pashupatinath (World Heritage Site): Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath (World Heritage Site): Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century. The stupa has four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims circumambulating the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site): Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, the famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style, the Batsala temple, the Bhairavnath temple, the Duttatraya temple, the Pujari Muth and the Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of your time today in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel.

Overnight at a five-star hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 3 – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 Hours

The 35-minute flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport usually takes place early in the morning. We ensure that you reach Lukla in the first flight, which normally starts at around 6 to 6:30 am. We suggest you to make all the sorting and packing the day before, so there is no rush on Day 3. Once you reach Lukla, have breakfast. Your guide will make an arrangement of porters. We assign one porter to every two clients. Begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where you join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

Overnight at a luxury lodge. Meals (breaktfast, lunch and dinner) included.

Day 4 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5 Hours

Of the three days of trekking, today you will walk for the longest hours. After having breakfast, leave Phakding and head towards Namche Bazaar. Continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi and cross the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. During your uphill walk, if weather is clear enough, you will get your first view of Mount Everest. Continue climbing and you will reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Capital. It is the biggest town along the Everest trail. The town settled in half-bowl is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries.

Overnight at a luxury lodge. Meals (breaktfast, lunch and dinner) included.

Day 5 – Acclimatization Hike around Namche Bazaar – 3 Hours

Trekkers and climbers who have arrived in Khumbu region spend a day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to thinning air of the mountains. It’s exciting to be in this Sherpa town, which is a center of both commercial and cultural activities. During the first half of the day, your guide will take you for a hike around the Bazaar. You will have your lunch at Everest View Hotel, which is at the highest altitude in the world. Visit Sherpa Culture Museum and hike up to Syangboche Airstrip. In your walk, if weather is clear, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of mountains such as Kongde, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest.

Overnight at a luxury lodge. Meals (breaktfast, lunch and dinner) included.

Day 6 – Everest Heli Sightseeing and Stay at Lukla

This day is the most exciting part of your trekking holiday in Nepal. Have breakfast and the heli sightseeing starts. Climb into a mountain chopper from Namche Bazaar. The chopper takes you for a ride over the majestic Khumbu Valley. The heli sightseeing takes you over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Icefall region, Kalapatthar, Namche Bazar and Lukla, where you will be able to see Ama Dablam peak, Lhotse Peak, Nuptse Peak and many other high Mountains as well. It stops at Lukla and you will have your lunch and stay here tonight.

Overnight at a luxury lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7 – Fly Back to Kathmandu in the Morning

Today you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will have a whole day to rest at your luxury hotel or do some activities that you prefer like walking and shopping in the streets of Thamel. There are no sightseeing activities today.

You might want to stay a little more in Nepal. If you are looking for extending your trip, there are options such as a visit to Chitwan National Park, known for wildlife viewing and to Pokhara, considered one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. You can also extend your trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan.

And, at the end of this day, we host a farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.

Overnight at a five-star hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 8 – Depart from Nepal

The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

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Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a five-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (Single room supplement can be provided on request)

  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Highest available standard lodges and guesthouses accommodation during the trek (We provide accommodation at luxury lodges such as Yeti Mountain Home, Everest Summit Lodge and Hotel Namche with attached bathroom facilities.)

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking tour guide and trekking guide

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Entry fees for all monuments, parks, temples and monasteries mentioned in the itinerary

  • All surface transfer required in sightseeing tour

  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport

  • Helicopter tour in Khumbu region and drop off at Lukla

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on the second last day

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking Equipment (You can hire sleeping bag and down jacket from us at USD 25 per item for the duration of the trek.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In this supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter(s). The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your suitcase with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General

  • 4 season sleeping bag (You can hire it from us here at Kathmandu.)
  • Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace duffel bag for you to take on the trek.)
  • Daypack
  • Down jacket (You can hire it from us here at Kathmandu.)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  • Glacier glasses (100% UV protection)
  • Headlamp or light torch light. Make sure to bring extra batteries.
  • Ear-muffs and neck warmer (Optional)

Hand

  • Pair of warm gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket and wind stopper jacket
  • 2 women sport bras, synthetic and no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs of nylon hiking shorts – quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4)
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic
  • 1 pair of soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable
  • Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Pair of hard shell pants (Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.)
  • Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis)

All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • Liner socks and heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
  • 3 pairs of
  • Pair of light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots
  • Pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers (Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu)
  • Pair of sandals (Optional)

Medicines and First-Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first-aid bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness (Please discuss with your guide before starting to take this medicine)
  • 1 small personal first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc (Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the departure date).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40 is recommended)
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
  • Bandanas

Optional

  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional)
  • 1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large DSLR
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Everest Heli Sightseeing and Trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming and hiking are recommended before you embark on this journey. While on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized. Two rules you need to remember to prevent and beat altitude mountain sickness (AMS) are: drink lots of water (at least 4 liters a day) and walk slowly.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. He will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money when you arrive in Kathmandu.

We use standard rooms at five-star hotels in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you will be accommodated at the best luxury lodges which provide finest facilities in the mountains. We can also provide you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags on rent if needed but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire.

Yes! We can surely book separate rooms for the entire trip. It will cost USD 850 per pax for the whole trip.

Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants. We can arrange the trip for one person as well.

You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, Americansn Express, Travelers Check, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.

The luxury lodges cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. A bottle costs from USD 1 at lower elevations to USD 4 at higher elevations. We don’t advise you to drink from trail side tap or spring water.

We use private tourist vehicles for airport transfers and city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus and vans. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler seasons.

For domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu), we use Tara Air, Goma Air and Simrik Air-popular domestic airlines.

And, for heli-tour we use Fishtail Air, Air Dynasty and Simrik Air.

The helicopter tour starts from Namche Bazaar. It flies over the Khumbu valley and takes you to Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and icefall region and Kalapatthar, where you will be able to see Mt Everest, Ama Dablam Peak, Nuptse Peak, Lhotse Peak and many other high Mountains. Then, you will have a lunch stop at Lukla. Today you will spend a night at Lukla.

The months from March to May and from late September to early December are the best time to sign up for this trip.

Every trekking trip up the mighty Mt. Everest presents its own amazing, unforgettable moments that forever live on in the hearts and minds of those brave enough to make the climb. One of the most unpredictable elements of the Everest region is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C, only to dip down as low as -5 degrees C in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 15 degrees C with a maximum of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of 5 degrees C in the morning and at night for areas above 3000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3000 meters. In areas above 3000 meters, sometimes it rains and most of the time its dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positives to trekking during the monsoon months, however. The excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds. The maximum temperature during the monsoon season averages 20 degrees C during sunny days with a minimum 8 degrees C in the morning and night at areas above 3000 meters. The average temperature tends to hover around a comfortable 14 degrees C.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 15 degrees C with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C during sunny days and a minimum of -2 degrees C in the morning and at night, for areas above 3000 meters altitude.

Regardless of time of year, trekkers should always plan accordingly and bring clothing for both cooler and warmer temps. Layering is always recommended, as are pants that can double as shorts. For a full list of clothing and materials to bring to account for various temperatures and weather changes that can occur in the Everest region, visitors should work closely with their travel provider. This will ensure that the adventure will be enjoyable no matter what the weather and that every possible scenario will be accounted for ahead of time.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly 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.

Yes, they have all received 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high-altitude first-aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides profiles and their training certificates.

Our guides are well trained for the high altitude problems. They always carry the first- aid bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well. All our guides carry the local mobile phones and SAT phones for the emergency.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Yes. You can charge your digital camera and other electronic stuff at the lodge where you stay by paying. Remember to bring two- and three-pin travel adapters!

Yes. You can buy a SIM card to call your family members and friends back home or any other person. Or you can use the mobile phone of your trekking guide (Please pay him directly for the call). Internet facilities (Wi-Fi) are available in the lodges and teahouses along the trails. If you have brought your mobile phone or a tab or a laptop, you can use Facebook or Skype or any other service to communicate.

In the most parts of Kathmandu, you can use your credit cards. But, on the trek, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not mandatory, but it is a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

In all the hotels and lodges you stay, you will have an attached bathroom.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

You can use the toilets of the lodges on the trail but in case there is no lodge in sight and you really want to piss or poop, you just do it along the trail wherever you find privacy.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek you can add days with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

While on the trek, our porter will carry your gear and stuff. In a pre-trek meeting in Kathmandu, we will provide you Ace the Himalaya duffel bag to keep your stuff. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. Inform the hotel reception and leave all your items that are not required for the trekking to them.

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can bring changes in the itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org