Everest Base Camp Heli Trek – 9 Days
- Trip Code: ATH14184
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 9 Days
- Trip Level: DemandingBetween Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
- Max Altitude: 5,555 m/18,225 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Thame-Everest Base Camp-Kalapatthar-Everest View Hotel-Lukla
- Best Season: March to May and late September to early December
- Explore the culturally rich World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Valley
- Scenic mountain flights to and from Lukla
- Trekking in the famed Everest region
- Visiting Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpas
- Magnificent helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Kalapatthar
- Watching the world’s highest Mt Everest
What better way to see Mt Everest than in a helicopter ride? Everest Base Camp Heli Trek offers you a chance to trek in the famed Everest region but only for a few days in lower altitudes. This means the trek isn’t challenging and anyone can sign up for this. And the main twist or attraction of this trip is, a helicopter will pick you up from Namche Bazaar and take you to Everest over Khumbu Valley and Glacier, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. The tiring long day walks to Everest are replaced by a comfortable ride on a helicopter that offers you bird’s eye views of the Everest region and up close view of the Himalayan giants.
- Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 03 – Fly to Lukla (2,804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m) – 3 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 04 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,441 m) – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 05 – Acclimatization Hike around Namche Bazaar – 3 Hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 06 – Trek to Thame (3,800 m) and Return to Namche Bazaar – 5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 07 – Scenic Helicopter Flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar to Lukla. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 08 – Fly Back to Kathmandu in the Morning. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 09 – Depart from Nepal.
Day 01 – 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 hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 – 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.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site): This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.
The rest of your time today in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03 – 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 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 your breakfast while our 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 guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 04 – 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.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 05 – Acclimatization Hike around Namche Bazaar – 3 Hours
Trekkers and climbers who have arrived in Khumbu region spend time 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. 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 guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 06 – Trek to Thame (3,800 m) and Return to Namche Bazaar – 5 Hours
We have one more day of acclimatization before we fly to Everest Base Camp. Today we will take a day hike to a small traditional village called Thame which is located off the main trail to Everest. It will take us 5 hours to get there and return back to Namche. Thame was the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, one of the first climbers of Everest, and was part of the ancient salt trading route between Tibet, Nepal and India.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 07 – Scenic Helicopter Flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar to Lukla
It is the most exciting day of this entire trip. From Namche, we will take a helicopter. You will go for a ride over the majestic Khumbu Valley. The heli sightseeing takes you over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Kalapatthar. You will see the Himalayan giants such as Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse and many others. The tour will stop at Lukla from where you will take a flight on the next day.
Note: In the event the helicopter can’t be flown because of bad weather or any other technical reason, we will refund the cost of the helicopter ride which is valued at USD 250 per person. And to return back to Lukla, we will be trekking which takes about 6 hours.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 08 – Fly Back to Kathmandu in the Morning
Today you will fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
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 hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
Day 09 – Depart from Nepal
The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport three hours before your flight time.
The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. The price is based on two persons accommodation. If you need single supplement, the fee is USD 350 per person for the whole trip. There are also the options of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
See Group Booking Discount
No. of people Price per person 1-1 USD 2,780 2-2 USD 1,880 3-5 USD 1,580 6-6 USD 1,490 7-10 USD 1,450 11-15 USD 1,390 16-20 USD 1,340 21-25 USD 1,310 26-30 USD 1,290Check Availabile Dates1: Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person) Sat, 1 Feb - Sun, 9 Feb USD 2,780 Sat, 8 Feb - Sun, 16 Feb USD 2,780 Sat, 15 Feb - Sun, 23 Feb USD 2,780 Sat, 22 Feb - Sun, 1 Mar USD 2,780 Sat, 29 Feb - Sun, 8 Mar USD 2,780 Sat, 7 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar USD 2,780 Sat, 14 Mar - Sun, 22 Mar USD 2,780 Sat, 21 Mar - Sun, 29 Mar USD 2,780 Sat, 28 Mar - Sun, 5 Apr USD 2,780 Sat, 4 Apr - Sun, 12 Apr USD 2,780 Sat, 11 Apr - Sun, 19 Apr USD 2,780 Sat, 18 Apr - Sun, 26 Apr USD 2,780 Sat, 25 Apr - Sun, 3 May USD 2,780 Sat, 2 May - Sun, 10 May USD 2,780 Sat, 9 May - Sun, 17 May USD 2,780 Sat, 16 May - Sun, 24 May USD 2,780 Sat, 23 May - Sun, 31 May USD 2,780 Sat, 30 May - Sun, 7 Jun USD 2,780 Sat, 19 Sep - Sun, 27 Sep USD 2,780 Sat, 26 Sep - Sun, 4 Oct USD 2,780 Sat, 3 Oct - Sun, 11 Oct USD 2,780 Sat, 10 Oct - Sun, 18 Oct USD 2,780 Sat, 17 Oct - Sun, 25 Oct USD 2,780 Sat, 24 Oct - Sun, 1 Nov USD 2,780 Sat, 31 Oct - Sun, 8 Nov USD 2,780 Sat, 7 Nov - Sun, 15 Nov USD 2,780 Sat, 14 Nov - Sun, 22 Nov USD 2,780 Sat, 21 Nov - Sun, 29 Nov USD 2,780 Sat, 28 Nov - Sun, 6 Dec USD 2,780 Sat, 5 Dec - Sun, 13 Dec USD 2,780 Sat, 12 Dec - Sun, 20 Dec USD 2,780 Sat, 19 Dec - Sun, 27 Dec USD 2,780 Sat, 26 Dec - Sun, 3 Jan USD 2,780 Sat, 6 Feb - Sun, 14 Feb USD 2,788 Sat, 13 Feb - Sun, 21 Feb USD 2,788 Sat, 20 Feb - Sun, 28 Feb USD 2,788 Sat, 27 Feb - Sun, 7 Mar USD 2,788 Sat, 6 Mar - Sun, 14 Mar USD 2,788 Sat, 13 Mar - Sun, 21 Mar USD 2,788 Sat, 20 Mar - Sun, 28 Mar USD 2,788 Sat, 27 Mar - Sun, 4 Apr USD 2,788 Sat, 3 Apr - Sun, 11 Apr USD 2,788 Sat, 10 Apr - Sun, 18 Apr USD 2,788 Sat, 17 Apr - Sun, 25 Apr USD 2,788 Sat, 24 Apr - Sun, 2 May USD 2,788 Sat, 1 May - Sun, 9 May USD 2,788 Sat, 8 May - Sun, 16 May USD 2,788 Sat, 15 May - Sun, 23 May USD 2,788 Sat, 22 May - Sun, 30 May USD 2,788 Sat, 29 May - Sun, 6 Jun USD 2,788 Sat, 18 Sep - Sun, 26 Sep USD 2,788 Sat, 25 Sep - Sun, 3 Oct USD 2,788 Sat, 2 Oct - Sun, 10 Oct USD 2,788 Sat, 9 Oct - Sun, 17 Oct USD 2,788 Sat, 16 Oct - Sun, 24 Oct USD 2,788 Sat, 23 Oct - Sun, 31 Oct USD 2,788 Sat, 30 Oct - Sun, 7 Nov USD 2,788 Sat, 6 Nov - Sun, 14 Nov USD 2,788 Sat, 13 Nov - Sun, 21 Nov USD 2,788 Sat, 20 Nov - Sun, 28 Nov USD 2,788 Sat, 27 Nov - Sun, 5 Dec USD 2,788 Sat, 4 Dec - Sun, 12 Dec USD 2,788 Sat, 11 Dec - Sun, 19 Dec USD 2,788 Sat, 18 Dec - Sun, 26 Dec USD 2,788 Sat, 25 Dec - Sun, 2 Jan USD 2,788
We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Airport pick up and drop off by private tourist vehicle
Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (Single room supplement can be provided on request)
Guesthouse accommodation during the trek (Mostly twin-sharing and occasionally dormitory)
Breakfasts in the mountains during the trek
Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking city 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
Price Does not Include
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu and during the trek in the mountains
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation
International airfare and airport departure tax
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $50 and $ 125 respectively. 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
NOTE: Private trip can be arranged as per your request at the additional cost as stated below:
For 2 People – USD 650 per person
For 3 People – USD 450 per person
For 4 to 5 People – USD 340 per person
The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.
This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 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.)
- 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)
- Pair of warm gloves
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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 Base Camp Heli 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 3 liters a day) and walk slowly.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.
We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.
Substituting the accommodation or swapping from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. We only provide three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu included in the package.
In case of flight cancellation or early arrival to Kathmandu due to any sickness in the mountain or any of your own personal reason or due to bad weather and you are unable to continue the trek, you will need an extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu. We can make these arrangements for a supplemental charge.
Most of the tea houses do have western style flushing toilet however in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.
All the guest houses sell the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.
Most teahouses (lodges) in Everest region trails 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 for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
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.
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy bottled water at the cost of USD 2 at lower elevations to USD 4 to higher elevation per littler. More higher you go it would be expensive.
If you are planning to drink normal water, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must.
One can purchase purification tablets or iodine in Kathmandu, Lukla or Namche.
The guesthouses at Lukla, Phakding and Namche provide the facilities of hot shower. For all above showers, it would cost you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower would be expensive.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 20 to USD 25 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, lunch and dinner, hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.
During the trekking period, cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.
Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a wise idea, which we too recommend.
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, Summit Air and Sita Air-popular domestic airlines.
And, for heli-tour we use Fishtail Air, Air Dynasty and Simrik Air.
Twin Otter and Dornier 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 cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical issues. In such case, Ace the Himalaya can help you charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your trek or international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter and Dornier can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.
If weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters are also not operated for the flights. In such cases we will reschedule your flight for next day provide you alternative trek options.
In case of emergency cancellation of flights due to weather condition at Lukla or in Kathmandu we recommend our clients to wait for some time for the weather to clear out. In case the weather fails to clear out and the flights are not likely to take place then in such cases we recommend to go for a helicopter charter. This facility can be provided if our clients are agreeing to pay the extra charges applicable for the heli ride. The helicopter takes 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared amongst the passengers. The cost must be paid by the participant, which can later be submitted for reimbursement through travel insurance company. We can help you with the necessary documents for a claim.
The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, American Express only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The extra charges incurred are approximately $2,500 to $3,000 USD per helicopter (minimum USD 500 to maximum USD 3,000 per person) would be applicable to you for the helicopter charter. Usually the helicopter takes only 4 to 6 passengers at a time. Therefore whatever the cost of helicopter is, the price is divided among the group members. Any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
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.
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
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, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.
Cancellation notice is required minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid, the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatsoever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for accommodations unused.
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The months from March to May and from late September to early December are the best time to sign up for this trip.
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.
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 (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) 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 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
Monsoon – July / August Through Mid-September
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as 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.
During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.
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 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period.
The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.
The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.
Yes, they have all received a 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 Training Certificates.
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use oxymeter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk.
Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed to be hospitalized.
Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse through Company Information pages to view insurance details
You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.
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.
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.
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.
For Lukla flights you are given only 15 kg as weight limit, which is equal to 33 Pounds; this includes both your duffel bag and daypack. So please pack and prepare wisely. If you exceed your limit additional cost of USD 2 to USD 5 Per Kg would be applicable in the airport and this amount should be paid at the airport in airlines counter itself.
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.
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.
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 required, but 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.
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 as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.