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8 Days Everest Luxury Trek with Helicopter Tour

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Country Nepal Max-Altitude 18,192 ft / 5,545 m
Trip Start Kathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Group Size Min 1, Max 12
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
Accommodation 5 Star hotel in Kathmandu and Luxury Lodges during trek
Trip Difficulty

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Per Person $ 5,890 USD
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    Experience an amazing helicopter ride to savor a bird’s eye view of Mount Everest along with the picturesque Gokyo lakes

     

    Everest Luxury Trek with Helicopter tour is the perfect adventure tour for those travelers who cannot trek all the way up to the base camp but wish to see the glorious views of the world’s highest peak. Hover over the 8000m and 7000m peaks of the Himalayas in a comfortable helicopter ride and savor aerial views of the world-renowned Everest region.

     

    Everest Helicopter tour begins with a UNESCO World heritage sightseeing tour in the ancient Kathmandu valley. Explore the centuries' old Patan Durbar Square, the must-visit Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, one of the world's largest Bouddhanath Buddhist stupa and Swyambhunath. After a beautiful mountainous-scenic flight to Lukla, your Himalayan adventure kicks off with a short trek to Phakding and then to Namche Bazaar. These Sherpa villages with friendly inhabitants will introduce you to their unique culture and exotic cuisines. Namche Bazaar is set aside for an acclimatization day to get used to the higher altitudes and prevent AMS. Take this opportunity to explore and discover some of the ancient monasteries and also glimpse the first views of Everest. Your journey is now followed by the main highlight of the tour - amazing helicopter ride flying over 18000 feet to see Mount Everest.  Stopping by Kala Patthar, the vantage point, you will get 360-degree panoramic views of Everest and other Himalayan peaks. Similarly, at Gokyo Lakes, capture great photography with the emerald and heavenly lakes of Gokyo.

     

    Extollo will ensure Nepal Helicopter tour package in the Everest region will be a lifelong memorable holiday trip for you. One of the luxury tour options in Nepal, Mount Everest Helicopter tour cost includes the best accommodations in the capital which are 5-star hotels, luxury lodges in the mountain region and very comfortable travel options with all domestic air transports.

    Key Information about this trip

    • Our most popular travel package to those adventurers who wish to get spectacular views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks with Gokyo Lakes, avoiding a long strenuous walk
    • A delightful trekking journey up to Namche is also proven to be an insightful journey to know about unique Sherpa culture
    • An exciting helicopter-tour stopping at various vantage points; Kala Patthar and Gokyo Lakes region to get close up views of Everest and lakes of Gokyo respectively
    • 5-star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and luxury lodges in the mountains to ensure you the highest level of comfort and best services
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing tour to explore 4 of the heritages in Kathmandu valley; Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square
    • Guided by highly-experienced local leaders for the safest and also knowledgeable helicopter-tour experience in the Everest region
    • For the trek, important gears, such as down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffle bag are provided along with full porterage (2 trekkers:1 porter)
    • Small group size to ensure personalized service
    • All ground transportations and domestic flights are included to make your trip hassle-free

    Best Time To Travel

    The best time for a perfect helicopter tour to Everest is during seasons of Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). One can have the most amazing views throughout the trip due to moderate temperatures. You can experience this tour during winter and monsoon seasons too. Though the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone in the winter and during monsoon, it rains in the lower altitudes and the views are not so pleasant due to foggy and hazy weather.

    Is this trip suitable for you?

    • There will be a moderate 2-day trek reaching a maximum altitude over 11000 feet, walking 6-7 hours each day
    • This is all about the helicopter tour to the Everest region, therefore you are not required to be an athlete; beginners are encouraged to join
    • Suitable for anyone with moderate fitness level as one day at Namche is set aside for acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness during helicopter-ride
    • However, if you have any health problem related to heart/lungs, a medical clearance from your doctor will be required
    • Past hiking experience would be favorable for the trek, though technical skill is not required
    • Daily morning jogging and routine exercise are recommended at least 6 months prior to the start of your trip

    Accommodation and Food

    While you travel, we will follow two types of accommodations. You will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a deluxe 5-star hotel and 4 nights in luxury tea-houses during the trek. All accommodations for an Everest Luxury Trek with Helicopter Tour will be on a twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be provided on request, at an additional cost (0 USD). However, a single supplement may not be feasible all the time.


    During our Helicopter Tour to Everest, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner are served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where you spend the night. Whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking whereas only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu. There will also be a Farewell Dinner hosted by Extollo Adventures upon your return from the successful excursion.


    Additional Information

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    We have answered your each and every possible question; kindly have a glance through them.


    If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, please feel free to contact us by email or call us call us anytime at locations and numbers convenient for you from the list attached above.

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    Detailed Itinenary

    Arrival to Departure schedules
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    Note: “Extollo Adventures reserves the right to amend the itinerary in case of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, flight delays and cancellations, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will, and can make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible, if required.”

    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Airport transfers to/from the hotel in private comfortable vehicles
    • Deluxe 5-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for three nights with breakfast
    • Luxury teahouse accommodation in the mountains during the short trek and helicopter tour (four nights)
    • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Round trip domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu in a regular plane
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
    • Full porterage service during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    • Helicopter/Chopper expenses
    • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, T-Shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit)
    • All taxes payable to central and state governments
    What's Not Included
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • Extra night accommodation, if required (in Kathmandu)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Any optional activities other than above included the ones during the free time
    • International flights
    • Helicopter rides from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu (if requested by guests)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for staffs
    • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Included’ section
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.
    • Lodging and food in Kathmandu, in case of early arrival than the scheduled date from the trek
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    Departure Dates

    The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

    Extollo Adventures also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.

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    Important Notes

    Some important things to know before you go
    • Flight Delays in Kathmandu/Lukla

      Flights between Lukla and Kathmandu are generally reliable, though bad weather conditions may cause flight delay or even cancellation. In such scenario, Extollo Adventures will attempt to get you on a chartered helicopter to Lukla to avoid flight delays. All additional cost would be your responsibility which could be $400 USD or more depending on the number of people on the flight.

      We already schedule one extra day into your trip as a buffer day in Kathmandu in case of such flight delays or cancellations. However, we also suggest you add a couple of additional days at the end of your trip in case of any delays.

    • Travel Insurance

      It is mandatory for joining any of the Extollo Adventures trips is that all clients must be insured, it is strongly recommended that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. There could be comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    • Extra Expenses and Exclusions

      Unlike other normal trek packages, Everest Luxury Trek with
      the Helicopter Tour includes costs related to showering, recharging batteries,
      wifi and bottled/boiled water. However, depending upon yopur interests, a few
      extra personal expenses might occur such as alcoholic beverages and
      recreational activities not mentioned in our inclusions. Similarly, tipping and
      visa fees are also extra expenses and exclusions in this package. Typically
      trekkers spend around $10 to $20 USD on a daily basis. Following are the items
      with extra costs during the trek:

      • All the meals (B/L/D) are included in the trek but only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu thus, lunch and dinner are available for purchase as per your personal preferences.
      • Tip for the guide and porter after the trek which maybe around 8-10% of your trip cost.
      • In case of unforeseen events like bad weather conditions and eventual flight cancellations, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu or Lukla.
      • For the visa fees, please check Visa and Passport Information.
    • Solo Travelers

      Everest Luxury Trek with the Helicopter tour package does not charge solo travelers any extra charge for accommodations. You will be provided a single room in a 5 star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu as well as in luxury lodges on the trek. Single supplement charge is not applied for solo travelers on our Everest luxury trek.

    • Visa & Passport Information

      All foreign nationals are required to arrange a visa in
      order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your
      arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport.
      It can be also secured at entry points at Nepalese borders.

      Your Passport must be at least 6 months valid

      Use your passport details to enter information on your visa application

      Bring at least 3 recent passport photos (for your Nepal Visa, Trekking permit, etc.)

      Following are the fees either in US dollars cash or the equivalent Nepalese currency:

      • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25
      • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40
      • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100

      You can use this full address while filling up your visa application:

      Street: Amrit Marg

      House No.:

      Ward No: 19

      VDC/Municipality: Kathmandu

      District: Kathmandu

      Country: Nepal

      For further information please visit: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

    Trip Faqs

    • Who can go?

      Can I also have trekking experience with the helicopter tour?

      Yes, of course, our itinerary completely matches your interests. It is a perfect combination of short and relatively easy trek with luxury comfort from helicopter ride. You do not need to walk the difficult trekking trails all the way to the Base Camp. Walk up to Namche for a unique experience to meet the locals, know about Sherpa culture and at the same time energize your body, mind and soul. Our carefully crafted itinerary is well acclimatized too to avoid any possible mountain sickness from higher altitude.


      Can I do the EBC Luxury trek without past experience? How difficult is it?

      You will be trekking in the mountains only for 2-3 days in our EBC Luxury trek. You need to be in good shape and have the ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill. This is a moderate and short trek with good itinerary offering ample time for acclimatization. It is suitable for easy going and beginner trekkers as you will not walk all the way up to the base camp but instead fly on a helicopter. However, excellent health and strong determination will be required because the main challenging factor here is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.


      Are there any age limits for Himalayan trekking?

      There is no official age limit for trekking in the Himalayas as long as our participants are healthy and mentally committed to complete the adventure. We are experienced in operating treks for families with kids as young as 9 years old and elderly trekkers in their 80s. This is a moderate short trek with a well acclimatized and carefully crafted itinerary. We advise our trekkers to have good physical fitness, exercise regularly, and have positive attitude and strong determination in addition to having an excellent health for a successful Himalayan trek.

    • Best time and weather

      When is the best time to experience Everest Luxury Trek with the helicopter tour?

      The best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp is Spring (March to May), and Autumn (September to November). The temperatures are moderate during these seasons and guarantee fantastic views throughout the trip. Beautiful bright blue sky and incredible views of different species of flowers and various Himalayan peaks are best experienced during these seasons.

      It is also possible to do the EBC Luxury trek during monsoon season (June to August) and winter season (from December to February). But during monsoon, it rains in the lower altitudes, thus helicopter tour becomes difficult to operate and the views are not so pleasant due to foggy and hazy weather. While during the winter season, although the sky is clear, it gets colder.

      How cold does it get during the trek?

      Weather in the mountains is quite difficult to predict. Different temperatures can be experienced at different elevations and during different seasons. The average temperatures in Nepal (in °C) are

      Height

      Jan

      Feb

      Mar

      Apr

      May

      Jun

      Jul

      Aug

      Sep

      Oct

      Nov

      Dec

      1000m

      6/20

      8/21

      12/25

      14/28

      16/29

      18/30

      19/30

      19/30

      18/30

      15/28

      11/24

      7/19

      Ktm (1350m)

      2/17

      4/19

      8/24

      12/28

      15/29

      17/29

      18/28

      18/28

      17/27

      14/25

      9/22

      4/18

      2000m

      1/12

      2/14

      3/17

      7/22

      12/24

      14/26

      15/28

      15/28

      13/22

      10/21

      5/17

      2/13

      3000m

      -2/12

      0/14

      2/16

      5/20

      8/21

      10/22

      12/24

      12/24

      10/20

      6/19

      2/16

      -1/12

      4000m

      -12/4

      -10/5

      -6/10

      -3/12

      -1/14

      2/16

      4/17

      4/18

      2/14

      -3/12

      -8/9

      -10/7

      5000m

      -18/4

      -14/6

      -8/8

      -4/12

      -2/13

      1/14

      2/15

      2/14

      -1/11

      -6/8

      -11/5

      -14/4

    • About the trip

      How far do we trek each day?

      On our standard 8 day EBC Luxury trek with the helicopter tour itinerary, you will be walking on day 3 to Phakding and on day 4 to Namche Bazaar. Day 5 is set for acclimatization in which you can have an optional hike. So, you have a maximum of 3 days and a minimum of only 2 days trekking journey in our EBC Luxury trek. You will be walking 6-7 hours each day on average with daily ascends and descends of 600-700 meters per day which seems perfectly doable.

      What kind of helicopter will you operate on our trip?

      We always provide quality service and carefully research for your best comfort level even in least possible way. Thus, such a luxury travel option on a helicopter is surely the most important aspect of the whole trip. The helicopter we use is manufactured by tone of the top aircraft manufacturer, Air Bus France. The key features include roomy cabin with wide windows offering the best views and very comfortable seats. Following are some additional information about the helicopter we operate on our trip:

      Engine type: Arriel 2D
      Passenger capacity: 5 + 1
      Maximum Takeoff weight: 2250 KG
      Maximum operating altitude: 23,000 FT

      What are the communication options during the EBC Luxury trek?

      There are telephones (landlines) in the luxury lodges where you stay from which you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are available throughout Nepal but the quality of the reception varies from location to location. Our guides will carry mobile phones which also can be used by you when/if necessary.

      Should I arrive early to get used to the altitude?

      It is not mandatory to arrive early on account of getting used to the altitude. However, it is recommended to keep a few buffer days before and after your trek owing to the unpredictable weather uncertainties, flight cancellations or other unseen calamities. As you trek to gradually higher altitudes, you will need to acclimatize appropriately and walk at a slower pace to get used to the altitude. You should not gain an elevation of more than 600-700m in a day’s walk.

      Will you pick me up at the airport when I land in Kathmandu?

      Yes. A representative, preferably the guide along with driver will be there at the airport’s arrival sector to meet you and escort you up to your hotel room. We include all airport pick up and drop offs as a part of your travel program. We will be with you the entire time of your stay in Nepal.

      How much weight am I allowed bringing on the trek?

      Usually, your flight from Kathmandu to Lukla allows you to carry a maximum of 10 kg checked-in bag and a hand baggage of 5 kg. Any extra baggage will cost you about US$ 1 – 2 per each extra kg. We recommend you to minimize your luggage to avoid any additional cost. You can leave behind your unwanted items in your hotel back in Kathmandu or our office.

      Do you have a ‘fixer’ for unplanned situations or challenges during the trek?

      We provide our professional and technical expertise services in remote areas in the Himalayas. Every effort will be made to stick to the original itinerary. However, since the weather and climatic conditions up in the mountains are unpredictable, we cannot guarantee that we will follow the original plan. The health condition of a group member or unexpected natural disaster, etc. can also contribute to unplanned situations. Your leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to the plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. For any unexpected occurring and challenges in the mountains, our Himalayan guides are entirely reliable and superbly jovial people. With their skills and knowledge of the region, they will readily devise a new plan and propose it to you.

      Does your company write blogs about our status and trek journey?

      If you provide us with the prominent details, historical documentation and day-to-day activity notes of the trek, we will certainly blog your trek as you desire. You may need to consult with our content writer/editor to conclude the blog and writing formats.

    • Leaders and staff arrangements

      How is the staff trained for the Himalayan treks?

      All our guides are proficient in English, government licensed and professionally certified. They are local, Nepali mountain experts with multiple years of expertise in the mountains. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the mountains and their minute details. Our staff gets constant training and understands the way of running quality trips that exceed expectations. Our guides are selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, impeccable judgment, and their friendly demeanor. They are well trained in first aid and personal protection equipments. Our guides practice Responsible Tourism in the trek guided by the principles of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. We train them in the following major courses:

      Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)

      Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.

      Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)

      English Language – KEEP

      Conservation and Biodiversity – KEEP

      Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (optional) by Nepal Mountaineering Association.

      How many guides and porters will be accompanying us on the trek?

      For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant guides (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). The arrangement has been made in such a way that even if anyone within the group falls sick or cannot continue with the trek due to some reason, the trip can still go on as planned.

      How much weight is the porter allowed to carry on the trek?

      According to IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), the maximum weight a porter is liable to carry is 30 kg. Since we use two trekkers: 1 porter ratio during trekking trips, the porter will take a maximum of 15 kilograms for each trekker. However, you will carry your own daypacks. If you carefully pack only necessary items as suggested in our packing list, it should not be difficult to keep your primary packages below 15 kg each, even with the more sturdy sleeping bag.

    • Money and other expenses

      Do I need to exchange money before I arrive in Kathmandu?

      You do not need to change money before you arrive in Kathmandu. We can help you get better exchange rates from our responsible government approved money exchangers after you meet us. And when you are in short of cash, there are lots of ATMs to dispense your desired amount of money.

      What are the personal expenses that I will have to bear during the trekking journey?

      For all your personal expenses, it is recommended that you carry Nepalese rupees of smaller values for little purchases on the trail and bigger notes for bigger purchases. Extra personal expenses that may incur on the trip include hot shower, recharging batteries and other electronic gadgets, bottled/boiled water, phone and internet usages, soda, alcoholic beverages, tipping, other services not listed, and recreational expenses. Please check Important Notes for details.

      Should I tip my guides and porters? And how much?

      While it is not mandatory, tipping is an accepted way of saying ‘Thank you’ to your staff for their services.It is good to carry small denominations of US$ for small tips to driver, hotel staff etc. The tips for guides and porters are generally based on the number of trekking days and can be pooled together with other trekkers or made directly to the individuals. A common way to calculate tipping is 8 to 10% of your trip cost per person. This amount can be adjusted based on your overall satisfaction and staff performance. Your tip is offered at the end of the trip. The guide has the most responsibility, so generally is offered a higher tip than assistant guides or porters. Suggestedratio can be - (guide: assistant guide: porter/porters = 50:30:20). You can distribute the tips directly to the guide, assistant guide and porter. If there is more than one porter, then you can give them a certain amount and they will share among themselves. Also, please do notask them how much they would like to be given. You can tip in USD or Nepalese rupees. This is just a guideline for tipping and is not obligatory.

    • Equipment and packing list

      My Checklist

      To help you pack for your adventure, we have listed equipment and a pack list below. Please note that the listed items may vary according to the different seasons. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

      IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

      Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets

      Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

      Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts

      Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

      HEAD

      Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions

      Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)

      Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

      Sunglasses with UV protection

      Prescription sunglasses (if required)

      UPPER BODY

      Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)

      Light and expedition weight thermal tops

      Fleece windstopper jacket or pullover

      Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

      Down vest and/or jacket *

      Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

      HANDS

      1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.

      1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

      1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

      LOWER BODY

      Non-cotton underwear briefs

      1 pair of Hiking shorts

      1 pair of Hiking trousers

      1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)

      1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

      FEET

      2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

      2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

      1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

      1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

      Cotton socks (optional)

      Gaiters (winter only), optional

      RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS

      1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)

      1 large duffel bag *

      A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding

      Small padlocks for duffle-kit bags

      2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

      MEDICAL

      Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)

      Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)

      1 skin-blister repair kit

      Anti-diarrhea pills

      Anti-headache pills

      Cough and/or cold medicine

      Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide

      Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

      Water purification tablets or water filter

      1 set of earplugs

      Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

      PRACTICAL ITEMS

      1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit

      1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches

      1 compass or GPS(optional)

      1 alarm clock/watch

      1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

      large Ziplocs

      2 water bottles (1 liter each)

      1 small folding knife

      Binoculars (optional)

      4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

      TOILETRIES

      1 medium-sized quick-drying towel

      Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

      Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

      Nail clippers

      Face and body moisturizer

      Female hygiene products

      Small mirror

      PERSONAL HYGIENE

      Wet wipes (baby wipes)

      Tissue /toilet roll

      Anti-bacterial hand wash

      EXTRAS/LUXURIES

      Reading book

      Trail map/guidebook

      Journal and pen

      iPod

      Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)

      1 modest swimsuit

      Binoculars (optional)

      Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)

      Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

      Lightweight pillowcase (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

      What kind of hiking boots do I need?

      You need adecent pair of hiking boots that are the right size for you, with anexcellent ankle support, good grip at the soles and are water resistant in the snow.Once you buy your shoes, don’t forget to break them in, to avoid blisters. If you want a specific recommendation, go ahead and try the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX. It has Gore-Tex liners, meaning that your feet will be protected from harsh conditions while the rubber outsoles provide enough traction and stability during long treks. Other recommendations are – Merrell, New Balanceor Scarpa Kailash Hiking Boots.

    • Health and safety

      What if I get sick during the trek?

      Our well-trained and dedicated guides will determine the intensity of your sickness and decide what needs to be done. He will provide on-site emergency assistance with first aid medical kit to begin with. Ifneeded, your guidewill bring you about 500 m below the altitude so that you feel better. In case of extreme difficulties, he will help to evacuate you using a helicopter under your covered health/travel insurance. If you can and want to stay there and recover, our Sherpa assistant will be there with you. If your condition is not too critical, or you feel you cannot afford helicopter rescue, then you may think of a pony rescue, or you may even walk down slowly.

      I have allergies. Will food be a problem for me on the trek?

      Consult your doctor and check for which food items you are allergic to before you come to Nepal. Before your trekking commences, do not forget to inform your guide about your allergies. He will make necessary arrangements for you according to available food options throughout the journey.

      How will we deal with the altitude acclimatization?

      As the altitude goes up, the oxygen density gets lower affecting your cardiac and pulmonary systems. Our bodies must adjust to avoid mountain sickness, thus we arrange our treks and day-to-day itinerary to incorporate with required acclimatization days. At different points of our trip, you may either choose to take rest or have short hikes.

      Do I need to have any sorts of sun protection?

      As the altitude rises, more UV rays get reflected due to increase in sun’s intensity. Therefore, we advise you to protect your skin with proper clothing and sunblock. A special sunblock for the mountains is recommended. You may also use UV protected sunglasses and prescription sunglasses if required.

      Are there any other safety measures to be considered?

      You may want to consider following points for extra safety measures:

      • Use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling to keep your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items safe.
      • Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you won’t need it while traveling. Many hotels that we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables.
      • A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
      • When traveling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities.

      What are the emergency contact numbers?

      Your safety is our paramount concern; we are always there to help travelers in an emergency. We are available 24/7 at any of our following contact numbers:

      Headquarter-USA: +1 (925) 302-6361Regional Office-Asia: +977 (982) 377-8339

    • Food and accommodation

      What are the accommodations for the Everest Luxury Trek with the Helicopter tour?

      We provide luxury deluxe five starred hotel with breakfast while you are in Kathmandu before and after the trek. During the trek, all accommodations will be on twin-sharing basis in luxury lodges to meet your required level of comfort. You can get facilities like internet, telephone, attached bathroom, laundry services, easily in these luxury lodges.

      What would be the options for food during the trek?

      At Kathmandu, we will include farewell dinner before your final departure. While during the trek, all type of menus including major food items are available, the quality and quantity may vary from what is available in Kathmandu. Nepalese, Tibetan, more popular continental, and Indian cuisines are common choices on the menu. As you trek further up, your choices will be limited. Hot Drinks: Your hot drinks choices may include Coffee, Tea and Hot chocolate. Breakfast: The typical meals served for breakfast during trekking are eggs, pancakes, porridge, fresh baked bread and cheese. Lunch & Dinner: Lunch and dinner menus may include noodle soup (Thukpa) and other types of soups, fried rice, macaroni, momos (dumplings), potatoes, sandwiches, pizzas, spring roll, spaghetti, noodles and Nepalese comfort food such asDal-Bhat with vegetables (rice & lentil soup). Snacks: We encourage you to bring your ownsnacks like energy bars, candy bars, salty snacks, nuts, crackers, peanut butter etc. for a change in your diet on the trek.

      Salad: You will also get salads, vegetables, fruits and potatoes as sides.

      Desserts: Delicious pie, pudding, custard and cakes are also available to satisfy your sweet cravings.

      What is the provision for drinking water on the trek? How much water should I drink?

      Bottled water is available from Lukla all the way up to the Base Camp. The lodges sell bottled, boiled and filtered water, which is safe to drink. One liter can cost anywhere from US$ 1 to 4. However, it is encouraged to use SteriPen UV purifiers or bring chlorine, iodine or other purifying agents to treat water before drinking for environmental reasons. Drinking at least 3 – 4 liters of fluids per day is recommended to stay hydrated especially at higher altitudes.

    • Special cases/rules

      If I was the only person that signed up for a particular trip date, would the trip happen or would I be put on another tour?

      Once you have booked with us, your trek is 100% guaranteed, no matter how many people book for the said date. We value and respect your preferences; hence you will not be mixed with another group or shifted to another date or another trip.

      What happens if I am no longer able to continue trekking? What happens if I need to leave early? Can I get a refund?

      Our trekking guide will make necessary efforts to arrange required transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if, for any reason, you need to depart early. In the meantime, one of our staff will remain with you at all times. However, you will not be entitled to any refunds for unused days on the trek or for the services such as hotel, transport, and flight, included in the package that you would not use later. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have to pay the guides and porters for the time they have committed.Although, you can make claims with your insurance company for your loss. We will cooperate with you on the documentation process to get your claimed amount reimbursed.

      What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

      Please visit following link for the details: https://extolloadventures.com/our-policy/

      Are there any other facts and rules that I must know during my trip?

      There are reservations that have to be adhered to when entering Nepal. The customs department at the airport conducts a meticulous scrutiny of the items in your luggage. There are some items that cannot be brought into the country, for example carrying drugs in any form is considered a crime and the accused will be immediately prosecuted. Firearms, explosives and sharp or blunt weapons if identified can land you in serious trouble.

      It may come as a shock to many that eating beef is strictly forbidden in Nepal. Hinduism being the dominant religion in Nepal forbids killing and eating cows and oxen. Carrying any edible items in your luggage that contains beef is considered a crime.

      If you are carrying gold it should be less than 5 ounces, for more than the stipulated amount a declaration and authorization is required. Same goes for other precious metals, gems, and valuable items. There are no regulations on the jewelry on your body.

      Nepal has zero tolerance for drug smuggling. Visitors are forbidden to import drugs in any form into Nepal. Possession of drugs not only puts you at risk of being apprehended and imprisoned but the entire group you are traveling with might get arrested as well.

      Nepal is a country of tradition and sacred religious beliefs. Any obscenity, whether physical or verbal, is looked upon with revulsion as the culture here differs from Western countries. Wearing inappropriate attire while visiting religious sites will not be tolerated, and clothes that are too revealing or leather clothing inside the religious structures are not allowed. While holding hands is completely normal, please refrain from displaying too much physical affection in public view, if you plan to travel to Nepal as a couple.

    Tour Reviews

    5 - Based on 1 Reviews

    Perfect

    Fabian

    2018

    Delightful helicopter tour to EBC and gokyo lakes

    It was really a wonderful experience. I had this Everest Luxury Trek with Helicopter tour last April with my family, altogether we were 4 people including my nephew of 11 years old. It was great experience! We had a short trekking experience till Namche bazaar. I was charmed with the Sherpa culture and friendly people. We had a safe walking experience and none of us got any sickness. Well in the beginning it was a bit difficult for us as we had no trekking experience but we enjoyed throughout the trek. We stayed at Yeti Mountain Home in the mountains making our stay very comfortable. And the main highlight – the helicopter tour was simply astonishing! Those closeup views of Everest and other himalayan peaks were truly mystical along with the gokyo lakes. We all were grateful that we joined Extollo for this trip who operated our trek and heli tour very efficeintly. We highly recommend Extollo for adventures in Himalayas.

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