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Everest Heli Trek Tour

Country: Nepal
City: Kathmandu
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Helicopter Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

An elite adventure, this trip takes you to Khumbu Himal, the homeland of Nepal’s tough mountain tribe, the Sherpas. Trek to Sherpa villages that lie under the shadows of some of the tallest peaks in the world including Mount Everest and take an exciting Heli tour to Kala Patthar (5242m), at the base of Mount Everest. After arriving in Kathmandu we fly to Lukla, the ‘Gateway of Everest’. We trek for two days taking in the wonderful mountain scenery and Sherpa culture, with stopovers at Sherpa villages of Phakding & Namche, finally arriving at Shyangboche – the site of the World’s Highest Skydiving Adventure ‘Everest Skydive’.

At Shyangboche we board the waiting Fishtail Air’s helicopter for our heli tour and fly over the towering Himalayan giants: Ama Dablam [6856m], Thamserku [6608m] Kantega [6685m] , Lhotse [8501m], Nuptse [7879m]and enter Mount Everest’s Western Cwm - a broad, flat, gently undulating glacial valley basin terminating at the foot of the Lhotse Face. The Western Cwm, also known as the ‘Valley of Silence,’ is traversed by climbers using the southeast route to the summit of Everest. The view of the mesmerizing Gokyo Lake from aboard the helicopter is just amazing.

We stop briefly at Kala Patthar (5,545m) - one of the finest viewpoints to view Mount Everest up close and the site of the World’s Highest Cabinet Meeting (held on December 4, 2009). After exploring and taking pictures, we leave Kalapatthar and fly towards Kongde Ri (4200m) which has the world’s highest full-service luxury resort – Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde. At the resort, we sit out enjoying the panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains and celebrate the completion of our Everest adventure over champagne and a sumptuous breakfast- a fitting finale to a wonderful and memorable trip. After our meal, we take the return flight to Kathmandu.

Throughout your trek you will be accommodated at Yeti Mountain Homes, a chain of high end luxury resorts. At Kathmandu your address is the serene and tranquil Gokarna Forest Resort.

TRIP FACTS:

Trip length: 5 nights / 6 Days
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activities- Heli tour, Cultural Tour
Accommodation: High-end Hotels & Resorts
Maximum Altitude: 5242m

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Trek to Khumbu - the Sherpa homeland at the foothills of Mount Everest
  • Heli tour – Fly over some of the world’s tallest peaks in the world and Mt.Everest’s Western Cwm- a magical glacial valley, known as the Valley of Silence.
  • Transfer by Helicopter from Syangboche - the site of the world’s highest skydiving event, with stopovers at Kala Patthar plateau site of the World’s Highest Cabinet Meeting’ & at the world’s highest luxury resort Yeti Mountain Home in Kongde.
  • Breakfast, with champagne, at Yeti Mountain Home in Kongde.
  • Guided tour to Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Accommodation at Everest region’s high altitude full-service luxury resorts - Yeti Mountain Homes & at Gokarna Forest Resort, the only golf resort of Nepal, in Kathmandu.

OUTLINE ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu; Transfer to Gokarna Forest Resort

Day 02: Fly to Lukla(2800m), Trek to Phakding(2656m)/ Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home

Day 03: Trek to Namche (3450m) /Overnight at Yeti Mountain home

Day 04: Trek to Shyangboche(3720m) –Heli tour to Kala Patthar(5242m) & Kongde(4200m) - Return Kathmandu

Day 05: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu

Day 06; Depart Kathmandu

DETAIL ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu; Transfer to Gokarna Forest Resort:

Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as an exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks sprawls before you. We meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.

Gokarna Forest Resort, the only golf resort of Nepal is located just about a few minutes drive from the airport, in a quite suburb in Kathmandu. The resort is set amidst the lush greenery of Gokarna Forest, the traditional hunting ground of Nepalese royalty. Tucked away in a quite corner of the resort is ‘The Hunter's Lodge’, which housed the Shikaris (hunting party) that accompanied Royal Family members during their hunting trips in Gokarna Forest. The building is over a hundred and twenty years old. It has been carefully restored and now houses a quaint restaurant and bar. Apart from world class accommodation, the resort also features a Spa and an international standard Golf Course.

Day 02 : Fly to Lukla (2800m) & Trek to Phakding/Overnight at Khangri Resort

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes 45 minutes. Landing at Lukla airport is quite an exciting experience. This airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Lukla, a Sherpa village, is usually filled with tourists and trekkers from world over, on their way to Mt. Everest. After meeting our guide, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail to Phakding. Phakding village is the first overnight staying station for the trekkers in this region. At the centre of the village stands Rimijung Monastery established by a Sherpa Lama "Khempo Dorje" in the 16th century. We stay overnight at Yeti Mountain Home in Phakding. The resort has 20 well-furnished comfort rooms with an attached bath and hot-cold running water serves as the perfect location to stay overnight at an altitude of 2601m.

Day 03: Trek to Namche / Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home:

From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. We stay overnight at the luxurious Yeti Mountain Home in Namche.

Day 04: Trek to Shyangboche - Heli tour to Kala Patthar - Fly to Kongde Resort - Return Kathmandu:

We rise early and trek to Shyangboche, a Sherpa hamlet situated right above Namche and the site of the highest skydiving event in the world, Everest Skydive(www.everest-skydive.com). After enjoying the panoramic Himalayan vista we board the waiting Fishtail Air helicopter and fly towards Kala Patthar. The flight to Kala Patthar (17192 ft/5242m) provides a panoramic vision of the mountains and the mesmerizing Gokyo Lakes. From Kala Patthar (17192 ft/5242m) we get the closest view of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks. The Kala Patthar plateau is also a historic site as the ‘World’s Highest Cabinet Meeting’ was organized by the Nepalese Government over here on 4th December 2009.

After taking in the wonderful sights and capturing the scenes on our camera, we board the waiting chopper and fly towards Kongde where the world’s highest luxury resort Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde is located. At 4200 m (13,788 ft), Yeti Mountain Home , Kongde, is among the world's highest full-service Hotels and Resorts. Perched high above the Khumbu valley on a spectacular and serene location, the resort boasts of an unparalleled panoramic view of the principal peaks of the Khumbu including Mt. Everest and Lhotse. Enjoying these views we enjoy breakfast and celebrate the end of our memorable Everest journey. After breakfast, we board the chopper and fly to Kathmandu. (Note: As we will be returning to Kathmandu by mid-day or early afternoon, Indian clients wishing an early departure will be able to do so by taking the evening flight from Kathmandu to their destinations.)

Day 05: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu:

Kathmandu, the historical and cultural heart of Nepal, has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and western influence. There will be a half day guided tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Boudhanath -the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, the monkey temple Swoyambhunath and the medieval palace of the Malla dynasty at the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at Gokarna Resort.

Day 06: Depart Kathmandu:

Our support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or you can stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accomodation - 3 nights at five star hotel in Kathmandu, 1 night each at Yeti Mountain Home in Phakding & Namche

  • Breakfast with champagne at Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde

  • Kathmandu Lukla airfare

  • Arrival-departure transfers

  • TIMS & National Park permit

  • English - speaking trekking guide, porters

  • Everest Heli tour

  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees

  • Farewell dinner with traditional cultural programme

  • Equipment, clothing for porter & staffs

  • Insurance for staff & porters.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Nepal visa

  • International airfare

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

  • Meals during trek

  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)

  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason, table drinks, snacks

  • Medical treatments

  • Travel insurance

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