Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek difficulty
Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is a moderate trek. Thanks to the helicopter return, you do not have to retrace the route back to Lukla, which makes the journey slightly easier than the usual EBC trek of 14 days. So, who can join the Everest Base Camp luxury trek?
Everest Base Camp's luxury trek is perfect for everyone determined to reach the lap of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. Whether you are a new trekker, kid, experienced trekker, or elderly traveler, anyone can do this trek. The trail has numerous ups & downs, but you can conquer them walking at your pace, so no worries.
Our experienced team will support you with the luggage and crossing complex sections along the way. You'll always trek safely. The trail has a fair share of steep, rugged, and rocky paths. You also walk on glacial moraine and snowy paths in the last few hours of the trek before reaching EBC.
We won't say Everest Base Camp luxury trek is an altitude sickness-free trek. Our body reacts differently to elevation changes from one person to another. Even though we try our best, one may suffer from altitude sickness during the trek, so we can't control it. However, what we can control is not letting it get worse and eventually get rid of it.
Our Everest Base Camp luxury trek itinerary allows trekkers to take ample rest as they trek. We trek to higher elevations and sleep low on most parts of the trail. It allows us to acclimatize. Likewise, there is a rest day in Namche Bazaar. The trail has a gentle pace and constant rise in elevation. We have the perfect itinerary.
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek route
Everest base camp trek with helicopter return begins with a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport (2,860 m). At Lukla, meet with our porters. They'll carry all the heavy bags. We begin trekking through the forested path to Phakding village. It's a downhill walk from Lukla to Phakding.
From here, we walk through lush forests to Monjo and register our permits before trekking ahead. Sagarmatha National Park begins from Monjo. We walk through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, maple, oak, fir, etc. As we move further, the trail gets dense and crosses numerous suspension bridges. The final ascent is steep, and we reach Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar is a famous Sherpa town with ATMs, cafes, museums, restaurants, gear shops, etc. Here we are going to take a rest day and use the opportunity to hike to the popular Hotel Everest View and Khumjung monastery. Namche Bazaar onwards, we pass by small villages and lush rhododendron forests to Tengboche.
We take blessings in the Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, and leave for Dingboche. The views get open and clear on the way to Dingboche. Dingboche is also called the summer valley of the Khumbu region. From here onwards, we leave the tree line behind and walk on rugged, rocky paths, enjoying the dry, barren sceneries to Lobuche village.
The trail only gets steep and the air thinner. With every turn, you'll find yourself closer and closer to the giant eight-thousander mountains. The last few hours of the walk pass by Gorak Shep and ascend along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier before you reach Everest Base Camp.
We spend the night in Gorak Shep and hike to Kala Patthar early in the morning to witness gorgeous sunrise and mountain views. From Kala Patthar, a private helicopter will pick us up and fly over the Khumbu region before descending to Kathmandu.
Last Minute Booking for Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek
Depending upon the availability of accommodation, we may or may not take last-minute bookings for the Everest Base Camp luxury trek. For more information, you can send us a booking inquiry request. Our travel consultant will see what we can do for you and help you with the booking process.
For last-minute booking, you have to pay us the total package cost. Contact us at +977 9841380469 (WhatsApp/Viber) for a quick response.
What permits do I need for the Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek?
To trek in the Khumbu region, you have to get two permits - Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. Both permits you can get from Nepal Tourism Board or at Monjo.
If trekking with us, we obtain all the permits and do the necessary paperwork in advance for our guests. Similarly, our Everest Base Camp luxury trek cost covers the permit fees.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit costs: NPR 2000, per person
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit costs: NPR 3000, per person
Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek best time
Trek to the Everest Base Camp in spring and autumn to best enjoy the trek. Spring - March to April and autumn - October to November are the peak time to trek in the Himalayas. The temperature ranges from 18°C to 5°C. Mornings and nights are usually cold, so we recommend carrying a few warm pieces.
These seasons have stable weather. Therefore all the flights are on time, and the chances of delays are occasional. The trail is fantastic, with greenery and clear stunning mountain views all around it.
Likewise, depending upon the weather condition, you can also do Everest Base Camp luxury trekking in winter (December to February). Despite the hurdles, winter offers incredible Himalayan sceneries, all white and frozen.
The accommodation during the Everest Base Camp luxury trek 12 days is the finest one available in the Khumbu region. You stay overnight in some of the most luxurious lodges in the region. The rooms are well designed to serve a rustic yet subtle modern ambiance. Most of the facilities like a hot shower, hairdryer, private washroom, etc are available in the room.
You can get a twin shared room or a single room as per your desire. The mattress will be comfy and include heating mats. The rooms will be decent in size with clear pieces of furniture and enough space to move around.
A wide range of food is available during the Everest Base Camp luxury trek. You don't have to worry whether the available meal option is going to suit your palate or not because cuisines from Nepali, India to Continental are found on the menu. Try choosing the freshest meal to keep your stomach happy and light while trekking.
We prefer dal bhat as the best meal option. You get rice, lentil soup, veggies, pickle, and a few other side dishes. If fresh meat is available, combine non-veg curry or another dish for a more flavourful meal. Snacks along the trekking route can get very expensive than in the city, so buy your favorite snacks & bars in Kathmandu.
You can do the Everest Base Camp luxury trek without travel insurance. But we recommend getting one because if any medical emergency occurs while trekking, then the only way to offer you medical assistance beyond first-aid is by airlifting you to a nearby hospital.
The chances of anything happening huge like that is rare, still, it's good to have a backup. You have to take travel insurance in your country and send us the documents.
*Note: Double confirm all the clauses in the travel insurance before confirming it and make sure it covers air evacuation up to 6,000 meters.
Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)
- Charging facilities are available throughout the trekking route in the lodges. For your convenience, we recommend carrying spare batteries as well for your most-used devices.
- You can withdraw money in Namche Bazaar. This village has the last ATM lounge.
- WiFi is available in all the lodges, but the connection may not be stable all the time. You may also have to pay a few extra bucks at some places. You can carry a Nepali sim card to use the internet while trekking.
- The main luggage (duffel bag) weight limit is 10 kgs for each trekker. The back pay weight limit is 5 kgs for each trekker.
- We have not included tipping in our package cost, so don't forget to tip porters, guides, and drivers.
- Budget additional money for shopping, international flights, extra meals & drinks, etc.