An elite adventure, Everest Heli Trek takes you to Khumbu Himal, the homeland of Nepal’s tough mountain tribe, the Sherpas. The adventure begins with the thrilling flight to Lukla, the mountainous airstrips at 2850m. Two days trek via Phakding and Namche we arrive at Shyangboche – the site of the World’s Highest Skydiving Adventure ‘Everest Skydive’.
Boarding a Fishtail Air’s helicopter at Shyangboche the Everest heli tour begins flying over the towering Himalayan giants : Ama Dablam [6856m], Thamserku [6608m] Kantega [6685m] , Lhotse [8501m], Nuptse [7879m]and enter Mount Everest’s Western Cwm. 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. 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 Himalayan Mountains and celebrate the completion of our Everest adventure over champagne and a sumptuous breakfast. After our meal we take the return flight to Kathmandu.
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks sprawls before you. We meet you at the airport and escort you to Gokarna Forest Resort. 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. .
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 tourist 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 attached bath and hot-cold running water serves as the perfect location to stay overnight at an altitude of 2601m. .
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 over night at the luxurious Yeti Mountain Home in Namche. .
We rise early and trek to Shyangboche, a Sherpa hamletsituated 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.).
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 andthe medieval palace of the Malla dynasty at the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at Gokarna Resort..
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..
The meeting & handling was excellent. We had Yalamber & Prabhakar with us at every step. The guides were excellent. The driver was very professional & experienced. The meals and services at lodges during the trek were very good. We had very warm welcome at the lodges. Though there was a problem with heating at Kongde, the service was excellent. Overall it was fantastic and we will be back!!
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