Coming to Nepal for Ms. Norell Lee, aged 67 was just one of her customary holidays till she flew to Everest region. After she witnessed the immensity of the Himalayan Kingdom and the divine Everest itself, the visit became, exceptionally, the best part of her life.
Norell Lee came to Nepal on 04 March 2014 for her 9 days heli based holiday. During these days, she explored the best of Nepal, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. After the medieval insights at the heritage squares of Kathmandu Valley, she flew to Pokhara for her heli tour to Annapurna Base Camp.
Flying above the Annapurna trail, the enchanting Gurkha settlements, the alpine hills and the panoramic ranges, she got to observe the highlights of one of the most sought after trekking destinations. When she flew to the lowlands of Chitwan, she was just spellbound see the dramatically contrast elevation of the country. And the wildlife tours added extra excitement to her stay. On 19 March, she returned Nepal again for her most anticipated heli tour to Everest, which turned out to be an epic experience!
Nothing in Nepal has singular manifestation. However, within the span of few days, Ms. Norell got the opportunity to experience the multiplicity of Nepal. And effortlessly too!
Nature is even more beautiful when its original color is “Black N White”
Here we have a short testimonial by Ms. Norell during the conversation we had at the end of the trip. After the testimonial have a look at Photo Gallery of Ms. Norell’s Helicopter Tour to Everest.
Best memory of the trip was helicopter ride to Everest. I would recommend fellow travelers to include the helicopter ride to Mt. Everest during their trip to Nepal.
Service of Explore Himalaya was excellent and faultless which I would rate with 5 stars. Kritee, my Tour Officer has been marvelous. She has made my tour seamless and taken responsibility for all arrangements.
One of the most thrilling airports of the world- Lukla 2840m
Frozen glacial lakes of Gokyo
Snow covered highland habitat
One more glimpse of Himalayan village covered by snow
One more black and white beauty in nature
Ms. Norell witnesses Mt. Everest so closely
Explore Himalayans experiencing boundless joys
Walk over the fresh snow- Probably the softest walk
Comfortable ride to the most beautiful corner of the world
Kongde Resort 4250m where even the snowfall can be heard
Amazing blend of soft white snow and black hard rocks
A continuous series of Himalayan doors open during the ride
Isolated treasures of Himalayas that trekkers even miss
Closer to Kathmandu the landscape below now turns into green
What a beauty! Landscape possible to capture only during Helicopter Tour
Scottish traveler Mr. Mo. Gillespie was on a short trip to Nepal this spring. His trip privileged him with a very short trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. He also grabbed an opportunity of fantastic Everest Heli Tour. Here we have the few wonderful lines delivered by Mr. Gillespie after the conclusion of the trip.
“Meeting and handling was excellent. Sabin was fantastic throughout. My tour guide at Kathmandu Ms. Uttara was fabulous. Trek guide Mr. Balkumar was brilliant, very encouraging and a fantastic companion. He was very much knowledgeable and professional.”
“The meals during the stay at the city and during the trek were very good. The staffs serving me, during the trek were very good, warm, courteous and exceptionally comfortable.”
“The hotel in the city, Gokarna Forest Resort and Yeti Mountain Lodge at Phakding and Namche were great places to stay.”
“Transportation was very good. Particularly the helicopter ride which was the highlight of the trip is undoubtedly the best trip of my life.”
“My itinerary was faultlessly perfect. However, if possible I would suggest for the trekking to Monjo instead of Phakding on the first day, so that the second day of the trek becomes lot easier. Overall the trip was perfect and my every expectation was exactly addressed.”
Westphal Joachim and his friends wanted to fly on the helicopter from Kathmandu to Everest via Lukla on April. Explore Himalaya got an opportunity to guide them through the Himalayas in the Everest region. They were lacking time to go around the Himalayas thoroughly. They didn’t want to let go this opportunity to view the Himalayas when they were in the South Asia. They were pretty excited to tour around the Himalayan regions in Nepal.
Aerial view of Kathmandu- City of Temples.
Heli tour in Nepal beyond doubt takes you to the world of fantasy. The heli tour is specifically taking off in a chopper for the Aeriel view of the ancient Hindu Mega temple Pashupatinath, Buddhists pilgrimages Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, the cultural prides Narayanhiti Palace, Ranipokhari, Durbar squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, Darhara, Singha Durbar and many more artistic delights of the Kathmandu valley. Gradually passing through the narrow transits between the mountains with the breathtaking Aeriel view of rivers bends, traditional villages, dense vegetation, still lakes, green fields and magnificent waterfalls the helicopter cross the threshold to the county of Great Himalayas. After landing at the airfield in Syangboche (12,340ft), ultimate groundwork will be made. A necessary groundwork to acclimatize the altitude will be followed by equipping every squad member with highly equipped mountaineering oxygen.Then the ultimate heli journey in the Himalayas started. The Aerial view of Everest 8848m, Nuptse7879m, Lhotse 8501m, Amadablam 6856m no doubt worths a shot. Mr. Westphal and friends were completely satisfied with the excitement and adventurous provided during the heli tour to witness the supreme beauty in the great Himalayas in the Everest region. After spending time viewing the Mt. Everest and other Himalayan ranges the helicopter flew back to Kathmandu.
Everest- A close up view from the helicopter.
Pics: Explore Himalaya.
Heli tours in Nepal gives an opportunity for the supreme Aerial view of the Himalaya nation.
The second edition of Ford India´s ‘Discover Smart Drive Season 2’ conducted its final leg of the drive in Nepal. Gaurav and Gunjan Juyal of Bhaigiri Team emerged as winners . Ford’s DSD Season 2 kicked off with four teams driving simultaneously from Jammu, Lucknow, Mumbai and Chennai on four respective legs: North to West, North to East, West to South and South to East. For 8 days, the eight participants drove through 28 cities covering 6,400 km. By becoming the first team to complete the final leg, Gaurav and Gunjan Juyal won the event.
The grand prize for the winning duo included a Kathmandu sightseeing tour, and a thrilling Everest heli ride. As Shobiz Experiential Communications Pvt. Ltd. (the event management company in charge of managing the event for Ford) had approached Explore Himalaya to ground handle the event in Nepal, Explore Himalaya organized the prize trip for the DSD 2's winning team. Here are some images of DSD 2's Nepal journey.
Bhaigiri Team at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu
Everest Heli ride
Gaurav & Gunjan Juyal – Winners of Ford India's DSD 2
Vinay from 'Shobiz Experiential' about to bungy
With a 'singing bowl' in Thamel – Narayan (Shobiz Experiential)
Everest Heli Trek (6 Days) 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.
We fly close to these Himalayan giants and enter the Western Cwm. 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 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.
(Note: At high altitude , Oxygen system will always be at hand to help you deal with mountain sickness.)
Itinerary & Price detail
I chose Explore Himalaya for this expedition as I believe we will be looked after quite well and our expedition will run smoothly.