EBC with Island Peak Climbing - 21 days

Overview

Introduction and Overview 

Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing is a package designed to give a wonderful trekking experience to the trekkers in Everest Region. This trek takes you to the most popular trekking destination of the world Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar along with climbing Island Peak. Island peak (6,189m/20,305ft) is one of the main climbing peaks of the Everest Area. The mountain was named "Island Peak" in 1952 AD due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. It was renamed "Imja Tse" in the early '80s, though its original name is still more popular. Climbing Island Peak is well within the reach of any fit and determined trekkers as it is not a technical, though demanding snow climb.

The professionally designed Island peak climbing itinerary takes you to the acclimatization hike to the most popular trekking destination of Everest Base camp and Kala Pathar first for the close up views of Everest before scaling the peak. Your historical effort to summit the peak will be rewarded with probably one of the best panoramic views in the world as you feel Lhotse, Nuptse, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Makalu are almost touching the tip of your nose. Descending with a sense of achievement, our route takes us into many cultural sites; Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monastery and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.

Difficulty to Climb Island Peak

Island Peak Climbing is one of the challenging treks in Everest Region. Although, no prior experience of trekking is required to climb this peak, we do not recommend for beginner trekker. However, for those who already has an experience of high-altitude trek this Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp can be a perfect introduction to mountaineering. 

The Island Peak Climbing is physically demanding and the trials are steep. If you already have knowledge about the climbing gears then it can be a plus point for you. However, if you don’t have any experience then our well experienced mountaineering guides will train you during your expedition. The summit of the Island peak gives you a wonderful introduction to the Nepalese Himalayas which includes Lhotse, Ama Dabalam and Mera Peak. The summit of the Island Peak is tucked behind Lhotse and because of this the summit of the Mt.Everest is not visible from here. Anyone with high level of physical fitness can do this trek. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) 

Day 05: Acclimatization Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)

Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)  

Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours

Day 09: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft) 

Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Dingboche (4940m/16,207ft) 

Day 11: Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (4,950m/ 16240ft): 1-2 hours 

Day 12: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 hours

Day 13: Reserve Day for Contingency 

Day 14: Chhukung to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 hours

Day 15: Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours

 Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 17: Final Departure

Nepal Visa Information


Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee. Read more 

Transportation, Flight and Arrival Information


We will send our representatives from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd at Tribhuvan International Airport a bit earlier than your arrival. As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport and complete your immigration process you will see our representatives holding a placard of your and company’s name. Actual Adventure Displaying Board, They will welcome you in a Nepali style offering some flowers and then transfer you to the hotel in our own private luxurious vehicle. Sometime they can be late in airport due to huge traffic in that case please note this Local number to +977 -01 4417579, Or Mobile number +9779851012358, +9779851212358 for in case , Do not follow any unknown person before meeting our official airport representative with our company board or your Name Card. You will meet rest of the team members in the hotel. The next day you will have your breakfast at the hotel or drive to the airport for your flight to Lukla depending upon the flight schedule. The costs includes Airport to Hotel pickup and drop for both domestic and international flights.  You will meet the rest of the team members in Lukla and only guide will be going along with you from Kathmandu. 

Accommodations

The accommodations during Kathmandu will be provided in standard 3 star hotels. However accommodations during the trek will be provided in Tea houses or lodges. All the accommodations will be provided on twin sharing basis. In Kathmandu you will get luxurious rooms with attached bathrooms and other luxury facilities. But, it might not be possible during the trek. You will be provided with clean and comfortable accommodations but in the mountain region there might not be facilities of attached bathrooms in the lodge or guest houses and also you may have to pay extra charges for hot water as well. We will try our best to provide you the best available services as far as possible. Single supplement rooms can also be provided on request but may not be available on higher altitude.

Meals

All meals during the trek will be provided by the company. The meals are provided three times a day that includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The breakfast is provided at the same lodge/teahouse where you had your overnight stay; Lunch is provided on the way and dinner at the last stop of the day where you will have your overnight stay. Since, all the tea houses/ lodges are run by the local people they have the similar food items on the menu. The tea houses mostly serve the local Nepali dishes and also offer some common Indian and continental food items as well. You can choose your food as according to the menu. We advise you to give a try to local food items and treat your taste buds with new flavors. Since, most of the food items are made up of locally grown it is healthy and organic as well. The breakfast during Everest Base Camp Trek usually consists of toast, eggs, potatoes, and tea or coffee. Some tea houses offers instantly made chapattis or Porridge instead of toast.  The lunch and dinner usually consists of typical Nepali food called Dal Bhat (cooked Lentils and Rice) including vegetables and pickles or you can also choose noodles, pastas, soups and other items. Since every food items are made by the local people you may not get that exact taste in the dishes other than local dishes. 

Drinking water 

Water is an essential part of your trek. You need to drink plenty of water during your.  Most of the diseases during your trek are caused by drinking impure water. However it is not that the water in the mountain region is impure. It is natural and clean the people there consume it direct from the tap. But, since you are not used to you may get directly affected and consuming water direct from the tap might ruin your trek. Here are the tips for consuming water during Everest Base Camp Trek.

1. Mineral Water/ Bottled water.

Mineral water or Bottled water is available at most of the tea houses. The bottled water costs normally 1 Dollar per liter. If you find it in any tea houses it is better to carry an extra bottle because it may not be available anywhere during the trek. 

2. Boiled Water

Drinking boiled water is probably the best method while trekking in the mountains. It is highly effective treatment for killing the bacteria from the water. You can boil the water in the tea house and carry it along with you during the trek. The tea hoses charges normally one to two dollars to boil the water. 

3. Purified Water.

You can bring your own water purification tablets like Aquatabs®, Chlorine tablets, Bhromine Tablets along with you. It helps to save your budget as well.

4. Filtered Water.

You can also use filtered water as well during your Everest Base Camp Trek.  This can be an alternate where boiling is not preferred and also there is not any availability of other purified water. The filters like hand pump are effective in removing protozoa, bacteria and chemicals/toxins from the water but may not be effective removing the viruses. 

Leader & Staffs Arrangements with Porter Care

During this Classic Everest Base Camp trek you will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu only with your guide. Other team members like assistant guide and porters will join you from Lukla.  We focus on giving employment opportunities to the local people as far as possible. We choose experienced field staff having good knowledge in their related field. We do have highly experienced team of porters and guides. Our field staff leaders are highly experienced and have undergone the training like. Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity, Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders). 

Why do we use Porters?


Porters are the most helpful assistant for your Everest Base Camp Trek. They carry your luggage all the way through your trek. We use the local porters during Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a small effort from our side to provide them employment opportunity and help them maintain their living standard and look after their families. We provide one porter for each two members of a group and also provide personal porter on request with additional costs. 

Why don’t we use Yak as Porters? 

During your Everest Base Camp Trek you can also see several Yaks and Mules on your way used as porter. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd doesn’t use yaks and mules as porters during the trek because we respect animal rights and emphasis on giving employment opportunities to the local people. 

Guide and Porter info

It is in the hand of guide and porter to actually make or break your trip. A good guide can give you a memorable trek of your life time whereas a bad can ruin your trek and make it the worst. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd has a team of highly experienced a passionate trekking guides, expedition leader, porters and tour guides. With their years of experience and dedication in their fields they have been providing our customers with remarkable service and excellent results. You can have the detailed information of our guides in the company’s Trip Management Team (Field Staff)

Equipment’s & Packing List

Proper equipment and packing is very necessary during the trek. No proper trekking gears can ruin your trekking experience. You will need following trekking gears and equipment’s for Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Check Equipment Check List 

Detail Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu


As soon as you disembark in Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, you will be received by the representative from Actual Adventure (P) Ltd. About half an hour drive through the bustling streets of Kathmandu will convey you to the hotel. A brief explanation of the itinerary package will be followed by the welcome dinner which will be served in your honor.


Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,184ft) then trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 


After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon our arrival at Lukla, we begin our trek through the village of Lukla until we reach to Phakding which will take about 3-4 hours. Overnight in Phakding. 

Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft) 


Following the banks of Dudh Koshi River the trail takes us to Tok Tok. From here one can view the excellent vista of Thamserku peak. Further continuing the trail climbs to Monjoo(2840m) and then enters to Sagarmatha National Park. Walking some distance uphill you will arrive to Jhorsalle(2830m) and after this we will cross a bridge and witnessing the magical panorama of Everest and Nuptse we will ultimately arrive to Namche Bazaar.
. Overnight at lodge


Day 04: Acclimatization Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft)


 We will spend our day in Namche bazaar for acclimatization purpose. After resting in the morning you will hike to the Syangboche Airport for lunch from where you will have a first heart touching view of Mt Everest. Overnight in lodge


Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft)  


After a walk of about 5 hours we will reach in Tengboche which holds the largest Monastery in entire Khumbu Region. While trekking we will get chance to have panorama view of Himalayas Kwongde (6187m) Tawache(6542m) Everest (8848m) Nuptse (7855m) Lhotse (8618m) Amadablam (6856m) Thamserku (6608m). Overnight in Tengboche

Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 5-6 hours


 We are the seventh day of Island peak climbing EBC trekking. We will start our trek after having breakfast. Today we will trek about 5-6 hours from Tengboche to Dingboche. On the way we will visit the Pangboche monastery. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. Overnight in Dingboche

Day 07: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 5-6 hours


 We start the day with pleasant view of mountains. After breakfast we will trek from Dingboche to Lobuche which will take about 5-6 hours. You will have your lunch on the way; the trial goes uphill and downhill through beautiful forests and small settlements. Lobuche is a small settlement near Mount Everest. Overnight in Lobuche

Day 08: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,594ft) and back to Gorak Shep (5170 m/16,961ft) 


After breakfast we will trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. And finally we will trek back to Gorak Shep for a dinner and sleep. Today we will wak about 7-8 hours approximately. Overnight in Gorak Shep

Day 09: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5545m/18,192ft] and back to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft)


Early in the morning, we will begin our trek by walking to Kalapatthar where we will take our first stop. From Kala Patthar, we will follow the rocky path proceed to Lobuche which will take about 7-8 hours. Overnight in Lobuche

Day 10: Dingboche to Island Peak Base Camp (4,950m/ 16240ft): 1-2 hours 


We will have our breakfast at Dingboche and then start our today’s trek. The trial today heads towards the Island Peak Base Camp. The trek starts following the Imja Valley providing stunning view of Amadabalam Mountain. We will reach to Island Base Camp by afternoon. The guides will give a short briefing about how to use trekking gears. Today you will stay in a tented camp. Overnight in a tented camp. 

Day 11: Island Peak Base Camp to Summit Peak (6189m/20300ft) and back to Chhukung, Duration: 10 – 11 hours


 Then after having breakfast early in morning we will move towards summit. We spend some time at the summit celebrating and taking pictures, then we will get back to the Chukkung. Overnight at Chukkung

Day 12: Reserve Day for Contingency 


This is an extra day which is used in case there is bad weather or other foreseeable conditions. If the weather gets exceptionally bad then we will have to postpone Island Peak climbing for another day. Since, we are trekking in the Everest Region there is no guarantee of weather condition. In such case, the contingency day will help you not to miss your international flights.  

Day 13: Chhukung to Namche (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 7 hours


Today on the 14th day of Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing we will trek back to Namche from Chhukung. The trek goes down via several towns pf Orsho, Somare, Pangboche, Phungki Thanka and many more. The trial gives us wonderful views of mountains all the way to Namche. 
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Day 14: Namche to Lukla (2800m/9184ft), Duration: 7 hours


Today you will have your last day on mountains. The trial today is mostly a downhill on along the bank of the Dudh Koshi River. You will trek toward the Hillary Suspension bridges, and also pass by several monasteries and villages before reaching Lukla. After reaching Lukla you will take rest and spend some quality time remembering all those bittersweet reminiscence of the journey. Overnight at Lukla.
 

Day 15: Lukla to Kathmandu


Today is your final day of Everest High passes trek. You will have your breakfast at Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu. You will have the last few minute’s views of the mountains in your flight back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu the representative will drop you to the hotel and you can take some rest or do some shopping as reminder. You can take the guides if you need help. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 16: Free and reserve Day, Shooping and Overnight in Kathmandu 

some time weather can be as and Lukla Kathmandu flight can be delay in such case we suggest this extra reserve day for you. if everything smooth you can rest and relax in Kathmandu. 

Day 17: Final Departure


Your trek to Everest Base Camp and Island Peak ends here. We hope you enjoyed your trek with Actual Adventure and we wish to see you soon again for another trek in Nepal. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International airport for your onward journey.

NOTE 01: Itinerary can be Change 

The trekkers are recommending to arrive a day earlier at Kathmandu before the start of Trek. It is because arriving a day earlier gives you ample time for rest and also you can buy the necessary trekking gears in Kathmandu in case you haven’t brought it with you. Also it is better if you are prepared for the unforeseeable weather of Everest Region with some additional days besides the trip schedule so that you won’t miss your International flight even if the Lukla flight is delayed or cancelled. We will offer you welcome dinner in Kathmandu on your arrival day and due to any reasons if the welcome dinner cannot be provided the following day then we will offer you farewell dinner before your departure.

All our trekking packages are fully customizable. We can accommodate the trekking packages according to the preference and requirements of the customer. The above provided template is just a demonstration of what we offer. 

 NOTE 01:   Itinerary Can be Cancel Party or Fully 

During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond our control can bring some change in the itinerary. In such case, if the alternation in the itinerary is necessary, then the trek leader will decide for the best alternative with the consent and interest of the whole group. If the change occurs we will do our best to minimize its effect; however the company cannot be responsible for the results of changes and delays.  

Extra Days in Nepal

We advise you to include some extra days other than your trek schedule. It is because the weather of Everest Region is unpredictable and the flights to Lukla often gets delayed or cancelled. Having extra days in your trek schedule helps you to not miss your international flights. 

Extra Costs and Inclusions.


We suggest you to have some extra amount with you cash or credit card that will help you to cover the unforeseen circumstances. Here are some extra costs and an inclusion if in case happens. 

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any unforeseen cause like flight cancellation, weather conditions or any other should be paid by the trekkers themselves.  
  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • All the meals are included on the trek and only breakfast and welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few of the tea houses for between $4 and $6. Charging electronic devices is possible in the tea houses and charging costs between $1 and $3 an hour.

Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla

Since, the weather in the Everest region is unpredictable and is likely to change every few hours, the Lukla flight often gets delayed or even cancelled. 
Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. Therefore, Lukla is considered as the most dangerous airstrips in the world.
Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flight to and from Lukla are cancelled in case of bad weather conditions in Everest region, we can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later. The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 


The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.
The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then we will provide you with the alternative trek options.

FLYING TO LUKLA – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

Flying to Lukla.

The most adventures journey of the world has an adventurous gateway. Almost all of the treks in Everest Region begin with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary airport Lukla. The flight is short, scenic, exciting and adventurous. On the other hand this short flight takes your breath out, flying out from the TIA it directly lands on a small airstrip over an isolated mountain valley tucked in between the mountains of Khumbu region also known as world’s most dangerous airport in just 40 minutes approx.

Since, there is no road transportation; the Flight to Lukla is the sole vehicle approach to Everest Region. The market here can be possible only by Flight or several days of walking. Thus, Lukla Airport is a hub for all the local people and trekkers in the Everest Region.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla

Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla or Lukla Airport stands at an altitude of 2845m above the sea level. The Route to Lukla airport from Kathmandu is short but it is often it is interrupted by unpredictable weather conditions which causes delay and flight cancellation. The flight to Lukla offers you with most amazing view of the mountains and picturesque landscapes of Everest Region passing over interconnected mountain ranges of Nepal.

History of Tenzing-Hillary Airport Lukla

The Tenzing Hillary Airport was called Lukla Airport until 2008. The airport was meant to be built in the flat farmlands but the villagers refused to give their lands and thus, the airport was built at its current position in 1964 under the supervision of Edmund Hillary. Hillary bought the land from local Sherpa’s for US$2,650 and involved them in building the facilities. Because Hillary was unhappy with the runway's soil resistance, and he made a solution was to buy local liquor for the Sherpa’s and asked them to perform a foot-stomping dance to flatten the land that served as the runway. The runway was not paved until 2001.  The airport was renamed as Tenzing-Hillary Airport in January 2008 in the honor of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary to mark their efforts in the construction of airport and celebrate their victory of being the first people to successfully climb Mt.Everest.

Is the flight to Lukla Safe?

Having had a reputation of being the most dangerous airport in this could be injustice to say the flight to Lukla is completely safe. The Lukla airport is said the world’s most dangerous airport because of its difficult topography and small airstrips. However, it is one of the busiest domestic airports of Nepal and flying there is pretty safe. The aviation officials and airlines of Nepal have become stricter on the acceptable flight conditions and regulations for aircraft making the journey to Lukla. The airlines and officials have been more concise regarding passenger safety and safely landing of the aircrafts.

During peak tourist seasons about 20 or 30 aircraft land in Lukla every day and almost all of the trekkers who visit the Everest Region annually fly into Lukla. Due to the difficulties of successfully landing at the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal sets high standards, for which only experienced pilots, who completed at least 100 short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) missions, have over one year of STOL experience in Nepal and completed ten missions into Lukla with a certified instructor pilot, are allowed to land at the airport.

Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd has been organizing Everest Trekking since its starting. Each year several trekking groups trek to Everest Region from our company and we highly focus on giving either first or second flight to our guests. The first or second flight to Lukla is more stable, safer and has better visibility. For this, we request our customer to send their deposits and information as early as possible.

Planning for Delays at Lukla

Lukla Airport is situated on a wonderful valley surrounded by high mountains. Landing and taking off from Lukla is considered to be difficult and technical. Therefore, Lukla is considered as the most dangerous airstrips in the world.

We request our customers to schedule some extra days at the end of the trip; this gives you flexibility with your trekking itinerary in case of any weather delays. It will be better if you have at least three extra days other than your trek schedule.

Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. However, if flight to and from Lukla are cancelled in case of bad weather conditions in Everest region, we can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later. The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated. In such case we will reschedule your flight for next day depending on the availability. If this situation keeps on getting repeated for many days then we will provide you with the alternative trek options.

What About Luggage Delays at Lukla?

Luggage Delays in Lukla are very rare .However it is not impossible and your luggage can be shifted to another flight or delayed by the airline. We suggest you to keep all your valuables and important things that you might need on an urgent basis like medicines or any other things to keep in your hand carry. Although, luggage misplaced or delays by the airlines are out of our control we will try our best to get your gears on the trial.

What are the options to get back to Kathmandu when the Lukla flights are canceled?

Since, flight delays are very common in Lukla the best idea is to have some extra days and wait for the flight. However, you can also look for the following options as well.

Flying to Lukla by helicopter can be the best alternatives to avoid the delay and cancel of the Lukla Flights by fixed wing. Lukla is the main gateway to the trekkers trekking in the Everest Region. Since, Lukla flightis the sloe vehicle in the Everest Region Lukla is the main hub for traders and trekkers in the Everest Region. Lukla airport gets super busy during the peak tourist seasons landing about 20 to 30 aircrafts every day in March to May and September to December. During seasons it is very difficult to get the flights in a short notice. You need to book the tickets before one month or earlier during peak seasons. To reach to Lukla on your scheduled time flying by Helicopters can be another option to flight.

Why fly by Helicopters to Lukla from Kathmandu?

Less Chance of Cancellation

Helicopters are the best alternative to Lukla flights. The helicopter flight can be booked easily and are less cancelled. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. However, if the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1500m helicopters cannot be operated.

Safer than the regular flights.

Flying to Lukla by helicopter is safer than the regular flights. Although there has not been any serious accidents in recent years the Lukla airport is regarded as one of the most dangerous airstrips in the world because of its difficult topography and short runway. Flying to Lukla by helicopter is safer because it can land anywhere and can fly in less visibility as well.

Don’t have to miss International Flights

Flying to Lukla by helicopters is the best option to complete your trek as per your itinerary without wasting any extra days waiting for the flight. Since, the Lukla weather is unpredictable and the flight can be delayed for several hours or several days. Flying to Lukla by helicopter reduces your risk of missing your international flight and helps you to complete the trek as planned.

No need to drive to Manthali

 

Helicopters Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

Are you worried about the cancellation and delay of your Lukla Flight? Don’t worry we can arrange helicopter tour for you and you don’t have to miss your international flights.  If you miss your flight to Kathmandu by any reason or your flights get delayed for several hours or days then you can contact Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd. We can arrange helicopter for you and help you to get Kathmandu on time.

Helicopters Flight from Manthali to Lukla

The flights to Lukla are being operated by Manthali Airport because of the re-construction process going on in Tribhuvan International Airport. Manthali Airport is the closest airport from Kathmandu. It is located in Ramechaap District of Nepal in Province no.3. It takes about 4 hours to reach Manthali Airport from Kathmandu.  Since the condition of the road is not so good you may not reach there in exact time. The bus departs at early 2am from Kathmandu and since the accommodations are less in Manthali driving from Kathmandu is an only option. Since it is a long route there is possibility of missing the flight. In case you miss the flight or your flight gets cancelled you can contact Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd. We will help you to arrange helicopter flights and complete your trek in the scheduled time.

How many people can fly in a helicopter at a time?

The helicopter can carry up to 5 passengers at a time. The maximum weight that a helicopter can carry is up to 500kg. 

Group Joining Helicopter Flight

If you are travelling to Lukla alone and want to fly by helicopter then we can also arrange group joining helicopter flight to Lukla. Since there are regular helicopter flights to Lukla during peak tourist seasons we can book a flight for you from Kathmandu – Lukla or Lukla- Kathmandu.

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Cost.

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Helicopter Flight Cost

Destination                       Private Helicopter Cost and Weight                        Sharing Helicopter Cost

Kathmandu – Lukla         USD 2500 (Maximum 5 people inclusive weight 500 kg)  USD 500 Per Person

Lukla – Kathmandu         USD 2500 (Maximum 5 people inclusive weight 500 kg)  USD 500 Per Person

How to Book a Helicopter to Lukla?

To book a helicopter flight to Lukla to Kathmandu or Kathmandu to Lukla from Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd you will need to pay 50 percent of the total amount as advance for the confirmation of booking. The remaining amount can be paid before the flight. It will be our first priority to provide immediate service to our customers. There are only limited helicopters in Nepal and the demand highly increases during peak tourist season. In such case, it may not be possible for your instant helicopter flight.

Cancellation Policy.

If you have to cancel your flight due to any reasons then please kindly inform us. The flight cancellation should be made before 48 hours. USD 100 is charged as cancellation charge and the remaining amount will be returned back.

 

Trekking from Jiri

One option to get back to Kathmandu if the flight gets delayed is to trek back via Jiri. The trek via Jiri is the original route used by Sir Edmund Hillary in his Everest Expedition and it was the only gate way to this region until the Tenzing Hillary Airport was built. You can reach to Kathmandu after trekking about 5 days and a long bus ride.

Hike out to Salleri

After trekking about two days from Lukla you will reach Salleri from here you can to get a jeep to Kathmandu. After a long drive of about 10 to 12 hours you will reach to Kathmandu.

Helicopter to Paphlu

Phaplu isan airstrip lower in the valley close to Salleri. If helicopters are limited in availability they may only be available to shuttle guests to Phaplu. You can also get a jeep from Phaplu. It takes about 2-3 days to reach to Phaplu from Lukla.

Helicopter to Surkhe

It takes about an hour or half from Lukla to reach Surkhe. It is a small village below Lukla where helicopters sometimes land as the visibility is better.

Will Travel Insurance Cover Flight Delays to Lukla?

Make sure your travel insurance covers “trip interruption” that is a result of a rescheduled or canceled flight and will reimburse you for missed international connections or extra travel expenses. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd can help you to provide the necessary documents for your insurance company to make a claim. It is better to see exactly what your policy covers before you arrive in Nepal.

What about Helicopters to Lukla?

The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m or greater, while the twin otter and Dornier planes can fly if the visibility is 5000m or greater, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules. If the weather is extreme and the visibility is lesser than 1,500m helicopters cannot be operated.

We can help you charter a helicopter upon your request to ensure you are on schedule for your trip and international flight connections. The helicopter charge is to be paid by the passengers themselves and can be reimbursed from their travel insurance later.

How Much Does the Lukla Helicopter Cost?

The helicopter charges USD 2,500 to USD 3,000 per helicopter. The helicopter can carry up to 4 to 6 passengers at a time and the cost can be shared among the passengers. The company can help by providing necessary documents required to claim the amount from insurance company. 

The payment for helicopter must be paid at time of service by participant. US dollars cash or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards, and American Express) are accepted for helicopter transport. Any card payment requires a 4% bank fee, which goes directly to the bank.

Why Travel to Lukla with Actual Adventure

With Several years of experience of organizing Everest Trekking we can assure the following things while travelling with us.

  1. We book the flights immediately after getting your deposits and passport copies. We prioritize on giving the early flights to our customers as far as possible. Since there is less chance of getting flight delay on the first or second flights to Lukla. We make sure the flights are booked before your arrival.
  2. As an established Travel Agency we have higher priority than independent trekkers or independent guides when it comes to re booking if your flight is delayed or canceled.
  3. We provide pick-up and drop facilitates and take care of our customers need during their stay in Nepal with us. So you will not need to worry about anything while you are travelling with us. We work on providing a better travel experience to our valuable customers. 

Cost Info

Complimentary service 

Cost Exclude

Booking and Client Safety.

As a reputed travel agency in Nepal, Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd is the one you can always count on when it comes to your safety and booking procedures. We make sure that your money is in the right hand and you can always trust us. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd has the following booking terms and conditions. If your booking is accepted by us then a contract is deemed to exist between you and The Actual Adventure Ltd. At this point we will send you a confirmation invoice showing the amount of deposit received and your final balance due. Now you can go ahead and book your international flights and obtain trekking and travel insurance.

Booking process Conditions:


While making your trip with us, you are requested to deposit at least 30% of the total amount prior to 30 days of your arrival and the remaining amount can be submitted in the office upon arrival.

Booking Process


To book a trip from Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd you will need to follow certain processes which are mentioned below. 

Step 1: Send us an inquiry using inquiry form, email or call us
Step 2: Discuss and fix the trek itinerary and price. 
Step 3: Send us the deposit required to confirm the trip.
Step 4: Send us your Passport copies, Insurance copies, two passport sized photos and others (if                   necessary)
 Step 5: Come to Nepal pay the remaining amount and start the trek. 

Payment for Your Trip


Dollar Account
Account Name : Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd.
Account Number : Currency General Account (USD) 016-010 100 23199 
Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd
Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal
SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT
 

NPR Currency Only 


Actual Adventure (P) Ltd.
Branch Code: 016 A/C No. 01030026257 
Paying Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Ltd
Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal
SWIFT CODE: NIBLNPKT


For Indian Currency

Kedar Neupane
A/C No.: 17715241406570 NPR
Nepal SBI Bank Ltd.
26 Durbar Marg
P.O.Box. No. 6049 GPO, Kathmandu
Phone: +977-14253243 / 4230809
Swift No. NSBINPKA

Payment Note|: Please Call or Text US (+9779851012358) before to process Payment 

  • Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
  • 30% of the total price is required at least a month in advance for confirmation of the tour booking. 
  • Can Pay as below Link ( Pay now)
  • Remaining payment can be made after your arrival.

Cancellation Policy.


If our clients fail to make their trip or want to cancel their program due to any unavoidable circumstances, the company will refund only 70% of the deposited amount. However if you inform prior to 30 days before the trek no cancelation charge will be taken. 

Cancellation Policy:

Treks & tours booked and subsequently cancelled are subject to cancellation charges as follow:-

Cancellation before 60 days of the trip, 10% cancellation will be charged.
Cancellation Before 30 days of the trip 25% cancellation will be charged.
Cancellation Before 15 days of the trip 50% cancellation will be charged.
Cancellation Before less than 14 days no refund will be provided.

Useful Matter 

Early Termination of a Trek.


Sometimes the trek ends before the scheduled itinerary due to several reasons regarding health or any other personal issues of the trekkers. If in case, early termination of the trek happens please note that we cannot offer refunds for unused days. It is because we have to pay the committed amount to our porters, guides and other team members. 

Program Change/ Delay: 

The departure scheduled would be changed on any unavoidable circumstance like weather hazards, trail slides, soil erosion, avalanches, sudden sickness, etc. The program can be customized as per the interest of the clients.

NOTE:  

 During the trip, the unpredictable factors like, weather, local politics, transport and many more which are beyond our control can bring some change in the itinerary. In such case, if the alternation in the itinerary is necessary, then the trek leader will decide for the best alternative with the consent and interest of the whole group. If the change occurs we will do our best to minimize its effect; however the company cannot be responsible for the results of changes and delays.  

Trip Facts

Trip Duration:  16 nights 17 Days

Trip Grading: Strenuous Plus

Best Time: March to May & Sep To Nov

Trip Mode: Camping + Tea house

Trek Cost: US$ 2070 pp

Airfare: US$ 360 extra per person

Group size: 2-12 people  

Max-Altitude: 6,189m/20,305ft

 Destination: Nepal  

Difficulty level: Difficult

 Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

 Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

 Meals: All meals during trekking and climbing. Breakfast in Kathmandu

 Accommodation: Star hotel in Kathmandu, tea houses during trekking and tent during climbing


   

Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd

GPO BOX 8335 Amrit Marga,
Bhagawan Bahal, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-14417579 / 4701509
Mobile: +977 9851012358, +977 9841397842, +977 9813287537

Email: info@actual-adventure.com

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