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Himalayas by Helicopter

On the bucket list of most adventurous souls is the chance to visit Everest Base Camp. On this unique trip, you will scale the heights of the Himalayas visiting not only Everest, but also Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Base Camps. Journey from one stunning vantage point to the next by helicopter, accompanied by an experienced sherpa, and stay in cozy mountain accommodation. Witness the wonders of these panoramic peaks before taking in the beauties of lush, scenic Pokhara and venturing on to Chitwan National Park. Here, immerse yourself in nature with elephant-back riding and canoeing through the jungle. Round off your adventure with a treasure trail of the stunning ancient sights of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley.

  • Hop across the base camps of the Himalayas by helicopter, accompanied by an expert sherpa.
  • Marvel at matchless views of Everest and the Annapurna range.
  • Ride an elephant through Chitwan National Park.
  • Visit sacred and historic temples in and around Kathmandu.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Touch down in Kathmandu, the capital of scenic Nepal. After being met by your guide, you will be whisked through the city to your comfortable hotel, where you can get your bearings and, with a briefing from your expert sherpa, prepare yourself for the adventure ahead.

Day 2

After a relaxing night’s sleep, you will be transferred to the airport to board your helicopter for the short flight to Taplejung. From here, it’s onwards to Ramche, and then to Kanchenjunga Base Camp at 15,100 feet. Enjoy the views of the sprawling grassy expanse, framed by icy glaciers and soaring peaks. Retrace your flight path and venture onwards to the snowy landscapes of Makalu Base Camp at 16,400 feet. Your final destination for the day is your cozy guesthouse, Yeti Mountain Home, at Lukla.

Day 3

An early start is rewarded with a flight to the base camps shared by Everest and Lhotse, at a breathtaking 17,400 feet. Pause to take in the spectacular views of four of the world's six tallest peaks: Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and, towering over them all, Everest. Fly onwards for Cho Oyu Base Camp for views of the Tibetan Plateau from 16,100 feet before a sumptuous breakfast at Kongde Lodge. With your appetite satisfied, you will proceed to Bandipur to settle in at Three Mountain Lodge.

Day 4

This morning, climb aboard the helicopter bound for Manaslu Base Camp. While sheltered in its flat rock location at 14,800 feet, there is every chance you will be met with snowfall or be enveloped in cloud here. Fly onwards to Pokhara this afternoon, and relax amid the natural beauty that surrounds this enchanting city. Take a stroll by the lake, enjoy the mountainous panoramas, and spend the night at Temple Tree Resort.

Day 5

Today, prepare to visit Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 15,600 feet and Annapurna Base Camp at 13,550 feet, for views of the Annapurna range and the glacier basin known as Annapurna Sanctuary. Touch down near Seti Gorge for breakfast, and then continue to Chitwan National Park to settle in at Kasara Jungle Resort. This afternoon, explore the park in search of its endangered treasures including the one-horned rhinoceros, royal bengal tigers, elephants and antelope.

Day 6

Continue your close encounter with nature with an action-packed day of activities in Chitwan. Ride through the jungle atop a majestic elephant, and cruise down the Rapti River in a dugout canoe to spot crocodiles and birdlife. Take a Jeep safari through the park to spot all the exotic flora and fauna with your guide, and round off the day with dinner and a performance of the local Tharu Stick Dance.

Day 7

Enjoy breakfast at Kasara before you bid the countryside goodbye and embark on your flight back to civilization. Touch down in Kathmandu and retire back to your comfortable city hotel, to spend the evening at your leisure.

Day 8

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel ready for a day of discovery in Kathmandu. Explore the treasures of this historic city, including the 2000-year-old Swayambhunath stupa with its copper gilt spire surrounded by the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Take a walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square, lined with temples, museums and the ancient palace of Nepalese royalty. Just a short drive south of the city is Patan, home of historic and sacred artefacts and monuments.

Day 9

On your final full day, venture out of the city once more into the Kathmandu Valley to explore its historic sites. Visit the medieval wonders of Bhaktapur, shaped like a conch shell and known as City of Devotees for its numerous temples. On the banks of Bagmati River, you will find Pashupatinath, one of the oldest Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and, to complete your tour of pilgrimage destinations, one of Nepal’s largest Buddhist monuments, Boudhanath Stupa.

Day 10

Today marks the end of your journey and after breakfast in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Bon voyage.


Suggested Accommodations

Dwarika's Hotel

Dwarika's Hotel

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.

Yeti Mountain Home

Yeti Mountain Home

Yeti Mountain Home lodges provide some of the finest accommodations in the Khumbu/Everest region of Nepal. They are amongst the world's highest altitude hotels, offering trekkers stunning views of the Himalayas. Each of the lodges has 15-20 rooms, with private en-suite bathrooms, quality linens and electric blankets, as well as good restaurants.
Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Temple Tree Resort & Spa

The Temple Tree offers modern facilities in a traditional Nepalese atmosphere. Relax in a deluxe apartment or suite-type accommodations, all of which come with complimentary wireless Internet, satellite television and private verandas. The hotel has two restaurants, as well as the Island Bar which serves signature cocktails and tapas-style snacks. Other facilities on-site include two conference rooms, a spa, an infinity pool, and a Jacuzzi. The Temple Tree is approximately 10 minute drive from the Pokhara Airport.

Dwarika's Dhulikhel

Dwarika's Dhulikhel

Located in Dhulikhel, just one hour’s drive from Kathmandu, Dwarikas’ Dhulikhel has 36 select elegant guest rooms and many unique 5-star facilities. The charming resort looks over unparalleled vistas of the extended Langtang range of the Himalayas. From the top of the resort there is a 360-degree view of the mighty Himalaya and the Kavrepalanchowk valley. The rustic-chic décor, hillside setting, sincere Nepali hospitality and fragrant cuisine create a warm Nepali atmosphere in the luxury property. The resort has three distinct restaurants that use fresh ingredients grown in Dwarika’s local farms. Amenities range from an infinity swimming pool, a cozy bar and a hilltop lounge to a library and a meeting room. On-site well-being and recreational activities include yoga, meditation, pottery and mandala making and Himalayan rock salt therapy. Alternatively, the resort even offers lessons on Hindu astronomy and the energy of the navagraha (planets) as well as Buddhist philosophy and Nepalese culture and geography.

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