World famous Everest Base Camp Trek shortened by 6 days!
A dream can now be reality for thousands. Now the hike to Everest can be done within a two week vacation with Snow Cat Travel's NEW Everest Base Camp Heli-Trek
By: Snow Cat Travel
Thousands and thousands of people have this very same dream, only to be disappointed by reality.
The problem being that just like most other people their maximum vacation allowance is two weeks at a time and that you really need three weeks off work to do the Everest Base Camp trek.....until now!
Himalayan specialists Snow Cat Travel have just launched an Everest Base Camp Heli-Trek, reducing the minimum number of days required to just 11....yes eleven!
So, once you add on the international travel time to/from Nepal too, the Everest Base Camp-Heli Trek fits snuggly into a two week vacation.
How have those clever people at Snow Cat Travel managed this? You just can't move Mount Everest, so surely the challenging trek as well as the respect and consideration human beings must give to high altitude can't be changed either?
The answer (and a very, very big clue) is two words.....heli-trek.
Simply put, you still trek UP to Everest Base Camp, but will now fly back from Everest Base Camp directly to Kathmandu in a private helicopter. A journey of six days reduced to a matter of minutes!
Mark Knowles from Snow Cat Travel explains, "Helicopters are nothing new in Nepal, but what was needed were helicopters that could not only fly as high as Everest Base Camp, but importantly be capable of both landing and then taking off at such high altitudes. Not all helicopters can do that".
Mark further adds, "as well as helicopter capability, there was also the question of commercial viability. If the point of chartering a private helicopter is to make the trek to Everest Base Camp a reality for the many who have previously only been able to dream, it's still a dream for many if you also need to be a multi-millionaire"
Isn't it cheating using a helicopter to fly back from Everest Base Camp?
Mark says, "Absolutely not! You'll still follow the EXACT hiking route to Everest Base Camp from Lukla. You'll still have to follow the rules of acclimatisation and walk every single bit of the challenging climb to Everest Base Camp".
"Unequivocally you can say 'I've trekked to Everest Base Camp', because it's true....you have and you have earned the right to be at Base Camp, just the same as everyone else that manages to make the ascent."
Would you miss anything?
Mark reckons not, "the way back down to Lukla is largely the same route as the one you climbed up, so you are retracing your footsteps. But, let's not forget the very important fact that by using the private helicopter to fly you straight back from Everest to Kathmandu, the six trekking days you have eliminated has meant you could actually do the trek to Everest Base Camp in the first place and until now you couldn't, because of a lack of vacation time".
So, a dream can now become reality for the many thousands of people whose vacation time is restricted to two weeks.
Whilst it remains cheaper to do the full "up and down" trek and so you might have to save up a little more to achieve your dream, you certainly won't need to win the lottery.
Prices start at around $US 2500. But not only does that include the private helicopter flight from the Everest region all the way back to Kathmandu, it also includes all accommodation and meals on trek, a qualified guide and porterage on trek, two nights in a 3 Star centrally located Kathmandu Hotel, private airport transfers and the flight from Kathmandu up to Lukla to reach the Everest Base Camp Trail.
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Mark Knowles-Snow Cat Travel
Page Updated Last on: Nov 19, 2017