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  • Duration10 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate
  • Max Altitude5,545m (18,192ft)

The Everest Base Camp, and then return to Kathmandu on a helicopter from Gorak Shep after visiting Kala Patthar viewpoint within the 10-day trip plan, you'll walk in Sherpa Land. On the trek itinerary, you will be walking in the Himalayas for 8 days, including the nights in total, and 1 night will be in Kathmandu. For those who want to explore over 8000 metres of the mighty Himalayas and have less time with an extra budget, this is a lifetime experience.

Do outdoor enthusiasts dare people to have better answers to why the Mount Everest base camp trek is so well known among the world’s best treks? The Everest Base Camp Trek with a return helicopter tour starts from Lukla airport after taking a regular flight from Kathmandu. The trekking route up to Everest Base Camp will be the same as other classic trekking trails. To make the journey easy and comfortable, we have 2 nights of extra acclimatisation at Namche and Dingboche.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Return

  • Take a breathtaking flight across the Himalayas to Lukla, the entry point to Mount Everest.
  • Discover Sherpa communities by hiking through Sagarmatha National Park and the Dudh Koshi Valley's paths.
  • See famous peaks: Take in breathtaking vistas of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Everest, and many more.
  • After reaching Everest Base Camp, congratulate yourself at the base of the highest mountain on the planet.
  • Stunning vistas can be captured from unusual vantage points, including Kalapatthar, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Pangboche.
  • Various landscapes: Take in breathtaking views of glaciers, crystal lakes, subalpine rainforest, rhododendron blooms, and towering snow-capped summits.
  • Return to Kathmandu in style with a magnificent helicopter ride that offers unmatched panoramic views.

Why is the Everest Base Camp Trek by Helicopter popular?

On this trip, we ensure that most of the best viewpoints will be covered, such as Kalapatthar, Namche Viewpoint, Chukkung, Tengboche, and Pangboche. There are very few viewpoints on this trek where we can see a clear image of the iconic peak, Everest. This trek is not just about the Himalayas but also to experience the culture of the Sherpa people and their hospitality. The Oldest High Mountains Monastery is another highlight of this trek, especially at Tengboche and Pangboche Monasteries, where we can see monks and chants every morning and evening.

Everest Region, or Sagarmatha National Park, is also home to Snow Leopards, Himalayan Goats, Musk Deer, Yaks, and a Nepali National Bird, Daphne (a Himalayan monal). The subalpine jungle, beautiful Rhododendron flowers, Khumbu Glaciers, Icefall, crystal lakes, amazing landscapes, and the snowy peaks around just make you feel like you are at the dreaming place.

Many people think and understand that trekking to Everest Base Camp is technical and that you need to climb Everest! No, it’s not ! Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not climbing, and it’s not technical work. Because of the elevation, thin air, and climate, it’s quite hard, but those who have done it are never disappointed.

The Everest Base Camp Trek with a return helicopter tour is a bit more costly than a normal trek because we need a charter helicopter. For budget travellers, it might not be affordable, but on a group trip, the price can be adjusted. People love to fly back because, while flying back, you can see all the Khumbu Himalayas, which are amazing, and you don't need to walk the same way back to Lukla.

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Advantages of the Helicopter Return Trek to Everest Base Camp:

  • Reducing the total amount of time spent trekking by a significant amount is possible with the helicopter return option. Once you've conquered Everest Base Camp, you may use this to make the most out of your time in Nepal or free up time for more experiences.
  • Don't Go Back the Way You Came Both the ascent and the descent of the classic journey take the same course. The helicopter is a more energy-efficient and scenic option because it avoids having to descend the same trail.
  • Enjoy Magnificent Aerial Views: On the helicopter flight back, take in breathtaking views of the Khumbu Valley, glaciers, and famous peaks. Your journey will feel more upscale and exclusive as a result.
  • Enjoy a smooth and simple helicopterjourney back to Kathmandu after days of trekking to unwind in comfort. Admire the breathtaking view below while you unwind and consider your accomplishments.
  • Optimal for Short Time: The grandeur of Everest Base Camp is within reach for those with little time, thanks to this journey.

Preparing for Your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

Physical Fitness:

Trekking in Nepal, especially in the high mountains, requires both physical and mental preparation. Physically, you should be comfortable walking for 5–6 hours daily with a small backpack containing your essentials and water. Porters will handle the rest of your luggage. In short, strong legs and endurance are crucial for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek. Ascents and descents are frequent during treks in Nepal, even day hikes. However, easier treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill won't require the same level of fitness.

Mental Preparation:

Be prepared to embrace the challenges and rewards that come with this journey. While some may promote it as a luxurious beach vacation, it's far from that. The Everest region boasts stunning scenery, but the trek itself is not easy or luxurious in the typical sense. From the thrilling flight to Lukla to the return to Kathmandu, expect a mix of fun, physical exertion, and a sense of accomplishment. Remember, the helicopter ride back is just one aspect. The real challenge lies in the hike to Everest Base Camp. Be prepared for Lukla flight delays, rain, snowfall, or even headaches for some people. However, our experienced Sherpa guides will be there every step of the way to support and encourage you and bring a smile to your face.

Training Tips:

Once you've booked your Everest Base Camp trek, focus on increasing your walking stamina. Joining yoga classes for breathing exercises, swimming, and cycling are excellent ways to prepare your body. Practice carrying a backpack with some weight during hikes in your hometown. For everything else, trust our team to make your dream come true. We also strongly advise consulting your doctor before your departure if you have any respiratory issues.

The Best Time for Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally considered the best times to visit the Everest Region in Nepal. During the monsoon season (June to August), flights to Lukla are frequently delayed or cancelled. While winter (late December to February) offers the possibility of snowfall, it also presents additional challenges. We understand that scheduling your holiday may be difficult. While we recommend spring and autumn for optimal conditions, we welcome trekkers year-round.

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Foods on Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Journey

Breakfasts at the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek will be substantial, featuring pancakes, eggs, and porridge. Local favourites, including Dal Bhat, Thukpa, and Momos, are served for lunch and dinner, along with Western selections. In addition to the standard menu items, the Everest Base Camp Trek offers a variety of soups, including tomato, chicken, mushroom, garlic, and so on. You can buy mineral water from 1 USD to 2 USD everywhere, or we will provide water purification tablets. 

Accommodations on the EBC Heli Trek

You will stay in 3-star and premium luxury lodges in Kathmandu on this trek package; of course, the price difference for premium accommodations is significant. Up to Dingboche, you can anticipate private attached rooms for lodging as well as Himalayan deluxe hotels. However, pleasant tea houses and lodges with connected bathrooms are included in the regular offerings. There will be plenty of blankets provided, so you won't need to carry sleeping bags, though it's still advised to bring them at the busiest times of year. You can charge your phone and get free batteries almost anywhere. Certain locations may charge an additional 1 to 2 USD at most. There are hot showers everywhere, and depending on where you are, you may have one for free or pay between two and five dollars. Although the dining hall will have traditional heating to keep you warm, don't expect heating in your room. If you would like to upgrade the Everest Helicopter Tour package to a luxury vacation, several upscale Himalyan establishments also provide electric blankets.

The level of difficulty of the helicopter flight back from Everest Base Camp Trek

Choosing this option might not be appropriate for you if you are a novice and have never gone hiking or trekking before. It doesn't matter how old you are as long as you are physically capable of walking for five to six hours a day. Since this is only a trip to Everest Base Camp and not an Everest Expedition, you don't need any technical or climbing skills to complete this trek. Is it true that we will spend the night in the Everest base camp, Some people wonder. No way; we'll go there in the afternoon and then head back to GorakShep for the night. At altitudes above 5000 metres, hikers are more susceptible to altitude sickness on the route to Everest Base Camp. You will traverse difficult, secluded, hilly, and rugged terrain on this walk. The journey to EBC is not as difficult as the chicken trekkers claim, nor is it as simple as the mountaineering community claims.  It is possible to work steadily and slowly! You will succeed in your inner willingness, even though you won't win any medals. Remember, however, that the Australian youngsters arrived at Everest Base Camp several months prior.

Travel Insurance For EBC Helicopter Return Trek

Before starting the journey from Kathmandu to Lukla, you must obtain travel insurance, which is required. It is for your personal protection and will pay for things like trip cancellations, emergency medical evacuations, and so on. Depending on their policies, purchases from WroldNomads or other organisations can cost between $100 and $200. Before you buy it, confirm that your trip insurance covers up to 6,000 metres. When you register a trip with Rugged Trails Nepal, you must send your policy information to us. We also advise you to notify your insurance carrier by email that you will be trekking with us.

EBC Helicopter Trek: Altitude Sickness and Treatments

Altitude sickness sets in, and headaches are a typical occurrence on this walk, but mental toughness is required. Although some hikers may not get headaches, they are rather prevalent. The most important thing is to eat and drink enough of water, regardless of how your body is suffering. Not only will the oxygen level fall, but the symptoms of mountain sickness, including headaches (from the back), fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, and appetite loss, will also worsen. Start taking half of the pill every morning and evening if you plan to take Diamox before the walk. For this trek, we have added two days to help you acclimatise. Do not be afraid to tell your guides if you are uncomfortable; they have dealt with similar circumstances before. Though it is not something we carry, our guides can arrange for oxygen at an additional expense in case of need. When trekking, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, which dehydrates the body.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek: Costs for 2024 & 2025

Looking for a discounted trek to Everest Base Camp with a helicopter return in 2024? Rugged Trails offers competitive group rates to help you save on travel expenses. For groups larger than five, contact us for a custom quote on the best group trip price. Our expert mountain guides ensure a memorable experience, and we're confident your investment in this trip will bring lasting joy. You might see some cheaper prices for Evereste Base Camp Heli Trek return, which is the fishing price, and there will be addons for porters returning from Gorakshep to Lukla by helicopter and then by regular flights.  

Guaranteeing both your financial return and safety.

From the first to the last minute of the day, we support you at every turn on this trip to ensure success. Every guide will be equipped with first aid training, maintain strong relationships with the community, communicate with evacuations and hospitals, and stay in daily contact via phone and social media with the Rugged Trails Nepal Team Leader. They prioritise your safety; therefore, they'll take care of your hygienic meals, entertaining anecdotes, educational material, and openness to trying something new. Friendly Sherpa guides are compassionate porters who are always willing to lend a hand, regardless of who or where they are from. Whether you are in a group or a solo female trekker, you will be in safe hands. Check out our reviews and testimonials from solo female travellers. With all of our guides flying out of Kathmandu together, your guide will assist you in selecting the appropriate trekking equipment for the trek. If you are thinking of buying trek gear in Nepal, then it is also possible to buy original trekking gear from North Face, Columbia, Rab, NIMSDAI, Sherpa Outdoor, etc. Finally, our guides reserve the right, in the event of mountain sickness or other unforeseen circumstances, to cancel or continue the outings.

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Booking Process for the EBC Helicopter Trek Voyage

Please send copies of your passports and a 20% down payment to confirm the reservation. You can make an online payment using the Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter link or the custom link found in the footer of our website. Internet or bank transfer 3.5% more will be added to the bank commission. The remaining sum can be paid online, with cash, or with a card after you are in Nepal. Update your arrival dates, flight details, and our team will welcome you at Kathmandu International Airport. Once you complete this process, we will be waiting to make your voyage memorable for a lifetime. See you in Nepal!! 


9 nights and 10 days of the Everest Base Camp trek and return to Kathmandu by helicopter. The itinerary is regular, like the 14-day Everest base camp trek but on this plan, we will fly back instead of walking back to Lukla. 

  • Day: 1
    Thrilling Trek to Everest Base Camp: Kathmandu to Phakding

    Your Everest Base Camp adventure begins with a drive to Kathmandu's domestic airport (Manthali during peak season, a 4-hour drive from Kathmandu) for a thrilling flight to Lukla (9,184 feet). Here, you'll meet your porters, and Sherpa crew.

    The 4-hour trek to Phakding (8,698 feet) follows the Dudhkoshi River, offering stunning views of Numbur, Kongde, and Kusum Khangaru mountains. Along the way, you'll cross charming Sherpa villages, encounter traditional Buddhist landmarks, and traverse suspension bridges. Phakding, nestled amidst breathtaking scenery, marks the starting point of your Everest Base Camp journey.

    Elevation of Lukla: (2,800 m) 9,184 ft
    Elevation of Phakding: (2,652 m) 8,698 ft
    Total distance from Lukla to Phakding: 8 km, 4.97miles
    Hours of walking from Lukla to Phakding: 4 hours
    Lunch spot: Somewhere in between, Thadokoshi or Ghat.
    Overnight at: Phakding village.

    Flying to Lukla from Kathmandu by helicopter is another option, and it costs 350 to 500 USD on a shared basis.
    • Day: 2
      Phakding Trek to Namche Bazaar

      Phakding to Namche Bazaar: A Challenging Climb with Majestic Rewards

      Brace yourself for a demanding but unforgettable ascent from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the heart of Sagarmatha National Park. This leg boasts the most significant elevation gain on the trek, with a climb of nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 metres). Your guides will handle permit checks as you enter the park, officially embarking on your Everest Base Camp journey.

      Finally, Namche Bazaar welcomes you with its charming mountain town vibes. Immerse yourself in the vibrant streets, savour delicious Sherpa cuisine, and acclimatise to the higher altitude over the next two nights. Remember to stay hydrated, listen to your body, and respect the local culture and environment.

      Highlights of the day:

      Diverse Company: Encounter fellow trekkers and Sherpas along the trail, witnessing their resilience and unique way of life.

      Local Treasures: Explore the Phakding market for handcrafted souvenirs and support the local community.

      Sherpa Charm: Be captivated by the traditional architecture lining the path and the bustling energy of Namche Bazaar.

      Mountain Majesty: Breathe in the fresh air, traverse valleys, cross rivers, and witness breathtaking peaks like Ama Dablam and Nuptse.

      Elevation of Namche Bazaar: (3,440m) 11,283ft
      Total distance from Phakding to Namche: 10–12 km
      Hours of walking from Phakding Namche Bazaar: 6 hours
      Lunch spot: Monjo
      Overnight at: Namche Bazaar

      • Day: 3
        Exploring Namche Bazaar (Acclimatization Day)

        Namche Bazaar: Your "Rest Day" Adventure Awaits!

        Don't let the name fool you! Your "rest day" in Namche Bazaar is packed with exciting options. Explore the Himalayas beyond the bustling streets:

        Panoramic Vistas: Hike to Syangboche Airstrip (3,780m) for breathtaking views. Witness the Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse trio and reward yourself with tea at the Everest View Hotel.

        Sherpa Culture: Descend to Khumjung and Khunde villages. Explore charming streets, Sherpa homes adorned with prayer flags, and the Khumjung Monastery (Yeti scalp!).

        Immerse in Tradition: Learn about the Sherpa people at the Sherpa Culture Museum. Browse the vibrant Saturday market for handcrafted souvenirs.

        Elevation of Namche Bazaar: (3,440m) 11,283ft
        Total distance distance of Namche exploring: 6-7 km
        Hours we will be exploring: 4-5 hours
        Lunch spot: Khumjung village
        Overnight at: Namche Bazaar

        Remember: This is just a guide! Customise your day to your interests and pace. Namche Bazaar offers something for everyone: stunning hikes, cultural experiences, or simply relaxing amidst the mountains.
        • Day: 4
          Namche Bazaar Trek to Tengboche

          Namche Bazaar to Tengboche: Hike Through Himalayan Beauty

          Embark on a scenic 6-hour trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (12,684ft). Follow the valley path, enjoying breathtaking views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and even Everest! Hike through refreshing forests and cross exciting suspension bridges. As you ascend, the path reveals majestic snow-capped peaks. Finally, arrive at Tengboche, a charming settlement nestled amidst stunning scenery. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere of Tengboche Monastery, its golden roof gleaming in the sun. Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture in this beautiful mountain retreat.

          Elevation of Tengboche Monastery: (3,870 m) 12,684 ft
          Total distance from Namche to Tengboche: 10 km
          Hours of walking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche: 6 hours
          Lunch spot: Kyangjuma or Phunmgi Thanga
          Overnight at: Tengboche

          • Day: 5
            Tengboche Trek to Dingboche

            Enchanting Trek: Tengboche to Dingboche

            Immerse yourself in Himalayan beauty on the trek from Tengboche to Dingboche. The 6-hour journey offers a scenic descent past Pangboche village, nestled under Ama Dablam. After a morning prayer ceremony at Tengboche Monastery, the trail gently ascends with breathtaking views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Cross a suspension bridge before reaching Dingboche, your peaceful stop for acclimatization and exploration.

            Elevation of Dingboche: (4,400 m) 14,435 ft
            Total distance from Tengboche to Dingboche: 11 km
            Hours of walking from Tengboche to Dingboche: 6 hours
            Lunch spot: Pangboche or Shomare
            Overnight at: Dingboche

            • Day: 6
              Acclimatization day in Dingboche

              Acclimatization in Dingboche: Breathtaking Views and Optional Challenge

              Dingboche (4,400m) offers a perfect blend of acclimatisation and exploration. Enjoy stunning Himalayan vistas while choosing your adventure:

              Hike Nangkartshang Peak (5,083m): Ascend a challenging trail through Sherpa communities, adorned with prayer flags. Reach the summit for breathtaking panoramas of mountains, glaciers, and alpine lakes.

              Explore Nearby Villages: Descend the mountain and discover the charm of villages near Dingboche.

              Flexibility is key. Discuss your comfort level and preferences with your Sherpa guide to create a personalised acclimatisation plan.

              Nearest Hospital: Pheriche village

              • Day: 7
                Dingboche Trek to Lobuche

                Lobuche: A Challenging Climb with Majestic Rewards

                Brace yourself for a dramatic ascent from Dingboche to Lobuche (5-6 hours). The initial trail descends, but a steep climb awaits after Thukla, a lunch stop offering stunning views. Pay your respects at the climbers' memorial before traversing the Khumbu Glacier with Kala Patthar in sight. The path gets rocky, but the reward is near - Lobuche, a small village nestled amidst awe-inspiring peaks. Here, enjoy well-deserved rest and breathtaking panoramas from your lodge.

                Remember: Listen to your body, stay hydrated, and eat. Pushing yourself too hard can ruin the experience.

                Elevation of Lobuche: (4,900 m) 16,076 ft
                Total distance from Dingboche To Lobuche: 8.5 km
                Hours of walking from Dingboche to Lobuche: 5–6 hours
                Lunch spot: Thukla

                Overnight at: Lobuche

                • Day: 8
                  Lobuche Trek Gorakshep and Day Hike to Everest Base Camp

                  Gorakshep: Gateway to Everest Base Camp

                  The adventure culminates at Gorakshep (5,164m), the last stop before Everest Base Camp. Witness the majestic Khumbu Glacier and surrounding peaks as you traverse a manageable section of the glacier. Rest and refuel at the Gorakshep teahouses before embarking on a 4-hour round trip to Everest Base Camp (5,364m).

                  Hike alongside the Khumbu Glacier, taking in the dramatic scenery. The path may be rocky but offers awe-inspiring vistas. Witness the mighty Khumbu Icefall, the starting point for Everest summit climbs, and finally, the iconic rocks marking Everest Base Camp. Celebrate your achievement under prayer flags and capture this unforgettable moment.

                  Elevation of Gorakshep: (5,164 M) 16,942 ft
                  Total distance from Lobuche to Gorakshep Everest Base Camp (Gorakshep): 12 km
                  Maximum Elevation: (5,364 M) 17,596 ft (Everest Base Camp)
                  Hours of walking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp - Gorakshep: 7-8 hours
                  Lunch spot: Gorakshep
                  Overnight at: Gorakshep

                  Remember: There's no accommodation at Base Camp. Return to Gorakshep to soak in the memories and majestic mountain views.
                  • Day: 9
                    Gorakshep - KalaPatthar - Gorakshep Kathmandu

                    Kalapatthar: Witness Everest Bathed in Golden Light

                    Challenge yourself with a pre-dawn hike (2–3 hours) to Kalapatthar (5,540m), the final frontier of the Everest Base Camp trek. Witness unparalleled sunrise views as the mighty Everest, Pumori, Changtse, and Khumbutse are bathed in a golden glow. This unforgettable panorama will forever be etched in your memory. Descend Kalapatthar savouring the breathtaking vista one last time. 

                    From Gorakshep, fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter, receive from the Kathmandu airport, and transfer to your hotel. Free time for last minute shopping, massages, etc. 

                    • Day: 10
                      Final Departure

                      Your tour itinerary ends this morning after breakfast. If you have a flight on this day, then we will arrange the airport drop-off. If you have some extra days and wanted to extend your holiday feel free to reach us anytime.  

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                      What's Included

                      • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
                      • Domestic Airfare Kathmandu-Lulkla.
                      • Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu Helicopter (flyback).
                      • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
                      • The government registered English-speaking local expert guides, porters.
                      • Sagarmatha National Park Fees; Khumbu VDC Fees.
                      • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
                      • Welcome or farewell dinner in the city
                      • Equipment and clothing for porter & staff.
                      • Insurance for all staff & porters.
                      • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
                      • First Aid Kit For Everest Trek
                      • Everest Region Trekking Map.
                      • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters

                      What’s Excluded

                      • Nepal visa: Multiple entry (30 days): USD 40
                      • Personal gear & clothing (available for hire)
                      • Tips for Guide and Porters
                      • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason.
                      • Table drinks, snacks, dessert while walking, and mineral water.
                      • Personal insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
                      • Services other than those mentioned above
                      • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage charges.
                      • Extra Meals in Trekking & Lunch Dinner in Kathmandu.

                      Useful Information

                      • The safety of our valuable guests before, during, and after the trek is our main priority. 
                      • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flights may be cancelled due to the bad weather.


                      • Great Guides For Our Everest 3 Passes Trek

                        - Harrie Van de Linde, Australia

                        Great small trekking company with lots of knowledge about the area. Indra and Mekraj were great guides for our 3 passes trek for 14 days. They have done it many times before, so they know the lodges and where the great food is. We went in the off-season (Nov–Dec), so lots of lodges were very quiet and felt homely.
                        Most of our group used porters for some of our gear, which helped a lot during the strenuous days of the trip.
                        Overall, I would recommend a company like this over the bigger groups such as Intreped, as it can be altered as you go for your own pace and interests rather than a very set route and schedule.

                      • Solo Trekking In the Himalaya Everest Three Passes

                        - Georgia, Austria

                        Thank you, Rugged Trails, for helping me to feel every emotion a human being has ever felt and for locating all the hiking supplies—even shoes—at the last minute in Kathmandu. Thank you, Nirajan, Indra, Harka, and all the lovely people of Nepal, for making it a perfectly organized and super-safe adventure. Thank you for putting up with all my feelings and random requests for ginger-lemon tea.

                        Read her personal experiences about the whole trip: Female solo trekking In the Himalaya

                      • Short Everest View Trek and Kathmandu

                        - Mariana, Colombia

                        I was traveling as a solo woman and Rugged Trails Nepal organized my trekking trip to Tengboche (short Everest view trek) and a couple of city tours in Kathmandu. Indra was my guide during my trekking trip and he was the most helpful and nice person. Nirajan made my travel experience a really good one and help me with everything that I asked for. I completely recommend this agency for any trekking trip in the Himalayas and for a solo woman.