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No, there is no way without hiking from base camp at least. I have had extensive talks with three people who went up there either as a tourist or even as a professional Sherpa. The one and only helicopter landing that is cited on Wikipedia was an extreme stunt and not something that is done in any kind of routine for tourists. The helicopter neither touched ...


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A few things to understand about trekking in the Himalayas, especially in re: everest base camp trekking: While it is true that if you trek from Lukla to Base Camp, you will have ascended and descended more than the 8848 meters that Everest is, this is not cumulative. You will be hiking between mountains, not over them, for the most part. (Where you draw ...


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It really depends on where you hire the porter, your bargain skills and what kind of porter you want. A price between $10-20 is probably ok, but remember that if you do this using an agency the porter will get very little himself (maybe $4-8 a day) because all the profit goes to the middlemen. Therefore, please bargain hard with the agency and rather give ...


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Yes, there are numerous such offers: http://www.buddhaair.com/everest-experience/ http://www.see-nepal.com/mountain_flight.php http://tenzingasianholidays.com/destinations/nepal/everest-helicopter-flight-with-tashi-tenzing.html http://www.getyourguide.com/kathmandu-l101/mount-everest-1-hour-scenic-flight-t17942/ ...


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My first reaction on reading this question was to wonder if it was a joke or an attempt to satirize the concept of "extreme tourism." If so, then well done. If not, then I would like to correct an apparent misconception stated in the question. "Hiking too far" is not a good description of what it takes to climb a mountain that's over 8000 m high. Climbing ...


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Trekking around the general area is possible around the year, but the weather is of course something to be worried about. Here is a monthly temperature chart of the base camp. This should give you an idea, minus 36 degrees celsius is surely something to write home about. The issue however will be the snow rather than the temperature. According to ...


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From Wikitravel: While trekking is possible in this area the whole year round, the best times to visit are from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November. So I guarantee that those are going to be the busiest times, as people go for the best weather, conditions and not-too-freezing temperatures. So if ...


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It is possible to land with an helicopter on top of the mountain, even though this is very uncommon and also a little bit dangerous. Additionally, there are no commercial flights. So you would have to find a suitable helicopter, and adventurous pilot, and obviously also the permissions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HckQcNNoJc The only other way I could ...


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I didn't hire a porter by myself, but did some research for you. As you already mentioned, Wikitravel says Rs 1200 - 1600 a day, this is 24 to 32 USD. Another site that I found says that it can be anywhere between USD 7 and 15. I couldn't find other useful resources. So I would say calculate USD 20 per day and you're on the save side. If you want to ...


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THere are two base camps - North and South. South is what is usually meant by the term. North is accessed from China / Tibet and you can, all going well / luck holding / YMMV / ... , drive there. Without using a helicopter (as you specified) that's probably as close as you'd get without "hiking".


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I used Buddha Air to see Mount Everest a couple years ago. I don't think the airline matters though, as they all leave from the same airport. It was a 50 minute flight. I went to a travel agency in Kathmandu, and they booked my flight by phone. The flights are very early, because the sky is clearest then. My host drove me to the airport, although you could ...



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