Sky Diving at Everest

Everest Skydive is considered as one of most Elite Adventure Holidays in the world and therefore, remains a dream event for many Adventure Seekers who want to fill their limitless passion-pit with extraordinary zeal and thrill. Dropping off from a helicopter from the height of 23000ft and landing at Syangboche Airport (12340ft) and at Amadablam Basecamp (15000ft) is undeniably the highest commercial aerial event in the world.

CNN News Channel has ranked it as No. 8 out of 50 best Adventure Events organized throughout the world under the heading, “Try before you die” events. The adrenaline rush you get from the freefall, the eye-feasting view of the picturesque Sherpa settlement with the back drop of world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, along with other equally petrifying sister peaks, and the whole alpine experience can be a lifetime achievement.

Following the success of Everest Skydive (2008), it’s being continued annually in October/November. A total of Three Hundred Forty Nine jumps from worldwide have tried Everest Skydive with Solo or Tandem attempts since then. There have been 283 Solo Jumps and 66 Tandems till date.

Everest Skydive 2014 also continued to extend its glorious history. This seventh edition of Everest Skydive, was held on 7th and 8th of November 2014. Tom Noonan, the chief tandem instructor of Everest Skydive since 2008 played his usual role and Joe Johnson, the first timer in ESD was the tandem master of the event. Mr. Paul Henry de Baère led the photography and cinematography whereas; Mr. Ted Atkins was an Oxygen Supervisor of the event. Six skydivers including the crew members landed at Syangboche drop-zone, after the jump of the lifetime during Everest Skydive 2014. Wingsuit jump made by Mr. Ossie Khan, was especially the climax of the whole event.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive at the Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2 Sightseeing and familiarization of Kathmandu
  • Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2,900m) / Trek to Phakding(2,656m)
  • Day 4 Trek to Namche (3,450m)
  • Day 5 Rest day in Namche (3,450m) – Meet & Brief
  • Day 6 Trek to Syangboche (3,810m) / Jump Day
  • Day 7 - 9 Jump days
  • Day 10 Transfer back to Kathmandu Via Lukla
  • Day 11 Depart Kathmandu
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 10) – Seven Days Everest Base Camp Trek to Tengboche [3,864m]
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 11) Trek to Pheriche [4,252m]
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 12) Rest day at Pheriche
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 13) Trek to Lobuche [4,930m]
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 14) Trek to GorakShep [5,184m], visit Kala Pathar (5,545m)
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 15) Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m)/Return to Gorakshep
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 16) Trek to Pheriche (4,252m)
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 17) Pick up by Helicopter and Fly Kathmandu
  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 18) Depart Kathmandu

Price Details.

1. EVEREST SKYDIVE COST:

Price for Syangboche Dropzone (12,340 ft) & AmaDablam Base Camp Drop Zone (15,000 ft).

A. SOLO SKYDIVING PACKAGES 2018 - Package Price
- Two Jumps in Syangboche DZ only              US$ 22,000
- Three Jumps in Syangboche DZ only              US$ 25,000
- Two Jumps in Syangboche DZ & One Jump in AmaDablam DZ  US$ 30,000

B. TANDEM SKYDIVING PACKAGES 2018 - Package Price
- Two jumps in Syangboche DZ only              US$ 25,000
- One jump at Syangboche DZ & One jump at AmaDablam DZ   US$ 30,000

Note:
• AmaDablam DZ jump based on weather conditions permitting only.
• Support Trek member or Skydiver’s Companion: US$5,000
• Includes special observer’s jacket made to measurement.

2. EXTENDED TREKKING (OPTIONAL)
• Supplement cost for organized extended Trekking will be USD $ 3,000.00 Net Per Person
• Includes helicopter evacuation from Pheriche or Dingboche.

Cost Includes:
• Accommodation at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu or similar with Breakfast Basis and other designated hotels/lodges on the trail
• All meals throughout, either at hotel or in best available restaurants
• All acclimatization trek costs, trek permit and peak fees
• Experienced European trek leader
• Trek porters and yaks as required
• Constant communication to trek group from DZ
• Mountain weather reporting service
• DZ preparation &DZ management
• Personalized, filled, 02 canister
• Use of O2 systems for skydiving/tandem
• Custom built HA jump suit
• Aircraft Drop
• Services of advanced packers
• Services of packers assistant
• Rig repacking as required
• DZ Sherpa support team
• DZ medical team including Doctor
• Government permit to skydive
• Individual CAAN skydive fee
• Communications permit
• Memento Everest Skydive wings
• Memento Everest Skydive flying jacket
• Use of external protective extreme cold equipment
• Use of special HA rig( fully equipped with AAD) for landing at attitude
• Loadmaster/Spotters, (video and O2 superintendent) on every lift
• Liaison officer fees (environmental, CAAN, and Film)
• Liaison officer costs (environmental, CAAN, and Film)
• Video of the adventure by ESD film crew
• Official Certificate signed by pilots and organizers


Cost Excludes:
• International flights to and from Kathmandu
• Personal insurance
• Trekking equipment
• Your personal video of your jump
• Your own personal picture taken by a professional photographer
• Any expense of personal nature, telephone calls, laundry and tips

Note: Number of jumps is subjected to weather and regulatory provision. If in any condition the jump over AmaDablam Base Camp cannot be held, it will be transferred to Syangboche. Everest Skydive shall be deemed as complete with minimum of 3 jumps. In case of incomplete jumps, the balance can be transferred to the future events of Everest skydive but no cash refund shall be made.


Deposits:
• All tandem or solo jumpers have to pay a deposit of $1,500 to secure you a place on the Everest Skydive team.
• All members of the support trek have to pay a deposit of $1000.
• The deposits are to be paid either directly to Explore Himalaya Travel or to the booking agent. The banking details are given by booking agent.
• This will be ascertained at the time of the trip confirmation.

Detail Itinerary.

  • Day 1 Arrive at the Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
  • After arrival at the Airport. You will be welcome by our representative and transferred to Resort/ Hotel at Kathmandu for relaxing and recuperating from your flight.

    In the afternoon, you will be briefed about the tour and will have time to be familiar with your fellow members from all around the world before going out for dinner at Local Restaurant

    After having dinner, transfer back to Hotel.
    Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Day 2 Sightseeing and familiarization of Kathmandu
  • Breakfast at Hotel
    Full day Zightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Zwayambhunath, Pashupatinath & Boudhanath

    Afterwards you will pack your soft mountain bags, which will be given to you, and leave your excess material in the hotel until you return from your expedition.

    Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2,900m) / Trek to Phakding(2,656m)
  • Breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
    We will be transfer to Airport to fly to Lukla, ZoluKhumbu (the main gateway to Mt Everest – 29,035ft)which takes about 45 minutes approx.

    In Lukla, you will meet your trek support team, your porters and the yaks.Once all the large kit bags and equipment have been allocated to porters and yaks, we start walking along the DhudKhosi Valley close to the river, and slowly meander up and down well-constructed paths through the villages to Phakding, where you will spend night in one of the comfortable local lodge
    Overnight at Local Lodge/ Tea House

  • Day 4 Trek to Namche (3,450m)
  • After an early call and “bed tea”, coffee or hot chocolate, a bowl of warm washing water will be brought to your room. Once dressed, we recommend you to pack before breakfast so that the porters can get under way as soon as they are ready.

    From Phakding, we crisscross the rivers on high suspension bridges to Monjo, which marks the entrance to the Zagarmatha National Park, a UNEZCO World Heritage site.

    We then take a steep long trek to Namche Bazaar (11,320ft), the main trading capital in Khumbu. The Zherpa capital has a busy Zaturday market – a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La Pass. Zurprisingly enough, even in this far-flung region, you will spend night in well- facilitated hotel like Zherpa Land catering to your all needs.

    Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 5 Rest day in Namche (3,450m) – Meet & Brief
  • Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea houses and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook that seems to meet western standards, even at this remote mountain outpost. Well, the experience can be petrifying as you will witness the miniature of whole Himalayan life at its bloom. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day to acclimatize to your newly gained altitude.

    Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to the Khunde hospital, which was set-up by Zir Edmund Hillary, or an hour walk up for the sunset view of AmaDablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. You will meet the ‘advanced party’ of management staff and crew, who may well have left Kathmandu to trek before you.

    Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 6 Trek to Syangboche (3,810m) / Jump Day
  • Zyangboche Airport is just a 45 minute walk from Namche Bazar. With the unpaved runway length of 400m, it is the highest point to reach by aircraft to Everest. Though not licensed for commercial operations, the airstrip is operated for short take off and landing for chartered flights. The place is proud to be one of the dropping zones for Everest Zkydive.

    The management staff and crew will meet and brief you, and familiarize you with the equipment and routines that will apply to the drop zone during the parachuting program. The familiarization and briefings will be for both solo and tandem jumpers. Zolo jumpers will do familiarization jumps from the PC-6 aircraft or the AZ 350 B3 Helicopter. After your whole day of bustle, you will end up by relaxing in one of the prime hotels of Zyanboche.

    Please Note: The drop zone is a strict alcohol-free zone for everyone, including observers, at all times.
    Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 7 - 9 Jump days
  • Here we are-all prepared for our Big Day! With Mt. Everest witnessing the whole event, Everest Zkydive will take place on these days from the height of 29,500ft if used PC-6, or 23000ft in case of a Helicopter. You will exit with your tandem instructor and aerial cameraman or jumpmaster. The Director of Parachuting Operations will plan the jump days by considering the weather window and safety.
    Overnight at Lodge

  • Day 10 Transfer back to Kathmandu Via Lukla
  • After breakfast, you will be pick-up by Helicopter to transfer to Lukla airstrip from where we take planeto fly back to Kathmandu.

    Then transfer to Hotel. Rest/ Refresh. Leisure for own activities.
    Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Day 11 Depart Kathmandu
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
    Free till departure. Normal check out time is 1200 Hours
    Then our representative will escort you to the International Airport for onward destination.

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 10) – Seven Days Everest Base Camp Trek to Tengboche [3,864m]
  • From Zyangboche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above DudhKosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of Khumbu, including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over a river at PhunkiTenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch.

    Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many rewarding sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in Khumbu. Here you can enjoy a spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and AmaDablam rising on the horizon.

    During the whole trek onwards you will be stationed in the best available lodges/tea houses for meals and accommodation.
    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 11) Trek to Pheriche [4,252m]
  • We descend downhill through a forest, cross the ImjaKhola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche. This village is directly opposite to AmaDablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of mountains, with the Gompa, Mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Pheriche, where we will stop for the night.

    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 12) Rest day at Pheriche
  • As today, you will be left for day for leisure for your own activities where you can enjoy the day hiking around or the way you want to spend.
    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 13) Trek to Lobuche [4,930m]
  • We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top we will see many memorials of the climbers, who died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then ascends gently along the glacier to Lobuche.

    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 14) Trek to GorakShep [5,184m], visit Kala Pathar (5,545m)
  • To reach our next stop, Kala Pathar, we follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place, GorakZhep. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pathar [5,554m]. As the light begins to fade we stroll back to our camp at GorakZhep and have an early night in preparation for our trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 15) Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,357m)/Return to Gorakshep
  • A very early start is required to reach Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the bottomless crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the Zouth Col. We conclude our return trek at GorakZhep.

    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 16) Trek to Pheriche (4,252m)
  • After breakfast, we will be going back downhill as we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche, where we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s health post, which is well worth a visit.

    Overnight at Lodge

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 17) Pick up by Helicopter and Fly Kathmandu
  • After a long, awesome and may be a bit tiring trek, we will leave the land of Everest by helicopter to Lukla, and then catch a flight to Kathmandu.

    After arrival, transfer to Hotel then rest time leisure for own activities
    Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

  • Extension Trip (Optional Day 18) Depart Kathmandu
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
    Free till departure. Normal check out time is 1200 Hours
    Then our representative will escort you to the International Airport for onward destination.

Trip Details

  • Duration: 11 days (Optional - 7 days Extension Trip)
  • Type: Everest Skydive
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • End At: Kathmandu
  • Region: Everest
  • Season: October - November
  • Accomodation: Hotels & Local Lodges
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle, Domestic Flight & Heli Charter

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