Snow Leopard Heli-Trek 2017

Trek to the world's third highest peak Mt Kanchenjunga, Base Camp at 5,140m (Eastern Nepal), visit HDFA projects and exit via helicopter flight with a scenic overflight of the entire Everest Base Camp trek and Khumbu Icefall. WOW !!
Spring: Sunday 23rd April to Wednesday 10th May 2017

Nepal Apr 22, 2017

Snow Leopard Heli-Trek in 2017 incorporate trekking to Base Camp of the world's third highest peak Mt Kanchenjunga Base Camp at 5,140m (Eastern Nepal) and exit via helicopter flight with scenic overflight of the entire Everest Base Camp trek and Khumbu Icefall. WOW !!
Spring: Sunday 23rd April to Wednesday 10th May 2017

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This 18 day fully guided tour includes all meals and accommodation and begins and ends in Kathmandu; included is 10 days moderate trekking. Accomodation includes 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel, 12 nights in local hotels (teahouses) and 1 night at The Last Resort,
Helicopter pickup from Kanchenjunga region with Everest Valley Scenic flight - ALL INCLUDED.

Cost: USD $4,990 ex Kathmandu
Plus a donation/fundraising for HDFA

This trek provides a rare opportunity to visit the Kanchenjunga region in Eastern Nepal, starting off in the low plains and tea plantations of Eastern Nepal and trekking into the upper reaches of the Himalayas in the shadows of the world’s 3rd highest peak, Mt Kanchenjunga.

Mt Kanchenjunga lies on the India/ Nepal border close to the well known Darjeeling area of India and is visited by only a few hundred trekkers a year. It is one of the last bastians of the rare Snow Leopard and one of the last places in the world to see these rare and mythical creatures (with luck!). We visit some of HDFA's education projects: in and near the village of Ghunsa and another project outside Kathmandu near the Tibet border. 

On the trek we travel by mountain paths used by the local people to cart their goods but it is too rugged for roads. We aim to trek to the Base Camp at 5,140m on Mt Kanchenjunga before flying out of the village of Ghunsa at 3,400m elevation in 6-seater twin engine helicopters. This will provide stunning mountain scenery that only the Himalayas can dish up with 8,000m high mountains towering above us. On the way back to Kathmandu we detour via the Khumbu (Everest) Valley to overfly the entire Everest Base Camp trek and, weather permitting, overfly the Khumbu Icefall and Camp One on Mt Everest itself!! 

This is one of the most stunning helicopter flights on the planet. Have a look at this YouTube video. Weather dependent of course!



What’s it about?

The purpose of the Himalayan Development Foundation Australia is to raise funds to support projects that educate the children of Sherpas who live in remote locations of Nepal and provide for sustainable development to benefit the whole community, with an emphasis on education.

This trek provides a rare opportunity to visit these very regions and see some of the education projects, in and near the village of Ghunsa. It also happens to be in one of the last bastions of the elusive snow leopard. Your participation will raise funds to support the work of the Foundation in these remote areas in the years to come.

The trek itself will provide a personal, physical and mental challenge guaranteed to take you out of your comfort zone.

Where are we going?

Worth watching our HDFA Video on the Ghunsa Village Project filmed in early 2016


Some great online resources to check out are:

Trek notes

EMAIL us for a copy of the trip DOSSIER 

this is a good source of information also

Teahouse Trek

We will stay in local teahouses which provide an authentic Nepal experience – trekking is only in its infancy in this remote area of Nepal. During the day you might stop for lunch at a teahouse or often carry light snacks to eat for lunch on the big days to speed things up. Your Sherpa guides and porters will be with you all the way. Your porter will carry the bulk of your clothes and equipment whlie you carry a daypack of 7-8kg.  

Group size

We expect to take a maximum group size of 14 team members. In addition to the group will be your trek leaders and local support crew (porters, guides).

Children as trekkers

We recommend the trek as suitable for children over the age of 10 who are mentally strong and physically capable of exercising for trek days of 5-8 hours. A parent or guardian must accompany them. We have successfully trekked with children to the Base Camp at 5,140m.

Tax Deductibility

The holiday costs are not tax deductible, however the donation to the HDFA is 100% deductible. That's government legislation.

Please contact us to receive the full trek itinerary and information package.


Contact HDFA


Phone: +61 414 804 055 Address: PO Box 446 Magill SA 5072

Organisational & Money Matters

These are split into three parts

  • Nepal land content via local operator
  • International air, travel insurance
  • Donation or fundraising for the HDFA
  • To make it clear, HDFA is not operating the trek. HDFA is not operating the aeroplane either… You can begin booking any of the three parts at any time, but all three will need to be completed before your journey commences, thanks.

    Donation requirements

    HDFA will require each member to fund raise or donate an appropriate amount separate to the trip cost. This is a tax-deductible donation for which no reward is gained, as required by legislation. Payment of a donation or fundraising is a pre-condition and may be made by you directly or others donating to HDFA on your behalf via the website payment and receipt system. HDFA will keep a running tally of donations which come in via the website below. We prefer you to use this facility as it allows automatic receipts and reconciliation for our accounts. Donation Page

    Trek itinerary

    Please contact us to receive the full trek itinerary and information package.