Everest Base camp – it’s on every traveller’s bucket list, but why put your lazy arse through a gruelling, multi-day trek at high altitude when you can take a shortcut to glory? Soar above jutting peaks and mountains thick with snow as you whirl to the pinnacle of trekking triumph, without even getting your shoes dirty. Designed for the time poor and, let’s face it, the instant-gratification-seeking idle tourist, this 4.5-hour trip costs a cool US$10,000.
Clamber aboard at Kathmandu and swoop through the Himalayas, before diving into the Hotel Everest View for a dandy spot of tea and a pat on the back for dealing so well with altitude. Add a whiff of culture and hover above Sherpa villages and monasteries dotting the Solukhumbu region, or fly direct to your main destination. Touch down at Base Camp to snap a few obligatory pics and scoot back to Kathmandu to upload them over lunch. Everest Base Camp – check.
The four-hour helicopter trip costs US$10,000 per chopper. It can take two to five passengers.