Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Helicopter
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Kala Pathar (5545m)

Highlights

  • Trek to the lap of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest (8,848m)
  • Witness the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range from Kala Pattar.
  • Exquisite views of the Khumbu glaciers and Khumbu icefall.
  • Visit the well-famed and spiritual Tengboche Monastery. 
  • Witness the Buddhist religious communities of local Sherpas and their lifestyle.
  • Spectacular helicopter flight from the Gorak Shep to Kathmandu with a bird’s eye view of the verdant landscapes.
  • Adrenaline experience in the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
     

Description

The Everest Base Camp trek takes you on a voyage to the foot of the world’s highest peak loaded with delightful highlights of the Khumbu Region. Passing through the hypnotizing waterway valleys, the trek blesses you with the magnificent scenery of the verdant landscapes, glacial lakes, and the panoramic snow-capped mountains.

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is an alternative option of the conventional EBC trek. Here, you hike all the way to the base camp and return via helicopter. It is perfect for people with a limited amount of time or individuals looking to avoid long days of strenuous descent.

On this 8-day journey, you get to witness the majestic Mt Everest up close, which is an unforgettable experience in itself! You also get an outlook on the culture and lifestyle of the local sherpas. The Buddhist religious communities of the Khumbu region also contributes to numerous monasteries, each soaked with rich cultural heritage.

The journey to the base camp of the world's tallest mountain is a courageous trek bundle that incorporates ascending through lush rhododendron forests and steep moraines all while appreciating the encompassing perspectives of Mt. Everest and the surrounding Himalayas. Nothing beats the rush and feeling of achievement upon conquering the foot of the mighty Everest!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your bags and sign up for this Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return to experience an adventure of a lifetime!

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Route

The journey commences with a 30-minute thrilling flight to Lukla airstrip. The trek then begins at Lukla in the south and travels north to Namche Bazaar. The trail further winds towards the north-east and advances toward Dingboche. From that point, it proceeds through the settlements of Lobuche to the beautiful lands of Gorak Shep. 

The Everest Base Camp is marginally further east from Gorak Shep and provides a jaw-dropping up-close view of the mighty Everest and its neighboring giants. 

On our journey, we also visit Kala Pattar, which is well-famed for its 360-degree panoramic view of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. The trip concludes with a thrilling helicopter flight from Gorak Shep back to Kathmandu.

The EBC trek has earned its position among the world's best treks, and it rightfully deserves to be so! Despite some challenges, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is unquestionably an adventure worth doing! This journey to the base camp of Everest alongside the magnificent landscapes, glazing lakes, and surrounding icy peaks is going to fill your pockets with unforgettable memories!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
  • Day 2Trek to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 3Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar
  • Day 4Trek to Tengboche
  • Day 5Trek to Dingboche
  • Day 6Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
  • Day 7Trek to Lobuche
  • Day 8Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Trek to Everest Base camp. Then, back to Gorak Shep
  • Day 9Trek to Kalapathar and Trek down to Gorekshep. Pick up by Private Helicopter and Fly back to Kathmandu

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop (Domestic & International)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek 
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Domestic Flight (Kathmandu and Lukla)
  • Helicopter Charter Fee 
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Food & Accommodation, Insurance, and Transportation
  • All Trekking Permits (Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee, TIMS Card, and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Fee)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section 
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Useful Information

Best Season For The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Due to Lukla’s proximity with the Himalayas, the weather here is very unpredictable. Bad weather can easily disrupt your trek and abrupt your joyous experience. Thus it is vital to choose the seasons when opting for the Everest Base Camp Trek.

The best months to opt for the Everest base camp are spring and autumn seasons.
Pre-monsoon seasons such as February, March, April, and May are an excellent option for the EBC tour. The skies are more evident, and the vegetation is in full bloom. The good weather also provides no obstruction in the returning helicopter flight.

Another ideat time for the EBC tour would be the post-monsoon season. It starts from Late September and ends in December. With the ending of the monsoon season, the mountains are fully snow-capped, providing appealing views to the travelers. The skies are also more apparent, and the climate is warmer all contributing to a sublime trekking experience.

Difficulty Of The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

The EBC trek is a moderate level trek. The trek is even feasible for individuals who have no prior trekking experience. The trek includes walking 5-6 hours every day for about 10 kilometers with frequent rest stops.

Be that as it may, with earlier trekking arrangements, the voyage becomes much more comfortable. It is beneficial to set yourself up for the trek around half a month before the start of the experience. 

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is an even more comfortable option than the regular EBC trek. It saves you 3-4 days of descending time. The absence of these few days of trekking further decreases the overall difficulty of the trek.

Highest Point During The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

The highest point you will be venturing during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is Kala Pattar. It sits at a staggering elevation of 5,643m.