Everest Base Camp Heli Trek - 12 Days

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Type Lodge Based Trekking
  • Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
  • Group Size 16
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545 m

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a short Everest Base Camp Trek package without compromising on acclimatization days or the classic EBC Trek experience. Our Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return package is the best option to avoid the same trail walk back to Lukla from Gorek Shep. On our Everest Base Camp Trek package 2024 on our website, it is 15 days and lets you walk back. But our Everest base camp heli return trek takes you up to the base of Mount Everest and you take a wonderful helicopter ride back to Kathmandu instead of trekking back and retracing the same trail. 

Trek through picturesque Sherpa villages in the Himalayas far away from the bustle of modern cities and enjoy serene trekking while rejuvenating your soul and unwinding on Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek also known as EBC Heli Trek, is an adventurous venture that is a perfect alternative for trekkers with limited time or for the trekker who wants something extra in the Khumbu region. The helicopter lands just over the Gorak Shep to pick you up and give you a round trip over the Himalayas before coming to Kathmandu. 

The outlines you can expect during the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

  • Experience a great landing at Lukla
  • The trail goes through Sherpa villages and lush forests of rhododendron, pine
  • Cross many suspension bridges and streams while trekking
  • Get to see the lifestyle of the Sherpas and their culture
  • Visit monasteries along the way
  • Enjoy serene trekking and unwind 
  • Reach the Everest Base Camp and further hike to a hill, Kala Patthar to witness a gorgeous sunrise 
  • Fly in a helicopter from Kala Patthar or EBC to Kathmandu
  • Enjoy breathtaking mountain panorama

Views during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 

The views are incredible during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return (EBC Trek with Helicopter Return). You get to witness jaw-dropping aerial views of the mountains, valleys, and villages. While enjoying views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), and numerous others from different viewpoints while trekking, you fly high in the sky and get to soak in the bird-eye views.

The views get only better and more mesmerizing as you move towards the end of the trip. Unlike any other place in the world, the Himalayan scenery is heavenly and unbelievable when seen from high up.

How difficult is the EBC Heli Trek?

The EBC Heli Trek is considered a moderate trek in Nepal. Even though this trek has a helicopter return, you have to trek up to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) following the same trail with uncountable ascents and descents. 

The trekking route is rugged and steep, passes through dense forests, and crosses old suspension bridges. With the increase in altitude, the trail changes into alpine terrain and ascends along the moraine and glacier. You need to walk 6 to 7 hours a day. And above all that, deal with the remoteness of the region. 

How do I prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter return?

Nothing serious is needed to prepare for the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return. You can go on short hikes or do other activities that increase your endurance. Cycling, swimming, jogging, etc. are good examples. As the trek demands a long walk (6 to 7 hours minimum a day), your stamina should support you. You can likewise exercise and work on your core strength. 

What is our 12-day Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek Package?

Our expertise and resources team make the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek Package for everyone who wants to return to Kathmandu directly from Gorak Shep after being at Everest Base Camp. We have offered the best price for the package of the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek for 2024. It covers your accommodation in Kathmandu, plane tickets to Lukla, Sagarmatha National Park permits, your meals and accommodation in trekking, an expert guide and support team, and of course a helicopter ride to Kathmandu from Gorak Shep. 

Itinerary

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At Tribhuvan International Airport, our team will welcome you and assist you to check in the hotel on your arrival day. We use a private vehicle to pick you up from the airport. You meet our manager with the rest of the group members in the evening where our manager briefs the program in detailed.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

You have an extra day in Kathmandu to prepare for the trek and visit a few tourist sites. After breakfast at the hotel, you can say hello to your tour guide and driver in your hotel lobby. On the tour, you visit monuments like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. In the late afternoon, you have a small meeting with the trek guide. There will be a short briefing about the trek, and then do the final packing.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

To reach the starting point of the trek, you take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight is very scenic and enjoyable with aerial views of lush green hills and snow-capped mountains. It is a short scenic mountain flight which is 25-30 minutes.

After reaching Lukla, you meet your porters and get a refreshment time at a tea house. From Lukla, the trail descends to Phakding village. Phakding is our first night stop in the mountains. The route goes along a forested path. You will walk through nice settlement villages such as Chaurikharka, Cheplung, Thade Koshi and Ghat to reach Phakding as well as walk along the Dudh Koshi Rivier. During the walk, you can see a superb view of Kusum Kangaru Peak from Thade Koshi village.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2,660 m

Our next stop is the famous Sherpa town called Namche Bazaar. You start the walk after the hot breakfast at Phakding village. You walk upstream of Dudh Koshi River and cross this river 5 times through suspension bridges. You get a magnificent view of Mount Thamserku (6,608 m) while reaching Banker Village. The trail continues going gradually to Manjo village where is Sagarmatha National Park office to buy the permit to enter the world's highest national park. 

You stop at Jorsalle village for lunch which is the last village before Namche bazaar. After lunch, you walk along the Dudh Koshi River to get to the bottom of Namche Hill. Then you ascend uphill and go through the highest suspension bridge called "Hillary Suspension Bridge". On ascending through deep pine and rhododendron forests, you may see a glimpse of Mount Everest, the top of the world, if you are lucky with the weather. You reach Namche Bazaar which is known as the Gateway to Mount Everest in the afternoon where you deserve a good rest after the hike. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,341 m

The rest day in Namche Bazaar means you get to explore the village and spend more time with locals. Today after breakfast at the guest house, you hike to reach the Nepal Army Camp which is the best site to see Mount Everest, Mount Ama Dablam and its surrounding peaks with greenery. This site offers incredible views of high mountains.

Then you hike to Syangboche Airstrip and further ascend a few hundred meters to reach the Everest View Hotel. Everest View Hotel is the highest hotel in the world. Both places offer stunning views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, etc. You take a tea break at Everest View Hotel then you descend a different way to Namche Bazaar for lunch. After lunch, you have a free afternoon to explore the Namche Bazaar. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,341 m

The trail to Tengboche village gradually ascends, offering sensational views of the snow-capped Himalayan giants. The trekking route is very impressive. First, you reach nearby the Army camp, then the trail goes mostly flat and gradual to Kenjuma village, a small village with a couple of tea houses. The trail to Kanjuma offers incredible views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Ama Dablam and its surrounding peaks. Mount Ama Dablam is Lady Peak because Ama is Mother is our language. Mount Ama Dablam is the most beautiful peak in the Everest region.

The trail goes down to Punki Thagna through pine and silver birch forests. Thagna means resting place in the Sherpa language. You have a lunch break at Punki Thagna before ascending to Tengboche hill where is Tengboche Monastery. After lunch, it takes around 2 hours to reach Tengboche monastery through pine and rhododendron forests. 

*Fact: This village is home to the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery.

 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3,860 m

After the sunrise view and hot breakfast at the tea house, you descend to the Imja River through deep rhododendron forests as well as huge mani walls. The trail onwards is full of mountain scenery so bear your heart. You reach Pangboche village from where you can see the close view of Mount Ama Dablam. Then the trail gradually ascends to Dingboche via Somare village. You have your lunch at Somara Village. Dingboche is a beautiful village with grasslands and yaks herding. 

*Fact: This village is also known as the Summer Valley.

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,410 m

The acclimatization day in Dingboche is perfect for taking a break to adjust your body into thin air and elevation. You will be already over the tree line and enter the alpine zone. Today, you hike  Nagarjun Peak at 5,050 meters after breakfast. The hike is more important for everyone and offers tremendous views of mountains and surroundings. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,410 m

Today, the trail gradually ascends towards Dhugla (4,620 m). You have a tea break at Dhugla before a steep climb to the memorial top. Memorial top is also known as Dhugla Pass. It takes one hour to reach Memorial Top from Dhugla and it is quite tough too because of the elevation. After you reach at the top, you see the hundreds of memorial monuments. These monuments are made on behalf of those people who have lost their lives in the Mount Everest expedition. Then the trail joins a higher route that leads through the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. 

Then the trail goes through the valley to Lobuche which is an hour more. Lobuche is a small village with 6-7 tea houses. The village offers a close-range view of Mount Nutpse, Mount Pumori, Mount Lingtren and Mount Khumbutse. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4,910 m

Today you will finally be touching the Everest Base Camp. The day begins early morning breakfast. You go through the gradual trail before Lobuje pass. The trail goes up steep to the Lobuje pass and then goes through the ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier to reach Gorak Shep.

You check in at the tea house at Gorak Shep and prepare yourself for hiking to Mount Everest Base Cam. After a quick lunch and prepared with water, chocolate energy bars, you follow your lead guide to reach your destination. The trail from Gorak Shep is like a rocky paths and steep over the Khumbu Glacier to the Mount Everest base camp. The Everest base camp is marked with colourful prayer flags, and you can see mountaineers & their tents during the peak climbing season. After spending some time in Everest Base Camp taking pictures and videos, you come back to Gorak Shep for good night sleeping in the highest inn in the world. 

  • AccommodationLodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5,180 m

Before you move back to Kathmandu by helicopter, you hike to the popular viewpoint - Kala Pathar. Kala Pathar is the highest point of the trek. You hike Kalapathar early in the morning for a sunrise view of Mount Everest, the surrounding peaks, and Khumbu Glacier. The first part is more gradual than the last part. You begin ascending following a rugged sloppy route and gradually reach the half point, then the trail goes steep climb to the top. As you reach the top, you will be rewarded with heartwarming views of mountains and a gorgeous sunrise. The top of Kala Patthar offers a heavenly mountain panorama above the clouds. 

After exploring the views, you trek down to Gorak Shep, have breakfast and pack your belongings. Then you walk up to the helipad for a thrilling helicopter ride to Kathmandu. The ride will add stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Not many trekkers get to behold the aerial beauty of the Everest region. You have a free afternoon in Kathmandu for relaxing and shopping.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1,310 m

The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return ends on this day. Our airport team will drop you at the airport with all your luggage and bid you our last goodbye.

  • MealsBreakfast

This is our standard itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit you, we can customize a trip as per your interest and time frame. Click here for the Tailor-Made program

Map

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek - 12 Days map

Includes

  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary by private car
  • One expert tour guide for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing inclusive entrance fees
  • Three nights’ accommodation at a three-star category hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Lukla flight tickets inclusive of domestic airport taxes 
  • Gorak Shep to Lukla to Kathmandu helicopter expenses
  • Three times meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and Twin sharing room with attached bathroom during the trekking
  • One highly experienced government license holder English speaking trekking guide and required porters 
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit and TIMS card
  • Everest base camp trekking map
  • Nepal Gateway Company T-Shirt 
  • Local fresh fruit
  • First aid kit
  • All necessary government taxes 
  • Office service charges

Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa which can be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.  
  • Your international flight ticket to/from Kathmandu
  • Your personal nature expenses and equipment and medical kit
  • All kinds of hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverage in trekking
  • Tipping to field staffs (Tipping is not mandatory but expected) 

Dates & Price

Date StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: SaturdayJune 22, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayJuly 03, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$3300
Start DateStart: SaturdayJune 29, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayJuly 10, 2024StatusAvailablePriceUS$3300

These are our fixed departure dates. The trip starting and ending date are the arrival and departure day to/from Kathmandu. The dates and price are specified for joining group. 
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Useful Info

Altitude Sickness during Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 

The trekkers have to be careful of the risks of altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return. It's a venture that takes you above 5,500 meters from sea level in a matter of a few days. 

To make sure none of our guests has to suffer altitude sickness while trekking, we have come up with the best Everest Base Camp trek with a Helicopter return itinerary that has rest days and no more than 500 meters of ascent in a day.

Trekkers do get altitude sickness sometimes, so no need to worry. Usually, the symptoms (headache, difficulty in breathing, insomnia, etc) get cured in 1-2 days of rest.

The Best Time for doing the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek 

The best time for doing the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), without a doubt. March to September and September to November are the months falling under these two seasons. Everything is just perfect in these two seasons, whether we talk about climate, weather, or views. You can do this adventurous trip in the early winter too.

Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return for Solo/Private/Group

To book a private Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return, you have to send us an email and let us know your requirements. A private trip also lets you customize the itinerary. You can do a solo private tip or in your group.

Solo trekkers not wanting to do a private Everest Base Camp heli trek can join one of our departure dates. You trek in a group with fellow travellers from around the world. It's a great way to make some new friends.
 

Permit for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek

Like the general EBC trek, you will need Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit for the Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return. We obtained the permits on your behalf, and the fees are included in our Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return cost. 

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit cost: Npr 2000 per person

Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit cost: Npr 3000 per person 
 

Last Minute Booking for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek 

For last-minute bookings, talk to our representative and see if it's possible or not. If we can take the last-minute booking for the Everest Base Camp trek with a Helicopter return, then you have to send us 100% of the package cost for the confirmation of the trip. You'll get all the other information while talking with our representative. 
 

Travel Tips For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return Trek 

Accommodation: We book you the best lodge for an overnight stay during the trek. The services you can hope to get are small twin shared rooms with a private washroom. In some places, the washroom can be common as well. 

Food: The food variety along the EBC trek is fantastic because of the high commercialization of the trail. Fresh bakery, coffee, steak, pizza, you name it (most of them are available in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche).

ATM: The last ATM is in Namche Bazaar, so if you don't have enough cash to use while trekking, withdraw there.

Charging: A paid charging station is in all the lodges. Another option is spare batteries or a solar charger.

Luggage: The trekkers get a 5 kg day pack limit with a 10 kg duffel bag weight limit per head. 

Personal Expenses: Have an additional budget to buy your international flight tickets, shop, extra drinks/meals, and offer tips.

Travel Insurance: It is good to have travel insurance for a venture like this because of the lack of basic infrastructure in the region. In case we need to take you to a hospital, all we can do is air evacuate you, and trust us, without travel insurance, it is very difficult.

FAQs

  • Q1. Can you get to Everest Base Camp by helicopter?

    Yes, you can get to the Everest Base Camp by helicopter. The flight takes off from Kathmandu airport, and after a short landing at Lukla airport to refuel, you fly directly to the base camp. Overall the flight time is 2-3 hours.

  • To get back to EBC, you can trek from Lukla to the base camp or fly in a private helicopter. If you have enough time on hand, we recommend you trek to base camp Everest to experience trekking.

  • Yes, you can trek to Everest Base Camp on your own. Get the permits, plan the best itinerary that suits you, and well budget the trip. Remember you have to arrange everything independently, so do your research and not forget to book the accommodation for a trek in advance.

  • Yes, you need a permit for Everest base Camp. It's two of them available to obtain from Kathmandu.

  • It takes around 7 to 8 days of trek to get from Kathmandu to Everest base camp. 

  • In the peak trekking seasons, the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the busiest trails in the Himalayas. Around 42% of the visitors traveling Nepal are trekking to EBC in autumn 31% in spring. The fascinating thing is, the journey only gets better with all the people from around the world.

  • Yes, the Everest Base Camp trek is open now for trekkers from all around the world. You can book Everest Base Camp trek 2002 & 2023 with us anytime.

  • There are two Everest Base Camps. One is in Nepal, the south base camp, and another one is in Tibet, the north base camp.

  • Yes, a beginner can climb up to Everest Base Camp with proper guidance.

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