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Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Trip Facts:

Destination
Nepal
Group Size
1-4
Region
Khumbu
Trip Duration
9 days
Culture
Sherpa
Meals
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Accommodation
Lodges
Max Elevation
5545m
Best Month
april/may and oct/nov
Trip Grade
medium
Trek Starts / Ends
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Transportation
car / flight / helicopter

Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return

Adventurous Trek to Everest Base Camp Trek and return by helicopter

Do you want to get the experience of classic trekking in Nepal’s Everest region? Add a unique twist to it with the Everest Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. In this awe-inspiring journey to Everest Base Camp, you save time and energy on the return trip. Remember, the ride back to Kathmandu by helicopter is thrilling

The Everest Base Camp trekking with helicopter return combines the best of both worlds: challenges and comfort. You face challenges while trekking to Everest Base Camp but feel comfortable with the quick return via helicopter over the Khumbu glacier and down the narrow valleys.

Highlights of the trip

  • The Everest base camp trek return by helicopter begins with a breathtaking 30-minute mountain flight to Lukla. It’s followed by an exploration of the Namche Bazaar, which is located in the heart of nature. The next step is to visit the Sherpa museum, involving yourself in the remarkable culture and traditions of the Sherpa people. Enjoy the beauty of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, and other majestic peaks.
  • Start hiking across the Khumbu glacier and witness the spectacular Khumbu icefall. On reaching the Everest base Camp, experience the 360-degree panoramic views. Here, you can enjoy a stunning view of Everest within ten days of your trip.
  • The Sunrise from Kalapathar looks beautiful. When the sun rises, it gives the best views of Mt. Everest and Khumbu Glacier, situated in the northeast Himalayan region of Nepal. Your Everest base camp trekking with a helicopter return package ends with an adventurous and scenic helicopter flight from Kalapathar/Gorakshep to Kathmandu. The view of the Himalayan peaks is amazing during the return flight.

Why should you choose the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return ?

The option of Everest base camp trek return by helicopter offers multiple benefits. First and most important, helicopter return saves time and energy as you don’t have to trek back down to Lukla. If you are planning your journey with a limited time or want to have a comfortable return journey, this is a great option.

Another benefit of the Everest base camp trekking with helicopter return is that it provides a unique perspective on the Everest region with beautiful aerial views of the Himalayas.

Last, this 10-day package allows you to focus on the trek’s most exciting parts without being worried about the physical demands of your lengthy return journey

How to Reach and Who Can Go With The Everest Base Camp Trek Return By Helicopter

The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return involves a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After flying, a multi-day trek through the Everest region begins.

People going for the Everest base camp trekking should maintain a reasonable level of fitness and endurance as it involves significant altitude gains and several days of trekking.

The Everest base camp trekking with helicopter return is perfect for people who want to experience the challenge of reaching the Everest base camp but prefer a more convenient return journey. Also, the trip is ideal for people who have time constraints or are looking for a unique experience.

Best Time to Plan The Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

The best time to plan your trip is during the spring and autumn seasons, from March to May and September to November. These periods for the Everest base camp trekking with helicopter return offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. These factors make the conditions ideal for trekking and helicopter flights.

During the spring season, you can enjoy rhododendrons and lush landscapes, and during the autumn season, you can enjoy crisp views and pleasant trekking conditions.

Why is trekking to the Everest base camp with a helicopter return exciting?

It’s an epic adventure that many people have on their bucket list. The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return gives the best view of the world’s tallest mountain, shows the cultural richness of Sherpa, and displays the test of personal endurance. It’s more than a trek for many people as they discover through the heart of the Himalayas.

Reaching the base camp is a moment of extraordinary achievement, offering breathtaking views and a sense of profound accomplishment. To cap off the adventure, a helicopter ride from Gorakshep back to Kathmandu offers a soaring perspective of the Himalayas, making your descent as memorable as the ascent

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Itinerary

Details Outline

Today, our adventure begins at Kathmandu Domestic Airport, where we will take an early morning 45-minute flight to Lukla. The flight offers stunning views of the fertile middle hills, scattered villages, terraced fields, and the majestic high Himalayas in the background. Upon arrival in Lukla, we meet the rest of our trekking team, take a break for tea or coffee, and commence our trek to Phakding. The trail initially descends gradually to Cheplung village, providing us with a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain that remains unclimbed.

Note: During peak season, flights to Lukla may operate from Ramechap airport to avoid delays and air traffic. Ramechap, 130 km east of Kathmandu, requires a 4-hour drive. If departing from Ramechap, expect an early start at 2 am and a brief 12-minute flight to Lukla.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2600 m
Walking Hours
3/4

After breakfast from Phakding the trail continues north up the Dudh Kosi valley, staying 100m above the river on its west bank. The trail leads us to Jorsale (2810m) where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park, and submit our trekking permits for checking. From here we continue on an ever-steepening trail to Namche Bazaar (3440m), known simply as Namche. En route we cross the spectacular suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and the Dudh Kosi, and shortly after glimpse our first view of Everest, way off to the north-east. The trail to Namche is steep and long, but eventually we reach the remarkable Sherpa capital perched high on the hillside and dominated to the east by the immense bulk of Kwangde

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3450 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

We spend another night in Namche to acclimatize to the high altitude. Nestled in a vast, protected hollow, Namche is a thriving village. Post-breakfast, you have several activity options. You could hike to the Everest View Hotel (3880M), explore the villages of Khumjung and Khunde, trek towards Thame above the stunning Bhote Khola river valley, or visit the National Park Headquarters to learn about Sherpa culture, mountaineering history, and local wildlife. Your guides will provide guidance and accompany you on any chosen excursions.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
3450 m
Walking Hours
4/5 hrs

Tengboche (or Thyangboche) is a village in Khumjung. The trek to PhunkiThanga is an easy walk. From there, we ascend to Tengboche village, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery, the largest in the Everest region. It sits within Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:00 pm, so arriving by then allows us to witness a Buddhist religious ceremony.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
3870 m
Walking Hours
5/6

From Phorse Village we trek down the narrow trail through a monastery. We continue our trek through lush alpine forests until we reach large village of Upper Pangboche, where we will get astonished by the dramatic views. We then continue through the villages of Shomare, Orsho, and Tsuro Wog. The trek goes further up through the Khumbu Khola Valley to the ridge top from where we witness spectacular views of the soaring mountains of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lotse, Cholatse, etc. We even can observe the beautiful Imja Khola valley to the east. Thereafter, we see sprawling fields and the settlement of Dingboche overlooked with Chortens and prayer flags as we gently ascend down to the Dingboche village.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
4360 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Spending a day in Dingboche to acclimate to the high altitude is on today's schedule, helping us adjust to the thinning air and reduced pressure. Though not mandatory, a recommended acclimatization strategy includes a side trip to Chhukung at 4730m. This involves a short hike eastward up the Imja Khola valley, offering stunning views of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. Alternatively, we can climb the ridge above Dingboche as another option.  

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
4360 m
Walking Hours
4/5hrs

After breakfast and beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right “in front of” several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we don`t see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
4940 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Today’s adventurous trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse. A small ascent will take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vista of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest.After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot stop ourselves from appreciating the Everest climbers those take the hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
5364 m
Walking Hours
6/7

Rise and shine early for a morning trek to Kalapatthar, one of Nepal's Everest region's most famous viewpoints. It's a spot celebrated for magical sunrises and sweeping views of the surrounding peaks, with the majestic Everest stealing the show. As you watch the first light of day paint the mountains in hues of gold, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama.

After soaking in the views, we'll make our way down to Gorakshep, where a helicopter will whisk you away on an exhilarating flight back to Kathmandu. Imagine soaring above the iconic Himalayas, glimpsing the shimmering Gokyo Lakes, the grandeur of Khumbu Glaciers, and the vastness of Sagarmatha National Park.

Once we touch down in Kathmandu, you'll be comfortably shuttled back to your hotel, with memories of the morning's adventure fresh in your mind.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast or lunch, depending on your flight time, we will transfer you to the international airport or if you leave by evening you can put your luggage at the Hotel and enjoy the city one final day.

If you're interested in extending your stay in Nepal, you might want to consider pre-booking a day's sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley or a multi-day excursion to the wildlife reserve at Chitwan. For further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Kathmandu
  • Shared helicopter/Chopper ride from Kathmandu to Lukla and Gorakshep to Kathmandu
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permits and TIMS card
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Government-licensed English-speaking experienced guide and porter(s)
  • Porter for trekkers' luggage (one porter for two trekkers, maximum weight limit 18 kg, one trekking luggage limit 9 kg)
  • Coverage for guide and porters including meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flights, and necessary equipment
  • Printed Route Map
  • Doffel bags, trekking poles, sleeping baggs
  • Company name t-shirts and caps
  • SIM card for local phone and wifi

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal visa on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu (USD 50 and 4 passport-sized pictures needed)
  • Travel insurance covering emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by factors beyond the company's control like landslides, weather conditions, safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • Tips for staff
  • Any costs or expenses not mentioned in the "Included" list

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Altitude Profile

Route Map

route map

FAQs

What is an Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return?

This trek involves hiking to Everest Base Camp and instead of trekking back the same way, you return to Kathmandu or Lukla via helicopter, offering a bird's-eye view of the landscape.

The trek to Everest Base Camp with a helicopter return usually takes about 8 to 12 days, depending on the specific itinerary and acclimatization stops.

The helicopter return saves time, reduces the physical strain of retracing your steps back down the trek, and provides spectacular aerial views of the Everest region.

You should be in good physical health, able to walk for several hours over consecutive days in high altitude conditions. Prior trekking experience and cardiovascular conditioning are beneficial.

The best times are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is most stable and views are typically clear.

You'll need the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These are typically arranged by your trekking company.

Accommodations are mainly in teahouses, which provide basic lodging and meals. Facilities are more primitive as you go higher in elevation.

Yes, a guide is highly recommended both for safety reasons and for their local knowledge and assistance, particularly in organizing the helicopter logistics.

Risks include altitude sickness, unpredictable weather changes, and the usual trekking injuries such as sprains or falls. Flying in high-altitude conditions also carries inherent risks, which are managed by experienced pilots.

This trek can cost significantly more than a standard trek due to the helicopter flight. Prices typically range from $3,500 to $4,000 depending on the service and group size.

Charging facilities are available in most teahouses for a small fee, though power availability can be less reliable as you ascend.

Essential items include warm layered clothing, waterproof and windproof jackets, trekking boots, sleeping bags, sunglasses, sunscreen, a first-aid kit, and a portable charger.

Teahouses offer a variety of meals, mostly simple and carbohydrate-based such as dal bhat, pasta, and soup to provide energy for trekking.
 

Absolutely, make sure your travel insurance covers high-altitude trekking and helicopter rescue and evacuation in case of emergencies.
 

Guides are trained to monitor signs of altitude sickness, and the itinerary typically includes acclimatization days. In severe cases, the option to return by helicopter can be a lifesaver.

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US$ 3550

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