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Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Hike to Everest Base Camp and return by Helicopter

12

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sights in Kathmandu.
  • Take a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla.
  • Experience the unique Sherpa culture and their generous hospitality
  • Visit the Everest Base Camp at 5364m
  • Experience the breathtaking view of sunrise over the snowcapped peaks from the summit of Kalapatthar at 5644m
  • Enjoy the remarkable views of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Encounter the breathtaking views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Pumori (7161m), and surrounding mountains in the Khumbu region.
  • Get close to the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest(8,848m).
  • Helicopter ride from Gorakshep via Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche, and Lukla to Kathmandu.

What is the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?

This Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a short trek specially designed for travelers who are short on time to do the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. The trail follows the usual Everest Base Camp route until Gorakshep, but the return journey is in a helicopter flight from Gorakshep all the way to Kathmandu. Thus, saving the trouble of hiking downhill toward Lukla to board the flight to Kathmandu. Moreover, you will not have to face frequent flight cancellations at Lukla due to unpredictable mountain weather.

Why is the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?

Trekking to the Everest Base Camp and taking a Helicopter tour to the Everest Base is a different experience. Our Everest Base Camp Heli Trek combines the experience of trekking and taking a Helicopter tour to the Everest Base Camp in a single trip. The fascinating part of this Heli Trek is that you enjoy the most stunning aerial views of the Khumbu glacier, Everest, Nuptse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Mera peak, and many more.

Is this Everest Base Camp Heli Trek for you?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is not easy. Every day you have to walk 6-8 hrs in the rough mountain terrain of the Khumbu region. But if you are physically fit and have a little preparation for about 3-4 months. You can easily do this trek. But, if you are looking for an easier route, we recommend our Everest View Comfort Trek, Everest Sherpa Cultural Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek on our list.

Our Everest Base Camp Heli Trek begins with a spectacular flight to Lukla. From Lukla, we continue past dense forests, small Sherpa settlements, and along the banks of the Dudh Koshi river to Phakding. From Phakding, we continue towards Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest Base Camp and the center of the Sherpa culture. Namche Bazaar is a perfect place to rest and acclimatize; you will spend two nights here before proceeding further. From here, the trail ascends, traversing through alpine woodlands and rhododendron forest, winding along steep ridgelines and river gorges. Across several overnight stops like Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche with amazing views of the mountain peaks along the way until Gorakshep. We hike to Everest Base Camp the same day and return to Gorakshep. The following morning hike to Kalapatthar (5550m) to experience sunrise and an unobstructed view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and surrounding mountains. From Kalapathar, we will retrace to Gorekshep for breakfast and board a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu the same day instead of walking to Lukla to catch the flight back to Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can either relax at your hotel or take a short walk and visit the Thamel area. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2. In Kathmandu (trek preparation)

Today in the first half, we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the later part, we will prepare and plan for the trek the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3. Fly to Lukla-Trek to Phakding(2610m/3hrs)

This morning we will take a short spectacular 30-minute flight to Lukla, which offers good views of the mountain peaks. At Lukla, we meet our porter, who will carry our bags for this trip. We gather our gear and head for Phakding(3hrs). The trail goes through scenic landscapes and local villages along the Dudh Koshi river. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 4. Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440m/6hrs)

The trek from Phakding goes through beautiful pine and rhododendron forest along the bank of Dudh Koshi River past Bengkar, Chumao, and Monjo. We enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo and cross the Hillary Suspension bridge. The trail passes through several settlements and reaches Chautara, where we get the first glimpse of Mt. Everest. Hereafter it is a steep uphill hike until Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5. In Namche Bazaar(3440m)

Namche Bazaar is the center of the Sherpa Community and the most vibrant town in the Himalayas. This day is for acclimatization and altitude adaptation. There are several options for how you wish to spend the day. We can suggest a short hike up to Everest View Hotel past Syangboche airstrip or visit the Sherpa Culture Private Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 6. Namche Bazaar – Tengboche(3860m/5hrs)

From Namche, it is an easy uphill hike through woodlands towards Tengboche, the home of the famous Tengboche monastery. The trail passes by the Imja Khola (Imja River), through rhododendron-laden hamlets and emerald pastures with the majestic view of peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Thamserku along the way. On arrival, we shall visit the Tengboche monastery and pay our respect to the mother goddess. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 7. Tengboche – Dingboche (via Pangboche) (4410m/5hrs)

Our next stop on the trek is Dingboche, also known as the summer valley. From Tengboche, it is a downhill hike past some lovely pine forests and crosses over the Imja Khola. From here, it is an uphill and then descends to Pangboche village. The trail goes across several suspension bridges and past several small Sherpa villages. From today we will find a remarkable change, the mountain vegetation changes to short bushy alpine vegetation. Along the way, we come across occasional stone walls carved with prayers and colorful prayer flags swaying in the Himalayan breeze. Upon reaching Dingboche, we can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Amadablam, Cholatse, and Nuptse peaks. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 8. Acclimatization Day - hike to Nagarjuna (Nangkartshang) hill viewpoint (5073 m) (3-4hrs)

Today is another day reserved for acclimatization. Today we hike up the Nagarjuna (Nangkartshang)Hill, the hike is uphill and strenuous, but the effort is worth the journey. From the top, we can have a panoramic view of the Imja valley and the majestic peaks of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lobuche, and the surrounding spire. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 9. Dingboche - Lobuche (4940m/5hrs)

After re-energizing for a rest day, we head towards Lobuche, a small Sherpa settlement with the Lobuche Peaks looming in the background. From Dingboche, it is an uphill climb toward Lobuche with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. We pass through Thukla and the Khumbu Glacier along a memorial yard for those Sherpas and climbers who had lost their lives on the quest to Mt. Everest. The trek goes past pasture lands with a noticeable change in the vegetation to the lush forest to sparsely dotted alpine shrubs with Nuptse and Pumori at each side. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10. Lobuche-Gorakshep (5164m)-Everest Base Camp (5364m)-Gorakshep (8hrs)

Today is one of the most anticipated days of the trek. We head towards Gorakshep, the last human settlement we encounter on the way to EBC. In the beginning, it is a flat walk, and then it is a gradual uphill hike past rock fields and glaciers and arrive at Gorakshep along the side of the Khumbu glacier. After lunch at Gorakshep, we hike alongside the Khumbu glacier moraine towards the Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the astounding landscape surrounded by snow-covered peaks and rocks, and then return to Gorakshep for the night. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 11. Gorakshep – Kala Patthar (5643m)-Fly to Kathmandu

Wake up early at 4 am and start the hike to Kala Patthar, one of the best vantage points for spectacular sunrise and the best panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, and the entire Everest range. After enjoying the breathtaking views, we trek back to Gorakshep for breakfast, and after breakfast, we board the waiting helicopter and fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 12. Departure

Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

  • Group Sizemaximum of 5 pax

  • MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu with one welcome dinner, while all meals during the trek

  • Trip Accommodation3-4* hotels with modern amenities in Kathmandu, tea houses/village lodges during the trek.

  • RouteKathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche-Tengboche-Dingboce-Lobuche-Gorakshep-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsBest during the spring and the autumn.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsSeptember

  • Lean MonthsFebruary, June, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information coming soon !!

Included

  • All airport & hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and a local village lodge/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu, while all meals are included during the trek days.
  • One welcome or farewell dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees.
  • English-speaking local trekking guide, along with a porter(1 porter for every two-member).
  • One-way domestic flight to Lukla.
  • Return flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu in a helicopter.
  • Necessary paperwork and permits (TIMS card/National Park fee)

Not included

  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • International flights.
  • Lunch and dinner not included in Kathmandu.
  • Expenses of personal nature: tips, laundry, telephone, bar, beverages, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, etc.
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Rescue & travel medical insurance.
  • Trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal belongings.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Vijaya Gyawali

    Vijaya Gyawali