Everest Base Camp Trek – Helicopter Return

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 11
  • Max-Altitude: 5,364M/176001ft
  • Best Season: Spring (Feb-May) & Autumn (Sep-Dec)
  • Departure From: Lukla
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: 02 Minimum -10 Maximum
  • Breakfast: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Diffculty: Moderate to Strenuous
Everest Base Camp Trek – Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Tour is a package customized for adventurer lovers with limited time and short vacations, who are excited to explore and can pay the price. Happily, this package chains adventure, mystifying nature, massive snow-capped mountains, and a cerulean environment. Also, you get a hypnotizing aerial view of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m), as well as various massifs, glaciers, rivers, rivulets, and a whole 360° picture of the Himalayan Region.

During the trek, you can have almighty views of nature, culture, and magnificent landscapes while strolling on downhill-uphill and rugged pathways. The trail leads up to EBC via a dense forest, boulder paths, suspension bridges, rivers, and Sherpa villages, before taking a helicopter journey from Gorakshep to Lukla on the way back.

Remember!

If you have average physical fitness, you can comfortably accomplish this trek. Since the Everest helicopter tour is operated on a charter basis for a large group, you have to share the helicopter with other fellow trekkers who were in the Everest Region Trek.

Book your Everest Base Camp Trek – Helicopter Return with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.


  • Nepal’s top trekking destination – ultimate trekking adventure
  • Fly between giant mountains – heart-pounding moments landing at Lukla airport
  • Offer amazing jaw-dropping scenery and views
  • Acute altitude sickness friendly itinerary
  • 10+ years experienced local guide and porters
  • Cross high suspension hanging bridges
  • Highest altitude situated Monastery (Gompa), Meet Buddhist Lama, Monks & Nuns, Tibetan Buddhism and Practices
  • 2 Days’ Acclimatization and Rest Days (First: Namche, Second: Dingboche) to celebrate victory at Everest Base Camp
  • Closure view of Himalayas en-route to Everest Base Camp and return
  • Step on the Highest Base Camp – Everest Base Camp (EBC)
  • Magnificent View of Mount Everest (Sunrise and Sunset) from Kala Patthar
  • Sherpa villages, culture, tradition and hospitality
  • Luxury lodges and hygiene meals
  • Walk to the habitat of rare and endangered species – snow leopard,   red panda, Himalayan black dear, musk deer and Himalayan wolves.

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and transport you to our luxury hotel/guesthouse and assist you to check-in. So, look for someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal – waiting for you.

On this day, you simply relax at Hotel/Guesthouse overnight and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip.

Our company organizes a short introductory meeting in the evening. You will meet your trekking guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

On this first day, your actual adventurous trip to Everest Base Camp begins.

We take an early morning flight (30-40 minutes) from Kathmandu to Lukla. As the plane passes between towering mountains, the flight offers you the heart-pounding experience of the turbulence and tranquil picturesque of the Himalayan range. Finally, you land at Lukla airport – the gateway to the Everest Region.

How would you feel landing on the airport with just a single runway on a cliff? You will get surprised. Right? Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

At Lukla, you get to rest for some time, meet your local porters and arrange the luggage.

From Lukla, after showing your Trekking Permit at the Lukla checkpoint, your footsteps head towards Phakding – a Sherpa village renowned for the 500 years old monastery.  You follow the trails down to Thalsaroa, and then to Cheplung. Then, the trail traces along Dudh Koshi valley enjoying the introductory view of Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18901ft). You continue your pace for a few hours and reach Ghat (2,520m/8,350ft). Further a short walk from Ghat, we reach Phakding – our today’s destination. Enjoy the best hotel, hygienic cuisine, and friendly hospitality with superb service at Phakding.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

Today, we trek from Phakding to Namche – the largest tourism hub in the Everest region.

Passing through the dense fir, alpine and rhododendron forest along Dudh Koshi River, we go up to Benkar. From Benkar, we further walk through dense forest and cross suspension bridges which take us to Chhumuwa and Monjo.

At Monjo, you must register your trekking permit at the check-post, and then trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park. You feel completely enthusiastic about the wonderful environment of the park. Also, you may encounter wild animals and several species of vegetation. Watch them out!

Ahead, we cross the Tenzing-Hillary suspension bridge over Dudh-Koshi River, ascend via the pine and fir forest to the ridge.

On the trail toward the ridge, we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest.  Enjoy it.

Continue your pace uphill pace for a couple of hours; finally, you arrive at Namche Bazaar. Enjoy the rest of your time at Namche – standard lodging and modern facilities like ATMs, internet, cyber cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

On this 4th day of our trip, we acclimate, explore, and rest in Namche.

As a part of acclimatization, after taking breakfast, we walk towards the Sagarmatha National Park museum. Enjoy and learn about the Sherpa culture, local flora and fauna of this region.

After leaving the museum, we head towards the Everest view hotel – one of the world’s highest hotels. You find yourself speechless when you see the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Khumbila (5,761m/18,901ft), Mt. Thamserku (6,623m/21,729ft), Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft) and AmaDablam (6,812m/22,349ft) mirroring and shining in front of you.

There are also other places to explore – Khumjung and Kunde villages with Hillary school, Hillary Hospital, and Syangboche Airstrip.

In the end, you come down to Namche Bazaar. We take a rest or explore the beautiful tourist hub, and enjoy other facilities at Namche Bazaar.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

After taking an early breakfast, we start climbing up to the Namche village. On the way, we visualize a spectacular view of Mt. Everest.

A few hours walk from Namche takes to Sanasa junction – the intersection of Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lake trek. We take a right turn to get to EBC. Trekking down to the villages Lawichasa and Tashinga with the majestic view of sparkling Ama Dablam (6856m/22,493ft) and walking again, we reach Phunki Thanga. After enjoying lunch at Phunki, we climb to Tengboche passing through the dense rhododendron, juniper, and alpine forest.

Tengboche is well-known for the Tengboche Gompa – one of the oldest monasteries of this region. Inspect evening prayer at Gompa, and enjoy comfortable lodging and delicious meals.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

At dawn, we take a warm breakfast at Tengboche, and follow the trails to Dingboche. Trekking along the stone-paved trail, we reach Debuche. Visit Debuche Nunnery, inspect the Thanka paintings, Mural paintings, and architecture. Here, you can take a rest for some time.

After that, we continue our hiking from Debuche and reach Pangboche. From Pangboche, we descend to Somare then to Orso. Further, we cross a suspension bridge over the Imja River. Walking for a few hours alongside the Imja River, we reach the summer village, Dingboche – the last human settlements at this higher altitude. We spend a pleasant night here, enjoy delicate meals and rest.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

This is the second acclimatization day after Namche.

As scheduled, after breakfast, we start trekking from the north ridge of Dingboche and climb to Nangkar Tshang Peak (5,616m/18,425ft). From the peak, we observe the wonderful glimpse of snow-capped peaks Mt. Makalu (8,463m/21,204ft), AmaDablam (6,856m/22,493ft), Island peak (6,189m/20,305ft) and Thamserku (6623m/21,729ft). After completely relishing nature’s beauty, we come back to Dingboche.

In the evening, we catch the finest moment of late sunshine. Then, we enjoy hygienic meals and take proper rest.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

We take proper breakfast and be ready to trek a complete uphill trip. From Dingboche, we follow rocky trails to Dusa. We keep hiking uphill enjoying the fantastic view of numerous peaks such as Taboche (6,542m), Cholatse (6,440m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Pumori (7,161m), Khumbutse (6,636) and Lhotse (8,516m).

Along the ridge, we walk for about an hour and cross Thokla Pass (4,830m/15,846ft) through the moraine glacial formed by the Khumbu glacier. A further few minutes walk takes us to Lobuche – today’s final destination.

At Lobuche, you feel comfortable with a warm meal, relax and think of climbing to the Everest Base Camp tomorrow.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

On this day, you feel more excited as your dream of climbing the world’s highest base camp comes true.

Having an early warm breakfast, we start following the narrow mountain gaps and glacial moraine. Keeping your pace for 2-3 hours on the rocky path, you reach Gorakshep – the last human settlement. Here, you check-in at the hotel and leave your heavy loads behind.

Following the right side of Gorakshep, we ascend for 2-3 hours trekking through the rocky sandpit and boulders alongside the glacial river of the world’s highest Khumbu glacier. Finally, we reach our final destination of the Everest Region, Everest Base camp (5,364m).

Enjoy the perfect landscape, 360° view of Mountains like Nuptse-Lhotse, and Khumbu glacier just above EBC. You can meet other international trekkers, enjoy your time, capture the best moments, celebrate your victory, and exchange happiness with one another.

For some time, you feel lost in the outstanding beauty of the Everest Region – Everest Base Camp. Then, we descend to Gorakshep, enjoy a delicious meal and take a rest in the cozy lodging.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

In fact, we cannot see Mt. Everest clearly and precisely from EBC. So, we arrange a side trip to the Kala Patthar peak (5,550m/18,208ft). You enjoy a spectacular sunrise view touching the Mt. Everest summit and a 360° view of snow-capped mountains.

To capture this moment, we leave Gorakshep at 4 am for Kala Patthar. A couple of hours tracing down, we reach the Kala Patthar pinnacle. Your eyes continuously watch, enjoy and capture a 360° view of mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m/29029ft), Mt. Lingtren (6,749m/22,142ft), Khumbutse (6,636m/21,771ft), Nuptse (7,861m/25,790ft) and Pumori (7,161m/23,494ft).

After the morning hike to Kala Pathar and enjoying panoramic views, we take breakfast. Then, you are airlifted by Helicopter from Kala Patthar to Lukla. You can catch a commercial flight and fly back to Kathmandu. Landing at TIA, we transfer you to your hotel. You can take a rest or scroll around Thamel – The No. 1 tourist town in Nepal.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight.

  • Hikking Info: 11
  • Max: 5,364M/176001ft

What's Included


  • All airport transfers 
  • Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast 
  • Flights Kathmandu–Lukla–Kathmandu
  • All airport taxes
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner of your choice
  • Supplementary snacks: energy  bar and cookies
  • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every day 
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Accommodation:  Lodge
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • Oxi-meter: To check heart rating and oxygen saturation to Everest Base Camp and return
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Trekking Route map printed T-Shirts 

What's Excluded


  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Hot  and bottled drinks  
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Hot shower 
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Tipping

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