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Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Trip code
Package name Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
Duration 11
Max. elevation 5545.00 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private vehicles, domestic flight (KTM-Lukla) and Heli flight from Gorak Shep
Accomodation 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Thyangboche Monastery-Dingboche-Lobuche-Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep-Kalapathar-Kathmandu
Cost USD 2,699 per person

Highlights

Overview

11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return - Great adventure in the heart of Mt. Everest with comfort of scenic Heli flight back to Kathmandu.

"Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is unarguably one of the best aerial trek adventures that take place in Nepal. There is no other alternative and a better perspective to circumnavigate the iconic landmark than a Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return" 

Trip Introduction: 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return


What is 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return trip all about?

Did you ever dreamt or fantasize about having a faceoff with the mighty snow fed mountain peaks?  Its' now time to change this dream into a fulfilling reality. You get the privilege of sitting in the comfort of a helicopter to get a bird's eye view of the mighty Everest. Bask under the thrilling vistas and scenic views of Mount Everest and its adjoining 8 of the tallest mountain peaks in the world.

Our Electrifying ‘11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return’ is a memorable adventure for those who live larger than life. It is an aerial voyage to witness the spectacles of the mountains followed by the beauty of the Sherpa culture and tradition. We bask under the green rugged cover of the mountains that engulfs the mysterious valleys. This spectacular trip is a fulfilling experience of gazing at thrilling bridges, Stupas, colourful prayer flags, and the age old villages in the Everest region. .

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek -How do we get there? What can we expect?

We fly into the clouds and above the overwhelming mountains during the Everest Base Camp Heli trek tour to reach Lukla.  Upon reaching here we take a short hike to Phakding we enjoy our short walk amidst the Himalayan abode. Taking on an array of the well-known suspension bridge of the Everest region, crossing the white river, we reach Namche Bazaar (3,400m). Here we take an ideal rest and acclimatize for the whole day at Namche. It is from where we make way to the Everest Base Camp from a helicopter. This much awaited flight is thrilling encounter with the glorious views of the mountains and the villages. Watching the first glimmering rays of the morning sunlight gently kissing the snow-capped peaks is a phenomenal treat. The first sightings of sun beamed peaks relishing with a cup of coffee is an unimaginable feeling to cherish. Despite this phenomenal experience we still are far from our actual moment of catching glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest from the base camp. For which we make an careful ascent further to the famous vantage point ideally known as Kala Patthar(5,550m).

We then descend back to Gorak Shep(5,185m) where we retire in our helicopter for a flight back to Lukla. We stay overnight at Lukla and in the morning fly back to Kathmandu. This marks the end of our elusive breath taking Everest Base Camp helicopter tour in Nepal

Is 11 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return trip for everyone?

This trip is perfect and ideal for everyone having minimal of fitness levels who dare to dream of making it to the legendary Everest. Even young kids can accompany their guardians and do this with comparative ease and safety. This unique journey is an ideal mix of short hike with scenic flights. This opportunity comes only once in a life time so why to wait come be a part of Trekking Planner Nepal's group and see the mountains like no one does. 

If you are on a look out for something more challenging and adventurous trekking journey we have it for you. You have the liberty of choosing various other options and routes for making it to the Everest Base Camp. We have 13 days Everest Base Camp Trek or 14 days Short Everest Base Camp Trek, 15 Days Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trekking, and many more to choose from.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

This one element is always vital and to watch out for before planning to do the Everest Base Camp Trekking Tour. It decides the success or failure of the tour. More often than not it is nearly impossible to predict weather and its moods. As this kind of journey is carried out throughout the year but there are ups and downs in every season. To avoid all these pros and cons the best suitable time for trekking is during the spring and autumn. These months are a guarantee almost for getting the crystal clear skies from dusk till dawn. The aura of clear blue skies provides the most spectacular vistas and views. The temperature is bearable with plenty of warm sunlight and it is soothing and pleasant. On the other hand during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, or rain followed by a cold temperature. These entire factors discourage adventurers for trekking. 

January to February - Extreme months only for adventure junkies

This is perhaps the coldest time of all. This is when it experiences heavy snowfall in the mountains and can result in extremely cold temperatures. Though the days are warm and bearable with clear skies, the night becomes extremely cold. Fret not if you are on trek with Trekking Planner Nepal be assured of your safety at all times. However if you are not cold weather friendly person than better not to be on this journey to this part of the world.

March to April - Best for all walks of life for trekking 

Undoubtedly this is one of the best times of the season to be on the Everest Base Camp. The weather is very comfortable providing splendid views of the Himalaya ranges and glaciers. It is the beginning of the spring season, the weather starts to warm up during these months. There is an element of smile and bloom out into the wild as the hidden elusive beings come back to life in the sunny weather. Especially the mid of March is considered to be ideal with clear skies around the snow fed mountains can be sighted their best. Hence majority of them fulfil their dream trekking journey with success at this time of the year often succeed in their expedition at this time.

May to June – Pleasant and warm for trekking 

These are the months when the monsoon sets in gradually. However it is also a suitable time for trekking right before the rain starts to pour in. Nepal experiences rainfalls not until the end of June till mid-August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more blissful.

July to August – Rainy yet doable for trekking

These months are when the downpour actually hits hard. As a result of this occurrence Flights to Lukla more often than not gets cancelled at the beginning or end of the trek. It does pose a challenge for trekkers and their trek journey but it’s not out of the question yet. If you want to trek in this particular months than Trekking Planner will take care of your safety and make your journey memorable and ably successful. Be reminded that though rainy it does provide spectacular views of the waterfall and it less frequented too. 

September to October – Festive months for trekking

The months ranging between Septembers to October happens to be another best seasons for dong the Everest Base Camp Trek. There is a huge influx of trekkers in Nepal due to its favorable weather conditions. The monsoon gradually comes to an end making it a pleasant time for trekking. There skies remain clear offering an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended, as it’s the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek. Also because of Nepal's biggest festival Dashain and Tihar falls between these months and is a crowd puller. 

November to December – Chilly with clear mountain views for trek

This is probably one of the toughest months for trekking yet preferred by most. It’s the time for the snowfall in the Himalayan region imposing difficulties for trekking. The nights are chilly but during the day the skies are clear providing exquisite glimpses of towering mountains. 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and transfer to Hotel

On first arrival at Kathmandu international airport via various, respective airlines you will be received by Trekking Planner staff and guide with traditional with garland, and then transfers to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city around Thamel area.

An interesting and exciting place to be steeped with shops, trekking stores, world-class restaurants, and hotels of international standard.

On checking into your rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg, then join with other members of the groups for briefing on Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli, our guide provides important information regar

ding trekking with other necessary details to make your adventure a great success with us.

Evening includes a welcome dinner in a nice, authentic Nepalese restaurant with a Nepalese Folk Culture program to entertain while having dinner.

Included accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (welcome Dinner)

Day 2 : Fly to Lukla 2,820 m & trek to Phakding 2,640 m - 04 hrs

Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for short and scenic flight to Lukla, on a small aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier), seated for a maximum of 18 passengers, including two pilots and air attendants.

Enjoy grand panorama of Himalayan peaks with views of Mt. Everest, as plane lands on unique airstrip and runways to park at Lukla ‘Tenzing & Hillary Airport’.

On collecting your baggage, carried by our strong porters and pack animals as walk starts on a gradual downhill, after leaving interesting Lukla town, and then following Dudh Kosi River upstream through number of Sherpa farm villages to reach at Phakding village for first overnight of the adventure.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 3 : Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs

From Phakding, a pleasant walk in the morning around of pine and rhododendron woods to a long suspension bridge to cross above Dudh Kosi River, and the short ups to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village.

Sagarmatha, name for Mt. Everest in Nepal while Sherpa calls Chomolungma of Tibetan origin, the park designated in World Heritage Sites. From the park entrance cross another bridge to the last village of Jorsalle before Namche Bazaar.

Probably, stop for lunch for an hour or more and then follow the river bed into the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest and then cross the last high bridge.

After the bridge, a long uphill haul on a winding wide trail with views of high snow peaks with Mt. Everest on a clear day. As the walk progress slowly the climb ends on reaching at colorful Namche Bazaar for an overnight halt.

The main hub of trekkers and mountaineers as well a perfect place for rest days to get acclimatized.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 4 : Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and local excursion

Full day in Namche Bazaar, for leisure hike to explore Namche Bazaar and its high view-point for excellent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and range of peaks. Visit the National Park museum for more information on Khumbu and Everest area, energetic people can taka hike uphill to Everest View Hotel which is about two hours hike above Namche Bazaar.

Rest of the afternoon enjoy your day, relaxing and browsing around Namche nice café, well-stocked shops and stores with banks and ATM if you require local cash.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 5 : Trek to Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m - 05 hrs

Enjoying time at Namche, adventure continues heading higher on a nice scenic path facing lovely mountain views with a deep river gorge, as walk head downhill to Imjatse River, a small spot called Phunge-Tenga for lunch stop within the shade of coniferous tree lines.

Afternoon, start climb into the cool shade of pine, hemlock, fir, oaks, and rhododendron forest to reach at beautiful Thyangboche / Tengboche and its impressive monastery.

Thyangboche, surrounded by green forest and snow-capped peaks with grand views of Mt. Everest with stunning close views of Ama Dablam with an array of peaks that encircles this wonderful spot.

Thyangboche for overnight stop or little further down to Deboche, with time to visit the monastery and observe young monks and priests on daily religious routine, where climbers on major expeditions visit here to get blessed by head priest / Lama for safe climb and success.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 6 : Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs

Enjoy the morning views of Everest and beautiful Ama Dablam, along with the breakfast, then start our day with easy downhill into serene woodland for less than an hour, to reach a strong metal over raging Imjatse River deep gorge.

From here with a slow climb with majestic view of Ama Dablam to reach the last permanent Pangboche village, the other places on route like Dingboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep are temporary settlements to cater the travelers with lodges accommodation and restaurants.

After Pangboche tree lines drop for wide-open country, with gradual climb with short descend to a small bridge to cross, and then steep climb for an hour to enter scenic Imjatse valley at Dingboche for overnight stops.

Dingboche with many good lodges for travelers, includes grand views of Ama Dablam North Face with famous Island Peak towards the east.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 7 : Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion

Another well-deserved rest day at Dingboche allows you with proper acclimatization at this high altitude.

To support acclimatization take a short hike up to Nakarjung hills for better views of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards east direction with array of peaks, walking high and sleeping or resting low helps you to overcome with altitude sickness or AMS.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 8 : Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs

Enjoying wonderful rest at Dingboche, today a short distance walk to Lobuche but takes time due to dry air and high altitude. Morning starts with a short climb to a high ridge, offers grand views of Imjatse valley and Dingboche settlement with surrounding high snow peaks.

From here on a gradual scenic trail to Thugla for lunch, this is where the massive Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river. Thugla a junction to Everest base camp where Dingboche and Pheriche valley trail joins.

After a lunch break, start the windy afternoon with a steep climb for an hour to Thugla pass, where you can notice many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing on Mt. Everest, Lhotse, or other high mountains. From here a nice walk to Lobuche for an overnight stop.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 9 : Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 m, return to Gorakshep 5,164 m - 5/6 hrs walk

Our Big Day! Adventure to Everest Base Camp, starts early morning on easy gradual path and then short climb to reach a near level ground.

Where trail to Gorakshep and Glass Pyramids (a metrological stations), separates interested people can make a short visit to glass pyramids and collect information of glacier movements and climate change of the area.

From here walk for few hours with a short steep climb in between glacier and moraine, then short downhill to Gorakshep, located beneath lofty peak Pumori and Kalapathar rocky hill. Gorakshep was an early base camp back in the 1950s to late 1970’s, a small settlement with few lodges where we will spend overnights after visiting base camp.

The walk continues for another 2-3 hours to reach our destination at Everest base camp, where you will be standing beneath towering Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse with close views of massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers.

Enjoying grand views of amazing experience retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for the last overnight stop around Everest and the high Khumbu area.

Included standard accommodation and  meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner), Tea/Coffee

Day 10 : Hike to Kalapathar 5,643 m- 2 to 3 hrs walk and fly to Kathmandu with Heli service- about 1 hrs flight

Early morning start with strenuous steep climb to Kalapathar black rocky hill top, on the highest spot of the adventure. From the top and along mid-way enjoy a breathtaking panorama of giant mountains, with Mt. Everest at its closest distance. Enjoying grand glorious scenery descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast.

After a good morning high altitude breakfast with views of surrounding high peaks, get ready for a Helicopter flight to Kathmandu, the scenic swift flight on AS 350 B series of helicopters of Euro-Copter, made in France, which is popular all over the world and Ecureuil model or similar types.

The seats of maximum for 4-5 person, for larger group, requires two heli to ferry all passengers back to Kathmandu.

During your air journey, enjoy the dramatic scenery of the countryside with Central and Eastern Himalaya mountain range, as Heli makes a smooth landing at Kathmandu airport, transfer back to your hotel after a glorious adventure and experience on Everest base camp trek with Heli.

Included accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel moonlight/Kathmandu Guest House/Apsara Boutique hotel)and standard meals (Breakfast )

Day 11 : Final International departure from Nepal

Your last day in amazing Nepal, a country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time for homeward bound or to your next respective destinations. Trekking Planner staff and guide transfers you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing adventure on Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli.

Included standard meals (Breakfast ) and Tea/Coffee

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