Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek (Trek Everest Base camp and Heli to Lukla)

"Experience the thrill of Everest Base Camp Trekking with a Helicopter Return."
Good to Know
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5545 m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and private
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Season March-June and September- December


  • A wonderful opportunity to get closer to the  World's Highest Mountain Mt. Everest (8,848 m).
  • Feel a sense of calmness and peace while walking through the trails covered with dense forests and wide species of flowers.
  • Get a bird's eye view of the Himalayas and its surrounding peaks from the high-flying helicopter.
  • An insight into the spiritual center at Tengboche.
  • A chance to get to know the Sherpa people and their traditional way of life and culture.
  • Observe the fantastic Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu glacier one of the famous glaciers of the Himalayas.
  • The closest view of the Himalayas is with dramatic landscapes of high snow mountains and green hills.

An Advantage Of Booking a Trip with Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, and duffle bags for porter, city, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek-12 Days (Trek to Everest Base camp and Helicopter flight back to Lukla ).

Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the best combo trekking journeys filled with high-flying thrills and an overland adventure. It is an ideal mix of exciting trek that takes you to Gorak Shep, Everest Base Camp, and Kala Pattar on foot and then a leisurely helicopter flight from Gorek Shep to Lukla.

This extraordinary trek is best suited for trekkers who have limited time but want to explore the Everest Base camp and its surrounding area. Similarly, trekkers looking to experience Everest both from the land and the air can also fulfill their long-awaited dreams.

From Gorek Shep we take a short helicopter ride back to Lukla. This is one of the most scenic helicopter flights that go over through Kala Pattar and Mt Everest Base Camp. If you trek back from Gorek Shep to Lukla will take you about 3 days but the scenic short flight will take about 10 min to reach Lukla.

Through a Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking Journey, you have a few acclimatization days to give your body to adjust to the altitude. You will be acclimatizing in the Sherpa village called Namche Bazar as well as Dingboche. On these days you hike up to a couple of hundred meters and back which will rely on help to adjust to the altitude.  

During your trekking journey, you will be greeted by splendid snow-covered mountains. The natural beauty of this trek is amazing as it comprises the world-famous Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier.

Besides that, the Khumbu valley is blessed with diverse topography, exotic terrains, and an ever-changing climate. On the Everest Base Camp Trekking route, you will also get to meet people from different ethnic groups. Their warmth and generosity filled with kindness will make you feel at home away from home.

The Everest Base Camp trek goes past the dense forest, Sherpa village to the base camp. It is a trek that can be completed in a quick time whereas others take a couple of days more to complete it.

This exciting whirlwind of an adventure takes you to the quaint atmosphere far off from the city sound here alongside spectacular views.

This is a wonderful package to have a faceoff with the Himalayas added with a helicopter ride back can join this trip. We guarantee you that, this will be one of the best experiences that you ever had while making it to the Everest Base Camp ever.


Where Does The Short Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Begin From ?

The Everest Base Camp Short Rapid Trek begins from the capital city of Kathmandu. The scenic flight takes you across to the small Himalayan town of Lukla. Once you are here you will start your trek towards reaching the village of Phakding.

Leaving Phakding behind you then take to the trial that reaches you to Sherpa inhibited village of the famous Namche Bazaar. This is an incredible village of Khumbu filled with excellent mountain views, culture, and historical wonders. You will acclimatize here for a day take a rest and explore if you feel like it.

 The next day the walk takes you ahead on a scenic trail to reach beautiful Tengboche, surrounded by green vegetation as well snow-capped mountain including Mt Everest. As you walk you will come across tall tree lines with an array of peaks with views of Mt. Everest and magnificent Ama Dablam.  Here you will visit the all-important Tengboche Monastery; one of the biggest and most famous Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu area.

A move on from Tengboche Monastery will take you towards exciting tree lines, pure wilderness, and windy landscapes. Dingboche is the next destination where you will be heading for.

Due to its high altitude, the climate of Dingboche is always cool. The trail that you take is blessed with splendid views of the mountains in the backdrop always giving you a feel of having the mountain extremely close to you.

Further, as you go you will be reaching Lobuche and then Gorakshep. The day you hike from Lobuche to Gorek Shep you hike to Everest Base Camp (5364m) in the afternoon, the main target place on this journey.

The next day an early morning final climb from Gorak Shep will then reach you to the all-important Kala Patthar known for its fantastic views of mountains.

Once you are on the top you will be fascinated by the close views of the massive Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers. Standing tall at the height of 5,545 m facing the breathtaking panorama of peaks with Mt. Everest and Mt. Pumori at a mere distance is a rewarding encounter.

After spending quality time around the scenic places of high Khumbu, you descend back to Gorakshep. From here you then board a Helicopter for a flight to reach back at Lukla which ends your high-flying adventure into the Everest Base Camp.

From Lukla, you board a domestic flight that takes you to Kathmandu. It is a fantastic trekking journey with valuable moments which will certainly make this Short Everest Base Camp Trekking with a helicopter return a memorable one.  

Best season for Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return.

Generally, the months ranging from March to May and September to November are the best times for doing this trek. Especially in March to May wildflowers bloom in plenty making it a very refreshing environment for trekking. Also, the morning stays clear with bright sunshine till afternoon and a bit overcast conditions tend to take place only late in the afternoons.

The months of October to early December are the second best time to be here for trekking. As the mountain views are clearer. However, the temperatures drop down to minus degree Celsius in the morning and night. Also, there is every chance of snowfall in some high areas en route to Everest Base Camp. Despite this, the temperatures during the daytime are still comfortable and are a good time for trekking on Everest.


What kind of food do I get to eat during my Everest Base Camp Trek?

During trekking in the Everest Base Camp area, you get to choose various kinds of foods from the lodge/tea house menu. It consists of soups, steaks, sandwiches, Momo, macaroni dishes, pizzas, etc. The tea houses where you stay provide a food menu where you can pick your choice and give the order to your guide. It is advisable to include light foods during lunchtime as it makes you feel lighter and easy while you walk.

For high altitudes, we always recommended garlic soup which is a natural means of preventing altitude sickness along with the Nepalese staple diet of Dal Bhat. Over the years it has been one of the nourishing light and healthily trekking foods and continues to be.
Physical Fitness level, Medical, and Health required for Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is not a strenuous trekking trail. You will be regularly hiking for around 3 to 4 hours on average depending on the destination.

A person having an average level of fitness can easily complete this trek. If you have any kind of previous trekking experience or regular exercise it will be an added advantage but not compulsory.

However, this trek is not recommended for individuals who are suffering from chronic ailments or have heart or lung diseases. If you suffer from such conditions, it is better to avoid this trip.

Important Note.

  • This trip departs every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or privately or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget.
  • We accept the instant booking and online payment.

Outline Itinerary of 12 Days Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Day 1 On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,320 m /4,355 ft staff transfers you to the hotel.
Day 2 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,820 m/9,300 ft, walk to Phakding village 2,645 m / 8,725 ft - 04 hrs. trek.
Day 3 Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m / 11, 350 ft - 06 hrs.
Day 4 Acclimatization day at Namche and a short scenic hike to the viewpoint.
Day 5 Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m / 12,760 ft-05 hrs.
Day 6 Trek to Dingboche 4,340 m / 14,320 ft - 05 hrs.
Day 7 At Dingboche another rest day for acclimatization with a short hike.
Day 8 Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk,
Day 9 Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk
Day 10 Climb Kalapathar 5,545 m / 18,297 ft descend to Gorakshep for breakfast then a short Heli flight to Lukla
Day 11 Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure.
Day 12 International departure for homeward bound.

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12 Days Rapid Everest Base Camp Trekking provides with standard Itinerary days where some day's walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.

  • AccommodationHotel moonlight/Hotel Lo Mustang/Hotel Thamel Park
  • Mealswelcome dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,320 m /4,355 ft

You will be arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. The representative of Trekking Planer receives you displaying the signboard of Trekking Planner outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle.

Later in the day you will get enough time to rest and relax or go for a short walk depending upon your interest. In the evening after a short brief about the trek with your guide you will be taking part in a welcome dinner held in your honor. You will then retire to you room for an overnight rest.


  • AccommodationSee you Lodge/Sherpa Guide
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2780m/9121ft

the morning, today you will take 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After landing at the Lukla airport, you get to meet your guide and porters.

Soon you start a trek by following a descending downward trail that leads you towards the Dudh Kosi River. Walking at a gradual pace you will soon reach Phakding, passing through a village, called Ghat. Overnight at a hotel with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,440 m / 11, 350 ft

Your trek today continues all along the majestic and torrential Dudh Koshi River taking you to the ancient trading center of Namche Bazaar. As you move ahead you will be greeted by the first views of the Kongde Ri Peak. It then goes past some suspension bridges for a while and then the trail ahead bends towards the beautiful Benkar valleys. Further as you trek you will find beautiful waterfalls, ancient gompa and lush green forests that adorn the surroundings.

Once you are at Benkar you will be greeted by magnificent views of Thamserku (6623m) and the sacred Khumbila Peak (5765m). Observing these peaks you will halt for some time at Monjo. This place is also known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. Next you trek ahead through to the Jorsale village until you reach Larja Dobhan, for making a cross over a high suspension bridge. This is where the rivers of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi meet each other.

You then embark on the trail that goes steep till Namche Bazaar. On the way to Namche you get to see splendid views of the majestic peaks such as Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7879m). This gives you a sense of relief and satisfaction during the ascent on the steep section.

Namche Bazaar is a renowned buzzing town of the Sherpa highlanders. It is a perfect place for acclimatization and a center for day hikes. Namche Bazaar still retains its ancient culture, traditions, and heart-warming hospitality. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationMoon Light Lodge and Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,440 m / 11, 350 ft

The 4th day of your Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek is meant for acclimatization and rest. After taking a good rest you will trek a short distance to a museum. It showcases the traditional customs of the Sherpa people.

Later you also get to hike up to Syangboche and continue to walk to the Everest View Hotel. From this hotel, you can see a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Everest (8,848 m) with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the Khumbu peaks. Later in the afternoon hike down to Namche. Overnight stay at Namche

  • AccommodationTrekkers Inn/Paradise Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,867 m / 12,760 ft

A day of exciting trek continues as usual.  Today the trek takes you across the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains.  Trekking on further you will gain height until you reach the famous place Tengboche. Known for its age old monastery it is incredible.

A look inside the monastery lets you explore its ornate wall hangings, sculpture of Buddha, musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. Besides that in the evening you can take part in its evening or morning’s prayer ceremony but depends upon the scheduling of the trek. Overnight at Tengboche

  • AccommodationDingboche Resort/Yak Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,867 m / 12,760 ft

You will leave Tengboche behind and follow the trail that drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. From here the trail climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones.

From this point onwards it an uphill trek that continues, until you reach to the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche. Here you will get exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.  Before we head for the trek further you take time to rest to avoid altitude sickness.

  • AccommodationDingboche Resort/Yak Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,867 m / 12,760 ft

Today is the day for acclimatization and rest. After a good rest you will hike to Nangkartshang Peak which is located just above Dingboche. This is an excellent peak for getting splendid views of the charming Ama Dablam peak.

If the weather stays clear, you get to see the excellent view of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Img Valley, Mt Makalu  quite nicely.  You still have some time in the afternoon which you can spend either by strolling around the village or taking rest. Overnight at Dingboche

  • AccommodationOxygen Altitude Home/Pyramid Lobuche
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,867 m / 12,760 ft

The morning trek starts with a gradual and an easy paced ascent from the settlement of Dingboche. You will be passing through the grazing areas of cattle and the beautiful mountains that gives you a pleasant trekking experience.

Ahead you will be trekking past the chortens, Mani walls and stupas. Moving forward from here you will get excellent views of the Tabuche Peak (6495m), Ama Dablam Mountain and many more. You will go past the glacial valleys and vast landscape before making a climb onto the valley of Dughla. This is perhaps the last human settlement before traveling further to the base camp.

Further as you go you will get to discover one of the most touching sections of this trek. A trek of almost an hour will lead you to the height of the high ground overlooking the Khumbu valley, called Chukpo Lari. A monumental place where you will find various tombs built in memory of the mountaineers who laid down their  lives during their expedition to conquer Everest. From here the trail descends down taking you to the western side of the valley after walking over the glacial moraines of the majestic Khumbu Glacier. Stay overnight in Lobuche.

  • AccommodationYeti Inn/ Everest Inn Pvt. Ltd
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,867 m / 12,760 ft

This is one of the most awaited and exciting days of your entire Everest Base Camp Trek.Today you will be heading straight for the Everest Base Camp. You need to be aware and take precautions against acute mountain sickness in this kind of altitude and trek sensibly. You will be leaving Lobuche after having an early morning's breakfast. Trekking forward from here reaches you to Gorakshep taking to the lateral moraines of the Khumbu Glacier past the Italian research centre. Overcoming the rocky paths, you cautiously walk avoiding the icy pinnacles and occasional crevasses in the Khumbu region.

Ahead the trail ascends over the Lobuche Pass and then reaches to the section squeezed by large glaciers of Changri Nup and Khumbu. In a very short time frame you will find yourself at gorakshep. An ideal place to make a halt for having your lunch and for an overnight stay.

After having a good rest and refreshing moments you will then move on to your final destination, which is the Everest Base Camp. You will be trekking on a rocky path and onto the New Moraine Route, until you reach the base camp. The moment you reach here the overwhelming sight of the number of tents and camps lined up by the climbers in the peak season, at the Everest Base Camp is phenomenal.

To be able to get here and observe the surroundings gives a delightful feeling that just cannot be expressed in words. Especially when you are in the lap of the world’s tallest peak. After cherishing the memories of these extraordinary moments, we retrace back to Gorakshep. Not only that You shall get completely lost in the beauty of the sunset visible from the base camp. Stay overnight in Gorakshep.

  • AccommodationHikers Inn Lukla
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time5,545 m / 18,297 ft

Today is both an enduring be and a rewarding days of your trek. The first part of the morning is spent in climbing Kala Patthar. The ascent is demanding yet its worth a climb as the panoramic views that you get of the magnificent Everest standing at 8,848 m is breathtaking.

 From here wherever your eyes goes you get to see the splendor of giant peaks such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and many more. You will then make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have a hearty breakfast. Next you then fly down to Lukla on a helicopter. In a matter of few minutes you reach Lukla for an overnight stay.

  • AccommodationHotel moonlight/Hotel Lo Mustang/Hotel Thamel Park
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1,320 m /4,355 ft

This is perhaps the last day of your trek journey up into the mountains. For one last time you take a last look at the mountains and then board a flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be safely transferred to your hotel room by our guide safely. Overnight at a hotel

  • MealsBreakfast

Today is the final day of your trek journey in Nepal. One of our airport representatives will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal. You will be taking back exciting memories of Everest Base camp with you to be cherished forever.

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

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Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek (Trek Everest Base camp and Heli to Lukla) Map
What's Included
  •  All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  •  Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant and farewell dinner.
  •  Twin/double sharing accommodation on BB at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  •  Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu by regular flight and Gorak Shep to Lukla by Helicopter.
  •  National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System ( TIMS card).
  •  A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
  •  2 guests to 1 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment.
  •  Your cost includes insurance, wages, food, and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
  •  Best available twin-sharing lodge accommodation during the trek (we have a private room with attached bathrooms except for Gorek Shep).
  •  Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  •  Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek.     
  •  First aid kit.
  •  Trekking Planner Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  •  Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  •  Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  •  One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek.
  •  All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
  • The sharing bus ride from Kathmandu to Ramechhap for the Lukla flight is included both ways.
  • Fresh fruits after dinner every night as dessert during the trek.
  • Cookies and biscuits during the trek for cookie time after reaching the tea house.
What's Excluded
  •  Your Nepal Visa fees.
  •  All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu.
  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  •  In case of extra nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from.
  •  mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given period of the itinerary.
  •  Your expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  •  Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions or any event out of our control.
  • Taking a private jeep towards Ramechhap will cost extra, but it will be worth it.
Departure Dates

If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US (Call/email now for a private trip, info@nepaltrekkingplanner.com, Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.

Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.

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Essential Info

If you want to customize the trip or custom hand-picked facilities instead of the whole package, we also have those services, for example.

  • Nepal Trekking Planner can provide customized tailored itineraries for our client’s Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter return needs.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal can conduct the trip by providing a guide and porters-only service for this Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter return 12 days.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal can provide accommodation-only facilities for the Rapid Everest Base Camp Trek-12 Days if required.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal can provide flight tickets for Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Trekking planner Nepal can provide only flight service from Ramechhap to Lukla and Lukla to Ramechhap.
  • Trekking Planner Nepal provides only vehicle service from Kathmandu to Ramechhap and Ramechhap to Kathmandu.

Note that from October 1st, 2023, the flights will take place from Ramechhap, which is around 3/4 hours of drive, depending on whether you are taking a private vehicle or want to join a group to share the cost of a coaster or a bus.

Driving to Ramechhap for Lukla Flight, don’t forget these things.

  • If you take a private vehicle, you can reach around a 3-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap, and the car will pick you up at the hotel or the place you choose.
  • If you’re taking a shared bus or coaster towards Ramechhap, then you have to go from your place towards the bus, and the bus will have other trekkers joining as well, As soon as everyone arrives, the bus or coaster will then move towards Ramechhap airport.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips for Females.

  • Ladies and women need to keep track of their periods.
  • After tracking the periods, always keep two packs of sanitary pads with you.
  • In the mountains, during the cold, you can feel cramps, and bleeding can be a little more than normal, so feel free to let the guide know about the situation and consume painkillers in case of cramps.

Suggested Equipment List.

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip).
  • Day pack.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandals.
  • Sun Hat/cap.
  • Warm woolen cap.
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket.
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer.
  • Pullover or warm sweeter.
  • Raincoat.
  • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks.
  • Hand gloves.
  • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non-cotton preferred).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle.
  • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/We can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip).
  •  Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Your Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return trip starts from Kathmandu valley as we take off from the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan International Airport. It ends similarly as it had started off in Kathmandu.

  • The trek is not as difficult at all as you expect but better have some kind of hiking experience. You do not require any kind of technical expertise or mountaineering skills to trek to the Everest Base Camp. There are also no high passes to cross. The only thing you need to be aware of is the altitude. If you do acclimatize properly, eat the right food, and drinks and rest enough, and trek with an experienced guide and porter then you need not worry.

  • It is practically impossible to take the helicopter to the top of Everest. The air is just too thin for most helicopters to produce enough power to lift and remain airborne. Besides that, the type of weather is strong enough to bring down any helicopter.

    Any kind of intentional landing in those conditions is strongly not recommended. There are several factors that limit a pilot's ability to fly to the top of Mount Everest. For much of the year, the mountain is covered in hurricane-force winds and sub-freezing temperatures.

  • On the Rapid Everest base camp trek, the helicopter flies at an altitude ranging from 4,000 m to 5,500 meters high or above in some areas (18000 feet). Flying above 5,000m allows you to get close views of the mountains of the region and beyond other peaks of the Himalayas.

  • All our guides and pilots are expert and highly trained professionals in this field. They have decades of experience leading worldwide customers and have taken them to the Himalayas with great skill and safety. The guides have complete knowledge about the flora-fauna, local culture, history, and traditional life of the villagers up there in the mountains.

    Besides that our pilots are well-trained and flying experts. They have in-depth knowledge and you will be in good hands even at times of emergencies if it arises.

  • You can choose the food you want from the Lodge/Tea house menu and the test of food depends on the place and the altitude. You can also choose local dishes and continental dishes. However, food is cooked by the basic local trainers so the taste may not be the same as you have at your house.

  • There are a few practical challenges that may or may not occur. It ranges from Lukla Flight Cancellation, getting altitude sickness on occasion, Khumbu cough, poor Wi-Fi signals, and getting hot showers.

  • Preparing before trekking to the Everest Base Camp is always a wise decision. You should include and improve your cardio endurance, build stamina, and be comfortable carrying a daypack uphill for long periods at a time. Ideally, you should prepare on a regular basis for at least a couple of weeks before your trek. Try and begin hiking or taking long walks at least 1 day per week. All your focus should be on duration rather than distance.

  • It is always advisable to carry safe drinking water with you wherever you travel/trek. However, you can buy a bottle of mineral water along the way from Lodge.  Our guide also brings a water purification tablet, if you need you can ask and take it from the guide. 

  • It all depends upon the area and the season. In the months of April to May, it is warmer during day time with a cold wind blowing in the mornings and late afternoons. Generally, the temperature drops down in the evening time.  In the months of September to November, it is warmer during the daytime with the cold wind blowing in the mornings and late afternoons. The temperature drops down from -5*C to -8*C in the evening.   

    However, we will suggest you carry the necessary warm gear to stay away from cold

  • Yes, we always have oxygen cylinders ready with us. It is very helpful in times of unexpected health issues or in case of unforeseen emergencies as well.

  • The number of passengers carried largely depends upon the maximum carrying capacity of the particular helicopter that is hired. It depends on how you wish to travel, it will either be a group flight or it can be a private tour. The passengers on your flight are according to your booking preferences and confirmed orders

  • Yes, you can charge your batteries and mobile phones in every place by paying some extra amount. The price of charging may vary in different places. It is wise to bring your power bank which you can charge in Kathmandu and use it in the higher area as charging batteries in the higher area is quite costly.

  • Trekking up into the mountains is unpredictable and there might be health emergency situations. If such thing happens than you will need a quick helicopter ride back to Kathmandu for treatment. Hence, adequate insurance is an essential requirement. You need to make sure that the insurance that you have covers helicopter rescue & medical evacuation expenses at high altitudes.

  • Trekking Planner guarantees the safety, security, and satisfaction of its clients. Our reliable team members always carry all the necessary gear, and first aid kits to face any situation.

    If a trekker falls sick, the guide has the authority to decide whether to continue the hike forward or descend down immediately. In emergencies, we position and inform a helicopter to bring you back to safety. Trekking Planner also uses an oximeter to monitor the oxygen level of trekkers at high altitudes.

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    EBC trek with Nepal Trekking planners

    We were a group of 12 that had a custom itinerary created for us . Dipak and our guide Anish were nothing short of remarkable in guiding us,making adjustments on the fly and delivering great service under some very demanding circumstances. You can't go wrong by selecting Trekking Planner as your agency of choice for the EBC hike.

    TricassoUnited States,Nov 07, 2023
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    My husband and I hike EBC for our honeymoon. Our guide was Binod and he was fantastic. The trip went very smoothly and we had some of the best accommodations all through the trip. Dipak was very organized and always quick to respond to all questions before and during the trip. We highly recommend Trekker Planners and Binod as a guide!

    MRA5Canada,Nov 04, 2023
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