Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return - 11 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March - May and Mid-Sep - Nov
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545m.|18,192ft.

Highlights

  • Short Everest base camp trek itinerary with ample acclimatization days
  • Helicopter flight from Kala Patthar to Kathmandu that saves you from three days of walking
  • A perfect EBC itinerary for trekkers with limited time to explore the mountains
  • Get to witness the unparalleled beauty of the views of the eastern Himalayan mountains from both ground and sky
  • Trek through beautiful Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests
  • Meet with the local mountain community and get to see their unique lifestyle
  • Side excursion to Hotel Everest View
  • Diverse landscapes and walking on the glacier
  • Stand on the Everest base camp and catch gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar

Everest base camp trek 11 days with helicopter return 2023/2024

Now with numerous Everest base camp trek packages out there, you must be wondering which one will best suit you and why to choose the Everest base camp helicopter return trek specifically. 

Well, the answer to your first question is within you. Ask yourself 

  • how much time you can give to trek to the Everest base camp
  • which itinerary will best fit your physical fitness
  • whether you have any past high altitude experience or not and
  • what kind of services you would like to have in the package? 

Answering the above questions will give you the right answer to the question- which Everest base camp trek package is ideal for you? Likewise, for the second question, why choose the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, we will give you all the reasons that make this particular Everest trekking package very special. 

Till a couple of years ago, a helicopter flight from Kala Patthar to Kathmandu was only included in the luxury Everest base camp trekking package. This has limited the reach of travelers who don't necessarily like to do a luxury trek but would love to combine a helicopter flight back at the end of the trek. 

So, we have come up with this special 11 days Everest base camp trek itinerary that combines a sensational helicopter flight at the end of the trek. The package lets you enjoy the Himalayas and their unparalleled beauty from both ground & sky. You get to experience the best of both worlds, a thrilling commercial Kathmandu Lukla flight, and a comfortable helicopter ride back to Kathmandu in this package.

Everest base camp trek with helicopter return brief itinerary 

The Everest base camp trek for 11 days begins from Kathmandu. You spend 9 days in the eastern Himalayan mountains traversing through lush alpine woods and picturesque Sherpa villages. The quickest way to reach the starting point of the trail, Lukla (2,860m), is by taking a short flight from Kathmandu airport. 

*Note- Because of high air traffic sometime, the Kathmandu Lukla flight gets diverted to Manthali airport (Ramechhap), a 5 hours drive from Kathmandu city. 

Following the classic route via Phakding (2,610m) and Namche Bazaar (3,440m), you'll ascend through lush rhododendron forests, crossing hanging suspension bridges multiple times over the Dudh Koshi river. The trail descends to Imja Khola river valley before climbing to Tengboche village (3,860m). Further walking past Pangboche village (3,985 m) and barley & wheat terraces, Dingboche (4,410m) arrives. 

From here, you trek on a high trail. The treeline gets thin and following a glacier route, ascends to Dughla (4,620m) top. The trail then goes by Lobuche village (4,940m) and continues along the Khumbu glacier moraine to Everest base camp (5,364m) via Gorak Shep (5,164m). The final walk is up to Kala Patthar's (5,645m) viewpoint and joins a mesmerizing helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. 

Mountain views, local culture, and natural diversity along the trail

One of the things that take Everest trekking to the next level is all the mountain landscapes one gets to witness in the course of their journey. From the very beginning of the trek till the end, you'll not have a chance to rest your eyes. The Mt. Everest (8,849 m) view is not visible from everywhere on the trail, which makes walking up to Kala Patthar immensely gratifying, but you do get to enjoy views of many other Himalayan mountains. 

Mountains like Thamserku (6,608m), Khumbi La (5,761m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Makalu (8,463m), Pumori (7,161m), Cholatse (6,440m), and numerous others intensify the walk with their mighty presence. Every new village unlocks a scenery you would have not imagined. There is no end to landscapes. Similarly, the interactions with the mountain community and their warm hospitality make the Everest base camp trek helicopter more fascinating.

You take short breaks by visiting ancient monasteries like Khumjung and Tengboche. The fluttering faded prayer flags and rusted prayer wheels add more character to the trail. The greenery at the beginning of the trek wilts into a white blanket of snow & grays of rocky hills. Far from the conventional life, you'll embark on an adventurous and lifetime journey with native mountain guides. 

What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails unique?

Every single trip we organize in the Himalayas is unique. We customize all of our trips as per the needs of our guests, which set us apart from the crowd. At Nepal Nirvana Trails you can sense more than a decade-long legacy and passion for travel in multiple generations. We have the best Everest base camp trek itinerary that has beautiful night stops and ample acclimatization days. 

You will not have to face any nuisance while trekking with us. We take care of all the things in Nepal and be there as your friend whenever you need us. You can expect a safe trek to Everest base camp trek with our team at the best price for sure. We have daily departures in the peak trekking seasons - spring and autumn. Likewise, you can also do a private Everest trek with sharing helicopter return. 

Upgrading the package is very simple too. You can always upgrade the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter and return to a luxury trek if you wish. For more information regarding the Everest base camp trekking 2023/2024 departure dates with package cost, we suggest you talk with our travel consultants. 

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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  • 2 - Star Hotel
  • 1,400m.|4,592ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2,652m.|8,699 ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,440m.|11,283ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,440m.|11,283ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,860m.|12,661ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4,410m.|14,465ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4,410m.|14,465ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4940m.|16203ft.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5,364m.|17,594ft.

  • 2 - Star Hotel
  • Breakfast, and Farewell Dinner
  • 5,545m.|18,187ft.

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    Useful Info

    How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter return?

    The Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return covers only one way of the trail if we compare it with the usual Everest base camp trekking package. So, you not only save 3 days of walking back to Lukla but also save a lot of your energy. And mind you, descending on the Himalayan trail is difficult too. You have to put a lot of pressure on your knees. But thanks to helicopter flight at the end of the climbing phase, you do not need to face that. 

    The Everest base camp trail is moderate. There are occasional steep ascending, but it's doable enough to join by a beginner trekker. The trek is in no way easy and demands strong willpower to walk 6 hours a day at minimum. The trekkers have to be in good shape physically and should be able to adjust to the simple lifestyle that mountains offer. 

    Altitude Sickness

    You cannot cancel altitude sickness while trekking in the Himalayas, especially when the journey leads you above 5,000 meters. But you surely can avoid it by adopting accurate preventive measures. With an experienced team like us, you can expect a very safe trek to the Everest base camp. 

    Our mountain guide will keep checking your health, don't let you ascend more meters a day, make sure your body gets ample opportunities to acclimatize, and give you proper first-aid right away if needed. 

    It's always exciting and achievable in the first few days of trekking. However, as the elevation begins to rise and the services get limited & expensive, the journey abruptly becomes exhausting. 

    You have to maintain your diet and water intake. You may not feel like eating at a higher elevation, but you shouldn't miss any meal and try choosing as fresh an option as possible. Take plenty of rest and fluids. This will help you avoid altitude sickness. 

    Training for the Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return

    To train your body for the Everest base camp trekking, you can get involved in cardio training and do activities such as cycling, hiking, swimming, etc. All these will increase your stamina, which is very important while trekking in the Himalayas. 

    You can do regular long walks with a backpack weighing 5 kg. Likewise, weight training will help you strengthen your core. Any sort of physical activity will be good enough to prepare for the Everest base camp hike. 

    Your preparation should also involve getting used to your trekking boots and making sure you have all the necessary trekking clothes. You can also rent or buy most of the trekking gear in Kathmandu, so no need to carry heavy loads from your home.

    Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return Solo/Private/Group

    Whether you are a solo trekker or trekking in a group, you can join the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return with us. Solo trekkers can do a private trek or join one of our groups at their convenience. Private trekking will let you keep the essence of solo traveling while making sure you are safe in the mountains because the journey is guided by an experienced mountain guide. 

    Our groups are generally short and consist of 4 to 10 people. In groups above 6 trekkers, we also give an assistant guide. Even if you are trekking in a group of more than 10 or 12 people, we can help you arrange a hassle-free Everest base camp helicopter trek. 

    Last Minute Booking for Everest Base Camp helicopter trek return

    Booking a last-minute Everest base camp helicopter trekking may not give you ample time to prepare for the trek. So, do evaluate your physical fitness and whether you are ready to do this trek without any preparation or not. Anyways, depending upon the situation, we do take last-minute bookings for the EBC trek. 

    Last-minute bookings may not make you eligible for any refund if you cancel the trip. Do check out our cancellation trip policy before doing a last-minute booking.

    Everest Base Camp helicopter trek best time

    Everest base camp trekking is best experienced in spring (March to May) and autumn (Mid - September to November). Spring and autumn have the finest weather conditions to trek in the Himalayas. You get to enjoy brilliant weather, a mild climate, and jaw-dropping mountain landscapes. The visibility is all clear, and breezy days are just fabulous. 

    The vivid colors of the forests enhance the trekking routes. You may come across wildlife and exotic birds. Less chance of precipitation. The trails are bustling with travelers from around the globe. Likewise, all the helicopter flights are likely to be on time, the views are fantastic. Despite having good weather, sometimes it changes very fast. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable, in such cases, even the helicopter flight may get canceled.

    Accommodation & Food

    The accommodation on the Everest base camp helicopter trekking is simple lodges. You can upgrade the accommodation to a luxury lodge if your budget allows it. The basic lodge has limited facilities and shared washrooms. The sleeping rooms are small and made for twin occupancy. Single rooms are only booked on prior notice and will cost little additional money. The lodges have paid charging, hot shower, and wifi facilities. You get a clean blanket and bedding to spend the night. 

    The meals are much more decent on the Everest trail than on other trekking routes around the Himalayas. In villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, etc., you'll also get pizza, burgers, steak, and macaroni. Other than that, many Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian dishes are available on the menu. The beverage options are also good ranging from tea and coffee to soft drinks & alcoholic drinks. 

    Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is very much needed on the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return. It is to provide you with immediate medical assistance in an emergency. The travel insurance must include emergency evacuation and medical bills. The Khumbu region does not have proper healthcare facilities, so we need to air evacuate the guests to a hospital in Kathmandu. 

    Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

    Charging - Charging facility is not that tough to get while trekking to Everest base camp, but you may need to pay additional money. Therefore, we suggest getting a solar charger or a power bank for the trail. Likewise, you can also use spare batteries. 

    Internet - You can use cellular data up to Everest base camp. Ncell, a Nepali telecommunication company, gives a good network up to the base camp. Wifi in the villages is paid for and may not be strong as in the city. 

    ATM - There is an ATM in Namche Bazaar. You can withdraw some money to use for personal expenses while trekking. There is no ATM available in any other place on the EBC trail. 

    Tips - Well we do recommend our guests to tip our field crew members like guides, porters, drivers, etc. if they are happy with their service. Tipping is not mandatory but very appreciated at the end of the journey. You can tip as much as you wish. 

    Luggage - The duffel bag weight limit for each trekker is 10 kg, and the backpack weight limit is 5 kg. If the weight exceeds this number, then you have to bear an additional charge. Similarly, you can store any extra luggage at our office free of cost during trekking. 

    FAQs

    • No, helicopters cannot go to the Everest base camp, they are less likely to land there because of less space. You can land at Kala Patthar, which offers a stunning panorama of Mt. Everest. 

    • All Everest base camp trek packages are unique. If we take ample acclimatization day into consideration, then, of course, an 11 - day EBC trek or a 14 - day EBC trek will be the most ideal option. You can enjoy a much more comfortable trek to EBC by opting for a luxury trek

    • Yes, Everest base camp trekking is worth doing in every regard. You will not regret this venture, moreover, it will become the most cherished moment of your life. The mesmerizing mountain glories, beautiful valleys, and lovely natives will make the EBC trek fantastic. 

    • It depends on the individual trekking to the Everest base camp. If you are fit and can walk 6 hours a day while adjusting to the minimum facilities then you'll not have that much of a hard time while trekking. However, new trekkers who are not aware of the high altitude and the limitations of the Himalayan trail have a bit of a difficult journey overall. 

    • Yes, the Everest base camp trek is crowded in the peak trekking seasons. You can trek right at the start or end of the peak trekking season to enjoy a relatively less crowded trail. 

    • Everest base camp is very cold throughout the year. The temperature ranges between 4 degrees Celsius in the summer and goes in minus (up to -15 degrees Celsius) in the winter. 

    • You can do Everest base camp trekking without a guide if you wish. It's up to you whether you want to join an organized trek or go solo. Nevertheless, trekking with a company like ours will make trekking much more doable and safe. 

    • No, you cannot trek to Everest base camp without a permit. Entering the Sagarmatha National Park without a permit is illegal. There are different police checkpoints around the trail where you have to register the permits and show proof, so it will be wise to get a permit.

    • Helicopter flight in the Everest region is very safe. Plus, with our experienced team, you can have a safe flight. Our flying crew has numerous hours of flight expertise, so you do not have to worry about anything. 

    • From Kala Patthar, it takes around half an hour to reach Lukla airport. Here, we will refuel the chopper and fly for another 45 minutes to descend to Kathmandu airport. 

    • Yes, we always have spare cylinders of oxygen with us in the helicopter for emergencies. 

    • You have the option to fly alone or in a group as per your wish. As per your request, we will arrange a group flight or a private flight for you. For the 11 Days - Everest Trek with Helicopter Return, we arrange you the sharing flight so, if you want the private flight you have to pay extra.

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