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12 Days 11 Nights
Availability : 365 Days
Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp Trek
Min Age : No Age Limit
Max People : 20

Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Return Details:

Everest Base Camp trek helicopter return to Lukla is an exciting adventure for all, it offers the best of both worlds – the excitement of trekking through the Himalayas attached with the convenience and luxury of air travel. 

Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC Trek) is a dream for many adventure lovers, offering an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas, situated at an elevation of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet).

To complete the Everest base camp (EBC) trek usually takes about 12 days, covering a distance of approximately 130 kilometers round trip from Lukla, the gateway to Everest. Trekking to EBC is a challenging and rewarding experience, some trekkers choose a more convenient and time-efficient option by returning from EBC to Lukla via helicopter. This allows trekkers to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from a unique perspective and significantly reduces the overall trekking duration. Helicopter return from EBC to Lukla is particularly appealing to those with time constraints or physical limitations, offering a swift and comfortable alternative to the strenuous descent on foot.

The helicopter ride from Everest Base Camp back to Lukla provides trekkers with a bird’s-eye view of the majestic Himalayan landscape, including panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain, and remote villages, towering mountains, allowing trekkers to reflect on their accomplishments.

Whether embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or seeking a more comfortable trekking experience, this option allows trekkers to create unforgettable memories while exploring one of the most iconic regions on Earth.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • Twin sharing accommodation throughout the trek and Kathmandu
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • Lukla flights, Trekking permits, Sleeping bag and Duffle bag
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Helicopter return to Lukla or Kathmandu upon your request

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa and Travel insurance
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that offers breathtaking views of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and taking back to Lukla or Kathmandu by helicopter will be a different level of experience you gonna have on this trip of a lifetime. Here’s what you can expect on the Everest Base Camp trek:

  • Scenic Trail: The trek starts with a flight to Lukla, followed by a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages, rhododendron forests, suspension bridges, and glacial rivers. The landscape varies from lush greenery to barren high-altitude terrain.
  • Altitude Challenges: As you ascend, you'll experience changes in altitude that can affect your body. Acclimatization days are built into the itinerary to help your body adjust gradually and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Basic Accommodations: Teahouses or lodges along the trail provide basic accommodation and meals. Expect simple rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Hot showers may be available for an additional fee, and electricity is often provided by solar power.
  • Weather Conditions: Weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable. While trekking in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offers the best weather, be prepared for cold temperatures, wind, and occasional snow showers, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Sherpa Culture: Along the trail, you'll encounter Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries. Take the time to learn about Sherpa culture and customs, visit local monasteries, and witness religious ceremonies if possible.
  • Health and Safety: It's crucial to be aware of altitude sickness symptoms and take necessary precautions. Stay hydrated, listen to your body, and communicate any health concerns to your guide. Emergency evacuation options are available if needed.
  • The helicopter ride from Everest Base Camp back to Lukla provides trekkers with a bird’s-eye view of the majestic Himalayan landscape, including panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain, and remote villages, towering mountains.
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Itinerary
Please note that this itinerary is a general guideline and may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, group pace, and individual preferences. It's essential to consult with your trekking agency (Sali Trekking) to customize the itinerary according to your needs and preferences. Additionally, travel insurance is highly recommended for this adventure to cover any unforeseen circumstances or emergencies.

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Briefing about the trek and necessary preparations.
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu if time permits.

Day 2Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,652 meters)

  • Early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840 meters), a exciting 30 minute journey offering aerial views of the Himalayas.
  • Start trekking from Lukla to Phakding, a gentle descent through picturesque Sherpa villages and alongside the Dudh Koshi River.
  • Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours. 8km walking

Day 3Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters)

  • Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, ascending gradually through rhododendron and pine forests.
  • Cross several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge.
  • Enter Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Reach Namche Bazaar, the lively Sherpa town and trading hub of the region.
  • Approximate trekking time: 6-7 hours, 12 km walking.

Day 4Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

  • Spend a day acclimatizing in Namche Bazaar.
  • Optional hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, visit local shops, bakeries, and the Sherpa Cultural Museum.

Day 5Namche Bazaar to Debuche (3,800 meters)

  • Trek from Namche Bazaar to Debuche offers stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam and many more snow-capped peaks .
  • Descending to the Dudh Koshi River before ascending through rhododendron forests.
  • Explore the famous Tengboche Monastery with stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours. 13km distance

Day 6Debuche To Dingboche (4,410 Meters)

  • Trek from Deboche to Dingboche, and cross the last suspension bridge to Everest Base Camp over the Imja River.
  • Climb gradually to Pangboche, a picturesque village with big settlements of Sherpa people.
  • Trek through less vegetation areas following the Imja River.
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours. 9km distance

Day 7Acclimatization Day In Dingboche

  • Spend a day acclimatizing in Dingboche.
  • Optional hike to Nagarjun Hill or explore the village and interact with locals.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 8Dingboche To Lobuche (4,910 Meters)

  • Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, ascending gradually with views of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Pass through Thukla and ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Visit the memorial place of the Climber, who died on Everest and neighboring mountains.
  • Reach Lobuche, settled in a rocky landscape with panoramic mountain views.
  • Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours. 7km

Day 9Lobuche To Gorakshep (5,180 M), Hike To Everest Base Camp (5,364 M), Return To Gorakshep.

  • Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep, a challenging section with rocky terrain and high altitude.
  • Continue from Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp, following the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Reach Everest Base Camp, take photos, and enjoy the iconic views of Everest and surrounding peaks.
  • Return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.
  • Approximate trekking time to EBC and back: 7-8 hours. 11km

Day 10Hike To Kalapattar (5,644m), Fly To Lukla By Helicopter.

  • Early morning hike to Kala Patthar, a vantage point offering stunning sunrise views of Everest, Lhotse, and other Mountains.
  • After the Kalapattar summit, down to Gorak Shep for breakfast, pack, and get ready for the helicopter ride experience.
  • Helicopter back to Lukla and enjoy last nite in the Himalayas with fellow trekkers and trekking crew.

Day 11Fly Back To Kathmandu

  • Early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Rest in Kathmandu, with optional sightseeing or shopping in the city.

Day 12Departure Or Extend Your Stay.

  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey.
  • Bid farewell to Nepal with memories of your Everest Base Camp adventure.
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FAQ

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp trek?

The Everest Base Camp trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitude. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

Do I need to be physically fit to trek to Everest Base Camp?

While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Everest Base Camp trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How do I prepare for altitude sickness during the Everest Base Camp trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the Everest Base Camp trek?

Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to more comfortable lodges with amenities such as hot showers and WiFi, especially in the lower elevations, but higher up, accommodation is more basic. Most of the trekkers find delicious food along the trail, with different meal options.  As the Everest base camp trek is more commercial now, food and accommodation facilities are getting better day by day to serve their guest in the mountains.

Can I trek to Everest Base Camp without a guide or porter?

While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a guide or porter for added support, safety, and convenience. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

What should I pack for the Everest Base Camp trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek.

How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost?

How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost?

The cost of the Everest Base Camp trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $1,000 to $2,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

How much helicopter cost for Everest base camp to Lukla?

The helicopter cost varies, if you are a single  USD750 per person ( minimum 2 people in group) If more people on sharing the cost will come down slightly. better talk to your guide or company who are organizing your trip, they will give you a better idea. 

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LC K

Group Traveller

Great Team Sali

Great support team from Sali. Sali has great problem skills so we are in safe hands with him. Sali and his team members are warm and friendly always

October 20, 2023

Ujjal m

Solo Traveller

Just go with them “Blindly”

Just came back from EBC trek with Mountain Worl Treks. Sali and his team of guides Sudip, Suresh, Ramesh, Badri and the porters were exemplary to say the least. The experience of trekking in the Himalayas was overwhelming but the service offered by the team made it possible. They made sure we got to stay in the best lodges, got the best food available and supported us to achieve the trek in every possible way. I was the slowest person in the group every day, but there was always one of the guides walking with me to make sure I was fine, and encourage and push me to the destination. After reaching EBC, I was very tired and wanted to come back to Lukla by helicopter. Sali arranged it without any upfront payment and made sure I was received by someone at Lukla and put on to the flight to Ramechap. This goes to show his commitment towards his clients. I paid the Heli fare after returning home as my cards were not working in Kathmandu. I am indeed grateful to Sali and his team for helping me complete my dream trek without any hindrance.

If you want to go for trekking in Nepal just choose Mountain World Treks blindly and trust me, you will come back happy and content like me.

October 10, 2023

Soniya R

Group Traveller

5 Star Service – Saligram Trekking Team

Namaste, in April 2023 we visited Nepal to climb EBC, from the beginning to the end of the trek had a great experience with Salitreking.Saligram bhai and Niraj Aryal our guide and his team were super accommodating to us and understood our concerns and interests for this trek.Niraj went the extra mile and made sure we were all comfortable at all the time, be it food, additional supplies or any further information about the trek he was always available for us.

The team is mindful of their clients interests and needs and provides the best service, I would recommend Salitreking company with a 5 star service!

Thank you Niraj for taking very good care of us.It is with trust of the guide and his team one can accomplish the hike in the mountains.

Keep up the great work Team Saligram!

Kind regards, Soniya

April 9, 2023

DocAlex1959

Solo Traveller

Once in a lifetime, out of this world adventure!!

Clearly the experience in the mountains trekking from Lukla up to EBC was out of this world literally. The history, the views, the spirituality of the experience and the daily challenge to slog 7 hour tough but rewarding days. What made this special was the friendliness, professionalism and organizational skills of Saligram and his team and the guidance and care I recieved from my guide Ishwor throughout the trip. The accommodation, food and accessibility to good toilets, hot showers, internet and power all the way up to 5000 meters at Gora Shep added to the magic of the trip and the comfort level for a 63 year old like myself. I want to credit Saligram for his professionalism, responsiveness, adaptability and hands on service delivery to make my experience seamless and fantastic. Thanks Ishwor for becoming my friend and companion on my solo trip and your efforts to always make me comfortable.

November 14, 2022

QuebecSunseeker

Couple Traveller

Amazing

Excellent pre arrival communication with advice, guidance and answering all our questions and taking care of all our needs from arriving in Kathmandu to every step of our EBC trek to final departure back home. Saligram (Mountain World Treks), delivered beyond our expectations.In this amazingly beautiful and equally harsh and challenging trek, you need a experienced and knowledgeable company like Mountain World Treks during this amazing journey.Sali and his team of guides and porters are the key to your success in this trek. Especially, if any emergencies arise or rescue is needed, this is the team I would want by my side.

I would recommend Mountain World Treks to anyone without hesitation!

We arrived as clients of Saligram, but left Kathmandu as life long friends. We can’t wait to go back and explore many more amazing treks with Sali (Mountain World Treks).

May 26, 2022
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