About Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek - 11 Days
If you have a limited time on your hand but you still want to trek in the Himalayas, more specifically, you want to reach the base camp to the tallest mountain peak in the world then the “Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek” is the ultimate option for you! The EBC helicopter trek is the best combination of adventure and luxury and this is something, you cannot miss!
This journey is unique among Everest region itineraries with the addition of helicopter flight experience. As a result, hikers of all levels of experience gravitate to it. At the foot of the world's tallest mountain peaks, you will trek through breathtaking scenery. The region's natural beauty is magnificent!
These trails emphasize acclimatization, relaxation, and exploration. You get to explore the local communities, heritage sites, and religious landmarks. Monasteries, chortens, and Gompas are examples of Tibetan Buddhism-inspired architecture. You'll also see a lot of Mani walls, colorful prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Tibetan scripture stones, among other things.
This package gives the splendor of the great Himalayas with a little bit of work to reach the peak and a little luxury on the downhill trail. We go by thrilling bridges, moraines, stupas draped with vivid prayer flags, and the enchanting air of Sherpa communities as we enjoy the blanket of mountains encircling the mysterious valley.
During the journey, trekkers will stay in teahouses, guesthouses, and lodges. In these trails, these establishments provide you with food and accommodation options. While these services cannot compare to those found in cities, you will have a pleasant experience nevertheless. Although you may need to manage these issues, you will have a fabulous time in these faraway places.
You will be able to enjoy the transition in topography from subtropical woods to stony Himalayan hills. There are gorgeous rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, glacial lakes, granite cliffs, and alpine forests along the trail. From the EBC Heli Trek, you can observe the mountains from all sides. You can experience the spectacular scenery through the ascending steps, which gaze up to the peaks and other aspects of the skyline view from a helicopter on the way back to Kathmandu.
Snow-capped mountains, beautiful green meadows, and a subtropical highland climate offer something for everyone. With various geography, unconventional terrains, and a constantly changing temperature, the valleys are nothing short of breathtaking!
Then there are the unpretentious folks from different ethnicities. They make you feel at ease with their generosity and warmth. Meanwhile, we try to make your journey as easy as possible with our return to Kathmandu via a helicopter flight. Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek 11 Days offers luxury and convenience.
Others would take weeks to complete a trail that you will complete in a fraction of that time. View the magnificent mountains, deep cleft, and meadow in the base camp region and return via helicopter!
It's a full blend of adventure and elegance that makes the most of any trip. You'll be trekking for 11 days in total. The timeframe allows you to thoroughly explore the region. Trekkers are drawn to the deep fissure, various landscapes, and surreal pastures, to name a few. Other attractions include the region's remarkable art, religious beliefs, and fiestas.
With Outfitter Nepal, you get the best deal possible for your helicopter return from the Everest Base Camp. Our 11 Days EBC trek package with helicopter return has been meticulously crafted to provide the ideal combination of luxury and adventure. To top it off, we have poured our heart and soul into creating the best possible package with our more than 2 decades of experience in the Nepali trekking industry! We guarantee a safe departure! Choose the dates below or contact us to customize a package that fits your desire. We are fine with anything as long as you are happy. We are eagerly waiting for your arrival.
- Insight into the region's cultural assets, traditions, and history
- Breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse and other surrounding mountains
- Walking through a lush forest covered in a broad variety of flowers gives you a sense of peace
- Explore religious and architectural structures, such as the Tengboche monastery
- Religious us gatherings, festivals, and rituals observed by the locals
- Make it to Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier
- Shorter and luxurious trek experience via helicopter flight
Here are some things you would be experiencing on the helicopter trek package
Experience the most daring runway at the Lukla Airport
If you’re in favor of a massive adrenaline surge, then this is it! Your flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is something that only a few people get the experience, or to put it, dare to! The Lukla airport has a reputation for being the world's most dangerous. To put things into perspective, during the peak season, roughly 20 or 30 planes land in Lukla every day, and nearly all of the 30,000 trekkers who visit the area each year fly through Lukla.
While statistically more risky than an average commercial airport, it is relatively safe. Airlines have strengthened their parameters for acceptable flight situations and restrictions for planes making the route. Although this has increased passenger safety, the journey to Lukla can still be nerve-wracking!
Rich Sherpa Heritage
Sherpas, without a doubt, are the most well-known ethnic group on the planet. Pictures of Sherpas escorting their clients to the summit of Mount Everest, one of the most dangerous places on the planet, have made headlines.
Until the beginning of tourism, the Everest region was extremely isolated. Like any mountain people, the Sherpas had perfected their adaptation to the isolation and harsh and barren surroundings. They were farmers who subsisted on trade across the Himalayan passes. Buddhism had a profound influence on life, as seen by the numerous Gompas and chortens. Experience the rich Sherpa heritage during the helicopter trek to Everest!
Embark on a wilderness journey through the trail of Sagarmatha National Park
People are familiar with Sagarmatha National Park because of its location in the Himalayas of Eastern Nepal, which is dominated by Mount Everest. Tourists have been flocking to the area since the 1960s! Although it was formally founded in 1976, people have been attracted to the region because of the gorgeous scenery and adventurous trekking and hiking trails.
It is also a sanctuary for endangered animals and birds such as the red panda and snow leopard. The wildlife sanctuary covers 1100 square kilometers and is designated by Birdlife International as an exceptional bird sanctuary, making it a popular tourist destination for mountaineers and bird watchers. On top of it, it is also a dedicated UNESCO world heritage site!
View from Kala Patthar is magnificent and unique
We can't see Mount Everest from its base camp, did you know that? But don't worry; a short climb from Gorakshep, before reaching Everest Base Camp, will lead you to Kalapatthar, a rocky summit.
One of the most spectacular mountain views in the world is the sweeping panoramic picture of Everest and Ama Dablam from the top of this rock. Plus, the view of Everest peaks in the morning as the sun rays touch the summit is breathtaking! Thus, Kalapatthar is appropriately referred to as the best viewpoint for watching Everest.
Explore the cultural blend at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the Sagarmatha Region's cultural and commercial capital. The Namche Bazaar is a colorful patchwork of houses, restaurants, motels, stores, ATMs, and bakeries. The Namche bazaar's short lane, which is shared by yaks, monks, Sherpa traders, and villagers, provides a fresh discovery around every corner, from bakeries to temples to museums.
While in Namche Bazaar, you can go for short walks around the town, browse for unique mountainside Tibetan items, or even purchase trekking equipment. If you don't want to shop, you can spend your time watching local businessmen or Sherpa people go about their daily lives.
The ultimate helicopter experience
Flying from Gorekshep to Kathmandu by helicopter is a spectacular flight with amazing views of the high Himalayas and the Khumbu valley. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a good combination of adventure in luxurious style. The Everest Heli trek is for adventure trekkers who want to visit Everest Base Camp but only have a few days off and cannot trek down to Lukla in time to catch a standard aircraft to Kathmandu. Make the most out of your EBC trek by engaging in a helicopter flight experience!
Make it to the Everest Base Camp
The trek's primary goal is to reach Everest Base Camp. The colorful tents and stories of adventure and enthusiasm of the Mountaineers attempting to reach the summit of the world illuminate the mood of the base camp.
Why would you turn back and depart in a matter of hours after walking for days to reach Everest Base Camp? Spending time at Everest Base Camp gives you a taste of what it's like to go on an Everest Expedition. The time spent in Everest base camp is without a doubt the most inspiring part of the journey.
However, because there are no teahouses in the base camp, you must stay in Gorakshep while visiting the base camp as a side excursion.
11 Days Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Itinerary
Everest Base camp Trek return by Helicopter is completed in 11 days in total with your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal. The trek starts with a short flight to Lukla. You then start the trek by following the original trail of EBC. You have a rest day in Namche Bazaar to adapt to the altitude and acclimatization. You then continue trek to Everest base camp through Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally at Gorekshep. You trek to Everest base camp from Gorekshep and return to Gorekshep to stay overnight for the last night's stay in the mountain.
You trek to Kala Patthar viewpoint in next morning. You have a great sunrise view over Everest and the neighbouring mountain peaks. You return to Gorekshep to have a hot breakfast and we take a flight to Kathmandu directly by Helicopter from Gorekshep to conclude the EBC trek. The Everest Helicopter trek is available all through tour the year so, contact for up to date costs and booking and also contact us if the given itinerary is not suitable as we are happy to tailor-make and customize the trek for you according to your requirement.
Since the package is bound to a tight schedule, we request you to have at least 1 or 2 days extra at hand. This way we can arrange your permits as swiftly as possible. On top of it, the weather in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable, thus, there might be some possibilities of flight delays. Having a few days with yourself would help you keep yourself on track or maybe roam around the charismatic Kathmandu as well!
Cost of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return Package
The standard cost of the helicopter trek package averages around US$ 2500 for a group of around 6 to 12 people. Likewise, if you are a group of 2 to 5, then the package costs US$ 3200. If you are a solo trekker, it tends to get a bit on the expensive side with the total budget amounting to US$ 4000. The cost of the package can be customizable to fit your convenience. However, the cost of the overall package may go up or down, depending upon the kind of alterations you make to the itinerary!
If you feel like you would want to customize the helicopter flight option, other than our standard package, we want to lay out some options which many trekkers have chosen. Instead of the Lukla flight to Lukla, you can sign up for a helicopter flight from and to Kathmandu, both ways. This would increase the budget in the package. Likewise, you can also ask for a helicopter flight from Gorakshep until Lukla and get on your usual Lukla flight. This would reduce your package cost overall! If you have other alternative options in your mind, you can share them with us so we can make changes to your itinerary. We want you to know that we’re flexible and will give the best effort to meet all of your needs!
Here are some of the frequently asked questions that may cross your mind:
How difficult is trekking in the Everest Region?
The trek to the base camp has been ranked as a moderately difficult trek. But don't worry; the travel is doable! To begin, the Everest Base Camp journey does not require any prior climbing experience, and there are no tough climbing stages. You should be able to trek the course with determination and a basic degree of fitness. We've seen old and young, people of all shapes and sizes complete the trek while smiling!
When is the best time to go on an Everest Base Camp trek with a Helicopter Return?
The trek can be done fairly all times a year. However, March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) are believed to be the best months for the trek along with the helicopter return! Autumn is ideal for travelers because it is neither too hot nor too cold. The trekkers ascending the base camp have improved visibility because the sky is less foggy.
In that situation, trekkers have held the winter season in high regard. Not because the weather is cloudy, but because the entire region is blanketed with snow. Though it's chilly at higher elevations, the trails aren't as slippery as they are during Monsoon. Everest has so much more to offer in the winter, including wildlife and greenery. The fog and mist, on the other hand, can obscure the view of the mountains and valleys.
What are the essential things you need to carry during the trek?
These are the list of things you might need during your helicopter trek to the base camp.
- The base layers (Moisture-wicking short sleeve and long sleeve shirt, woven shirt)
- Pants (Synthetic and fleece pants, hiking shorts and waterproof trekking pants)
- Lightweight waterproof jacket and down jacket
- Hiking boots or trekking shoes that are strong
- Rain gear and trekking poles
- Small flashlight or head torch
- Medical Kit (Blisters plaster, antibiotics, aspirin)
- Sunglasses and Sunscreen
- Personal hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, hand sanitiser, wet wipes)
- Repellent for insects
- Camera battery replacements
How likely is the possibility of altitude sickness?
Above 12-14,000 feet, most people develop minor Mountain Sickness symptoms ranging from headaches to sleep apnea to loss of appetite. While these symptoms aren’t caused for alarm, they should be kept an eye on. If your symptoms get more severe, you have two choices:
- Descend to a lower elevation and resume your journey after your symptoms have subsided.
- Enter the Gamow bag.
What is the accommodation like?
There are several options on the EBC trail to select from according to your needs and budget. From five-star hotels in Namche to inexpensive lodging in Tengboche or Dingboche. Also, keep in mind that lodging in high-altitude areas such as Pheriche or Gorakshep will be limited.
Teahouse treks are becoming increasingly popular in Nepal these days. Staying in teahouses while on the EBC trek has the extra benefit of providing comfortable lodging with a homey vibe!
The quality and cost of the tea houses along the trail vary based on the facilities they offer. On the lower elevations, some tea shops have fully furnished rooms with electricity, western toilets, Wi-Fi, and, best of all, a hot shower. Some tea houses, particularly at higher elevations, provide relatively modest services.
What kind of food is available?
As the terrain is isolated and all food must be carried up to the numerous communities on foot, most meals are made up of non-perishable items such as cereals, rice, and grains. Dal, a prepared lentil soup, is the most typical accompaniment to the basic cereal. This, along with steamed rice, is Nepal's most famous dish, Dal bhat, which can be found at any tea house.
Most tea houses have meat on their menus, although we recommend avoiding animal products in general, especially at higher altitudes. Because all of the meat must be carried up from the lower slopes of the mountain by foot or yak, freshness cannot be assured.
How to prepare your body for the trek in the Everest Region?
Hiking is the single most effective strategy to prepare for your base camp trek. Find some nearby trails, go for a stroll through town, or simply go for a walk. Become accustomed to long walks. Discover where your body has difficulty and how far you can push yourself. Once you've gotten used to pushing through the first wave of agony, you'll be shocked at how far you can go.
Trekking is a natural activity—the human body excels at it! You shouldn't require much-focused strength training, but it's a good complement and can come in handy if you can't perform practice hikes. Each day, you'll spend many hours trekking and increasing height. Do some early strength training to help your legs prepare.
Walking, jogging, swimming, and cycling are examples of cardio workouts that assist your body to learn to perform harder with less oxygen. This will allow you to maintain your breath and concentrate when hiking at a high altitude, allowing you to enjoy the journey much more. Increase the difficulty and duration of your workouts over time, and remember why you're doing it when you're weary and want to quit. You want to be able to take in the scenery rather than struggle to catch your breath.
How to contact the outside world during trekking in the Everest Region?
A prepaid Data SIM Card can be purchased if you want to stay connected while on the route. For the Everest region, Ncell and NTC provide high-speed 3G internet services. SIM cards are inexpensive and widely accessible in Kathmandu. Aside from that, the teahouses along the EBC path offer internet access for a cost of roughly US$ 3- US$ 5 per hour.
What sort of permits are required for your EBC trek?
You require two permits if you want to start your trek from Lukla. Foreigners pay NRP 3,000 per person for a Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit, whereas members of SAARC countries pay NRP 1,500 per person. NRP 100 per person is charged to Nepalese. Per trekker, the Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit is NRP 2,000. Khumbu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit is the same for every trekker regardless of their nationality.