Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return – 08 Days


There’s nothing cooler, wilder, and more adventurous than trekking Nepal’s far-off region. Away from the city’s hustle and bustle, it takes you deep into nature, between majestic cliffs, lofty mountains, and verdant hills. There are many hikes in the Himalayas, which offer visitors an incredible experience of walking classic trails and discovering the hidden jewel of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the few moderate hikes in Khumbu that takes you through several medieval towns and remote villages. It unfolds the hidden natural beauty of Khumbu with stunning landscapes that’ll make your jaw drop.

The trek will offer you a breathtaking view as you trek along the way to the base camp. But the journey won’t be as easy as you may think. Everest Base Camp Trek is quite challenging and arduous with several ups and downs.

We’ve to pave the way through deep forests and towns before ascending up the edge of a valley. After coming up Namche, the trail becomes steeper and upward sloping, making it difficult to climb.

We’ll be walking through several remote villages and wide valleys before heading to the mountain. Walking through the remote settlements will guive us a close look into the people’s lifestyles, cultures, and values.

You can explore many ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls on the way. The trek will introduce you to its wild subtropical forests, beautiful river valleys, and lush green hills.

A long haul on its steep and mountainous terrain will eventually bring us to the foot of Mt Everest. After reaching the camp, you can enjoy the mesmerizing view of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Cho Oyu.

On any clear day, you’ll get a crystal clear view of Khumbu glacier and icefall. You’ll also discover undulating landscapes and which looks magnificent. The trek to Kala Patthar will reward you with the beautiful sunrise view and fascinating glimpses of Chumbu, Lobuche, and Kangtega.

After the sightseeing, you’ll be flown back to Kathmandu on a private helicopter. The flight wll last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, providing you with the lovely shots of

Hence, there’s no doubt Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return is the fastest and easiest way to get out of Khumbu while ditching all the long trails. It gets rid of all the steep walks and a trek on the rugged terrain along the glacial moraine.

There’s no need for you to descend the Dudh Koshi River Valley or delve into the forest back and forth. The helicopter will fly you high in the sky before leaving the valley and heading to Kathmandu.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

  • Spectacular landmarks, soaring peaks, ancient monasteries, and beautiful natural scenery
  • Dramatic landscapes ranging from sweeping hills to forested valleys and mountains
  • Scenic walk inside the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Rich and varied wildlife such as musk deer, snow leopard, and colorful pheasants
  • Get to learn the prehistoric culture, lifestyle, and heritage of local Sherpa people
  • Beautiful sunrise view from Kala Patthar


Lukla Altitude: 2,845m / 9333ft

Phakding Altitude: 2,610m / 8,562ft

Walking Hours: 2-3 hrs

Overnight at: the hotel

We’ll begin the trip with an early morning drive to Tribhuvan Airport and then a flight to Lukla. The helicopter will fly us up in the air above the valley before taking us to the mountainous region. The flight will last almost 30-minutes and comes with an impressive view of lush meadows, pristine lakes, and waterfalls.

As soon as it touches down at Tenzing Hillary Airport, we’ll get off the helicopter and have a short break. After breakfast, we’ll begin the three-hour trek with a gentle uphill climb of the mountainside.

Following the Dudh Koshi River on a well-worn path that gets on and off, we’ll arrive at Phakding. It’s a small village in the south of Monjo that provides accommodation to the trekkers of Everest Base Camp.

Namche Bazaar Altitude: 3,440m / 11,285ft

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a guesthouse

After breakfast, we’ll leave the village and start following the trail down the Dudh Koshi River Valley and up, surrounded by rhododendron forest. Keeping a watch on the terraced fields and farms, we’ll forge ahead Sagarmatha National Park.

Upon registering the permits, we can enter the sanctuary and continue our trek to Namche. Throughout the journey, we’ll pass several remote villages and cross suspension bridges a few times. After Jorsale, the trek is continuously upward with no flat button for even once. It’ll take us nearly 3 hours to reach Namche and finally give a rest to our legs.

Tengboche Altitude: 3,870m / 12,696ft
Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: the teahouse

It’s another day on the EBC trail, but this one’s longer and steeper. The trek to Tengboche is difficult as part of its terrains is rugged with crags. It starts with a tough climb above the Dudh Koshi River Valley and 20 minutes of walking the flat terrain.

The trek is easy for two hours, but after that, it gets surprisingly difficult. Just after we cross the river, the trail ascends a steep slope, gaining much of the elevation. Since the trek drains our energy, we’ll stop at a teahouse for lunch and then continue the journey.

The final climb to Tengboche is strenuous and exhausting. There’s no downhill, and the trails are mostly jagged and bumpy. Finally, after walking past multiple villages like Phunki Thenga, we’ll arrive at Tengboche. Overnight stay in a teahouse.

Dingboche Altitude: 4,410m / 14,467ft

Walking Hours: 6-7 hrs

Overnight at: a teahouse

The trek from Tengboche slopes downward, but after crossing the Imja Khola River, it heads uphill. Walking along the river valley, it nears Pangboche, a tiny village opposite Ama Dablam. After enjoying the scenic view along the way and a tea break, we brace ourselves for another three hours hike.

The trek is mostly uphill from here. It’s steep and craggy with rocks and boulders, making the trek incredibly challenging. You’re also likely to suffer from altitude sickness at this altitude. After arriving at the village of Dingboche, we’ll check in our rooms and get some rest.

After yesterday’s long and strenuous trek, it’ll be difficult for us to continue the hike, especially at this altitude. Therefore, we’ll take the day off and have a rest to avoid any tragic situation. Early in the day, we’ll explore Dingboche village and hike the rugged trail to Nagerjun Hill.

Climbing the steep trails for three hours and a further ascent will lead us to the hilltop. Upon reaching the acme, even along the way, you can enjoy the scenic view of rapid streams and pastures. After getting atop the Chukhung Valley and enjoying the view of Lhotse, we’ll descend Dingboche. The trek is easy this time and takes just a few hours to reach the bottom.

Lobuche Altitude: 4,910m / 16,108ft

Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs

Overnight at: a teahouse

Now that we’ve rested up, it'll be less stressful to climb Lobuche. Heading out on the main EBC trail, we climb steep terrain up the edge of a hill and along the side of the valley. Passing the village of Pheriche on somewhat level ground, we’ll proceed to ascend the mountainous terrain.

The last few hours of the trek to Lobuche are completely steep and rocky. It becomes difficult to climb the trail due to low atmospheric pressure. Finally, after the trek of 6 hours, we’ll arrive at Lobuche and spend the night there.

Gorakshep Altitude: 5,160m / 16,928 ft

Everest Base Camp Altitude: 5,364m / 17,597 ft

Walking Hours: 8-9 hrs

Overnight at: the lodge

The day that we all have been waiting for is right here. We’ll ascend the base camp today and get the nearest view of Everest. The day starts off with a steep climb on rocky terrain and a sandy lakebed. After three hours of journey, we’ll arrive at Gorakshep, a small settlement overlooking Everest and Nuptse.

After a short break at Gorakshep, we’ll keep trekking along the Khumbu Glacier. At this point, we may experience the mild symptoms of high attitude. The final section of this trek is quite challenging due to the uneven trail.

We’ll make our way through the debris and over the Khumbu Glacier. After a continuous ascent of 2-3 hours, we’ll finally end at the base of Khumbu Icefall. We’re surrounded by the highest peaks and glaciers.

We can see beautiful landscapes, ancient rock formations, and serene glacial lakes from the camp. After short exploration and sightseeing, we’ll descend Gorakshep. While the trek isn’t too long, it’s still tough and demanding. Hence, to get some rest, we’ll spend the night in a lodge.

Kala Patthar Altitude: 5,550m / 18,207ft

Walking Hours: 1-2 hrs

Overnight at: a hotel

We’ll leave Gorakshep early in the morning and start climbing the bumpy trail in an attempt to summit Kala Patthar. The trek is more challenging than any other before. It’s straight uphill with rocks and boulders, but once make it to the top, we’ll be rewarded with the splendid view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Katega, and Lobuche.

It’s also the highest point in the region from where you can watch Mt Everest. After scanning the mesmeric view for one last time, we’ll board the helicopter and fly away from Khumbu. It’ll take us about 30 minutes to fly back to Kathamandu while watching the lush green hills and cascading waterfalls. After arriving at the Tribhuvan Airport, we’ll transfer you to your hotel.

Why trek Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return?

1. Comfortable and Faster

The trek to Everest Base Camp is pretty tough and tiring. Its harsh and uneven trails with a series of switchbacks intimidate trekkers and make them wear out. Thus it’s better to hire a private helicopter that’ll fly you anywhere and anytime you want.

It avoids all the long trekking that lasts several hours and multiple days. With the private helicopter services, you’re able to escape the rugged trail without any difficulty. You’ll travel in comfort and ease. The helicopter will Fly you to Kathmandu in less than an hour, making the trip shorter and faster.

2. Spectacular Views

Traveling by a helicopter will offer you an incredible view of hidden places and landmarks. Flying above Khumbu, you can see verdant meadows, lofty hills, and cascading waterfalls. It hovers above the remote places which you can never travel on foot. The flight will give you a close look of Everest and Nuptse before gliding into the wild and to the town.

3. No delays

Trekkers catching the flight to Kathmandu from Lukla often face travel delays due to poor weather. Sometimes they are stuck in the town due to flight cancellations. But in the private helicopter, there’s is no delay in flight as it can take off even in bad weather. The rain doesn’t inhibit the aircraft’s ability to fly in the air. You can plan the Everest Base Camp Trek in winter and easily fly out from the region without all the stops.

4. Easy of access

Unlike any regular flight from Lukla, our private helicopter provides you easy access. There’s no need for you to descend Lukla as the helicopter will pick you up from Kala Patthar. Since it doesn’t require an airway to land or take off, it’ll provide you more freedom.

5. Great Experience

The best thing about hiring a private helicopter to return to Kathmandu is the amazing experience that it can offer to you. It can provide you with an overflight in the epic natural landmarks and iconic places that you couldn’t miss. It takes the Kathmandu sightseeing to next level by upping the view point over the town.

What is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return?

Spring is the best time to visit Everest Base Camp and fly back on the way around. Its weather is kind to visitors, making it easy for them to walk the trail. The weather seems wintry in the early spring but gives a summer vibe by the season’s end.

It’s less humid and less rainy than in the previous months. Weathers at base camp can be chilly during morning and night but warm in the daytime. Its temperature continually rises from late March and reaches a maximum of 22 Degree Celsius in May.

April is the prime spring month since the weather is not too hot or not too cold. It’s warm and sunny in the month with longer daylight hours. The clear sky makes it easy to get a stunning view of Mt Everest and its nearby snow peaks.

Trekkers in spring will be delighted to watch the blooming wildflowers and rhododendron on their way. They might enjoy the lush farms, vibrant valleys, and streams on the flight back to Kathmandu.

Apart from spring, fall tends to be the favorite season of trekkers. It too has got a temperate climate with lovely weather that makes hiking comfortable and relaxing. Weather in fall changes from time to time.

It’s warm and humid initially but cold at the end. Rain is moderate during autumn, making the trail a little wet and muddy. Trekkers may endure challenges while trekking in March as there are light showers.

Starting in April, the weather becomes nice and warm. It’s mostly sunny, cool, and dry in autumn. Unlike spring, the temperature doesn’t fall at the start of the season but tends to be at the end. As winter continues to fight for control, the weather gets frigid in the late fall.

The temperature can drop up to -7 Degree Celsius, making trekkers shiver with cold. You may even witness snowfall at the camp, so bring a few warm clothes. The trails of Everest Base Camp are busy in the fall, so if you want to avoid the crowd, it’s better to trek in early September or late November.

October is the peak time for Everest Base Camp Trek as it brings cool and clear weather. The season offers a beautiful backdrop with colorful fall foliage, which trekkers can relish all along the way.

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