Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is a world-renowned adventure, taking trekkers through the breathtaking Khumbu region to the base of the highest mountain on Earth. Normally spanning 12-16 days, the trek reaches a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters at Kala Patthar, with the base camp itself at 5,364 meters, but this trek is a merge of full Everest Trek experience with a Helicopter tour at the end.

The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a series of daily treks through diverse landscapes, including the bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar and the serene Tengboche Monastery. The trek reaches its highest point at Kala Patthar (5,545 meters), offering stunning panoramic views of Everest and its towering neighbors. Along the way, trekkers experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people and gain insight into their rich cultural heritage.

So let’s dive into what we have to offer you with our Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter return. This trek is a perfect blend for those wanting to experience the raw, unfiltered and wild version of Nepalese treks as well as the jaw dropping scenarios of the Himalayas from the Helicopter.

Best season for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

The best seasons for the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek with a helicopter return are pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn). These seasons offer moderate temperatures, stable weather, and clear skies, providing stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. Spring features vibrant rhododendron blooms, while autumn offers crisp, clear air and the best visibility.

Accommodation facilities on the Everest Base Camp with Helicopter return

Accommodation on the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. Teahouses are the most common, offering simple rooms with twin beds, shared bathrooms, and communal dining areas, while luxury lodges in larger villages like Namche Bazaar provide private rooms with better amenities. During peak seasons (spring and autumn), booking in advance is recommended as places fill up quickly. Facilities often include hot showers (for an extra fee) and Wi-Fi. A helicopter return from high-altitude locations like Gorak Shep to Kathmandu offers a quick, comfortable descent and stunning aerial views of the Himalayas.

Difficulty of the Everest base Camp trek with Helicopter return

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek, even with a helicopter return option, presents a moderate to challenging level of difficulty. Trekking at high altitudes above 5,000 meters entails risks of altitude sickness, demanding proper acclimatization and physical fitness. The trail features varied terrain with steep ascents, descents, and unpredictable weather conditions, requiring trekkers to be prepared for rocky paths and occasional snow or ice. While the helicopter return simplifies the descent, it’s still crucial for adventurers to be adequately prepared with proper gear, acclimatization, and possibly the assistance of local guides or porters to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

Risk of altitude sickness in Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return

The risk of altitude sickness remains a concern throughout the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek, even with a helicopter return option. While the helicopter return provides a swift descent from high altitudes, trekkers still spend several days ascending to reach the base camp, exposing them to the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue, can manifest at any point during the trek, especially as altitude increases. Proper acclimatization, hydration, and awareness of symptoms are essential for mitigating these risks.

Trekkers should also be prepared to recognize and respond promptly to signs of altitude sickness, as descending to lower elevations is often the most effective treatment. Despite the convenience of a helicopter return, trekkers should not underestimate the importance of altitude management and preparation when embarking on the EBC trek.

Permits required for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return

Permits like Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Local permit is required for this trek. If you require TIMS, then you can obtain it in Kathmandu before leaving for the trek.


The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek with a helicopter return offers adventurers a thrilling and expedited journey through the majestic Himalayas. Starting with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, trekkers embark on a multi-day adventure through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, Sherpa villages, and rugged mountain trails. With the assistance of experienced guides and porters, trekkers gradually ascend to the iconic base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

Along the way, they encounter breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, colorful prayer flags, and traditional Buddhist monasteries. Opting for a helicopter return provides a convenient and efficient descent from higher altitudes, offering trekkers the opportunity to bypass the challenging downhill sections and enjoy stunning aerial views of the Himalayan landscape. Despite the convenience of the helicopter return, trekkers should still be prepared for the physical demands of high-altitude trekking and the potential risks of altitude sickness. Overall, the EBC trek with a helicopter return promises an unforgettable adventure, blending natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the thrill of aerial exploration in one epic journey.


  • Thrilling aerial views of Himalayan peaks and landscapes.
  • Witness Sherpa villages, Buddhist practices, and colorful festivals.
  • Unique aerial perspective and panoramic views of Himalayas.
  • Spot rare Himalayan wildlife, musk deer, and birds.
  • Breathtaking dawn vistas from vantage points like Kala Patthar.


Day 1:

Welcome to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, our representative will be there at the airport to pick and escort you to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 2:
Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters /9,186 ft), and Trek to Phakding ( 2,610 meters/8,563 ft)

Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles)
Trekking Hours: 3-4 hours
Today we will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, a thrilling experience in itself. Upon landing, you will start your trek to Phakding, following the Dudh Koshi River through picturesque villages and green forests.

Day 3:
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters /11,286 ft)

Distance: Approximately 11 kilometers (6.8 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
On this day, you will continue your trek along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing suspension bridges and ascending gradually until you reach Namche Bazaar, the bustling hub of the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is known for its trading hub as well as mind-blowing villages. Overnight in Namche.

Day 4:
Acclimatization Day (3,440 meters /11,286 ft)

As acclimatization is very important for preparing your body for the trek, you will acclimatize today at Namche Bazaar. You can explore the local markets, visit the Sagarmatha National Park Museum, or take a short hike to the Everest View Hotel for panoramic mountain views. Overnight.

Day 5:
Trek to Tengboche (3,870 meters /12,696 ft)

Distance: Approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Your trek continues with a descent to the Dudh Koshi River, followed by an ascent to Tengboche. Visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and enjoy breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

Day 6:
Trek to Dingboche (4,360 meters /14,304 ft)

Distance: Approximately 11 kilometers (6.8 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Today you will trek to Dingboche, gradually gaining altitude. You will notice the landscape becoming more barren as you enter higher altitudes in the Khumbu region. However, the views are stunning as as always!

Day 7:
Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4,360 meters /14,304 ft)

Spend another day acclimatizing in Dingboche. You can take short hikes to nearby hills for acclimatization and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Overnight.

Day 8:
Trek to Lobuche (4,940 meters /16,207 ft)

Distance: Approximately 11 kilometers (6.8 miles)
Trekking Hours: 5-6 hours
Today you will ascend towards Lobuche and enter the higher alpine region. The landscape becomes more rugged as the time passes by, and you will start feeling the effects of higher altitude. Make sure to prepare accordingly to prevent from altitude sickness.

Day 9:
Trek to Gorakshep (5,164 meters /16,942 ft), and Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters /17,598 ft)

Distance: Approximately 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from Gorokshep to EBC
Trekking Hours: 7-8 hours
On this day of the trek, you will move towards Gorakshep and leave your belongings at the lodge. After reaching there, hike to Everest Base Camp which is an exhilarating experience. After all this, you will return to Gorakshep for the night.

Day 10:
Hike to Kalapatthar (5,545 meters /18,192 ft) and fly to Kathmandu (Helicopter Return)

Distance: Approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Gorokshep to Kala Patthar
Trekking Hours: 4 hours
You will embark on an early morning hike to Kalapatthar (closest point from where you can witness everest) for sunrise views of Everest and then within no time you will fly to Kathmandu by Helicopter. The scenario of the mountains from the Heli is unbelievable.

Day 11:
Rest day

Today is a complete rest day from your long trip. You will rest at your hotel, get massages, and explore the bustling market of Thamel to buy souvenirs. Overnight.

Day 12:
Final Departure

Your Everest journey ends here. Our representative will be there to drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight. Hope you had a good time here. Remember us for your next trip to Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfer by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu – Lukla flight
  • Helicopter ride from Kalapathar to Kathmandu
  • 3 Nights accommodation in kathmandu including breakfast
  • Accommodation and Food on Tea House (Lodge) 8 Nights
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trek
  • High Experienced Government Licensed Guide, 01 Assistant Guide and
  • Personal porter during the trek
  • Sagarmatha National Park Fees
  • TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • First Aid kit
  • Staff insurance, food, accommodation, transportation.
  • All Government local Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, during tour.
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Trekking Equipments
  • Tipping to the crew.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in “Cost Included” section.
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance, Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss, theft or Damage and personal effects. We advise you to take out personal Travel Insurance.


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Can you fly back from Everest Base Camp?

Yes, you can fly back from the Everest base Camp if you’re too tired to complete the trek.

Can I go to Everest Base Camp by helicopter?

Yes you can. Everest Heli Tours are very popular and convenient.

Can you be rescued by Helicopter on Everest?

Yes, rescue operations can be done in case of emergency.

Can a helicopter fly to Everest Peak?

Flying to the peak of Everest is risky but possible.

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Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return