Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Return - 12 Days

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  • 12 Days
  • Short Trekking
  • USD 2850 USD 2490
  • 1350m

Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Return - 12 Days

Trip At Glance

Duration:

12 days

Accommodation:

03 star Hotel in Kathmandu Best Available Lodge in Trekking

Meals:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Activities:

walking Everyday Fly to Lukla Explore Lukla & Namche Return Private Helicopter

Group size

2-16

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu /Kathmandu

Best Time

March to May & September to November

Walking Hours

6/7 hrs

Overview And Highlights

Enjoy the 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Return to Kathmandu in short period of time.

Trekking in the Himalayas, more precisely, the Everest base camp trek, is one of the best high-altitude trekking experiences one can get. Hiking for a week to reach Everest base camp, sightseeing Everest from Kala Patthar, and returning to Kathmandu in a helicopter are exquisite.

Everest base camp trek is the ultimate dream for every outdoor enthusiast. Some climb it, some hike to its base camp. Both ways, it is the high altitude trekking for a lifetime. The glamour of Everest base camp trek and returning in a helicopter from Kala Patthar is growing.

Aside from the inspiring Everest scenery and luring Khumbu valley, you'll also observe the ethnic Sherpa culture. The 10 day Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return give you an enthralling lifetime experience. You'll get an opportunity to hike on the Everest trail hiked by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. The hike on the legendary foothills of Everest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On top, the warm hospitality of Sherpa will add fragrance to our golden trip. 10 days thrilling yet luxurious Everest trek is an exquisite walk through the arresting glaciers and icefalls of the Everest region. Further, the helicopter flyback from Kala Patthar to Lukla and Kathmandu gives you an aerial view of the mighty Everest and other giants.
So, what makes Everest base camp by helicopter in 10 days best for travellers?

First, the 10 days Everest base camp helicopter tour is for travellers with less time for trekking. Many travellers want to trek to Everest but also are time-bound. Thus, for them, they first hike to Everest base camp in seven days. On the final day, after sightseeing from Kala Patthar, they'll fly back to Kathmandu.

Second, most people want to experience Everest base camp helicopter tours and trekking. While trekking to Everest, you'll get used to the ethnic Sherpa community. You'll also enjoy every detail of the panoramic mountains surrounding the Everest landscape. The aerial viewing of Everest from a helicopter around Kala Patthar remains perfect for them.

Further, 10 days Everest base camp trek and helicopter return is the best way to escape return fatigue. Trekking back to Lukla from Kala Patthar would be extra strenuous for tired legs. It also saves you some days to tour if you wish for some private tours after returning to Kathmandu. On top, viewing the majestic Everest region from a helicopter is heavenly.

Trip Highlights

  • Here are some of the major highlights of the trip.
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Breathtaking flight to and From Lukla
  • Warm hospitality of Sherpa
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery
  • Remarkable views of the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Hike up to Kala Patthar (5555m) & Nangkartshang Peak (5083)m
  • Trek to Everest base camp and Khumbu glacier
  • Get close to the world's highest mountains. Mt.Everest (8848m)
  • Get familiar with the Sherpa culture and traditions.

Sightseeing at Kala Patthar

Everest base camp trek and helicopter return take you to the Kalapatthar for sightseeing. Trekkers hike from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar in the early morning for the best view of Everest. On top, of Lhotse, Makalu makes the landscape splendid in the morning with golden rays of the sun.

Never again in your life, you'll get the pleasure of this viewing.

After sightseeing, you will head back to Gorak Shep and fly out to Lukla airport and back to Kathmandu. The opt for a helicopter from Gorakshep back to Lukla is the best option for some reasons.

In the first place, this flight is an alternative to a trek from Gorakshep back to Lukla. It saves you three days of trekking time, which is a perfect melody to ear for travelers with bounded travel spells.

To come, you have already developed fatigue to the limit of reaching Kala Patthar by walking for nine days. This Everest fly back by helicopter from Gorakshep is a luxury fashion to end the outing. Moreover, the flight also offers a bird's eye view of Everest, Lhotse, Namche, and imposing Lukla.

Trip Introduction

Everest Base camp Kalapatthar Luxurious short return by helicopter- 12 days is another exciting journey.  Everest base camp trek would be more adventurous via a chartered helicopter. Those magnificent views of Khumbu valley and the mountains we get to see while we are on helicopters make us speechless. The journey via a chartered helicopter will be one of the most epic and outstanding journeys of my life. Our 12 days trip begins from Kathmandu and we will fly to Lukla which is the main entrance of our trek. Our trekking begins from there.

Aside from the breathtaking scenery we also get to observe the legendary Sherpa culture, and majestic features and go through amazing mountain valleys of the Khumbu region. Everest Base Camp will give us an enthralling lifetime experience. It will provide us an opportunity to embark on an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off on in 1953. Hiking on the legendary foothills just below the mighty Everest along with the hypnotizing views of master peaks can only be found in Everest Region. Our Sherpa will work as a mediator at the base camp of the world's tallest mountains. The warm hospitality of Sherpa will add fragrance to our golden trip. An adventurous 12-day luxurious short return by helicopter package to EBC includes a stupendous walk through the world's desert-like glaciers and the remarkable view from the chartered helicopter.
Itinerary overview for Everest Base Camp trek and Helicopter return

First, you'll have a Kathmandu sightseeing day out if you're new to Nepal. Also, if you have missed the Kathmandu world heritage tour before, it's best to tour the city and heritage sites. Before heading to the 10 days Everest base camp trek and helicopter return, you'll have a trekking briefing by our tour manager.

To begin, you'll take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, you'll hike Phakding for 4 hours for an overnight stay. On the second day, you'll hike to Namche Bazar and acclimatize there for another day.

You'll further hike to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep to Kala Patthar for ultimate Everest sightseeing. Helicopter ride from Kala Patthar with Everest sightseeing then takes you to Lukla and Kathmandu airport.

You'll have a rest day in Kathmandu, and we'll arrange a dinner evening as your farewell.

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Dinner
Accomodation
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1350

After your arrival on Kathmandu our representatives will be there waiting to give you a hearty welcome to Nepal with your name card. You will be taken to hotel by our representatives. After you freshen up our guide will tour you to the Kathmandu city. You will also visit the different world heritage sites and cultural and historical monuments that are located in the city. At the evening we will serve you with warm welcome dinner at a well known Nepali restaurant.

Included Meals:  All meals including welcome dinner.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On our 2nd day of the trek, we will take an early morning flight to Lukla airport. It is the main entrance of our journey to the Himalayas’ of Khumbu region. We will meet our rest of the team members then have some breakfast there and start our trekking. We will walk on a trail that gradually descends too Cheplung village from where we will get a glimpses of Mt.khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. We will take lunch there take some rest and then we will gradually descend until Phakding. We will have our dinner in Phakding. Our overnight stay will be on Phakding.

Included Meals:  All meals during the trek including tea and coffee.

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BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On our 3rd day after having breakfast we will start our journey where our trial passes through a beautiful pine forest and we will continue our walk on a trial that goes north up the Benkar valley following the banks of Dudh Koshi River. We cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo village before reaching the entrance of Everest National Park. Then after crossing suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi River. We ascend on a step trial and reach the biggest town in the Everest region i.e. NamcheBazar. It is also the major economic hub for people of Khumbu region. We will be staying overnight witnessing beautiful NamcheBazar.

Included Meals:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

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BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On our 4th day after having breakfast in Namche Bazaar we will have our breakfast and will move towards Phhunki. The trek until Phunki is not very difficult. After reaching Phunki we will ascend towards the biggest monastery which is Tengbboche Monastery which lies in Tengboche village.  The UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park is also located here; we can enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas which the monastery is blessed with. The Himalayas including Mt.Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku can be viewed from here. The Monastery opens at 3:00pm, so if we reach thereby 3 o’clock we can observe the Buddhist religious ceremony. We will be staying overnight in Tengoboche.

Included Meals:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On our 5th day of trek we will pass through overgrown forest of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. We will be exploring the magnificent views of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Here we will walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to Pangboche Monastery. We will be walking around the Imja valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. This beautiful village gives amazing pictures of Himalayan agriculture and animal husbandry. We can have amazing views of beautiful barely, potato, and buckwheat fields along with animals grazing along those fields. 

Included Meals:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

 Our 6th day will be acclimatization day in a Sherpa village called Dingboche. It is located in Chukung Valley.  After having breakfast we will trek towards Chukung valley which is not very difficult.  We will have our lunch here. This valley is famous for remarkable views of mountains such as Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, and Ama Dablam. Moreover we will also get to see the beautifully arranged fields with stone walls in order to protect the seasonal crops from cold winds and grazing animals. After this remarkable short trek we will then go back to Dingboche. We will have our dinner here and our overnight stay will be on Dingboche.

Included Meals:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On our 7th day of the trek after having lite and healthy breakfast we will bid a goodbye to our lodge owner and head towards Lobuche.  After approximately two hours trek we will reach to Thugla. There we will take a rest for sometime by having some hot drink.  We can see the high mountains getting closer to us as we proceed towards Lobuche. On our trek to Lobuche we will climb up to steep hill where we can see the Everest Memorial which is a memorial for the climbers who have lost their life while attempting to summit Mount Everest. As we continue our trial to the Khumbu Glacier moraine we will be facing several great peaks.  After 5-6 hours trek from Dingboche we will reach to Lobuche. Our today’s overnight stay will be on Lobuche.

Included Meals:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On our 8th day of the trek we will be heading towards Goarakshep. The hike up to Gorakshep is about 2 hours.  As we further our trials it will get harder than before but the trial gets easier as we climb about 150m.  There will be strenuous walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp. As we reach to the base camp at 5365m, we will enjoy the amazing view of Khumbu icefall. Moreover the Everest Base Camp itself is incredibly beautiful. The mesmerizing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp are so alluring. We will return back to Gorak Shep for the night. Our overnight stay will be on Gorakshep.

Included Meals:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

On the 9th day of our trek we will visit Everest Base Camp through the trial of Gorak Shep Lake. We will be following the trial straight ahead which will take us across the Indian Army mountaineers memorials.  The walk here is tough and misleading due to thin air in the high altitude. It is very important to follow our guide otherwise we may miss the trial.  There will be strenuous walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp. As we reach to the base camp at 5365m, we will enjoy the amazing view of Khumbu icefall. Moreover the Everest Base Camp itself is incredibly beautiful. The mesmerizing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from the base camp are so alluring. We will return back to Gorak Shep for the night. Our overnight stay will be on luxurious guest house of Gorak Shep.

Included Meal:  All meals during trek including tea and coffee.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

 We will wake up early in the morning. After having breakfast we will be heading towards the best view point on the earth which is Kalapatthar. From there we can grasp the remarkable view of the Mt. Everest. The views from Kalapatthar are outstanding. It will give us that heavenly pleasure we might have never thought of having off.  We will have our lunch there and will return back to Gorakshep. After returning back to Gorakshep we will take a helicopter and fly to Lukla. . Those magnificent views of Khumbu valley and the mountains we get to see while we are on helicopter makes us speechless.

Included Meals: all meals during trek including tea and coffee

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

Bidding a goodbye to Everest region we will take an early flight to Kathmandu from Lukla airport along with the glimpses of the mountains we have recently visited. After reaching Kathmandu we will go back to our hotel and take some rest or do some shopping as reminder.

Food
Breakfast

Our reprenstative will drop you to Tribhuvan International airport hours before your flight. 

What Is Included ?

  • Pick up and drop facilities from Airport-Hotel-Airport (by private car)
  •  Full day city tour by private vehicle.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with live cultural program.
  • Stays in 3 star standard hotels or clean lodge/guest houses during the trek. (as per availability)
  • Every meals during the trek.( breakfast, lunch, dinner, including tea and coffees)
  •  Seasonable fresh fruit.
  • Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.(4:1)
  • One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  •  Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (national Park Permit, TIMS)
  •  Helicopter / Chopper expenses.
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • All government and local taxes.

What Is Excluded?

  • Tips for guides porters and drivers
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • ·Extra night accommodation due to any reason in Kathmandu.
  •  Extra luggage charge.
  • Person expenses not included in the itinerary
  •  International flights.

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FAQs

Everest base camp trek is full of excitement from the first day. The flight to Lukla and hike to Phakding are exciting. Crossing several high suspension bridges and then trekking to Monjo, Jorsale, and Namche is inspiring. Also, the walk to Everest view hotel for panoramic Everest range sightseeing, Tengboche, Dingboche, Thugla, and EBC is special.

The trail filled with people, the ethnic cultures, arid landscape all make it one of a kind. The spectacular view of mountains and peaks throughout the trail makes your hike serene. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse all stand tall with utter elegance. On top, the sightseeing from Kala Patthar and helicopter sightseeing on return make it even alluring.

Everest base camp trekking is expensive. On top, returning by helicopter in style to end this trek adds the helicopter cost.

We offer an Everest trek for 10 days and a helicopter return from Kala Patthar at $2490. It's the base price. But, if you wish to customise it by adding other luxury services for accommodation and meals. Also, you can extend your stay at Namche and Lukla.

Yes. Everest helicopter return tour with trekking for 10 days is a luxurious Everest tour package. On regular packages, you'll get a 12-day standard Everest trek package.

But, the helicopter returning on the final day after sightseeing from Kala Patthar makes this trip luxurious. Thus, it saves you time and prevents you from getting fatigued on the return trek.

Everest base camp trekking is about sightseeing mountains and landscapes on a crispy day. The perfect clear day with a mild temperature makes Everest sightseeing fabulous.

Two seasons, Spring and Autumn, are the best time of the year for this trek. The mild temperature and clear weather with rain-free days are special days in these months. Also, the thick snow deposits, fresh and green leaves, and festive vibe make it the perfect hike on the Himalayas.

Further, the daytime temperature averages 10 degrees during Spring, and the nighttime temperature is around freezing. With decent jackets and sleeping bags, you can sleep overnight in comfort. The wind speed also reduces to 5 mph, which is gentle for a day hike.

For foreigners, Everest base camp trekking is possible only with Everest trekking permits. There are two permits you need for this.

First, Sagarmatha National Park permits for USD 30. Another permit you must have is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality which costs USD 20. Further, trekking to Lukla from Jiri would require Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit for USD 17. 

You need to check-in and out at Monjo before heading to Everest trekking. Also, there are some check posts where you have to stop for information sessions.

It depends on your physical fitness. If you prepare your body with some fitness level, it would be a great help. Doing cardio, hikes, and one hour walk for one month before heading for Everest makes you fit for this trek. 

Our clients with no prior experience are completing Everest trekking without any health issues. Also, with proper assistance from our guide, you'll accomplish this trek without any hassle.

If you want to trek Everest alone or in a group apart from a local tour agency, you should hire a guide and porter. But, when you book a package from a tour company like us, we will manage all the porters and guides with that cost. You don't have to pay extra for them throughout the tour. 

In the end, you can tip them as you want.

Everest base camp trekking is best when you have proper trekking gear. Premium gears and a comfortable backpack makes Everest trekking comfortable.

Premium trekking boots, waterproof tracks, fleece, and inner wear are a must for this trekking. For twelve long days, you need two pairs of most clothes. Cap, towels, windproof sleeves, shocks, and deodorant are not to miss out.

Trekking poles, torch lights, solar-powered lamps, and Swiss knives are also required. Further to pack, a camera and binoculars are best for this trekking. With binoculars, you'll be able to see the mountains close to your eye so that you can see cracks on them.

Yes! Helicopter service in the Everest region is available at any place.

In this trek, you'll hike to Everest base camp for the first 10 days. After sightseeing from Kala Patthar, the helicopter will pick you to Kathmandu.

But, if you get sick in the middle of this trek, we'll arrange the helicopter service for you. If you feel it is difficult to walk, the helicopter first takes you to Kala Patthar for sightseeing. Then, the helicopter takes you back to Lukla and Kathmandu. 

We also offer other Everest helicopter tour services to our valued clients. Some of them include helicopters from Lukla to EBC, Namche to EBC, Gokyo to EBC etc.

Everest base camp trekking is a safe trip in the Himalayas. Also, the helicopter returning on the final day from Kala Patthar makes it adventurous. Proper medications, first aid support, and helicopter evacuation in an emergency make it even more secured and safe. 

We use experienced guides with a history in mountain medicine with years of expertise. Also, our porters will be there to assist you throughout Everest trekking.

 

People start developing altitude sickness symptoms above 3500 metres. At this altitude, the low oxygen and fatigue cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and laziness. Everest base camp lies above 5,500 metres. Thus, with proper rest and preparations, you can complete this trek with ease.

In Everest base camp trek for 10 days, you'll have two days for acclimatisation. This acclimatisation adopts your body with increasing altitude. Also, with proper food and rest, you'll be less likely to get altitude sickness. 

But, there will be minor headaches and fatigue issues for you. To soothe, our expert guide team will be there for your help.

Yes, you can have your sim card in Nepal. You must submit a photocopy of your passport/citizenship, and within $1, you will get the sim card with some balance and free cellular data.

The Internet is available almost everywhere in the Everest trekking region. En route to Everest base camp trekking, hotels and lodges use broadband internet connections. You’ll have to pay around NPR 200-500 as the internet fee if you want to use it. Further, there are two network service providers in Nepal, Ncell and Namaste. If you wish to use a cellular connection, you can choose either Ncell or Namaste. Also, wherever you find the network, you can make a phone call to your loved ones

The guide of your Everest trek always carries medication stuff and first aid kits. Moreover, we as standard trek companies also have our health assistants employed for this trek. It’s always an advantage if you have your first aid kit and some handy medications. Injuries and physical issues decelerate the pace of the trek

If you are planning for Everest base camp trekking, International travel insurance is the most crucial document you should have. It covers major issues like emergency evacuation and medical problems that might happen in this trek. Also, make sure your insurance covers some of the adventurous activities and trekking over a certain altitude.

Actual Adventure has a track record of 100% Everest trek success. We are a Destination Management Company (DMC) where travellers from different countries benefit from our premium tours and trekking services. 

We operate the Everest base camp trek on fixed departures where we set the best guide, porters, and number of people for this trekking. We have fixed departures for Everest trekking this Spring and coming Autumn months. 

Learn more about availability and departures of Everest base camp trekking and helicopter return for ten days. Contact our tour manager Mr. Kedar Neupane 

You can also contact to our manager Mr. Kedar Neupane at +977 9851012358 or 

E-mail at  info@actual-adventure.com and  adventure.actual@gmail.com.

Additional Information

Route to Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return.

Everest Base Camp helicopter trek starts with a forty-minute picturesque flight from Kathmandu. After some sightseeing at Lukla, you'll trek for 3 hours to Phakding. After overnight at Phakding, you will start the hike to Namche Bazar from Phakding. The fantastic scenic walk of the day takes you to Namche Bazar. Walking on the shore of Dudh Koshi river and several suspension bridges never tires you all day. 

The small yet beautiful town in the inclined arch-shaped hill, Namche, is a hub for tourism in the Himalayas. It is also the first acclimatization point for trekkers hiking to the Everest Base Camp. 

For acclimatization, you'll get enormous choices at Namche. You can visit some monasteries in Khumjung. Other trekkers prefer hiking to the Everest View Hotel. To soothe yourself, you can grab some cups of aromatic cappuccino at hotels in Namche.

After acclimatization, you will trek to Tengboche and on the next day to Dingboche. Dingboche will be the second acclimatization point in this trek. Your EBC helicopter trek further ascends to Lobuche and rests at Gorakshep. 

On the next day, in the morning, you will hike up to the Kala Patthar and return to Gorak Shep for the return flight. The panoramic sightseeing from Kala Patthar is worth the sweat and fatigue of the trek. 

To make your return convenient, you'll get a helicopter flight from Gorak Shep. On returning, the aerial prospect of Nuptse, Pumori, and Lhotse makes the outing cracking. The helicopter takes you to Lukla. The panoramic flight to Kathmandu marks the end of the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. 

Difficulty Level of Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return 

Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate grade trek in the Khumbu region. What stands out from this trek compared to the rest of the treks to EBC is that you won’t hike back to Lukla. The helicopter flight from Kala Patthar to Lukla makes your return effortless.

The flat terrain and the steepness of the slope define the difficulty of a particular trek day. The trail to Everest Base Camp comprises uneven flat terrains and steep ridges. Because of longer strenuous walk hours, the rapid increase in altitude makes the walk in the Himalayas difficult. 

Altitude sickness is a common problem that trekkers face throughout this trek. A thin layer of oxygen caused by the rapid steepness in altitude becomes a primary problem for many. Travelers with a good fitness level can complete the trek without any substantial issues. Thus, it is crucial to have perfect physical fitness regulated by regular exercise.

Weather and Temperature of Everest Base Camp trek and flyback by helicopter

The temperature and climatic conditions vary with the change in seasons in Nepal. Spring and autumn are the ultimate months for the Everest Base Camp trek. Because of the improved visibility and clear sky, the outing in these months is well-liked. 

The days in Khumbu during summer and autumn get clear with the bright sun. The nights become chilly but are bearable. Shirts and shorts are the best wearables during the day trek. To stay warm in the chilled morning and evening, it is a must to have a down jacket and fleece. 

Winter is harsh in the Himalayas as it sends cold down the spine. The winter days are shivery, and the nights are even freezing. The temperature here falls below the freezing point. The wind velocity during winter days is enough to drop the temperature. Frequent snowfalls and blizzards make the trail difficult to traverse. Thus, a winter trek to Everest Base Camp in November and December is somehow impossible. 

But in January, February is ideal for winter trekking on Everest. The fresh snowfall almost to the bottom of peaks fosters the sightseeing as dreamt.

The unpredictable summer rain days obstruct the pace of the trek. The sunny day turning into a heavy rainfall within no time leaves every trekker upset. This rainfall often prompts the obstruction of visibility. 

Accommodation during the short Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return

Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return is a tea house-based trek where you’d get the basic requirements. Staying at the teahouse overnight might not be the luxurious one, but enough to ease your fatigue. 

At Namche in the lodge, however, it will be a decent stay while acclimatizing. 

Our accommodation will be in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and will be staying in tea houses and lodges during the trek as per the availability. All accommodations are on a twin-share basis. If you want a single supplement it will cost an additional charge. The actual adventure team will manage rooms with attached washrooms, except in some of the tea houses have shared washrooms and toilet facilities.  However single rooms are provided only as per the availability because it may not be available at the higher elevations.

For your best comfort, in Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel. The hotel provides you with luxurious service. 

Food During the Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return 

You can explore different restaurants and cafes in Kathmandu for meals. But, the hotel you stay in Kathmandu provides breakfast in the morning.

The teahouse in the Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return serves you the essential foods. Throughout the Everest trek, you’ll get breakfast, lunch, and dinner with dishes like pasta, dal bhat, and eggs. These foods are rich in protein and carbohydrates, which gives enough energy to keep up the day hike. 

Lukla and Namche are the busiest tourist hubs. The cafes and lodges here serve the best food as per travelers' taste. And thus, you can bite your favorite pizza and coffee. For instant energy, you can carry some energy bars and chocolates.

All meals will be provided during our 12 days trek including welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu. The meals during our stay in Kathmandu will be provided in high class typical Nepali restaurants which serve you with delicious Nepali cuisines whereas we will have our breakfast and dinner in the tea houses/ lodges on trek. We will spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. We will serve you with local foods or the foods according to your preference and availability.

 

Physical condition & Requirements

The 12 day Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed for trekkers having good health and average physical fitness. It is a moderate trek. This trek is specially designed for the travelers with past hiking experience and who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day. Although, there is no experience required. It is best if you start preparing for the trek a month before by doing exercise and maintaining proper diet. If you have any physical conditions then you should inform to actual adventure team before the trek.

Best time to Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return

The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is Spring i.e. (from March to May) or during autumn i.e. (September to December) the temperature in these seasons guarantees promising and breathtaking views. However, temperature reaches below 0 in December yet we can enjoy the mesmerizing views.

Trip start dates and costs

Please contact us for your customized departures and check available trip start dates and costs for EBC. 

Important information 

During the trip some of the natural and artificial problems like weather, local politics, and flight delays etc. which are beyond our control can make the change in our itinerary. If it happens we will decide for the best alternative taking into considerations to the interest of the whole group. We will do everything to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the result of change or delays. We can also organize helicopter rescue as per request of the clients in delays of flight. The helicopter charges around USD 3500 and it can lift up to 4-5 persons per flight. Please note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would use later.

 

What are the permits required for Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp is costless to all Nepalese travellers. For foreign nationals, you need to have at least two permits. If you wish to trek to Everest Base Camp from Jiri, you must buy another entry permit.

Let's explore the types of permits you require to enter the Everest region. 

Sagarmatha National Park Permit

Since Everest trekking is entirely in Sagarmatha National Park, you must buy this permit. The cost of this permit is $25. You can get one at Nepal Tourism Board. Also, the company you choose for this trekking also manages it for you. You have to pay the fee later during the trek briefing.

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit

This permit to Everest is only available in Lukla. You can get one at the tourist checkpoint at Lukla. You can't buy this permit from Nepal Tourism Board. The approximate cost of this permit is $17. 

Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit

Before there was a direct flight to Lukla, people used to take a flight to Jiri and start the trek. The direct flight now to Lukla reduces the trek days. But, for the best walking experience, the walk from Jiri and Salleri is the best.
Thus, you'll need this permit. You can get one from Nepal Tourism Board. This permit also costs approximately $17. 

In short: 

Permit

Cost

Sagarmatha National Park Permit

$25

Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit

$17

Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (to start the trek from Jiri to Lukla)

 $17

 

How difficult is it to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp trek is a moderate-grade trek. The rough natural trail to EBC sometimes gets arduous to walk.

If you are a constant walker, primarily a hiker, this trek will be easier for you. The people who do cycling also find it easy to trek to EBC. 

The maximum trek hour reaches seven, and the trek distance to 12 km on average. But on some days, you'll only hike for four hours.

For this trek, you have to carry only things required for you in the backpack. The sherpa porters will carry the rest of the loads to make you walk comfortably. Also, we at Actual Adventure employ seasoned trek guides. It will make the walk much more relaxed.

Will I get altitude sickness in Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return?

Among all the trekking to Everest Base Camp, a trek with helicopter return is the affordable trekking package. This tour lets you explore the alpine landscape from both land and sky. First, you'll trek for ten days and catch a flight back to Kathmandu with utmost luxury. The scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu gives an unmatched sightseeing experience. 

The base price for trekking to Everest Base and helicopter return to Kathmandu is USD 2690. The price varies according to the modifications you make on the route. 

Which is the best month for Everest Base Camp with helicopter return?

Everest Base Camp trek is best in Spring and Autumn months. 

Everest trek with the helicopter is about getting clear glimpses of Everest, Lhotse, and other peaks. Also, the helicopter return gets successful when the sky gets clearer. This trek is doable all year round, but the best time is Spring and Autumn. 

The Spring months like March, April, and May, are best for Everest Base Camp trekking and helicopter return. The day temperature averages to 9°C and 15°C. This mild temperature makes a day hike perfect. Also, the nighttime temperature of -10°C and -5°C in March and May are bearable.

The Autumn months are also the best time for Everest trekking and helicopter return. In September, October, and November, the daytime temperature reaches 17°C. Also, the nighttime temperature of 1°C in September and -6°C in October is comfortable with a warm sleeping bag.

Further, during Spring and Autumn months, the rainfall at high altitudes is almost zero. It makes trekking to Everest hassle-free.

What are the necessary trekking gears for Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp with helicopter return is a moderate-grade trek. The best gears are a must to Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return. Thus, proper preparations and the best trekking gear complete this trek with ease. 

Here is a complete list of gears you require to backpack for Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return. 

Wearables

  1. Trekking Boots, Trekking Poles

  2. Sunglasses

  3. Thermal inner wear, Windproof gloves, Innerwears

  4. Waterproof/Windproof jackets

  5. Down Jacket and windproof pants

Skin Care

  1. Lip balms

  2. Sunscreen following SPF 30-50 principle

  3. Toilet Papers, Toothpaste, Toothbrush

  4. Shampoo, Hand Sanitizer, and some munchy snacks.

Gadgets

  • Zip Locks, Swiss Knife, Binoculars, Camera

 

What is the temperature of Everest Base Camp throughout the year?

The weather and temperature at Everest Base Camp are unpredictable. But, for most of the year, it remains usual like always. 

Autumn months like September, October, and November are warm. The average daytime temperature reaches 17°C, and the nighttime temperature falls from 1°C to -6°C. 

The Spring months like March, April, and May, are like Autumn days. The days are warm, and the night is chilly but bearable. The daytime temperature reaches 15°C, and the nighttime temperature falls between -5°C to -10°C. 

The months like June, July, and August are rainy. It makes the Everest Base Camp difficult. The daytime temperature reaches 16°C, and the nighttime temperature reaches -1°C. 

Winter in EBC is usually cold. The temperature drops to -14°C at night. Also, the daytime temperature is chilly, with at most 4°C.

What are the highlights in Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return?

Trek to Everest Base Camp and a helicopter return is an actual adventure in the Himalayas. Many things make it the best. Let's dig into some!

  1. Everest Base Camp trekking is where you'll walk over the path traversed by legendary Everest climbers.

  2. Hike on the alpine terrain, blooming rhododendrons, lush oak, and juniper forests.

  3. Scenic landscape around Lukla, Namche, Dingboche, Pheriche, etc. 

  4. Sightseeing to Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. 

  5. Aerial view of Everest region on the helicopter return.

  6. Scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

 

How long does it take to complete Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return?

The duration of Everest Base Camp trek from Kathmandu depends on what itinerary you prefer. Travellers complete Everest Base Camp trek in 15, 17, 13, and in 20 days trekking all the three passes and Gokyo valley. If you prefer trekking to Everest and return by helicopter, it will be a 12 days long tour. If you want to hike to Gokyo valley and Three Passes, the trek day extends to 20 days.

The standard itinerary for this trek is 10 days. But, if you feel like staying some days at Namche and the base camp, you can customise the itinerary. As a result of which, the trek extends for some days. 

Can I return to Kathmandu in a helicopter from Everest Base Camp?

Yes. It is why the trek to Everest Base Camp with helicopter return is for you. 

After sightseeing from Kala Patthar, you'll head back to Gorak Shep. From here, the helicopter will pick you up and soar to Kathmandu. If you wish to take a helicopter to Lukla, that option will also be available. But, we recommend you take a flight back to Kathmandu. Sometimes, you might not get the regular flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. 

Also, helicopter pickup is possible at every point in the Everest region. If you feel like taking a helicopter flight midway of the trek to Everest, you can call one. You can also contact our tour manager Mr. Kedar Neupane at +977 9851012358 for this service. We will make your tour with helicopter return possible.

Can I get the best view of Everest from Kala Patthar in the EBC trek with helicopter return?

The Everest trek with helicopter return operates on the beautiful weather window. We want to make it possible for our valued customers to get the best view of Everest and other mountains from a close point. 

Thus, our trekking to Everest with helicopter return for 2022 and 2023 operates at the best time in a year. Spring and Autumn months are the best time for the Everest helicopter return tour. During these months, the utmost visibility makes Everest sightseeing possible. You can get the best view from the viewpoint of Kala Patthar. 

The best view of Everest, Lhotse, and the landscape will make you catch your breath. On top, the helicopter return ensures that you get the best aerial view of the majestic mountains.

Can I do a solo Everest Base Camp trek?

Yes, you can do a solo trek to Everest Base Camp and return with the helicopter. This route is the most happening trekking route in Nepal. Even if you fail to find the right path, you'll find plenty of people to ask for directions. For a non-Nepali solo traveller, you must have travel permits issued by Nepal Tourism Board. 

But, there are things with which you must prepare yourself for this trek.

First, you should carry proper gear, medications etc. If you get altitude sickness, you will be the one to take care of yourself.

Second, you may have to walk for seven long hours someday. For this, it requires a certain fitness level. Thus, follow some routine exercises before heading for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Is Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return worthy?

Everest Base Camp trek is an actual adventure in the Himalayas. Walking over the rough trail witnessing the mountains and the culture of Sherpa is an overwhelming moment in life. The alluring Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse from Kala Patthar gives the ultimate viewing pleasure. 

The helicopter return from Everest provides an aerial view of all the towering mountains in this region. The aerial view of the Everest region is a once in a lifetime moment. Also, it reduces the return trekking days for you. You can reach Kathmandu hassle-free. The helicopter flying out over the Khumbu glacier, Orsho village, Dingboche, Tengboche lets you view every beautiful landscape. Also, the aerial view of Namche Bazar, Lukla makes trekking to Everest with helicopter return one of a kind. 

It makes the  Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return one of the best pick tours in Nepal. This tour is worth every penny. 

Which company gives the best Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return service in Nepal?

Many companies operate on high-altitude trekking. But, when it comes to the quality of service and health safety of travellers, we at Actual Adventure follow all the majors to make a trek successful. 

We don't call ourselves an extraordinary company but we promise to make your trip safe, possible, and successful. The positive feedback and reviews from our customers speak louder about our service. With more than 15 years into this service, we have won the heart of thousands of travellers across the world. 

To know more about the availability and pricing of the Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return, click here. 

You can also contact to our manager Mr. Kedar Neupane at +977 9851012358 or 

E-mail at  info@actual-adventure.com and  adventure.actual@gmail.com.   

Trip Reviews (5)

Excellent trek!

I just returned from my Everest Base Camp trek and Kalapatthar Helicopter Ride Back and it was an experience of lifetime. It was adventurous trek of lifetime with amazing helicopter ride back. Everything was very safe and secure. The team members were very helpful and guides were amazing. I had no problems regarding the services; the tea houses where we stayed had very friendly owners, clean and comfortable accommodation and very good food.  

Devy Spaur

16th Jun, 2022


Amazing team, Beautiful Experience.

After surfing several companies in Google I opted for this company. The response was very quick and satisfying. It was one of the best decisions choosing this company, the services were very great and the team members were very nice. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Nepal and the scenario from the helicopter was truly mesmerizing. In love with majestic mountains and even more Nepal. 

Gillie Roles

16th Jun, 2022


EBC Trek and Kalapatthar Helicopter ride back 2018

I am very thankful to the team of Everest Base Camp trekking tours for organizing such a wonderful EBC and Kalapatthar ride back trek. I’ve had the best trek of my lifetime. The views were stunning and the thrilling helicopter ride was amazing. All the services exceeded my expectations and can’t wait for another trek in Nepal. 

Joko Ihaka

16th Jun, 2022


Stunning Views!

I did Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter ride back from Kalapatthar. It was an amazing experience. The views were stunning, the trials were harder and the region was very pure. The air was fresh and people were very kind. The company (Everest Base Camp Trekking Tours) was one of the best with excellent team members. Everything was very perfect and I loved it. 

Doyle Roels

16th Jun, 2022


EBC; An experience of lifetime!

The Everest Base Camp and KalaPatthar helicopter ride back was an enthralling experience of lifetime. It was all safe and secure and I had no flight delays problem. The guide Phurba was very professional and I love the warm hospitality of Sherpa people. Kedar managed everything so perfectly and his team members were very helpful. They gave me homely feeling and treated me like a part of the family. I’m very thankful to everyone and recommend this company to everyone.

Maggy Tanner

16th Jun, 2022


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