Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return – 11 Days

Trip Duration

11 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

5,545 m ( Kala Patthar)

Accommodation

Tea House or Lodge During Trek

Group Size

2-20

Best Season

March-May, Sept-Nov

Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return – 11 Days Brief Insight

If trekking to Everest Base Camp and back is tight on your schedule, then our 11-day Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return will be the perfect solution for you. It’s an incredible package that offers the Everest Base Camp Trek experience with the added thrill of a helicopter journey back. Join us for an amazing adventure that fits your time and adds an extra touch of excitement!

Your journey will begin with a scenic flight to the Lukla airport from Kathmandu airport. After that, you will begin to trek with our professional Guide and porter. Passing through the forest of the rhododendron, magnolia, and pine forest will add beauty to this trek. Also, you can explore different Buddhist monasteries, colorful prayer flags, and beautiful small villages, which are so beautiful that you are bound to click your camera.

Walking along the trail, you’ll encounter numerous suspension bridges. Crossing these suspension bridges adds an element of adventure. Standing at the best camp on the highest mountain in the world for the jaw-dropping view of Everest is the main goal of this trek.

The trek isn’t just about adventure; it’s also about the unique experience of staying in tea houses and discovering Sherpa’s life. You’ll have the opportunity to savor delicious traditional Sherpa food, and their warm hospitality is truly amazing. It’s a chance to learn, enjoy, and be welcomed into the heart of Sherpa culture during your journey.

Take a break from the busy city life and relish the serenity of nature on this trek. Our company has thoughtfully designed the trek itinerary, making sure you can have a comfortable and enjoyable holiday in the Everest Region. It’s the ideal way to escape, relax, and appreciate the peaceful beauty of the mountain and surroundings.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return – 11 Days

  • Enjoy a scenic 30-minute mountain flight to Lukla.
  • Explore the tourist hub of the Everest Region, i.e., Namche Bazaar.
  • Enjoy the culture, tradition, food, and inspiring lifestyle of the Sherpas.
  • Visit the Sherpa Museum and Tengboche Monastery, a spiritual center.
  • Stunning views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam many others
  • Trek with 15+ years of experience with local Guides and porters
  • Reach Everest base camp and enjoy a panoramic view of Everest, within 11 days.
  • The Magnificent Sunrise view from Kalapathar is the best viewpoint of Mt Everest.
  • Scenic Helicopter flight from Kalapathar/Gorak Shep to Kathmandu and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu (1400m)

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, a Mountface representative will be there to greet you and take you to your hotel. Once you’ve had some time to rest, you can either take a short walk around the city. Kathmandu has many stores where you can find quality trekking gear and supplies. In the evening, consider taking a peaceful stroll in the Thamel area—it’s a great way to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.

Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu (1400m) to Lukla (2840m), Then Trek to Phakding (2610m)

Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. We’ll then drive you to Kathmandu airport for a short and scenic 35-minute flight to Lukla, a small mountain airport.

Upon arrival in Lukla, our trekking Guide will introduce you to the porters, and the trek will begin. You’ll follow the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi River. This part of the trek is relatively easy and takes about 3-4 hours to reach the beautiful Phakding village.

Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m)

Trek continues after breakfast, walking through the beautiful pine forest alongside the Dudh Koshi River and crossing the Hillary suspension bridge. After a while, the check-post and entrance to the Everest National Park are reached.

Next, the path continues along where the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers meet and eventually arrives at Chautara. Here, you will spot the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Namche Bazaar is reached after 2 hours of continuous walking.

Day 4: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar (3440m)

Once you’ve reached an altitude above 3000 meters, it’s crucial to take it easy and acclimatize properly before going higher on your trek. After breakfast, we’ll embark on a day hike to Everest View Hotel, the highest-placed hotel globally, sitting at 3962 meters. The view from Everest View Hotel is breathtaking, with Phortse village in sight and an incredible panorama of Everest.

After returning from the Everest hotel, we will explore Namche Bazaar and spend the night in a tea house. Namche is a bustling commercial hub with lots of shops, pubs, souvenir stores, bars, and other fun things to do. Sherpa culture & traditions and warm hospitality while staying in Namche will make your acclimatization day wonderful.

Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3810m)

After leaving Namche Bazaar, our next stop is Tengboche. The trail is surrounded by juniper forests and vibrant rhododendrons, creating a picturesque setting. As we trek, we’ll be treated to incredible views of Lhotse, Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam.

During the journey, we’ll have the opportunity to visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in this area. We’ll spend the night in Tengboche, enjoying the beauty of the surroundings.

Day 6: Trek from Tengboche (3810m) to Dingboche (4410m)

Starting from Tengboche, the trail to Dingboche begins by going downhill through forests of birch, fir, juniper, and colorful rhododendrons(spring season only). Afterward, the path gently goes uphill until you reach Pangboche village at 3,900 meters.

Continuing the trek, you’ll reach Shomare, where you can see Mt. Ama-Dablam up close. Walking along the northeastern side of Shomare, you’ll cross a small bridge leading to the Imja Tse Valley. Following the valley, you’ll eventually arrive at Dingboche, a charming and beautiful Sherpa village.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche (4410m)

Today is another day for acclimatization, so adapting your body to high Altitude is extremely important. You can explore the area or go for a hike in either Chhukung or Nagarjun Hills. Both places offer stunning views of the beautiful Himalayas. Enjoy the day and take in the breathtaking scenery!

Day 8: Trek from Dingboche (4410m) to Lobuche (4910m)

Today’s trail follows the side of the Khumbu Glacier, passing by stone memorials dedicated to climbers who lost their lives on nearby peaks. As you continue, you’ll head towards the village of Lobuche, situated at the base of the impressive Lobuche peak. The village provides stunning views of peaks like Mahalangur Himal and Pumori. The path becomes a bit easier, leading you to a guesthouse where you’ll stay overnight. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and rest well for the night.

Day 9: Trek from Lobuche (4910m) to Gorak Shep (5140m), then Everest Base Camp (5364m) and back to Gorak Shep

After leaving the Lobuche, we will hike early in the morning to Gorakshep, which will take about 2 hours. The trail starts nice and easy, but it becomes a bit tougher after about an hour. As you climb about 150m, the trail gets better again. Soon enough, you’ll reach a moraine, and, finally, at 5140m, you’ll be at Gorakshep, the highest settlement in the world. Majestic view of the Mount Everest (8,848.86m.), Lhotse (8,516m.), Nupse (7,745m.), Khumbuste (6,636m.), Lingtren (6.749m., Changtse (7,543m.), Pumori (7,161m.) can be seen from the Gorakshep.

After lunch, your journey continues to the Everest Base Camp. You’ll be walking on a side ridge of the Khumbu glacier. After roughly an hour and a half, you will cross the glacier and arrive at the Everest Base Camp area.

Today’s trek brings you to the ultimate destination of Everest Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 5360m.. Here, you’ll meet many other climbers and have the chance to share experiences. After enjoying the views, making memories, and taking photographs from the base camp, you will return to Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep (5140m) to Kala Patthar (5545m), then fly back to Kathmandu (1400m) by Helicopter.

Kala Patthar is the best spot for the sunrise view of the mountains. Therefore, we will begin to trek early in the morning.

It takes approximately one hour to hike from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar. From the kala patthar, we can see the jaw-dropping view of Mt.Pumori, Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, and other peaks.

After enjoying your time at Kala Patthar, you will hike down to Gorak Shep. A helicopter from Gorak Shep will take you to Lukla. After Lukla, you will head out to Kathmandu in a 45-minute flight over the Himalayas of the Everest region.

Day 11: Departure

Our Mountface representative will accompany you to Kathmandu International Airport for your journey back home from Nepal. Safe travels!

Additional Info

Best Season or Time to Visit Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return

Trekking at the world’s highest mountain base camp requires perfect planning. There are four seasons in Nepal: autumn, spring, summer and winter. Trekking is possible in four seasons, but the best season is during the month of the spring and autumn seasons. During the seasons, the perfect weather conditions make the trail comfortable and easier. Also, a clearer view of the sky makes a breathtaking view of the landscape, terrain, forest, and mountain peaks.

The chance of rainfall is very low during the spring and autumn seasons. This creates less chance of natural disasters like floods, landslides, heavy snowfall, and landslides. You don’t have to be stuck in the trail path, and the summit success rate is higher in the autumn and spring seasons.

While trekking is doable in both rainy and winter seasons, there are higher risk factors involved. It’s crucial for trekkers to have the right gear and clothing during these times. Bad weather conditions can extend the trek duration, and sometimes, trekkers might have to return without reaching the summit. So, being well-prepared is essential during these seasons.

Foods & Accommodation On Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Chopper

Three meals are provided during the trek. The breakfast menu includes pancakes, cornflakes, Nepali bread, chapati, porridge, a variety of egg dishes, toast, and Muesli with milk, hash brown potatoes, and other items are offered. Similarly, Dhal, Bhat, and Tarkari, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potatoes, Tibetan Bread, Different Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni meals, Vegetables, Salad Pizza, Snacks, Desserts, etc. may all be found on the lunch menu. The dinner menu is the same as the lunch menu.

While staying in Kathmandu, you can choose the hotel from simple economy to luxurious, depending upon the budget. But at the higher Altitude, you will stay at the tea house where you can find a basic room with a shared bathroom. At the higher Altitude, you need to pay extra for wifi and charging facilities, but you don’t have to pay extra while staying at the hotel/lodge in Kathmandu.

Difficulty Level of Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Copter

The EBC trek and fly back by Heli is quite challenging, requiring good stamina. You’ll be walking around 6-7 hours daily on narrow and rough paths with both uphill and downhill sections. This might be tough for beginners. Additionally, since the trek reaches altitudes above 5000m, there’s a risk of altitude sickness. In higher altitudes, oxygen levels are lower, making it crucial for trekkers to be prepared and cautious about altitude sickness.

Unpredictable weather is another challenge that trekkers may face during this trek. Perfect weather conditions are required for a successful trek. Even experienced trekkers find it difficult to trek in bad weather conditions. The risk factors increase during the bad weather. We recommend you trek when the weather conditions are best.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention during Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return

Altitude sickness is a common problem that may arise during the Everest Base Camp Trek. It can happen to anyone as it does not discriminate against trekkers. It’s extremely important to know the symptoms and preventive measures. If it is not cured in time, then it might be fatal.

Here are the Altitude sickness symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • A drop in performance
  • Lack of coordination
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite loss
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Its preventive measures:

  • Don’t ascend too far and too fast.
  • Take rest days to acclimate.
  • Sleep at a lower altitude if possible.
  • Always carry the preventive medications.
  • Avoid drinking and smoking during the trek
  • Hydrate your body all the time
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat a balanced diet food.
  • Avoid heavy exercise during the trek.

Booking Procedure

  • Read the terms and conditions of our trekking agency.
  • Read the itinerary carefully and the cost of the package.
  • Booking can be done through our website by contacting us through WhatsApp.
  • To confirm the trip, travelers need to make an upfront payment of 20% of the total trip cost.
  • You have the option to pay the booking confirmation amount through either a credit card or wire transfer. Please note that both payment methods are subject to additional bank service fees, which may amount to up to 4% of the total sum.
  • After the payment is done we will send you the trip confirmation letter online.
  • Final payment is a must at our office before the start of the trek
  • Regarding the trip cancellation and change of booking date, you can contact us for more information.
  • Changing the transportation, accommodation and itinerary may charge additional cost or less depending upon the expense.
  • We are not responsible if you violate rules and regulations during the trek.
  • If we find you suspicious or undisciplined, we have the authority to decline, accept, detain, or retain any members.
  • Travelers must be physically and mentally fit.
  • Please read the terms and conditions well before booking the trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this trek too dangerous?
While tragic news might make you hesitate to climb, it's crucial to know that over 30,000 climbers succeed in this trek every year. The high success rate shows that with proper preparation and determination, reaching the summit is very achievable.
Does the trek require any kind of training?
Everest Base Camp Trek does not require technical expertise, but it requires a high level of physical and mental fitness. New beginners should train their bodies to increase their stamina level as they will walk daily for 6-7 hours on average.
Should we follow a specific diet plan when training for Everest Base Camp?
You should not require a specific diet plan to train, however you should maintain your health by nourishing your body with balanced diet food.
Are your staff equipped/trained & insured?
Our staff from the Mount Face Trekking agency is fully trained, experienced, and insured, so you don't have to worry about it.
Is there an age limit for this Trek?
There is no age bar for the Everest Base Camp Trek as long as you are physically and mentally fit.
What about toilet and shower facilities during the trek?
On the Everest Base Camp trekking route, you'll come across many tea houses and lodges that provide a toilet facility and shower facility. But at the higher Altitude, the toilet is basic with sharing, and showers are almost not possible at the high altitude tea house.
What if I am not able to do the trek?
Our professional GuideGuide will be there to assist you if you find any difficulties during the trek. Your responsibility is our priority, so don't worry about it.
What permits do I need?
You need two permits for this trek. 1. Sagarmatha National Park NPR(3,000 per person 13% VAT is extra) 2. Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit(NPR 2,000 per person) If you choose to travel with us, you don't need to worry about the paperwork or fees for these permits. We'll handle all the necessary arrangements, making your journey hassle-free.
Is it possible to share a seat in a helicopter for solo travellers?
Yes, the arrangement will be made for solo travelers, but for this, you need to consult with the trekking agency.
Do I need travel insurance ?
You must have travel insurance before starting the trek for your safety. It helps take care of you and supports rescue operations if needed.
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