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Everest base camp trek return by helicopter

Everest base camp trek return by helicopter

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Hiking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Full-board on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane/Helicopter

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kala Patthar (5550m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Everest base camp trek return by helicopter is just the right trekking holiday for those who have limited time for vacation but still wish to set foot on the world’s highest peak’s base camp. The whole idea of this trek is to hike up to the Everest Base Camp and then return to Kathmandu by taking a helicopter flight cutting back almost half of the trekking days of the regular Everest Base Camp trek.

The trek is short and sweet with plenty of opportunity to witness the great Himalayan panorama of some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, experience the unique and rich Sherpa culture and traditions, trek in the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The helicopter flight provides a bird's-eye view of the vast green valleys and snow-capped mountains that lie on the way back to Kathmandu. 

Everest base camp trek return by helicopter gets a head start from the small town of Lukla where you will fly from Kathmandu by plane. The trail then follows the Everest Base Camp trek route passing along several stopovers like Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and finally Gorekshep. After attending the base camp you will hike to Kalapathar, the popular Himalayan viewpoint and eventually take a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.
Everest base camp trek return by helicopter is a convenient and exciting way to end your trekking adventure in Khumbu and is sure to leave you with lasting memories of trekking at the world’s best trekking trail.

Everest base camp trek helicopter return Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla with stunning mountain views.
  • Varied flora & fauna of Sagarmatha National Park, – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Witness the lifestyle of people living in the high Himalayas, especially Sherpas.
  • Visit the biggest & Important monastery in Khumbu - Tengboche Monastery.
  • Everest Base Camp & Khumbu Glacier.
  • Embark on an exhilarating hike to Kala Patthar with a 360-degree Himalayan panorama.
  • Witness the stunning views of Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Pumori, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak including Mount Everest.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the Everest region on board an exciting flight by Helicopter.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40min) & Trek from Lukla to Phakding (2610 m/3-4 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/5-6 hrs)
Day 04: Rest day in Namche Bazaar for Acclimatization & Hike to Hotel Everest View (3880m/3-4 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m/5-6 hrs )
Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m/5-6 hrs)
Day 07: Rest Day In Dingboche; Hike to Chhukung (4730m) & back to Dingboche (4410m/3-4 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m/5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) / Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364 m) /Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (8-9 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5550m) back to Gorek Shep & fly to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport.

After 40-45 minutes flight from Kathmandu you will finally land at Lukla then being your trek to Phakding –a small village in Khumbu region. Lukla is also the place where your porters will be waiting for you. The trail goes through a green path crossing several villages like Chauri Kharka and Ghat then finally reaches Phakding for an overnight stay.

Note: Flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu to Lukla may be rerouted to Manthali during the peak trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October, and November due to increased air traffic congestion. Manthali is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu and we need to start at 12.30am for the Kathmandu/Manthali drive to catch the flight to Lukla from Manthali. During December, January, February, June, July, or August, it's a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, the trek begins with the trail going through forests, traditional villages with plowed fields, and yak pastures then reaches the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park from where Mt. Thamserku can be spotted.

After completing permit formalities and having lunch you will climb up to Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region and the biggest Sherpa town in the Khumbu region where many hotels, luxury resorts, restaurants, pubs, trek shops etc are located. You name it, they have it at Namche and if you forget to shop for any trek gear in Kathmandu, Namche is the last point to do so but the price may differ.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and to cope with the rising elevation. You can go for a side excursion to Hotel Everest View (3880m) which is considered the hotel located at the highest point on earth. From it’s balcony you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest and other world’s highest peaks sipping tea/coffee. Then it’s back to your hotel in Namche Bazaar. In the evening, you can explore around Namche, talk with the locals, meeting many other trekkers and mountaineers from around the world.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s trek involves many steep ascents and descents, and it’s also a good opportunity for nice photography. On the list are Stupas (Buddhist shrines), prayer flags, mani walls (walls with Buddhist prayers carved into them), and mountains, such as Ama Dablam, and Tengboche Monastery which all are worth a good picture.

The trail up to Tengboche from Lukla is a dusty switchback path but it is all worthwhile as you reach Tengboche which offers a spectacular panorama. Tengboche has the largest Buddhist monastery which is the largest and the most important monastery in Khumbu. Pay a visit to the monastery and with a small donation, you can light some butter lamps.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail is quite challenging today but with a very scenic route. The trail follows the Imja Khola ‘River’ climbing up to Dingboche and passing along windswept fields (mainly potato). Dingboche is the highest Sherpa village in Khumbu. The view of AmaDablam is spectacular from Dingboche which arrived during lunch time. After lunch at Dingboche, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore watching the surrounding Himalayas or dig into your books.etc

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As the altitude increases it’s important to get better acclimatization so it’s rest/acclimatization day at Dingboche. You can rest at your lodge or there are several side excursions like a hike to Nangkar Tshang Peak, with its sacred sites and views of Mt Makalu. Or hike to Chhukung (4,730 m) which provides majestic views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Choyo. You will also notice Imja Khola Valley as well the fields and pastures of Dingboche. Afterward, back to the lodge at Dingboche.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today you will gently climb to the Pheriche Valley and then trek above the valley floor passing along alpine scrub and yak pastures. En route get a good view of Tawoch and Cholotse, with Ama Dablam behind us. From here you will notice as if AmaDablam is just rising up from the valley floor.

Then you will continue to Thokla Pass, where the ascent is challenging. From here is another good opportunity for the best photos of the peaks like Nuptse, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, and a few other 7,000-plus meter peaks. After crossing this pass will finally reach Lobuche. Lobuche isn’t a big town but is surrounded by dramatic and beautiful surroundings.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the big day as you will be attending Everest Base Camp, the foot of Mt. Everest. You will start first with 3 hours hike to the small village of Gorekshep passing over boulders and rough terrain.
Then hike to Everest Base Camp and upon arrival feel the majesty of the base camp, walk over the Khumbu Glacier from where Everest summiters start their journey to the top. Celebrate your achievement with your trek guide and other members at the base camp. From the base camp enjoy views of Khumbu Icefall, Khumbu Glacier, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, and a little bit of Everest. Afterward, back to Gorekshep for the overnight stay.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Start early today to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Kala patthar which is the most popular Himalayan viewpoint in Khumbu providing 360-degree Himalayan panorama including Mt. Everest.

The hike up to Kala Patthar is not that long but steep, rocky, and very challenging. Upon reaching it’s top you will be rewarded with the most spectacular Himalayan panorama of the peaks like Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Pumori, and more.

Afterward, retrace your way back to Gorekshep for breakfast where your private chartered helicopter will be waiting for you to fly back to Kathmandu. En route observe the Everest trail which you trek before and finally land at Kathmandu then transfer to hotel.
In the evening is farewell dinner at one of the Nepali authentic restaurant with company staff and later on back to hotel.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

If you plan to extend your holiday then other travel activities like jungle safari, rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping etc are also up on the list.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla or Ramechap/Lukla airfare.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags and duffel bags (to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Gorekshep to Kathmandu chartered helicopter flight cost
  • Permits for Everest National Park, & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant with cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.)
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips to guide & porters (Tipping is expected). 

Route Map

FAQ's

1. Is it possible to return from Everest Base Camp via helicopter?
Yes, it is possible to return from Everest Base Camp via helicopter. Helicopter return flights are available as an alternative to trekking back the same route.

2. What is the maximum number of passengers a helicopter can carry from Everest Base Camp?
The maximum number of passengers a helicopter can carry from Everest Base Camp depends on the type and size of the helicopter. Most commonly, helicopters used for this purpose can carry around 4 to 6 passengers.

3. Are there weight restrictions for passengers on the helicopter return flight?
Yes, there are weight restrictions for passengers on the helicopter return flight. Helicopters have a maximum weight limit, and the total weight of passengers and baggage should not exceed that limit for safety reasons

4. Is the helicopter return flight subject to weather conditions?
Yes, helicopter flights in the Everest region are subject to weather conditions. Flights may be delayed or canceled if the weather is unfavorable, especially in the high mountain areas. Safety is a top priority, and flight operators will not take off in unsafe conditions.

5. What is the duration of the Everest base camp trek helicopter return trek?
The trek to Everest Base Camp and back by helicopter in Kathmandu is 8 trek days.

6. Are there any age restrictions for the EBC trek?
While there is no specific age limit, trekkers should generally be physically fit and capable of handling the demands of high altitude trekking.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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