"Trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu by helicopter on this special package. It's a short trek in the Khumbu region full of adventure and thrills from day one."
Among all the Everest base camp trek packages, the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return has become the most famous one in recent days. It's an 11 days trek through beautiful Sherpa villages and lush rhododendron forests to the lap of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. This iconic trek combines a helicopter return from Kala Patthar, which makes this particular package very appealing.
You not only get to see jaw-dropping mountain landscapes during trekking but also get to see unparalleled aerial panoramas of the Himalayas. After the long & difficult walk, you get rewarded with a sensational helicopter flight experience. All the passengers get full window seats to enjoy the flight. It'll be a comfortable ride.
If you are looking for something unique in the Himalayas, then you should definitely consider the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return package. We assure you one of the most adventurous treks of your life. We'll arrange everything for you, from reserving accommodation on the trail to obtaining permits on your behalf. You can expect a hassle-free trek with us.
Peek into the mountain lifestyle & culture
The Khumbu region is home to communities like Bhotiyas, Sherpas, Rai, Limbus, etc. The locals along the Everest base camp trail are very welcoming and friendly. They are deeply attached to their roots and practice their ancient Tibetan Buddhism traditions. As you pass by different villages, you'll get to see their daily lifestyle.
Life in the mountains is very simple yet gratifying. You'll learn it on this trip. While trekking, you get a chance to explore some ancient monasteries like Tengboche and Pangboche. You'll come across many stupas, prayer wheels, prayer flags, and chortens on the way. Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is also a culturally enriching journey.
Mountains & landscapes
The mountain views during the Everest base camp heli trek are breathtaking. The landscape changes from lush green valleys to moraines & glaciers as the trek progresses. You get to see the stunning panorama of Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Cholatse (6,440 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), etc during the trek.
During hikes to viewpoints like Everest View Hotel (3,962 m) and Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m), you'll get to relish fantastic mountain scenery. The trek lets you catch many beautiful sunrises & sunsets. The sunrise from Kala Patthar (5,644 m) is the most incredible one. And the bird's eye view of the Himalayas at the end of the trek is something you can eagerly look forward to.
Everest base camp trek with helicopter return itinerary is divided into two parts. The first is trekking, and the second is helicopter flight itself. The trek begins with a commercial flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport (2,860 m). From Lukla, the trail descends to Phakding village (2,610 m) on the same day. You'll sleep low to avoid chances of altitude sickness. The trail goes through Monjo village (2,835 m) the next day.
From here onwards, Sagarmatha National Park begins, so we register our permits at the checkpoint. Trekking through lush forests and crossing numerous suspension bridges, you'll ascend to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). This iconic Sherpa town has all the modern facilities, including WiFi, internet cafes, restaurants, ATM lounges, etc.
We have two acclimatization days in our Everest base camp helicopter trek itinerary. One in Namche Bazaar and another one in Dingboche. These acclimatization days will give you the opportunity to explore the village and spend more time with the locals while adjusting to the elevation. Namche Bazaar has famous hiking options to the Everest View Hotel (3,962 m) and Khumjung Monastery (3,790 m).
Leaving Namche Bazaar, you cross bridges and walk past rhododendron forests to Tengboche village (3,860 m). Here, you get to explore the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery. The trail then descends to Pangboche village (3,985 m) the following day and goes along terraced fields to Dingboche (4,410 m). You'll hike to Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m)to acclimatize.
Dingboche onward, the terrain changes into a treeless, barren area. You will see rocky hills and prominent views of snow-capped mountains. The next point is Lobuche village (6,119 m_. From here, trek through Gorak Shep (5,164 m) and walk on the glacial path to Everest base camp (5,364 m). You return to Gorak Shep for the night stay on the same day, and hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m) early in the morning.
At Kala Patthar, enjoy the views, and our helicopter crew will pick you up from there. From here, it's an hour-long flight to Kathmandu. You get to see the gorgeous aerial panorama and fly over the Khumbu Glacier & Khumbu Icefall.
Everest trekking difficulty
Everest base camp heli trek difficulty is moderate. The trekking route to EBC begins with a gentle walk through a forested path and gradually goes through dense forests, pastures, and moraines. The terrain gets rough and steep in many sections. Everest base camp helicopter trekking is recommended to beginner trekkers but do not underestimate the Himalayas.
The rise in elevation every day brings thin air pressure on the body and increases the risks of altitude sickness. Beyond 4,000 meters, even a short walk will exhaust your body. You walk along steep foothills and glaciers. The services are bare minimum at the upper part of the trail. Endurance and determination to reach Everset base camp are crucial.
Once you reach Kala Patthar, you do not have to retrace the trail back to Lukla. Descending demands equal effort, and you get to skip this part of Everest base camp trekking. You'll directly fly from Kala Patthar to Kathmandu in a helicopter.
To book the Everest base camp trek and return to Kathmandu by helicopter, you have to send us your booking request or contact us at our given number/mail. You can easily book the package through our site. It's a simple process. After we send you the trip confirmation mail, you can begin preparing for the trek and booking flights.
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We have other trek packages with helicopter return like Langtang Valley trek with heli return, Annapurna base camp trek with heli return, and Everest view trek with heli return. Not only that, we can tailor-made heli return treks to many other places on our guest's requests.