Everest Base Camp and Return by Heli
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Everest Base Camp and Return by Heli

12 days

Dates of departure 2024:

March 05, 15, 22
April 09, 14
May 07, 12,26
September 13, 22
October 11, 20, 27
November 03, 08, 15

Explore the iconic Everest Base Camp on this trek, beginning with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Trekking through Khumbu's landscapes, encounter stunning mountain views and diverse wildlife. The trek culminates at Gorak Shep, followed by a scenic helicopter return to Lukla.


  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu airfare Domestic airport tax
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3-star hotel as per availability(Twin Share Basis)
  • 9 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking(Twin Share Basis)
  • Farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla
  • An experienced guide during the trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and lodge for the guide
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in during trip(available in the lodges we are staying)
  • City tour guide
  • Porter
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during the city tour
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • All kinds of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Please note:

Duration : 12 days and 11 nights.
Age range: 10years to 65years


Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests.

Overnight in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 1,300m/4264 ft

Day 2 Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding

We take an early morning regular flight to Lukla by a Twin Otter plane which is where all Everest treks begin. We meet the rest of our team in Lukla and start trekking from there. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding.

Overnight: in Phakding at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 2,651m/8,700ft
Trek Duration: 3- 4 hrs
Flight Duration: 40 mins

Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Our trail passes through a pine forest and we continue our walk on the trail that goes up north through the Benkar valley. We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. After entering the park, we ascend on a steep trail with incredible views. Ascending further, we reach Namche Bazaar which is the biggest town in the Everest region.

Overnight in Namche Bazaar at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 3,440 m/11,280 ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 4 Namche Bazaar: acclimatization

Spending one more day in Namche Bazaar will help us get used to the high altitude and thinning oxygen in the air. We tour the primary town of the Everest or Khumbu region which has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a colorful market. We can hike-up to Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayas including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. If we are interested in a day hike, we can trek to Khumjung village. Today we also visit the Hillary School and a monastery which houses a yeti scalp!

Overnight in Namche Bazaar at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Namche Bazzar to Tengboche

This segment of the trek includes the famous descent to the Dudh-Koshi River and the equally famous ascent along the rhododendron forests to Tengboche. While descending to Dudh Kish River, we enjoy the views of mountain tops like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. Upon reaching Tengboche, we visit Tengboche monastery-the largest monastery in the region and soak in the views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other peaks.

Overnight in Tengboche at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 3,870m/12,694ft
Trek Duration: 5 6 hrs

Day 6 Tengboche to Dingboche

We descend and trek through forests filled with a variety of lush trees, birch, conifers and rhododendrons. This journey again rewards us with tremendous views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The picturesque trail dips down to Devuche, crosses the Imja River and takes us to Pangboche. The upper Pangboche trails reward us with a more pristine view of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. The trek moves ahead towards the Imja Valley, Lobuche River and ultimately begins climbing up to Dingboche.

Overnight at Dingboche at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 4,360 m/14,300 ft
Trek Duration: 5 6 hours

Day 7 Dingboche: acclimatization

Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam.

Overnight at Dingboche at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Dingboche to Lobuche

We start the day with a gradual climb to Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From here, we climb up a steep trail to Chupki Lhara, where we find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. Next, we continue to the Khumbu Glacier moraine and find ourselves facing several great peaks Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. The trail then eases off as we follow the valley to Lobuche.

Overnight in Lobuche at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 4940 m/16,207 ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 9 Lobuche to Gorak Shep , visit Everest Base Camp

We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come across the Indian army mountaineers memorials. The path from here can be misleading; hence, it is important that we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. The walk is strenuous due to thin air in the high altitude. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, we see tents of mountaineers that stand out in bright colors against the monotony of gray surroundings (especially in the spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from the base camp. We get back to Gorak Shep for a good nights rest.

Overnight in Gorak Shep at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 5,364 m/17,594 ft
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 10 Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar, back to Gorak Shep, fly to Lukla by Helicopter

We prepare for an early morning departure amid pre-dawn darkness and cold temperatures (-10 to -14 C). Plus, there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, and Changtse tower are seen to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself. But, it is upon reaching Kalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft) that we get to see 360 degree up-close and formidable views of Mt. Everest. We take pictures, enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama, and then return back to Gorak Shep for a good night's rest.

Those participants who visit Everest Base Camp today will have an early breakfast to start early as Everest base camp hike takes longer than the hike at Kalapatthar. We descend down to Gorak Shep and take a helicopter ride to Lukla. We fly over the serene waters of the Gokyo Lake which holds deep cultural significance for the Nepalese. After admiring the lakes tremendous beauty, we continue our helicopter ride to Lukla.

Overnight in Lukla at guest house/lodges

Meals: Breakfast,
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 11 Fly to Kathmandu

Catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

Overnight in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Final departure

After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, our representative drops you to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy:

  • 20% of payment will be charged on cancellation of 30 days in advance.
  • 50% of payment will be charged on cancellation within 15 days.
  • 100% of payment will be charged on cancellation of 0 to 14 days.

Pramila Pandey
With GetExperience since 2023

Meeting point

Kala Patthar, Khumjung 56000, Nepal

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