Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return-11 Days

Trip Information
  • Duration11 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate to Difficult
  • Max Altitude5545m/ 18193ft
  • ActivityTrekking and Helicopter tour
  • Group Size1+
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
  • Best TimeSept- May
  • Daily views of high snowcapped peaks with the marvelous scenery of rolling green hills.
  • Experience the birds-eye view of the mountains after completing the trek through the helicopter.
  • The best views of Everest Lhotse Nuptse ama Dablam Kangtega, Kusum Kanguru, Pumori, Taboche, Cholatse, Khumbutse, Nupla, kongde-ri and a lot of other mountains.
  • Scenic and cultural adventure in the comfort of the best available luxury lodges.
  • Rooms facing views of mighty Himalayan peaks in harmony with Sherpa culture.
  • Explore traditional villages and monasteries adorned with Buddhist religious artifacts.
  • Walk across the Khumbu glacier one of the biggest glaciers in the world.
  • Panoramic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and a helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Kathmandu, with exciting walks to the base of the world's number one peak.
  • Adventure in the harmony of homely comfort with warm Sherpa traditions.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with Holiday Planner Nepal.

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • If necessary, Holiday Planner Nepal’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Our company provides sim cards for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Introduction: Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return-11 Days

Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return is a trip that involves trekking to the Base Camp of Everest and taking a helicopter return finishing the trip to Kathmandu. This trip, begins and concludes in Kathmandu, letting visitors see the grandeur and majesty of the Himalayas without completing the whole walk to Everest Base Camp. 

When you reach the base camp, you will have the opportunity to explore the Everest Region and learn about Mount Everest's history. You may also get the opportunity to interact with local Sherpas and learn about their culture and way of life. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp and returning back to Gorakshep, the trek will finish with a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.

The Everest Base Camp's high altitude might also be an issue to consider, since some people may suffer from altitude sickness. Before scheduling this sort of journey, it is best to speak with a doctor and travel operator.


Why book an 11 Days Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

There are several reasons why someone might want to join a trip that involves a helicopter Return from Everest Base Camp:

  • Time Constraints: The average trip is 11 days but when trekkers take a Heli back it involves a different way of seeing the mountain with a bird’s eye view and a chance to avoid the walk back. Taking a helicopter trip back to Kathmandu saves valuable time if you’re in a hurry and have a limited number of days.
  • Physical limitations: The trek to the Everest Base Camp takes several hours of daily trekking and climbing across rugged terrain. This may be difficult for those who are in poor physical condition or have mobility issues. You can bypass the physical challenges of the trip by booking a helicopter return.
  • Luxury Lodges – This Package Includes luxury lodges with electric blankets in case of unstable electricity hot bags are provided rooms with attached bathrooms are available.
  • Comfort: Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter return allows you to travel in comfort, avoiding the physical demands of the trek. The entire journey to Everest Base Camp provides beautiful aerial views of the mountains and valleys below, as well as extra time to tour the base camp and interact with local Sherpas.

How to know if I need Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return to Kathmandu?

The Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect for seniors and if you lack physical abilities and want comfort want to save time. 

If you want a Luxury Trek in Everest which involves good accommodation attached bathrooms and electric blankets and if you want to avoid unfavorable conditions and don’t want to trek back down the same way you walked for 8 days in 3 days then you need to select this package. 

If you are interested in experiencing the beauty and majesty of the Himalayas but do not want to complete the walk back, a helicopter return might be a good option for you. These tours are typically more expensive than normal trekking which involves completing the full trek on foot, but they may be a more affordable option for people who do not have the time or physical ability to complete the full trek.

When is the Best Time for Trekking at Everest Base Camp Trekking including a Helicopter Return to Kathmandu?

The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is based on your individual interests and the type of excitement you prefer. In general, the perfect months to trek to the Everest Base Camp are September to November and March to May, when the weather is dry and sunny. Autumn and spring are the best time trekking seasons, and the routes are normally in good shape. 

Temperatures at the Everest Base Camp Gorakshep and Lobuche are also moderate, with highs around 0-15 degrees Celsius (32 - 59 degrees Fahrenheit) and lows around -8 to 5 degrees Celsius (17.6 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit).

What about Monsoon and Winter season for Trekking to Everest Base Camp?

The winter weather can be particularly cold and dry throughout the winter (December to February), with temperatures dropping well below freezing at night. At higher elevations, snow is widespread, and the trails can be slippery and difficult to cross. This is a fantastic time to trek if you want a more challenging and less crowded experience.

There may be fewer teahouses and lodges opened during the winter season, especially at higher elevations like Gorakshep Lobuche and Dingboche which may be a problem during winter seasons.

The monsoon season in Nepal lasts from June to August, and the region is prone to severe rainfall and thunderstorms. The trails may be muddy and slippery, and there is a greater risk of landslides. The trails may be less busy because it is considered the off-season for trekking. However, the weather can be unpredictable, and the routes may be in poor shape, making the walk more difficult.

Ultimately, the Best Season for Trekking to Everest Base Camp depends on your personal preferences and the type of experience you are looking for but have flexible dates for flight and keep at least a week extra in case things go sideways.


How Should you prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return?

The Trek to Everest Base Camp is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that requires a detailed plan. You can prepare for the trek by doing the following things:

  • Get in Shape: The trek to the Everest Base Camp entails trekking for several hours each day and climbing across steep terrain, so physical fitness is required. Begin a training program that involves both cardiovascular (running or cycling) and strength training (such as squats and lunges).
  • Acclimatize: The Everest Base Camp is located at an elevation of around 5,380 meters/17,600 feet, which is far higher than most people are accustomed to. Allowing your body time to acclimate to the high altitude can help reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Before beginning the trek, consider spending a few days in Kathmandu (1,400 meters/4,600 feet) or Lukla (2,800 meters/9,200 feet).
  • Pack wisely: The weather in the Himalayas may be inconsistent, with temperatures varying from pleasant during the day to bitterly cold at night. Bring layers of clothing that you can easily add and remove, as well as a warm cap, gloves, and a sturdy pair of hiking boots.
  • Get Vaccinated: Some vaccines, such as those for hepatitis A, COVID-19, and typhoid, are advised for visitors to Nepal. To establish whether medicines are appropriate for you, speak with a healthcare provider or a travel clinic.
  • Travel insurance: It is important to get travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuations, as these can be costly in the event of an emergency on the trek.
  • Hire a trustworthy trekking agency: Holiday Tours Nepal is a trust worth providing employment opportunities to the local guide for the journey to the Everest Base Camp is strongly advised. Local guides can provide useful information about the route, local culture, and safety, as well as assist you in adjusting to the high altitude. Holiday Tours Nepal provides a reliable guide with prior experience leading treks in the area. 
Climate and Weather Conditions during Trekking to Everest Base Camp.

The weather can be particularly cold and dry during the winter (December to February), with temperatures plunging well below freezing at night. At higher elevations, snow is frequent, and the trails can be slick and difficult to walk.

The summer (June to August) is the monsoon season in Nepal, and the region is prone to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. The trails may be muddy and slippery, and the risk of landslides is higher.

At the Everest Base Camp (5,380 meters/17,600 feet), the weather is cold and dry, with temperatures ranging from -10 to 10 degrees Celsius (14 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and dropping well below freezing at night. It is important to bring layers of warm clothing and be prepared for changes in the weather.

Accommodation Facilities in Everest Base Camp Trek.

You will have the option of staying in luxury Tea houses during your Trek to Everest Base Camp.

Holiday Tours Nepal provides the best tea houses that have private attached bathrooms, electric blankets, warm rooms, and hot water bags to place inside the sleeping bag in case of electricity unavailability.

The tea house has a big dining area with a big heater in the dining area which makes the room warm.

The accommodation facilities on the trek to Everest Base Camp are basic and may not be the same as what you are used to at home. It is important to remember that you will be in a remote and rugged environment, and the facilities will reflect this.

Note: Electric Blankets work for 3-5 hours max at night time.

What type of Culture and Religion can we see at the Everest Base Camp.

Sherpa people, a Tibetan Buddhist minority renowned for their strong mountaineering history, live in the Everest Region. The sherpas have a strong cultural and spiritual connection to the mountains, and they play an important part in the region's tourism economy.

You will have the opportunity to learn about Sherpa culture and their way of life during your climb to Everest Base Camp. Along the walk, you may witness prayer flags, Mani walls (walls adorned with stone tablets inscribed with the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum"), and chortens (stupas), all of which are key parts of Tibetan Buddhist culture. In the villages, you may also come across monasteries and thakhangs (little temples), which are frequently utilized for prayer and meditation.

The Sherpas are polite and welcoming people who will be delighted to share their culture and customs with you. When visiting temples and monasteries, it is important to be respectful of their culture and religion, as well as to follow local customs and traditions.


Travel Insurance for Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return.

Travel insurance is necessary for your Everest Base Camp trek to protect against unforeseen situations such as medical emergencies, evacuations, trip cancellations, and lost or stolen luggage.

When choosing a travel insurance policy, be sure it includes coverage for high-altitude treks as well as emergency medical and evacuation coverage. Consider obtaining trip cancellation and interruption coverage in case you need to cancel or shorten your vacation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Some points to look for in a travel insurance policy for Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return include:

  • Medical Coverage: Choose a policy that provides coverage for medical emergencies, including altitude sickness and other illnesses that may occur during the trek.
  • Evacuation coverage: Choose a policy that provides coverage for evacuations by helicopter or other means in case of a medical emergency or other unforeseen event.
  • Trip cancellation and interruption coverage: Choose a policy that provides coverage in case you need to cancel or cut your trip short due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a medical emergency or a natural disaster.
  • Baggage coverage: Choose a policy that provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged luggage.

It is important to read the copy of your travel insurance policy and to understand what is and is not covered. It is also a good idea to consult with a travel agent or a travel insurance specialist to determine the best policy for your needs.

Altitude Sickness During the Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return.

Altitude sickness, commonly known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a common disease caused by rapidly ascending to high altitudes. Headache, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and difficulty sleeping are all symptoms of AMS. In severe circumstances, AMS can develop into life-threatening diseases such as High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

As you ascend higher in altitude, the danger of altitude sickness grows, and it is a concern for trekkers and climbers on the Everest Base Camp journey, as the base camp is located at a height of roughly 5,380 meters (17,600 feet). To lessen the risk of AMS, allow your body time to acclimate to the high altitude by gradually ascending and taking rest days as needed. While at high elevations, it is also important to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and smoking.

If you have AMS symptoms, you should descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible and seek medical assistance if they do not improve. Medications may be used to help prevent or treat AMS in some circumstances.

If you have a history of AMS or other medical issues, you should visit a doctor before embarking on a Journey to Everest Base Camp. Your doctor can advise you on whether the trek is safe for you and give tips for preventing or managing AMS.

Washing and Toilet Facilities at the Everest Base Camp Trek.

In the lodges, you have access to private attached bathrooms. These amenities may be simple and straightforward, lacking hot water and toilet paper. Some lodges offer hot showers for which the tea houses charge extra. 

It is important to remember that the facilities on the trek may be basic and may not be the same as what you are used to at home. It is a good idea to bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer and to be prepared for the possibility of taking cold water showers.

Note in Lobuche and Gorakshep due to lack of availability there may be limited room and sometimes a place in higher elevation may be packed due to which attached rooms may not be available.

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On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport via respective airlines, you will be received by our office staff and guide with a warm welcome then transfer to your hotels in the city's hub.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups for a briefing on Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking, our guide offers you useful information regarding the trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

The evening includes a welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with the Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

    Starting early morning transfer to domestic airport for a short and scenic flight to Lukla, taking a smaller aircraft (Twin Otter or Dornier) during 30 minutes on air with an amazing panorama of the Himalayan series of peaks with Mt. Everest, as the plane lands on its unique uphill runways reaching Tenzing & Hillary airport in Lukla.

    From here a slow start with a few hours of walks downhill past many Sherpa farm villages with well-tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with occasional views of snow-capped peaks of Kwangde and Kusum Kanguru, and then reaching our first overnight stop of the trek at Phakding in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge located by the raging Dudh Kosi River. 

      Today with a long uphill walk to reach at famous Namche Bazaar, starting with the gradual walk following the Dudh Kosi River upstream crossing a few bridges to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance near Monjo village.

      Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese, while Sherpa calls Chomolungma (of Tibetan origin) in both languages, which means 'Great Mother', from here a pleasant walk on the river bed then climbing for a few hours into the forested trail with views of snow-capped peaks, as this scenic walk reaches you at exciting Namche Bazaar.

        A rest day at Namche Bazaar for necessary acclimatization, before heading higher area an ideal spot for a free day at this height above 3,440 m.

        In Namche spend the day with a scenic hike to viewpoints on top of Namche facing Mt. Everest-Ama Dablam and other ranges of peaks, afternoon explore the streets and shops, Namche holds a colorful and busy Saturday Market once a week.

          From Namche walk leads on a gradual scenic path downhill to Imjatse River at Phungi-Thanga for lunch, an afternoon uphill climb into rhododendrons, pines, and fir forest with grand views of snowcapped peaks.

          After a few hours of climb reaching Tengboche Monastery, enjoy marvelous views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, Thamserku, and Kwangde with magnificent Ama Dablam, an afternoon with time to visit its interesting monastery and observe monks and priests on prayer.

            Morning on the downhill for an hour towards Imjatse River, after crossing a bridge walking into an open country where tree lines stop for a few short juniper and rhododendron bushes, uphill for a while to reach Pangboche village at 3,900 meters.

            This is the last permanent village before Dingboche and beyond, from here a slow climb to Somara for lunch and continue to walk with the climb to Dingboche village for an overnight stop, located within scenic Imjatse valley with excellent views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak.

              A rest day for proper acclimatization here is a short hike up to Nangkartshang hills for better views of surrounding peaks with Mt. Makalu towards the east adjoining.

              For some energetic people optional walk to Chukung 4,760 m high, a small settlement within Imjatse Valley offers incredible views of Island Peak, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

                After a nice and pleasant stop at Dingboche, our morning walk leads to a short climb facing excellent views, and then walk on a gradual scenic trail to Thukla for lunch, this is where the massive Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river.

                From here trail Pheriche and Dingboche trails join towards Everest Base Camp, after a break a steep climb for an hour to Thukla pass, witness stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died climbing Mt. Everest, Lhotse, or other high mountains. From here a nice walk to Lobuche for an overnight stop.

                  Today our adventure takes you to Everest Base Camp our main goal and highlight of the trip walking for a few hours with the short steep climb in between glacier and moraine, then reaching Gorakshep, beneath the lofty peak of Pumori and Kalapatthar rocky hill.
                  Walk continues towards Everest base camp, at base camp enjoy views of the massive Khumbu Ice Fall and glaciers, after an exciting time with the experience of a lifetime retrace the journey back to Gorakshep for an overnight stop.

                    Early morning climb to Kalapatthar at above 5,545 m high, the highest point of the adventure with magnificent views of mountains including Mt. Everest at close distance, after a great time on top descend back to Gorakshep for breakfast.

                    From Gorakshep, our adventure is completed on taking a chopper flight to Kathmandu with grand views of the mountain range all the way to Kathmandu.

                    On reaching Kathmandu domestic airport transfer back to your hotel with a free afternoon to relax after a great and wonderful time on Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking.

                      Last day in Nepal, the country of Himalayan wonders, and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to the next respective connecting destinations.

                      Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and a great time on Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking.

                        Cost Details
                        What's Included
                        • All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
                        • 2-night twin/double sharing accommodation on BB at 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
                        • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
                        • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
                        • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System ( TIMS card)
                        • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
                        • 02 guests to 01 porters with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment
                        • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food, and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
                        • Twin-sharing comfort Lodge accommodation during the trek (private bathrooms with hot showers and electric blanket are provided)
                        • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                        • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek
                        • First aid kid box.
                        • Holiday Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                        • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                        • Oximeter to check your pulse oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during trekking (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                        • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                        What's not Included
                        • Your Nepal Visa fees.
                        • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu.
                        • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
                        • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                        • In case of extra nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary.
                        • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
                        • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
                        • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
                        • Anything not included in the service includes column.
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                        This trip departs every day of the year.
                        This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your needs, Please contact us.
                        This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
                        If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with US (Call/email now for a private trip, info@holidaytoursnepal.com, Mobile +977 9818178630 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber) so that Holiday Planner Nepal can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
                        Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a beautiful experience. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.

                        Useful Information
                        • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
                        • First aid kit
                        • Holiday Tours Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                        • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                        • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                        • One-hour complimentary spa/massage in Kathmandu after the trek

                        Suggested Equipment List.

                        1. Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Holiday Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip).
                        2. Day pack.
                        3. Trekking shoes.
                        4. Sports shoes or sandals.
                        5. Sun Hat/cap.
                        6. Warm woolen cap.
                        7. Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket.
                        8. Waterproof Gore-Tex layer.
                        9. Pullover or warm sweeter.
                        10. Raincoat.
                        11. 4/5 pairs of good quality socks.
                        12. Hand gloves.
                        13. 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.
                        14. 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
                        15. 3/4 pairs of underwear (non-cotton preferred).
                        16. Sunglasses.
                        17. Water bottle.
                        18. 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip).
                        19.  Flash or Torch light.
                        20. Camera and batteries.
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