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 are 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.

Advantages of planning your trip with us

  • Pick-up and drop-off services for all passengers upon international arrival and departure.
  • Well-trained, experienced, fluently English-speaking guide, and a strong sherpa or porter for carrying the duffel bag.
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival with cultural Nepali dances.
  • Three meals a day and tea or coffee during the trek, with accommodation in the mountains.
  • First-aid kit box and first-aid services.
  • We provide Holiday Planner Nepal’s maps, t-shirt, and cap.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags are available for rent.
  • We organize custom services as per the requests of our clients.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (must be paid by the client or insurance).
  • We provide an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate.
  • We provide oxygen cans during high-altitude treks.
  • We provide SIM cards for travelers, so there won’t be any communication issues.

Important notice

After the recent Manang air incident, the civil aviation authority of Nepal has implemented new helicopter rules in Nepal. According to the new rule for landing the helicopter at Kalapatthar, which is our main target, there should be a maximum of two passengers.

If there are more than two passengers, the helicopter will take a turn and shuttle from Pheriche. So, for example, if there are 4 passengers, then the helicopter will take off from Kathmandu and go towards Lukla. From Lukla, it will take four passengers to Pheriche. Land at Pheriche and leave two passengers there at Pheriche. Take 2 passengers to Kalapatthar, land there, come back, and take the other 2 passengers to Kalapatthar. Then leave the two passengers at Pheriche who have completed the landing and go towards Kalapatthar.

After all, four passengers have completed the helicopter tour. The helicopter will take all four passengers from Pheriche and take them for breakfast or lunch at the Everet View Hotel. Then the passengers will have a one-hour window there for breakfast or lunch, and after finishing the breakfast or lunch, the helicopter will return back to Kathmandu via Lukla.

If there are 4 passengers, the cost will be split by the 4 passengers on the Everest helicopter tour upon landing.

If there are 2 passengers, the cost will be split by 2 passengers for the Everest helicopter tour with landing.

The cost of the helicopter right now is $5200, and this cost is to be split by the passengers, or we can arrange for the passengers to share the helicopter, but we must be provided with prior information for this.

Introduction: Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return is a trip that involves trekking to the Base Camp of Everest and a heli return back 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. 

During the trek to base camp, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Everest Region and learn about Mount Everest's history. Trekkers 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, trekkers will return back to Gorakshep, spend the night there. Next day, visitors fly back to kathmandu via Lukla.

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.

Thukla to pheriche

Why to book Everest Base CampTrek with heli return?

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, and rooms with attached bathrooms are available.
  • Comfort: The 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.

For whom is the EBC trek with heli return?

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 that involves good accommodation with 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 with a helicopter return?

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 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 the monsoon and winter seasons 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 the winter season.

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 flights and keep at least a week extra in case things go sideways.

How do I 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 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. 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.

Physical fitness for Everest base camp trek

Climate and weather conditions during the trek 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 at Everest

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 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.

We have the option of providing rooms with electric blankets and attached bathrooms at an additional cost of $400 per person. These types of lodges are not luxurious lodges, but they are comfortable lodges compared to normal and basic lodges and are warm and comfortable. Places like Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Debouche, and Dingboche offer these facilities. For the last two days at Gorakshep and Lobuche, attached bathrooms have not been available, but electric blankets are available, which work through solar panels. In case the blankets are not working, we provide hot water bags to all the clients and trekkers.

Dingboche Resort

Washing and toilet facilities at Everest

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.

Culture and religion seen 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.

Why is travel insurance necessary for Everest trekking?

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 a copy of your travel insurance policy 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.

How is the rescue done in the Everest region?

There are two types of policies. The first one is in which the trekkers pay first and get paid back by the insurance company, and the other is in which the insurance company pays up all the amount upfront.

For rescue, the helicopter charges $5500 for chartering it from Everest Region to Kathmandu. Then, from the airport, the trekkers are taken to the hospital in an ambulance, and the doctors and nurses take over from there. The patient is kept in the hospital for observation and treatment and is discharged when the hospital gives discharge clearance.

Altitude Sickness during the Everest Base Camp Trek

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.

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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.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400m/4,594ft
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

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. 

  • Max. Altitude:2,850m/9,351ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/Lodge
  • Time:3-4hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440m/11,286ft
  • Accommodation:Tea house/ Lodge
  • Time:6-7hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440m/11,286ft
  • Accommodation:Tea house/Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:3,867m/12,687ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/ Lodge
  • Time:5-6hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:4,410m/14,468ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/Lodge
  • Time:5-6hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:4,410m/14,468ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:4,910m/16,108ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/Lodge
  • Time:5-6hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

  • Max. Altitude:5,364m/17,598ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/ Lodge
  • Time:Lobuche to Gorakshep- 3hrs Gorakshep to EBC-3hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 via Lukla 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.

  • Max. Altitude:5545m/18192ft
  • Accommodation:Tea House/ Lodge
  • Time:around 3hrs
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

    Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is offered with standard itinerary days, where some days' walks may be shorter or longer depending on your physical health, and certain planned overnight stays may change based to availability of rooms and other amenities, among other things.

    We adhere to the schedule unless it is updated due to weather, landslides, or difficulty on walks that require longer days, in which case our leader and lead head guides will have complete authority over Holiday Planner.

    Route Map

    Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return: 11 Days map
    Cost Details
    What's Included
    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle.
    • Twin-sharing or double accommodation in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights in Kathmandu, including breakfast (private room accommodation can be organised at an extra cost).
    • Twin-sharing comfort lodge accommodation during the trek for 8 nights in the Everest region with attached bathroom and electric blanket except Lobuche and Gorakshep.
    • All your standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), including one hot drink and seasonal fruits.
    • Experienced, first-aid-trained, government-licenced, and English-speaking Planner's trekking guide.
    • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
    • 1 porter for every 2 clients during the trek for carrying luggage.
    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff (guide, porter, and assistant guide).
    • One-way airfare from Kathmandu or Manthali to Lukla.
    • Shared helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla. (For private helicopters, you need to pay extra.)
    • Holiday Planner Nepal's duffel bag, trekking map, sun hat, and trip completion certificate.
    • Farewell dinner after the completion of the trek.
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
    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.
    Select a Departure Month
    WednesdayJun 26, 2024
    SaturdayJul 06, 2024
    • The trip departs everyday of the year

    • The trip is fully customizable we can customize the trip according to the need and necessity of our clients

    • The trip is available for solo travelers, group travelers and private travelers

    • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well

    • If the given date are not appropriate for the travellers and trekkers, the trip can be conducted on the customary date provided by our clients

    • Holiday Tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time, especially sometimes in the mountains where the accommodation are booked prior so prior booking helps a lot

    Contact us at [email protected] or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630 We are available 24/7 on WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat for additional information.

    Useful Information
    • Our agency can provide customized, tailored itineraries for our client's Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return needs.
    • Holiday Planner can conduct the trip by providing a guide and porters-only service for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return.
    • We can provide accommodation-only facilities for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return.
    • We can book and arrange tickets for Kathmandu and Lukla to Kathmandu.
    • Our agency provides flight services from Ramechhap to Lukla and Lukla to Ramechhap.
    • Vehicle service from Kathmandu to Ramechhap and from Ramechhap to Kathmandu can be arranged.
    • We can provide shared or private helicopter service per the client's request.

    Don't forget these things while driving to Ramechhap for the Lukla flight.
    If you use a private vehicle, the journey from Kathmandu to Ramechhap takes about three hours, and the driver will pick you up at your hotel or other location of your choice.
    If you're travelling by shared bus or coaster to Ramechhap, you must first travel from your location to the bus, where other trekkers will join you. Once everyone has arrived, the bus or coaster will proceed to Ramechhap airport.

    Equipment and Gear List


    • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
    • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
    • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

    CatUpper Body

    • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
    • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
    • Polarized sunglasses


    • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
    • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
    • Fleece jacket or down jacket

    LowerLower Body

    • Thermals inner
    • Hiking pants at least 3
    • Comfortable pants for teahouses
    • Waterproof, windproof shell
    • Hiking shorts


    • Woolen gloves for the tea house
    • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


    • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
    • Hiking socks
    • Liner socks
    • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
    • Crampons (For passes)
    • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
    • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

    undergarmentUndergarments and Inner Wears

    • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
    • Sports bras (women)
    • Sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

    FirstaidFirst Aid Kits and Medications

    Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.) 

    • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
    • Lip balm or Vaseline
    • ointment cream
    • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
    • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

    Optional Other Essentials

    • Passport
    • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
    • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
    • Water bladder for the day bag
    • Small towel for personal use
    • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
    • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
    • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
    • Power bank or extra batteries
    • Cameras and mobile phone
    • Cards/book
    • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
    • Trekking poles
    • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
    • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
    • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
    • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
    • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
    • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
    • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
    • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
    • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
    • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

    What to pack for nepal trekking?

    Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

    Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return: 11 Days FAQs

    • Yes, most tea houses offer vegetarian meals and can arrange other vegan preferences according to clients' needs. Inform our guide, and they will inform the lodges and the meal hosts about dietary restrictions and other concerns.

    • The trekking route is generally safe, but altitude-related challenges can occur. Proper acclimatization and preparation are crucial when trekking at high altitudes, especially after 4500m(13123ft).

    • The helicopter return is a scenic flight in the morning from Gorakshep or Lobuche to Lukla or Kathmandu, providing a quicker return option than trekking back the same route, which can be tiring or time-consuming.

    • It meaningfully shortens the return journey after completing the trip, saving time and allowing trekkers to return and experience the region's view from the helicopter with a bird's eye view without the need for extended return hikes and can save time is beneficial in case of a limited number of days.


    • Trekkers require a Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, a Khumbu rural municipality permit, and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, obtainable through registered trekking agencies.

    • Everest trekking trail involves challenging terrain as the altitude variations increase daily. A good fitness level and patience are required. Some pre-trek preparation is recommended before heading on this adventure.

    • Everest base camp trekking trail is one of the most developed trekking trains in terms of accommodation and facilities, so there are various types of accommodations available, some of which are luxurious hotels, basic tea houses/lodges to mid-range hotels and have a variety of facilities available.

    • Strolling and staying two days for acclimatization, proper hydration by drinking 3 liters of water per day, slowly ascending and not rushing along the trek, recognizing symptoms of altitude sickness, and staying honest with a guide about the physical condition is essential. Medication descending down or even rescuing via air ambulance may be necessary if symptoms worsen.

    • Essential gear includes boots, layered clothing, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first-aid kit. Remember toilet paper, sanitary pads, headlamps, and power banks.

    • While independent trekking is possible, hiring a government-verified licensed guide is recommended for safety, navigation, and cultural insights and in case of unforeseen circumstances.

    • Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are generally considered the best seasons due to stable weather and clear skies.

    • The helicopter return adds at least 600 dollars to 1500 dollars, depending upon the situation. On a sharing basis, it may cost less, while a private helicopter ride can be expensive. Having a group of 2 or 3 decreases the cost.

    • In emergencies, we arrange helicopter rescues on the spot. Still, they come with additional costs that must be paid by the trekkers or from the insurance requiring air ambulance and medications at Kathmandu.

    • The luggage for the helicopter return is around 15 kilos in total, and 2-3 kilos of hand carry from the Gorakshep helicopter picks up only two passengers. From Lobuche, the helicopter picks up 3-4 passengers depending on the wind and weight.

    • While prior trekking experience is beneficial, many first-time trekkers complete the Everest Base Camp trek. Physical fitness and preparation are crucial.

    • Weather disruptions are common in the Himalayas. In case of cancellation, alternative arrangements, like trekking back down to the lower elevation or waiting for a good weather window, will be the only option.

    • All the places in the Everest region offer phone and electric device charging. Still, the devices must be charged at reception, or sometimes the room has power sockets where we can set the devices, and the places charge an extra of around 3$ to 5$ for the cell phones.


    • There are very few atm and banking facilities in the Everest region. There are ATMs at Lukla and Namche. The last atm spot is at Dingboche, which has a 5 percent chance of working.

    • There are options to extend the trek to Gokyo Lakes, Cho La Pass, or other nearby destinations. Those with more time and energy can extend the tour beyond Everest base camp.

    • Everest Base Camp sits at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) above sea level.

    • After Namche, there are very few toilets for peeing along the way, so at that time, behind the bushes and stones were the only option. The toilet facilities at the trekking trail of Everest base camp are good, clean, and hygienic. Western-style commode toilets are the most common in the Everest region, and Asian squat toilets are also available.

    • Our guides and local staff will communicate with us in case of any circumstances. Holiday Tours Nepal representatives will arrange the evacuation or mediation as required. The trekker or his insurance must pay the additional fees in case of unforeseen circumstances.


    • Internet and wifi are available everywhere on the Everest base camp trekking trail. Still, the trekkers have to pay an amount of 5$ to 8$ for using the internet, which works for 24 hours.

    • Engaging in physical training and cardiovascular exercises, hiking towards the close high altitude treks helps improve endurance. Mental preparedness for altitude challenges is equally important.

    • Yes, Kathmandu has numerous shops offering gear rental services, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, and more.

    • The flights might not be available as they are mostly canceled during the monsoon time due to rain and clouds. But taking a jeep is still possible; the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and cloudy skies, reducing visibility and making trails muddy and challenging.

    • Tipping is expected in the Everest region by guides and porters, so after the end of the trip, providing at least 15- 20% of the company to the guide and 10-13% to the porter is recommended upon the completion of the trek.

    • Medical facilities are available at Lukla, Phakding, Namche, and Pangboche in case of emergencies. There is a health post at Gorakshep and Dingboche as well. Still, the facilities and medicines are limited, so in that case, the only option Is to travel back to Kathmandu for further treatments.

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