The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek takes you excursing to the world’s highest mountain with the most surreal sights. It is a perfect package that incorporates the experience of trekking to the base camp of Everest and a helicopter ride that presents the best views of the mountains and of the terrains below like no other element! Merging the dream of the trek and of the comfortable helicopter ride, the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek presents a luxurious ride back from the Base Camp of Everest to Kathmandu, giving you the most amazing views of the cerulean mountains and of the emerald terrains that pass by underneath you. It is a marvelous dream to any trekker to reach the Everest Base Camp- indeed, the highest peak in the world is no small feat-, but still there are certain restrains like limited time that hinders this progress. That is why the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is perfect for trekkers who have a limited time here. With a short flight back, the trekker is presented with a double advantage of trekking to the base camp while still being able to stay under the time deadline and enjoying a beautiful ride back. It is an ideal 11 days package for this very purpose.
The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek commences the journey from Kathmandu to Lukla via a plane ride that is brimming with beautiful views of the mountains and the landscapes of the verdant hills. From Lukla, the trail continues through very fascinating settings and destinations of various villages, like Phakding and wide acreages of alpine forests and woodlands. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, the trails emerge into the hub of the Khumbu region that lets you have a marvelous look at many ivory peaks. Hiking to the Everest View Hotel, you will be able to look at magnificent sights of mountains like Everest, Tawache peak, Mount Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others. Visit the holy Tengboche Monastery which adds a special spiritual ambiance to the trek all the while presenting you gorgeous views of mountain peaks adjacent to Mount Everest.
Before reaching Namche, the summer valley of Dingboche also has trails that are adorned with beautiful sights of the mountains. The fore ground tapestry of the Himalayas are quite an ethereal sight to view. Hiking to Nagerjun from Dingboche, you will be able to have a closer look at the traditions and cultures of the native Himalayan people as well who reside on the villages. It is an amazing opportunity to get to know about the aboriginal people of the mountains and a chance to witness their day to day lifestyle in the isolated areas far away from everything. You will also be passing through many meadows and will get to witness the open green pasturelands where the domesticated goats, yaks and sheep are taken for pastures. Hike through the splendid destinations and then once you reach your goal of the Everest Base Camp, you can then enjoy a comfortable ride back to Kathmandu via the Helicopter. The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a quintessential experience that lets you enjoy all of the best aspects of trekking in the Everest region in a short amount of time.
We also have alternative packages for the Everest region, like our Everest Base Camp Trek that lets you trek to the base camp of Everest and the Everest Panorama Trek that presents a beautiful vista of the entire range of Everest from a perfect vantage point. Join the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek for a perfect trekking journey that blends a comfortable Heli ride for your convenience. So, come join us in this adventure!
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
- Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 04: Namche Bazaar and Everest View Hotel
- Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 07: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/1672ft) and return, Duration: 6 hours
- Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 09: Trek to the Everest Base Camp (5364m/1759ft) and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours
- Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m/18188ft) – Gorekshep – Kathmandu by Helicopter
- Day 11: Farewell
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 5-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek, we provide you attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding and Namche
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, a porter and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Kathmandu to Lukla including departure taxes
- Private helicopter from Gorakshep to Kathmandu
- Duffle bag for the trekking
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek if require
- First aid medical kit
- Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek except Phakding, Namche and Lukla
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the airport at any time. One of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will be there to welcome you and help you get transferred to your hotel. You will also be given more information about plans and programs further. As you do not have any other planned activities for the day, you may just relax at the hotel for the remainder of time. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours
An early morning flight to the airport for the Lukla flight will be taken today. The short flight to Lukla is an amazing journey and presents drastic sceneries of mountains and emerald hills. The airfield at Lukla is located at a high elevation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is an exceptional 60 meters only. After landing at Lukla, you would be trekking to Phakding on a trail that is adorned with green forests and verdant woodlands. The view of the holy Kusum Kangraru Mountain also comes into sights while on the trail. With alpine vegetations lining the trails, you would be arriving at Phakding. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Phakding, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours
Following the ebullient flow of the Dudh Koshi River, you will be ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar trees to the hub of the Khumbu region- the village of Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is a historic trading point where Nepali and Tibetan traders exchanged salt, dried meat and textiles in ancient times. Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu region that attracts Himalayan and lowland merchants. You would be spending two nights at Namche for acclimatization, visiting local markets and spending time with your team. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar and Everest View Hotel
This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. You will be hiking to the Syangboche Airport today (3700m). It is one of the highest located airports in the world. Continuing to climb up to the Everest View Hotel, you would be presented with views of ivory peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Tawache Himal and much more. On the way back, you could visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery as well. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours
A fairly uniform and an easy trail leads to magnificent views of Mount Everest as you descend further deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Phungki Thanka. From this point, it ascends to the right flank of the Valley of Dudh Koshi towards the Tengboche Monastery lying at the elevation of 3,860 meters. A spiritual hub of the Khumbu region, the Tengboche Monastery is a perfect destination that enhances the trekking journey. You can also see the view of Ama Dablam Himal from Tengboche and Mount Everest on a clear day. Many surrounding peaks also emerge and the sights are absolutely gorgeous! Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours
Today, you will be descending through a beautiful forest of rhododendrons and pine and would be crossing the Imja Khola to reach the village of Pangboche (3099m). While on the trail, you can enjoy views of mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam and Mount Lhotse. The trail leads through verdant pastures to Dingboche. The Sherpa village of Dingboche is also called the “Summer Valley” and lies in the Chhukung Valley. Situated at an altitude of 4,410 meters, Dingboche has a kilometer of stone wall built using different sizes that covers the entire valley of Imja. These stones are removed in order to plow the soil and end up being piled one over the other, creating kilometers of walls. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/1672ft) and return, Duration: 6 hours
This is another acclimatization day that you will be spending at Dingboche where you will get used to the high elevation. You will also be hiking to Nagerjun today (5100m). It is a hill station situated above the village of Dingboche on the edges of the Chhukung Valley. While walking on the way, the trail becomes steep on occasions, which makes the walk a bit of a challenge. From Nagerjun, you can witness the fine views of Lobuche East (6119m), Mount Thamserku (6608m), the Kangtega Peak (6685m), the Lobuche West (6145m), the Toboche Peak (6367m), the Ama Dablam (6856m) and many more. You can also witness the world’s fifth highest mountain- the Makalu Peak, on a clear day. You will then be walking back to Dingboche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours
Moving ahead from Dingboche, today you will be walking approximately for 5 hours to reach Lobuche. On the way, you will be strolling along a wide valley floor before reaching Dhungla. You will also be passing the Trekkers Aid Post situated at Pheriche (4240m) where western volunteer doctors offer treatment to trekkers. You will carry on walking to the valley, passing along yak pastures before reaching Lobuche. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Trek to the Everest Base Camp (5364m/1759ft) and back to Gorekshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours
This is the 9th day of the trek, and is an important one. You will experience a short way up through meadows, and then walk down at the Khumbu glacier. Also, you can notice the best vantage point Kalapatthar from where stunning views of the entire southern face of Mount Everest as well as many of its surrounding peaks can be seen. You will get to Gorekshep, walk for some hours on the beautiful trail from Lobuche and make your way to the Everest base Camp. Walking on rising and falling paths, you will be reaching the base camp where you can witness splendid views of the Khumbu Icefall. The views from the Everest Base Camp are sure to enthrall you. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Gorekshep, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar (5545m/18188ft) – Gorekshep – Kathmandu by Helicopter
This is another important and significant day for the trek. You will begin early in the morning to witness stunning views of the sunrise amidst the mountain peaks from Kalapatthar. It is the best viewpoint for observing Mount Everest as well as many other magnificent Himalayan ranges. After that, you will be walking back to Gorekshep. Finishing your breakfast, you will experience a comfortable helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. While on the ride, you can experience idyllic aerial views of the stunning landscapes as well as gigantic Himalayan ranges. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu, Breakfast included.
Day 11: Farewell
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart.
A Joy Ride at Everest
The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek was a perfect package for me as it coincided so well with my short schedule at Nepal that I could not stop myself. My correspondence with Escape Himalaya at the very beginning of the trek also helped me greatly in going ahead with it. The level of proficiency that was shown to me, the care and concern of my guide and my porter, the well and kind words of the staff, just everything was at its highest level of excellence. I seriously could not have asked for a more better option. Escape Himalaya went above and beyond with their services and always made sure that my trek along the journey was to my satisfaction. my guide, Arun, always made sure that my accommodations were comfortable and that the meals were on time and appropriate. The whole experience was a lifetime achievement for me. The people, the atmosphere, the ambiance of peace- it was a beautiful journey in every way possible. The helicopter ride was the most fun! It was a welcoming sight and quite an enjoyable one too. i loved every moment of it. Thank you Escape Himalaya for an amazing journey…