Overview for Everest Base Camp Trek and Return via Helicopter
- Trip Code: CT-10017
- Package: Everest Base Camp Trek and Return via Helicopter
- Duration: 11 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 5,545m/ 18,192ft
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
- Transportation: Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
- Accommodation: Guest House | Hotel
- Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
- Trip Route: Lukla- Namche Bazzar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Gorakshep -Everest Base camp -Kalapathar
- Thrilling flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
- Crossing Dudh Koshi river via Hillary suspension bridge, named after one of the two people to climb the summit for Everest for the first time
- One of the most important trading posts of the Everest region, Namche Bazzar
- Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche village
- Encounter with amazing flora and fauna such as Himalayan Yak, Danfe, and Rhododendron forests.
- Jaw dropping views of Himalayan ranges of Everest region such as Thamserku (6623m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Nuptse (7861m), Cho Oyu (8188m), Lhotse (8516m), Island Peak (6160m)
- Hike to Kala Patthar(5555m) from where magnificent view of Mount Everest image (8848m) can be observed
- Nepal Everest Base Camp (5310m)
Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most sought out travel destination in the world. The chance to behold the Mount Everest (8,848m above sea level) from as close as possible without any mountaineering equipment is something else, but the journey is what makes this trek in Nepal even more memorable. Everest Base Camp in Nepal is one of the most extraordinary places on earth that one can experience but let's step up the level. Let's travel in style. Why not take a flight to Himalayas via helicopter and experience the trek adventure along with a little bit of comfort and bird view of the Great Himalayas? The scenic views of the Great Himalayas from a very cool angle is what this travel package to Everest Base Camp is all about. The trek to Everest Base Camp is considered to be one of the most adventurous treks in the world regarded by many fellow trekkers and adventurers and we like to make it even more fun by adding bit of flare in the travel. It is also a great choice if you are short on time but want to experience the trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal at the same time.
Nepal’s Everest Base Camp elevation lies at an altitude of 5,310 meters above the sea level. The Everest Base Camp trek offers a mesmerizing experience of natural wonders, unique geographical phenomena, and beautiful cross-cultural discovery. The trek however is not only about Mount Everest location as the journey to Everest Base Camp is filled with beautiful valleys, exquisite natural phenomena, old monasteries, ancient Sherpa settlements, and their unique heritage. The Everest Base Camp lies within the Sagarmatha National Park which is one of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites.
The Everest region in Nepal is also famous for the Sherpas who are also recognized to be the guardians of the Himalayas. During the trekking, travelers will be passing through many of the Sherpa villages that lie on the Khumbu region of Nepal. The unique lifestyle, culture, foods and heritage are something you won't get to see anywhere else on earth. Some rare and intriguing wildlife such as Himalayan Tahr, Yaks, and Himalayan Monal can be seen along the journey to Everest Base Camp. During this trek, the great Himalayan ranges including Mt Everest, (8,848m), Mt Lhotse (8,749m), Nuptse (7,861m), Ama Dablam (6,856m), Labuche (6,119), Thamserku (6,608m), Kangtega (6,685m), and Pumo Ri (7,165m) can be viewed all along.
Trip Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek and Return via Helicopter
Arrival to Kathmandu
One of the staffs from Core Treks will pick you up from the airport and take you to a hotel. The hotels are three-star or above based on the preference of the client. We will have a short briefing session at our office regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during this session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and hike towards Phakding .
This is one of the most dramatic and thrilling short flight experience in the world. The total flight duration of this scenic flight will be around 30 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop after 3-4 hours of hike, Phakding village. During this hike we will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi river whose water source is one of our prime destinations, the Gokyo Lake. The walk here is pretty easy and after passing through some small villages, we will reach to Phakding.
Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechhap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap is about 4h to 5h (140km) via B.P.Highway. We will be preparing very early in the morning for the drive to Ramechhap in order to catch early flights. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Phakding to Namche Bazzar
After breakfast at Phakding the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazzar. Several small settlements and villages are crossed in route towards Namche Bazzar. The trekking route passes through the Sagarmatha National Park which carries the virtues such as its alpine woods, streams, verdant forests and rhododendron tress. Namche Bazzar is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region because of its location and topography.
Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar
Namche Bazar is the perfect place for acclimatization. A short hike towards Syangboche (3720m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8848m), Mt Lhotse (8749m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Labuche (6119m) can be seen from here. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel which is a hotel located at the highest altitude on earth.
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche
The journey towards Tengboche starts following the trails which marches along the glacial waters of the Dudh Koshi with mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. A famous monastery lies at Tengboche where a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, incredibly ornate wall hangings, and the musical instruments and robe of the Lamas can be seen. A prayer ceremony is done every day in the monastery and the group will be taken to observe the prayer either in the evening or morning depending on the trekking schedule.
Tengboche to Dingboche
The trail then will go through Imja Khola where trekkers can enjoy crossing excitng suspension bridge. Then climbing towards Pangboche, thousands of mani stones can be observed. The trek passes through traditional Sherpa villages and finally taking to the village of Dingboche from where magnificent views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam can be seen.
Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche
Dingboche is another great place for acclimatizing. After breakfast a hike to Nangkartshang Peak is amazing way to acclimatize the body. The place has an excellent view point and if the weather is clear, the view of Ama Dablam peak could be seen from its summits to its feet. Trekkers can spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the villages or resting.
Dingboche to Lobuche
The trek further resumes by walking towards Dhungla where an aid-post is situated at a place called Pheriche which provides treatment for the trekkers in need. The trail continues along the lateral moraine of Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials of the climbers who have passed away during their summits. As we move further upward, the risk of getting altitude sickness arises so it is important to take it easy.
Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp
The final destination of the trek is at hand this day. After breakfast a slow walk further on from Lobuche starts to avoid the altitude sickness. The trail runs alongside the sight of the world's highest glacier, the Khumbu Glacier. After about 3 hours of walk we will reach Gorakshep where the burdens and baggage are laid at the lodge. After having lunch, we will walk towards the Everest Base Camp, the closest one can get to Mount Everest without mountaineering equipment. The view of the Khumbu Icefall can be seen from the base camp which is a spectacular view to behold. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, we will head back to Gorakshep for the night.
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5555m) and then towards Kathmandu via Helicopter
The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar is one of the the most challenging walks during the whole trek because of higher altitude but it is however the most rewarding as well. Kala Patthar is a famous vantage point which is popular for providing panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges including the best view of Mount Everest. The hike towards Kala Patthar is done early at dawn since the sight of sunrise is one of the prime attractions of the whole trek. The view is truly something to behold as the sun rises from within the Mount Everest and changes the colors of the Himalayan ranges from silver to gold. After enjoying the mesmerizing views and getting all the photographs you need, we head back to Gorakshep. A helicopter will come to pick us up and we'll then head towards Kathmandu. The ride is amazing as the Himalayan ranges can been seen from above from a very close range. The total duration of the flight is 2 hours as the helicopter will stop at Lukla for refueling. In the evening Core Trek will host a dinner for the guests at a gesture of appreciation where we provide a taste of traditional Nepali cuisine.
Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.
- Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
- Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (2 Nights).
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (08 Nights).
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla including departure taxes.
- By Helicopter from Everest Base camp to Kathmandu.
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
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CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.
Worth every penny
From: Australia | On: 15 Sep, 2019
I’m not going to lie. The trekking was pretty challenging but the guides helped me through everything. I’m pretty happy with my decision to book with CoreTreks.
They definitely provided value for my time and money. It was an incredible experience being among the Himalayas and the Sherpas.
If you are concerned about your budget but still want to trek to the Everest base camp and return via helicopter, I recommend you to check CoreTreks, they are the best.
4 stars from me
From: Poland | On: 24 Apr, 2019
I give CoreTreks 4 stars. The team were absolutely amazing and helped make my trip to the Everest Base Camp. Even though they claim to have Wi-Fi in Namche Bazaar, they are barely usable.
Everything else besides that is phenomenal. The welcoming people and the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas feels like heaven. I recommend that you book you trip from CoreTreks, they are trained professionals for guiding and helping you out while trekking to the Everest Base Camp.
I recommend CoreTreks
From: United States | On: 25 Oct, 2018
Without the help of the professionals at CoreTreks, it would have been very difficult for me to find a package that included helicopter return from the Everest Base Camp.
They helped me through all the process and equipment I needed before trekking. Basically they did all the hard work and all I had to do was enjoy the trekking. Highly recommended. Check them out once.
A beautiful memory
From: United States | On: 23 May, 2016
I have always wanted to visit Nepal. The dream came true and it was well worth my time and effort. I collected some of my life’s best memories while here.
The people in Nepal are so humble and down to earth, it amazes me to realize that we live in a same plant. The trekking went perfectly without any hassle as I expected. The tour guides and porters were life savers for me as there were no network or maps to navigate in rural areas of Nepal.
However the accommodation was more than what I expected and for that I give it a 5 star rating. I recommend CoreTreks and their hardworking team for you visit in Nepal.