Everest Base Camp Trek and Return via Helicopter

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return

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Overview for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return

  • Trip Code: CT-10017
  • Package: Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return
  • Duration: 11 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,545m/ 18,192ft
  • Trip Level:
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • 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

Trip Highlights

  • Flight to enchantment facing spectacular panorama of Himalayan peaks.
  • Follow the glacial Dudh Koshi River crossing over exciting high bridges.
  • Enjoy the rest day exploration Namche Bazaar the hub and capital of Khumbu
  • Walk to beautiful Tengboche and its colorful majestic monastery of great charm
  • From green lovely forest to arid and barren mountain wilderness of ice and glaciers.
  • Reaching the foot of world highest Mt. Everest and close to massif Khumbu Icefall.
  • Climb the highest point on top Kalapathar for closest grand views of Mt. Everest.
  • Return journey the luxury way on scenic route by helicopter back to Kathmandu.
  • 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)

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return, is one of the most sought adventure destinations around the Himalayas. Probably in the whole world, where one can stand beneath the towering number one Mt. Everest. Within arctic landscapes of remorseless fields of ice and glaciers and close to notorious Khumbu Icefall.

Adventure leads to best view-points with tough steep climb to highest point on top Kalapathar, for all the hard work. Rewards with breathtaking and spectacular panorama of giant towering peaks with closest views of Mt. Everest.

One of the most wonderful experience that one can enjoy on Everest base camp trek with a Helicopter ride. Truly an awe inspiring adventure that one can enjoy in the harmony of local immense culture within a glorious scenery.

Everest Base Camp Trek return via Helicopter, makes the adventure even more exciting. Covering the whole trek, in less than ten days.

Walking to world famed Everest Base Camp at 5,364 m, which is also the base of world 4th highest Mt. Lhotse. A dream of millions travelers to reach on the foot of world highest peaks Mt. Everest.

The Everest Base Camp trek via Helicopter, a great way to start and end the mesmerizing adventures. Where walk covers most of the best view-points and major highlights that the trek has to offer.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Helicopter, starts with normal regular scenic short flight to Lukla. Where most treks and various adventure around high Khumbu of Everest begins and ends. Following a pleasant trail through number of lovely Sherpa villages adorned with immense Buddhist cultures of prayer monuments.

Then reaching at high and famous Namche Bazaar, the major hub of Khumbu Sherpa’s and trekkers. A great and perfect place to enjoy an extra days for rest and acclimatization. As well to explore around its scenic hills for grand views of Everest and an array of peaks that surrounds.

From Namche Bazaar on the trail to Everest base camp, following the pleasant path with climb to picturesque Tengboche. Famous for spectacular panorama of Everest and series of towering peaks that surrounds Tengboche and the monastery.

Tengboche one of the scenic view point along with its impressive colorful monastery set on a high plateau. Amidst lovely green forest surroundings, where in spring the place will be lively with wildflowers in bloom.

After Tengboche, adventure towards arid and barren terrain and yet beautiful as the views of snow-mountains remains constant. Walk leads to picturesque Imjatse valley at Dingboche enclosed by an array of snow peaks. As journey continues heading towards a much awaited destination to renowned place on earth at Everest base camp. The trail follows the high route through Lobuche the reaching a high glacial valley at Gorakshep. At one time stood as Everest base camp till it moved further as the ice and glaciers receded. Finally the adventure reaches you on the foot of world’s highest Mt. Everest base camp. A dramatic place furnished with massive Khumbu Icefall, glaciers and snow, enclosed by towering peaks.

On completing our major highlight, the next exciting adventure takes you on top rocky hill of Kalapathar. The highest point of the trek, facing incredible panorama of surrounding giant mountains with close views of Mt. Everest.

Finally walk concludes heading down at Gorakshep, where a scenic panoramic flight on a helicopter brings you back to Kathmandu. Completing our wonderful memorable adventure on Everest base camp trek, and return journey on a Helicopter.    

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival to Kathmandu

Our staff from Core Treks will receives you at the airport on arrival for short transfer to your hotel. The hotel accommodation of three-star standard or above based on the preference of the clients. We will have a short briefing session at our office or in the hotel lobby and meeting rooms, regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during the briefing session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.


Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 02
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 takes 35 minutes. After landing at Lukla, the trail opens out to reach towards first stop, after 3-4 hours of first day walk to Phakding village. Hike along Dudh Koshi River, flows from glacial source from various tributary of Everest and Khumbu areas mountain range. A moderate walk with down and few short ups through several villages, then reaching Phakding for overnight stop. In the comfort of a nice cosy lodge with the sound of Dudh Kosi River, at Phakding village.

Important Note: Lukla flights have been diverted to Ramechap instead of Kathmandu according to the recent notice from Aviation Authority. The drive from Kathmandu to Ramechap is about 4 to 5 hours.  (140 k.m) via B.P. Highway. Depart for Ramechap early in the morning to catch first flight to Lukla. Read more about Lukla flights diversion here.


Maximum Altitude: 2,840m/ 9,315 ft (Lukla) 2,610/ 8,560 ft. (Phakding)
Flight Time: 30 min,
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 03
Phakding to Namche Bazzar

After breakfast at Phakding, the trek begins towards a mountain town of Namche Bazaar.
Several small settlements and villages to cross on route to Namche Bazaar.
Crossing over suspension bridge built by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first mountaineers to conquer Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Walk leads through the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park and then climb up to Namche Bazaar. The main trading center around Khumbu and Everest region. Namche Bazaar offers good standard restaurants, pubs and internet cafes as well excellent lodges, hotels and resorts.


Maximum Altitude: 3,410 m/ 11,184 ft (Namche Bazaar)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04
Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazzar

Namche Bazaar, a perfect altitude and great place for acclimatization. A short hike up to Syangboche (3, 720 m) is done after breakfast. The panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges such as Mount Everest (8, 848.86 m), Mt Lhotse (8, 749 m), Nuptse (7, 861 m), Ama Dablam (6, 856 m), and Kongde with Tharmasarku peaks can be seen from here.

Further from Namche and Syangboche lies the Everest View Hotel, located at 3,880 m the highest luxury hotels in the world. A great place for refreshing drinks with the backdrop of
Mt. Everest and adjoining high peaks.

Maximum Altitude: 3,720 m/ 12,201 ft. (Syangboche)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05
Namche Bazzar to Tengboche

The journey towards Tengboche starts following a scenic trails high above the glacial river of Dudh Koshi. Facing mesmerizing views of the Himalayas, after a gradual walk, afternoon starts with few hour climb to famous Tengboche monastery. A grand spot overlooking views of
Mt. Everest and array of peaks, after checking into a nice lodge. Having time visit the majestic monastery at Tengboche, tour inside the main prayer hall stands 20-foot statue of Lord Buddha. Treasures incredibly ornate of wall hangings, and observe the musical instruments and religious activities of the Lamas and monks. A prayer ceremony is done every evening, where trekkers are allowed to observe the prayers and ritual.


Maximum Altitude: 3,860 m/ 12,660 ft. (Tengboche)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06
Tengboche to Dingboche

Today’s walk is of moderate distance, enjoy the morning panorama of Everest and surrounding snow peaks. Start the day downhill into a nice woodland to a bridge, after the bridge a slow up to Pangboche. On leaving the trees behind for barren country with few bushes of dwarf rhododendron and juniper.

Pangboche the permanent village, on route Everest base camp where other places of route are temporary settlement to cater the trekkers.

From Pangboche a short up to Somare for lunch, and then walk on windswept terrain. As walk leads to short down to a bridge and then up for an hour or more reaching at Dingboche for overnight halt. Located on a scenic Imjatse valley below Lhotse and Ama Dablam peaks facing views of popular trekking peak.

Maximum Altitude: 4,400 m/ 14,432ft. (Dingboche)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07
Acclimatization and rest at Dingboche

Dingboche is another great place for acclimatizing. After breakfast a hike to Nangkartshang high hill top, allows exercise and a good way to acclimatize. The top offers excellent views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse Shar and Island Peak with Mt. Makalu.

After a good hike head down to the lodge, afternoon free at leisure and marvel the grand surrounding scenery of towering snow peaks.

Maximum Altitude: 50,83 m/ 16,265 ft. (Nangkartshang Peak)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08
Dingboche to Lobuche

Having an enjoyable rest at Dingboche, adventure continues with short steep up and then on gentle uphill to Thugla. A small spot with few tea-houses and lodges, where route from Pheriche and Dingboche meets. A possible lunch stop, afternoon a steep haul up to Thugla ridge top, and then on gradual pleasant to Lobuche. Located on west end of a wide valley with several good lodges with grand views of Nuptse peak.

Maximum Altitude: 4,910 m/ 16,104 ft. (Lobuche)
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09
Lobuche to Gorakshep and a walk towards Everest Base Camp


After breakfast a slow walk further on from Lobuche, on gradual path. After 3 hours of good walks with short climb above Khumbu glacier reach Gorakshep. Our overnight stop after visiting Everest base camp, leave the burden of extra items not required for further walks.

Having some refreshment or light lunch, continue walk towards the Everest Base Camp.
The trail leads for few hours over rocks and icy glacier Everest Base Camp, stand beneath the world highest peaks. Beneath Mt. Everest and Lhotse facing close views of massif Khumbu Ice Fall, after completing one of the main highlights. Head back to Gorakshep for overnight stop, after another long day of trekking.

Maximum Altitude: 5,140m m/ 16,859 ft (Gorakshep) 5,364m/ 17,594 ft (E.B.C.)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10
Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5555m) and then towards Kathmandu via Helicopter


The journey from Gorakshep to Kala Pathar is considered to be one of the most strenuous climb of few hours. Which is the highest spot of the adventure at 5,545 m high.
For every hard struggle rewards with alluring views of giant peaks, includes Mt. Everest at close distance. The hike towards Kala Pathar 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 facing early sun rise and vibrant changes of colors on high Himalayan peaks from silver to gold.

After an enjoyable mesmerizing moments down to Gorakshep, having the last breakfast on the highest spot. Getting ready and packing, then board in a chopper for panoramic flight back to Kathmandu. The total duration of the flight is about 2 hours as the helicopter lands 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.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 1.5 hour
Meal Included: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
Day 11

Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 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.


Meal Included: Breakfast,

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return Cost Mentions

Trip Includes

  • 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.

Trip Excludes

  • 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"


Scheduled Trip is scheduled and can be booked for the mentioned dates.
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Additional Information

Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

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. 

Altitude Sickness: 

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 

Trekking Equipment 

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. 

Walking Hours 

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.


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