Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter

Good to Know
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start at Kathmandu
  • End at Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 5545 m
  • Max. Group Size 2+
  • Nature of Trip Everest Trek and Helicopter Ride
  • Best Month March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov

What To Expect

  • Short and scenic flight over the mountain to Lukla
  • Walking along the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Hiking to EBC and Kalapatthar
  • Gorgeous views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and others
  • Helicopter ride over the Himalayas

This is a great package that offers two different experiences such as trekking to Everest base camp and flying back by helicopter over the gorgeous Himalayas.

The Everest base camp trek helicopter return starts only after your arrival in Kathmandu. After having a short and scenic flight to Lukla, the EBC trek starts. It ends at Phakding on the first day. On the next day, the trail goes to Namche Bazaar. It is the beautiful Sherpa highland. You can spend the two nights over there as an acclimatization day for one day. The gorgeous Everest ranges come nearer to the nearest from the trekking beginning to the ending places respectively. Walking along the Sagarmatha National Park is inexplicable. The park includes different kinds of beautiful flora and fauna. The national flower of Nepal i.e. rhododendron can also be seen in almost all ways.

Everest Base Camp

The continuation of your trips to Mt. Everest base camp takes you to Gorakshep. From there, you can have a hike to the base camp of Mt. Everest and Kalapatthar. The former does not offer the mountain views very perfectly whereas the latter shows the closest views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and other snowcapped peaks vividly.

Gorakshep is the Everest base camp helicopter trek ending point. From there, you will come back by our chartered helicopter. to Kathmandu While returning, you can find yourself on top of the mountain and see the remarkable Himalayas of the Khumbu region. Finally, the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return ends in Kathmandu airport on the next day.

Rising Adventure also customizes the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour as well as the Budget EBC Trek. We have been organizing the Everest base camp trek and helicopter return package for a long time. For more details, you can contact us at any time.

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Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter itinerary

Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter itinerary is designed concerning the upcoming possible acclimatization. It is a gorgeous trip that includes two different trips in a single itinerary. They are EBC Trek and the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

For more, please, go through our Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter return detailed itinerary.

Note: If anything needs to be changed, we can customize it as per your requirement.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2651 m

The Manthali airport is a small domestic airport located in the Ramechhap district of Nepal. It is almost 132 kilometers far from Kathmandu. It takes 4-5 hours of driving to reach the Ramechhap airport from Kathmandu. It is a morning flight. So, it is needed to begin your journey in the early morning from Kathmandu. You will get the packed breakfast.
After reaching there, you will take about 20 minutes to reach Lukla from the Manthali Airport. From Lukla, your actual trekking begins.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440 m

After having breakfast, your trekking begins. This is the day for walking along with the flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trek ends at Namche Bazaar. It is one of the major Sherpa highlands.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440 m

This is the rest day to be well acclimatized. You can spend your day visiting the surroundings like monasteries, schools, and others. Namche bazaar is facilitated as a city area like in other districts. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3870 m

Today, the trail takes you to Tengboche where you can visit the beautiful Tengboche monastery. It is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. While descending along the Dudhkoshi river, you can see the beautiful peaks of the mountains. On the other hand, you can enjoy the smell of flora and fauna during ascending. At last, the trail reaches Tengboche.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4360 m

Today’s journey is totally rewarded with gorgeous views of the Everest ranges and others. The trail goes downwards in the beginning. Then you trek through the forest of birch, rhododendron, and others. After crossing the Imja River, the trail takes you to Pangboche, where you can visit the Pangboche monastery. The trail goes ahead towards Dingboche along the Lobuche River. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4360 m

This is another day for acclimatization. You can visit the surroundings or even can go hiking in Chhukung or the Nagarjun Hills. Both are hiking places for seeing the beautiful Himalayas.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4920 m

The trail of today goes up gradually to the Khumbu glacier and moraine. It offers views of several peaks like Mahalangur Himal, Pumori, and so on. Then the trail becomes a bit easier and reaches Lobuche.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude5170 m

This is the day for meeting your final destination i.e. Everest base camp. After having lunch at Gorak Shep, you have a hike to Everest base camp. It is a bit strenuous hiking due to the thinner air as the destination is located at a higher elevation.

After reaching the base camp of Mt. Everest, you may forget your pain and tiredness due to the pleasant scenery of the Himalayan ranges. After spending some time over there, you trek down to Gorak Shep.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1350 m

In the early morning, you have a hike to the Kalapatthar because it is the most renowned vantage point for seeing the praiseworthy views of Mt. Everest while compared to the Everest Base Camp.

After reaching there, you may be hypnotized due to the sunrise views over the mountains. After spending some time, you hike down to Gorak Shep and have breakfast.

After finishing breakfast, the chartered helicopter comes in front of you for taking you back to Kathmandu. In the Helicopter, you find yourself on top of Mt. Everest and other beautiful peaks. Finally, it lands at Kathmandu Airport.

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Cost Includes
  • Four times airport picks up and drops off by private vehicle (2 times International and 2 times domestic)
  • One-way flight ticket from Kathmandu/Ramechhap to Lukla (only 10kgs of luggage and 5 kgs of a handbag are allowed to carry)
  • Shared Helicopter from Labuche to Kathmandu
  • Toyota Hiace Ticket from Kathmandu to Ramechhap
  • Three-night attached-room accommodation on the twin sharing basis in the mountainous area during trekking (1 night at Phakding and 2 nights at Namche Bazaar)
  • Five-night accommodation in a normal room on the twin sharing basis while trekking (1-night at Tengboche, 2-night at Dingboche, 1-night at Lobuche, and 1-night at Gorak Shep)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance fee
  • Pasang Lhamu Municipality local trekking permit
  • Three times food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking
  • Seasonal fruits after/with dinner
  • Nepal government license holder trekking guide (salary, food, and accommodation)
  • Two ways flight tickets of a guide
  • Duffle Bag (needs to return after completing the trek)
  • T-shirt of Rising Adventure as a souvenir
  • Trek completion certificate
  • All the government taxes
  • Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with a cultural dance
Cost Excludes
  • International flight fare
  • Nepal Travel Visa Fee ($30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, and $100 for 90 days)
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guide
  • Insured Sherpa Porter (available on request)
  • All kinds of drinks and personal expenses
  • Other things that are not included in the "Cost Includes" section

Note: Our guide and porter are fully insured.

Things to Know

Internet Service 

Nowadays, the mobile phone network and the internets are accessible even at higher elevations in Nepal like Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar Peak. So, it is accessible easily as every tea house provides wi-fi. But you need to pay extra for using such wi-fi, especially in high altitude areas. In the lower elevation, you can get the wi-fi password within your room cost.
Therefore, Rising Adventure recommends you buy the internet data package from a mobile phone by using Nepalese SIM cards like NTC and NCEll instead of paying an extra amount for Tea Houses. That would be cheaper as well as accessible even in the walking areas where there are no teahouses.
One more important thing is that Rising Adventure will provide the SIM card at free of cost, and you need to pay for its recharge only.

Battery Charger

Regarding electricity, it is available in Nepal, but it is not accessible in remote areas. So, the tea houses of higher elevation in the Everest region use solar or mini-hydropower for supplying the electricity in the lodges.
For charging your torch, mobile phone, or any electronic gadget, therefore, a tea house charges an extra cost in upper altitude places. 
That's why we recommend you use a battery charger for backup charging. That you can charge in lower elevated places and charge your mobile phone in higher elevations and save money.
Please, keep your battery warm, otherwise, it would run out due to freezing.

Regarding the Everest base camp trekking preparation, please click the link.

Food and Accommodation

The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee and the local Sherpa community control the standard of accommodation and food. A tea house is used as accommodation while trekking to EBC. You can get it at every stop of trekking. 
Regarding the facilities provided by the accommodation in the Everest region, you can get a fully facilitated and luxurious private room like in a star hotel, especially in the lower elevation. But in the higher elevation, a tea house provides a room with basic amenities like a blanket, bed, and a pillow on a twin-sharing basis. The bathroom is located outside the room. It is also a shared toilet.
In the same way, foods are also served with various options in low-altitude places. But there is a limited choice of cuisine in high-altitude places. The Western, Chinese, Indian, and especially Nepalese fresh and hygienic food are available during the Everest base camp trek.
While summing up, Rising Adventure advises you to avoid meat item because it may not be fresh sometimes in the upper areas.

Drinking Water

Mineral bottled water is available at every tea house and shop. Besides, you can buy boiled water as well. But the cost of the water raises along the altitude. So, we suggest you take a reusable water bottle and a water purification tablet. As a result, it can be cheaper, safer, and healthy.

Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter FAQs
  • To answer this, you will have to consider the terrain and height of the base camp. Your physical fitness plays a key factor to crack the difficulties of this journey. At the beginning of the adventure, it is easy in terms of terrain but more difficult because they are constantly steep.  You will witness this steep between the Lukla and Namche bazaar and then again from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. Thus, sometime it might bring difficulties during your trip. 
    Another difficulty you might face is elevation. As mentioned earlier, you’re going to have to clock up a hefty 5,364m above sea level. Thus it reaches altitudes of more than double the height where Assibly kicks in, there are usually two full acclimatization days planned one in Namche Bazaar and the other in Dingboche or Lobuche. As the name suggests EBC treks and flies back by helicopter is a wonderful trek up to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. 

  • The Everest base camp has two base camps on Mount Everest, on opposite sides of the peak. The North Base Camp is located in Tibet, China at an elevation of 5,150 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, the South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of meters. 

  • Talking about the best time to do the trek, the month from March to May and the post-monsoon season is considered to be ideal.  During this time the weather is neither so cold nor so hot. Also, the sky remains crystal blue, and the local people also add more flavor to your journey. However, we don’t mean the trekking of the base camp in another month is not good. Thus if you are thinking of or planning g to visit the base camp then spring and autumn are the best time to visit. 

  • The average cost for the helicopter ranges between US$700 and 4500 per person. The price may vary on the number of travelers or whether you will direct the flight back to Kathmandu or just up to Lukla to continue onward on a regular flight. 

  •  During the trek, you will be guided by well-experienced guides who have been to the base camp and back multiple times for years. They can easily communicate very well in English and acquire deep knowledge of the culture, health, hygiene, trail, mountain, people, and most importantly your safety.

  • Well, talking about the meal during this trek, you will enjoy 3 hearty meals each day. Normally, you will have your breakfast in the morning, and following that you will have dinner and lunch at the same lodge you will be staying. All the meals include a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats designed by the nutritionist. 

  • The Everest base camp trek is one of the most crowded and loving treks in the world. The starting point of the trek is Lukla, the Lukla is the gateway to the Khumbu region. Lukla itself offers a rich culture, local people, and several monasteries. Following Lukla, take a route that climbs through the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar, past the famous Tengboche Monastery to the classic Mount Everest view at Kala Patthar.

  • The standard Everest Base Camp Trek is a 130 km round trip, to complete the round it takes you nearly 14 days. However, some people also complete it in just 12 days. It takes 8 days to get to Everest Base Camp and 4 days to get back. Also, the days include the acclimatization day as well. 

  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not going to be a walk in the park, nevertheless, it's not a technical climb. It is considered Moderate in terms of difficulty level, and it might be a little challenging for the beginner. During the trek, you have to walk through the rocky trail with several downhill and uphill. Thus if you are fit enough, mentally and physically, you're more than likely to be up to the challenge. This is hard trek at altitude and over at least 12 days.

  • Yes! Altitude sickness is one of the main problems that you might face during the trek. Thus, to avoid the trouble relating to altitude sickness here are a few tips from our experienced guides and travel planners during the trek. 

    ⦁ Drink plenty of water. 

    ⦁ Eat healthy, balanced, and have enough food. 

    ⦁ Evade cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol. 

    ⦁ Slow rise with proper rest and enough acclimatization

    ⦁ Train your body to manage uphill hikes with sufficient cardio or gym workouts 3 months before the start of the trek

  • The Everest base camp takes you around 12 days to complete. Walking ups and downs at high altitudes for around 9 hours per sly loses around 5-6 kg weight in 12 days trek. Hence, the weight you lose depends on the intake of water, food, and proper rest during the trek. 

  • Generally, crampons are not needed for this trek. However, if you are trekking during mid-winter or monsoon season then crampons may be required. Carrying them will always be helpful. 

  • No, oxygen will be not required for the trek as most of the itinerary is designed in such a way that it allows enough acclimatization. If in case if you get into that problem carry Diamox, a medication that suppresses altitude sickness symptoms, from the beginning to prevent falling sick. You severe altitude sickness got intense the rescue team will descend to a lower altitude immediately.

  • Normally, the symptoms begin to show 12-24 hours after reaching high altitudes. The symptoms of mild, short-term altitude sickness are loss of appetite, dizziness, loss of energy, fatigue, sleep problems, and shortness of breath.

  • Well, trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest is a dream for thousands of people. The beauty, snow-capped mountains, and the people make you want to visit the camp more than once in your lifetime. The joy of the journey here cannot be compared to another trek, as you trek further up to gaze from the roof of the world. Some of the best sightings of the famous Everest arguably come during the Everest Base Camp Trek itself, from various lookout points along the way. These outstanding sights combined with spiritual monasteries and Sherpa communities offer a host of fascinating tour magnetism en route. Hence, the base camp is worth visiting once for a lifetime experience. 

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