Everest Base Camp Trek Return By Helicopter Overview
Khumbu region is the home of Mt. Everest, and trekking to the lap of the world's highest mountain has been one of the top bucket lists things for every adventurous heart. Join our Everest base camp trek and helicopter return by helicopter to embark on a lifetime venture in the Himalayas. Meet with friendly Sherpas, explore lush forests, spend nights in picturesque villages, and witness diverse mountain landscapes.
If you are looking for an ultimate package to Everest base camp that has a moderate difficulty level and is doable for new trekkers, then our Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is the ideal option. It is a guided trek by our professional guides. Don't confuse this trek with Everest deluxe Trek, as the accommodations during the trek are simple yet comfortable.
Trekking to Everest base camp and returning by helicopter has become one of the trendiest Everest base camp trek packages in recent days. Now travelers can do the usual 14 days or 16 days of EBC trekking in 11 days or less than that without compromising acclimatization days. The package combines an adventurous trekking experience and the jaw-dropping aerial panorama of the Himalayas.
If you are trekking in a group, you can extend your budget by only a few hundred dollars to combine helicopter return flight in your package. The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return starts with a thrilling commercial flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 m). From Lukla, you descend to Phakding village (2,610 m). Registering your permits at Monjo, you now walk in the Sagarmatha National Park.
The next stop is Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. The trail is full of ascends and descends through dense forests and small settlement areas. You have to cross numerous suspension bridges and streams on the way. At Namche Bazar, we have acclimatization day. The day is spent well by hiking to Everest View Hotel (3,962 m) and exploring the village.
You then continue trekking through lush rhododendron forests, occasionally passing by donkeys and yaks to Tengboche village (3,860 m). Before leaving this village, you visit the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. The trail then descends to Pangboche village (3,985 m), and you gradually ascend to Dingboche (4,410 m). We take a second acclimatization break here and hike to Nagarjun Hill.
You now have gained a significant elevation and can feel the air pressure. The next part of the trekking route is dry, barren, and rugged. The treeline ends, and you walk along with bushes. Spending a night at Lobuche (4,940 m), walk on a steep, rocky trail to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). You'll descend to Gorak Shep (5,164 m) on the same day for a night's stay and wake up early in the morning to hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m).
Kala Patthar offers a gorgeous sunrise and heavenly mountain views. The trek ends here, and flying over the Khumbu Glacier, you'll descend to Kathmandu. Join Everest base camp trek with helicopter return 2022/2023. You can trek in a group or custom create an itinerary as per your convenience. If you have any query regarding booking or cost, feel free to contact us.
Major Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
Short trek to Everest base camp
Everest base camp trekking with helicopter return is a short trek package perfect for travelers looking for alternatives to long treks to base camp. This package saves you 4 to 5 days of returning and a lot of energy. Even though the trek is short, you'll still enjoy all the acclimatization days and traverse safely.
Trek in the Sagarmatha National Park
Mt. Everest is situated in the Sagarmatha National Park that begins from Monjo onwards. The national park is home to numerous species of flora and fauna. Therefore, the trekking route is quite enriching in terms of vegetation and wildlife. Not only that, there are many streams, rivers, and waterfalls along the way.
You pass by forests of fir, rhododendron, pine, and juniper. Cross suspension and wooden bridges. Trek along moraines, gorges, and glaciers. You'll explore different climatic zones and see varieties of flora.
Peek into the daily lifestyle and culture of Sherpas
The interactions with locals while trekking makes the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return a very immersive experience. Among all the communities, Sherpas are the most famous in the Khumbu region.
This venture offers a great opportunity to know them and their lifestyle closely. Likewise, on the trail, there are many stupas, prayer wheels, and prayer flags. You visit ancient monasteries like in Tengboche.
Spend the night in beautiful villages
The Everest trek route has many picturesque villages. While trekking, we spend nights in villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. These are our main stoppages for night stays while trekking. Every village has a unique charm and offers fascinating scenery.
Enjoy diverse landscapes and mountain views in every bend of the trail
Regardless of the Everest trekking route being bustling in the peak trekking season, every journey is unique, and every view holds a distinct meaning from one trekker to another. From the beginning of the venture to the very end, the scenery only gets better and better.
Enjoying the snow-capped Himalayan mountains views from far away at the starting of the trek, you'll soon find yourself face to face with the Himalayan giants. The views of valleys, moraines, and glaciers are phenomenal.
Mt. Everest (8,849 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), Island Peak (6,160 m), Lobuche Peak (6,119 m), Pumori (7,161 m), etc are some of the mountains you see during the trek.
Walk along verdant foothills to barren alpine zone to reach EBC & Kala Patthar
The trek begins from lush forests and soon goes above the treeline. Passing by trees, you further walk alongside bushes. The final walk to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) is steep and rocky. At EBC, you cannot see views of Mt. Everest. Therefore, the next day, there's a hike to a Kala Patthar (5,644 m) viewpoint.
Mountains like Lhotse and Pumori block the views of Mt. Everest from its base camp. Whereas, Kala Patthar offers not only one of the best sunrises but also 360-degrees views of the mountains. You stand in the clouds at Kala Patthar.
Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight back to Kathmandu
Probably the most awaiting part of the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is the helicopter flight to Kathmandu. At Kala Patthar, you hope on the helicopter and fly over the Khumbu region. Before descending towards Lukla, you'll fly over the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall.
The aerial panorama of mountains, valleys, and villages is breathtaking. Every member of the group gets full window seats to enjoy the flight.