Everest Base Camp Trek Return By Helicopter

Duration: 11 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 5545


  • Short trek package to Everest base camp
  • Trek in the Sagarmatha National Park, home to hundreds of flora & faunas
  • Peek into the daily lifestyle and culture of Sherpas
  • Spend the night in beautiful villages and trek through lush forests
  • Visit ancient monasteries like Tengboche and Pangboche
  • Enjoy diverse landscapes and breathtaking mountain views at every bend of the trail
  • Walk along verdant foothills to barren alpine zone to reach EBC & Kala Patthar
  • Witness jaw-dropping mountain panorama and gorgeous sunrise at Kala Patthar
  • Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight back to Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek Return By Helicopter from Gorekshep

The Khumbu region is home to Mt. Everest, and trekking to the lap of the worlds highest mountain has been one of the top bucket list items for every adventurous heart. Join our Everest base camp trek and return by helicopter to embark on a lifetime venture in the Himalayas. Don't just take our word for it. Here's what some of our previous travelers have to say about their experience:

Meet with friendly Sherpas, explore lush forests, spend nights in picturesque villages, and witness diverse mountain landscapes.

Suppose you are looking for an ultimate package to Everest base camp that is moderately difficult and doable for new trekkers. In that case, our Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is the ideal option.

The EBC Helicopter Return Trip is guided by our professional guide, experienced in the region and well-versed in safety protocols. We prioritize your safety and comfort, providing necessary safety equipment and ensuring regular communication with our base camp for emergencies. You can trek with peace of mind, knowing that you are in capable and experienced hands.

Trekking to Everest base camp and returning by helicopter has become one of the trendiest trek packages in recent days. Now, travelers can experience the usual 14 days or 16 days of EBC trekking in 11 days or less than that without compromising acclimatization days. This means you can enjoy the adventure and beauty of the trek, without the worry of a long and tiring return journey.

The EBC Heli, Return Trek package, combines an adventurous trekking experience and the jaw-dropping aerial panorama of the Himalayas. The helicopter ride back to Kathmandu offers a thrilling and unique perspective of the majestic mountains, adding extra excitement to your journey.

If you are trekking in a group, you can extend your budget by only a few hundred dollars to combine helicopter return flights 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 for your permits at Monjo, you will now walk in Sagarmatha National Park.

The next stop is Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. The trail ascends and descends entirely through dense forests and small settlement areas. You have to cross numerous suspension bridges and streams on the way.

At Namche Bazar, we have an acclimatization day, which is a crucial part of the trek. It allows your body to adjust to the high altitude and reduces the risk of altitude sickness. The day is spent 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. You spend a night at Lobuche (4,940 m), walking 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 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. You can trek in a group or custom-create an itinerary at your convenience. To book the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, visit our website or contact our customer support team. We are available anytime to assist you with any queries or concerns.

Short Itinerary to trek to Everest base camp

Everest base camp trekking with helicopter return is a short 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 in the Sagarmatha National Park, which begins from Monjo onwards. The national park is home to numerous species of flora and fauna, so the trekking route enriches vegetation and wildlife. There are also many streams, rivers, and waterfalls along the way.

You pass by forests of fir, rhododendron, pine, 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

Interactions with locals while trekking make the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return a genuinely enriching and fascinating experience. Among all the communities, Sherpas are the most famous in the Khumbu region.

This venture offers a great opportunity to get to know them and their lifestyle closely. Likewise, the trail has many stupas, prayer wheels, and prayer flags. You also visit ancient monasteries, like Tengboche.

Spend the nights in beautiful villages.

Accommodation during the trek is in basic but comfortable teahouses. Meals are provided at the teahouses and are typically hearty and nutritious, designed to fuel your trekking adventure.

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. Every town has a unique charm and offers fascinating scenery.

Enjoy diverse landscapes and mountain views at 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.

At the start of the trek, you enjoy the snow-capped Himalayan mountain views from far away. Soon, you'll 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 the 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. At the same time, Kala Patthar offers one of the best sunrises and 360-degree views of the mountains. You stand in the clouds at Kala Patthar.

Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.

The flight to Kathmandu is the most awaited part of the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return. At Kala Patthar, you hop 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 total window seats to enjoy the flight.

You'll Experience

Everest Base Camp


  • Get the detailed Itinerary for the Everest Base Camp Trek return by Helicopter from Gorekshep/Lobuche for 11 days.
  • The Everest Base Camp Trek Return Helicopter program involves trekking to Everest Base Camp and returning by Helicopter from Gorekshep/Lobuche after reaching Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar.
  • The Everest Base camp and the Kalapattar viewpoint are the final destinations of the EBC trek, and you will fly down to Lukla and to Kathmandu.
  • The Everest Base Camp trek and helicopter return program is the best option for those with limited time.
  • The Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter is the shortest trek with enough acclimatization days, although it is a little pricy due to the Helicopter flight.
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You'll have no issue reaching your hotel from the airport on your arrival day. Our team will take care of your hotel escort. During the remaining day, you can relax and explore the surrounding area.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We begin our day with a fantastic flight to Lukla Airport, which offers superb aerial views of the Himalayas. From Lukla, we start trekking towards Phakding village.

The porters join us at Lukla, and we walk downhill along the Dudh Koshi River to our destination of the day.

  • Trek distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles
  • Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

Following the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi River, we cross a few suspension bridges and reach Monjo village. From here, we trek in the Sagarmatha National Park, which goes up to the Mt. Everest base camp. The trail further passes by dense forests. On the way, we cross bridges numerous times and steeply ascend to Namche Bazaar.

  • Trek distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles
  • Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

We first saw Mt. Everest at Namche Bazaar, a famous Sherpa town with museums, cafes, and shops.

We spend a day exploring the village and learning about the locals. In the morning, we hike to the Everest View Hotel to see breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains.

  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Altitude: 3,962 m/13,000 ft
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

The trail descends to Phunki Thanka. Walking alongside the foothills, we may pass by donkeys and yaks carrying goods. The trail then steeply ascends through a rhododendron forest to Tengboche village.

The trail is scenic. While trekking, you witness a panorama of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and many other mountains.

  • Trek distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles
  • Altitude: 3,860 m/12,660 ft
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

After breakfast, we first trek to Pangboche village. Further, hiking through lush alpine forests and rhododendron trees, we see the treeline diminishing. Walking by shrubs, we pass by farming fields and soon reach Dingboche village for the night's stay.

  • Trek distance: 12 km/7.45 miles
  • Altitude: 4,410 m/14,470 ft
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

We spend another acclimatization day in Dingboche. In the morning, we hike to Nagarjun Hill, a ridge above Dingboche village that offers sick views of the snow-capped mountains. Views of Ama Dablam and Island Peak are especially outstanding.

  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Altitude: 5,100 m/16,732 ft
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

The trekking experience from Dingboche onwards is quite different. The trail gets steeper and rugged, with bare hills and prominent views of the majestic Himalayan mountains.

We walk on the steep terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier and reach Thukla. The trail then passes by the memorials and Sherpa guides who lost their lives while pushing towards Everest's top. We further ascend to Lobuche village.

  • Trek distance: 8.5 km/5.2 miles
  • Altitude: 4,940 m/16,210 ft
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

Following the footsteps of our trek leader, we begin trekking towards the lap of Mt. Everest today. First, we walk by Gorak Shep. The trail is rough and rocky.

Upon reaching the Everest base camp, we can see the Khumbu Icefall beyond the Khumbu Glacier. After spending time at the base camp, we descend to Gorak Shep to sleep comfortably in a lodge.

  • Trek distance: 15 km/9.32 miles
  • Altitude: 5,364 m/17,598 ft
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House

Before we take a helicopter flight to Kathmandu, we do a final hike to Kala Patthar. It is the highest point of our trek, and our uphill walking ends. Again, we have yet to have any further elevation above this point.

After we spend some time exploring and soaking in the heavenly views of the mountains, a helicopter picks us up from here and flies us back to Kathmandu.

The helicopter flight offers a breathtaking panorama of the mountains and villages. In the evening, we meet for a farewell dinner. Enjoy the remaining day doing shopping and packing.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude5555

We'll transfer you to the international airport for your next flight. You can also continue your journey with us in Nepal.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Return By Helicopter map


  • Airport transfers
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on the trek
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodations in lodges on the trekking on a twin share basis
  • An experienced licensed trekking guide
  • Paper works, National Park entry permits & TIMS permit
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees
  • Flight fare Kathmandu/Manthali - Lukla with airport tax
  • Helicopter flight from Gorekshep to Kathmandu (Share basis)
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (Paid by your insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffel bag if necessary (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner while on the trek
  • T-shirt and trekking map
  • A farewell dinner
  • First Aid & oximeter
  • Official expenses and service charge


  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Accommodation and Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • A Trekking guide is US $200.00
  • Your expenses include water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Add a trekking porter.

A trekking porter carries about 22-22 Kg, and we suggest hiring a porter for each of the two trekkers, which costs US $200.00.

Essential Info

Lukla Flight

During the peak season, Lukla flights are operated from Ramechhap (Manthali) Airport to alleviate traffic congestion at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and accommodate the increasing number of Lukla flights.

This agreement between the Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) and the airlines operating flights to Lukla will continue to be in effect. Please take note of this change when planning the trek in the Everest region.

If your flight is affected, you must wake up around 2–3 am and travel to Manthali Airport instead. Breakfast will still be provided during the trip. The journey from Kathmandu to Manthali Airport takes about 4-5 hours. Learn more

Pre-trip meeting and Arrival suggestion

We will have a pre-trip meeting at our office around 5:00 pm on the previous day of the trek starting day.

Please have a copy of your travel insurance and a passport-size photograph, as we need these documents to obtain Trek permits and other paperwork. You must also pay the remaining balance for your trip (if you still need to pay the total amount).

We suggest you arrive before 5 pm or if you have only a late flight to Nepal. We suggest you arrive a day earlier to get familiar with it.

Meals/foods on Everest Base Camp Trek

We provide 28 meals (10 breakfasts, nine lunches, and nine dinners) for the Everest base camp trek with Heli Return, which includes daily breakfast and all three meals a day while on the trek. You have to pay for lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals on the Everest base camp trail, and you can choose and have them according to the menu of the lodges/restaurants. Get detailed information about the food available on the EBC Heli Trek.

Accommodation on the Everest Base Camp Trek

We provide ten nights of accommodation on the EBC Helicopter Trek, and the participants stay in simple lodges during the trek; know the accommodation details available on the Everest Base Camp Trek.



  • Q1. How Difficult is Everest Trek with helicopter return?

    The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is moderate. Although relatively short, the terrain is the same and demands 6 to 7 hours of walking every day. You trek through dense forests on rough paths, continuously ascend, and descend to reach base camp.

    Previous trekking experience is optional for the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return. However, a reasonable level of fitness and endurance is required. The region is remote and sees a high elevation rise. If you can cope with the limited facilities and are prepared for the physical demands of the trek, no one can stop you from reaching EBC.

  • We recommend having 3 to 4 weeks on hand while booking the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return to prepare. The preparation includes getting your legs ready to walk long hours and building your stamina if you are inactive. Likewise, you also use this time to buy trekking gear, especially a boot, and wear it a few times to make it comfy.

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