The Trek to Everest Base Camp Return by Helicopter trip package is a unique trekking itinerary in the Everest region with the addition of helicopter flight experience. As a result, hikers of all levels of experience gravitate to it. You will trek through breathtaking scenery to get to the foot of the world's tallest mountain peak and fly back in a helicopter directly to Kathmandu. You get to enjoy the region's magnificent natural beauty comfortably with our helicopter return EBC trek.
The trails we guide you on during the trek emphasize acclimatization, relaxation, and exploration. You get to explore the local communities, heritage sites, and religious landmarks. Monasteries, chortens, and gompas are examples of Tibetan Buddhism-inspired architecture in the Everest region. You'll also see a lot of Mani walls, colorful prayer flags, prayer wheels, and Tibetan scripture stones, among other things.
You will enjoy the transition in topography from subtropical woods to stony Himalayan hills. There are gorgeous rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, glacial lakes, granite cliffs, and alpine forests along the trail. From the EBC Heli Trek, you can observe the mountains from all sides. You can experience the spectacular scenery through the ascending steps, which gaze up to the peaks and other aspects of the skyline view from a helicopter on the way back to Kathmandu.
During the journey, trekkers will stay in teahouses, guesthouses, and mountain lodges. In the trials, these establishments provide you with food and accommodation options. While these services cannot compare to those found in cities, you will have a pleasant experience nevertheless. Although you may need to accustom yourself to the simple village life, you will have a fabulous time in these faraway places.
With Outfitter Nepal, you get the best deal possible for your helicopter return from the Everest Base Camp. Our EBC heli trek has been meticulously crafted to provide the ideal combination of luxury and adventure. To top it off, we have poured our heart and soul into creating the best possible package with our more than 2 decades of experience in the Nepali trekking industry.
We guarantee a safe departure! Choose the dates below or contact us to customize a package that fits your desire. We are fine with anything as long as you are happy. We are eagerly waiting for your arrival.
What to anticipate from the Trek to Everest Base Camp Return by Helicopter?
This package gives the splendor of the great Himalayas with a little bit of work to reach the peak and a little luxury on the downhill trail. We go by thrilling bridges, moraines, stupas draped with vivid prayer flags, and the enchanting air of Sherpa communities as we enjoy the blanket of mountains encircling the mysterious valley.
It's a full blend of adventure and elegance that makes the most of any trip. You'll be traveling for 9 days in total. The timeframe allows you to thoroughly explore the region. Trekkers are drawn to the deep fissure, various landscapes, and surreal pastures, to name a few. Other attractions include the region's remarkable art, religious beliefs, and fiestas. Snow-capped mountains, beautiful green meadows, and a subtropical highland climate offer something for everyone. With various geography, unconventional terrains, and a constantly changing temperature, the valleys are nothing short of breathtaking!
Then there are the unpretentious folks from different ethnicities. They make you feel at ease with their generosity and warmth. Meanwhile, we try to make your journey as easy as possible with our return to Kathmandu via a helicopter flight. Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek 9 Days offers luxury and convenience. Others would take weeks to complete a trail that you will complete in a fraction of that time. View the magnificent mountains, deep cleft, and meadow in the base camp region and return via helicopter!
Is the Helicopter Trek to the Everest Base Camp right for you?
The 9-day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trekking is a fantastic adventure that includes an exhilarating mountain flight to Lukla, several days of trekking in the Everest region with adequate acclimatization, a magnificent view of Mount Everest from the base camp and Kala Patthar, and a fun helicopter ride from Gorekshep to Kathmandu.
The trek is for anyone who is pressed for time or wants to cut back on the number of days they spend hiking. Due to the fact that you will fly from Gorekshep to Lukla in a helicopter instead of hiking back, it's also a fantastic opportunity for those who aren't in the best physical form, elderly people, and kids.
Let us remind you that the EBC Heli Trek is not a good option for a budget traveler because the cost of the pricey helicopter journey makes it more expensive than the conventional 14-Day trek.
How does the itinerary for the trek to EBC and Return by Helicopter make for the best experience?
Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek takes 9 days in total to complete excluding your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal. The trip starts with a short flight to Lukla. You then start the trek by following the classic EBC trail. You have a rest day in Namche Bazaar to adapt to the altitude. You then continue the trek to Everest base camp through Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and finally at Gorekshep, with an acclimatization day at Dingboche. You trek to Everest Base Camp from Gorekshep and return to Gorekshep to stay overnight for the last night's stay in the mountain.
The next morning, you trek to Kala Patthar viewpoint for a great sunrise view over Everest and the neighboring mountain peaks. You return to Gorekshep to have a hot breakfast and take a Helicopter flight directly to Kathmandu from Gorekshep to conclude the EBC trek. The Everest Helicopter Trek is available throughout the year, so contact us for up-to-date costs and booking. Also, let us know if the given itinerary is not suitable. We are happy to tailor-make and customize the trek for you according to your requirement.
Since the package is bound to a tight schedule, we request you to have at least 1 or 2 days extra at hand. This way, we can arrange your permits as swiftly as possible. On top of it, the weather in the Himalayas is quite unpredictable. Thus, there might be some possibilities of flight delays. Having a few days with yourself would help you keep yourself on track or maybe roam around the charismatic Kathmandu city.
Best Features of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
- Insight into the region's cultural assets, traditions, and history
- Breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other surrounding mountains
- Walking through a lush forest covered in a wide variety of flowers with a sense of peace
- Explore religious and architectural structures, such as the Tengboche monastery
- Religious gatherings, festivals, and rituals observed by the locals
- Make it to Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier
- Gorgeous sunrise view of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains from Kala Patthar
- Shorter and more luxurious trekking experience via helicopter flight
Major Highlights of the Trek to Everest Base Camp Return by Helicopter
The most daring runway at the Lukla Airport
If you're in favor of a massive adrenaline surge, then this is it! Your flight to Lukla from Kathmandu is something that only a few people get the experience, or to put it, dare to! The Lukla airport has a reputation for being one of the world's most dangerous airports. To put things into perspective, during the peak season, roughly 20 or 30 planes land on the inclining runway at the edge of a hill of Lukla Airport every day, and nearly all of the 30,000 trekkers who visit the area each year fly through Lukla.
While statistically more risky than an average commercial airport, it is relatively safe. Airlines have strengthened their parameters for acceptable flight situations and restrictions for planes making the route. Although this has increased passenger safety, the journey to Lukla can still be nerve-wracking!
Rich Sherpa Heritage
Sherpas, without a doubt, are the most well-known ethnic group on the planet for their mountaineering skills. Pictures of Sherpas escorting their clients to the summit of Mount Everest, one of the most dangerous places and the highest point on the planet, have made headlines.
Until the beginning of tourism, the Everest region was extremely isolated. Like any mountain people, the Sherpas had perfected their adaptation to the isolation and harsh and barren surroundings. They were farmers who subsisted on trade across the Himalayan passes. Buddhism had a profound influence on life, as seen by the numerous Gompas and chortens. Experience the rich Sherpa heritage during the helicopter trek to Everest!
Wilderness journey along the trail of Sagarmatha National Park
People are familiar with Sagarmatha National Park because of its location in the Himalayas of Eastern Nepal, which is highlighted by Mount Everest. Tourists have been flocking to the area since the 1960s! Although it was formally founded in 1976, people have been attracted to the region because of the gorgeous scenery and adventurous trekking and hiking trails.
Sagarmatha National Park is also a sanctuary for endangered animals and birds, such as the red panda and snow leopard. The wildlife sanctuary covers 1100 square kilometers and is designated by Birdlife International as an exceptional bird sanctuary, making it a popular tourist destination for mountaineers and bird watchers. On top of it, it is also a dedicated UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the trails in the national park during the helicopter trek to EBC.
The magnificent and unique Kala Patthar
We can't see the full face of Mount Everest from its base camp; did you know that? But don't worry; a short climb from Gorakshep will lead you to Kalapatthar, a rocky summit with the most magnificent mountain view during the entire trek.
The sweeping panoramic picture of Everest and Ama Dablam from the top of Kala Patthar is one of the most spectacular Himalayan views you'll get to see on this entire planet. Plus, the view of Everest peaks in the morning as the sun's rays touch the summit is breathtaking! Thus, Kalapatthar is appropriately referred to as the best viewpoint for watching Everest. Don't miss that one out.
Cultural blend at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the Sagarmatha Region's cultural and commercial capital. It is a colorful patchwork of houses, restaurants, motels, stores, ATMs, and bakeries. The Namche bazaar's short lane, which is shared by yaks, monks, Sherpa traders, and villagers, provides a fresh discovery around every corner, from bakeries to temples to museums.
While in Namche Bazaar, you can go for short walks around the town, browse for unique mountainside Tibetan items, or even purchase trekking equipment. If you don't want to shop, you can spend your time watching local businessmen or Sherpa people go about their daily lives.
The ultimate helicopter experience
Flying from Gorekshep to Kathmandu by helicopter is a spectacular flight with amazing views of the high Himalayas and the Khumbu Valley. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a good combination of adventure in luxurious style. The Everest Heli trek is for adventure trekkers who want to visit Everest Base Camp but only have a few days off and cannot trek down to Lukla in time to catch a standard aircraft to Kathmandu. Make the most out of your EBC trek by engaging in a helicopter flight experience!
Exploring the Everest Base Camp
The trek's primary goal is to reach Everest Base Camp. The colorful tents and stories of adventure and enthusiasm of the mountaineers attempting to reach the summit of the world illuminate the mood of the base camp.
Why would you turn back and depart in a matter of hours after walking for days to reach Everest Base Camp? Spend some time at Everest Base Camp, which gives you a taste of what it's like to go on an Everest Expedition. The time spent in the Everest base camp is, without a doubt, the most inspiring part of the journey. However, because there are no teahouses in the base camp, you must stay in Gorakshep while visiting the base camp.
Cost of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return Trek Package
The standard cost of the EBC helicopter trek package averages around US$1850 per pax for a group of around 6 to 10 people. Likewise, if you are a group of 2 to 5, then the package costs US$ 2000 per person. If you are a solo trekker, it tends to get a bit on the expensive side, with the total budget amounting to US$ 2550. The cost of the package can be customizable to fit your convenience. However, the cost of the overall package may go up or down, depending upon the kind of alterations you make to the itinerary.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Customization
If you want to customize the helicopter flight option, other than our standard package, we can lay out some options that many trekkers have chosen. Instead of the Lukla flight, you can sign up for a helicopter flight to and from Kathmandu, both ways. This would increase the budget of the package. Likewise, you can also ask for a helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla and get on your usual Lukla flight to get to Kathmandu. This would reduce your package cost. If you have other alternative options in your mind, you can share them with us so we can make changes to your itinerary. We want you to know that we're flexible and will give our best effort to meet your needs.