Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek-11 days EBC Heli trek is a spectacular trek, suitable to those trekkers who have limited time trekking to Everest base camp and return on foot. We trek slowly to Everest Base Camp with enough acclimatize days and return to Kathmandu by Helicopter flight. Once we visit Everest base camp and climb Kalapatthar.
The trip begins from Kathmandu with a scenic flight to Lukla, and we trek through small villages and past ancient monasteries towards the Khumbu Glacier. The Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar (5643 m) offers an amazing views of Mount Everest.
After that, ride on a helicopter, flight back to Kathmandu. This is surely one of the most scenic helicopter ride in the world. The Everest Base Camp Heli trek is a perfect option if you are on short time and want to trek to Everest Base Camp.
Autumn and Spring are the best season for Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather and temperature are perfect. It is neither cold nor hot. It is sunny and warm in the day time and star on blue sky at night. Please prepare for colds. This is an adventure trek.
No problem to sleep and eat in the trail as there are nice teahouse lodges along the trail. They serve good accommodations and meals with warm hospitality. You will get almost all the basic facilities like paying hot-shower, WI-FI to mini bar and restaurant on every teahouses. Hence, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is no more adventure now what you think.
Why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
- Enjoy your stay in luxury hotel in Kathmandu and comfortable mountain lodges throughout the trek.
- Walk through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and experience Himalayan bio diversity
- Visit picturesque Sherpa settlements including Namche.
- Experience the rural lifestyle of Sherpas.
- Step inside ancient Buddhist Monasteries and get an insight of Tibetan Buddhist culture.
- Stand at the foot of world highest peak Mount Everest (8848m) at Everest Base Camp
- Surround yourself with an incredible 360 degree panorama of Himalayas from top of Kala Pattar (5,643 m)
- Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Mt Everest and other 8000 & 7000 metre peaks from the comfort of your helicopter.
Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu(1330m)
45 minutes from Airport to Thamel BB Plan-Breakfast Standard Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu
You will be welcomed at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu where a pre-trek arrival briefing and other information will be given. Remainder of the afternoon is free. Your guide will be happy to assist you in any way he can and will meet you every day while you are in Kathmandu to help you with any queries.
Day 02Mountain Flight to Lukla (2600)/ Trek to Phakding (2650m, 3 hrs walk)
3 hours trek AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Early in the morning, we take a 45 minute mountain flight to Lukla which is the Everest trek starting point. From Lukla, we trek downhill towards the Dudh Kosh(milky river), a raging river that flows from the highest mountains. The trail is fairly easy and well-marked, meandering around fields of potatoes and wheat. Today, we will see "Mani Walls" which are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with Buddhist chanting inscriptions, "Om Mani Padme Hum" which means, "Hail to the jewel on the lotus". We will also see groups of yaks and dzypkyos carrying trek-gear and trading goods along the trail. Spectacular mountain peaks like Nupla (5885m) Kongde Ri (6093 m), Thamserku (6808m) rises majestically above us. We will pass through many traditional villages to reach the vicinity of Phakding for our first night stay at a local Teahouse.
Day 03Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440m, 6 hrs).
6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today, we enter Sagarmatha National Park, another World Heritage site. We walk along the river to the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Everest. As we ascend passing through pine forests of rhododendron and magnolia, we will sight our first view of the majestic Mt. Everest from a vantage point.
Day 04Rest Day in Namche Bazaar
Rest Day AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
This rest day is very important to acclimatize. Though it is a rest day, you have lots of options. You may walk to the hill above the village to the National Park Headquarters to see stunning view of huge mountains including Mt. Everest. The Sherpa cultural center in the National Park headquarters, has an interesting collection of Sherpa mountaineering items and photographs. You may go on an excursion to Thame village or those who are fit and acclimatizing well may wish to take an optional morning walk to the Everest View Hotel from where the view of the Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen or just simply relax and watch the Sherpa culture around.
Day 05Namche to Thyangboche (3800m, 6 hrs).
6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Thyangboche is home to the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu. This monastery was recently re-built after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. We will have spectacular views of the Everest massif and the stunning Ama Dablam. As this area is a devout Buddhist region, the wild life is unharmed so there is a possibility that we may see some wild animals such as musk deer, mountain goat and pheasants etc. We will have a chance to look around and understand the importance of Buddhism in this part of Nepal.
Day 06Thyangboche to Dingboche (4360m, 6 hrs).
6 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
This is considered one of the most beautiful sections of the entire trail. We will head to Dingboche, which is at the foot of Ama Dablam, one of the region's iconic peaks. After lunch at Somare village we continue up the valley, reaching our lodge at around 4pm.
Day 07 Rest day in Dingboche
Rest Day AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
This is a very important acclimatisation day, getting us ready for the higher days ahead. We will walk to an amazing 360 degree viewing point of Island Peak and Makalu, the world's 5th highest peak.
Day 08Trek to Lobuche (4930m, 4-5 hrs)
4/5 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
As we are gaining altitude, it is important to walk slowly and steady. Walking on barren slopes above the tree line we will see different peaks such as Cholatse, Lobuche and Pumari unfold in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. Rock Cairns can be seen dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains at Dugla Ridge. Walking up onto the Khumbu Glacier (the longest glacier in Nepal) to Lobuche for the overnight camp, one can feel the temperature drop as we are more exposed with our camp situated along this glacier.
Day 09Gorak Shep (5288m, 3-4 hrs) / trek to Everest Base Camp (5360m, 5 hrs)
5 hours AP Plan-Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner Basic Tea house lodge
Today, we are high among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks as we trek towards Gorak Shep. After lunch we head for Everest Base Camp. The trail sometimes can be difficult to follow so do keep an eye on your Sherpa guides and walk carefully. On the way we might encounter yaks and porters supplying food and equipment to the Expedition group in March and April. We could not see Everest from base camp but we can see the most difficult and dangerous section of any Everest expedition, the Khumbu Ice Fall that flows from the Western Cwm. After Everest Base Camp we head back to Gorak Shep. Note: The trek to Everest base camp is optional so if you are feeling tired you can rest at Gorak Shep instead.
Day 10Climb Kalapathar (5546m, 4 hrs) and trek/Flight back to Kathmandu(4240m, 4 hrs).
4 hours BB Plan-Breakfast Standard Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu
After the rest, we ascend the slopes of Kalapathar, a small, rocky peak on the south west ridge of Pumori. A slow and steady pace once again takes us to a vantage point to savour the sensational Himalayan vistas all around. The climb is not easy but the view from the top surpasses your wildest imagination. We will hear huge glaciers creaking as they move under pressure and be awe-struck at the sheer size and majesty of the surrounding peaks including Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kangtega and Everest - the highest mountain in the world. About 3 kilometers to the east and some 200 meter below, the famed Everest base camp is seen in a bowl at the bottom of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall. For many trekkers, reaching Kala Pathar is a very emotional experience and we have allowed plenty of time on Kala Pathar to enjoy the experience. We return to Gorak Shep and then onto Periche where our helicopter will pick us up for our flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 11 Kathmandu Airport
Before 3 hours you will have reach at airport TIA BB Plan Back to your Country Place
It is time to fly home. Those people traveling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport. Note that the above route and walking hours must be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to weather, trail conditions or other reason.
- Airport transfer - hotel/airport/hotel
- Twin sharing standard hotel accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu before and after trek we can book as per your request.
- Round Trip Flight cost of helicopter from Kathmandu/Lukla/Kalapathar/ Kathmandu of client and guide.
- Basic twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
- 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- English Speaking guide and all his expenses during the trek like flight, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation.
- All Trekking permit - Sagarmatha National Park Fee, Local government tax and TIMS card.
- All government taxes, vat, company service charge.
What's not included?
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Travel Insurance in case of emergencey for rescue and other medication.
- Nepal visa fee
- All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
- All personal trekking equipmenets like down jacket and sleeping bag etc.
- Porter to carry your backpack/luggage.
- Tips for guide and porter
- Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee
- Upgraded lodge accommodation like room with private toilet and bathroom.
- All the cost not mention on above cost includes.
Accommodation on Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation will be basic tea houses for boarding/lodging.This is the most popular style of trekking to Everest Base Camp and simply involves trekking from teahouse to teahouse. Teahouses are essentially small hotels find in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers in a room. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the Everest Base Camp Trek, the lodges usually have running cold water and western style toilets. Also the hot shower is also available but it need to pay extra cost for it.
In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room with an extra cost and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.
Meals/Food on the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Trekkers can choose a meal/food from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals on EBC trek includes omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.
There is not a problem for vegetarian food and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.
Best Season for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons for Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. The weather stays dry and clear during these times which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.
During spring, the hillsides are verdant and covered with wildflowers, including rhododendron blooms. It is also the climbing season and the Everest Base Camp is transformed into a tented city filled with climbers and Sherpa guides.
Autumn is the most popular season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. With the end of wet monsoon season which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around October will allow you to experience the most important festival in the Everest region, Mani Rimdu. This festival is held in the monasteries of Tengboche, Chiwong and Thame.
Equipment list of Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Proper preparation and equipment will give you a great trekking experience. It is also possible to buy/rent trekking gear at affordable price in Kathmandu Nepal. Below is the recommended trekking equipment list for comfortable everest base camp trek.
Day trek pack
Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
Lip Balm with Sunscreen
Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
Water Bottles or Camel Back
Headlamp with extra batteries
Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
Trekking Poles (optional)
Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ears)/Balaclava
Insulated Wool/Down Mittens
Moisture wicking long sleeve T-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking T-shirts (1)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (5 to 7)
Heavy Fleece/Down Jacket
Long sleeve shirts (2)
Trekking Pants (2)
Gore Tex Waterproof Jacket with hood
Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (10)
Sock Liners (optional)
Sleeping bag rated to -20° degree centigrade
Sleeping bag liner (optional)
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
Waterproof cover for daypack
Dry Bags in several sizes
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes
First Aid Kit/Toiletries
Advil or Ibuprofen
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
Panty Liners and Tampons
Ear plugs for sleeping
Passport (needed at entry gate for registration)
One Passport Size Photo (Needed for trekking permit
Portable Solar Charger
Journal, pen and paper
The rooms/accomodation on Everest Base Camp Trek are all very basic. The room has single/twin beds with mattress and a pillow. No heating and electricity in the room, there will be a small/dim solar light powered not very well. The rooms are small built/partitioned by plywood.The rooms/accommodation in the lower parts of the trek are much better than the higher elevation.
Yes and you can trek as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 6 to 7 hours a day and are able to endure a few uphill climbs of 2 to 3 hours. No doubt and should not have any issue as long as you go slow to adjust with the altitude.No matter who you are and what your background is a bit of training may be necessary but even that is not 100% essenstial for most.
You will have the packing limit of 10 kg per person of checked luggage and 5 Kg per person in hand luggage.
Yes, there are electricity/power in most tea houses at the lower part of the trekking. But no heating in the room. In the higher part of the trekking, there will power only on around from 6pm to 8:30pm by solar panel. The charging is only possible in the main dining room at expensive rates. The battery charging cost range from RS 250 to 450 rupess per hour for cameras and laptop computers even more expensive.
Yes, Insurance is almost needed 100% trekking to Everest Base Camp. Injury and altitude sickness are far too common on EBC trek. So it is best to pick up insurance World.
The best time to trek to Everest Base Camp is from mid September to May. October-November is the most popular time for EBC trek since the views are great and the temperature are not too extreme.
Number of trekkers on the trail are lower, and the views are crystal clear if trekking Everest Base Camp in January/February. Also you need to be prepared with the right clothing for a very low temperatures like good quality down jackets, sleeping bags and fleece sleeping bag liners to keep you cosy warm.
Trek Everest Base Camp in March-April, the temperatures are warmer. In April it may be a little more hazy for the views. The closer you get to the rainy season, the more cloud you get. The peaks are clear in the morning, but there might get cloud in the afternoon. In April-May you can see much activity at Everest Base Camp as the big expeditions get ready to summit.
If someone get sick in the group, a fellow trekker in the group has to descend, then a porter/assistant guide would go with them. So the person descending would be well looked after and it would not impact on the rest of the group's experience. Emergencies are dealt with by the guide and depending on the severity. In a serious case evacuation would be by helicopter.
There is no specify training method to recommend that applies to each individual. The training you should do to prepare for Everest Base Camp trek depends on your current level of fitness and any medical conditions. We advise you exercise a minimum of 5 times per week for one hour each time doing activities like hill walking, cycling, running and strength work.
There are between 2 to 12 fellow travellers in the group. The Everest Base Camp trek is a popular trip so most of our groups are fully booked. The groups typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together. The ages differ and trekkers can be in thier 20's to 60's. The group comprises of people from all nationalities.
There are no nights at Everest Base Camp on EBC trek. We will stay at Gorak shep from where we walk to Everest Base Camp. To spend night at Everest Base Camp requires special permits which are very expensive. There is no tea houses at Base Camp. So it is better to stay at Gorakshep and trek to Everest Base Camp for a day trip.
The most difficult and underestimated aspect of the EBC trek is the altitude. The trek steadily climbs as the path winds it way upto Base Camp. The key to high altitude trekking is go slow. The EBC trek would be very basic indeed if it was not for the altitude in fact. Please seek and research altitude sickness to make yourself fully aware of the symptoms and treatments available. There is no correlation between altitude sickness and fitness levels gender or age. Everyone is potentially at risk.
This is a wilderness trek. The trail has no paved sections ascends and descends often and you will need to make sure you rest often enough to prevent over-tiredness. 15 km trek a day is often rocky, steep and fairly slow going depending on when you trek, the trails can also be covered in snow trekking EBc in Dec-Jan-Feb.
Everest Base Camp trek is not dangerous at all because trekkers are not going into the danger zones where real climbing is required, and they stay below the most dangerous altitudes - there's little risk involved though on Everest Base Camp Trek.
Weather/Temperature in Summer Everest Base Camp trek in June, July, and August have the hottest temperature.The temperature in the daytime in Everest is between 20 to 25 degree centigrade. The maximum temperature is found in the month of June and July. The nighttime temperatures in Everest during the summer is high too. The lowest that the temperature gets in the night time is -3 degree centigrade and a maximum of 5 degrees. The temperature in the months of June and July are pretty similar.
Weather/Temperature in Autumn in Everest Base Camp Trek lasts from the end of September to the November. This is the part of the year when the cold starts to set in the Everest. The maximum daytime temperature starts to go down from 20 degrees in September and falls to 12 degrees in November. The sun will not be as warm as that in the summers, but that is expected. In September the average nighttime temperature is almost 3 degrees. This starts to fall down and reach in between -7 to - 15 degrees in November
Weather/Temperature in Winter Everest Base Camp Trek in December, January and February. The coldest of all the months throughout the year, winter at Everest is severely cold and poses challenges to the interested people. The average temperature during the daytime in the Everest winters is 8 degree centigrade. There is not a lot of difference in the temperature in December, January as well as February. All three months are equally cold. Nighttime is when the temperature falls down drastically. The nighttime temperatures around -7 degrees but it can go as low as -15 degrees.
Weather/Temperature in Spring March/April/ May a perfect time to enjoy Everest. The daytime temperature in March is around 12 degrees. This temperature goes up to 15-16 degrees in the month of April and peaks to almost 20 degrees in May. Devoid of biting cold and hot and wet summers, this is a glorious time for all Everest lovers.
The nighttime temperatures, although sometimes below zero are not alarmingly low. The lowest that nighttime temperatures get is -8 in March. This increases to -5 degrees in April and -3 in May.
Yes, there is a good mobile phone reception on the Everest Base Camp Trek.There is good internet coverage in all small villages and stations in Everest/Khumbu Valley though it is expensive (but faster than connections at many places in Kathmandu) as it is owned by a private company by the name EverestLink. From them you have to buy volume not time and after activation it is only good for not more than a day.
There are a number of internet cafes along the route. There is one in Lukla and several in Namche Bazaar. After that there are several dotted along the route, including a good one in Gorak Shep. Be warned though, these internet cafes are not always reliable and signal is often poor/lost. Most tea houses will offer wifi, however, this will come at a cost that is usually more expensive than an internet cafe.
At the lower altitude like Lukla, Phakding, Namche the guesthouses provide the facilities of hot shower. And in rest of the places (at higher elevation), warm water in the bucket will be provided for shower. For all the showers, it costs you extra about USD 3-4 per shower. The higher you go the hot shower is expensive.
Cash transaction is highly recommended during EBC trek. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you trek to everest base camp. The ATM machine is available only in Namche and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates. So changing money from Kathmandu and taking Nepalese cash is a good idea that is recommended.
The hotel in Kathmandu provides the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel or you can leave in our office too.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the super markets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.
Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons but during the off season we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures so once you make the deposit you can be assured we will run the trek for you even if you would be alone there at the same group cost.
It is not really necessary. We get a lot of first time trekkers in our groups so even if you don't have experience you will be in good company. Your fitness level should be such that your comfortable walking all day. Previous, hiking or trekking experience is always a plus.