Everest Base Camp Return by helicopter trek
Outfitter Nepal - 9 days
- Everest Base Camp Return by helicopter trek
- 9 days / 8 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Heavy
> Scenic mountain flight to Lukla and Helicopter flight from Gorekshep to Kathmandu.
> Visit Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery.
> Unforgettable views of high mountains and Khumbu Ice fall.
> View of the Everest and other mountains from the Kalapattar.
> Visit Everest Base Camp and the Glacier.
The Everest Base camp with Helicopter Trek is a good combination of adventure on luxury style. Flying from Gorekshep to Kathmandu is an amazing flight with amazing views of the high Himalayas and the Khumbu valley. The Heli trek is designed for the adventure trekkers who have dreamt of being at the Everest Base camp and have only limited holidays and not enough days to trek down Lukla to take regular flight to Kathmandu.
The trekking starts with a short regular flight to Lukla, then we follow the trail to the Base camp through Namche, Tengbuche, Dingbuche, Lobuche and finally reach to Everest Base camp and will return by Helicopter flight from Gorekshep to Kathmandu and return home.
What’s the plan?
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (B, L, D):
After having an early breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, we will drive you to Kathmandu airport. There you will take an early morning 35 minutes scenic flight to the small mountain airport Lukla. Once you reach Lukla, our trekking guide will introduce with the porters, then start trekking following then mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi river. This is an easy trek and takes about 3-4 and to reach Phakding.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 2600
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (B, L, D):
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and the trekking follows the Dudh Koshi river and crossing it few times and enter to the park in Jorsale where we will stop for lunch. We then continue the trekking, after few hours walking, Namche Bazar will appear ahead as we travel along the path surrounded by pines. We will pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. The Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Duch koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, Sundrie and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 3440
Day 03: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization (B, L, D):
The Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook; It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Everest base camp. For the acclimatization, we walk up to Khumjung village through Everest view hotel in Syangbuche and you will see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt.Everest. The Khumjung is densely populated by a Sherpa community and there is an old monastery as well so, we will visit that as well and then return to Namche.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 3800
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche(B, L, D):
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek with the ridge trail and flat level mountain path that offers excellent panoramas of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. After walking for a few hours on flat Zigzags, we descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga, then climb through Rhododendron forest to the Tengbuche monastery.We check into the lodge and you will have time to visit around and the Monastery as well.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 3870
Day 05: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (B, L, D):
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking with descending through Rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola and cross exciting suspension bridge. We walk passing by a long Mani stone wall to enter the village of Pangboche, our route continues through summer pastures to Dingboche village. Check in to the lodge.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 4260
Day 06: Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization (B, L, D):
Today in Dingbuche we have an acclimatization day and there are some breathtaking views of the North face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge as we explore this beautiful valley that leads up to Island Peak. The walk is short with a good chance to relax in the afternoon and we can do some side day trips around for aclimatization.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 4260
Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (B, L, D):
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and the trek leads us north for up to 50-minutes until we come to a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below, today’s walk offers views of the Mt. Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After two hours of walking, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. Then we continue for an hour up a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and west of Everest are waiting for us and after a short break, we continue trekking up to Lobuche.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 4930
Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and return Gorakshep (B, L, D):
After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trekking to Base camp; following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier, after the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings us to Gorakshep, where we will stop for lunch. We leave all our stuff there at the lodge as this is the last place where there are lodges available. Then we start our Himalayan journey to the Everest Base camp – WOW!!! Congratulation!!! Your dream has come true now and you have successfully reached at the base camp of Everest. Then, after spending some time in the Base Camp and surroundings, we return to Gorekshep.
Accomodation: Tea house
Max. Altitude: 5300
Day 9: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and Helicopter flight to Kathmandu (B):
Quite early in the morning, we climb to Kala Patthar (5545m.) peak to enjoy the view of sunrise, and from Kala Patthar, we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Everest and many other mountain peaks like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and many more. We then return to Gorekshep and flight to Kathmandu.
Max. Altitude: 5545
√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking companies able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.
√ Flight fare
Kathmandu-Lukla- domestic airport tax and Helicopter flight from Goreshep to Kathmandu.
√ Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek
During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses based on a twin sharing basis. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.
√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.
√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.
√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.
√ Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.
√ Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. Your trekking company will provide you with these. Your trekking company will also provide you with a duffle bag and trekking map (to be returned after the trek).
√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).
√ Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.
× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.
× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.
× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.
× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.
Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max
8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Personal medication – Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Electronics – Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes
Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.
Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).
Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.
Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.
The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.
How to Book
How does it work?
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You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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