Everest base camp trek with Helicopter return
Everest base camp helicopter tour
Helicopter Landing at Everest view

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trek: Helicopter Return Adventure
Duration11 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5545 M
Group Size1 -12
Best TimeSep to Dec and March to May

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is a wonderful trip to the lap of the world's highest peak. This trip begins after a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport, also known as the Tenzing Hillary Airport. 

EBC Trek with Heli Return moves along the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek Route. You will enjoy the Great Himalayas like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, and many more. 

The journey moves along the Sherpa Villages beginning from Lukla to Kalapatthar across Gorakshep. These villages reflect a true flavor of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, tradition, lifestyle, and shrines. 

Biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes your Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return more memorable. 

You cannot see the Everest Summit from Everest Base Camp (5,364m) because the soaring peaks hide it behind. However, you will have the closest views of the snowcapped peaks of the Everest Region from Kalapatthar.

You have a few options while trekking to Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return. You can fly back to the Kathmandu Airport after refueling at the Lukla Airport. 

Or, you can begin the Everest Helicopter Tour Return from Periche, Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche Bazar, and other stopovers as well.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Key Information

To make your Everest Dream come true, you have a couple of choices. You can do Everest Base Camp Trek in about two weeks. Next, you can do Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing and the EBC Heli Tour without landing as well. Alternatively, you can also combine Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter ride over Everest.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return offers you a mixed experience of trekking and flight over the Everest Region.  You begin this trip by flying to Lukla from the Kathmandu Airport and then trekking up to EBC (5,364m).

After relishing the closest view of the Giant Mountains from Kalapatthar (5,555m), you can fly back to Kathmandu from there.  Otherwise, you trek down up to Gorakshep and experience a helicopter ride to the Kathmandu Airport.

You can use a Helicopter ride shared in a group to return in about one hour to Kathmandu. Or else, you can also do a single chopper to return after Everest Base Camp Trek.

Why Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return?

Following the regular EBC Trek route, you move along the Sagarmatha National Park. The park is one of the ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. Many alpine birds and animals play hide and seek with you in the fir, birch, juniper, and rhododendron forest.

The Khumbu Region is the largest Sherpa settlement area of Nepal. You will have some good memories of the Sherpa culture and tradition in the stopovers. If you make the Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return between October and November, you will observe the Mani Rimdu Festival.

To observe Dumje Festival, we recommend you to book this trek in Nepal, in the last week of May or the first week of June. Both festivals are celebrated in monasteries such as Tengboche Monastery, Panboche, Monastery, Khumjung Monastery, etc.

For those who have limited time in Nepal but want to fulfill their Everest Dream, we recommend EBC Trek with Heli Return.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Difficulties

As you return by helicopter, you needn’t worry about the EBC Trek with Helicopter Return difficulties in the return journey.

While going upwards, geographical variation can be a difficulty as the elevation rises gradually higher than 2,860m. To avoid this challenge, there is at least an acclimatization day in Namche Bazar.

Sometimes, you may get altitude sickness during the ascent. A local tour operator provides you with a highly professional trekking guide. He/She has complete knowledge about the weather conditions, the first aid box, and methods to beat this difficulty.

Weather is one of the most common difficulties of Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. You cannot predict the weather conditions, so you’d better keep 2/3 days extra if the weather condition is not supportive.

The Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is full of natural and cultural wonders. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla gives you an aerial view of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu (8,163 m), Rolwaling Valley, and the Everest region as well. Walking along the rugged trails through Sagarmatha National Park, you see some animals and birds.

Namche Bazaar is one of the major attractions of this trip to the Himalayas. Namche Bazaar is the main trading hub of the entire Khumbu region. Although it is located in the Himalayan region, you can find all the modern amenities. Banks, cafés, restaurants, ATM booths, and good quality hotels are available.

You can visit Everest View Hotel nearby Namche which is called Everest View Trek as well. It is a five-star hotel located in this region. It is one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. While having breakfast and lunch here, you can have a picturesque view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. The trekkers to the Everest region must not miss this hotel for its wonderful view of the Himalayas.

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Other beauties of Namche Bazaar are the Sherpa Museum and a local monastery. To collect all the information about the typical lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the Himalayan tribe, the Sherpa Museum is helpful. The Hall of Fame of the museum is the gallery of photographs of the 1953 Everest Expedition. You can see the photos of Tenzing and Hillary in this gallery.

Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery in this region. If you plan your Nepal visit in between October and November, you can observe the Mani Rimdu Festival here. It is the most colorful festival of the Sherpas, the inhabitants of the Himalayas. It is celebrated for 19 days on the premises of Tengboche Monastery to mark the honor of Guru Rimpoche.

Similarly, you can visit the Pangboche Monastery located in Pangboche Village. It is the oldest monastery in this region. You can meet the monks and the Guru here. To know more about this shrine, you can talk to the friendly people of this village. The typical Sherpa cuisines served at the hotels in this region are also worth tasting.

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An itinerary serves as a general outline of your travel plan. It is flexible and can be adjusted according to your interests and preferences in consultation with your trekking guide. This allows for more personalized and enjoyable experience, accommodating any spontaneous changes or new activities you might wish to include during your Everest base camp trek

Due to the unpredictable weather condition flight to Lukla, and return to Kathmandu is not always guaranteed. So it’s advisable to plan for some extra day in your itinerary to accommodate potential delays or international flight missing. Otherwise use Helicopter service which is more reliable option for going to Lukla from Kathmandu with cost of USD 450 PP.

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Upon your arrival time, a representative from Nepal Trekking Routes will reach Kathmandu International Airport [TIA] to welcome and receive you. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you can refresh and relax. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1450M Accommodation: Deluxe Hotel In Kathmandu

Wake up early today to catch a mountain flight to Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest. Unload your rucksacks and star trekking towards Phakding. Enroute you will pass through pine and oak forests with occasional chirping sound of birds. Overnight in Phakding.

Max Altitude: 2660M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Hotel/Tea HouseDuration: 3HrsDistance: 9KM
Taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is an exhilarating experience. The journey begins from Kathmandu Domestic airport with flights usually operated by small aircraft such as Dornier or Twin Otter planes. The flight time is around 30 minutes offering breathtaking view of Himalayas. Lukla airport known as Tenzing-Hilary airport, one of the dangerous airports in the world is renowned for its challenging terrain and short runway. This is popular trekking starting point of Everest base camp trek. Due to the weather condition flight can be unpredictable so flexibility is essential. A helicopter flight is another option for traveling to and from Lukla, offering a more flexible and often more reliable alternative to regular flights. The cost is USD 450 per person. Helicopters can navigate through variable weather condition more effectively, reducing the delay and cancellation. Helicopter flight also provide an incredible aerial view of Himalaya landscape making the journey memorable part of your adventure

Have a warm breakfast and take in the crispy air. The trail leaving Phakding parallels the Dudkhosi River alongside the forested hills. Crossing of the suspension bridge over the confluence of Bhotekoshi and Dudhkoshi allows for a first glimpse of Everest and other peaks. The last segment is fairly uphill trek till you reach Namche Bazar.  Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3440M Meals: B.L.D.Accommodation: Hotel/Tea HouseDuration: 5 - 6 hrs.Distance: 13 KM

Today is an acclimatization day. You will spend exploring and learning about the sights and sounds of Namche Bazaar. Or alternatively you can hike up to Everest View Hotel, one of world’s highest hotels to capture an amazing panorama of Mahalangur Himalayan ranges including Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Choaltse and so forth. Afterwards return to Namche and spend evening in cozy Namche cafes or pubs. Overnight in Namche.

Max Altitude: 3440M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Hotel/Tea HouseDuration: 4HrsDistance: 10KM

As the dawn breaks, you carry rucksack and march down the trail ahead. The section between Namche and Tengboche is fairly easy as you walk into serene forests of oaks, pines and magnolia.  Tengboche Monastery is one of the most sacred Himalayan monastery built by the Sherpa community some 300 years ago. The monastery is in a vantage position affording a stunning view of Mt. Ama Dablam. Overnight in Tengboche.

Max Altitude: 3876M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Hotel/Tea HouseDuration: 5 - 6 hrs.Distance: 13 KM

The trail from Tengboches first goes downhill pass the quite forests. As you continue to walk further, the vegetation changes as trees give way to shrubs and rocky landscape with occasional walled houses. Overnight in Dingboche.

Max Altitude: 4,360M Meals: B.L.D.Accommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 5 - 6 hrs.Distance: 10 KM

Today is another day allocated for acclimatization. Follow your trekking guide on a short hike to nearby Pangboche valley. You will have plenty of time to observe local Sherpa culture or enjoy yaks plying on the fields. Overnight in Dingboche.

Max Altitude: 4,360 M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 0Distance: 0

The trail from Dingboche to Lobuche is straight forward along open lands crossed by fresh streams. You will enjoy beautiful Himalayan views of Everest, Lhotse and Thamserku along this section of trail as well as pay tribute to memorials erected in the name of trekkers and mountaineers who have lost their lives in Everest region. Overnight in Lobuche.

Max Altitude: 4,910M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 5-6 hrs.Distance: 12KM

This is most probably the best section of trekking on this trip. The trail is a bit rocky and challenging as you walk parallele to Khumbu glaciers on your right. The final section involves negotiating your way through big rocks and boulders. Gorakshep is the last village before Everest base camp. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Max Altitude: 5,170M Meals: B.L.DAccommodation: Tea HouseDuration: 8-9hrs

Before taking helicopter flight back you are heading toward the Kalapathar for best sunrise view then back to Gorekshep.  Today is the day of return to Kathmandu by helicopter from Gorekshep. It’s an  amazing Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. During helicopter return heli will land in Lukla for fuel and again flight to Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 1450M Meals: B.Accommodation: Hotel/Tea House

Depending on the time of your departure, our representative will accompany you to Tribhuvan International Airport

Meals: Breakfast
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  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 nights, twin sharing basis in BB plan
  • Kathmandu World Heritage sightseeing tour guide and transport
  • All necessary trekking permits and documentation.
  • Domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu
  • Trekking Guide: English-speaking, helpful and professional
  • Meals: (11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners)
  • 8 Night twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodations during trekking
  • Achievement certificate provided by your travel company in Kathmandu
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by the Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available
  • All government taxes and service charges.
  • Personal expenses
  • Heritage entry fee during the sightseeing in Kathmandu and other
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than mentioned in Itinerary
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Nepal Trekking Routes Trek have decades of Experience of operating trekking to Everest base camp and return by Helicopter. As competition grows we are excited to offer a variety of exclusive addons to elevate your Everest base camp trek with helicopter return to new heights.

  • Porter with cost of USD 220: Nepal Trekking Routes experience porter will manage your gear leaving you free to absorb the Natural wonder of Everest region. 1 Porter can be shared between two person and porter can carry Maximum 25 kg between two travelers. So traveler and porter ratio is 2:1
  • Helicopter flight to Lukla at USD 450 Extra: If you have limited time for adventure to the Everest It would be best to use addones Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter flight with cost of USD 450PP. Avoid long waits and enjoy stunning aerial views as your vacation in Everest region.

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Additional information: Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter Return

Suitable Group size for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

For Everest Base Camp Trek  with a helicopter ride back, you will need to be at least 2 persons in a group. The ideal group size is 6 because one helicopter can accommodate 6 people at a time. 

However, even if you form a group of many people, you don’t have to worry anymore – Nepal trekking routes will operate for large groups also without compromising on the safety factor, comfort, and adventure. Additionally, in case you have a large group, we have special prices for you to avail our services at.

Guide and Porter

To ensure your total security and safety, we will offer you a licensed trekking Guide and Crew members, such as assistant guide and porter, while you will be in the Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter back. 

All of the staff : Sherpa Guides and crew members are experienced, have first aid skills, good command in English and knowledge of trekking trails and Nepali culture. They will also make your journey to the trek as much comfortable as possible and they are ready to support you wherever you are in case of an emergency on the trek.

Currency for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return 

The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese currency (NPR), and this local currency is the most commonly used form of currency in the Everest region when undertaking the Everest Base Camp trek with a luxurious helicopter return. Credit card facilities or electronic payments are accepted only at some places in Namche Bazaar and Lukla; thus, do not forget your cash.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Difficulty

The EBC trek with a helicopter return is considered moderate according to the trek difficulty rating. This implies that the trekking has its challenges as well as the risks involved; such as altitude sickness, long trekking hours, unstable weather conditions and limited services in the tea houses. 

EBC trek requires trekkers to be physically fit for the journey and prepare to face some strenuous challenges. Although challenges and risks exist while going for an EBC trek, if good planning and preparations are made, one can overcome those hurdles.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Route difficulty

During the Everest base camp trek route trekkers have to climb up and down on rugged terrains of rocky paths, forest, suspension bridge, and over uneven slopes for about 4-6 hours in a day. Long hiking days which range from 12-14 days might be challenging and tiring to some of the trekking enthusiasts. 

Another factor that contributes to the difficulty of the EBC trek is the high altitude of the Everest region where trekkers could experience sudden rainfall, snow and cold temperature. To minimize the risk and difficulties, always trek during the best time which is during the month of Spring and Autumn season.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a common issue during the EBC Heli Return Trek, as this trek takes you to Kala Patthar (5,545 m), one of the highest points reached during the Everest Base Camp trek.

To help you adjust according to the altitude we have crafted this EBC heli return itinerary in such a way that there are enough days for acclimatization. Additionally, we suggest that trekkers pay attention to any symptoms of altitude sickness while walking at high altitudes.

Follow the preventive measures to reduce altitude sickness like stay hydrated, take Diamox, ascend slowly. If any discomfort occurs during the trek immediately inform your trekking guide because your safety is our main concern.

Training for Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return

If you are a beginner trekker and haven’t been exercising regularly or attending the gym or yoga classes, you should prepare for about 2-3 months before joining the EBC Heli Return Trek.

You can start doing cardiovascular exercise, strength building exercise, joining gym and yoga everyday for at least 2 hours. It will help to maintain your fitness both physically and mentally.

Weather Challenges for the Gorak Shep to Kathmandu Helicopter Return Flight

Even though returning to Kathmandu from the Gorak Shep is a luxury travel option during the EBC trek the weather conditions might be challenging due to several factors like  strong winds, low visibility, and sudden changes in weather conditions. 

We only operate flights on clear weather days. If there are any weather-related delays or cancellations, we will arrange for the flight to be rescheduled on the next available day with suitable conditions. Should the new flight schedule not align with your plans, you will receive a refund in accordance with our cancellation and refund policy.

Domestic flight to Lukla

Tara Airlines, Sita Air, Summit Airlines, and Goma Airlines are domestic carriers that operate regular flights to Lukla Airport from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). The cost for flights from Kathmandu to Lukla is approximately $180 for foreign nationals, $140 for Indian citizens, and NPR 8,000 for Nepalese citizens, one way.

Recently, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has diverted direct flights to Lukla to Ramechhap Airport during peak season (spring and autumn). Trekkers must first reach Ramechhap Airport and can then take a direct flight to Lukla from there.

Meals/foods on Everest Base Camp Trek

During the Everest base camp trek there times meals( breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be arranged in the tea house that we have booked for you. Breakfast will be served between 7 to 10 am. For breakfast you can expect Bread, Eggs, Pancakes, Porridge, Muesli, Cornflakes with hot milk, Rice Pudding, Nepali bread and so on.

Lunch and dinner will be served between 11am and 12 pm. and 7 pm and 8 pm. For lunch and dinner you can expect traditional Nepali food (Dal, Bhat, Tarkari, and Aachar), spaghetti, noodles, Thukla, Dumplings, Pizza, Pasta and so on.

Additionally, you can also find a variety of beverages, including tea, coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages.

Accommodation on the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trekking trail offers a variety of accommodations, from cozy tea houses to luxurious lodges. Inside the cozy tea house, you can find a small room with a twin bed, basic furniture, and amenities like a warm blanket, pillow, and mattress. There is no AC or heating, and the toilets are often shared among travelers. 

At lower-altitude tea houses and in Namche Bazaar, trekkers can find single rooms with attached bathrooms. Due to limited availability, it can be difficult to secure a luxury room during peak season, so if you wish to stay in a luxurious room, you need to inform us in advance.

Wi-Fi on Everest Base Camp Trail and Helicopter Return to Kathmandu 

Trekkers can enjoy Wi-Fi facilities while staying in the tea houses along the Everest Base Camp trek. However, during the hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, Wi-Fi facilities are unavailable. Instead, you can use a local SIM card (Ncell) for mobile internet access. Thanks to the tower at Gorak Shep, the Everest Base Camp area offers reliable 3G service, keeping you connected even in the heart of the Himalayas.

Drink water on Everest Base Camp Trek

Along the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek, you can purchase bottled water from en-route small shops and tea houses. However, for conservation of nature in Khumbu Region, we recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with boiled water available at tea houses or from tap water. 

If you are using tap water we suggest you carry the water purification such as Aquatabs. This way, you can keep yourself hydrated while playing a great role in protecting the environment.

Charging port in Everest trekking.

In the tea houses, you can find electricity or solar panels to charge your electronic devices. As an alternative, consider bringing a power bank or solar charger, which can save you the cost of using the charging facilities at the tea houses.

Electronic transaction in Nepal

Electronic transactions are widely accepted in Nepal, including at the famous Everest View Hotel in Namche Bazaar during the Everest Base Camp trek. However, at high altitudes in the Everest region, you may not have access to electronic facilities. 

Nepalese currency is accepted in local tea houses and small shops, so we suggest that trekkers carry some local currency while embarking on the EBC trek.



The group size for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return can vary, but typically it ranges from 4 to 12 people. The size of the group depends on various factors, including the trekking company, the time of year, and individual preferences. Some trekking companies may offer smaller, more intimate group sizes, while others may have slightly larger groups. It’s important to inquire with the trekking company or tour operator about their group size policy before booking your trek.

The cancellation policies for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return can vary depending on the trekking company or tour operator you choose. It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of the specific company you book with. Cancellation policies usually involve a certain timeline and conditions for cancelling the trek and may involve the forfeiture of a portion of the trek cost. It is advisable to inquire about the cancellation policies before making a booking and consider purchasing travel insurance that covers trip cancellation or interruption. This will help protect your investment in case unforeseen circumstances prevent you from undertaking the trek.

Yes, you can hire a guide for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. In fact, it is highly recommended to hire a knowledgeable and experienced guide for your trek. A guide can provide valuable assistance in navigating the trail, ensuring your safety, and offering insights into the local culture and environment. They can also help with logistics, accommodation arrangements, and communication with local communities. Hiring a guide allows you to have a smoother and more enjoyable trekking experience, especially in a challenging and remote terrain like the Everest region.

Yes, there are medical facilities available along the trekking route during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. While the availability of medical facilities may vary depending on the location and altitude, there are clinics and basic medical facilities in certain towns and villages along the route. Namche Bazaar, Pheriche, and Lukla are some of the places that have medical facilities where you can seek basic medical assistance if needed. However, it’s important to note that these facilities may be limited in terms of equipment and expertise, so it’s advisable to carry a basic first aid kit and any necessary personal medications with you during the trek. In case of severe medical emergencies or altitude sickness, helicopter rescue services can be arranged to evacuate individuals to lower altitudes or medical facilities.

Yes, you can charge your electronic devices during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. Most teahouses and guesthouses along the trekking route have charging facilities available. However, keep in mind that the availability of charging outlets may be limited, especially in more remote areas. Additionally, some teahouses may charge a fee for charging services or have limited hours when electricity is available. It is advisable to carry a portable power bank to ensure you have a backup power source for your devices. It’s also recommended to bring the necessary charging cables and adapters compatible with the local power outlets in Nepal.

Cellphone network coverage during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return can be limited and inconsistent. In some parts of the trekking route, especially in more remote areas, there may be little to no network coverage. However, in certain locations, such as Namche Bazaar and Gorak Shep, you may find intermittent mobile network signals. It’s advisable to check with your mobile service provider regarding their international roaming plans and coverage in the Everest region. Additionally, some teahouses and lodges along the trek may offer Wi-Fi services for a fee, but the quality and reliability can vary. It’s best to be prepared for limited connectivity during the trek.

During the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return, several safety measures are in place to ensure the well-being of trekkers. These include:

Experienced Guides: Trekking companies provide knowledgeable and experienced guides who are familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and safety protocols.

Acclimatization: The trek itinerary includes rest days and gradual altitude gains to allow for proper acclimatization and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Emergency Evacuation: Helicopter rescue services are available in case of emergencies or severe altitude sickness. These services can evacuate individuals to lower altitudes or medical facilities.

Communication: Trekking groups are equipped with communication devices to stay connected with the trekking company and for emergency communication if needed.

Trekking Permits: Permits are required for the trek, which helps in maintaining safety and management of the trail. Authorities can track trekkers’ movements and provide assistance if necessary.

Weather Monitoring: Trekking companies and guides closely monitor weather conditions to ensure safe passage and make necessary adjustments to the itinerary if needed.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities, though limited in remote areas, are available at certain points along the trekking route to provide basic medical assistance if required.

It is important to choose a reputable trekking company and follow the instructions and advice of the guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

There are no specific age restrictions for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. However, it is important to consider the physical fitness and health condition of individuals, especially when trekking at higher altitudes. The trek involves challenging terrain and altitude-related risks, so it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional and assess one’s own fitness level before undertaking the trek, especially for older adults and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. It is also recommended to choose a pace and itinerary that allows for proper acclimatization and gradual ascent to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

When packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return, essential items include:

Trekking boots

Warm layers (fleece jackets, thermal underwear)

Waterproof and windproof jacket

Insulated pants or trekking trousers

Moisture-wicking base layers

Woolen or synthetic socks

Hat, gloves, and scarf

Sunglasses and sunscreen

Backpack with rain cover

Sleeping bag (rated for cold temperatures)

Headlamp or flashlight

Water bottle or hydration system

Basic first aid kit

Trekking poles (optional, but helpful for stability)

Quick-drying towel

Personal toiletries and medications

Snacks and energy bars

Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

Power bank for charging electronic devices

Travel adapter (if needed)

It’s important to pack light and prioritize essential items. Consider the weather conditions and the duration of the trek when selecting your clothing and gear. It’s also advisable to check with your trekking company or tour operator for any specific packing recommendations they may have.


Yes, meals are typically provided during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. Most trekking packages include three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals are typically served at the teahouses or guesthouses along the trekking route. The menu options may vary, but common meals include local Nepali dishes, as well as international cuisine to cater to different dietary preferences. It’s important to note that the availability of specific food items may be limited in remote areas, and some accommodations may offer a set menu rather than à la carte options.

The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is a trekking adventure that combines the experience of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest with a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu or Lukla. It offers an opportunity to explore the stunning Khumbu region, including iconic landmarks like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and of course, Everest Base Camp. The helicopter return allows for a faster and more convenient way to return from the base camp, providing an aerial view of the Himalayas and saving time compared to trekking back on foot.

Yes, you can still undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return even if you have a fear of flying. While the helicopter return option is available, it is not the only way to return from Everest Base Camp. You can choose to trek back on foot, following the same route you took to reach the base camp. This will allow you to avoid the helicopter ride and accommodate your fear of flying. However, keep in mind that trekking back on foot will take longer and require additional physical endurance. It’s important to choose the option that makes you feel most comfortable and confident during your trek.

A good level of physical fitness is required for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. The trek involves walking for several hours each day, sometimes on steep and challenging terrain. It’s important to have cardiovascular endurance, leg strength, and overall stamina to tackle the uphill and downhill sections of the trail. Regular exercise, such as hiking, jogging, or stair climbing, prior to the trek can help improve your fitness level. It’s also advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking any physically demanding trek to ensure you are in good health and capable of handling the physical demands of the journey.

During the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return, accommodations primarily consist of teahouses or guesthouses. These are basic lodges that provide rooms with beds, blankets, and shared bathroom facilities. The facilities may vary in terms of comfort and amenities, but they generally offer a cozy and functional place to rest and recharge during the trek. It’s important to note that the availability of certain facilities, such as hot showers and Wi-Fi, may be limited or may require an additional fee in some accommodations


Yes, permits are required for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. The two main permits needed are the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits are necessary to enter the national park and ensure the safety and management of the trekking route. It is essential to obtain these permits from the appropriate authorities before starting the trek.

Yes, it is possible to acclimatize properly during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. The trek itinerary is designed to allow for gradual ascent and proper acclimatization. It includes rest days and gradual altitude gains to give the body time to adjust to the higher elevations. Additionally, the helicopter return provides an opportunity for a quicker descent to lower altitudes, which can further aid in acclimatization and reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses. However, it is still important to follow a sensible pace, stay hydrated, and listen to your body’s signals during the trek to ensure proper acclimatization.

The maximum altitude reached during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is approximately 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) at the Everest Base Camp itself. However, it’s important to note that the helicopter return allows for a quicker descent to lower altitudes after reaching the base camp.

Previous trekking experience is not strictly required for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return, but it is highly recommended. The trek involves challenging terrain, high altitudes, and long hours of walking. Having prior trekking experience helps with physical fitness, endurance, and familiarity with the demands of multi-day treks. However, with proper preparation, training, and a gradual acclimatization schedule, individuals with a good level of fitness and determination can undertake the trek successfully even without prior trekking experience.

The best time of year to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is generally during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. The months of April to May and September to November offer the most favorable weather conditions, with clear skies, stable temperatures, and relatively low rainfall. These seasons provide excellent visibility for mountain views and a comfortable trekking experience.

The duration of the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return typically ranges from 9 to 12 days, depending on the specific itinerary and the pace of the trek. This includes both the trekking portion to Everest Base Camp and the helicopter return back to Kathmandu or Lukla.

Everest Base Camp Trek w/Helicopter Return

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15 May, 2024
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11 May, 2024
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The trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp was a great experience and a challenge. The path was steep, the lodges were ascetic, the air was thin (at least during the...

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