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Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

  Everest Region Trek , Nepal

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  • Scenic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Gorakshep to Kathmandu
  • Flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Everest View Hotel for stunning view of Mt. Everest and other peaks
  • Tengboche Monastery, Pangboche Monastery and the monastery of Namche
  • The Sherpa Museum and the Hall of Fame
  • 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Island Peak and Lobuje Peak
  • Base camp of the world’ highest peak
  • Aerial view of Everest region while helicopter return


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 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 Helicopter Tour with landing and EBC Heli Tour without landing as well. Alternatively, you can also combine Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter ride over Everest.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return offers you a mixed experience of trekking and flight over 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 Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return between October and November, you will observe 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 the festivals are celebrated in the monasteries such as Tengboche Monastery, Panboche, Monastery, Khumjung Monastery, etc.

For the ones having 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 a helicopter, you needn’t worry about the EBC Trek with Helicopter Return difficulties in 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 a complete knowledge about the weather condition, the first aid box, and methods to beat this difficulty.

Weather is one of the most usual difficulties of Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return. You cannot predict the weather condition, 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

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is full of natural and cultural wonders. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla gives you the 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 call 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 the picturesque view of Mt. Everest and other peaks. The trekkers to Everest region must not miss this hotel for 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 really helpful. The Hall of Fame of the museum is the gallery of the photographs of the 1953 Everest Expedition. You can see the photos of Tenzing and Hillary in this gallery.

Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery of this region. If you plan your Nepal visit in between October and November, you can observe Mani Rimdu Festival here. It is the most colorful festival of the Sherpa's, the inhabitants of the Himalayas. It is celebrated for 19 days in 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 of 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 of tasting.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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


  • 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
  • Trekking Porter (One porter for 2 members)
  • 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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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


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Daniel F
447 days ago

We recently did EBC trek with Helicopter return. The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is one of the most popular and memorable trekking trips in the world. The trek takes you to the foot of the world‘s highest mountain and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The experience is enhanced by the majestic views of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse. The trek is a great way to explore the culture and traditions of the local Sherpa people. The trek to the base camp starts from Lukla and goes through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep and finally to the base camp. The trek is quite challenging, however the experienced trekking guides, porters and cooks make the journey less difficult. The helicopter return from the base camp is one of the highlights of this trek. Flying over the majestic mountains and valleys is an experience of a lifetime. The return flight provides beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks and the Khumbu glacier. Overall, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is an amazing experience. The majestic views, the local culture, the friendly people, and the amazing aerial views make this trek one of the best trekking experiences in the world. Nepal Trekking Routes and Team makes our dream comes true. Many many thanks and highly recommendation this trek those who have short period of the time. 

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Adam L
412 days ago

The Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Return with Nepal Trekking Routes is an amazing journey that provides an opportunity to witness the breathtaking mountain views, the culture and traditions of the Sherpa people, and the natural beauty of the Himalaya. The trek begins with a flight to Lukla and then a gradual walk up the Dudh Kosi valley. It follows the path that climbers take to reach Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you will pass through stunning forests, lush meadows, and cascading waterfalls. You will also experience the unique culture of the Sherpa people and visit several monasteries and villages. The journey culminates at Kala Patthar, the highest point of the trek, which offers stunning views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. The return journey is by helicopter, which provides an incredible birdseye view of the majestic Himalayan range. The whole experience is truly aweinspiring and will stay with you for many years to come. The Nepal Trekking Routes team is professional and experienced, and they offer excellent service throughout the trek. They take care of all the details so you can focus on the experience and enjoy the journey. Their friendly staff will take you through

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Anthony J
606 days ago

My friend and I recently completed the Everest Base Camp Trek and Helicopter Return with Nepal Trekking Routes and our guide Raj. We had an amazing experience! Raj was very knowledgeable about the area and was able to give us a lot of information about the culture and the local people. He was also very accommodating with any requests we had. The trek was well organized and the helicopter return was a great way to end the adventure. We would highly recommend Nepal Trekking Routes and Raj as a guide.

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John Smith
1105 days ago

My recent Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return Trek with Nepal Trekking Routes was an absolute dream come true! My guide, Raj, was knowledgeable and passionate about the area, and made sure we had a safe and enjoyable trek. The views were absolutely breathtaking and the way Raj was able to point out all the details of the trek was amazing. I cant thank him enough for all of his help and guidance throughout the trek. I highly recommend anyone who is considering a trek in Nepal to use Nepal Trekking Routes!

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