Regd. No: 196582/70/067, Vat No: 10882/77
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Region: Everest
  • Maximum Altitude: 5545m.
  • Accommodation: Tea-House / Lodge
  • Activity: Hiking/Trekking
  • Trip Grade: Challenging
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Activity per day: Approx. 5 to 6 hours walking
  • Trek duration: 17 Nights/18 Days
  • Best Time: September to December and March to May
  • Transportation: Both way Domestic
  • Start/End Point: Lukla to Lukla

Trip Overview

Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter -12 Days

“The most mesmerizing and legendary Trip into the heart of Everest with a Spectacular fly out from Kalapatthar”

Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter has been one of the most spectacular journeys in the heart of Mt. Everest among the travelers in recent few years. You may wonder why it has been considerably popular. The reasons behind it are: this trek offers two major astonishing experiences such as stepping at Everest Base Camp and returning to Kathmandu by a precious helicopter ride above the Mt. Everest, the top of the world. Moreover, Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter delights you by avoiding the same trek back to Lukla along the same route and frequent disruption in Lukla flights to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter is different from normal Everest Base Camp Trek. In the normal Everest Base Camp Trek, trekkers have to all the way to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla following the same trail but  Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter lets you experience a distinct flavor of flying with chopper/helicopter from Gorekhshep to Kathmandu after putting your footsteps at Everest Base Camp.

The trek/trip formally commences from Lukla after a scenic flight of 35 minutes from Kathmandu. Passing through Lukla airport, Lukla town and Phakding, trekkers will ascend up to beautiful town in the lap of Himalayas, Namche. Again, walking through Sagarmatha National Park and its serene atmosphere, past Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche, the trekkers will get to Everest Base Camp, the ultimate destination of this trek via Gorekhshep and also climb up to the apex of Kalapatthar. The moments you celebrate at Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar offer you, most probably, the finest views of Nuptse, Lhotse Ama Dablam, Thamserkhu, Pumori , Mt. Everest, the top of the world and many other appealing snow- fed mountain peaks in Khumbu region.

The valiant Sherpas, their rich culture and civilization, way of unique life, yaks, flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park, Galciers, avalanches, local settlements, sacred sites and local food items tremendously mesmerize the travelers during this trek.

Why return by helicopter?

One way walking up to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar and flying back by helicopter from Gorekhshep in Everest Base Camp Trek will be a perfect choice of the people who are travelling to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Actually, hitting the same trail twice is not entertaining and exciting as well. So, in order to keep the trekkers away from monotony of trekking back to Lukla through the same trail, in order to save time and money and most significantly, in order to let the travelers rejoice a thrilling helicopter ride above the Mt. Everest are the prominent reasons behind flying by helicopter back to Kathmandu from Gorekhshep.

Will the helicopter be private or on sharing basis?

Normally, trekkers have to share the helicopter while flying back from Kalapatthar to Kathmandu during Everest Base Camp Trek. Actually, the helicopter is shared by 4-5 people with the maximum weight 450kgs including luggage. However, if the trekkers want a private helicopter ride, they can get it. But, of course, the cost of private helicopter will be higher than the sharing.

Will the helicopter ride from Kalapatthar be disturbed by the bad weather condition?

Normally, it is not. It is because the choppers or the altitude airs are not disturbed by the normal disturbances in the weather condition. They will operate the flights regularly unless the weather gets terribly worse. So, there are not many cases that the helicopters flights are disturbed while flying back from Kalapatthar to Kalapatthar while doing Everest Base Camp Trek. The flight will be like a rescue flight. No need to panic about the Everest Helicopter Flights.

Things to do in Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter -10 Days

    • A spectacular flight to Lukla from Kathmandu with mountain views
    • Explore Lukla Airport ( Tenjing-Hillary Airport), Lukla Town, Namche Bazaar, Hotel Everest View, Khumjung Village and holy Tengboche Monastery
    • Visit Hillary School and Thame Monastery if possible, leave your footsteps in Sagarmatha National Park and its diverse species of flora and fauna and Everest Base Camp
    • Experience and enjoy rich Sherpa people’s culture and their local food items
    • Witness mighty Khumbu Glacier
    • Encounter heavily loaded Sherpas, porters and yaks on the trail
    • Climb Kalapatthar and rejoice the most astounding mountain views including Nuptse, Lhotse Ama Dablam, Thamserkhu, Pumori and Mt. Everest
    • Fly back to Kathmandu with a spectacular heli ride from Gorekhshep

Details Itinerary

You can arrive in Kathmandu via any international flight that people recommend for you. Optionally, you can take a drive if you are using road to enter Nepal. You can use Indian and Chinese border for this. Whatever way you use for arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you and takes you to the hotel. The representative will let you know about the short orientation meeting regarding your Everest Base Camp Trek. Since we do not have any scheduled activities to do for today, you just rest and relax at the hotel or take a short walk around the city if time favors you.

Today, largely, you will spend your time with astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. You will go to explore them one by one after your breakfast. The private vehicle will come to receive you along with a professional and experienced city guide at the hotel where your stay and transfer you to the historical and religious sites which includes Swyombhunath Stupa( Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. You end this trip at around between 3-4 pm and prepare for your Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter -10 Days.

Initially, you will take a short drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport with your guide and then will take a spectacular 35 minutes flight to Lukla. As you take off, you head to Langtang Himalayan range and will switch the direction towards Lukla. Slowly the astonishing mountain panoramas begin to loom in your sight and you will them at fullest. But, actually, these moments won’t last for long, only 35 minutes and you land at Lukla airport.  From Lukla, you excitedly begin your walk towards Phakding. You begin your trek from 2860m which is Lukla and end at 2610m which is Phakding. You will enjoy this short walk for 3-4 hours today through traditional Sherpa settlements and lush forest. Arrive at Phakding and stay overnight at the lodge.

Today’s trek will delight you tremendously taking you to one of the most incredible towns in Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Also, you will begin your walk in Sagarmatha National Park from Monjo which is located at 2835m high above the sea level. One of the most astonishing attractions of today’s walk is the suspension bridges and Sagarmatha National, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy walk along the Dudhkoshi river and ascend up to Namche Bazaar after crossing a suspension bridge with colorful prayers flags. Namche Bazaar is located at 3440m above the seal level. You can go around the town and observe the things if you have time in the evening. Stay overnight at hotel/lodge.

Hiking up to Hotel Everest View will the first priority for us today. We will go to see stunning sunrise and breathtaking mountain views including Mt. Everest from Hotel Everest View point.  The Hotel Everest View is located at 3962m high above the sea level. Besides, you will also enjoy the spectacular Tamang and Sherpa settlement of Khumjung Village at the same time. With incredible views of Thamserkhu and Abadablam, we walk down to Namche Bazaar and explore the town in the afternoon. You can observe very busy Tibetan traders selling the goods like warm jackets and hiking boots in the evening. Take rest and relax at hotel and enjoy the dish you like.

Optionally, you can trek to Thame village to explore sacred Thame Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries of Khumbu region.

After your acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, we trek to Tengboche today which is situated at 3860m hight above the sea level. You will enjoy the walk in Sagarmatha National Park with magnificent view of Ama Dablam and other alluring summits.

Walk past through Namche Bazaar and get to the main path to Tengboche. You will also see herd of mules and yaks carrying loads while walking along the flat trail. Leaving the trail to Gokyo, we walk down to the river, cross it and walk up to Tengboche. The very impressive Tengboche Monastery and the serene surrounding of Tengboche town will make our evening blessed and beautiful.

The walk today is all though serene lush forest of birch, juniper and rhododendron of Sagarmatha National Park. On the way, you will also witness some panorama of mountain. Relatively, today’s walk is going to be mild and moderate because you will trek along the flat trail till you get to Dingboche village Arrive at Dingboche and explore the town in the evening.

This is the second day- acclimatization at Dingboche after Namche before heading towards Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. We use this acclimatization day by walking/hiking up to the Nagartang Hills. We begin this hiking after breakfast. The hill is located just above Dingboche town. On reaching the top of the Nagartang Hill, we can view Kangtega, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Taboche and many other alluring mountain peaks in Khumbu region with their full charm and beauty.

We trek to Lobuche afrer we have a warm breakfast at dingboche. We pass a few ridges and Sherpa people graveyards; see colorful prayer flags before arriving Lobuche. Lobuche village is located at 4940m above the sea level. Before you get to Lobuche village which is also popular for yak pastures, the trekkers will get to Thugla at 4600m where they can have their break, rest and tea. Enjoy today’s walk with incredible mountain panorama and arid landscapes of Sagarmatha National Park including Mt. Pumori and Mt. Nuptse. Arrive at Lobuche and enjoy local accommodation.

Today will be very important day for us because we are going to achieve our final goal of stepping at the Base Camp of world highest mountain, Everest. First, we trek to Gorekhshep which is located at 5160m above the sea level, where we keep our bigger luggage for we are returning there for overnight stay. As we head closer to Gorekhshep, we capture more breathtaking views of Mt. Nupse and alluring Pumori. We also encounter moraines, experience Khumbu Glacier and some huge crevasses on the way to Gorekhshep from Lobuche.  Next, we trek to Everest Base Camp which is located at an elevation of 5364m. above the sea level, make the moments memorable by making photographs, rejoice every second and minute and walk back to Gorekhshep, finally.

We hike up to the apex of Kalapatthar before the sun rises. We wait for the sun to spread its beams to dazzle the snow-fed mountain summits including Mt. Everest. You find many other people are doing the same. As the sun rises, you begin to capture the spectacular moments of sunrise and breathtaking mountain peaks including Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Pumori and Mt. Everest. You capture them as much as you can and walk down to Gorekhshep. You have your breakfast at Kalapatthar and fly back to Kathmandu via Namche and Lukla. Once again, you will view the entire Khumbu region and the towering mountain summits including Mt. Everest while flying with helicopter. This moment will be a life-long.

You are picked up by our private vehicle and dropped to the airport on time so that you can comfortably catch your international flight. We bid farewell to you and wish you a wonderful travel ahead.

Cost Exclude/Includes

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus
  • Both Way Domestic Flight Fair Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: 2 Nights standard accommodation in Katmandu include Breakfast
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with cup of tea or Coffee)
  • All Trekking Permit and Paper work as Sagarmath National Park Permit and Local Permit
  • Local Transportation
  • All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking Guide. His well- paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance etc
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 peoples). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provides Adventure Certificate
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government taxes
  • Service charge

Cost Includes

  • Meals and Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes and pies)
  • Additional size of Pots Hot Drinks
  • Bottled drinks
  • Boiled water
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower
  • On the trekking Wi- Fi
  • Personal expenses any type
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter

Question and Answer

Cost & Date

All set dates are guaranteed departures. If the following dates are not suitable for your travel plans then contact us for your custom trip dates. The private trips are available on any date of your selection at any time of the year.

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Client Reviews

Based on 58 reviews.
Alfie Duchars
Alfie Duchars
We arrived at Kathmandu airport with only the plan that we wanted to do the 3 passes trek, we hadn’t actually organised anything, and were even thinking we would only need a guide for parts of the trek. Milan met us at the airport by chance, rode with us in our taxi to our hotel and said he’d be happy to help us with the whole trek, but without forcing us to use his company. We don’t regret a thing - we paid one very good price which included a guide from Kathmandu for the whole trek, the flights to and from Lukla, accomodation in lodges and teahouses and 3 meals a day. Milan even included paragliding, bunjee jumping and white water rafting in this same price. The trek was stunning, lucky enough to have perfect weather for the most part. We also couldn’t have asked for a better guide, Rajan was perfect for us, took us at our pace and taught us so much about Nepal and the culture that we never would’ve been able to learn without him. He became not only a brilliant companion but a good friend who we hope to see again. Once we arrived back in Kathmandu after the trek he even took us to his sister’s home and we were given a perfect home cooked Dhal bhat - a real treat after all the mountain food we’d been having. Overall, Himalayan Spirit Adventure has turned out to be a very good find, and Milan an excellent organiser and very fair businessman. He’s even taking us out to dinner tonight! We are very pleased and happy that our 2months in Nepal has started so well. Thank you Milan and the team!
Nans Bouissou
Nans Bouissou
Nice tour very Well organised from Kathmandu I spent 11 days in Langtang which was beautiful going two times over 4000 meters !! The guide was very kind and professionnal and helped me to go through that challenge. Im very thankful to him for that. After I saw beautiful mountain from Nagakrot and had the chance to chill 3 days in Pokhara. The company is very arranging as they accept to change my hotel for a better one in the center. You can trust them for your next trip Nepal if you want to be well accompanied ;)
Bianka Hermanski
Bianka Hermanski
We really liked the trip Milan organized for us. We met him at the airport and we discussed our wishes at his office in Kathmandu. We did a nice hiking tour from Pokhara to Australian Basecamp in the Annapurna highlands. After that we did a nice rafting tour and a safari near Chitwan. Milan was always available for questions and we didn't need to be worry about anything. I can recommend him very much.
Gerrard Ould
Gerrard Ould
Our trek to Everest Base Camp with Himalayan Spirit Adventure Treks and Expeditions was exceptional! We were lucky to have one of Nepal’s greatest and best known guides - Jagat (“Kaji”). He knew Everest like the back of his hand, having been a guide and Sherpa for over 50 years. Everyone along the trek knew him well and we were warmly welcomed by his colleagues and friends everywhere we went. He was so respected and known that he was able to use his connections to achieve what we simply couldn’t do ourselves (eg. Getting us on return flights from Lukla on a different airline at no cost, when there was no availability with the company we had tickets to). He spoke some English and was able to tailor our trip to our needs. He is an incredibly kind, giving and caring person. Whilst he was much older than us, and we consider ourselves fairly active and fit, he set a comfortable pace and we felt so incredibly lucky to have experienced the Everest trek with him. DB (family to Kaji), organised everything before our trip, including flights and pick up. He set out our itinerary and made sure it was what we needed, and that nothing was left out. He even contacted us periodically through our trek to ensure we were well and didn’t need anything. This company is a LOCAL company, employing LOCAL people, ensuring the money returns to the LOCAL community. Whilst you may be tempted to trek with a big foreign company for peace of mind, I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed by this company as it’s fantastic and the people are genuine and wonderful. Thank you especially to Kaji. We would love to see you soon.
Lucilla Patrizi
Lucilla Patrizi
Through our accommodation in Thamel, we were introduced to manager Dh, who immediately informed us about the different trekking options. We went for a drink to discuss the routes again and he told us about the career of the agency. We finally decided on the Manaslu trek, which we unfortunately had to postpone for 2 days due to an illness. Dh was helpful and understanding, so it was no problem to postpone the tour at very short notice. The Manaslu Circuit Tour would have been unimaginable without Madhu, our guide. He organized spontaneously and reliably the accommodations and the daily stages and was always a good companion. Madhu knew the area and the people of the surroundings very well, so he did not have a map with him. If you value getting an overview of the route, you should carry one yourself. On the whole, a good price-performance ratio, a helpful crew who knows their business!
Tomás González
Tomás González
We arrived to Nepal thinking about doing this trek on our own, but in the end we thought the piece of mind of having everything arranged for us (route, sleeping places, etc.) would make the trip more worth it. We were right! Milan and his team made sure we had all perfectly planned, but also had space to make adjustments based on our adaptation to the altitude and spontaneous decisions based on our interests (I'm a photographer so I took my time on each place.) Our guide/porter made sure we achieved our goal of reaching the Everest Base Camp safely. When I had complications adapting to the altitude of over 5000 meters, he reacted promptly, knowing exactly what to do. As I plan to come back to Nepal in a few years (this time to do a summit), I would trust on this company again and I recommend it whether you want to do a short trek or one of +2 weeks.
Jamie McClenaghan
Jamie McClenaghan
Such an unforgettable experience. I arrived to Nepal on a whim with no real plan on what i wanted to get out of the trip. I was introduced to Milan and his team who created a unique and thrilling experience for me which would last the duration of my trip. I paid a single fee and EVERYTHING else was taken care of by Milan and his team. Milan and the team were very flexible and helped me in any way they could with information about Kathmandu, local deals and even arranged my PCR tests. Literally everything was taken care of by Milans team. It was fantastic. I will most certainly come back to Nepal and will 100% be with Himalayan Spirit Adventure Treks & Expeditions again. Though this time i will arrive as a friend rather than a customer. Thank you once again Milan!
Cassidy Newman
Cassidy Newman
Milan and his team made our trip to Kathmandu unforgettable. My travel partner and I got to the country having no idea what to do and how we would navigate the city until Milan came in and saved the day. His team went above and beyond to make sure we didn't have to do any logistics and could just enjoy our vacation. With knowledgeable tour guides and the best hospitality in the city, Milan gave us an insider's view of Nepal with an experience that left us feeling like family.

Cassidy Newman

Milan and his team made our trip to Kathmandu unforgettable. My travel partner and I got to the country having no idea what to do and how we would navigate the city until Milan came in and saved the day. His team went above and beyond to make sure we didn’t have to do any logistics and could just enjoy our vacation. With knowledgeable tour guides and the best hospitality in the city, Milan gave us an insider’s view of Nepal with an experience that left us feeling like family.

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