Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

Key Infomation

  • Duration:13 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude5,545m
  • ActivityCity Tour, Trekking & Heli Ride
  • Group Size10
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The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a journey that artfully combines trekking with an exhilarating helicopter flight in the lap of the Khumbu region. It is a journey that is certain to give a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The journey to the Everest base camp of the world's tallest peak is followed by a relaxing helicopter ride back. Enjoy the region's unique Sherpa culture as well. Trekking over the breathtaking Himalayan terrain is followed by a thrilling helicopter flight. The magnificent vistas of the Himalayas and the varying terrain below are certain to live in your memory for many years. It is the most valuable experience possible.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek allows you to fully understand the famed Sherpas and their culture. Along the route, the traditional Sherpa villages and mountain settlements offer insight into the lives of the ethnic people. Along the trekking trail are mani-stone walls and little chortens with colorful prayer flags. It is a hiking experience that is both naturally and culturally lovely.

Start the journey with a flight to Lukla Airport and then follow the trekking trail through various ethnic Sherpa villages on your way to the base camp. Visit places like Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, and Tengboche as you walk under the verdant alpine forests. Enter the Sagarmatha National Park, a popular national park in Nepal, and get the opportunity to catch rare glimpses of Khumbu’s endangered animals such as Danphe, Yaks, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, and Snow-Leopard. Enjoy the rhododendron-lined path as you are accompanied by the distant views of Mount Everest. Feast your eyes on the sight of many prominent mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, the Kongdi Ri, Thamserku, and Mt. Everest among many more as you trek along river valleys. Visit the famous vantage point of Kalapatthar as well from where you can get spectacular panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek then provides you with the option to board a helicopter and view the huge peak from above. The breathtaking beauty of the Khumbu area as seen from a helicopter is beyond description! The sensation of utter excitement and astonishment is unavoidable! Therefore, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is for you if you want to experience the traits and characteristics of the Khumbu with the added thrill of a helicopter ride. You are always guaranteed the greatest possible services. Prepare yourself for one of the most incredible hiking adventures of your life with us.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites excursion in Kathmandu
  • Start the tour with a picturesque flyover to Lukla Airport
  • Join the ever-exciting trail of Everest Base Camp and retrace the footprints of thousands of trekkers and mountaineers
  • Enjoy being in the Everest Region, which is raw, rural, and heavenly
  • Get to know the culture, tradition, food, and inspiring lifestyle of the Sherpa community throughout the trek
  • Ramble through the dense woods of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Walk over the famous suspension bridges that are full of colorful prayer flags
  • Reach Everest Base Camp(5,364m) and Kala Patthar(5,545m) to experience the beauty
  • Get glimpses of numerous iconic mountains of the region other than Everest like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, etc
  • Helicopters fly back to Lukla witnessing the bird-eye views of the Khumbu region
  • Complete the Everest Base Camp Trek within nine days smartly(Choosing a helicopter ride), avoiding 4 to 6 days
  • A cultural show with delicious Nepali cuisine in Kathmandu as a farewell dinner

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Itinerary

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This is our regular itinerary, If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us.

You will be met by Footprint Adventure Treks and Expedition’s representative at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, and shopping for trekking. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350m

Next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a whole day sightseeing and visiting around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square especially old and fundamentally enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After the city excursion, you'll be taken for the welcome dinner in the typical Nepali restaurants where you'll witness the traditional Nepali cultural dance and another performance along with the delicious Nepali taste. You'll be introduced to your trekking guide on the same day. 

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350m

An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804 m). On arrival at the airport, the guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610 m). After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713 m). The walking is easy. After passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550 m), it is a short walk to Phakding.

  • Accommodation Trekker's Lodge & Restaurant
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time30min flight & 3-4hr trek
  • Maximum Altitude2,650m

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Koshi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes, and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail.

  • Accommodation AD Friendship Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude3,440m

We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up to the Syangboche Airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest-placed hotels in the world. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas including Mt Everest.

  • Accommodation AD Friendship Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,880 m

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We  have trekked to an altitude of 3,860 m upon reaching Tengboche. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or in the morning depending on how the trekking goes this day.

  • Accommodation Good Luck Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude3,720 m

From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time, so we avoid getting affected by the altitude.

  • Accommodation Hotel Good Luck
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time3-4hour
  • Maximum Altitude4,410m

Acclimatization day in Dingboche. Today we will spend a second night at Dingboche as a part of our acclimatization plan. Dingboche (or Pheriche) is the second acclimatization stop for most trekkers. On this day, we will hike to the Nangkartshang Viewpoint (5,060m), which offers stunning mountains views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, Imja valley, and surroundings. Afterward, we'll come back to Dingboche for the rest and enjoy the remaining time before heading towards the Lobuche.

  • Accommodation Hotel Good Luck
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude5,060 m

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the village of Lobuche which is located at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. After crossing the Sherpa Memorial in Thukla Pass, we'll hike towards the Lobuche village. 

  • Accommodation 8000 in Pyramid
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude5,050 m

This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.

  • Accommodation Himalayan Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7hour
  • Maximum Altitude5,364m

We wake up early in the morning to increase our chance of clearly seeing Mt. Everest. The ascent of Kalapatthar or 'Black Rock' will offer the best views of Everest!
Once at the top, you will get a 360-degree view of some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Pumori 7169 m, Mt. Everest 8848.86 m, Lhotse 8516 m, the Tibetan peak Changtse, Mt. Nuptse 7861 m, and countless other smaller peaks.
This also marks the ending point of our journey. You will now be boarding the helicopter to Lukla and seeing the Himalayas from above.

  • Accommodation Khumbu Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time4-5 Hour hike and 15min fly
  • Maximum Altitude2,840 m

Enjoying the last glimpse of the mountains we have recently visited, the 35 minutes scenic flight takes us back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance performances.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time30min flight
  • Maximum Altitude1,350m

Our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure from Nepal. 

  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

  • Airport transfers and all the necessary ground transportation
  • Fullboard Meals during the trek ( Including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) on choice from the Menu
  • 3 Night Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu (Kumari Boutique Hotel)
  • All required permits for the trek (Khumbu Pasang Municipality Fee and Sagarmatha National Park Fee)
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on the trek
  • Internal flights {KTM-LUA-KTM} / Ramechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap during the peak season (Oct to Nov & April to May)
  • Gorekshep to Lukla helicopter flight back 
  • Experienced and professional local trek leader for the entire trek 
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu city tour with professional tour guide and private vehicles 
  • Comprehensive first aid kits and high-altitude medicines carried by your trekking leader 
  • Staff insurance, allowances, food, and accommodation 
  • Trek completion certificate, trekking map, t-shirt duffel bag (upon request)
  • Group welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance 
  • All the taxes, company charges and service fees 
  • Nepal visa charge. Details of visa charges in Nepal, click here 
  • Your personal trekking equipment suggested list here 
  • Your travel and rescue insurance, Helicopter rescue, and any kind of insurance-related things
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver ( expected)
  • Mineral water, soft drinks, hard drinks, laundry, and your personal expenses during the entire Nepal trip
  • Donations for local people, hospitals, and schools (not compulsory).
  • International flight ticket
  • City sightseeing entrance fee
  • The rest of the expenses that are not mentioned on the Cost includes

Dates & Price

Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
dateFebruary 10, 2023 - February 22, 2023StatusAvailablepriceUS$2490

Additional Info

Flight

The flight is very important for Everest Base Camp Trek. While you are going to Lukla from Kathmandu or  Kathmandu from Lukla time flight will not happen on time because of the weather and too many tourists. So, it's better to have a few days extra after the trek, so that there won't be a problem with international flights for you.

Flight from/to Ramechhap Airport
During the peak season Oct-Nov and April-May, we've to wake up around 2 am and drive to Manthali Airport (5hr) and take a 20min flight from there to reach Lukla. This started in 2019, because of the excessive traffic in the Kathmandu airport. Learn more about the Lukla flights. 

High Altitude Sickness

Everest Base Camp Trek would be a lifetime memory in your life. If you are not fit we will not recommend you to go on this trek. While you are going toward the Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and Kalapatthar (5,545m) you have to eat a lot of food to keep your body hydrated. If you have other problems you have to admit the hospital as soon as possible and in this case, you call the helicopter for rescue and our staff will help you with your treatment. If you have medical insurance the rescue helicopter payment will be covered by the insurance company so medical insurance is necessary to go this trekking. Learn more about high altitude sickness and preventive measures for acute mountain sickness. 

Trekking Grade 

Everest Base Camp Trek is a pretty long trek that goes right into the high mountain country, so it is physically quite strenuous and involves approx 5-8 hours of trekking along the way. There is no previous experience required, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions. It would be additional support if you could have done high mountain trekking before.

Weather & Temperature 

The best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trek are from mid-September till November end and from the beginning of March until the end of May. The morning time is usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible with the proper precautions and safety. Likewise, the temperature in the lower elevation remains warm and calm and the more you climb higher it will be getting cold and freezing. But, mostly during the peak season, the weather remains warm and pleasant during the daytime for the entire trek.

Food & Drinking Water 

We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guesthouse or restaurants. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks. Bottled water is available along the trail until the last village. You can buy boiling water from the lodge or restaurant or you can use Iodine or water-purifying medicines.

Transportation

Everest Base Camp Trek starts transport from Airport to Hotel and hotel to the airport by drive then Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu by flight. The hotel pick-up facility would be done by private vehicles whereas flight via twin otter aircraft. Also, we provide the city tour in Kathmandu, which will also be done in private vehicles. If the group is less than 4 people, we provide private cars for the transfers and if the group is more than 5, then we provide the Toyota Hiace for the transfers. 

Telephone, Internet & Electricity 

Everest Base Camp Trek offers the availability of internet and telephone in almost all the places. They have Everest Link for the internet and you can use NTC/Ncell Sim card for the telephone. You can get an internet password from the hotel counter for the telephone and the internet cost would be extra. Most of the lodges/ guest houses take an additional charge for battery charging. There is no electricity in all the places in Everest Base Camp Trek. There is electricity or solar power where you can recharge your camera batteries, laptop, mobile, etc. that costs you need to pay extra.

Luggage

In Kathmandu, you will get 3 to 5-star standard hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking time, rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a nice and comfortable mattress, bed sheet, fluffy pillow, and a nice and warm blanket. You will have a private room but the bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attached bathrooms as well but they will cost extra.

Group Leader and Crew

We promise we will provide an experienced, honest, certified, and license holder mountain guide for the entire trekking. If the group is more than 5 pax, we also provide one extra assistant guide for you. We normally provide one sherpa (porter) for two trekkers. 

Trekking Equipment

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on extra equipment and clothing before your trip. The majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu. You can see our regular packing list for the high altitude trekking like the Everest Base Camp trek. Check here 

Trekking Days

The timetable is crucial for the trekkers, guide porters, and porters to enjoy the journey. We started our daily walk every morning after eating a substantial breakfast and packing our bags. Around noon, we stop for lunch after walking for three to four hours. The walk in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon can be spent relaxing with a nice book, doing a little laundry, or touring the area. On certain days, we reach our destination by lunchtime, giving you the rest of the afternoon to relax at the lodges or explore the nearby communities. If you want to tour the area around in such a circumstance, our personnel will assist you.

Customize Trips & Trip Extensions

As per your time schedule if there is not a suitable date for trekking departure from Kathmandu so the place mentions your suitable time and date then we will organize your great trip to Flight. In addition to Everest Base Camp Trek, we can organize a trip to the Annapurna Trekking, Langtang Trekking, Manaslu Trekking, Mustang Trekking, Mountain Flight, Water rafting,  Jungle safari, City tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara or Lumbini ), homestay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour, Bhutan Tour or India Tour extension as per your time frame.

FAQs

Q1. What is the form of payment if we book directly with your company?

Once your reservation and travel dates have been confirmed, you must make an advance payment, which can be made online using your credit card.

 

The helicopter can carry a maximum of five passengers (excluding the pilots). On a group-sharing basis, the helicopter will depart with a minimum of three passengers. The helicopter can seat up to five passengers on a charter basis. A helicopter tour is available to children over the age of three.

The weather in the mountains is frequently unexpected. It is greatly dependent on the morning weather and wind on the same day. To avoid adverse weather, we recommend keeping your travel dates flexible between 3 and 4 days. If the flight is canceled due to weather, you can try again the following day.

 

If you choose to cancel the flight, you will receive a refund. Things don't always go as planned, and we understand that entirely. Refunds will be processed according to the terms and conditions of the company. While booking the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour in Nepal, please carefully read our terms and conditions.

 

Yes, all of the helicopters have emergency oxygen tanks. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is not always predictable. As a result, we always carry safety equipment such as first aid and an oxygen tank.

 

It depends. Trekking to the Everest Region is a good way to get close to nature, but the EBC Helicopter Tour gives you the chance to see Everest from a bird's-eye view. You will have some time on the ground now, but not as much as if you trekked.

So, if you don't mind spending long hours (about 5–8 hours) hiking for a few weeks, go for it. But the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour with Landing is the best way to save time and get a rush of adrenaline.

 

Usually, that's not possible. But it happened all at once, and the helicopter was made to be very light by taking out all of its body parts. A helicopter can take you to the top of Mt. Everest, but it can't do everything. Most helicopters are made to fly at an altitude of about 10,000 feet. Everest's highest point is 29,028 ft. 

 

Yes, we sell the most tickets for this flight. During the main season (March, April, May, September, October, and November), we have flights almost every day. Just send us an email or a message on Whatsapp or Viber, and we'll handle the rest.

Yes, it does. The best place to see Mt. Everest and other nearby peaks is from the Kalapatthar viewpoint. You will definitely land at Kalapatthar, which is 5545 meters high. We know that everyone wants to land at Kalapatthar and Base Camp, but landing at Base Camp depends on how fast the wind is blowing. The landing spot at EBC sometimes goes away because of landslides. Just so you know, you won't be able to see Mount Everest from Base Camp. In case they can't land, the pilots get as close as they can to base camp and Everest.

 

Usually, the whole trip from Kathmandu to Kathmandu will take 4 to 5 hours. You'll have enough time to get out of the helicopter, take pictures, and look around. When you leave Kalapatthar and Base Camp by helicopter, the engine will keep running, giving you 10 to 20 minutes. Another landing will be at Hotel Everest View for breakfast for about an hour.

 

Due to the stringent safety measures that will be put into place, acute mountain sickness (AMS), often known as altitude sickness, is extremely unlikely to affect you on this excursion.

If you get sick from being at a high altitude, first aid will be given. If your condition gets worse, you will be taken to a place at a lower altitude or sent straight to Kathmandu. If more treatment is needed, it will be given after that.

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