13 Day Everest Base Camp Trek with Chopper Return

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

Key Infomation

  • Duration:13 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude5,643 m
  • ActivityTrekking ,Hiking
  • Group Size6
Price fromUS$2,190US$2,390
Group Price Available
Group Price Available
peoplePrice
1 person - 12 peopleUS$ 2190
  • Best Price Gurantee
  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

Highlights

  • Start the tour with a picturesque flyover to Lukla.
  • 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 Sherpas.
  • Ramble through the dense woods of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Walk over the famous suspension bridges that are full of colorful prayer flags.
  • Spend evenings at famous villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and more.
  • Reach Everest Base Camp(5,545m) and Kala Patthar(5,645m) to experience the beauty.
  • Get glimpses of numerous iconic mountains of the region other than Everest like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, etc.
  • Fly straight back to Kathmandu from Kala Patthar in a helicopter by enjoying the picture of the region from the sky.
  • Complete the Everest Base Camp Trek within nine days by smartly(Choosing a helicopter ride), avoiding 4 to 6 days.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a journey that beautifully combines both the trekking aspect of the journey with the pairing of a thrilling helicopter ride. It is a journey that is sure to provide you with an experience of a lifetime! Trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain and then enjoys a leisurely helicopter ride back. Revel in the rich Sherpa culture of the region as well. Enjoy the amazing Himalayan landscape as you trek and then immerse yourself in the thrill of the helicopter ride. The aerial views of the Himalayas and of the changing terrain below are sure to remain in your minds for years to come! It is the best experience that is truly worthwhile.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a journey that also lets you fully appreciate the legendary Sherpa people and their culture. The traditional Sherpa villages and mountain settlements along the way provide good insight into the lives of the ethnic people. Mani-stone walls and small chortens with colorful prayer flags line the trekking trail. It is as much a culturally rich trekking experience as it is a naturally beautiful one.

Start the journey with a flight to Lukla 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 and get the opportunity to catch rare glimpses of Khumbu’s endangered animals. Enjoy the rhododendron-lined path as you are accompanied by the distant views of the Everest Mountains. Feast your eyes on the sight of many prominent mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, the Kongdi RI, Thamserku, and Mount 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 the opportunity to get on a helicopter and enjoy the views of the colossal mountain with a bird’s eye view. The amazing landscape of the Khumbu when seen from the helicopter in flight is something that is indescribable! The feeling of absolute thrill and awe is inescapable!

So if you wish to enjoy the features and hallmarks of the Khumbu with the added thrill of the helicopter ride, then the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is the one for you! You are assured of the best available services at all times. So get ready to enjoy one of the most wonderful trekking experiences of your life with us!

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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, especially old and fundamentally enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

  • 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 Standard Lodge
  • 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 Standard 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 Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude3,440m

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 Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude3,985m

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 Standard Lodge
  • 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. For us this is the third acclimatization stop as we spent an extra day in Deboche.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude4,410m

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.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6hour
  • Maximum Altitude4,910m

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 Standard Lodge
  • 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 meter), Mt. Everest (8848 meter) and Lhotse (8516 meter), the Tibetan peak Changtse, Mt. Nuptse (7861 meter) 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 the above.

  • Accommodation Standard Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time4-5 Hour hike and 15min fly
  • Maximum Altitude2,860 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

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on the trek 
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All required permits for trek (TIMS Card and Everest National Park)
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
  • Internal flights (KTM-LUA-KTM )
  • Gorekshep to Lukla  helicopter flight 
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high altitude medicines and supplementary oxygen system
  • Satellite phone for emergency purpose and nominal charge for personal use
  • Staff insurances and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
  • Group welcome dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • 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, and hard drinks, laundry, and your personal expenses during the entire Nepal trip. 
  • Donation for local people, hospital, school (not compulsory).
  • International flight tickets.
  • City sightseeing entrance fee. 
  • The rest of the expenses that are not mentioned on Cost includes.

Dates & Price

Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
dateSeptember 06, 2021 - September 18, 2021StatusAvailablepriceUS$2190
dateSeptember 20, 2021 - October 02, 2021StatusAvailablepriceUS$2190

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  Some time flight will not happen on time because of the weather and too many tourists. So, it's better to have few days extra after the trek, so that there won't be a problem of international flight for you. 

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 this trekking. 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.

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 which involves approx 5-8 hours trekking along the way. There is no previous experience required, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions. It would be additional support if you could have done high mountain trekking before.

Weather

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. 

Food

We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. 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.

Transportation

Everest Base Camp Trek starts transport from Airport to Hotel and hotel to 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. 

Telephone and Internet

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 telephone and the internet cost would be extra.

Electricity

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.

Drinking-Water

The 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.

Luggage

In Kathmandu, you will get 4 to 5-star standard hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking part,  rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. 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 Trained Experienced honesty with local Trekking Guide and Sherpa staff when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

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.

Trekking Days

The time schedule is very important for enjoying the trip among the Guide porters and trekkers Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing, or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

Customize Itinerary

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.

Trip Extensions

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.

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