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Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return – 9 Days

9 Days Everest Base camp Trekking with Helicopter return

Trip Facts


Weather -15°C to 18°C View Weather Detail


Duration 9 Days


Difficulty Moderate View Difficulty Detail


Accommodation Lodges

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May


Transportation Flight + Helicopter

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours


Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Sherpa, Rai

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village, Glacier

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Everest Region, Khumbu

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 5364m./17701ft.


The Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return adventure includes the classic trek to Everest Base Camp with the luxury of a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. Traverse the magical land of Khumbu Valley and its riches on the Everest Base Camp Trekking. The trek is a glorious trip across the Sagarmatha National Park, one of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Likewise, the cultural richness of the ethnic Sherpa people is equally alluring as well. All in all, this Trip is a perfect depiction of Nepal’s diversity in nature and culture.

Safety is prioritized, and acclimatization days are included to mitigate the risk of altitude sickness. The best seasons for this trek are autumn and spring. Moderate physical fitness and travel insurance covering medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation are required. Accommodations are in teahouses and hotels, and meals include a variety of Nepali, Asian, and Continental dishes. Communication facilities like mobile networks and Wi-Fi are available along the route. This trek is ideal for those seeking an immersive Himalayan experience with the added convenience of a helicopter return.

Our 9 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking with helicopter return Short Info

Traverse the magical land of Khumbu Valley and its riches on the 12 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking with helicopter return. The trek is a glorious trip across the Sagarmatha National Park, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal. Likewise, the cultural richness of the ethnic Sherpa people is equally alluring as well. All in all, this trip is a perfect depiction of the diversity in nature and culture of Nepal.


  • Explore the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Icefall.
  • Enjoy the trek across the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Visit the various Sherpa settlements like Tengboche, Thukla, and Lobuche.
  • Relish the panorama of Everest Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lobuche (8516m), and Cho Oyu (8188m).
  • Trek to the remote and adventurous trails of the Everest region.
  • Take a spiritual visit to ancient monasteries like Tengboche, Pangboche, Khumjung, Nangkartshang, and several more. 
  • Witness the remains of Yeti, an abominable snowman at Khumjung Monastery.
  • Discover the diverse flora and fauna of the Khumbu region and get an opportunity to get a glimpse at red pandas, snow leopards, and more.
  • Get first-hand experience of Sherpa people’s culture, traditions, local customs, and hospitality.
  • Get Ariel view of Everest and along the route back to kathmandu from helicopter.
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  • Explore the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Icefall.
  • Enjoy the trek across the Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Visit the various Sherpa villages like Tengboche, Thukla, and Lobuche
  • Relish the panorama of the Everest Himalayas, including Mt. Everest (8848m), Lobuche (8516m), and Cho Oyu (8188m).
  • Spectacular mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.
  • Reaching the iconic Everest Base Camp.
  • Sunrise trek to Kala Patthar for panoramic views.
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Helicopter ride back to Kathmandu with aerial Himalayan views.
  • Comfortable teahouse stays along the route.
  • Visits to ancient monasteries and trails with prayer flags.
  • Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar with its vibrant markets and cafes.

Trek Difficulty: Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return

  • Altitude: Reaches 5,364 meters at Everest Base Camp, requiring acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Distance and Duration: Covers about 130 kilometers over 10-14 days, with daily walks of 5-8 hours.
  • Terrain: Varied terrain includes rugged paths, steep ascents and descents, and river crossings.
  • Weather: Weather can be unpredictable, with cold temperatures and the possibility of snowfall.
  • Physical Fitness: Requires good cardiovascular fitness and strength, with training recommended before the trek.
  • Technical Skills: No technical climbing skills are required, but comfort with rugged terrain is essential.
  • Support: Hiring guides and porters can enhance the experience and assist with safety.
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance with helicopter evacuation coverage is essential.
  • Reward: Despite challenges, it offers breathtaking scenery and a rewarding adventure.
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Best season for Everest Base Camp Trekking With Helicopter Return

Spring (March to May)

Spring is one of the best times for the Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return. The weather is mild and stable, which makes it ideal for trekking. During this season, rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding vibrant landscape colors. Clear skies provide excellent visibility of the mountains, including Everest, making it perfect for photography and scenic views. However, spri g is also a popular trekking season, so that the trails can be busy with trekkers.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is another prime season for the Everest Base Camp trek. Post-monsoon, the weather is generally clear and dry, with stable temperatures. Crystal-clear skies offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, ensuring a visually stunning trek. Like spring, autumn is also a popular time for trekking, so expect crowded trails. The favorable weather conditions make it a preferred choice for many trekkers.

Winter (December to February)

Winter brings cold temperatures and the possibility of snow, making the Everest Base Camp trek more challenging. However, those who brave the cold are rewarded with serene, less crowded trails and stunning, crisp views of the snow-covered mountains. The clear wine skies can offer excellent visibility, but trekkers need to be well-prepared for the harsh conditions.

Monsoon (June to August)

The monsoon season is characterized by heavy rains, slippery trails, and limited visibility due to clouds and fog. Trekking during this time is more complex and less popular due to the challenging conditions. However, the landscape is incredibly lush and green, with fewer trekkers on the trails. For those who don’t mind the rain and want to experience a quieter trek with vibrant greenery, the monsoon season offers a unique and different perspective of the Everest region.

9 Days Everest Base Camp Trekking with Heli Return Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Lukla - Trek to Phakding

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km Uphill hike
(Avg. 3hrs)


Hotel Sherpa/ Sherpa Guide


(2650m./8745 ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter returns trip begins in Kathmandu. The day starts relatively early as you pack your bags and drive to Tribhuvan International Airport. Embark on a domestic flight to Lukla. The scenic half-hour-long flight takes you over the pristine forested hills and deep ravines towards Lukla. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy your breakfast and embark on the trek’s first day. Enjoy a scenic trek along the pristine Dudh Koshi River to Phakding village.

Day 2

Trek to Namche

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km. Uphill hike ( Avg. 05 hours)


Khumbu Lodge or Similar category



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will begin your trek to Namche Bazzar, one of the most famous towns in the Khumbu region. You first make your way to Monjo, a small town that is the entry point to the Sagarmatha National Park. Along this trail, you can view a variety of flora and fauna as you make your way past the forests of rhododendrons, pines, oaks, and deodars. You will make your way through small settlements such as Jorsalle along the way and cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. After trekking for about 5 hours, you will arrive at Namche Bazzar. Overnight in Namche Bazzar.

Day 3

Acclimatization / Excursion around

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Excursion around


Hotel Khumjung or similar category



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a rest day; you can undertake a scenic tour around the village. Later, you will briefly hike to the Everest View Hotel, Khumjung and Khunde villages. After exploring Namche Bazaar, you’ll trek uphill for an hour to reach the Everest View Hotel. Have tea/coffee there, and then walk to Khumjung Monastery. A small Sherpa village of Khumjung is home to Khumjung Monastery, which has preserved the remains of Yeti, an abominable snowman. Walk past the scenic Syangboche Airport towards Khunde village. You will visit Tenzing Hospital at Khunde. You can see the equally beautiful Edmund Hillary School en route to Namche Bazaar.

Day 4

Trek to Debuche

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

15km Uphill Hike
(Avg 6hrs)


Rivendell Lodge or Similar category



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Namche Bazaar, you’ll begin trekking upstream along the Dudh Koshi River. A steep hike takes you towards Phunki Tenga village. The trail continues alongside the mesmerizing view of Ama Dablam (6856m) and climbs over 427 meters in altitude. Tengboche village is home to Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest Region. The 100-year-old monastery celebrates the history of Tibetan Buddhism. It also hosts the annual festival of Mani Rimdu in October. You will walk further descend to Debuche. Overnight in Debuche.

Day 5

Trek to Dingboche

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

11km Uphill Hike
(Avg 5hrs)


Hotel Good Luck/ Dingboche Resort



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up to the beautiful view of Ama Dablam (6856m) in the east. After enjoying your breakfast, you’ll embark on the trek. Leaving Tengboche, you’ll begin trekking uphill along the Dudh Koshi River to reach Debuche village. You’ll leave the forested path behind and start climbing the rocky terrain. The trail drops to the pristine Imja Khola (River) and begins to rise again en route to Pangboche village. Walk past thousands of Mani stones en route to Shomare. The day ends at Dingboche village, a remote Sherpa village.

Day 6

Rest day - Acclimatization

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Hiking Uphill 03 hrs


Hotel Good Luck/ Dingboche Resort



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll spend the day acclimatizing at Dingboche. To better utilize this day, you can take an adventurous hike to the local Nangkartshang peak (5083m), named after the century-old Nangkartshang monastery. From the top, you can catch the natural sights of Mount Taboche (6367m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Island Peak (6189m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m.) and Mount Everest (8848m). Retrace your path back to Dingboche village overlooking the beautiful Mt. Amadablam (6856m). Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 7

Trek to Lobuche

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

8km Uphill Hike
(Avg 4hrs)


New EBC Lodge/ National Park Hotel



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Dingboche, you’ll begin climbing towards Lobuche village. The trail on this day’s trek goes past Pheriche and Thukla village. Leaving the quaint Pheriche village, you’ll start climbing towards Thukla, where you can see the Climber’s Memorial Park. The park, built in memory of climbers who lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest, remains the highlight of the region. Leaving Thukla, you’ll continue trekking uphill along the Lobuche Glacier towards Lobuche village. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 8

Trek to Gorakshep - Excursion to EBC

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

02 hrs uphill hike to Gorakshep - 05 hrs round excursion hike to EBC


Everest Inn or Hotel Buddha



Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Lobuche, you’ll begin climbing towards the remote Gorakshep village. The trail goes uphill along the Lobuche Glacier and Khumbu Glacier towards Gorakshep. After a brief rest, you’ll embark on a short excursion to the Everest Base Camp. The trail rises towards the east and goes along Khumbu Glacier towards Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the pristine sights of the climber’s base camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Khumbu Icefall from the base camp. A few of the mountains visible from the base camp are Pumo Ri (7165m), Lingtren (6749m), Khumbutse (6608m), and Nuptse Peak (7861m). Retrace your path and head back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 9

Hike to Kala Pathar - Fly to Kathmandu by Helicopter.

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

04 hrs Up/Downhill hike to Kallapathar - 01:45 hrs fly to Kathmandu


( 1295m./4729ft.)

Included meals


You’ll wake up early as you embark on a short hike to Kala Patthar, the tourist landmark in the Everest Region. After the rigorous climb through the rocky moraine, you’ll arrive at the top from where you can catch the excellent view of Mount Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Khumbutse (6608m), Pumo Ri (7165m), and Ama Dablam (6856m) among many other mountains. Retrace your path and begin heading down to Gorakshep village. After breakfast, you will fly back to Kathmandu.

You will be invited to a farewell dinner courtesy of Nepal Alternative Treks at Nepali Cosine in the evening, followed by a cultural show.

What do you get in the Trip?


  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport -Hotel -Airport ) transfer in Kathmandu .
  • Lodge (Twin share) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) during trek.
  • One experienced, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Everest region and government authorized trekking guide and required porters (One porter for two persons).
  • Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance and transportation etc.
  • Kathmandu/ Lukla plane and fly back to Kathmandu by Heli.
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee and Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entry fee.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • A trekking map, duffel bag, first aid kit box, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, water purification and trekking completion certificate .
  • Farwell dinner .
  • Public Liability Insurance.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • All kind of service charges and government tax .

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, hot water, laundry, phone bill etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters .( Highly suggested).

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 2 - 4 $2,700.00 PP $2,500.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $2,650.00 PP $2,450.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $2,600.00 PP $2,400.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $2,550.00 PP $2,350.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $2,500.00 PP $2,300.00 PP
Group of 21 - 24 $2,450.00 PP $2,250.00 PP

Need a private date?

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

How nice to met Tej! We found a warm welcome and helpfulness! As soon as my boyfriend and I arrived in Nepal, he greeted us with beautiful flower garlands. We got to know each other in front of a Nepali tea and Tej managed to understand and organize a perfect tour according to our needs. He introduced us to Amar who turned out to be a knowledgeable and friendly guide who made the experience unique. Amar has a vast knowledge of the area, he got us involved on a route where history and environment merged. We reached the Upper Mustang up to an altitude of 3840m to enjoy the charm of this landscape on the border with Tibet. We travelled long distances by jeep and reached various small villages where we met the local people and spend time with them.x We ended our journey in the Chitwan National Park and

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London, UK

Additional Trip Information

Meals and Accommodation

The Meals and Accommodation we provide to our consumers are of top quality. Similarly, we have Lodge twin share basis accommodation during the trekking. Similarly, all meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during trekking. Likewise, we provide Western and Nepali foods, which are very healthy. In addition, the lodges we provide are very secure and comfortable, too, so that you can enjoy your time with us and the facility we provide.

Fitness and experience requirements

Everest Base Camp is one of Nepal’s most challenging and extended treks. So, it would be best if you were entirely ready for this trek. This trek is o  for physically ill people or inexperienced people. Even a lot of experienced trekkers find it hard to trek here. Because it pushes your body to its limit. So, we recommend you first climb small peaks and then come after to climb this addition, if you decide to do this trek despite your lack of experience, we highly recommend hiring an experienced guide.

Furthermore, you should not have any heart and blood-related diseases. Most importantly, it would be best to be passionate about the trek. Then you can see the stunning view it provides. Similarly, you will not find it challenging to trek here if you are passionate about it.

Climate and weather

At an altitude of 5,364 meters above sea level. The climate and weather are primarily cold in the Everest Base Camp. The average temperature of Everest base camp is -17 degrees Celsius, and trekking is done throughout the year, despite its temperature and weather. Annually, a lot of trekkers trek here. But the best time you could visit here is spring and autumn. You will experience the best climate and weather during this time of the year, which will help you get the panoramic views of Mt. Everest (8848 m), Lobuche (8516m), and Cho Oyu (8188m). But, sometimes, it can vary from season to season.

Cost for Everest Base Camp Trekking With Helicopter Return

The cost for the Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return can vary widely depending on several factors, including the package type, services included, and personal expenses. Here is a bre k own of the typical costs:

Trekking Package

Standard Package: $2,500 – $3,500

  • Includes: Accommodation, meals, guide, porter, permits, domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla), and helicopter return from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu.

Luxury Package: $ 4,000 – $5,500

  • Includes: Higher-end accommodations, additional services (like heated rooms), more personalized guide service, and helicopter return from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu.

Breakdown of Costs


  • Kathmandu to Lukla round trip: $360 – $400
  • Helicopter return from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu: $1,200 -$1,500


  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit: $30
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit: $20


  • Teahouses/lodges: $5-$50 per night (cost increases with altitude)
  • Kathmandu hotels (before and after the trek): $30 – $150 per night


  • On trek: $25- $40 per day
  • In Kathmandu: – $5 – $15 per meal

Guides and Porters:

  • Guide: $30-$40 per day
  • Porter: $20-$30 per day

Equipment and Gear:

  • Rental or purchase of trekking gear: $200 – $500


  • Comprehensive travel insurance (including high-altitude trekking and helicopter evacuation): $150 – $300

Additional Costs


  • Guides and porters: $ 100 – $ 150 for the guide, $50- $100 for the porter

Personal Expenses:

  • Snacks, drinks, hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices: $200 – $300


  • Souvenirs, emergency funds, additional services

These estimates provide a general idea of the Everest Base Camp Trekking costs with Helicopter Return. Prices vary based on specific services, trekking season, and individual preferences.

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