Everest Base Camp Heli TrekEverest Base Camp Heli Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

  • Duration11 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5545 m
  • Group Size 2-5
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking, Sightseeing

We are pleased to introduce the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, a trekking package designed to offer a moderate yet outstanding experience for those with limited time. This 11-day journey will take you to the world's most popular trekking destinations in the breathtaking foothills of Everest.

During this trek, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes. As you make your way through picturesque trails, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the mighty Mount Everest from the renowned vantage point of Kala Patthar.

The highlight of this trek is reaching the Everest Base Camp, a symbolic and remarkable achievement for trekkers around the world. Standing at the base of the world's highest peak, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and awe, surrounded by the towering Himalayan giants.

To make this journey even more exceptional, a helicopter ride will transport you from Everest Base Camp back to Kathmandu, allowing you to savor the magnificent views from the skies and save valuable time.

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is an ideal choice for those seeking an unforgettable adventure in the Khumbu region while optimizing their time. Whether you are an experienced trekker or new to the world of trekking, this package promises an enriching and memorable experience in the lap of the Himalayas.

Experience the panoramic view of the great Everest with the thrilling Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek for Beginners

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is suitable for hikers with little to no experience in hiking. We understand that many people may find the idea of trekking to Everest Base Camp challenging, but rest assured that our experienced guides will be there to support you every step of the way.

Our guides are well-trained and knowledgeable about the trekking routes, altitude acclimatization, and safety precautions. They will provide guidance on your walking pace, and breathing techniques, and help you adjust to the altitude. They are skilled in assessing your fitness level and tailoring the trek accordingly, ensuring that both beginners and experienced hikers can prepare and complete the journey.

The trek is designed to allow for proper acclimatization, with gradual ascents and rest days to adapt to the increasing altitude. Our guides will monitor your health and well-being throughout the trek, making sure you have enough time to adjust to the changing altitude and avoid altitude sickness.

Even if you have limited hiking experience, with the guidance and support of our experienced team, you can successfully complete the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. It's an opportunity to challenge yourself, immerse in the stunning landscapes of the Khumbu region, and achieve a sense of accomplishment as you reach the base camp of the world's highest mountain.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Itinerary

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a truly remarkable journey that combines the thrill of trekking through the stunning landscapes of the Everest region with the convenience of a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. The adventure begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, where the trekking portion of the journey commences.
As you trek through the Sagarmatha National Park, you'll be surrounded by lush forests of pine and rhododendron, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region. Passing through small ethnic villages, you'll get a glimpse into the local Sherpa culture and way of life.
Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa Land, waits with its vibrant atmosphere and rich heritage. Here, you'll spend two nights for acclimatization, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. The same goes for Dingboche, where you'll have another two nights for acclimatization purposes.
Following the classic Everest Base Camp trekking route, you'll journey through Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorek Shep, each offering unique landscapes and cultural experiences. Finally, you'll reach the renowned viewpoint of Kalapathar, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the surrounding mountains.
Instead of trekking all the way back to Lukla, the trip concludes with a helicopter flight from Gorek Shep back to Kathmandu. This not only saves time and energy but also provides an opportunity to witness the majestic Himalayas from a closer and elevated perspective.
For those seeking even more adventure, there is an option to combine the Everest Base Camp trek with the Gokyo Lakes region and experience the best of both worlds. The helicopter flight back to Kathmandu is also available for this variant.
Whether you choose the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek or the Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek, these journeys offer an unforgettable experience, allowing you to explore the Everest region, marvel at its natural wonders, and create lifelong memories.

Best time to Go on an Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek can be undertaken throughout the year, but the best seasons to embark on this adventure are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). These seasons offer moderate temperatures and clear skies, providing optimal conditions for trekking and breathtaking views of the highest peaks.
While it is possible to trek during the monsoon (June-August) and winter (December-February) seasons, it is important to note that the weather during these periods can be challenging. Monsoon brings heavy rainfall, which can result in muddy trails and potential flight cancellations. Winter brings cold temperatures and snowfall, making the trek more difficult.
By choosing to trek in spring or autumn, you can ensure a more enjoyable and safe experience, with better chances of clear views and smoother logistics.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Model

For the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, we use the AS 350B3e Airbus Helicopters H125 model. This helicopter is specifically designed for high-altitude flights and can accommodate 5+1 passengers. With experienced pilots at the helm, you can enjoy a safe and thrilling helicopter ride during your trek.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Difficulty

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is considered a moderate trekking venture due to its reduced number of trekking days and the luxury of returning from the Base Camp by helicopter. While the overall difficulty level is lower compared to other normal treks, there is still a possibility of altitude sickness, which should be taken into consideration. However, the helicopter rides back provide a luxurious and convenient option for the return journey.

Why Everest Heli Trek with Nepal Nomad

Nepal Nomad is a reliable and experienced travel company offering customized itineraries and fixed departures for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Our team is knowledgeable, friendly, and well-trained, ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience.


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Upon your arrival at the airport, our representative will be there to welcome you and escort you to your hotel. After a short period of rest, you will attend a pre-trek briefing where you will have the opportunity to meet your trek leader. This briefing session is crucial as it will provide you with important information about the trek and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Take this time to double-check your gear and ensure you have everything you need for the trek. If you realize that you have missed any items, don't worry. There are numerous shops in Thamel, a popular area in Kathmandu, where you can buy or rent trekking gear. Feel free to ask your trek leader for recommendations on the best places to find what you need.

Thamel itself is a bustling neighborhood lined with a variety of restaurants, shops, pubs, and hotels, making it a favorite destination for tourists in Kathmandu. Take some time to explore the area and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

It is advisable to have an early night to ensure you get enough rest, as you will need to start early the next day for your Everest luxury lodge trek. If possible, try to schedule your arrival in Kathmandu during the morning or daytime, as it will allow you to attend the briefing, overcome any jetlag, and be well-prepared for the adventure ahead.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome Dinner

 In the morning, you will visit two of the main highlights of Kathmandu: Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

Bouddhanath Stupa is a magnificent Buddhist stupa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the largest and most important stupas in the world, and its peaceful atmosphere and intricate design make it a truly captivating sight to behold.

Pashupatinath Temple is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, it is a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus. Here, you can witness the rituals and religious ceremonies that take place and observe the cultural practices of the locals.

In the afternoon, your trek leader will meet you at the hotel for the trip briefing. This briefing is an essential part of your preparation and will cover all the important aspects of the trek, including the itinerary, safety guidelines, and any other relevant information. It is crucial to pay attention during the briefing and address any questions or concerns you may have.

After the briefing, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further, do any last-minute shopping, or simply relax and acclimatize. Kathmandu offers a rich blend of cultural experiences, vibrant markets, and delicious cuisine, providing plenty of options to make the most of your free time.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast

After enjoying an early morning breakfast, you will embark on an exciting mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight duration is approximately 35 minutes, and you will be on a Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft. The airstrip in Lukla was constructed by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s, and landing here is a thrilling experience in itself.

Upon landing in Lukla, you will immediately be captivated by the awe-inspiring magnitude of the towering peaks that envelop the village. This serves as just a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery that awaits you on your trek. Take a moment to absorb the grandeur of the mountains before proceeding with your adventure.

Once in Lukla, you will meet your trekking crew who will accompany you throughout your journey. From there, you will commence your trek, following a well-marked trail that ascends the Dudh Koshi Valley. The trail offers beautiful vistas and takes you through charming Sherpa villages, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture.

After a fulfilling day of trekking, you will reach the village of Phakding, where you will spend the night. Phakding provides a comfortable resting place with its cozy lodges, allowing you to rejuvenate and prepare for the days ahead.

  • Max. Altitude:2,600m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

As you continue your Everest luxury trek, you will embark on a scenic trail adorned with mani stones, which are stones engraved with sacred Buddhist mantras. Along the way, you will encounter Buddhist shrines and vibrant prayer flags that flutter in the mountain breeze. The trail meanders through a picturesque forest of pine and rhododendron, providing a serene atmosphere.

To cross the fast-flowing glacial rivers, you will traverse metal suspension bridges that add an element of adventure to your journey. Among these bridges, you will come across the famous Hillary Bridge, known as the highest suspension bridge in the Everest region. Crossing it offers a thrilling experience and a chance to marvel at the incredible engineering amidst the stunning surroundings.

As you ascend in altitude during your trek, you will find yourself surrounded by majestic mountains on all sides. The towering peaks with their triangular summits reach toward the sky, creating a breathtaking panorama. After a challenging walk, a sense of relief washes over you as you catch the first glimpse of Namche.

Namche, known as the Sherpa capital, is a settlement that sprawls along the side of a mountain, resembling an amphitheater. It offers a stunning vantage point to enjoy your first view of Mount Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,516m), and a host of other peaks that grace the horizon.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

During your stay in Namche, you will have a day dedicated to acclimatization. This is an essential step in adjusting to the high altitude and ensuring your safety and well-being throughout the trek. Namche itself offers a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of amenities.

The town of Namche serves as the economic hub of the Khumbu region and boasts numerous cafes, bakeries, mountain lodges, shops, and even internet cafes. You will find everything you need here, including the convenience of an ATM booth. Additionally, every Saturday, traders from the entire Khumbu region, Terai lowlands, and even Tibet gather at the Saturday Market to sell their wares. If you happen to be in Namche on a Saturday, don't miss the opportunity to explore the bustling atmosphere of the market.

As part of your acclimatization, you can opt for an enjoyable hike to the neighboring Sherpa village of Khumjung. In Khumjung, you can visit the first school established in the Khumbu region by Sir Edmund Hillary, which stands as a testament to his commitment to education in the area. The ancient Khumjung Monastery is also worth a visit. It houses a scalp believed to belong to a Yeti, adding a touch of mystique to the experience. After exploring Khumjung, you will hike back to Namche.

Alternatively, you can choose to trek to Hotel Everest View, located just above Namche. From the terrace of this hotel, you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Tawache, Khumbu Himal, Mount Everest, and many other majestic peaks. The breathtaking vistas make for an unforgettable experience.

Take advantage of this acclimatization day to rest, explore the town, and immerse yourself in the local culture and natural beauty that surrounds Namche.

  • Max. Altitude:3,440m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:4 hours hike
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

Today's leg of the trek takes you through one of the most picturesque sections of the trail as you make your way to Tengboche. The path leads you across an alpine meadow adorned with towering pine trees and vibrant rhododendron bushes. As you walk, don't forget to pause from time to time to soak in the breathtaking mountain vistas that surround you. A particularly stunning sight is Ama Dablam, which majestically rises above the village of Tengboche. Be sure to capture the incredible views of this beautiful mountain with your camera.

Upon reaching Tengboche, you'll be greeted by the imposing Tengboche Monastery that overlooks the settlement. This monastery holds great significance as one of the oldest and most important Buddhist monasteries in the Everest Region. Inside, ancient statues are placed at the altar, and the monastery's walls are adorned with colorful Buddhist murals. Take the opportunity to attend a prayer meeting and witness the monks chanting the sutras, immersing yourself in the serene and spiritual atmosphere.

After your visit to Tengboche Monastery, you will walk down for approximately 25 minutes to reach Deboche, a monastic settlement that is home to a nunnery. Here, you will find another luxury lodge where you will spend the night, allowing you to rest and recharge in comfort.

  • Max. Altitude:3,820m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

Continuing on our trek, we traverse through a series of Chortens (Buddhist shrines), mani walls (stone walls engraved with prayers), and small villages, immersing ourselves in the cultural and spiritual essence of the region. Along the way, we pause to refuel with some delicious food, all the while relishing the up-close views of the majestic Amadablam towering above us. The sight of this awe-inspiring mountain serves as a constant reminder of the natural wonders that surround us.

Our route takes us through Pangboche, the highest of the enduring settlements in the valley. As we make our way, we encounter the final steep climb of the day, which leads us toward Dingboche. Agriculture serves as the primary occupation for the locals in Dingboche, and we can witness the evidence of their farming lifestyle. Fields enclosed by sturdy stone walls dot the landscape, cultivating crops such as buckwheat, potatoes, and barley. The agricultural practices add a touch of charm to the picturesque setting of Dingboche.

  • Max. Altitude:4,412m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:5 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

On this particular day, we follow the principle of "climb high and sleep low" to further aid our acclimatization process. We embark on a challenging hike to Nagartsang Peak, reaching an impressive altitude of 5,083 meters (16,625 feet). As we ascend, the climb becomes more arduous, and with every gasping breath, we realize the effort was undoubtedly worth it. The panoramic views from the peak are simply breathtaking, offering a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape that surrounds us. This acclimatization hike plays a vital role in helping our bodies adjust to the high altitude.

After the exhilarating experience at Nagartsang Peak, we retrace our steps back to Dingboche, where we have a free afternoon to rest and rejuvenate. It is essential to give our bodies time to recover and adapt to the increasing altitude. Utilize this leisurely afternoon to relax, take in the serene surroundings, and allow your body to adjust and prepare for the upcoming stages of the trek.

  • Max. Altitude:4,412m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

Leaving Dingboche behind, we continue our journey toward Lobuche. The trail takes us through a vast and barren wide valley until we reach Thukla. Along the way, we are treated to close-up views of magnificent mountains such as Mount Pumori, Khumbila, Lingtren, and others. These towering peaks add a sense of awe and grandeur to the landscape, reminding us of the immense beauty of the Himalayas.

As we reach the top of Thukla Pass, we encounter stone memorials that pay tribute to the mountaineers and trekkers who have lost their lives in these challenging mountains. Among the notable memorials are those dedicated to renowned climbers Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, whose Everest expeditions were immortalized in Jon Krakauer's best-selling book "Into Thin Air" and the movie "Everest." Additionally, there is a memorial for the super sherpa, Late Babu Chiri Sherpa, who achieved the incredible feat of climbing Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen and spent 22 hours at the summit.

After a steep climb, we finally arrive at Lobuche, a small settlement with only a handful of teahouses. If you have some energy left, you can explore the surrounding area. A nearby small hill offers stunning views of the Khumbu Glacier, providing a perfect opportunity to soak in the awe-inspiring natural wonders that surround us. As tomorrow holds a significant day of trekking, it is advisable to have an early night and ensure ample rest.

  • Max. Altitude:4,910m,
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:7 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

Rise and shine, as today begins with an early start towards Gorak Shep. The trail runs alongside the majestic Khumbu Glacier, and as you make your way forward, the lush treeline gradually disappears, giving way to a barren rocky desert. Take caution with each step, as loose rocks and pebbles scatter the path. The landscape, though stark, possesses a raw beauty that captivates the senses.

Upon reaching Gorak Shep, a teahouse awaits, ready to provide a well-deserved lunch. After replenishing your energy, embark on a hike to the renowned Everest Base Camp. Following a steep and rugged trail, marked by massive boulders strewn about, you navigate your way forward. Everest Base Camp lies in an open field, nestled at the foot of Mount Everest, just below the imposing Khumbu Icefall.

If you undertake this trek during the climbing season, you will witness a vibrant sight as colorful little tents dot the otherwise grey landscape. These tents serve as temporary homes for climbers who are preparing to conquer the world's tallest mountain. Engage in conversations, share stories, and capture precious moments through photographs.

Standing beneath the towering mountains, you have accomplished your goal, and the sense of achievement is truly remarkable. It's a testament to your perseverance and the awe-inspiring nature of the journey itself.

If the weather permits, you may have the opportunity to visit Kala Patthar today, known for its panoramic views, and then proceed to Everest Base Camp tomorrow. Keep in mind that the final decision regarding the itinerary will be made by your experienced guide, who will prioritize your safety and enjoyment.

  • Max. Altitude:5,140m
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Time:9 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea

As today holds an early morning adventure to Kala Patthar. As one of the highest and most popular viewpoints in the Everest Region, Kala Patthar rewards you with breathtaking 360-degree views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, including the iconic Mount Everest.

Prepare to be mesmerized as you stand in close proximity to towering peaks like Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, and of course, the legendary Mount Everest. This awe-inspiring spectacle will leave an indelible mark on your memory, a precious view that you will cherish forever. Capture the moment through photographs and take in the grandeur of the surroundings.

After relishing the beauty of Kala Patthar, make your way back down to Gorak Shep. From there, you will board a helicopter that will transport you to Lukla. Take this opportunity to express your gratitude and bid farewell to the dedicated support crew who have accompanied you throughout your journey. Once aboard the helicopter, brace yourself for a mesmerizing aerial experience, as you soar above the mighty peaks and witness the vastness of the Khumbu and Nzogumpa glaciers.

Upon reaching Lukla, there will be a brief stopover before you continue your flight to Kathmandu. This marks the final leg of your remarkable journey through the Khumbu mountains, bidding adieu to their majestic beauty. During the flight, you will have the privilege of enjoying a bird's eye view of the Kathmandu valley, a fitting farewell from the skies.

Upon landing at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly received and driven to your hotel. Take this time to check in, rest, or explore the vibrant streets of Thamel. In the evening, a farewell dinner will be hosted by us, providing an opportunity to reminisce about the incredible experiences shared and bid adieu to your fellow adventurers.

  • Max. Altitude:1,400m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Time:4 hour
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, dinner with coffee/tea
What's Included
  • Ground Transports: Private vehicle transfers, including airport transfers.
  • Accommodation: Two nights' stay at a 5-star hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
  • Meals: Full board meals with tea/coffee provided throughout the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Lodge Accommodation: Twin-sharing lodge accommodation during the trek, with attached bathrooms and hot showers available at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche.
  • Trekking Staff: A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and a porter will accompany you throughout the trek. Their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance are covered.
  • Flights: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, including departure taxes, and a helicopter flight from Gorakshpe to Lukla and back to Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • Trekking Equipment: Provided items include a duffle bag, down jacket, and sleeping bag for use during the trek.
  • Additional Inclusions: Trekking map, trip achievement certificate, first aid medical kit with an oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat, all required trek permits, government taxes, and office service charge.
  • This package offers a comprehensive range of services to ensure a comfortable and safe trekking experience in Nepal, including transportation, accommodation, meals, experienced staff, necessary equipment, and necessary permits.
What's not Included
  • Meals not specified: Any meals that are not explicitly mentioned as included in the itinerary are not covered. This includes meals outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Travel Insurance: You are responsible for obtaining your own travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances, medical expenses, trip cancellations, or evacuations.
  • International Airfare: The package does not cover the cost of your international airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa: You will need to arrange and pay for your own Nepal entry visa.
  • Cold Drinks: Cold drinks such as coke, water, Fanta, etc., are not included in the package and will be at your own expense.
  • Snacks and Personal Expenses: Any additional snacks or personal expenses incurred during the trek are not covered by the package.
  • Hot Showers: Hot showers during the trek, except in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla, are not included in the package and may have additional costs.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment: You are responsible for bringing your own personal trekking equipment such as trekking boots, clothing, and accessories.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips and gratuities for the trekking staff and drivers are not included in the package and are at your discretion.
  • In summary, the package does not cover unspecified meals, travel insurance, international airfare, Nepal entry visa, cold drinks, snacks, hot showers (except in specified locations), personal trekking equipment, and tips/gratuities.