9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Highlights
- Sightseeing at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City.
- Trek to the world-famous Everest Base Camp
- Enjoy a 360 degree view of the mountains from Kala Patthar(5,555m)
- View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
- Experience the wonder of Thyangboche Monastery beneath the shadow of Ama Dablam
- Travel through the Sherpa villages of Namche, Khumjung, Khunde and Dingboche
- Explore the culture and lifestyles of the local Sherpa people
- Visit Tengboche, the biggest and oldest monastery in the region
- Experience a breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla
- Fly back to Kathmandu in a helicopter from Gorakshep
- Most scenic helicopter flights back to Kathmandu head to head with the Himalayas.
About the 9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
The soaring summit of Mount Everest attracts adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Join us as we travel to the base camp of the highest mountain on earth during this 9-day, guided trip. This entire trip focuses on providing trekkers with one of the most memorable trekking experiences via the classic trekking route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. It also offers an alternative option to fly back to Kathmandu without having to trek back down to Lukla! Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airport and follow the trail to Namche Bazaar. Reach Namche Bazaar on the second day of the trip. Travel past the Sherpa villages of Debuche, Dingboche and Lobuche to reach Gorakshep, a small settlement (5,164m) that sits on the edge of a frozen, sand-covered lakebed. Reach Everest Base Camp, located in the middle of the Khumbu Glacier, on the eighth day of the trip. Head for Kala Patthar next. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains, including Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Kangtega, Mt Nuptse, Mt Thamserku, Mt Kusum Kanguru, Mt Pumori, Mt Lhotse, Lobuche Peak, Island Peak, Mt Makalu and, of course, the breathtaking Mt Everest itself, towering above the rest. You get to fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter after exploring the glorious Everest Base Camp and hiking up to Kalapatthar for a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. This trek is an ideal choice for those who don’t have much time but want to experience Everest Base Camp
Brief Itinerary: 9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
Itinerary: 9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
Day 1 - Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding
We will pick you from your hotel and drive you to the airport in Kathmandu. A quick, 25-30-minute flight from Kathmandu will take you to Lukla (2,840m), the gateway to the Khumbu region and the starting point of this trek. Travel through the Dudhkoshi River Valley, past various settlements such as Chheplung and Chaurikharka, before reaching Phakding. Enjoy great views of the Himalayas during the trek. It's a leisurely day with a gradual descent of approximately 200 meters.
Day 2 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding, you’ll cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. From here the walk will be easy and pleasant with short uphill and downhill climb. You’ll get a spectacular view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m), from the village of Benkar.
Likewise, after crossing the long suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River, you’ll reach Monjo village (2,834 m). Monjo lies below the magnificent peak of Thamserku. Near the village, there is the main entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. It is the checkpoint where the officials will check your trekking permits. Further, after a few hours of gradual walk, you’ll reach Namche Bazaar.
Day 3 - Namche Bazar (acclimatization)
Stay in Namche and allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude. You have the option to hike to the nearby areas. The trading and administrative centre of the Khumbu region, Namche is home to various government offices, banks, plenty of shops and eateries. One of the most interesting optional hikes on our list is the one that takes you to Everest View Hotel, from where you can enjoy great views of Mount Everest and other mountains in the Himalayas.
Day 4 - Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery
Start your day with a quick ascend followed by a flat trail to reach Kyanjuma. Travel downhill from there to reach Phunki Tenga. Cross the Dudh Koshi River to reach Tengboche Monastery, the most important monastery in the region. Depending upon the weather and other factors, you might end your day in Debuche (3800m) or stay in Namche.
Day 5 - Tengboche Monastery to Dingboche
After spending an incredible night at the religious Buddhist village of Tengboche, our day begins with a pleasing cup of tea and breakfast. We pack up our bags once again and move steadily onward to Dingboche village. We will need to descend a bit down through a thick forested trail and then later on cross a small wooden bridge over the shimmering Imja river which is one of the many Himalayan rivers that flows through the Khumbu region. Temperatures and winds can extremely differ as we get closer to Dingboche village.
Day 6 - Dingboche (acclimatization)
It’s our six day and as Dingboche is situated at an extreme elevation where the temperature and wind become alarmingly perilous, it is very important for us to spend our second acclimatization day at Dingboche. Your body might not be well adjusted to these natural aspects of high elevations. Therefore, we plan on pausing our trek for a bit and hiking to a nearby hill called Nagerjun (5,100m). Or you can just do a side trip to Chhukung Ri which presents you with a stunning picture of Himalayan mountains which include Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Thamserku.
Day 7 - Dingboche to Lobuche
A difficult day with steep climbing awaits you. The day starts with a gradual climb to Dughla, where we will stop for a quick lunch. It will be an early lunch today but we do not have another option before reaching Lobuche. Enter the Khumbu Glacier area and follow the route to Lobuche (4,910m), where you will be spending our night.
Day 8 - Lobuche to Gorakshep and hike to Everest Base Camp
The first section of the trail will take you to Gorakshep via the Khumbu Glacier. Drop your bags and enjoy your lunch in Gorakshep before heading to Everest Base Camp (5,364m). The trail takes you through terrain strewn with rocks, moraines, streams and glaciers. Reach Everest Base Camp, located in the middle of the Khumbu Glacier. Return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.
Day 9 - Gorakshep to Kala Patthar and fly back to kathmandu
We start our early in the morning before sunrise at around 4 am-5 am(depending upon season) to spectacle best sunrise views over Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar. We gear up, put on our down jackets, woollen socks, gloves and start ahead. We walk with the help of headlights. Slowly as we hike at the top and have the best views of Mt. Everest when the sun shines through the horizon creating magic as it turns white the snow-capped Himalayas into golden in colour. We will click plenty of pictures and hike down to Gorekshep to collect our belongings until then the helicopter will be there to fly you back to Kathmandu.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment.
All necessary trekking permits as well as government taxes and official expenses
Transportation as per the detailed itinerary in private/public jeep and bus
The meal inclusions on trek are breakfast (one set breakfast and tea or coffee), lunch (one main meal and tea or coffee) and dinner (soup, main and dessert with tea or coffee).
Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
An appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Best Season/Time for Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest base camp with helicopter trek are pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October, November and December) It is possible to make the journey in February and early September
January doesn't necessarily mean lots of snow, so it's possible to trek to Everest Base Camp then, but it is chilly. Wrap up warm, though, using lots of layers and enjoy being one of very few people up in the Himalayas.
Temperature: Temperatures ranges from 15°C to -15°C
February and early March are cold, especially at night (around -20°C or colder), but you should get clear skies providing good, uninterrupted views of Everest. In addition, the trail will be less busy and the teahouses quieter, giving a sense of true adventure to a trek to Base Camp.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
Late March and April are popular months for trekking, with the warmer weather and the rhododendrons and other flowers in bloom further down the trail. Days are beginning to stretch out to provide lots of daylight for exploring, too, with good visibility in the early mornings.
Temperature: Around 18 °C. At night, the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -12 °C.
In early May trekking to Everest base camp is still possible, just before the monsoon arrives, but we don’t suggest trekking during this season.
Temperature: Around 25°C. At daylight and it drops down to around -5°C.
By late May the monsoon has arrived in Nepal and lasts through June, July, August and into early September. During the rainy season, the trails are muddy and rife with leeches and cause disruption to travel.
Temperature: Around 27°C at daylights to 5°C
The autumn trekking season kicks off in late September as the monsoon dissipates. Clear skies and fresh air characterise this time of year, with October to early November particularly great for trekking. Temperatures are comfortable, although the weather is colder now than during the spring season (around -10°C at Base Camp during the day), the days are dry and the views are perfect. The landscape has been washed clean by the monsoon rains, too, and looks particularly lush and verdant.
Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
Late November and December are also good times to go trekking, but it will be colder, with temperatures dropping well below zero at night. The upside is that the trail to Everest Base Camp will be much less busy as people eager to avoid the cold clear out.
Temperature: Temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees
Packing list / Equipment checklist
List of Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
- Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
- Small Locks
- Trekking Towel
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
- Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
- Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medications
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Blister Plasters
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Adventure travel: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in EBC trail. Along the way to Everest Base Camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the EBC trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.
Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western-style toilet. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.
Documents & Permits
If you are planning for a trip to Everest base camp, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Everest region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. But if you want to trek to EBC from Jiri, you will need a TIMS Card. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
So a TIMS Card is not necessary if you take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then start your trek. It is only needed for Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek.
Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
This is a new permit which was imposed from 1st of October 2018 replacing an existing TIMS Card. The local government of Khumbu directly collects NPR 2000 Per Person from each foreigner. Please note that this permit cannot be obtained in Kathmandu. First, if you are flying through Lukla you can obtain this is Lukla. If you are trekking from Jiri or Salleri this can be obtained in Monjo.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
This is an existing permit system for entering National Park. You can obtain this permit either in Kathmandu at Nepal Tourism Board Office or in Monjo at Park Entrance Gate. This will cost NPR 3000 Per Person. The most convenient way is to obtain this at Monjo.
Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are following the classic Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek, then you will obtain the permit from Monjo. You will also need to obtain an additional permit for Gaurishankar Conservation Area if you come through Jiri. This can cost you NPR 3,000.
The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter is a challenging yet rewarding trek. The EBC Trek requires no technical expertise or mountaineering skills as it is basically a long hike at altitude. The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well.
If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.
9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the altitude of 9 days Everest Base Camp trek with the helicopter?
The altitude of Everest Base Camp is 5,380m (from the southern side, Nepal) and 5,200m (from the northern side, Tibet).
What is the best time for 9 days Everest Base Camp trek with the helicopter?
There are mainly two different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are pre-monsoon (February, March, April, and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November, and December). But October is considered the best time for the Everest Region Trek.
- Do I get to stay overnight at Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter?
The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter does not stay overnight at base camp. To sleep at base camp requires special permits which are very expensive. Instead, you stay at Gorak Shep where you walk into base camp for a day trip.
- How many hours a day do we walk?
The Everest Base Camp is graded moderate, meaning that you generally won’t exceed eight hours of activity in a day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
How is the accommodation during the 9 days Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter?
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the EBC trail. Along the way to Everest Base Camp, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
How is the food like on the 9 days Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter?
There is an abundance of regular meals and food during the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will enjoy both national and international foods like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Nepalese and Indian. You can also enjoy hot beverages like hot chocolates, coffee, and others.
- What kind of sickness did we face during 9 days Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter?
During Everest Base Camp Trek the major problems that you can face are altitude sickness (both major and minor), cold, vertigo, and acrophobia, immediate tiredness or swelling of the legs and other natural calamities that can occur.
- I have never done trekking yet. Is Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter is for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking is hard but not the hardest one. To accomplish this, you can take training like swimming, aerobics, jogging, etc. in order to increase your stamina and endurance.
How is the weather in Everest Base Camp?
The weather at Everest Base Camp depends on the different seasons you trek to. The temperature at the base camp rarely gets above freezing throughout the year, but cold winds that blow make the temperatures feel even colder. The coldest months of the year are from December to February and the temperatures are warmer in the rainy season in July and August.
Is trekking to Everest Base Camp dangerous?
The Everest Base Camp trek might look dangerous for the beginners as they will be hiking at an altitude up to 5000m. There are nearly zero cases of any accidental event during the trek. Only altitude sickness is the main danger for trekkers.
What if I get altitude sickness in the middle of the trek?
The major health issue that can occur while trekking to Everest Base Camp is altitude sickness. You have to drink plenty of water and need to take medicine like Diamox to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. We will provide the guides and porters who are experienced and trained to help trekkers with precautions and safety measures.
- How much luggage can I take during Everest Base Camp Trek with a helicopter?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
- Can I extend my trek?
Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.
- How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.
- Do I need Insurance?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
- What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.
- Where can I exchange my money?
There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.
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