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Trek to Everest Base Camp and Fly Back by Helicopter

Everest Base Camp Trek Return by helicopter

Trek to Everest Base Camp and fly back by helicopter is a great experience of trekking and helicopter flight in Nepal. After reaching Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and climbing Kala Patthar (5,545 m), some trekkers choose to return to Lukla or Kathmandu by helicopter to save time or due to physical challenges. This is particularly helpful for those who want to avoid the difficulties of descending via the same route they used to reach Everest Base Camp. The helicopters can pick up the trekkers in Gorak Shep or a little further on the way to Kala Patthar, depending on weather conditions and permissions.

The helicopter flight offers a unique perspective of the Himalayan landscape. The helicopter takes the trekkers back to Lukla or Kathmandu, depending on the package chosen.

However, the return trip to Kathmandu directly by private helicopter is always better. Only back to Lukla is cheaper, but sometimes there are difficulties getting the helicopters just for the flight to Lukla. It is also possible to fly by helicopter from Gorakhshep to Lukla on a shared basis during the high trekking season, but we have to book in advance to be sure.

Everest base camp trekking is very popular among all adventurers and trekkers, but unfortunately, not many people have enough time to trek from Lukla and back to Lukla. The right option for them would be to trek from Lukla to Mount Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu by chartered helicopter.

The cost of the trip will be expensive as we have to charter a helicopter. We think the price is not a big deal if you dream of visiting Mount Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar in a short time. Trekking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and returning by helicopter from Gorak Shep (5,140 m) would be the perfect choice to fulfill your dream. To reach Lukla, you need to take an exciting flight from Kathmandu airport.

You will start the trek from Lukla and walk down to the Dudh Koshi River and on to Phakding, which is located at an altitude of 2,610 meters. On your way to Namche Bazaar, you will cross the Dudh Koshi River and then pass through a forest area full of blue pine and rhododendron trees.

In Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest, you will spend 2 nights acclimatizing to the altitude and wandering around. Namche Bazaar is also known as the Sherpa capital. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the village and interact with the local Sherpa to get an insight into the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the inhabitants of the Everest region of Nepal.

After Namche Bazaar, the trail leads to the mountain village of Tengboche and on to Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep, the last teahouse settlement here on the way to Everest Base Camp. On the day you reach Gorak Shep, you will continue the trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and then return to Gorak Shep.

The next morning, hike up to Kala Patthar (5,545 m) to see the sunrise and mountain views. After enjoying the beautiful view from Kala Patthar, go back to Gorak Shep and have breakfast. After breakfast, go to the helipad, from where our chartered helicopter will take you back to Kathmandu.

12 days Everest Base Camp Trek includes 7 days trekking (8 days from Kathmandu), one day sightseeing and one day leisure in Kathmandu, two days for arrival and departure from Kathmandu.

If you want to use the helicopter on shared basis to Lukla or the private helicopter to Lukla only. It is better to inform us if you do not want to fly back to Kathmandu directly by private helicopter as per the itinerary.

Everest Base Camp Trek and return by Helicopter Highlights

  • Reaching Everest base camp is a significant achievement. Trekkers can stand at the foot of the world's highest peak and enjoy panoramic views of the Khumbu Icefall and the surrounding mountains.
  • Experience a helicopter flight from a high-altitude location.
  • The helicopter flight offers a unique perspective of the Himalayas and allows you to view the majestic peaks from the air.
  • The helicopter return option offers a faster and more convenient way to return to Lukla or Kathmandu.
  • The combination of trekking and helicopter return flight allows trekkers to experience both the traditional and modern aspects of exploring the Everest region.
  • Visit monasteries, talk to the locals and gain an insight into their traditional way of life.
  • Experience diverse flora and fauna, forests, Himalayan tahr and pheasants.
  • Picturesque hike to Kala Patthar (5,545 m) to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the mountains.
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku and many more.
  • Staying in Mountain lodges along the route offers the opportunity to socialize with other hikers, swap stories and enjoy the local cuisine.

Everest Base Camp Trek and return by Helicopter Cost

The cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek and return back by Helicopter package depends on various factors. These include the use of the helicopter on a private or shared basis, the size of the group (Larger groups might be able to negotiate better rates, while solo trekkers or small groups may pay a premium for personalized services), the level of services included (budget, standard, luxury) and the reputation and standard of the trekking company you choose.

Everest Base Camp Trek and return by Helicopter Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu O/n at Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu flight to Lukla trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche (3,867 m)
Day 07: Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4,410 m)
Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Day 09: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5,140 m) and Everest base camp (5,364 m)
Day 10: Hike to Kala Pattar (5,545 m) back to Gorak Shep and fly to Kathmandu by Helicopter and transfer to Hotel
Day 11: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Everest
Trek Start Point:  Lukla
Trek End Point: Gorak Shep
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouses / Mountain Lodges
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5,545 meters
Duration: 12 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Domestic air tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla for guests and guide
  • Gorak Shep fly to Kathmandu by Chartered Helicopter for guest and staff (Guide)
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers Lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary
  • Porters from Lukla to carry your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Everest / Sagarmatha National park entry fee
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entry fee
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Cost of porters to get down to Lukla on foot
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, meet our office staff who will assist you to transfer your hotel. At hotel our officer gives you brief of the overall trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu flight to Lukla then trek to Phakding (2,610 m)
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to catch flight to Lukla (2,840 m).The flight duration is approximately 35 minutes. Meet your porters in Lukla who carry your luggage/backpack then your trekking starts from Lukla. The trail contour through the Sherpa village and yak pasture land. We passes the beautiful village Thado Koshi (2,591 m) offer stunning view of Kusum Kangaru(6,370 m) and see the painted Mani wall in Ghat (chhuthawa) village. Finally we arrive in Phakding (2,610 m). Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
The trek starts after breakfast we cross long suspension bridge over the Dhudh Koshi River which is originated from Khumbu glacier. Today we will enter the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. We have lunch in Jorsale(2,740 m).The trail goes ahead along the Dudhakoshi river. We cross anther suspension bridge in Larja Dobhan (2,830 m). From here the trail moves to steep staircase through pine forest. After half and hour steep walking we will see Mount Everest (8,848 m). The trail ascends until Namche Bazaar through the alpine forest. The Namche bazaar is getaway to the Everest. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Namche Bazaar rest day for acclimatization
Rest day in Namche Bazaar is especially for the acclimatization. During this day we can walk around Namche Bazaar. Here we can get many facilities such as bank, internet, Bakery and shopping. After the breakfast One and half hour steep walking to Syangboche(3,880 m) From Syangboche we can see Mt. Everest(8,848 m), Ama Dablam(6,814 m), Lhotse(8,516 m), Thamserku(6,618 m) and more mountains. Have a tea and coffee in Everest view hotel. The trail descends half and hour to the Khumjung village (3780m), the village of Sherpas, the worldly renowned climbers. In Khumjung village we can visit Kumjung Hillary School and Kumjung Gompa then hike back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche (3,867 m)
Today we can see very close up view of Ama Dablam(6814m) and Thamserku (6,618 m). Also we can see Mount Everest (8,848 m) and other world high mountains. On the way we see Nepal national bird Pheasant and mountain animal called Himalayan Thar. The trail contour through the yak pasture land until Kyangjuma (3,550 m). From Kyangjuma the trail goes to all the way down to the Dudha Koshi. After crossing long suspension bridge then the trail ascends through the pine trees. The magnificent view of Kangtega (6,783 m). Two and half hour walking we will arrive to Tengboche(3,867 m). Tengboche is famous as the name of Tengboche Monastery. Afternoon visit to the monastery is a must where we will get the chance to see Buddhist monks and experience the daily puja or praying sections.  At evening we will be able to see exciting sunset on the top of the word and other high mountains. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Tengboche trek to Dingboche (4,410 m)
Form Tengboche trail move down towards Deboche(3820m).After Deboche, the trail becomes very pleasant. We will feel very comfortable. Here we have chances to see Musk deer. It is very rare wild animal. After crossing iron bridge on right side we can see the great view of Ama Dablam(6,814 m). Then the trail moves gradually up to Pangboche(4,010 m). Trek to Shomare (4,110 m).Have a Lunch here. After the lunch we walk around one and half hour and arrive to Dingboche Village (4,410 m). Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Dingboche trek to Lobuche (4,910 m)
Form Dingboche the trail climb up 20m above the village. From here we see panoramic view of Khumbu Mountains including Mt, Makalu (8,463 m) then continue trek to Thukla (4,620 m). After Thukla we ascend along with street trail. After half and hour climb we arrive in Thukla Pass (4,830 m). In Thukla pass we see monuments on the memory of Everest climbers who has lost their life while climbing Mt. Everest. From here trail goes gradually up to the Lobuche (4,910 m). From here we can see the nice sunset view in Nuptse (7,864 m). Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Lobuche trek to Gorak Shep (5,140 m)
From Lobuche, we will set off for Gorak Shep, the last and highest settlement in the Everest Region. The views, as expected, are phenomenal! We will follow the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier up to Gorak Shep, elevation 5140m. The trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep will take about 3 hours. When we arrive to Gorak Shep, we take a short rest to take a lunch. After lunch, we continue trek to Everest Base Camp, pictured above, which is another 2 hours up the moraine. At base camp, we can’t actually see Everest as it is hidden behind Nuptse and other massive peaks, but don’t worry. The views are still amazing and we will get an amazing view of Everest tomorrow from Kala Patthar. After spending some time at Everest Base Camp gazing out to the famous Khumbu Icefall, we will return to Gorak Shep for the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Hike to Kala Pattar (5,545 m) back to Gorak Shep then fly to Kathmandu by Helicopter
Early in the morning, you will hike towards Kala Pathar (5,545 m) known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. At the Kala Patthar site, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of snow laden giants over your head. Then hike back to Gorak Shep from where fly back to Kathmandu by Chartered Helicopter enjoying the panoramic Himalayan views. After Helicopter landing at the Kathmandu airport then transfer to Hotel. PM: Enjoy the day in Kathmandu just by strolling around and shopping or just relaxing at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

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