Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return 12 days

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The Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter return is a popular and luxurious way to experience the beauty of the Everest region trek in Nepal. This trek combines the thrill of trekking to Everest Base Camp with the convenience and speed of a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.

Day 1 Arrive to Kathmandu

Upon your arrival time, a our representative will reach Kathmandu International Airport [TIA] to welcome and receive you. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you can refresh and relax. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Kathmandu

Tour preparation and Sightseeing around the Hotel

After breakfast, the tour guide takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa will be visited. In the evening, the trekking guide gives you a briefing about the Everest Base Camp trek itinerary.

Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Start your day by visiting Swayambhunath, an ancient Buddhist stupa located on a hilltop. Enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley from the top and observe the playful monkeys that inhabit the area.

Boudhanath Stupa: Proceed to Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Nepal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This magnificent stupa is a significant religious site for Tibetan Buddhists and a hub for spiritual activities.

Pashupatinath Temple: Next, visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Witness the sacred Hindu cremation ceremonies along the Bagmati River and experience the profound spiritual ambiance of this revered site.

Patan Durbar Square: Visit Patan Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the city of Lalitpur (Patan). It is known for its well-preserved Newari architecture, ancient temples, and courtyards.

Day 3 Kathmandu - Phakding via Lukla (2,652m) 3 hrs

Wake up early today to catch a mountain flight to Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest. Unload your rucksacks and start trekking toward Phakding. En route, you will pass through pine and oak forests with the occasional chirping sound of birds. Overnight in Phakding.

Day 4 Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 5-6 hrs

Have a warm breakfast and take in the crispy air. The trail leaving Phakding parallels the Dudkhosi River alongside the forested hills. Crossing of the suspension bridge over the confluence of Bhotekoshi and Dudhkoshi allows for a first glimpse of Everest and other peaks. The last segment is a fairly uphill trek till you reach Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5 Namche Bazaar

Today is an acclimatization day. You will spend exploring and learning about the sights and sounds of Namche Bazaar. Or alternatively, you can hike up to Everest View Hotel, one of the world's highest hotels to capture an amazing panorama of Mahalangur Himalayan ranges including Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Choaltse, and so forth. Afterward, return to Namche and spend the evening in cozy Namche cafes or pubs. Overnight in Namche.

Day 6 Namche - Tengboche (3,870m) 5-6 hrs

As the dawn breaks, you carry a rucksack and march down the trail ahead. The section between Namche and Tengboche is fairly easy as you walk into serene forests of oaks, pines, and magnolia. Tengboche Monastery is one of the most sacred Himalayan monasteries built by the Sherpa community some 300 years ago. The monastery is in a vantage position affording a stunning view of Mt. Ama Dablam. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 7 Tengboche - Dingboche (4,360 m) 5-6 hrs

The trail from Tengboches first goes downhill pass the quiet forests. As you continue to walk further, the vegetation changes as trees give way to shrubs and a rocky landscape with occasional walled houses. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 8 Dingboche

Today is another day allocated for acclimatization. Follow your trekking guide on a short hike to the nearby Pangboche Valley. You will have plenty of time to observe local Sherpa culture or enjoy yaks plying on the fields. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 9 Dingboche - Lobuche (4,910) 5-6 hrs

The trail from Dingboche to Lobuch is straightforward along open lands crossed by fresh streams. You will enjoy beautiful Himalayan views of Everest, Lhotse, and Thamserku along this section of trail as well as pay tribute to memorials erected in the name of trekkers and mountaineers who have lost their lives in the Everest region. Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 10 Lobuche - Gorekshep via EBC (5,170m) 8-9 hrs.

This is most probably the best section of trekking on this trip. The trail is a bit rocky and challenging as you walk parallel to Khumbu glaciers on your right. The final section involves negotiating your way through big rocks and boulders. Gorakshep is the last village before the Everest base camp. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 11 Kathmandu - Free time - Farewell Dinner (Heli Return to Kathmandu)

Before taking a helicopter flight back you are heading toward Kalapathar for the best sunrise view then back to Gorekshep. Today is the day of return to Kathmandu by helicopter from Gorekshep. It was an amazing Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. During the helicopter return heli will land in Lukla for fuel and again fly to Kathmandu

Day 12 Farewell Travel Guest

Depending on the time of your departure, our representative will accompany you to Tribhuvan International Airport

What's included

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  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Deluxe Hotel In Kathmandu 3 Nights, twin sharing basis in BB plan
  • All necessary trekking permits and documentation
  • Kathmandu Heritage sightseeing tour guide and Transportation
  • Domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and Helicopter return to Kathmandu
  • Trekking Guide: English-speaking, helpful and professional
  • Meals: (11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners) with hot drinks
  • 8 Night twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodations during trekking
  • Achievement certificate provided by your travel company in Kathmandu
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by the Travel insurance company
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant with a cultural program


  • International flights, Nepal entry visa fee
  • Heritage entry fee during the Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Travel and rescue insurance. Insurance should cover rescue evacuation
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills and personal expenses (phone calls, laundry service, battery recharge, bottles of water, hot water, etc.)
  • Tips for the guide and porter


Available in

Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean

Available for

Students, Adults, Seniors

Departure & Return

Start city: Kathmandu , Nepal

Pick up times available: 6:00

Pick up location: Kathmandu International Airport

Ends at: Kathmandu International Airport

Nearest airport: Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Eco Features:

  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

100% cancellation fee - between 0-7 days before the travel date
30% cancellation fee - between 8-30 days before the travel date
0% cancellation fee - 31 days or more before the travel date

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from $2500 per person