Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return - 11 days

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11 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
1 or more
Private car, plane  and Helicopter 
Best Season
September to December March to May
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Basic tea house Lodge during the trek.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All meals include during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch ,Dinner)
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Lukla-Namche- Dingboche-Kalapathar-Kathmandu


    • Explore the historical and cultural city of Kathmandu Valley. 
    • Take a scenic flight to Lukla.
    • Explore the exciting Sherpa villages of Everest including Phakding, Namche Bazar, Tengboche, and more.
    • Hike the best mountain viewpoints of Everest viewpoint, Nagarjuna Hills, and Kalapatthar to collect the greatest mountain views. 
    • Visit the famous Buddhist monasteries of Everest- Tengboche and Dingboche Monastery. 
    • Collect the best mountain views including Mount Everest, Amadablam, and more.
    • Hike Kalapatthar for the best sunrise experience. 
    • Take the best helicopter ride back from Gorakshep to Kathmandu.
    • Create a lifetime memory with A1 Trek Pvt Ltd. 

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Enjoy the adventure within the dramatic scenery of the world’s tallest stunning peaks around Khumbu Valley. 

Adventure A trekking company offers Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return. An exciting and enjoyable adventure in the comfort of a helicopter on the way back to Kathmandu Valley. A great way to enjoy the experience with exciting thrills making the trekking days as short as possible.

Everest base camp with Helicopter Return covers most of the main highlights that the high Khumbu and Everest region has to offer. 

This Trek is not very difficult to reach the world's highest Everest base camp at 5,364 m amidst the massif Khumbu glaciers. On the way up from Namche Bazar to Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return the path divert to Everest Gokyo Ri, EBC With Island peak climb, Labuche peak climb, And many more adventure activity. 

especially, people who want to make the Everest Base camp trek instead of other trekking in the Everest region, who have longer time and want more fun and risky trekking they choose peak climbing or climbing & expedition. 

The Everest base camp or as EBC trek, in short, is where Adventure A One provides a full package at an affordable price. For all interested people to enjoy the fascinating Everest base camp trek as well for solo or individual trekkers.

The Everest base camp with Helicopter Return Trek starts from the busy spot of Lukla town with the only airport around the high Khumbu valley. The walk follows a pleasant trail through several nice traditional Sherpa villages lined with Buddhist monuments and colorful prayer flags. Slowly the walk enters Sagarmatha National Park, the name for Everest in Nepal, and is known as Chomolungma by the Sherpa. 

From the park entrance heading towards high elevation, taking slowly taking care and precaution against altitude sickness. After a scenic walk reach the famous Namche Bazaar, the major hub of Khumbu villagers and trekkers as well.

Trekkers are surprised to find fine lodges for all types of visitors as per the Everest Base camp trek packages. A delightful large village almost the size of a town, where one can have the options. From budget to Everest base camp trek in luxury as per Everest base camp trekking cost.

Namche holds a weekly colorful and busy marker every Saturday, hence the name tagged as Namche Bazaar. Have an extra day at Namche Bazaar for an acclimatization short hike to explore the views and cultures of scenic Khumbu.

The adventure continues heading higher terrain toward the beautiful location at Tengboche and the majestic colorful monastery. 

Enjoy a tour of the monastery of great religious interest, along with a superb panorama of snow-clad peaks. Overlooking Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and magnificent Ama Dablam with Kantega, Tharmasarku, and Kwangde peaks.  

From Tengboche onward tree lines and lush vegetation drop for arid and barren mountain wilderness. The walk follows through the last permanent Pangboche village to scenic Imjatse Valley, where a Dingboche settlement is located. 

A pleasant picturesque place to spend extra days for acclimatization and hiking to the high Nagarjung hill. The hilltop of Nagarjuna offers stupendous views of surrounding snow peaks as far as Mount Makalu. Includes views of Island Peak, after an enjoyable stop in Dingboche, then on the trail to Everest base camp.

The high-altitude trail leads to a small settlement at Lobuche, where the walk continues toward our main destination. As walk follows the rugged terrain trail over a moraine of rocks and ice to Everest base camp. 

After reaching the small place of Gorakshep, our last overnight stop around the high Khumbu and Everest region.

While at Everest base camp enjoy the dramatic scenery of arctic landscapes covered in remorseless fields of ice and snow. Enclosed by giant peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse with adjoining staggering mountains, and then back to Gorakshep. Next early morning a steep climb on top of Kalapathar hill, the highest point of the adventure. Rewards stunning panorama of surrounding peaks with Mt. Pumori and Mount Everest at close distance.

On completing the major highlights of the adventure a swift panoramic flight on a helicopter brings you to Kathmandu from Khumbu Glacier. After a marvelous glorious experience on the Everest base camp trek with a Helicopter return adventurous trip.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Difficulty

Everest base camp's difficulty depends upon trekkers' fitness and ability to cope with rough high altitude terrain. Everest base camp is not that hard the only difficulty is climbing uphill with thin air to breathe. 

From Lukla onward, for a few days, the walk leads on a gradual path with few shorts and ups.

The walk up on the undulating trail to Namche Bazaar at 3,440 m high can lead to difficulty for some trekkers. Taking slow and having enough short rest will make the journey possible and easier to handle the steepness.

Staying in Namche Bazaar for two nights will support acclimatization at the high altitude before reaching higher destinations. From Namche onward, there are a few steep ups to encounter, like climbing up to Tengboche, amidst beautiful woods.

Taking a slow pace and a short refreshing break will be good on a climb to Tengboche which takes a maximum of two hours. After Tengboche leaves the forest behind heading towards a higher country, where the air gets much thinner.

The walk from Tengboche is on a gradual slow uphill, but to rise in elevation makes the pace slower. Trekkers need to stop and take a break until they feel well enough to move onward. The other steep section en route to Everest base camp is a short steep and strenuous climb atop Thugla Pass.

On reaching the top rest of the walk to Lobuche is pleasant, but one feels quite breathless at the high altitude in the Nepal Himalayas. From Lobuche, the walk is enjoyable with short ups above Khumbu glacier and over a moraine of rocks to Gorakshep.

From Gorakshep taking a refreshing stop, the walk follows on winding gradual path to Everest base camp. Just before reaching the Everest base camp, might come across some obstacles like slipper icy path and crossing streams.

The path around the Everest base camp is broken by smaller icy cold rivulets and stepping on slippery stepping stones. However, the walk is not difficult landscape-wise, the next and hardest is the climb to Kalapathar.

Kalapathar is the highest point viewing Mount Everest for trekkers in Khumbu Valley. this is one of the adventures at 5,545 m high and is one of the best spots for excellent panoramic views. Walking early in the fresh morning cool air, a steep strenuous climb of two hours or less. The first section of the climb from Gorakshep is steep to a hard grassy field, where most helicopters land.

The walk continues gradually up as you face marvelous views of Mount Everest and if you want to know more about Everest click here, and the surrounding high peaks. Feeling worth the climb and all the difficulties facing the closest views of majestic Mt. Everest at a stone's throw distance.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Cost:

Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, depending upon the size of a group from 2-3 or 4-5 people. Remember for more than 5 people, the helicopter does a shuttle trip to and from Lukla or Kathmandu. As well as using another chopper. The cost varies as per the interest of trekkers staying overnights from the budget, standard to luxury lodges on route Everest base camp.

On average, the trek cost comes to US $ 1,500 per person in the minimum group of 2-3 people. For a maximum of 4-5 people is US $ 1,350 per person that is on a twin-sharing basis at tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis. On treks, the best standard lodge includes 3 times meals B-L-D with twin-sharing accommodation. Accompanied by expert guides and porters to carry heavier baggage throughout the trek. Includes applicable trekking and park fees, as well as flight fare to Lukla and the cost of a helicopter on a sharing basis.

The package cost does not include a single supplement in rooms either in Kathmandu or on treks. Meals in Kathmandu, expenses of a personal nature, tipping/gratitude. For Luxury Everest base camp trek, at an extra cost depending upon the interest of the group. In the standard lodge, tea-house, hot showers and charging electronic items at extra cost. Including extra boiled and filtered drinking water throughout the trekking days.

Personal Travel & Medical Insurance:

When booked with Adventure for an Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, all client needs Medical / Travel Insurance. 

Where helicopter or normal flight can get delayed or lead to cancellation due to unfavorable and bad weather sometimes. As Himalayan weather even at the best time of the year can be unpredictable. In this situation, your Travel Insurance will come in handy to get reimbursed by your insurance company. Similarly, someone gets very sick and cannot continue the whole trek due to personal or health problems. After coming back to Kathmandu if you have time and interest you can go sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

As well due to altitude sickness, emergency evacuation by the fastest means of transport and that is chartering a helicopter. Where immediate rescue will be taken care of by Adventure A one to bring the patient back to Kathmandu hospital. For this type of situation, Medical Insurance is very important and a must to obtain from your insurance back home.   

The Best Seasons for Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return:

The best season is spring starts from March to May when days are much longer with enough sunlight hours. 

The right time for wildflowers in their seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. Days are bright and sunny but can get cloudy in the late afternoon, cold morning, and nighttime. Expect rain and snowfall sometimes around higher elevations.

The next best season is autumn/fall starts from September to November. 

Most days are fine and clear for views and walks, but short days are due to sunlight hours. Cold in the morning, late afternoon, and night times, and chances of snowfall sometimes.

Interested people can trek during the winter times of December to February, most days are fine and clear. But days are shorter due to minimum sunlight hours, could be snowfall sometimes. 

The Total Distance for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

Approx. 62 k.m. or 38.5 miles from Lukla to Everest base camp. The above mileage does not cover the extra walk to Kalapathar which is approx. 4 k.m. one way. The surface distance from Kathmandu to Lukla is 366 k.m. and the flying distance is 138 k.m. taking only 30 to 35 minutes. From Ramechap flight takes 20-25 minutes only. 

The Models and types of Helicopter Adventure Adventure A one provides:

Depending on the size of a group operates various types and models of a helicopter. For more than 5 people, the pilot will shuttle to and from Lukla or Pheriche. 

The Helicopter features:

Fail-Safe Design, Comfortable Seating Arrangements, 5 seats excluding Pilot Suitable for all types of helicopter missions, fly up to an altitude above 5,181 meters or 16,000 feet. Average 1-2 hours on Helicopter back to Kathmandu reaching the hotel by lunchtime.

Tengboche Monastery Mani Rimdu Festival Events:

Mani Rimdu Festival of Tengboche takes place every year in the month of the October or first week and mid-November. According to the Buddhist Lunar Calendar, the Mani Rimdu is performed in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in October or November during the full moon time. For this year celebrating from 08th to 10th November 2022. 

Mani Rimdu Festival takes place in its monastery premises a colorful and exciting event. The festival starts with Wang/blessing day to Chan / Masked dance performed by monks and priests and lastly, the closing day called Jinsak.

Trekkers can observe the ancient traditional mask dance where monks clad in ceremonial dress depicting Demons and Gods and then drive evils with prayers by the monks and high official Lama Priest.

On these two days observe the Mani Rimdu performance inside the complex of The monastery courtyard, witness local Sherpa people in their traditional attire performing religious rites and offerings in the Mani Rimdu festival. The Mani Rimdu festival is one of the most important for the Sherpa community which is held as per the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. 

Mani Rimdu Festival follows with a series of masked dances where monks and priests clad in elaborate masks and costumes dramatize the triumph of Buddhism an ancient animistic religion sect of Tibet. 

Important Note

As per the Itinerary can customize as your need and the primary piece of gear for day hiking is about 15/20 Liter. you can keep your personal belongings in this bag.

Trip Itinerary

As your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, A one Trek representative welcome you and will help you to transfer to the hotel. You can then take a good rest in the hotel. Later you can explore around yourself if interested. 

  • Accommodation: at a 3-star category hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 

Early morning flight, you will be arriving at Lukla airport. At Lukla, meet the porters before starting the trek. The route to Phakding is an easy one. Just keep on your eyes as the finest views of Kusum Kanguru can be collected. Phakding is a small settlement on the Dudh Koshi river bank. Enjoy a comfortable night's stay at the Phakding teahouse.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Start the day with a good breakfast. Get into Monjo then enter Sagarmatha National Park- the home to the greatest Himalayan flora and faunas. The dense forest of blue pine, deodar, Rhododendron, and more. On a clear day, you can also catch the first glimpse of Mount Everest on the way up to Namche Bazar. After six hours of trek, you will be reaching Namche Bazar- which is also famous as the Sherpa capital. Namche is the home of famous mountaineers. You will be staying two nights at Namche before heading up. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After breakfast, you will be hiking up to Everest view point to collect 360 views of the mountains. The viewpoint offers stunning views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest. Later in the afternoon, you can explore Namche Bazar or can take a good rest in your hotel. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After spending two amazing nights at Namche Bazaar, you will be trekking Tengboche this day. The route to Tengboche is fascinating as it covers the greatest views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and more. Tengboche is the village with the biggest Buddhist monastery in Everest. Make sure to visit the Tengboche monastery. Later in the evening, you can collect a greater view of sunset in the Himalayas. The overnight will be at a local teahouse.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Start the hiking after breakfast. The route to Dingboche is mostly uphill where you will be crossing several suspension bridges and local villages. One of the best villages you cross on the day is Pangboche village which offers greater views of mount Ama Dablam. Occasionally, this section offers the spotting of snow leopard and Himalayan musk deer too. Located at 4410 meters above sea level, Dingboche is a small settlement, where you will be spending two nights. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

After breakfast, take a short hike to Nagarjun hills. It is the vintage point to collect the best views of Mount Amadablam, Lhotse, Labuche, and more. Then retrace back to the lodge and spend the day taking a good rest.

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Enter the valley of dusted snowed grasslands, you can enjoy the greater views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Pumori, and more along the way. Labuche today’s overnight place is a small Sherpa settlement with a few teahouses around. Take a good sleep with the excitement of getting to Everest base camp the next day. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

On the most exciting day, you will first trek to Gorakshep for three hours. You will then have your lunch there. Post lunch, leave your bag packs and start the hike to Everest base camp with some essentials (day pack, water, camera, and some chocolates). It takes ninety minutes to get to base camp from Gorakshep. Enjoy the moments, collect the memories and leave a footprint at Everest base camp. Then retrace back to Gorakshep for the night. 

  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis.

Early morning, get to Kalapatthar to collect the best sunrise view. Kalapatthar is actually the better place to see closer views of Mount Everest. Collecting the sunrise view at Kalapatthar is the best experience of the whole trek. You will then get back to Gorakshep for the breakfast. After breakfast, you will be taking the best helicopter ride back to Kathmandu from Gorakshep. You will be then transferred to the hotel. In your free time, you can take a good rest. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included. 
  • Accommodation: at a 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis.

With all the finest memories, today you will be flying to your next destination. Our representative will be transferred to Kathmandu airport. With the hope to see you again in Nepal, we will be saying bye for this time. 

  • Food: Breakfast Included. 

Not satisfied with this itinerary? Make your own.


    • Airport pick up and drop off during international flight arrival, departure, and local flight by a private vehicle. 
    • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu at a 3-star category on a twin/double sharing BB basis.
    • All the entrance fees, and the permits needed for the trip.
    • Drive to Ramechhap Manthali from Kathmandu and Drive from Manthali to Kathmandu.
    • Domestic flight (Manthali to Lukla and Lukla to Manthali). 
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses during the trekking.
    • Guide Porter(s) food during the trekking and their all expenses.
    • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking 
    • Tea house accommodation during the trekking. 
    • Guide and porter insurance. 
    • First Aid kit with basic medications.
    • Water purification tablet.
    • Sleeping Bag and walking poll for the trek if it is Necessary. 
    • Everest Region Trekking map. 
    • All the government taxes and the company service charges.
    • Farewell Dinner in the Nepali Restaurant.
    • Certificate of achievement to the Final Destination Everest Base Camp.

Doesn't Include

    • International airfare, Travel Insurance, and Nepal Visa Fees  
    • Food in Kathmandu. 
    • Extra WIFI, hot shower, boiled water, and electricity charge the devices during the trekking.
    • Laundries and beverages 
    • Tips for Guide, Porters.


    • Trekking Map of Everest Region
    • Welcome and welfare Dinner in Nepali cultural dance shows the restaurant
    • A1trek company logo print T-shirt
    • Trekking Certificate of a1trekking company name with a stamp.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is possible to get a helicopter from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu or flight Lukla, but with proper and reliable local trekking agents. Adventure Aone will book the helicopter well in advance flight to Lukla or straight to Kathmandu.

Taking a helicopter from the Everest base camp needs to be booked earlier with respective Helicopter companies. Where Adventure Aone has good relations with all the local private helicopter companies. Making it much easier to get the helicopter service on time for our Valuable Clients.

Our trip cost is based on sharing basis to make the helicopter cost affordable to all our members. Taking part in Everest base camp with a helicopter return journey to Kathmandu. Where each member can share the cost to Adventure Aone but it is mostly added to the trip cost as per the size of a group.

Helicopters can land at Everest base camp depending upon the pilot’s decision and landing space availability. Most helicopters land at Gorakshep or on the base of Kalapathar Hill, where trekkers can catch good views of Mt Everest. 

From Everest base camp the views of Mt. Everest are obstructed by adjoining peaks. Landing at Everest base camp is quite risky sometimes, due to avalanches, rock falls, and the movement of glaciers. The Helipad changes every season of the year at Everest base camp. The best and safe place to land the helicopter is at Gorakshep or near which is about 3-4 k.m. ahead of Everest base camp.

Normally most trekking itineraries with a walk of 3-4 days back to Lukla, and taking a normal flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. But on this trek to Everest base camp with helicopter return, taking the comfort of a chopper. For the return journey back to Kathmandu from the safe and best helipad at Gorakshep near Everest base camp.

As this is a full package trip where all food and accommodation include the fare of a normal flight to Lukla. As well as a Helicopter on the return flight to Kathmandu, for personal expenses like refreshing drinks, water, and snacks or buying souvenirs. Including tips for the trekking staff and porters, best to carry about US$ 300 to 

US$ 500 per person. But best to carry the amount in Nepali Rupees as much as possible to make it easier to buy something for your interest. 

Travel and Medical Insurance are compulsory as you are traveling in the remote corners and highest region of the Himalayas. Where things can go wrong without expectations, like bad weather for some days, landslides, or heavy snow.

In this case, the domestic flight can be delayed or lead to cancellations, which is beyond Adventure Aone control. In this situation, your travel insurance plays a great part to get a refund or reimbursement to claim from your insurance.

Similarly, for medical insurance, if someone gets seriously ill, or gets wounded in an accident. As well as getting severe altitude sickness all seriously sick victims need immediate evacuation by any means of fast transportation. The helicopter is the fastest and quickest transportation to bring sick people back to the hospital in Kathmandu. Where your Medical Insurance will take care of some of the expenses as per the policy-wise on buying the insurance. 

Yes, it is possible can be done first of all when booking with Adventure Aone needs to notify well in advance. So that the company will book the necessary arrangement ahead. Adventure Aone offers various wide-range of exciting destinations besides trekking. Where one can extend the holidays and enjoy a trip to Chitwan National Park for a wildlife safari, or take a thrill by rafting the white waters of the Himalayan Rivers. Can enjoy mountain biking as well other interesting Adventure Sports in Kathmandu as well in beautiful Pokhara city around the Annapurna Himalayas. 

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Best everest base camp helicopter trek!!

I recently did the Everest Base Camp trek with Adventure A One Treks, and it was an absolutely incredible experience! The trek was well-organized, and the staff was professional and knowledgeable. I was able to get a fantastic view of Mount Everest from Kalapathar. The helicopter return with a landing at the base camp was an amazing experience. The flights were smooth, and the view of the Himalayas from the air was breathtaking. I would highly recommend Adventure A One Treks to anyone looking for an unforgettable trekking experience. 5 stars!

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