Everest Base Camp Heli TrekEverest Base Camp Heli Trek

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Duration10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Max. Altitude5555 meters
  • Starts/EndsLukla/Lukla
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • Group SizeMin. 1 Pax.
  • Best SeasonAutumn, Spring, and Winter
  • Hike to the famous Everest Base Camp following the legendary footsteps of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary.
  • Hike through several Sherpa villages, museums, and monasteries, and enjoy the local culture.
  • Witness several wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Bird’s eye aerial views of panoramic peaks while flying back to Kathmandu by Helicopter.
  • Stand tall in the middle of 7000- and 8000-meter mountains at Kala Patthar.

Classic Trek Nepal brings you the premium way of trekking experience in the Everest region: Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. It is a single trip with the EBC Trekking and Helicopter Tour around Everest simultaneously. The normal Everest Base Camp Trek 12 days is a standard itinerary for people with enough time to explore Everest. However, this EBC Heli Trek is a classic trip with amazing views of Everest, natural sceneries, Sherpa Land, Khumbu Glacier, Rivers, suspension bridges, etc. Moreover, the splendid views of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. from Kala Pathhar are always breathtaking.

Keeping the time adventure alive with the trek and Heli Tours at the same time, we have customized Everest Base Camp Heli Trek for people who have a short time in Nepal. The trek allows you to experience the trek at first followed by the spectacular Heli ride back to Kathmandu. In between this trip, you will pass through Sagarmatha National Park and different Sherpa villages. Putting the towering peaks aside, get to know about the Sherpa Culture and Himalayan wildlife at the same time. Visit to Tengboche Monastery is the best way to experience the Buddhist and Sherpa Culture.

Let’s Join and Book your next trip with Classic Trek Nepal as per your time and requirements. We are here to serve you the best trekking experience with safety being a major priority. Moreover, please go through our itinerary and check if it is suitable for you. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to write or contact us to match your time and itinerary.

Why is Everest Base Camp Heli Trek different?

The regular Everest Base Camp Trek takes 12-15 days with walking back from base camp to Lukla. However, on this journey, you will fly back to Kathmandu from the Gorakshep instead of walking down. Completing the all-inclusive Everest Base Camp Trek takes less than two weeks. This trek is best for those people who have a very short time to explore Everest. First, trek through the different Sherpa villages, rivers, forests, steep trails, etc. enjoying the towering mountains.

Is Everest Base Camp Heli Trek best for me?

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek goes up to the altitude of 5500 meters at Kala Patthar. Moreover, you will stay a night at Gorakshep over 5000 meters high. In addition, it demands excellent physical fitness that involves daily walking for 6-7 hours. Hence, if you can pass these challenges, this trek is best for you. Further, if you have previous trekking experience, then this trek would be a real-time experience for you.

Regular Everest Base Camp Trek Vs. Everest Base Camp Heli Trek

To reach the Everest Base Camp, either you can trek or do an Everest Helicopter Tour in a day. Moreover, you can opt to trek up to the base camp and return by Helicopter to Kathmandu. It takes around 12-15 days for Classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Hence, it may not be best for the travelers who have little time to explore the Everest.

Therefore, this Everest Base Camp Heli Trek gives you an option to use your limited time. However, the classic EBC Trek requires more time to complete it. You will retrace the same trail down to Lukla by walking. Whereas, in Heli Trek, you will take a Helicopter charter from Gorakshep and fly back to Lukla or Kathmandu. But the Heli Trek is slightly more expensive than the regular EBC Trek.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek starts with 2 days overnight stay at Kathmandu after your arrival. Then you will take a nervous and exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The real trek begins after teaming up at Lukla with a porter and a guide. You will spend a night at Phakding and move to Namche Bazaar for a few nights. After exploring the Namche Bazaar, the trek continues through the Sagarmatha National Park to Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. Lastly, hiking to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathhar leads to your ultimate goals. After catching up with close views of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, etc. from the top, you will return by Helicopter. The Helicopter ride from Everest Base Camp allows you to get too close to the mountains from the air. It is an enthralling lifetime experience for any traveler.


The first day of your adventure starts with a thrilling fight from Kathmandu to Lukla. However, sometimes due to air traffic and the optimization of Domestic airports, flights can operate from Manthali Airport. It takes 4 hour’s drive from Kathmandu to reach Manthali airport, Ramechap. After you arrive at Lukla, you start your first footsteps of this trek and walk to Phakding. Overnight stay at Phakding in Tea house. The trekking distance you will cover today is around 4 miles.

  • Max Altitude:2860 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:3-4 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the trail starts through the forests and traditional villages of the Sherpa people. Likewise, you will see Yak pastures and farmlands along the way. As you reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance, a glimpse of Thamserku can be seen.  The trail continues toward Namche Bazaar, the beautiful tourist hub of the Khumbu Region. You will walk around 5 miles today. Overnight stay at Namche.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is for your rest day and acclimatize yourself to the altitude and weather of this region. However, a rest day doesn’t mean we lay in bed all day. We will hike around the Namche village or visit some local schools. During the walk, you can see the views of Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), and of course Mt. Everest (8848.86m). Overnight stay at Namche.

  • Max Altitude:3440 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:2-3 hours Hike
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail today is somewhat easy. Neither do you have to climb up nor climb down. You can take your time to capture some beautiful mani walls, Stupas, prayer flags, and mountains. The trail is somewhat dusty along the way. But the views of the mountains are outstanding. Overnight stay at Tengboche. You will cover around 6 miles today.

  • Max Altitude:3956 meter
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:5-6 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trekking trail is quite difficult today. It follows the route of Imja Khola before ascending the desolate field of Dingboche. Moreover, you are reaching to the highest Sherpa village in the Khumbu Region. The views of Ama Dablam from Dingboche are spectacular. The distance is around 8 miles to cover today. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

  • Max Altitude:4380 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

When you gain elevation, it is very essential to have another day for acclimatization. However, there are few options for day hikes just to remain proactive. You can hike up to the base of Nangkar Tshang Peak which takes around 5 hours to complete. It is very important to keep your body moving even when you have a rest day. Overnight stay at Dingboche.

  • Max Altitude:4380 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:3-4 Hours hike
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek starts with a moderate ascent to the valley of Pheriche. Along the way, we pass through Yak pastures. Mt. Ama Dablam keeps rising as we walk towards the valley. The challenging part of this trail is passing through Thokla Pass. During the trek, you will get to see the views of Nuptse, Lhotse, etc. We will be covering around 10 miles today. Overnight stay at Lobuche.

  • Max Altitude:4938 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is one of the most exciting days of this trek. We climb up to the viewpoint of Mt. Everest. The first 3 hours of the trek go through the rough trail until Gorakshep. Then we take lunch and head towards Kalapatthar. The views of the mountains from Kalapatthar are simply outstanding. We will be standing at 5545 meters enjoying 360-degree views of Mt. Everest. It is a vantage point for photographers. We will walk around 10 miles today.

  • Max Altitude:5550 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will hike to Everest Base Camp early in the morning. But, if we were unable to make it to Kalapatthar on day 10 then we can trek to Kalapatthar today as well. After returning to Gorakshep, you will take Lunch and fly back to Kathmandu by Helicopter. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of soaring peaks, Sagarmatha National Park, tranquil villages, etc. from the eagle eye views. After you land at the Airport, our staff will pick you up in a private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. 

  • Max Altitude:5364 meters
  • Accommodation:Tea House
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Route Map
Everest Base Camp Heli Trek map
What's Included
  • Arrival and Departure in a private vehicle.
  • Domestic flight arrival and departure.
  • Gorakshep to Kathmandu Helicopter Charter Costs. 
  • Kathmandu-Lukla flight ticket fare 
  • Khumbu Region Municipality entry permit card
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit card
  • Guide Expenses for 9 days including his salary, meals, accommodations, etc. 
  • 2-night Hotels in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation during the trek in tea houses.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trek.
  • All government and local taxes. 
What's not Excluded
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Expenses during the trek like hot shower, wifi, laundry, etc. 
  • Drinks and Beverages during the trek.
  • Travel insurances.
  • Porter (if you need it costs USD 20 per day)
  • Tips to guides and porters.
Good to Know

Useful information before the trek is always helpful for our clients. Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is quite challenging and adventurous too. However, if you do this trek the right way at the right time then, you can achieve this feat quite easily. Here is the most useful information that will help for successful Everest Base Camp Trekking:

  • Recheck your trekking gear, permit cards, and flight tickets before you start your trek. A small first aid that might be helpful if you get altitude sickness or any other injury. 
  • Follow the guidance of your trekking guide. 
  • Stay hydrated throughout gout the whole day.
  • If you feel dizziness or symptoms of altitude sickness, kindly talk to your guide. 
  • Watch at your pace, never rush. 
  • Respect the culture and lifestyle of the local people.
Clients Reviews
  • Wonderful Time

    The agency was top notch, the manager picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the airport. The flight is fantastic. Each person has a porthole and a hostess comes to explain to us the mountains that we see until the explore Everest.

    AnikaAustralia,June 2023
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