Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter-10 Days

If you want to conquer the Everest base camp and have a trekking experience but have less than two week’s time then trekking to Everest base camp and returning by helicopter is the best option. Flying back through a chartered helicopter saves four days of vital time.

Everest Base Camp Trek with returning via chartered helicopter is an adventure and one of the most motivating and magnificent journey you will embark on, all over the world and it is luxurious to see the stunning view of Khumbu valley and the Sherpa land while on Helicopter. In case, you encounter any difficulty on walking and trekking upto the base camp then  don’t you worry! Our hired helicopter will pick you up from where you are and you can easily reach the camp, Kalapatthar and finally, fly back to Kathmandu enjoying the great mountain vistas. The Everest base camp is famous for its active culture exchange and the perfect view of the Himalayan ranges such as Mt Lhotse, Nuptse and changtse . Numerous Buddhist flag colors the area providing the majestic and delightful atmosphere.

The Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The journey to the base camp then begins by travelling through the Sagarmatha National park which is a rocky and spectacular landscape. While hiking up you will have an opportunity to enjoy the calm mountain atmosphere, monastery visit and the Sherpa culture in the Namche Bazaar. Namche bazaar (3440m) is the capital of Sherpas and a gateway to the Mt. Everest. Someday should be spent in the Namche Bazaar for the proper recovery and gathering energy for higher altitudes. The Vastness of Thyangboche monastery (3880m) can be explored before heading to Dingboche(4360m).

The alpine landscape becomes more rugged on climbing the tree line to Gorak Shep(5288m) through Lobuche(4930m). The trek to Everest Base Camp (5545m) over the Khumbu glacier moraines is a challenging effort yet achievable and rewarding. The panoramic view of the Himalayan region and stunning glaciers around seen from vantage point Kalapathhar will make you understand the immense international plea gained by the Mt. Everest and Sagarmatha National Park.

After arriving at the Everest base Camp, trekkers will have an opportunity to explore new surrounding and enjoy their achievements. Instead of hiking down to Lukla from the Everest base camp, trekkers will fly back from Pheriche which is just below the Everest base camp. This is a lifetime adventure you will ever embark on. It’s a combination of adventurous trek and gaining lifetime memories and highly recommended for those looking to explore new cultures.

Trip Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter

  • Enjoy the trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla from Kathmandu with close proximity with world’s tallest peaks
  • Observe the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Variety of floras and faunas at the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site)
  • Visit the Tengboche Monastery situated at the height of 3860m
  • Discover beautiful blend of rich Buddhist & Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Attend the Everest Base Camp and a decent walk on the Khumbu Glacier
  • Breath taking view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
  • Exciting flight back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours]
Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Day 04 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours
Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]
Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m) [5 hours]
Day 07 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m) [5 hours]
Day 08 : Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) & return Gorak Shep [7 hours]
Day 09 : Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) & return Gorak Shep to fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered helicopter
Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by our representative who will take us to our hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours]
After breakfast, drive to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to catch the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It’s about 40 minute’s flight passing over the majestic mountains and considered one of the beautiful air-route in the world. Finally landing at Tenzing-Hillary airstripe in Lukla. Meet the trekking crew and you will start the trek to Phakding after some brief rest. The trail is filled up with green landscape and scenic view of Kusum Kangaru. O/N at Lodge.

Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
After breakfast, trek starts with stiff walk through beautiful pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River and crossing the Hillary suspension bridge. Then you will reach the check-post and the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. You will reach Chautra after further walking and get rewarded with the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. After two hours of continue walking will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Everest and the administrative headquarter of the Khumbu region. This high mountain settlement has many restaurants, hotels, shops, local market.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 04 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours
Today is set for acclimatization as it’s very important whilst trekking in the high altitude. The full day is spent getting used to the high altitude and environment of higher elevations. After lunch, you will go for a short hike towards the Everest View Hotel from where some great panoramic views of the Khumbu peaks including Mt. Everest can be witnessed. Later on back to Namche. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]
Trek starts after breakfast to Tengboche en-route witnessing majestic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku peaks. The trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. It passes through Kayangjuma and reaches Sanasa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp. You will walk further crossing the Dudh Koshi bridge to reach Punki Thenga – a small village with few teahouses and lodges. The trail now slightly turns to a rougher climb to reach Tengboche. Tengboche is the a good spot to observe Everest, Nuptse & Amadablam. Tengboche has the biggest monastery and it’s the spiritual center of the Khumbu region. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m) [5 hours]
The trek today is towards the summer valley known as Dingboche. You will choose the upper trial passing thru several Chortens, Mani walls & small villages. Cross the Imja Khola including the village of Pangboche (3,900m). En-route keep up spotting the majestic views of Amadablam and other Himalayan ranges. Then the trail enters the Imja Valley and descends into the Lobuche River. You will then climb continuously to finally reach Dingboche. You can spot beautiful green fields protected by stone walls from cold wind and animals. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m) [5 hours]
After breakfast trek to Lobuche climbing towards Duglha thru the Khumbu Khola Valley. You will continue your walk reaching Dusa, Phulung Karpo and reach Chola Lake. En-route spot some great view of Mt. Pumori. After crossing a small bridge the trail ascends to Duglha from where spectacular Himalayan views can be seen. You still climb up passing thru Chupki Larka and still continue till reaching Lobuche. We might feel some breathing disorder due to high altitude but no need to panic. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) & return Gorak Shep [7 hours]
Today is the special day to achieve the ultimate destination of the trek – Everest Base Camp. The trail is with many ups and downs in high altitude and you may feel tired but the journey is still worthwhile. It takes about 3 hours of steady hiking to reach the base camp. Upon reaching the base camp, enjoy the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and icefall. This exactly is the point from where expedition to Mt. Everest begins. After base camp, you will return to Gorakshep. O/N at Lodge.

Day 09 : Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) & return Gorak Shep to fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered helicopter
Wrapping up the Everest Base Camp Trek and today you will fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter. Early in the morning, you will hike towards Kala Pathar (5550m) known for offering splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains including Mt. Everest. At the Kala Pathar 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 enjoying the panoramic Himalayan views onboard the flight and make sure you have a camera or handy-cam to capture the spectacular mountain drama as it unfolds. The flight then lands at the Kathmandu airport and you will be met by our representatives who shall transfer you to your hotel. PM: Enjoy the day in Kathmandu just by strolling around and shopping or just relaxing at the hotel. In the evening, we shall take you for a Farewell Dinner at one of the Nepali authentic restaurant. O/N at Hotel.

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination
As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by our  representatives to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu.

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