Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter - 11 Days

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Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter
At a Glance
  • Duration11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5555 Meters
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu Airport
  • Ends Kathmandu Airport
Highlights
  • Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the Himalayas. 
  • Get breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. 
  • Step foot at the base camp of the tallest peak, Mount Everest.
  • Explore traditional Sherpa communities along the trail.
  • Witness a wide range of flora and fauna. 
  • Save time and energy by descending from the base camp. 

The Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter is a thrilling package that lets you experience the Himalayan terrain of the Khumbu region. This trip is an excellent option for trekkers who are looking for an adventure that combines both trekking and a thrilling helicopter ride with a bird’s eye view of the high Himalayas.

Embarking on the epic journey to Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter is a dream for many adventure seekers. While most trekkers choose to retrace their steps back to Lukla after reaching Everest Base Camp, there is an alternative option that adds a touch of luxury to your trip, which is returning by helicopter.

Returning from Everest Base Camp by helicopter is an exceptional experience that allows you to fly above the majestic Himalayas and enjoy the magnificent sights from a different perspective. You'll get to witness breathtaking views of iconic peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, etc. 

This trip can be especially suitable for trekkers with less time on their hands and who want to save energy. The helicopter return option also allows you to have more time to explore the Sherpa village and interact with the local communities. 

In conclusion, Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return offers a unique opportunity to enjoy stunning aerial views of the Himalayas, save time and energy, and experience a smooth descent from the high altitudes. 

Join Himalayan Recreation for this memorable adventure to the foot of the mighty Everest. With us, you are always in the care of professionals who have been involved in the travel field for more than a decade. 

The trekking package is made with the best care, keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, We combine the best parts of Khumbu to present you with an experience that will forever be embedded in their memories. This is one trekking journey that definitely should not be missed.

What can you expect on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek?

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek offers a unique and thrilling experience of reaching Everest base camp and completing the journey with a helicopter ride. 

As the journey begins like every other Everest trek from Lukla and takes you through multiple Sherpa villages before you arrive at the base camp. What sets this journey apart from others is the way of concluding the trip with a helicopter ride. 

You can expect stunning aerial views of the Himalayan range, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The helicopter ride provides a birds-eye view of the majestic peaks, vibrant valleys, and breathtaking glaciers. 

It is a perfect trekking journey for fulfilling your adventurous side while also enjoying the walk to the EBC. 

Does the Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter fit you?

The Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter is an ideal choice for adventurers who have limited time or prefer a more comfortable way to complete their trek. 

If you do not have enough time to complete the entire trek by foot but still want to experience the beauty of the Everest region to its best, then the helicopter return option lets you skip the difficult trek back to Lukla.

Also suitable for individuals who find the physical needs of the entire trek challenging, the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return provides a suitable and exciting way to complete your Everest Base Camp journey.

What does a day during the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek look like?

A typical day during the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek starts with breakfast at the teahouse or lodge. You will then begin the walk heading to your designated destinations of the day. 

As you walk through traditional Sherpa villages while witnessing the local culture and lifestyle, you will occasionally get a view of majestic mountains and hills along the trail. 

For lunch, you will stop in one of the villages and enjoy a delicious meal to fuel your energy. After lunch and some rest, you will continue the walk toward the set place of the day. The evenings are usually spent relishing the mesmerizing sunset views and having fun chit-chatting with other fellow trekkers. 

On the final day of the journey, you will have some time at Everest Base Camp to explore the area, take photographs, and soak in the special atmosphere. Afterwards, you will board the helicopter for the return flight, enjoying more breathtaking views as you head back to Lukla.

How challenging is the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a moderately challenging adventure that requires good physical fitness and stamina. One of the main challenges of the Everest Base Camp helicopter trek is the high altitude. As you will be heading to an altitude of over 5000 m, as you ascend to high altitudes, the air becomes thinner, which can lead to altitude sickness. 

Thus, it is essential to acclimatize properly, take regular rest days, and ascend gradually. The landscape along the Everest Base Camp trail includes steep ascents, descents, and rocky paths, and you are required to walk for around 5 to 6 hours each day. So, it is necessary to be prepared with proper clothing and gear. 

With proper preparation, training, and a positive mindset, the Everest Base Camp heli trek can be a rewarding experience. Remember to listen to your body, take breaks and enjoy the stunning view along the way.

How can you get ready for the Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter?

To prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter, it is essential to focus on your physical fitness. You have to make sure that you are healthy enough to complete the walking part of the trip.

To do that, you can engage yourself in regular exercises such as hiking, jogging, or cycling, which will help improve your endurance and stamina. Another thing to do is that make sure you have all the essentials ready to embark on the epic EBC trek with a helicopter return. 

Pack appropriate gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a good quality backpack, etc. The last thing to do is prepare yourself mentally for any challenges and unforeseen circumstances that may arise on the route. 

Acclimatization and Safety Precautions for Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter

Acclimatization and safety precautions are of the greatest significance when trekking to Everest Base Camp Return by Helicopter

Keeping in mind all the challenges and risks of the trail, we have carefully curated the package with your safety as the top priority. First of all, it is crucial to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude. Our package itinerary includes a few rest days at specific points to allow your body to adjust to the altitude. 

We furthermore suggest you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the journey. You should avoid excessive alcohol consumption, 
It is also important to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath. If you experience severe symptoms, you should immediately inform your guide. 

Lastly, listen to your guide and follow all the instructions, as they have years of experience in trekking and guiding and always looking out for your safety and well-being during the journey. 

A dream adventure to the Everest Base Camp Trek and Return Back by Helicopter

Embarking on a journey to the Everest Base Camp Trek and Return Back by Helicopter is a dream adventure for trekkers and mountain lovers. This unique package allows you to witness the beauty of the Himalayas from above while also setting foot on Everest Base Camp

With a perfect blend of adventure, comfort, and breathtaking views, the EBC heli trek package offers an extraordinary perspective of the high peaks and deep valleys. 

This trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to experience the magnificence of the Everest region and create everlasting memories of Himalayan adventure as you head back from the base camp with a heli ride. 

Make More Special: Luxury Accommodation Choices for the Everest Helicopter Trek

The accommodation facilities you will get during the trek are basic and simple in the teahouses and lodges. However, if you want to make your journey more exceptional, we also offer options for luxury accommodations. 

Offering a chance to experience luxury stays amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Everest region, this is an option for those who seek to blend adventure with the finest comfort. You will get to experience a luxury Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return through this option. 

From deluxe mountain lodges to deluxe-tented camps, there are a variety of options available for accommodation during the trek that can be customized according to your preference. Through the luxury accommodations, you will get to indulge in the best amenities and stunning dining service while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Himalayas. 

Embark on this extraordinary journey and enjoy a mix of adventure and comfort with our handpicked choice of luxury accommodation on the Everest helicopter trek.

Benefits of choosing us for the Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter Package

  • We have trained and knowledgeable guides with years of experience in leading the trip to the Everest region.
  • We have a safety-focused approach, always keeping our client's safety at the top.
  • All our packages can be customized according to each trekker's time and preference.
  • We focus on small group sizes for personalized attention.
  • We have strong local connections to provide you with an authentic trekking experience.
  • We give high emphasis on sustainable travel practices and environmental sustainability.
  • We have competitive costs and provide value for money.
  • We offer 24/7 customer support during the trek.
  • We give Pre-trip online and offline briefings.

Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of the company’s staff will pick you up and escort you to the hotel. You can have some rest after such a long journey, and in the evening, you will meet your guide. He will briefly explain to you about the upcoming trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Max Altitude:2610m
  • Time:3 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early morning you will have a 30-minute scenic flight to Lukla over the lush green hills and snow-capped mountains. Upon landing in Lukla, you will be walking past the stone-paved streets of the village and trekking along winding trails to arrive in Phakding. Along the journey, you can catch your first glimpses of Kusum Khangkaru (6367m) and Kongde Ri (6168m). Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Phakding.

  • Max Altitude:3440m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will be walking along the side of the Dudh Koshi River passing many small villages. You will reach Monjo, which is the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, and our guide will take care of the permits. Then crossing a suspension bridge and walking a bit ahead, you will arrive at Namche Bazaar. You can enjoy the bustling town’s rich Sherpa ambiance as the town’s streets are lined with small Chortens and prayer wheels. Stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Max Altitude:3900m/3440m
  • Time:2-3 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The town of Namche is a great destination for an overnight stop for acclimatization. The town is one of the most famous towns in the Khumbu region and used to be a rendezvous point for many Nepali and Tibetan traders in ancient times. The town is also amazing for experiencing the Sherpa culture of the Himalayas, and you can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum here. Stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Max Altitude:3860m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Namche Bazaar, the trekking trail continues further towards the Dudh Koshi River Valley, reaching Phunke Tenga—a small settlement that offers an excellent view of Ama Dablam (6856m). Trekking along the alpine forest, you will finally reach Tengboche, the spiritual center of Khumbu. You can visit the famous and large Tengboche Monastery here. The monastery is surrounded by rhododendron-covered forests that are home to the colorful Himalayan monal and mountain eagles. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche.

  • Max Altitude:4410m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Tengboche, you will trek along a well-trodden track that crosses the suspension bridge over the Imja River and passes through the village of Pangboche to reach Dingboche–a famous “summer valley” of the Khumbu region. The village of Dingboche is a quaint mountain settlement that is surrounded by tall hills and towering peaks along with Mani walls and colourful prayer flag-laden monasteries and Chortens. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

  • Max Altitude:4700m/4410m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Max Altitude:4910m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will be walking along the steep trails passing through small villages en route to Lobuche. You will pass by the memorial stone Chortens that were specially made for the people who lost their lives while heading towards the summit of Everest. Then you will ascend along the large Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche. Overnight in a hotel.

  • Max Altitude:5140m/5364m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Lobuche, you will make your way alongside the Khumbu Glacier towards Gorakshep—a sparsely occupied settlement and one of the last stops before the Everest Base Camp. From here, the trail finally reaches the base camp of Mount Everest. Upon your arrival at the base camp, you can witness great sights of the Khumbu Icefall and the various peaks of the Mahalangur Himal Range, including Everest (8848m). After spending some time at the base camp, return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

  • Max Altitude:5555m/1350m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & Dinner

Early in the morning, you will trek to Kala Patthar—one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region. Kala Patthar offers panoramic views of the entire Everest massif. From here, you can enjoy a wonderful sunrise view over the mesmerizing snowy peaks of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range. After enjoying the sunrise at Kala Patthar, you will make your way back to Gorakshep, from where you will take a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. The helicopter ride presents an amazing perspective of the magnificent mountains, and you can also see the dramatic change in the terrain as you fly over the region. The towering peaks are quite brilliant to witness in such a fashion. Overnight stay at a Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast

One of our staff members will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport to connect you with your flight back home.

Route Map

Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter - 11 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • 3 standard meals a day (11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 11 Dinners) during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • The best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Domestic flights (From Kathmandu to Lukla or Manthali to Lukla) include airport departure tax and transfers.
  • Service of Helicopter from Goreakshep to Kathmandu
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Everest trip.
  • Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers).
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee & TIMS Fee
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
  • Government taxes & office service charges
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Dates & Prices

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Ends:Sunday Jul 28, 2024
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Know Before You Go

Best time for Trekking Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return

Although it is possible to embark on the journey to the Everest region throughout the year, there are certain times when it is best for the trek. Here we have explained each season and the pros and cons of trekking. 

  • Spring (March to May)

Spring is one of the best and most popular times of the year for the Trekking Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return. This season offers pleasant weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. 

The vibrant rhododendron trees along the route add more beauty to the trail, and the views of the mountains are spectacular during this time. 

However, as this is also one of the most popular times for the trek, you should be prepared to walk on the trail full of trekkers. 

  • Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is another popular season for Trekking Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies during this time of the year. 

The temperatures are mild, and the trail is surrounded by colorful landscapes. Particularly, the view of the mountains is at its best during this time with no blockage. 

It is also one of the peak trekking seasons, so you can expect more trekkers on the trail.

  • Summer/Monsoon (June to August)

The summer or monsoon season is not an ideal time to complete trips to the Everest region, as it brings warmer temperatures and occasional rainfall. 

The monsoon season can be challenging due to heavy rainfall and increased risk of landslides in some areas. The trail can be further blocked and full of leeches in monsoon. 

The views of mountains are most likely to be blocked due to fog. However, trekking during this time offers lush greenery, fewer crowds, and a special experience in the Himalayas. 

  • Winter (December to February)

Winter is another time of the year that includes the risks of completing the treks. As the season brings colder temperatures, especially at higher altitudes,. The trail may be blocked due to snow, and the weather can be harsh.

However, if you are well-prepared for cold weather with proper gear and equipment, the winter trek can reward you with serene landscapes and fewer trekkers on the trail.

Accommodation facilities during the Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Return

During the Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Return, the accommodation you will get ranges from simple teahouses to luxury lodges. 

You will come across various accommodation facilities that cater to the needs of trekkers. The tea houses or lodges are basic yet comfortable guesthouses that provide you with a place to sleep, eat, and rest. Tea houses usually offer private or shared rooms with cozy beds and blankets. They also have common dining areas where you can enjoy meals and socialize with fellow trekkers. 

In recent years, there has been the availability of luxury lodges along the Everest Base Camp trail that provide a more exclusive option with spacious rooms, attached bathrooms, hot showers, and Wi-Fi. 

While the amenities can be upgraded with several other facilities at a lower altitude, as you move to a higher altitude, it become limited. 

Food choices during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

During the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return, you will have a variety of food choices throughout the journey. The tea houses and lodges along the trail offer a range of meals that cater to different tastes. 

You can enjoy a range of dishes, from traditional Nepali meals to Western cuisine. Dal Bhat, which consists of rice, lentil soup, vegetables, and sometimes meat, is the most common meal for lunch and dinner. You can also enjoy momo and other traditional Nepali dishes like curry, fried rice, and noodle dishes, which are normally available.

For those who prefer international tastes, many tea houses and lodges also offer dishes such as pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and fried rice. Additionally, you can enjoy snacks like energy bars, chocolate, biscuits, and fresh fruits to keep you energized. 

Drinking water facilities during the Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Return

You can easily get access to tap water along the trail of Everest. However, tap water is not considered safe for direct consumption. Thus, you can go for another option, which is mineral water, which is available in lodges and guesthouses. 

As plastics are harmful to the environment, we highly suggest you bring a water filter bottle or filter tablets that can be used for safe drinking water consumption during the trip. 

By using a sustainable way of drinking water, you not only ensure your safety but also contribute to preserving the local environment. 

Permits required for Everest Base camp helicopter trek

For the Everest Base Camp helicopter trek, you will need to have certain permits to enter the Everest region. The two permits required are as follows:

  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit: This is a permit necessary for entering the Sagarmatha National Park, which surrounds the Everest region. The permit costs USD 30 per person for foreigners and costs NPR 1,500 for SAARC nationals.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit: This permit is typical of the local area of the Khumbu region and costs USD 20 per person.

Packing and essentials for the EBC trek with Helicopter return

Here we have prepared a list of all the necessary trekking gear and equipment for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek. Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment and gear. Below Here is the packing list:

  • Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear 
  • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitizer. 

Your trekking companion for the Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter: Himalayan Recreation.

For your  Everest Base Camp Trek and Return by Helicopter, you'll be guided by our experienced and skilled guides. Our package includes guides who are professionally trained with years of experience and have been to the Everest region and back many times. 

Not just the guidance during the trip, but you'll also get a chance to learn and acquire knowledge about the culture, lifestyle, and traditions of the Everest region from our guides. 

As they are highly skilled and have a wide range of knowledge, from mountaineering and trekking to the culture and traditions of Nepal, you can be rest assured that you will have a fun and enjoyable trek. 

Cost and Budgeting for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 2024 and 2025

Cost and budgeting for the Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return in 2024 and 2025 can vary depending on several factors, such as the level of luxury, duration of the trek, itinerary, and inclusions in the package. 

The cost can generally range from USD 2500 to USD 4000, depending on the mentioned factor. As luxury treks typically offer more comfortable accommodations and meals and also include helicopter return flights, permits, guide services, and airport transfers, the cost is higher than another usual trek to the region. 

It is recommended to carry extra costs for the miscellaneous expenses that may arise on the trip, which can be used for extra meals, buying souvenirs, and tipping. 

Group trip Package
We have fixed the departure date for the Everest base camp trek and return by helicopter group trip. Joining a group trip allows you to trek with a group of like-minded individuals which is the best option if you like traveling in a group. 

Also, group trips can be more cost-effective as the expenses are shared among the group, and furthermore, we offer group discounts depending on the number of trekkers in the group, which will lower the cost of the trip more. 

Private trip Package
If you like to travel with a private group or looking to complete the trek with your family and friends, then a private trip is the best choice. 

The private trip provides you with more flexibility and personalized attention, where you get to customize the itinerary, pace, and other factors of the trip according to your preference. 

The cost of private trips can be slightly higher than the cost of group trips, which again depends on the itinerary and the factors you customize. 

Solo trip Package
For those seeking solitude, a guided solo trip to Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return can be an incredible adventure. Trekking alone allows you to set your own pace, choose your route, and have complete freedom during the journey. 

The cost for the solo trip is a lot higher than other trips, as you will have all the facilities and services during the trek yourself. The cost can further vary depending on the changes you make to the package and itinerary.

Female trip Package
Female trips or women-only groups are also organized by us for females seeking to travel with like-minded women from around the world. You can choose to travel in a group or solo for this. 

These trips are led by experienced female guides to cater to the specific needs and concerns of female travelers. The cost for female trips depends on whether you choose a group or not and other changes to the package.

Tipping during the trek to Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return

Tipping during the trek to Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return is a common practice to show appreciation to the guides, porters, and support staff. 

It is not mandatory but is the customary way to acknowledge their hard work and dedication. The amount of tipping totally depends on you depending on the service and facilities you received during the trek.

Travel insurance for the EBC Trek with Helicopter Return

Travel insurance is an essential aspect of any trekking adventure, including the EBC Trek with Helicopter Return. As the Everest trek is challenging and includes the risks of high altitude, potential altitude sickness, and other unexpected possibilities, having travel insurance is important and compulsory for the trek. 

Our trekking package does not include the cost of travel insurance. Thus, during the booking process, all the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate, which should cover all medical and emergency repatriation. The policy should further cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. 

Alternatives for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

While the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return offers a premium and comfortable trekking experience, there are many alternatives to match your preferences and budgets. 

The most recommended is to add on for luxury Accommodation with Helicopter Return and Simply Recommend the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

One alternative is the traditional trek to Everest Base Camp without the helicopter return. This option allows you to complete the entire trip by trekking, which require more time and physical stamina. 

Another alternative is a shorter trek that includes a helicopter ride back from the base camp. You can choose this if you want to complete the trip in one day. 

There are also several other options, like the Gokyo Lake trek and Everest View trek, if you want to switch the trail from the usual base camp. 

Lukla's flight delay and cancelation during the Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter

Flight delays and cancellations from Lukla are common occurrences during the Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter. The trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, which is a small single-landing strip airport surrounded by the high Himalayas. There are chances of flight delays and cancellations during your travel to Lukla. 

Given the position and elevation of the place, weather conditions and visibility are hard to predict and can change rapidly. Consequently, flight schedules to Lukla can be affected. When the weather conditions aren't good, and there is the risk of an unsafe landing, the airline doesn't take any risk and returns the flight immediately to Kathmandu. Such flight delays are likely to happen at any time of year, especially during the monsoon season (late May to early September). 

In case of a flight delay, you will have to wait until the flight gets rescheduled. In case of flight cancellation, you can either wait for a few days to take the next scheduled flight or take a helicopter flight on the same day. 

Can I upgrade my flight to a Helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla as well?

Yes, you can upgrade the flight to a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla in case water is not favorable for regular flights. Upgrading your flight to a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla has additional charges of About 500 USD-700 USD Per Head, The Helicopter cost can vary according to the group size and availability. You can discuss this option with us in more detail before embarking on the trek. 

Useful Tips and Info for the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Package

  • Start your physical training and preparation well in advance to build stamina and endurance for the trek.
  • Ensure you have the appropriate trekking gear, including proper hiking boots, layers of clothing, a waterproof jacket, and a comfortable backpack.
  • Pack essential items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a water bottle, and a first aid kit.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the trek.
  • Stay updated with weather forecasts and be prepared for changes in weather conditions.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views and relish the unique experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp with the convenience of a helicopter return.
  • Keep checking your body condition, do not ignore any signs of the body, even if it is minor, and make sure to follow the tips of a guide. 
  • Avoid embarking on the trek during off seasons like peak monsoon and winter, as it involves certain risks and uncertainties. 
  • Do not expect reliable mobile networks or internet connectivity. Purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu before starting the trek if you want to have occasional communication. 
  • Do not forget to carry a portable power bank to keep all electronic devices charged.
  • Carry enough Nepalese currency for the entire trek, as there are limited ATMs along the route. 
  • Respect the local culture and traditions of the Sherpa people and the environment of the Everest region. 
  • Leave no plastics or other trash on the hiking trail. Be mindful of your actions and follow guidelines for responsible trekking, such as carrying your trash back and avoiding single-use plastics.

Practice Sustainable Travel with Himalayan Recreation in 2024 and 2025

At Himalayan Recreation, we are committed to practicing sustainable travel in 2024 and 2025. We believe in maintaining the natural environment, respecting local cultures, and supporting the well-being of communities while traveling. 

By choosing us for your trek to Everest base camp with heli return, you can hope for an eco-friendly traveling experience. We also encourage you to actively practice responsible tourism by taking part in community-building activities, buying souvenirs from locals, and leaving nothing but a footprint along the route.  

Our experienced guides will lead you through stunning landscapes while providing you with some insights into the region. Join us in practicing sustainable travel and experiencing the beauty of the Himalayas responsibly and ethically.

Last-minute booking with Himalayan Recreation

The Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter Package should be reserved in advance for the smoothest possible trip. However, we at Himalayan Recreation also provide last-minute booking if you are unable to make a reservation in advance for any reason. 

If you make a last-minute Booking, you must send us 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the journey starts. Additionally, keep in mind that there can be unforeseen events for last-minute Booking. Please Get in Touch with us as soon as possible to make a last-minute trek Booking.

Everest Base Camp Trek Return by Helicopter - 11 Days FAQs

  • Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our team's representatives or Guide at the airport (please kindly note our Company name Plate Himalayan Recreation Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd in the terminal. He/she will then assist you to the hotel in Kathmandu, where you will have meetings with your trekking Group and Company Tour Manager. In case you do not see our representative or nameplate in the airport Please Kindly reach us at +977-9851101413 (24/7). 

  • The visa can be obtained upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or through an online application before your arrival. For more detailed information regarding the Visa policies.

  • During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be staying in (Hotel Thamel Park or Hotel Kailash Kutee, or Similar). The hotels for your stay in Kathmandu can be further changed or customized according to your choice and preference.

  • Yes, it is possible to extend your stay depending on availability and additional charges. You can also upgrade to another hotel in Kathmandu. For more detailed planning regarding this, you can reach out to our team directly. 

  • Yes, you can leave your luggage in Kathmandu with us before starting the Everest trek. We will keep all your things safe until you get back to Kathmandu after the completion of the trek. 

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