If you ever wished to trek to the base of the tallest mountain in the world without spending much time, then we are glad to present you our Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return package. It is an 11-day trekking program to EBC that can further be customized to 8 to 10 days as per your requirements.
This is not only a short trekking package but also includes a helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu. So, you will skip approximately 65 kilometers of return trekking to Lukla. Likewise, the helicopter flight is much more comfortable and offers outstanding aerial panoramas.
Join our Everest base camp trek with Helicopter return and get to explore the incredible beauty of the Himalayas. Embark on a lifetime adventure amidst towering mountains, beautiful river valleys, and picturesque Sherpa villages. Experience the warm hospitality of Nepali people and the bustle of Kathmandu, the city of temples.
What is it like trekking to the Everest Base Camp?
Everest base camp trek, with or without a helicopter return, is one of the most adventurous things a human can do in their lifetime. It is a multiple-day hike via rhododendron forests and remote mountain villages. Leaving the modern world and its comfort behind, you will follow rugged mountainous terrain, challenging yourself every day to reach the base of Mt. Everest.
The journey is adventurous and quite culturally immersing. Adventurous because you will traverse uneven cliffsides, dense forests, thrilling suspension bridges, gorges, and glacier moraines. Likewise, culturally immersing because of all the interactions with the locals and visits to ancient monasteries along the way, such as Tengboche and Pangboche.
The Everest base camp trek heli out will not be easygoing, and you may feel like giving up. But as it said, the best view comes after the hardest walks- you will get to witness some of the most surreal landscapes on Earth. The trekking route is dotted with colorful prayer flags and stupas.
Numerous mountains surround the trekking route, including Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Cholatse (6,440 m/21,130 ft), Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), etc.
Why choose Everest Base Camp trek packages with helicopter return?
The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is one of the shortest EBC trek packages in Nepal. Moreover, compared to the usual EBC trek, the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is also much more comfortable and unique, as you will get to enjoy the aerial perspective of the Himalayas closely.
If you are bound by time or just wish to skip the return trekking to Lukla, this package is the perfect option. You can complete the trek in 10-11 days and spend the remaining day exploring other parts of Nepal. Similarly, you also have the option to extend the Everest base camp heli trek to Gokyo Lakes if you wish to spend more time exploring the Khumbu region.
Everest Base Camp trek 14 days vs Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return
- Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days- Best For Adventure And Fitness Enthusiasts Looking For An Immersive Experience
- Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return- Best For Time-Conscious Travelers, Those with Physical Limitations, And Comfort Seeking
The major difference between the Everest Base Camp trek 14 days and the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is the number of days and total walking distance. The classic EBC trek covers a total of 130 kilometers in 14 days, whereas the EBC trek with heli return covers only half of this distance (65 km) in 11 days trip.
EBC trek 14 days is perfect for anyone who wishes to spend more time in the mountains and complete the world-famous trekking itinerary. Likewise, the helicopter return EBC trek is best for those who do not want to trek back to Lukla and end the trip right after exploring Kala Patthar.
Overall, the Everest base camp with helicopter return is a short trek and therefore, less time-consuming. It is suited for those who may have physical limitations or prefer a less physically demanding option. Due to the helicopter flight, this package cost a bit more than the general 14 days EBC trek.
Can we reach Mount Everest base camp without trekking?
Yes, you can reach the Mount Everest base camp without trekking. We have a four-hour EBC helicopter tour with a landing at Kala Patthar. Likewise, we can also customize a very immersive multiple-day helicopter trek itinerary for you, during which you can enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas with minimal hiking.
Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return cost for 2024 and 2025
You can do the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return solo or in a group. The price of the package differs for solo trekkers and group trekkers. Below, we have mentioned the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return prices for 2024 and 2025:
1 trekker: USD 2,829
2 to 5 trekkers: USD 2,759
6 and above trekkers: USD 2,590
This price covers the following things. Anything not mentioned below must be covered by the trekkers. For example, international flight tickets, travel insurance, tips, shopping, etc.
- Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary
- Accommodations in Kathmandu
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Commercial flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and a helicopter ride from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu
- Full board meals (B, L, D) during the trek
- Accommodation during the trek
- An experienced English-speaking trek guide and porter
- Sleeping bag, Green society duffel bag, t-shirt, trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and permits
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes