Trekking to Everest base camp is life time experience. Fly to Lukla airport and trek to Everest base camp is for 7 days. Another 3 full days walking back to Lukla same way is the normal itinerary of this trekking. Instead of trekking same way back, we offer trekking to Everest Base camp and fly back to Lukla by Helicopter and regular fly back to Kathmandu. This is the way to make short itinerary and comfortable trek. Everest base camp trekking is tough trek reaching at maximum altitude 5,545 miter Kalapathar and Everest base camp 5,240 miters. Walking almost uphill trail in less oxygen area makes your body tire. Although remarkable views of the mountain and the area makes relief your tiredness. After visit Kalapathar and Everest base camp, fly back with Helicopter makes your trip comfortable and able to capture Arial view of Khumbu region.
Everest Base Camp and Helicopter fly back is 8 days trek. Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding as most of the trekkers do. We will have one extra day staying in Namche (3,440m) to get acclimatization. Acclimatization day is not staying for, involve in hiking around the best Everest view, beautiful villages around Namche which reach almost at the altitude of 4,000 miters and get down to Namche for overnight. Trekking to Everest base camp is via vast glaciers, icefall, the highest mountain views, deep valleys, legendary Sherpa villages, Mountain Rivers and suspension bridges over it. Treks is also mix of deeply culture and spiritual experience and physical challenges. You can visit some of the important monasteries with Buddhist Lamas and Nuns led by Guru Rinpoche.
Fly back to Lukla with helicopter from Gorakhshep, the villages near EBC and Kalapathar which is the last point to provide accommodations. Normally 5 seater Helicopter take only 4 passenger at a time due to high altitude flight. Only 15 minutes Helicopter flight return to Lukla is another chance capturing dramatic views of Mountain, valley and villages. Khumbu region is with world’s highest mountains, 3 of above 8000 meteres Mount Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu besides countless other Himalayan peaks that rise above 6,000 meters.
Cost of this trek is based on minimum two peoples a group. We also can provide you opportunities to join in our small group Everest Base Camp trek and Helicopter back. Trek leads by professional trekking guide from Nepal Highland Treks. We will also provide you a porter for two trekkers who can carry up to 20 kilogram. Lukla flight only allow 10 kilogram of your big bag and another 5 kilogram your hand bag. If you want to skip Lukla flight with regular aircraft, we also give you option to fly Kathmandu to Lukla by helicopter. Entire trekking is staying in local guest houses. All the guest houses we provide you is neat and clean tourist standards. It has also option to upgrade accommodation to luxury guest houses on the way for 4 nights. Lobuche and Gorakhshep is only available normal tea houses we use best available.
Customize this itinerary and can add Gokyo Lake. A beautiful Lakes just below High Mountain. Trek to Gokyo Lake have to cross one of the highest mountain pass in Everest region. Chola pass is 5,414 meters is the one of the 3 highest passes around Everest base camp. You also can add peak climb with EBc trekking. Island peak at Chhukung valley and Lobuche peak near lobuche village are suitable. This plan can be customized as Everest trek in luxury way by using luxury lodges on the way.
If you are scare of any flight of Everest region, regular flight to Lukla and Helicopter flight, Everest base camp trek can be done without any flight too. Everest trekking without Lukla flight begins from Phaplu. 8 Hours driving from Kathmadnu to Phaplu and another 2 days trekking meet the regular trekking trail of Everest Base Camp. Get the perfect plan as per your time frame, interest and your budget. Nepal Highland Treks happy to organize this trip with your customizing ideas as per requirement.
Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuban International airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m
Day 02:Fly to Lukla with regular flight (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 03:Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 04:Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnight
Day 05:Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 06:Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 07:Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hours
Day 09:Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Gorakhshep for breakfast. Fly with Helicopter to Lukla and regular flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 10:Departure from Nepal
Best season for Everest base Camp Trekking and Helicopter back
The best season for this trek if from month of March till May and month of September till December. Those months are good weather, sky is clear, days are sunny and clear weather get good views of mountains. Month of June, July and August are rainy season, every day heavy rain disturb Lukla flight and difficult to trek with raincoat over. January and February month are too cold in Everest region.
Accommodation in Everest Base Camp Trek
Accommodation is in well maintain tourist standard local guest houses. We provide 1 room for 2 Peoples. Rooms are with attached bathroom. For 2 nights Lobuche and Dingboche will get best available where attached bathroom rooms are not available. In the main season of trekking, there can be group sharing room have to share with other trekkers as well. Upgrading your accommodation for 4 nights are available. There is no option to upgrade accommodation in Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakhshep for 3 nights
Foods and drinks on the way trekking
Foods can choose from menu of local tea houses and their restaurant. Every accommodation tea houses are with their restaurant. Breakfast and dinner is in same guest house you overnight. Lunch will be on the way at suitable place. Every hour, restaurants are available on the way Everest Base camp trekking. You also can bring some of your favorite foods (It can be dry foods). Three time foods (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner) and tea coffee are including in the cost. Other bottled drinks including drinking water are extra paid. Every tea houses are with small bar and you can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks every day.
Bottled mineral water is available everywhere in this trek. Boiled and filtered water is also available. You also can fill your drinking water bottled and pay lesser than mineral water. Mineral water and boiled water is safe. For your more confident you also can use purification tablet.
There will be professional trekking guide from Nepal highland treks. He fly together with you from Kathmadnu. Porter are from Lukla airport and they are well-known regular porters. Every porters are able to carry up to 20 kilograms. If group size is above 6 trekkers, there will be 2 guides.
Day 1Arrival at Tribhuban International airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pick up you from International airport and transfer to the Hotel. We will discuss about your trip and check your trekking gears. This time is also the final preparation for the trekking. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2Fly to Lukla with regular flight (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea houseEarly in the morning we drive to domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is early morning flight about 35 minutes. Scenic flight with tiny aircraft takes off you at Hillary airport (Lukla). Introduce with your porter. After managing your luggage, start walking toward Phakding. The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. Easy and flat walking takes only around 4 hours.
Day 3Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea houseAfter your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.
Day 4Acclimatization at Namche. Hike to Everest view hotel (3,880m) and back to Namche for overnightIt is acclimatization day and we take hiking tour around. Hike to Everest view hotel and Khumjung village. Visit local monasteries and Hillary school. It is pleasant day to have your lunch at Khumjung village with front view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Amadablam and others. Come back to Namche. Walking around in Namche get more refresh
Day 5Trek Namche to Tengboche (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea houseWe trek an easy way with front view of panoramic mountain up to Phunki Thanga, small River side village. From here, trekking route start to be up hills. It contains some of the major ascend toward Tengboche. Tengboche is famous with Tengboche monastery and it is one of the largest monastery in Everest region. Monastery open from 3 pm and it is good visit at their evening chanting by lamas
Day 6Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea houseTrekking through Rhododendron forest reach at Deboche village. After Diboche valley reach at Pangboche village which is having biggest settlement of Sherpa peoples. We still have good view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam. Trekking trail than follow through upper Pangboche for exploring an oldest pangboche monastery. After walking some minor ascends, we can see picturesque village of Dingboche with beautiful potato fields
Day 7Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea houseIt is short hiking at high altitude. We start after your breakfast in Dingboche. After walking around three hours in wide valley we reach at Duglha. You’re walking than reach some tough ascending. You may feel hard to breathe as it is thinner air in high altitude. You will reach Lobuche. Lobushe is small settlement with fewer tea houses only. You have to be prepared with chilly night.
Day 8Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hoursDay of reaching at base camp of highest peak of the earth, you are at the day of reaching your dream. It is better to start trekking as earlier as possible after your breakfast. The trekking trail to Everest Base Camp is not hard but it is continuously ascending and descending at glacier rocky trail. Everest base Camp is extremely beautiful. Panaromic Mountains including Everest is surroundings. We will come up to near from Khumbu Glacier and see icefall from slopes of Mount Everest. We than come back to Gorakhshep for our overnight
Day 9Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Gorakhshep for breakfast. Fly with Helicopter to Lukla and regular flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel We prepare with our small bag with hot drinking water and some nuts. It is about one and half hours climbing. When we start, it is dark and chilly. Get sunrise view and panoramic mountain views which is probably the best view ever in this trekking. We come down to Gorakhshep and have breakfast. We than fly back to Lukla with Helicopter. Catch regular flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 10Departure from Nepal This is the final departure date from Kathmandu. Representative from Nepal highland treks drop you to international airport for your final departure. It is important to be at International airport three hours before of your flight time
Cost of the trek is per person and based on minimum 2 peoples a group. Single person can also run in any date you want. If you look for small group to join this trekking, we can provide you our small group trekking dates.
Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trekking and Helicopter back
Down Sleeping bag
You need warm sleeping bag for EBC trek. You also can take in hire or buy it in Kathmandu or take with us and return it after trekking. High altitude EBC region will be coldest night and you will need your sleeping bag and put blanket after it.
You need warm down jacket for trekking Everest Base Camp. You do not need to bring down jacket from your own country. Good down jacket is available in Kathmandu with reasonable cost or you also can take it in hire.
Shoes and sandal
You need good trekking shoes. You also need another warm and light shoe for using in morning and evening time while you are at lodge.
Warm head cover cap
Pair of wind proof jacket and trouser
Raincoat to cover you and your small bag pack
3 pairs of warm shocks
3 pairs light shocks
warm inner thermal set
3 light T-shirt
Long trekking paint
1 pair short and comfortable half paint for trekking
Torch tight and lighter
Come with your bag up to Kathmandu. It can be a suitcase or any other you have. We provide you a duffel bag in Kathmandu to put your trekking stuff so that your bag will be safe in Kathmandu Hotel to get back home with same clean bag. This duffel bag is to handover porter to carry. Another small bag is your hand bag back carry to put whatever goods you need during your day.
If you are taking regular medicine and a simple medicine you may need in Trekking and tours. Guide from Nepal Highland Treks will have basic medicines in his/her medical kit bag. You may also take some medicine regarding high altitude, pain, fever, headache, sanitation, vomitting, bandage
Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, Toilet paper
Excellent trip of Everest base camp and helicopter back to Lukla. very smart to use helicopters for the way back. We should add another day for climbing to the last point Kalapatthar and leave at the next day .
- Moti Rosenberg, Israel