10-day Everest Trek with Helicopter Return

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2-4 Pax. US$ 1360 P/P
5-7 Pax. US$ 1340 P/P
8-10 Pax. US$ 1310 P/P
11-14 Pax. US$ 1280 P/P
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Trip Duration

10 Days

Nature of Trip

Trekking

Maximum Altitude

5555m (Kalapathar)

Difficulty Grade

Moderate

Start & End Point

Kathmandu

Best Seasons

Mar-Jun, Sep-Dec

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation

Helicopter

Accommodation

Hotel

Overview of 10-day Everest Trek with Helicopter Return

10-day Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return to Kathmandu is an enthralling experience at the base of the tallest structure on the earth, Mt. Everest (8848.86 m). Amongst 600 Himalayan peaks located in the Nepalese Himalayan belt is Mt. Everest which portrays an enigmatic experience for the trekkers. With our Everest region Helicopter Trek package, you will have a wonderful trekking experience.

Heli Trek to Everest is a trip for those constrained by time who want a fruitful yet adventurous vacation in the Nepalese Highlands. The trek takes the classic route to Everest, beginning from Kathmandu’s bustling city.

Your walk to the base of Everest starts with a thrilling flight over the hilly outskirts of Nepalese territory and heads eastward. 30-35 minutes of the flight gets you to one of the iconic airstrips of the world in Lukla, named Tenzing-Hillary Airport.

Lukla is stationed amidst a gigantic hill and is a small commercial town with limited amenities. Your trek then follows the Dudh Koshi River basin and heads northbound toward another tourist spot, Phakding. From Phakding, you will make a steep ascent toward the largest Sherpa settlement, Namche Bazaar, an iconic village shaped in an amphitheater style.

Hiking around Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is one of the busiest towns in Everest Trekking for last-minute shopping or hopping bars for your usual entertainment. The trek in the following days becomes even more rugged and remote, traversing through small Sherpa settlements through the villages of Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep until you finally reach your end destination, Everest Base Camp.

As you ascend after the take-off, you will be bestowed with a picturesque Everest vista that portrays: Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Lhotse Shar (8383m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m), Mt. Nuptse(7861m), Mt. Khumbutse(6,665m) among others.

The Everest region trek passes through sparsely distributed Sherpa settlements until your final stop at Everest Base Camp. Sherpas, who have earned the fame of being the most formidable mountaineers, will welcome you all along the trail. They have a typical lifestyle not to be found elsewhere in Nepalese territory. Similarly, The Helicopter returned a trip to the Sagarmatha National Park.

Most Sherpas are engaged in trekking and mountaineering, so it is highly likely that the guide you will be provided with for your journey to Everest Base Camp will be a Sherpa native to the Everest region. Apart from tourism, most Sherpas are engaged in agriculture and trade.

Sherpas celebrate their biggest festival, Manirimdu, which usually falls on the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, which falls between October and November under the English calendar. If your travel plans match the date of this festival, you are in for a treat.

Trek to the Base of Everest and descend via Helicopter to Lukla

Alternatively, I offer you a Helicopter ride from Gorakshep to your starting point in Lukla. The trip initiates after your morning breakfast at Gorakshep. Your pilot will look for a clear weather window before your take-off and communicate accordingly.

The flight ascents steeply above, hovering right next to Mt. Amadblam, considered one of the prettiest mountains in the world.

Your flight then heads southbound, flying above various Sherpa settlements. You will observe multiple sparsely distributed Sherpa villages along the way, flying above the raging Dudhkoshi River and densely populated Namche bazaar to reach Lukla.

This flight reduces your trip duration from four days of descent to a mere 25-minute ride to Lukla. You will take a scheduled flight to Kathmandu from Lukla the following day.

Everest Hike and Descend by Chopper to Kathmandu

Another popular alternative for the return journey of this trek is flying directly to Kathmandu from Gorakshep on a Chopper. When trekking to Everest base camp, many travelers prefer taking the Gorakshep to Kathmandu helicopter flight back instead of retracing their steps on foot.

This option saves time and energy and helps avoid discomfort and altitude sickness, mainly since Gorakshep, the last village with accommodation, is situated at a very high altitude.

Therefore, many trekkers prefer to spend only one night in Gorakshep before taking the helicopter flight the next day. The helipad at Gorakshep is secure and easily accessible, making it a popular hub for trekkers who want to fly back to Kathmandu.

Similarly, Trekkers can save up to 4-5 days of trekking time by taking a helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu, reducing their expenses on food, lodging, guides, flights, porters, and other personal costs.

The money saved can be used to pay for the helicopter ride, a breathtaking experience that allows passengers to fly over the Everest valley, see the villages they walked through, and recall their memories of the mountains they photographed from the ground. Furthermore, this fascinating flight is considered one of the best Helicopter trips in Nepal.

Major Attraction During the Everest Trek with Helicopter Return.

Namche Bazaar

The Gateway to Everest region, Namche Bazar is the prominent hub located at 3440m/ 11287ft. The Namche Bazar is the well-known acclimatization point on the journey to the Everest region’s trekking, including the Everest base Camp with helicopter return. The Namche Bazar serves as the prominent marketplace of the Khumbu area. All the modern facilities including money exchange, ATM, medical institute, and grocery shops are available in Namche. Furthermore, the trekking gear shop is also in the Namche Bazar, where you can take trekking gear and equipment for rent.

The Sherpa community and their culture are also noteworthy in the Namche bazaar. The Sagarmatha National Park Museum at the uppermost part of the Namche Bazaar is also a notable place to visit at Namche Bazaar village during the Everest Base Camp trek with a heli return trip.

Khumjung Village

Located at 3780m/ 12401 ft above sea level, Khumjung is a small and famous village in the Everest region. Trekkers go for the day hike to Khumjung on the acclimatization day of the Namche Bazar. Khumjung is one of the major viewpoints on the trip to Everest Base Camp. The village is famous for its local culture, Khumjung monastery, and school and hospital made by Sir Ed. Hillary.

The Khumjung village is close to Everest View Hotel (3860m) and provides spectacular views of the several mountain peaks of the Everest area. The Khumjung village is the best viewpoint for providing snow-capped mountains of Mount Everest (8848.85m), Ama Dablam (6812m), Taboche peak (6495m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8383m), Thamserku (6608m), and Mount Kusum Kanguru (6367m).

The Khumjung monastery is the notable attraction of the Khumjung village. The Khumjhung monastery lies above the village of Khumjung. The monastery is a significant Gompa of Buddhist people, which is about 500 years old. The scalp of the Yeti is among the major attractions of the Khumjung monastery, which you can see by paying a small amount.

NangkarTshang

Lies above the village of Dingboche, the NangkarTshang peak is the ideal standpoint of the Everest region. NangkarTshang is situated at 5616m/ 18425 ft height and offers an impressive view of the region. Generally, NangkarTshang is not a specific trekking destination, trekkers go there on the acclimatization day of the Dingboche village. However, hiking in Nangkar Tshang is worth it.

NangkarTshang Peak is surrounded by many mountain peaks including Mount Ama Dablam (6812m), Lhotse (8516m), Kantega(6782m), Makalu (8485m), and Cho Oyu (6160m). The hiking trail to NangkarTshang Peak is relatively easy and getting to the top is worthwhile. Chukkung Peak, Imja Glacier, and Lhotse Nuptse Glacier are also spectacular from the NangkarTshang viewpoint.

Kalapathar

At the south slope of Mount Pumori, Kalapathar is a marvelous viewpoint of the Everest Region. Kalapathar is located high above the Gorakshep’s. it is head at an elevation of 5550m/ 18208ft. The viewpoint of Kalapathar is eminent for providing an unobstructed view of Mount Everest.

Kalapathar is a popular point for sunrise and sunset views of the Everest region. The sun’s rising rays over the mountain peaks are Exceptional. The close-up view of Mount Everest, Changtse, and Nuptse are the major attractions of Kalapathar. Furthermore, Kalapathar is widely known for providing a 360-degree surround view of the Everest massif.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp, the highest base camp in the world, is like a bowl of the Everest region. Due to being surrounded by mountain peaks and located in the middle, the EBC is famous worldwide. Everest Base Camp is on the Khumbu Glacier, the largest glacier in the world. The trail from Gorakshep to EBC goes through the same glacier. During the peak season, the Everest Base Camp areas are full of tents and music.

Although the view of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, can’t be seen from the EBC top, the viewpoint provides other eye-catching bird’ s-eye mountain views of the surroundings. A vista of the famed summit, including Changtse, Nuptse, Pumori, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar, is mesmerizing from the EBC top. However, Lingtren (6713m/ 22024ft) is right above your head from the top of Everest Base Camp.

Sherpa Culture

From the beginning to the end of your journey to Everest Base Camp with a helicopter return, you’ll be able to see and experience the Sherpa Culture in the area. The Everest region is not only famous for the trekking destination and mountaineering experience; the Sherpa people, their culture, and hospitality have a major role in making the Khumbu region popular worldwide.

The Sherpa people of the Everest area are an ethnic group of Tibetan Buddhist culture. They are also known as the Sherwa. The Sherwa have their own language, culture, history, and system, making them unique from other ethnic groups in Nepal.

Itinerary of 10-day Everest Trek with Helicopter Return

The Chopper return trip from Gorakshep passes through small Sherpa settlements. The elevation ranges from a mere 2840 meters to 5555 meters. The terrain you will pass through will vary from Subtropical in the lower height to Semi-Arid as you pass Namche Bazaar at 3440 meters.

We return by Helicopter directly to Lukla and Kathmandu. You may choose wherever you would like to land either Kathmandu or Lukla.

Consult our team of experts, who can craft the Itinerary based on your requirements. This is just a standard itinerary for a 10-day trip, and it may be modified based on your needs and necessities.

Day
01

Day: 01 Flight to Lukla (2840 m ft), Trek to Phakding (2,652m Overnight)

Flight

40 Minutes

Overnight

Phakding

Food

Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

You will be transferred to the domestic terminal for your flight to Lukla in the morning. It’s a 40-minute flight alongside the Nepalese Himalayan belt, which flies eastbound to reach Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, sitting on the lap of gigantic hills all across.

The name “Lukla” translates to “place of sheep ” in the Tibetan language owing to Sheep grazing land which it was once.

From Lukla, we follow through the small Sherpa settlements of Chhuplung and Ghat and walk alongside the Dudhkoshi River to reach Phakding, which sits in the Dudh Koshi River Valley.

Note: Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit is to be shown at Lukla.

Breakfast at Lukla, Lunch at Thado Koshi. Along the way, a small sherpa settlement. Views of Kusum Kangkaru (6367m). Night Stopover at Phakding. Lukla -Phakding 3 Hrs. Local villages explore upon reaching Phakding.

Flight landing at Lukla Airport
Flight landing at Lukla Airport
Day
02

Day: 02 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m Overnight)

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Namche Bazaar

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

The trail starts easy from Phadking, with the first stretch of the trek being smooth sailing that follows through the River basin of Dudh Koshi River.

We take a short foot trail until we reach a narrow suspension bridge to reach Monjo. Monjo is the entry point for Sagarmatha National Park, and you must show or purchase your National Park Entry permit after getting to Jorsalle.

You will have your lunch at Jorsalle and start the trek’s last stretch, which lasts 3 hours until you reach Namche. During the journey, you will cross the Dudh Koshi River several times. Jorsalle to Namche is a switchback ascent with a steep climb.

The trail from Jorsalle towards Namche Bazaar is strenuous, with a steep ascent that leaves you gasping for more air.

We traverse the famous Hillary suspension bridge, an iconic landmark of the area. After 5 hours, you will reach Namche Bazaar, which portrays an amphitheater-type Sherpa village that overlooks Mt.Thamserkhu (6608m).

Namche Bazaar is a crossroad for various Everest region treks, including Gokyo Lake Trek, Everest Base Camp trek, and 3 Passes Trek.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trekking
Namche Bazaar
Day
03

Day: 03 Acclimatization day Overnight

Hiking

5 Hours

Overnight

Namche Bazaar

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

Namche portrays a typical village shaped in a horseshoe silhouette resembling a Roman Amphitheatre from centuries ago.

As you have now crossed the elevation of 3000 meters, it is paramount to acclimatize correctly before ascending higher on your trek.

Namche Bazaar is a vibrant village as a commercial hub with tons of pubs, confectioneries, souvenir shops, bars, and other entertaining amenities.

After your breakfast at the hotel, we start our day hike towards Syangboche Airport (3780m), which is one of the highest operating airports in Nepal.

It’s a switchback ascent to the Syangboche Airport. From here on, we hike up to Everest View Hotel, known as the highest-placed hotel in the world at an elevation of 3962 meters.

The view from Everest View Hotel is spectacular, with Phortse village visible. It also offers a fantastic Everest panorama view.

You then descend towards another fascinating village of the Everest region, Khumung, where you will have lunch. Stationed is a terraced slope.

Khumjung is popular for its fame as the Sherpa village with the most Everest Summiteers. It’s been claimed that every house in Khumjung village has one individual that has summitted Everest.

Another exciting part of this village is the mysterious-looking skull which is said to have been of the “Yeti” in the Khumjung monastery.

Also, there is a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary decades before, which still operates to this day. On your return journey to Namche Bazaar, you will visit the famous Yak Farm and descend to Namche.

Everest Views
Mount Everest’s First View
Day
04

Day: 04 Trek to Tengboche (3870m/12,696ft) Overnight

Hiking

5 Hours

Overnight

Tengboche

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

The first stretch of the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche is smooth sailing, with an occasional ascent through the semi-arid landscape.

The trail diverges with a steep descent from Phunki Tenga to Dudhkoshi River until you cross a suspension bridge to start your climb towards Tengboche.

This stretch of the trek is gratifying, with the first gaze of the Everest views appearing before your eyes upon reaching Tengboche.

Tengboche is a small village sitting at the top of dense rhododendron and juniper forest and is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, Tengboche Monastery.

To your south of Tengboche sits the prettiest mountain, Mt. Amadablam(6812m), and to the far east sits the Everest massifs partially blocked by Mt.Nuptse(7861m) and its neighboring friend Mt.Lhotse (8516m).

Tyangbouche Monastery
Tyangbouche Monastery
Day
05

Day: 05 Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14,468ft) Overnight

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Dingbouche

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

After beholding the fantastic Everest panorama from Tengboche, we take another step closer to the Everest Base Camp with this trek stretch.

The trek from Tengboche towards Dingboche first descends through dense birch, fir, juniper, and rhododendron forest until you reach the village of Debouche (3650m).

The trail passes through a giant Mani wall from Debouche and gradually ascent towards Pangboche. Before reaching Pangboche, you will cross a bridge over the Imjatse River from the famous trekking peak Island Peak (6189m).

From Pangboche, your route still ascends for 2-3 hours until you reach your overnight stop, Dingboche.

Dingbouche Village in Jiri trek
Dingbouche Village
Day
06

Day: 06 Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

Hiking

4 Hours

Overnight

Dingbouche

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

As a day hike, you will be guided to a peak near Nangkartshang Peak, but your backpack will be down at Dingboche, making the climb relatively easier. It’s a 5-hour round-trip hike to the top of the peak.

Nangkartshang Peak offers spectacular views of Mount Amadablam and Mout Makalu. There are two pinnacles of Nangkartshang Peak, with one elevating above 5000 meters and another that scales below 5000m.

It is 3 hours of total ascent to the top of the peak; if you are willing, you may hike to the highest point or descend from the lower peak towards Dingboche. It’s 1-hour descent from the top to reach Dingboche. Stay at Dingboche for the night.

Dingbouche
The view from Dingbouche
Day
07

Day: 07 Trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft)

Hiking

5 Hours

Overnight

Lobuche

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

The stretch of Dingboche towards Lobuche first heads steeply uphill through the rocky and rugged trail. After 1 hour of ascent through the Himalayan pastureland, you reach Dughlaphedi(4620m), a small settlement of the Sherpas.

There is a huge glacial moraine that you will cross through before reaching Dughlaphedi. At Dughla, we have a tea break before heading further towards Lobuche.

The stretch of Lobuche is a gentle climb for about 45 minutes. As you reach Lobuche, a vast ice wall of Mount Nuptse appears before you.

At this elevation point, your surroundings will be semi-arid with alpine vegetation.

The area is dry, with merely small shrubs growing around. You will be accommodated in a teahouse at Lobuche.

Lobuche
Lobuche Lodge
Day
08

Day: 08 Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m (Evening hike to Kalapathar 5,555m)

Hiking

5 Hours

Overnight

Gorakshep

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, a short hike with approximately 3-4 hours of traverse.

However, as you ascend higher from Lobuche, you will be crossing the elevation mark of 5000 meters, making it prone for people to suffer Acute Mountain Sickness.

The first scratch of the trek is almost flat, with the occasional uphill ascent to reach Lobuche Pass. You must be careful with the Yaks walking across the trail for logistics.

The Lobuche to Gorakshep section of the trek follows through the massive glacial moraines of Khumbu Glacier.

You traverse through narrow paths but rocky glaciers towards Gorakshep through uneven paths. Once you reach Gorak Shep, you will be bestowed with an amphitheater view of the Everest mountain ranges.

You will have your lunch at Gorakshep and prepare for your hike to Kalapathhar. The hike from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar begins with a gradual climb at first.

The second stretch of the hike is on a flattened surface. The final stretch right below the top is a switch-back ascent with a steep climb. It’s a total of 1.5 hours of hike to the top.

Kalapatthar is one of the best vantage points to gaze at the Everest Panorama. It is a worthwhile hike to the top for its Sunset and sunrise view.

The next phase of the day’s adventure is the hike to Kalapathhar. It’s a steep uphill climb from Gorakshep to Kalapathhar. The trail first navigates to the base of Kalapathhar and traverses through a rocky, uneven trail toward the summit.

Kalapatthar bestows an enigmatic view of Everest Vista. Descend to Gorakshep and overnight stay. After a 30-minute stay at the top, we return from the peak to Gorakshep for your night stopover.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
Day
09

Day: 09 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364m) Gorakshep

Hiking

5 hours

Overnight

Goreakshep

Food

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel

The stretch from Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp traverses on a flat surface through the blend of huge rock boulders, glacial moraines, and sand.

We walk along the debris brought about by Khumbu Glacier and follow the trail toward the base camp. There are numerous memorials of deceased climbers that you will pass through on this stretch of the trek.

The sight of Everest Base Camp is impressive with its spread-out glacial area.

You will step right on the base of Khumbu Glacier, the first step toward the top of Mt. Everest’s summit. After exploring the base camp, we return to Gorakshep for our overnight stay.

After your breakfast- Gear up warmly since the trail is windy. There are two different Base Camps. One is the old base camp, and another is new, but both are closer to watching each other.

Similarly, many tents will be set for climbers ( Climbing seasons only). Explore the Icy stretch originating from Khumbu Glacier. Return to Goreakshep overnight after exploring the highest Base Camp In the world.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return
Everest Base Camp Trekking with Helicopter Return
Day
10

Day: 10 Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu

Helicopter

1.5Hours

Overnight

Kathmandu

Food

Breakfast

An early morning breakfast will be served after you wake up at your teahouse. Afterward, you will be taken to the take-off point of our Chopper at Gorakshep.

The usual duration of the Heli flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu is 1.5 hours, depending on the weather window.

The flight takes a scenic route that follows through the narrow gorges of the Khumbu region.

On your way to the base camp, you will fly over the small villages, which were your stopovers.

Your chopper will stop at Lukla for refueling and then continue your journey toward Kathmandu.

You will land at Kathmandu Airport before lunch hour and be escorted back to your hotel by our representative.

2 best seasons to travel Everest by helicopter
Return to Kathmandu by helicopter from Goreakshep

What's Included?

  • Pick up and drop off from the international and domestic airports by private tourist vehicle.
  • Three times meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permits.
  • Pasang lhamu rural municipality entrance permit.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla-Lukla to Kathmandu round-trip Plane tickets
  • A professional trekking guide.
  • Salary for the guide, insurance, food, and accommodation.
  • You will have 9 nights and 10 days service.
  • 10 breakfast, 9 dinner, and 9 lunch.
  • Attached bathroom at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche.
  • Per person, a Trekking map
  • Local government tax
  • Chlorine purifies drinkable water.

What's Excluded?

  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Hot Shower along the trekking trail.
  • Tips and donation
  • Hot and Cold drinks
  • Hard and soft drinks
  • Anything extra in the list above (e.g., Extra accommodation and drinks)

Trip Add-Ons and Options.

With over 20 years of experience, Boundless Adventure has become the leading trekking and Tour agency based in Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s proved to be an unparalleled adventure in Nepal’s Everest region. After analyzing the perspective and desire of every client, we have added some additional services to offer our customers a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Our Add-ons provide a more profound immersive experience by letting our client customize their package as they desire due to ferem of time. The add-ons include the service that our package doesn’t consist of. However, the Add-ons allow faculty to involve those services on trekker’s desire at an extra cost.

Hotel in Kathmandu.

On your arrival and before departure from Nepal, you’ll stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. Thus, the payment for the hotels in Kathmandu will be yours. We can recommend some of the finest hotels in Kathmandu, which will probably fit your preferences and desires. We’ll provide three-star accommodation every night. It has a queen-sized double bed and twin sharing beds. The charge for a room is $45/- per night, including WI-FI, breakfast, and two bottles of mineral water to drink.

Porter for the trek.

This package doesn’t involve the service of a Porter, as whether hiring a porter or not is subjective. But we added the porter service in Add-ons. Thus, if you prefer hiring a porter, we have a proficient porter who will carry your gear and equipment throughout the journey. You can hire a private porter, or you can get a shared porter. One porter can carry a load of 23-25kg. Thus, trekkers can share one porter for two trekkers. The cost of hiring a porter is US$ 262/– including their accommodation, meals, and insurance and return to Lukla.

Gorakshep to Lukla helicopter tickets cost.

Some of our clients want to experience helicopter and trekking in the Everest region, and considering that, we included the helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla in our additional service at an extra cost. The cost from Gorakshep to Lukla by helicopter is US $ 500/- Per person.

Gorakshep to Kathmandu by helicopter.

We offer two helicopter return options: Ghorakshep to Lukla and Ghorakshep to Kathmandu. Trekkers complete their trekking in the EBC and then get to Gorakshep, where their helicopter takes off. The helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu provides a unique view of the landscapes; the cost from Gorakshep to Kathmandu is US$1380/—per person.

Exploration of Wildlife Safari

To sweeten trekkers’ time in Nepal, we have options for an exploration wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park in the trekking package. By combining the tour of Chitwan National Park with the trekking package, travelers experience the beauty of two different regions in one package. Chitwan National Park will relax you with its allure, as it is home to various species of flora and fauna and rich in biodiversity.

During the trip, ground transportation and airways are two different modes of transportation to Chitwan from Kathmandu. One can be involved in various activities while exploring Chitwan National Park, allowing you to experience something new. The tour lasts two nights and three days, but the memories you’ll create will last forever. Canoeing, jungle safari (either on an elephant’s back or in a Jeep), visiting the elephant breeding center, the Tharu cultural program, and bird watching will make your exploration always remembered in Sauraha, Chitwan National Park. However, without plane tickets but with bus tickets it costs US$ 170/- per person.

Note: Five people can fly together from Goreaksgep to Lukla in a helicopter.

Method to purchase Add-on
To get add-ons, you can follow straightforward steps
Phase 1: Click on Book this trip. The bottom is at the right corner of the website, and continue filling in the blanks.
Phase 2: Fill in your details
Phase 3: Choose your trip details
Phase 4: Write your payment details.
Phase 5: You may Choose Add-Ons as Options
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Essential Information - 10-day Everest Trek with Helicopter Return

10 days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Helicopter Trip from Everest Base Camp has become one of the most extensive talks of the town in recent times. During the peak season (Spring and Autumn), Everest Base Camp on Helicopter can be an enriching experience. We’ll trek to the EBC from Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tyangbouche, Dingbouche, Lobuche, Goreakshep, and EBC. The Altitude of EBC is 5364 meters from sea level.

Taking a Heli outright from the Everest region for your return journey makes it convenient for your legs, and we will be grateful to you for the less stress you might encounter if you opt to return by Heli.

The return flight via Helicopter is rewarding for its breathtaking view and adventurous ride. Here are two options that you can choose for your Helicopter return journey on your trip from Everest Base Camp.

The Cost of Helicopter Return from Gorakshep

The cost of a Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla or Kathmandu varies depending on the season and time of the year of your trek. During Spring(March-May) and Autumn(Sept-Nov), which is considered to be the peak season for trekking in Nepal, this cost plummets while the price might be high if you happen to be trekking during the off-season, Winter (Dec-Feb) and Summer(June-Aug).

This is due to the readily available Chopper at Lukla during the peak seasons and the multiple Charter flights you can hop on your return journey. Please ensure that your flight is booked beforehand for a hassle-free return journey.

Booking and Service by Company

Boundless Adventures is a dedicated company that emphasizes reliable travel solutions. Located in the core heart of Kathmandu city, Thamel, we have been crafting fantastic holiday experiences for our clientele, whether the rigorous Tour and trek to the Everest Region or the tranquil trip to Pokhara.

Our sophisticated online payment gateway and booking system provide easy access for our customers to craft their vacations here in Nepal. We have been a reliable and trustworthy travel partner for the Indian Subcontinent for over three decades. Furthermore, our customers’ honest testimonials during this period are a testament to our dedicated team and synergized effort.

Best Time for Everest Trek, Return by Heli

The foothills of the Himalayan belt in Nepal are blessed with a perfect weather pattern for adventure activities almost all year long. Nepal’s weather is divided into four seasons: (March, April, and May). Summer/Monsoon (June, July, and August), autumn (September, October, and November), and winter (December, January, and February).

The most favorable time of the year for Traversing to the Base Camp of Everest is spring and autumn because of their pleasant and calm weather. Spring can be characterized by the time of the year when the environment blossoms with greenery and flowers after the harsh winter. Autumn generally falls before summer and winter, making it the perfect time for traveling.

The upper section of the Everest region (beyond Namche Bazaar) lies in a dry and arid area beyond the Himalayas that receives occasional rainfall during the monsoon/summer season (June-August). Despite this, visitors may still consider trekking to Everest Base Camp in the summer, although the stunning view of the Everest vista may not be visible due to the monsoon clouds.

That being said, winter trekking is possible, but more risk factors accompany it. During the winter, colossal snowfall in the Everest region makes the trail slippery and visibility a significant issue. Also, the temperature of the Everest region falls way below its average level for humans to sustain.

Specification of the Chopper

Various Helicopters are used for Gorakshep to Kathmandu on Helicopter tours, and it differs from one Airline Company to the other. Generally, an Airbus B350 helicopter is used for the flight for its high altitude traversing capability beyond 5000 meters.

Apart from these are Robinson R66 and R44; however, these aircraft are limited to a low elevation of a maximum of 3800 meters.

Helicopters used for Gorakshep to Kathmandu are designed to accommodate a maximum of 5 individuals. If you have a group of 5 people, you can book your return flight through your agent beforehand. Similarly, We don’t mind operating even solo, a couple to share Helicopter with others.

Owing to the higher elevation at Gorakshep, your heli will first take three people on board from Gorakshep and drop them off at Pheriche; it then flies back again to Gorakshep to pick up the other two passengers. It will finally take off from Pheriche after gathering all five passengers from Pheriche.

Route Map

Route Map

The Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter return is a stirring and never-to-be-forgotten journey with a beautiful combination of trekking experience along with helicopter ride. The Everest Base Camp map is an essential item that works as the compass on your trek. Boundless Adventure provides an Everest base camp trekking map with a 1:60 000 scale, for each trekker.

Indeed our experienced guide will be there for your help all the time, but learning something by yourself provides you a feeling of satisfaction and you’ll be proud of yourself. The map may be hard to understand, but the LEGEND of the map makes it easy. Every symbol that is on the map is denoted in the LEGEND. The LEGEND provides standard collections of symbols, individually structured and colored symbols illustrated on the map.

It is simple to identify the International boundary, national park boundary, climbing route, peak, glaciers, main trekking route, main trail, minor trail, contour line, sand, rock, airport, chorten, monastery, campsite, hotel, health post, school, viewpoint, post office, and mountain peaks by looking at the LEGEND. Likewise, names of the different places, and base camps situated in the Everest region along with their name, names of the passes/La, peaks, and lakes are included on the INDEX of the map.

The Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return begins with a flight to the Lukla airport from Kathmandu. Lukla is situated at 2840m/ 9317ft located within the towering peak of Khumbu region. As the trek begins from Lukla, the route passes through the Sherpa settlements of Chheplung, Chat, and Phakding. You can have a pleasant walk by trekking along the Dudh Koshi river, and rhododendron forest with the help of the map. Phakding is 2610m/ 8562 ft and 9 km away from Lukla.

Namche Bazaar is the headquarters of the Sagarmatha National Park, situated at 3440m/ 11287 ft is the next stop after Phakding. With a stunning view of the Kongde Ri and passing through magnolia and rhododendron forest you’ll get to Namche, covering a distance of 6.2km.

Tengboche at an elevation of 3860m/12664ft is the next stop on the journey of EBC trek after the village of Namche. The notable villages you’ll pass through before reaching Tengboche from Namche Bazar are Kyangjuma, Chhatyang Kharka, and Phungi Thanga. The distance From Namche bazaar to Tengboche is 6.7km. Along the way, the mountain peaks including Ama Dablam, Lhotse Shar, Taboche, and Thamserku will accompany you.

Ascending from Tengboche you’ll pass the villages of Deboche, Shomare, and Orsho along with the riverside of Imja Khola. Along the way, you’ll pass through different monasteries and hotels. Deboche is at an elevation of 4410m/ 14468 ft, and 10km away from Tengboche. Churo Glacier and Ama Dablam Glacier can be seen from the Dingboche.

As you climb further from Dingboche, the landscape changes from dense forest to alpine meadow, leading you to Lobuche at an elevation of 4910m/ 16108ft. Dusa, and Thokla, are the villages you’ll pass through along the way to Lobuche. Additionally, you’ll pass over the passes of Thokla Pass (4830m). The distance from Dingboche to Lobuche is 4.6km.

At an elevation of 5140m/ 16863 ft, Gorakshep is your most awaited destination, as from Gorak Shep you’ll reach your final point, Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. Passing through the Lobuche pass (5110m) and taking the main trekking route you’ll reach Goiarkshep, covering 2km.

From Gorakshep, walking through a minor trail, you’ll go for Kalapathar (5550/ 18208ft) exploration from Gorakshep, covering a 2km distance. After that, walking through the Khumbu Glacier, you’ll get to Everest Base Camp(5364m/17598ft), covering a distance of 3.5km.

After the successful Everest Base Camp trek, taking the helicopter flight from Gorakshep, you’ll return to Kathmandu. On the flight, you can overlook a map of the areas you trekked for days.

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Most Asked Questions by Travellers

Everest Base Camp is situated in the northeastern vicinity of Nepalese territory.

It is estimated that Everest Base Camp lies at a distance of about 200 km eastbound from Kathmandu. It is a shared porch to the towering peaks of Mt.Everest, Mt.Nuptse, and Mt.Lhotse.

Of course, Mount Everest borders the Nepalese and Chinese territories.

Yes, the helicopter will drop you off at Kathmandu Airport.

The Helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Kathmandu takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, headed westbound.

If required, your Heli will have a stopover at Lukla for refueling, or it’s a direct flight to Kathmandu Airport.

Your pickup point for this trip is Gorakshep. Since the elevation of Gorakshep is higher than 5000 meters, the thin air limits the Helicopter’s carrying capacity.

3 of the five passengers in the Heli will first be descended to Pheriche, and the Heli will be back to Gorakshep to pick up the rest of the passengers.

Then again, the Heli will take off from Pheriche with full occupancy of 5 people for the flight to Kathmandu.

Definitely not, your Helicopter can’t fly you over to the summit of Mount Everest.

It is not permitted by the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal to fly on top of the mountain.

The price of this trip may vary depending upon availability, number of travelers, and season time. Please contact us with your requirements for further detailed information.

Yes, you have the alternative to fly to Lukla and take a scheduled flight to Kathmandu the following day instead of taking the Heli directly to Kathmandu.

However, please note that the Heli trip begins from Gorakshep, not Everest Base Camp. The terrain of Everest Base Camp is uneven and filled with huge ice boulders and glacial moraines, making it difficult for the Chopper to land.

Spring and autumn are the peak season for Helicopter rides to the Everest region.

The weather window is clear, and you get a picturesque view of the enigmatic geography of the Everest region during spring and autumn.

However, due to Global Warming, we can organize such trips during the Monsoons (May-July) too.

Yes, our full board package includes all ground transportation, including airport transfers, until your departure and picks you up at the end of the trip.

Yes, you require two different permits for Everest Base Camp Trek: Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.

Yes, your bags will fly in the Helicopter on your flight to Kathmandu.

The basic trekking gear will suffice for this trek. All along the trek, you will be walking on foot trails with uneven surfaces.

A good trekking boot is a must for this trek. You can check our Essential Equipments for detailed insight into the gear requisites for such treks.

Boundless Adventures is a local tour operator based in Nepal. Our website has an automated built-in booking system with integrated online payment services.

First, fill out the booking form, and our representatives will address you shortly to guide you.

A total of 5 people can be accommodated in a Chopper. Generally, an Airbus B350 helicopter is used for the flight for its high altitude traversing capability beyond 5000 meters.

Yes, of course, get the front seat. But the seat is provided based on the weight of the passenger.

Front seats must be allotted to the lighter weight passenger owing to the flying aerodynamics.

The Helicopter you board on this trip has a maximum carrying capacity of 500 kg, except for the pilot.

Everest Base Camp lies in the innermost vicinity between the gigantic snowy mountains and is cold for most of the year.

The temperature varies from (Day)-4.8°C to -15.2°C(Night) in the winter and (Day)22°C to 4°C(Night) in the summer.

Yes, you can take a shared ride on a Helicopter to Kathmandu from Gorakshep. However, it is subject to availability during your time.

It is advised to consult your trekking agent for the matter beforehand.

The pilots and crew that operate in the Everest region are specially trained to fly in higher elevations and technical terrains.

The Government has mandated timely maintenance and repairs of such choppers.

Thus, rest assured; it is safe to fly on a Helicopter trip from Gorakshep to Kathmandu.

Yes, solo females can trek to Everest Base camp and return. We get many solo female trekkers yearly and have successfully served their adventure needs safely without any instances.

We also have female trekking guides if you are a female solo trekker and would love to have company during your trek.

Reviews on 10-day Everest Trek with Helicopter Return

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Having Dinner with Client
Aiko
Japan

Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return to Kathmandu

It was an amazing adventure, Everest Base Camp trek and return on Helicopter with Boundless adventure. We were a group of 10 people and Damber helped us in every step of the journey. He has a professional team of ground staff. Every staff was great all the time. We were playing cards often.

We trekked all the way to Everest Base camp which was an amazing journey through the rural landscape. The return journey on the chopper was simply enthralling.

The view you get to behold upon taking off from Gorakshep. It was out of the world. I recommend Boundless Adventures and his team for all he provides in Nepal.

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