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Everest Base Camp Heli Trek – 11 Days


Everest Base Camp Heli Trek – 11 Days

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is new way of exploring Everest region of Nepal. To reach the base camp of world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest is definitely extraordinary. Moreover, it is the place to make legends and travel tale. No wonder lots of people across the globe has this trip as their travel bucket list.

Lots of people don’t have long holidays. However, they want to do trekking in Nepal. What is the solution? Best solution to this problem is helicopter trek concept.

What is Helicopter Trek or Heli Trek?

The concept of Helicopter Trek is about providing both walking and helicopter tour in one single itinerary. Major trekking regions of Nepal are in high altitude. Trekkers have to walk uphill and downhill for hours (average 6-7 hours). For some trekkers, it is tiring. Once you reach the final destination, return trip is on the same trail. Therefore, people hesitate to use the same trail. This is the major reason why helicopter trek concept is very popular nowadays.

Itinerary of any helicopter trek or heli trek in Nepal follows the regular trip plan. Until the trekkers reach the final destination they follow similar itinerary. For example, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek follows itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days itinerary. Once they reach the base camp, trekkers fly to either Lukla or Kathmandu.

Heli Trek provides experiences of both trekking and tour. The land view and bird eye view of particular destination is possible. Cost of this type of trip is also not high. Perfect planning can give you best price.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Introduction

Mount Everest region of Nepal is an identity of Nepalese Trekking industry. It is a home of Mt. Everest. Regular trip of EBC Trek consists of 11 – 12 days of walking. However, EBC Heli Trek journey has only 8-9 days of walking. In fact, this is the best way to shorten Everest trekking.

Trip starts from Lukla. After beautiful yet adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, trekkers start to walk. Trekkers reach Namche Bazaar after resting overnight in Phakding or Manjo. Namche is the largest Sherpa town up in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3440 m from sea level. Acclimatization activities need to be done. Therefore, people spend one more day on this place. They trek higher and rest at Namche. This is the perfect way to get acclimatization.

Trekkers visit Tengboche Monastery before reaching Dingboche. You can choose to avoid acclimatization rest day on this place. For regular trek, you must do this acclimatization break. However, heli trek doesn’t require this. After all, you will return back to Lukla once you reach Everest Base Camp.

Gather as many memories as possible at base camp. Trekkers do the Kalapathar (5545 m) hiking for sunrise or sunset. Helicopter flies you above landmarks of Everest region. During return trip to Lukla, you will fly above base camp, Gokyo Lakes, Chola – Renjola Pass, Namche Bazaar, Dudhkoshi valley and Manjo. In fact, it is brief Everest Helicopter Tour activity.

Cost of Heli Trek

Budget for Heli Trek is obviously higher than regular trekking. However, smart planning helps to reduce the cost. If you are in a group the cost decreases drastically. It may come near to the cost of regular trek. For example, Nepal Hiking Himalaya sells Everest Trekking at 1280 $ full inclusive. Everest Helicopter Trek costs you 1750 $ full inclusive (at least 4 pax in a group). If you are a single trekker, it costs you around 2100 $.

Why Booking Heli Trek is useful?

Save your time. Explore Himalayas of Nepal even if you have short holiday. Travel smart. By just adding little extra amount, you can experience both trekking and tour. Relish luxury and wilderness adventure in one single trip to Nepal.


Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Flight to Lukla; Trek to Phakding
Day 3 Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 4 Namche Acclimatization Break; Hike to Everest View Hotel
Day 5 Trek to Tengboche
Day 6 Trek to Dingboche
Day 7 Trek to Lobuche
Day 8 Trek to Gorakshep; Hike to Everest Base Camp
Day 9 Hike Kalapathar; Helicopter Flight to Lukla
Day 10 Flight to Kathmandu; Evening Free Explore
Day 11 Final Departure

Detail Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Airport representatives of Nepal Hiking Himalaya receives you at the airport. You will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu according to your preferences. Trip plans will be discussed over a complimentary welcome dinner.

Day 2
Flight to Lukla; Trek to Phakding

Early in the morning we will head to airport for flight to Lukla. Packed breakfast will be provided or early buffet breakfast is served. We will fly to world's most extreme airport the Tenzing Hillary Airport. The flight duration is about 35 minutes. Scenery seen during the flight is simply magnificent. Once we land in Lukla you will meet your crew members (Sherpa & Porters). Guide will accompany you from Kathmandu. After short coffee/tea break, you will have to walk towards Phakding. The prayer wheels, mountains, hamlets, suspension bridges, terraced farmlands are major highlight of the day. We will stay at teahouse in Phakding on the bank of Dudhkoshi River.

Day 3
Trek to Namche Bazaar

After breakfast, we will start to walk towards Namche Bazaar. We need to cross 5 suspension bridges today. Trail is well organized and have many eateries too. Major highlights of this day are Sagarmatha National Park Entry, First Sight of Mt. Everest, Hillary Twin Bridge and Namche Bazaar.

Day 4
Namche Acclimatization Break; Hike to Everest View Hotel

Today is the day of acclimatization. You need to take a short hike to Everest View Hotel and return back to teahouse for overnight stay. During today's acclimatization hike we will see mountain vistas of more than a dozen mountains including Everest and Lhotse. Explore Namche Bazaar in evening. This place is the major Sherpa town on this trail. You can find good eateries, bars and shops.

Day 5
Trek to Tengboche

We will trek towards Tengboche today. This place is famous for Sherpa Monastery where every year Sherpa's major festival the Mani Rimdu takes place. Moreover, the place is equally picturesque. It is located on the top of hill with Mt. Amadablam on the backdrop. You can get beautiful view of Dudhkoshi Valley as well as the Pangboche Valley. It is the final destination during Everest View Trek as well.

Day 6
Trek to Dingboche

Today's walking is mostly downhill and gentle slope. We will reach final big village of the EBC Trail, the Dingboche Village. Altitude is 4400 m. Therefore, from this place onwards you need to be very careful about your food and health. Villages like Debuche, Pangboche and Somare falls on this day.

Day 7
Trek to Lobuche

We will walk gently on the ridge line overlooking Mt. Pumori and adjacent to Tabuche, Cholatse and Lobuche Mountain towards Thukla. Lunch is at Thukla which is located in between Pheriche/Dingboche and Lobuche. We will have to walk uphill and cross the Thukla Pass to reach Lobuche. Memorial of climbers who passed away during Everest expedition is at the top of Thukla Pass. After crossing the pass we will walk on the bank of Lobuche River on a gentle flat.

Day 8
Trek to Gorakshep; Hike to Everest Base Camp

Today is the day. We will walk on the moraine and rugged trail to Gorakshep. After lunch and checking in at the hotel, we head to Everest Base Camp. At an altitude of 5364 m, Everest Base Camp is undoubtedly the most serene place on earth. In fact, it is the base camp of world's tallest mountain Mt. Everest. Gather as many memories as possible. We will return back to Gorakshep for the overnight sleep.

Day 9
Hike Kalapathar; Helicopter Flight to Lukla

Early in the morning we will hike the Kalapathar hill (5545 m). The scenery of mountains from the top of the hill is simply outstanding. We will return back to Gorakshep and have breakfast. Your helicopter will arrive at Gorakshep. We will fly over the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, Renjo La Pass, Khumjung Village, Namche Bazaar and Dudhkoshi valley. We will enjoy our last day at Everest region in Lukla with some local delicacies. Overnight at Lukla

Day 10
Flight to Kathmandu; Evening Free Explore

We will take the flight back to Kathmandu. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will check in at the hotel. In evening Nepal Hiking Himalaya will treat you the farewell dinner. You can utilize your free time in shopping or simply exploring the streets of Thamel or surrounding areas.

Day 11
Final Departure

We will drop you at the airport and bid farewell. Trip completion certificate is distributed and trip feedback is collected.

Whats included in this tour

Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • Airport Pick up & Drop
  • Ground Transfers in Private Vehicle
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu Flight
  • Gorakshep to Lukla Helicopter Flight
  • Trekking Guide & Porter Salary
  • Trekking Guide flight & insurance of crew members
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Room, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trek
  • Permits & Entrance Fees
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Trekking Bags & Sleeping Bags

Whats Exclude in this tour

Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.

  • International Flight
  • All kinds of Beverages & Food not listed in Itinerary
  • Personal Gears and Shopping
  • Trekkers' Travel Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities to Staff (Not Compulsory but expected)


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Trip Facts

  • Departure From : Kathmandu
  • Duration : 11 days
  • Difficulty : Easy/Moderate
  • Group Size : 4-50
  • Accomodation : Hotel/Teahouse/Lodge
  • Best Season : All Season

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