Price $4300

USD 3300

Trip Duration

11 Days

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude

Kala Patthar (5,545 m / 11,283 ft)


Hotel / Lodge / Teahouse


Overland / Domestic Flight / Heli Ride

Group Size

1 to 15 (maximum)

Best Season

Spring (Mar-may) & Autumn (Sep-Nov)

Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek – 11 Days Brief Insight

The exhilarating Everest Base Camp Heli Return trek combines the classic Everest Base Camp trek with a helicopter flight back to Lukla. This walk gives trekkers a chance to take in the majestic splendor of the Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to the Himalayan peaks Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse, among others.

The Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek progressively ascends to Mount Everest’s base camp starting in Lukla. Trekkers will travel through the charming Khumjung village, which is where the renowned Hillary School is located, along the way. Additionally, this village is a great place to learn about the customs and culture of the local Sherpa population.

Trekkers will come across stunning sights on their route, such as lush rhododendron woods and high-altitude terrain. The Syangboche Airport, which is regarded as one of the highest airports in the world, will also be accessible to trekkers.

The ascent to Kala Patthar gives outstanding panoramic views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, Nuptse, and other towering peaks of the Himalayas, is one of the trek’s attractions. This viewpoint offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take in the utter magnificence and splendor of these spectacular mountains.

Once the trekkers arrive at Gorak Shep, the adventure truly begins as they board a helicopter for a breathtaking flight back to Lukla. With this ride, you can experience an incredible aerial view of the entire Everest region, including the breathtaking scenery, Sherpa villages, and high mountains.

For those who wish to experience the excitement of trekking to Everest Base Camp but only have a short amount of time, the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek is an excellent choice. It is appropriate for individuals with a moderate degree of fitness. The trip lasts around 11 days, considering rest days for acclimatization and the return helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek – 11 Days

  • Take the opportunity to tour the energetic and thriving city of Kathmandu
  • Awestrucking panoramas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks
  • Trek through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park
  • Discover the distinctive Sherpa culture and way of life in Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Khumjung villages
  • Enjoy the ease of a helicopter trip back from Gorak Shep to Lukla
  • Visit one of the highest airports in the world, Syangboche Airport
  • Encounter magnificent landscapes, including dense rhododendron forests and high-altitude terrain

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593 ft)

Meals :


You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After checking in, you will have some free time to explore the city and get settled.

You will meet with your trekking guide in the evening to go over the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek in-depth and answer any queries or worries. You can also try some delicious Nepali cuisine at a welcome dinner organized by your trekking company.

Note: If you arrive in Kathmandu early in the day, you may check out some of the city’s top attractions, including the Swayambhunath Stupa (commonly known as the Monkey Temple) and the historic temples in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Your trekking company can arrange for a sightseeing tour upon request.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla (2,850 m / 9,350 ft) Flight & Trek to Phakding (2,650 m / 8,694 ft)

Trek Distance :

8 Km

Highest Altitude :

Lukla (2,850m/9,350ft)

Trek Duration :

3-4 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a scenic flight to Lukla, one of the most famous airports in the world due to its unique location in the Himalayas.

After landing in Lukla, you will meet with the rest of your trekking team and start your trek towards Phakding, which is about a 3-hour walk away.

You will walk across terrace farms and make your way to Cheplung village, which offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. On the way to Phakding, you will get your first view of Mount Khumbila, which is believed to be the sacred mountain of the Khumbu region.

Once you arrive in Phakding, you will check into your tea house and have some free time to explore the village or rest before dinner.

The trek from Lukla to Phakding is relatively easy and is a good opportunity to acclimate to the altitude. You will gain only a small amount of altitude, so taking it slow and staying hydrated is essential.

Important Notice: Flights to Lukla, the starting point of the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek, will now depart from Manthali Airport in Ramechhap rather than Kathmandu during the peak trekking season. This modification was made to manage the travelers better and ensure smoother operations.

While it may take longer to get to Manthali Airport, the journey to Lukla will still provide the same breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Our experts would be happy to help you and provide any information you require.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding (2,650 m / 8,694 ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,285 ft)

Trek Distance :

10-12 Km

Highest Altitude :

Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,285 ft)

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will begin your journey early in the morning toward Namche Bazaar, one of the Khumbu region’s largest and most well-known towns. A stunning and spiritual experience awaits you as you stroll down the Dudh Koshi River’s banks and cross a suspension bridge wrapped in prayer flags.

You will pass through the tiny settlement of Monjo after crossing the bridge before arriving at the Sagarmatha National Park’s entrance. Before beginning your hike, you must register your permit at the national park office.

You will get the majestic view of the mighty Mount Everest as you climb through the dense forest. You will eventually reach Namche Bazaar, which lies on a rocky ridge and provides amazing panoramas of the mountains in the area.

Namche is an important trading center having a wide variety of hops, restaurants, and cafes to discover. Before starting your walk, you will spend the night in Namche at a tea house where you may recharge and adjust to the altitude.

Day 04: Rest Day and Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,285 ft)

Highest Altitude :

Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,285 ft)

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is set aside as an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, which is located at an altitude of 3,440 meters. Acclimatization is essential for protecting yourself against altitude sickness and getting your body ready for the higher altitudes you’ll be trekking through.

You can explore the neighborhood and ascend short excursions to higher peaks during the day. The Everest View Hotel, which is 3,880 meters above sea level, is a well-known destination for hikes. A panoramic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam is available from the hotel.

The Hillary School, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1961 to teach the local Sherpa students, is another well-liked attraction in the Khumjung village. In Namche Bazaar, you can also browse nearby markets, cafes, and eateries.

You will head back to your tea house in Namche Bazaar in the evening to rest up and get ready for the trek the following day.

Day 05: Trek from Namche (3,440 m / 11,285 ft) to Tengboche (3,855 m / 12,648 ft)

Trek Distance :

10-11 Km

Highest Altitude :

Tengboche (3,855 m / 12,648 ft)

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek’s challenging day begins with a walk along the Imja river. After that, you’ll go through a thick bamboo forest until you reach the Phunki village. A number of Buddhist shrines, mani walls, and prayer wheels with mantras imprinted on them can be found along the route.

After a brief rest in Phunki, the trek continues and finally arrive at Tengboche. The village is famous for its Buddhist monastery, which is the largest in the Khumbu region and offers a panoramic view of the mountains.

On this day, you will get the enthralling view of Ama Dablam, a beautiful peak located near Tengboche. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in your tea house, taking in the evening prayer ceremony, and touring the little town and the monastery.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche (3,855 m / 12,648 ft) to Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,305 ft)

Trek Distance :

11.5 Km

Highest Altitude :

Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,305 ft)

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, the journey begins by traversing the Imja River and moving toward Dingboche. Numerous Sherpa villages, stupas, and mani walls decorated with vibrant prayer flags can be seen on the way. You will arrive at Pangboche village soon enough.

As you travel along the trail, you will see how the lush alpine forest eventually gives way to an barren landscape.

As you move closer to Dingboche, you’ll notice that the surroundings are getting rocky and barren. If you take your time, the somewhat difficult trek can be rather enjoyable.

Day 07: Rest Day and Acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,305 ft)

Highest Altitude :

Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,305 ft)

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, trekkers will take a rest day to acclimatize to the high altitude. It is a crucial day for the trekkers to adjust to the thin air and lower oxygen levels to avoid altitude sickness.

During the rest day, trekkers can go for a short hike to the nearby hills and explore the surroundings. You have the option to hike to Nagarjun hill, which is an excellent acclimatization hike.

The hill is located on the hilltop above Dingboche and provides a mesmerizing view of the surrounding mountains. From here, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Kangtega, Taboche Peak, and other peaks.

After spending some time at the hill, you descend back to Dingboche, where you can explore the village and interact with the locals.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche (4,360 m / 14,305 ft) to Lobuche (4,930 m / 16,175 ft)

Trek Distance :

11-12 Km

Highest Altitude :

Lobuche (4,930 m / 16,175 ft)

Trek Duration :

5-6 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek starts with a gentle ascend to Pheriche valley. The trail will take you through the Khumbu Glacier moraine, and you will witness stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

As you make your way through the valley, you will walk across yak pasture lands and reach Dhugla. The landscape here is surreal, and you will be awed by the breathtaking view of several 7000 m peaks.

Soon enough, you will continue the trek to Lobuche. Once you reach Lobuche, you can rest and acclimatize yourself for the next day’s challenging trek to Everest Base Camp. The day’s trek is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of the stunning scenery and challenging terrain.

Day 09: Trek from Lobuche (4,930 m / 16,175 ft) to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,598 ft) and Descend to Gorak Shep (5,185 m / 17,011 ft)

Trek Distance :

14.9 Km

Highest Altitude :

Everest Base Camp (5,364 m / 17,598 ft) & Gorak Shep (5,185 m / 17,011 ft)

Trek Duration :

6-7 hrs

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The day’s activities include a challenging journey past Gorak Shep to the Everest Base Camp and then a trek back to Gorak Shep.

The Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu icefall, which can be challenging to cross, are part of the trek to Everest Base Camp.

However, the incredible sight of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse’s soaring peaks will make the effort worthwhile. When you get to the base camp, you can take some time to stroll around and take in the magnificent scenery.

After spending some time at the base camp, you will make your way back to Gorak Shep. The return trek can be equally challenging, so it is important to pace yourself and take regular breaks to rest and hydrate.

Once you reach Gorak Shep, you can take some time to relax and recharge before ascending to Kalapatthar the next day.

Day 10: Hike from Gorak Shep (5,185 m / 17,011 ft) to Kala Patthar (5,545 m / 11,283 ft), Fly back to Kathmandu (1,400 m / 4,593 ft)

Trek Distance :

1.2 Km

Highest Altitude :

Kala Patthar (5,545m/11,283ft)

Trek Duration :

45 mins

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The demanding walk to Kalapatthar begins the day early. One of the most satisfying sections of the entire trip is this hike. The beautiful views of the Himalayan range make up for the challenging terrain of the trek.

Trekkers can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest, from the summit of Kalapatthar.

After spending some time at the summit and soaking in the views, you will descend to Gorak Shep for breakfast. From Gorak Shep, trekkers will board a helicopter for a thrilling ride back to Lukla.

The helicopter ride offers a unique perspective of the mountains and the beautiful landscape of the Khumbu region. This is an experience that few people get to enjoy and is a fitting end to an incredible trek.

Soon after, you will board on a helicopter proceeding back to Kathmandu. Hence, the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek comes to an end. Once in Kathmandu, you will have the rest of the day to relax and celebrate your accomplishment. You can enjoy a hot shower, a good meal, and a well-deserved rest.

Day 11: Final Departure

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On the final day of the trip, it’s time to bid farewell to Nepal. After packing your belongings, our representatives will accompany you to the airport, assist you with the check-in process, and wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

We hope you had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful country of Nepal and made unforgettable memories during your trip.

What is included in Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek – 11 Days

  • All modes of ground transportation, including airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Lukla roundtrip including departure taxes. (Note: During peak season, the flight will be from Ramechap.
  • Helicopter shuttle Gorakshep to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  • 2 nights twin-sharing 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Best available twin-sharing tea house lodging throughout the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, and salary for all staff.
  • Trip achievement certificate and Trekking map by Glorious Eco Trek Nepal.
  • Duffel bag for the trek (Return Basis).
  • First aid medical kit carried by Guide.
  • All the permits needed for the trek (Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Municipality Permit).
  • One friendly Experienced Glorious Eco Trek Nepal trekking guide.
  • 1 porter for 2 trekkers

What is Excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (except the farewell dinner)
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, battery recharges, and hot showers on rest days
  • Tips for guide, porter, and trek staff
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Any sightseeing tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellations/roadblocks due to weather, landslides, etc
  • Travel insurance and evacuation costs
  • Expenses on alcoholic drinks, chocolates, etc
  • Additional services not specified in the included list

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Best Time for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek

The spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons are the most pleasant times for the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek. The weather is typically consistent and clear throughout these times, allowing for superb visibility of the mountains and improving the trekking experience.

These seasons are also great for trekking because the weather is moderate, with warm days and cool nights. However, the trekking trails can get quite crowded during these times, so it’s crucial to reserve your lodging and permits well in advance.

Most trekking trails are muddy and rainy from June to August during the monsoon season, when there is also a considerable risk of landslides and weather-related aircraft delays. The winter months of December through February are also not the best time for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek since the temperature can drop too low, and the routes might be slippery with snow.

Difficulty Level and Fitness Requirements for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek

The Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek, suitable for those who have prior trekking experience and a good level of fitness.

The route includes some arduous ascents and descents, high altitude climbing, and extended day walking. Trekkers must be aware of the signs of altitude sickness and adopt the appropriate safety measures because it is another potential risk factor.

Being physically fit, having adequate cardiovascular endurance, and having strong leg muscles to tackle the terrain are prerequisites for the trek. It is strongly advised to engage in pre-trek training that combines aerobic activities with endurance and strength training.

To sustain the energy levels throughout the walk, trekkers also need to make sure to acclimatize correctly, remain hydrated, and consume wholesome meals. Overall, the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek is difficult but manageable with the right gear and a positive mindset.

If you’re looking for a day tour to Everest then our Everest Helicopter Tour is the perfect fit. 

Benefits of Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek with Glorious Eco Trek Nepal

Our goal at Glorious Eco Trek Nepal is to make your Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek an unforgettable experience. Here are some of the benefits of choosing us for your trek:

Experienced guides

Our team of experienced and licensed guides will guarantee your safety, which will also inform you about the area’s environment, history, and culture.

Personalized Itinerary

We may create a customized schedule for you based on your interests, preferences, and degree of fitness. In collaboration with you, our staff will create a schedule that meets your requirements and enables you to get the most out of your vacation.

Hassle-Free Arrangements

So that you can concentrate on enjoying the journey, we handle all the essential arrangements, including permits, transportation, lodging, and meals.

Quality Accommodation

We make sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay by offering accommodation in teahouses and lodges along the trekking path.

Flexible Options for Payment

In order to make it simpler for you to reserve your journey, we provide numerous payment alternatives. You can utilize our online payment portal or pay in installments.

Responsible Environmental Behavior

We are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of our trekking activities. Our group makes sure to leave no traces and follow eco-friendly trekking practices.

Security and emergency planning

To assure your safety during the walk, we have put in place a thorough safety and emergency plan. We have backup plans for medical emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances, and our guides are trained in first aid and emergency response.

Choose Glorious Eco Trek Nepal for your Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek, and let us help you make lifelong experiences.

Comprehensive Guide for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek

The Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek is an incredible adventure that offers stunning views of the world’s highest mountain. Here is a comprehensive guide for this trek:

  • Prepare your body for the trek with regular exercise, cardio workouts, and strength training.
  • Acclimatize properly. Take rest days in between trekking days to adjust to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness.
  • Avoid overpacking as it will make your trekking more difficult.
  • Carry enough water or other fluids to keep yourself hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Dress in layers to adjust to the changing weather conditions during the trek.
  • Wear comfortable and sturdy trekking shoes with good grip.
  • Follow the advice of your guide since they have extensive experience and knowledge of the region.
  • Respect the region’s culture and traditions by being mindful of your behavior and attire.
  • Avoid littering and use eco-friendly products during the trek.

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek

The following is the complete set of the packing list essential for the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek.


  • Warm hat or beanie
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Buff or neck gaiter


  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Trekking towel
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel adapter and charger for electronic devices
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Cash (Nepalese rupees) for purchases along the trail

Upper Body Wear

  • Thermal base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Insulated down jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

Lower Body Wear

  • Trekking pants
  • Thermal base layers (bottoms)
  • Waterproof and windproof pants
  • Trekking shorts (optional)


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Insulated gloves or mittens


  • sleeping bag (cold-weather rating)
  • Liner for sleeping bag (optional, but increases warmth and cleanliness)
  • Mattress or sleeping pad (optional, but enhances comfort)
  • First-aid kit 
  • Trekking permit and TIMS card
  • Passport and other required travel documents
  • Information on travel insurance
  • Extra memory cards/batteries and a camera
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic gadgets


  • Trekking boots 
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Gaiters 
  • Camp shoes or sandals

Note: This is a broad equipment list; the specific items you require will depend on your personal preferences, the season, and the suggestions of your trekking company. It is critical to check with Glorious Eco Trek Nepal or your preferred trekking agency for a comprehensive and customized equipment list based on your trekking itinerary and the time of year you intend to trek.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the accommodation like during the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek?
During the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek, accommodation options vary depending on the route taken and the budget of the trekker. Teahouses are the most common type of accommodation, providing basic facilities like a bed, shared bathroom, and common dining area. The higher one ascends, the more basic the facilities become. Luxury lodges are also available in some areas, offering more amenities such as private bathrooms, hot showers, and better food options. It is essential to book accommodation in advance, especially during peak trekking seasons, to ensure availability.
Is altitude sickness a concern during the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek?
Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern during the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek. The trek takes you to high altitudes of up to 5,555m, and it's crucial to take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness. It's essential to acclimatize properly and stay hydrated during the trek. Our guides are trained to recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and take necessary steps to prevent it.
Can I trek to Everest Base Camp without taking a helicopter back?
Yes, it is possible to trek to Everest Base Camp without taking a helicopter back. Many trekkers choose to return by foot through the same route they came. This is known as the Everest Base Camp Trek. It takes around 12-14 days to complete the round trip trek, and it is a popular option for those who want to experience the full trekking adventure without taking a helicopter. However, it requires more time, energy and physical fitness compared to the heli return trek.
What kind of weather can I expect during the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek?
During the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek, the weather can vary depending on the season. In general, the best time to trek is from March to May and September to November, as the weather tends to be clear and dry. However, there can still be occasional rain or snowfall, so it is important to be prepared for all conditions.
Are there any cultural considerations or customs to be aware of during the trek?
During the Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek, there are indeed some cultural considerations to be aware of. The Sherpa people, who have their own distinctive customs and traditions, live in the area. When visiting monasteries and other religious sites, it's crucial to show respect for their culture and beliefs and to dress sensibly. Furthermore, it's crucial to obtain permission before photographing people and to avoid touching any sacred objects or artifacts.

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