Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a unique itinerary package tailor-made so that one gets to trek in the Everest region and to the base camp of Everest, and return by a chartered helicopter flight back to Kathmandu getting a bird’s eye view of the highest place on planet Earth, Mount Everest (8848m).
Annually, thousand come to trek in Nepal at various Nepali Hiking Trails. A large chunk of which do their trek in the Himalayas in the Everest region and a fraction of which try to make it to the summit of Everest. It is the conquest of the inner spirit and the physical body. The lands in the shadow of this gigantic mountain has given rise to rugged but yet unique terrain making it fit for all levels of Everest trekking enthusiasts. Coupled with this are the people of the region, so welcoming with their Buddhist faith which has evolved from the fortitude of this dwelling, makes trekking in this region cut off, from the rest of the world physically, all the more luring. The fluttering flags, the etched in prayers on the mani walls, the welcoming Chorten prayer gates, the Sherpa Community Buddhist Monasteries. All are a part of the landscape so well entwined into the natural elements. That makes hiking in the Everest region all the more filling.
Everest base camp helicopter trek itinerary is so made that you get to hike to all the regions special in the Everest region and to the base camp, where preparations are made by the diehards who give all, to be on record of having conquered the peak of Everest. When your Everest base camp trek is over, you are ferried over the peak to see it first hand by a specially chartered helicopter ride which finally returns you to Kathmandu, you have a special view to take pictures at your angle to show back home, where you had trekked.
Some questions on the mind in regards to this Everest base camp helicopter trek:
What are the difficulties that I might face on this trek?
Barring from some hiking up ascends to higher level elevation and get used to the air levels. That is about all. Nevertheless, the burlesque unpolluted terrain you are in help to alleviate it and in fact rejuvenates you on completion. As for the second half, the guide helps to check for symptoms and takes remedial action right away. You get rest days to acclimatize when it is thought necessary.
Will the food be to my liking?
Normally, all food served on the trek here, is of the choice of the Everest Trekker. Food options choices of Western or local is served. But on advice, the local food served is not only hygienically prepared but well suited for the Everest terrain.
Is there any danger on such treks?
Hiking is an activity done in the open over natural terrain, so sometimes there are injuries from the lackadaisical attitude of the trekker else one can say no. In this Everest Base Camp trek with the helicopter ride back and like any other in the Everest region, you are around the most welcoming people that go all out, to make your stay not only comfortable, safe and hospitable.
Can I take the same Everest base camp trekking itinerary without the helicopter ride?
Yes, you can, in that case, try out this package called Everest Base Camp trek. It will be longer trekking days as you would need to return to Lukla to fly back to Kathmandu.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours]
Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]
Day 04 : Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours
Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]
Day 06 : Trek to Dingboche (4410m) [5 hours]
Day 07 : Trek to Lobuche (4910m) [5 hours]
Day 08 : Hike to Everest Base Camp (5400m) & return Gorak Shep [7 hours]
Day 09 : Hike to Kalapathar (5550m) & return Gorak Shep to fly back to Kathmandu on a Chartered helicopter
Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination
- -Enjoy the trans-Himalayan flight to Lukla from Kathmandu with close proximity with world’s tallest peaks
- -Observe the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
- -Discover varieties of floras and faunas at the Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site)
- -Visit the Tengboche Monastery situated at the height of 3860m
- -Discover beautiful blend of rich Buddhist & Tibetan culture and traditions
- -Attend the Everest Base Camp and a decent walk on the Khumbu Glacier
- -Enjoy breathtaking view of world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest
- -Board exciting flight back to Kathmandu on a Chartered Helicopter
What is Included
- Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
- Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu – Lukla flight by regular Twin Otter plane.
- Domestic airport departure tax.
- Chartered Gorekshep to Kathmandu by helicopter.
- All accommodations during the trek at lodges/Teahouse.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Experienced Government licensed English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) on the trek.
- Trekking staff costs like their transportation, food, accommodation, wages, and insurance.
- Sagarmatha National park permit fee.
- Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
- First Aid medical kit (carried by your trek guide).
- Trek gears like duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole. (To be returned after the trek)
- Our souvenir to you - Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant after the trek completion.
- All government and local taxes, VAT.
What is Not Included
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee (bring accurate USD cash, US$30 per person for 15 days, and two passport photos))
- International airfare and travel insurance
- Any kinds of drinks or personal expenses (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottled water, soft drinks, beer, phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
- Tips for guide and porters.
The best time for EBC trek fly out by helicopter is from late February to early May and from late September to early December. EBC trek fly out by helicopter can be done in November-December or June-August also. But, November and December is the winter and June till August is the monsoon season. So, some compromises need to be considered during these off-seasons.
Trek to the Everest Base Camp is an achievable hike for all. Only you need is physical fitness and mental preparedness to overcome EBC trek fly out by helicopter difficulty level. Those with no previous trek experience can also complete this trek with some planning and training for a few weeks. Though, a previous trekking experience can be beneficial.
Hike to the Everest base camp trek is considered a relatively strenuous trek. This also doesn’t mean previous trekking or mountaineering experience are required. The attempt is to reach the base camp and not summiting the peak itself, so any technical experiences aren’t required. What you need is to be in good physical shape and able to walk for four to six hours per day over mountainous terrain with a light backpack. Besides, after attending the base camp, you will straightly fly back to Kathmandu in a chartered helicopter.
Absolutely! You are recommended to get travel insurance that covers even at higher altitudes i.e. up to 6000m. The insurance policy usually doesn’t cover over 3,000 meters of altitude. So, make sure these things while purchasing travel insurance for EBC trek fly out by helicopter and read their policies.
At higher altitudes, anyone might experience altitude sickness regardless of how you fit you are or age-difference. Those who haven’t lived at high altitudes may also suffer from altitude sickness (also called as AMS or altitude motion sickness). The best thing to do is walk slow and proper hydration, altitude sickness on EBC trek fly out by helicopter can be prevented.
Family-run lodges often called ‘Teahouses’ are in the Everest region. Especially the higher you go accommodation is limited, so the room may differ from a private single/double room to a bed in a dormitory. EBC trek fly out by helicopter accommodation is a very basic accommodation and usually be shared shower and toilet facilities. All lodges have a communal dining hall. Though basic, these teahouses are clean and welcoming, friendly and warm resting place after a tiring day’s trek.
Lodges on the trail offer wide choices for foods and drinks. These contain typical Nepali meals to the continental dishes. Nepali dish ‘Dal Bhat’ with season vegetable and pickle. Or, go for pizza, momo, noodles, macaroni, sizzler, sandwich, burger, etc. Different types of coffee, fruit juice, and alcoholic drinks are also available. If you have booked a package tour then the company handles all costs. But if booked on service only then food prices on the EBC trek fly out by helicopter cost to US$25-30 per person per day for lunch/dinner, where breakfast will be included. But on high altitude treks, avoiding alcoholic drinks is a good idea.
Bottled water can be bought or you can take along a bottle and fill the bottle with tap water with purifying tablets. These can be bought in Kathmandu before the trek. Most brands of purification tablets take just 30 minutes before you can drink. Drinking a minimum of 3 to 4 liters of water per day is recommended.
Bringing snacks and protein bars is good. Daily meal includes Dal Bhat – Nepali meal which is already high in carbohydrate. If you bring your own food, lodges may charge you an additional cost.
Yes, and trekking permit for EBC trek fly out by helicopter includes two permits. One is for ‘Sagarmatha National Park’ which is US$30 per person. The other is ‘Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality’ Entry Permit US$20 per person. Both of the permits are already included while booking the tour so you don’t have to worry about it.
Showers are available at Lodges. Especially the higher up you go there will usually be shared bathrooms in most lodges. Hot water shower needs to be paid per person. As you go higher, the colder it gets and you may have to think for the second time for a shower. Wait just a few days until your descent. Wet wipes can be used to clean your body but in trek it might come expensive. So it is good to buy them in Kathmandu.
You can bring trekking gear from your home country. They can also be bought in Kathmandu at many trekking shops around there. But, most of the trekking gears you get here are not up to standard though are comparatively cheaper. So, it’s up to you to decide. The last option to buy them is at Namche Bazaar if you forget any trekking gears.
All the electronics can be charged in lodges with an extra cost of US$2-6 per hour. Further up you go, the price for charging increases.
Sickness depends upon its nature. For mild sickness usually descending to a lower altitude with the help and support of the guide or porter is done. For serious illness, emergency helicopter evacuation service is arranged. Our guide will be in constant contact with us and takes immediate action as per the situation. Our guides carry first aid kit with basic medication like simple painkillers, altitude sickness tablets, bandages, balm for muscle aches and medication to treat diarrhea and vomiting. They are experienced trek guides and will take care of you if anything happens to you. Besides, there are health posts in Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Pheriche where you can get medical servic
The trail to the Everest Base Camp is among the safe trekking routes in Nepal with the least news of casualties and unforeseen happenings. There is least to no news of trekkers being theft or any unpleasant behaviors by the locals. Besides, the trails are well-marked so the least chance of getting lost.
Booking the trek with us, we shall provide our experienced trek guide and necessary porte
If you are fit and can carry your own baggage which comes to 15 kg maximum and walking the high mountain terrains then hiring a porter isn’t necessary. Otherwise, hiring a porter is a good idea where you only have to carry your day-pack. The maximum load is 15 kgs each porter.
Everest base camp trekking trail does have luxury lodges with high-end facilities. But these luxury lodges are available only at several places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Monjo, Thame, Kongde, Pangboche, Mende, Tashinga. Beyond Namche you have to go for the basic lodges. These luxury lodges have the finest services and the best food. The cost may be high but with the services you get will make you forget the amount you’ve paid for such Everest base camp luxury trekking.
Lukla airport is located at the mountainous terrain where frequent weather changes occur every hour. Even a hint of bad weather arise flight delays in Lukla. When the weather goes worst especially during winter and monsoon, Lukla flight cancellations occurs even for days. Mental preparedness is required to face such unforeseen situations and keeping some buffer days after the trek is highly recommended.
Tipping is not mandatory but let’s not forget that it has become a custom to show gratitude towards your guide and porters who made it all possible for you to finish the trek and be at the base of the world’s highest peak. You can give them a certain amount as tips for EBC trek fly out by helicopter as per your desire at the end of the trek.
Wifi on EBC trek fly out by helicopter is available at most of the lodges on the EBC trail.
Everest Base Camp route is difficult due to the altitude and the uneven terrains but there’s no technically difficult parts are involved special climbing gears like ice axe, harness, and crampons are required. So, all of these aren’t required. But whilst trekking during the month of winter packing along with micro spikes for shoes and gaiters are recommended.
If you wish to quit the trekking section or those who are physically unfit to accomplish this long walk, there is an option of a day tour of Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. This package allows you to fly over the Khumbu region and land at the Kala Patthar to witness the finest views of the chain of Himalayas including Mt. Everest from a closer proximity.
Taking along children for this trek is an unwise decision. But if they are old enough to trek for days at high altitudes in a cold climate, it shouldn’t a problem. Make sure, they have prior experiences of a few days hike and high altitudes.
There’s the option without taking the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. To avoid this flight, one can take a jeep or bus ride from Kathmandu to Salleri and start the trek from there. But of course, this will add extra days of the trek which will take you to Lukla then proceed further to Namche Bazaar and ultimately the base camp.
Our trek guide carries a comprehensive first aid kit with basic medication for altitude sickness, cold, diarrhea, headache, etc. All of our guides are trained on mountain wilderness medication.
Your lodge where you get a room provides a blanket. But the blanket can’t be sufficient at all times. To be on the safe side bringing along sleeping bag is suggested which we shall provide and already included in the tour cost.
You do not have to carry much cash if you have booked a full tour package from your travel company since your trek guide shall take care of your accommodation and daily meals. Besides that only a few extra costs incur like for bottled water, charging mobile phones/cameras, shower, extra tea/coffee and of course alcoholic drinks also tipping your guide and porters. So, carrying Nepalese Rupees equivalent to a few hundred USD is recommended.
ATM facilities are available only at Namche and Lukla, but depending upon them is also not suggested since sometimes they don’t work. Exchanging into Nepali rupees before the trek in Kathmandu is the best option.
Only cash is accepted during the trek and converting your currency to Nepali rupees before the trek is the best idea.
The base camp of Mt. Everest Base Camp is a moraine during fall or dead season. Climbers come and make tented camps there only in the spring. It’s risky to spend overnight at Everest base camp in such a high altitude and cold location without a proper sleeping facility. So, you need to come back to Gorak Shep for the overnight stay.
Usually it’s about 5-6 hours in most of the days. The walks must be slow and steady.
The maximum number is 15 trekkers. Yes, you can also do this trek privately with your personal guide and porter.
Your hotel where you stay in Kathmandu will store your luggage that you don’t want to take to trek without any charge. Later on, you can pick up your luggage after the trek.
Most of the villages along the trek route have landline telephones from where you can make international calls. Mobile phone services are also available and even at the Everest Base Camp but the reception quality varies depending upon the locations. Internet facilities can be found but is expensive.
It’s the squat toilet facilities at the most lodges on the Everest Base Camp trial but nowadays lodges have also built western styled toilets with a number foreign trekkers increasing day by day. It’s suggested that you should take along your own toilet papers.
Packing along warm clothes is suggested for gear list for EBC trek fly out by helicopter. These includes down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. At most cases, your company already provide down jacket and sleeping bag. Besides, clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu at Thamel area as well where numerous trekking shops exists with both local and foreign brands.
Temperature for EBC trek fly out by helicopter depends upon the season. Temperature is normal during April toSeptember with below 05° C to 20° C morning and evening are cold while the day time is good with sunshine. It gets below minimum -10° C to maximum 15° C during the day Around October to March.
One can witness the closest view of Mt. Everest including it’s adjacent peaks and other Khumbu region mountains from Kalapathar located at 5,545 meters. It can be reached with a few hours of hike from Gorekshep.
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in any way.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, the only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are traveling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore, as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interact with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have the positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Everest Base Camp Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter Trekking for 1-6 people per chopper.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Everest base camp trek, fly out by helicopter successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have an ability to operate your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills, and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following training to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
- English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
- Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
- Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company, however, there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travelers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.