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    Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return

    5.00/5 from 4 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      12 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Trekking and Heli Tours
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Mx.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
      March to May & Sept - Dec

    Message Regarding flight to/from Lukla

    During the peak trekking season (March-May and September-November ), all the Lukla flights will be held via Manthali Airport in Ramechhap due to the traffic congestion at Tribhuvan International Airport.

    Trip Overview

    Embark on an awe-inspiring Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return with Nepal Hiking Team. This journey allows travelers to enjoy the magnificent experience of trekking in the Nepal Himalayas and savoring the breathtaking mountain views with an exciting heli ride. It involves trekking up to Everest Base Camp and a rewarding heli flight from Gorakshep to charming Lukla. Thus, this journey is the perfect combo that allows travelers to admire Nepal’s mountains from the ground and the sky.

    Trek Highlights

    • Stunning mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport amidst the enormous cliffs and hills
    • Explore the historic trading spot between Nepalese and Tibetan – Namche Bazaar
    • Incredible Tengboche monastery of the Khumbu Valley
    • The glorious feeling of being at the base camp of Mount Everest and hiking up to Kala Patthar for the breathtaking view of Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and many more
    • Captivating helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla where passengers can have a spectacular aerial view of Khumbu Valley and Everest range.

    Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek is a spectacular 12-day journey in the Khumbu valley of Nepal, which lets travelers immerse in the giant peaks of Nepal. This excursion combines the exciting view of the Himalayas with the distinct and intriguing culture of Sherpa. Likewise, when the voyage goes beyond the path on the foothills of Everest, this expedition reveals a myriad of hidden treasures.

    Moreover, this trek is an excellent way to make memories of the mountains that live on forever. Like all the Everest region treks, this also starts with a dramatic flight to the world’s most exciting airport- Lukla Airport. From there onwards, the walk continues to several different villages such as Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and many more, until the base camp is reached. These days are one of the interesting sections of this journey. Because, not only do trekkers get to witness changing mountain scenery on foot, but they can also engage with the warm and hospitable Sherpa community.

    These villages are all part of Sagarmatha National Park; thus, trekkers walk past verdant alpine forests acquitting with the wild vegetation of the Himalayan Park. Feast your eyes on the sights of spectacular Khumbu peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, and many more from the vantage point of Kala Patthar. After savoring the breathtaking views of Everest massif from the land, hop on the waiting helicopter and recapture the sights of mountains from the sky before landing at the bustling Lukla.

    Enjoy the view of the colossal mountain, Khumbu’s stunning scenery from the helicopter. This is a brief encounter, but it is an incredible sensation full of utter excitement and admiration that shall stay engraved forever. Overall, Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek offers a unique way to view the stunning scenery of the majestic Everest massif.

    Ideal Time for Everest Base Camp Heli Return Trek

    March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) is the best time for Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek. This season offers fantastic weather for mountain views as well as for trekking. Likewise, it has fewer flight cancellations and delays; this is the ideal time for this trek. Besides these seasons, this trek is doable during the monsoon/summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) seasons. However, during these months, the weather frequently changes, which creates uncertainty for trekkers. Thus, these months are the least desirable months for the Everest Base Camp Shuttle trek.

    Alternative Treks

    Nepal has countless hidden treasures, which are pleasing to explore. Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter is a fantastic trek; various other treks to choose from. For instance, the standard Everest Base Camp Trek offers the essence of hiking on Everest. At the same time, NHT has an almost similar 11-day Everest Base Camp Heli Trek that directly flies you back to Kathmandu from Gorakshep. All in all, this is a superb excursion combining social and environmental characteristics.


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transports in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
    • Two nights (twin sharing beds) accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek, we provide you attached bathroom with hot shower at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla, and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
    • Service of Heli shuttle from Gorakshep to Lukla.
    • Duffle bag for the trekking
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required
    • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit
    • Sagarmatha National Park Permits fee
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
    • Government taxes and office service charge

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta, etc.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek except for Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet during the trek
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and driver

    Cost and Date

    September, 2023


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      Travellers‘ reviews

      Review (s) Summary

      5.004 ratings
      • Everest Base Camp - Small Group

        The trek itself is fantastic. So many amazing things: mountains, waterfalls, monasteries, yaks, eagles, mountain goats, suspension bridges, etc. The topography above and below the tree line is entirely different, and then further again when close to base camp. Every day requires enough effort that we greatly appreciated the hospitality of the tea houses each night. Sleeping the last few nights at higher altitudes was uncomfortable, which made the trek more satisfying.

        Nepal Hiking Team did a fantastic job handling all the logistics from Kathmandu to the trek and back. Our guide did a great job keeping us on track while allowing us to set a pace that we found comfortable. Will be reaching out to them for our next trek and highly recommend them.

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Zachary
        US   |   15th Sep 2023
      • Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek

        We had an absolutely incredible experience trekking to Base Camp. We are two guys who are in decent, but not great shape, but we found the trek very doable, especially with the help of our experienced guide, Paban. We would have gotten nowhere without our incredible porter, Sujan.

        Both Paban and Sujan helped us keep pace, showed us all the best views, and were great company along the way. By the time we reached Base Camp, I can easily say we were all good friends and shared a lot of laughs along the way.

        Our trip encountered some weather problems as we were supposed to fly from Gorak Shep to Lukla via helicopter, but the clouds were too thick to travel through. So, we contacted Gunga, figured out a good plan to get down the mountain in time for our flight out of Kathmandu, and rescheduled our helicopter to take us directly from Phakding to Kathmandu. This was a huge help for our travel plans. We can't thank the Nepal Hiking Team and Gunga enough for their amazing experience and accommodating nature.

        I highly recommend Paban and Sujan to any trekkers who are going soon, as they were impeccable in every way. We can't wait to come back when Sujan is a full guide himself.

        When I come back to climb to the peak of Everest, I will definitely be rebooking with the Nepal Hiking Team. I can't wait to return to Nepal. It's a 10/10 experience for me.

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Andrew
        US   |   26th Jun 2023
      • Amazing EBC Trek with the Best Guide Ever

        I had such an incredible time with my father and brother on the Everest Base Camp trek, thanks to the planning and support of Nepal Hiking Team. In the lead-up to our trip, we communicated most with Ganga, who was incredibly helpful in answering our many questions and receptive to our requests for slight changes in the trek itinerary to better suit our travel schedule. Then, from the moment we landed in Kathmandu (at 2am!) to our departure a couple of weeks later, we had our experienced and knowledgeable guide Paban to see us through the entire trek experience.
        Paban was extremely kind, helping us carry some of our bags when the trek got too strenuous, and he was also unfailingly patient with us whenever we had to proceed slowly. He expertly guided us all the way to Base Camp, even when the weather got unpleasantly snowy and windy, and he generously pointed out all the special points of cultural and environmental interest for us along the way too. Paban made sure we always had enough food and water to continue our journey, and he even taught us the card game dhumbal, which was always a great source of entertainment whenever we waited for dinner. Our porters Chandra and Tula were also supremely helpful, carrying our duffel bags from teahouse to teahouse and even accompanying us on the final 3-hour stretch from Gorakshep to EBC to carry our water so we'd have an easier time hiking at the high altitude.
        I am so grateful to Paban, Chandra, Tula, and Ganga for helping us experience the Everest Base Camp Trek. We could not have gotten to Base Camp without them. :)
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        - Excellent
        Ms. Izabella P
        US   |   5th Jun 2023
      • Awesome experience with the right team - Nepal Hiking Team!

        This was one awesome and unforgettable trek that I embarked on with two of my kids. It was hard, don't get me wrong, but it was worth every ounce of energy you put into it. Of course kudos to the Nepal Hiking Team led by its leader Ganga who made sure to accommodate our every request.
        From tweaking our schedule to get us there sooner than planned to making sure to get us a chopper ride back as planned despite bad weather and a logjam of hikers that were also waiting with us in the last couple of days. Most of all, however, in the mountains - bulk of the credit goes to our guide - Paban who tirelessly helped us, took care of our needs, motivated us, and more importantly was a friend to us (he even taught us how to play a Nepali card game - Dumbal).
        He was very supportive and understood our limitations and worked around those to make sure we reach our goal. He regularly checked on us as we hike everyday and gave us interesting facts and stories as we traversed the scenic route to EBC.
        Finally, our porters - Chandra and Tula, we worked in the background making sure our duffle bags got from one point to the next. I am not sure how they do it but without them, it would have been impossible to get me and my kids through this trek.
        I would highly recommend this trek to all nature loving adventurers out there - and of course do it with the Nepal Hiking Team!!! THANK YOU!
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        - Excellent
        Mr. James Pastrana
        US   |   5th Jun 2023