Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek

Duration: 12 DAYS

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Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT2651

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Trip Grade: Moderate

  • Max Elevation: 5545 Meters

  • Total Duration: 12 days

  • Best Time: March to May & Sept - Dec

  • Group Size: Min. 2 Pax

The Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek is a journey that beautifully combines both the trekking aspect of the journey with the pairing of a thrilling helicopter ride. It is a journey that is sure to provide you with an experience of a lifetime! Trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain and then enjoy a leisurely helicopter ride back. Revel in the rich Sherpa culture of the region as well. Enjoy the amazing Himalayan landscape as you trek and then immerse yourself in the thrill of the helicopter ride. The aerial views of the Himalayas and of the changing terrain below are sure to remain in your minds for years to come! It is the best experience that is truly worthwhile.

The Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek is a journey that also lets you fully appreciate the legendary Sherpa people and their culture. The traditional Sherpa villages and mountain settlements along the way provide good insight into the lives of the ethnic people. Mani-stone walls and small chortens with colorful prayer flags line the trekking trail. It is as much a culturally rich trekking experience as it is a naturally beautiful one.

Start the journey with a flight to Lukla and then follow the trekking trail through various ethnic Sherpa villages on your way to the base camp. Visit places like Namche Bazaar, Dingboche and Tengboche as you walk under the verdant alpine forests. Enter the Sagarmatha National Park and get the opportunity to catch rare glimpses of the Khumbu’s endangered animals. Enjoy the rhododendron-lined path as you are accompanied by the distant views of the Everest Mountains. Feast your eyes on the sight of many prominent mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, the Kongdi RI, Thamserku and Mount Everest among many more as you trek along river valleys. Visit the famous vantage point of Kalapatthar as well from where you can get spectacular panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif.  

The Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek then provides you the opportunity to get on a helicopter and enjoy the views of the colossal mountain with a bird’s eye view. The amazing landscape of the Khumbu when seen from the helicopter in flight is something that is indescribable! The feeling of absolute thrill and awe is inescapable!

So if you wish to enjoy the features and hallmarks of the Khumbu with the added thrill of the helicopter ride, then the Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek is the one for you! You are assured of the best available services at all times. So get ready to enjoy one of the most wonderful trekking experiences of your life with us!

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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. He will also help you get transferred to the Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft), Duration: 3 hours

You will have an early morning transfer to the airport for your Lukla flight. The flight to Lukla is a lifetime experience in itself. The airfield of Lukla is at a high elevation and the difference between the two ends of the runway is about an exceptional 60 meters only. The atmosphere is defiantly different from Kathmandu and you can feel the difference in the air immediately as you land at Lukla. From there, you will trek to Phakding with an arresting, green landscape with the view of the Kusum Kangraru Himal. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Phakding. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 03 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283ft), Duration: 6 hours

From Phakding, we will follow the Dudh Koshi River. Ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar forests, we will reach the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar. The village of Namche is a historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchanged salt, dried meat and textiles in ancient trading times.

Besides being a splendid destination to shop for traditional crafts, Namche also remains the central trading post in the Khumbu that attracts many Himalayan and lowland merchants. Namche Bazaar is located on a hill-side and is structured like a natural amphitheatre. The views of the Kongdi RI, Mount Everest, Thamserku and many other peaks from here are quite fascinating. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04 - Namche Bazaar and Everest View Hotel

This day is especially sectioned for acclimatization. Today, we will hike to the Syangboche Airport (3700m), supposed to be the highest located airstrip in the world. The view of Namche Bazaar from Syangboche is utterly amazing. Then, we will continue climbing to the Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of the Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Tawache and many other mountain peaks. The Everest View Hotel is also entered into the Guinness Book of World records as the highest located hotel in the world. It boasts of views of Mount Everest from all of its windows. On the way back, we can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and the Everest Photo Gallery. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft), Duration: 5 hours

We will continue the trek to Tengboche today. The uniform and easy trail leads us towards the view of Mount Everest, descending deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka. From this point, it ascends the right flank of the Dudh Koshi valley to the Tengboche Monastery (3860m). The village of Tengboche is considered as the spiritual center of the Khumbu. The climb is lengthy, but is more than adequately compensated by gorgeous views of Mount Ama Dablam and on a clear day, views of Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks as well. The views of the mountain peaks from Tengboche’s ridges are out of this world. The village is also surrounded by rhododendron and pine forests and we can catch glimpses of the Danphe bird as well in the woods, Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Tengboche.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Dingboche (4410m/14464ft), Duration: 5 hours

Descending through a beautiful forest, we will cross the Imja Khola and trek through the village of Pangboche (3900m). Today is the most interesting trekking day because you will not lose altitude like on other days. You can also enjoy views of Mount Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and many other peaks along the trail as well. The route continues through pastures to Dingboche, known as the “Summer Valley”. It has a kilometer long wall built on the outskirts of the village that serves as a protection for the agricultural crops against the cold winds of the region. It receives more sunlight as well. The crops planted in the village roll serenely against the mountain air. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 07 - Dingboche to Nagerjun (5100m/16728ft) and return, Duration: 6 hours

This would be your second acclimatization day that requires about 6 hours of trekking to an altitude of 5100 meters. After breakfast, you will ascend to Nagerjun (5100m), a hill located on the flanks of the Chhukung valley directly above Dingboche.

The main aim is to climb high and sleep low. The foot path to Nagerjun becomes steep at times, resulting in a physically strenuous day. Ascending the hill could take up to 5 hours at altitude. From this altitude, there are good views of the Lobuche East (6119m), the Lobuche West (6145m), the Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), the Kangtega Himal (6685m) and the Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you can even see Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth highest mountain, including great views of the Pheriche Valley.

After a short rest, you will start the descent back to Dingboche. The walk back at altitude takes about 2 hours. After lunch, you can take a well-deserved rest, as afternoon temperatures could drop rapidly as the sun sets over the mountain tops. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Dingboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 08 - Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16105ft), Duration: 5 hours

Trekking along a broad valley floor to Dughla, we will be passing the Trekkers Aid Post at Pheriche (4240 m). This trek is staffed by western volunteer doctors and supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which offers treatment and consultation to trekkers. Continuing up the valley, we will be gaining altitude. We will come out of the valley to descend to the yak pastures of Lobuche. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Lobuche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09 - Trek to EBC (5364m/17594ft) & back to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), Duration: 8 hours

After a short climb through meadows, you can look down at the Khumbu glacier. Straight ahead lies Kalapatthar – the best vantage point to view the entire south face of Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks. After a couple of hours, we will get to Gorakshep, and continue our journey to the Everest Base Camp. There is not much elevation gain, but there are a lot of ups and downs and, combined with altitude, this can be an exhausting trek. But the journey is worth it. After approximately 3 hrs of hiking, you will arrive at the base camp. You can also enjoy a magnificent view of the Khumbu glacier and icefall, where the Everest expeditions first began. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse at Gorakshep. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 - Hiking to Kalapatthar (5545m/18188ft) – Gorakshep – Helicopter Ride to Lukla, Duration: 7 hours

The day starts with a hike up to Kalapatthar (5545m), the best viewpoint to witness Mount Everest in all its glory and the spectacular Himalayan range. After spending time looking at the magnificent views of the mountains from Kalapatthar, we will trek back to Gorakshep for breakfast. Then the most thrilling part of the journey commences- the helicopter ride! From Gorakshep, you will get a helicopter ride to Lukla. The view of the mountains from the helicopter is quite amazing! Looking at the landscape below also presents splendid sights. The terrain below looks like a colorful green and white carpet laid out in the landscape. It is a matter of amazing Himalayan views and rolling hills. The view of the Himalayan Rivers seen from the helicopter is like watching a silver ribbon cutting across the land. The experience is quite enriching and full of marvelous and gorges sights. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Lukla. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 11 - Fly back to Kathmandu

You will say good-bye to the mountains and take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla today. The return flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla takes about 30 minutes. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast included. 

Day 12 - Farewell

Breakfast at hotel and approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast Only.


Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in 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 require
  • 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 US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying 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 Phakding, Namche and Lukla
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi internet during the trek
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and driver
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