Trekking to Everest Base Camp is more than just a dream for all adventure enthusiasts and mountain lovers. However, not everyone has time to hike for several weeks to tick off this adventure on their bucket list.
Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is an exclusive journey to one of the world’s most popular trekking destinations — the foothills of Mt.Everest. It is rigorously designed for trekkers who want to experience the remote wilderness of the Himalayas but only have limited time.
Not only does the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek ensure a fulfilling trekking adventure, but it also intertwines a luxurious helicopter ride to make your journey more enjoyable. It means you get to experience two different adventures in one single package!
This 11-day trek begins with an exhilarating flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon landing, you begin your adventure on foot and head towards the riverside village of Phakding.
From there, you’ll walk past several mountain settlements, including Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep, to reach the Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you’ll come across beautiful mountain sceneries, dense forests, high valleys, and varied landscapes.
After enjoying some time at the base of the world’s highest peak, you’ll retrace your route to Gorak Shep. Early next morning, you’ll hike towards Kala Patthar to witness the glorious sunrise and the mountain panorama.
After spending some time at the top of the viewpoint, you’ll head back to Gorak Shep, where your helicopter will be standing by for you. Instead of retracing the route back to Lukla and catching a regular flight, you’ll hop on a helicopter at Gorak Shep and return to Kathmandu directly on this trek package. The heli ride from Gorak Shep to Kathmandu allows you to appreciate the mountains, valleys, and remote landscapes of Khumbu with a captivating aerial view.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
- Begin your adventure with a spine-chilling flight to Lukla.
- Celebrate the triumph of standing at the base camp of Everest.
- Enjoy the captivating scenery of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam.
- Walk past the beautiful Sherpa settlements and witness their lifestyle and hospitality.
- Explore the historical town of Namche Bazaar and visit the world’s highest luxury hotel, Everest View Hotel.
- Visit the ancient Tengboche Monastery and witness the spiritual side of the Khumbu region.
- Hike two Himlayan viewpoints — Kala Patthar and Nagerjun — and enjoy the mountain views from different perspectives.
- Return to Kathmandu on a luxurious helicopter ride all the way from Gorak Shep.
Best Time for Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a moderately challenging trek that you can do all year round. However, there are two specific seasons — spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).
The weather is warm and moderate for long-hour treks during these seasons. Likewise, the sky tends to remain relatively clear and bright. Thus, you’ll get to enjoy the marvelous view of the Himalayas and surrounding landscapes.
Additionally, while returning to Kathmandu via a helicopter ride, you’ll get to relish the aerial view of the mountains.
Apart from the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, we have elective bundles of treks in the Everest region. If you’ll looking to experience the true essence of trekking in the Everest region, you can go ahead with the standard 16-Day Everest Base Camp Trek.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a relatively short option but entirely on foot, we have Everest Panorama Trek. Although this short trek does not take you to the Everest Base Camp, it offers the perfect blend of culture and nature.
Similarly, if you want the ultimate Everest experience, you should check out the Everest High Passes Trek. It combines three of the world’s highest mountain passes with one of the world’s highest base camps.