The Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return’ takes you to the base camp of Everest with a visit to Kala Patthar. The trip starts at Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla and from there the trekking begins towards EBC. We will also charter a helicopter from Gorak Shep for an exciting helicopter ride over the beautiful Gokyo Lake and back to Kathmandu Lukla. Much other company provides the helicopter service from Gorakshep to Lukla only but we provide the direct flight to Kathmandu after the base camp. Sometimes, there is a high chance of flight cancellation from Lukla to Kathmandu due to unpredictable weather changes. Thus our company arranges the private helicopter to fly back to Kathmandu.
You will be welcomed at the airport by our representative who will escort you to your hotel.A welcome dinner will be organized for your arrival in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu
We start early for a thrilling flight to Lukla. We meet the rest of the team there and then head down towards the Cheplung village. There you will get your first glimpses of the sacred Mt. Khumbila. We then continue onwards Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
After a nice breakfast, we head on a trail that passes through a pine forest. We then move northwards through the Benkar valley. After crossing the Dudh Koshi River, we pass the villages of Chumoa and Monjountil we reach the entrance of the Everest National Park. Then we climb a steep trail to finally reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
We have reserved this day for the purpose of acclimatization. It is important to properly adjust our bodies to the high altitude. On this day, we will explore Namche. Namche is the biggest town in the region filled with shops, restaurants, internet cafes and a brilliant market. Moreover, we can also go for a short climb on the Sagarmatha National Park to watch the sun rise over the colossal mountains of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam, Thamserku, Kongde and many more. In addition, we can also explore the ancient Khumjung village. The village is home to the Hillary School and a monastery which claims to have a Yeti Scalp on display. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
With breakfast done, we move down towards the Dudh-Koshi River enjoying views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, AmaDablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. We then climb up through rhododendron forests to Tengboche. There we visit the largest monastery in the entire region – The Tengboche Monastery-the largest monastery in the region. Overnight in Tengboche.
We head down towards Debuche passing through forests of birch, conifers, and rhododendrons. Furthermore, we get to enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and AmaDablam. After that, we cross the Imja River and head towards Pangboche. The trail towards upper Pangboche is filled with extraordinary views of the Himalayas and the Pangboche Monastery. We then walk towards Imja Valley andLobuche River. From there, we start our ascent towardsDingboche. Overnight at Dingboche.
On this day, we go for a hike to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley. En route, we will witness the beauty of the Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and AmaDablam.We will also explore the Dingboche Village. The village is home to beautiful fields of barley, buckwheat and potatoes protected by stone walls.
Firstly, we steadily climb towards Duglha at the end of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We then ascent a steep trail to ChupkiLhara. There we can see the memorials for Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and ten time Everest conqurerBabuChiri Sherpa (Nepali mountain guide) marked by an array of stones with prayer flags. Both perished on a mission to climb Everest, the memorial is a grim reminder of the dangers of climbing the highest mountain in the world. After this, we continue onwards the Khumbu Glacier moraine. There we are greeted by extraordinary views of the Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and MahalangurHimal. We then gradually head towardsLobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
We move through the sandy Gorakshep, which once used to be a lake bed. We continue on passing through a rocky terrain, moraine and streams to finally reach the Everest Base Camp. We spend time absorbing the beautiful views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumorifrom the base camp. The base camp itself is decorated with colorful prayer flags and colorful tents. With that done, we head back to GorakShep for rest and sleep. Overnight in GorakShep.
We start before dawn for our journey today. We soon start seeing the Khumbutse, and Changtse towards the east. We also start getting glimpses of Everest. We get the most amazing panoramic views of Everest once we reachKalapatthar (5,545m/18,192ft). We then head back down to Gorakshep. From there we take a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu via Lukla with be flying over the holy and pristine Gokyo Lake. A farewell dinner will be organized for celebrating your successful trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
So, it is time to say farewell. This is your last day in Nepal. Our representative will escort you to the airport for your flight back home.