Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return takes you across the highest trekking trail on Earth. Located at the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, EBC is the ultimate destination for passionate hikers and adventurers. This Everest Base Camp Short Trek with helicopter return lets you visit Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, the most popular viewpoint in Khumbu region The route to Mount Everest Base Camp short trek crosses remote Sherpa villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries and the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your trekking adventure kickstarts with a thrilling flight to Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’. From Lukla you begin your short Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return journey and head towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. You walk for several days over hilly terrain before finally arriving at your destination. Get awestruck with stunning views of Himalayan peaks, some of the highest in the world. Cross swaying suspension bridges built over thundering glacial rivers. The alpine landscape is covered with pristine pine and rhododendron forests and snow covered peaks. At intervals you will find the trail adorned with Buddhist mani walls, chortens and colorful prayer flags. Overnight stops at Sherpa settlements offer a rare chance to observe traditional Sherpa lifestyle and culture. After your Kala Patthar trek, you return to Lukla by helicopter. This heli flight offers you a chance to fly close to some of the highest peaks in the world. An incredible adventure and cultural experience at an affordable price; this is a trip not to be missed!
Other heli treks that takes you to more places in the Khumbu Region are Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days and Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days. Pure Everest trekking adventure can be experienced by choosing anyone of these treks - Everest Base Camp Trek- 14 days, Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 days, Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 days or Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes- 18 days.
Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla). It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap. Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
A representative from our office will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Check in and take rest. A trip briefing will be held at our office or at your hotel’s lounge later in the day. Meet your guide and if you have any queries you can ask your guide. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Drive to the airport and catch your flight to Lukla, the Gateway to Everest. Once you arrive in Lukla you meet the rest of the crew. Sort your luggage and start your Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Short trek. Walk past Lukla Bazaar and head down to Phakding.
It is a short hike and you reach in Phakding in about 3 to 4 hours. Cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to finally arrive at the picturesque village of Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
The trail goes through forests of pine and rhododendron. As you head higher you cross many suspension bridges, including the highest of them all the Hillary Bridge over the Imja Khola(river).
Just before you arrive in Namche you get to enjoy your first view of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and other 7000 and 8000 metre giants. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Namche.
Spend a rest day in Namche, the Sherpa Capital. The settlement is carved on a mountainside overlooking the snow covered Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam. Take an acclimatization hike to Hotel Everest View and Khumjung Village.
Hotel Everest View lies above Namche and offers mesmerizing view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Khumjung Village is an old Sherpa settlement with a monastery (that houses the scalp of a Yeti) and the first school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the Khumbu Region. Overnight in Namche.
Leave Namche and head to Tengboche. Tengboche is a small village with few houses. The village is named after its monastery Tengboche Gompa, the largest and the most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest region. You can visit the monastery with your guide and witness a Buddhist prayer ritual. Overnight in Tengboche.
Wake up early and catch the sunrise over Ama Dablam, a mountain that lies close to Tengboche. Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. After breakfast, hit the trail to Dingboche. As you walk past the 4000 metres mark, you can feel the effect of high altitude. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Overnight in Dingboche.
Hike to Nagarjun Hill that lies close to the village. The vegetation turns sparser and the tree line vanishes. The landscape turns stark and barren. No technical climbing is required to climb the hill. It is an uphill ascent. From the top you can enjoy 360 degree views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Makalu, Lhotse etc. Overnight in Dingboche.
Take the trail to Lobuche. Walk past Thukla and Thukla Pass. Thukla Pass is decorated with stone memorials dedicated to climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Everest. Among the memorials are those dedicated to Rob Hall and Scott Fischer whose tragic Mount Everest expedition is the subject of Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book “Into Thin Air” and the movie “Everest”.
There is also memorial dedicated to one of the finest Nepalese climbing Sherpas, Late Babu Chiri Sherpa. He broke the world record for climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen and staying at the summit for 21 hours and reaching the summit in record time of 16 hours and 56 minutes. Lobuche has a few teahouses offering basic facilities. Overnight in Lobuche.
This is D-Day of your Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Short Trek. You walk up to Everest Base Camp, your destination. As you will be walking above 5000 metres, you need to keep your face slow and steady. After reaching Gorak Shep, head to a teahouse. Have some food and after a bit of a rest, hike to Everest Base Camp.
The trail follows the Khumbu Glacier. The loose rocks and dirt on the trail can be tricky. Walk carefully as you step on the moraine. Once you reach EBC, take pictures and enjoy the incredible views. Though the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from EBC you can enjoy the views of the Ice Fall, Nuptse and Lhotse. If your trip is during climbing season you can see the colourful tents of the expedition groups.
Later return to Gorak Shep, have a warm dinner and have an early night. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Wake up early and start with your Kala Patthar trek. Kala Patthar is the most popular view point in Everest region. Kala Patthar trekking takes you right above Gorak Shep.
From here you can enjoy 360 degree views of some of the highest peaks in the world- Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse etc. At 5,550 metres, Kala Patthar is the highest point of your trek.
Later descend to your teahouse, bid goodbye to the trekking crew(porters and assistant guides). You board a helicopter and fly to Lukla. Fly close to the mountains and savour the bird's eye view of some of the highest peaks in the world.
From Lukla you catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Once you touchdown in Kathmandu, you will be driven to your hotel. Take it easy and get some rest. If you feel energetic enough you can stroll around the streets of Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
A free day or a reserve day in case of flight cancellations due to bad weather or any emergency. If everything goes as planned you can spend this day as you like in Kathmandu. You can take guided city tour or explore Kathmandu on your own. Do let us know if you need ideas on the best way to spend a day in Kathmandu.
In the evening, celebrate the end of your Everest Base Camp short trek with a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
You will be driven to the airport 3 hours before your flight’s departure. If you want to indulge in more Himalayan adventures, do let us know. We have some delightful itineraries that might interest you. We can also customize your itinerary as per your needs.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
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During your Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return, you spend 3 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has been renovated and fitted with modern conveniences.The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The establishment offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.
In Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast and farewell dinner.
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The best seasons for Everest Base Camp Short Trek Heli Return are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) the alpine meadows are covered with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms. But since global warming is changing the weather patterns in the Himalayas, from our experience we can say that this trip can be done in Summer(June and July) as well as Winter(December to February). During Summer, it will be a bit wet and foggy but the trail will be walkable. In Winter the skies remain cloudless giving you crystal clear view of snow covered mountains. As both these seasons are off-seasons, the trail will be less crowded and quiet during these months.
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When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
As Everest Base Camp is situated at a high altitude of 5,364 metres, you spend only 1 to 2 hours at the base camp. Since the base camp lies at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest, the hike to EBC is probably the highlight of your trek. Though one cannot view the summit of Mount Everest from the base camp (as the mountain is too huge) you can get close up views of the massive walls of Everest, Khumbutse, Lingtren and Nuptse. The Khumbu Icefall appears spectacular. Though the icefall lies close to the Base Camp, it is not possible explore it as you need proper climbing gear to walk on it. But you get to explore the actual base camp of the Everest expedition groups. During climbing season, it is like a mini city of tents and you get to meet mountaineers (sometimes celebrities too!) from different countries attempting to summit Mount Everest. After taking pictures and soaking in the magnificent views you descend down to Gorak Shep again. Please do note the visibility of mountains depends on the weather. If it’s foggy you may not get good views of the mountains.
No, we do not spend the night at Everest Base Camp as there are no teahouses or lodges there. Moreover it is advisable and more comfortable to spend the night at a lower elevation. After enjoying the views we trek down to Gorak Shep and stay overnight at a local teahouse.
I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.
Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.
So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.
One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.
Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.
- Werner Berger