Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour - 7 days

Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour - 7 days

Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour is a perfect combination of an overland trek and an aerial tour to witness the up-close beauty of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. The seven-day adventure is one of the shortest and most luxurious ways to witness the most significant highlights that the Khumbu region offers.

Imagine having to experience the best that the Himalayas have to offer in a fast-paced trip, starting from an elevation of 2,610m at Lukla to a whopping 5,644m at Kala Patthar viewpoint. The tour that starts from Lukla takes on a trek towards the famous Namche Bazaar, then a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp (EBC), Kala Patthar then back to Lukla.

The major awe-inspiring moments of this tour are flying up close to Mt. Everest and witnessing the views of 8000m giants. Moreover, you get to come across unique flora and fauna of the Sagarmatha region, visit the religious and historical sites, visit the highest placed hotel in the world, and experience the livelihood of the Sherpa community living in the Himalayas.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Aerial views of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest
  • Helicopter flight to the Everest Base Camp
  • Views of three of the 8000m peaks from Kala Patthar viewpoint, the highest point of the tour
  • Walk on the lush green Sagarmatha National Park trail in the chilly Khumbu region
  • Witness the lifestyle of the local Sherpa communities living in Pakding and Namche Bazaar
  • Visit the highest hotel in the world; Everest View Hotel, to enjoy scenic views of the surrounding mountains

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Cultural Sightseeing
Day 2 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 4 Rest Day at Namche, Optional Hike to Everest View Hotel
Day 5 Helicopter flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) fly over and land in Kala Patthar (5550m/18,204ft) and then flight to Lukla - 45 minutes Helicopter flight
Day 6 Lukla to Kathmandu by regular flight - 35 minutes flight
Day 7 Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Cultural Sightseeing

You will be welcomed at the terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport as you land in Kathmandu. We will drive you to your hotel based in Thamel, just 5 km from the airport. Following some rest, the guide will brief you about the tour. Then, you can head out for a cultural sightseeing adventure in the city of temples.

First up, the closest UNESCO world heritage site to your hotel is the Kathmandu Durbar Square, located in Basantapur/Freak Street. Witness the narrow gullies, ancient temples, and the historical palace turned museum, Hanuman Dhoka Museum. You can even explore the western hills of the city to Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the most beautiful Buddhist stupa. Return for a delicious Nepali cuisine dinner at night.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,316ft) and Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561ft) - 35 minutes flight and 3 to 4 hours trek

On this day, we will be leaving for Lukla, which is the gateway to the Everest region. Catch a regular flight and enjoy the mesmerizing views of changing landscapes, from green hills to milky white mountains. Upon landing, you will have your lunch and begin the trek to Phakding village.

Passing through a green coniferous forest, with views of grazing yaks and a traditional lifestyle, you will reach Phakding. The Dudh Koshi river valley is very welcoming, with views of the white river and green forest surrounding it. You can witness a series of chortans and Mani walls and fluttering prayer flags.

Overnight stay in Phakding.

Day 3
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Following a rich breakfast made mostly of local produce, you can begin your trailhead to Namche Bazaar. The trail crosses a suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river and then towards the village of Monjo checkpoint, which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. You can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest from here. After reaching Namche Bazaar, settle in and then explore the town.

Namche Bazaar is the main hub and a commercial center of the Everest region with the availability of ATMs, decent cafeterias, renowned bakeries, banks, and weekend markets in the area. As most trails lead here, you will meet many other tourists and even mountaineers.

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar. 

Day 4
Rest Day at Namche, Optional Hike to Everest View Hotel

As there is this additional day for exploring Namche Bazaar, you can have breakfast, leave your bags and then visit the Khunde Hospital. The hospital was set up by the late Sir Edmund Hilliary and is a famous spot for tourists.

Following that, you can take a slow one to two hours hike up to the Everest View Hotel, the highest placed hotel stated by the Guinness Book of World Records. You can witness majestic views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and the amazing Everest. You can enjoy your lunch in the hotel while enjoying those views. After exploring, return to Namche Bazaar and pack up for the next day. Intermingle with the local sherpas to understand their traditions and livelihood in the Himalayas.

Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Day 5
Helicopter flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) fly over and land in Kala Patthar (5550m/18,204ft) and then flight to Lukla - 45 minutes Helicopter flight

Helicopter to EBC Helicopter Landing at Kala Patthar (5550m/18,204ft)

This is the most impressive day of the entire trip as you will get to fly across the gigantic mountains and land at the base camp of the highest mountain in the world.

Begin the day by calming your nerves because the experience will be exhilarating and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You will take your belongings, then head to the Helipad in Namche Bazaar. The helicopter then hovers towards Everest Base Camp. You will make a short landing at the base camp to enjoy views of the tallest 8000m mountains in the world. For instance, it will feel like an entirely different experience as you will get a bird's eye view of the deep Himalayas.

However, as the tip of Everest is not seen from its base, after 15 minutes, we will hop in the helicopter again and fly to Kala Patthar viewpoint, the highest point of this trip. From there, you will see clear panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kantega, Lhotse, and Nuptse. After enjoying the view, the helicopter will take you on a flight to Lukla. However, at 8,848.86m/29,031.7ft, Mt. Everest steals the show.

Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 6
Lukla to Kathmandu by regular flight - 35 minutes flight

After having breakfast, you will be leaving the beautiful and serene Everest region on a regular flight back to Kathmandu. Engage in souvenir shopping to support the community, then bid farewell to the locals before hopping on the scenic flight.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, rest, then head to a local pub or club to enjoy the night away. If time permits, buy some souvenirs and try authentic local cuisine.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 7
Final Departure

On your final day in Kathmandu, Nepal, you will bid farewell to your team and be driven to the international airport for your final departure. On the way, reminisce the memories you had here, relish the views of the mountains and hills. If you wish to extend your tour or wish to plan for a future tour, get in touch with our team to manage a similar successful adventure.

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Based on 19 reviews

Latest Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Jeff Cunningham
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Apr 18, 2024

Lukla and The EBC Trail

So it never crossed my mind that I could hike on the EBC trail, but Third Rock Adventures made it possible. Now, I have to be honest and state that I only made it halfway to Namche, but this brings up two very important elements as to why I will only use Third Rock Adventures for my future quests: flexibility and world class guides. First, Third Rock allowed me to set my own pace and when it became apparent that Namche Bazaar was a bit out of my reach, the guys allowed me to customize my trek so that I had an outstanding experience exploring the first part of the trek. Second, none of this would not have been possible if it had not been for my Guide Ramis. Ramis encourage me with ever step, making sure that I was setting my own pace. And when I decided that had to change my itinerary, he strove enhance that with additional information about the trail. He helped me to see that end goal of Namche was less important the the trek itself. I had a fantastic seven days in Lukla and the surrounding mountains and owe it all to Third Rock Adventures and Ramis
Best Destination,Good Value,I like itinerary,Best and Selected Tours,
I wanted to see Lukla and experience some trekking
The views and my guide’s professionalism
Do it
Elliot Cunningham
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Nov 28, 2022

Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour

My office mates last year did EBC trek and insisted me to do this year. So i booked EBC trek with Third Rock but since I had few days on my hand I had to do shorter version. Upon asking Naba, he suggested me this itinerary and I couldn't say NO. I flew to Lukla from Kathmandu city and trekked for two days before flying on a heli to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. And got back to Lukla on the same heli. It was wonderful time up there, among the mountains. I completed the trek in just a week and got extra 2 days to explore Kathmandu city. Thanks to Naba for this excellent trek.
Best and Selected Tours
Cody Doyle
Nov 21, 2022

Beautiful trek

Bimal was a great guide for this trek and everything was superb. The food was great, and I got to sleep at best-available room. Bimal was energetic and would encourage me to do more treks in the coming year. Flying over the Himalayas was a mindblowing experience for me. I could see everest and get some crazy snaps. I never thought that i would see Everest from such proximity. Kala Patthar is truly vantage point. The short trek to Namche was also great experience. I already booked for 2023 september ABC trek with Bimal.
Kir Lebedev
Nov 19, 2022

EBC Namche Trek

Good memories from the trek. Good pictures to post on social media. And good contact in Nepal. Much more thankful to Naba for everything. I wish I knew about Third Rock Adventures earlier. Now that I know them, I am recommending them to everyone who asks for my suggestion.
Callum Barrett
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Oct 17, 2022

EBC and heli return

My ankle hurt on my way to Phakding but Dol had carried first aid kit and I was given proper treatment. It took me an hour or two to hit the trail again. We reached the beautiful town of Namche and had great coffee there. It was more like a tourist hub. We spent additional day there to acclimatize and wait for the heli to take us to Kala Patthar. The heli was flown on time and we return to Ktm on departure date. Back in Katmandu, we had dinner with Naba and beer party. It was good celebration with the team. We highly recommend to organize your trip with them. you can even customize your own itinerary.
Remington Hamilton
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Oct 12, 2022

Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC heli

Just got home from amazing avdenture to EBC. Clearly, I had the best time of my life there in Nepal. Got to experience a lot of things, try new food and sleep at low-cost teahouses along the way to EBC. And guess what, hop on a heli to enjoy bird-eye view of the mighty everest and other 8000m peaks. I still have fresh memories. Thanks to Naba, the man behind the company.
Kylen Mitchell
May 24, 2022

Lukla Kala Patthar and EBC trek

Everything was going great until NAMCHE BAZAAR but the next day we couldn't fly on a heli due to poor visibility. My guide Rishi suggested to stop for a day and fly next day. The next day it was clear and we flew to EBC AND KALA PATTHAR and had the breathtaking views of Everest and other peaks. In Kathmandu, we met with Naba and the CEO and had dinner together as a farewell party. They serve us as their family. Great company in Nepal.
Jorge Navarro
May 24, 2022

EBC trek in Nepal

WIth so many options to choose from, you will feel confused like me but when I started asking for suggestion Naba was so helpful. He asked related questions and threw many recommendations and I landed for this trek. I booked and this trek with them. The heli flight from Lukla to EBC was rewarding. I got to enjoy the view of some of the highest mountains in the world. We landed at Kala Patthar for brief time and flew to Lukla. My guide was a great person with vast knowledge and years of experience. Overall, the trek was once in a lifetime experience.
Nathan Jones
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Apr 19, 2022


This fall we flew to EBC and return via Heli. The service was offered and organized by a popular travel agency called THirD Rock. We truly enjoyed the adventure. Everything from food to room and heli tour was great. We are thankful to Naba for this opportunity and servce.
James Woods
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Apr 19, 2022

7 days ebc trek

Third Rock Adventure is a great company for Nepal adventure. I landed on their website while searching for Mardi Himal trek and checked their EBC itinerary and I loved this one. I also checked their other information and most importantly the reviews on the website and Tripadvisor as well which convienced me to do the trek. The price is too good to be true and Naba's attention to detail was impressive. His guides are experieced and perfect for anytrek to Nepal. They must have been doing the treks since years. I want to recommend their service to you for treks in Nepal, specially heli service.
Toby Brown
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Apr 17, 2022

EBC trek in 7 days.

It may sound crazy but we did hike to EBC and Kala Patthar in just 7 days. Thanks to Naba for this. We had great memories to cherish for a lifetime. They are too professional for treks in Nepal. We cannot recommned them enough!
Abril Linares
Apr 17, 2022


Dol handled every operation for this trek. We did it because we couldnt manage over 2 weeks of trek to EBC. It was amazing experience flying to Lukla and toEBC from Namche. The operation was fast and nothing to complain. I will be back again to Nepal in 2024 to do Gokyo Lakes trek with Dol. Thank you dol for your amazing service and vast knowledge.
Delilah Rivas
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Apr 13, 2022

Namche to Kala Patthar Heli Tour with shor trek.

My husband and I chose Third Rock for this Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour - 7 days because we had already trekked with them to Mardi Himal. With that confidence, we flew to Kala Patthar, and it was the best holiday we could imagine. The trek from Lukla, to Namche, was a great experience. No doubt our guide was the best. Thanks to Naba for this itinerary!
Lochlan Macdonald
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Apr 12, 2022

Lukla Trek and EBC heli

We asked the travel consultant to customize Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour. The operation was smooth and we had nothing to worry. Fortunately, the day we had heli had great weather! The view was breathtaking, and the trek part was refreshing and rewarding.
Best Destination,
Haider Sharp
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Apr 11, 2022

First Heli ride in Nepal

This was my third time in Nepal, and I wanted to heli ride to the Himalayas. Talked with TRA and they recommended this itinerary and I booked without a second thought. I knew I was assigned the best guide, and no doubt that my trip was about to be the best of the best. However, due to bad weather, our Lukla flight was postponed. But my guide offered me free stroll around Thamel, and Ason market and it was a beautiful experience. The next day we flew to Lukla, hiked to Phakding and Namche Bazar. Namche took my heart. It was a beautiful mountain town there. I was so in love with this place. My guide briefed me the heli ride to Kala Patthar. We hopped on a heli to the most popular viewpoint in Everest region to get awed by the incredible view of some of the highest mountains in the world. It was lifechanging experience there. Back in Kathmandu we had dinner together. The company had the kindest courtesy for a traveler like me. I definitely recommend them for any trips to Nepal.
Recommended by Friend,
Harrison Murphy
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Apr 10, 2022

Had best trip

Our Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour was a great way to enjoy the sight of Everest and other peaks. We flew to Lukla, trekked up Namche and again took a heli ride to Kala Patthar. And trust me, we had the best view of Everest. Our guide was a great man with knowledge of everything for the trek. We were lucky that the sky was as clear as one can imagine. The few minute in Kala Pathhar was the best time.
Recommended by Friend,Best and Selected Tours,
Oakley Pearson
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Apr 10, 2022

Lukla Trek with EBC Heli Tour

Our week trip itinerary had ebc heli tour as well, and we were super pumped for this trip. Had contacted Naba and eveyrthing was set. We were guaranted the best guide, and good weather window for heli tour. Everything was just perfect. We are more than thankful to Naba and his team for everything. We will be back soon to do Manaslu and TSUM valley trek.
Good Value,Recommended by Friend,
Kyle George
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Apr 10, 2022

Loved the Service

Our 7 days Lukla to Namche Trek and EBC Heli Tour gave us the unique and best experience in Nepal. We are back to our home with so many wonderful memories. Our guide Babu was a great friend. The heli flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp, and brief time at Kala Patthar was the best part of this itinerary. We loved the unexpected service from the company.
Recommended by Friend,
Rafael París
Mar 10, 2022

Kala Patthar Heli

I was super excited for the heli ride to Kala Patthar in Nepal. It exceeded my expectation. The captain was a great person as he guided me through the view pointing the mountains and telling me the name. The Himalayan landscape was out of this world. We saw the small settlement and the trail that the trekker uses to the base camp. I was surprised by the beauty of Everest region. Much thanks to my guide, captain and Naba for making it the best!
Recommended by Friend,

Based on 19 reviews
Very good

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