Namche Bazaar Trek with Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour - 5 days

Namche Bazaar Trek with Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour - 5 days

Namche Bazaar Trek with Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is a luxurious, time-saving, and easy way to explore some of the world’s eight thousand mountains in the Khumbu region by foot then on air. The trekking trail traverses through the rich subalpine terrain of Sagarmatha National Park. The route passes traditional Sherpa villages in Dudh Koshi river valley towards Namche Bazaar, the heart of the Khumbu region. Subsequently, the fast-paced tour takes a helicopter flight to offer close-up views of Mt. Everest and its adjoining mountains. It also includes a stopover at the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, an unforgettable experience.

In just three days, the tour fully explores the major attractions of the Everest region, which is the dream destination for many tourists around the world. The short duration of the trek assures that it is easy and does not require apt physical fitness. The unique experience is best suited to those individuals who have limited travel duration, want to travel lavishly, or prefer short treks.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience adventurous trekking and awe-striking helicopter tour in the Khumbu region within three days
  • Get introduced to the unique Sherpa culture and traditions in the villages of Phakding, Jorsale, and Monjo
  • Explore Namche Bazaar, the hub of the Khumbu region, and wander around the market
  • Visit the Namche Monastery of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Chance to spot rare species of mammals and birds in the Sagarmatha National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected area
  • Walk in the lush subalpine forest of pine, juniper, Himalayan Birch, and Rhododendron
  • Panoramic views of Mt. Everest and surrounding 8000m high mountains from a helicopter
  • Close-up views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kantega from Everest Base Camp
  • Visit the cultural heritage and spiritual sites in Kathmandu city
  • Enjoy a scenic flight to Lukla with a bird’s eye view of rivers, hills, and snowcapped mountains

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) and Cultural Sightseeing
Day 2 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/9316ft, 35 minutes) then Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561 ft, 8km, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 3 Trek from Phakding village to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft, 10.5km, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 4 Helicopter flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), then flight to Kathmandu
Day 5 Final Departure from Kathmandu

Trip Overview

Namche Bazaar Trek with Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a great way to explore the beautiful Himalayas in northeastern Nepal and get a close-up view of Mt. Everest. In as little as three days, the trek traverses to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft) then flies off to the mountains for a stop at the maximum altitude of 5,364m/17,594ft at Everest Base Camp. The stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and other peaks, along with an introduction of the Sherpa villages, are the main high point of the trek.

The trip starts at Kathmandu city after arrival from Tribhuvan International Airport. The afternoon can be utilized by taking a cultural tour. Either explore the historically significant Kathmandu Durbar Square or visit the world-famous Swayabhunath Stupa. The second day initiates with a flight to Lukla’s Tenzing Hillary Airport. After landing, the trek starts to Phakding village in the Dudh Koshi river valley.

Third day’s trek heads to Namche Bazaar. The trek begins from Sagarmatha National Park via the Monjo village checkpoint leading the trail to Jorsale village, Topo Danda then Namche settlement. The afternoon and evening are spent exploring the market, monastery, and nearby areas.

On the fourth day, a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp from Namche Bazaar is taken while flying close to the highest mountains in the world. After a brief stop at the Base Camp for exploration, the helicopter flight heads back to Kathmandu city. Engage in souvenir shopping, and enjoy the night away in the town. The fifth day marks the trip's ending as we head to the international airport for a homeward return.

Route Map

Namche Bazaar Trek Helicopter tour Route Map Namche Bazaar Trek Helicopter Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

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

Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Square - Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979

Fly into the capital city, Kathmandu, with a scenic view of the high Himalayas and green hills as you land at the airport. After fulfilling the customs, head to the terminal, where Third Rock Adventures’ representative will welcome you. You will be transferred to your hotel in the tourist hub of the city, Thamel.

After settling in, you can opt to relax at your hotel or can explore what the mythical city has to offer. If you are drawn by history, you can visit the age-old Kathmandu Durbar Square in the city, also called Freak street or Basantapur. There you can explore the narrow alleyways sprouting with temples, local pubs, and Shah dynasty Palace, which has now been turned into a museum. Alternatively, if you are more spiritual, you can head to the Swayambhunath stupa located atop a hill in the city's west. While the stupa itself is mesmerizing, you will most certainly enjoy the views of the sunset and the wide-angle view of the city. 

In the evening, enjoy your first authentic Nepali food in any of the varied restaurants and pubs located there.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/9316ft, 35 minutes) then Trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,561 ft, 8km, 3 to 4 hours)

Lukla Airport Lukla Airport

Early in the morning, you will be woken up with some delicious, fulfilling breakfast. On this day, you will be taking a flight to Lukla in the Khumbu region. The 35 minutes flight engulfs you with amazement as you get the bird’s eye view of the rivers, forests, hills, and eventually some of the tallest mountains in the world. Landing at Tenzing Hillary Airport is one of the most adventurous experiences.

Upon landing, you will begin your short trek towards Phakding village. The snowy terrain is very different from Kathmandu, so the experience is distinct. On the way, you will pass by Chaurikhara village and head alongside the Dudh Koshi River. You will come across an unclimbed sacred peak named Khumbila that is worshiped by the ethnic Sherpa community.

After a few steps along the stone-paved road, you will reach Phakding village, largely inhabited by the Sherpa community. The cold mountain wind blowing on your face while walking to the village decorated beautifully with prayer flags is a surreal feeling. Unpack your belongings, get settled, and enjoy some hot butter tea with the locals.

Overnight stay in Phakding Village. 

Day 3: Trek from Phakding village to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,284 ft, 10.5km, 6 to 7 hours)

Namche Bazaar Namche Bazaar is the capital of the Khumbu region of Nepal located at 3,440 metres

You will trek to the awaited highlight of the entire trek; Namche Bazaar. The initial leg of the trek takes you to a steady and steep inclination. Cross the Dudh Koshi river, passing a suspension bridge into thick pine and rhododendron-clad forest. The green trail leads to Monjo village. A little further from there, you will cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge to the Monjo checkpoint, the gate to Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will get all the documents and essentials ready.

Walking ahead, you will see the first glimpse of Mt. Everest, which is a wonderful sight to sore eyes. With newly lit enthusiasm, you will head to Jorsale village and make a stop for some much-needed lunch. You’ll get to observe pine tree plantations and honeycombs on the way. After lunch, take a steep climb to the hilltop of Tope Danda, which offers views of the Namche settlement below. A short while from there will lead you to Namche Bazaar, which is completely different from the quiet villages you came across the past day.

Namche is lit up in the evening and offers an array of basic to standard facilities like ATMs, bakery, coffee shops, and even clothing stores. Also, the Khumbu region's hub is the starting and ending point of many treks and expeditions in the region. You will come across many trekkers who spend their night here. The Saturday market sees a turnout of both the Tibetan Yak caravans and Hindu traders selling their products from across towns and villages. You can head on to Namche Monastery and enjoy the serenity there while spinning prayer wheels with the view of Kongde Ri (6,187m). Mt. Everest looks gleamingly beautiful as the sun comes down. You can interact with the locals and other trekkers in the evening while enjoying local dishes in tea houses and cafes.

Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.

Day 4: Helicopter flight from Namche to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft), then flight to Kathmandu

Helicopter flight from Namche Bazaar to Everest Base camp View from Helicopter - flight from Namche Bazaar to Everest Base camp

After spending a splendid day in Namche, yet another adventure awaits. Pack all your belongings and wear warm clothes. On this day, you will lavishly enjoy a bird’s eye view of the highest mountains in the world in a helicopter! After breakfast at Namche, you will charter a private helicopter flight towards Everest Base Camp.

The first view of Ama Dablam (6,812m/ 22,349ft), Thamserku (6,608m/21,680ft), Kantega (6,782m/22,251ft) Lhotse (8516m/ 27,940ft) and Nuptse (7,861m/25,791ft) comes into light. However, the crown jewel, Mt. Everest at 8848.86m/29031.7ft is the best attraction being the highest mountain in the world.

You will be dropped off at the Everest Base Camp for 15 minutes to set foot on the lap of the highest mountain. The top of Mt. Everest is not seen from its base camp. The weather is freezing in this area, but the scenic views of snowy mountains engross you. After a short while, you will hop back onto the helicopter and be taken to Kathmandu. The flight back is also very interesting as you leave the snow-covered Dudh Koshi Valley, the green hills, and a city area welcome.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel, where you can take some rest. You can head to local restaurants in the afternoon to try out distinct dishes native to Nepal and buy some souvenirs to take back home. In the evening, you can head to a pub with your friends and crew.

Overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 5: Final Departure from Kathmandu

You will bid farewell to beautiful Nepal on this day. After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the international terminal by our representatives, who will bid you a warm farewell. You will be taking back memories of setting foot on the lap of the highest mountain in the world. If you want to extend your stay or wish to come again, feel free to contact us for an exciting and heartwarming travel memory in Nepal.

Based on 4 reviews

Trip Reviews

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

Based on 4 reviews
Very good

Edward Collett Collett
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 28, 2021
Thrilling Trek, lifelong Experience
The first time I heard Naba say, Everest Base Camp in just 5 days, I was shock and thrilled. I mean it has been my dream to trek to Everest Base Camp, but not in just about 5 days. I asked Naba how and he said "Heli" and I got the point. I was triggered by the fact that I can do it in just 5 days, I WONT HAVE TO TAKE 2 WEEK LEAVE. I immediately said yes and asked him to connect me to one of their consultants. I talked about the trip for 2, 3 days and finally booked the trip. As always Naba ensured me the best of the trip. I was in Nepal 2 years back when I trekked to Annapurna Base Camp. And this time I will be in heli to EBC. I did the trip and enjoyed a lot, a lot. A thrilling helicopter tour to Namche and Everest Base Camp tokok my breath away. I was able to admire the closest views of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hell of a trip man! If you are short on time and want to experience the grand feeling of stepping at the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, this trip is for you my friend. Talk with Naba directly and he will have you a better feeling about embarking on any journey to the Himalayas of Nepal. Guess what?- I am planning for Mardi Himal Next year. excited.
Tyson Poupinel
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 24, 2021
Lovely Trip
Everest Base Camp in just 5 days. Charter a heli to Everest base Camp. Great views of the mountains including Everest. Land at Lukla Airport, hover above Namche. Damn, every day you are rewarded stunning views of the mountains. Loved the trip. It makes me wanna do it again and again. Can't get enough of the trip.
Joel Meldrum
Mar 24, 2021
Amazing Service - trekking and helicopter ride to Base Camp
Naba recommended me this trip. He asked me to take this trip with my family. I couldn't say no to him. He is a good friend from Nepal. I looked at the itinerary and loved it. Everest Base Camp in just 5 days!, my wife and my son loved the idea. We don't have to ask for leave for weeks. Naba made sure we were safe and enjoying ourselves from the very first day. The cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu added memories for my family. We loved exploring Ktm durbar square, monkey temple and enjoyed Nepali food. The next day, we took the helicopter to Lukla and trekked to Namche Bazaar. My son and wife thoroughly enjoyed the day trek in the Himalayas. From Namche, we headed to Everest Base Camp in Heli. The day was superb. We could see Everest and stepped into the base camp of Everest. A great tour for the family! Day with Everest sounds cool right?!! We know. We are happy that we did the trek. One of the best family tours we have had in years. Nepal never fails to surprise me and this time, got memories with my family. Thankful to Naba and his team for their unparallel service.
Ramiro Arcuri
Nov 04, 2020
Buon servizio
Viaggio fantastico. Ottimo servizio di Third Rock Adventures. Si sono assicurati della nostra soddisfazione e del successo del viaggio. Il volo in elicottero era puntuale e tutto è stato gestito alla grande. Ho adorato l'itinerario e il servizio offerto. Nessun compromesso. Nessun problema. Tutto quello che devo fare è dire SÌ e godermi la giornata. Ho visto l'Everest e altre vette imponenti ogni giorno.

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