Take this amazing journey to Mount Everest Base Camp trek Return to Lukla by Helicopter and have the vacation of your lifetime. Ideal for people with short holidays, Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return allows you to walk along the highest trekking trail in the world and return via helicopter within a short duration of 8 days.
Enjoy one of the most extreme flights in the world as you fly into Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’. As you trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, stay at traditional Sherpa villages and learn more about the lifestyle of these legendary mountaineers.
Walk along a trail filled with colorful prayer flags, verdant pine forests, mani stones, chortens, metal suspension bridges and panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Enter the Sagaramatha National Park and visit ancient Buddhist monasteries like the one at Tengboche.
Stay overnight at the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, the economic hub of the Khumbu Region. An extra day at Dingboche during your Mount Everest Trek allows your body to acclimatize.
The chief highlight of this Mt. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is the challenging yet rewarding hike to Mount Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep. Walk to the base of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest (8,848m) and to the vantage point of Kala Patthar (5,550m) for awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Pumori.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Return to Lukla by Helicopter Route
Begin your trek to Mount Everest Base Camp with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The first day of your Mount Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the picturesque Sherpa Settlement of Phakding.
Crossing metal suspension bridges, colorful prayer flags, mani stones and pine forests you reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. Before reaching the settlement enjoy your first view of Mount Everest. Several 7,000 and 8,000 metre peaks rise up in the horizon making you feel truly at the ‘top of the world’.
Cross Tengboche, a settlement with the oldest and most important Buddhist monastery in the Everest region, Tengboche Monastery.
A rest day at Dingboche and the hike to the nearby Nagarjun Hill prepares your body for the tough trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. A strenuous hike over the Khumbu Glacier brings you to your destination the Mount Everest Base Camp.
Soak in the magnificent views of the massive walls of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and the Khumbu Icefall. Take pictures and return back to Gorak Shep.
The hike to Kala Patthar viewpoint lets you enjoy 360-degree views of Mount Everest, Pumori, Nuptse and Lhotse. After your hike, you board a helicopter and return to Lukla enjoying splendid views of Himalayan mountains and Sherpa settlements.
It is indeed less physically tiring to make the return trip via helicopter and not trek down the same route. Your Mount Everest Base Camp trek finally ends with an exciting flight (via fixed-wing aircraft) from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Return to Lukla by Helicopter Difficulty
This Mount Everest Base Camp Return to Lukla by Helicopter trip is graded moderate to difficult.
Experienced as well as novice trekkers can do this trek provided, they are physically fit and enjoy good health. Previous trekking and hiking experience may be helpful.
This trek is not as tiring as the regular EBC Trek, as you hike to EBC on foot and return to Lukla via a comfortable helicopter ride. Maximum time spent walking on the trail is 8 hours and minimum 2 hours. The highest elevation you will reach is Kala Patthar at 5,550 metres.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Return to Lukla by Helicopter Itinerary
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft)
Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m/11,286ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10.5 km) trek
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m/12,664ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m/14,469ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (11 km) trek
At Dingboche – Acclimatization Day (4,410m/14,469ft)
Hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours (4.5 km) trek
Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m/16,109ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours (8 km) trek
Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,140m/16,864ft)
Visit to Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft)
Walking distance: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek
Hike to Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft)
Return to Lukla via Helicopter and Regular flight to Kathmandu
Duration: 2-3 hours (3 km) trek, 50 minutes flight