Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous ++
  • Places to Visit Everest Region
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Trekking/Heli Fly Out
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla, where you'll get a bird's eye view of the Himalayan landscape. 
  • Feel the Thrill of an unforgettable experience as you soar above lush valleys, terraced fields, and picturesque villages before reaching the Lukla.
  • The trail takes you through beautiful rhododendron forests, charming Sherpa villages, and across suspension bridges that span deep gorges. 
  • You'll pass through Namche Bazaar, a bustling mountain town, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people along the way.
  • Stunning panoramic views of the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many more. 
  • Stay in comfortable SHERPA tea houses, which offer a unique cultural experience. 
  • The climax of the trek is reaching Everest Base Camp, an accomplishment in itself. 
  • Witness the magnificent mountains up close and be able to capture the beauty of the Khumbu Icefall and the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Visit Kala Patthar, a vantage point that offers one of the best views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.
  • Exciting helicopter flight back to Kathmandu, enjoying a different perspective of the Khumbu Valley. 
  • Opportunity to take in the landscapes from above and capture memorable photographs.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows you to see the world's tallest mountain and its surrounding peaks in all their glory. The convenience and magnificence of this adventure make it a must-do for those seeking a thrilling and breathtaking encounter with the Himalayas.

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a thrilling adventure that offers breathtaking views and an incredible sense of achievement. While many trekkers follow the traditional route that starts and ends at Lukla, there is a unique and luxurious way to conclude the journey – a helicopter fly-out from Gorak Shep. 

This option not only provides a spectacular aerial perspective of the Everest region but also saves time, offering a convenient way to conclude the adventure. Whether you're an passionate mountaineer or a traveler looking for a unique adventure, this tour offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness the majesty of Mount Everest and the surrounding landscapes from the air.

Gorak Shep:

Gorak Shep, situated at an altitude of about 5,164 meters, is the last village before reaching Everest Base Camp. After the strenuous trek to this point, trekkers will take a scenic helicopter ride straight back to Kathmandu. This experience allows trekkers to marvel at the dramatic landscapes of the Khumbu region, including a close-up view of Mount Everest, without the need to retrace their steps on foot.

Fun of Helicopter Fly Out:

The helicopter fly-out option from Gorak Shep is not only a time-saving alternative but also a more comfortable one, especially for those who might be physically drained from the challenging trek. While it is a pricier option compared to the traditional trek, it offers an unforgettable way to wrap up an Everest Base Camp adventure.

This trip certainly makes a popular choice for those seeking a touch of luxury and adventure combined. The helicopter fly-out not only adds a touch of glamour to the Everest Base Camp trek but also leaves trekkers with indelible memories of the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscapes.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu (1400 m/4,593 feet) and Transfer to Hotel at Thamel
  • Day 02:Drive to Manthali (Ramechhap) (474 m / 1,555 feet) and Overnight Stay
  • Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2840 m/9,317 feet) and trek to Phakding (2,610 m/8,562 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Namche (3,450 m/11,318 feet) - The Capital of Khumbu Valley
  • Day 05:Acclimatization day at Namche / Morning Excursion.
  • Day 06:Trek to Phortse Village (3,810 m/12,500 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Dingboche (4350 m/14,271 feet)
  • Day 08:REST DAY - ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE / Morning Excursion.
  • Day 09:Trek to Lobuche (4910 m/16,108 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164 m /16,942 feet) and trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/ 17,598 feet)
  • Day 11:Morning excursion to Kalapathar (5545 m/18,192 feet) and Chartered Helicopter to Kathmandu
  • Day 12:Departure Day - Transfer to International Airport.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Detailed Itinerary

  • You'll arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Your Group Leader will Transfer to your hotel for check-in.
  • Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu and enjoy its rich culture and cuisine.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel situated at the heart of Thamel, a tourist hub.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Driving to Manthali in Ramechhap district, Nepal can be an adventurous journey that offers a glimpse of rural life and the scenic beauty of the Nepalese countryside. The road from Kathmandu to Manthali in Ramechhap is a mix of paved and unpaved sections. While some parts are well-maintained, others can be bumpy and rough, especially during the monsoon season. The condition of the roads can vary, and landslides are not uncommon in hilly areas. The drive takes you through picturesque landscapes, with terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional villages dotting the route. It's an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal.


  • Breakfast at the Hotel.
  • Meet up at a time provided by your Team Leader.
  • Getting together for trek briefing.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Thrilling Drive to Ramechaap – 4 hours
  • Fabulous Lunch in one of the Highway Restaurants.
  • Overnight stay at Ramechaap – BASIC HOTEL FACILITY 


  • Altitude: 474 m / 1,555 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 132 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE
  • Early morning, you'll take a scenic 18/20-minute flight from Manthali to Lukla, a gateway to the Everest region.
  • After landing in Lukla, you'll start your trek to Phakding, a pleasant village along the Dudh Koshi River.
  • The trek takes approximately 4 hours, and you'll get your first taste of the stunning Himalayan landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Phakding.
  • Altitude: 2,610 m/8,562 ft
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Today, you'll continue your journey along the Dudh Koshi River and cross several suspension bridges.
  • You'll enter Sagarmatha National Park and ascend to Namche Bazaar, a vibrant Sherpa town.
  • The trek takes around 6-7 hours, and the views of Everest and neighboring peaks are breathtaking.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 ft
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km
  • This is an essential acclimatization day. You'll explore the town and take a morning hike to the Everest View Hotel.
  • The Everest View Hotel provides stunning panoramic views of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks.
  • You can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and enjoy the local culture.
  • Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.
  • Altitude: 3,450 m/11,318 ft
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Today's trek takes you through the beautiful rhododendron forests and offers glimpses of Tengboche Monastery.
  • You'll ascend high up the ridge of Mong La which delivers you the most stunning mountain view - a cup of tea is worth it.
  • We will further descend to the river valley of Phunki Tenga for Lunch.
  • Shortly we walk the gradual up trail through the forest of Rhododendrons and get to the beautiful TERRACED village of Phortse - chances to see MUSK DEER.
  • Phortse is a peaceful village with a stunning backdrop of Kangtenga and Thamserku.
  • Overnight stay in Phortse Village.
  • Altitude: 3,810 m/12,500 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.9 km
  • Walking one of the most beautiful High Elevated trails overlooking the Tengboche valley is sensational.
  • We walk further to the village of Pangboche and have lunch at Somare which is 45 minutes away from Pangboche
  • You may encounter Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, and lots of Phasants -- maintain silence.
  • You'll continue your trek through alpine landscapes, crossing the Imja River.
  • The trail takes you to Dingboche, a charming village surrounded by beautiful fields.
  • The trek is a bit longer today, around 7-8 hours, but it's worth it for the scenic beauty.
  • Overnight stay in Dingboche.
  • Altitude: 4350 m/14,271 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5km
  • This is another essential acclimatization day. You can hike up to Nangkartshang Peak for acclimatization and breathtaking views.
  • Dingboche offers lovely views of Island Peak and Lhotse.
  • Enjoy the local hospitality and relax in preparation for higher altitudes.
  • Overnight stay in Dingboche.
  • Altitude: 4350 m/14,271 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Today's trek takes you through the beautiful wide Himalayan meadow with stunning landscape view.
  • This valley walk is extraordinarily enchanting as it offers a grandiose view of the surroundings.
  • After lunch at Thugla we will steeply climb to Thugla Pass which is indeed a MEMORIAL.
  • It's tragic to see so many mountain deaths with the building of ample memorials in the name of people who met with tragedy in the mountains.
  • Lobuche is a small settlement nestled in the shadow of the Khumbu Glacier.
  • Now we are in the alpine zone away from the tree-line area.
  • You'll notice the thinning air as you ascend higher.
  • Overnight stay in Lobuche.
  • Altitude: 4910 m/16,108 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8 km
  • This is an exciting day as you trek to Gorakshep, the last teahouse stop before Everest Base Camp.
  • After a short rest in Gorakshep, you'll continue on a 2-3 hour trek to Everest Base Camp.
  • You'll reach the iconic base camp, where climbers prepare for their ascent of Mount Everest.
  • Enjoy the views of the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding peaks.
  • Return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.
  • Altitude: 5,364 m/ 17,598 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours in Total
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km in Total
  • Early morning, hike to Kala Patthar, one of the best viewpoints for sunrise over Mount Everest.
  • The trek to Kala Patthar takes around 2-3 hours and provides unparalleled views of Everest and the entire Himalayan range.
  • After the excursion, return to Gorakshep.
  • A chartered helicopter will take you back to Kathmandu, providing a quick and scenic journey.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Helicopter Flight
  • It's time to say farewell to Nepal. You'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight.
  • End of the trekking adventure.

    Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Detail Itinerary

    Please keep in mind that the provided Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Detail Itinerary serves as a general guideline only. While we make every effort to follow this plan, trekking in the Himalayas can be influenced by varied factors like weather, trail conditions, and the health and acclimatization of the group. Our experienced guides prioritize your safety and will make necessary adjustments as needed. This might involve changes in the daily schedule or rest days for better acclimatization. Your trekking experience is our top priority, and we're committed to providing you with the best adventure while ensuring your well-being. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

    The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.


    The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Lukla Airport, the gateway to Mount Everest, and the world’s most electrifying airport is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will charter a helicopter to make certain that you don’t miss your trip or your international flight. But again under these circumstances, the possibility of flying a helicopter depends on the Nepal Civil Aviation flying rules.

    Travelers are to pay the cost of the chartered helicopter which is payable through cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa and Master Cards only). Travelers will be provided with a receipt upon payment so that they may claim the amount from their travel insurance. The cost per person is governed by the number of people taking this facility.

    However, it is always very wise to have an extra day in your hand in case of bad weather, delays, or flight cancellations. Though in such cases, we always come up with a possible alternative depending on the situation, however, an extra day always cushions for any such uncertainty that truly redeems you from all the international flight hassles.

    What's Included
    • PERMITS: All Essential permits are required to trek in the region.
    • HELICOPTER:  Charter Helicopter from GORAK SHEP to KATHMANDU.
    • TRANSPORTATION: PRIVATE VEHICLE from Kathmandu to Manthali (Ramechhap).
    • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
    • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Twin Sharing - 3-Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
    • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
    • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
    • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
    • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights from Kathmandu / Lukla.
    • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
    • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis while trekking – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
    • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
    • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
    • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
    • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
    • SAFETY CONCERNS: Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
    • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
    What's Excluded
    • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
    • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
    • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
    • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
    • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
    • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
    • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
    • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
    • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
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