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    Nepal
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    Moderate
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    Lodge to Lodge Trek
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    Private Transport+Helicopter
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    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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    Tourist Standard Hotel
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    Group Size: 2-5 Pax Pax
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    5,550m

About Helicopter Return Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking up to the Everest base camp then fly to Kathmandu with a helicopter is a flight back Everest base camp trek. Going towards the base camp and coming back is the same route from Lukla to Lukla. Watching the same scenery that has been passed already on the way up could be bored for some trekkers. So, Everest base camp trek with a helicopter flight back is the best option for those types of trekkers.

Trekkers need to have at least two weeks or a few days long holidays for a regular Lukla to Everest base camp trek. The Common Everest base camp trek starts with a short flight to Lukla and ends with fly back on a plane from Lukla. But, Everest base camp trek flies back ends with flying out to Kathmandu on a helicopter from Gorakshep after visiting the base camp and Kala Patthar.

Mainly, if you don’t want to recap the same views on the way back, you can choose helicopter fly back Everest base camp trek. Frolic Adventure is here to manage your trip to Everest base camp and fly back to Kathmandu on a helicopter. For this, you can g through the provided itinerary or send us your time frame.

A Regular Everest base camp trek is a long one compared to a flying back trip. There are some differences, but both trekkings provide the same views. Lukla to Everest base camp journey is 12-days and fly back with the helicopter is a 9-days Everest base camp tour.

Sceneries that you can see on the trek, walking trail until the base camp and trekking starting is the same for both trekking packages. But, you don’t need to walk back to Lukla after visiting the base camp and Kala Patthar and end the trek with a helicopter flight.

A helicopter flight is expensive than a Lukla flight. So, fly back to Everest base camp trek is costly than the regular base camp trek in Nepal. Trekking equipment, things to explore, and more other beauties are the same for both of these trekking packages.

The goodness of helicopter fly back Everest base camp trek is: you might get tired by visiting the world’s highest mountain base camp and stunning viewpoint Kala Patthar. High altitude makes very much tired to the people because of very thin oxygen in the air. Lots of trekkers thing that, we have seen all the beauties of the Everest region trek, so there is no point in walking the same way back with the same views and like to fly out from Gorakshep direct to Kathmandu. Flight back Everest base camp trek is the best for this kind of situation.

Helicopter fly back to Everest base camp trek begins with a short scenic flight to Lukla as Lukla to Everest base camp trek. After landing at Lukla airport, the trails go to Phakding on the first day. You will have a rural municipality entry permit in Lukla before crossing this town.

It is an 8-days trek including 2-rest days in Namche and Dingboche to reach the base camp. You will pass beautiful Sherpa towns like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche while you will be walking towards the base camp. The last available lodge on the Everest base camp trek is in Gorakshep. You will spend the night after visiting the Everest base camp.

You will hike up to Kala Patthar on the 9th day of flight back Everest base camp trek in the early morning. After enjoying the 360⁰ mountain view of Everest Himalaya and the closest view of Mt. Everest, you will fly on a helicopter to end the trek.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

As the regular trek to the Everest base camp and all around Nepa, a 9-days Everest base camp trek is also can make in autumn and spring. These are the main trekking seasons in Nepal.

September to November and March to May are the best timings for helicopter flight back Everest base camp trek. Although, until mid-September in autumn and late May in spring might have some rainy days. So, after the mid of September to the end of November and from March until the second week of May have lots of trekkers, and it has recommended for 9-days Everest base camp trek.

December offers the best view and clear weather, but it is the starter month of the winter season. You need to have nice and warm trekking equipment if you are planning a flight back Everest base camp trek in winter. But, don’t try to trek during the months of the summer season. The summer season has many rainy days. June to August or even until mid-September rainy season remains. We can clearly say that after mid-September to December and March to Mid-May are the best times for Everest base camp trek to fly back on a helicopter.

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

You are jumping into the cold region, so you need to have warm trekking gears for this 9-days Everest base camp trek. You can never think to make Everest base camp trek with a helicopter flight back without a good trekking kit so, check the essential packing list of Everest base camp trek with helicopter return.

You are going to visit the same places and the same height as a 12-days Everest base camp trek as a flyback journey. It needs to have proper trekking equipment as regular 12-days Everest base camp trek. What source of trekking gears is essential then? Check the packing list of Everest base camp trek here.

Helicopter Return Everest Base Camp Trek Cost

Everest basecamp trek helicopter return is an expensive trip compared to the regular Everest base camp package because of the cost of helicopter return. The helicopter charges 3500 USD from Gorakshep to Kathmandu, and only 5-people can fly if it is morning time. If it becomes late, there will be windy and will be difficult for the helicopter full of passengers. The listed cost is 2800 USD per person for the group of 2-people. But, the cost will be a lot cheaper if you are in a group. for the customized price of the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, please contact us and mentioned the number of visitors.

Four trekkers and a guide can fly from Gorakshep and porters will walk back to Lukla. We only take a booking from 2-5 trekkers in one group so, the price is different on the size of the group. Please be sure of the cost of the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return before you book the trip. Check the trip cost according to the group size here:

Please check well what includes and excludes with the listed cost for the trip.

Everest base camp trek return by helicopter is beautiful mountain journey and a lifetime experience of a trek and helicopter flight. It is, of course, a delightful mountain trip, but there are some difficulties that trekkers will face. What are those difficulties of Everest base camp trek helicopter return? Check them now:

Altitude Sickness

The dominant difficulty of the Everest base camp trek return by a helicopter is altitude sickness. It has caused by low oxygen in the air and high atmospheric pressure in high Himalayan lands. Trekkers are coming from sea level and going to high mountain lands directly, can bring the problem of mountain sickness because it takes time to adjust the body of the trekkers with rapidly changing altitude.

Flying to Lukla (2,840m) is already high enough from Kathmandu (1,350m) to the people coming from zero levels. There should not be the problems up to 4000m usually, but some trekkers may feel the altitude effects after Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Altitude sickness symptoms like extreme headache, dizziness, nausea, tingling fingers, loss of apatite, the hardness of breathing while resting, feel like a drunk, chest pain and some other are common for acute mountain illness.

You can prevent altitude sickness by drinking plenty of fluid, sleep well, eat well, keep warm, walk slow and have enough acclimatization rest days. You also can take the advice of your guide and locally available health assistant from the region. Altitude medication like Diamox can prevent AMS but, drink more water than usual after having Diamox because it can make dehydrate.

Note: Don’t take any sleeping medication up in the mountain if you can’t sleep.

Changing Weather Can Affect the Trip Itinerary

The weather in the Everest region can change very quickly. It is like four seasons in a day. A light shower or snowfall should not affect much for the helicopter flight if the visibility is clear enough. Sometimes, there might be cloudy suddenly and big wind even on a sunny day.

The helicopter can’t take off with full of passengers from Gorakshep even with a small wind sometimes. If this happens, a helicopter might do two different shuttles to the lower area and fly together latter to Kathmandu.

Flying towards Lukla should cancel the flights sometimes due to bad weather. If it happens, you need to wait the next day to fly. Also, it can affect return flight by helicopter after the base camp. So, it is good to have some extra days for Everest base camp trek with helicopter return itinerary.

Helicopter Return Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation, Food & Drink

There are plenty of hotels, guest houses and lodges along the Everest base camp trekking trail. Some luxurious lodges also available during the trek, but they are costly. Other regular accommodations are comfortable enough to stay. You can get private accommodation at every stop. You can also expect attached bathroom accommodation in some places. Places like Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep, have limited lodges. You need to book your space in advance in those places if you are visiting during the high trekking season.

You don’t need to stay with local food during the helicopter return Everest base camp trek. You will have a food menu in every lodge. But you cannot expect food like in the city. The cooks are the normal trained, and the food taste could be slide different in different places, even for the same food items.

They sell mineral water bottle in the guesthouses and grocery shops. Bottled water is expensive in higher places because of the cost of transportation. If you would like to minimize your budget by not buying bottled water and drinking tap water, you can. But, don’t forget to use purification tablets or sterilizer before drinking the tap water.

Frolic Adventure offers this Everest base camp trek with helicopter return for our valuable clients with reasonable cost and professional service. We try our best to make your Flight back Everest base camp trek as your life experience of Everest.

Don't you have enough time to trek to the Everest base camp? Can't walk on high Himalayan land but, still interested in visiting the base camp? Don't worry Frolic Adventure is here to take you to the Everest base camp. You can try Everest base camp helicopter tour for the fasted base camp visit.

Highlights of Helicopter Return Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Stunning eye captivating mountain views from plane, helicopter and land
  • Adventurous scenic flight to Lukla
  • Experience of trekking, scenic mountain flight on aviation and helicopter
  • Picturesque landscape
  • Walk inside the UNESCO world heritage site
  • Traditional and charming Sherpa towns like Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Pangboche and more
  • Historic ancient Buddhist monasteries, monuments and shrines
  • Vantage viewpoints such as Everest view hotel, Tengboche hill, Nangkar-Tsang hill and Kala Patthar
  • The famous Khumbu glacier
  • The base camp of the world’s highest mountain

Itinerary

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We will be greeted and picked up by an airport representative of Frolic Adventure upon our arrival at the Kathmandu airport. The airport representative will take us to our hotel on private transport and meet a manager from the company to talk about the trip then we will be free today.

  • Meals: None
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the Arrival time

It is our free day today. We can do either a full day Kathmandu heritage site tours or hang in the city. If we decide on a sightseen trip, we will pay extra for the day tour. Our tour guide will take us to four world heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar square, Syambhunath, Pashupathinath, and Bouddhanath. Then we drive back to the hotel and pack trekking equipment for the trek.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am

Our mountain trip begins today with an early morning flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport on a small aircraft. It is a half an hour adventurous flight and offers stunning mountain views such as Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, and more massif.

Right after landing at Lukla airport, we start walking towards Phakding. We will issue Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality entry ticket at the end of Lukla, paying 200 NPR per person. It is our first-day trek through descending trails, and we won’t trek a long day. We only walk around 3-hrs to reach Phakding. We will pass Chheplung, Thadokosi, and Ghat villages before reaching Phakding town.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Phakding
  • Altitude: 2,610m
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Transport + Domestic flight
  • Departure Time: 6:30 - 9:00 am

We trek to Namche Bazaar today after breakfast. Today, we will be crossing five suspension bridges over the Dudhkoshi river. The Sagarmatha national park starts from today’s trek. We will issue a National Park entry permit in Monjo after walking around 3 hours from Phakding. It cost 3000 NPR for this trekking permit but, for Indian and trekkers from south Asian trekkers is only 1500 NPR.

We stop in Jorsalle for lunch and trek another 3-more hour to Phakding after Jorsalle. The trail ascends about two or two and a half hours to reach Namche Bazaar after crossing the highest suspension bridge. Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful Sherpa town in the Everest region. There are lots of lodges, grocery, trekking equipment shops, bakeries, coffee shops, and bars. We can hang around after refreshment and rest for a while.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3,440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

It is our first altitude practice rest day here in Namche. It is not a full rest day because we hike a couple of hours up to the Everest view hotel. We will pass the highest airport Syangboche before reaching Everest view hotel. Syangboche airport is a rough airport, and it does not have regular flights.

We see a great view of Mt. Thamserku, Kusum Kangaroo, Khangteka, Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kongde including the Everest. After enjoying panoramic Himalayan views from Everest view hotel, we will hike back to Namche.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Namche Bazaar
  • Altitude: 3,440m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

There is nice and clear trekking trail for about two and a half hours after Namche Bazaar until Kyangjuma. It is like a mountain highway maintaining by an old man. He is collecting some donation from the trekkers and hiring labours.

The trail divides after Kyangjuma to Gokyo valley trek to the left and descent towards river-side Phungki-Tenga for the Everest base camp trekking route. Here in Phungki-Tenga, we stop for lunch then climb two more hours to reach Tengboche.

After resting for a while, we will visit a historical ancient Buddhist monastery in Tengboche. There is a daily offering by the monks after 3 pm and in the morning. We can join offering and meditate with the monks.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Tengboche
  • Altitude: 3,860m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

Tengboche is the best hill station to see the great view of Mt. Amadablam. It is the most beautiful mountain in the Everest Himalayan range. After enjoying lovely mountain views in the morning, we have breakfast and trek further to Dingboche village.

We descend about 20 minutes to Deboche through pine and rhododendron forest and walk on a flat part about 45 minutes. After that, we cross a bridge over the Khumbu river and ascend till Pangboche village. We reach Somare after an hour walk from Pangboche and have lunch. We again trek another an hour and a half to two hours to Dingboche after lunch. We will be walking above the tree line from this place.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4,410m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

It is our second-day acclimatization rest day. We will hike up to Nangkar-Tsang hill after our breakfast for the altitude practice. Nangkar-Tsang hill is only the hill from where we can see Mt. Makalu. It is the 4th highest mountain in the country and 5th in the globe. 

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Dingboche
  • Altitude: 4,410m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

We trek through a ridge on a flat part for a couple of hours keeping Pheriche valley on our left. After walking around three to three and a half hours, we reach Thukla crossing a small river coming from Khumbu glacier. Here, we have lunch and ascend around an hour until Thukla top. We can see lots of memorials of dead climbers on the top of Thukla pass. The rest of trail for today until Lobuche from Thukla pass is pretty easy but, we can feel the altitude.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Lobuche
  • Altitude: 4,910m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am

Today is our most important day. We will be hiking to our goal destination, which is the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. We start trekking early morning around 6-7 am from Lobuche today. After walking around three hours, we reach Gorakshep, which is the last place to stay. We leave our luggage here in the lodge and hike up to the base camp after having quick lunch.

We only take some snacks, water and of course, camera to the base camp. It can be the windy and cold temperature on the base camp trail. We need to wear warm and windproof gear for the basecamp hike. After visiting the base camp, we will hike back to Gorakshep and stay overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Place: Gorakshep
  • Altitude: 5,180m
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 6:30 - 7:00 am

It is one of a special day of Everest base camp trek with helicopter return. We hike up to Kala Patthar hill, which offers 360⁰ mountain view of the Everest massif and the closest view of the Everest. We hike in the early morning and takes around two hours to reach the top.

Climbing Kala Patthar in the morning will be freezing so we wear warm windproof clothes with thermal layers. After enjoying the view, we hike back to our lodge and have breakfast and be ready to fly out with packing stuff.

After arriving in Kathmandu, we check-in the hotel, be fresh and walk around if we would like to. We will have farewell dinner with company managers invited by Frolic Adventure in this evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m
  • Mode of Transportation: Helicopter + Private transport
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am

Frolic Adventure provides us with private transport for our final departure to the international airport. We fly back to our home with a beautiful memory of Everest base camp trek with helicopter return and say goodbye Nepal until our next visit to Nepal.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier from departure flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights accommodation in tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis.
  • Private car/van/bus for the cultural tour (60 USD extra)
  • Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu for you and guide
  • All the ground and domestic air transportation during the trip.
  • Your standard meals BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee in breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary paper works, national park entry permits, Pasang Lhamu fee and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • Farewell dinner at last night in Kathmandu
  • An arrangement of an emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • We help you to hire a Sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bags if you don't have (with extra cost)
  • Certificate of achievement 
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport  (Kathmandu). Y
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • All entry fees for heritage sites.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityNotesPrice  
05 Mar, 2021 - 16 Mar, 2021GuaranteedUS$2800
18 Mar, 2021 - 29 Mar, 2021GuaranteedUS$2800
31 Mar, 2021 - 11 Apr, 2021GuaranteedUS$2800

Useful Info

Lukla Flight Info

Everest base camp trek with a helicopter flight back starts flying into Lukla on a plane and ends with flying on a helicopter from Gorakshep. Lukla airport is only an airport to get in the Everest region by plane. It is a gateway of the Everest base camp trek.

There are regular flights every day from Kathmandu on a clear day. The flights operate in the morning only because there will be big wind during the day and makes it difficult for the plane. Sometimes, there might be flight delayed or cancellation if the visibility would not be good with clouds. So, it is better to have some extra spare days with trekking itinerary for this case.

An important matter to know about Everest base camp trek with helicopter return is the weight limitation on the flight. You only can take 15kg of weight, including your hand luggage. You can pay extra amount charging as per kilo about 100-200 NPR as per the airline company. But, due to overload, the luggage might not reach Lukla with you. The airline can put your bag in the next flight if your plane has enough load. The next scheduled flight might not fly to Lukla if there will sudden change on weather. We recommend to pack only needed trek equipment and to buy daily usages things along the trek.

Hot Shower and Toilet

There are proper hot showers n most of the places except a few days in higher elevated areas and the places with lack of water. You can get bucket hot water in these places for hot showers. But, hot showers are not free on the Everest base camp trekking route. The lodges charge 350 NPR to 600 NPR.

You probably have seen some photographs of the Tibetan wooden toilets from the Everest base camp trekking route that have shared by your friends who already visited. Yes, there are these types of toilets but, not for you. These are mainly for the locals and not paying costumers along the walking trail.

There are sitting toilets in the lower areas but, not in higher. The temperature is freezing above 4000 meters elevated lands, and toilets get frozen. Sometimes, the toilets keep stinky in higher areas. You don’t need to go out of the building, where you stay for the bathroom. They are indoor and attached to accommodation in some places.

Internet, Communication and Battery Charging

There is a good connection between the internet and communication on the Everest base camp trek. You will have cell phone signals everywhere, even at the Everest base camp. You can buy top-up wi-fi card in the lodges and shops in every stop as an MB pack. To use this, you need to be closer to the router.

Using a cell phone SIM card is the best for the trek. You can call from anywhere and use the internet with data also at the Everest base camp. NTC and NCELL are two major cell phone service providers in Nepal. NCELL has better signals for the internet on the Everest base camp trekking route.

There is electricity up to Tengboche and solar energy in the rest of the places. But you can charge your camera and other gadgets in the lodge where you stay. But, battery charging is not free. It is better taking a spare camera battery and a high volume power bank.

Stay Safe

Trekking to the high Himalayan region is not safe always. The most important thing that you need to be careful is with altitude sickness. Cause of less oxygen in the air and high atmospheric pressure, people could have altitude illness. What are the symptoms of altitude effect and what you should do to prevent? Check detail about altitude sickness here.

The trekking trails to the Everest base camp follow narrow surfaces, cliff, and slippery fields. You need to walk carefully on those parts. You will meet porters and animal transports to supply food and other kinds of stuff during the trek. If you meet them in a narrow area and closer to the cliff, please stay to the safe side. Mistakenly, the load might push and bring to an accident. If you meed other people and animals while crossing suspension bridges, you need to wait until others cross or you pass first, according to the situation. And be careful while taking pictures of wild animals and animal transportation.

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