EBC Trek with Helicopter Return
Nepal Eco Adventure - 9 days
- EBC Trek with Helicopter Return
- 9 days / 8 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Reach the Everest Base Camp
> Helicopter ride over the highest peaks in the world
> Visit a local school and hospital
> Spend your nights in hospitable guest houses
This Everest Base Camp trek with Helicopter return is an incredible alternative tho the classic EBc Trek. It is perfect for those who are short of time yet want to trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest.
In this 9 days tour, you will trek to the Everest Base Camp and will then return on a helicopter from Gorak Shep to Lukla. Taking the helicopter from Gorekshep to Lukla that saves 3 days of trekking. It is the ideal package for those trekkers with limited time, who want to experience the EBC and Kalapathar but have a short holiday in Nepal.
The trek offers a fabulous Himalayan trekking experience, the helicopter ride offers a close, stunning and panoramic view of many of the highest mountain peaks in the world.
*The price of this trek is based on a minimum of 2 people sharing. If you are trekking alone, contact our trekking experts to see if there is a group you can join.
What’s the plan?
Day 01 – Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
Altitude: 2610 m, Phakding
Flight Distance: 138 km
From Kathmandu, you will board a 45-minute flight to Lukla early in the morning. You can enjoy the views of magnificent mountain ranges during the flight. Once there, you will have a hearty breakfast and a short briefing on the trek to come.
After this, your journey on foot begins. You will walk towards Phakding. Phakding is a beautiful village with around 30-40 houses.This 3-hour walk takes you along well-paved footpaths through Dudh Koshi valley. You will spend the night here.
Day 02 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m)
Altitude: 3445 m, Namche Bazaar
Distance: 7.4 km
Time Taken: 4-6 hours
You will continue your trek through the Valley of Dudh Kosi River. Once you reach Monjo, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Here, you will need to verify your trekking permits. You cross the Dudh Kosi River five times today, through exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags.
After a tough walk of around 2-3 hours, you will reach Namche, the main trading center of Khumbu region. From here, you get your first view of Mount Everest and Lhotse. Namche Bazaar is the unofficial capital of the Solukhumbu (Everest) region. Built on a steep mountain bowl, it has excellent views of high Himalaya on either side. You will spend the night here.
Day 03 – Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar (3445m)
Today is an acclimatization day. Yet, it is not rest or idle day. For your body to acclimatize better, you should take a short hike to higher altitudes. There are beautiful, short, day hikes to choose from.
Trek to Khumjung:
Distance: 7.6 km
Time Taken: 4 hours
You can take a hike to the villages of Khunde and Khumjung. On the way, you can visit the local school and hospital. Else, you can visit the monastery and see the so-called skull of a Yeti. Else, visit the bakery here that sells freshly baked food items.
Trek to the airstrip at Syanboche (3720m):
You begin with a trek to Everest View Hotel. This hotel provides impressive views of the surrounding mountains. It also serves great coffee and tea. From here, you trek upwards to the Syangboche airstrip. It is the world’s highest airport at 3780m. Here, you can take a detour to Khumjung village on the way back.
Overnight at Namche Bazaar
Day 04 – Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)
Altitude: 3860 m, Tengboche
Distance Covered:9.2 km
Time Taken: 4-5 hours
The trails for today has many little up, downs and guide you in and out of valleys. From Kenjoma, the trails provide excellent views of mount Everest and Ama Dablam. You pass through small settlements like Sansa, Phunkithanga. You also pass through pine forests and Mani stones.
From here, you reach the saddle on which the monastery of Tengboche sits at 3870m. Thyangboche village is a charming spot built around the main Tibetan monastery in the region, Thyangboche. You can enter and pay a visit to the monastery. During the mornings and evenings, you can listen to the monks chanting their mantras. One of the most unforgettable sceneries of this trek is from this place. You can see a panorama of some of the biggest mountain peaks. Kwangde (6187m), Tawachee (6542m), Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse (8501m), Amadablam, Kantega, and Thamserku, to name a few. Night at Tengboche.
Day 05 – Trek to Dingboche (4360m)
Altitude: 4360 m, Dingboche
Distance Covered: 10.8km
Time Taken: 3.5 hours -4 hours
Your trek for today begins with a descent through a beautiful forest, along with the Imja Khola valley. From here, you gradually make your way to the village of Pangboche. This village is home to the oldest monastery in the region. The route continues through summer pastures on to Dingboche. Dingboche is a picturesque village with incredible views of Island Peak (6160m) and Ama Dablam. You will spend the night here.
Day 06 – Acclimatization in Dingboche (4360m)
This is another day for acclimatization. To acclimatize better, short hikes nearby are great. Some popular ones are:
Trek to Chhukung (4750m):
Distance: 8 km
Time Taken: 3-4 hours
This is a nice and easy day hike. Chukung offers beautiful views of Mt. Makalu (8463 meters), Island Peak, Peak 38 and several other Himalayan peaks.
Trek to Nangkartshang Peak(5083m):
Distance: approximately 6 km
Time Taken: 5 hours
This offers magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kangtega.
Day 07 – Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Altitude: 4930m, Lobuche
Distance: 8.4 km
Duration: 4.5 hours to 6 hours
You start with a climb to the chorten trail and onwards to Pheriche (4240m). Here, you will pass through the Trekkers Aid Post. Trekkers can get consultation and treatment here before continuing on the trek. After leaving Pheriche, you trek to Thulga (4600m). Here, the Gokyo trail joins with the Everest Base Camp trail. The valley becomes barren and can be quite rocky in some places. Make sure to watch your step while enjoying fabulous views of snow-capped mountain peaks.
After leaving the valley, you descend to the yak pastures at Lobuche.Overnight at a lodge in Lobuche. You get spectacular views of Mt. Tawache and Mt. Nuptse from the village.
Day 08 – Trek to Gorakshep (5160m) and Hiking to Everest base camp (5545m.), back to Gorakshep
Altitude: 5160m, Gorak Shep. 5400m, Everest Base Camp
Distance: 15 km
Time Taken: 7-9 hours
You will begin with a trek to Gorakshep (5160m). This is the world’s highest human settlement and the last one before Everest Base Camp. Hence, you return to spend the night here.
The first half of the trek is nice and easy. The 2nd has a beautiful view of majestic walls formed by Everest, Nuptse, and many other mountains. After your lunch here, you will walk on a side ridge of the Khumbu glacier. From here, you cross the Glacier and reach the Everest Base Camp area.
Everest Base Camp (5400m) is one of the main highlights of this trek. You get fabulous views of Mt. Khutse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Changtse and the Khumbu Glacier and Ice Fall from here. After a good rest here, you start your trek back to Gorak Shep. Night at a tea house at Gorak Shep.
Day 09 – Early morning hike to Kalapathar (5545m) fly to Lukla with Helicopter then to Kathmandu.
Altitude: 5545m, Kala Patthar
Time Taken: 2-4 hours
Flight Duration: 20 minutes Gorekshep-Lukla, and Lukla Kathmandu 30 minutes.
The day begins early with a walk to Kalapathar from Gorakshep. You do this trek before the break of dawn. The chances of getting clear views are at their best in the morning. Kalapathar is the highest altitude of your entire trek. This thump in the landscape is the perfect vantage point. You get views of innumerable mountain peaks. Most of the world famous photographs of Everest are from here. You get a 360-degree panoramic view of some of the highest peaks in the world from here. Some of the world-famous ones include Mt. Pumori (7169 meters), Mt. Everest (8848 meters) and Lhotse (8516 meters), Mt. Changtse, Mt. Nuptse (7861 meters). You will then return to Gorak Shep for breakfast.
After this, you take your helicopter ride back down to Lukla. Then you will take the next sharing basic helicopter flight to Kathmandu. The ride back provides you with an aerial view of the entire region. It is a remarkable way to end your journey to Everest Base Camp.
√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking companies able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.
√ Flights to Lukla
The flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, including airport tax and pickup and drop off, are included
√ Helicopter ride
The helicopter ride from Gorekshep to Lukla and from Lukla to Kathmandu are included. This rides save up 3 days of trekking.
√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses.
√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide.
√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.
√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. Despite being basic, the meals will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.
√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.
The total amount includes the costs of the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Khumbu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.
√ T-shirt and Cap
The trekking company will give you a Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and Cap as souvenirs.
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company. Your trekking company will also provide a duffel bag and walking poles during your time in the mountain.
√ Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People
If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.
√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable together with a Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day.
× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.
× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.
× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.
× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.
× Single Room
If you want a single room in the tea houses during the trek, you will have to pay USD 250/ EUR 225 extra.
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.
While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.
Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes
Nepal Eco Adventure
Nepal Eco Adventure
Nepal Eco Adventure has office in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal’s most touristic city. Nepal Eco Adventure makes everything possible for its customer satisfaction. Nepal Eco Adventure is a team of experts with the greatest possible amount of experience.
Nepal Eco Adventure serves its customers by offering various attractions in Nepal and thus also provides them with more information about Nepal and its culture. Our manager is also a trekking guide in Nepal, so the whole company exudes the culture of trekking.
We build on experience and invaluable local expertise in the Nepalese Himalayas. Our thorough knowledge of trekking, experienced hikers and tour guides, the ties with TAAN, Nepal Tourism Board, RastraBank Nepal and Company Registration Centre Nepal are the most important points that make your trip perfect, safe and enjoyable.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).
Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.
Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.
The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.
How to Book
How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.
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