Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return - 9 Days

Everest
Everest treks
Mount everest
Duration9 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5364 M
ActivitiesTrekking
Group Size3
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to May

Experience the incredible 9 Days Shortest Everest Base Camp Trek and discover the wonders of the Everest region in just nine action-packed days. This trek offers a unique opportunity to trek to Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu, combining ground and air adventures for an unforgettable journey through the stunning Khumbu landscape.

Your 9 Days Everest Base camp adventure begins with an exhilarating flight to Lukla, aboard one of the world's smallest passenger aircraft, providing a thrilling start to your journey. Landing at the narrow Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is an electrifying experience that will leave you in awe.

From Lukla, your trek kicks off as you enter the Dudh Koshi River Valley and make your way to the picturesque village of Phakding. Surrounded by pine trees and nestled beside the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi River, Phakding is a sight to behold. As you journey further, you'll pass through several Sherpa villages, cross metal suspension bridges and encounter Buddhist landmarks along the way. Overnight stays at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche offer insights into the rich culture of the Sherpa community.

With snow-capped mountains towering above, you'll trek to elevations beyond 5000 meters, where the air is thin and breathing becomes challenging. From Gorak Shep, your hike to Everest Base Camp begins, following the Khumbu Glacier until you reach the bottom of the world's highest mountain. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding peaks before heading back to Gorak Shep. A sunrise hike to the viewpoint of Kala Patthar provides stunning views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas, serving as a fitting finale to your adventure.

After the hike, a private helicopter will fly you back to Kathmandu, offering an aerial tour of the majestic mountains and glaciers along the way. Your trip concludes upon arrival back in Kathmandu, marking the end of an incredible journey to the top of the world.

The Shortest 9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect for those short on time or looking to skip the return trek. However, proper acclimatization is crucial due to the rapid elevation gain, making this trek ideal for those with previous trekking experience in the Himalayas. While the trek is of moderate difficulty, it's important to have some experience in trekking or hill hiking to complete this adventure comfortably. Prepare for an unforgettable journey filled with adventure, culture, and breathtaking scenery in the heart of the Everest region.

Highlights of 9 days Short Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Short Duration: The trek offers an incredible journey to Everest Base Camp in just nine action-packed days, making it perfect for those with limited time.
  • Combination of Ground and Air Adventures: The trek combines ground trekking with an exhilarating helicopter ride back to Kathmandu, providing a unique and memorable experience.
  • Exhilarating Flight to Lukla: The adventure begins with a thrilling flight to Lukla, aboard one of the world's smallest passenger aircraft, offering breathtaking views and an electrifying start to the journey.
  • Unique Landing Experience: Landing at the narrow Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla is an awe-inspiring experience that adds to the excitement of the journey.
  • Picturesque Phakding: Trekking through the Dudh Koshi River Valley, you'll reach the picturesque village of Phakding, surrounded by pine trees and nestled beside the fast-flowing Dudh Koshi River.
  • Rich Cultural Experience: The trek passes through several Sherpa villages, providing insights into the rich culture of the Sherpa community. Overnight stays at Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche offer opportunities to immerse in Sherpa traditions.
  • Challenging Elevation: Trekking to elevations beyond 5000 meters offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains but presents challenges with thin air and breathing difficulties.
  • Journey to Everest Base Camp: From Gorak Shep, the hike to Everest Base Camp follows the Khumbu Glacier, providing the opportunity to marvel at the breathtaking views of the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding peaks.
  • Sunrise Hike to Kala Patthar: A sunrise hike to the viewpoint of Kala Patthar offers spectacular views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas, serving as a fitting finale to the adventure.
  • Helicopter Ride Back to Kathmandu: After the trek, a private helicopter ride offers an aerial tour of the majestic mountains and glaciers, providing a unique perspective of the Everest region.
  • Ideal for Time-Conscious Trekkers: The Shortest 9 Days Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect for those short on time or looking to skip the return trek, offering an efficient and convenient way to experience the Everest region.
  • Moderate Difficulty: While the trek is of moderate difficulty, proper acclimatization is crucial due to the rapid elevation gain, making it suitable for those with previous trekking experience in the Himalayas.
Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by our representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After settling in, you'll have some free time to rest and refresh after your journey. In the afternoon or evening, there will be a pre-trek briefing where you'll meet your guide and fellow trekkers. You'll receive important information about the trek, as well as any necessary permits and equipment. Use this time to ask any questions and ensure you're fully prepared for the adventure ahead. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning, you'll head to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport for your scenic flight to Lukla. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas during the 35-minute flight, which lands at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, one of the world's most thrilling airports. Upon arrival in Lukla, meet your trekking crew and begin your trek to Phakding. The trail descends through picturesque Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests, with views of distant snow-capped peaks. After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach Phakding, a charming village situated beside the Dudh Koshi River. Overnight stay in Phakding.

Max Altitude: 2,610m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you to Namche Bazaar, the vibrant hub of the Khumbu region. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River, crossing several suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. As you ascend, you'll be treated to stunning views of Thamserku and Kongde Ri mountains. After a challenging climb, you'll reach Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town nestled in a natural amphitheater. Explore the narrow streets lined with shops, cafes, and lodges, and take in the lively atmosphere of this Sherpa capital. Overnight stay in Namche Bazaar.

Max Altitude: 3,440m Accommodation: Lodge

Leaving Namche Bazaar behind, the trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Passing through lush forests of rhododendron and pine, you'll arrive at the village of Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Perched on a hilltop, the monastery offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Take some time to explore the monastery and witness a Buddhist ceremony if possible. Overnight stay in Tengboche.

Max Altitude: 3,860m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek takes you through alpine meadows and yak pastures as you make your way to Dingboche. The trail offers stunning views of Ama Dablam and other peaks of the Khumbu region. As you ascend, you'll notice the landscape becoming more rugged and barren. Upon reaching Dingboche, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Spend the evening acclimatizing to the higher altitude and enjoying the serene mountain scenery. Overnight stay in Dingboche.

Max Altitude: 4,410m Accommodation: Tea house

Continuing your journey, you'll trek from Dingboche to Lobuche, gaining elevation as you approach the Everest region. The trail offers breathtaking views of towering peaks and glacial valleys. As you ascend, you may feel the effects of the altitude, so take it slow and stay hydrated. Upon reaching Lobuche, you'll be greeted by stunning views of Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. Spend the evening relaxing and preparing for the next day's trek to Gorak Shep. Overnight stay in Lobuche.

Max Altitude: 4,910m Accommodation: Tea house

Today's trek is the highlight of the journey as you make your way to Everest Base Camp. The trail follows the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, offering spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Pumori. After several hours of trekking, you'll reach Gorak Shep, the last stop before Everest Base Camp. Drop your bags at the lodge and continue your journey to Base Camp. Spend some time exploring the iconic site and soaking in the awe-inspiring surroundings. Afterward, return to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

Max Altitude: 5,364m Accommodation: Tea house

Early in the morning, began on a hike to Kala Patthar, a famous viewpoint offering unparalleled views of Everest, Nuptse, and other Himalayan giants. Watch in awe as the first light of dawn illuminates the snowy peaks, creating a breathtaking panorama. After enjoying the sunrise, return to Gorak Shep for breakfast before boarding a helicopter for the scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the evening relaxing and reminiscing about your incredible adventure. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

it's time to bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality of Nepal as you embark on your journey back home or to your next destination. After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for your onward flight. As you leave behind the majestic mountains and colorful streets of Kathmandu, take with you cherished memories of your adventure-filled trek to Everest Base Camp. Whether you're returning home or continuing your travels, carry the spirit of the Himalayas with you as you embark on your next adventure.

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Included
  • Airport Transfers: Pick-up and drop-off services from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to your hotel.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary on a twin-sharing basis. Accommodation during the trek in tea houses or lodges.
  • Meals: Breakfast included in Kathmandu. All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
  • Transportation: Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
  • Helicopter Flight: Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla.
  • Experienced Guide: Professional English-speaking trekking guide certified by the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN).
  • Porter Services: Porter service for carrying luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Permits: Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.
  • Medical Kit: Basic medical kit for emergencies.
  • Trekking Gear: Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek).
  • Trekking Certificate: Certificate of achievement upon completion of the trek.
Excluded
  • International Flights: International flights to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa: Nepal entry visa fees (available upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport).
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses, trip cancellation, and personal belongings.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Drinks: Bottled water, alcoholic beverages, and other drinks during the trek.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, internet usage, etc.
  • Tipping: Tips for guides, porters, and other trekking staff (customary but not mandatory).
  • Emergency Evacuation: Costs associated with emergency evacuation or rescue operations.
  • Optional Activities: Optional activities such as helicopter tours, cultural tours in Kathmandu, etc.
  • Extra Nights: Additional accommodation and meals in Kathmandu due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., flight delays, bad weather).
  • Additional Costs: Any additional costs incurred due to changes in the itinerary beyond the operator's control (e.g., natural disasters, political unrest).
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Starts: 31 Jul, 2024Ends: 08 Aug, 2024
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Essential Information

Essential Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Preparing for the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek with a helicopter return requires careful planning and the right gear to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. Here’s a comprehensive list of essential equipment you need:

Clothing
Base Layers: Moisture-wicking thermal tops and bottoms.
Insulating Layers: Fleece or down jacket for warmth.
Outer Layers: Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants.
Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-dry trekking pants.
Trekking Shirts: Long-sleeve and short-sleeve moisture-wicking shirts.
Underwear: Moisture-wicking and comfortable.

Headwear:

  • Warm hat for cold conditions.
  • Sun hat for sun protection.
  • Buff or neck gaiter.

Gloves:

  • Warm insulated gloves.
  • Lightweight liner gloves.

Socks: Thermal and moisture-wicking trekking socks.
Footwear:

  • Sturdy, waterproof trekking boots.
  • Comfortable camp shoes or sandals.
  • Gear and Accessories

Backpack: 40-60 liter backpack with a rain cover.
Daypack: Small daypack for daily essentials during the trek.
Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag rated for -10°C to -15°C (14°F to 5°F).
Trekking Poles: Adjustable trekking poles for stability.
Hydration System: Water bottles or hydration bladder (minimum 2 liters).
Headlamp: Headlamp with extra batteries.
Sunglasses: UV protection sunglasses.
First Aid Kit: Personal medications and basic first aid supplies.
Toiletries: Biodegradable soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other personal hygiene items.
 

Towel:

  • Lightweight, quick-dry towel.
  • Additional Essentials

Duffel Bag: Durable duffel bag for porters to carry your gear.
Water Purification: Water purification tablets or filter.
Snacks: Energy bars, trail mix and other high-energy snacks.
Camera: Camera with extra batteries and memory cards.
Portable Charger: Solar charger or power bank for electronic devices.
Maps and Guidebooks: Trekking maps and guidebooks for reference.

Optional Items
Gaiters: Gaiters for snow and mud protection.
Thermal Flask: Thermal flask for hot drinks.
Notebook and Pen: For journaling your trekking experience.
Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance covering high-altitude trekking and helicopter evacuation.

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Why With Us?

Choosing the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return with Real Adventure Nepal offers an exceptional and luxurious trekking experience. Here are compelling reasons to opt for this unique adventure with Real Adventure Nepal:

Unique and Time-Saving Experience

Helicopter Return: Experience the thrill of trekking to Everest Base Camp and enjoy the convenience of a helicopter return, saving time and reducing physical strain.
Aerial Views: The helicopter flight offers breathtaking aerial views of the Himalayas, providing a unique perspective of Everest and its surrounding peaks.
Experienced Guides: Real Adventure Nepal employs seasoned guides who are knowledgeable about the Everest region, ensuring a safe and informative trekking experience.
Safety Prioritized: With rigorous safety protocols in place, Real Adventure Nepal ensures trekkers are well-prepared and supported throughout the journey, both on the ground and in the air.
Balanced Trek: The itinerary is meticulously planned to provide acclimatization opportunities, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and ensuring a comfortable trek to Everest Base Camp.
Cultural Insights: Trekkers gain deep insights into Sherpa culture, traditions, and the local way of life, enriching the overall experience.
Comfortable Accommodation: Accommodations are selected for comfort and convenience, offering restful stays at teahouses and lodges along the route.
Efficient Logistics: Real Adventure Nepal handles all logistical aspects, including permits, transportation, and meals, ensuring a hassle-free adventure.
Small Group Sizes: With small group sizes, Real Adventure Nepal ensures personalized attention, allowing guides to cater to individual needs and preferences.
Customizable Options: The company offers flexibility in itinerary customization, accommodating various trekking preferences and schedules.
Positive Feedback: Real Adventure Nepal has received numerous positive reviews for their professionalism, reliability, and commitment to delivering exceptional trekking experiences.
Trusted Operator: As a well-established and trusted operator, Real Adventure Nepal is known for their high standards and exceptional service quality.
Competitive Pricing: The trek offers excellent value for money, combining the thrill of a classic trek with the luxury of a helicopter return at a competitive price.
Transparent Policies: Clear and transparent pricing with no hidden costs ensures trekkers know exactly what to expect.
Responsible Practices: Real Adventure Nepal promotes sustainable tourism practices, supporting local communities and minimizing environmental impact.
Community Support: By choosing Real Adventure Nepal, trekkers contribute to local economies, supporting Sherpa communities and conservation efforts in the Everest region.