Short Everest Trek with Helicopter Return vai EBC- 3 Days

Everest Base Camp
Short Everest Trek: 3 Days to Base Camp with Helicopter Return
Everest Heli
Duration3 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5364 M
ActivitiesShort Everest Heli Trek
Group Size2
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to May

The 3 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is a perfect option for those with limited time who still want to experience the beauty of the Everest region. This trek combines trekking with a helicopter ride, saving both time and energy while offering breathtaking views.

This short Everest trek is ideal even for those with lower physical fitness, as it involves less strenuous hiking compared to traditional treks. The adventure begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, one of the most thrilling airstrips in the world. From Lukla, trekkers hike to the village of Phakding on the first day.

The next part of the journey takes trekkers from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the bustling hub of the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is known for its vibrant market and its spectacular views of Mount Everest and other nearby peaks. The lively atmosphere and unique culture of Namche Bazaar provide a rich experience. The highlight of the trek is the helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp. The flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayas and lands briefly at Kala Patthar, a famous viewpoint offering panoramic views of Everest and surrounding peaks. The journey continues to Everest Base Camp, where trekkers can enjoy close-up views of the majestic mountains and the Khumbu Icefall.

After exploring Everest Base Camp, the helicopter returns to Lukla and then to Kathmandu on the same day, making it a convenient and time-efficient adventure. This trek allows you to experience the iconic landscapes and culture of the Everest region without the need for an extended expedition. The best times to undertake this trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is clear, making the views of the mountains even more spectacular. The temperatures are also moderate, making it easier to hike during the day and sleep comfortably at night. Spring brings the added beauty of blooming rhododendrons, enhancing the already stunning scenery.

While the monsoon season (June to August) and winter (December to February) are less popular due to challenging weather conditions, they do offer quieter trails. However, the monsoon can bring heavy rains, and winter can be very cold with snow-covered paths, making the trek more difficult.

Major Highlights of the 3 Days Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla:
    Experience one of the most exhilarating flights in the world, offering stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, a thrilling experience due to its unique location and short runway.
  • Trek to Phakding:
    Begin your trek through the picturesque Dudh Koshi River valley. Pass through charming Sherpa villages and dense pine forests. Cross suspension bridges draped with colorful prayer flags. Enjoy the relatively gentle 3-4 hour trek, covering approximately 8 kilometers. Stay in a cozy lodge in Phakding, located at 2,610 meters, ideal for acclimatization.
  • Scenic Trek through Diverse Landscapes:
    Trek alongside the Dudh Koshi River, crossing several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. Walk through lush forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and pine. Pass through the picturesque villages of Monjo and Jorsale.
  • Challenging Ascent to Namche Bazaar:
    Experience a significant altitude gain as you climb to 3,440 meters. Be rewarded with your first glimpses of Everest and Lhotse during the ascent.
  • Explore Namche Bazaar:
    Arrive at Namche Bazaar, the vibrant heart of the Khumbu region. Discover the bustling market town, filled with cafes, shops, and bakeries. Visit local attractions such as the Sherpa Museum and the Namche Monastery. Stay in a luxury lodge, enjoying modern amenities and spectacular mountain views.
  • Thrilling Helicopter Ride:
    Board a helicopter for an unforgettable flight over the Khumbu region. Enjoy unparalleled aerial views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Landing at Kala Patthar:
    Make a brief stop at Kala Patthar (5,545 meters), renowned for its panoramic views of the Everest massif. Capture stunning photographs and soak in the breathtaking scenery.
  • Visit to Everest Base Camp:
    Land at Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters), the iconic starting point for climbers aiming to summit Everest. Explore the base camp area and witness the awe-inspiring surroundings.
  • Return Journey:
    Fly back to Lukla and then onward to Kathmandu, concluding your whirlwind adventure with a swift and scenic flight.
Trip PlanExpand all

Your adventure begins with an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a gateway to the Everest region. The 30-40 minute flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayan peaks. Upon landing at Lukla's Tenzing-Hillary Airport, you’ll feel the fresh mountain air and witness the bustling activity of this small but vibrant town.

After a brief stop in Lukla, you’ll commence your trek towards Phakding. The trail initially descends through the Dudh Koshi River valley, passing through picturesque Sherpa villages, dense pine forests and suspension bridges adorned with prayer flags. The trek to Phakding is relatively gentle and takes about 3-4 hours, covering approximately 8 kilometers. Phakding, located at 2,610 meters, serves as a perfect first stop for acclimatization. Here, you’ll stay in a cozy lodge, enjoying the serene environment and preparing for the next day’s trek.

Max Altitude: 2,610 m Accommodation: Lodge

After breakfast in Phakding, you’ll begin the trek to Namche Bazaar, the heart of the Khumbu region. This part of the trek is more challenging, involving a significant altitude gain as you ascend to 3,440 meters. The trail continues along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing several suspension bridges, including the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. You’ll trek through lush forests of rhododendron, magnolia, and pine, and pass through charming villages like Monjo and Jorsale.

The final ascent to Namche Bazaar is steep and strenuous, but the effort is rewarded with your first glimpses of Everest and Lhotse. Namche Bazaar, a bustling market town, is a crucial acclimatization stop for trekkers and climbers. It offers a range of facilities, including cafes, shops, and bakeries. You’ll have time to explore the vibrant market, visit the local museum, or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic mountain views from your luxury lodge.

Max Altitude: 3,440 m Accommodation: Lodge

The highlight of your trip is the helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp. After an early breakfast, you’ll board a helicopter for a thrilling flight over the Khumbu region. The flight offers unparalleled aerial views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and the Khumbu Icefall. The helicopter will land briefly at Kala Patthar (5,545 m), known for its panoramic views of the Everest massif. This is your opportunity to take stunning photographs and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Following the brief stop at Kala Patthar, the helicopter will take you to Everest Base Camp, where you can witness the starting point for climbers attempting to summit Everest. After a short stay at Base Camp, the helicopter will fly you back to Lukla and then onward to Kathmandu, concluding your whirlwind adventure in the Everest region.

This 3-day trek is perfect for those seeking a condensed yet comprehensive Everest experience, combining trekking, luxury lodges, and a spectacular helicopter ride.

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Cost Details
  • Flights: Domestic flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Helicopter Ride: Scenic helicopter flight from Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, then back to Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation:
    One night's stay in a luxury lodge in Phakding.
    One night's stay in a luxury lodge in Namche Bazaar.
  • Meals:
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trek.
    Breakfast in Kathmandu before the trek begins.
  • Guides and Porters:
    Experienced, English-speaking trekking guide.
    Porter services to carry luggage.
  • Permits and Fees:
    Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.
    Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance fee.
  • Transportation:
    Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
    All necessary ground transportation for the trek.
  • Equipment:
    Comprehensive medical kit.
    Trekking maps and information pack.
  • Emergency Services:
    Emergency evacuation arrangements.
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Any additional meals or drinks not specified in the itinerary.
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and other personal expenses.
  • Visas and Vaccinations:
  • Any activities or services not specified in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu before or after the trek.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu:

Additional Services:
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events like flight delays, strikes, weather disruptions, etc.
This comprehensive package ensures a hassle-free and memorable adventure, allowing you to focus on the breathtaking scenery and unique cultural experiences of the Everest region.

Essential Information

Equipment List for 3-Day Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return


Base Layers:

  • Moisture-wicking t-shirts (2-3)
  • Long-sleeve thermal shirts (1-2)
  • Thermal underwear (1-2 pairs)

Mid Layers:

  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Insulated jacket (down or synthetic)

Outer Layers:

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Waterproof and windproof pants

Lower Body:

  • Trekking pants (2 pairs)
  • Comfortable trekking shorts (optional)
  • Thermal leggings


  • Sturdy, waterproof trekking boots
  • Lightweight camp shoes or sandals
  • Trekking socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Gaiters (optional for snow or mud)


  • Warm hat (fleece or wool)
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Buff or neck gaiter
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Insulated gloves or mittens (for colder temperatures)
  • Sunglasses (with UV protection)


  • Backpack: Daypack (20-30 liters) with rain cover
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable trekking poles
  • Sleeping Gear: Sleeping bag (rated to -10°C/14°F) – optional if provided by lodge



  • Water bottles or hydration bladder (2-3 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or filter

Health and Hygiene:

  • Personal first aid kit (including blister care)
  • Prescription medications (if needed)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Snacks and Supplements:

  • High-energy snacks (nuts, bars, chocolate)
  • Electrolyte tablets or powder

Navigation and Communication:

  • Map and compass (optional)
  • Smartphone with offline maps
  • Portable charger/power bank
  • Camera (optional)

Personal Items:


  • Passport
  • Trekking permits (arranged by your guide/operator)
  • Insurance details (with helicopter evacuation coverage)

Money: Cash (Nepalese Rupees) for small purchases and tips

Optional Items:


  • Book or e-reader
  • Journal and pen

This comprehensive equipment list ensures you are well-prepared for the varying conditions you'll encounter during the 3-day trek to Everest Base Camp with a helicopter return. Make sure to pack light yet adequately to enjoy a comfortable and safe trekking experience.

Why With Us?
  • Experienced Guides: Our team of experienced and certified guides are well-versed with the trails, ensuring your safety and offering insightful knowledge about the region's culture, history and natural wonders.

  • Safety First: Your safety is our priority. We provide top-notch equipment, conduct thorough risk assessments and adhere to international safety standards to ensure a secure trekking experience.

  • Customized Itineraries: We offer flexible itineraries tailored to suit your preferences and fitness levels. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, we have options that cater to all skill levels.

  • Small Group Sizes: Enjoy an intimate and personalized experience with small group sizes. This allows for better interaction with guides, fellow trekkers, and the local communities along the route.

  • Responsible Tourism: Real Adventure Nepal is committed to sustainable and responsible tourism practices. We prioritize minimizing our environmental impact, supporting local communities, and preserving the natural beauty of the Everest region.

  • Quality Accommodation and Services: Rest assured of comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, and reliable support services throughout your journey. We partner with reputable tea houses and lodges to ensure a comfortable stay during the trek.

  • Breathtaking Scenery: Traverse through awe-inspiring landscapes, including lush forests, picturesque villages, and towering Himalayan peaks. Witness iconic landmarks like the Khumbu Glacier and the legendary Everest Base Camp, offering unmatched views that will leave you in awe.

  • Lifetime Experience: Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not just a physical challenge; it's a transformative journey filled with moments of triumph, camaraderie, and self-discovery. Real Adventure Nepal ensures that every aspect of your trek contributes to creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.