Now you can explore the Everest region in the best possible way on our 11 days Everest base camp trek with helicopter return. It is a short Everest base camp trek that involves a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu from Gorak Shep. Hence, you do not have to do 3 to 4 days of return trek to Lukla. This is the ideal time to book the Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return 2023 spring or autumn departure for yourself.
This special Everest base camp trek itinerary not only saves you a lot of time and energy but also lets you behold the jaw-dropping aerial panorama of the Himalayas. And trust us, not many people have seen it. Everest base camp has always been the best trekking destination in the world, a bucket list venture for dreamers who want to be at the lap of the world's highest mountain, Everest.
Over the years, we, Ashmita Trek & Tours, have tested and organized many different Everest base camp trek packages to find the perfect itinerary. And this is it, the perfect itinerary. In just 11 days, you get to experience the adventurous trek, push yourself in the harsh environment of the Khumbu region, meet with Sherpas, and come across some of the most stunning vistas in the world.
The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return cost is also minimal in the group departures because the charge for helicopter flight is shared between three to five people. Therefore, you get to enjoy a comfortable helicopter ride with a full window seat without making a hole in your pocket. The Everest base camp trek heli out is also an ideal package to do with your kids and senior members of the family.
What to expect during the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return?
Every day stores a brand new scenery and experience for you during the Everest base camp trek with helicopter return. You will walk 6 hours a day on average. The day begins early after a delicious breakfast and goes to the next destination until you reach Everest base camp. As the day passes by, the trail progresses to the alpine zone, and elevation increases. We take two acclimatization hikes in between the trek.
The locals welcome us with open hearts. You'll get a chance to live a mountain lifestyle and have close interaction with the villagers. And the best part of Everest base camp trekking, the mountain views will keep you motivated to keep going. With every new village you reach, the mountain gets closer, and at one point, you'll stand right in front of some stunning towering peaks.
The lower part of the trail involves dense forests, rivers, waterfalls, and terraced fields. Whereas the upper part of the trail involves glaciers, moraines, avalanche debris, glacial lakes, and icefalls. Snow-capped mountains like Everest (8,849 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Cho Oyu (8,188 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Pumori (7,161 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Chamlang (7,319 m), and numerous others are seen along the way.
Everest base camp trek with helicopter return itinerary brief
Everest base camp trekking with helicopter return starts with a short domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport (2,846 m). The flight sets the right spirit for the upcoming adventure. From Lukla, we will be trekking through the Dudh Koshi valley and then join the Imja Khola river valley before ascending above the treeline.
The trail goes through picturesque Sherpa villages and lush rhododendron forests, crossing hanging suspension bridges on the way. We stop at different stupas and monasteries on the way, including Tengboche monastery (the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region) and Pangboche monastery (one of the oldest monasteries in the region).
The Everest base camp trek with helicopter return 11 days itinerary has ample rest days. We take acclimatization breaks in Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters and in Dingboche village at 4,410 meters. These rest days allow us to be slow and enjoy our time in these beautiful mountain villages. We will go on short hikes to Everest View Hotel (3,962 m) and Nangkartshang peak (5,100 m), respectively.
From Dingboche onwards, we walk on the glacier path to cross Dughla (4,620 m) and trek alongside the Khumbu glacier to Lobuche village (4,940 m). From Lobuche, the trail steeply ascends to Gorak Shep (5,164 m), the last settlement before Everest Base Camp (5,364 m). We will EBC from Gorak Shep in 4 hours of trekking following an uneven, rocky path.
The night will be spent at Gorak Shep. The next day, we will hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m) early in the morning to catch a gorgeous sunrise and later fly back to Kathmandu in a helicopter from Gorak Shep.
People and culture of Khumbu region (Everest region)
Khumbu region, also known as the Everest region, is home to world-famous Sherpas. Along with them, people from ethnic groups like Rais, Limbus, Bhotiyas, Lamas, etc, also reside in this part of Nepal. The locals of the Khumbu region are well-adapted to foreign travellers. Most of them speak good English, so you'll not have a hard time interacting with them.
The warm welcome of the locals and their hospitality make the trek even more meaningful. They will share their culture, beliefs, and stories with you. The region is highly dominated by Buddhis, so you will see many stupas, mani walls, chortens, prayer flags, and prayer wheels all around the Everest base camp trek route.
You get a chance to explore a couple of ancient monasteries. Get a blessing from the Lamas and meditate with monks if you wish.
Customize the Everest base camp helicopter trek itinerary with Ashmita Treks & Tour
In this package, we have proposed an 11 days Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return itinerary. You can customize the itinerary as per your desire. If your budget allows, upgrade the package to a luxury trek. Change in itinerary or services also increases or lowers the overall trek cost, so be mindful of it.
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