Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Breakfast At Everest Views Hotel 3880M During the Everest Helicopter Tour
Key Information
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Duration:12 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Altitude:5,545 m/18,192 ft (Kala Patthar)
  • Starts/Ends:Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Trip Style:Private and Group Join
  • Group Size:2 Pax to 10
  • Best Time:Spring & Autumn

The luxury Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return is a 12 days adventure trek program in Nepal. This trekking package is curated to provide a comfortable trek experience to travelers looking for a bit doable EBC experience. The luxury Everest base camp trek is for anyone looking for better accommodation and services along the way.

On this trek, you will walk for multiple days via Sherpa villages and rhododendron forests to reach the lap of the tallest mountain in the world, Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft). The trekking route constantly ascends and descends from one valley to another. The later part of the route included glaciers and moraines.

*Note: Do note that the luxury Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return is not easy. The journey still requires 5 to 6 hours of walking each day, which is demanding. However, better accommodation and meal facilities along with extra services make the overall journey less difficult.

During the Everest base camp luxury trek with helicopter return, you will witness diverse landscapes and enjoy tranquility. Away from modern life, you will embark on an incredible adventure of a lifetime. The highest point touched during the Everest base camp luxury trek is Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 f). From here, you will fly back to Kathmandu in a helicopter.

Witness stunning views of some of the giant mountains on Earth, such as Everest (8,849 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), Makalu (8,463 m/27,766 ft), Cho Oyu (8,188 m/26,864 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), etc.

Given all the facilities you will enjoy during the luxury Everest base camp trek, the cost of this package is on the expensive side. However, the experience you will get in return is worth every penny you will spend. Book the luxury Everest base camp trek with helicopter return 2024 with us to get the best price.

What to expect during the luxury Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return?

The luxury Everest base camp trek provides you with premium accommodation along the way to rest and recover after a long day of walking. You will spend nights in luxury lodges and get rooms with private washrooms. The beds will be clean and comfortable. You do not have to pay extra money for charging, hot showers, or WiFi in these lodges.

Likewise, Western-style toilets are available everywhere to make the journey a bit less stressful for you. You will enjoy gourmet dining every day crafted by professional chefs. The menu will have multi-cuisine. All the dishes will be made from locally sourced organic and fresh ingredients. Similarly, you will also have a good beverage option.

While returning from Kala Patthar, you will not trek back to Lukla. Instead, we have combined a helicopter flight directly to Lukla. It will save you almost 4 days and 65 kilometers of trekking to Lukla. The helicopter flight added an extra dimension to your experience as you will witness an outstanding aerial view of the Himalayas.

Similarly, during the luxury Everest base camp trek with helicopter return, you will enjoy many other complimentary services, which will make trekking to the lap of the highest mountain in the world less difficult for you. Our airport team will take care of all your pick-ups and drop-offs. They will assist you with your luggage. You will spend nights in a five-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp luxury trek with helicopter return itinerary

The Everest Base Camp luxury trek with helicopter return starts in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. From here, take the very famous Lukla flight. Lukla (2,846 m/9,337 ft) is the starting point of the luxury EBC trek. Trekking from Lukla, descend to Phakding village (2,610 m/8,563 ft) and continue to Monjo. From here, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park.

The trail continues via lush forests to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,290 ft). You will take an acclimatization break here and spend that night in Tashinga (3,540 m/11,614 ft). It is located a few hundred meters below Namche Bazaar. For the acclimatization hike, you will go to the Everest View Hotel (3,962 m/13,000 ft).

A sharp ascent from here will take you to Deboche village (3,320 m/10,892 ft) through Tengboche village (3,860 m/12,660 ft). The trail then descends to the Imja Khola river and follows an uphill route to Dingboche (4,410 m/14,470 ft) via Pangboche (3,985 m/13,074 ft). The vegetation changes to terraced fields and shrubs on the way to Dingboche village.

Here, you will spend the second acclimatization day by hiking to Nagarjuna Hill (5,100 m/16,732 ft). Dingboche onwards, you will trek via glacier moraines and glaciers. The trail continues to Lobuche village (4,940 m/16,210 ft) via Dughla (4,620 m). You will further ascend to a place called Pyramid at 4,970 meters (16,306 ft) for the night stay.

Trekking along the Khumbu glacier moraine, you will climb to Gorak Shep (5,164 m/16,942 ft). From here, follow a steep, rocky route to the Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft). Get back to Gorak Shep to spend the night and the next morning hike to Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft) before taking a scenic helicopter flight to Kathmandu.

Luxury Everest Base Camp trek – is this trip right for you?

The luxury Everest base camp trek for 12 days is designed to provide you the added comfort during the journey. This is the right Everest base camp trek package for you if you don't mind spending extra money for luxury overnight stays along the trekking route. Likewise, this is also a short EBC trek, ideal for travelers with limited time.

If you are a beginner trekker, you would love a luxury Everest base camp trek with a helicopter return. The overall journey became much more manageable thanks to the added comfort, full support of our guide and porters, and helicopter flight from Kala Patthar to Kathmandu.

How to prepare yourself for the trek?

To prepare for the Everest base camp luxury trek with helicopter return, exercise daily. At least have 4 to 6 weeks on hand for trek preparation. During this time, you have to improve your stamina and core strength. As this trek involves a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of walking every day, you have to build your walking habit as well.

Similarly, we also recommend visiting your doctor and getting needed shots before traveling to Nepal. Pack all the essentials and follow our pack list mentioned below to know the things needed for a luxury EBC trek. Get your new pair of trekking boots early and use them to avoid blisters during the trek.

Why do the luxury Everest Base Camp trek 2024/2025 with us?

Our team and their efforts make your luxury Everest base camp trek a very memorable trip. With our trained and experienced Sherpa guides, smooth communication, and logistic support, you will be able to enjoy this adventurous journey without any worries.

Likewise, our transparency in luxury Everest base camp trek with helicopter return cost makes the journey much more pleasant. We provide top-notch service and assure fixed departure. Additionally, your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our team will make sure you are trekking safely.

What should you pack for the luxury Everest Base Camp trek?

We have made a comprehensive packing list that you can follow to pack for the luxury Everest base camp trek. You can buy all trekking clothes and gear upon reaching Kathmandu. Likewise, if you wish to save money on trek equipment, you can rent high-quality trekking gear as well.

Itinerary

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You can meet our representatives at the Tribhuvan International Airport's terminal with your name plates or our company's banner. They will welcome you and transfer you to the five-star Yak and Yeti hotel. Later in the day, we will meet for briefing and trek preparation. The day ends with a lovely welcome dinner with our core team. Also, explore the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Yak and Yeti Hotel

The Lukla flights are mostly in the morning. The flight will be short and scenic. From Lukla, descend to Phakding village to spend the night. It is located a couple of hundred meters below Lukla. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi river, crossing it numerous times via suspension bridges. You will walk past rhododendron forests and small settlements on the way.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,846 m/9,337 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3-4 hours trek
  • Distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles

From Phakding, the trail continues through rhododendron forests and crosses numerous suspension bridges. Cross the long Hillary Suspension bridge and reach Monjo. Register permits in this village and follow the forested route via rugged uphill to Namche Bazaar

  • Max. Altitude: 3,440 m/11,290 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Yeti Mountain Home
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles

We have acclimatization day today. In the morning, hike to the Hotel Everest View via Syangboche Airstrip. You get to witness breathtaking views of Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest during the hike. Likewise, visit the Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum in Namche Bazaar. For the night stay, you will descend to Tashinga.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,962 m/13,000 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

From Tashinga, the trail follows rugged hillsides to Kyangjuma. From here, descend to Phungi Thanga. Crossing a suspension bridge, follow an uphill trail to Tengboche village. Here, visit the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region and descend via lush rhododendron forests to Deboche. The mountain views of Everest and Ama Dablam are excellent from Tengboche.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,320 m/10,892 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Rivendell Lodge
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Distance: 12.5 km/7.7 miles

The trail further descends to Imja Khola from Deboche village. We will cross the river via a suspension bridge and trek to Pangboche village. Stop at one of the oldest monasteries in Pangboche village and trek from here to Dingboche village. The trail goes past the Shomare and Orsho settlements.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,410 m/14,470 ft
  • Meals: Dingboche Resort
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Distance: 13 km/8 miles

Dingboche is your second resting point. Here, you will go on an acclimatization hike to Nagarjuna Hill. The hiking route is offbeat, so you have to be careful. During the hike, you will get to witness many stunning mountain panoramas, including Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Lhotse, Everest, and Ama Dablam. After the hike, spend the remaining time relaxing.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,100 m/16,732 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Dingboche Resort
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

From Dingboche, you will be trekking above the tree line. The trail is much more steep and rocky. Following a glacier field, ascend to Dughla (4,620 m) via Dusa. From here, follow the Khumbu glacier moraine to Lobuche village. The trail continues to Pyramid, where you will be spending the night. On the way, witness striking mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, etc.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,970 m/16,306 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: 8000 Inn
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 11.7 km/7.2 miles

On this day, you will reach the Everest Base Camp. From Pyramid, follow boulder fields to Gorak Shep, the last settlement before the base camp. Leave the luggage in the guesthouse and hike to EBC. Spend some time exploring the base camp of Mount Everest and descend back to Gorak Shep for an overnight stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,364 m/17,598 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Snowland Guesthouse (non-attach washroom)
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Distance: 15 km/9.32 miles

Today, early in the morning, you will hike to Kala Patthar. It is the highest point during the trek. Famous as a viewpoint, Kala Patthar offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and many other surrounding mountains. After the hike, descend to Gorak Shep, and from here, take a thrilling helicopter flight back to Lukla.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,545 m/18,192 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation: Everest Summit Lodge
  • Duration: 2 hours hike & half an hour helicopter flight
  • Distance: 3 km/1.8 miles

You will fly back to Kathmandu. Our team will take care of your hotel transfer. You will have the whole day free in Kathmandu. It is a great opportunity to visit nearby tourist sites like Monkey Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Buy souvenirs and enjoy your last day in Kathmandu. We will meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,400 m/4,600 ft
  • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Yak and Yeti Hotel
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight

Our team will pick you up from your hotel as per your flight departure time. They will use a private vehicle and drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast only

Trip Cost Details

What's Included
  • Airport pick-up and drop by private vehicle
  • 5 stars accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast 
  • 4 nights' accommodation at Yeti Mountain home 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Regular Flight ticket  from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed holder trek guide
  • Between 2 clients 1 porter
  • Helicopter/Chopper from Gorakshep to Lukla
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trip completion)
  • Halesi Treks duffel bag
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit Bag (carried by your trek guide)
  • All government and local taxes
What's not Included
  • Nepal entry visa fee 
  • International airfare 
  • Personal Travelers Insurance
  • All kinds of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Wifi and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • City Tour in Kathmandu
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, etc.

 

Dates & Availability
Starts:Apr 22, 2024Ends:May 03, 2024
Price fromUS$1800
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Starts:Apr 30, 2024Ends:May 11, 2024
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Regarding the Lukla flight details which may affect your itinerary. During peak seasons, ( March, April, May, October, and November) the flight to Lukla will be operated from Ramechhap/Manthali Airport due to air traffic expansion In Kathmandu Airport, which is about a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu. Whereas, during non-peak seasons, (January, February, June, July, August, September, and December) the flight is operated from Kathmandu.

You have the option to book a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla for an extra charge of USD 550 per person. This price is quoted on a 5-people sharing basis. This is the best alternative to avoid the long drive to Manthali airport.

The Above-given cost is per person and the Above-given Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return fixed departure dates are available for you. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Useful Information

Luxury Everest base camp trek difficulty

The luxury Everest Base Camp trek lowers the overall difficulty of this world-famous trekking adventure. Each day, walking hours and terrain are the same as a standard EBC trek, but as this is a luxury trek, you will get to enjoy the best amenities that the Khumbu region has to offer. It makes the journey much more bearable and less tiring.

The Everest Base Camp luxury trek difficulty is moderate. Trekkers have to be physically fit to do this trek. Prior trekking experience is not necessary, but we recommend you go on a few day hikes if possible. As the elevation rises each day, there is a risk of altitude sickness. However, with proper precautions, you can avoid it.

The trekking route is rugged. The trail to EBC continuously ascends and descends. Traversing lush forests, ascend to glacier moraines. Your willpower and determination are important to complete the trek. To make the trek a bit more doable, we have added a helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla. So, you do not have to retrace the trail back to Lukla.

Altitude difference:

Starting the trek from Kathmandu at 1,400 meters (4,600 ft), you will fly to Lukla (2,846 m/9,337 ft). Because of the drastic change in altitude in 35 minutes of flight, you will descend to Phakding (2,610 m/8,563 ft) to spend the night. This descent will help you adjust to the elevation change.

From here, the trail gradually ascends to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft) and Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft). We have two acclimatization days in our luxury Everest Base Camp trek itinerary in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche village.

Trek distance & daily walking hours:

The Everest Base Camp luxury trek covers a total distance of 65 kilometers (40 miles). You will trek 9 to 11 km (5.5 to 6.8 miles) each day. It means 5 to 6 hours of walking every day.

Tips for beginner trekkers:

If you are a beginner trekker, we highly recommend you exercise daily or get involved in some kind of cardio activity like cycling, swimming, running, etc, to build your stamina before the trek starts. Or you can do both. Research the trek and understand what the journey takes for you to reach the base of the highest mountain in the world.

*Note: If you have never explored the Himalayas before, then you have to understand no Himalayan trek is easy, even though it says beginner-friendly. You have to put effort both physically and mentally. With that being said, if you are determined, you can definitely complete most treks, including the Everest Base Camp luxury trek.

Emergency response:

If the situation demands to get you out of the Khumbu region, we will use helicopter evacuation. Our rescue team stays on standby during our trips in the Himalayas and provides prompt evacuation. In case of minor injury or illness, our trained guide will provide you first-aid.

Is travel insurance necessary for a luxury Everest base camp trekking 12 days?

Yes, travel insurance is necessary for the luxury Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return. With the help of travel insurance, we can provide you with helicopter rescue on time if needed. Your travel insurance must cover helicopter evacuation up to 6,000 meters as well as medical bills. It is a safety net for you during the crisis in the mountains.

Best time to trek to luxury Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return

The best time to do the luxury Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return is from March to May and September to December. These months include spring and autumn seasons, which have steady weather and a mild climate- quite important for a hassle-free trekking experience. The clear sky and less chance of precipitation keep the helicopter and commercial Lukla flights on time.

Likewise, trekking between June to August (summer/monsoon) and December to November (winter) is not recommended, especially in the summer/monsoon season. These are off-seasons for trekking in the Himalayas because of poor weather conditions. If you are well prepared, you may trek in winter, but flights are not always on time.

Accommodation

As the name of this package suggests, you will stay overnight in extravagant hotels and lodges during the Everest Base Camp luxury trek with helicopter return. In Kathmandu, we will book the Yak and Yeti hotel for you. It is a five-star hotel with top-notch service. Likewise, during trekking, you will spend nights in luxury lodges, which provide a very comfortable and appealing atmosphere in the remote mountains.

The rooms will be single or twin-shared with private washrooms in all villages except Gorak Shep. You do not have to pay extra money for services like hot showers, charging, WiFi, etc. Unlike the basic lodges, the interior and experience in luxury lodges are drastically different.

Meals

Meals will be top-notch, with a decent variety during trekking. You will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek. Likewise, in Kathmandu, we provide all breakfasts and two complimentary dinners. The menu during the trek includes dishes like dal bhat, momo, steak, macaroni, burgers, pizza, stew, rice, curries, chapati, thukpa, pies, porridge, soups, etc.

You will also get a wide variety of bakery items and freshly brewed coffee. Boiled drinking water is available for free of cost to refill your reusable water bottles. You are free to buy extra food and drinks if you wish on your own. We recommend budgeting USD 15 to USD 20 for each day for additional snacks and beverages.

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