Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return 11 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights and Helicopter Ride
  • Activity Trekking, Hiking
  • Best Season March-May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Min 2, Max 14 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft


  • Adventure and thrilled packed flight to Lukla, one of the most scenic aerial routes in the world.
  • Explore the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu region,Namche Bazaar
  • Panoramic views of Everest and other surrounding peaks from Everest View Hotel
  • Explore Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum
  • Over a century-old Tengboche Monastery, the largest of its kind in the Khumbu region.
  • Amazing views of Lobuche East(6,119m), Lobuche West(6,145m), Taboche Peak(6,367m) Kangtega(6,685m) 
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp with amazing views of Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbu Glacier, and Khumbutse
  • Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point for the best view of Everest
  • Helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla followed by another flight to Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return 2023/2024 at Best Price 

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return is one of Nepal's most exciting aerial journeys. The EBC Trek with a helicopter back is the only way to circumnavigate this iconic landmark.

Everest Base Camp Trek and Return By Helicopter 11 Days is quite popular for people who wish to scale the heights of the Everest region but have limited time and need more time to manage to trek the regular itinerary or luxury during the trek. Flying across Mt. Everest over the soaring Himalayas is a unique experience and an achievement. Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek in Nepal - perfectly incorporates the trekking experience with the luxurious helicopter ride from Gorakshep. Every hiker aspires to visit the base camp of the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 meters). Moreover, Everest Base Camp Heli Trekking offers precisely that opportunity in a very short time. One will also have the opportunity to climb up to Kala Patthar, the ultimate vantage point of the Everest region.

We start our helicopter trip to the Base Camp with a flight to Lukla. It is a breathtaking experience in itself. On our way to the Mount Everest Base camp, we pass through the famous Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Nagerjun, and Lobuche. Before arriving at EBC, we trek through Dingboche, a Himalayan village that offers spectacular views of Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Lhotseamong others. During the trek from Dingboche to Nagerjun, we witness amazing views of Lobuche East (6,119m), Kangtega (6,685m), Thamserku (6,608m), and other surrounding mountains.

While the trail from Nagerjun to Lobuche has many luscious meadows, the landscape becomes arid and rocky from Gorakshep. We make our way to Everest Base camp from Gorakshep, accompanied by astounding mountain views, and return to Gorakshep the same day. The next day, we hike to Kala Patthar and descend back to Gorakshep again. Today, we will take a helicopter ride from Gorakshep over Mount Everest- Khumbu glacier to Kathmandu via PhericheThe helicopter ride gets you as close to the Everest region and its grand mountains as possible. The Helicopter takes off from GorekShep to Kathmandu via Lukla, where the chopper makes a final halt for refueling before flying to Kathmandu. 

Our 11 days Everest Base Camp helicopter Trekking price/cost and itinerary have been designed for limited vacation but average fit trekkers with rest and acclimatizing day in Dingboche. The trek provides an opportunity to experience a fantastic view of mountains from Nangkartshang Hill and get fitness at the higher altitudes. The main highlight of this trek is the 55 to 60 helicopter ride from Gorakshep to return to Kathmandu. This will allow you to replace your trip from the same route with a luxurious helicopter ride.

At Kala Patthar, we enjoy the Massif Himalayan views of the Khumbu Region; taking a dip is highly advised, as the freezing air can adversely affect your body. We will also enjoy the sights of the Khumbu glacier and the Icefall region, and the stunning Khumbu Valley during our helicopter trek; EBC Trek and Fly back to Kathmandu by Helicopter is an ideal trip for those who want to experience trekking on Everest and step foot on its major landmarks-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Campand Khumbu glacier. 

The unique culture of the Sherpas, never-ending suspension bridges, densely forested hills to arid, rocky terrains, chortens, gompas, and monasteries, and the stunning landscape combined with a helicopter ride across the Everest region make this trek a memorable journey. For a shorter helicopter tour of Everest, consider Adventure Club Trek's Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Helicopter or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour-1 Day.

How Difficult Is Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return, as the name implies, the EBC trek with flyback by helicopter is a beautiful trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world. Trekkers must walk up one way. Hikers will not need to step down after reaching the base camp. Instead, they can fly back in a helicopter, either back to Lukla or Kathmandu, depending on their preferences. EBC Trek is usually a demanding or moderate trek that does not require mountaineering expertise. It is a long hike up to an altitude of 5,364m (17,599ft.), and it seems challenging because you need to walk on days 9th and 10th up to the base camp on varied terrains.

When is the Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

The best time for the Helicopter tour to Everest is from March to May and mid-September to December. Most days during this time of year are clear, with fabulous views of peaks and Mt. Everest. March to May falls from spring to pre-summer when days are longer with enough sunlight for views to enjoy the mountain panorama. However, days can get windy and cloudy sometimes in the afternoon, even with snow at a higher elevation. Around this time, the hills are lively with wildflowers blooming with riots of colors, especially the Rhododendron (the national flower of Nepal). Mid-September to December is another best time for the Base Camp Tour as most days are clear with stunning views of the peak. However, the temperature can sometimes drop to the freezing point.

Is the 11-day Everest Base Camp Trek, with a return helicopter trip, suitable for everyone?

Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return is Ideal for individuals with average fitness levels who aspire to reach the popular Everest; this trip is perfect. Even young children can join their parents in this endeavor with relative ease and safety. Comprising a distinctive blend of brief hikes and picturesque flights, this exceptional trip presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Be sure to become a part of Adventure Club Trek's group to witness the mountains like never before.

We offer just the solution for those seeking a more daring and thrilling trekking experience. There are many alternative routes and options to reach Everest Base Camp. We offer a 13-day Everest Base Camp Trek and a 14-day Short Everest Base Camp Trek. An 18-day trip combining Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake Trekking is also available.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trek Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that can make appropriate adjustments to reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items are marked with an asterisk (Adventure Club Trek will provide *) at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your articles if you already have them and prefer your own. You can buy many trekking items cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the imported items from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since our porters will carry your pack, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you still need to send me a gear list.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, two extra passport-size photos, and airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, paying for restaurants and hotels, gratuities, and snacks, and purchasing your drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc


  • Bandana or headscarf is also useful in dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and two long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • One pair of Hiking shorts
  • One pair of hiking trousers
  • One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • One pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • Two pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Two pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • One pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, "broken-in")
  • One pair of trainers or running shoes and sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, "low" ankle high version


  • One pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • One pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • One pair of mittens, consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)


  • One medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash


  • One sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • One medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • One large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding.
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Two large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, Etc. Do not bring sleeping pills, as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses and contact lens supplies.
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Meals on Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you get healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and provide you with seasonable fruits and hygienically fresh cooked food during the trek.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we can make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

During the trip, you will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse while on the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes, but it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water Everest Base Camp Trek With Helicopter Return

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but needs to provide water. The best option is to treat the local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets, make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower-elevation tea houses costs around USD 1, but higher elevations can cost up to $4, so the cost can add up.


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A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your customs formalities (visa and so on), and will be driven to your hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

You will be driven to the domestic airport in the early morning to fly to Lukla. The 40-minute flight offers splendid views of mountains till landing at Lukla (2,800m) airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air route is considered majestic as high peaks are a joy to behold from closer. In Lukla, you will have time for tea while our guide will divide a load of baggage to be carried by porters. Now the trekking starts through the pretty well-off Sherpa village. You will cross several tributaries down the trail. The splendid views will reveal the natural beauty as you make it to the small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). Here, you can rest, take a short hike to a nearby monastery, or stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight at Yeti Mountain Home or a similar hotel.

Note: Sometimes, due to renovation and maintenance of the domestic airport in Kathmandu, the flight takes off to Lukla from the Manthali airport in Ramechhap. It's about a 4-hour road trip, which begins early in the morning (around 3 am). Driving early, you do not have to face traffic hassles so you can catch the flight on time.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude2652m/8699ft

After breakfast, we head for Namche Bazaar, following the trail through the pine forest alongside the Dudhkoshi River. We walk across several suspension bridges over rivers during the trek. We pass by Chumoa and Monjo villages before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. The Park offers a scenic view of green vegetation and wildlife. We get spectacular views as we ascend the steep trail to Namche Bazaar: Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude3440m/11283ft

This day we reserve for acclimatization in Namche. For all the trekkers, getting used to the climate and situation is very important to make the Everest Base Camp Trek successful. For the speedy adjustment to the higher altitude, we hike to Syangboche and ascend to the Everest View Hotel, which is considered to be located at the highest place. The hotel offers a splendid view of the Himalayas, Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. After having a tea or a coffee break, we gradually descend to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung, where we will have lunch. You may also visit the Khumjung Monastery. The legend has it that the monastery houses a Yeti’s scalp.
Returning to Namche, we may relax or enjoy roaming the town. You may visit the Sherpa museum to learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. It is worth visiting the school established by Sir Edmond Hillary, the first person to climb Mt Everest. 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,440m//11283ft

After breakfast, we hit the trail through the forest along the Dudhkoshi River. It's an easy walk to Phunki Tanga, where you will have lunch. From here, we go along the steep ascent to Tengboche village. We visit the Tengboche monastery, the largest gompa in the Khumbu region. If we reach there on time, we may observe a Buddhist religious ceremony that takes place either in the morning or evening. Ornate walls and a 20-foot-tall Buddha idol are the monastery's main attractions. We get an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas, including the peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku from the monastery.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude3860m/12660ft

After breakfast, we take a trail descending through a coniferous forest. We can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse while going downhill to Debuche. We cross a suspension bridge over Imja Khola and take the trail that ascends to Pangboche. Further, we follow the upper Pangboche trail, which offers better views of the Himalayas. We continue walking through Imja Valley to Lobuche and go up to Dingboche village. We can see buckwheat, potato, barley fields, and grazing animals in this beautiful village of Sherpas.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude4410m/14464ft

To adapt to the higher altitude, we go for a day hike to Nagarjun Hill (5,100m), a hill located on the edge of Chhukung Valley. Getting there is quite a challenge as the trail is steep at some points. However, once you reach atop the hill, you will be awarded up-close views of Lobuche East (6,119m), Lobuche West (6,145m), Taboche Peak (6,367m), Thamserku (6,608m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Kangtega (6,685m). In clear weather conditions, we can also sight Mt. Makalu (8,481m), the fifth-highest mountain in the world. Many trekkers carry packed food to enjoy their lunch in this pristine view that Nagarjun Hill offers, while others prefer having their lunch back at Dingboche after making a tiring excursion. After a day of admiring the mountains, we return to Dingboche.

Alternatively, hike to Chhukung escorts to the gateway of the Island peak climbing point. The hiking becomes fruitful, adjoined by the delighting Everest Himalayan peaks, and back to Dingboche and take a rest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude5100m/16728ft

After breakfast, we hit the trail to Lobuche. On the way, there is the campsite of the first successful Everest climbers. Due to the higher altitude, our journey will be challenging as we move ahead. We cross Dusa and reach Duglha after walking for Duglha (4,600m/15,090ft). We advise maintaining a steady pace to avoid acute mountain sickness (AMS). We take a steep ascent for nearly an hour. On the top of the hill, we pass memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers, trekkers, and Sherpas who have lost their lives in the Everest region over the years. We get a splendid view of Mt Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbtse, among the other Himalayas, from the higher rocky terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement. Get prepared for the chilly evening and biting cold at night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude4910m/16105ft

 In the early morning, we traveled through rocky terrains alongside the Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep. We check in the room at a teahouse, put in our luggage, have a quick lunch, and prepare to continue to the Everest Base Camp. The straight trail to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,594ft) is challenging due to the accumulated glacial debris, rocky dunes, and moraine. At the Everest Base Camp, we enjoy the Khumbu Glacier and icefall. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful as we get spectacular views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori. You may engage yourself in capturing the best experience and memories through the lens as we take enough time here. We may find beautiful mountain mice called 'pika', and flocks of Tibetan snow peacocks called Khongma at the base camp. After sinking in the beauty of the mountains, we return to Gorakshep for an overnight stay.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Max. Altitude5181m/16994ft

This is another significant day of the trek. We will begin hiking early in the morning to witness stunning sunrise views from Kala Pathar (5545m/18,188ft). It is the best viewpoint for observing Mount Everest and other magnificent Himalayan ranges. After that, we will walk back to Gorakshep. After finishing our breakfast, we will experience a comfy helicopter ride to return to Kathmandu. While soaring above, you will share idyllic aerial views of the stunning landscape and the massive Himalayas range.

The helicopter flight is on a sharing basis. It's not a private charter flight. If you want a private ride, don't hesitate to contact us for the price. Please note that the helicopters can land in altitudes above 4,500 meters but can't take off with more than three passengers. So, if there are more than three people, the helicopter will take three people in the first shuttle and drop them off at a designated point below 4,500 meters. The fact is usually the village of Pheriche. Then, in the second shuttle, the helicopter will transfer the remaining passengers from Gorakshep; it will stop at the designated point to pick up the first three passengers and take all of them to Kathmandu via Lukla. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our EBC Helicopter Return Trek ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting,Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary. However, we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. 
  • All meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Way airfare From Kathmandu to Lukla, including airport departure tax
  • Shared Helicopter Ride in the Khumbu region and drop-off at Kathmandu.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the Itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits, and TIMS permits for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( to be returned after trip completion) 
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking 
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days, and US $125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected but not mandatory).

Date & Prices

Start DateStart: SundaySeptember 15, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdaySeptember 25, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2539
Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 18, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdaySeptember 28, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2539
Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 21, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 01, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2539
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 24, 2024End DateEnd: FridayOctober 04, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2539
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 27, 2024End DateEnd: MondayOctober 07, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2539
Start DateStart: MondaySeptember 30, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 10, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2539

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu Flight Delay Info:

The weather in mountain areas can be unpredictable, affecting flights to and from Lukla. When the weather is good, the Twin Otter planes are reliable. However, flights may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather or technical issues. We can arrange a helicopter to ensure you stay on schedule in case of flight cancellations or long delays. Helicopters can fly in lower visibility than Twin Otters, meeting the Nepal Civil Aviation rules. You can pay for the helicopter flight in US dollars, credit cards, or traveler’s cheques at our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for reimbursement from your travel insurance company. The cost for the helicopter flight is $500 per person, or you can opt for a Helicopter Charter at a rate of $3000. We recommend arriving in Kathmandu one day before the trek to allow time for purchasing trekking gear and adjusting to the time difference. Additionally, allocating extra days after the tour will help minimize the risk of missing your international flight in case of any trekking difficulties or flight cancellations caused by severe weather conditions in Lukla.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS), which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, has Nausea, is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms, including shortness of breath, even while resting. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk, and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to a lower altitude immediately.


Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the body's tissues. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.


High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen, which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.


High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs, which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing frothy pink sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are rare. All our Adventure Club Trek guides are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand, and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.


First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. A comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory for expeditions that take on isolated and off-the-beaten trekking paths; the same goes for climbing expeditions.

  • A bandage in case of sprains
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies per the trekkers' unique needs to the first-aid kit given above.


Our Leader and Staff

It needs experienced, highly skilled, courteous, and helpful team members to make any trip successful. Our guides are experienced and licensed professionals chosen based on their knowledge, skills, and high expertise in leading in the Himalayan region. All our guides can speak English fluently, while some have informal learning in additional foreign languages. Our team includes some supporting members, especially local Sherpas who have adequate knowledge about their cultural diversity, ecosystem, history, geography, and regional flora and fauna.


Experience Required

Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who can walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. We may need to walk for 7 to 8 hours on some days. Walking at higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking at lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, a positive attitude, and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek. Exercising and jogging regularly is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. Before booking the trek, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Adventure Club Trek. We also recommend you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.


Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain, but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.


Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require a visa for 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visas on arrival. After arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks to assist with your visa processing. After taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you must stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for the online visa within 15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page, which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport, along with your passport and the required visa fee. 

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost is very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate worldwide.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90-day visa per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for 150 days a year, and these extensions are granted only at the Department of Immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, visit our visa information page.


Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities you will undertake during your stay in Nepal, such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof that you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect your money once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism, or you may need help to settle a claim.


Electricity, WIFI, and Battery Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, and iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks Coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.


Communication On Trek 

On the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Trekking for 11 Days in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitude, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once daily to ensure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch you for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.


Group Size and Team Composition 

We always form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team, ensuring members are comfortable with one another.



Tipping is optional in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express gratitude, you are free to tip drivers and hotel staff. People usually welcome such generosity. When tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees' wages. However, you can use tipping to show appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.


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