Everest Heli Trek

Everest heli trek
Price $5500

USD 4900

Trip Duration

11 Days

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude

Kala Patthar (5,545 m)





Group Size


Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Highlights

  • A fusion of trekking and a helicopter ride over the towering Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest.
  • Stunning views of the region’s other famous peaks, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
  • Discover old monasteries and traditional Sherpa communities while learning about the area’s culture and way of life.
  • Discover the popular Kalapatthar viewpoint for the magnificent views of Mount Everest.
  • Hike through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rich flora and fauna.


Everest Heli Trek is a variation of the Everest Base Camp Trek that includes a helicopter ride back to Lukla from Gorakshep. It offers a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges of the Everest region. The Sherpa culture and warmth, as well as monasteries and shrines, mountain forests, and other sights, make for an unforgettable experience.

This Heli Trek is broken down into sections. One takes you to the well-known trekking trails in the Everest region, from Lukla to Kala Patthar. While the other transports you by helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla. The flight takes you across Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and Kala Patthar, introducing you to the spellbinding Himalayan scenery. The journey concludes with a flight back to Kathmandu.

The best part about the Everest Heli trek is that you’ll follow traditional trails to Everest Base Camp, making it convenient and enjoyable. As a result, the trek is suitable for people of all ages. As a result, this trek suits for those who want to experience the grandeur of the Everest Base Camp Trek without having to endure long days of trekking.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
  • Day 02: Flight to Lukla and then trek to Phakding
  • Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
  • Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche
  • Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
  • Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Day 07: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche
  • Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep and Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 11: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

Welcome to Nepal! Just outside of the airport terminal building, one of our personnel will be waiting for you. You will be received and brought to the pre-arranged accommodation upon arrival at the airport. In the hotel, a brief meeting about trekking and preparation will be held. After that, you can check in and rest at the hotel.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Flight to Lukla and then trek to Phakding

The trek to Everest Base Camp’s first day begins today. For your early-morning flight to Lukla, our personnel will transport you to the airport.

Lukla’s flight is brief yet breathtaking. The flight takes off with a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley. You’ll pass over some beautiful mountain ranges as the flight heads near Lukla. Not long later, you reach Lukla.

You trek to Phakding after some time in Lukla. The straightforward hike starts with a rugged descent. It delivers you to Cheplung and the banks of the Dudh Koshi river. You reach Phakding after continuing your ascent.
Overnight in Phakding.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

There are many suspension bridges along the path that leads to Namche Bazaar, which traverses rivers and valleys. It’s enjoyable yet difficult at the same time. After breakfast, you leave Phakding. After a short climb through Benkar, the breathtaking view of Mount Thamserku catches your attention.

You will reach the Sagarmatha National Park checkpoint after traversing a number of suspension bridges. Our guides will assist you in obtaining permits so that you can continue the walk. The Dudh Koshi River, which leads to Jorsale, is reached after the trail descends. The terrain has now climbed. The journey is worth it only for the views of Mt. Everest and Nuptse. You eventually arrive to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche

A settlement reknowned as Namche Bazaar can be found in the Khumbu region on the hillsides. It serves as the region’s primary trading hub. The day after you arrive in Namche, you should acclimate to the surroundings. Acclimatization days are crucial when mountaineering. Due to the high altitude, altitude sickness is a potential risk. In order to avoid illness, our bodies must acclimate to the environment and rising elevation.

You’ll be brought to Hotel Everest View to get used to the new atmosphere. As the highest placed hotel in the world, it is well-known. The hotel offers a stunning perspective of the enormous Himalayas. You’ll spend some time there and then head back to your hotel.
Overnight in Namche.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

The trails from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche are difficult. It begins with a fall in height and then becomes full of irregular terrain with high elevation.

You enter the rhododendron woodland after leaving Namche Bazaar by traveling past Kyanjum. The Phungi Thenga river’s banks are reached after the trail lowers. The trail is lined with magnificent mountain ranges, including as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. Following that, the trail climbs to Tengboche.

The primary attraction in Tengboche is the monastery. In the Khumbu region, it is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist temple. You are welcome to go to the monastery and take in the peaceful surroundings.
Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

It’s a beautiful journey from Tengboche to Dingboche. On your route there, you’ll go past glaciers and mountains covered in snow.

After leaving the village, you descend to Deboche village through a forest. After some distance, you’ll come across a wall made of carved stone. You cross a suspension bridge, ascend a short hill, and then enter the valley from the opposite side. Ama Dablam is now clearly seen up close. You reach Pangboche village after an extended journey that takes you past Shomare town and uphill. Soon you’ll be at Dingboche.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 07: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

The trek’s second day of acclimatization is today. A few distance above Dingboche is Nangkartsang Peak. Therefore, the climb to the summit will aid in your preparation for acclimatization.

The valley is divided in half by Nangkartsang. On one side is the Imja valley, which leads to Chukkung, and on the other is the valley that leads to Lobuche. The ascent has a steep incline. The vistas of Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and other peaks as you make your way up the mountain are breathtaking. It won’t take long for you to reach Nangkartsang Peak. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain views from the summit. The same track will take you back to Dingboche shortly.
Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

The route to Lobuche is a little challenging. Leaving Dingboche, the journey continues with a climb to a moraine. The route leads to the valley-dwelling village of Pheriche. After an arduous ascent, you will reach the Khumbu glacier and Everest Memorial after passing via Thukla. In honor of climbers who lost their lives trying to reach Everest’s summit, the Everest Memorial was built. As you carry on walking, you will reach Lobuche.
Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep and Visit Everest Base Camp

Once the trail leaves the settlement of Lobuche, it starts to climb gradually with less pronounced slopes. It is broken up into two parts. One that leads to Gorakshep village, the single village at the highest elevation of the journey. Gorakshep, which is not far from Everest Base Camp, is reached by the second trail.

You follow the Khumbu glacier as you leave Lobuche. Along the trip, you might get a close-up view of Nuptse’s magnificent surroundings. You might be able to see Mount Everest’s summit as you go. You must hike across Lobuche Pass to get to Gorakshep. Before continuing on your way to the base camp, you can take a break.

Once you’ve left Gorak Shep, the Khumbu Icefall will be even more spectacular to see. You’ll reach Everest Base Camp soon after that. A breathtaking panorama is provided by Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Khumbutse, Pumori, and other peaks. After some time, head back to Gorakshep.
Overnight in Gorak Shep.

Day 10: Hike to Kalapatthar and Back to Kathmandu

The trek begins early on this particular day so that travelers can witness the enthralling sunrise from Kala Patthar. It is simple to follow the course. As you go on, the view of Mount Everest becomes more distinct. You arrive to Kala Patthar after negotiating a difficult trek. The world’s tallest mountain is a tremendous source of pride and success to stand beneath. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas. Soon after having a great time, return along the same route. Breakfast involves a trek to Gorak Shep. Hereafter we’ll take a short heli ride to Lukla and get on a flight back to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 11: Final Departure

The final day of the Everest Base Camp Trek is today. You will be taken to Kathmandu Airport for your return journey. We look forward to working with you once more.

What is included in Everest Heli Trek

  • Helicopter Flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • All land transportation
  • 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3 daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, along with seasonal fruit snacks
  • Round-trip flights between Kathmandu and Lukla with departure taxes included
  • Use of a down jacket and sleeping bag while trekking
  • A duffle bag for trekking
  • One government registered trekking guide and assistant (optional)
  • One Porter for two people
  • Food, accommodation, salary, and equipment for staff are covered
  • Trekking route map
  • Certificate of accomplishment for a trip
  • A well-equipped first aid box
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit Fee
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • Confirm Booking
  • Local Taxes

What is Excluded

  • Extra personal expenses
  • Airfare regarding International flights
  • Tips to Porters & Guides
  • Extra facilities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa
    Obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport. Pay $50 for 30 days or $135 for 90 days, or in another currency of equal value. Remember to bring two passport-sized photos.
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Any drinks or beverages
  • Access to hot showers while trekking
  • Any additional activities/meals besides the itinerary

Best Time for Everest Heli Trek

In the Everest region of Nepal, the most suitable time for the Everest Heli Trek is often during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons.

The trek combines trekking to the base camp with a thrilling helicopter flight back, making for an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Here’s a more extensive explanation of why these seasons are ideal for the trek:

Spring Season (March to May)

The Everest Heli Trek is best done in the spring. It usually begins in March and lasts through May. The weather is consistent during this period, with clear skies, warm temperatures, and very little rainfall, making it perfect for trekking and helicopter flights.

The rhododendron forests offers vibrant panoramas along the trekking trail. Because visibility is excellent, you can enjoy amazing views of the Everest region, including Mount Everest itself.

Autumn Season (September to November)

Autumn is a good time for the Everest Heli Trek because it is Nepal’s post-monsoon season. The weather is mostly clear and dry, with little rain. This enables comfortable walking and dependable helicopter flights.

The vistas are spectacular, and the skies are frequently blue, providing excellent photographic opportunity. The mild temperatures make it a great time for trekking without being too cold.

Gear and Equipment


  • Down Jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Warn woolen socks
  • Quality trekking boots with gripping sole
  • Muffler/ scarf
  • Warm trouser


  • Trekking poles
  • Headlights
  • Sleeping bag
  • U-lock
  • Oxygen
  • Survival blankets
  • Insect repellent, etc.


  • Phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Torch
  • Headlight
  • Headphone/ earphone, etc.


  • Dry foods
  • Trekking map
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Water bottle, etc.

Safety Note for EBC Heli Trek

  • Fasten your seat belt while onboard.
  • Smoking and drinking are prohibited during the flight.
  • Switching seats during the flight should be avoided.
  • Throwing anything out of the helicopter during the flight is risky.
  • Follow the guidelines given by the operator.
  • Be patient while getting in and out of the helicopter.

Important Details

Why Undertake the Everest Heli Trek?

On traditional treks, participants had to walk down and repeat their route once they reached their destination. You can choose to forego the traditional route and take a quick, picturesque helicopter journey by choosing the Everest Heli Trek. 

Likewise, this trek is convenient for people who do not have much time in hand and want to complete the journey in a short period. The view of Mount Everest and many of its neighbouring and surrounding peaks make the Everest Heli Trek a truly amazing experience.

Some of the many other reasons include:

  • Magnificent vistas of the Himalayas like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Mount Everest.
  • A combination of trekking and flying over the highest Himalayan peak.
  • You get to explore the hospitality and culture of the Sherpas in the Everest region.
  • Discover well-known locations like Everest Base Camp, the Everest View Hotel, and Namche Bazaar.
  • A unique perspective of the Himalayas which spans from the peaceful Gokyo Lakes to the twisting Dudh Koshi River.
  • Spectate the thick forests of Sagarmatha National Park to the enormous glaciers from the bird’s eye perspective. 

Food During Everest Heli Trek

Long walks including both uphill and downhill terrain drain your body’s energy reserves. A satisfying meal is therefore necessary for the trek.


You should pack foods high in energy, such as granola bars, jerky, almonds, and protein bars. They are the most useful snacks when you are feeling low and hungry. These snacks can be bought at a reasonable price in a city area like Kathmandu. As you head towards the mountain, it starts getting costly. 

Local Cuisine

You should try out local foods during your journey. These are not only authentic but also provide you with high energy and are delicious. Some of the local foods may be momos (dumplings), tsampa (roasted barley flour), and dal bhat tarkari (lentil soup, rice, and veggies).

Other foods

Apart from local foods, you can also find foods like noodles, pasta, pancakes, pizza, burgers, and omelettes. The quality of the dishes may vary and might not taste like what you have expected. But they are tasty enough to kill your hunger and give you energy during your trekking. 

Is the meal freshly prepared? 

The owners of the teahouse try their best to deliver freshly made meals that are as close to locally sourced as possible. They understand how important it is to serve wholesome and hygienic cuisine to the trekkers.

Because supplies are more easily accessed and delivery happens more frequently in lower altitude regions, the ingredients are more likely to be fresh. The availability of new supplies decreases as you ascend higher.

Going vegetarian is sometimes advised, especially at higher altitudes, since vegetables and grains are typically more readily available and fresh than meat products.

Accommodations during the Everest Heli Trek

Tea Houses and Lodges

Most of the tea houses in the Everest region are family-run. These tea houses are simple and represent the authentic living of Sherpas in the Himalayas. You may need to share your bathroom and other facilities but the warm welcome and hospitality of the locals will melt your heart. 

Likewise, you can also find lodges during your trip. They have better rooms and provide you with more facilities and private bathrooms. However, as you ascend higher, finding these lodges might be difficult. 

Teahouse lodging normally ranges from $10 to $30 per night, depending on the area and amenities provided. You can get simple lodging for $5 to $10 per night in lower altitude places. The price may go up to $20 to $30 each night as you go higher. Additionally, some teahouses could charge more for extras like Wi-Fi, hot showers, and charging. 

Trek Difficulty during the Everest Heli Trek

The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek may be difficult for people who have never hiked before, especially in the Himalayas. There are multiple ascents and descents on challenging, mountainous terrain. It is essential to be in good physical and mental condition for this adventure. Some of the factors that make your trek difficult are:


The weather at high altitudes can be harsh and quickly fluctuating. Rain, snow, and strong winds can come at any time. There is high variation in day and night time temperature. Similarly, the temperature drops below 0 degrees Celsius at night time.


During the trek, you will reach a maximum elevation of 5,545 meters. Oxygen concentrations are much lower at this altitude. You will be gasping for oxygen as you ascend higher. Although it can happen anywhere, altitude sickness is more common above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet). Altitude sickness symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and trouble falling asleep.


Stable footing and physical endurance are necessary because of the rugged and uneven terrain. You will see a range of landscapes during the trek, including rocky scree, glaciers, and woods. 

Certain parts of the trail are exposed to heights, and it can be slick and uneven. If you are not careful, you might sprain or twist your ankle. So, you should wear trekking boots while trekking.


You have to hike for at least five to six hours per day to complete this journey. The journey is roughly 130 kilometres (81 miles) in length. Walking such a large distance full of rugged terrain and at a high altitude is quite a challenge. 

Despite all these difficulties, you do not need to retrace your steps back which is more challenging and exhausting. You can just fly back to Kathmandu in the helicopter enjoying the serene beauty of the Himalayas. 

Preparing Yourself for the Everest Heli Trek

It’s not an easy undertaking to walk uphills and downhills for several straight days. It takes a lot of passion and willingness to do this. Preparing yourself entails thorough planning, study, and appropriate preparation.

Mental Preparation

There is more to preparing for high-altitude trekking than just physical conditioning. Mental preparation is just as important. You can speak with others who have attempted the trek to the base camp and take in their experiences.

You’ll be better mentally prepared to face obstacles and promote positivity in this way. This walk takes you through areas that are distinct from your normal surroundings, including frigid climates, isolated settlements, hills, and valleys. Thus, you should remember that signing up entails more than just enjoying stunning scenery and the local dishes. 

Physical Fitness

To set out on this journey, you must be in good physical shape. On average, you should be able to walk for five to six hours each day. Your body needs to be ready for extended periods of walking. It’s critical to pay attention to your body’s signals and refrain from overexerting yourself when exercising.

Cardiovascular Training

It’s crucial to assist your body in adapting to lower oxygen levels to get ready for high-altitude trekking. This is essential if you want to stay focused and breathe at high altitudes. If you incorporate regular exercise and workouts into your daily schedule, your journey to base camp becomes much easier. 


Acclimatization is the process of adjusting yourself to a high altitude. To prevent altitude sickness, you should properly acclimate yourself. Acclimatization Day simply includes dwelling around the villages and giving plenty of rest to your body. 

We strongly advise you to stop at Namche Bazaar, as many travellers have suffered from altitude sickness when rushing through this halt. You should take your time acclimating and refrain from rushing to the summit.

Packing and apparels

You won’t be able to enjoy your trek to the fullest without the right gear, no matter how much you’ve prepared or trained. Begin by doing research on everything from appropriate headgear to appropriate footwear. You should know what necessities to bring on any trek. 

The items you must bring on the trip are the majority of what you need to prepare for. It’s a good idea to invest in high-quality equipment, like a sleeping bag, down jacket, and warm clothes.

Altitude Sickness in the Everest Heli Trek

Before taking the Everest Heli Trek, one of the main concerns that people have is their ability to adjust to the altitude. When the body cannot adjust to the high air pressure and low oxygen levels, altitude sickness occurs. 

The most serious but uncommon kind of altitude sickness is acute cerebral edema at high altitudes or HACE. It typically affects tourists at high altitudes when they reach 6000 meters or above. HACE may occur if the early warning signals of AMS and HAPE are ignored and mishandled. 

Symptoms of acute mountain sickness include headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and difficulty falling asleep. The following measures can be taken to prevent altitude sickness:

  • Eat nutritious food throughout the entire journey. 
  • The best medication for altitude sickness is Diamox, which is something you should pack for the climb. 
  • You need to either stop right away or descend if your body exhibits any signs of altitude sickness. 
  • While trekking, stay hydrated and avoid alcohol as it dehydrates the body. 
  • Acclimate properly before trekking beyond 3,000 meters in elevation. 

Travel Insurance

Dealing with the extreme weather is part of trekking at Everest Base Camp.There may be instances in which you hurt yourself. The injuries could result from falling, spraining an arm, or experiencing altitude sickness.

It’s crucial to have an insurance that covers everything, from medical crises to trip cancellations, when it comes to a strenuous expedition like the Everest Base Camp. The travel insurance offers coverage for unforeseen circumstances or mishaps that could happen while trekking.

Some of the needs of insurance for the Everest Heli Trek are:

  • Accidents
  • Baggage
  • Medical Emergency
  • Altitude Sickness
  • Helicopter Evacuation
  • Trip Cancellation or Interuption
  • Accidental death oor disability

Safety Guidelines

Safety is your partner on this high-altitude journey and not just a top priority. Passengers are in the best hands because our seasoned pilots and crew members have the knowledge and expertise to handle uncertain difficulties. 

  • It will become colder as you move higher into the sky. It is essential to wear appropriate clothing. Wear layers for maximum protection, and don’t forget to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a thick hat.
  • The air gets thinner as you ascend, which makes breathing harder for your body. Recognize the signs of altitude sickness, stay hydrated, and pay attention to your body.
  • You should always get medical advice before doing any high-altitude tours. Preventive drugs like acetazolamide (Diamox) are chosen by some tourists in order to aid with acclimatization. 
  • The weather in the Himalayas is notoriously unpredictable, so keeping an eye on it is essential. Keep in mind that safety comes first at all times and allow extra time for weather-related delays. 
  • The crew may issue instructions about seat belt usage, personal item management, and seating arrangements during the flight. These guidelines are essential to guaranteeing everyone’s security.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to do the Everest Heli Trek?
When the weather is stable and the skies are bright, Everest Heli Trek is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons provide the best conditions for trekking and helicopter rides.
How long does it take to complete the Everest Heli Trek?
The trek normally lasts 10-14 days, including rest and sightseeing days. This time frame allows trekkers to adjust to the altitude and enjoy the journey at their own speed.
Is it necessary for me to be an experienced trekker to accomplish this trek?
While prior hiking experience is advantageous, it is not required. A reasonable level of fitness and preparation is all that is required. The best thing is that you don't have to walk back; you can enjoy a magnificent helicopter trip. The trek can be adjusted to different skill levels, and expert guides can help you along the way.
What permits are required for the Heli Trek to Everest Base Camp?
A Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card are required. In addition, helicopter flights require a special permit.
Is altitude sickness a possibility on this trek?
Because you will be ascending to high altitudes, altitude sickness is a possibility. Adequate acclimatization and listening to your guide's instructions can help to reduce the risk. In case of an emergency, helicopter evacuations are available.
Is it required to get travel insurance for the Everest Heli Trek?
Yes, comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, helicopter evacuations, and trip cancellations is highly advised. Examine your insurance policy to confirm that it covers high-altitude trekking.
Is there an age limit for the trek?
While there are no age restrictions, participants must be in decent physical shape. Because the trek is physically challenging, speaking with a doctor before going on it is critical, especially for elderly trekkers.

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