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Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return – 9 Days Itinerary

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Trek the depths of the Everest Region and then get a helicopter ride back? Who wouldn’t want the best of both worlds right? Well, we, at Exciting Nepal have brought you the exciting and adventurous Everest base camp Trek with Helicopter Return.

What’s different about the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return? Well for starters, unlike the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you actually get to explore the Everest Base Camp and physically be there at the base camp. All the while walking through the nooks and cranny of the trails and interacting with the locals viewing the natural environment throughout the journey in the Everest Region.

Not only do you get to trek in this beautiful region, but you also get to return back with an extravagant ride on a helicopter. While helicopter return from the base camp may scream comfort and less time with no walking, there is a different superiority of the helicopter return. With the helicopter return, you get to experience a different side of the Everest Region. The eagle-eye view of the Everest Region from the helicopter will leave you mesmerized.

The 9 day Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return takes you through a scenic flight to Lukla and mesmerizes you on the very first day of the trek. The trek then starts as you walk from Lukla to a small beautiful village of Phakding.

From Phakding, you will head straight to the famous marketplace of the Everest Region known as Namche Bazaar. Marked as an acclimatization day, it is not to be skipped at any cost. With proper acclimatization and a short side trip to the Syangboche Airport, you will now head to a more religious and cultural site.

Tengboche Monastery is the next destination on our Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary for the day. The monastery is a Buddhist monastery taken care of by the local Sherpas. After a proper visit, the trek will take you to Dingboche for another acclimatization. These small breaks in altitude gain help in avoiding altitude sickness.

From Dingboche, you will head towards Lobuche which is at an altitude of 4930 meters. This altitude gain may take a toll on you so take it slow. Lobuche village has beautiful views of the Lobuche peak along with the other Himalayas.

From Lobuche, we shall head to our ultimate destination i.e, Everest Base Camp through Gorakshep. Today will be the longest trek in the Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary. After experiencing the most memorable and greatest achievement, you will return to Gorakshep. The next morning will be your last day and the most memorable day of the trek.

With mesmerizing and stunning views of the Himalayas and Everest from Kala Patthar (5643m), you will end your Everest Base Camp Trek as you will be returning to Kathmandu by helicopter from Kalapatthar. Not only will you get a comfortable seat and return back, but you will also get the best views of the mountains and the settlements and glaciers and whatnot.

With this comfortable and memorable view from the helicopter, you shall end your trek around the Everest Base Camp and fly back by helicopter return.

Everest Base Camp Trek fly out by Helicopter Highlights

  • Eagle eye panoramic view
  • Mesmerizing Lukla flight
  • The dual experience of trekking and helicopter ride
  • Namche Bazaar
  • Tengboche Monastery
  • Cultural and religious exposure

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

Before starting your trek, one of the main things to consider is learning about the best time for taking part in the trek. This doesn’t only limit to knowing the best season for the routes to be perfect. The best time for each individual may vary as well.

The best time for taking the Everest Base Camp Trek does not only mean checking the weather it also refers to the best time when you get to see the most beautiful views, where you get the best services and less traffic and yes most importantly you get the safest trek. The adventurous trek does not have to be dangerous. You make the trek adventurous with the routes with the most beautiful views and the best experience.

Choosing the best time for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return helps you get the most out of the trek.

So what is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return? Well, the best time for most of the Everest Region treks is similar. Autumn and Spring season are the best seasons for the treks in Everest Region.

The Autumn season starts from September to November. This season has the best temperature and weather for a trek in the Everest Region. Starting your trek in Mid September especially would provide you with the best trekking experience with helicopter return. Early September is prone to some light showers so it may compromise with your plans so mid-September is the best option for you. Also being the peak season, the month of November is mostly super crowded. So choose your best time wisely to have the best experience of the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return.

As for the months of March-May, the spring season provides you with the best views of the exotic flora and fauna with great mountains looking over you. The Spring season will give you a great experience for the trek as well as the Helicopter return as you get to see the beautiful views without any clouds blocking your vision.

The months of December to February are also considered by some people who love to see the snow. Well, it is better to see the mountains in their full glory with snow-covered trails and the snow-capped vegetation. With careful preparations, you can enjoy the trek in Winter as well.

Worried about your helicopter ride back being compromised by the weather? Well, your company will take proper precautions to make sure your whole trek is safe. Weather can be a bit uncertain but if you choose the best season, there are fewer chances of your helicopter ride being compromised. Our team will take proper precautions and make sure nobody’s safety is compromised. So rest easy and enjoy your Everest Base Camp Trek with Heli Return.

How Difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Day Helicopter Return?

Altitude Sickness

One of the major difficulties trekkers face during their Everest Base Camp Trek with chopper return is the issue of altitude sickness. It is caused due to the body not being able to adjust to the changing high altitudes during the trek. It usually arises above 4000 meters. Symptoms like nausea, headache and dizziness are common for altitude sickness. You can avoid this with proper acclimatization and a good diet. Also, you can take medicine like Diamox to suppress these symptoms.

Weather changes

At higher altitudes, weather changes can be spontaneous and uncertain at times. It is not that big of a problem if there is a light shower in case you are trekking. But if you are on a helicopter ride, this may pose a problem. So whether changes can compromise your helicopter ride as it may get delayed in case of heavy rainfall or snowfall.

Food and Water availability

Unlike the city areas, the food and water facilities in the higher altitudes of the Everest Region is limited. The lower regions of the trek have many varieties of food to offer and there are water sources easy to be found. But as you get higher the sources of water are limited and the bottled ones are expensive. Also food is limited to the traditional dishes. Also, high altitudes usually do not have meat dishes to avoid gastrointestinal diseases and altitude sickness. So you will have to compromise on that.


Finding accommodation is not a hard task during the off-seasons. But as the peak season nears, the tea houses and lodges are packed with guests. So pre-booking accommodation is the best option here. Also, you will be sharing the room with another fellow trekker. The rooms are clean and comfortable but personal space is a bit lacking.

All these difficulties are not impossible to solve or get over. With proper precautions and preparations, these difficulties won’t prove any damage to us. Also, the magnificent views and the innate hospitality of the locals make the hardships worth it.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Cost

As with every other trek, the cost of the trek depends on your preferences of food and accommodation along with the routes you choose to take.

As per our standard Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return itinerary, the cost of the trek ranges from USD 2800 per person. The standard Everest Base Camp Trek 9 days Helicopter return cost ranges from USD 2800 per person for the 9 days trek. If you want to extend your trek with additional days in the different parts of the trek. Also, you can also take the Gokyo route which will increase your total cost based on the route you choose.

The Everest Base camp trek return by helicopter cost includes all the transportation and food and accommodation costs during the trek. By transportation costs, we mean all the flights including the Lukla flight and the helicopter flight return costs are included in the total costs. Also, food and accommodation in the tea houses during the trek are covered along with a professional guide and a porter for your convenience.

Exciting Nepal also makes your trek much easier and convenient by making sure all your permits are prepared beforehand.

Although we take care of almost all the charges for the trek, there are some things that are to be paid for by yourself. This includes your personal expenses of hot showers, drinks, and other junk food. Also, your international flight fare and the tips for the guides are for you to pay.

So, is trekking with a company more expensive? Well, it is all about saving you the time and hassle of making arrangements. Trekking with a company is much easier and you are paying for a safe and comfortable trek which is all worth the money. Also, it would be more expensive to trek solo without a company. However, choosing the best company for trekking is the key here. Cheap doesn’t mean better. So check the services they provide and choose quality over price. Your one in a lifetime Everest Base Camp Trek and fly back by Helicopter should be remarkable and memorable too.

Day 01: Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m)

Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar (3445m)

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m)

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4360m)

Day 06: Acclimatization in Dingboche (4360m)

Day 07: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)

Day 08: Trek to Gorakshep (5160m). Hike to Everest base camp (5545m) and return back to Gorakshep

Day 09: Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5545m). Fly back to Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Lukla. Trek to Phakding

Max Altitude: 2860 m

Total distance: 142 km

Flight duration: 40 minutes

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Today marks the beginning of an adventurous new chapter in your life, Everest Base Camp Trek return by helicopter. This is not just any ordinary trek with lots of walking. It is an adventurous and mesmerizing journey that surprises you every day with new experiences and incomparable beauty.

The first day of the trek itself starts with a scenic 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This is one of the major attractions of the Everest Base Camp trek 9 days. Lukla flight is a 40 minutes emotional roller coaster for you. Just letting in on a secret if you get seated on the left side, you get the most of the views from the flight.

The flight is not just the usual beautiful clouds seen from the windows, it provides you with the mesmerizing views of the mountains and the Kathmandu Valley along with many other beautiful landscapes. You will not have enough of the beautiful scenery.

After reaching Lukla, you will have lunch at one of the lodges and then start your official Everest Base Camp Trek helicopter return. The first trek of your Everest Base Camp Trek itinerary takes you to Phakding. Since it is the first day of the trek, it is an easy trail requiring around 3-4 hours of walking downhill. The trek follows the Dudh Koshi River bed, finally reaching the beautiful village of Phakding where you will spend the night.

Day 02: Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Max Altitude: 3445 m

Total distance: 9.4 km

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

Today is the second day of the Everest Base Camp Trek return back by helicopter. Further awaits a great adventure. We shall now leave for Namche Bazaar. Exiting the beautiful settlement of Phakding, you will now walk uphill towards Namche Bazaar.

The trail to Namche Bazaar from Phakding is a beautiful and scenic one. With the flora and fauna along with the great landscapes and tiny villages along the way, you will have your fill of sceneries and natural beauty. Also, walking along the riverside of Dudh Koshi, you will have to cross many suspension bridges along the way.

Along the way, you will find some beautiful waterfalls with clear water. You will need to enter the Sagarmatha National Park today as you pass Monjo, a small village on the way where you can get your permit.

The trek then takes you to the longest suspension bridges of all, the Hilary suspension bridge which is a thrilling adventure so buckle up. After 5-6 hours of walking, you will finally reach the popular town which has become a famous marketplace, Namche Bazaar. Tonight you will spend the night in one of the lodges or teahouses.

Day 03: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar

Max Altitude: 3445 m

Trek duration: 3-4 hours

According to the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return itinerary, today is an important day. You will have today as an acclimatization day. This means you will allow your body to adjust to the high altitude so you don’t catch any altitude sickness. So you must not miss or skip this day.

Acclimatization does not mean you stay and do nothing in one place. Today is an exploration day. You can enjoy exploring the famous marketplace of Namche. Namche Bazaar has become the most famous destination in the Everest Base Camp Trek with its cultural diversity and exposure. You get to buy souvenirs, visit the monastery, and many more.

Ever wanted to try on some cultural Nepalese dress? Well, you can check that off your bucket list here. You can take pictures wearing the cultural dress of the locals.

Apart from the activities in the Namche Bazaar, you can also take a short detour to the Syangboche airstrip. This airport is not commercially in use but it is used as a rescue airport. This airstrip has become a famous viewpoint for trekkers in the past few years as this location bestows upon you the best views of the neighboring mountains along with Mt. Everest.

We shall return back to Namche Bazaar from our short 3-4 hours exploration trek and spend the night in a teahouse in Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Max Altitude: 3860 m

Total distance: 9.2 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

After a warm breakfast, you will leave Namche Bazaar and head towards the Tengboche Monastery. The trail from Namche to Tengboche consists of many stairs. The route is flat and long but it is an easy trek with mesmerizing views of the neighboring mountains like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, etc.

As soon as the flat trial ends, we will descend at the intersection where the trekking routes for Gokyo and Everest base camp separates. Descending along the Dudh Koshi River, we will reach a small village called Pungi Thenga where we will enjoy our lunch.

With our bellies filled and body rejuvenated, we will now leave for Tengboche along the dusty trails. After an ascent and 2 hours long walk along the dusty roads, you will finally reach the gate of the Tengboche village. The Tengboche village has some teahouses along with its famous Tengboche monastery.

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche

Max Altitude: 4360 m

Total distance: 9 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Today, we shall cross the 4000 m altitude as we trek to Dingboche. You may think the trail must be super steep but worry not. The trail slowly ascends to Dingboche from Tengboche. It is not steep and pretty easy to trek.

Firstly, as we leave the Tengboche settlement, we will reach a village called the Pangboche village which has beautiful views of the Himalayas. We can enjoy the mesmerizing Himalayan views all throughout the trail while also enjoying the beautiful view of the Dudh Koshi River. The river provides water and natural habitat to many birds and animals as well.

We shall cross a suspension bridge after crossing the Solmari Village. It is a small village where we will enjoy our lunch and head towards Dingboche. After a 5-6 hour walk, we can see the Dingboche village. The village is beautiful and has many lodges and tea houses for your overnight stay. So we will spend the night at one of these lodges.

Day 06: Acclimatization in Dingboche

Max Altitude: 4360 m

Total distance: 5 km

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

We have reached day 6 of our Everest Base Camp Trek with heli return itinerary. This is another important acclimatization day for our trek. As we have reached above 4000 meters, it is important to take proper precautions to avoid altitude sickness.

However, acclimatizing does not have to be staying still. So today, we shall take a small 3-4 hours hike around the area. You can have a short detour to the village of Chukkung which is a beautiful village with great views. Also, you can also opt for Nangkartshang Peak if you are up for it. Anyway, you will not have to stay still or be bored for the day as the region has so much to give you.

After a short hike to one of these magnificent scenic places, we will return back to Dingboche for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 07: Trek to Lobuche

Max Altitude: 4930 m

Total distance: 10.6 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

As the days go by, we reach higher altitudes and closer to our destination, Everest Base Camp. Today, we will be trekking to Lobuche which covers around 10.6 kilometers. The total trek for the day takes around 5-6 hours.

Try to take your trek slowly to avoid altitude sickness. Also, make sure to take enough rest and drink plenty of water. The trail is filled with great views of the Himalayas.

After around 5-6 hours of walking, you will see the great mountain Lobuche. The village of Lobuche sits on the very lap of this peak. It has a beautiful view of the mountain along with other neighboring mountains. We shall spend the night in one of the tea houses in the beautiful village of Lobuche.

Day 08: Trek to Gorakshep, Hike to Everest base camp and return back to Gorakshep

Max Altitude: 5545 m

Total distance: 15 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Today is the big day. We will reach our main destination of the trek today. After having a hearty breakfast, we will leave the village of Lobuche and head towards Gorakshep. We will reach Gorakshep in around 3 hours of trekking from Lobuche.

Gorakshep is a sandy region which covers a frozen lakebed under it. The place has magnificent views of the landscape around it along with the beautiful mountains standing tall all around the area. There is a small settlement at the edge of this sand-covered lakebed. This small village of Gorakshep has teahouses for your comfortable stay and food. We shall have some lunch and head towards the Everest Base camp.

We will reach Everest Base Camp from Gorak Shep in 1-2 hours and admire the beauty of the surroundings along with the achievement of having reached the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. After taking some pictures and enjoying the feel of achieving something like this, we will now head back to Gorakshep and spend the night there.

Day 09: Gorakshep to Kalapathar and Fly back to Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 5645 m

Total distance: 153.2 km

Flight duration:40 minutes

Trek Duration: 1-2 hours

Day 9 of Everest Base Camp helicopter return trek has a lot in store for you. Starting your day with a short hike to one of the famous viewpoints of the Everest region, you can enjoy the best views of the mountains in the region.

At an altitude of 5645 meters, you get to see the admirable and stunning views of the mountains and glaciers of the Everest Region from Kalapathar. The stunning view is made more special as the first rays of the morning sun hit the mountains and reflected your eyes. You would think this is the most blissful moment of the trek for you. But wait there's more to come.

After the beautiful view, we shall board on the helicopter for our return home. Unlike the standard trek, you won’t have to walk back the way you came with the same views and the tough trails.

Instead, you get an upgrade of the views and the trails. As you board the helicopter return from Everest Base Camp, you get to see the panoramic views of the mountains and the glaciers. The view from a helicopter is a different experience than the viewpoints or the trails. You get to enjoy the views comfortably without any efforts and end the journey with great memories of the views etched in your eyes.

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Trip Cost US$ 2800 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Your entire stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek, A Cup of Tea/ Coffe During the Breakfast.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • A Porter carrier among two trekkers, Including all his expenses with full insurance cover.
  • One way  Trip flight fare Kathmandu - Lukla or member and Guide.
  • Fly back to Kathmandu from Gorekshep by Helicopter.
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla airport for Group and crews.
  • Medical supplies, first aid kit box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company). If in case.
  • Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be returned after trip completed).
  • Sagarmatha National Park permits.
  • Trekking route map.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.
Cost Excludes:
  • Your travel insurance. (Recommended)
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Hotel night in Kathmandu.
  • Activities in Kathmandu.

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What is the highest altitude we will trek to?

The highest altitude you will reach during your Everest Base Camp trek is the Kala Pathar viewpoint which is at an altitude of 5645 meters. This is a popular destination in the Everest Base Camp trek where you shall board the helicopter during the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return.

What is the total trekking distance covered by Everest Base Camp Trek with heli return?

In the Everest Base Camp Trek with heli return, you get to experience your adventurous trek to Kalapatthar and then take the helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. This is the equivalent of half of your trip being completed by trekking. The total distance covered by trekking is approximately 66 km in total.

What are the permits required for the Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp Trek with or without the Heli return requires two major permits for the trek. The Khumbu Rural Municipality Entry Permit for entering the Khumbu Region which costs around NRs 2000 per person is essential. The entry permit costs approximately USD 20 per person.

Apart from the Khumbu Entry Permit, the Everest Base Camp Trek routes run through the Sagarmatha National Park. So, Sagarmatha National Park Permit is another important permit for this trek. The National park permit costs NRs 3000 per person for foreigners which approximately amounts to USD 30 and it costs NRs 1500 per person for SAARC nationals.

These permits are very important for the Everest Base Camp helicopter return trek as well. This is because half the trip includes trekking in the region.

Is the Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return safe for solo travelers, especially women?

Yes, the Everest base camp trek with heli return is safe for solo travelers and also women as they can join other groups during the trek and the helicopter ride back. It is best to travel during the peak season for safety reasons if you are traveling solo. Also if you are worried about being a woman and traveling alone, you can also hire female guides for your convenience.

Is trekking without a guide or a porter possible in the Everest Region?

Everest Base Camp Trek without a guide is not impossible at the very least. The trek routes are very popular and not the difficult kind. However, having a guide and a porter helps make your journey much more easy and safe.

But if you want to trek the area without a guide, you must be fully prepared regarding the routes, lightweight packing, mentally and physically prepared as well.

Do I need prior experience for the Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter return?

You don’t need special prior experience for the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 days. With the Helicopter return, this trek is much easier than the other treks in the region. You can accomplish this trek with proper training beforehand but it doesn’t have to be anything hardcore. Simple cardio exercises for building up stamina is enough for the Everest Base Camp Trek returning by helicopter.

What is the cost difference between the normal trek and the return by helicopter?

The standard Everest Base Camp Trek will cost you around USD 1300 for a 14 days package. This includes the Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight and food and accommodation for the entire trek apart from the cities.

The Everest Base Camp Trek 9 days helicopter return costs around USD 2800. This package has less walking hours while also covering most of the standard Everest Base Camp routes and attractions. The Everest Base Camp trek return back by helicopter package is more time-efficient as it takes only 9 days off your vacation. Also, the heli ride is a unique experience mainly above the Himalayas. So the cost difference matches up to the time duration and the difficulty of the trek.

What kind of food and accommodation is available during the trek?

The food and accommodation during the trek are limited as you reach higher elevations. The food is mainly limited to traditional dishes in the higher altitudes but there is a wide variety in the teahouses in the lower regions.

As for the accommodations, you will get a twin sharing room with an attached bathroom in a tea house or a lodge. The accommodations will be clean but you may have to pay more for the hot showers and charging electronics as you go further up.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The Everest base camp trek is not as difficult as it sounds. The standard Everest base camp trek is more difficult than the Everest base camp trek return back with a helicopter as the trekking hours and distance is doubled.

The helicopter return Everest base camp trek is comparatively much easier as long as you take proper safety measures and acclimatization days.

Can you book a helicopter at Kalapathar?

No, you cannot just book a helicopter at Kalapathar itself. You will have to book the helicopter on the day of your package selection. There are helicopter rescues that take place in the Everest region but they are only for emergency cases. If you feel like you are not able to complete your trek, you can consult your guide. They will find a way to help you complete your trek or find a rescue for you to get out of the region safely.

Which side of the Lukla flight provides the best views?

The scenic Lukla flight is the best attraction of this tour so you must be wondering if you get the view from both sides of the flight. Well, yes the views are great on both sides but the mountains are more clear from the left side of the plane.

Is Everest Base Camp Trek return back by helicopter dangerous?

No, the helicopter return from Everest Base Camp Trek is not at all dangerous. We would never keep our clients and our staff in harm’s way. The helicopters are top grade reliable helicopters and the captain is a professional. If there are any weather uncertainties, the helicopter will be delayed instead of taking any risks.

What are the emergency protocols for the Everest Base Camp Trek return back by Helicopter?

In case of any emergencies during your helicopter return from Everest Base Camp trek, you will be immediately transferred to the nearest hospital for treatment. Also, there are oxygen cylinders on the helicopter in case there are any breathing difficulties midway.

Are there any health requirements for the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 day Helicopter return?

There are no health requirements for the helicopter return from Everest Base Camp Trek as long as you yourself are mentally and physically prepared. The trekking part depends on your preparations and stamina and it is an easy trek so you should be able to accomplish it easily.

However, for the helicopter return, you should have travel insurance.

Will I get altitude sickness in the helicopter?

If you have survived the whole trek without any altitude sickness, it is less likely that you will get sick in the helicopter. But if you have any doubts, it is better to take your altitude sickness medicine beforehand and have a safe and exciting return in the helicopter.

How can I avoid altitude sickness throughout the trek?

The first step to avoiding altitude sickness throughout your trek is through acclimatization. With proper acclimatization and maintaining a slow pace, you can avoid altitude sickness.

Also drinking plenty of water and having a proper diet with no meat also helps in avoiding altitude sickness. Avoiding any kind of alcoholic drinks and smoking is a must for avoiding altitude sickness.

What is the best time for the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 day helicopter return?

The best time for the heli return from Everest Base Camp trek includes the seasons of Autumn and Spring. The months from March to May and September to November are the best time for the trek. This time has the best views, clear skies and the most favorable temperature and weather for the trek as well as the helicopter ride back.

What is the maximum amount of baggage allowed on the helicopter?

The maximum amount of baggage allowed on the helicopter is 15 kgs per person but it is best to carry light as possible.

Is there an age limit for the helicopter return services?

Yes, kids under the age of 8 are not allowed for the helicopter return or heli tour.

What documents are required for the Everest Base Camp return by helicopter trek?

The documents required for the Everest base camp return by helicopter trek include normal documents required for any flight like passport and Visa.

Can I customize the Everest Base Camp return by Helicopter itinerary?

Yes, you can contact the company and customize your Everest Base Camp Trek 9 day helicopter return. You can customize the trip to take an extra day exploring the surrounding or you can also decide to take a detour of the routes. With proper consultation with the guides, you will be able to have an Everest Base Camp Trek 9 day with helicopter return itinerary that will be fit for you and your time schedule.

How much do I tip the staff?

You can tip 10 percent of their actual charge. The guide and the porter expect to be tipped so don't forget to tip them generously for their service.

Will I find any ATM machines on the trek routes?

You may find some ATM machines in the lower regions of the Everest region. If you are lucky enough, there must be some working ATM machines in Namche Bazaar. But as you go higher up in the trek, there are fewer chances of any ATM machines being there.

What happens if the weather does not favor the helicopter return?

Our company checks the weather abnormalities beforehand and tries to schedule the helicopter return on a clear day. But if there are any unexpected weather changes, the helicopter return will be postponed for a while till the weather clears up. No risky moves will be made.


10 Star Experience! No need to search further – go with Exciting Nepal!

As someone who has traveled to over 200 countries and partnered with numerous international climbing and tour companies, I hold a very high bar in terms of the level of service, expertise, professionalism and value for money I expect. Subash, the owner of Exciting Nepal, and his team far exceeded my expectations. My friend and I booked the Everest Base Camp with helicopter return. From the moment I made my first inquiry with Subash, I knew I had made the right decision. I extensively researched and reached out to numerous companies both in the US and locally in Nepal. Unlike other companies, Subash was extremely responsive throughout the process, patiently answering my laundry list of questions and providing expert recommendations based on my personal preferences and goals. Every aspect of the program was extremely well organized and executed flawlessly from start to finish. Unlike other companies which are purely “transactional” and impersonal, it’s clear that Subash and his team deeply and genuinely care about each and everyone of their clients – it was as if we were welcomed into a family. What is not apparent from the website is the fact that Exciting Nepal is the primary point of contact and logistics provider for mountain rescues – when you book with them, you should know that you have immediate and direct access to rescue resources unlike other companies who would have to reach out to Exciting Nepal for assistance! As you can imagine, this is something you don’t want to compromise on.

Our trekking guide, Basu, was truly exceptional and went above and beyond to make our trek a dream come true. Basu was absolutely meticulous about ensuring every small detail was taken care of from start to finish and was incredibly caring and thoughtful – continually checking in on us and constantly motivating us with his positivity and upbeat attitude. He is an incredibly experienced guide and his passion for guiding and sharing the beauty of the mountains with others is an inspiration. Our days were filled with laughter and smiles and he created a uniquely warm and welcoming environment from the moment we said “good morning” and until we said “good night” every evening. Basu provided invaluable guidance on every aspect of our trek ranging from food recommendations to dressing appropriately for the changing weather conditions. Our porters Singman and Nyman, were also incredible and their strength and fortitude are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Along with Basu, they were constantly looking out for us and we felt so cared for. It was like spending time with a wonderful group of friends.

I can’t recommend Exciting Nepal highly enough. I’m someone who has extremely high standards and Subash and his team far exceeded my expectations. Don’t waste your time booking with companies located outside of Nepal and paying triple the price of a paper pushing middleman – go to the source of expertise on the ground. Exciting Nepal truly sets the benchmark others should strive for with deep expertise is based on years of accumulated experience. I was so impressed with their level of customer service and expertise. I will continue to recommend them and make them my go-to guide service for any travel in the region.

globetrekker88, San Francisco, California

Scary yet beautiful ride

Traveling to Everest Base Camp on a helicopter, just imagine my excitement and nervousness level. This collaboration with Exciting Nepal was one hell of a roller coaster ride.

Everyone suggested that Helicopter landing as the best and fastest option to reach Everest Base Camp. I had limited time so I chose the helicopter rather than trekking. Now writing this review I can feel that I made the right decision.

From Kathmandu, the helicopter took off to land in Kala Pattar. The scenery, landscape, and settlements seen from the window are beyond explanations. You are above the clouds, feel like you are on the top of the world looking through the creation. The helicopter lands first at Lukla for refueling and departs towards Kala Pattar.

The flight was smooth and team members were friendly. They explained all the minute details about this place. The view from Kala Pattar is really hard to describe, it was a moment to live. The 360-degree view of Everest and surrounding mountains will mesmerize you. If you were trekking to reach here then it would take you more than a week. But, through a helicopter, you will reach here within a few minutes.

We took lots of photos and kept forever in our memories. It was not something that you experience in your regular life. It was much more than surreal experience and thank you Mr. Subash and his team for making this ride exciting. The cabin crew members were professional and understanding. Exciting Nepal is certainly one of the best in traveling business. Every money we spent was worthy enough after the views and hospitality of the company.

Craig Tyler, Denmark

Exciting Nepal – thank you for making my EBC dream come true

Wow. Where to start. This trip was life changing and it would not have been possible without Subash, Basu, and the whole team at Exciting Nepal. Thank you.

The quick version for busy travelers:
Exciting Nepal makes Nepal adventure dreams come true. Their guide Basu is one of the best I’ve ever had and along with our porters Singman and Ngima we had a team that literally lifted our spirits and felt like a family – critical vibes for what is a physically and mentally taxing adventure near to the top of the world. If EBC is on your list (or really anywhere in Nepal is including ABC), Exciting Nepal needs to be who you book with and Basu needs to be your guide.

A bit longer:
First, if you’re reading this review and have any hesitation booking with a local agency – put that aside. Exciting Nepal is special. Subash and his team are world class and exceeded our expectations on every front from on the ground excellence, to safety and attentiveness. They are constantly working the trails and have a dynamic network to get the best real time information. They also have great relationships with the helicopter companies for immediate rescue and extraction – so you always know you’re safe and have the option should you ever need it.

But what’s travel without heart and story? That’s where our guide Basu led our small group with energy, passion, professionalism and unique domain knowledge up and down the trail that only comes with 10 years of experience leading trekkers across the country. Basu is everything a mountain guide should be. He’s constantly making sure his group is learning and having a good time – while simultaneously making sure everyone is safe and optimally healthy. His sense of optimism is contagious. He knows when to gently push people to achieve their goals and when to protect health and well-being. He is trained in helicopter rescue, so he is a trusted resource for literally every part of the EBC experience. The love and respect that teahouse owners and other guides show him on the trail is testament to his character, his energy and leadership style.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention our

porters – the sometimes silent heroes of any Nepal adventure. Our porters Singman and Ngima matched the energy and positivity of Basu and made the difference every day as we trekked to higher and higher altitudes.

I always felt cared for – but more importantly, I always felt the energy and guidance from Basu and team to overcome any obstacle and achieve my dream.

My thanks to Basu, Subash and team cannot be overstated.

And I’m excited for you, TripAdvisor reader and potential future EBC trekker, to experience what I experienced with Exciting Nepal.

Book with them and go already! 🙂

Jon, New York City, New York

Everest Base camp trek with Heli return to KTM – October 2019

We did the Everest Base Camp trek from 5 to 13 of October.
We had the time of our Life, wonderful guide, thank you Kapil, we made it to Base Camp, thanks to you ! 🙂
Wonderful experience
Great service
Unforgettable experience
Definitely recommend “Exciting Trek Nepal”

Maud, swizerland

Everest Base Camp trek return back by Helicopter

We have booked 8 days’ trek to the Everest Base Camp with Exciting Nepal treks. The trek was just fantastic with Guide Basu and Porter Sunil. We had a rest day in Namche and Dingboche, We liked much more Dingboche where we can walk to the Island peak base camp and Chhukng valley, what an amazing walking. Guide Basu was so knowledgeable and helpful, We have hiked up to Kalapatthar as well as Everest Base camp which was our goal, what an amazing views. We had picked up from Gorekshep and land at the Lukla for one hour more or less but we liked it. We went to Lukla airport inside and took the picture of Signboard LUKLA AIRPORT.

Thank you so much Exciting Nepal for helping out for achieving our goal. We are so happy to recommend your service for the Everest Base Camp Trek,

David w, Australia

Everest Base Camp

My partner and I did the Everest Base Camp Trek with Exciting Nepal in October 2019.We had a fantastic time and would wholeheartedly recommend Exciting Nepal. They went above and beyond to ensure we had a good experience, and were extremely organised and professional.

These points are just a few examples of why we were so impressed:
– With bad weather and flights cancelled to Lukla, Mr Subash was able to organise a helicopter at the last minute in order for us to start our trek on time.
– Our guide Suman was amazing- knowledgeable, attentive, patient, organised and fun. He was also very experienced which ensured us getting to locations in time in order to maximise photo opportunities, make use of good weather, stay at preferred hotels, avoid large groups of people and fine tune our itineraries. Suman demonstrated great passion for the Himalayas which was inspirational. We cannot thank Suman enough for our wonderful trip to EBC!
– We also had a fantastic porter Yadab who was very kind, informative and helpful – it was as though we were actually given 2 guides and we felt very lucky!
– Exciting Nepal back in Kathmandu office was in regular phone contact with our guides so any issues were communicated well and promptly resolved.
– Everything was perfectly organised from the moment we stepped off the plane in Kathmandu, to when we were dropped back at the airport to fly back to Sydney.
– The itinerary was devised to suite us and could have been readily adapted for someone slower or faster etc.
– We felt completely safe the whole time (except perhaps flying out of Lukla!!! : O )- though my partner did love this and the views were spectacular.
– It was intimate with just my partner, myself, Suman our guide, and Yadab our porter- which was exactly what we hoped for.

The trek itself was phenomenally beautiful.

Zoe_Munro, usa

Fantastic helicopter return trip

Well, what an experience. I went on an Everest base camp trek last month. I had been dreaming of EBC for many years but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to complete such tough trekking routes. Then I contacted Exciting Nepal and told them my situation. They were so easy to communicate with. Considering my situation they offered me EBC return back by helicopter package. This package was perfect for me.

As for the trek itself, it was fantastic and the views of the Everest region were stunning. Of course, the scenery is wonderful but the tour itself was excellent. I returned back to Kathmandu by helicopter. I got to enjoy the beaten routes as well as the aerial view.

Rony r, Canada

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  • Trekking Destination: The Everest
  • Group Size: 01
  • Minimum altitude: 1300
  • Maximum altitude: 5550
  • Season: All Arounf the year
  • Grade Info: Modrate
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  • Total Days: 9
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