Day to Day Itinerary of Everest Helicopter Return Trek

  • Last Updated on Mar 29, 2024

The Everest Base Camp trek is a dream come true for many adventure enthusiasts worldwide. Situated in the heart of the Himalayas, this journey offers stunning views, challenging terrain, and an immersive cultural experience. For those looking for a quicker return, the option of a helicopter ride adds an exciting twist to the adventure. 

In this blog, we will provide you with a detailed day-by-day itinerary for the EBC trek with a helicopter return, spanning 11 days. From the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to the tranquil beauty of the Everest region, each day of this adventure is filled with exploration, breathtaking landscapes, and personal achievements.

So, put on your trekking boots, pack your spirit of adventure, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey to the top of the world. Let's turn upside down on the itinerary and uncover the wonders that await!


The Everest  Base Camp trek journey with a helicopter return visit is an 11 days Everest travel package for time-limited voyagers, which avoids the repetition of the same trip course when getting back from  Base Camp. It gives the most extreme opportunity to progress the trek to visit the base camp and Kalapathar with enough time for acclimatisation. It's a combination of trekking and helicopter tours.

  • Free Cancellations according to company policy
  • Dramatic take on/off in Lukla Gateway to Everest Base Camp
  • Experience the beauty of diverse landscapes, from lush green vegetation to towering pine, oak, and rhododendron forests.
  • Experience beautiful lakes, glaciers, and awe-inspiring icefalls.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness-friendly itinerary
  • Sherpa Culture and Tradition
  • Suspension Hanging Bridges
  • Tibetan Buddhism and practice
  • Closure view of Himalayas en route to Everest Base Camp and return
  • The Base camp of the highest Mountain (roof of the world)
  • Breathtaking view of Mount Everest Sunrise and Sunset from Kala Pathar

The 11-day EBC Trip with Helicopter Return Package is extraordinarily intended for experience lovers with time limits or short excursions who can bear any cost for experience and joy. It is the combo package to encounter the experience comfortably, the beauty of nature, massive snow-covered mountains, and a raw landscape scene. The trip offers a hypnotizing aerial view of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848.86m), various massifs, glaciers, rivers, creeks, and an entire 360° view from the sky of the Himalayan region.

Everest Helicopter Return Trek

Nepal Trek Adventure provides a lifetime opportunity to trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain and return by helicopter package, which continues as a less than two-week itinerary with enough rest days in between so that you will never have to go through high altitude sickness.

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Everest Trek With Helicopter Return Itinerary 

Begin an incredible adventure at Everest Base Camp, trekking through the stunning scenery of the Himalayas. Arrive at the famous base camp and take in the magnificent sights of Mount Everest. Wrap up your journey with an exciting helicopter ride back, providing a unique perspective of the breathtaking landscape below. Discover the ultimate combination of thrill and natural beauty on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will instantly sense the vibrant energy of Nepal's bustling capital. After completing the customs procedures and collecting your luggage, a warm and welcoming staff member will accompany you to your hotel. Take advantage of this moment to relax and adjust to the sights and sounds of Kathmandu. You can explore the nearby area, indulge in delicious Nepali cuisine, or simply unwind and prepare yourself for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. 

Day 02: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel in the early morning, we will take an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a quaint mountain town perched at an elevation of 2,860 meters. The flight typically lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, providing breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks and verdant valleys below. You will experience the crisp mountain air upon landing in Lukla, also known as the entrance to Everest, and a sense of excitement for the thrilling journey ahead.

After taking a brief pause in Lukla to organize your trekking permits and to meet your local guide and porters, you will begin your journey towards Phakding. The path winds through picturesque Sherpa villages, decorated with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and the calming hum of prayer wheels in the background. You will pass by terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and suspension bridges stretching across the vibrant Dudh Koshi River.

Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding

Once you've trekked for a few hours, you'll arrive at Phakding (2,610 meters), a charming village situated by the river. Enjoy a peaceful night at a comfortable tea house, where you can savour the friendly atmosphere and tasty meals cooked by the locals. Don't miss out on this chance to relax, regenerate, ponder the day's adventures, and eagerly look forward to the thrilling experiences that lie ahead on your journey to Base Camp.

  • Flight Distance: 135 km (Kathmandu to Lukla)
  • Flight Duration: 35 minutes
  • Trek Distance: around 8 km (Lukla to Phakding)
  • Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 2,610 m (Phakding)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (twin sharing)

DAY 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Today's trek will take you from Phakding to Namche Bazaar, the lively capital of the Khumbu region and a vital hub for trekkers and climbers. Once you've enjoyed a delicious breakfast, you'll begin on the trail and cross several suspension bridges that stretch across the Dudh Koshi River, which offer thrilling glimpses of the rushing water below and the majestic mountains above. The gradual ascent brings you to Namche Bazaar (3,440 meters), nestled amidst towering peaks and surrounded by lush greenery.

Once you arrive, you'll get the chance to adjust to the altitude, a necessary part of your adventure to Everest Base Camp. Spend the day wandering around the lively streets of Namche Bazaar, where you'll see colourful prayer flags swaying in the wind and meet welcoming Sherpa residents going about their business. We will visit the Sherpa Museum to explore the cultural traditions of the area and delve into the captivating history of mountaineering in the Everest region.

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

As the day comes to a close, make yourself comfortable in your accommodation at Namche Bazaar. From here, you can soak in the breathtaking views of the majestic mountains and experience the genuine warmth of your hosts. Take this opportunity to relax and rejuvenate, as tomorrow holds exciting new adventures on the trail leading to Everest Base Camp.

  • Trek Distance: around 10 km (Phakding to Namche Bazaar)
  • Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 3,440 m (Namche Bazaar)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

Day 04: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Today is an essential acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar, allowing your body to adjust to the higher altitude and reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses as you continue your trek towards EBC. Instead of pushing ahead, it's best to relax and participate in activities that aid in acclimatization.

Begin your day by enjoying a relaxed breakfast, then begin on a pleasant walk around Namche Bazaar. Discover the charming, narrow pathways adorned with vibrant shops offering a variety of trekking equipment, handicrafts, and authentic local souvenirs. Immerse yourself in the lively ambience of the local market, where Sherpa traders engage in lively bartering for a wide range of goods and fresh produce.

Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

If you're up for an adventure, take a quick hike to the nearby Everest View Hotel and be amazed by the breathtaking panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and other majestic peaks. Another option is to explore the Khumjung village, where you can immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture.

Take advantage of the afternoon to relax and enjoy a hot cup of tea at a delightful café in Namche Bazaar, all while taking in the stunning mountain views. Utilize this moment to recharge, stay hydrated, and get ready for the upcoming days on the trail. As the sun sets, enjoy a delicious meal and share stories of your exciting trekking adventures so far. Rest peacefully, knowing that you have taken a significant step towards a safe and successful journey to Everest Base Camp.

  • Trek Distance: around 5 km (Hike to Hotel Everest View)
  • Trek Duration:  2 to 3 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 3,880 m (Hotel Everest View)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

DAY 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, the trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche offers a perfect blend of stunning scenery and cultural experiences.  As you leave Namche Bazaar, you'll begin on a journey through pristine mountain landscapes, gradually ascending to the delightful village of Tengboche (3,870 meters). Throughout the journey, get ready to be amazed by the breathtaking panoramic sights of renowned peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam that command the skyline.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Prepare for a grand welcome from the revered Tengboche Monastery when you arrive in Tengboche. The monastery radiates peace and a spiritual atmosphere because of the magnificent Himalayan mountains surrounding it. Take the opportunity to explore the monastery and immerse yourself in the vibrant Buddhist culture and traditions. As the day draws to a close, settle into your cosy accommodation in Tengboche, where you will be treated to awe-inspiring views and warm hospitality. Relax, unwind, and reflect on the day's adventures while marvelling at the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas that envelop you. 

Tomorrow, your journey towards Everest Base Camp continues, but the serene ambience and cultural significance of Tengboche will remain etched in your memory.

  • Trek Distance: around 17.9 km (Namche to Tengboche)
  • Trek Duration:  5 to 6 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 3,870 m (Tengboche)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

After leaving the peaceful Tengboche, today's hike will lead you further into the majestic Himalayas towards Dingboche. The path meanders through beautiful rhododendron forests, offering a serene and picturesque adventure amidst the towering Everest peaks. As you continue to climb, you will gradually reach higher altitudes, allowing you to acclimate and adjust to the thinner air.

Prepare to be amazed by the awe-inspiring views of the neighbouring Himalayan mountains, including Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega, among others, throughout the day. As you navigate each twist and turn along the trail, you'll be greeted with breathtaking views that showcase the grandeur of these magnificent giants, leaving you in awe and wondering at the beauty of the Everest region.

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

As you journey towards Dingboche, located at an impressive altitude of 4,360 meters, you'll witness a stunning change in the landscape. The once lush surroundings give way to a desert-like terrain, adorned with scattered shrubs and rugged features that dominate the scenery. While the challenging terrain may test your limits, the sense of accomplishment and the awe-inspiring beauty of the surroundings make every step worthwhile. Once you arrive in Dingboche, make sure to relax and get comfortable.  Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the majestic peaks and treat yourself to a peaceful rest following a day of trekking in the magnificent Himalayas.

  • Trek Distance: around 10 km (Tengboche to Dingboche)
  • Trek Duration:  6 to 7 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 4,410 m (Dingboche)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

DAY 07: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Today is a great chance to relax in the beautiful village of Dingboche. Surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks, Dingboche provides a peaceful environment for your body to acclimate to the higher altitude. Enjoy your day off by immersing yourself in the local culture and admiring the breathtaking views that surround you.

After having a delicious meal at your hotel, begin your day with a thrilling adventure. You have the option to start your day with invigorating hikes to Nagarjun Hill. These hikes not only provide stunning panoramic views of the magnificent mountains but also assist in acclimatizing to the high altitude. It's a great chance to stretch your legs, take in the rugged beauty of the Everest region, and allow your body to adjust to the altitude.

The hike up to Nagarjun Hill from Dingboche presents awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the majestic Himalayan mountains, such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Island Peak. The path gradually climbs through rocky landscapes and scattered greenery, allowing plenty of chances to adjust to the altitude and capture stunning photographs. Once you reach the peak of Nagarjun Hill, you'll be greeted with breathtaking panoramas of the Everest region, making it an unforgettable journey for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Short Hike to Nangkartshang while acclimatizing in Dingboche

Once you're back in Dingboche, make sure to spend some time exploring the village and getting to know the welcoming Sherpa locals. Don't miss the chance to visit the local monasteries and stupas, as they offer a glimpse into the fascinating Buddhist heritage of the area. Take a moment to relax and take in the tranquil surroundings—the majestic Himalayan peaks and breathtaking natural beauty—if you prefer a more laid-back experience.

After a long day of exploring, it's time to relax and unwind at your cosy lodging in Dingboche. Get ready to be greeted with friendly smiles and breathtaking sights of the majestic mountains that surround you. Take a moment to ponder the exciting experiences of the day and the amazing adventure that awaits you as you make your way towards Everest Base Camp.

  • Trek Distance: around 3 km (Dingboche to Nangkartshang Peak )
  • Trek Duration:  3 to 4 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 5,083 m (Nangkartshang Peak)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

DAY 08: Trek from Dingbouche to Lobuche

The hike from Dingboche to Lobuche today will lead you through some of the most breathtaking and tough terrain in the Everest area. Leaving Dingboche behind, you will start a difficult trek towards Lobuche, which is located at an elevation of 4,940 meters.

 The trail winds its way through rugged land and scarce vegetation, providing stunning views of the grand Himalayan peaks in every direction. Along the way, you'll encounter the vast Khumbu Glacier, a clear indication of the tough conditions hikers encounter at high elevations in the Everest area. As you climb higher, you'll come across the memorials of climbers who sadly perished on Everest, paying tribute to their courage and determination. These heartfelt tributes serve as a reminder of the challenges awaiting those bold enough to venture into the highest peaks on Earth.

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

Even though the terrain is tough and the altitude is high, the beauty of the landscape and the feeling of achievement make the trip to Lobuche extremely satisfying. Once you arrive at Lobuche, you can relax in your accommodation for the night and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains. It's the perfect way to rest after a challenging day of trekking in the rugged and stunning Everest region.

  • Trek Distance: around 8 km (Dingboche to Lobuche)
  • Trek Duration:  5 to 6  hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 4,910 m (Lobuche)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

DAY 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and visit Everest Base Camp

Trekking from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is an exciting and demanding journey that leads hikers through some of the most rugged and stunning landscapes of the Everest region. As hikers approach Gorak Shep, located at an elevation of 5,164 meters, the air gets thinner, and the scenery becomes more barren. Throughout the trek, hikers might come across yak caravans transporting goods to isolated mountain villages, enhancing the feeling of adventure and seclusion. Upon arrival at Gorak Shep, hikers are welcomed by a small settlement surrounded by towering mountains. Despite its harsh look, Gorak Shep acts as a crucial resting point and base camp for hikers heading towards Everest Base Camp.

After a short break, the final part of the trip leads hikers to Everest Base Camp, an extraordinary and awe-inspiring place situated at an elevation of 5,364 meters. The journey to Everest Base Camp goes through the Khumbu Glacier, where vibrant prayer flags sway in the wind and the gentle sound of prayer wheels can be heard. As hikers get closer to Base Camp, the atmosphere becomes charged with excitement and anticipation.

Everest Base Camp

Upon arrival at Everest Base Camp, trekkers are welcomed by the famous yellow tents of the expedition teams and the fluttering flags representing different nations from all over the world. Standing in the shadow of the tallest peak on Earth, the feeling of accomplishment is tangible as hikers take in the breathtaking views and contemplate the remarkable journey that led them to this monumental destination.

Once trekkers have finished exploring Everest Base Camp and taking photos to remember this amazing experience, they head back to Gorak Shep for the night, feeling amazed and in awe of the stunning beauty of the Everest area.

  • Trek Distance: around 11 km ( Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest base camp to Gorak Shep )
  • Trek Duration:  7 to 8 hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 4,910 m (Lobuche)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse (Twin sharing)

DAY 10: Summit of Kala Patthar, Helicopter Flight Back to Lukla and Returning to Kathmandu by Plane

Climbing up Kala Patthar, a rugged peak towering at 5,550 meters, is a tough but fulfilling adventure. Hikers start their climb early in the morning, making their way through steep and rocky paths in the dark. When the sun comes up, shining light on the magnificent Himalayan peaks, hikers are rewarded with stunning panoramic sights of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other nearby peaks. Being at the summit of Kala Patthar, encircled by the tallest mountains in the world, is a truly amazing experience and a standout moment of the trek.

Once trekkers come down from Kala Patthar, they hop on a helicopter for a picturesque ride back to Lukla. The helicopter trip provides amazing aerial perspectives of the rough landscape, meandering rivers, and isolated mountain communities in the Everest area. It's an exciting and quick way to get back to Lukla, cutting down on time and effort compared to walking the same path again.

Helicopter Ride back to Kathmandu after Everest Trek

After arriving in Lukla, we will board a plane to fly back to Kathmandu. This quick flight gives us a final chance to admire the stunning views of the Himalayas from above before heading back to the busy city below.

The bustling atmosphere of the main city welcomes travellers when they return to Kathmandu. In this place, they get the chance to look back on their incredible journey to EBC and Kala Patthar. Whether celebrating with friends over a delicious meal or strolling through the historic streets of Kathmandu, the memories of their exciting Everest adventure will last even after the expedition ends.

  • Flight Distance: 34.4 km (Gorakshrp to Lukla) and  135 km (Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • Flight Duration: 45 minutes (Helicopter flight back to Lukla) and 35 minutes (regular flight back to Kathmandu)
  • Trek Distance: around 2 km (Gorakshep to Kala Patthar)
  • Trek Duration: 1 and a half hours 
  • Highest Altitude: 5,545 (Kalapatthar)
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel or similar (Twin sharing)

Day 11: Departure Day

When it's time to leave, hikers wake up early to get ready for the trip back. After a delicious breakfast, they carefully packed up their stuff, making sure they didn't forget anything in their rooms. Once everything is good to go, they head to the hotel lobby, where someone from the trekking company is waiting to help out.

Our guide makes sure that travellers have a smooth journey from the hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport. Once at the airport, they assist hikers with the check-in procedure, making sure all important papers are ready. As trekkers say their last goodbye to Nepal, they take away special memories of their amazing Everest Base Camp experience.

After getting on their planes and starting their journey back home, trekkers reflect on the obstacles they overcame, the friendships they made, and the stunning sights of the Himalayas. The day of departure signifies the conclusion of an amazing adventure, but it also leaves hikers with countless unforgettable memories.


In conclusion, beginning the EBC trek with a helicopter return in 11 days is a remarkable adventure filled with breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion, and personal achievement. From the lively streets of Kathmandu to the tranquil beauty of the Everest region, each day of the journey presents new experiences and obstacles. Reaching the summit of Kala Patthar, exploring Everest Base Camp, and witnessing the memorials of climbers are just a few of the unforgettable moments along the way. Opting for a helicopter return from Gorak Shep adds convenience and thrill to the trek, allowing trekkers to make the most of their time in the mountains. On the day of departure, trekkers bid farewell to an incredible journey, carrying cherished memories and a profound admiration for the majestic Himalayas.

If you're interested in exploring the Everest Region or any other part of Nepal, please don't hesitate to check out our website, Nepal Trek Adventures and Expedition. We have a variety of packages available for you to choose from. Alternatively, you can also reach us on WhatsApp at +977-9851017030. We would be delighted to help you plan and complete your tour.

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