Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Return By Helicopter 7 Days

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 7 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal

Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Return By Helicopter 7 Days 

Nepal is a paradise for trekkers and mountaineers. With more than 400 peaks open to climb and numerous trekking trails, you'll find a plethora of options. And among all the trekking routes, the Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Return By Helicopter 7 Days  is insanely famous and adventurous. It is a moderate trek to the base of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. 

Given the mountainous terrain, there are constant ascends and descends throughout the journey, and the trail is rough & steep. In this 7 Days Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter, you'll spend six full days in the mountains of the eastern Himalayas of Nepal and return to Kathmandu in a helicopter on the seventh day after exploring Kala Patthar. 

To join our 7 Days Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter, you have to be in Kathmandu a day before the trek begins. The trail is exciting and keeps you on your toes right from the start of the journey. Walking through alpine woodlands and picturesque Sherpa villages, you explore the classic trail to Everest base camp.

Our Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Return By Helicopter 7 Days  itinerary is for travelers who have knowledge about high altitude and have experienced it before. To complete the EBC trek in 7 days, we have to remove acclimatization days from the itinerary. So, trekking without acclimatization days needs individuals, who are fit and have previous trekking experience. 

If you are a beginner trekker, then we highly suggest you choose another Everest base camp trek package or contact us for more information. 

Major Highlights

Hiking to Everest Base Camp and Return By Helicopter 7 Days 

  • Trek through picturesque villages and dense forests
  • Cross several thrilling suspension bridges, rivers, and streams on the trail
  • Explore the famous Namche Bazar and hike to Khumjung monastery
  • Get to know the Sherpa people closely and experience their daily lifestyle
  • Visit the oldest and the biggest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery
  • Reach Everest Base Camp and hike up to Kala Patthar to witness a 360-degree view of Everest along with gorgeous sunrise
  • Get to see panoramic views of numerous Himalayan mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Thamserku, Kongde, etc
  • Enjoy an incredible helicopter flight back to Kathmandu

7 Days Everest base camp trek itinerary summary

An early morning flight will take you to the starting point of the Everest base camp trek, Lukla (2,860 m). You spend the night in Phakding village (2,610 m) on this day. The trail from Lukla descends following the Dudh Koshi river and crossing many hanging bridges. From Phakding, you'll walk past small villages, including Monjo (2,835 m), and begin trekking in the Sagarmatha National Park from here onwards. 

Walking via lush rhododendron and magnolia forests, you cross many bridges and villages before steeply ascending to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). The next day, the trail ascends to Tengboche village (3,860 m) along the verdant foothills. Further crossing the Imja Khola, walk past Pangboche village (3,985 m) and terraces to Dingboche (4,410 m). The trail gets steeper and barren as we approach Lobuche village (4,940 m). 

This part of the Everest base camp trekking route also involves walking on the glacier. From Dughla (4,620 m), it's a downhill walk to Lobuche village. Now, you walk further along the Khumbu Glacier and pass by Gorak Shep (5,164 m). From here, the next stop is the Everest base camp (5,364 m). You spend the night in Gorak Shep and hike to Kala Patthar (5,644 m)early in the morning the following day.

A helicopter will pick you up from Kala Patthar and make a detour over EBC and Khumbu Icefall before descending to Lukla. The helicopter ride doesn't end here. After refueling the chopper, you'll descend to Kathmandu and end the short Everest base camp trekking. 

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  • Altitude: 2,846 m
  • Trek distance: 6.2 km/3.8 miles
  • Duration: 35 minutes flight & 3 hours trek
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Get ready for an exciting thrilling flight to Lukla this morning that takes you to the starting point of the trail. Following a downhill trail along the Dudh Koshi river, we will head towards Phakding village. On the way, we'll walk through villages like Ghat and cross a few suspension bridges. The trail is rough and forested. You get to see beautiful waterfalls and pretty views. In Phakding village, visit Rimishung monastery.


    • Altitude: 3,440 m
    • Trek distance: 7.4 km/4.6 miles
    • Duration: 6 hours
    • Accommodation: Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    From Phakding, we continue trekking along the northern bank of the Dudh Koshi river, admiring mountain panoramas. Further, we cross the Hillary Suspension bridge and ascend to Monjo village. From here onwards, we walk in the Sagarmatha National park and walk past dense forests of rhododendron & magnolia. The trail gradually ascends to Namche Bazaar. 


      • Altitude: 3,860 m
      • Trek distance: 9.2 km/5.7 miles
      • Duration:  5 hours
      • Accommodation: Lodge
      • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

      Today, it's a scenic walk to Tengboche village. The trail first descends to Phunki Thenga village, and from here, we walk following alpine woods to Tengboche village. It's more likely you get to see wildlife and pheasants on the way. Tengboche houses the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region that you will surely visit and also presents one of the best views of Mt. Ama Dablam. Some other mountains like Lhotse, Everest, and Nuptse are also seen from this village. 


        • Altitude: 4,410 m
        • Trek distance: 12 km/7.45 miles
        • Duration: 5 hours
        • Accommodation: Lodge
        • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

        After breakfast, get ready for the day and take a short walk up to Dingboche village. Leaving Tengboche, the trail walks past villages like Deboche and Pangboche. Further, following alpine terraces, you will ascend to Dingboche village, also known as the Summer Valley of the Khumbu region. 


          • Altitude: 4,940 m
          • Trek distance: 8.5 km/5.2 miles
          • Duration: 5-6 hours
          • Accommodation: Lodge
          • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

          The treeline begins to get thin from Dingboche village onwards. We walk on the uphill trail above the Pheriche village and soon walk along the Khumbu glacier. Following a glacier path, hike to Dughla and walk past memorial statues made in remembrance of climbers. The trail then continues to Lobuche village for the night stay. 


            • Altitude: 5,364 m
            • Trek distance: 15 km/9.32 miles
            • Duration: 8 hours
            • Accommodation: Lodge
            • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

            You will be reaching the Everest base camp today, so it's a big day. We leave Lobuche village early in the morning and walk alongside the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The trail goes through Gorak Shep and ascends to Everest base camp, following a steep, rocky path. You can see EBC marked with big stones and colorful prayer flags. Spend some time here, enjoying the views, and later descend to Gorak Shep, retracing the path to spend the night. 


              • Altitude: 5,644 m
              • Trek distance: 9.6 km/6 miles
              • Duration: 6 hours trek & 1.5-hour helicopter flight
              • Accommodation: Hotel
              • Meals: Breakfast & farewell dinner

              We have a short hike ahead of us today that leads to the famous Kala Patthar viewpoint. The trail we will be following is slippery and rugged, so we have to be careful while walking. As the day breaks out, the rays of sun on the glistening tops of the mountains make the view surreal. Upon reaching Kala Patthar, we will witness a breathtaking mountain panorama. 

              We will spend some time, and a helicopter will come to pick you up from here and fly you back to Kathmandu. The helicopter flight will be incredible, too, and the aerial mountain panorama will magnify the overall trip experience. 


              • Accommodation:Hotel
              What's Included
              • Airport picks up and drops by private car/van/bus.
              • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
              • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
              • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla- domestic airport tax and Helicopter flight from Goreshep to Kathmandu).
              • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
              • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
              • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
              • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
              • First aid medical kit.
              • Duffle bag, if necessary.
              • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
              • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
              What's not Included
              • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
              • Your Travel insurance.
              • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
              • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
              • Sweet things like chocolate.
              • Hot shower during the trekking.
              • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
              Useful Information

              What's it like to trek to Everest base camp? 

              Trekking to Everest base camp is fun, difficult, and packed with outstanding mountain panorama. The below points will give you a clear picture of Everest base camp trekking.

              • Hanging bridges & rhododendron forests- The early part of the trekking route has numerous suspension bridges that cross the Dudh Koshi river many times. Likewise, you'll come across beautiful waterfalls, streams, and diverse flora while walking. The trail goes through rhododendron, oak, fir, pine magnolia, etc forests.


              • Ancient monasteries and stupas- The trekking route has many small and big stupas. In Tengboche village, you'll visit Tengboche monster, the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. Similarly, the trail is marked with colorful prayer flags, which enhances the journey furthermore. 


              • Welcoming locals and simple mountain lifestyle- We have the best night stops in beautiful villages like Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. Staying overnights in these villages will let you experience the lifestyle of the locals. You'll get to have a glimpse of their unique cultural heritage too. 


              • Breathtaking mountain views- The mountain begins to unfold as the trek progresses. You don't get to witness Mt. Everest (8,849 m) on your first day of the trek, but as you ascend, the view of Everest will gradually come to you. Kala Patthar has the most spectacular view of Mt. Everest. Other mountains, like Thamserku (6,608 m), Khumbila (5,761 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Choltase (6,440 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Taboche (6,495 m), etc, are seen throughout the trail. 


              • Witness moraines, glaciers, and avalanche areas - The latter part of the trail involves walking on glaciers and moraines. You'll walk via the Khumbu glacier moraines and pass by avalanche areas. All these make trekking very adventurous. 


              Book a 7 Days Everest base camp trek spring-autumn seasons 2023/2024

              There is no best time to trek to Everest base camp than in spring and autumn. The stable weather, pleasant climate, and jaw-dropping panoramas welcome travelers from all around the world. 

              You can book our short Everest base camp trek departure for the 2023 spring & autumn. Booking early will give you a lot of time to prepare. 

              You can check our cost includes and exclude section on the package page site to know what our short Everest base camp trek cost involves. We are one of the Everest base camp trek best companies with a long history of organizing this trek. So you can expect the utmost professionalism from us.