Everest Base Camp trek is highly sought after by trekkers all over the world. Everyone can’t afford to spend all these days to complete the trek and weeks of extensive trekking may sound a bit harsh to some. This Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return is the perfect way for people to complete this trek fast and reduce the trekking time by enjoying a pleasant helicopter ride. This is one of the shortest and fastest Everest Base Camp treks since you will trek up to Kalapatthar and after returning to Gorakshep, fly back by helicopter to Lukla.
Sublime Trails has designed this 12 days Everest Base Camp trek to let you get up to the foot of the highest peak in the world, Everest and to give you the freedom to make it as short and easy as possible. This trek as any other Everest Base Camp trek, lets you explore the amazing culture and lifestyle of indigenous people, the Sherpas, inhabiting this extreme region with extraordinary strength. Flight to/from Lukla, conquering new altitudes, fighting extreme weather are just a few of the many adventures during this trek.
Adrenaline rush is not only what this trek offers, but it is also filled with mesmerizing views of various mountains ranges, peaks, icefalls, glaciers, forests, rivers, villages. Getting to spots like Tengboche monastery, Gorakshep and Kalapathar will also give you an opportunity to explore their unique beauty. All these amazing events are given closure with a scenic helicopter ride with an aerial view of the trekking trails as well as the whole Everest region. In case you want a full helicopter ride instead of a trek, we also have Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour for you.
SHORT EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- A 35-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
- Visit Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest region
- Trek inside the natural heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
- Explore the tradition and culture of Tibetan Buddhism
- Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
- Breathtaking views of mountains like Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku
- Get to see Ngozumpa glacier, the longest glacier of the Himalayas
- Catch a mesmeric sunrise over the Himalayas from Kala Patthar
- A helicopter ride from Gorak Shep to Lukla
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu, the city of temples showcasing a blend of different culture and tradition and home to various world heritage sites
What to Expect:
Short Everest Base Camp Trek offers you the best of both worlds. You get to feel the thrill and closeness with nature, culture, and beauty by trekking up to the Base Camp and you also get to enjoy the luxury of returning without physical strain, resting and enjoying the amazing views.
1. Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
Your trekking starts as you reach Lukla and land on Tenzing-Hillary Airport. This flight is one of the thrilling things you will do during this trek. During this 35 minutes flight, you will get to view the Kathmandu valley, mountains and landscapes of the Everest region. Your trek ends as you take this flight again and return to Kathmandu. Dramatic shift in weather may delay your flight and it is for your own safety.
2. Food and accommodation
During your trek, you will be provided with three meals which include pasta and noodles, potatoes, vegetables, cereals, eggs, rice, soup, etc. Dal Bhaat is also an option for dinner and/or lunch. Food cost apart from the package may include money you spend on additional items like mineral water, chocolates, drinks, etc. You will stay at tea houses run by Sherpas providing basic accommodation with warm hospitality. You may get private single, double, triple rooms or even rooms shared with more people in peak seasons. They also have heaters in the dining halls.
However, you will stay in a 3-star hotel with bed and breakfast during your days in Kathmandu as you may want to try various restaurants and cafes with food matching your choice, style and budget.
3. The Sherpas, tradition, and culture
Since the beginning of the trekking journey, Sherpa settlements can be seen along and beyond the trails. This amazing, strong and culturally rich communities showcase traditions of Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism. Monasteries, Gompas and Kanis can be seen every once in a while. Tengboche Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries also lies in this region and hosts several festivals. This makes the exploration of culture and tradition even interesting.
4. Sagarmatha National Park
Most of this trekking trail lies within the area of Sagarmatha National Park and needs a permit. This area is covered with pine, rhododendron and juniper forests and is a habitat to animals like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and red panda. The Everest and other high mountains like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and Pumori lie here and contribute to the beautiful landscape. People living here are mostly Sherpas and their crops and settlements can be seen within Sagarmatha National Park.
5. Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar
Everest Base Camp is at the foot of Everest and destination of trekkers all around the world. However, you can only see the Everest peeking behind the great Lhotse and Nuptse and create an illusion as if they were taller than Mt. Everest. Therefore, hiking to Kalapatthar is necessary to get beautiful views of the Everest. It is also a viewpoint to catch the sunrise and sunsets over Everest and other peaks as well as Khumbu Icefall. Kalapatthar is the highest place you will go during your trek while Gorakshep is the highest place you will stay in.
6. Glorious views of Himalayas and landscapes along the way
Views of Himalayas decorate the path to Everest Base Camp since the flight to Lukla. As you move forward, the views become clearer and more majestic. Either or not you will see them depends on the weather of the day. On a clear day, you may see Everest and other mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Ama Dablam while on foggy days you may not get their outstanding views. From viewpoints like Tengboche and Kalapatthar, views of mountains can be seen clearly. Sunrises and sunsets look amazing over them from there. Beside mountains, the landscape is dominated by forests, rivers, waterfalls and habitations in the Lower region while glaciers, moraines, mountains and snow dominates the Upper region.
7. Helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla
Helicopter from Gorakshep to Lukla saves you all the time and effort that you would spend returning on foot. This will also be an amazing chance to get a bird’s eye view of the Everest Region. This gives you the time to relax and enjoy the view without having to worry about the descent.
If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.