Key Information

  • Destination:
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Trip Style:
    Trekking and Hiking
  • Foods:
    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:

About Short Everest Base Camp Trek - Fly Back By Helicopter

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 flyback 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.

Short Everest Base Camp trek starts with a flight to Lukla and proceeds as our regular Everest Base Camp trek up to Gorakshep. On the 10th day of the trek, you will go to Kalapatthar and return to Gorakshep. The same day, a helicopter will pick you and fly back to Lukla. After that, a plane flight takes you back to Kathmandu. This saves you a lot of time and energy while also letting you experience the scenic helicopter flight. This trek ends with a sightseeing tour in the city of Kathmandu.

Adrenaline rush is not only what this trek offers, but it is also filled with mesmerizing views of various mountain 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 by trekking to these places. 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.



  • 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. Besides 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.  

Short Everest Base Camp Trek - Fly Back By Helicopter Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
  • Picking you up at the airport
  • Get to the hotel where you will spend the night
  • Roam around the streets of Thamel
  • Preparation for the trek

After you land on the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative with our signboard (which includes your name). You will then be taken to a 3-star hotel. This is where you will stay during your days in Kathmandu. You can take a shower, eat or rest. If you have enough time, you can go out and stroll around. There are many religious sites, bars, spas, shops, restaurants where you can enjoy your free time. You will be given a short briefing of your tour after which you can prepare things you may need for your trek and sleep.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

DAY 02: Flight to Lukla  and Trek to Phakding
  • Scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu
  • Reach Lukla and trek along Dudhkoshi river
  • Rest at a tea house in Phakding

Today’s destination is Phakding. You will reach there after a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, which takes 35 minutes and a few hours of trekking. Lukla, also known as a gateway to Everest, is also a gateway to trade. You will land in Tenzing-Hillary Airport, where tourists land in hopes to see Everest from close or to climb it. After 3-4 hours of trekking towards the Dudh Koshi river, you will reach Phakding where you will have your dinner and spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-1.7 - 19.6) °C
Elevation: 2610 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]

Note: Kathmandu International Airport will remain closed until December 2019 due to maintenance. Therefore any flights to/from Lukla has to be performed from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. We can help you book a bus/car to get to Manthali.


DAY 03: Trek to Namche Bazar
  • Breakfast at Phakding
  • Trek along the Dudh Koshi river to get to Monjo
  • Lunch at Monjo village
  • Ascend steep uphill trail from Monjo to get to Namche Bazaar
  • You get to see the view of Mt. Everest and adjacent mountains

Namche is a trading hub for people living in the Khumbu region and trekkers. It offers you anything from Yak cheese to Tibetan artifacts to trekking/ mountaineering gears. From Phakding, you will ascend towards the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. You will need permits to go any further than Monjo because you will be entering Sagarmatha National Park. At Monjo, you will have your lunch and continue your trek. Along the way, you may get beautiful sights of various mountains, depending on the weather. You may see Kusum-Kanguru, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse, etc. From the top of Namche, you will see the first glimpse of Everest. You will rest at a teahouse after your dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.


DAY 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
  • Roam around the town, buy the stuff you want
  • Hike up to Everest view hotel, you may get a beautiful glimpse of sunrise and sunsets over mountains or rest and roam around
  • Rest during the afternoon at the guesthouse

Altitude sickness can be an issue when you are climbing to an altitude higher than 3000 m. Your body needs time to adapt to this change in altitude. So, you will spend this day at Namche to stay on the safe side. You don't have to stay idle and stay inside your room, you can walk to a distance from where you can return to your tea house in Namche for the night’s stay. You can go to Khumjung, to see the Tenzing Hillary School. You can head towards the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park or Everest View hotel to get a beautiful sunrise/sunset. You can also roam around the village and talk to locals, explore their culture. You will return to your teahouse in Namche to stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m


DAY 05: Namche to Tengboche
  • Breakfast at Namche and descend and walk through gentle slopes
  • Cross suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi river
  • Steep uphill climbing
  • Get the awesome view of Mt. Amadablam, Thamserku and Mt. Everest
  • Explore the Tengboche monastery, rich in culture and history

After waking up at Namche, you will have your breakfast and head towards Tengboche, a village with one of the oldest monasteries. This monastery holds Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies and festivals. Along the way, you can see beautiful Rhododendron and Pine forests. You will also get to see Dudh Koshi river, above which you will cross a suspension bridge. You may get to see mountains like Amadablam, Thamserku and Everest. You will explore the village, the monastery and spend the night at a teahouse in Tengboche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-8.5 - 14.5) °C
Elevation: 3860 m 
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 06: Tengboche to Dingboche
  • Cross the several villages including Pangboche and Somare and streams to get the splendid views of Mount Ama Dablam
  • Lunch at Somare village
  • Rest at the teahouses at Dingboche at the end of the day

As you move forward, it may seem as if the mountains get bigger and taller. Today you will walk forward to get to Dingboche. You will see that the area is covered with pine trees and Sherpa settlements. Even though you may not get to see Everest from this place, you will get spectacular views of mountains like Lhotse, Nuptse, etc

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-15.3 - 13.7) °C
Elevation: 4410 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.


DAY 07: Acclimatization Day at Dingboche
  • Take some rest at Dingboche
  • Explore the beauty and people of Dingboche village
  • Take a short hike around the village or climb to Garstang hill to witness the beautiful Lhotse, Nuptse.
  • You can catch a glimpse of Island Peak and expedition crew from Chukung Ri

Another acclimatization day at Dingboche means that you need to spend this day going to only places from where you can return to Dingboche for night’s stay. You can go for a hike to the top of Nangkartshang peak from where you can get an amazing view of mountains like Tawache, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Lhotse, Everest, and Pumori. You may also go to Ama Dablam Base Camp or just stroll around, visit Dingboche monastery and have some rest. You will return to Dingboche and stay there for the second night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-15.3 - 13.7) °C
Elevation: 4410 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.


DAY 08: Dingboche to Lobuche
  • Walk along the highland and plain terrains  to get to Lobuche
  • Pray for departed trekkers on the memorial
  • Enjoy the view of Lobuche peak and other peaks along the way
  • Enjoy the warm meal and cozy bed of the tea houses at the end of the day

Today you will head towards Lobuche. After 2-3 hours of hike, you will reach Thukla. After that, you will have to ascend a pretty steep hill for almost an hour. Then you will reach a memorial for brave climbers who couldn’t survive the Everest. Now you will hike for two hours of the rocky path with little gain in elevation to reach Lobuche. Along the way, you will also get to witness the Khumbu Glacier. You will see the dazzling view of mountains like Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbuste, etc. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Lobuche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-18.3 - 11.7) °C
Elevation: 4910 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.


Day 09: Lobuche to Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) and Back to Gorak Shep
  • Leave Lobuche and head towards the foot of Everest
  • Reach Gorak Shep where you will return later after getting to Base Camp
  • Have your lunch at Gorak Shep
  • View the amazing Khumbu Icefall
  • Long descend on a downward slope
  • Catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and other peaks
  • Reach Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight

Today is this trek’s main highlight, we will be heading towards the Everest Base Camp. First, we will reach to Gorak Shep, it will be quite a steady terrain. You will have gained a lot of altitude till this day since your first day of the trek so it may seem like a work to cover even a short distance. With a bit of strength and following instruction of your guide, you will reach Gorak Shep in 3 hours.

You will walk above dry frozen lakebed to reach Everest Base Camp. The path is slightly uphill and after a distance, you will be descending to reach the camp. After reaching, you will see giant mountains standing still in front of your eyes, Lhotse and Khumbutsu. You will only see the peak of Everest behind those two giants. To get an outstanding view of Everest, you will need to reach Kalapatthar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-19.6 - 10.8) °C
Elevation: 5140 m
Trek Duration:  7-8 hours approx.


Day 10: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar to Gorak Shep and Fly to Lukla by Helicopter and Fly to Kathmandu by Plane
  • Get towards Kala Patthar (5555m), the highest altitude of our whole trek
  • Early morning uphill trek to view sunrise over majestic Everest
  • Get the best view of Everest and its adjacent peaks and Khumbu icefall
  • Trek back to Gorak Shep and have lunch
  • Return to Lukla in a helicopter provided by Sublime Trails

After waking up your second morning in Gorak Shep, you will have some uphill trekking to do. It is almost 3 hours of uphill climbing until you reach Kala Patthar. This is a viewpoint from which you will get the best view of Mount Everest. You can wake up early and chase sunrise. You will also get an amazing view of Khumbu glacier. This is the highest you can go with just the trekking gears you’ve come with. You will view other amazing mountains like Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse, etc. Today you have completed your Everest Base Camp trek and you will return to Lukla in a helicopter. After reaching Lukla you can go around the town or rest until your flight to Kathmandu. You will spend your night at the hotel you stayed in earlier in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx. 


Day 11: Rest and Sightseeing day in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Shopping and sightseeing
  • Farewell Dinner

Today, you won’t have to do any strenuous activities, you will be taken to sightsee different cultural and religious sites like temples monasteries durbar squares, etc. You can go shopping and buy souvenirs like different handicrafts and art pieces. We will organize a small part-like farewell dinner for you where you can also see cultural dances performed by local artists.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m


Day 12: Farewell
  • Transferring you to the local airport and bidding you farewell

Today will be the last day you will spend in Nepal and return to your homeland. You will return stronger, happier and will have experienced unbelievable adventures. We will have taken any measures to make your trip worth your visit and we will be more than happy to continue providing you with our service. If you want to extend your visit, we will be more than happy to guide you or provide any service you need.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • All the airport pick up and drops
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • One day Kathmandu tour with monument entrance fees
  • Lodge accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla as per itinerary
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu
  • Well experienced guide, assistant guide and porter for the trekking (One assistant guide between 6 people and 1 porter for two people Porter can carry up to 30 Kg)
  • National park entrance fees, TIMS card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • All the necessary bus, car and jeep service for the trip
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Emergency evacuation assistance service (Helicopter/necessary transport and hospital cost should be paid by clients themselves or insurance company)
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Departure Notes

Departure is available on your own date

Departure Dates

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25 Jan, 2020 - 05 Feb, 2020 Guaranteed $2490 USD
28 Jan, 2020 - 08 Feb, 2020 Guaranteed $2490 USD
31 Jan, 2020 - 11 Feb, 2020 Guaranteed $2490 USD

Short Everest Base Camp Trek - Fly Back By Helicopter Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews

This short Everest Trek that Sublime Trails organized for us was the best trip of my life. I completed my dream trek to Everest Base  Camp. The acclimatization days at Namche Bazaar and Dingboche helped me immensely. I was also quite tired when I reached the Everest Base Camp. So the helicopter back to Lukla relieved me of any further effort. I wish I could get enough of the beauty of the mountains here. But I don’t. I think the mountains here will make me come here for another exciting time to the Everest region.

A group of my college friends decided to come to trek to Everest Base Camp. But we didn’t have a lot of time as our holidays were only 2 weeks long. So we decided to come to this short trek to Everest Base Camp. We didn’t have a lot of trekking experience either so we thought that a short trek would be a safe trip. Sublime Trails told us that we needed to prepare for around 2 months before coming here. And thank goodness they did. Our preparation helped us a lot as the exercise helped us prepare for the altitude as well. My lifetime dream of seeing Mt. Everest in all its glory as possible. All in all, this is an awesome trip.  

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