Picture taken on the way to Everest View Hotel.Picture taken on the way to Everest View Hotel.

Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return

Quick Facts
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545 m/18,192 ft (Kala Patthar)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation Kathmandu-Lukla Flight
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Embark on the world's most demanding trekking destination.
  • Come across a wide range of flora and fauna as you are walking into Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Immerse yourself in the authentic richness of Sherpa culture and ancient monasteries along the way.
  • Eye-catching vistas of the pristine Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, and many more
  • Opportunity to explore the Khumbu Icefall
  • Walk through the glacier and moraine on the upper part of the landscape.
  • Enjoy the side hike to Kalapather (the highest point of the trip), which offers a magical glimpse of the Himalayas and a close sight of Mount Everest.
  • Opportunity to leave your footprint in the Everest Base Camp (the most highly located base camp in the world)
  • Opportunity to explore Namche Bazaar and Everest View Hotel, the tourist hub of this trip
  • The journey takes you through a rhododendron forest, vibrant hills, a suspension bridge, and several waterfalls.
  • Escape into nature with our reliable and friendly team.

A Brief Introduction to the Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest is a legendary and iconic trekking destination in the world. It lies in the southern part of Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 m (17,5989 ft). Every year, thousands of backpackers travel here and return with immense memories and satisfaction. Hiking to the place is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for every hiking individual.

As you are trekking, the journey leads you through rhododendron forest and vibrant hills, passing through several waterfalls and suspension bridges, and to the moraine in the Alps. This journey is made more serene and appealing by the abundance of prayer wheels, prayer flags, memorials, and historic monasteries that can be found along the route. Additionally, the kindness and hospitality of the people make the hike to the base camp even more breathtaking.

The 8-day Short Everest Base Camp excursion is the perfect home for those who love mountains. In this adventure, you get to witness the three mountains above eight thousand meters and the immense other peak below eight thousand meters. Some of the names of mountains that you will encounter during the venture are Mount Everest (8,848.86 m/29,031.69 ft), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Makalu (8,485 m/27,838 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Pumari (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Lobuche Peak (6,119 m/20,075 ft), Tabuche (6,495 m/21,309 ft), and many more.

The Short Everest Base Camp passes through many settlements like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. In the meantime, you will see the mixed castes of people in Phakding and Jorsala. Once you cross Jorsala, you will see only sherpas until the Gorakshep. Here, you will get to know the authentic culture and traditions of the Sherpas.

More interestingly, the journey to the 8-day Short Everest Base Camp offers a wide range of magical Himalayas, lovely landscapes, and walking experiences at the glacier. In fact, as you cross Namche Bazaar, in every single step you will enjoy the beautiful vista of the Himalayas and unique meadows, which will make your hike more special and memorable.

The short 8-day Everest Base Camp Trek demands that you push your limits during the venture. There are many health benefits to doing this trek. At the end of this adventure, you are more likely to lose some weight, which will keep you fit and fine. Joining this cruise with the reliable and expert team of Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. guarantees to make your dreams come true.

Notably, the short 8-day Everest Base Camp is not only the trekking destination in Nepal; it is just the beginning of the journey. If you are a true nature enthusiast, there are an immense number of nature excursions where you will get to know the wide range of Himalayas, cultures, and landscapes.

Who can join the short 8-day Everest Base Camp trek?

In contrast, the short 8-day Everest Base Camp trek is challenging as well as rewarding. The itinerary has been made in such a way that there is no acclimatization day throughout the journey. To do this trip and to enjoy the excursion, a backpacker needs to have good physical fitness, which assists backpackers in their daily hiking.

What is the age limit for this journey?

To be honest, for the short 8-day Everest Base Camp trek, a backpacker needs to have good physical fitness because there are many ascents and descents on a rough and rocky trail without any acclimatization hike. There is no age limitation for doing this adventure if you are physically fit and ready to dare this hike.

Many travelers over sixty have achieved the short Everest Base Camp trek without any trouble. They are fit and have good physical fitness. We encourage all the backpackers in the world to do regular exercise and keep themselves in good shape if they are planning for such an adventure. It helps a lot.

Is the short Everest Base Camp trek possible for heart patients?

Trekking to the short Everest Base Camp for heart-related patients is not possible. The journey takes you to a high altitude in a cold place, which is bad for them and may lead to serious health conditions. In high altitudes, the density of oxygen is less and the air is cold, which creates problems with breathing. So, it is strongly not advisable for heart patients to do this adventure. If their dream is to see Everest, they can do an Everest Panorama Trek. It is a short and easy itinerary.

How do I prepare for the short 8-day Everest Base Camp trek?

The short 8-day Everest Base Camp route is a moderate-to-challenging itinerary. The trail leads through rough and rocky terrain on an uneven route with several ascents and descents. Rambling at this place in such trail conditions is challenging. As the hike goes higher, hikers may get tired, fatigued, and short of breath. It's common for everyone at high altitude, but if the excursionist comes with a lot of preparation, it will help them in every single step.

In addition, how can a traveler prepare themselves for adventure? Physical fitness is very important when a trekker plans to spend multiple days hiking in nature. For example, everyday regular jogging, weight-lifting, cycling, swimming, yoga, etc. are some of the exercises that you can do at home.

While traveling, physical fitness is very important to make the journey more fun, reliable, and adventurous. We, the team at Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd., would highly recommend to all nature enthusiasts to follow the above exercise at least one month before the trek starts.

Do I need oxygen gas for the short 8-day Everest Base Camp trek?

Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest is the activity of rambling at high altitudes. Carrying oxygen is not essential. The lower part has enough oxygen; as the altitude goes higher, the level of oxygen gets thinner. While hiking above four thousand meters, sightseers start to feel shortness of breath. In this situation, a traveler should maintain their speed level, take a small break, and continue with their phase. He or she will feel better.

Notably, while doing activities at high altitudes, a feeling of shortness of breath is common for everyone. Most importantly, how to react to the situation and maintain the phase is more important. Following the guide's instructions and having good physical fitness will be good for the Everest Base Camp trek; if essential, there is oxygen gas at the hotel. Travelers can use it there as well, at an extra cost.

Is it worth it to choose Everest Base Camp with a helicopter return?

The choice of Everest Base Camp trekking with helicopter return is 100 percent worth it if you are a true nature enthusiast. It is one of the most popular trekking destinations due to its sensational beauty and highly prestigious base camp at 5,364 meters.

Also, while heading towards the Everest Base Camp, you will get to witness the authentic culture of the locals, the diversity of flora and fauna, beautiful meadows, and crystal-clear mountains, including three mountains above eight thousand meters.

In addition, the Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return gives an experience of mountain flight. The flight will take 12 to 15 minutes back down to Lukla. It will be an extremely outstanding flight with a glorifying glimpse of the mountain ranges. Another thing is that hikers do not need to walk back down the same trail. It will be like a combo experience of both hiking and flying over mountains. The Everest Base Camp with helicopter return is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What should I pack for an 8-day Everest Base Camp with a helicopter return?

Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest is a moderate-to-challenging activity in Nepal. While traveling in the mountains, no one can say the exact weather forecast because of its instability. So, it is very important to pack proper gear and equipment before leaving for an adventure in the mountains.

What should I pack for the 8-day Everest Base Camp trek during the spring?

The weather at Everest Base Camp is relatively mild, neither cold nor hot, and it is considered one of the best times to go trekking here. Spring is one of the big trekking seasons in Nepal, and many people visit from different parts of the world.

In the meantime, a traveler should pack the following: a good sleeping bag, a down jacket, thermals, extra fleece, warm socks, a headlight, a first aid kit, pairs of shocks, sunscreen, hiking boots, poncho-windproof jackets, pants, etc. to make the Everest Base Camp journey more fun and secure.

What should I pack for the autumn?

Autumn is a pleasant time to undertake the Everest Base Camp. The weather gets humid, relatively mild, and gets colder at the end of the season. So, a backpacker should pack the following gear and equipment to make it more reliable and successful. They are sleeping bags, down jackets, headlights, fleece, hiking boots, warm thermals, shocks, warm gloves, beanie hats, windproof jackets, etc.

What to pack for monsoon and winter during the base camp of Mount Everest?

Monsoon and winter are the off-season for trekking in Nepal. In this period, the weather is not favorable because of heavy rainfall in the monsoon and extremely cold temperatures in the winter. But it will be open to those who are ready to face challenges with our expert leaders.

During the monsoon, the surrounding area is wet due to regular heavy rain, and the trail becomes muddy and slippery. In the meantime, trekkers should pack monsoon gear like waterproof jackets and pants, ponchos, bag covers, waterproof boots, warm clothes, down jackets, sleeping bags, etc.

Whereas winter is the time to get snowfall and to get freezing cold, and the temperature drops to -20 degrees or sometimes even more in the upper elevation. When trekking to Everest Base Camp, a backpacker should pack the proper winter gear to stay safe from the cold. Down jacket, sleeping bag, thermals, fleece, thick warm gloves, scarf, warm beanie, water and windproof jackets, warm shocks, headlight, etc.

*Note: Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. will provide a down jacket and sleeping bag, both of which are returnable. Go through the equipment list; we have mentioned all the gear required for the trek.

What is the cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek package?

Everest Base Camp is the closest point that one can ever reach without climbing it. Well, the cost of the package is not exactly fixed; it depends on the service that is included and the packages chosen. There are different packages for the Everest Base Camp trek based on the basics of budget and days.

The Everest Base Camp program is categorized into Luxury Everest Base Camp, Standard Everest Base Camp, and the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek. The Everest Base Camp Luxury excursion ranges from $3,000 to $3,500, which includes a helicopter return from Gorak Shep to Lukla. The budget package ranges from $1200 to $1200, and the standard package costs you from $1,500 to $2,400.

Furthermore, when you are planning to do Everest Base Camp, you have the option to choose either a luxury package with extra services and helicopter return from Gorak Shep, a standard package with limited cost, or a budget package with limited services and facilities.

Are there any other options available for the hike to Everest Base Camp?

While Everest Base Camp is no doubt a widely popular trekking destination in the world, there are several other alternative routes. The trekkers' schedules can be accommodated while modifying the itinerary. A typical 12-day route to Everest Base Camp is among the most sought-after packages in the Khumbu Valley. Similar to this, some of the most well-liked packages in the Khumbu region include the Three High Pass trek, the short Everest Base Camp hike, and Gokyo Lake.

Why choose a short Everest Base Camp excursion of 8 days with us?

At Nature Excursion, we understand that when you travel to a new place, you need expert assistance to make your journey more exciting and memorable. That’s why all the leaders working with us have more than a decade of guiding experience in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Aiming for customer satisfaction is our ultimate satisfaction; we never compromise on our services and facilities. Moreover, our expert leaders are more reliable, energetic, well-focused, and friendly in nature to travel with, and they will make your odyssey more beautiful and memorable by singing and dancing to our traditional folk songs.

More importantly, we are transparent in nature, and we do not have any hidden costs. Besides, we offer a very budget-friendly package. By joining us on the short Everest Base Camp voyage, backpackers will return home full of memories and satisfaction.

Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return pictures and video
Everest Base Camp with Helicopter return



Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative of Nature Excursion will be there to welcome you, and he will escort you towards the hotel. When you check into the hotel, get refreshed, relax, and get ready for the briefing about the trip at our office.

Your briefing will be later this afternoon. The MD of Nature Excursion will brief you in detail about the short Everest Base Camp journey with helicopter return. After the briefing, take a sidewalk on the street of Thamel (the tourist hub). Take your dinner and a good rest, and be ready for your adventure.


  • Max. Altitude:1,300 m
  • Accommodation:Hotel

On this day, early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and lead you toward the airport for the Lukla flight. The flight will take approximately 30 minutes. After the epic flight, take a breakfast break at the Comfort Inn Hotel. Here, you will meet the Sherpa, and your guide will introduce you to each other. He will help you carry your luggage throughout the journey.

After finishing the breakfast, your team leader will lead you towards the Phakding. The hike to Phakding passes through a terrace field, countryside, rhododendron forest, and a beautiful landscape. The clean and green hike takes 3–4 hours to reach Phakding. Dudh Koshi River, crossing over suspension bridges, and beautifully scripted architecture on a stone, along with colorful prayer flags and memorials, will make your day more peaceful and beautiful. As you reach Phakding, spend the night at the Khumbu Travels Hotel with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:2,800 m/9,100 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3 hours

On our second day, we set our program for Namche Bazar. We wake up early in the morning for a hot, delicious breakfast. After having breakfast, we start our hike. The trail leads you to the bank of the Dudh Koshi river through rhododendrons and pine trees, crossing over a suspension bridge a couple of times. Towering waterfalls at Totok and Mount Thamserku escort you along the way before lunch. After 2-3 hours of walking, you will reach the checkpoint at Monjo. The entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Your guide will submit the documents for check-in. As soon as everything is done, continue to Jorsale for lunch.

After a hot and delicious lunch, we step towards Namche Bazaar. As soon as we leave Jorsale, we cross over the suspension bridge and walk into the dense forest of rhododendrons and alpine forests on the bank of the Dudh Koshi river. After half an hour to forty minutes of walking, we will arrive at the Hillary Suspension Bridge. The longest and deepest suspension bridge in Khumbu Valley is on the way to the Short Everest Base Camp trek. So far, the hike has been easy, with small, gradual ups and downs. From this point on, the hardest part of the day starts. Nearly two to three hours of steep ascent in the dense forest of rhododendrons and pine trees. Today is the day you will see the first sight of Mount Everest.

Finally, you will arrive at Namche Bazaar after 6-7 hours of walking. The city is U-shaped, facing Kongde Peak. You will spend your night here, with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:3,440 m/11,286 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:6-7 hours

After an early morning breakfast at Namche Bazar (the tourist hub), we start our hike towards Tengboche, which takes 5–6 hours. The journey starts with a flat route in the middle of the pine and juniper trees, along with the magnificent glimmer of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many more. After walking for an hour and a half, we reached Kyanjuma, then descended steeply down the hill until we reached Phungy Tanga. We stop here for 45 minutes for lunch, and in the meantime, the guide will go for check-in again.

As we finish our lunch, we will continue our journey for the day. Right after lunch camp, the trail led us through a steep hill for two hours in between pine and rhododendron trees. Tengboche is well-known for the Tengboche monasteries. It is the largest monastery in the Khumbu Valley and has existed for six hundred years.

Every morning and in the afternoon, the monks start meditation and offer prayers, enchanting their holy hymns. The door is open for everyone; trekkies can visit and take part in this holy class. But you have to get a ticket to enter, which costs two hundred rupees. After spending the beautiful day, spend the night with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:3,867 m/12,687 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:5-6 hours

The altitude is getting higher day by day; a traveler needs to be careful while hiking. Today we start our day with a hot and luscious breakfast. We continue with a small descent through a rhododendron forest. As we crossed the river, the trail slowly led us up to a treeless area to reach Pangboche. Today, Mount Ama Dablam accompanied us throughout the day, standing next to us.

After walking for 4-5 hours and capturing the beautiful moments, we will arrive at Dingboche, which is located at an elevation of 4,410 m/14,470 ft above sea level. The hike will be a little bit challenging due to the quick gain in height. So, do not rush; make sure your body is comfortable with the environment. You will reach your camp early today. So, you will have time to see the village. After a beautiful and amazing day, spend the night with the included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:4,420 m/14,470 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

Today is the day of Lobuche, which lies at an altitude of 4,940 m/16,210 ft above sea level. After breakfast, we start our day five of hiking towards the Everest Base Camp venture. The footpath starts with a short, steep ascent and gradual flatness on pasture land with the beautiful background of Ama Dablam. Moving ahead, gathering beautiful memories, and enjoying the breath-taking vista of an amazing landscape, we will reach Thukla (a lunch place).

After lunch, we continued our hike in rough and rocky terrain on an uneven path with a steep climb for forty to an hour to reach the Thukla Top. It is the place of memorials, where all the thumbs are made for the memory of people who died in the Himalayas of the Khumbu region. After an hour of hiking, you will finally reach Labuche. After check-in, you have the option to do a small hike to see the Khumbu glacier next to the village. Spend the night at Lobuche with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:4,940 m/16,210 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:4-5 hours

Today is a tough and long day, but a rewarding one. We will have our breakfast as early as possible and leave for Gorakshep, which takes 3–4 hours to reach. The trail leads you onto a rough and rocky marine glacier. The hike might be difficult due to elevation gain and hiking on rough and rocky marine glaciers.

Similarly, a journey to Gorek Shep offers a wide range of Himalayan ranges along with hiking experiences on the glacier. After a couple of hours of hiking, you will reach Gorek Shep. The Khumbu Glacier is considered the biggest glacier in the Khumbu Valley.

In addition, after having lunch at Gorak Shep, we continue our journey towards our final destination. On the way to Everest Base Camp, you will meet several travelers from all around the world. While hiking, you get to witness the real experience of walking on a glacier and encounter the close sight of Nuptse, Pumari, Lingtren, Khumbu Icefall, and Lulu Himal. Once we reach Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft), the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding area welcome us. After spending a few minutes at Everest Base Camp taking pictures and gathering memories, we return to Gorak Shep and spend the night with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:5,364 m/17,598 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7-8 hours

Today is the last day of our hike. We start our hike early in the morning, around 4 am for sunrise. Make sure you wear warm gear and bring a headlamp along because a hike is going to be freezing cold in the dark. Approximately, it will take two hours to reach the top. Kalapather is situated at an altitude of 5545 m/19,192 ft. Despite this, as the sun rises, the mountains turn a golden color. You will get to see a mind-blowing glimpse of the mountains and Khumbu glacier, including a closer vision of Mount Everest. It is a challenging hike yet rewarding. We do not spend more than ten minutes at the top because it is freezing cold. After taking pictures and enjoying the eye-catching glimpse, we quickly returned to the camp.

We will quickly go for breakfast and a backpack to get ready for the flight to Lukla. We will take a helicopter flight. During the flight, you will encounter the beautiful landscape and the awful beauty of the mountains. The flight to Lukla from Gorek Shep will take fifteen minutes. As we land at Lukla, we go to the hotel and spend the day with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:5,545 m/18,192 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:3 hours

We wake up early in the morning and get ready for the flight to Ramachhap according to the flight schedule. After breakfast, we move towards the airport. When you enter the plane, take the right seat to encounter the magnificent vista of the Himalayan ranges. As we land at Ramechhap, our guide will arrange the transportation to Kathmandu, which takes approximately five hours. The drive offers an outstanding landscape and terrace field on the bank of the Bhote Koshi River.

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, take a rest and get refreshed for the farewell dinner. Tonight, the MD of Nature Excursion will join you for the farewell dinner and give you the certificate for your successful completion of the journey.


  • Max. Altitude:1,300 m
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:15 minutes flight and 5 hours of driving

Today is the day to say goodbye. A representative of Nature Excursion will escort you to the airport drop-off. Do not forget to give us feedback. We hope you will have a safe flight back home

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Cost Details
  • Airport pickup and drop-off services during your arrival and departure date (car/jeep/hiace/deluxe bus) as per group size
  • Both-way domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with airport departure taxes
  • All ground-floor transportation before and after the trek
  • Heli cost from Gorak Shep to Lukla
  • All accommodation during the  Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter return
  • All healthy meals during breakfasts,  lunches, and  dinners
  • Government-licensed, well-English-speaking, experienced Nature Excursions native guide with his meals, salary, insurance, flight fare, and other necessary equipment. You get an assistant-guide group of six or more trekkers.
  • Strong porter to help the trekker's luggage with his meal, salary, and insurance. 1 porter can share for two trekkers; the luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekker.
  • You can store non-essential stuff in your hotel or Nature Excursions store.
  • Purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu municipality entrance fees
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit Fees
  • Snacks (cookies) and fresh fruit, as per the availability
  • A first-aid kit box carried by the guide (oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level)
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • We provide sleeping bags and down jackets as per your request. Has to return after the trek
  • assisting in any emergency evacuation or rescue due to uncertainty or any serious health condition (you should have travel insurance coverage for these costs).
  • Appreciation certificate after the trek completion
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
  • Nepal entry visa fees depend on how much time you want to spend in Nepal.
  • Excess luggage for the Lukla flight
  • All your meals and hotels in Kathmandu
  • Your personal clothing and gear
  • Personal nature expenses such as tea/coffee, shopping, cold drinks, mineral water, boiled water, internet, battery recharge, laundry, hot shower, extra porter, etc.
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency evacuation
  • Extra expenses that are not listed in the include section
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, like landslides, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, weather conditions, illness, changes in government policies, and strikes
  • Tipping for the guide, porter, and driver

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Useful Information

Moreover, it is very important for trekkers to know more about the short Everest Base Camp caravan with helicopter return. This will assist in organizing the program, calculating the expenses, and self-preparing before the trip. Read the below topics carefully because important information is mentioned in detail.

What is the cost of a permit for the Short Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest Base Camp is a demanding and iconic trekking destination in Nepal. Every year, thousands of travelers from different parts of the world visit and enjoy the unfinished beauty of nature. It comes under the Sagarmatha National Park, so a backpacker needs to buy a permit to enter the valley, and they are the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality entrance permit.

The cost of the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit is USD 30, which can be issued either in Kathmandu or in Lukla. Whereas, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality costs USD 20 and can only issue it from Lukla. The local government of Khumbu Valley implemented it for the development work of the Khumbu region.

What are the daily wages for guides and porters during the Everest Base Camp Trek?

The guide and porter are the heroes of the mountains. They put their lives at risk to make your dream come true. To be honest, it is not comparable to their hard work with money. It is priceless. But, according to the government and Nepal Tourism Board, their daily wages are categorized as per their position.

A guide is typically a person who provides assistance, direction, or information to help travelers achieve their goals. Similarly, a porter is a person who carries all your luggage throughout the journey to make you comfortable. The daily wages of the guides and porters are listed below.

  • Guide: $30 per day.
  • Assistant Guide: $28 per day
  • Porter Guide: $25 per day
  • Porter: $24 per day.

Which is the best time for the Short Everest Base Camp with helicopter return?

We do trekking at Everest Base Camp, mainly in the spring and autumn. Monsoon, summer, and winter are the off-seasons of the year, but if you are ready in the meantime, we can organize the trip.

Is the spring season best for the short Everest Base Camp?

Spring, from March to May, is one of the best times of the year to go trekking in Nepal. The weather seems to be stable and humid, and along with that, the environment will also become clean and green. At the beginning of the spring, ground snow melts and the temperature rises, adding warmth to the air.

At the beginning of the spring, the crowd of people will be less for the short Everest Base Camp trek, and the availability of teahouses will also be good. It is a highly recommended time of year for this adventure to witness the vibrant hills of rhododendron flowers and crystal-clear mountains.

The temperature ranges from 20 degrees Celsius to -10 degrees Celsius.

Is it worth it to do a short Everest Base Camp during the autumn?

Autumn (September to November) is another peak trekking season for the year at Everest Base Camp. As the monsoon cleans the air, you can expect a clear blue sky. If you want to encounter the clear sky with a breathtaking glimpse of the Himalayan ranges, it is the best time to travel.

On the other side, the temperature begins to drop, making the morning and evening a bit cold, whereas the afternoon is warm enough to enjoy the hike. The beginning of the season is warmer, but as the season ends, the temperature drops and becomes colder. If you're planning for the end of the season, make sure you have all the warmer gear to enjoy your adventure.

The temperature ranges from 18 degrees Celsius to -15 degrees Celsius.

How will it be to do Everest Base Camp in the off-season (monsoon and winter)?

Monsoon and winter are the two big off-seasons of the year for Everest Base Camp Trek. In the meantime, due to unpredictable weather, the number of trekkers is comparatively lower than the peak time.

In contrast, a monsoon is a time of heavy rain. During this period, the environment becomes wet and the path becomes muddy and slippery due to continuous rain for days. Whereas winter is the time of freezing cold. In winter, the chances of snowing are maximum. Due to heavy snow, the temperature drops, and sometimes the temperature drops to -30 degrees Celsius or more at Kalapathar.

It is challenging to do the Everest Base Camp trek in the off-season due to unpredictable weather, but if you are ready to face the risk, prepare with off-season gear or contact us for further information.

Do I need travel insurance for the short Everest Base Camp trip?

Participating in any of the events with us requires valid travel insurance that should cover accidents, injuries, or any illness that might occur during the journey. Make sure your insurance covers the emergency evacuation and medical expenses.

If you do not have insurance, we strongly advise getting it before the adventure starts. It is essential while traveling to unknown places. Especially when you are participating for days and days in the high mountains. We know that trekking to the Short Everest Base Camp is mind-blowing, but equally chances of risks are also there.

In addition, we strongly advise you to get insurance that covers all your personal property, like gear and equipment, or any personal losses or damages, as well as trip cancellations. It helps you to have peace of mind while traveling and gives you protection from events that may prevent you from completing your journey.

How do I avoid altitude sickness?

Acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness, is a condition where the body is unable to adapt because of a decrease in oxygen at high elevation. It typically occurs due to quickly ascending altitude.

What is the cause of altitude sickness on the Everest Base Camp trek?

While traveling at high altitude, the following are reasons to get altitude sickness:

  • Decreased oxygen level
  • Raid ascent
  • Individual susceptibility
  • Altitude level
  • Dehydration
  • Overexertion
  • Use of alcohol and tobacco
  • Pre-existing medical conditions like respiratory disorders (asthma), anemia, etc.

What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?

The symptoms of altitude sickness are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Swelling

What are its preventive measures?

While traveling to Everest Base Camp, if you get altitude sickness, follow these preventive measures:

  • Gradual ascend
  • Stay hydrated (drink enough water).
  • Balanced diet
  • Adequate rest
  • Take garlic soup.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol.

However, while trekking at high elevation, keep in touch with your team leader; they are the experts and can help you get advice if you get altitude sickness. If it is in its early stages, you can continue following your leader's instructions; if you have a bad headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and other symptoms, we strongly advise you to descend to a lower elevation as soon as possible; and if it is severe, you should seek emergency medical attention.



  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat, insulating hat, or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants


  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)


  • Backpack or day back (The size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (a -20-degree sleeping bag is best for high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium-size drying towel

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers


  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of the password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Everest Base Camp Trek with a Helicopter Return FAQs

  • The Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world because of its unfinished beauty and authentic Sherpa culture. During this adventure, you will be able to see the beautiful landscape, eye-catching snow-capped mountains, including Mount Everest, and the world's highest base camp, Everest Base Camp, at 5,364 m (17,598 feet).


  • The elevation of Everest Base Camp is 5,364 m (17,598 feet).

  • The greatest height of the short Everest Base Camp walk is 5545 meters (18,192 ft) at Kalapather (view point).

  • Travelers on this expedition will get a close look at Mount Nuptse, Lulu Himal, Lingtren, Pumari, and the little face of Mount Everest, as well as the Khumbu icefall, a walking experience in the Khumbu glacier, and the opportunity to create unique memories at the base camp.

  • The highlights of this excursion are:

    • Explore the Everest Base Camp
    • Enjoy the sunrise from Kalapather (it gets the golden color of mountains).
    • Hike to the Everest View Hotel.
    • Panorama of snow-capped mountains
    • Get into Sagarmatha National Park.
    • A thrilling flight to Lukla
    • Opportunity to explore Tengboche Monastery
  • Walking in the Alps increases your risk of altitude sickness significantly. Your body finds it extremely difficult to adapt to the sudden increase in altitude. Hence, to prevent altitude sickness and to allow your body to acclimate or develop a rapport with the surroundings.

  • We strongly advise all avid travelers to purchase travel insurance, which will pay for any losses or damages that may occur while traveling. such as emergency medical costs, travel cancellations owing to unanticipated injuries or accidents, etc.

  • The duration of the Kathmandu to Lukla flight is approximately 30 minutes.

  • While taking a helicopter from Gorek Shep to Lukla, it takes between 12 to 15 minutes.

  • We do not recommend this short Everest Base Camp journey for elderly people. There is no acclimatization hike in this package. To do this adventure, a trekker needs to be fit and healthy.

  • During the excursion to the short Everest Base Camp, you will get to see the good tea houses. Up to Dingboche, a traveler gets an attached bathroom with a twin bed. Two nights at Lobuche and Gorek Shep, you will get a normal bed.

  • Hiking towards the base camp of Mount Everest is the activity of rambling at high elevations. While doing such an adventure, a trekker should do the following things to minimize the unseen risk ahead:

    • Avoid smoking and alcohol.
    • Gradual ascend
    • Strictly follow the instructions given by your team leader.
    • Drink enough water.
    • Maintain walking speed.
    • Take proper gear, etc.
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