Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

Departure Date



13 Days



Best Season

March to May &
August to November

Trip Duration

14 Nights
15 Days

Trip Difficulty



Hotels in cities & Lodges during the Trek

Max. Elevation


Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular view of eight-thousanders like Dhaulagiri (8,176m), Manalsu (8,156m) & Annapurna (8,091m)
  • Vast and blood-red rhododendron forest
  • Challenging yet rewarding Thorang la pass climb, one of the highest pass (5,416m)
  • Famous Temple of Muktinath, one of the holy pilgrimage sites for both Hindu and Buddhist.
  • Ancient forbidden kingdom of Mustang, influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions.
  • Mesmerizing greenery and beautiful landscape
  • Deepest Gorges and holy fossils of Kaligandaki River
  • The unique and rich culture of different indigenous groups such as Magar, Gurung, and Thakali
  • Various Monasteries with the influence of ancient Tibetan Buddhism in Manang.

One of the best treks in the world

Tour Overview

This oldest trekking route will take you to the elevation of 5,416 m while you hike through the most scenic places, tall mountains, and the deepest gorge of the world.

One of the best long-distance trekking trails in the world. A picturesque journey underneath Mount Annapurna (8,091m) and Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), trek along the alpine forest, apple trees, Gurung, and Magar villages of Manang District. Skip the dusty trails and travel by jeep for the first two days, So that later you can acclimatize in higher locations.

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After crossing Throrong la pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world with an altitude of (5,416 M). Visit the Holy site of Muktinath, trek on the deepest gorge of the world.

The trek follows established and well-marked routes, with numerous river crossings over steel and wooden bridges.

Trip Itineraries are customizable according to your choice & the number of days you want to stay.

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

See for yourself if all that you have read and watched on the internet, about the tranquil beauty of Nepal and warm hospitality of Nepalese. After flying through the beautiful view of this trekkers’ paradise, you will meet our company representative at the airport. You must have an impatient heart for a breathtaking adventure. Get ready to experience Nepal up close and personal. But first, we will transfer you to your hotel.

If you have an early arrival, you may stroll around the hippest and happening area in Thamel, where you can find restaurants with varieties of cuisine to dine.

This first night in the country, you will be staying in Kathmandu.
Day 02

Sightseeing in Kathmandu, and Preparation Day

On your second day, you can go sightseeing to some of the famous religious and historical sites of Kathmandu. (Follow the link for more information on sightseeing sites-in-Kathmandu). After exploring this city of temples, you will meet your trekking guide at the hotel. You will be briefed in detail about the trekking adventure. The guide will also assist you with any last-minute shopping that you require for the trek.

Have a well-rested night at Kathmandu before heading off to the mountains.

(You can dump the stuff you do not want during the trek at the hotel or our office store.)
Day 03

Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar

The very next morning you will be traveling to Besisahar, the entry point of Annapurna Circuit Trekking. A private van will be waiting for you at the hotel parking hop on getting ready to ride. Once you leave Kathmandu Valley through the check post at Nagdhunga, the ride will be a fun ride. The road might be bumpy with lots of turnings but the excitement of starting the great adventure, the views of the hills, forests, and terraced farmlands outside the van will make it worth it.

Pulling over for occasional tea/coffee, snacks, and toilet breaks; you will pass through Dhading, Chitwan, and Tanahu districts to reach Lamjung.

Once you reach Besisahar, the ride for the day will be over. You can spend the rest of the evening taking a rest and preparing for the next day. Overnight at Besisahar, Lamjung; the starting point of the trail.
Day 04

Drive from Besisahar to Dhararpani

Wake up early in the morning, enjoy breakfast at the lodge and resume the ride to Dharapani. Today you will drive for 4-5 hours on Besisahar – Chame Highway along Marsyangdi river. On the way, you will see the small town called Khudi Bazar (810m). Following the river, the road will lead you through Upper Marsyandhi Hydropower Project to Bhulbhule (820m). If the weather favors you then you can get your first glance at the mountains from Bhulbhule. The glimpse of Ngadi Chuli (7,871m) Himal Chuli North (7,331m) and Himal Chuli (7,893m) will definitely invite you for more. Ride through Bahundanda stopping over at Chame waterfall for some clicks and continue riding until you reach a stone entrance at Dharapani. Later in the afternoon, you can also visit the cliffs to observe vulture roost. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 05

Trek from Dharapani to Chame

Start your trek early and walk through the beautiful villages and serene forests of pine and oak getting teased occasionally by Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II. These mountains will stay in your sight throughout the trek, the more you walk the closer they get.

You will pass through a village in the landslide-prone area called Bagarchhap (2,160m). Diki Kalsang Gompa is a must-visit site of this village. Next to Bagarchhap is Danakyu (2,220m) famous for the long wall with prayer wheels. It is a good place to fill up some water and eat as another village will only appear after good 2 hours of walk. After the climb of 400m and a sudden increase in altitude, you reach Timang (2,620m) followed by Thanchok (2,660m) then to Koto (2,660m). Koto is also the junction for the Nar-Phu Valley Trek. 20 minutes of walk from there will take you to the rest stop for the day, Chame (2,704m). Chame is an important place since it has well-stocked shops if you need to buy gears, medicines, energy bars. It also has a bank if you need to withdraw cash.
Day 06

Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang

Walkthrough the riverside, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and ascent up to the rocky hills with massive mountains revealing more than before on the way to upper Pisang.

Depart from Chame by crossing Marshyandi River and the Chorten, a stone gate shaped and colored like a stupa. The trail has vibrant green fields and a thin sub-alpine forest with a pleasant smell of pine. Two hours of walk-in later you will reach an apple orchid and a small settlement called Bhratang (2,900m). The trail becomes quite dramatic after some minutes of walk from Bhartang. A rocky hill and walkways carved into the side on the cliff. The gateway to heaven ”Swargadwari” and Dhikur Pokhari (3,180m) on the way are amazingly beautiful spots on this trail. The lodge for the day is located at the old village upper Pisang, sitting high above lower Pisang offers some incredible mountain views. Overnight at Upper Pisang.
Day 07

Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang

Early morning views of Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, and more will make your whole day delightful.

The thin air and freezing temperature will make you feel the effects of high altitude. This marks the beginning of the upper portion of the Manang district. You should keep in mind that there might be a possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as you will be walking at an elevation of above 3,000m. The trail from Upper Pisang till Mungji (3,500m) has two options.

Lower Route: To use this trail you will have to descend down to Lower Pisang (3200m) and walk the road through the airfield at Humde (3390m). This option involves less climbing.

Upper Route: This trail starts with a gentle ascent and slowly above the valley with alpine forest. This trail offers better mountain views and will also help in acclimatization. Gyaru that lies on the way has an elevation of 3680m and offers a panoramic view of Annapurna II, III, and IV. You can also visit Ghale Fort, the abandoned fort that belonged to the Ghale Kings. After the old and big village of Ngawal (3,660m) both trails meet at Mungji.

After Mungji lies the village of Bhraka (3,470m), which is also one of the villages with a large number of settlements. You can also take a side trip to Ice Lake, Bhraka Gumba, and Milarepa Cave from Bhraka. Around 20 minutes of walk from there will take you to Manang, the destination of the day and gateway to Thorung La Pass. Overnight at Manang.
Day 08

Rest in Manang for Acclimatization

Another rest/acclimatization day at Dingboche is very important as it will help everyone to cope with its high altitude and cold environment. During this time we can explore Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja. We can also do a day hike to Nangkartshang Peak (5085m) from where we can see Mt. Makalu (8,485m), the 5th highest mountain in the world along with different faces Amadablam, Kangtega (6,685m), and Cholatse (6,440m).

With the exploration of amazing views and scenic beauty, we will again explore Dingboche village in the evening time and rest there overnight.Road surprise for today is Namling Brak and Thrumshingla Pass (2nd the highest motor able pass in Bhutan) 3750m above sea level through Ura Valley. We will have some good tea and coffee breaks on the way.
Day 09

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

Before heading up from Manang, make use of this last big town before Throng La Pass by buying some dry foods and snacks. While ascending up from Manang, you will start noticing only bushes, buckwheat farms with no sign of trees, and settlement this is because you have now reached the wilderness of the Himalayas so buckle up. It will also start getting colder as well so put on those extra layers of comfortable clothing too.

On this steep walk to Yak Kharka, you will pass through the village of Tanki, where the locals live. Near Tanki you can see the meet point of Khangsar and Jharsang Rivers forming the head of Marshyangdi River. Follow Jharsang River on the right to reach Gungsang (3,690m). The village of Gunsang is the only settlement before Yak Kharka. This makes it an ideal place for lunch and tea break sitting eye to eye with Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna.

As the journey continues you will see yaks grazing. This is to make you clear about the arrival of Yak Kharka and the reason behind its name.
Day 10

Trek from Yak Kharka to Throung Phedi

The trails now start becoming challenging as you need to be careful while walking through the landslide-prone area, along with being cautious about the Yaks while crossing the suspension bridges on the way but all these little challenges make the journey adventures right?

This route from Yak Kharka to Throung Phedi covers a short distance but it has around 400m climb. Since you need to acclimatize an altitude gain of more than 500m might be hazardous for health. After a short uphill walk from Yak Kharka, a suspension bridge appears, Letdar (4,240m) is on the other side of the bridge.

From Letdar to Throung Phedi you will find surreal beauty with narrow valley steep and uphill climb. Annapurna III and Gangapurna pose for you and reveal themselves more and more as you climb steeply. After climbing some more, the trail drops to the river with the wooden crossing. You will be walking in a landslide-prone area and probably the most dangerous part of this trial. Walking cautiously and following the safety is advice is the best thing to do in this part of the trek. The walk gets easier once you cross this spot. A healthy lunch, adequate amount of rest until the evening followed by an early dinner, and a good night’s sleep await you at Throung Phedi.

Your guide will give you a heads up about the wake-up time and brief you about the big day and long and challenging walk of the following day.
Day 11

Thorung Phedi – Cross Throng La Pass (5416m) and trek to Muktinath

All the preparation that you have done so far for this trek is required on this day, the trail reaches up to 5,416 m. The highest point one can get without proper climbing experience and gear. The pass lies between two 6,000 meters high mountains, Yakwakang and Thorong Peak. Crossing Thorung Peak through glorious views as you imprint them in your memories and capture them in your cameras. This day of the trek is going to be one of the most challenging yet surreal experiences of your life. Descend down towards Muktinath temple (3,800m) on the same day.

An early morning start is recommended to avoid the heavy winds that occur at high altitudes in the late morning before midday. It will be cold so make sure you wear your gloves, down jacket, and hats that you have been carrying all the way. The climb is steep until you reach High Camp (4,880m). From high camp, the trail goes up steadily, but not as steep as the first part. Walk slowly and carefully while enjoying the view of surrounding snow-capped mountains. Take little breaks frequently to catch your breath and motivate yourself until you reach Thorong la. Soon enough you will see the prayer flags, the traditional Chorten, and the board that says Thorang-la Pass. Congratulations you have made it! Take your time to enjoy the moment, admire the views, take pictures and rejoice.

The journey however continues you will start descending down towards Muktinath. Once you reach the small village at Chabarbu you can restore your strength and order a well-deserved heavy lunch. An hour of enjoyable walk from Chabarbu you will reach Muktinath, popular for Muktinath Temple. This temple is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. At Muktinath, you will find good food, a hot shower, and a comfortable sleeping space, which you will long for after a hard trek. On this day you need to be prepared for the possibility of heavy snowfall which can make the pass impossible for days. In the worst-case scenario, you might even have to walk back.
Day 12

Trek or Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom

Hike through the amazing villages of Kagbeni with the view of Kali Gandaki river and the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

Visit the famous Muktinath and head towards Jomsom via Kagbeni. On the way, you will get to see the amazing view of the Dhaulagiri mountain Range across the valley of Kali Gandaki. Walkthrough the old village of Jharkot after which the trail descends gradually. Enter the apple-growing region around Kagbeni. Follow the Jhong Khola valley, seeing the dry hills of upper mustang. Along the way, you will meet hundreds of pilgrims making their way to Muktinath Temple. More beautiful scenery waits as you reach Kagbeni. Stop by for lunch, leave your backpacks at the tea house and take a tour of this charming old city. Continue the trek traveling down the Kali Gandaki river valley to a small village of Eklebatti. Once you reach Jomsom the trek officially ends. Spend the evening looking around the headquarter of Mustang district. Overnight at Jomsom
Day 13

Morning flight to Pokhara, Free day at the lake city

During this flight to Pokhara city, you can the amazing view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, and many more. You can spend your day at Pokhara doing numerous activities like paragliding, cycling, bungy jumping; boating or you can simply relax in lake-side restaurants listening to live music.
Day 14

Drive/ Flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara

6-7 Hours drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a private vehicle, pulling over occasionally for lunch, toilet breaks, and tea/coffee breaks. Check-in at a hotel in Kathmandu. There are few restaurants on the way which serve great food and fresh coffee. This above 200 km day ride to Kathmandu can be fun with good music and memories of the trek.

Once you reach Kathmandu you will check-in at a nice hotel around the Thamel area. Walking around Thamel and nearby areas for souvenir shopping and self-exploring the narrow streets of this tourist hub is a good idea to spend your evening in Kathmandu.
Day 15

Final Departure

We will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule.

Trekkers Paradise hopes to take you on another exciting trek soon.


  • All necessary airport arrival departure as per the itinerary.
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private transportation for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Flight/ ground transport from Pokhara – Kathmandu for clients and guide.
  • Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara for clients and guides
  • Transportation from Kathmandu – Besisahar – Dharapani ground private 4WD transportation for clients, guide, and porters
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea or coffee) as mention in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the trekking at best available room on twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and his salary.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
  • Annapurna Conservation area permit (ACAP)
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS)
  • Farewell dinner.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Trekkers Paradise’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.


  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance covers, medical, emergency evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control include landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • Tips and gratitude to staff.

Train Yourself


Best physical condition is required to trek in Nepal’s high altitude. Without some pre-trek training or a good level of basic fitness, it can be hard. We suggest running, walking, hiking on the hill, climbing stairs rather than elevators to prepare for the trek. Include swimming, rowing, biking in your daily base training.

Basic further experience and strength required for Trekking

    • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
    • One should be able to carry 8 kg themselves on a backpack for preparation.
    • We suggest you run about 4/5 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use treadmill for everyday running and walking.
    • If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
    • Regular swimming, biking, rowing is also a good way to maintain your physical strength.

Safety precaution for Everest Base Camp

Aside from geographical protection, Trekkers Paradise has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  • Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  • We’ll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the Trekkers Paradise team assisting you.
  • Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  • Food and accommodation in the mountains would be rechecked for additional hygiene.

The meals during the trek

Our trek takes us to high altitudes near the world’s highest point, which means your body will need enough starch, protein, and nutrition, as food is the body’s fuel for hiking on such massive Himalayan trails. The food on this trek is very convenient, but not as convenient as it is in cities.

There will be Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinners, Tea & coffee will be provided in the trek. The popular menu items are:-

Breakfasts – (Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates, etc)

Lunch – (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Dinners – ( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (, Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Pokada, finger chips, etc.

Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu during the trek.

The best items from the lodge’s menu are fresh, hygienic, delicious, and nutritious. Almost everywhere on the menu, there is a mix of typical local, Asian, and western cuisine, but as we get closer, the menu list will be shortened. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup, etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

Accommodation details during the Trek

11 days Everest base camp trek includes eleven night’s lodge to lodge stay at a mountain and four nights in Kathmandu hotel, where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in the Everest region. We provide five nights room with attached bathroom at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, six nights standard room at Debuche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Pheriche (Generally twin Sharing room)

Four nights of Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is included in the package.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport size photo.

The current cost of a visa for 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid in cash) Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. Visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended to stay in Nepal.

Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

Difficulties during Everest Base Camp Trek

  • The trekking trail to the Everest Base Camp gets filthy during Monsoon.
  • Cancellations of flight following bad weather and heavy snowfall
  • Altitude sickness like nausea, breathing difficulties, and headache becomes common
  • High-tech facilities like Wi-fi and ATM gets exorbitant at high lands like Namche Bazar
  • Peak season gives rise to insufficiency of guest house and lodge in Everest
  • Accommodations are of economic with no luxurious items and extra facilities

Join Some Extra Activates:

  • A unique Mountain Flight to Mt. Everest
  • White water rafting on Nepal’s famous rivers
  • A romantic overnight stay in a mountain resort
  • A cultural show, with dinner
  • A traditional Nepali Luxury Dinner
  • The most spectacular Bungee Jump on the Planet

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