EBC Trek with helicopter return is an excellent option for adventure seekers who wish to experience the Khumbu Valley and Mount Everest from a different perspective. The package includes 9 days of trekking and a helicopter ride back to Lukla.
The best time to trek to EBC is during the spring and autumn seasons. These months have favourable weather conditions, and the chance of your flight getting cancelled is minimal.
Trekking in the Khumbu Valley
Trekking in the Khumbu Valley is one of the best ways to experience Nepal’s natural and cultural beauty. It combines the great Himalayas, Sherpa culture and tradition, and unique biodiversity.
You’ll have a chance to visit pristine monasteries and magnificent villages along the way. Magnificent mountain views will enchant you as well.
The EBC trek starts from Lukla, a mountaintop Sherpa settlement with an airport. The trek then continues through the pretty Dudh Koshi Valley with swaying suspension bridges decorated with prayer flags and stunning hamlets like Kenjoma, Sanasa, and Phunki Tenga.
During your trek, you’ll also stop at Tengboche, home to the largest monastery in the entire Khumbu region. From here, the view of Ama Dablam, which means “mother’s necklace,” is awe-inspiring.
The EBC Trek With Helicopter Return is ideal for those who have a limited time to spare and want to experience the thrill of hiking to Everest Base Camp and then flying back to Kathmandu in a helicopter. You can also enjoy a scenic flight over the Everest region, including a view of the Gokyo lakes, Khumbu glacier, and Sagarmatha National Park.
Getting acclimatized on this trek is essential as you will be trekking to high altitudes for most of the time. One of the most important steps is a day in Namche Bazaar, where you can rest and get used to the new elevations.
The next day you head to Dingboche, where you will perform a short acclimatization hike to Nagerjun Hill (5100m). This is a physically challenging day as the foot path becomes quite steep at times. From here, you will have a wonderful view of Lobuche East & West, Taboche Peak, Thamserku, Kangtega and Ama Dablam.
Lodgings and meals
There are plenty of accommodations and meals to choose from on the Everest Base Camp trail, ranging from friendly tea houses to luxurious hotels. Accommodation rates vary greatly depending on the altitude and time of year you visit.
Lukla, the trekking base camp, is where the first shipments of foreign goods and food come into the Khumbu region, which means there are a lot of lodges to choose from. These lodges have a variety of foods on offer, from local dishes to pizza.
Some are better than others. The best teahouses will serve good food and comfortable rooms at a reasonable price.
Most trekkers will share a twin-sharing basis room in these types of teahouses. They’ll have two beds and a table.
It’s important to drink lots of water during the trek to avoid altitude sickness. You can get drinkable water from the teahouses and lodges, but you should also use water purification tablets so that you don’t run out of fresh water while on the trek.
One of the best experiences on an EBC trek is a helicopter ride that takes you across some of the world’s highest mountains. This is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lifetime memories.
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is a joyous experience, especially since you get to see beautiful mountain landscapes close up. It is also a great way to get acclimatized.
You will then trek through the pretty Dudh Koshi Valley to the Sherpa capital of Namche. There, you can rest and enjoy a hot cup of tea with locals.
After a day of rest, you can take a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. This is the perfect option for those who want to trek to Everest Base Camp but don’t have much time.