Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days is another name of the Short Everest Helicopter Trek. It is a sumptuous way of exploring the Everest region of Nepal. Trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest and fly back to Kathmandu on a helicopter. Upon doing this trip in Nepal, you will experience the Khumbu region of Nepal from both air and land. Therefore, travel smart and choose to do the trekking in Nepal by following our itinerary.
You may have to allocate at least a month’s holiday to explore almost every region of Khumbu. Everest Base Camp is not the only destination to visit during your trip to the region. There are places like Gokyo Valley, Thame Valley, and Chhukung Valley. These places are not possible to visit during Everest Base Camp Trek alone. Therefore, Nepal High Trek has knitted an itinerary that encompasses the jewels of the Khumbu region including Everest Base Camp.
There is a provision for helicopter tours in the Everest region of Nepal. Most of the people who don’t have much vacation prefer to do the helicopter tour. For some people with less physical abilities, it is the best way to quench their thirst of reaching the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain Mt. Everest. Interestingly, it may not help travelers achieve the adventure Himalayan wilderness.
If you want to achieve an authentic experience of the Himalayan landscape and lifestyle, it is better to trek. However, trekking smartly is also an option. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp (5364 m), trekkers have to return back to Lukla following the same trail. Therefore, some people don’t enjoy the same view and they don’t want to spend their physical energy by walking the same trail.
Experience what it’s like to walk on the trail of Everest Base Camp. Relish the bird’s eye view of the Khumbu region while returning. Therefore, the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days is the complete version of the Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Helicopter Tour amalgamated together.
The cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days is slightly higher than the regular Everest Base Camp Trek. It is because of the services provided during the trip. The itinerary encompasses both trekking and helicopter flight. If you add the helicopter flight from 5100 m to Kathmandu, the cost is bound to get higher. The Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days also known as the Everest Helicopter Trek price ranges from 2000 USD to 4700 USD. Plan as per your requirements.
The trail to the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar is fairly moderate. You will not have to walk long uphill or downhill but the altitude plays a crucial role in determining the difficulty of Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days. Looking at the itinerary of the Everest Helicopter Trek, trekkers return back to Kathmandu directly from Gorakshep after the visit of Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and Kalapathar (5545 m). Therefore, it won’t be much tiring as 4 days of walking is shortened due to the helicopter tour.
You will be staying in the teahouses or lodges for overnight sleep. The food is from the choice menu that has food items ranging from local delicacies to Western food items. The accommodation on the trail ranges from luxury to Spartan. If you would like to do luxury trekking in the Everest region of Nepal, consult our travel planners beforehand. Nowadays, there are many regal establishments on the trail. However, beyond Tengboche, trekkers have to share a room or spend overnight in normal lodges.
Solukhumbu district of Nepal is the home of Bhotes, Sherpas, Limbus, and Rai ethnic people along with some minority Brahmins, Chhetris, and Dalits. On the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days, you can get along with the locals who are welcoming. Traversing through the villages, you can gaze into the lifestyle of these people, especially of the Sherpa community. Life in the mountains is not easy but these people offer great hospitality and always smiling. You can understand the essence of life by observing these happy people living up in the mountains.
The journey of Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days starts from Kathmandu (1300 m) and reaches up to Kalapathar (5545 m). During the 9 days trip, trekkers can experience countless differences in the landscape and vegetation. The lower section of the trekking trail has deciduous temperate forests whereas the middle section of the route has alpine vegetation and the top section has the tundra vegetation. The cascading hills and river banks along with the moraines and glaciers offer diverse landscape experiences.
On the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days route, witness these famous mountains:
Overall, the Everest Base Camp Trek 9 Days offer the complete experience of Khumbu. Moreover, the presence of the helicopter tour activity from Gorakshep to Kathmandu adds a luxurious dimension to the trekking. The view of the Everest Base Camp Trekking trail along with the Gokyo Lake Valley from the helicopter is stunningly beautiful. Knit the travel tales of sumptuous type both walking on the trail and flying above the lofty hills in one single trip to Nepal.
Nearly all months of the year-round for Everest Base Camp except summer during the monsoon wet rainy season. Where dark clouds and much rain obstructs the views and muddy trails. The best time is from March to May and September to December months are the favorable times to trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Hence highly recommend the spring and autumn seasons for treks in Nepal.
Most days are fine and clear with longer sunlight hours, however cold morning and late afternoon till night time, with chances of rain and snow sometimes. The next best season is during early autumn/fall till mid-winter, days are clear for views and walks, but very cold morning and night times with a clear bright starry night sky. Chances of snowfall sometimes around high altitudes. Get in touch with our travel planner for trip information and packages.
As per the scheduled flight time for Lukla in the morning, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport terminal, as the plane makes landing at Lukla airport. On arrival at Lukla town, walk beings through nice Sherpa farm villages adorned with Buddhist Mani (prayer) monuments with large spinning prayer wheels.
The walk follows above Dudh Kosi River to reach at Phakding for an overnight stop with time for afternoon tea and dinner in this lovely village.
Morning on a nice trail with a short up and down cross over Dudh Kosi on the suspension bridge to reach Monjo village, then enter Sagarmatha National Park with views of Tharmasarku peaks. Sagarmatha National Park starts from here, the park listed in world heritage sites, from the park entrance cross over Dudh Kosi River to Jorsalle, the last village before Namche Bazaar.
After a refreshing lunch stop, walk on the riverside and from the last high bridge climb starts to Namche Bazaar for two overnight stops.
Free day for acclimatization at Namche Bazaar, where once a week Saturday market takes place, hence the name bazaar, on this spare day enjoy a short hike for grand views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Amadablam with an array of peaks.
At Namche visit an interesting museum with an option for a hike to Everest View Hotel (the first luxury hotel around the Khumbu area), perched on a high hill above Namche Bazaar. Namche with many facilities from stocked shops, stores, and banks with international standard hotels and restaurants.
After a pleasant stop at Namche continue the trek on a scenic trail facing views of Everest with an array of peaks, as the walk head down to Imjatse River at PhunkiTenga, after lunch few hours climb into a forest of pine, juniper, and rhododendron trees to reach at Tengboche monastery.
At Tengboche enjoy views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Amadablam with a chain of snow peaks, check into a lodge and enjoy a short tour of the monastery enriched with great Buddhism religion and interesting Sherpa culture.
At the Morning enjoy super views of Everest and Amadablam within close distance, walk downhill within a lovely forest and cross a bridge.
From here on green vegetation and tree lines fades, as the route leads up to Pangboche, the last permanent village on route Everest base camp. From Pangboche short climb to Somare for a possible lunch stop, and an afternoon walk on the windy landscape to enter the scenic Imjatse valley where Dingboche located our overnight stop.
Another rest day to support acclimatization on this beautiful scenic spot, Dingboche a large settlement located right beneath the towering North Face of Amadablam with views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Island Peak a popular and stunning-looking trekking peak. Morning short hike up to Nakarjung Hill, for super views of surrounding high mountains with Mt. Makalu in the east direction.
After Dingboche, morning climb to a hilltop lined with Buddhist prayer monuments, from here walks on gradual uphill to reach at Thugla, a place with a few small lodges and shops. Khumbu glacier melts into a raging river near Thugla, having lunch stop continue with a steep climb for an hour or less to reach Thugla pass, with many stone memorials of unfortunate climbers who died on Mt. Everest and other high mountains around the high Khumbu region.
From here an hour slow walk to Lobuche for an overnight stop facing views of Nuptse and Lobuche peak, a place with some nice lodges.
From here our major highlight of the adventure, a morning walk on a high trail and with climb above the Khumbu glacier. After hours a good morning walk reaches Gorakshep Located on a large sandy field en route to Everest base camp and high Kalapathar Hilltop, from here follow a vague path through moraine and glacier to reach at Everest base camp. Enjoy a great moment of a lifetime experience within the dramatic scenery of the mountainous landscape of ice and glaciers, standing beneath Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest. After a marvelous time at Everest base camp, return walk to Gorakshep for an overnight stop
Our last and final day of the adventure starts early morning with a steep climb uphill on top of rocky Kalapathar hill, the highest point of the adventure at above 5, 643 m (earlier recorded 5, 545 m high, but the latest measurement shows the present height).
From Kalapathar top enjoy amazing views of the high mountain range with close views of Mt. Pumori and Mt. Everest at a close distance, after a mind-blowing scenery of giant peaks descends to Gorakshep.
Enjoy breakfast at Gorakshep in the backdrop of high snow peaks with Everest, and then board a chopper for a panoramic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu domestic air-terminal short transfer to your hotels, after a wonderful adventure on Everest base camp 9 days trek.