Regular Vs Helicopter Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking is the perfect way to feel the true side of the Himalayan region. This Everest Trek will provide you with the experience of a mixture of Sherpa Culture and mountain adventure. EBC Trek is a trek towards the roof of the world, Mt. Everest. Moreover, Helicopter Everest Base Camp Trekking provides breathtaking views of the mountains and glaciers from the closest point.  In addition, each and every step is filled with the astonishing features provided by the nature of the Khumbu region, also known as the kingdom of Guardians of Himalaya, The SHERPA. 

This Amazing beautiful journey towards the World’s most famous trekking destination takes you through the amazing valleys of the Everest region and offers you the diversity of culture and nature to explore more. Right after you start your trek from Lukla, also known as the Gateway of Everest region, you’ll be welcomed by mani stones (Stones that are fully covered with Mantras written over the surface), monuments on the behalf of the Buddhism and Small monasteries covered with beautiful vivid praying flags. You’ll find these beautiful things throughout your whole trek.

Introductory view of Mount Everest from Namche
EBC trekking trail after Namche

Sherpa capital; Namche, Everest View, The Hillary museum, Daily life of inhabitants of Everest (Sherpa), Wild animals, infinite views of the magnificent mountains, Glaciers, plethora of natural vegetation, Culture and are the main attraction of the Everest Trek. However the support of the guide and porter can not be ignored, they are also the major factor to enjoy Everest Trekking. 

As the popularity of the Everest Base Camp Trek is soaring day by day, the way of trekking is also changing. Let’s go to the past day, in 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay walk from Jiri to Everest. Which takes about 10 days to reach the Everest base camp. As popularity continues, there comes the facility of the  Plane from Lukla and again the trekking days are decreasing. Often people are choosing to trek from Lukla, which takes about 12 to 14 days for reaching and returning to Lukla. But Life Himalaya Introduces a new way of achieving the world’s highest Everest Base Camp.

World highest Airport Lukla
Lukla Airport

As the world is moving towards the global village, everyone is rushing towards success, and leisure time is significantly decreasing. So, we proposed a Helicopter Everest Base Camp Trekking. This Everest Base Camp Short Trek takes only 7 days to reach and be back from EBC (Total days include Arrival and departure). However, some of the trekkers also choose to trek from Jiri and end at Jiri. 

So, Which way of Trekking is significant? What is the difference between regular and helicopter Everest base camp trekking? Here we present to you the detail of both ways. Choose one which is relevant to you.

Regular Everest Base Camp Trekking- 12-15 days 

Regular Everest Base Camp trek is a slow and gradual walk with the same itinerary. But consumes more time. Regular Everest trek initially starts from the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where your trekking day begins. On this regular EBC trek, you have to walk the same you back, that you went up. You’ll spend more days in the Himalayas, and getting used to it more is some of the advantages. However, walking the same way up and down might not be adventurous for some people. It consumes more time and more energy. 

Furthermore, Regular Everest Base Camp Trekking can be done in two ways. Starting from Jiri and Starting from Lukla. If you start from Jiri then it will take you 23 days (Returning flight from Lukla ) or 26 days. On the other hand, you can also do the regular Everest Base Camp trekking in just 12 to 14 days including your arrival and departure. This trek starts from Lukla and ends at Lukla. 

Beautiful landscape after Dingboche

Sample itinerary for Regular Everest Base Camp Trekking

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival day (1,360 m/ 4,461 ft).

Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,810m/ 9,219 ft) Trek to Phakding (2,640 m/ 8,661 ft). (14 km, 4-5 hr) 

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft).(12 km,5-6 hr)  

Day 04: Rest and Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. 

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche(3870 m/ 12,696 ft). (10 km, 5-6 hr) 

Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/ 14,304) .(10.8 km,4-5 hr) 

Day 07: Today we have an acclimatization day at Dingboche 4,360 m. 

Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940 m/ 16,207 ft). (11 km, 6-7 hr) 

Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/ 16,961 ft) & trek to Everest Base camp (5,363 m/ 17,595 ft).(8 km, 5-6 hr)

Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep, Kala Patthar (5,545 m/ 18,192 ft) to Pheriche (4,280 m/ 14,041 ft). (18 km,6-7 hr) 

Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/ 11,286 ft). (14.3 km,5-6 hr) 

Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazar to  Lukla. (13.5 km,5-6 hr) 

Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final Departure.

Helicopter Everest Base Camp Trekking- 7-12 days 

Helicopter Everest Base Camp Trekking is a newly introduced and reliable way of trekking for such people who want to trek and explore the Everest region in a different way. There are various Trekking packages for Everest Helicopter Trekking. The most popular one is the nine days of Everest Trekking. The route is the same for the regular trek as well but on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Return Trek, we will directly fly out from Gorakshep to Kathmandu. 

Life Himalaya Trekking is the first company who took the initiation of this package and we have 100% satisfied guests. 

Refueling Helicopter in Lukla
Re-Fueling Helicopter, during returning back from Gorakshep to Kathmandu

So, Returning from Gorakshep by helicopter will give an amazing experience of the Everest Region. During our scenic flight, we can see the amazing views of the mountains from the closest point and the view of the glaciers are breathtaking. As having varieties you can choose how many days you want to trek. 

One of the Everest Helicopter Trek Itineraries. (9 days Helicopter Everest Base Camp Trek)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) and transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.) & trek to Monjo (2,835 m/9,301 ft.) in 4-5 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar from Monjo, Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,286 ft.) 3-4 hrs. 

Day 04: Trek to Tengboche from Namche Bazaar (3,867 m/12,686 ft.) 5-6 hrs. 

Day 05: Trek to Dingboche (4,350m/14,272 ft.) 5-6 hrs. 

Day 06: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,930 m/16,170 ft.) 5-6 hrs. 

Day 07: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961 ft.) and hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m/17,598 ft.) & Helicopter fly back to Lukla (2,804 m/ 9,200 ft.). 6-8 hrs.

Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,320 m/4,330 ft.) and transfer to hotel and free day. 35 min.

Day 09: Farewell and Departure 

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All in all, Every way is perfect as per the interest of the trekkers. Choose the relevant one for you and Enjoy the majesty of the High Mountains with diverse nature and culture. 

The Everest Trekking region had been recognized as a king of the Trekking routes. It has several types of Trekking other than just Everest Base Camp. There is also another less crowded area for trekking from which you can enjoy the true gesture of the world’s highest mountain Everest. For instance, Gokyo Trek can be combined with the Everest Base Camp Trek as it is a magnificent trek in itself. 

If you are looking for the necessary things for Everest Base Camp, then please read our Ultimate guide for Everest Base Camp Trekking.

For Detail information about the Food and Drinks available in Everest. Please read our blog.

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