Trekking Alternative to Reach Everest Base Camp

A popular way of reaching the Everest base camp is a trek. Lukla to Everest base camp is the regular route of the Everest base camp trek because it is the shortest itinerary than from Jiri or Salleri. Not only walking journey is the option of visiting the Everest base camp. There is an alternative option to reach the Everest base camp rather than walking.

All the mountain trekking lovers might have a goal to reach the basecamp of the world’s highest mountain at least once in a lifetime. People make a plan to trek if they can walk through high Himalayan lands and have enough time. But, what about the people who can’t walk or don’t have enough time for a trek?

Everest base camp helicopter tour is the best option of reaching the base camp within a couple of hours from Kathmandu. Let’s talk a bit about the base camp trek before talking about the easiest way of visiting the top of the world.

Everest Base Camp Trek

A hiking journey towards the bottom of the highest mountain begins from Kathmandu flying to Lukla. It is a half an hour scenic mountain flight. Flying to Lukla is fun and adventure with panoramic mountain views. It is a risky flight because Lukla airport considers a dangerous airport in the world.

All hiking trails go through Sagarmatha national park. It is one natural UNESCO site in Nepal from out of two natural heritage sites. Right after landing at Lukla airport, the trail goes to Phakding on the first-day hike. After that, the journey goes ahead to Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep then hike up to the base camp.

It is a moderate level mountain trip in Nepal. Trekkers should not have serious climbing training for this trip. But, some hiking practice around 3000m of elevation is good before jumping to this place.

Helicopter Tour to Reach the Base Camp

Here, we are at the point of the alternative option of visiting the base camp. Helicopter flight tour is the fastest and easiest way of exploring the great Himalaya and reach the top of the world. The helicopter flight is the tour with the landings.

Travellers may book a private charter flight or share with others for this flight tour. The helicopter flies with five visitors from Kathmandu and will be all together until Everest view hotel. It will be the second landing after taking off from Kathmandu.

The travellers divide into two groups as different shuttles from Everest view hotel to Kala Patthar and base camp. First, 3-people can fly to the base camp and rest enjoy the panoramic view and breakfast at Everest view hotel. They land on Kala Patthar and enjoy the scenic mountain views and a very close view of Mt. Everest. After that, they fly over the base camp and Khumbu glacier and fly back to the second landing place.

Now, the second group does as the first one here. The people earlier visited Kala Patthar they have breakfast here and wait for the second shuttle. After the second shuttle arrives, all travellers fly back to Kathmandu.

Don’t Wish to Reach the Base Camp But, Interested to See Everest?

Lots of people might not have a dream to step the base camp but, very much interested to see this world’s highest mountain. Yes, there is a choice to those type of visitors. Everest mountain flight is that opportunity to explore Everest and its range.

 Everest mountain flight is also famous as Everest scenic flight. It is the cheapest way of exploring this great massif. The plane flies through both directions so, all the people from the aviation will be able to see scenic mountains.


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Written by Rajesh Bhardwaj

Rajesh is a trekking and tour operator in Nepal. He also operates tours to Tibet and Bhutan from Nepal.


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  1. Amazing post. I was just thinking of reaching the Everest base camp with a long trek. Thank you very much for sharing and letting know about the other options of reaching the Everest base camp.

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