Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

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Starts at: kathmandu Ends at: Kathmandu
Trek Region: Everest Transport: Helicopter
Duration: 5 hours Trip Grade: Gentle
Max Altitude: 5555m/18225ft Accomodation: Teahouse

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Highlights

  • You will enjoy the blissful Helicopter flight directly from Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu) to the Everest Base Camp.
  • You can have the privilege of landing at Kala Patthar, 5545 meters, in a matter of an hour. Fly into the high-altitude Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, an experience in itself
  • You get to fly in the Helicopter over the major places of the Everest Region and catch an aerial view of the Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, and Everest Base Camp within 4 hours.
  • You will reach the Everest Base Camp in the Helicopter, without a drop of sweat or lethargy, with a comfortable helicopter flight
  • You will dine in the Everest View Hotel, one of the finest high-altitude hotels in the world!
  • You will see the Khumbu glacier and stunning aerial views of the Himalayas including Mount Everest (8848m/29029ft), Lhotse (8516m/27940ft), Choyu (8201m/26906ft), Nuptse (7861m/25791ft), Pumori (7161m/23494ft), and Ama Dablam (6812m/22349ft).
  • No need to trek for days to reach Everest Base Camp.  You can wave to the trekkers far below as you enjoy your aerial view of the area in a helicopter

Everest base camp helicopter tour is an alternative way to see the aerial view of the Himalayas in just 4 hours. It is best suited for people who don’t have time or don’t have the physical ability to trek days to see some of the stunning mountains in the region.

Nepal has 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks. The Himalayan Region holds 1,310 peaks that are over 6,000 meters. Various gorges, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, flora, fauna, and exotic animals add to the beauty of the Himalayan region of Nepal.

In fact, Everest lies within the Sagamartha National Park, home to unique wildlife and Sherpa Buddhist communities. For many, the trek itself is the destination.  But for some of us, we are not so able to spend the energy or time to trek for two weeks to reach EBC.

With high altitudes to endure and many ups and downs along the trail, trekking is definitely not suitable for everyone.   If you are not physically or mentally strong, a long-distance high-altitude trek might not be a good idea for you.

So, is there no alternative?

Of course,  there is a helicopter tour to Everest base camp! The Everest Base Camp Trek takes 12 days to complete, but with a helicopter, you can do an Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour in a matter of just 4 hours!

Whether you are young or old, this ride is safe for you. You will be in good hands with our trained and experienced staff. The Helicopter Tour may seem expensive compared to the fixed-wing Mount Everest Flight out of Kathmandu Airport.

But to cater to our client’s needs, we have now arranged group programs that keep the prices down, making the Everest base camp helicopter tour more affordable.

Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour

With the powerful B3e series helicopter, we can take up to 5 of you to Everest Base Camp, depending on your weight. The weight inside the helicopter determines how many people we can carry at one time. So please don’t be surprised when we ask how much you weigh!

Everest Helicopter tour with Landing

Departing from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport in the Kathmandu Valley, the helicopter will land at Lukla Airport in the Khumbu Region for refueling.

From here, we travel across all the major sightseeing points, including those lovely Sherpa villages far below. Landing near Kongde View Resort and Hotel Everest View. We divide the group into two.  The helicopter can carry less weight at the higher altitude needed to land near the base camp.

Then returning to the hotel, the breakfasting group is picked up and has a chance to repeat the experience while the rest enjoy their breakfast. Champagne is served as this is certainly a celebration of life at the highest altitude we can go to without actually climbing up to the summit of Everest!

Worried about the weather?  If the weather looks unfavorable, we will delay and fly the following morning at no extra charge.  It is unlikely that the weather will change fast enough to keep us on Everest once we arrive. We also use helicopters for high-altitude rescue with very experienced pilots.

Worried about what to wear?  We suggest a good down jacket (these can be rented in Kathmandu) and warm clothing.  Boots or sports shoes are sufficient.

While one group enjoys their breakfast, the other will fly on to Kalapatthar (5,545m), also known as Everest’s viewpoint.  Here we will land, giving you time to take pictures and videos.

We will stay here for approximately 10 minutes. Yes, that doesn’t seem long, but at this high altitude, some people may start to feel the effects after even a short time.  You have come from the very low altitude of Kathmandu, after all!

Plus, 10 minutes is enough time for you to click your photos, both in your memories and on your device. After that spectacular view, you might feel hungry. You will get to replenish your energy with delicious food. You can have a choice to land between the two for breakfast: Kongde View Resort or Hotel Everest View.

You will get 30 minutes to devour your breakfast.

Group Joining Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour

Are you traveling solo? Not sure you have enough money for a chartered Everest helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Everest? Do you want to share the cost with other passengers?

If yes, then this one is just for you!

We will do the work of finding other people to join you in the journey and share the cost. All other features and experiences are the same as a private Everest base helicopter tour.  Just a price difference. This one is offered at the best price possible.

Please contact us at Magical Nepal to learn more about this wonderful trip and the cost of the Everest helicopter tour we offer.

Everest Helicopter Tour Cost

Everest base camp helicopter tours cost $1000 per person on a sharing basis and $4200 for a chartered flight. There should be at least 5 people for a fixed departure. The cost per person can vary depending on the number of people.

Weather and Climate for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour

This is the early morning flight. There should be clear weather for the helicopter flights to Everest. In case of weather changes, we will postpone the Everest Base camp Helicopter tour and do it the next day with no additional charge.

The weather can change instantly in the mountain, which is less likely to happen in the morning. It is the main reason we do the morning instead of any other day in the week.

The landing at Kalapathar in the Everest base camp helicopter tour depends on the weather. It is at the altitude of 5545 m, the highest point on the Everest trail.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Itinerary

Drive from Hotel to Airport

5:30 – 6:30

Boarding

6:00 – 6:30

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight

6:30 – 7:15

Refueling Helicopter at Lukla

7:15 – 7:30

Lukla to Kala Patthar on a Helicopter

7:30 – 7:50

Landing Helicopter in Kalapatthar

7:50 – 8:00

Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort on a Helicopter

8:00 – 8:15

Breakfast on Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort.

8:15 – 9:00

Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort to Kathmandu

9:00 – 9:50

Drive from Airport to Hotel

9:50 – 11:00

5 am Wake Up

Wake up at 5 am and have a reviving cup of tea in your hotel before setting off to drive to the airport.

5.30 am – 6 am Head to Kathmandu Airport and Board Your Helicopter

Drive to the Kathmandu domestic airport, situated next to Tribhuvan International Airport. At this time in the morning, the journey will only take around 15 minutes from your hotel in Thamel.

6.30 am – 7.15 am Fly to the Everest Region

Take off from the airport in Kathmandu, flying east along with the Himalaya mountain range to the Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, in the Everest Region.  On the way fly past snow-capped mountains from the Langtang Range near Kathmandu to those in the Khumbu (Everest) Region.

Some of the mountains you will see on-route to and around Everest are:- Gauri Shanker (7,134m), Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Ganesh (7,429m), Shisa Pangma (8,013m), Gyachangkang (7,952 m), Pumori (7,161m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Chamlang (7,319m), and  Makalu (8,463 m).7:15 am – 7:30 am Refuelling at Lukla Airport

Your helicopter will stop to refuel at Lukla.  This will be a short 15-minute break.

7.30 to 7.45 am Fly on to Hotel Everest View (or Kongde View Resort)

Flying over yak pastures, Sherpa villages, Buddhist monasteries and stupas, Namche Bazaar, raging rivers, the Sagarmatha National Park, beautiful flora and fauna, trekkers far below, and of course amazing mountains, your helicopter then lands at the hotel where breakfast is being served.

7.45 am – 8.30 am Visit to the Everest View Point/ Breakfast

As the helicopter will be flying to the Everest Base camp at very high altitudes of over 5,500m we need to reduce the weight.  If you are in a group of 4 or 5 people (the usual maximum for any trip), you will be divided into two.

While one group enjoys their breakfast the other will fly on the helicopter to the viewing point of Everest: Kalapatthar (5,545m). The helicopter cannot switch off its engines on Everest at this altitude and in such windy conditions so you will be able to stay only 10 minutes here.

In addition, the human body is not made to transition from 1,400m (Kathmandu) to over 5,500m in a couple of hours!  While it is perfectly safe to do this trip (we do not expect anyone to suffer from altitude sickness), we don’t want to spend too long at a high altitude.

Yet, it is long enough to gain some wonderful pictures, videos and memories! The close-up view of Mt Everest and the surrounding mountains is the highlight of this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Returning to the hotel you can now enjoy a celebratory champagne breakfast while the other members of your party board the helicopter for the wonders of Kalapatthar and Everest.

8.30 am – 9.30 am Return Flight to Kathmandu

With the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall, Tengboche Monastery, Everest Base Camp (EBC), and Mt. Everest below and around you, not to mention dozens of other peaks, your helicopter will bring you safely back to Kathmandu. Your Everest base camp helicopter tour will end at this precise moment.

9.30 am – 10 am Drive from Kathmandu Airport to your Hotel

Hard to imagine that within about four hours you have returned to your hotel after getting a very close-up view of the highest mountain in the world! 

We know you are too excited to sleep so enjoy a cup of coffee while remembering this amazing adventure and posting your videos online!

Disclaimer 

  • All timings are approximate depending on weather and other factors.
  • Should it not be possible to fly on your given date, this tour will be held the following day.

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Includes

  • Hotel Airport Hotel Private Car Transfer
  • Helicopter Kathmandu Lukla Kalapatthar Hotel Everest View Kathmandu
  • Airport tax (NPR 200 each)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3000)
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel (USD 20-25)

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour FAQs

Do I Actually land at Everest Base Camp?

No, you don’t land the helicopter at Everest Base Camp. You will land the helicopter at the highest point of the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar.

Which one is best, EBC or Kala Patthar?

Kala Patthar is the highest point for the Everest Trek. You can see an aerial view of Everest Base camp via Helicopter. The view from Kala Patthar is better than Everest

Which one is better: Kongde Resort or Everest View Hotel?

Both are awesome. There are many branches of Kongde Resort in different trekking areas. There will be fewer people than in Hotel Everest View.

How long is the total duration of the tour?

The Everest base camp helicopter tour would be around 4 hours. But with the shuttle service from and to your hotel, the total duration might take around 5 to 5 and half hours.

Which fleet will be used for the flight?

B3e series will be used for the Everest Base camp helicopter flight

What is for the breakfast?

You have an option to choose: Continental Breakfast or American Breakfast on Helicopter tour to Everest

How experienced are the crew?

The helicopter crew and the people who would be serving you are very experienced. They have been trained for your comfort and safety. You have flown the clients for the Everest helicopter tour for years.

What is the maximum number of people flying in one helicopter?

In one helicopter, a maximum of five people can fly at once. We need to maintain weight inside the helicopter on Everest. so it depends upon your weight as well. But there wouldn’t be more than 5 people.

Is there a chance of delay due to the weather condition?

Yes, there is a chance. At times the weather might not be good for the flight so it could be delayed. If the flight is canceled for any reason, you will get a full refund.

Can I add on other places in the Everest region during this tour?

Yes, you can! You can opt for an extra tour to Gokyo lake or any other possible place in the Everest region at an additional cost.

Is it dangerous to go to Everest base camp in a helicopter?

No, it is not dangerous to go to Everest Base Camp on a helicopter

Is there WIFI at Everest base camp?

Yes! There is WIFI at Everest Base camp and at more than 200 hot spots along the route thanks to Everest Link company.

Is there cell service on Mount Everest?

There has been 3G connectivity since 2010 in the Everest Region. However, it does not work everywhere. In some parts of Gokyo and the Thame Valley, you will not receive service.

How much is a Mount Everest Helicopter Tour?

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour costs $1000 per person.

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