Are you looking for a unique and comfortable way to experience the beauty and magnificence of Mount Everest and the Khumbu Region? If so, then our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the perfect choice for you!
While thousands of trekkers and climbers have explored the wonders of the Khumbu on foot, we recognize that not everyone is able or interested in undertaking such a challenging journey. That’s where our Everest helicopter tour comes in – offering an exciting and breathtakingly beautiful way to experience this remarkable region.
As British climber, George Mallory famously said in the 1920s, “Because it’s there.” And indeed, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, a symbol of adventure and exploration, and a must-visit destination on any traveler’s bucket list.
But beyond just ticking off a box, our Everest helicopter trip offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the stunning landscape of the Khumbu from a unique perspective, soaring above snow-capped peaks and glistening glaciers.
So why wait? Join us on our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour and experience the majesty of this mt. of Everest base camp helicopter tour and trek like never before.
|Tour Starting||Kathmandu||Tour End||Kathmandu|
|Tour Duration||4 to 5 hours||Transport||Helicopter|
|Landing||Lukla, Everest View Hotel, Pheriche and Kalapathar||Tour Type:||Group|
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Highlights
- You will enjoy the adventurous 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 an hour. Fly into the high-altitude Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, an experience.
- 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 with a comfortable Everest helicopter flight without sweat or lethargy.
- 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 (8,848m/29,029ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Choyu (8,201m/26,906ft), Nuptse (7861m/25791ft), Pumori (7161m/23494ft), and Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft).
- 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 Everest base camp in a helicopter.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Itinerary
Drive from Hotel to Tribhuvan Airport (Domestic Terminal)
5:30 – 6:30
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 Tribhuvan International Airport(Domestic Terminal) to Hotel
9:50 – 11:00
The 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. Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing is the best way to see one of the world’s highest mountains in just 4 hours.
Everest lies within the Sagamartha National Park, home to unique wildlife and Sherpa Buddhist communities. For many, the trek itself is the destination. But some of us cannot spend the energy or time to trek for two weeks to reach EBC. Everest Helicopter Tour is the only way to see for those people who wants to see Everest without trekking.
With high altitudes to endure and many ups and downs along the trail, trekking is not suitable for everyone. A long-distance high-altitude trek might not be a good idea if you are not physically or mentally strong.
So, is there no alternative?
Of course, there is a helicopter tour to the Everest base camp! The Everest Base Camp Trek takes 12 days to complete, but with an EBC+ helicopter tour package, you can do an Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour in 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 EBC 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 with landing more affordable.
Can I book 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 on a helicopter, depending on your weight. The weight limit of the helicopter ride for Everest Base Camp 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 at three Stop
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 Lukla, we travel across all the major sightseeing points, including those lovely Sherpa villages far below. Landing near Kongde View Resort and Hotel Everest View.
If the weather looks unfavorable for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour, we will delay the helicopter flight from Kathmandu 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 that have done Everest Base Camp Helicopter tours regularly.
We suggest a good down jacket (these can be rented in Kathmandu) and warm clothing. Boots or sports shoes are sufficient.
We will stop at Everest View when where you can enjoy breakfast, giving you time to take pictures and videos. This is perhaps an excellent place with a view of Everest.
We will stay here for approximately 30 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, 30 minutes is enough to click your photos 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 choose between the two for breakfast: Kongde View Resort or Hotel Everest View.
Can I join the Group on the 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 base camp? Do you want to share the cost with other passengers?
If yes, then this one is just for you!
We will find other people to join you on the journey and share the cost. All other features and experiences are the same as a private Everest base camp helicopter tour. Just a price difference. This one is offered at the best price possible.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at Magical Nepal to learn more about this beautiful trip and the cost of the Everest base camp helicopter tour we offer.
What is the Cost of the Everest Helicopter Tour Cost
Everest base camp helicopter tours cost $1175 per person on a sharing basis and $4800 for a chartered Everest helicopter flight. There should be at least five people for a fixed departure. The cost per person can vary depending on the number of people.
Helicopter tours to Mount Everest are generally more expensive than other helicopter tours in Nepal due to the region’s high altitude and challenging flying conditions. Flying a helicopter at such a high altitude has several challenges, including thin air, frigid temperatures, and the risk of high-altitude sickness.
Due to these challenges, helicopter tours to Mount Everest Base Camp require a specialized team and highly trained pilots. Therefore, the cost of operating these tours is higher than it would be for other helicopter tours in Nepal. In addition, the logistics of organizing a tour to Mount Everest are more complete than landing a helicopter at Kalapathar.
Many people who have done these tours consider them a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth the cost.
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 at 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 weekday.
The weather at the base camp of Mount Everest can vary significantly depending on the time of year and the places you are at. During the winter months (January to February), the base camp is generally very cold, with temperatures ranging from around -5 to -10 degrees Celsius (23 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day. The weather can also be very unpredictable, with strong winds and snowfall possible at any time. The Everest helicopter tour is possible in the winter season. It is the perfect time to see white snow mountains and have a different view than any other month.
During the Spring Season (March to May), the weather at the base camp is generally milder, with temperatures ranging from around 0 to -10 degrees Celsius (32 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit). However, the weather can still be unpredictable and change quickly, with strong winds and snowfall possible at any time of year.
During the Autumn Season, the weather is generally best, with a clear sky view from 0 to -10 degrees Celsius (32 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit). Make sure you have warm clothes for landing at Kalapathar and Everest View Hotel.
It’s important to be prepared for cold, wet, and windy conditions when going on a helicopter tour to the base camp of Mount Everest. It’s also important to note that the weather can be different at different altitudes, with the higher altitudes generally experiencing colder temperatures. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before embarking on a helicopter tour of Mount Everest and to dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
The landing at Kalapathar in the Everest base camp helicopter tour depends on the weather. It is at 5545 m (18,192), the highest point on the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Suggested Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
5 am Wake Up
Wake up at 5 am and drink tea/coffee in your hotel before driving to the Tribhuvan International Airport (Domestic Terminal)
5.30 am – 6 am Head to Kathmandu Airport and Board Your Helicopter for Everest base camp
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 Himalayan mountain range to the Hilary Tenzing Airport at Lukla, in the 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 in a helicopter 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, mountains, your helicopter then lands at the Everest View hotel where breakfast is being served.
All this talk about an Everest View hotel – what is so special about it?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records (2004 edition), the Everest View Hotel is the highest in the world at 3,880m / 13,000 ft. Everest View Hotel is a 360-degree panorama of the mountains, with Mt Everest seen from every room. This is something else!
Constructed in the late 1960s by Japanese national Takashi Miyahara, the Everest View Hotel stands as a remarkable example of seamless integration with its natural surroundings, coupled with unparalleled panoramic vistas for all its visitors. In contemporary times, reaching the hotel is achievable either through a helicopter ride or a trek along an established path.
Today is a great place to explore the surrounding landscapes and villages or have the highest breakfast you will ever experience if you take the helicopter tour to base camp.
7.45 am – 8.30 am Land Helicopter at Kalapathar via Pheriche and Everest Base Camp
Helicopter Shuffle from Pheriche to Kalapathar Flying over Everest Base Camp
We need to reduce the weight as the helicopter will fly to the Everest Base camp and land at altitudes of over 5,500 m/18,044 ft. You will be in a group of 4 or 5 people (the usual maximum for any trip), and we will do two shuttles from Pheriche.
While one group enjoys their small settlement at Pheriche, the other will fly on the helicopter to the viewing point of Everest: Kalapatthar (5,545m) /18,044 ft). The helicopter cannot switch off its engines on Everest at this altitude and in such windy conditions so you can stay only 10 minutes there.
In addition, the human body cannot transition from 1400 m/ 4,593 ft(Kathmandu) to over 5,500 m / 18,044 ft in four hours! Yet, it is long enough to gain some wonderful pictures, videos, and memories! The close-up view of Mt Everest and the surrounding mountains highlights this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
8.30 am – 9.30 am Return Helicopter Flight to Kathmandu from Everest
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 from Everest. 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 close-up view of the highest mountain in the world!
We know you are too excited to sleep, so enjoy coffee while remembering this amazing adventure and posting your videos online!
- All timings are approximate depending on weather and other factors.
- If it is impossible to fly on your given date, this tour will be held the following day.
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Includes for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
- Hotel Airport Hotel Private Car Transfer
- Helicopter Kathmandu Lukla Kalapatthar Hotel Everest View Kathmandu
- Airport tax (NPR 500 each)
- Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Municipality Permit (2000)
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3000)
- Breakfast at Everest View Hotel (USD 20-25)
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour FAQs
Do I land by Helicopter 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 the Everest base camp. You can see the top of Everest From Kala Patthar
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 a 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 breakfast on the EBC Heli Tour?
You can choose Continental Breakfast or American Breakfast on a Helicopter tour to Everest.
How experienced is the Helicopter 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 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. Sometimes the weather might not be good for the flight, so it could be delayed. If the flight is canceled, you will get a full refund.
Can I add other places in the Everest region during this tour?
Yes, you can! You can opt for an extra tour of Gokyo lake or any other 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 the Everest base camp?
Yes! There is WIFI at Everest Base camp and more than 200 hot spots along the route, thanks to Everest Link company.
Is there cell service on Mount Everest?
There has been 4G connectivity since 2010 in the Everest Region. However, it does not work everywhere. You will not receive service in some Gokyo and the Thame Valley parts.
How much is a Mount Everest Helicopter Tour?
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour costs $1175 per person.
Can I drive to Everest Base Camp?
There is no road to Everest Base Camp. You either have to hike or take a helicopter to Everest Base Camp.
Can we Stay at Everest Base Camp?
EBC Helicopter Tour is a day tour. You won’t be staying at Everest Base Camp. There are no teahouses at Everest Base Camp. The last human settlement is Gorakshep, where you can spend a night. However, We don’t recommend doing so without proper acclimatization. Your body can’t handle the altitude, and there is a high possibility of getting altitude sickness if you decide to stay at Everest Base Camp, directly flying from the helicopter.
Can you see the top of Mount Everest From Everest Base Camp?
On the Everest Helicopter tour, you will land at Kalapathar, where you can see the top of Everest. You can’t see the top of Everest from Everest Base Camp.
How can a single person book this EBC Helicopter Tour?
We will create a group of 5, and you can do this tour without chartering a whole helicopter. You can use of booking platform and book the trip.
Do you have the emergency oxygen cylinder in the Helicopter?
Yes, there is an emergency oxygen cylinder in the Helicopter. You can use it if you need it. Normally, you don’t need it.
Can we do a private Charter Everest Helicopter tour?
Yes, You can do the private charter Helicopter tour. You can contact us with your travel time. We will arrange a charter flight accordingly.
Do I get a refund if the tour gets canceled because of the weather?
Yes, you will get a full refund if the tour gets canceled because of the weather.
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