Everest Helicopter Tour Highlights
- You will enjoy the blissful Helicopter flight directly from Kathmandu to the base of the world’s highest peak.
- You can have a privilege of landing at Kala Patthar, 5545 meters in a matter of an hour.
- You get to fly over the major places of the Everest Base Camp trek and catch the eagle eye’s view of the region within 4 hours.
- You will reach the Everest Base Camp, 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 hotel in the world!
- You will see some of the best mountain views in the world!
- 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.
Nepal has 8 of the 10 world’s highest peaks. The Himalayan Region holds 1,310 peaks that are over 6,000 metres. Various gorges, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, flora, fauna and exotic animals add in 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 strong physically or mentally, then long-distance high altitude walk might not be a good idea for you.
So, is there no alternative?
Of course, there is a helicopter tour to the Everest! The Everest Base Camp Trek takes 12 days to complete, but with a helicopter, you can do it 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. We understand that compared to the fixed-wing Mount Everest Flight out of Kathmandu Airport, the Helicopter Tour may seem expensive.
But to cater to our clients’ needs we have now arranged group programmes which keep the prices down making the Everest 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 airport in the Kathmandu Valley, the helicopter will land at Lukla Airport in the Khumbu Region for refuelling.
From here we travel across all the major sightseeing points, including those lovely Sherpa villages far below. Landing at 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 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 unfavourable, 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. The helicopters we use are also used 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) which is also known as the viewpoint of Everest. 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 a long time 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 in your device. After that spectacular view, you might be feeling 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 champagne breakfast.
Special add-on on private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour
1. Hire a professional photographer
It is a huge achievement to be nearest to the highest peak in the world. You might want to capture the once in a lifetime memory. With the special add-on facility, you can hire a professional photographer to take photos of you. You will have amazing photos for your beautiful memory.
2. Hire a guide
Another special add-on facility provides you with the opportunity to hire a guide. The guide can explain as you pass through the different mountains, glaciers, and landmark.
Group Joining Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour
Are you travelling solo? Not sure you have enough money for a chartered 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 helicopter tour. Just a difference in price. This one is offered at the best price possible.
Please contact us at Magical Nepal to find out more about this wonderful trip and the cost of the helicopter tour we offer.
Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp Route Map
What you see above is the outline map of this Everest Base Camp helicopter tour.
Please note that the map is not on a scale.
The air traffic and weather are the two main factors that determine the flying route. So, the actual flying route from Kathmandu to Lukla may vary due to air traffic and/or weather. Meantime, you can browse this more detailed trek map of trekking in Everest region.
Note: The time may vary depending on weather condition and the availability of the helicopter
Everest Helicopter Tour Cost
Everest helicopter tour cost $1000 per person is 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.
Heli Tour to Everest Base Camp – Detailed Itinerary
Breakfast at Over 5,000m? Why Not?
A champagne breakfast on Everest in the heart of the Nepal Himalayas has to be high on everyone’s bucket list! And why would it not be?
No having to trek for 14 days to get there, no having to sleep in trekking lodges along the route, and no stiff legs! Simply board a B3e series helicopter in Kathmandu and fly to the top of the world. Well, almost the top of the world… see the itinerary below. Then tell us this is not something you would love to do!
Please note timings are not exact. It will depend on weather conditions on the day so please use these times as a guide only.
Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
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 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 to the viewing point of Everest: Kalapatthar (5,545m). The helicopter cannot switch off its engines 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 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.
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!
- 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.
|5:30 - 6:00||Drive from Hotel to Airport|
|6:00 - 6:30||Boarding|
|6:30 - 7:15||Kathmandu to Lukla Flight|
|7:15 - 7:30||Refueling|
|7:30 - 7:50||Lukla to Kala Patthar|
|7:50 - 8:00||Landing in Kalapatthar|
|8:00 - 8:15||Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort|
|8:15 - 9:00||Breakfast|
|9:00 - 9:50||Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort to Kathmandu|
|9:50 - 11:00||Drive from Airport to Hotel|