|Starts at: kathmandu||Ends at: Kathmandu|
|Trek Region: Everest||Transport: Helicopter|
|Duration: 5 hours||Trip Grade: Gentle|
|Max Altitude: 5555m/18225ft||Accommodation: 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 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 Everest region in a helicopter.
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, 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.
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 tour 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 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.
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 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.
Please contact us at Magical Nepal to learn more about this wonderful trip and the cost of the Everest base camp helicopter tour we offer.
Everest Helicopter Tour Cost
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. The altitude of Mount Everest is more than 29,000 feet (8,848 meters), which is significantly higher than the altitude of other popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Flying at a helicopter at such a high altitude presents several challenges, including thin air, extremely cold temperatures, and the risk of high-altitude sickness.
Due to these challenges, helicopter tours to Mount Everest Base Camp require specialized equipment and highly trained pilots. The cost of operating these tours is, therefore, 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. All these factors contribute to the higher cost of helicopter tours to Mount Everest.
It’s worth noting that while these tours can be expensive, they offer an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. Many people who have taken these tours consider them a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth the 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 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 altitude. During the winter months (Jan to Feb), 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. In fact, it is the perfect time to see white snow mountain and have a different view than in 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 around 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 conditions.
The landing at Kalapathar in the Everest base camp helicopter tour depends on the weather. It is at an 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
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 drink of tea in your hotel before driving 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 Himalayan 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 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, 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 can stay only 10 minutes there.
In addition, the human body cannot transition from 1,400m (Kathmandu) to over 5,500m in a couple of hours! While it is perfectly safe to make 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 highlights this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Returning to the hotel, you can now enjoy a celebratory champagne breakfast while the other party members board the helicopter trip 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 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.
- Should it not be possible to fly on your given date, this tour will be held the following day.
Helicopter Access to Everest Region – Alternative Trips
The Helicopter to Everest Base Camp Tour, often called Breakfast on Everest,
is a fantastic morning trip to Mount Everest. But what about those people who want to stay a bit longer in the region or even continue by foot on the Everest Base Camp Trek or any of the many other treks in this area?
Currently, we offer two alternatives: one for those who want to trek but don’t want to spend the time to drive to the new airport now being used to fly people into the Everest Region, and one for people who want to spend a few days in Namche Bazaar and either explore the surroundings, join a trek out of Namche, or enjoy being in the heart of the Himalayas for a break without having to hike anywhere.
Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight
Now that the airport set aside by the Government of Nepal for flying people in/out of the Everest Region is several hours’ drive from Kathmandu, flying by helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla is the ideal alternative. This 45 – 60 minute flight brings you into Lukla, where you can start your trek as normal.
Cost: Helicopter on a shared basis – approximately USD 600 per person.
Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight
For those who want to either join a trek from Namche Bazaar (thus cutting two days from the itinerary) or those who want to explore Namche and its surroundings for a few days, flying into Namche Bazaar from Kathmandu by helicopter is a great idea. It takes around 45 minutes for the flight. Those wishing to trek can join a tour at Namche or custom their own trek. Those who wish for a more relaxed time with no trekking involved can stay in a very comfortable hotel in Namche and take in the sights and sounds of the Himalayan mountains without any stress. It can also include flying over Everest Base Camp and landing at Kala Pattar.
Cost: Helicopter on a shared basis – from approximately USD 700 to USD 900 per person
Best Time to Everest base camp Helicopter Tour
The best times for these tours are March to mid-May (spring) and September to December (autumn).
Everest Helicopter tour in Spring
From March to mid-May, the weather is perfect, and it is peak expedition season, so you will see a base camp full of expedition tents and climbers.
Everest Helicopter tour in Rainy Season
June to August is the monsoon season, so there will be rain in the lower regions and frequently canceled flights because of the weather. On the other hand, it is very lush and green at lower altitudes.
Everest Helicopter tour in Autumn
September to December again has good weather and clear skies.
Everest Base camp helicopter tour in Winter
December to February will be extremely cold, with temperatures falling to -20 below or more during the night. However, there will be plenty of snow on the mountains, bringing them to life.
Please note that the weather can change quickly in any season. If the weather is not clear, the tour will be canceled. If it cannot be rescheduled, you will get a full refund.
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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 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 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 in 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 have 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 $1000 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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