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Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private Vehicle/Helicopter

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kala Patthar (5550m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 1 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov

If you’re planning a trek to the Everest Base Camp then it is undoubtedly one of the most popular and challenging treks in the world, but what if we told you that you don’t have to trek to the base camp to experience the majestic beauty of Mount Everest? Yes, that’s right! You can opt for an Everest Base Camp helicopter tour, which will take you on a thrilling journey through the highest mountain range in the world.

A helicopter tour to the Everest Base Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that lets you appreciate the stunning snow-capped mountains from an aerial perspective. During this tour, you’ll fly over the Khumbu region, which is home to some of the tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. Not only will you get to see the majestic peaks up close, but you’ll also witness the Sherpa culture and lifestyle that permeates this region.

The trip begins in Kathmandu, where your helicopter will take off and fly east toward the Himalayas. As you take off, you’ll be awestruck by the stunning views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills. As you reach the Himalayas, you’ll be able to spot some of the highest peaks in the world before finally reaching the Everest Base Camp.

As you approach the base camp, your pilot will expertly navigate through the mountainous landscape, taking in breathtaking views of the Khumbu Glacier and the iconic Khumbu Icefall. You’ll get an up-close look at some of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring landscapes, all from the comfort of a modern helicopter.

The Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is undoubtedly the best way to experience the beauty of the Himalayas. With its stunning views, comfortable seating, and expert pilots, it’s an experience that you’ll never forget. If you’re short on time or not up for the physical challenges of trekking, the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is the perfect alternative for you.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Highlights

  • Mt. Everest & other world’s highest mountains
  • Kala Patthar (5,644m)– the most popular Himalayan viewpoint
  • Everest Base Camp (5,364m) & the Khumbu Glacier
  • Breakfast at Hotel Everest View (3380m)– hotel at the world’s highest point
  • Tenzing Hillary Airport – Lukla

Itinerary

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

5:30 – 6:30 Drive from Hotel to Airport
You need to wake up early as our representatives will meet you at your hotel and then drive to the domestic section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

6:00 – 6:30 Paper works then Boarding
Check in the airport and begin a little paperwork (don’t forget your passport) like paying the domestic airport tax, and measuring your weight. After it is confirmed that the weather is good both in Everest region and in Kathmandu, and the mountains are visible and it’s safe to fly, you board the helicopter and fly to Everest region stopping first at a small airstrip (Tenzing Hillary Airport) in Lukla.

6:30 – 7:15 Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu
Flying to Lukla from Kathmandu passing through various small towns, beautiful landscapes, and mountains and finally landing at Lukla.

7:15 – 7:30 Short stop at Lukla for refueling
Stop for about 10-15 minutes at Lukla for refuelling at which time you can explore a bit around Lukla airport observing planes landing and taking off to Kathmandu bringing and taking Everest trekkers and mountaineers.

7:30 – 7:50 Lukla to Kala Patthar on a Helicopter (Fly over Everest Base Camp & Khumbu Glacier)
The fun begins from here after you take off from Lukla airport and fly to the Everest Base Camp past the EBC trek trail. Below down passes Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and finally reach Everest Base Camp. Your helicopter captain points out all the mountains that come into view such as Cho-Oye, AmaDablam etc. Fly past Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Glacier. You might see tents of mountaineers on the base camp if it’s a climbing season.

7:50 – 8:00 Landing Helicopter in Kalapatthar
After Everest Base Camp fly to Kala Patthar and land which will be around 10-15 minutes as the helicopter can’t stay much longer at the higher altitude, and if it’s windy then need to take off immediately. Mt. Everest is seen much closer from Kala Patthar including other world’s highest peaks. After some photographic opportunities fly to Hotel Everest View for breakfast.

8:00 – 8:15 Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel
Have breakfast at Hotel Everest View observing Mt. Everest at a distance and the Khumbu Valley sipping a cup of coffee/tea. The permit for Everest is also collected here.

8:15 – 9:00 Breakfast on Everest View Hotel
Enjoy the morning with a good breakfast at the hotel. Hotel Everest View (3380m) is considered the hotel at the world’s highest point.

9:00 – 9:50 Everest View Hotel to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu one more time stopping at Lukla for refuelling and one more time to spend some time in the Khumbu region.

9:50 – 11:00 Drive from Airport to Hotel
Our representatives will meet you outside the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

What is included?

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Everest Heli-tour as per the itinerary
  • Domestic airport departure tax.
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Municipality Permit (2000)
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3000)
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses, meals, drinks etc.
  • Tips or gratuities.

FAQ's

1. What is the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is an exhilarating and time-efficient helicopter flight that takes you on an aerial journey to the base camp of Mount Everest, one of the most renowned trekking destinations in Nepal. This tour offers a stunning bird’s-eye view of the Himalayas and allows you to experience the Everest region without the need for a long trek.

2. What is the duration of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The duration of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is 4  hours, including the flight time, landing at Everest Base Camp, and short stops for sightseeing and refuelling.

3. What are the major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The major highlights of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour include flying over the breathtaking Khumbu region, viewing Mount Everest (8,848m) and other iconic peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse, landing at Everest Base Camp, enjoying panoramic views of the Himalayas, and witnessing the majestic Khumbu Glacier.

4. Is the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour safe?
Yes, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is considered safe when conducted by experienced pilots and reputable tour operators. Nepal’s aviation industry adheres to strict safety regulations, and helicopters used for tours are well-maintained and regularly inspected.

5. What is the best time to do the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The best time to do the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and better visibility, providing an ideal opportunity to enjoy the mountain views.

6. Do I need to be physically fit for the helicopter tour?
No, the helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp does not require trekking or extensive physical exertion. It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, making it an excellent option for those who cannot undertake the rigorous Everest trek.

7. Can I take photographs during the helicopter tour?
Yes, you are allowed to take photographs and capture the mesmerizing views during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will have large windows, providing ample opportunities for photography.

8. Can I customize the helicopter tour itinerary?
No, since the landing and flying duration at specific spots are generally fixed due to operational constraints.

Equipment

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a fantastic way to experience the breathtaking views of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, without the physical challenges of trekking. Since this tour involves a relatively short visit to the Everest region, your packing list can be more streamlined. Here's a packing list for an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:

Clothing:
Layered clothing for temperature variations (consider the time of year)
Moisture-wicking and breathable base layers
Insulating layers like fleece or down jacket
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Warm hat and gloves
Sunglasses with UV protection
Sun hat or cap

Personal Items:
Passport 
Cash and credit cards
Camera, Mobile phone
Sunglasses with UV protection
Travel insurance documents

Helicopter Tour Specific Items:
Confirm the weight limit for your helicopter tour. Pack as lightly as possible to avoid excess weight fees.
Ensure your camera and phone are charged and have sufficient memory for photos and videos.

It's important to check the weather forecast for the time of your tour and pack accordingly. Dressing in layers is crucial, as temperatures can vary significantly between lowland regions and high altitudes. Additionally, double-check with your tour operator for any specific recommendations or requirements for the helicopter tour.

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