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Everest Helicopter tour with Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing

Everest Helicopter tour with Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Easy

  • Destination

    Destination: Everest region

  • Activities

    Activities: Helicopter Tour/Cultural Sightseeing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane/Helicopter

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Kala Patthar (5550m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 1 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas with an Everest Helicopter tour combined with a cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Your adventure begins with a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu by plane then the next day thrilling helicopter ride that takes you on a scenic flight over some of the highest peaks in the world. Witness spectacular views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and many others during the flight. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers from a vantage point that few people get to see.

After your helicopter tour, you will explore the cultural wonders of Kathmandu, a city rich in history and tradition. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the ancient temples of Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath, the bustling streets of Thamel, and the historic Durbar Square.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, taste traditional Nepali cuisine, and shop for souvenirs at local markets. Your guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of each site, making this a truly enriching experience.

Everest Helicopter tour with Kathmandu cultural sightseeing is a perfect blend of adventure and culture, allowing you to see the best of Nepal in a single day.

Everest Helicopter tour with Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing Highlights

  • Cultural Kathmandu Sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Scenic Trans Himalayan Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & back.
  • Sagarmatha National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Everest Base Camp & Khumbu Glacier.
  • Kala Patthar with 360-degree Himalayan panorama.
  • Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Pumori, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & many more.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840m/40 min) by plane
Day 03: Everest Sightseeing tour by helicopter & back to Lukla (2840m)
Day 04: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m/40min) by plane & Bhaktapur/Nagarkot (2175m) tour
Day 05: Drive to Kathmandu & Sightseeing
Day 06: Final Departure

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Take this day to rest or explore the city on your own. 

Hotel

Wake up early in the morning and drive to the domestic section of the airport in Kathmandu for a flight to Lukla. After checking the weather it’s flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at Tenzing Hillary Airport. You will have a packed breakfast from the hotel which can be eaten while waiting for the plane at Kathmandu airport. After a 40-45-minute flight from Kathmandu, you will finally land at Lukla. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

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.

 

After Everest Base Camp fly to Kala Patthar (5550m) and land which will be around 10-15 minutes as the helicopter can’t stay much longer at the higher altitude. Mt. Everest is seen much closer from Kala Patthar including other world’s highest peaks. After some photographic opportunities, fly back to Lukla for an overnight stay.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Bid farewell to the Everest region and the mountain, and take again the trans-Himalayan flight back to Kathmandu to Lukla. The Himalayas slowly fade from your plane window screen and finally land at the airport in Kathmandu.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur, also known is a medieval city renowned for its well-preserved architecture, artwork, and rich cultural heritage. Explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to numerous temples, palaces, and courtyards adorned with exquisite woodcarvings and statues.

After exploring Bhaktapur, you'll head to Nagarkot renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest on clear days. In the evening witness the sunset over the Himalayas from Nagarkot.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Enjoy the last glimpses of the stunning mountain vistas as you leave Nagarkot behind. The route from Nagarkot to Kathmandu offers picturesque views of the surrounding hills, terraced fields, and rural villages. Your first stop is Patan Durbar Square with it’s intricately carved temples, palaces, and courtyards that reflect the Newari architecture and craftsmanship.

Next, proceed to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will observe devotees performing rituals and prayers along the banks of the Bagmati River, which flows beside the temple.

After Pashupatinath, head to Boudhanath, one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Take a leisurely stroll around the stupa, soaking in the spiritual atmosphere and observing pilgrims performing kora (circumambulation) around it.

Your final stop for the day is Swayambhunath, another iconic Buddhist stupa situated atop a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Explore the temple complex, which includes various shrines, monasteries, and statues, as well as resident monkeys roaming freely. Then back to hotel in Kathmandu. 

Hotel
Breakfast included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

 

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu, Lukla & Nagarkot with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental fees.
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu round airfare.
  • Everest Heli-tour as per the itinerary.
  • Tour guide throughout the trip.
  • Permits for Everest National Park.
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International airfares.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (On arrival visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, bottle water etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips.

FAQ's

1. What is the best time of year to take the Everest Helicopter tour?
The best time for the Everest Helicopter tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally clear, and the views of the Himalayas are stunning.

2. Do I need any special permits for the Everest Helicopter tour?
No special permits are required for the Everest Helicopter tour besides Everest National Park Permit which cost US$30 and Khumbu Municipality Entrance US$20.

3. Is the Everest Helicopter tour suitable for people with altitude sickness?
Yes, the Everest Helicopter tour is suitable for people with altitude sickness as it does not involve trekking to high altitudes. However, individuals with severe altitude sickness or other medical conditions should consult their doctor before undertaking the tour.

4. What should I wear for the Everest Helicopter tour?
It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Additionally, dress in layers as temperatures can vary during the flight and at higher altitudes.

5. Are there any age restrictions for the Everest Helicopter tour?
There are no strict age restrictions for the Everest Helicopter tour. However, children must be accompanied by adults, and individuals with medical conditions should consult with the tour operator beforehand.

6. Can I bring a camera or other electronic devices on the Everest Helicopter tour?
Yes, you can bring cameras and other electronic devices to capture the stunning views during the Everest Helicopter tour. However, be sure to secure your belongings properly as the helicopter may experience turbulence during the flight.

Equipment


Packing for tour in Nepal will require some careful planning, as you'll be traveling through various landscapes and experiencing different activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable clothing during summer
  • Warm jackets or sweater during winter
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection and to cover up during temple visits
  • Insulating layers for cooler evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho (especially during the monsoon season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Flip-flops or sandals for casual wear
  • Swimsuit (if you plan to use the hotel pools)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Socks and underwear

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, visa, and photocopies
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Money belt or hidden pouch for valuables
  • Power adapter and voltage converter (Nepal uses the Type C and Type D electrical plugs)

Health and Personal Items:

  • Prescription medications and necessary medical supplies
  • First-aid kit with essentials like bandaids, antiseptic, pain relievers, and diarrhea medication
  • Insect repellent (for Chitwan National Park)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel and washcloth

Outdoor Gear 

  • Daypack or backpack for day trips
  • Water bottle with a purification system or purification tablets
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Ziplock bags (for organizing and protecting items)

Miscellaneous:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards
  • Books or travel guides
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Travel pillow and earplugs (for more comfortable rest during long bus rides)
  • Also, consider the season and specific activities you'll be doing in each location, as weather conditions can vary.
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