Everest base camp Helicopter Tour
Everest base camp Helicopter Tour
Everest base camp Helicopter tour

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp: Unforgettable Views
Duration1 Day
Trip GradeEasy
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5545
Group Size1-12
StartsKathmandu Airport
EndsKathmandu Airport
ActivitiesHelicopter Tour
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the easiest way to have an aerial view of the Great Himalayas in the shortest time. Flying just like a bird above the sky, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire Everest region. It is one of the must-do activities for a lifelong memory while in a Nepal tour. You witness the lush valleys, diverse landscapes, high-altitude Sherpa villages, and snow-capped mountains without any difficulty.

Flight over Mount Everest allows you to have a lifetime achievement to reach the vicinity of the world’s highest peak in no time. You can have a view of glaciers, icefalls, and dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park on this tour. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is not everyone’s cup of tea. The Everest Base Camp trek requires a good deal of physical fitness and mental determination.

Everest Helicopter Tour begins from the Kathmandu Airport and takes you to the Eastern Himalayas of Nepal. While flying to Mount Everest, you can have the mesmerizing vistas of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas around Kathmandu. The glittering peaks of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang regions come to your sight. After having the in-flight scenery of the natural and cultural wonders of the Kathmandu Valley, you move towards Lukla.

The helicopter then, lands at Lukla, also called Tenzing Hillary Airport for fuelling purposes. You can have a short break at Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region trekking. Then, you fly towards Everest Base Camp by enjoying the stunning vistas of the snowy peaks of the region. Here, you have two options: Everest Helicopter Tour with landing at different locations within the Everest region or without landing anywhere.

Cost of Everest Helicopter tour

Everest Heli tour without landing gives you the best aerial view of the high Himalayas in the world. The helicopter flies across Namche Bazaar, Tenboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Everest Base Camp. While on board, you get an astounding view of the socio-cultural and natural features of these places. Then, the helicopter flies back to Lukla and stops for a while to refuel it. After that, you fly back to the Kathmandu Valley to have the enchanting view of the Everest region once more.

The Everest Helicopter tour with landing is quite different from this tour without landing at any place around the Everest region. The cost of an Everest Helicopter tour with landing is a little higher than without landing. And the duration is also longer than that of an Everest Helicopter tour without landing. But the rewards are more precious, although it is costlier and longer though.

When the helicopter refuels at Lukla, it starts flying towards Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. You can reach there within 15 minutes while trekking takes around 10 days. The plane lands there for about 5 minutes as landing there may cause Acute Mountain Sickness. Within the given time, you can have a 360-degree panoramic view of the Everest Summit and other peaks.

Views from Kala Patthar

While landing at Kala Patthar, you can see the glittering peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m) as if smiling at you. Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, and other peaks can be seen from here. You can capture this lifetime achievement in your camera and the mind for lifelong memory. The snaps you capture here are the testimonials that you have been to Everest Base Camp once in a lifetime!

Then, the shuttle starts to fly back towards Syangboche or Everest View Hotel near Namche Bazaar. Flying for about 15 minutes, the helicopter lands at the world’s highest-altitude hotel. You can have a nearly 20-minute break here at Everest View Hotel. You can have your breakfast or lunch at this hotel by enjoying the close-up view of Mt. Everest and neighboring peaks.

After you enjoy the lot with the splendid vistas of the Himalayas, the shuttle flies towards Lukla. It refuels here and begins the retreat flight towards the Kathmandu Airport. The 45-minute flight lets you relish the scenery of the soaring peaks once again. When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. In this way, the Everest Helicopter tour with landing comes to an end by offering you the best helicopter tour in Nepal.

Who Can Do Everest Helicopter Fly?

As you don’t have to walk along the steep rugged trails up and down, an Everest helicopter tour can be done easily. Unlike the Everest Base Camp trek, it doesn’t require physical fitness and other hardships as well. Similarly, you don’t have to have a considerable vacation to spend in Nepal for this helicopter excursion to the Everest region.

What you have got to do is board the helicopter and get ready to focus on the rewards to have. Therefore, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is accessible to anyone from children to senior citizens. If you have just one day’s vacation in Nepal and want to see the Mountain Giants of Everest region, it is possible. Within three hours, you can fly towards Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Return to Kathmandu to enjoy the gorgeous Himalayas.

What is the best time for Helicopter Tour?

As it does take a short time, you can do Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour any time of the year. What is required is a fine day with clear visibility. In winter, the thick fog and mists may obstruct the visibility so it is difficult to do this tour. Besides this, you can never predict the weather conditions of the high-altitude places. In the rainy season as well, the heavy showers and unexpected fog and mists can be a hurdle for the flight.

You should be flexible for the delay, postponement, and cancellation of flights due to unavoidable weather conditions. Flying over Mt. Everest in winter and rainy seasons may not be apt for those having a very limited vacation. You cannot have the astounding vistas of the snow-capped peaks, the Khumbu Glacier, and the Khumbu Glacier in these seasons. Therefore, it is not much good idea to plan the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour at this time.

The best seasons for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour are spring and autumn. The days are fine with the perfect visibility that you can have the 360-degree aerial view of the Great Himalayas. Flying to the Everest region in these seasons is the best idea to have a lifelong memory of the snowy peaks around Mt. Everest. In these seasons, there are multiple flight services from Kathmandu Airport. We highly recommend you to book a trip to these two seasons.

Weight for Everest  Tour by Helicopter

According to the latest rules and regulations, a maximum of 5 persons and a pilot can fly in a helicopter tour to Everest. However, the weight limit is strictly implemented in this flight. As long as the flight is over 4,500 m, the weight limit is 240 kg. If the total weight of the passengers is 240 kg, the helicopter directly lands at Kala Patthar. But if the weight crosses the given limit, the helicopter lands at Periche. Then, takes two shuttle flights up to the vantage point of Mt. Everest Summit.

What to Bring Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

Carrying a rucksack is not necessary during Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour as it lasts for only 3 hours. You need to be careful about the clothing and snacks including water for the tour. If you are traveling in winter, you should put on a down jacket, woolen hat and thick trousers. But if you are touring in other seasons, you should wear a warm jacket, sun hat, cotton socks and sunglasses.

Bringing a fully charged high dimension camera with battery backup and a mobile phone is another thing you must do. You should have extra storage devices like memory cards or laptops as well. Using sun cream and packing dry food and enough water bottles are also equally important.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Highlight

  • Aerial view of the Great Himalayas in eastern Nepal
  • Dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Sherpa settlement areas are located in high-altitude
  • Stunning view of Mt. Everest Summit from Kala Patthar
  • Lunch or breakfast at Everest View Hotel, the world’s highest-placed hotel
  • Best aerial tour in the world
  • Accessible for all age groups
Itinerary

Note: Group of 5= USD 1100PP Group of 4=USD 1150 Group of 2-3= USD 1175 Group fo1=USD 1200

Trip PlanExpand All

Everest base camp Helicopter tour itinerary

5:30 to 6:30 AM: -Pick Up from Hotel and Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport domestic depart for scheduled Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp.

You will be Picked up by Nepal Trekking Routes representative at the hotel who will then transfer you Tribhuvan International Airport for your Everest base camp Helicopter tour.

6:30 to 7:30 AM: Preparation and processing to take your scheduled Helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp

We make your way towards the departure point after making sure all the documents are in order.

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Everest base camp helicopter tour will begin from around 7.30 A.M. heading towards the Mahalangur Himalayan range. Helicopter will take you through or fly over vibrant Sherpa settlement to the Everest Base Camp. At an altitude of 5,364m, Everest Base Camp or Kalapather will be our first stop on this Himalayan Journey. After landing at the Everest base camp or Kalapather Helicopter will take you back to Everet view Hotel for Breakfast.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Fly back from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu

After relishing a surreal moment at the Everest Base Camp, we begin our way back to the capital city. Taking to the skies, we bid goodbye to the majestic Mount Everest Himalayan Ranges marveling at their beauty for one last time.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Drive Back to your hotel/ Thamel. Good Bye and Departure

Touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be escorted back to your hotel by our representatives. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Included
  • Private transportation from Hotel to Airport and Airport to Hotel
  • Helicopter flight to Everest base camp on private as well as sharing(five Pax Maximum) and Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Helicopter flyover to Kalapatthar, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Icefall, and Khumbu Glacier and then fly back to Everest View Hotel for 1 Hour to 1hr 15 Minute for Breakfast
  • Oxygen cylinder and other Necessary things for emergency use.
  • Service charge
Excluded
  • Food and Drinks during the Helicopter tour period
  • Personal natural expenses
  • Breakfast at Everest view hotel (Everest view Point)
  • Card processing charge if you want to pay by card
  • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee(NPR3000) and Khumbu Pasang lhamu rural municipal entry fee(NPR 2000)
  • Personal Gear and Down Jacket
  • Landing at Kalapathat and Everest base camp
  • Tips and Donation.
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FAQs

To book the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you can follow these steps:

Research Tour Operators: Look for reputable tour operators or helicopter companies that offer the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Read reviews, compare prices, and check their safety record.

Contact the Tour Operator: Reach out to your chosen tour operator through their website, email, or phone number to inquire about availability, pricing, and any specific requirements.

Confirm the Details: Once you have selected a suitable date and received the necessary information, confirm the tour details with the tour operator. Provide them with any required personal details or preferences they may need.

Payment: Depending on the tour operator, you may be required to make a payment to secure your booking. Follow their payment instructions, which can usually be done online or through other accepted methods.

Get Confirmation: After making the payment, you will receive a confirmation of your booking, which may include important details such as the meeting point, time, and any additional instructions.

It is important to book your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour in advance, especially during peak seasons, as availability can be limited.

What should I wear and bring for the helicopter tour?

For the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, it is recommended to wear comfortable and layered clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions. Here’s a short list of what you should wear and bring:

Layered Clothing: Wear a base layer, such as moisture-wicking t-shirts or thermal tops, followed by a warm mid-layer like a fleece or down jacket. Bring a waterproof and windproof outer layer.

Pants and Shorts: Opt for comfortable pants or trekking pants. You may also consider bringing shorts if the weather permits.

Footwear: Wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction. It’s also essential to wear warm socks.

Hat and Gloves: Bring a warm hat and gloves to protect you from the cold, especially at higher altitudes.

Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Protect your eyes and skin from the sun’s UV rays by wearing sunglasses and applying sunscreen with a high SPF.

Backpack: Carry a small backpack to keep your essentials like a water bottle, camera, snacks, and personal items.

Water Bottle and Snacks: Stay hydrated during the tour by bringing a water bottle. Additionally, pack some energy bars or snacks to keep your self-energized.

Camera or Phone: Don’t forget to bring a camera or a smartphone to capture the stunning views during the tour.

Remember to check with your tour operator if they have any specific recommendations or requirements regarding clothing and equipment for the helicopter tour.

Yes, there are potential health concerns and altitude-related risks during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The tour involves flying to high altitudes, where the air is thin and the oxygen levels are lower. Altitude sickness can affect individuals differently, and symptoms can range from mild to severe, including headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.

It is important to be aware of the potential risks and take necessary precautions. It is recommended to acclimatize properly before the tour by spending a few days at higher altitudes. Staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous physical exertion, and listening to your body are crucial to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

If you experience severe symptoms or discomfort during the tour, inform the pilot or guide immediately. They will be trained to handle such situations and can provide assistance or take appropriate actions to ensure your safety. It’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before engaging in activities at high altitudes, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Please note that the specific health concerns and risks can vary for each individual, and it’s essential to assess your own health condition and consult with professionals to make an informed decision about participating in the helicopter tour.

Yes, it is possible to combine the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a trek to Everest Base Camp. Many tour operators offer packages that include both the helicopter tour and a trekking adventure to Everest Base Camp. This allows you to experience the thrill of the scenic helicopter flight and also immerse yourself in the trekking experience, enjoying the beauty of the Everest region up close. The helicopter tour can be a convenient and time-saving way to reach or return from Everest Base Camp, adding an extra dimension to your overall adventure.

Meals or snacks are not typically provided during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The duration of the tour is relatively short, usually lasting around 3 to 4 hours, and it primarily focuses on the scenic flight experience rather than including a meal break. It is recommended to have a meal or snack before the tour to keep yourself energized and satisfied during the flight. However, you can bring your own snacks or energy bars to enjoy during the journey, ensuring you have something to eat if needed.

Yes, during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, there is typically a pilot or guide who provides commentary throughout the flight. They will offer insights about the landmarks, mountains, and notable features you encounter during the tour. The pilot or guide will share interesting facts, stories, and historical information about the region, adding depth to your experience and enhancing your understanding of the surrounding landscape. Their commentary adds to the educational and immersive aspect of the tour.

Yes, you are typically allowed to take photographs or videos during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Capturing the breathtaking views and memorable moments is encouraged and adds to the overall experience. Remember to bring a camera or a smartphone with sufficient battery life and memory to capture the stunning vistas and share your journey with others. However, it’s important to follow any guidelines provided by the tour operator regarding the use of photography equipment during the flight to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers.

During the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you can expect to see stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, including several prominent peaks and glaciers. The tour provides an opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of Mount Everest, as well as other notable peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and more. You’ll also have a chance to admire the vastness of the Khumbu Glacier and the rugged landscapes of the Everest region. The aerial perspective offers a unique and awe-inspiring experience, showcasing the grandeur of the world’s highest mountains and the surrounding Himalayan terrain.

During the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, there may be stops or breaks depending on the specific itinerary and tour operator. Typically, the tour includes a brief stop at a scenic location near Everest Base Camp, allowing passengers to disembark, stretch their legs, and take in the breathtaking surroundings. The duration of the stop can vary but is usually kept relatively short to ensure the tour stays on schedule. However, it’s important to note that the availability of stops or breaks may vary among different tour operators, so it’s advisable to inquire about this specific detail when booking your tour.

Yes, there are typically weight restrictions for passengers on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The weight restrictions vary depending on the specific helicopter model and tour operator. It is important to check with the tour operator beforehand to ensure you meet any weight requirements and to allow them to allocate the appropriate seating arrangements for a safe and balanced flight.

For the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, it is recommended to wear comfortable and layered clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions. Here’s a short list of what you should wear and bring:

Layered Clothing: Wear a base layer, such as moisture-wicking t-shirts or thermal tops, followed by a warm mid-layer like a fleece or down jacket. Bring a waterproof and windproof outer layer.

Pants and Shorts: Opt for comfortable pants or trekking pants. You may also consider bringing shorts if the weather permits.

Footwear: Wear sturdy and comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots with good traction. It’s also essential to wear warm socks.

Hat and Gloves: Bring a warm hat and gloves to protect yourself from the cold, especially at higher altitudes.

Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Protect your eyes and skin from the sun’s UV rays by wearing sunglasses and applying sunscreen with a high SPF.

Backpack: Carry a small backpack to keep your essentials like a water bottle, camera, snacks, and personal items.

Water Bottle and Snacks: Stay hydrated during the tour by bringing a water bottle. Additionally, pack some energy bars or snacks to keep yourself energized.

Camera or Phone: Don’t forget to bring a camera or a smartphone to capture the stunning views during the tour.

Remember to check with your tour operator if they have any specific recommendations or requirements regarding clothing and equipment for the helicopter tour.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a scenic flight experience that takes you on a helicopter journey to the Everest Base Camp, the starting point for climbers attempting to summit Mount Everest. It allows you to enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, and provides an opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of the region without the need for trekking or climbing.

During the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, various safety measures are taken to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience. These measures may include:

Experienced Pilots: The tour is conducted by skilled and licensed helicopter pilots with extensive training and experience in mountainous terrain.

Regular Maintenance: Helicopters undergo regular maintenance and inspections to ensure they are in optimal condition and meet safety standards.

Safety Briefings: Passengers receive pre-flight safety briefings that cover important information, emergency procedures, and the proper use of safety equipment.

Weather Monitoring: The tour operator closely monitors weather conditions and makes flight decisions based on safety guidelines, ensuring flights are conducted in favorable weather conditions.

Emergency Equipment: Helicopters are equipped with emergency equipment, including first aid kits, oxygen systems, and communication devices, to handle any unforeseen circumstances.

Communication: Pilots maintain regular communication with the ground control and have access to emergency services if needed.

Compliance with Regulations: The tour operator adheres to aviation regulations and safety protocols established by relevant authorities.

These safety measures are implemented to prioritize the well-being and security of passengers throughout the helicopter tour.

There are typically no strict age restrictions for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. However, it’s important to consider the comfort and safety of all passengers, especially younger children and elderly individuals. It is advisable to check with the tour operator or Helicopter Company for any specific age recommendations or guidelines they may have in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on board.

No, you do not need any previous climbing or trekking experience for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The tour is specifically designed for individuals who want to experience the beauty of the Everest region without the physical challenges of trekking or climbing. It is a scenic flight experience that allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, without the need for any specialized skills or prior mountain experience.

Yes, you can see Mount Everest from the helicopter during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The tour is designed to provide passengers with stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, and Mount Everest is one of the highlights. Depending on the weather conditions and visibility, you will have the opportunity to witness the majestic peak of Mount Everest from the helicopter, creating a memorable and awe-inspiring experience.

The helicopter on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour typically flies at varying altitudes depending on the specific itinerary and the areas being covered. However, it generally reaches altitudes ranging from 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) to 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) above sea level. This allows passengers to get a spectacular aerial view of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest.

The best time of year to take the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is during the spring and autumn seasons. These seasons, specifically from March to May and September to November, offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and better visibility, allowing for stunning views of the Himalayas and Mount Everest. It is advisable to avoid the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and the winter months (December to February) due to extreme cold and potential weather disruptions.

The maximum number of passengers allowed on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour depends on the specific helicopter and tour operator. Generally, it can accommodate around 4 to 6 passengers, including the pilot. However, it’s important to check with the tour operator for the exact passenger limit of the specific helicopter being used.

The duration of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour typically lasts around 3 to 4 hours, including the time spent for flying to the base camp, exploring the area, and returning to the starting point.

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