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Everest Base Camp Heli Tour
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4 - 5 $1,199
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Max. Elevation
5364 m / 17598 ft
Group size
1 to 5 pax
Level
Moderate
Transportation
Heli as per itinerary and Private transportation hotel - airport - hotel
Best Season
April to June, September to November
Starts at / Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Accomodation
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Trip Route
Kathmandu - Mount Everest - Kathmandu

Highlights

  • An enchanting sweeping flight within close range of giant Himalayan peaks.
  • Flying high above beautiful and scenic country landscapes of hills and valleys.
  • Enjoy the dramatic scenery of Everest base camp with fields of ice and glaciers.
  • Stand beneath high and scenic Kalapathar Hill with closest views of Mt. Everest.
  • An amazing experience of a lifetime amidst towering Himalayan mountain range.
  • Enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, from the comfort of a helicopter.
  • Experience the thrill of flying over rugged terrain, deep valleys, and alpine landscapes, providing a bird's-eye view of the Everest region's dramatic topography.

Overview

EVEREST BASE CAMP HELICOPTER TOUR: enjoy the flight to enchantment amidst world’s highest peaks’
The Everest base camp helicopter tour, takes you high above Nepal’s beautiful country landscapes, flying unparalleled within the Himalayan range of peaks.
Truly a jaw-dropping experience on an Everest base camp helicopter tour, overlooking the 360 ° range of Himalayan peaks. 
From Manaslu, Ganesh, and Langtang Himal, the helicopter heads east with views of Mt. Gaurishankar and Mt. Everest. The flight heads above the Dudh Koshi River gorge and valleys past the nice Sherpa villages of Lukla, Phakding. Facing views of the famous Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery, amidst beautiful forest surrounding.
Then the chopper heads due northeast above Pheriche scenic valley flying towards Everest base camp. The pilot makes a swift round of the base camp, allowing passengers to catch glimpse of the Everest base camp. Which is covered in a moraine of ice and glaciers with close views of the tumbling Khumbu Ice-Fall.
After a breathtaking moment flying above Everest base camp, then slowly the chopper makes a smooth landing on a wide field. Right on the bottom of the famous view-point Kalapathar hill, a perfect spot to catch stunning views of Mt. Everest.
An excellent scenic spot for the closest views of Mt. Everest at a mere distance with adjoining Mt. Lhotse and Nuptse. Standing beneath towering Mt. Pumori and rocky black Kalapathar hill, overlooking the astounding scenery of a giant mountain range. This is the exact place where the meeting took place on World Environment Day in Nepal, by a top Government official. The highest conference was held on December 4th, 2009, with the close backdrop of Mt. Everest at 5,250 m high.
From this glorious spot, the pilot heads the chopper for the return journey to Kathmandu with a brief stop for refreshment. Landing at a small Helipad of Everest View Hotel, enjoy warm drinks and breakfast with views of Mt. Everest.
The Helicopter then heads to Lukla for a short stop to re-fuel and then heads back to Kathmandu. After a marvelous morning adventure on the Everest base camp helicopter tour with great service and arrangement of Himalayan Forever Treks.
Detailed Itinerary: Pickup time by late 6:30 a.m. Flight Time from 7 to 8 a.m. as weather wise. Duration of flight with stops: 3-4 hours. Back to Hotel by 10:30 a.m. or 11: 30 a.m. Flight distance of 160 k.m. / 100 miles from Kathmandu to Everest base camp. 
Morning our staff receives you for a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport terminal. After checking in through security, and then board in a small spacious helicopter greeted by the captain and airlines crews. Enjoy the comfort on 4-5 seated helicopter, passengers can have the opportunity to seat beside the pilot on the front. As the helicopter lifts off enjoy the alluring panoramic views of Kathmandu valley and the city. Heading high views of Himalayan range of peaks appears in front, facing Ganesh, Manaslu Himal in the west. Includes Langtang and Jugal Himal towards north, as the chopper heads east views of 
Mt. Gaurishankar and Mt. Everest with Mt. Makalu. The pilot might make a short landing near Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary Airport to drop the fuel for return journey.
This makes the Helicopter much lighter to fly on higher altitude, as the flight follows the Dudh Koshi River. Heading past above lovely Sherpa villages with glimpse of Namche Bazaar, the famous town and hub of all trekkers and villagers.
The Helicopter heads North-East past beautiful Tengboche Monastery amidst green woodland, heading straight north. Reaching close to Mt. Everest, where pilot makes a quick round of Everest base camp. Allowing passengers to catch exciting views of Everest base camp, filled with remorseless field of rocky moraine, ice and glaciers. Facing close looks of massif Khumbu Ice-Fall, the main obstacles for mountaineers, then the helicopter makes a soft safe landing.
A perfect and scenic spot for a Helipad below Kalapathar high hill, a famous and popular view-point for all trekkers. Enjoy the glorious vista of Mt. Everest at close distance of mere 5-6 k.m. aerial distance. A spectacular and safe spot for helicopter to park, as well for glamorous scenery of towering peaks that surrounds the photogenic place. After an enjoyable and grand experience the helicopter takes you to a wonderful spot on a high ridge at Everest View Hotel.
Where all passengers can enjoy the refreshment and breakfast along with superb views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. The return journey on the same route via Lukla for re-fuel, then on the air to land at Kathmandu airport.
On reaching Kathmandu air terminal, transfer for a short drive back to your hotel, after glorious morning adventure on Everest base camp Helicopter Tour.

1. 5 Best Reasons to Choose Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
a. Time Efficiency: Witness the majesty of Everest in a fraction of the time it takes for traditional treks.

b. Scenic Views: Soar above the Himalayas, enjoying uninterrupted vistas of the world's highest peaks.

c. Accessibility: Experience the beauty of Everest without the physical demands of trekking.

d. Luxury Experience: Enjoy the tour in comfort, with the option of personalized services.

e. Photographic Opportunities: Capture unparalleled aerial shots of Everest and its surrounding landscapes.

2. Major Attractions of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Marvel at iconic landmarks like Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, Kalapatther, and Ama Dablam. The helicopter tour provides a unique perspective, allowing you to appreciate the grandeur of these Himalayan wonders.

3. Is the Everest base camp helicopter tour safe?
The Everest base camp is located at a high altitude of 5,643 meters with a landing at Hotel Everest view. Our helicopters are strong enough to handle the weather and strong winds at that height, ensuring a safe trip. Additionally, we have experienced pilots and crew members with years of experience flying in the Himalayas. Rest assured, our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a secure journey. This trip is also ideal for individuals with disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from trekking to Everest base camp.

4. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight Route
The flight route for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is meticulously planned to showcase the iconic landmarks of the Khumbu region. The route typically includes panoramic views of the Himalayan range, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, and the breathtaking landscapes that define the Everest region.

5. Weather and Climate
The success of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is contingent on weather conditions. Tours are subject to clear skies and favorable weather. Operators prioritize passenger safety, and flights are rescheduled if weather conditions are deemed unfavorable.

6. Up to What Altitude Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour typically reaches altitudes of around 18,000 feet, providing an awe-inspiring view of the towering peaks and the Everest region's rugged terrain.

7. Is There Oxygen Cylinder Available in the Helicopter If Needed?
Helicopters are equipped with oxygen cylinders to ensure the well-being of passengers at higher altitudes. This provision adds an extra layer of safety and comfort to the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

8. Clothing and Preparation for Everest Helicopter Tour
Dress in layers, considering the fluctuating temperatures. Comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sturdy footwear are recommended. Be prepared for varying weather conditions during the tour.

9. How Long Landing at Kalapatther?
The duration of the landing at Kalapatther varies but typically allows ample time for passengers to absorb the breathtaking scenery, take photographs, and immerse themselves in the unparalleled beauty of the Everest region.

10. Why Choose Us for Your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
Our extensive experience in organizing successful Himalayan trips and our seasoned team make us an ideal travel companion in Nepal. We provide the ultimate Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Safety is our top priority for our guests and the environment on all our adventures. Here are a few reasons why our service stands out for its high quality.

11. Best season for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
The best time to experience the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is during the winter months, from December to February. This season provides clear views of the magnificent mountains. In contrast, the period from June to mid-September is typically characterized by unpredictable weather and poor visibility, resulting in frequent flight delays and cancellations. Despite the cold temperatures, taking the helicopter tour during winter is worth it for the stunning views it offers.

12. How high can we fly the helicopter around Everest?
I wonder how high we can fly a helicopter near Everest. The peak of Mt. Everest reaches 8,848 meters above sea level. Various factors, like freezing temperatures, strong winds, and the thin air, limit the helicopter's ability to fly around Everest. Most helicopters wouldn't be able to generate enough lift to stay in the air at such high altitudes. Thus, during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter journey, we will typically fly at altitudes between 5,000 and 5,500 meters. Keep in mind that the helicopter's flying height will also depend on the engine's capabilities.

13. Is it possible to take a helicopter from Everest base camp to the top of Mount Everest?
The Airbus Euro-copter 350 B3 model helicopter successfully made a test flight and landed on the summit of Mount Everest. Commercial flights typically fly over Kalapathar and Everest base camp, but not directly to the summit of Mount Everest. However, with special permission and favorable weather conditions, it is sometimes possible to fly to the summit for the best views. Weather can be unpredictable, with wind and clouds potentially causing challenges for the flight. Rest assured, we will do our utmost to make your dream a reality.

14. Can a helicopter land at Everest base camp?
Yes, helicopters can land at Everest base camp, but only during the season of April to May. The Air Bus H125 model helicopter is preferred for its performance in landing at Mount Everest. This model can easily carry up to 3 people or 250 kg at a time for landing at the base camp. It is recommended to contact us in advance to make landing arrangements for helicopters. Landing a helicopter depends on the availability of level space, and it may not always be safe and secure due to the presence of boulders, rocks, and glaciers. Rock falls and avalanches can occur at any time, posing a risk for both the helicopter and its passengers. During mid-April to the end of May, there is a temporary helipad available for Expedition teams. Please note that this temporary helipad is essential for Expedition teams and requires prior arrangements.

Important Note

Tour Grade: Leisure, short walks with touch of high altitude. Highest
landing spot: Beneath Kalapathar Hill at 5,250 m /17,224 feet.
Flight duration: Maximum 3 -4 hours as weather permits.
Type of Helicopter:  AS 350 B series of helicopters of Euro-Copter, France popular world-wide and Ecureuil model or similar types. 
Stops and Landing: Lukla, Everest View Hotel for breakfast, refreshment, the main stop at the base of Kalapathar Hill.
Maximum Seating: 4-5 passengers with spacious wide seating beside pilot.
Best Seasons for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:
Nearly all seasons of the year, spring, pre-summer, and autumn/fall as well as wintertime also. But during mid-summer of monsoon wet months from middle June to August months. The most favorable time is in spring from March to May, when days are longer with enough sun shining. 
Can be cloudy and windy afternoon, the next best season is autumn/fall. Days are fine and crystal clear for views and scenic joy ride on a helicopter, but shorter days due to limited sunshine hours. Interested people can join in for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour during the winter time of December to February also. Most days are clear and fine, but very cold mornings and late afternoons.

Trip Itinerary

Pickup time by late 6:30 a.m. Flight Time from 7 to 8 a.m. as weather wise.Duration of flight with stops: 3-4 hours. Back to Hotel by 10:30 a.m. or 11: 30 a.m. Flight distance of 160 k.m. / 100 miles from Kathmandu to Everest base camp. 

Morning our staff receives you for a short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport terminal. After checking in through security, and then board in a small spacious helicopter greeted by the captain and airlines crews. Enjoy the comfort on 4-5 seated helicopter, passengers can have the opportunity to seat beside the pilot on the front. As the helicopter lifts off enjoy the alluring panoramic views of Kathmandu valley and the city. Heading high views of Himalayan range of peaks appears in front, facing Ganesh, Manaslu Himal in the west. Includes Langtang and Jugal Himal towards north, as the chopper heads east views of Mt. Gaurishankar and Mt. Everest with Mt. Makalu. The pilot might make a short landing near Lukla’s Tenzing & Hillary Airport to drop the fuel for return journey.

This makes the Helicopter much lighter to fly on higher altitude, as the flight follows the Dudh Koshi River. Heading past above lovely Sherpa villages with glimpse of Namche Bazaar, the famous town and hub of all trekkers and villagers.

The Helicopter heads North-East past beautiful Tengboche Monastery amidst green woodland, heading straight north. Reaching close to Mt. Everest, where pilot makes a quick round of Everest base camp. Allowing passengers to catch exciting views of Everest base camp, filled with remorseless field of rocky moraine, ice and glaciers. Facing close looks of massif Khumbu Ice-Fall, the main obstacles for mountaineers, then the helicopter makes a soft safe landing.

A perfect and scenic spot for a Helipad below Kalapathar high hill, a famous and popular view-point for all trekkers. Enjoy the glorious vista of Mt. Everest at close distance of mere 5-6 k.m. aerial distance. A spectacular and safe spot for helicopter to park, as well for glamorous scenery of towering peaks that surrounds the photogenic place. After an enjoyable and grand experience the helicopter takes you to a wonderful spot on a high ridge at Everest View Hotel.

Where all passengers can enjoy the refreshment and breakfast along with superb views of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. The return journey on the same route via Lukla for re-fuel, then on the air to land at Kathmandu airport.

On reaching Kathmandu air terminal, transfer for a short drive back to your hotel, after glorious morning adventure on Everest base camp Helicopter Tour.

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Includes

  • Private transportation hotel / airport / hotel.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and portable oxygen on request, but most helicopter carries a small oxygen cylinder for emergency purpose.
  • Helicopter fare as per the number of passengers.

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa-Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks including breakfast at Everest View Hotel.
  • Personal gear and medical kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit (It cost around 23$)
  • Local Government Tax (It cost around 15$)
  • Airport Tax  (It cost around 4$)
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Frequently Asked Questions

With more than 5 passengers, for above 6 to 10, chartering another helicopter, but with 5-6 on the same chopper. The pilot lands at Pheriche valley, and shuttles the passengers to and from view point the base of Kalapathar hill.

So that every passengers can enjoy the views of Mt. Everest at close distance with other giant peaks.

Depending upon the seasons, but mostly for all seasons carry a light day pack with necessary items for the morning trip. Wearing warm clothes, down jacket, sun hat and woolen tops, scarf, sun-glass and sun-blocks. On higher altitude the sun is bright with strong UV, needs protection against the bright sunlight. 

Wearing boots, or sport shoes, might need to walk for short distance like at Kalapathar hill bottom and at Everest View Hotel. As well some money for refreshment drinks and breakfast at Everest View Hotel.  

At least a month ahead or minimum of a week or few days, after paying the amount charged for the flight. Full payment should be made before boarding the helicopter of Everest base camp tour. The cost depends upon the number of passengers or for chartering as private for one family or friends.

Yes you can carry a packed breakfast, but it will be cold to consume but can carry with you. Enjoy the breakfast wherever the landing spot is on the tour. The price for set breakfast at Everest View Hotel is about US$ 40 per person. 

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a scenic helicopter journey that takes you to the Everest region, allowing you to witness the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and land at Everest Base Camp.

The tour typically starts from Kathmandu or Lukla, depending on the operator and itinerary.

The duration can vary, but it generally ranges from 1 to 2 hours, including time for landing and exploration at Everest Base Camp.

Key attractions include panoramic views of the Himalayas, landing at Everest Base Camp, and seeing iconic peaks like Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

The helicopter typically flies at altitudes ranging from 14,000 to 17,000 feet, providing breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape.

As of my last update in January 2022, no special permits are required for the helicopter tour itself. However, individual permits may be needed for trekking in the region.

Yes, certain operators provide tours that include a landing at Everest Base Camp, allowing passengers to explore the area for a brief period.

Yes, weather conditions, especially in the mountainous region, can impact the tour. Flights are subject to weather clearance for safety.

Yes, Mount Everest is one of the main highlights of the tour, and passengers can enjoy spectacular views of the world's highest peak.

Helicopters used for these tours typically accommodate 4 to 6 passengers, depending on the model and operator.

Oxygen facilities are generally not provided as the tour involves a short duration at high altitudes. However, operators prioritize safety.

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