Heli tour to Everest Base Camp is an excellent option for individuals who have limited time or physically challenged. This trip gives a fantastic flying tour experience. The EBC helicopter tour will provide you a wonderful memory under the magnificent panoramas of huge Himalayan landscape just in one day.
Thousands of tourists visit Nepal each year to see the stunning beauty of the Khumbu area and the world-famous Himalayas. For visitors, a helicopter tour to Everest base camp has long been a popular option to the enjoy along the high Himalayas.
This one-day mount Everest helicopter tour is a great opportunity for those who want to take an EBC flight experience in one day. The natural scenery of the Khumbu region best seen from the Helicopter, where you can take whole panorama of Sherpa villages, glaciers, and snow-capped Himalayas.
You’ll get close to the mountain ranges covered by snowcapped on this helicopter flight. The chopper will fly over the Everest and Khumbu glacier.
This exhilarating adventure takes you in luxury EBC helicopter ride over the picturesque Khumbu area for an unforgettable experience. The money you have paid for the Heli tour will be worth it, you never regret with the money you have paid the tour. You will have forward-facing comfy seat to see the unparalleled vistas of the world highest peaks.
Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp: Highlights
- Top of the World – Mount Everest
- You’ll see climbers preparing for their ascent of the world’s highest peak.
- A helicopter trip will provide you with an incredible glimpse of the Himalayan range.
- Fly over stunning natural landscapes.
- Mount Everest helicopter tour land at Kala Patthar (a height of 5,550 meters).
- Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali), Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Cho Oyu and many more Himalayan ranges are apparent from the Kalapatthar.
- Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the world’s top base camp.
- Khumbu Moraine & glacier
- Delectable breakfast at Everest view hotel (World highest hotel).
Typically, Everest base camp helicopter flight start from Kathmandu airport. You will undoubtedly enjoy the breathtaking views of the alpine terrain and the Khumbu glacier, which is located between Mt. Everest & the Lhotse Nuptse Range. Following that, we travelled to Kalapatthar via Lukla to see the world’s tallest mountain and its surrounding magnificent vistas.
Then we just fly to Syangboche and spend around 25 to 45 minutes in a hotel for breakfast while admiring the beauty of the Himalayan scenery. Subsequently, fly back to Lukla for fuel and then return to Kathmandu by bringing our incredible Everest Base Camp Heli tour experience. Overall, Helicopter Tour provides us with a unique chance to experience the best aerial views of Mt. Everest (8848 m, 29029 Ft.), surrounding areas, and the adjacent Himalayas.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing
Helicopter to everest base camp will be around four hours of journey above the Khumbu area. The adventure begins from Kathmandu that offers the magnificent aerial helicopter tour. You don’t have to worry or take stress about the time & pick up, everything from pick up to drop off (to/from) your hotel will done by your agencies.
From your hotel, agencies representative will drive you to the international airport. After an hour of flying, your chopper will land at Lukla for refueling.
The chopper arrives at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar – (5,545 meters) after half an hour of flight ride from Lukla. There is no doubt, you will be able to see the Mt. Everest and other surrounding popular peaks Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse, Amadablam etc.
After you’ve had your feel of this breathtaking moment, you’ll fly to the Everest view hotel for Breakfast. With a breathtaking view of the Himalayas around you, you may enjoy a delicious Himalayan breakfast. After that, you’ll fly return to Kathmandu again after refueling in Lukla.
The trip might last up to one day, and the flight usually takes maximum 3 to 4 hours. Mount Langtang Himal and Mt. Ganesh Himal come into view to the north shortly after the flight begins. Similarly, the Rolwaling Range’s Gauri Shankar and Jugal Himal appear on the eastern side, followed by the Great Mahalangur Himalayan Range, which is home to the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest.
After landing at Kala-Patthar (the finest vantage point), you can leave a helicopter to have your picture taken or a selfie, and keep an eye on the Himalayan peaks of Everest. Similarly, a crew member will fly you to Syangboche for a lunch; usually, a meal would take between 25 to 45 minutes (The timing may differ depending on the company’s itinerary). If you are keen to see the breathtaking Everest vistas, reserve a seat on the helicopter for the flight to Everest Base Camp.
|Normal Flight Time For Helicopter Tour|
|45 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla | 15 minutes on the ground for Refueling|
25 minutes from Lukla to EBC | 15 minutes on the ground for Exploration
15 minutes from EBC to Syangboche | 30 minutes on the ground for Breakfast
15 Minutes from Syangboche to Lukla | 15 minutes on the ground for Refueling
45 Minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu | 15 minutes to the Kathmandu Hotel
Things to Know before flying to Everest base camp
- The cost you pay includes full Everest base camp helicopter tour package from arrival to departure. Including the helicopter fuel surcharge.
- In Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, your landing will be at Kalapatthar (best place to see 360° view).
- If a flight is canceled due to inclement weather, a full refund is guaranteed. There are no hidden fees charges.
- You have the option to either reschedule your flight or get a refund after the flight cancellation.
- If you cancel at least 24 hours before your booked departure, you will receive a full refund.
EBC Heli Tour Attraction
- Everest base camp helicopter landing tour
- Beautiful scenery, Moraine & glacier
- Hamlets & valleys are stunning
- Panorama of prominent peaks like Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Pumori & others.
- Breakfast at highest place motel called Everest view hotel.
- Short arriving at Kalapatthar to observe Everest base camp.
Everest base camp is one of the popular must visit destination. That for sure it is not a new name Mt. Everest. However, it is a site that everyone should visit. It is located in Nepal’s Solukhumbu region, and it is the primary touristic zone, which includes the world’s most prominent trekking destinations such as Everest base camp and Gokyo Lake. Mount Everest, Cho-Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Island Peak, and other big mountains are other main attraction of the Khumbu region.
EBC Heli Route: Kathmandu- Lukla – Phakding- Namche Bazaar- Tengboche- Dingboche- Lobuche- Gorakshep- Everest Base Camp- Kalapatthar- Everest View Hotel- Lukla- Kathmandu
Imagine you’re standing in front of the massive Himalaya, and you’ve always wanted to have a close look at it. However, as compared to other international attractions, very few people travel here for several reasons. It was previously only recognized as a hiking location, but in this generation, time becomes core to everyone. As a result, there is no other option to preserve our important time by realizing our dreams near to the top of the world by Heli tour to Everest base camp. Here, I am going to write about detail one day itinerary that could help you a lot to make you right decision.
Day 1: Helicopter Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp (Flight time: 3 to 4 hours)
5:30 – 6:30 AM: Your agencies representative will come to pick-up from Hotel and drop you at domestic airport.
Wake up early and get ready for the drive to Airport terminal (Domestic). Actually, 6:30 is a normal time of Airport open. From Kathmandu’s Airport, your Everest helicopter tour will begin. You have to wait for few times that your small backpack weight & security checked in the airport and weather condition are considered to determine if the flight can continue or not.
6:30 – 7:00 AM: Need to complete some airport formalities (security check clearance & other) before heading towards mount Everest helicopter tour with landing.
There will be your expert staff from the agency and handled all the check-in procedure in the airport. Do not forget to carry your passports and tickets with you all the times. You must complete certain formalities that airport officials will verify your paperwork and tickets. After the verification, you will be ready for travel to Lukla by helicopter.
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Short scenic fly to Lukla for 45 minutes.
After finishing the airport regulations, you will go to helicopter and follow the pilot instruction & the flight will depart according to planned itinerary. Short scenic flight to Lukla will give you mesmerizing view of Himalayas from left side of the window. You’ll be greeted by spectacular views of green hills and you will travel above the hamlet of Dolakha & Jiri.
The Heli tour keep going over the Lamjura-La pass which is densely forested with rhododendrons. You will arrive at Lukla within 45 minutes which is gate to everest base camp trek & tour. The place offers stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. Lukla is famous for its extreme airport in world which has a smallest runway situated at an altitude of 2860 meter above the sea level.
8: 00 – 8:15 AM: Refueling a helicopter at Lukla Airport. Utilize fueling time by taking a picture of surrounding mountains people, airport & villages.
As soon as you arrive in Lukla, fueling will take place which takes around 15 minutes. In the interim time, after speaking with the captain, you can shoot photographs and films at the airport. You’ll see many mountain people (Sherpa) guide & porters waiting for their EBC trek clients at the airport. Suggest not to spend more time on taking photograph, because the chopper has its own timetable for each flight.
8:15 – 8:30 AM: You will fly to Kalapatthar via Pheriche. (Around 15 to 20 minutes flight)
You will fly to the Kalapatthar via Pheriche after refueling at Lukla Airport. Keep in mind that, helicopter can carry up to 500 kg until Pheriche. Afterwards, 250 Kilogram can only carry due to the security concern by reason of low atmospheric pressure above the high altitude. Because engine require proper air pressure to fly.
If you are total 250 Kilogram from Lukla, the flight will directly go according to plan. Otherwise, In Mount everest base camp helicopter tour, there will be two shuttles of flights, although in a few situations, it may also lead to three shuttles from Pheriche.
Whether you are flying above the iconic Everest base camp or massive Khumbu glacier, the on-board audio you will tell you precisely where you are. After second half of the journey, you’ll enjoy stunning Mt. Everest & other vistas.
8:30 – 8:45 AM: Explore the area around Kalapatthar once you’ve landed.
This is a final time that your everest base camp helicopter landing tour in Nepal became lifetime achievement mountain flight. This helicopter tour is more than a scenic journey across the Himalaya. The everest helicopter tour will land at Kalapatthar, you’ll have 15 minutes of time for taking photographs and films.
Due to altitude, from low to high on same day may cause serious AMS illness, therefore 15 minutes has allocated for the exploration and that is enough to explore the Everest & it’s base camp. But there is plenty time to enjoy mighty views of the wonderful massif scenery at the time of breakfast from the Everest view hotel.
8:45 – 9:00 AM: Helicopter Fly to Syangboche, then stop & landed at the Everest View Hotel for the Breakfast.
During the mountain flight, you’ll have wonderful guide who will teach you about the places, nature & mountains. Hence, you will hypnotize with it & intend to do another helicopter tour. The flights provide incredible views of snow-capped peaks Mountains, Khumbu glacier, Gorakshep village & base camp of mount Everest.
After your photo & video capturing moments at Kalapatthar, you will fly to Everest View Hotel for a delicious warm breakfast. You will spend half an hour for the breakfast. During that 30 minutes, you can explore the breathtaking scenery of mountains including Everest from the Hotel.
9:00 – 9:30 AM: At the Everest View Hotel, it’s breakfast time.
Syangboche is notable for the Everest View hotel, which has a 360-degree view including Mount Everest (8848 m), Tabuche (6501 m), Lhotse (8516 m) and Ama Dablam (6814 m). It is the best location for a luxurious view with captivating picture of snow-capped peaks. At the Everest view hotel, you can have a delicious warm breakfast with a spectacular view of Mount Everest. Syangboche is even popular hill station for acclimatization while trekking to EBC and staying at Namche Bazaar for 2 nights.
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Helicopter Fly to Lukla for a refueling stop.
You will fly back to Lukla with breathtaking views of the Himalayas after a delicious breakfast in the Everest view hotel. Along the flight route, nothing beats a close-up view of the Himalayas & clear panoramic view between Namche Bazaar & Lukla. The airplane will land in Lukla for a 15-min refueling stop before flying back to Kathmandu.
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu
It is the last leg of your Heli tour to Everest Base Camp flight. After refueling at Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu directly. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, your agencies representative will drop off to your respective hotel & say goodbye. Some agencies will offer you farewell dinner for the night. It depends on the company package they offer. Keep in mind that Heli flights are available from Everest Base Camp to Lukla or EBC to Kathmandu. Depends on clients’ desire & preference.
What is the best time for Everest base camp tour by helicopter? This is common question that everyone’s mind arises. Because, reaching at Everest base camp is once in the life time achievement.
The majority of travel companies in Nepal claim that Heli tours to Everest Base Camp are acceptable at any time of year. As per my experience, except for the monsoon season (June, July, and August), all other rest of the months is the best time for Helicopter tour in Nepal.
Spring and Autumn Seasons (March to May and September to November, respectively) are perfect times to visit Nepal for any activity. This is also the peak season for the tourist sector in Nepal. The sky is usually clear in the winter (December to February), therefore this time also no doubt for the Heli tour in Nepal.
In helicopter tours to Everest Base camp, it is pretty hard to predict about the climate & weather which are very important before taking flying experience. However, the weather is unpredictable in EBC which changes in 15 to 20 minutes. Everything’s matter on weather to experience the mountain flight from Helicopter. If the weather is clear any time of the day in Higher altitude, that is the best time for everest base camp helicopter tour is Nepal.
EBC Helicopter Flight in March, April, May (Spring or Pre-Monsoon)
March, April, and May are the months when Nepal sees its first signs of spring. A helicopter tour to EBC region is a great possibility at this time. The weather is mild and pleasant near the base camp. At approximately 12°C during the day, the weather is pleasant. Mornings and nights are bitterly cold, with temperatures down below – 8 to – 10°C.
Moreover, temperatures begin to rise and climate forms change as the season progresses. The landscape is particularly lovely during this time of year, with the blossoming bright rhododendron flower ornamenting the junior hillsides. The views of the mountains are obviously well apparent.
EBC Helicopter Flight in June, July, August (Monsoon)
The monsoon season in Nepal runs from June and lasts until august. The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is not recommended during this time due to the inclement weather. Mt. Everest is typically obscured by clouds around this time. The average temperature begins to fluctuate between 15°C during the day and 3 to 5°C in the evening throughout this season.
The helicopter excursion is still doable during the rainy season, luckily someday the visibility is clear. But additional caution & safety must be applied. You need to have some more layover days to experience the EBC Heli tour during the monsoon season, because of higher risk of flight cancellation due to inclement weather.
EBC Helicopter Flight in September, October, November (Autumn Season)
The autumn season is an obviously the great time to visit Nepal and take Everest helicopter tour. This is a time of festival season in Nepal. The weather is pleasant from September through November, with temperatures that are neither too chilly nor too warm compare to lower elevations.
Because there will be no haze or fog, the upper Mountain vistas will be spectacular. The weather is pleasant, with typical daily temperatures ranging from 15°C to -7°C at midnight. There is no probability of precipitation all over this time of season.
EBC Helicopter Flight in December, January, February (Winter)
The winter season lasts from December to February. In this season, the temperature in the base camp region is quite cold. The slopes and mountains are completely blanketed in snow. However, helicopter flights are still feasible. But, have to be psychologically prepared, because of the inclement weather, flight delays & cancellation will be common.
Considering these difficulties, the vistas of the higher snow-capped mountains will make you beyond the imagination. There is no doubt, mineral clear vistas of the Mountains are breathtaking, but the cold temperatures, brisk winds, and snowfall is one of the obstacles you may face throughout this time. All in all, fine.
There are many Heli tour agencies in Nepal that provides the various helicopter tour packages around the Everest areas. Although, we have already talked about the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour packages from Kathmandu.
Within the Everest region, there are several Heli shuttles services (from pick-up to drop-off) given by different companies’ helicopter. All companies helicopter services are used in the mountain for emergency evacuation & for affordable helicopter tour in Nepal.
The companies are very genuine and never compromise on experience or amenities. Prefer any medium that you feel comfortable; either Everest base camp trek with helicopter return or Everest Heli tour from Kathmandu. So, let’s have a look at some alternative Everest base camp helicopter tour.
Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight
Before trekking to Everest base camp, all you need to be at Lukla. Many of trekkers prefer to go via plane rather then helicopter. Definitely, helicopter is expensive than normal flight to the Lukla.
If you can compromise with little more money, helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla will be the most stunning then the flight through plane. The picturesque flight is not only enjoyable, but it also be pleasant and chill. Flight from the helicopter is much safer & less chances of cancellation than other regular domestic flights to Lukla.
The helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Lukla takes around 45 minutes. But, in some case it might take up to an hour. Keep in mind that the helicopter transports up to 5 passengers or 500 kilograms in total. If you are travelling alone better to share with other & split the cost of flight.
Everest Base Camp to Lukla Helicopter Flight
Everest base camp trek and fly back by helicopter is the ideal for the trekkers instead of reroute back same way up to Lukla. Those who have limited time also can-do trek first and return by Helicopter from the Gorakshep or Kalapatthar. This is a fantastic offer for trekkers who want to see the mount everest base camp but don’t have enough time to walk.
The flight time from EBC to Lukla will take around 20 minutes by the helicopter. This flight will offer you gorgeous & bird eye views of mountains, lakes, moraine, glacier, green hills, small Sherpa settlement etc.
Moreover, you can go to trekking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and fulfill your ambition. Afterwards, return back by Helicopter to Lukla. This is suitable for those who do not wish to repeat the same trekking path. You will have a chance to experience perfect aerial views during this short flight. For all adventure enthusiasts, the EBC trek with Heli tour to Lukla is an attractive experience & offers.
Lukla to Kalapatthar Helicopter Flight
One of the main sites on Mount Everest Helicopter Tour is Kalapatthar, which gives a better perspective of the Himalayas and the surroundings than the base camp. If you wish to start your adventure from Lukla, you may also can take helicopter tour to get there.
It is obvious that Kalapatthar is one of best view point to see the close-up view of the world highest mountain (mount everest). At Kalapatthar, the helicopter will land for 15 to 20 minutes, amid the time, capture some enchanting view of Mount Everest & other Himalayas that are rising behind.
During the flight, you will definitely have some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas, hills, human villages, farming region, rising flora, and so on. The quickest method to enjoy the world’s tallest peak is to take a helicopter tour to Kalapatthar or Everest Base camp. In the world, it is a well-known observation point and destination for eye catching view of Mount Everest.
Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu Helicopter Flight
If you want to return to Kathmandu immediately after trekking to EBC, rather then trekking same way back to Lukla, helicopter flight from EBC to KTM is the best option. It will take an hour to fly 151 kilometers (everest base camp to Kathmandu). But you should book a one-way plane tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Taking a helicopter ride from EBC to Kathmandu can save you valuable time in Nepal for other things to do. Trekking in such a distant location and at such a high elevation is both exciting and hard. Therefore, after a wonderful trip, you might choose to fly from EBC to Kathmandu via helicopter.
This flight will provide upside-down view of Nepal Hilly to Himalayan regions. During the Heli flight, you’ll see several big mountains, dense forest acres, waterfalls, lakes, sustainable livelihoods and so on. Thus, flight alleviates the stress of trekking while flying direct from EBC to Kathmandu by helicopter.
Kathmandu to Gorakshep to Lukla Helicopter Flight
A helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Gorakshep to Lukla is another fantastic alternative Heli tour route. If you wish to stay for some day in the Sherpa settlement nearby Tenzing Hillary Airport, this is good option. You even can go hiking, a little further to Phakding the next day and come back or go further as per your wish.
In this tour, you’ll already get an experience of helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp (Gorakshep) & after that you will back to Lukla the same day and stay some layover days to observe the Sherpa culture & tradition. This route is good for the people who does not have experience of walking in high altitude but wish to stay around the Sherpa town in Everest Region.
After a few days, you can fly back to Kathmandu from plane or helicopter. The distance between Lukla and Kathmandu is roughly 130 kilometers, and the helicopter will take around 45 minutes. At last, from this Heli tour route from Kathmandu to Gorakshep to Lukla, you abled to see & understand about the Mount Everest & other Himalayas, gorgeous green landscapes, and attractive Sherpa communities.
Pheriche to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight
From Pheriche, it takes roughly 10 minutes to reach Everest Base Camp. This is a place where weight is verified before shuttle are taken to Everest Base Camp. According to the Helicopter flight rules, only three individuals with a combined weight of 250 kilograms are authorized to be shuttled above the 4200 meters.
You started your trekking journey from Lukla to Pheriche and can’t go onwards due to altitude, but wish to fulfill your dream to be near at the base camp of Mount everest; the fantastic choice could be helicopter flight from Pheriche to EBC.
Everest helicopter flight from Pheriche will be once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make memorable in the midst of the world tallest peak and other magnificent mountains. Flying above breathtaking scenery and visiting distant spots will leave you speechless.
At the end, never try to take helicopter ride up to Pheriche and trek to EBC. Because, it might cause serious altitude sickness which can even cause death within a few hours. Because, Pheriche already situated at an altitude of 4,371 m (14,340 ft). Read more about altitude sickness
Pheriche to Kathmandu Helicopter Flight
You can take a direct flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu if you don’t want to walk same way back to Lukla and fly by plane to Kathmandu or Ramechhap. The helicopter flight will take around an hour to reach at Kathmandu from Pheriche.
During the Helicopter flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu, you’ll have chance to see the stunning scenery of Namche and other charming places from the sky. Continue walking or end your adventure and take a helicopter from Pheriche to Kathmandu.
Pheriche, at an elevation of 4,371 meters (14,340 ft.), is home to basic hospital run by Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), there are teahouse lodges for the tourist to stay as well as farming grounds and human settlements.
Throughout the Helicopter Tour, you will encounter a variety of mountainous mixtures that will fascinate both your eyes and your heart. Pheriche is a good place to start or stop your Everest trek. As a result, the decision is entirely in your hands.
Tengboche to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight
Tengboche is famous for its Monastery and last destination stop of Everest view trek. This place gives the fantastic view of Everest & other peaks. After you see the everest view and wish to go and see the base camp of Mt. Everest then helicopter tour to EBC is the best decision for you.
From Tengboche to EBC, a helicopter flight offers superb helicopter sightseeing over the Everest region. You can also avoid the hike from Tengboche to EBC by taking a helicopter flight. The helicopter flight will be 15 to 20 minutes, but flying adventure is thrilling & excitement. The views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Amadablam, Nuptse and other nearby peaks are breathtaking.
This Tengboche to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight is suitable for those who have limited time to spare in the mountains. Another, this Heli tour is suitable for the people who like to have short Everest trek and wishing to be at base camp after the Everest view from Tengboche.
Tengboche to Lukla Helicopter Flight
This is another perfect Heli tour route for the trekkers those who are feeling very tired after the Everest base camp. It will be just 10 minutes of flight from Tengboche to Lukla. After the Everest base camp, many trekkers back same route & meet for the lunch at Tengboche.
If you are feeling too much tired due to long day of walking then Tengboche to Lukla Helicopter Flight is good option for you. This tour is also recommended for trekkers who prefer to return to Lukla by helicopter after accomplishing a short trek to Tengboche.
This 10 minute of Heli tour from Tengboche will amaze you while taking eye catching view along the route to Lukla. During the flight explore unspoiled communities, pure nature, and snow-covered mountains & other beautiful views.
Dingboche to EBC & Kathmandu Helicopter Flight
This helicopter tour is for individuals who have accomplished the Everest Base Camp trek and do not wish to venture further from Dingboche. It will take an hour to get to Kathmandu from Dingboche. In this flight, you will be able to see spectacular natural and alternative views.
Another, if you are still in Dingboche and feels like loss of energy, unable to continue trekking, you can take a Dingboche to EBC & Kathmandu helicopter tour. There are many agencies that provide the pick-up & drop-off service from/to Kathmandu & Dingboche.
This Heli-trip can be taken at any time of year. Just weather need to be clear. The helicopter flight from Dingboche to EBC & Kathmandu gives you perfect experience to enjoy the bird eye view of gorgeous green valley & sky rocket brown cliff & white mountains as well unforgettable alpine view.
Lobuche to EBC & Kathmandu Helicopter Flight
Everest base camp trek became one of the challenging and exciting destination for the adventure people from the world. However, not all people can make it even if they have a desire to reach at top of the world – base camp.
Lobuche to EBC & Kathmandu Helicopter tour is great option for those who failed to move onwards from Lobuche & willing to be at least the everest base camp (Kalapatthar). Some trekkers they fail to go onwards from Lobuche due to the symptom of high-altitude sickness.
Any time of the day/months/year, the weather must be clear, all companies helicopter pick-up and drop-off service is ready for you with certain cost. During this mountain flight, you can get a panoramic view of various mountain ranges, including Mt. Everest.
Although trekking is a fantastic experience, walking in a mountainous terrain and retracing the same route might be monotonous. Therefore, Helicopter Flying from Lobuche to EBC & back to Kathmandu is also a simple and comfortable experience with a stunning Himalayan vista.
Kathmandu to Gokyo Helicopter Flight
This Kathmandu to Gokyo Helicopter Flight is possible when you wish to avoid the physical exertion of trekking. Gokyo is 137 kilometers from Kathmandu, and a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Gokyo takes roughly 1 hour.
You will have a lovely time observing aerial vistas on a helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Gokyo or inversely. During the flight you will have wonderful views of snow-capped mountains, beautiful green hillsides, peaceful villages, and the heavenly Gokyo lakes.
Take a helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Gokyo to see the best sights, including the Himalayan Ngozumpa Glacier, the world’s largest glacier. From above, the panorama of the Gokyo Valley and its gorgeous and secluded Gokyo lakes will wow you.
When it comes to estimated price for a Helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, many people may think that it might be expensive. However, as compared to an EBC trek package, there is no variation in price if you are in a group.
However, people’s preferences differ based on their desires and needs, as some people prefer trekking to flying and vice versa. It’s all determine by freedom of choice & experience an individual like to take.
One of the most interesting things to do in Everest region is to take a helicopter tour. You can discover the breathtaking scenery that can only be seen from the helicopter.
If you are travelling with family or friends’ group, the everest base camp helicopter flight landing tour cost USD 1100 per person. Keep in mind that maximum of five people group (all total 500 kg weight) can only accommodate by single chopper at a time.
If you would like to charter for the private everest helicopter tour, the price fluctuate according to high & low season.
The cost of heli tour to everest base camp trip also varies upon the services and facilities, type of route that consumer desire.
At last, helicopter ride price in Nepal determine by number of persons, individual or double, private or joining group, all tourist paying together etc. these all have an impact while costing.
Everest base camp helicopter flight landing tour with cost
The cost for Helicopter landing at Everest base camp for joining group is depends upon the number of seats available (Minimum 4-5 people require to take a flight). If you are already a 5 person, the price will be reduce. If not, you have to wait until group of individual reach 5 people. However, the cost of a private & a group joining for Everest base camp helicopter tour always differs time to time due to the fluctuate in foreign currency and fuel price. Based on your budget, you can select either a private or a group tour.
Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp Cost in a Joining Group
If you are a solo traveler and would like to join the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, there are some helicopter agencies that will find the best group for you. But you must wait till the availability of group & seats.
Cost of Heli tour to Everest base camp for joining group will relying upon number of person. Higher the number lower the cost. Group paying collectively also accepted to the helicopter agencies.
|01 Pax Group – Estimated Price Per Person USD 1100|
02 Pax Group – Estimated Price Per Person USD 1100
03 Pax Group – Estimated Price Per Person USD 1100
04 Pax Group – Estimated Price Per Person USD 1050
05 Pax Group – Estimated Price Per Person USD 1000
|From 01 to 03 Pax group need additional individuals to reach 5 people. If not, have to wait until having a flight, otherwise your payment will be refunded. For 4 to 5 Pax there will not require any additional Pax for Heli tour.|
Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp Cost for Private Group
A private helicopter excursion to Everest Base Camp costs roughly USD 5500. Bookings for private charters are almost ready for anytime. The private helicopter trip is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for safe solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the COVID-19 protocol (social distance), you can have a luxury travel. See the important note for private EBC helicopter tour:
|Single & Double Shuttle For Private Group|
|01 Pax Group – Single Shuttle – USD 5000 High Season Rate – USD 4700 Low Season Rate|
02 Pax Group – Single Shuttle – USD 5000 High Season Rate – USD 4700 Low Season Rate
03 Pax Group – Single Shuttle – USD 5000 High Season Rate – USD 4700 Low Season Rate
04 Pax Group – Double Shuttle – USD 5500 High Season Rate – USD 4600 Low Season Rate
05 Pax Group – Double Shuttle – USD 5500 High Season Rate – USD 4550 Low Season Rate
|Please keep in mind that the prices for joining group & private Heli tours service cost may vary from company to company in Nepal. Likewise, the price for all other Everest helicopter tour company package is roughly similar.|
Definitely, sharing a helicopter flight to EBC with an outside people will reduce your prices compared to private tour. However, if you find flying with outside people, unpleasant and dull. Hence, you can choose private Heli tour to Everest base camp at your leisure which will lead by experienced pilot.
Includes in Cost: Charter Helicopter | Every tax imposed by Government | Sightseeing according to the Itinerary | Cost of Passenger Insurance | Fuel surcharges | Airport Boarding Pass | Pick up & Drop off service to/from hotel | 30 minutes break at Everest View Hotel for Breakfast | 10-minute break at Kalapatthar View Point to take photos and videos | Oxygen Cylinder in case of emergency | medical kits
Excludes in Cost: National Park Entry Permit (NPR 3000 + 13 % VAT) | Taxes at the airport (NRS. 200)| Any meals ($25 PP set breakfast at Everest view hotel) | Lodging & beverages | Personal gear such as down jackets and other equipment costs | Cost other than included above.
A helicopter tour is far more exciting than flying from plane. You’ll see some of the world’s most magnificent scenery. EBC helicopter flight is a fantastic way to see the sights while on vacation. Get a panoramic view of incredible geography, and a diverse range of Himalayas shape.
It’s the greatest alternative for individuals who don’t have much time or aren’t fully capable of doing the Everest Base Camp Trek. Take a Heli tour to Everest base camp, you may get best window seat to enjoy the true splendor of Himalayas.
Keep in mind that Helicopter tour to Everest base camp typically start from Kathmandu & finished at Kathmandu which takes 3 to 4 hours of flight in total. That for sure, the chopper will land at Everest Base Camp (EBC) – Kalapatthar for the awesome view and later at Everest view Hotel for Breakfast & fly back to Kathmandu.
|1: The helicopter takes off from Kathmandu airport terminal and fly over Bhaktapur, the Nagarkot hill, Dolakha, the Jiri dense forest, and finally land to Lukla.|
2: It will then stop for refueling at Lukla & fly over Namche Bazaar, Tengboche monastery, Pheriche, Thukla, Lobuche, Khumbu moraine, Gorakshep, Everest Base camp & Kalapatthar viewpoint.
3: During the Everest base camp helicopter return flight, you’ll take off from Kalapatthar and fly over the same way back from Sherpa settlements and arrive at Everest View Hotel for hearty breakfast.
4: After your warm breakfast, you will fly past the Namche Bazaar, with short stop at Lukla for refueling & ultimately Kathmandu Domestic airport.
During the helicopter tour to Everest base camp, it is always important to stay on the safe side. In this EBC Heli tour, you need right clothes any time of the season. During the summer season also in EBC, you need a proper down jacket & thick pants to remain warm at that high altitude (5545 m). The temperature is usually below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Compared to EBC trekking , the heli tour to everest base camp will not require much gear. To stay warm at a high altitude, all you need are some good quality fabrics. The following is a list of necessary items to bring:
- Water & Wind Proof Down Jacket or any other warm clothes that block the wind & cold
- Light weight hiking boots that can keeps your leg warm enough.
- Sunhat, ensure it has wide brim to cover the face & neck (During the breakfast at Hotel Everest View, this is required)
- Inner & Outer Layer gloves
- Sunscreen or Sunblock cream
- Best Quality Camera or mobile phone with spare batteries to capture the video & pictures
- Bottle of Water (At least 2 liter)
- Scarf or Shawl
- Sunglasses that block 100% of UV radiation
- Little cash money, if you want to buy something
- Snacks, dry fruits, or candies are all good options.
- Your original passport & copy of your passport all time.
Why it is very short time to spend in Everest base Camp during Heli tour? In fact, in order to minimize high altitude risk, company has designed EBC heli tour timing accordingly. So, when we are at a higher elevation, such as at Kalapatthar 5,545 m (18193 ft) or Base Camp 5364 meter, we only have a limited amount of time to be outside of the helicopter (17599 ft) because of altitude.
In fact, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can result when rapid ascent from a lower altitude to a higher elevation. Keep in mind that Kathmandu is around 1400 meters (4594 feet) above sea level, Lukla is 2,860 meters (9384 feet), and Syangboche is 3,841 meters above sea level (12601 ft).
Altitude sickness reveal as we ascend rapidly above 2500 Meter above the sea level. Due to pressurized, you don’t feel any symptom inside the helicopter. But when you come out from chopper at base camp, you will start to listen your body within 10 to 20 minutes. Therefore, you get short time to spend in everest base camp during heli tour.
Yes, off course, helicopter can land at Everest base camp. In fact, you do not see everest from base camp. Therefore, helicopter pilot usually lands a helicopter at Kalapatthar. Because, this vantage point provides a better view of Mount Everest and other snowy peak than base camp of mount everest.
Thus, very less chances of possibility for helicopter to land at Everest base camp. However, most of the helicopter they land at Kalapatthar which is also called base camp of Mount everest. As you know, Base mean just around the foot hill of Mountain.
If I tell you the secret of everest base camp than, there is not any specific place that called base camp. One year it will be on one side, next year if you come to visit, you will see on different spot. Consequently, it changes time & again according to season.
So, the heli tour to everest base camp mean, flying to premise of Base camp and land at suitable place from where you will see close up and clear view of everest which will be around the foothill of Mount Everest.
As we all know that, the world is suffering from Covid-19 pandemic. In this time, we all should be careful & have to follow various safety measure to ensure safe travel & should follow some covid-19 protocol while doing Everest base camp helicopter tour. The following are the procedures:
- Make sure all individuals in chopper have a masks & face shields.
- Check carefully either the pilot has worn a sanitary glove.
- Don’t forget to carry or use hand sanitizers
- Besides COVID safety procedures, there are a few other safety precautions you should take during the heli tour to Everest base camp
- Wear sit belt properly after onboard
- The pilot should not be disturbed
- Do not rush while getting inside or outside the helicopter
- If you’re in a helicopter, don’t spit out the window
- Do not throw anything from the window.
- Don’t stand & switch the seat during flight.
- Try to make a light backpack as much possible.
- Do not walk alone after the helicopter land.