Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Glancing at Mt Everest(8,848m) from as near as possible is everyone’s dream. Why not be, after all, it’s the highest mountain in the World. The closest view of Everest is through its expedition, which is only in the reach of mountaineers. So, viewing Everest from its base camp is the most popular idea among non-climbers. You can reach Everest Base Camp either by Everest Base Camp Trek or by Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

The Everest Base Camp trek is a long and strenuous walk. This trek demands a good level of fitness. If you are not the one to walk long for Everest view don’t panic we have the deal:

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, What to Expect?

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is the quickest way of reaching Everest Base Camp, perfect for the busy ones. In 4 hours, you’ll reach Mt Everest’s view and return back to Kathmandu. See, How quickly just 4 hours.

The luxurious helicopter will take off from Kathmandu to the Everest region for your Everest exploration. Thoroughly, you’ll enjoy some of the most scenic air views of the Himalayan range and Nepal’s landscape. Afterward, it will land at the gateway of Everest, Lukla for refueling and other procedures. Lukla, a beautiful Sherpa village will offer a wonderful short stay.

Then, the helicopter heads towards Kala Patthar(5,545m) bypassing the traditional settlements of sherpas. And, then you’ll be in the Everest Base Camp to rub your eyes while facing mighty Mt Everest. The view from there is soul lifting as the snow-peaked taller mountains everywhere.

Next, having filled all images of the Everest region in your eyes and camera, you’ll fly from there. You will land at Everest View Hotel, the third-highest located hotel in the World. You’ll dine breakfast by enjoying the Everest view. From there you will fly back to Kathmandu.

This helicopter tour will cover the wide stretch of Nepal’s beautiful topography. You are flying over from primitive Kathmandu city to green forests, beautiful settlements, rivers, glaciers towards the snow-capped Himalayan range. This tour is an expensive choice over other options. But, forget it, your every penny will be worth picking this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Heavenly panorama of the Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Ama Dablam, and several others
  • Flying over the diverse topography of Nepal
  • Landing at the Lukla, the gateway of Everest
  • Glimpsing the best Everest’s view from Kala Patthar(5,545m)
  • Bird’s eye view of World’s highest glacier Khumbu glacier
  • Seeing over Sherpa settlements and their farm fields
  • Dining at the World’s third-highest located hotel “Everest View Hotel.”

Itinerary

Day 1
Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

| Kathmandu Airport To Lukla Airport | Via: Helicopter | Flight Time: 45 mins |

Hotel transfer will pick you from your hotel and drop you at Kathmandu Airport. The helicopter will take about 45 minutes to reach Lukla Airport (2,860 m), the beautiful airport of the Khumbu region.

| Lukla Airport To Everest Base Camp/Kalapathar | Via: Helicopter | Flight Time: 25 mins | Stay Time: 10-15 mins |

After refueling at Lukla, it will fly towards Everest Base Camp. Throughout the flight, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Khumbu region and the full belt of the Himalayan range. Other than that, you will observe the famous Tengboche monastery, the World’s highest Khumbu glacier and the villages of sherpas. After passing beautiful green terrains, you’ll reach viewpoint Kala Patthar(5,545m) for the Everest View. This viewpoint offers the Everest view like nowhere else. You may feel like you can hug Everest from here.

This place also showcases the 360° wide-ranging views of the Mahalangur mountain range. This range is home to peaks like Makalu, Chomo Lonzo, Chamlang, Baruntse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cho Oyu including Everest. Generally, the landing time in Kala Patthar is 10-15 mins but can vary with immediate climatic conditions.

| Kalapatthar To Everest View Hotel | Via: Helicopter | Flight Time: 12 mins | Stay Time: 30 mins |

After spending once in a lifetime moments at Kala Patthar, you will head down to Everest View Hotel for lunch. Located at an altitude of 3880 meters, Everest View Hotel is the World’s third-highest zoning hotel. This is one of the main stops in the entire Everest region. It is in the middle of the Sagarmatha National Park UNESCO world heritage site. You can enjoy the tasty breakfast with sweet views of the National Park and Mountains at the backdrop.

You’ll be given 30 minutes to enjoy the food and view. Subsequently, ride back to Lukla.

| Everest View Hotel To Kathmandu across Lukla | Via: Helicopter | Flight Time: 80 mins |

We’ll land again at Lukla for refueling and then fly towards Kathmandu. It is a watchful flight of 80 minutes as we fly above the Khumbu region towards Capital. Just like prior flights it also offers similar views of mountains and terrains. And finally, you’ll land at the airport from where it all began.

| Airport To Hotel | Via: Hotel transfer |

After completion of once in a lifetime experience at the Everest Base Camp, you’ll be transferred to the hotel for the rest. And you can finally look up at the mirror and say “I did it”.

Service includes

  • • Hotel – Airport – Hotel by private vehicles.
  • • Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Landing Helicopter Tour with sharing basis.
  • • Landing charges.
  • • Official expenses.

Service excludes

  • • All your food and drinks.
  • • National Park fee if applicable.
  • • Airport Tax which is 200 NRS

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to reach Lukla from Kathmandu?

It is only 30 to 35 minutes of air distance from Kathmandu to Lukla.

How long does it take to reach Everest Base Camp from Lukla?

The scenic helicopter flight from Lukla to Everest Base Camp is only 10 to 15 minutes.

How high does the Helicopter reach during the tour?

This tour will start from Lukla(2830m) and the altitude will reach 5450m at Kala Patthar. The helicopter flies at the altitude of 7000m in some areas in cases of no wind.

Where does the Helicopter lands in the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour?

Mostly, the helicopter lands at Kala Patthar. The base camp area is too risky to land Helicopter due to the constant movement in the Ice Belt. Due to this most of the Helicopter land at Kala Patthar. After all, Kala Patthar is the best viewpoint of Mt Everest.

Why does the Helicopter land at Kala Patthar not at Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp does not have enough space for the landing helicopters. It is situated near the Khumbu glacier so there is continuous ice slide and movement. So, landing helicopters at such moving land is riskier. Whereas, Kala Patthar has enough space for landing and offers 360 degrees panoramic views of mountains.

How long does the Helicopter land at Kala Patthar?

The helicopter lands for 6 to 12 minutes in total for observing the views. But the stay time can be increased up to 2 minutes by making a special request. Staying more at the Everest Base Camp can cause you altitude sickness.

Is the landing time at Everest Base Camp enough to observe the view of Base Camp?

The normal landing time is sufficient to quickly overlook all the surroundings and to take pictures. Due to the high altitude threat, it is dangerous to stay more than the normal time. You don’t want it to happen? So, 8 to 10 minutes is enough for all the exploring activities.

How long does the helicopter stay at Everest View Hotel for lunch?

You’ll be given a half-hour to enjoy the lunch and views at the Everest View Hotel. The stay can lengthen with the change in climate conditions.

Do I need oxygen during the flight?

Not really, but the helicopter has an oxygen tank in case of emergency supplies.

Who leads the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is led by experienced pilots and crew members. The team with long experience and expertise in Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. You just book the trip, your trip is in the safe hands.

Does climate affect the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

Yes, of course, we don’t operate a Helicopter tour during a bad climate. Your safety is our priority. You have to wait until the weather gets clear. So, while planning the tour check the best time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour and book accordingly.

Can I join the Helicopter ride from Everest Base Camp for return?

Yes, you can complete the one round of trek on your foot and while returning you can book a Helicopter ride. You’ll be picked from Everest Base Camp and will be dropped in Lukla or Kathmandu.

Weather and Temperature in the Everest Region

The climate of the Everest region changes as per the season. The Everest region stays cold and crisp throughout the year. But, the temperature alters as per the climate seasons. Also, remember that the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is possible on any clear day.

Days from Mid-September to late-December provide the clearest weather. This is the autumn season in Nepal. The average daytime temperature is close to 15°C to 20°C. Whereas, the temperature can fall to -5°C to -10°C during early morning and late nights. It is the most favorable time to travel around the Everest region. The climate is just perfect during this season.

March till May are the months of the spring season. In areas above 4000m, the day temperature is around 17°C to 25°C and in the night time, the temperature drops to -15°C. This season is mostly picked by the mountaineers for the climb to Mt. Everest. The weather and sky are so clear that you can enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayas.

December to February are the months of the winter season. This is the coldest season of all as the region begins to freeze. The day time temperature is around 10°C to 15°C, and during the night the temperature falls to -15°C to -10°C. But, the dry days of winter offers the unreal views of clear snow-capped Mt. Everest and other peaks.

Lastly, June till August are the rainy months of the year, periodic rainfalls over the months. The day temperature can reach around 15°C and night temperature falls to 2°C. Although this season is not the driest one, it offers some moisture views of the Everest region.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour can be done at any time of the year. It all depends upon the weather and conditions of the Everest region. It’s quite unpredictable up there. So, the tour company checks the weather forecast and fixes the tour date.

Anyway, the Autumn and Spring season are the perfect time for this Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The weather during these seasons is very stable and travel-friendly. Snow Capped mountains under the clear blue sky make these seasons the best for the helicopter ride.

However, the tour dates are flexible with climate changes. Sometimes even in the Autumn season, the climate can become harsh, leading to change in the fixture. These situations can cause tour delay or maybe cancellation. Don’t worry, You’ll be refunded in case of the tour cancellations.

How safe is the Everest base camp helicopter tour?

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is designed to meet the needs of those who don’t have much time for the EBC trek or who can’t walk the long trails of the trek. It is the quick and easiest way of reaching the Everest Base Camp.

The helicopters used in this tour are the powerful ones. These helicopters are most suitable for varied landscapes like Nepal. So, this tour is a safer option. In case of any weather problems, the tour will not start for your safety. The tour only gets going after the weather and climate confirmation, no hurry, no pressure. Also, if the tour is canceled due to any problem, you’ll be refunded.

So, this tour is a safe and hassle-free alternative for the Everest Base Camp journey.

How many people can travel at a time in Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

In any Helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp, a maximum of 5 people(480Kg) can travel at a time. The total weight of 480Kg is a safer load to fly a Helicopter over the difficult

Khumbu region.

If we have 4 to 5 people at a time, there will be two divided flights from Everest View Hotel or Pheriche to Everest Base Camp. Each containing a load of only 240kg at a time. In this way, the pilot ensures the safety of the passenger.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Backpacking

This Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour does not require a heavy backpack, some warm clothing, and kits are more than enough.

The things you’ll require are:

  • Windshield down jacket
  • Hand gloves and warm hat
  • Warm trousers or pants
  • Warm hiking or sport shoes
  • Sunglass(UV protected)
  • Sunscreens and lip balms
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Light snacks, i.e. energy bars or dry fruits
  • Diamox for altitude sickness

Other places to start Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

In most cases, your tour starts from Kathmandu. But, that is not the only place to start the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. You can join the adventure from several other sites as well. Here are the other sites from where you can join the helicopter ride to EBC:

Lukla To Everest Base Camp Helicopter and return to Lukla or Kathmandu

You can join the Helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp from Lukla. If you are here at Lukla for the long trek, but out of nowhere, you got some important work. Then you cannot do this long trek, a Helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp is here to save you.

After enough exploration at Lukla, you will kick off the helicopter ride. The Everest Base Camp is only 25 minutes helicopter ride away from Lukla. This helicopter ride will land you in the lapse of Mt Everest,i.e. Kalapathar.

It will land for certain minutes depending upon the climate conditions. You can enjoy the entire region view in just one day and be right back for daily life. Afterward, you will have the option of flying directly to Kathmandu via helicopter. Or, you can go to Lukla via helicopter and from there a plane flight to Kathmandu.

Phakding to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla or Kathmandu

It can be another option. After a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and a trek from Lukla to Phakding Village, you can still get on a Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp.

You will explore every bit of this whole trek by this option. Scenic flight to Lukla, Trek from Lukla to Phakding and exploring the village of Phakding and finally Everest Base Camp Via Helicopter ride from Phakding. Lukla to Phakding is the trek distance of 6.2km. You’ll reach Phakding crossing several monasteries and villages of Sherpas. It normally takes 3 hours to reach Phakding from Lukla but it can vary with the traveler’s walk.

Then you can join the Helicopter from Phakding to reach Everest Base Camp. This is a suitable option for time savers. In less than 25 minutes you’ll reach the Base Camp to enjoy the views of mighty mountains. After the view, you can either directly fly back to Kathmandu or Lukla, it’s your choice.

Namche To Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla or Kathmandu

People reaching Namche Bazaar after the trek from Lukla airport can have a helicopter ride from Namche to EBC to shorten the tour. Namche Bazaar is a big town in the Khumbu region. There are a lot of things to explore. From shops to monasteries it’s filled with almost everything. You can try good food before heading towards Everest Base Camp.

The Everest Base Camp is only a 15 minutes helicopter ride away from Namche Bazaar. In 15 minutes you can cover the distance of 4-5 days of trekking distance. You will sail over various settlements of Sherpas. You’ll also observe Khumbu Glacier while reaching Kala Patthar. After reaching there you can enjoy panoramic views of Mahalangur range, the home of Mt. Everest. Bypassing several minutes enjoying the views, you’ll sit back in Helicopter for return. The helicopter will take you straight back to Lukla and from there to Kathmandu.

Tengboche to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla or Kathmandu

Tengboche is a famous Sherpa village in the Khumbu region. It is a great place to visit which also homes a famous Tengboche Monastery. The trek to Tengboche is 30 km far from Lukla. To reach Tengboche from Lukla is an adventurous and steep trek. After making it to Tengboche, you can switch to Helicopter ride for making it quick towards Everest Base Camp.

From Tengboche, the helicopter takes only 15 minutes to reach the ground of Everest Base Camp. You will cross villages like Dingboche(4400m), Lobuche(4910m) and reaching Kala Patthar(5545m). From there you will enjoy historic views of Mt Everest and several other peaks.

By enjoying scenic helicopter ride you can land at Lukla or drop straight at Kathmandu.

Pangboche to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla or Kathmandu

People who completed half of the entire Everest Base Camp and reached Pangboche (3900m) can do the rest of the journey via Helicopter. The helicopter takes only 10 to 15 minutes to reach Everest Base Camp.

While reaching Pangboche you may feel tired or exhausted or may be symptoms of Altitude sickness. You can take enough rest and restart the journey via helicopter and complete the whole tour in one day.

Within several minutes you’ll stand at the historic point to observe Mt Everest for the first time. Then the helicopter will drop you back at Lukla for your home return.

Dingboche or Pheriche to Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu

Those who made it to Pheriche and felt jaded can help themselves by picking a helicopter from Pheriche. This helicopter ride will make you relax and comfortable again to enjoy the view of the tallest Mt. Everest.

It takes only 10 to 15 minutes to reach EBC by helicopter from Pheriche. The helicopter lands in the area above Gorakshep near to Kala Patthar in case of movements of the glaciers in EBC. From any region near Kala Patthar, the view is inexpressible. After view, you will take a 1-hour vigilant flight back to Kathmandu.

Everest View Hotel to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla

If you are here at Everest View Hotel(3880m) enjoying lunch and observing Everest from a distance. You can observe it from the Everest Base Camp. There is an option from here to Everest Base Camp. It takes only 7 to 11 minutes to reach Everest Base Camp from Everest View Hotel.

The scenic helicopter will drop you at Kala Pathar to enjoy the best views of Mt. Everest and other adjoining mountains. You’ll enjoy the chilly atmosphere under Mt Everest and return to Lukla via Helicopter ride.

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla

Lobuche(4,940 m), from here it takes 1 to 2-day high altitude walk to reach Everest Base Camp. These particular days demand high stamina and mentality. Either you can push yourself and trek to Everest Base Camp or you can call for the Helicopter ride to EBC.

From Lobuche, it is only a 7 to 10 min helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp. In a few minutes, you will be in the vicinity of Everest Base Camp by snubbing a 2-day trek. You will enjoy the views of Mt Everest and other peaks of the Mahalangur range.

After timeless moments at Everest Base Camp, you’ll fly back to Lukla for homecoming. From Lukla, you can get a scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and return to Lukla

Gorakshep(5360m) is the last human settlement area on the trail to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is only 2 to 3 hours of trek distance. This particular 2 or 3 hours are the most difficult ones of the entire trek. If you are here in Gorak Shep after an exhausting trek, you’ll be needing a Helicopter ride towards the Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp is only 5 minutes away from Gorakshep. You’ll avoid the steep climb of Gorak Shep to reach Everest Base Camp. In 5 minutes you are in the cold and beautiful view ground of Mt Everest. After quick watch and photo session in front of Mt Everest, you’ll fly back to Lukla for your return to Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp to Lukla

If you have completed the trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. You can join the helicopter ride from the Everest Base Camp to Lukla. This will save your returning time of Everest Base Camp i.e 3 to 4 days. You can quickly reach Lukla in 30 minutes and from there you can fly to Kathmandu via airplane. Lukla to Kathmandu is only 30 minutes from the air distance. So, this option is used by many visitors to avoid the long route and to save time.

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