Getting to Mount Everest is on the achievement list of every traveler. Everest Base Camp Heli tour is ideal for those who don’t have enough time to trek multiple days or lack physical fitness to do so. This is also a possible option for physically disabled people, who can fulfill their dreams of reaching Everest Base Camp.
Gone are those days when only mountaineers and experienced climbers could experience of ascending the world’s highest peak. To help these travelers to realize their dreams, Eyes on Nepal organizes the Everest Helicopter Tour!
This tour allows everyone, to visit and see Mt. Everest- world’s highest mountain, without the need to trek. The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu Domestic Airport towards Lukla Airport. The flight lands at the airstrip of Lukla Airport for refueling, then fly over Namche, Tyangboche, Gokyo, and finally land at Kalapathar at an elevation of 5550m.
From Kalapathar, one can see Mt. Everest up-close and personal. You will fly back to Syangboche for a breakfast at Everest View Hotel, the highest mountain in the world before heading back to Kathmandu.
Everest base camp helicopter tour is a 5-hr round trip from Kathmandu to Everest (Khumbu) region by private chartered helicopter
The major highlights of Everest base camp helicopter tour are as follows:
Trip costs is inclusive of helicopter ride to Everest, Everest national park entry permit, breakfast at Everest view hotel, ground transportation.
Please find the most commonly used sightseeing routes for Everest base camp helicopter tour below.
Trip to Mt. Everest base camp is a dream of every traveler who visit Nepal. Below is detail of the itinerary
5:30 – 6:30 AM: Hotel pick up and transfer to the Kathmandu domestic airport. Check-in at airlines counter and wait for flight boarding. You will attend a brief instruction about the flight
7:00 – 8:00 AM: Fly to Lukla (2,845 meters) enjoying aerial views of valleys, snow-capped mountains, Lamjura-La Pass (3,550) before landing at Lukla. Some of the mountains you will witness are Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Gauri Shankar (7,134m), Ganesh (7,429m), Shishapangma (8,013m), Gyachung Kang (7,952m), Pumori (7,161m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Ama Dablam (6,812m).
8: 00 – 8:15 AM: After 45 minutes you will land at Lukla. Helicopter will spend next 15 minutes defueling.
8:15 – 8:30 AM: Contiue your flight from Lukla to Kala Patthar (5,450 meters). The helicopter will fly over Namche, Tyangboche, Sagarmatha National Park, Dingboche, Pheriche to Kalapathar.
8:30 – 8:45 AM: Stopover at Kala Patthar up to 10 minutes. Enjoy magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak and Khumbu Glacier
8:45 – 9:00 AM: Fly from Kalapathar to Everest View Hotel in Syangboche. (3,950 meters). Everest View Hotel is world’s highest hotel offering stunning panorama of mountains including Everest range.
9:00 – 9:30 AM: Enjoy warm breakfast at Everest View Hotel while taking in the delightful view of mountains
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Fly from Everest View hotel to Lukla where the helicopter will briefly lay over for around 15 minutes for refueling.
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Once you land at Kathmandu domestic airport, we will pick you up and transfer you back to hotel.
Heli tour in Nepal is an exclusive program for those tourists who wish to explore Nepal in a helicopter. Helicopter ride is both the safest and most exciting ways to see and experience Nepal and its many attractions- whether you want to see mountains and glaciers, fly to Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp or visit major tourism sites. You will be able to enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your helicopter seat or reach your favorite in the shortest possible time.
The cost of a helicopter tour in Nepal depends on the destination and duration of the proposed tour. Helicopter ride is available both on private charter or sharing basis.
If you fancy travelling by helicopter to your favorite destinations, then Nepal Helicopter Tour package is just for you. Nepal Helicopter Tour package is a luxury tour designed for those who have limited time or physical strength for trekking and exploring Nepal. The package allows you to charter a private helicopter and directly visit popular mountain sites with ease and comfort.
For this, all you have to do is let us know while booking. Below are some famous tour packages we are offering;
Everest Base Camp Heli tour is the most popular helicopter tour program we organize. Book a scheduled helicopter and fly directly to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5364m. The flight takes one and a half hour to reach the base camp and offers a scenic view of rivers, lakes, hills and snowy mountains. Spend at least 15 minutes exploring Everest Base Camp and capturing stunning views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak and Khumbu Glacier. On your return, stop over at Everest View Hotel to enjoy warm breakfast and amazing panorama of Himalayan peaks. The duration of Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is about 3-4 hrs.
Gosainkhnda Heli tour offers you the quickest and safest way to travel to Gosainkunda Lake. The lake revered by both Buddhists and Hindus is located at the height of 4380m and is regarded as the abode of Shiva. You will take off on a scheduled helicopter and fly directly to Gosaikunda passing over Langtang National Park. Enjoy your time exploring Gosainkunda Lake and witnessing 360-degree panorama of Langtang ranges including Langtang and Lirung. After spending some quality time in Gosainkunda, return to Kathmandu. The entire journey can be completed within one and a half hours.
Langtang Helicopter Tour is listed among the best mountain flights in Nepal. The goal of the Langtang Helicopter tour is to fly on scheduled helicopter from Kathmandu to Kyanjin Gompa which takes about 15 minutes. Witness beautiful views of mountains, hills, rivers and Langtang National park during the flight. The 8th century Kyanjin Gompa, where the helicopter lands, is a sacred place for followers of Buddhism. You will spend at least 40 minutes in Kyanjin Gompa where you will also visit local cheese factor, learn about Tamang culture and catch splendid views of Langtang Lirung, Langshisha Ri and Dorje Lakpa peaks. The return journey takes about one and a half hours.
Normally, trekkers will spend a minimum of 7 days walking to reach Annapurna Base Camp. What if you’re not interested in trekking and have only a couple of days to spare but still would like to go to Annapurna Base Camp. Then Annapurna base camp helicopter tour is just for you. The tour allows for a scheduled helicopter from Pokhara and then directly fly to Annapurna Base Camp within 30 minutes. Located at an altitude of 4130m, Annapurna Base Camp lies within Annapurna Conservation Area. Offers 360-degree panorama of Annapurna ranges. There will be 30-40 minutes time allocated for you to explore the base camp and catch views of. Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchchhre (6,993m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Khangsar Kang (7,485m), Hiunchuli (6,411m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m) etc. Within 2 hrs, you will be back to Pokhara after visiting Annapurna Base Camp.
Muktinath Helicopter tour is the shortest trip to Muktinath temple, one of the holiest places in the Himalaya. The temple is located on the base of Thorang La pass at an altitude of 3,710 m. Mukinath Helicopter tour can be organized both from Kathmandu and Pokhara and the return trip takes about 3 and 2 hrs respectively. Spend at least 30-40 minutes exploring Muktinath temple which is famous for 108 stone sprouts and eternal flame. The tour presents an opportunity to capture spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Fishtail, Nilgiri and aerial views of Kali Gandaki Gorge, Begnas and Phewa lake.
Bhairabkunda Helicopter tour takes you on brief exploration of sacred Bhairabkunda in the laps of the Langtang Himalayan range. It takes around 15 minutes to reach Bhairabkunda from Kathmandu on a scheduled helicopter. Located at an altitude of above 4000m, you will have 40 minutes to explore the frozen lakes of Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda and observe stunning panorama of Langtang Himalayan ranges before returning to Kathmandu. It takes one and a half hours to complete Bhairabunda Helicopter tour.
Kailash Darshan Helicopter tour is organized on a chartered helicopter and is the best way to see Mt. Kailash from Nepal side. The tour takes about 5-6 days and will involves flying up to Hilsa on Nepal-Tibet border. The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from there to Simikot. The following day you will fly to Tumling and Lapcha. Both the points are excellent spot to witness Mt.Kailash where you will spend at least 30 minutes each. You will then return to Simikot and from whence back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Among all the luxury helicopter tours in Nepal, Everest Helicopter tour is perhaps the most popular. Everest region is home to Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, and is a playground for adventurers and seekers. Everest Heli tour provides an easy and comfortable trip to Everest on a helicopter allowing you to make a quick visit to many popular points on the Everest region. Base camp helicopter tour, Kalapathar helicopter tour, Everest view helicopter tour, Namche helicopter tour, Thame helicopter tour etc are some of the several helicopter tours into Everest. Among them Everest base camp helicopter tour is perhaps the best and finest.
Everest Base Camp helicopter landing tour takes you on quick visit to Everest Base Camp located at an altitude of 5364m. The helicopter will take off from Kathmandu domestic airport and land at Everest Base Camp. The one-way flight takes about one and a half hour. You will spend next 15 minutes exploring Everest Base Camp at the foot of Mt. Everest. Before returning to Kathmandu, you will make a brief stopover at Everest View Hotel for warm breakfast and amazing mountain views.
Everest Base Camp trek with helicopter return combines Himalayan trekking experience with helicopter ride. You will spend at least 10 days trekking from Lukla all the way to Everest Base Camp (5364m) experiencing Sherpa villages, Buddhist monastery and Himalayan biodiversity. Hike to Kalapathar (5644m) and Everest Base Camp to capture stunning views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island peak, Khumbu Glacier etc.
Helicopter Charter flights are easily available in Nepal. Due to its mountainous and hilly geography, chartering helicopter is high in demand because of its safety and reliability. There are many helicopter companies that provide domestic charter flights for travel/tour purpose or even in emergency. Helicopter charter services are available in almost all popular and remote regions of Nepal. Especially Everest, Annapurna and Langtang are three most popular mountain areas for Helicopter charter services. The cost of helicopter charter depends on destination and flight hours.
Chartered helicopter service is available for visiting any place in Everest region.
Helicopter flights from Kathmandu to Lukla with return can easily be booked both on private and sharing basis if available. The flight takes off from Kathmandu domestic airport and flies straight to Lukla airport, located at 2,860m.
You can easily book a helicopter flight from Gorakshep or Everest Base Camp to Lukla or Kathmandu. We can arrange charter service on this route upon request.
Please contact us for booking Helicopter tour to any destinations within Nepal.
Yes, helicopter ride is quite safe in Nepal. Helicopter companies hire experts and engineers who maintain helicopter quality regularly. The helicopters are operated by certified and experienced pilots who have flown in the mountains for a very long time.
Yes, the helicopter service in Nepal is very reliable. There are nearly 38 helicopter companies in Nepal offering scheduled, rescue and charter services. Some helicopter companies have been operating mountain flights for over 30 years.
Helicopters can land on Everest Base Camp only during peak climbing season. Helicopters are allowed to pick up and drop off only mountaineers and climbers at Everest Base Camp. But they are permitted to land at Kalapatthar during any time. Trekkers and tourists can fly to Kalapathar on a helicopter as it is a vantage point to witness beautiful views of mountains including Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Island Peak etc.
Helicopters are allowed to land at Kalapathar for about 8-12 minutes. After that it will have to take off. This applies both during emergency or tour services.
Yes, helicopters carry oxygen cylinder especially when conducing mountain flights. While flying to high altitude region like Everest, passengers may suffer from High altitude sickness. Oxygen cylinders along with first aid kit are provided to such passengers if needed. However, very few people require oxygen cylinder unless you have prior health complications. Please let us know in advance if you have any serious health issues.
Helicopters typically carry up to 500 kg weight when flying lower than 4000m altitude and around 250kg for above 4000 meters. An average passenger weighs about 80 kg. If your weight over 100 kg, please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate number of passengers accordingly.
Yes, weather can delay or cancel helicopter flights. So Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour totally depends on weather. Clear weather and visibility is a pre-requisite not only to flying helicopter but also to see good views of mountains. Helicopter flights are operated only after getting weather clearance from airport authority. There is no compromise on safety.
Everest base camp is located at the foot of Mt. Everest. To reach Everest Base Camp is a dream of every trekkers and adventurer. Although it is called Everest Base Camp heli tour, the helicopter only land at Kalapahar, which is a perfect point to witness the beautiful views of Everest range including Everest Base Camp.
Helicopters do not stop over at Kalapathar for a long time due to safety issues. Kalapthar is located at an altitude of 5644m where the level of oxygen is quite low and weather is extremely cold. Scientifically, humans are not recommended to stay there for a long time. Also, at this height helicopter’s engine can turn off due to coldness.
Kalapathar is located at 5644m and helicopters can only carry a weight of 220kg above 4400m. Due to this limitation, helicopters can only fly a maximum of 3 people to Kalapthar at once.
To visit Everest Base Camp is a dream for many and makes for a lifetime experience. Since the start of tourism in Nepal, only avid adventurers and trekker had been able to reach Everest Base Camp. But today, Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour has made it possible for everyone to reach and stand on Everest Base Camp. So much so that even those who are physically disabled can now get to touch and feel and be part of Everest experience. That is why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour has become special.
Everest Helicopter Tour – what is better than this experience?
Me and my brother engaged Eyes on Nepal for the Everest Helicopter Tour on 9th January. This is the best life experience I have.
First time flying with Helicopter, first time see the snow-peaked mountain, and I saw Mt Everest so up close without efforts of trekking. I saw some trekkers down there, and met some trekkers when we were at Everest Hotel for our breakfast.
I felt so thankful and blessed as I got this change to see Mt Everest so near, without a trek, and I only pay USD 1200 for it.
I highly recommend to anyone who wants to see the highest mountain of the world – Mt Everest to take this tour as so easy and nice – really nice. No need to trek but can reach to what is so called – impossible.
I highly anyone who want to go on Mt Everest Helicopter Tour to engage Eyes on Nepal as they will pick you up, make the TIMS and prepare the breakfast at the Everest View Hotel.
We stopped at 3 places which are Lukla airport to refuel , Periche and Everest View Hotel for breakfast.
Thanks for arranging this tour for us. This will be my lifetime memory.
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