Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal is quite popular among those who want to explore the Everest region but have less time. Everest Assistance has made the package of Everest Helicopter tour in Nepal available any day you want. It will fulfill your dream of viewing the highest mountains and bizarre landscapes.
As you know, Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain to exist, rising above 8848m from the sea level. It is standing tall and strong in the eastern part of Nepal. The summit acts as an international border between Nepal and China.
Every year it attracts many climbers and professional mountaineers. They reach the top and make memories of their own.
The climb to Mount Everest is expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, tourists take the alternative to trek till the base camp or take the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour.
Base Camp is a campsite that climbers utilize as a resting stop during their ascend and descend. Only a few can climb the mighty Everest, so reaching the Everest Base Camp is a big achievement.
However, you have various options to reach the Everest Base Camp. It includes Jiri to Everest Base Camp, flight to Lukla then trek from there, Helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp directly and few more.
Fastest and risk-free medium is the main reason why tourists prefer Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. This flight gives you lifetime experience and enjoyment.
Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal package takes you through the Everest region landing in Kala Pathar(5545m).
From start to end your journey will be delightful and stunning as your eyes won’t get a minute rest from this beautiful landscape and environment. Some of the famous spots here are Tengboche Monastery, Gorak Shep, Khumbu Glacier, etc.
You will start your journey from Kathmandu valley. The flight will take you to Kala Pathar which is the highest point in this journey. After this, you will fly to Syangboche Airstrip and return back from there.
The Everest Helicopter tour in Nepal is one of the best aerial tours all over the world. Throughout the tour, you will see mesmerizing views of the Mountains, hills, unique Landscapes, and villages below.
Highlights of Everest Helicopter Tour
- Visit one of the thrilling airports in the world- Lukla
- Reaching the highest point – Kala Pathar
- Viewing the majestic Mount Everest up close
- A quick look at the culture and tradition of Sherpas in high Mountains
- Sightseeing many villages and valleys
- Breathtaking views of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, etc.
- Capture photographs near the world’s highest peak.
Details of Helicopter
Some information regarding this Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal is as follows.
Flying Capacity: 2 pax ( min) 6 pax (max)
Landing Altitude: 2860 m ( Lukla)
5545 m ( Kala Patthar)
3880 m ( Everest View Hotel)
Take off: Tribhuvan International Airport ( Domestic Terminal)
Best time for the aerial flight to Everest
Helicopter flight in Spring Season:
March to May fall under this season. It is warm, sunny and clear during this time of the year. The visibility of the valleys, mountains, etc is quite satisfactory making it the best time for helicopter flights.
The weather in the Spring season does justice to the Himalayan region. As you get the mesmerizing view of snowy peaks, colorful landscapes, etc.
Helicopter Flight in Monsoon Season:
The months of June, July, and August fall under this season. Planning helicopter flights during the rainy season may result in unfavorable events. The quick changes in weather are unpredictable which affects the regular flight.
Your flight might get delayed or canceled according to the weather condition. Flying in low visibility during heavy fall can be vital in different places.
If you still have an interest then you can still fly during this time. But don’t forget to see the weather forecast. And be well prepared for the flight.
Helicopter Flight in Autumn Season:
The months of September, October, and November fall under this season. The weather is quite favorable. The rainy season has just ended making the views of washed mountains and hills one that you cannot miss.
The skies are clear and day time is warm making the weather quite suitable for flights. This season is also the best time for trekking in the Himalayas.
Helicopter Flight in Winter Season:
The months of December, January, and February fall under this season. During these months, the valleys are full of snow, making it quite a view from above.
Not only the valleys but the peaks are also covered in snow. This time of the year is also fine but the visibility of mountains might not be clear enough.
As the weather gets clearer the snow-covered peaks, valleys, hills, etc will astound you.
Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal – Detail Itinerary
Below you can view the detailed itinerary of your trip Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal :
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport
You will wake up early this morning and get ready for your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The representative from Everest Assistance will come and pick you up from your hotel.
Then you will drive towards the domestic terminal section in the Tribhuvan International Airport. From where your journey begins towards Lukla Airport.
As the flight takes off in the eastern part of Nepal you will be passing above the village of Jiri in Dolakha. The spectacular view of lush vegetation will welcome you in these parts.
Furthermore, you will continue your glide through the Lamjung La Pass situated at an altitude of 3550 m. Where you can see the colorful rhododendrons forests.
After arriving at Lukla airport, one of the thrilling airports has a short runway in the world. You get an awesome view of the series of Himalayas. The flight is about 45 minutes from Kathmandu.
Lukla airport lies at an altitude of 2820 m above sea level. This is the first stop in this helicopter tour, that gives a short glimpse of the Sherpa culture and traditions.
The fueling time is about 10-15 minutes so you can roam around the small town during that time. You can see many porters and guides waiting for their clients. Also, trekkers are getting ready to start their journey into the great Himalayas. While some are returning from that journey.
Fly from Lukla to Kala Patthar
After fueling, you head towards the next stop Kala Patthar. The flight is about 25 minutes from Lukla.
As you take off from there you pass over Namche bazar situated in the Khumbu region. This bazar is the Gateway to the Everest region.
From there you will head higher viewing the various villages such as Syangboche, Tengboche, and Gorak Shep.
As you look below from your window, you will see a breathtaking view of the beautiful Khumbu valley.
You will then fly through Everest Base Camp which offers you a glance of glaciers and icefall in the Khumbu region.
After sightseeing the astounding views across the flight, you will reach Kala Patthar which is our destination today.
Kala Pathar lies here at an altitude of 5545 m. The helicopter will stop there for 10-15 min.
During that time you can view Mount Everest and other mountains along with it.
You can take snaps for memories and know that you reachest close enough to the world’s highest mountain.
Fly From Kala Patthar to Syangboche
You will now be flying towards Syangboche to the Everest View Hotel. The flight is about 12 minutes from there.
The hotel is famous for its terrace view that offers an unspeakable sight of various mountains and the peak of Mount Everest.
You will be staying at the hotel for around 45 min and enjoy the breakfast sighting the Almighty mountain.
Syangboche to Lukla to Kathmandu
After having a 5-star course you head back to Kathmandu which is about 1 hour 20 min flight from Syangboche.
You travel passing through Lukla then arrive at Kathmandu.
After you land, the responsible representative will drop you back to your hotel.
We the members of Everest Assistance hope you had a wonderful flight to view the world’s highest mountain peak.
Different starting point for Everest helicopter tour in Nepal
The majority of the itinerary begins from Kathmandu itself. But there are various other starting points for the Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal. Some are them are as below:
Lukla to Everest Base Camp then drop at Lukla Airport
If you are already in Lukla or prefer to travel there by helicopter then that option is also available.
The flight duration from Lukla to Base camp is 25 minutes and the maximum pax size should be about 3 on a single trip. The weight allowed is 220 kg.
The Heli will pick you up from Lukla then fly hovering over Namche Bazaar. As you fly in higher elevation the beautiful valley of Khumbu below is jaw-dropping.
In no time, you travel viewing the different mountains, landscapes, etc you reach the Base camp.
If your limited holiday requires you to take the helicopter tour, you can take it. It also saves your travel time.
Phakding to Everest Base Camp
If you want to try both treks and flying till Everest Base Camp, then you can trek from Lukla to Phakding and take the Helicopter ride from there.
This saves your time and gives you the experience of both. It is also helpful for people who want to reach the base camp but suffer from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
Due to AMS some trekkers can’t trek to high Namche Bazar and have to come down for recovery.
You may lose lots of time during this recovery process. So the helicopter option is quite favorable. As you get to reach the EBC and also manage time without taking extra days.
Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp
Since you reach Namche Bazaar, you can now decide to fly to Everest Base Camp.
As you fly from Namche to the higher elevation you get the sight of Khumbu glacier and many mountain peaks such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, etc.
This helicopter tour saves almost 3-4 days of your trekking distance. The distance-time in aerial flight is about 15 or less from here.
The flight takes you up close to the Majestic Mt Everest near the base as you see the overall view of many other peaks.
Pheriche to Everest Base camp
The distance from Pheriche to EBC is around 10 minutes. Pheriche lies at an altitude of 4371 m which is a trekker’s stop.
If you don’t want to trek from Pheriche then the helicopter tour is suitable during this time. They only allow 3 pax to board the flight due to the helicopter ride protocol. Also, the weight limit is around 250 kg.
Tengboche to Everest Base Camp
The flight distance is about 12 to 15 minutes from Tengboche 3867m. Tengboche is a small municipality that gives you the chance to experience the heli tour.
Flying from there you get the chance to see lush green vegetation, glaciers, and snowy landscapes.
Safety Note for Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal
- While onboard don’t forget to fasten your seat belt
- Throughout the flight, don’t walk around or change your seats
- You aren’t allowed to smoke inside the Helicopter
- Don’t throw garbages out the window
Q.1) Is the Helicopter Tour for Everest base Camp safe?
- Yes, it has always been our first priority to ensure our client’s safety. The Helicopter we use on this tour is the best of its kind. Not only the aircraft but the pilots are also well trained and experienced in this field.
But you have to note that altitude sickness can be a problem in high elevation.
If you are to stay for a long time at a higher altitude without proper acclimatization it can be a problem. So we stop for about 10-15 minutes where you can view as well take snaps of the mountains up close.
Q.2) Does it require a specific age group to travel on this Helicopter tour?
- No, any age group is suitable for this tour. You can travel with people both elderly and children. The design of this tour suits those who have a hectic schedule but don’t want to miss the opportunity.
Q.3) Are the hired pilot professionals?
- You don’t have to worry about the pilots, they have been working on these routes for years. So they are highly experienced as well as a pro in their job.
Along the tour, they will explain to you the sights you see from your window. They have detailed knowledge about the region. So you can ask the question without any hesitation.
Q.4) why does the helicopter stay for only 10-15 minutes in Kala Patthar?
- As you will be traveling through Helicopter this entire tour, your body won’t have enough time to adapt to higher altitudes. Thus to prevent you from going through altitude sickness the time of 10-15 minutes has been set.
- Other than that you will also get the magical view of Mt Everest as you get up close.
Q.5) Can we book the Everest Helicopter Tour from anywhere in the world?
- Yes, you can book our tour package from all over the world. We have an online booking procedure so you can fill up the data required on our page. You can also contact us through email, social media or phone. You will have to provide us with a specific date for the tour.
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