The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour including the landing offers some extraordinary photographs of the snow-capped Himalayan range. Perfectly, it is designed for travelers who do not have time for Trekking and hiking. Likewise, people with physical disabilities and even the elderly can enjoy 3/4 hours of helicopter sightseeing at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. During your trip, one can observe marvelous peaks such as Pomari, Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and some of the astonishing landscapes of the Everest region in Sagarmatha National Park.
Detail of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
A helicopter flight to the Everest Base Camp is one abyss of an adventure that represents a lifestyle. The type of lifestyle that serves you breakfast with champagne (upon request) at the highest-placed hotel in the world at Hotel Everest View. Feeling exciting!!
Important note: The flight usually takes place early morning between 6:30 am to 7 am. From Kathmandu Airport. Flight timing may vary or delay depending on the weather condition. We at Global Adventure update you about the weather and flight before you are heading to Airport.
One of our representatives from Global Adventure Trekking will receive you at your hotel in Kathmandu and drop you at the Airport. You just need to contact us in the provided contact details while confirming the booking. Before conducting the flight our captain or the staff will give you a briefing about the flight.
The flight instructor/staff will run you through some important guidelines and safety measures during the flight. Then we will meet up with the captain and aboard the helicopter. During the meet-up, we encourage you to clear all the questions regarding the flight so that you can cooperate and contribute to a sound flight.
Flight to Lukla 40 minutes and Defueling
The helicopter takes off from Kathmandu airport and towards Hillary Airport also known as Lukla Airport (Everest Base Camp trek start here) situated on the east side of Nepal. The Lukla airport at an altitude of 2800m is fairly small. On the way, you will find yourself eyeing the stunning mountain range, beautifully covered with snow. And of course, you will have an aerial view of Sherpa settlements, various monasteries, and stupas.
List of some of the mountains that you get to observe while flying before reaching Base camp includes Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Ganesh (7,429m), 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).
From Kathmandu airport, you will continue the flight to Lukla after refueling which takes around 10 minutes.
Heli Flight to Kala Patthar from Lukla
Altitude: 5,545m (Lukla)
After refueling in Lukla, we fly to Kala Patthar. The flight duration is approximately 15 minutes. At this point, we will be flying above 5,500m. By aviation rules, if the group consists of 4-5 people, it will be divided into two. However, we will fly over the infamous Namche Bazaar exploring all the hidden rivers and beautiful flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park.
Note: Since lading at Kala Patthar above 220kg is prohibited, a shuttle flight to Pheriche is required if the weight exceeds 220kg.
Sightseeing and stopover at Kala Patthar (If requested)
Upon reaching Kala Patthar, we will stop for a brief 5 minutes if requested. This is because our bodies can’t adapt to the sudden transition from 1,300m at Kathmandu to over 5,500m in only a few hours. Nevertheless, it is more than enough to admire a close-up view of Everest and take some memorable pictures.
Note: Landing at Kala Patthar cannot exceed 10 minutes and the helicopter engine will not be turned off due to the windy environment and high altitude. Besides the Everest region, we offer Annapurna base camp helicopter overfly.
Return flight to Hotel Everest View (Syangboche)
You will fly towards Syangboche and head to the Hotel Everest View for breakfast. Syangboche is one of the major highlights of the tour. It allows for some brilliant scenery with the Mt. Everest background. The people here are welcoming and do not hesitate to have some interesting conversations.
Breakfast at Hotel Everest View
Ground Time: 30min
As a celebration of the completion of a dream trip, you enjoy a delightful breakfast at the Hotel Everest View. You might have heard it by now but it is indeed the highest-placed hotel in the world and has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The champagne breakfast is very famous at Hotel Everest View followed by some delicate cuisines which cost 75 USD per person.
Flight back to Lukla and stopover for refueling
For some flight procedures, we stop at Lukla while on our way to Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the helicopter is refueled. We will stop at Lukla for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour before finally taking off to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
Flight back to Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Swirling above the fertile hills and along the Himalayas, you fly toward Kathmandu. Returning flight takes you over the Khumbu Glacier and the splendidly crafted Tengboche Monastery. As you bid our goodbyes to the majestic Mt. Everest, you leave with a feeling of fulfillment and pleasure. Finally, our pilots will safely drop you at the domestic airport in Kathmandu.
What happens if the Helicopter flight is canceled on the day?
The Helicopter tour can be canceled in case of bad weather and in such case, you will get a full refund.
List of Packing for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:
As you would daunting, the Everest region is cold all throughout the year. It is particularly important to pack the proper clothing for Everest Base Camp Heli Tour. Due to high-intensity UV rays at high altitudes, it is necessary to pack accordingly. Here we have prepared a packing list including all the relevant gear for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:
- Windproof down jacket
- UV protection sunglasses
- A water bottle
- Lip balm and moisturizer
- Silk/Nylon scarf
- Full sleeve shirts
- Warm pair of trousers
- Camera essentials
Note: The above gears will suffice since over-carrying might increase the weight. We encourage carrying only necessary clothing.