- Trip Grade:Easy
- Max Elevation:5,364 M At Everest Base Camp / 5,545 M Kalapather
- Total Duration:01 days
- Best Time:March To May And September To Early December
- Activities:On Scenic And Exciting Heli Flight With Short Walking
- Trip duration :about 4-5 hrs
- Trip Start from :Kathmandu
- Trip End at :Kathmandu
- Transportation:Private Vehicles/Fligh
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, an enjoyable and most scenic ride that you can experience in your lifetime with glorious memories of the great magnificent and awesome flight to world highest Mt. Everest base camp.
Mt. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour an adventure that leads you high above 6,000 m to 7,000 m high on Himalayan blue sky facing incredible panorama of snow-capped peaks from the beginning to an end of the journey with mesmerizing time on this super and scenic Helicopter flights.
Mt. Everest soars high as world’s number one mountains at 8,848 m / 29,028 ft high truly rooftop of the world, where world-wide adventurer and mountaineers visits for daring feat and challenging to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Mt. Everest in Nepal known as Sagarmatha while native Sherpa calls Chomlungma of Tibetan origin in both languages means ‘Great Mother’, the area around high Khumbu within Everest protected by Sagarmatha National Park, which is listed in World Heritage Sites since 1979 truly a picturesque country to visit once in your lifetime.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour starts early morning (having early breakfast in the hotel or carrying pack breakfast), our staff transfer you at Kathmandu domestic airport for scenic Helicopter flight, where you will be seated next to the Captain and pilot on the back seat with spacious seats enough leg rooms in comfort.
Soon as Helicopter takes off facing views of Kathmandu city and the valley with surrounding rolling green hills, dotted with farm villages and nice tended terraces as chopper swirls higher enjoy the panorama of mountain range from Manaslu-Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal, as flight head further east views of Mt. Gaurishankar and Melung Tse peaks.
As the it gets closer to Lukla with views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu, and then landing at Lukla for re-fuelling while you can have refreshing break with time to observe Sherpa life and its colorful culture and then flying above Dudh Kosi River gorge having aerial views of famous Namche Bazaar (time permitting landing at Namche Bazaar hill top with views of the village and peaks).
From Namche flying high above heading towards Everest Base Camp (if possible landing at base camp) which is at an elevation of 5,364 m high, close views of Khumbu glaciers with massive Khumbu Ice Falls.
Flying out of Everest Base Camp or from Gorakshep (earlier Everest Base Camp) and then heading back to Kathmandu with brief stop at scenic Thyangboche Monastery, visit the monastery interior of great interest with colorful Thangka painting includes statues of Buddha and other high saints, observe monks and priest on prayer.
After a grand time with views of Mt. Everest, then head back to Kathmandu with mesmerizing moments and enjoyable exciting ride on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.
- Day 01: Fight to Everest Base Camp on Heli
Morning transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport on boarding Helicopter greeted by our Heli Pilot / Captain then fly for an hour to reach at Lukla 2,820 m high, a moderate size Sherpa town with a unique airstrip called as Tenzing-Hillary airport.
In Lukla with time for refreshing cup of tea / coffee where Helicopter will be refilled with oil then fly through Dudh Kosi gorge then high over Namche Bazaar (possible stops with glimpse of Namche Bazaar). Continue flight with sweeping panorama of Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse- Amadablam-Tharmarserku-Kangtenga and Kwangde peaks (possible landing at Thyangboche Monastery for short walks and tour of monastery).
Flying over Imjatse River leaving the vegetation and tree lines behind to reach and land at Gorakshep at the height of 5,180 m, Gorakshep an early Everest Base Camp from 1953 to mid 1970's houses few nice lodges, from here depending upon the landing condition at Everest Base Camp due to movement of glacier and ice the landing ground areas might be obstructed.
If not landing possible at base camp, however we fly as close towards base camp allowing you to view the areas of base camp with huge Khumbu Ice falls and glaciers with surrounding views of Lola-Chamlang-Nuptse-Khumbutse-Lingtrin-Pumori with Everest at close distance.
Return journey with stop for hot lunch either at Gorakshep / Namche or in Lukla with time to immerse with local Sherpa Buddhist culture and then fly back to Kathmandu with wonderful experience on
Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Heli Flights.
- Transportation to Kathmandu domestic airport from the hotel and back.
- Our vehicle will be at your disposal waiting at the airport till you need for the transfer.
- Heli flight with pack breakfast / or in Lukla (time permitting) with lunch on route either at Gorakshep-Thyangboche or at Namche at pilot discretions.
- Applicable permits for the flight with Sagarmatha National Park / TIM (Trekking Information Management System) if required.
- Service of guides on Heli Tour, daily wages-medical insurance, meals and other allowance.
- Comprehensive medical kits and First Aid Kit (for precaution against accidents and sudden illness.
- Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel and medical insurance.
- Expenses of personal nature, gratitude (tips) hard / soft and other major drinks throughout the flight and in Kathmandu.
- Personal gear for the day ride (down jackets and personal belongings) medical kit.
- Emergency evacuation and breaking away from the proposed duration flight where refund will not be entertained, however office will issue a letter to claim from your valid insurance.
Flying hours and some stops on route, depends entirely on weather condition and pilots decision as he know the weather patterns of Himalaya.
Stops and landing around villages including at Everest base camp, where weather permits, we will try our best to make your flight enjoyable with possible stops to witness culture and traditional life of local villages with mountain views for your delights and money worth of scenic flights with us.
Climate on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flights:
Normal days are clear above 2,500 m above and as well depending upon season around Himalaya region, sometimes the weather can be unpredictable including Everest and Khumbu region.
April to May is main trekking and visiting months including chopper flights around Everest, when morning and mid day is clear with sunshine normally, afternoon can be clouded blocking the views of peaks sometimes.
September to November are high season visiting Nepal Himalayan destination with Everest base camp, when day is mostly with clear blue sky and views of mountains.
November to January however chances of snow above 2,800 m higher areas however day will be fine with some sunshine and cold in morn and late afternoon time and in shades.
July to mid September clouded with monsoon rains (wet months) but very green with much moistures.
The best time will be from March to May when wild flowers are in full bloom around 2,000 m to 3,000 m high and then tree lines and vegetation declines for rough arctic terrain, the temperature will be 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day with sunlight, morning and evening can be much cooler with minimum of -0 to 05 degree Celsius not counting the wind chill factors.
Above 3,000m high day will be clear with strong sunlight and UV (due to less oxygen and atmospheric pressure) , where strong sun screens and creams required to protect your skins and as well using good sun / snow glass to avoid strong and bright refection of snow and sunlight.
Mid September to December will be the clearest weather but with short days minimum of -05 to -10 degree Celsius in the morning and night time with maximum of 15-20 degree during the day in full sunlight, also depends upon the altitude and areas of trekking.
December to March will be the coldest months with chances of snows with minimum of -10 to -15 degree Celsius with maximum 15-18 degree Celsius without wind chill factor, however most of the day time will be clear with fine blue sky.
Important Notes Heli Flights around Everest and other Himalaya region:
Mass flow of wide world travelers in Nepal is mainly for trekking of moderate walks to adventurous or challenging activities, most important is picking the right trip holiday with us with your limited time and duration in Nepal.
In all high altitude trip whether treks or on helicopter tour for Everest and other Himalayan destination where all clients should be in sound health and physically fit to enjoy its wonderful surrounding of mountains and local culture.
On booking with us before your depart from home country, where all clients should be obtain Travel and Medical Insurance (in case for accidents and emergency evacuation by all means of transport available for quick relief to nearest hospitals).
It will be pleasure if you can send us past and present medical history with certain diets, and then we can arrange to fit your request well in advance.
Equipment List to Bring on Heli Flights
- Comfortable boots / shoes preferred (in case of snow on the ground) when Heli lands at some scenic points and cultural villages and as well for short walk involves ups and down.
- WATERPROOFS: Down Jacket and trousers
- SUN HATS & WOOLEN TOPS
- SCARF OR MUFFLERS: Protection from strong sun and dust
- SUNGLASSES / GOGGLES: Essential to get a pair which cuts out 100% UV rays
- SUN SCREEN CREAM: High protection factor [20 or higher] or high altitude, glacier cream due to thin air the, U/V is stronger in the sun.
- LIP SLAVE/ LABISAN: Protection for the lips with a sunscreen
- TOILET ITEMS: As per your day needs and requirements
- CAMERA GEAR: batteries, memory card, tripod, etc…
- SCARF : Silk/Nylon, useful for keeping the sun and dust
- WATER BOTTLE: 1 liter
Most Common FAQs
01: What is Heli Tour?
Heli short for Helicopter with enjoyable tour and a joy ride with scenic flight on chopper or Helicopter, Heli Tour can be for short duration of less than an hour or more to 4-5 hours in the comfort of spacious seated with glass windows for views of beautiful; mountains-green hills-valley and dales scenery.
Heli Tour, at present getting much popular in Nepal where people with short duration of holiday and as well for people who are not interested in trekking but have the urge to see Himalaya in comfort, this is a great opportunity to full panorama of Himalayan Mountains.
02: Where and How to book for Heli Tour?
First enjoy reading our trip text of your interest, then if you are keen and interested book with Trekking Planner Treks & Expeditions on following E-Mails and Address at least month ahead if you are booking from overseas home Europe-USA or other further East of Asia including Australia-NZ –Japan-Korea-China so on…..
For ex Kathmandu can book with us minimum few days ahead so that we can arrange the right size of Helicopter for different size group of interested clients.
03: How high does Heli Tour fly?
Most of the Helicopter available in Nepal French built Fail with Safe Design - comfortable seating arrangements - 5 seating besides Pilot and co-pilot - suitable for all types of helicopter flights and landing can fly up at an altitude of above 6,000 m / 19,000 or much higher.
On this Heli Tour flying above 5,000m with close views of mountains of the region and beyond other peaks of Himalaya.
04: How cold will be on the flight as well on landing at places of interest?
Depending upon the areas of Heli Tour and season, April to May warmer during day time with cold wind factor morning and late afternoon period, where temperature drops down on shades, but on air with right pressure will be warm of normal room temperatures.
However, we will suggest you proper gear a day ahead before your Heli Tour with necessary warm gears to take and wear.
05: Even on Heli Tour what chances of High Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)?
In Heli with will be pressurized like on international flights that flies high, on this case Heli Tour it will similar with quite differences, during flight you will be safe and secure without chance of AMS.
On landing some places with high elevation of above 5,000 m around possible landing site at Everest Base Camp above 5,364 m or at Gorakshep 5,180 m. It will be for only short duration depending upon your fitness to cope with altitude, if it’s a long walk from Heli pad we will advice what's good for you to avoid from High Altitude Sickness.
Our Heli Tour lands for you to take photographs and marvel the views of mountains and landscape scenery and as well to witness local culture. So altitude will be not much of a problem in our fascinating
and enjoyable Heli Tour.
06: What types of meals provided on this Heli Tour?
As we are flying around Everest and high Khumbu areas directly North East from Kathmandu where the area much established, to cater needs of all wide-world travelers, depending upon stops for lunch at higher altitude like Namche Bazaar 3,440 m, Thyangboche Monastery 3,867 m or Pheriche above 4,220 m including stops in Lukla 2,820 m, providing you with hot lunch Continental-Chinese-Nepalese meals.
If it is in Namche or Lukla on route Kathmandu much better meals as the places have good excellent restaurants, one can order straight from Ala Carte' or just order a simple Nepalese style meals.
(It all depends upon our pilot decision with limited time for stops and refreshments)