Not fond of long trekking and the hurdles that Himalayan terrain holds? Then Everest base camp helicopter tour is the ideal option for you to experience the beauty of the Himalayas. It's an easy and quick trip with no exhausting walk.
Everest base camp helicopter tour is one of the best Everest holiday packages at the moment. It's a 4 hours trip to the Everest base camp with a landing at Kala Patthar for a few minutes. And not only that, but the Everest helicopter tour also includes a few other landings, such as landing at Lukla airport for refueling the charter before flying towards EBC, landing at Pheriche if the group is big and needs to add another helicopter, and landing at Everest View Hotel for a delicious breakfast.
The flight takes off at the domestic airport in Kathmandu. You'll fly across green hills and mountains. Everest base camp helicopter tour is more sort of a luxury tour in the Himalayas. It's a comfortable trip that's good for travelers of all ages. Yes, you read it right. You can do an Everest base camp helicopter ride with kids and seniors in the family. So, it's a great family adventure trip in Nepal. The Everest base camp helicopter tour is a safe journey with a high satisfaction rate, so you do not have to worry about anything.
The Everest base camp Heli tour is also a great alternative to long treks in the Everest region. Travelers who are bound with limited time or bad health and cannot embark on a trek, the Everest base camp helicopter tour will satisfy your adventure craving and let you enjoy the sensational beauty of the Himalayas like no other. The helicopter tour lasts only a few hours, so you can embark on this adventurous lifetime trip without worrying about the time commitment.
We give full window seats to our participants during the helicopter flight for the utmost experience. The seats are comfortable and have ample leg space. Our fleets are regularly checked and maintained, so there's nothing to worry about. The flying crew follows strict guidelines and makes sure everything is right with the helicopter before every takeoff.
Why do we land at Kala Patthar instead of the Everest base camp?
We’ll land at Kala Patthar during the Everest base camp helicopter tour flight instead of the Everest base camp because there is not enough space at the base camp. Likewise, Mt. Everest is not visible from the Everest base camp. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse block the view. This is also one of the reasons we land at Kala Patthar. Moreover, Kala Patthar offers a surreal mountain landscape and one of the best Everest views.
Everest base camp trek or Everest base camp helicopter tour?
Everest base camp trek and Everest base camp helicopter tour both packages are adventurous and have their specialty. Both trips offer a lifetime journey in Nepal and memories to cherish forever. So, which one is suitable for you? Ask yourself the below questions before booking either of the packages.
- Do you have enough time to do a 2-week long trek, or do you have limited time and the EBC Heli tour best fits it?
- Do you have the required health and fitness to do the trek to EBC? Heli tours do not demand any fitness whatsoever.
- Whether you want to spend a long time in the mountains or you'll be happy in a few hours of a helicopter tour.
- Are you traveling with your family or alone? Heli tour is easy and the best family-vacation package.
Heli tour for short holidays in the Himalayas, Nepal
If you are looking for a short and quick venture in the Himalayas, then the Everest base camp helicopter tour in Nepal is perfect. You can do this tour in half a day. For travelers in Kathmandu looking to do a quick adventurous activity, you can join the Everest Heli tour. The tour begins in the morning, so you'll have the rest of the day free.
It's a four-hour long trip. In the peak season, most of the flights are on time because of stable weather. Hence, you are less likely to face any delay or cancellation. Apart from the Everest helicopter tour, our budget Everest base camp trek and EBC trek with helicopter return are two short treks that you may like too. Do not forget to check them out.
Kathmandu to Everest base camp helicopter tour cost
Kathmandu to Everest base camp helicopter tour cost varies depending upon the group size. If you are flying in a group (up to 5 pax), the per head cost will range from USD 900 to USD 1300. It's the most reasonable price for the Everest base camp heli tour. If you want to charter a helicopter for yourself, then it'll cost you around USD 3800 to USD 5000 and above.
Group joining is the most affordable option for an EBC helicopter tour. In the peak season, we have regular helicopter departures to Kala Pathar, Everest base camp. So, solo travelers can easily add a helicopter flight to their trip with us or do an Everest base camp helicopter tour.
Lukla to Everest base camp helicopter price
If you are already in Lukla and want to do a helicopter tour to Everest base camp (with a return flight to Lukla), then the cost starts at USD 400 per head in a group of 5 people. Likewise, the cost increases up to USD 800 in group sharing. Booking a private helicopter cost begins at USD 1500 (1/2 participant) and goes up to USD 5000 depending upon the group size.
Group joining & private charter
You can do Everest base camp helicopter tour 2022/2023/2024 in a group or fly privately, as per your wish. We offer both group joining and private charter for the Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing. The Everest base camp helicopter tour cost varies as per your choice.
To book the helicopter tour, you can contact us on our given number or send us an inquiry through our website.
Private charter is best for travelers who do not like flying with strangers. You'll get the whole ride to yourself and customize the departure date as per your availability.
Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing 2022/2023 itinerary
Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing begins at Kathmandu domestic airport early in the morning (around 6:00 AM). Our team will pick you up from your hotel lobby and drop you at the domestic airport terminal. You meet with the flight instructor after completing the boarding process. The flight instructor will brief you about the tour and things you shouldn't do while flying. After a short briefing, you meet with the captain.
You'll then board the helicopter and begin the Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing. After a few minutes of being in the air, the Langtang range and the Ganesh Himal will come into your perspective. Flying over Kathmandu city and small towns, you'll gradually move towards Lukla airport. We’ll land at the Lukla helipad for 15 minutes to refuel the helicopter.
The helicopter tour then continues above the small villages and Sagarmatha National Park. You fly over beautiful Sherpa villages and lush forests. The view of valleys, rivers, and terraced fields is outstanding. If needed, we land at Pheriche or continue to fly to Everest base camp. Enjoying a jaw-dropping mountain panorama, we descend to Kala Patthar and explore it for 10 minutes.
The Everest base camp heli tour doesn't end here. We now fly over the EBC and Khumbu Glacier. The helicopter flight turns to Namche Bazaar. We now land at Everest View Hotel for a quick breakfast. After breakfast, we once again board the shuttle and fly back to Kathmandu. Upon landing at Kathmandu airport, please take some time to give us your precious review. Our team will drop you at your hotel, and the Everest base camp helicopter tour ends.
Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing weight guide
The maximum weight per charter for landing at Kala Patthar is 220 kg because of high altitude restrictions. In each helicopter flying towards EBC, we have to maintain this weight limit for safety purposes. The 220 kg weight limit includes passengers' weights and their belongings. If the group is big and its weight exceeds the 220 kg mark, we use extra shuttles from Pheriche,e as per the requirement.
From Kathmandu, a single helicopter carries 420 kg to Lukla. Our helicopter can accommodate five pax at maximum from Kathmandu to Lukla. If you want to land at Syangboche, the maximum weight is 450 kg, and the maximum landing weight at Pheriche is 420 kg. We also offer helicopter tours or pick up/drop at other parts of the Himalayas. As per the elevation and climatic conditions, the weight varies.
Why go on an Everest base camp helicopter tour with Nepal Nirvana Trails?
We, Nepal Nirvana Trails, organize some of the best helicopter tours in Nepal, including the helicopter tour to Everest base camp. Our professional team and flight crew make sure you enjoy every second of the heli tour. We assure a safe and sound helicopter flight experience in the Himalayas. Likewise, we tailor-make helicopter tours to almost all parts of Nepal for our guests.
We work with the industry's best and safest helicopter service provider for our heli trips. Our pilots have hundreds of hours of flying experience in the Himalayan air. So, they will know the route and maintain the safety of the trips. Likewise, the pilot will help you point out the mountains and share information about the region during the flight.
Below are some other reasons that make us the best Everest base camp helicopter tour provide in Nepal:
- guaranteed departure
- group joining for solo travelers
- reasonable price
- 24/7 availability
- safe helicopter flight
- last-minute booking
- experienced & friendly crew
- no hidden charges and policy
Major attractions of Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing flight in Nepal
Land at Lukla airport
From Kathmandu, it's a 45 minutes helicopter flight to Lukla. The flight offers stunning landscapes and views of Ganesh Himal (7,422m.|24,350ft.) and Langtang Lirung (7,234m. |23,734ft.) at first. Soon, other eastern Himalayan mountains like Kongde Ri (6,187m.|20,299ft.), Khumbi La (5,761m.|18,901ft.), Thamserku (6,608m.|21,680ft.), Mera Peak (6,476m.|21,247ft.), etc begin to unfold. You'll land at Lukla to refuel the helicopter before flying towards the Everest base camp (5,364m.|17,598ft.). The landing time is 15 to 20 minutes. During this period, you can stretch your body and look around one of the highest airports in the world at 2,860m.|9,380ft.
Land at Kala Patthar
From Lukla airport, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes to reach Kala Patthar (5,545m.|18,192ft.). If necessary, you'll be landing at Pheriche (4,371m.|14,340ft.) to maintain the weight of the shuttle. The flight will be fantastic. You can see the gorgeous views of verdant valleys and rivers from the air. Fly over the picturesque Sherpa villages, lush forests, and terraced fields. The giant snow-capped mountains begin to get prominent.
Kala Patthar is at the whooping height of 5,545 meters. It is also one of the highest points of Everest base camp trekking. Kala Patthar is famous for its gorgeous sunrise and 360-degree mountain views from here. Landing at this elevation is quite challenging and staying more than 10 minutes may make you vulnerable to altitude sickness. And we don't want our guests to suffer from altitude sickness.
Similarly, the pilot cannot turn off the engines of the helicopter at this point. Once the engine turns off, it's close to impossible to turn it on. Therefore, given all these reasons, you'll get 10 minutes to enjoy the views at Kala Patthar. The view of Mt. Everest (8,848.86m.|29,031ft.) is phenomenal from this point. Along with it, you'll get to witness many other mountain tops from Kala Patthar. The clouds and the cold air will make the experience heavenly.
Fly over Khumbu Glacier and Everest Base Camp
Upon returning from Kala Patthar, we take a detour over the Everest base camp, Khumbu glacier, and Khumbu icefall. The aerial view of the base camp and glaciers is fantastic. Mountains like Everest (8,848.86m.|29,031ft.), Lhotse (8,516m.|27,940ft.), Nuptse (7,861m.|25,791ft.), Cho Oyu (8,188 m.|26,864ft.), Makalu (8,481m.|27,825ft.), Chamlang (7,319m.|24,012ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812m.|22,349ft.), Island Peak (6,160m.|20,210ft.), Pumori (7,161m.|23,494ft.), etc are vividly seen during the helicopter flight.
Many people from around the world trek in the Khumbu region every year but only a handful of them get to witness the aerial view of the Khumbu region, which makes the Everest base camp helicopter tour very special. The bird's-eye perspective of frozen streams, moraines, glaciers, and deep valleys adds more depth to the Everest helicopter tour.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Hotel Everest View before flying back to Kathmandu
How can we end our trip without a good meal? Our Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing further takes you to one of the highest luxurious hotels in the world, Hotel Everest View, situated at 3,962m.|13,000ft. You get to have a scrumptious breakfast with a breathtaking panorama of the snow-capped mountains. This hotel has also received a Guinness World record. Everest View Hotel is located above the iconic Sherpa town, Namche Bazaar (3,440m.|11,290ft).
Usually, trekkers spend an acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar and hike to this hotel to adapt to the elevation. The breakfast will be freshly cooked and served. You can choose between western and Nepali breakfast as per your liking. You get to see the view of Mt. Everest with others right in front of you on a clear day.