Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour - 1 Day

Know before you go
  • Duration 4 Hours
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar - Apr to Oct to Dec
  • Trip Area Everest Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5,545m.|18,192ft.

Highlights

  • One of the best Everest holiday packages with no tough walking and a long time commitment
  • Perfect tour package for travelers looking for a short and quick journey in the Himalayas
  • Rejuvenate your soul and heart with fresh Himalayan air
  • Reach the base of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, in the blink of your eye
  • Land at Lukla airport to refuel the helicopter
  • Fly over beautiful Sherpa villages and verdant valleys
  • Land at Kala Patthar for 10 minutes to enjoy a sensational view of Everest and surrounding mountain tops
  • Fly over Everest base camp, Khumbu Glacier & Khumbu Icefall before descending 
  • Have a delicious breakfast with a tempting mountain landscape

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.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Altitude: 5,644 m/18,519 ft

Duration: 04 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Phase I: Arrive at the airport and do boarding. Attend briefing and meet the pilot. 

Phase II: Fly, enjoying the stunning mountain landscape and green hills to Lukla. Land for 15 minutes to refuel the shuttle.

Phase III: Continue the flight over beautiful Sherpa villages, rhododendron forests, rivers, lush green hills, and verdant valleys. 

Phase IV (optional): Land at Pheriche if the group is more than three pax and exceeds the weight limit of 220 kg. 

Phase V: Land at Kala Patthar for 15 minutes to enjoy the snow-capped mountain views.

Phase VI: Fly over the Everest Base Camp and across Khumbu Glacier & Khumbu Icefall before landing at Hotel Everest View. 

Phase VII: Have a delicious breakfast with a tempting mountain panorama and fill your heart with rejuvenating Himalayan air. 

Phase VIII: Fly back to Kathmandu, and do not forget to give your review before leaving. 

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  • 5,545m.|18,192ft.

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What's Included

  • All transports from the hotels to the airport and back after the flight are included.
  • Up to five passengers can share a seat on a helicopter day flight. There is also a private flight available.
  • Applicable Only a permit arranging service (Pay additional fees and locally in the mountain).
  • Service of escort his or her daily pay-medical insurance, food, and transportation allowance.
  • Reconfirmation of domestic or international plane tickets, as well as comprehensive medical supplies.
  • The fee of an Everest Base Camp helicopters trip is dependent by the length of the flight on a day ride.

What's Excluded

  • Visa for Nepal, international air travel, individual travel, and health insurance.
  • Personal expenses, breakfast in the Everest View Hotel (Rs.3800 or $32), appreciation (tips), and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of the excursion.
  • Everest National Park entrance costs are NPR 3,000, or $25 per person.
  • Prices for personal gear, including down coats.
  • Everest base camp helicopter fly landing excursion price is assured for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Nepal also with the greatest view of Mt. Everest as well as other peaks from Kala Patthar. The best reasonable price is offered per person with surcharges (if five people are traveling together), but consumers must also pay an additional Mount Everest National Park entrance fee of USD 30 (specific Nepalese rupees Rs. 3000) per person and a USD 5 per person Kathmandu Airport tax. Hotel Everest View Extra breakfast depending on food and drink selections.

 

Weight restrictions Average weight should be under 500 kg for groups of up to five passengers traveling together, including clothing, cameras, and small daypacks. Three passengers may weigh no more than 250 kg on each trip. Each additional shuttle is charged separately.

Useful Info

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The Khumbu region is cold throughout the year. Yes, the temperature fluctuates from lower elevation to upper elevation. But as you are not trekking and instead flying to the base camp, you'll have less chance to feel a warm temperature. The exposure to the sun does let you embrace the warmth alongside the cold wind. Overall, you'll need some warm layers and protection from UV rays. 

Below we have mentioned the packing list for the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing:

  • Windproof down jacket
  • Full-sleeve shirts
  • Warm pair of trousers
  • Silk/Nylon scarf
  • UV protection sunglasses
  • Lip balm and moisturizer
  • Toiletries
  • A water bottle
  • Camera essentials

*Note: We encourage you to keep your luggage as light as possible because it may unnecessarily increase the weight. Carry only essentials.

Best time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing Flight

The Everest region is located at a high altitude, and because of the location and the elevation, the weather is very unpredictable. There can be a sudden change in weather. You can face rainfall out of blue, in the lower part of the trail and snowfall, in the upper part of the trail. 

One thing that makes the Everest base camp helicopter tour very special is even with the slight weather changes in the city area, there will be clear weather in the mountain so, we can do the tour. But it can turn another way anytime and if the weather is way too unstable then, of course, we'll rearrange the heli flight, but in small cases, we do not have to cancel the tour. It's only a few hours of excursion, so the helicopter tour does not get that disturbed. 

Spring (March to April) and autumn (October to December) is the best time to do the Everest helicopter tour. The sky is not foggy, and the visibility is clear in these two seasons, which makes them perfect for a helicopter tour. The mountains are seen vividly, and you get to enjoy the view to its fullest. The temperature ranges from 18°C to 5°C. You do not have to pack heavy clothes. One layer of the warm piece will be enough. 

Likewise, flying in summer/monsoon and winter is not great because of continuous unstable weather. The EBC helicopter tour may get delayed and canceled in worse cases. You may not get to land if the weather changes just before landing. June to September and January to February are off months for doing any sort of activities in the Himalayas. The cloudy sky hides the view and overall helicopter tour experience.

Safety rules and Travel Tips for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Before you board the helicopter, the flight instructor will give you a small briefing about the tour and things you shouldn't do during the flight. Pay attention to the instructor, and feel free to ask any questions you have. Take the following things into consideration for a safe and smooth Everest base camp helicopter:

  • Approach the helicopter only after the signal of the pilot. Similarly, exit the helicopter when the captain says it's fine. 
  • Do not approach the shuttle from behind.
  • Do not run after your things if they flow in the air and you are in a helicopter.
  • Do not smoke inside the helicopter.
  • Keep yourself hydrated, and do not litter inside the shuttle. 
  • Use UV ray protective sunscreen and balm. 
  • Put on the seatbelt properly.

FAQs

  • Yes, you can go above the Everest base camp by helicopter. It's the easiest and quickest way to reach the base camp, however it costs a bit more money. The flight offers an incredible mountain view.

  • The Everest helicopter tour cost depends upon the group size. The bigger the group, the less per head cost will come. In general, the Mount Everest helicopter tour costs around USD 900 to USD 3500 and above.

  • To fly to Everest base camp, you have to book the flight first. You can join our EBC heli tour group or charter a flight for your friends & family. You can also book a helicopter flight from Lukla with us.

  • From Kathmandu, the Everest base camp is 200-300 km away. From Lukla, the EBC is located 65 km away. It's a one-way distance. Every day requires 6 hours of walking on average.

  • Yes, the Everest base camp helicopter tour is totally worth all the hype and money it costs. You'll be amazed by the spectacular aerial views of the mountains and the valleys. Trekking to EBC is one thing, but flying gives you a whole new experience. 

  • Yes, you can see Mt. Everest from a helicopter. You'll get to witness diverse perspectives of Everest during the helicopter flight.

  • Yes, solo travelers can join our group for the Everest base camp helicopter tour. We have numerous fixed departures in the peak seasons. Therefore, you'll have many options to pick the best date to suit your needs.

  • The helicopter tour begins at 1,300 meters in Kathmandu. You fly and reach 2,860 meters at Lukla and continue the flight to 5,545 meters at Kala Patthar. The fly goes around 6,300 meters and offers you a grand view of the Khumbu region. 

  • No, we do not land at Everest base camp because the landing at EBC is not sufficient enough. Likewise, the base camp gets packed with mountaineers in the peak climbing seasons. Moreover, you cannot see Mt. Everest from its base camp because other giant mountains block the views, so we land at Kala Patthar.

  • We’ll land at Kala Patthar for 10 minutes. Staying longer than this may trigger altitude sickness, and we want to avoid it at all costs. Plus, the pilot also cannot turn off the engine at this height.

  • Yes, all of our pilots are very experienced and well-trained to fly helicopters in the Himalayan air. They have hundreds of hours of flight experience.

  • Yes, there is always supplementary oxygen available in the helicopter. At high elevations, the oxygen level is automatically maintained by the system. And yes, you can take your kids on an Everest base camp helicopter flight with landing.

  • Well, the chances of bad weather during the peak traveling seasons are very low. Even if we face unstable weather, we'll postpone the tour to the following day. In any case if we have to cancel the tour, then we'll refund you the money.

  • To book Everest base camp helicopter flight 2022|2023 with us, you can call/text us on our given number or email us. Likewise, you can place a booking request through our site. 

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