Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing at Kalapattar for 2023 and 2024
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
What to see & doSpecific information about Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing
  • Duration5 Hours
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Max Altitude 5400m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Helicopter Flight
  • Group Size 1-5
  • Transportation Private Vehicles
  • Best Season March-May and September-December

Witnessing the divine Mt. Everest from up close is a dream of many mountain lovers. As the saying goes, "Nothing good ever comes easy," reaching the Everest Base Camp is not an easy task. Typically, it requires weeks of trekking in the Himalayan region, which is physically demanding and time-consuming. However, things are changing in the Nepalese Himalayas.

The base camp of the world's highest mountain is just a heli ride away!

For folks with a rigid time constraint and physically unfit individuals, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing is a great way to get close to Mt. Everest without the hassle of ruthless trekking for weeks. Plus point of taking the EBC Heli tour is that you get to see the snow-capped mountains of the entire Himalayan range from up above. Not only to the Everest Base Camp, but the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour also lands at different locations in the Khumbu region, allowing you to admire Everest from various angles.

This exhilarating Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes you across the stunning Khumbu region in a luxurious helicopter for a fantastic experience you will cherish forever. Unparalleled views of the world's greatest peaks are yours to enjoy from a comfortable forward-facing helicopter seat. You'll be enthralled by aerial vistas of the Everest region.

What makes the heli ride even more enjoyable? The chopper glides over the magnificent Khumbu glacier and lands at Kala Patthar. The up-close view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse West Face, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, and Ama Dablam makes this EBC helicopter tour even more fascinating. Not to forget, the aerial view of beautiful Sherpa settlements tucked in the Himalayas makes the experience even more captivating.

The Everest Base Camp Heli Tour with landing is getting more and more attention these days as it not only saves you weeks of travel time but also reduces stress and inconvenience. The excursion's luxury is another reason a steady stream of tourists has turned to the EBC Helicopter tour. 

We at Outfitter Nepal are determined to provide you with the best Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a landing experience ever. Our highly skilled and experienced team makes the trip safe and smooth so you can fly worry-free. You just have to keep in mind some safety measures, and you're good to go.

What safety measures do I have to follow during Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour?

Everyone taking the tour must follow some strict safety measures and travel tips at all costs during your helicopter tour. A slight mistake could have frightening consequences for travelers and the crew.

  • Pay close attention to the caption during the briefing. They will explain how, when, and where to board and get off the aircraft.
  • Only approach the helicopter once the captain has given the all-clear, and enter as instructed during the briefing.
  • The seats are appointed to distribute the weight in the aircraft appropriately. Stay in your designated seat.
  • Fasten the seat belt securely.
  • Standing or moving in the aircraft is forbidden.
  • All of your belongings, such as hats and sunglasses, should be secured. Do not pursue an object that has been blown away.
  • Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of an aircraft.
  • Get off the helicopter only when the pilot has given the all-clear.

Acknowledge these safety regulations, abide by the instructions, and you should have a safe flight filled with excitement and fun.

Do I have to book a private tour, or can I join a group for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

Both options are available to you. You can either book a private/chartered helicopter tour or join a departure date with other travelers.

As the helicopter holds a maximum of 5 passengers excluding the pilot, a private tour benefits a group of 4 or 5 people. It is a great idea to book a chartered tour if you're traveling with your family and want to spend some quality family time. We also recommend a private EBC Heli Tour to couples to enjoy the bird-eye perspective of the Everest region in the privacy of their own.

If you're a solo traveler or a group of 2 to 3 people, joining a group for a set departure date is best. This way, you can save money as the helicopter tour is costly.

What is the cost of the EBC Helicopter Tour with landing?

The cost of the Everest Helicopter Tour depends on the number of travelers. The price range decreases with an increase in the number of group members. We also offer a charter flight at a discounted price. So, it's a wonderful opportunity to take that family or friend trip up to the mountains.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost Range

  • US$ 1050 for a single person
  • US$ 980 for a group of 2 to 3
  • US$ 950 for a group of 4 to 5
  • US$ 4650 for a charter helicopter ride

Note: The Heli Tour is based on a group departure. So, if you're traveling alone, you'll have to depart on days when we have a group of 5 travelers.

Why pick Outfitter Nepal for your Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp?

A simple Google search leads you to numerous tour operators, but not all of them are trustworthy. Here are some of the main distinctions between Outfitter Nepal and other service providers:

  • Committed to providing customers the best experience possible
  • Guarantees customer safety with top-most priority
  • The most affordable price points with no additional costs
  • Simple booking procedure (you may simply mail us your requirement)
  • Well-trained crew to fly to the Everest Base Camp
  • Been in the trekking and expedition industry for 2 decades

What to pack for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour?

As the Everest region is icy all year round, it is essential to pack suitable clothing and accessories to protect yourself from cold and sun rays. 

The things on the list below are typical essentials for travelers on EBC Heli tours. Before the trip, our adviser will give you a complete packing list based on your health state.

  • Windproof down jacket
  • Shirts with long sleeves
  • A pair of warm trousers
  • Warm socks and comfortable shoes
  • Woolen cap or hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sun cream
  • A water bottle
  • Personal items like tissue paper, lip balm, moisturizer
  • Camera (optional)
  • Passport

Best Features of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing

  • Fly from Kathmandu to the base camp of the world's highest mountain
  • Sightseeing the Himalayan range in the Khumbu region
  • Witness the mesmerizing aerial view of the alpine forest decorated with rhododendron blooms
  • Arrive in Kalapattar for a panoramic vista of Mt. Everest
  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the world's highest Everest View Hotel in Syanbuche
  • Landing at different locations for diverse views of the Everest range from different angles
  • Tour the Everest region in just 4-5 hours
  • Heli rides with a highly qualified pilot and professional team members
  • Booking available for a single person or a group

Major Attractions Of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour

Kala Patthar (Altitude: 5545m)

Kala Patthar is well-known among Everest Base Camp trekkers, located on the south elevation of Pumori in the Himalayas. This is the maximum altitude that most individuals can reach while trekking to Everest Base Camp without any climbing permission. At Kala Patthar, one can observe the most spectacular views of Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, and the surrounding peaks. The scenery will leave you mesmerized without a doubt. Kala Patthar is highly recommended to visit as travel experts believe the slope provides a view of the Everest summit that is unavailable from the base camp.

Khumbu Glacier (Altitude: 4900m)

With elevations ranging from 4,900 meters at its terminus to 7,600 meters at its source, the Khumbu Glacier is the world's highest glacier. Located between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, Khumbu Glacier is one of the main attractions of the Everest region. The Khumbu Icefall of glaciers is massive and is also one of the most dangerous tasks for anyone attempting to reach the peak of Everest. However, from above, the Khumbu glacier looks spectacular, with a breathtaking aerial vista of the Himalayan range surrounding it. Thus, the EBC Helicopter trip is a realistic approach to watching the icefall without taking unnecessary risks.

Hotel Everest View, Syangboche (Altitude: 3800m)

Hotel Everest View is one of the highest hotels in the world. Takasi Miyahara envisioned the hotel in 1968 after noticing how spectacular the view of Everest from the Syangboche ridge was. Syangboche is a lovely hill in the shadow of Khumbila. It is home to the world's highest airport, from which regular helicopter shuttle and porter light services run. The magnificent landscape, particularly from the Hotel Everest View in Syangboche, provides a rich natural panorama and a soothing environment.

Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla (Altitude: 2845m)

Situated in Lukla Town of the Everest region, Tenzing Hillary Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world. This fame goes to the short and slanting runway of just 527 m in length and 30 m in width, hanging at the edge of a hill. Lukla is a buzzing town full of hotels, restaurants, trekking service providers, trekking gear stores, and streets full of travelers from all around the globe. Lukla is called "the gateway of Everest" as it is the starting point of most treks in the region.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes place early morning to avoid unpleasant weather circumstances that follow as the day proceeds. In 4-5 hours of this heli tour, you'll fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, explore the Everest region by landing the chopper at different locations, and fly back to Kathmandu.

Here's a detailed itinerary of the shortest Everest trip ever.

Stage 1: Transfer from hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport (6:00 – 6:30 am)

One of our team members will pick you up from the hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport, which is where your heli tour begins. Please make sure to get ready 10-15 minutes earlier.

Stage 2: Airport check-in, flight briefing, and boarding (6:30 – 7:00 am)

After you go through the airport formalities, the airline staff will provide you with a flight briefing along with the essential safety instructions and codes of conduct during the helicopter ride. Before boarding the flight, you get to meet the captain and have a quick introduction. Ensure all your questions or queries are addressed before boarding the helicopter to enjoy the trip to the fullest.

Note: Though the flight to Lukla typically takes off between 6:30 and 7 in the morning, the flight may be delayed, depending on the weather. Before taking off, the crew member will carefully inspect the weather conditions to ensure a smooth ride. If there is a delay or cancellation due to adverse weather, we're happy to reschedule your tour. Safety always comes first in the mountains.

Stage 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (7:00 – 8:00 am)

The helicopter takes off from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Hillary Tenzing Airport, also known as Lukla Airport. The flight duration is 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the weather condition.

There are stunning views to take in as you soar over Kathmandu and the foothills of the Himalayas. We fly past gorgeous Himalayan settlements, lush hills covered with green forests, and pristine mountains. The breathtaking views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, and Ama Dablam stand out above all others.

Stage 4: Landing and refueling at Lukla (8:00 - 8:15 am)

You will begin to experience local Sherpa culture and their unique way of life as soon as you land in Lukla. Many Sherpa porters and trek guides would be seen waiting for their customers at the airport.

Lukla Airport serves as the fueling station for our Everest Helicopter Tour. The flight's refueling process will take roughly 15 minutes. Meanwhile, you can utilize the time to observe the surroundings and the ambiance. Don't forget to take a few pictures in one of the most treacherous airports in the world.

Note: 500 kilos is the maximum passenger weight permitted between Kathmandu and Lukla. However, 250 kg is the maximum weight that can be transported from Lukla to Kala Patthar. So as to maintain an average body weight of 250 kg, we fly from Lukla to Kala Patthar in two shuttles and vice versa.

Stage 5: Fly to Kala Patthar from Lukla (8:15 – 8:30 am)

Within 15 minutes of taking off from Lukla, the helicopter will arrive at Kala Patthar. Along the way, you will see Namche Bazaar, Sagarmatha National Park, Pheriche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, and Everest Base Camp. The aerial view of mesmerizing glaciers, villages, monasteries, suspension bridges, and mountains will bless your eyes.

At the height of 5,644 meters sits Kala Patthar, which is the best Everest viewpoint from where you can embrace the panoramic view of Mt. Everest and the whole mountain range. Hence, Kala Patthar becomes the main attraction of this helicopter trip to Mount Everest. The vistas are incredible, even more so than at Everest Base Camp, where you won't be able to see the summit of Mt. Everest.

Stage 6: Brief sightseeing at Kala Patthar (8:30 – 8:45 am)

Mountain views don't get any better than this! Our immediate surroundings include Mt. Everest, as well as Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Pumori, Chumbu, Kangtega, Taboche, and Lobuche. This is the moment we've been waiting for.

The halt at Kala Patthar is only for a short 10 minutes. Abrupt weather conditions and the fact that we are now at a height of 5,545 meters are to blame for the quick landing time. The likelihood of altitude sickness would be high if we stayed here any longer without the acclimatization. However, this is unquestionably sufficient time to appreciate the scenery and shoot some beautiful pictures.

Disclaimer: Due to the high altitude and cold, windy weather at Kala Patthar, there's a chance that the helicopter engine may not start again. So, the engine is kept on during the 10 minutes halt.

Stage 7: Fly to Everest View Hotel at Syangboche from Kala Patthar (8:45 – 9:00 am)

After taking in the breathtaking moments at Kala Patthar, you'll fly to the Everest View Hotel, one of the world's highest hotels. The magnificent view of Khumbu Glacier, Gorak Shep, monasteries, Chortens, and snow-capped Everest region peaks are visible from the air. It's a short 15-minute helicopter ride from Kala Patthar to Syangboche, where the hotel is located.

Stage 8: Breakfast at Everest View Hotel (9:00 – 9:30 am)

One could only imagine having a relishing breakfast at a luxury hotel in the remote location of the Everest region. But you're up for a treat.

After we land, we'll take the stairs to Everest View Hotel for the most magnificent breakfast to celebrate completing your dream trip. All around you are majestic mountains, such as Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam. You can hardly believe what you see as you take a sip of coffee with the glorious mountains standing tall before you. We stay here for a total of 30 minutes before returning to Lukla. 

Stage 9: Fly back to Lukla for refueling (9:30 – 10:00 am)

Following a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you'll fly back to Lukla, taking in the breathtaking Himalayan vistas all over again. Nothing tops a clear bird's eye view of the majestic Himalayas. The 15-minute helicopter ride from Syangboche to Lukla is just enough for your eyes to cherish the last sight of Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountains.

The aircraft will make a 15-minute stop at Lukla for refueling before finally taking off to Kathmandu. Be quick and capture some memorable pictures of you in the backdrop of Lukla Airport if you've missed it before.

Stage 10: Return flight to Kathmandu (10:00 – 11:00 am)

We fly along the Himalayas to return to Kathmandu while swooping over the lush landscapes again. With a sense of satisfaction and pleasure, we say goodbye to the majestic Mt. Everest. Our pilots will secure a safe landing for you at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport.

It will take approximately 45 minutes to get back to Kathmandu.

Stage 11: Transfer from Kathmandu Airport to the hotel (11:00 – 11:30 am)

As you arrive at the airport, our representative will be waiting with a taxi to take you back to your hotel. This taxi ride marks the end of your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

We hope your heart will be pumped with adrenaline and a sense of satisfaction upon completing your dream trip to the majestic Mt. Everest.

Important: The timing mentioned on the itinerary is only tentative and is subject to change depending on the weather condition.

  • Max. Altitude: 5400m
  • Elevation Gain: 4050m

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes place early morning to avoid unpleasant weather circumstances that follow as the day proceeds. In 4-5 hours of this heli tour, you'll fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, explore the Everest region by landing the chopper at different locations, and fly back to Kathmandu.

Customize Trip
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Transfer from hotel to airport and back
  • A charter helicopter ride with an experienced pilot
  • Domestic Airport taxes
  • Company service charges
  • Salary for the tour crew
  • Medical assistance and oxygen supply on board
  • Passenger insurance during the flight, provided by the helicopter company
What's not Included
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal Visa costs
  • Entry permits for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel
  • Meals and stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses like phone, internet, snacks, and beverages
  • Mountain gear (thick woolen clothes and windproof jacket)
  • Travel and medical insurance
Dates & PricesBook your trip with confidence
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Starts:WEDNESDAYMAY 29, 2024
Ends:WEDNESDAYMAY 29, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1050
Starts:FRIDAYMAY 31, 2024
Ends:FRIDAYMAY 31, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1050
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Best time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing

Due to its significant elevation, the Everest Region experiences frequent weather fluctuations. It's not recommended to fly during adverse weather conditions, especially when it's rainy or foggy. If we can't vividly see the mountain range and mesmerizing landscape from above, there's no point in flying.

Spring and autumn seasons are the best to embark on this thrilling Everest helicopter tour. The weather is pleasant, with clear blue skies, which makes these two seasons the crowd favorite. As a result, you'd encounter many tourists taking this heli tour during these peak seasons.

The winter season also makes a good time to take a heli ride to the Everest Base Camp if you can withstand the cold. The views are magnificent due to the fresh white snow on the mountain peaks, and there's way less traffic. Monsoon, however, is not at all recommended for the Everest Heli tour. Monsoon season is when flight delays and cancellations are most likely to happen due to unclear weather.

Keep reading to find out the detailed weather and temperature conditions in the Everest Region.

Everest Helicopter Tour in Spring Season (March, April, and May)

The spring season in Nepal, which runs from March to May, also known as a dry season, is said to be the ideal time to take a helicopter tour to the Everest region. Now that rhododendrons and other wildflowers are in full bloom, the lush green hills seem lovelier than ever.

Thanks to the clear skies in the spring, not only the hills but also the mountain views are magnificent. The mountains are covered with fresh snow from the winter, making the Heli Tour even more exciting.

The weather is ideal at this time of year, averaging a comfortable 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day. The temperature gradually decreases after sunset, reaching the lowest of -10 degrees Celsius at night. The days are longer during the spring, so the early morning heli ride is easily manageable. 

The Everest region is busiest around this time. Hence, it is advised to book the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour in advance.

Everest Helicopter Tour in Autumn Season (September, October, and November)

In Nepal, the months of September to December make the autumn season and is another peak travel and hiking month. This Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is no exception. This time frame is renowned for its excellent blend of good weather, moderate temperatures, clear skies, and stunning landscape. Just like spring, the autumn season is wonderful for visiting the Everest Base Camp.

The temperature often ranges from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day and from -10 to 5 degrees Celsius at night. Remember to wear the right sunscreen to protect your skin because the sun's UV rays are considerably stronger than you may anticipate at the Everest Base Camp.

Again, there can be a queue during the peak season of Autumn, so the earlier you book, the better.

Everest Helicopter Tour in Winter Season (December, January, and February)

Winter is also a good season for the Everest Helicopter Tour as it provides the most beautiful view of the mountains that are covered with thick layers of fresh snow. The weather is mostly clear in the morning, so our early morning helicopter ride won't be affected much.

However, it can get foggy and windy at times, and snowfall is frequent in the Everest region during winter, making it difficult to take off and land at several locations. If you opt for a winter heli tour to the Everest Base Camp, make sure you have enough mountain gears to keep you warm and an extra day to reschedule the time if the tour gets canceled due to bad weather.

The average daytime temperature is 15°C, and the overnight lows reach up to -17°C. The sights are fantastic despite the bitter cold. Many tourists select winter for their Everest Heli trip since it is less crowded.

Everest Helicopter Tour in Summer/Monsoon Season (June, July, August)

The worst time to go for the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is, without a doubt, monsoon season comprising June, July, and August. The dark sky with continuous downpours makes the helicopter ride almost impossible to navigate. 

The mornings are comparatively clearer than other times of the day, making the tour still viable with additional safety measures. The average temperature fluctuates between 17°C and 5°C during this period. It is crucial to remember that flight cancellations are more likely to occur due to bad monsoon weather. Such obstacles are inevitable in Monsoon, so avoid the season at any cost.

Our Helicopter Services in the Everest Region

We've been providing a variety of Helicopter Flight Tours in the Everest region based on our customers' preferences. Currently, we offer the following Helicopter Flight services:

Helicopter Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu

Lukla is one of the world's highest airports, at an altitude of 2,860 meters. Flights are frequently delayed or canceled as a result of inclement weather. In this case, the only other option for you is to hire a helicopter service. Our well-trained and experienced team provides a safe helicopter service between Lukla and kathmandu for you.

Helicopter Flight back to Kathmandu/Lukla from Gorakshep or Everest Base Camp

You can take a helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Lukla or Kathmandu if you are short on time or simply want to appreciate aerial views of the Himalayas while on your trekking journey to Everest Base Camp. We will arrange a charter for you at a reasonable cost per your needs.

Helicopter Flight from Everest View Hotel to Everest Base Camp

The helicopter ride from Everest View Hotel to Everest Base Camp avoids long days of trekking and provides you with nothing but breathtaking Himalayan views. The Helicopter excursion, which lasts around 15 minutes, is best if you are short on time or lack the physical ability to continue hiking on the Himalayan terrain. The helicopter tour is also appropriate for an aerial view of the spectacular Everest Himalayan range since it provides a perfect panorama.

Helicopter Flight from Everest View Hotel to Kathmandu

If you get stuck on the way down, the helicopter tour from Everest View Hotel back to Kathmandu might be the solution. The ride is around 40 to 45 minutes long and covers a distance of 138 kilometers. This is a good alternative if you need to stop your Himalayan trek short due to unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, personal troubles, or quick rescue. The return journey concludes your trip in the Everest Region, providing a new perspective on its natural beauty and magnificent Himalayan views.

Helicopter flight from Everest Base Camp to Lukla

The original Everest Base Camp trail starts in the hill town of Lukla and ends in the same region. If an emergency or personal situation prevents you from returning to Lukla on foot, you can commute by helicopter. The route takes 20 minutes and covers the entire Everest Base Camp to Lukla trail. If you want to see the region's stunning splendor in a new light, this is the way to go! The flight, which takes you above the Sagarmatha National Park, offers a breathtaking Himalayan landscape as well as the beauty of various Sherpa settlements along the way.

Helicopter Flight from Lukla to Kala Patthar via Everest Base Camp

The journey from Lukla to Kala Patthar via Everest Base Camp is a classic Helicopter tour covering the best of what the region has to offer. At an elevation of 5545 meters, Kala Patthar is one of the best vantage spots for viewing the Everest Himalayan Range. The peak is famous for its spectacular views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), but it also offers views of summits such as Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7861m), and Pumo Ri (7165m). The route also includes a stop at Everest Base Camp for a comprehensive overview of the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall. This Himalayan experience, which combines two of the region's most popular attractions, is one to remember.

Helicopter Flight from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu

The Helicopter tour from EBC to Kathmandu is a great way to travel back to the capital city, and it's a refreshing break from the long descent back to Lukla. It's also a viable choice if you're in the middle of a medical or personal emergency and require an immediate escape. The return journey provides a beautiful perspective of Nepal's natural splendor, with gorgeous views of the hilly regions. Overall, it's a great way to bid farewell to the Himalayas of Everest.

Helicopter Flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu

Gorakshep, at 5,140 meters above sea level, is the last station on the Everest trek before reaching Everest Base Camp. The Helicopter flight from Gorakshep to Kathmandu, which is 151 kilometers away, takes about an hour. Aside from emergencies or serious medical situations, the Heli tour is a great option to return if you don't have the energy to return down the descending trail. The flight provides a thorough introduction to the natural grandeur of the Everest region, with stunning vistas of the Himalayas from above.

Helicopter Flight from Kathmandu to Gorakshep

The helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Gorekshep is the best option to avoid taking the long ascending path to the Himalayas! It's also great for people who want to get to the foot of the world's tallest Himalayas as quickly as possible. The voyage also lets you taste the Himalayan environment by landing at the closest habitation point to Everest Base Camp. The tour takes about 70 minutes and provides you with some of the region's best experiences.

Helicopter Flight from Pheriche to Everest Base Camp

Pheriche serves as a transit station for the helicopter tour and a shuttle stopover for the aircraft. At an elevation of 4,240 meters, Pheriche is one of the most popular places in the Everest Region. The helicopter flight from Pheriche to Everest Base Camp provides a welcome break from the days spent ascending the Himalayas. The excursion, which takes around 10 minutes, provides a delightful glimpse of the stunning splendor of the Everest Himalayan Ranges.

Helicopter Flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu

The Helicopter ride from Pheriche to Kathmandu is the way to go if you want to avoid the days of the descending trail heading back to Lukla. The flight departs from Pheriche and provides breathtaking views of the Everest peaks, including Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Lhotse (8516m), to name a few. The journey back slightly exceeds an hour, providing a final glimpse of the Himalayas' stunning majesty.

Helicopter Flight from Tengboche to Everest Base Camp

Tengboche, at an altitude of 3,860m, is one of the most picturesque locations in the Everest Region and is home to the famed Dawa Choling Monastery. The hike up to the village is delightful and includes no extreme ascents or descents. The helicopter ride from Tengboche to Everest Base Camp takes 15 minutes and takes you along the Khumbu Glacier. It also provides close-up views of Ama Dablam (6,856 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Changtse (7,543 meters), and the spectacular Mt. Everest (8,884 meters).

Helicopter Flight from Tengboche to Lukla or Kathmandu

If you've completed your Himalayan adventure and find yourself in Tengboche, a Helicopter tour down to Kathmandu can be a great way to break up the descent. It's a good alternative if you're short on time because the flight gives spectacular views of the Everest Ranges and bustling Sherpa hamlets along the way within an hour.

Helicopter Flight from Dingboche to Kathmandu

Dingboche, also known as the summer valley, is located at 4,410 meters and serves as an acclimatization stop on your Himalayan trek. The flight from Dingboche to Kathmandu takes about an hour and offers breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, including the Everest range. The heli tour provides an exciting perspective on the Everest region's magnificence.

Helicopter Flight from Lobuche to Kathmandu

Lobuche, located just below Gorakshep, provides a wonderful stopover before embarking on the return route to Lukla. If you're looking for a new adventure, the Helicopter journey back to Lukla might be just what you're looking for. The helicopter journey back to Kathmandu takes about an hour and covers the entire Khumbu Valley and most of the Sagarmatha National Park.

Helicopter Flight from Gokyo to Kathmandu

Flying from Gokyo to Kathmandu bypasses the exhausting trekking trip back to Lukla. The Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Valley Helicopter Tour provides a unique perspective on the breathtaking splendor of the Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo Valley. The return trip, like other helicopter flights to Kathmandu, covers a total distance of 137 kilometers. The helicopter flight is breathtaking via the Sagarmatha National Park and countless other Everest sights.

FAQsEverest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing frequently asked questions
  • Kala Patthar, which is at an elevation of 5545 meters, is the highest point the helicopter will take you. Hotel Everest View (3962 meters) and Lukla (2860 meters) are two more stops throughout your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

  • Mt. Everest's summit is located 8,848 meters above sea level. Sub-freezing temperatures, hurricane-force winds, and air pressure are just a few variables that make operating the helicopter around Everest difficult. The air is too thin at such a high altitude, preventing most helicopters from producing enough lift to maintain flight. Hence, we cannot fly you around or over the Mt. Everest summit. But the view of the summit from Kala Patthar is so brilliant that it makes you feel close to the mountain.

  • We usually land in Kala Patthar. Since Kala Patthar offers a panoramic view of the Everest range, which is better than the base camp itself, it is preferable to land there. You won't be able to see the Everest summit from the base camp, whereas the peak is visible from Kala Patthar. However, you'll have a good sight of the base camp from the helicopter.

  • The Everest Base Camp Heli Tour choppers can carry 5 passengers and a captain. The maximum passenger weight allowed between Kathmandu and Lukla is 500 kilograms. However, the maximum weight allowed from Lukla to Kala Patthar/base camp is 250 kg. So, to maintain a body weight of 250 kg on average, we operate in two shuttle flights from Lukla to Kala Patthar and vice versa.

  • The entire heli tour typically takes 4-5 hours to complete. In those 4-5 hours, you'd fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, Lukla to Kala Patthar, Kala Patthar to Everest View Hotel, Everest View Hotel to Lukla, and from Lukla to Kathmandu. The total time duration mainly depends on the weather conditions. It might take longer if the weather is unfavorable.

  • In case of any unfortunate circumstances like natural calamities, the captain will immediately rescue you from the site and land somewhere safe. For medical emergencies, the captain will fly you to the nearest hospital, where the experts will treat you.

  • The aircraft is equipped with oxygen cylinders, and the pilots are trained to use them. There's a possibility of altitude sickness at that high in the mountains. Hence, in case of any medical emergency requiring oxygen, there's no need to worry.

  • The pilots operating the helicopter are highly qualified and well-experienced. They are among the best in Southeast Asia and have built a reputation by flying across the Himalayas for many years.

  • You can book a tour with us even if you're a solo traveler. However, one downside of taking the tour alone is that you can only take a tour when there's a group of 5 passengers. So, you have to be flexible with the dates. As there'd be many travelers like you during the peak season, booking a tour for a single person won't be difficult.

  • Yes, the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour is entirely safe and accessible for kids, the elderly, and people with disability. It is the best way to reach the Everest Base Camp for those who are unable to go on a 2 weeks trek.

  • You may enjoy a delicious breakfast at Everest View Hotel during the stoppage. Sipping your morning coffee at 3962 meters while taking in the stunning vistas of the mountains and landscape is quite an experience in itself. The hotel breakfast, however, is not billed to us. Hence, you'll have to cover the breakfast cost yourself.

  • The weather does indeed affect the helicopter tour. Our helicopter ride will be hindered by severe weather, such as thunderstorms, heavy rain, or snowfall. We will ensure that the flight only occurs when the weather is clear. Safety is our top-most priority, so the safety of our crew and you won't be compromised by any arrangements we make.


  • We have several helicopter models available for your visit to Everest Base Camp. Some of them are AS250 H125, AS350b3e, AS350 FX II, and BELL-Jet Ranger 206B III-9N-ALL.

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