Not everyone can overcome the hardships and physical struggle of summiting Everest. So, many opt to walk to the base of the Everest ie to Everest Base Camp.There are basically two ways to get to the Everest Base Camp. You can either trek all the way to the Everest Base Camp. Or, you can take the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an exciting and enjoyable trek but takes a lot of time and also requires you to be physically fit and active. You will be walking for hours and for days on the adventurous mountain trails.
However, this might not be the best way to get to the base camp for some.
Well, for those Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing is a great option.
This short yet scenic flight tour gives you the best experience of Everest Base camp without going through any hardships of a trek.
It is the fastest way to get to the Everest Base Camp. Plus, it is a safe option and will also save you a lot of time and physical strain.
This 1-day quick tour is perfect for people who have a busy schedule yet want to experience a closer look at the mighty Everest. It is also a thoughtful way for the physically challenged who otherwise could only dream of being in the Himalayas of Nepal.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing
- Land at Lukla Airport, one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
- Get the closest view of the Everest without any actual trekking.
- Fly above Kathmandu‘s famed UNESCO world heritage sites.
- Get a panoramic view of the Everest region including Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, and Mt. Lhotse.
- Catch an amazing view of the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier, Khumbu icefall, Gokyo lakes from the air.
- Enjoy the close-up view of Mt. Ama Dablam.
- Land at Kala Patthar, the most popular viewpoint in the Everest region.
- Get a brief look at the Sherpa culture and lifestyle.
- Once in a lifetime experience of eating breakfast in the mountains with the Everest and surrounding mountains in view.
Itinerary of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing is a one day trip to the Base Camp of the majestic Everest and back. The trip takes a total of 3-4 hours and lands at the most famous viewpoint of the Everest, the Kala Patthar.
Kathmandu to Lukla
This tour starts from the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On the way to Lukla, you will get beautiful views of the Valley and spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains.
Lukla to Kala Patthar
From Lukla, the helicopter will fly over the biggest village of the Khumbu Region, Namche Bazaar. It then continues to fly over the Everest View Hotel, Tengboche, Pheriche, Gorek Shep until it reaches Kala Patthar.
At Kala Patthar, you will get about 10-20 minutes to explore the area. Kala Patthar is a popular viewpoint for Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks. Once there, you’ll enjoy the magnificent views of the Everest and the surrounding mountains.
This is a perfect spot to take pictures of the Everest and the chain of mountains or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas.
Kala Patthar to Everest View Hotel
Once you are finally done exploring the Kala Patthar we will prepare to fly back.
Enjoying the birds-eye view of the astounding mountain ranges we will fly back to Everest View Hotel.
Here will stop for breakfast. You will enjoy delicious breakfast with stunning views of the mountains as the backdrop.
Everest View Hotel to Lukla- Kathmandu
After breakfast in the vicinity of Mt Everest, you will fly back to Lukla and then finally to Kathmandu.
Why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing?
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing is a significantly new package in comparison to the Everest Base Camp Trek. But it is rapidly gaining popularity for good reasons.
Why wouldn’t it?
It offers best views of snow-capped mountains, glaciated passes, picturesque villages, and the world’s highest peak. And breakfast at the Everest View Hotel at 13,000 ft has to be one of the major highlights of this tour.
Where else do you get to eat breakfast at the high placed hotel in the world?
Various 8000 m peaks and their breathtaking panorama in full view is what the trip offers. You will get breathtaking views of snow-covered vistas of Mt. Everest (8,848M), Mt. Nuptse (7,864M), Mt. Pumori (7,156M), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,153M), Mt. Lhotse (8,513M).
Best Season for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing
Similar to the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek, the most feasible time for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing is during the Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November).
During these months, the weather is pretty stable and mild with the best scenic views.
The clear skies and stable spring weather also mean great views of the mountains, blooming rhododendrons, and lush green vegetation. This enhances the beauty and the view of the scenery around.
During these months, you will have amazing memories with the mountains and the surrounding landscapes with the unobstructed views. Also, the chances of flight cancellation are less frequent.
However, the flight is possible in the monsoon and winter as well. But, because of the fluctuating weather and climatic condition, the flight cancellation is quite frequent. And the dense cloud may obstruct the visiblity of the mountain peaks.
If you are planning for this trip during off-seasons, you must be prepared for such unpredictables.
Packing List for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing
The clothing list for this trip basically depends on the season you are doing this trip.
However, warm clothes like a thick insulating jacket are necessary no matter which season you choose. Everest Base Camp is at a high altitude and is cold throughout the year.
Other necessary items are sunscreen and UV protected glasses as the UV rays are very intense at high altitudes.
We have given below the list of the items you need for this tour :
- Windproof insulating jacket
- Warm trouser
- UV rays protected sunglasses
- A beanie and a sun hat
- Toilet paper
- Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
- A bottle of water and snacks
- Camera and mobile phone
Everest Base Camp Helicoopter Tour with Landing is a luxurious way to experience the beauty of the Himalayas. It is definitely a bit on the costlier side but if the finances are not your major concern, it is a mind-blowing experience.
It is probably the best aerial tour in the world. This tour is the easiest and the fastest way to enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of the Himalayas and scenic landscapes.
For bookings or further questions, please contact us.
1. Is the Mt. Everest Visible from The Base Camp?
Unfortunately no, you cannot see the Mt. Everest from the Base Camp. So, we land at Kala Patthar as Kala Patthar offer better and the closest view of the Everest.
2. Is the EBC Helicopter Tour Possible for Everyone?
Yes, this EBC Helicopter Tour is safe and suitable for almost everyone. Kids, elderly and even the physically challenged can take this tour.
We try our best to provide extra facilities and care for people with special needs.
3. Are the Pilots of the Helicopter Experienced?
Our pilots are specially trained for flying at high altitudes. They have extensive flying experience around the mountains.
They are professionals with great credibility so you do not need to worry. Your safety is our first concern.
4. Am I Prone to Altitude Sickness?
Your safety is our first concern that is why you can only spend about 10-20 minutes at Kala Patthar.
This is because Kala Patthar is 5,545 m above the sea level and you are very likely to get altitude sickness if we stay longer. So, for your safety, we will only stop at Kala Patthar for a short time.
You can experience the beauty of the mountains and take lots of pictures during this stop.
5. What Happens During Trip Cancellations?
If the flight cancellation is due to bad weather conditions, we will reschedule your tour for another day or refund you.
If you cannot make the trip for any reasons, we will still refund you.
But please note that refunds are always made according to the booking terms and conditions.
6. How Many People do We Need to do This Tour?
A maximum of 5-6 people fit in the helicopter but you can do this tour even if you are a solo traveler. We will arrange a group for you to join for this tour.
7. What are the Timings for the EBC Helicopter Tour?
The EBC Helicopter Tour operates on a daily basis and is a 4 hours tour. It is usually done in the morning and has two landing stops. One at the Base Camp/Kala Patthar and the other at the Everest View Hotel for breakfast.
8. Is the Helicopter Equipped with Basic First Aid Kits in Case of Medical Emergencies?
Yes, our helicopters are well-equipped with medical kits. They carry oxygen cylinders for medical emergencies.
9. How Can I Book for This Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing?
Once you have decided on the date for this tour, you can book for this tour with us by contacting us through phone or via email. Allow us to help you with all the necessary processing.