Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is the easiest way to confront the highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). This short trip will also take you to the topmost base camp in the world i.e. Everest Base Camp itself along with famous vantage points like Kala Patthar (5565m).

So, are you ready to catch up on the most exciting trip of your lifetime?

In this era of globalization, we all love to explore all types of adventure around the world. If you are a true adventurous soul, you must have Everest listed on your bucket list. Everest, being a world-famous glory, is a dream of every traveler or explorer. But, there are many shortcomings for this journey as it needs a sufficient amount of time, training, and overall preparations.

Treks like Everest Base Camp will take a minimum of 13 days for exploration. Plus the trek is strenuous and you have to look after various factors like acclimatization. Thus, the EBC Helicopter Tour is the right option for avoiding these hurdles. You will reach the destined point in no time without going through any physical and climatic extremities.

It is the major highlight that this trip completes in one day and that too within several hours if we count. Within no time, you will be flying above the clouds and witnessing some world-class aerial views. There is no better way than creating beautiful moments like this in your whole life. Thus, EBC Heli Tour will be one of the memorable journeys that you will hardly forget.

One your heli tour begins, you can catch glimpses of the nearby valley and mount ranges. Continuing forward, the helicopter will encircle around the altitude of 6500-7000 meters. Once you enter the Everest region, the views start being grander.

You can spot about 20 highest peaks of East Nepal. You can locate the peaks (>8000m) like Everest (8848m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Shisha Pangma (8013m), Pumori (8171m), and Lhotse (8516m). These soaring peaks, with only 20 miles from your window, look magical. Above the horizon, you will forget about all kinds of crowd & chaos. All you do is delve deep into the serenity of beautiful Himalayas.

The vantage point which this trip will take you would be Kala Patthar (5645m). You will have a wonderful time here witnessing the iconic mount range. But if you wish to explore more and are well prepared, you can visit the Everest Base Camp (5364m). This point is famous for the stunning views of Khumbu falls and Khumbu glacier.

Besides these, there are many outstanding spots within this region. If you want to explore them, our itinerary is customizable. For us, the primary priority will always be your satisfaction & preference. Do contact us for any kind of inquiry or bookings.

EBC Heli Tour Best Time

The season/time you choose to take this tour affects your journey in every other way. As this trip is weather dependent, you need a calm and clear environment above the sky. If there are any kind of disturbances, there are chances of cancellation too. But, you don’t have to worry much as we have fully covered policies for such emergencies.

Regarding the trip, the best time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour would be from September to December and March to May. These months hold Autumn and Spring seasons respectively. They are preferable choices as the weather is perfect for aerial flights most of the time. Also, the views of mount ranges, high hills, and overall scenery are clear and beautiful in these times.

In spring, you can enjoy the natural colors that bloom around while in autumn the views become extraordinary. The weather and temperature are mild too. The average temperatures would be from 15-25 degrees.

But as it is a heli tour, it is possible to do at any time of the year. As long as the weather is fair, nothing will obstruct you from getting this amazing experience.

EBC Heli Tour Costs

The cost for the EBC Heli Tour starts from USD 900. What these costs include and exclude are mentioned below. You can check them out. Likewise, the cost may vary as per your customization. You can contact us if you have any queries related to any of these matters.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • Experience the helicopter tour over the highest Himalayas in the world
  • Best views of Mount Everest (8848m), Shisha Pangma (8013m), Gauri Shankar (7134m), Ganesh (7429m), Melungtse (7023m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Pumori (8171m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), and Amadablam (6856m)
  • Unfolds a new aerial angular view of these awesome Himalayas
  • Enjoy the journey of exploring the whole Everest Base Camp Trek within few hours
  • Mt Everest appears 20 miles from your window
  • Perfect for those who want to escape intense trekking and preparation
  • Fantastic view of Khumbu valley, lakes, and glaciers of the Everest Region
  • Exploration of vantage points like Kala Patthar, Syangboche, Lukla, even though for less time
  • Commemorate once in a lifetime experience at the world’s top Hotel Everest View
  • Take unlimited panoramic photographs and create lifetime memories

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Final Say,

In conclusion, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is for someone who has always dreamt of witnessing the highest peaks of Nepal. This journey will fulfill that dream of yours within a few hours. Moreover, you can be any age, as long as you are healthy, you can opt for this tour.

What’s even greater about this trip is it completes in one day. In such little time, you can enjoy the mountains above the clouds. Right after your journey in the helicopter begins, you will have awesome sights. Overall, within 45 minutes, you will reach Lukla, the gateway of Everest Base Camp.

After taking some rest, you will head direct to the highest vantage point, Kala Patthar. From this point, the view of majestic peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Nuptse is visible. Stepping at the highest base camp in the world is the biggest feat. And the magnificent scenery adds extra beauty to this journey. You will have a dreamy moment in this particular spot. Hence, you get to have a fantastic breakfast at the top of the world too.

No words can explain the awesome experience you will get via this EBC Heli Tour. The Everest region itself is the plethora of uncanny natural beauty. And it would be more than great to witness them above the horizon.

So, book your early helicopter tour today with us to explore the greatest adventure of your life. Do contact us if you wish to book or have any type of queries regarding this trip. Meanwhile, we offer a flexible itinerary too where you can customize the trip as per your preference. Thus, we can arrange possible add-ons if you wish to visit extra places.

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Outline Itinerary For Everest Camp Helicopter Tour

1. Kathmandu to Lukla Airport: 45 minutes ride (Fueling Time is 10-15 minutes)

2. Lukla to Kala Patthar: 25 minutes (Landing Time is 10-15 minutes)

3. Kala Patthar to Syangboche(Everest View Hotel): 12 minutes (Landing Time is 45 minutes for breakfast)

4. Syangboche to Lukla to Kathmandu: 1 hour 20 minutes

Detailed Itinerary For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

At 05:50 AM: Wake Up and Get Ready

You will wake up early in the morning and start getting ready. Our representative will pick you from the hotel via a private vehicle. They will transfer you to the Tribhuvan International Airport within about half an hour. Your journey starts from here.

At 6:30 AM: Arrive at Airport and Check-In

Kathmandu to Lukla Airport: 45 minutes ride (Fueling Time is 10-15 minutes)

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport within an hour from your hotel. You will check-in to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After following all procedures, you will take your helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla. The whole journey will take around 45 minutes.

As your aerial journey starts, the scenic views will start welcoming you. At first, the astounding view of Kathmandu valley will please your eye. You will catch sights of some famous heritage sites of Kathmandu like Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, etc.

As you head eastward, the green vistas of Dolakha and Jiri village will appear. You will also witness peaks around the valley like Ganesh and Gaurishankar Mountain Range. After a fabulous view of valleys’ lush green hills and beautiful landscapes, the journey will fly towards Khumbu.

Flying above the clouds, the view of this rocky region looks spectacular. The view of majestic mount range appears from far away. Flying after 45 minutes, you will reach Lukla, the first stopping point of your journey. The fueling time is about 10-15 minutes. The rest of your journey will begin right after that.

Lukla to Kala Patthar: 25 minutes (Landing Time is 10-15 minutes)

Now, you will proceed towards another phase of your journey that will be from Lukla to Kala Patthar. It will take about 25 minutes. On this part of your journey, you will have the closest view of the Khumbu valley. To begin with, you will have an awesome panorama of Namche Bazar, Phakding, and Tengboche Monastery. You will also see the Everest Base Camp surrounded within Khumbu Falls and glaciers.

You will reach the vantage point Kala Patthar and explore the surrounding for a while. This point is also the highest point of EBC. Kala Patthar, besides its high altitude, is famous for mind-blowing mountain views. You will have the closest view of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Langtang, Amadablam, Cholatse, Tamraseku, and many more. These peaks are only 20 miles apart from you so it feels so nearer and much special.

After that wondrous exploration, you will again get back to your helicopter and move further. The environment around the Everest Region at that point is amazing. If you want to explore more around its surroundings, you can always customize your journey.

Kala Patthar to Syangboche(Everest View Hotel): 12 minutes (Landing Time is 45 minutes for breakfast)

After a whole morning of exploration, you would definitely want to take rest and have breakfast. We also have that planned for you in our itinerary. From Kala Patthar, you will head to Syangboche airport and head Everest View Hotel.

Everest View Hotel is one of the highest placed hotels in the world at 13000ft. This hotel epitomizes the adventurous spirit of the Himalayas with their 360-degree view. Breakfast break at Everest View Hotel will add another mesmerizing memory to your journey. Here, the total break you will have will be about 45 minutes.

Afterward, you will head back to your helicopter and proceed further.

Syangboche to Lukla to Kathmandu: 1 hour 20 minutes

Thereafter, you will fly back to Lukla and again to Kathmandu. With a heart full of memories, you will fly back to Kathmandu. You can have a last glimpse of all awesome panorama including the high Himalayas, green ridges, and unique landscapes. Within one and a half hours, you will reach your hotel. You can either take rest or enjoy exploring suburbs in your leisure time.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Q1. Is Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour safe for me?

Safety is always our primary concern so there is no doubt that this tour is safe from every aspect. And we make sure of it by arranging reliable and powerful helicopters for the tour with our highly experienced pilots.

Likewise, we even take care of your safety throughout your journey. As the helicopter takes you to high altitude above 5000 meters, we make sure you don’t get altitude sickness. Moreover, we make sure you stay at the highest vantage point like Kala Patthar for a calculated amount of time. It is necessary as you won’t be able to acclimatize at such altitudes in a short period. So, for your health concern, we will take regular breaks with calculated minutes. So, you can get comfortable and well adapted to the environment.

Q2. Is there any age boundary for EBC Heli Tour?

No, there is not any age limit for the tour so people of all ages can opt for it. Similarly, this tour is for those who are time bound or want to avoid physical exhaustion. Thus, even children or elderly people can go for it without any restrictions. But make sure you are in the best form of your health without any complications.

Q3. I am a solo traveler. Do I have to take a private heli tour or can join a group for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

It doesn’t matter if you are a solo traveler or a group. We can arrange any type of tour as per your preference. Also, in the seasonal time, we have regular flights every day. You can contact us and share your preference and we will take care of the rest.

Q4. What is the maximum number of people who can join the group in the Heli Tour?

The number of persons in a group depends on their weight and the helicopter you are onboarding. But, on average, five to six people can fly at once in a helicopter tour. To maintain balance while flying is a must. So, there won’t be more than six people in a group for the EBC Heli Tour.

Q5. What is the highest altitude that the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour would take off?

Your tour would start from Kathmandu which is at an altitude of 13000 meters. It then takes you to Lukla Airport at 2860m. From there, you will get to your vantage points like Kala Patthar (5545m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m). About the highest altitude, the helicopter would encircle around 6500-7000 meters. It would also depend on the type of helicopter you are on board.

Q6. Are the pilots experienced enough?

You don’t have to worry about it all. All of our heli-pilots are experienced for flying around those altitudes on mountainous terrain. They are well known about every location and have entire information related to peaks. They are in every way concerned for your safety so it speaks for their experience itself.

Q7. Can I hire a guide for this tour?

If you wish to know more about the region, we can arrange an experienced guide for your private tour. You might have to pre-inform us for that. But this process isn’t compulsory. You can get enough information during the trip by our friendly and experienced pilots.

Q8. Does the flight land at Everest Base Camp too?

Yes, the helicopter will land at Everest Base Camp too. But that would depend upon the weather condition and wind speed. So, as for us, your safety comes first the landing cannot be guaranteed.

But for your information, Kala Patthar is the best viewpoint of the entire Everest region. You cannot view mountainous peaks from Everest Base Camp. It is famous for the view of Khumbu Icefalls and glaciers. You can observe these views from your flight with ease.

Q9. How long is the landing time at Base Camp and Kala Patthar?

You will be encircling around some highest altitudes like 5000 and 6000 meters. Thus, there is a high chance of getting altitude sickness. Thus, it is not a good idea to stay at those vantage points for a longer time. That is why the landing time at Base Camp and Kala Patthar is from 10-15 minutes.

But this time would be enough for you to capture mesmerizing views of all the majestic peaks. Also, you will get enough time to enjoy their view from the helicopter. So, the landing time might be short for safety reasons, you will get ample time to enjoy surroundings.

Q10. Do you have Oxygen tanks in Helicopters?

Yes, we do have oxygen tanks inside the helicopters. It is indeed a crucial thing that we can’t miss. Also, the level of oxygen is automatically maintained within for coping up with the environment above 3000 meters.

Q11. What happens if bad weather hits and the flight doesn’t take off?

Weather in the Everest region is hard to predict due to their paramount heights. Sometimes the bad weather hits and flight may not take off. In this case, we’ll fix your tour next morning. If you are unable to take the next scheduled flight, you can also get a refund. But that would depend on booking terms and conditions.

Q 12. How can I book this flight with your company?

Booking Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with us is an easy and hassle-free process. You can book a tour from any part of the world online or through email or phone. You can also contact us via our social channels. Our support will provide you a quick response. All you have to mention is the preferred day of your trip with a copy of your passport.

What This Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop from your hotelAn experienced and English speaking Guide
  • A chartered Helicopter with an experienced pilot
  • Necessary permits and entrance fee for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Landing Permits for Helicopter
  • All government and local taxes including Kathmandu airport and Lukla airport Tax
  • Company service charges
  • Emergency oxygen available inside the helicopter
  • Personal Gear (Down Jacket)

What This Trip Cost Excludes

Nepal Visa-International Airfare
Personal and Medical Insurance
Personal expenses (soft drinks, meals in Kathmandu and Everest)
Breakfast at Everest View Hotel
Tips to Staffs and Pilots

Few Things to Remember

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour may complete in a day. It is possible for people of all ages. And you may not have to worry much about the preparation or any special trekking gears. But there are a few things that you need to take care of before heading there:

1. Weather and Climate

It is the primary thing that you need to take to look after. The weather in the Everest region is unpredictable. So, it is better to be updated about overall weather conditions in the region. The weather in the Everest region highly depends on the seasons.

Everest Region experiences four major seasons the whole year. They are Spring, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring season lasts from March to May. In this season, the weather is moderate all around. The average daytime temperature in the Everest region is around 15 degrees. Visibility is great so you can expect awesome views of majestic mountains. Likewise, this season is the time when nature blooms in its vibrant colors. Thus, while you are taking your tour, you have the fabulous views of blossoming hills.

Monsoon starts from June and lasts till early September. As it keeps raining infrequent times, the weather is unpredictable. Also, due to mist and clouds, most of the time the views are not clear and obstructed. Thus, this time is not preferable for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

Next is the Autumn season that lasts from September to November. It is perfect for traveling as the weather is neither too cold nor hot. The average daytime temperature is about 20 degrees. It is the best time for alluring snow-capped mountains. The sky is clear and calm so you get the best experience overall.

The last one is winter that starts from December to February. This season is the coldest time of all where the temperature falls below freezing point. You can expect chilly winds and heavy snowfalls. Despite these, you get some outstanding views of the high Himalayas.

So, no matter which season you choose to take the tour don’t forget to track updates about weather and climate. It will help you to avoid obstacles and probable delays & flight cancellations.

2. Clothing

Your journey on this helicopter tour will be 100% comfortable. You don’t have to worry about heavy packing, big bags, or any special preps. However, clothing is something you can’t ignore even when you are taking a flight.

The dress you wear would depend on the season you are touring. In the cold season, you might have to wear layers while in normal time, casual wear is fine.

But remember you will be flying below the freezing temperatures and high altitude. Thus, here are some recommended clothing gears for EBC Heli Tour:

  • A windproof down jacket for protecting you against high altitudinal strong winds
  • Warm windproof Trousers and Long/Short Sleeve T-shirts
  • Sunscreen cream with SPF greater than 30 to protect you against the threatening UV rays
  • 100% UV Rays protected Sunglasses to protect your eyes from snow reflections
  • Winter Gloves, Scarves, and Hats to keep your body parts protected from cold
  • Water Bottles and Snacks to keep Altitude Sickness away
  • Toilet papers and other toiletries in cases of emergency.
  • Cameras, cell phones, and recorders to capture the stunning mountains scenery
  • Lip balms to moisturize and protect lips from chapping and harmful sun rays

3. Flying options For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

This helicopter will give you various options of flying available. Furthermore, these options are good for solo travelers as well as travelers with groups. Likewise, you can choose your type of tour according to your preference and sophistication. Therefore, there are two following flying options you get:

Private Heli Tour

In short, Private Heli Tour is a tour for all those travelers who love to explore high Himalayas one-on-one. Similarly, you will get to take a helicopter tour all alone and in a private way. Moreover, you will also be in charge of your tour. Without any disturbances, you can enjoy a private heli tour to its fullest.

Group Heli Tour

Particularly, if you love exploring places in groups, Group Heli Tour is the option for you. Likewise, this type of heli tour is an economical choice too. All the people in the group will share the expense of the helicopter. What you expect from this tour is you get to meet a lot of other travelers and share an amazing journey together.

Some Useful Information about Helicopters

There are four types of helicopters available for the tour. All of these helicopters have double rooms and wide cabins. The use of these models will depend on the area and altitude. In short, these helicopters also are the most versatile ones and are suitable for high altitude flying.

Model AS250 H125

  • Manufactured by Airbus, France in January 2015.
  • Its engine type is Aerial 2D.
  • Can carry 7 passengers.
  • Has a maximum take-off weight of 2250 kilograms
  • Can operate at an altitude of 7010m/23,000 ft.

Model AS350B3E

  • Manufactured by Airbus, France.
  • It also has an engine type Aerial 2D.
  • Can carry 6 passengers on low land, 5 people on Highland (Excluding Pilot)
  • Has a maximum takeoff weight of 2250 kilograms
  • Can operate at an altitude of 7010m/ 23000 ft.

Model AS350 FXII

  • Manufactured by Airbus, France.
  • Its engine type is LTS-101-700D2
  • Can carry 7 passengers.
  • Has a maximum takeoff weight of 2250 kilograms.
  • Can operate at an altitude of 5791m/19,000 ft.

Model Bell Jet Ranger 206B III-9N-ALL

  • Manufactured by Bell Helicopter, USA.
  • Its engine type is 206B-3.
  • Can carry 7 passengers.
  • Can operate at an altitude of 7010m/23,000 ft.
  • Has a maximum takeoff weight of 675 kilograms.

3. Miscellaneous Notes

In brief, there are few other things to remember for Everest Base Camp Heli Tour. They are:

  • Note that there is no toilet on board. So, you have to wait until the helicopter rests at its first point.
  • Besides, there are chances you can feel a little claustrophobic at first while onboarding. But once your helicopter takes off the beautiful scenery will make you forget everything.
  • Specifically, you must have a valid passport and visa on the day of travel.
  • Also, the tour is not accessible for wheelchairs.
  • There might be no age barriers but travelers shouldn’t have any heart problems or any serious medical conditions.
  • Travelers should have moderate physical fitness
  • Alike, due to bad weather, sometimes the flight gets delayed or canceled. At such a time, the visibility would be so poor. Thus, it is better to plan one or two days extra for safety. In such an emergency case, we will reschedule your flight for the next possible day.

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