with landing at Kala Patthar or the Everest Base Camp is a one day helicopter ride tour to view Mount Everest closely. an alternative and smooth way to be on the foothills of towering world’s highest Mt. Everest Summit.
Mount Everest (8848 meters) is the highest peak in the world. It is the dream destination for many people to see and explore live. Even if some people have a great desire to visit Everest, they may not be comfortable with walking through the entire trekking route. Others may be limited by time or any health issues. This Everest Heli tour is the perfect option for them too. The helicopter tour to Everest gives aerial view of the massive Mount Everest and other several peaks to gain adrenaline and an adventurous experience.
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour involves not just flying at high altitude but also landing at the Everest Base Camp which is at an altitude of 5,380m. Proper clothing and preparation is important for not just trekking but also the Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp. For starters, the sunlight and UV rays are much stronger than you may expect at such elevation, so proper sun protection and sunscreen is important. Very cold and chilly winds set in past the afternoon so layering your clothing with wind proof jackets on the outside is also necessary. Similarly, the temperature can drop quite low if the weather turns cloudy, so having a warm down jacket with gloves and hats is also useful. Below, we have listed most of the important clothing as well as other equipment and items for the EBC Helicopter Flight Tour.
Day helicopter to Everest base camp will kick off from Kathmandu airport. From Kathmandu airport flight takes about 40 to 45 minutes to Lukla. About 10 to 15 minutes there will be a short break in Lukla. Then after to reach Base camp and Kalapathhar it may take about 40 minutes including landing time
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06:00am Pickup from hotel or designated meeting point
06:15am Transfer to Kathmandu airport
06:45am Check-in to helicopter counter
07:00am Takeoff, Kathmandu to Lukla
07:30am Landing, Refueling stop at Lukla
07:45am Takeoff, Lukla to Everest Base Camp
08:00am Landing at Everest Base Camp / Kala Patthar
08:15am Takeoff, Everest Base Camp to Syangboche
08:30am Landing, Breakfast at Everest View Hotel, Syangboche
09:30am Takeoff, Syangboche to Lukla
09:45am Landing, Refueling stop at Lukla
10:00am Takeoff, Return flight to Kathmandu
10:30am Landing, Arrival at Kathmandu and successful completion of Everest Base Camp Heli Tour
11:00am Transfer to hotel
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour can be performed at any time of the year but the best season depends on your preference. The climate and weather at the Everest Base Camp, and the Khumbu region in general changes according to the season. The visibility and good weather during the flight day is what’s more important for this tour as the EBC Heli Tour is only a single day flight tour.
The spring season which more or less lasts from March to May is regarded as the best season for the Heli Flight Tour to Everest. The lush green hills seem even more beautiful now as they are dotted with blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers. Not just the hills but the view of the mountains is also spectacular during spring thanks to the clear skies. The temperature is also perfect during this time, clocking in at a moderate 15 to 20 degree Celsius during daytime, which drops down and hovers around 0 to 5 degree Celsius once the sun goes down.
September to December is the peak season for tourism and trekking in Nepal, and the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is no exception. This period is the autumn season which is known for the superb combination of pleasant weather, moderate temperature, clear skies and breathtaking scenery. Similar to spring, the autumn season is a fantastic time to visit the Everest Base Camp. The temperature generally hovers between 15 to 20 degree Celsius when the sun is up and stays around -5 to 5 degree Celsius during nighttime. The sunlight and its UV rays are much stronger than you may expect at the base camp, so don’t forget to use proper sunscreen and protection.
As it is considered the offseason for trekking in Nepal, and tourism in general, monsoon offers an offbeat experience. The temperature is generally moderate like the previous two seasons but the weather tends to be unpredictable thanks to the monsoon rain. To visit the Everest Base Camp in monsoon, especially with Everest Heli Flight Tour, you need to be patient to wait for the correct day with good weather. However, if you have enough time and patience to wait for the perfect day, then your experience will surely be unmatched. The rain washes away all the dust and pollution, so the skies are as clear as they can be. Aside from the amazing scenery, this is also the perfect time to travel for botanists or nature enthusiasts.
Winter season in Nepal typically falls from December to February and it is a unique time to visit the Everest Base Camp. The temperature drops very low around -10 to -15 degrees, especially at high altitudes. This, combined with the continual snowfall means that even lodging and accommodation can be hard to find during the winter. This is why Everest Base Camp Trek is tough to perform during the winter. In a sense, this makes winter an excellent time for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour however. You get to enjoy the breathtaking aerial view of the sparking peaks including Everest without any hassle while also experiencing the rich snowfall during your ground time at the Everest base camp. With clear blue skies, the mountain vistas are generally spectacular in winter as the beauty of sparkling peaks is further enhanced by the winter snow.
There are some important things to remember regarding safety and regulations as well as the trip in general for Everest Helicopter Flight Tour. For starters, the total amount of places we visit and our landing spots (Everest View Hotel for instance) may change depending on the weather and other condition. Safety is our utmost priority, both for the clients as well as our crew. So, the final decision to make will be in the hands of our experienced pilots as they are the ones best suited to make this decision.
On our Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp, we will try to include all the important locations and highlights and give you as much time as possible to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and culture of the region. Some other important points to remember during the heli tour are listed below:
01: How high does the Everest base camp (EBC) helicopter trip fly?
Starting from 2,000 meters, we will fly towards 5,500 meters high or sometimes more in some areas.
02: Does it land at the Mount Everest Base Camp or Summit?
It lands on Everest Base Camp, not at the summit and also lands on Kalapathar view point for very short duration (approx. 10-15 minutes). The landing may also be affected by the weather condition as well as perfect landing areas. Sometimes avalanches, wind and rock falls may obstruct the landing spot.
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03: How many hours can helicopter stay at Everest base camp / Kalapathar?
It’s too cold in the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathtahr and longtime landing on extremely cold area may lead to Helicopters engine off. So, to avoid such unwanted problems, we will land for very short duration (enough time to explore Khumbu glaciers and Icefalls and capture them in your camera).
04: Do we have enough time at Everest base camp?
Yes, you will get 10-20 minutes in Everest Base Camp which is quite enough time for you to enjoy the beautiful sight and scenery of rugged mountains and glaciers. Due to high altitude threat longer time is not recommended.
05: Who leads the trip and are they well trained and experienced?
Without any doubt, all our pilots and guides are well trained with an experience of more than decade in this line. Our tour leaders has experience of leading the tourists from all around the globe and showing the Himalayan wonders with full knowledge of flora-fauna, local cultures, lifestyles and are very helpful.
They are always ready for your help in any kind of Emergency and well equipped to call for helicopter in case of serious emergency for Helicopter evacuation.
06: How are the meals in Tea-house and Lodge on Everest region?
As Everest Region is worldwide famous trekking trail, you can expect great hospitality with multicuisine in the lodges and Tea huses in this trail. All the guest house and lodges offers hygenic foods.
If we won’t get enough time to land and visit Tea houses, we carry packed hygenic lunch to save time during the flight to Everest Base Camp.
07: How are the arrangements for safe drinking water on this trip?
On Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, we will carry boiled and cooled water for 100 % purity. As the purifying tablets doesn’t works best in the hard water of Himalaya containing high amount of minerals like manganese-bi-carbonate and iron. You can also buy a bottled water but it is expensive and not good from Eco-tourism perspective as the plastic bottles makes wastes in Himalayas.
08: Do you offer Money Worth and Best Value Trips without Any Hidden / Extra Cost?
Yes, we offer you money worth and best value trip without any hidden cost. However each company has its own policy of dealing with worldwide costumers regarding price cost of the trip but more people in a group will be beneficial to both costumers and company.
In Everest Helicopter Tour maximum 4 peoples can join as one group, this will reduce the chartered helicopter cost and lodging/fooding costs, too.
09: How do I book Mount Everest helicopter tour with your company?
At first sending the advance trip payment to our company in our Bank account provided where you must fill forms with detail of your passport with expire dates, most important the trip of your choice and then sending a transfer minimum of 50 % advance trip payment, which is non-refundable to secure your booking well in advance.
On receiving your details of following document like passport with scanned or photo-copy, along with booking forms, then we will send you full confirmation letter with deposit as well a receipt of advance trip payment.
You can contact us for direct transfer to deposit in our bank account and as well with Credit Card payment, we do accept Visa / Master Card or any other safe and widely used Credit Card with extra 04 % surcharge as levy charge. We also accept PayPal and online payment as well.
10: I am a solo traveler, can I join a group for Mount Everest helicopter tour? Or helicopter day tour of Everest (stopping at the base camp)?
Yes, send us an email with your preferred flight date which will help us to join you in a group and share your cost of EBC Heli Tour.
11: Can you take a helicopter to Everest base camp? Or helicopter day trip to Everest from Kathmandu?
Yes, we are always ready to take you to Mount Everest Base Camp in Helicopter. You can contact us for the best excursion to Everest in a Helicopter.
12: Can I/we Fly to Everest base camp by helicopter in the morning and take our international flight after 1 PM?
Yes, EBC Heli flight finishes by noon then you can take international flight after 2PM.
13: How far is the Kathmandu International and Domestic Airport?
Its only 10-15 minutes walking or 2-4 minutes’ drive from Kathmandu International Airport to Domestic Airport.
14: How much does it cost to fly to the Mount Everest base camp by Helicopter?
It depends on your group size, group with 4 members will help to reduce your cost. Normally it starts from 900 U.S. dollars.
15: Can we picked up from Everest Base camp to Lukla by helicopter?
Yes, we pick you up from Everest Base Camp or Kalapaththar or any other places in Khumbu Region like Gokyo Lake and Gorakshep etc. and drop you to Lukla or Kathmandu as your wish.
16: Do you arrange rescue service by co-coordinating with our insurance company?
Yes, we can communicate to your insurance company and arrange rescue if any emergency occurs. We also provide air ambulance service and chartered helicopter service to Everest Base Camp.
17. Do you carry oxygen tanks in case of emergency?
Yes, we always have oxygen cylinder for an emergency.
18. Is there any helicopter ride to Everest base camp and summit, landing on the ground of the peak?
Our helicopter flies over Khumbu glacier, the largest glacier of the region and lands in Everest Base Camp. Kalapaththar is the highest point where our helicopter lands and no any helicopter lands on summit of Everest for commercial purpose.
During emergency, we can land on the various parts of the Everest for rescuing.
19. Can we / I charter a private helicopter tour to base camp of Mount Everest?
Yes, you can charter a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp. Contact us for reasonable price and guaranteed service with experienced pilot and guides.
For lower cost please join a group of maximum 5 peoples.
20. Does weather affect the helicopter flight to Mount Everest Base camp?
The weather in Everest Region is unpredictable, so we call the local peoples for live update and start our trip. The early morning flights are more pleasant.
21. Can anyone trek to Everest base camp and return by Helicopter either from Kalapathar or base camp or Gorekshep or Lobuche or Pheriche?
Yes, we can pick you up from Grakshep, Lobuche pr Pherinche. Contact us if you need any Helicopter service in Everest Region.
22. Is it possible to take helicopter flight from Lukla or Namche to Everest base camp or vice versa?
Yes, we have all the options of this flights on our scheduled flight dates and Need to confirm one day before the flight.
23. What happens if there is bad wind?
If bad wind- safety first so can’t land at Kalapathar Everest base camp if the wind is worse. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.