Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is one of the exceptional trips that fulfill your dream of seeing the iconic Mount Everest in a couple of hours. Our Helicopter tours will finally allow you to land on the Base Camp of the world’s highest peak. However, the landing is for duration of 5-10 minutes only to avoid the risk of high altitude threats.
Route: Kathmandu – Lukla – Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar – Everest View Hotel – Kathmandu
- Duration: 1 Day
- Group Size: Maximum 5 persons
- Landing altitude: 5,545 meters
Tour Cost: US $999 per person BUY THIS TOUR
This tour is particularly designed for those who are unable to manage a trek for two weeks. Everest Base Camp trek is a popular trekking package available to the adventure trekkers. The Heli tour of Everest has made this possible to experience the most adorable trip within a day with landing at the elevation of 5,545 meters and the mountains are just in front of you.
Mount Everest Helicopter tour starts early morning from Kathmandu and the chopper will land in Lukla for fueling, then continues towards Mount Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. Likewise, the Helicopter flight goes over the famous Sherpa home town of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu glacier to reach the Everest Base Camp.
The flight returns to Kathmandu via Syangboche (Hotel Everest View) where you can enjoy the Himalayan panorama with some tea/coffee or a quick breakfast. You will land again in Lukla for fueling before setting off for Kathmandu. Thus the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing is definitely the most exciting trip of lifetime.
As per the recent aviation regulation, 5 passengers plus the captain is the maximum limitation of weight allowed (500 kilograms) for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing. This also depends on the body weight of the passengers. Therefore, the Helicopter will operate 2 shuttle flights from Pheriche or Everest View Hotel by splitting body weight into 250 kilograms on each flight.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
- Exciting Helicopter tour to the world’s highest Mount Everest Base Camp
- Landing at Kalapatthar to get the close-up views of Mount Everest and other great mountains
- Short stopover at Syangboche for breakfast at the Everest View Hotel
- Best aerial views of the famous peaks including Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Mt. Everest
- Stunning views of landscapes, Ice-falls and glaciers
05:30-06:00AM – Pick up and transfer to domestic airport in Kathmandu.
06:00-06:30AM – Boarding and check into the Helicopter.
06:30-07:15AM – Fly Kathmandu to Lukla.
07:15-07:20AM – Ground time in Lukla for fueling.
07:20-07:45AM – Fly Lukla to Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar.
07:45-07:55AM – Ground time at EBC/Kalapatthar to take pictures and enjoy the mountain vistas.
07:55-08:10AM – Fly Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel in Syangboche.
08:10-08:40AM – Ground time at Everest View Hotel for breakfast.
08:40-09:50AM – Fly Syangboche – Lukla – Kathmandu.
Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour
Mount Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is available on a private basis. This allows for a team of maximum 5 passengers per charter. However, this depends on a total weight of the passengers too. We operate the tours with the powerful and efficient Helicopters of B3e series.
Private tours are appropriate to share special occasions such as exchange rings, celebrate birthdays in front of the highest points on the earth. These tours are ideally suitable to honeymoon couples and people having troubles to reach the Base Camp due to physical challenges and lack of longer vacation.
Group Joining Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing Tour
If you are travelling solo and thinking to fly to Everest on a Helicopter but worried due the cost of a chartered flight, here we have a solution to make your thought come true. We operate a group joining Helicopter tour to the Everest region on a regular basis.
This is completely a cost effective tour and allows sharing the price with other travellers. This is not a different tour than the private Heli tour to the Everest region. We form a group of 5 passengers in order to operate the flight.
- Chartered Helicopter
- Sightseeing and landing as per the itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Passenger’s insurance
Price does not include:
- Airport tax
- Permit for Sagarmatha National Park
- Meals, accommodation and drinks
Best time for Everest Helicopter Tour
The best season for Everest Base Camp trek is considered from March to May and September till November. But the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is available almost all the year round. However, the Helicopter flight is always weather permitting and depends on the season. Generally, the weather remains clear during morning time and suitable for flight even in monsoon. If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather, you may request to re-schedule for the next day or process for refund.
Recommended list of Personal gears and Items
It is quite windy and cold in the Everest region and you may get sun burn easily. So, please make sure that you have the best outfits as recommended. Full List of Equipment
- Down jacket
- Windproof trouser
- Sun hat
- A pair of sun glasses/glacier glasses
- Sun screen SPF 30
- A bottle of water
- A clear copy of Passport
Safety codes for the Helicopter flight, Passengers should …
- listen to their pilot and pay attention
- fasten the seat belt properly during the flight
- not stand from their seat while flying
- ask the pilot for a smoking zone
- maintain the co-operative environment
- follow the tourist guidelines
Why book Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Trekking Encounters?
- Latest and efficient Helicopters
- Professional pilot and responsible ground staff
- 100% successful trips
- Fully satisfied customers
- Passenger safety is the our major concern
- Prompt response
- Private departure dates
- Online booking facility
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How high does the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour go?
The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour starts from Kathmandu at 1,350 meters. Later, the Helicopter lands in Lukla (2,830m) for refueling. Then it flies to Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar at an elevation of 5,545 meters.
2. Does the Helicopter land on the Mount Everest summit?
No Helicopters can land on the summit of Mount Everest. But they land at the Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar for a short duration (about 5-10 minutes). However, landing may be influenced by the weather conditions and suitable landing spots. The landing spot sometimes may be affected due to the avalanche, wind and rock falls.
3. For how long can the Helicopter remain at the Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar?
Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar mostly remain very cold all the time. So, the landing for longer duration at the extreme cold area may lead to Helicopter’s engine shut. Therefore, it is quite serious to stay longer technically and passengers are advised to avoid the risk of high altitude sickness as well. But the given 5-10 minutes landing are enough to explore the Khumbu glaciers and icefalls and take pictures.
4. Are there oxygen cylinders for emergency?
Yes, most Helicopters will have oxygen cylinders for emergency. But the oxygen level inside the chopper is automatically maintained while you are flying above 3,000 meters.
5. Will weather affect the Helicopter Tour to the Everest Base Camp?
Weather in the Everest region is always unpredictable. Our Helicopters won’t take off until they are sure about the clear weather. From the experience, we have found that the early morning flights are more pleasant and offer stunning views. If the flights are likely for cancellation because of the bad weather, you may request to re-schedule for the next day or inform us to proceed for a refund.
6. What is the cost of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing?
The Everest Helicopter tour cost with landing purely depends on the group size. The maximum capacity of a Helicopter is 5 passengers plus 1 pilot. So, the cost of the Helicopter tour is shared between 5 travellers. Therefore, the price of the Everest Base Camp Tour by Helicopter with landing can be US $1000 to $1300 per person for a group of 4-5 persons.
7. Do you have groups for Mount Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour for a solo traveller?
Please, email or call us at +977 9851076388 with your preferred flight date so that we can put you with a group. You can also send text message on WhatsApp or Viber. In the meantime, there are many solo travellers searching for fellow travellers for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at EBC/Kalapatthar.
8. How long does it take to complete the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
The flight takes off at 06:30AM from Kathmandu airport and lands back there at around 10:00AM. You will be picked up at 05:30AM from your hotel and finally return between 10:30-11:00AM to your hotel. So, it takes a total of 5-6 hours in the morning including ground time.
9. Can you pick us up from the Mount Everest Base camp to Lukla by Helicopter?
Yes, we can pick you up from the Mount Everest Base Camp or Kalapatthar or any other places in the Khumbu region such as Gokyo, Gorakshep, Chhukung, Dingboche, Pheriche, Tengboche and Namche Bazar to Lukla or further to Kathmandu as per your interest.
10. Can I book a trek to Everest Base Camp and return by Helicopter?
We are doing Heli tours and treks from Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp and Langtang Kyanjing Gompa. Please feel free to Contacts Us if you are willing to do the Everest Heli trek which means trek to Everest Base camp and return by Helicopter either to Lukla or Kathmandu.
11. Is it possible to take children for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
Yes, children and old-aged people can also go on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. No physical training is necessary in order to take this tour.
12. What type of equipment or Helicopters do you provide for the Everest Base Camp Tour?
There are many Helicopters available with private airlines. Generally the B3e and B3+ series of Helicopters by Eurocopter and Bell Jet Ranger Helicopters are found more efficient for the Everest Camp Tour with landing. They also have a standard fuel capacity and maximum take-off weight with powerful engine. Since the B3e series of Helicopters have a maximum operating altitude of 23,000 feet, we use them for the mountain flight and Himalayan rescue operations.
13. Do you provide rescue service for the trekkers in case of emergency?
Yes, it is an integral part of our service while you book a trekking trip with Trekking Encounters. We shall need your insurance details so that we can contact them if you are in an emergency while trekking in Nepal. Our guide will take care of you like your family until you are safely lifted up in the Helicopter.
14. How do I book this tour with your Company?
You can simply book this tour by completing the form below. Please mention your preferred date for the flight in the message box. Then we shall need a deposit of 25% along with your copy of Passport. Upon receipt of your deposit and copy of Passport, soon we shall send you a confirmation of the tour. The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu.
You can pay us the deposit by wire transfer or credit card. For your kind note, a surcharge of 4% is applicable for credit card payment. Please Contact Us for our bank details when you are ready for the wire transfer.
15. Can I get a discount on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
Generally, the cost of the Helicopter is calculated on hourly basis and same from all airlines. But depending on your group size we can customize this tour with additional services and offer discount as per the company’s policy. This can be together with the ground transportation, Kathmandu sightseeing tour, Pokhara tour or jungle safari in Chitwan.
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