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  • Activities: Heli Tours
  • Min. Age: 6
No Accommodation
No Meals
Based on 5 reviews

Trip Introduction

Take Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour and fly above Mount Everest and other 8000 metre peaks. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour gives you an aerial perspective of the Himalayas including the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest. Watch the Himalayas unfold from the comfort of the helicopter. Take this helicopter tour to Everest Region and fly above Everest Base Camp and stop briefly at Kala Patthar (5550m), the most popular viewpoint in the region. Moreover enjoy breakfast at Shyangboche surrounded by Himalayan peaks, before flying back to Kathmandu.

Your luxurious Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour begins from Kathmandu. Get a bird’s-eye view of the entire city before flying onwards to Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’.  As you fly parallel to the Himalayan range, you can view an endless chain of frozen mountains. Next, after a brief stopover at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla for refuelling, the aircraft takes off again towards the mountains. Watch people including trekkers with backpacks moving like ants on trails cut deep on the mountainsides. Fly above Sherpa settlements, solitary yak herders’ camps and ancient monasteries.

Hover right above Everest Base Camp and 8000-meter peaks. Feast your eyes on the frozen panorama of Khumbu Glacier and Icefall. Colourful tented camps of expedition groups fill the area during the climbing season. In addition, step on the most popular viewpoint in Everest Region – Kala Patthar (5550 m). The helicopter stops here briefly, long enough for you to take pictures and savour close up views of Pumori, Nuptse, Lobuche and Mount Everest. Just a couple of hours back you were in your hotel room in Kathmandu. Now you are taking an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour flying above the base camp of Mount Everest, just unbelievable! The feeling is exhilarating! End this luxurious Everest Base Camp heli Tour with a hearty breakfast at Shyangboche.  Before finally landing in Kathmandu, enjoy an aerial view of the valley’s famed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  You can also combine trekking with an exciting helicopter aerial tour by choosing our heli treks -  Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days, Everest Base Camp Short trek Heli Return-12 and Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 Days.

Trip Highlights

  • Fly close to some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest
  • Set foot on Kala Patthar (5550m), the most popular viewpoint in Everest Region
  • Enjoy close up views of 7000 and 8000-meter peaks
  • Aerial views of Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Icefall, Gokyo Lakes
  • Breakfast at Shyangboche surrounded by snowy walls of Himalayan giants
  • Hover above Kathmandu’s famed UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour lets you experience the tallest mountain in the world from the comfort of a helicopter. Now you don’t have to take a lengthy and arduous trek up the mountains to get a peek of Mount Everest.  Our Everest Heli Tour gives you the opportunity to be on top of the world in a matter of hours.
  • Visit Everest Region (one of the highest inhabited places in the world) without paying a hefty trekking fee. 
  • Fly close to Mount Everest (8848m), the tallest peak in the world.
  • Bird’s eye view of 8000 and 7000-metre peaks – Lhotse(8516m), Nuptse(7861m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu(8201). 
  • A brief but exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world, Tenzing-Hillary Airport (2,845m) in Lukla. The airport is a narrow strip of land on top of a mountain ridge. 
  • Enjoy aerial views of quaint Sherpa settlements (Namche, Tengboche, Phakding etc.) and Sagarmatha National Park (a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site).
  • Stand at the base of Mount Pumori (7161m) and savour 360-degree views of soaring Himalayan peaks. 
  • The helicopter you ride in has a stock of supplementary oxygen, in case the altitude gets to you. 

If you want to book a Join Group heli flight, please Contact Us.

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Everest Helicopter tour Kathmandu to Lukla Fly over Base Camp and Stop Kala Patthar, Breakfast at Shyangboche expand

Duration: 4-5 Hours

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport - Fly Kathmandu to Lukla

You will be driven to the airport from your hotel. The flight is usually scheduled early in the morning as the skies remain clear in the mountains in the early hours. Get onboard and fly east towards Lukla. Enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu before heading towards the mountains. Fly above Himalayan peaks till you reach Lukla, a mountaintop Sherpa settlement known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’. Land at Tenzing-Hillary Airport for refuelling (10 to 15 minustes). Later, head towards the mountains.

Fly Lukla to EBC- Stopover at Kala Patthar (5550m/19,290ft) (5-10 minutes)

Enjoy breathtaking views of glacial rivers, Sherpa settlements and monasteries. Fly over the emerald Gokyo Lakes and frozen glaciers. Hover above Everest Base Camp, the base camp of expedition groups attempting to scale Mount Everest. If it’s climbing season, the snow-covered landscape will be filled with colourful tents.  View the broad glacial basin of Western Cwm, Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. Enjoy a brief stopover at Kala Patthar (5545m). You are almost at the foot of Mount Everest, surrounded by one of the most incredible views on this planet. A chain of some of the highest peaks in the world rises up all around you. Soak in the views and take pictures. As Kala Patthar lies at an altitude of 5550 metres, the air is thin and oxygen levels low. So that the altitude won't affect you, we stop here for only 10 to 15 minutes. Later fly to Shyangboche.

Breakfast at Shyangboche (30-40 minutes)– Fly to Kathmandu

Stop at Shyangboche for breakfast. Flanked by the frozen walls of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Khumbu Himal you celebrate the completion of this wonderful tour. Bid goodbye to these grand peaks and fly back to Kathmandu.  Before landing at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, enjoy aerial views of  Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and the durbar squares, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the airport, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Take this helicopter tour in Nepal and get a different perspective of the Himalayas and the city of Kathmandu. For Everest Heli tour price, please check in the tour price section or contact us. 


Helicopters used for this tours:

AS 350B series manufactured by French company Airbus (formerly known as Eurocopter).  The interiors are roomy and spacious and can seat up to 5 passengers (excluding the pilot) comfortably. These lightweight helicopters are ideal for mountain flights and can land up to at an altitude of 23,000 feet. At high altitude, the choppers can manage to carry only 3 passengers per flight.

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You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.

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What's Included

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Helicopter Tour as per the itinerary
  • Emergency oxygen is available inside the helicopter. Additional cost required for personal use of the oxygen cylinder outside the helicopter
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

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Dates and Prices

We only organize Private and Tailor-Made Trips.

Choose your own travel dates and book your trip online through our safe and secure online booking portal. Once you have booked and paid, it's 100% confirmed that your trip will run on schedule.

We have more than 23 years of experience in planning adventure holidays in the Himalayas. Our trips are fully-supported and we offer personalized service to our clients. The care and attention that we put in your trip ensures that your holiday is more enriching, satisfying and successful. When you travel at your personal timeframe with your own group it's guaranteed that you will have the trip of a lifetime.

No of traveller
USD 5390
Total: USD 5390


Daily departures available throughout the year. Departures subject to weather conditions.

Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes you from Kathmandu, lying at an altitude of 1400m, to elevations above 5000 metres. The air is thin in the higher reaches and it is normal to feel a bit woozy. The highest point on this trip is Kala Patthar (5550m) where we stop for 5-10 minutes. Since several of our clients have completed this tour without showing any signs of mountain sickness, we are sure you will be fine too if you are physically fit. The helicopter carries a stock of supplementary oxygen for emergencies. But to be on the safe side, we recommend you to consult your doctor before booking this tour.

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Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour FAQs

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget

These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.

Yes, you are allowed to take pictures of the places. However, taking photographs in certain areas need permission and you can consult your tour guide for that matter. Please do seek permission of people before taking their pictures.

If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it. 

There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

Yes, wifi hotspots are available on the Everest Base Camp trail. But please do keep in mind, due to the mountainous terrain the network maybe erratic. Often times the signal gets lost or the strength is poor.

We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.

Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.

No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance.

Most of our tour guides speak English, which is a common communication medium. They are also trained, experienced and know the areas very well.

Price From
Instant Booking
USD1084 per person

No. of People Price per person
1 - 1   USD 5390
2 - 2   USD 2695
3 - 3   USD 1806
4 - 4   USD 1355
5 +   USD 1084
No of traveller
USD 5390
Total: USD 5390

Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Based on 5 reviews

Teddy Kino
flagsUnited Kingdom
Dec 02, 2019
Everest Base Camp Helicopter
Highly recommended for Adventures trips in Nepal. As I was in Thamel area I decided to meet the team in person. Prayana was most helpful. He explained the trip in meticulous details. Most of all I was assured that weather permitting i will be taken to kalapather where the views of Everest will be the best and indeed it was. I suspect that some companies dont offer this. We were collected in a nice car at 5 am for the Airport. After basic security checks (make sure you have ID. Ideally copy of your passport and the visa) we were taken to the Helicopter take off site on the side of the main airport. At each point a guide escorted and explained the process. The Helicopter company Alttitude Air is top notch with state of the art helicopters. The pilot Pasang was amazing. He looked after us so well and kept us entertained. The whole process is quite complex and involves a lot of logistics. All done extremely efficiently. When we arrived back a guide Babu was waiting for us. He too was superb and looked after us well. We were again driven back in a nice Taxi. All in all Third Rock Adventures are highly recommended. They have experience and dedicated guides who speak fluent English Hindi and I am sure other languages too lead by a good management. Mr Nab personally came to see me too which was lovely. Leaving Nepal with lot of Happy memories
Mason Martin
May 29, 2019
Flying to Everest
If time and fitness are the obstacles between you and the highest peak of the world Everest then helicopter tour of Everest is your answer. We flew to Luka with excitement to see Everest in front of our eyes. After a brief stopover for refueling, we flew again to Kalapattar. Looking at the bird’s eye view of the Everest and neighboring mountains was mesmerizing and overwhelming. I took a lot of pictures and later was just basking in its beauty. It is one of the most memorable moments of my life.
Good Value,
I wanted to see Everest but I have time and fitness issues
It’s definitely worth doing Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Eva Fredriksen
May 25, 2019
Memories to cherish
Once in a lifetime experience of Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. I and my husband wanted to see Everest in front of our eyes but trekking wasn’t an option. The helicopter tour was thrilling and exciting at the same time. We not only saw the bird’s eye view of Everest but we also had breakfast with a view. Capturing the beauty of Everest from Kalapathar was awesome! The breathtaking sight and the cold breeze fell in love with its indescribable beauty. It will forever remain vivid in my memory.
It a great way to experience Everest and its worth it!
Ratnasinh R
Aug 08, 2018
Awesome Everest HelicopterTour
Though my wife and I are in our late sixties, we love to travel to new places. As much as we would have liked to trek to Everest, we could not do so due to my wife’s recent knee surgery. Since we mentioned that our dream was to visit Everest Region, the sales people at Third Rock Adventures suggested this comfortable Everest Heli Tour. This could be completed in a day and did not involve any walking, the sales staff informed us and we were elated. This adventure proved to be better than we expected. The mountain views were amazing, as promised. We felt blessed to stand beneath some of the highest peaks in the world. It was marvelous! We were also given an aerial tour of Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites by the pilot before the final landing. We are GREATFUL TO thanks for this trip of lifetime
Good Value, Recommended by Friend, Best and Selected Tours
Recommended this trip to my friends
Mueller Franco
May 30, 2018
Helicopter Ride to Everest
Third Rock Adventures really made our vacation in Nepal the best, we have ever had. My family and I had planned a vacation to Nepal early last year. The idea was to come here and get a taste of the country’s rich history, culture and architecture. We know that Nepal is known for its beautiful mountains, but we had no intention of hiking or trekking. After the trip, Third Rock Adventures came up with this beautiful package that would take us to Everest Base Camp on a helicopter. At first I was a little reluctant as I thought chartering a helicopter to go and see Everest would be very expensive but when they told me the price, I immediately booked it. We started from the international airport and headed towards Lukla-gateway to Everest. After refueling, we started our short flight to Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. I and my family had never ever imagined that we would stand at the base of the world’s highest mountain. The memory still gets me excited. We stopped at Sangboche on the way back for breakfast and in no time we were back to Kathmandu. Cheers to Third Rock Adventures for delivering everything they promised. Their service is no doubt the best and they definitely walk the talk. Next time I come to Nepal, they will definitely hear from me.
Best Destination,Good Value,I like itinerary,Recommended by Friend,Best and Selected Tours,
Third Rock Adventures offered a good discount.
kallapathar, Everest Base Camp and Lukla

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