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.
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.
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.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
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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.
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.
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.