Everest 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 landing 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 Mount Everest helicopter 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 bestselling Everest Base Camp Heli Trek or Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek. You get to trek past the charming Sherpa villages and majestic mountain views. After trekking for some days you arrive at a place from where you board the helicopter and fly across the soaring 8000 and 7000 metre peaks before finally landing in Lukla.
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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.
This luxurious Everest 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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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
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.
The highest altitude a helicopter has flown is 40,820 feet. The feat was completed by Jean Boulet of France in 1972. The helicopter which he flew was stripped off of unnecessary equipment to lessen the weight. For our Everest Heli Tour we use the AS 350B series helicopters manufactured by French company Airbus. This aircraft can reach an altitude of 23,000 feet.
We call it Everest Base Camp Helicopter landing tour as the helicopter lands at Kala Patthar and other places in the Everest region during the tour, instead of flying non-stop. Firstly, the helicopter stops at Lukla for refueling. If there are more than three people on board the chopper stops again at Pheriche. The aircraft cannot carry more than 3 people at once to Everest Base Camp because of high altitude. The shuttle service begins from Pheriche where each flight ferries 3 people to Kala Patthar and Shyangboche (Everest Hotel) for breakfast. Please note the stopover at Shyangboche depends on prevalent weather conditions.