Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a great sightseeing adventure with high altitude landing at Lukla, Gorakhsep, Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp.
A helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp starts from Kathmandu. An early morning flight will take us towards the Base Camp of Everest. As soon as lifting off from TIA Helipad, scenes of mountain ranges dominate the northern horizon.
Fly deep above the remote hills, forests and occasional settlements. It is captivating to feel the chopper gain altitude to cross a hill top and later descend as the valley widens. As we approach the mountainous region, large rocky tops and snowy hill tops appear right before the eyes. Watch out for the approaching airstrip of Lukla airport, where the helicopter will land for a 5 minute transit.
Our helicopter gains significant altitude as we fly over Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakhshep and Khumbu glacier. Above Gorakhsep, visitors will be divided into two groups for balancing load and better mountain views.
We will explore Everest Base Camp for a surefooted view of majestic Mount Everest (8,848m) dominating the landscape. As because of the high altitude, we will only spend about 5 minutes on foot.
Returning from Everest, the Heli tour turns towards Hotel Everest View for a quick breakfast and mountain view in Syangboche. After some rest, we will board the Helicopter again for a flight back to Kathmandu. We stop briefly at Lukla for refueling the chopper.
The return flight will be a different experience descending above the hills towards Kathmandu. Brick kilns, houses, big highways and river start confusing the view as we enter the valley and finally land in the Tribhuwan International Airport.
Everest Base Camp Heli Sightseeing Tour Itinerary
|⇒ Drive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu|
|⇒ Get briefed and board the Chopper for high altitude flight|
|⇒ 2.5-hour Heli tour to Everest Base Camp Region (Lukla, Gorakshep, Base Camp, Kalapatthar) "Enjoy the mountain flight and eventually a close-up view of Mount Everest and several mountains in the region".|
|⇒ Breakfast and mountain panorama from Hotel Everest View (Syangboche)|
|⇒ 1.5-hour Heli tour from Everest Region to Kathmandu|
|⇒ Drive back to Hotel|
|⇒ Tour Duration: 4-5 hours / 1 day |
- Pickup / Drop service from/to your Hotel in Kathmandu to/from Helipad.
- Breakfast at Syangboche.
- Airport tax ($2).
- Sagarmatha National Park entry fees ($15).
- Any other extra food or transportation cost not mentioned in the the "included" itinerary.
- Tips for your sightseeing guide.
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This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.