Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour: 4 Hours of high altitude flight towards world’s tallest mountains!
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Nepal is gaining more an more popularity in the recent years. An adventure doable in a day, this journey action packs the thrill of high altitude flight in the highest region of the world.
Starting from Kathmandu, Everest Helicopter Tour starts getting exciting as soon as you lift off. Chopper trips are organized in the early morning to avoid the unpredictable weather that clouds the mountainous areas in the afternoon and evening. Do not worry, because we will organize your hotel pickup and drop service to/from the airport when you book this trip with us.
What to except from Everest Heli Tour?
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a high altitude flight experience. Hence, the flight is operated by seasoned pilots that can maneuver through the thinnest atmosphere on earth. Your pilot will also be your guide during the trip as s/he points out the major mountain ranges, briefs and leads your trip, and answer your questions.
As soon as the chopper lifts off from Kathmandu airport, look north to see the snow-clad mountain ranges spreading from east to west. You can view the Langtang range in the center with other mountain ranges and famous peaks of Nepal (given you can identify them all). As we move forward, we will fly above forests and villages, sometimes flying just a few hundred meters above them, especially at highland passes. Travelers report seeing houses, animals and people in the field below. The helicopter noise and high altitude will reduce your hearing, just as in any other flight. Your eye, however, will not rest for a bit.
The journey will feel remote as we move past dense jungles just before arriving Lukla airport. It’s where we land for refueling. Lukla is a busy airport, which can be easily felt by zooming airplanes and helicopters. This is our first stop, however, we will not get out of the aircraft. After refueling, we take off again flying over the amazing villages of Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakhshep (common tea-house points for Trekkers on foot).
Based on the weight of Passengers, the chopper will stop a few miles before reaching Everest Base Camp. Two rounds of trips are done with calculated weight and other precautions by the pilot.
Landing at Kalapatthar, we will get off the chopper again, to enjoy a footed view of Mount Everest (8848m) along with Nuptse and Lhotse towering before her. It is a mesmerizing moment to grasp that we are at the highest grounds of the whole planet. It’s easy to feel tiny and insignificant to see how big and grandeur the Himalaya actually is.
After some thoughtful observation, we head back to Hotel Everest View at Syangboche for breakfast. The hotel’s name keeps up to its promise. We will enjoy our meal in the northern balcony of the hotel to enjoy view of Everest and neighboring peaks in the region. We fly back to Lukla for refueling and later fly again back to Kathmandu airport.
Cost for a heli tour to the Base Camp of Mount Everest
Our shared plan costs you $ 999 US per pax in order to book a flight to Mount Everest. This cost includes your breakfast and hotel/airport transfer. You will need to pay $ 2 US as airport tax and $ 20 US as Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee when we land in Syangboche. There are no other hidden costs.
Preparing for this Helicopter Tour: Packing and clothing?
Everest Heli Tour needs some preparations to gain a great experience. First things first, get a good camera to capture the bird-eye view of Kathmandu Valley, northern mountains, and of course, settlements as you fly over them real high. Of course, we would recommend you to keep a balance between taking pictures and simply enjoying the moment. Helicopter flights are exciting and each ascend/descend fills you up with adrenaline. Carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverages to avoid altitude/motion sickness. Carrying some snacks is useful as well.
We recommend wearing a pair of warm trousers, t-shirts/shirt, down-jacket, light jacket, boots and UV Protected sunglasses during the trip. You can also use/carry moisturizer and sunscreen to protect your skin from cold and direct sunlight. You can also wear caps and mufflers but you will need to be extra cautious about loose clothing while getting on/off the chopper.
Weight limits for High Altitude Helicopter Tours
Helicopters come with weight limit. And in high altitude flights, weight is one of the significant aspects of flying. Hence, avoid carrying heavy backpacks. In fact, wear what you need, and carry a very light bag if you absolutely need it (to keep water, snacks and purse). If you can do without a bag, that’s even better.
As we have already mentioned above, this trip requires passengers to take turns in 2 or 3 to fly to the Base Camp and Kalapatthar. This protocol is directed by the captain and should be strictly followed.
Safety Precautions and Insurance
Listen to the flight brief and follow all the directions provided by the pilot. Buy a travel insurance that covers the cost of evacuation and medical expenses when traveling to remote areas. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a helicopter flight. For this trip, keep in mind the following precautions.
1. Always wait for the captain’s signal for getting on/off the aircraft. Approach the aircraft from front left and front right side only – where the pilot can clearly see you.
2. Duck while walking towards the aircraft or away from it. Make sure clothing that can fly off easily – are tightened. If you lose any items, don’t pursue.
Everest Base Camp Heli Sightseeing Tour Itinerary in brief
|⇒ 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
Everest Base Camp Heli Sightseeing: Is it suitable for you?
Helicopter Tours are generally classified as safe and easy, as they do not require strenuous efforts like trekking. In fact, if you love to see Everest Region but don’t have time/effort to trek, this tour is perfectly suitable for you. It’s a fact that not everyone is ready to trek, and not everyone has time to do so. In this case, tour to Everest Base Camp via a helicopter is actually a better option. This trip will be unforgettable for those who love flying. Plus, the views of mountains are more clearer and the terrain makes sense when you see them from above. For an eyed traveler, for example, it might be interesting to see how the Khumbu Valley took form as a result of the mountain glaciers cutting through it. This took centuries, and it takes a flight to watch this movement. It’s an exciting feeling.