Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp

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Duration Duration 1 Day
Meals Meals
  • Not Included
Accommodation Accommodation
  • Not Included
Activites Activities
  • Helicopter Flight
Price Reduced US$ 1550 Price Starts From US$ 1250 Book Now
Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Easy
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5545 Meter
Activities Activity
Helicopter Flight
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Group Size Group Size
Minimum 1
Transportation Transportation
Heelicopter
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
5 Hours

Overview of Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp

A Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp provides a breathtaking opportunity to experience the majesty of Mount Everest with ease and comfort. The Everest Base Camp Heli Tour starts in Kathmandu and features a scenic four-hour flight, with a stop in Lukla for refueling. From there, you will fly above the Himalayas, heading towards the iconic Everest Base Camp and the stunning Kala Patthar viewpoint. While the helicopter does not land at Everest Base Camp, which is reserved for climbers, an additional stop at Kala Patthar can be arranged for USD 700 per person, offering an even closer look at this magnificent peak.


Major Highlights

  • After landing at the Everest View Hotel, enjoy a breakfast with spectacular views.
  • Make strategic landings at places like Lukla and the Everest View Hotel to enrich your experience.
  • Depart from Kathmandu for a scenic helicopter flight to Mount Everest Base Camp, offering expansive panoramic views.
  • Observe stunning vistas of lush alpine forests of rhododendron and pine, along with the Khumbu icefall and glaciers.
  • Receive a 100% full refund if flights are canceled due to adverse weather.
  • Fly over the world’s tallest mountain range for a scenic experience.
  • Enjoy a blissful helicopter flight directly from Kathmandu to the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

This Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp offers unparalleled aerial views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. The helicopter provides various vantage points, including a Helicopter to Mount Everest and a Helicopter in Everest, enhancing the sightseeing experience. After visiting Everest Base Camp, the tour continues to the Everest View Hotel for breakfast with a view, making stops such as Helicopter to Everest Peak part of this luxurious adventure. Occasionally, the itinerary includes a landing in Pheriche before the return flight to Kathmandu, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of the Everest region.

Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp Detail Itinerary

  • Hourly Program Schedule

    5:30-6:30 AM: Hotel Pickup in Kathmandu

    Start your Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp with Kala Patthar Landing with a comfortable hotel pickup by Peregrine. Prepare for an exceptional adventure to the world’s highest peak.

    6:30-7:00 AM: Check-in at Kathmandu International Airport

    Check-in for your helicopter flight at Kathmandu’s International Airport. Ready yourself to experience the majestic Everest Base Camp from the skies.

    7:00-8:00 AM: Helicopter Flight to Lukla

    Ascend over Nepal’s diverse landscapes en route to Lukla, capturing the essence of the Himalayas. Fly over Lamjura-La Pass and Dolakha village, preparing for the awe-inspiring sights ahead.

    8:00 AM: Refueling Stop at Lukla Airport

    Make a strategic refueling stop at Lukla Airport. Get excited for the next leg of your helicopter tour, which includes the breathtaking views from Kala Patthar.

    8:30 AM: Overfly Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp and back to Syangboche

    Experience the thrill of flyover or Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar (5,450 meters), a prime location for panoramic views of Everest, Pumori, and Lhotse. From this sector flight, you can see Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayas in front of you. Continue your flight to Syangboche, arriving at the Everest View Hotel at 3,950 meters. Enjoy views of the Khumbu Glacier and serene monasteries, which are highlights of this helicopter tour.

    9:00 AM: Breakfast at Everest View Hotel

    You will enjoy a delightful breakfast at the Everest View Hotel, surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas. This setting offers a perfect blend of luxury and nature.

    9:30 AM: Return Flight to Lukla for Refueling

    Fly back to Lukla for another refueling stop, giving you time to reflect on the morning’s extraordinary vistas and experiences.

    10:00-11:00 AM: Flight Back to Kathmandu

    The return flight to Kathmandu provides a final chance to view the stunning landscapes. This segment of the helicopter tour ensures a memorable conclusion to your adventure.

    Arrival: Drop Off at Your Hotel in Kathmandu

    Conclude your Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp with a convenient drop-off at your Kathmandu hotel, marking the end of an unforgettable experience exploring Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar from the air.

    Note: Timings may vary due to weather and air traffic. Stay flexible and keep in contact with Us.


Includes/Excludes

What's included

  • Airport pickup transfer: A representative from Peregrine will escort you to the helicopter departure area.
  • 4-Hour Helicopter Ride to Kalapatthar: Experience an unparalleled helicopter ride to Kalapatthar, nestled at the base of Mount Everest. This flight sweeps over the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas, offering majestic views of the mountains and surrounding terrain.
  • Stunning views: The helicopter flight, along with your time on the ground at Kalapatthar and the Everest View Hotel, offers numerous opportunities to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

What is excluded

  • Any Meals
  • Entrance Fees (Approx. USD 40 per person)

Departure Dates

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    Essential Information

    The Helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp offers an opportunity to visit Mount Everest Base Camp. This Everest Base Camp Heli Tour includes a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a helicopter ride to the base camp. You will witness some of the world’s most stunning and dramatic landscapes along the way, such as the Khumbu Glacier and the Western Cwm.

    For those looking for a budget-friendly option, the Sharing Everest Helicopter Tour allows multiple passengers to share the helicopter, reducing costs. This setup also provides a chance to connect with other travelers interested in exploring Mount Everest, enhancing the overall tour experience.

    For a more in-depth experience, the Sharing Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is available. This option usually costs more than a simple flyover tour, giving you a closer look at the base camp and the surrounding glaciers.

    The Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp enables you to fly over the mountain’s summit and view the famous Khumbu Icefall, a continuously moving wall of blue ice. This tour requires extra flight time to reach the summit, which contributes to a higher cost.

    The Helicopter to Mount Everest offers a unique approach to visiting the base camp. It begins with a helicopter ride to the base camp and concludes with a trek back to Lukla on foot. This method allows you to enjoy the base camp and its surroundings and experience the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people in the region.

    The Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp provides an opportunity for those willing to land at the base camp while sharing the cost with other travelers. This option is more budget-friendly and makes the experience accessible to more travelers.

    Cost of Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp

    The cost of a helicopter tour to the base camp of Mount Everest, known as the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, varies based on the number of people in a group. This Everest Base Camp Heli Tour offers a convenient way to experience the stunning views of Mount Everest without the need for a challenging trek.

    Prices are per person and depend on the group size. Typically, the cost per person decreases as the group size increases. Here is a breakdown of the pricing:

    Group Size Cost Per Person
    1 US$ 5500
    2 US$ 2750
    3 US$ 1850
    4 US$ 1400
    5 US$ 1200

     

    Sharing Everest Helicopter Tour with Kala Patthar Landing Trip Itinerary/Program Details

    The Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp, provided by Peregrine Treks Pvt Ltd, offers more than just an adventure; it’s a luxurious tour to one of the most spectacular and secluded spots in the world. The tour typically starts early, between 6:30 am and 7:00 am, with flight times subject to change based on weather conditions. Pilots will thoroughly check the weather before departure.

    Detailed Itinerary

    Activity: Meet at Tribhuvan International Airport Domestic Terminal

    A representative from Peregrine Treks Pvt Ltd will escort you to the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan International Airport, where you will meet the flight crew.

    Activity: Flight Briefing with Captain Introduction and Boarding

    The flight instructor will provide essential guidelines and safety measures. You’ll then meet the captain and board the helicopter. This is the perfect time to ask any questions to ensure a smooth and informed flight experience.

    Activity: Flight to Lukla and Refueling

    The helicopter departs from Kathmandu, heading towards Hillary Tenzing Airport, also known as Lukla Airport, located on the east side of Nepal at an altitude of 2,860m. Along the way, you will enjoy breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains, Sherpa settlements, various monasteries, and stupas. Notable peaks visible during the flight include Langtang Lirung, Ganesh, Gauri Shankar, Shishapangma, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. After a 15-minute refueling stop in Lukla, the tour continues.

    Activity: Flight to Kala Patthar from Lukla

    This 15-minute flight takes you over Namche Bazaar and Sagarmatha National Park, soaring above 5,500m. If the group size is 4-5, the flight may be divided into two segments. Landing at Kala Patthar is restricted above 220kg; a shuttle flight to Pheriche is necessary if the total weight exceeds this limit.

    Activity: Sightseeing and Stopover at Kala Patthar (if requested)

    A 10-minute stop allows for a close-up view of Everest and photo opportunities, weather permitting. Due to high altitude and windy conditions, the helicopter’s engine will remain running during this brief stop. To stop at Kala Patthar, the cost will be USD 700 per person based on 2 people. If you are a solo traveler, you have to pay USD 1400 extra to land at Kala Patthar.

    Activity: Return Flight to Hotel Everest View (Syangboche)

    The helicopter returns to Syangboche, landing at Hotel Everest View for breakfast. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views with Mount Everest in the background, complemented by the warm hospitality of the locals.

    Activity: Breakfast at Hotel Everest View

    Spend 30 minutes enjoying a luxurious champagne breakfast at the world’s highest-placed hotel.

    Activity: Flight Back to Lukla and Refueling

    After breakfast, a 15-minute stop in Lukla for refueling precedes the final leg of the flight back to Kathmandu.

    Best Season for Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp

    Spring and autumn are the optimal seasons for the Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp. While this helicopter flight, covering Everest Base Camp (5364 meters) and Kalapatthar (5545 meters), is feasible throughout the year, mornings typically present clear weather conditions. The Peregrine Treks Pvt Ltd team prioritizes safety and clarity, never conducting flights in hazardous or unclear weather. Our experts proactively check weather conditions to ensure a seamless and enjoyable helicopter tour experience.

    Spring Season: The spring, spanning March to May, is highly recommended for the Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp. During this period, the weather around the Everest Region tends to be clear, showcasing the magnificent Himalayas, picturesque landscapes, and blooming rhododendrons. With many opting for trekking and helicopter tours in the Everest region during spring, queues are likely. We advise speaking with our representative through email or WhatsApp to secure your preferred booking dates.

    Autumn Season: From September to November, the autumn season offers ideal conditions for the Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp. Daytime temperatures average around 20 degrees Celsius, dropping to minus 10 degrees Celsius at night. The clarity of the weather during this season makes it an excellent time for both trekking and helicopter tours around Everest. The breathtaking views of the Himalayan range and verdant hills are at their peak visibility. Due to the popularity of this season, booking is recommended to ensure availability on your desired dates.

    Monsoon Season: The monsoon season, running from June to early September, is generally less favorable for the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour due to frequent rain and cloud cover in Nepal. Private helicopter tours are still possible, but be prepared for potential delays or cancellations caused by the weather.

    Winter Season: Winter, from mid-December to February, features daytime temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius and nighttime temperatures plummeting to minus 18 degrees Celsius. Despite the cold, the weather is usually clear, offering stunning views. However, the freezing temperatures deter many, making this season less crowded. The Peregrine Team does not operate daily flights during winter, so contacting our operator via email or WhatsApp to confirm departure dates is advisable.

    Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp with Kala Patthar Landing Flying Route

    • The Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp with Kala Patthar Landing starts in Kathmandu. The helicopter takes off and flies over Bhaktapur, Nagarkot, and Dolkha before landing in Lukla.
    • From Lukla, the helicopter continues, flying over Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep, finally reaching Everest Base Camp.
    • The next stop is Kala Patthar, where passengers can enjoy stunning views of Mount Everest.
    • On the return trip, the helicopter stops at the Everest View Hotel for a hot breakfast, then flies back to Namche Bazaar and lands at Lukla Airport.
    • The final leg of the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour with Kala Patthar Landing returns to the Kathmandu domestic airport.

    Essential Notes

    Passenger weight limit for the Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp: To ensure safety and efficiency, the weight limit for passengers on the tour is 500 kg from Kathmandu to Lukla and 250 kg from Lukla to Kala Patthar/Base Camp.

    Tour capacity: The tour accommodates a maximum of 5 passengers and one captain, providing a comfortable and intimate experience.

    Maximum flying altitude: The helicopter will fly at a maximum altitude of 6000 meters, depending on the engine’s ability. It is impossible to fly a helicopter to the summit of Mt. Everest due to thin air and unstable weather conditions at that altitude.

    Tour duration: The Everest Base Camp Heli Tour with Kala Patthar Landing lasts 3 to 4 hours from Kathmandu, with 10 to 20 minutes of landing time at Kala Patthar or Base Camp, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas and take pictures.

    Suitable for kids and older age: The tour is ideal for all ages. It is designed to be comfortable and safe for kids and older people, making it accessible to everyone.

    Professional and experienced pilots: The tour is led by skilled and experienced pilots with decades of experience leading tours for worldwide customers.

    No hidden charges: The tour is transparent, and there are no hidden charges. All payments are disclosed beforehand to avoid any difficulties.

    Easy booking process: The booking process is straightforward. You can book through the company’s website by providing your full credentials or a copy of your passport with weight information.

    Solo travelers can join a group: Solo travelers can join a group by emailing the company with their preferred date and time.

    Oxygen cylinder carried for emergency use: The helicopter carries an oxygen cylinder for emergency use during the Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp with Kala Patthar Landing to ensure the safety of the passengers.

    Why Choose a Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp?

    Opting for a helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp lets you experience the awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayas in a fraction of the time needed for a traditional trek. This option suits those who need more time or prefer a less strenuous way to witness the grandeur of Mount Everest. Here are several detailed advantages:

    Quick and Convenient: A helicopter trip to Everest Base Camp offers a swift and efficient way to see some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. In just four hours, you can immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Everest and its neighboring peaks. This is particularly beneficial for travelers with limited vacation time or those who wish to see Everest without dedicating weeks to trekking.

    Exclusive Views: One significant advantage of a helicopter tour is the unique aerial perspective it offers. From the helicopter, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalayas that are unattainable from the ground. The panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and rugged terrain are truly mesmerizing. This bird’s-eye view allows you to appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the region in a way that is impossible from a ground-level trek.

    Comfortable Experience: Trekking to Everest Base Camp is physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness. A helicopter trip eliminates these physical challenges, allowing you to experience the majesty of the Himalayas without the exertion of a long trek. The helicopter ride is smooth and comfortable, making it accessible to travelers of all ages and fitness levels. This ensures a memorable adventure that you can enjoy without the fatigue and strain of trekking.

    Time-Saving: For those with tight schedules, a helicopter tour is a perfect solution. It allows you to experience the highlights of the Everest region in a single day. This means you can see Everest, Kala Patthar, and other iconic landmarks without spending weeks on the trail. This time-saving aspect makes the helicopter tour an attractive option for busy travelers.

    Safety and Convenience: Helicopter tours adhere to the highest safety standards. Experienced pilots navigate the challenging Himalayan terrain with expertise, ensuring a safe trip. Additionally, the convenience of a helicopter ride means you avoid the potential risks associated with high-altitude trekking, such as altitude sickness and extreme weather conditions.

    Packing List for Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp

    The Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp requires appropriate clothing depending on the season. Even during warmer seasons, you will need a down jacket and warm trousers to stay warm at high altitudes. Temperatures often remain below freezing.

    Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, this helicopter tour doesn’t require extensive packing. You only need some high-quality clothing to keep you warm at high altitudes. Here is an essential packing list:

    • Down jacket (windproof and waterproof)
    • Warm trekking boots
    • Inner and outer layer gloves
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses with 100% UV protection
    • Scarfs or shawl
    • Warm hat or woolen hat
    • Lip balm
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Camera with memory card and spare batteries
    • Toiletries

    Helicopter Models Details

    Peregrine collaborates with a leading helicopter service provider in Nepal and manages a fleet of well-maintained helicopters for tours, charters, and search and rescue operations. Helicopters are certified to fly from 16,000 feet to 20,000 feet. We operate five AS 350 Series helicopters, providing safe, reliable, and comfortable services.

    For the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, the helicopter model depends on the group size. For larger groups, we use higher-capacity helicopters.

    9N ANA:

    • Model: AS350B3e
    • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
    • Engine Type: Arriel 2D
    • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
    • Maximum Operating Altitude: 23,000 FT

     

    9N ALA

    • Model: AS350B3e
    • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
    • Engine Type: Arriel 2D
    • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
    • Maximum Operating Altitude: 23,000 FT

     

    9N-AJD

    • Model: AS 350 FX II
    • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
    • Engine Type: LTS – 101 – 700D2
    • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
    • Maximum Operating Altitude: 16,000 FT

     

    9N – AFQ

    • Model: AS 350 FX II
    • Manufacturer: Airbus, France
    • Engine Type: LTS – 101 – 700D2
    • Passenger Capacity: 5 + 1
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 2250 KG
    • Maximum Operating Altitude: 16,000 FT

     

    Other Helicopter Services in the Everest Region

    1. Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

    Experience many of Nepal’s most beautiful trekking regions from the air with a scenic helicopter flight. This trip also tends to have fewer cancellations compared to regular domestic flights to Lukla. If you need more time for trekking, choosing a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla helps maintain your schedule and ensures you complete your trek as planned. Typically, the flight lasts about 50 minutes, but it may sometimes extend to an hour. Each helicopter accommodates up to 5 people or 500 kg to Lukla. If you are traveling alone, we will assist you in finding a group to share the cost.

    2. Helicopter flight from EBC to Lukla

    Combining an Everest Base Camp trek with a return helicopter flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla offers a perfect blend of trekking and a luxurious aerial ride in the Everest region. It is ideal for those who dream of visiting the base camp of the world’s tallest peak but lack the time for a lengthy hike. After unforgettable moments at the base camp and Kala Patthar, you return to Gorak Shep for a splendid helicopter ride to Lukla. This short flight gives you a recap of your trek from the air. The flight from EBC to Lukla lasts about 20 minutes, showcasing several mountains, beautiful lakes, glaciers, green hills, and quaint Sherpa settlements.

    3. Helicopter flight from Lukla to Kala Patthar

    No doubt, Kala Patthar provides one of the best vantage points in the Everest region. Opt for a helicopter flight from Lukla to Kala Patthar or vice versa. The helicopter lands for 15-20 minutes at Kala Patthar, allowing you to enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Everest. The flight duration is about 15-20 minutes, offering a mesmerizing bird’s eye view.

    4. Helicopter flight from EBC to Kathmandu

    Save time by choosing a helicopter ride from EBC to Kathmandu after an adventurous high-altitude trek. This mountain flight lets you see many of the tallest snow-capped peaks and many beautiful sights. If you’ve never seen what nearly 8,000 meters look like from above, this flight is a must.

    5. Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Gorak Shep and Vice Versa

    If you aim to enjoy both trekking and incredible mountain views, consider a helicopter ride back to Lukla from Gorak Shep. It’s a great way to avoid retracing your trekking route if you’re short on time. The flight from Kathmandu to Gorak Shep takes about 65 minutes, covering around 151 kilometers. During this flight, you’ll catch glimpses of the surrounding Himalayas, beautiful green hills, and charming Sherpa settlements.

    6. Helicopter flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu and Vice Versa

    Choose a direct flight from Pheriche to Kathmandu on a Peregrine Treks Pvt Ltd helicopter if you prefer to avoid trekking back to Lukla. This fantastic flight lasts about an hour without stops. Alternatively, you could take a helicopter to Pheriche and start your trek to EBC, enjoying the lovely views of settlements like Namche, Lobuche, Dingboche, and Tengboche along the way.

    7. Helicopter flight from Tengboche to Lukla or Kathmandu

    This option is perfect for trekkers who wish to return to Kathmandu by helicopter after a short trek to Tengboche. Enjoy the breathtaking views of untouched villages, pristine wilderness, and snow-clad mountains during a 12-minute flight, offering a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges.

    8. Helicopter flight from Gokyo to Kathmandu and Vice Versa

    A helicopter flight from Gokyo to Kathmandu or the reverse offers a moment filled with magical views of snow-clad mountains, lush green hills, tranquil villages, and the dreamy Gokyo lakes. A helicopter ride from Gokyo to Kathmandu lets you explore prime locations such as the Himalaya Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier, and offers stunning views of the series of beautiful and remote Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Valley from above.

     

    Major Attractions of Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp

    Kala Patthar (5,545 meters)

    Kala Patthar, which means “black rock” in Nepali, sits on the southern ridge of Mt. Pumori, just above Gorakshep. At 5,545 meters, it provides one of the best vantage points in the Khumbu region. From this altitude, you can see Mount Everest up close. The views from Kala Patthar are stunning, offering a panoramic sight of Everest’s summit and nearby peaks like Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse. This location is a highlight of the helicopter tour due to its breathtaking vistas.

    Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)

    Everest Base Camp, at 5,364 meters, attracts adventurers and trekkers from around the world. The base camp offers a surreal experience, especially at sunrise, with breathtaking views that leave a lasting impression. Each year, thousands of trekkers take 12-13 days to reach this iconic spot, facing altitude and weather challenges. For those who need more time, the helicopter tour provides an ideal alternative, taking about 3 hours. The base camp offers spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and the Khumbu glacier, making it a must-see on tour.

    Everest View Hotel (3,880 meters)

    The Everest View Hotel, one of the highest luxury hotels in the world, is located at 3,880 meters. Near the village of Namche in Sagarmatha National Park, the hotel offers unmatched views of the Himalayan peaks. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast with Everest as the backdrop, alongside excellent service and hospitality. This stop on the helicopter tour provides a unique chance to experience the grandeur of the Himalayas and learn about Sherpa culture and traditions.

    Lukla Airport (2,860 meters)

    Lukla, a charming Sherpa town, serves as the gateway to the Everest Base Camp trek. Known for the Tenzing-Hillary Airport, it is one of the most challenging airports in the world due to its high altitude, unpredictable weather, and short, sloped runway. Regular flights operate between Kathmandu and Lukla, mostly in the morning. Landing at Lukla Airport during the helicopter tour offers a glimpse into this extreme and fascinating aviation hub, adding an adventurous touch to the trip.

    Panoramic Views of the Himalayas

    A key attraction of the helicopter tour is the unparalleled aerial view of the Himalayan Mountain range. As the helicopter ascends, you will enjoy sweeping vistas of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. These panoramic views offer a unique perspective that you cannot get from the ground, making the flight an unforgettable experience.

    Flight Over Sagarmatha National Park

    The helicopter route includes a scenic flight over Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This protected area is rich in biodiversity and is home to rare wildlife like the snow leopard and red panda. The park’s lush forests, deep valleys, and rugged terrain contrast beautifully with the snow-covered peaks providing a comprehensive view of the region’s natural beauty.

    Sherpa Villages and Monasteries

    During the helicopter tour, you will fly over several traditional Sherpa villages and ancient monasteries, including Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery. These settlements, with their stone houses and terraced fields, offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpa people. The aerial view of these villages highlights the harmony between the local communities and the harsh mountain environment.

    Glaciers and Icefalls

    The flight provides an impressive view of the Khumbu Glacier and the Khumbu Icefall. These natural formations are key features of the Everest landscape. The Khumbu Icefall, with its towering ice structures and deep crevasses, is particularly dramatic and one of the most challenging parts of the climb to Everest’s summit. Viewing these glaciers from above offers a safe and awe-inspiring perspective on the dynamic and ever-changing ice landscape.

    Booking Terms and Conditions of Everest Base Camp Heli Tour

    Traveling always involves some uncertainty, and even the best plans can change unexpectedly. Therefore, having a reliable backup plan is crucial. Here are the cancellation and rescheduling policies to help you plan your trip with confidence:

    • If you cancel at least 72 hours before your scheduled departure, you will receive a 100% refund.
    • If you reschedule at least 36 hours before takeoff, you can do so without any additional fees.
    • If we cancel your flight due to weather, you have two options: receive a full refund except airport transportation (USD 20) or reschedule for the same tour at a time and date that fits your itinerary.

     


    Frequently Asked Questions

    The helicopter typically flies up to 6,000 meters. In some situations, such as rescue operations, it can fly above 6,100 meters. Due to low air pressure at altitudes above 4,000 meters, the helicopter may carry fewer passengers to reduce weight and ensure safe flight at higher elevations.

    While the Airbus Eurocopter 350 B3 model has landed on Mount Everest’s summit during a test flight, commercial helicopter tours do not land at the summit. Instead, they overfly Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. Special permissions, weather conditions, and the best-view areas determine landing feasibility. Wind and clouds can impact the flight, but we strive to provide the best possible experience.

    The helicopter flies over Everest Base Camp and stops at Kala Patthar for about 5 minutes. The time at Kala Patthar is limited due to weather conditions. Staying longer is risky due to the altitude. Please note that the regular Everest Base Camp Heli Tour does not include land at Kala Patthar. You have to pay an additional USD 700 per person based on 2 people.

    You will fly over to Everest Base Camp to enjoy the views and take photos. Everest Base Camp Helipad is for the Climbers, not for the regular trekkers. However, you can stay up to 30 minutes at the Hotel Everest View if weather conditions permit.

    Our highly experienced pilots have long experience. They possess extensive knowledge of the Himalayas, local culture, and environment. All pilots and field staff are medically trained and equipped to handle emergencies, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the tour.

    Breakfast at the Hotel Everest View is hygienic and well-prepared. The set menu costs USD 31 per person and includes egg dishes, bread, sausages, tea, coffee, and juice. If time is limited, you can carry a packed lunch to save time during the helicopter tour.

    We provide safe drinking water on the helicopter flight. Although purifying tablets are not fully effective due to the high mineral content in Himalayan water, bottled water is available. However, bottled water can be expensive and environmentally unfriendly.

    We offer value for money with no hidden costs. Pricing depends on the group size, with larger groups benefiting from lower individual costs. We guarantee transparent pricing and the best services for our helicopter flights.

    To secure your Helicopter Trip to Everest Base Camp booking, you have to click on the Book Now Button and proceed with the payment. Upon receiving your payment, we will send a confirmation letter. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and online payments with a 4% surcharge for credit card payments.

    Yes, solo travelers can join existing groups to reduce costs. We can help you find a group with flexible dates. The cost is slightly higher for a single person compared to a private charter.

    Yes, helicopters can land at Everest Base Camp from April to the end of May. However, for safety reasons, the helicopter usually lands at Kala Patthar, which offers better views and safer conditions. Additional payment is required for the Kala Patthar Landing.

    Yes, we can pick you up from Everest Base Camp, Gorakshep, Kala Patthar, Lobuche, or Gokyo Lake and drop you off at Lukla or Kathmandu. This service is available at a competitive cost.

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    The best experience we had with Peregrine was the whole tour of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek was tailor-made for our requirements; all our requests were reviewed, discussed, and accepted and, in some instances, with a better recommendation.

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