About Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Experience the best Everest Helicopter Tour in Nepal and witness the world's highest peaks including Mount Everest, in a spectacular aerial tour of the Himalayas."

If you want to experience the breathtaking beauty of Mount Everest and the Himalayas in Nepal, then the Everest Helicopter Tours could be perfect for you. An Everest helicopter tour is an incredible way to experience the majesty of the world's highest peak without having to endure a strenuous trek. This thrilling adventure typically takes around 3-4 hours and allows passengers to get up close and personal with the Himalayan mountain range.

The tour begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small town in the Everest region. From there, you will board a helicopter and soar over stunning valleys, lush forests, and picturesque villages en route to the base of Mount Everest. As the helicopter approaches the mountain, passengers will be treated to an unparalleled view of the world's highest peak, standing at an awe-inspiring 8,848 meters tall. The helicopter will fly close to the mountain, providing an incredible vantage point of the rugged terrain, icy glaciers, and towering peaks. Along the way, you will also get a chance to see other notable peaks in the region, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Your knowledgeable guide will point out these landmarks and provide information about the region's geography, culture, and history.

What to expect from your tour ? 

  • The tour starts from Kathmandu and takes you to the beautiful Sherpa village of Lukla, flying east from Kathmandu airport.
  • After refueling in Lukla, the helicopter takes off towards the Everest Base Camp/Kalapathar.
  • During the flight, you'll get to see amazing views of Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, and Khumbu glacier before reaching the base camp of Mount Everest and landing on Kalapather.
  • You'll have about 10-15 minutes to spend at Kalapathar due to the high altitude. However, it will be an experience of a lifetime!
  • On the way back, you'll stop at Syangboche (Hotel Everest view) for about 30 minutes to have breakfast and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains, including Mt. Everest.
  • Finally, the helicopter will fly back to Lukla for refueling and then to Kathmandu, marking the end of your unforgettable Everest Base Camp Tour by helicopter.

It's important to note that the helicopter can carry a maximum of 5 passengers and 1 captain, weighing up to 500kg in total. So, if you have 4-5 people, the weight will need to be split into two shuttle flights from Pheriche or Everest View Hotel, with an average weight limit of 250kg per flight.

Best Season for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Everest Helicopter Tour can be visited all months of the year except the monsoon season.

Monsoon season (June, July to end of August ), Its wet and rainy with clouds blocking the views and making Helicopter flight least possible to land and take off.

Spring season ( march, april and may ), warm weather but during the morning and late afternoon can be little cooler where morning are clear for the good views of mountain.

Autumn season (september,october, november ) will be clear with fine weather but can be much colder during morning and afternoon time as well in shady areas. 

Winter season (december to mid february), mostly clear during the day, but the days are short with sunlight. January and February mid of winter, morning and late afternoon can be cold of less than -10° to -15° celsius with maximum of 10° to 15° Celsius in sunny days and afternoon.

Cost Details from Kathmandu

1 person 4999 USD per person
2 people 2555 USD per person
3 people 1700 USD per person
4 people 1499 USD per person
5 people 1200 USD per person

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • Best Helicopter flight in the world over Himalayas
  • Thrilling helicopter tour to Everest Base camp.
  • Himalayas for Brekfast - Helicopter Land and stop for breakfast in Everest View Hotel
  • Short Landing in Kalapatter to see Everest and other high mountains and feel the altitude at 5545 M
  • Great views of famous peaks incliding Mt Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m),Mt Cho-oyu(8201),Mt.Pumori(7161m),Nuptse(7855), Mt Abadablam(6812) and many other peaks., stunning landscapes, icefalls and glaciers.

Outline Itinerary

Detail Itinerary More
  • Day 01: Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing at Kalapathar.
  • Airport pick up and drop off service
  • Chartered Helicopter and sightseeing over himalayas
  • All government tax and passenger insurance
  • National park entry permit (NRS. 3,200 per person)
  • Airport tax (NRS. 200)
  • Any meals, accommodation or drinks
  • All other extra expenses which is not mentioned on cost include section.

Useful Information

The top priority on tour to Everest Base Camp by helicopter is precautionary measures for a safe and enjoyable flight. Having the best expert pilots, with great experience around the mountainous region and at Everest base camp. 

Safety Notes for Everest Base camp Helicopter  

  • The load limit and capacity are strictly taken care of and supervised before taking off .
  • In case of emergency, the pilot will make its best effort to reach safe and sound areas.
  • In case of maximum occupied seats of more than 4-5 people, the pilot will decide to drop off the passengers.
  • At certain heights and safe places, and doing shuttle back and forth for safe and enjoyable flight in the himalayas for us.
  • Wear seat-belt during flight
  • Never leave the assigned seats during board. Sometimes the pilot needs to re-position the helicopter even after touching down the helipad.
  • Do not throw any objects from the helicopter during the flight.
  • Never smoke unless the Captain indicates that it is safer to do.
  • Do not change or stand from your allocated seat.
  • Let the pilot see you! Always enter and exit the helicopter from the side or front.

How many people can land at Kalapathar at one time during Everest base camp helicopter tour ?

It depends upon the pilot’s decision and current wind and air pressure in the mountain, on an average will be 2-3 people as per the size of a weight of each person. For the rest needs to be grounded at Pheriche, enjoying a leisure time having refreshment till the next round of shuttle arrives to enjoy the close looks of Mt. Everest and other high himalayas

What are the age limit on Everest base camp helicopter tour?

This Helicopter tour to Everest can be done from minimum of 5 to 75 years old, depending upon the fitness and medical history background. As well having Medical Insurance.

Why helicopter does not land at Everest base camp?

Due to safety precautions, as Everest base camp does not have proper or safe landing space. In the past few decades a small Helipad existed, but keep on changing due to the movement of glaciers. As well rock fall, landslides and avalanches can happen anytime. The other reason from Everest base camp, view of Mt. Everest is hidden by other peaks so helicopter lands at kalapather instead of Everest Base Camp.

How long do we stop at Kalapathar for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

Helicopter lands at kalapathar at an altitude of 5545m and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes, just to feel the altitude on the ground and catching the glorious close views of Mt. Everest and magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of the towering peaks.

Kalapatthar is one of the best vantage points overlooking the Everest Himalayan Range. Well known for its marvelous views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), the summit accommodates vistas of mountains like Cho Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Nuptse (7861m), and Pumo Ri (7165m).

Packing list for Everest Helicopter Tour

Normally the flight will be early in the morning so we make sure the weather is stable before taking off. Below are some usual things that travelers need during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Before the beginning of the journey, our representative will assist you with an in-detail packing list as per your health condition.

  • Windproof down jacket
  • Base layer proper clothing
  • Comfortable shoes and warm socks
  • Sun hat and buff
  • UV protection goggles
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletries (tissue paper, sunscreen, lip balm, etc)
  • Camera
  • Your passport and other essential documents

If you are a single traveler and looking for join the fixed departure to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, please contact tou our Tour manager

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