Everest base camp helicopter tour is one of the most delightful moments that one can achieve in a lifetime experience. The flight leads you to close in front of the world’s highest Mt. Everest with an array of peaks.
A great way to enjoy your amazing time in Nepal is a flight to enchantment swirling above dramatic arctic landscapes. Filled with remorseless fields of ice and glaciers close to the notorious massif Khumbu Ice-Fall with towering snow peaks.
Everest base camp helicopter tour, makes you feel in high spirits standing close to Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse. The adventure to mesmerize on this wonderful scenic tour flying high above picturesque Khumbu beautiful landscapes.
Visitors to Nepal, with great interest to see high Himalayan peaks along with Mt. Everest, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Will be the best alternative to trekking, saves time and energy completing the day tour in just a few hours.
Compared to the cost of trekking and taking a helicopter ride it comes almost the same price. As the trek with a standard itinerary of more than 11 days walks from Lukla to Lukla. Where the cost reaches almost similar to sharing a tour on a helicopter to Mt. Everest base camp.
Everest base camp helicopter tour, one of the best things is. Where one does not have to worry about catching altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
As the chopper will be pressurized, and even though when the helicopter lands at a high altitude. Spending less than an hour just for the views and photographs, and then back on a helicopter. An ever-exciting Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the ultimate way to view Mt. Everest at a close distance.
Helicopter Route From Kathmandu For Close Views Of Mt. Everest:
A standard itinerary for a day on Everest Helicopter Tour.
Flight time 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m. Take off from Kathmandu airport.
About the Helicopters. AS 350 B series of helicopters of Euro-Copter, France popular all over the world and Ecureuil model or similar types.
Depending on the size of a group operates various types and models of a helicopter. For more than 5 people, the pilot will shuttle to and from Lukla or Pheriche.
The Helicopter features:
Fail-Safe Design, Comfortable Seating Arrangements, 5 seats excluding Pilot Suitable for all types of helicopter missions, fly up to an altitude above 5,181 meters or 16,000 feet.
Average hours on Helicopter Tour 3-4 hours. Back to the hotel by lunchtime.
Flight route heading North East past Jugal Himal range to Khumbu region.
Possible stops on route at Lukla for refueling or dropping the fuel to make the chopper lighter for higher altitudes. As well as a short refreshing break for hot drinks and snacks.
Fly over Dudh Koshi River valley and gorge and above Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Pheriche to Lobuche.
The Helicopter flies above Gorakshep and swirls around the Base Camp and then back to land near Gorakshep. Which is at the base of Kalapathar Rocky Hill, the vantage point for Mt. Everest’s close-distance views.
On landing take photographs and enjoy the close South Face of
Mt. Everest with an array of towering peaks.
Return journey possible stop at Everest View Hotel Helipad for short refreshment or breakfast. After Everest View Hotel back to Lukla for refueling and then head towards Kathmandu airport and drive to the hotel.
What to expect during Helicopter flight:
Pick up from the hotel as early as 5:30 a.m. and transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport. Check-in with boarding pass, brief formal security checking if some person is carrying pen knife, lighter. Including other harmful items which should be handed to the Helicopter staff or pilot for safekeeping. Rather than carrying in your hand/day pack bags, which you will get on return at Kathmandu airport.
As soon as you board a chopper, greeted by the captain and then get seated at the back. If the co-pilot is not in, one can share the front seat next to the pilot or captain. Getting ready, the helicopter lifts off high above Kathmandu city and the valley, soon reaching high above.
Enjoy the fantastic views of Ganesh, Langtang, and Jugal Himal.
As Helicopter heads east facing views of Mt. Gaurishankar, Melung Tse, Numbur Himal, and then facing Mt. Everest, Lhotse. Includes views of
Mt. Makalu in the east direction with Baruntse Himal, as the heli lands at Lukla airport. It is important for pilots to release some fuel for a return trip, as well as to make the chopper lighter.
The ride heads above Dudh Koshi River and close to Namche Bazaar facing spectacular views of Kwangde, Tharmasarku, and Kantega.
The views get closer to Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and majestic Ama Dablam flying north reaching Gorakshep. The early Everest base camp, till it moved further east in the late 1970’s. The flight makes a round trip above Everest base camp, with grand views of Khumbu Icefall and glaciers.
Then it lands at magnificent viewpoints above Gorakshep and below the high hill of Kalapathar. The pilot will inform you about how much time to spend on photographs and to enjoy the views.
From the classic viewpoint near the base of Kalapathar, marvel at the closest glorious views of Mt. Everest. Includes Lhotse and Nuptse peaks with Pumori an array of peaks, this very spot where world environment day was observed.
A short conference was held on the negative impact of global warming around the world. Which was the world’s highest meeting at 5,250 m, a mere distance from Everest Base Camp on December 04th, 2009.
After an enjoyable and exciting moment being on the historical and vantage viewpoint of Mt. Everest. This high spot can be quite windy with a cold breeze, even on a sunny morning, getting in back to your seats. The chopper flies to land above Namche Bazaar at Everest View Hotel, another opportunity for a view of Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam peak. Have hot refreshments or light breakfast or snacks, then fly to land at Lukla. Where the Helicopter will be refueled for the onward journey back to Kathmandu, after an overwhelming morning on Everest Helicopter Tour.
Important To Know On Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:
The first thing is that the helicopter does not land at Everest base camp which is 5,364 m high. For various good reasons, from base camp views of Mt. Everest are obstructed by the peaks of Lola, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
From the bottom of the base camp, one can see only the tip of Mt. Everest only.
The other best reason is due to the movement of glaciers and ice and rock falls. Landing at the base camp is not safe and reliable, the Helipad has been washed and changed many times. During the best time of mountaineering season, Helipad existed but was destroyed by a rock slide and movement of ice, and glaciers.
The other reasons to land at Everest base camp are not recommendable due to eco-friendly and being responsible. In protecting the fragile environment of the base camp and its surroundings.
Trips Everest Base Camp:
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
The very best spot is near the bottom of Kalapathar, an easy place for Helicopter safe landing. As well as the perfect views and panorama of giant Himalayan peaks with the closest look of Mt. Everest.
But to clear the disappointment of our valued clients and customers.
The pilot makes a round trip around the base camp where one can feel and catch a glimpse. What kind of terrain and landscape base camp looks like, to cure the curiosity of our eager clients?
Best Seasons For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:
The best season to venture around the Himalayas as well for a Helicopter tour is in the springtime from March to May. As well autumn/fall from September to November as well in the winter time of December and February.
Spring time where most mornings and mid-afternoon are clear and fine for views and walks, with longer sunlight hours. Similarly, autumn/fall is the best season for views and walks with fine clear days, but shorter sunlight hours.
Related: Best Time to Visit Nepal.
For interested people to enjoy Christmas and New Year holidays can enjoy the Helicopter tour in the middle of winter. Morning can be cold, but with clear fine days for views, with shorter sunny hours.
Important to know:
Although the spring and autumn seasons are the best, sometimes it can get overcast around the Himalayas. Helicopter flight operates early morning when the weather is fine and clear around the seasons of the year.
In case of delay or leads to cancellation, will be postponed for the next morning, but people who cannot fly and wait. For the next day, can get a refund where a small charge will be made by the company for transportation services.