5 Best Helicopter Tours in Nepal 

  • Ram Khadka
  • Nov 20, 2023
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Helicopter tours in Nepal are the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, glaciers, and everything along the flight.

Nepal is a country known for the world's highest mountain ranges (eight of fourteen peaks exceeding an altitude of eight thousand). So, helicopter tours are the best way to witness the bird's-eye view of the Himalayas, lush valleys, and ancient towns.

In this article, we will talk about the top 5 helicopter tours in Nepal that will take you on a journey to some of the most stunning destinations in the country.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The Everest base camp helicopter tour is one of the most prominent helicopter tours in Nepal. People who fear catching altitude sickness and want to reach the Everest Base camp quickly are highly recommended to go on this trip. Compared to the classic trek or trekking with a helicopter return from Gorakshep, the helicopter tour has its allures.

Seeing the mountains from a helicopter offers a unique perspective to a ground tour. You can enjoy the magical view of beautiful hills and snow-capped mountains. Lhotse, Nuptse, and Cho Oyu are some notable peaks besides Mt. Everest that are visible during the trip.

During the journey, you will also get a glimpse of the Sherpa villages and their local culture and traditions. The package also covers your visit to Tengboche Monastery, a beautiful and historic Buddhist temple.

Furthermore, the helicopter tour is a hassle-free experience that doesn't require hiking for several days and hours. Even beginners can embark on this trip.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Duration and cost of the tour

The EBC helicopter tour is only a one-day package. It is a very affordable package that allows you to enjoy stunning scenery from the comfort of your chopper.

It takes around 1000 USD for one or two people to book their seats. But if you have a group of 4 to 5 people, it will cost you around 900 USD.

What to expect during the tour?

The helicopter tour will take you on an easy ride to the Everest Base Camp.

As you ride on a helicopter to reach the EBC Camp, you will have a scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The stunning views of the Nepalese countryside and the Himalayas will keep you entertained.

You will also get to explore the Everest Base Camp area. While doing so, you will also witness the colorful tents of the trekkers and the Khumbu Icefall.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour will take you on a scenic flight over the stunning Annapurna Mountain Range.

During this trip, you will see incredible views of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre.

The helicopter will pick you up at Pokhara or Kathmandu airport. After landing at the base camp, you will spend around 30 minutes there. Staying more than 30 minutes will increase your risk of altitude sickness.

During this trip, you'll have the opportunity to explore charming villages and admire terraced fields. You will also observe traditional houses and engage with small communities. Additionally, you'll gain insights into the local culture and customs of the area.

Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Duration and cost of the tour

The helicopter tour is a one-day expedition that begins from Kathmandu or Pokhara. It will last for around 4 to 5 hours.

The cost of the tour depends on the package you choose. It usually ranges from around USD 1,000 to USD 2,500 per person.

What to expect during the tour?

  • A helicopter ride from the airport to the Annapurna Base Camp and back to the airport.
  • The mesmerizing panoramic view of Machhapuchhre and Himchuli
  • Arrival at Annapurna Base Camp

Muktinath Temple Helicopter Tour

For all the religious people who want to visit Muktinath, the Muktinath Temple Helicopter Tour is a call for them.

This is a perfect package for those who want to visit the holy site but have limited time or need more time to trek for long distances.

Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is situated 3710 meters above sea level. There are 108 water taps where taking a holy bath will bring salvation.

The tour offers views of the pristine peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Throng Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, and Tilicho Peak. You will also witness the wonderful valley of Jomsom from your ride. It also offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayan landscape and the Kali Gandaki River Valley.

Muktinath Temple

Duration and cost of the tour

The one-day tour will last for around 4 to 5 hours. Regarding the cost, the trip can range around USD 3800 per person.

The trip starts from Kathmandu or Pokahra, flying over scenic mountains and hills to reach the Muktinath Temple.

After landing at the temple, you can offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. You can also take a holy bath in the 108 taps. Once you are done with the darshan, the helicopter will take off for a return journey.

This package is available throughout the year but not during monsoons. The weather during the monsoon season (June to August) is unfavorable for flying. Spring and autumn are the best seasons as the weather is generally clear and the skies are blue.

What to expect during the tour?

  • A convenient and comfortable ride to Muktinath Temple.
  • Witnessing the stunning views of mountains, hills, valleys, and rivers.
  • The aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges.
  • A horse ride to Muktinath temple after the landing of the helicopter

Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour

The Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour will take you to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake.

This package is made for people who want to experience the natural beauty and religious significance of the Gosaikunda Lake in a short time.

Many pilgrims visit the lake in August during the Janai Purnima festival. The devotees take a holy dip in the lake to wash away their sins.

The region is home to the Tamang and Sherpa people. They have a unique culture, language, and lifestyle. So, the trip also provides a unique cultural experience.

Gosaikunda helicopter tour, one of the best helicopter tours in Nepal.

Duration and cost of the tour

The helicopter ride to Goskaikinda Lake from Kathmandu takes around 30 to 45 minutes. Gosaikunda Lake sits at an altitude of 4,380 meters in the Langtang National Park, around 55 kilometers north of Kathmandu.

The cost of the helicopter ride depends on several factors, including the tour operator, the starting location, and the services included in the package. USD 700 per person is the most reasonable and affordable cost.

What to expect during the tour?

  • A ride from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Goshaikunda Lake
  • Stunning views of the Langtang Mountain Range and other Himalayan peaks
  • Aerial view of picturesque villages, lush forests, and landscapes
  • 1-hour landing at Gosainkunda Lake

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight

The Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight is a popular flight, as it takes you to the starting point of many treks in the Everest region.

Thousands of people from around the world fly to Lukla from Kathmandu during peak Everest climbing and trekking season.

The trek from Kathmandu to Luka takes around 7 to 10 days. But if you get on the helicopter ride, the flight will take you to the destination in only 45 minutes. It will save you time and energy for your further ascends.

It is also a safe option to minimize the risk of accidents and health issues during the long and strenuous trek to reach Lukla.

Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Duration and cost of the flight

It costs around 500 USD to 1500 USD for a single person to take on the Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter flight. The ride will be 40 to 45 minutes.

This helicopter ride is more flexible than any other ride regarding scheduling. The flight is not subject to weather-related delays and cancellations.

What to expect during the tour?

  • A comfortable flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Majestic view of landscapes, green forests, rivers, and waterfalls during the flight
  • Stunning ariel view of Langtang Mountain Range and Mount Everest

Wrapping Up

If you're someone who enjoys the luxury and serenity of a helicopter tour to a majestic destination, Nepal has plenty to offer. Besides this, other helicopter tours in Nepal also deserve to be on your bucket list, including the Langtang Valley Helicopter Tour and Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour.

As these helicopter rides are safer and more convenient options to reach your destination in a short time, it is worth taking.

Nepal has the best destinations in remote areas. Trekking the rugged terrain and challenging topography is very difficult. Helicopters come in handy at these places as they help navigate the area.

It saves you time and offers you breathtaking landscapes, Himalayan Mountain ranges, and Nepal’s natural beauty in a shorter period.

Ram Khadka
Ram Khadka

CEO and Managing Director at Sublime Trails Trekking, Ram has been leading adventure-hungry souls into the mountains of Nepal for over 15 years.