Can You See mt Everest from Kathmandu

  • Updated on Dec 20, 2021
  • Ram Khadka
can you see mount Everest from Kathmandu

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How Can You See Mount Everest From Kathmandu and Around?

Having many of the highest peaks in the world, Nepal serves as a paradise for adventurers. But what outshines the glory of everything else is Mount Everest, which stands the highest.  Nepal is famous for Mt. Everest all around the world.

Observing Everest while visiting Nepal is one of the vital things to do. But most of us may not be aware of how to do it better. Many travel bloggers have different suggestions regarding it.

The best way to behold the magnificent sight of Mount Everest and its surroundings is via the Everest Base Camp trek and other similar treks. On those trips, you will get to see the spectacular sight at its closest. But they might not be convenient for everyone due to lack of time, strength, or any other problems.

Some of us might want to observe Mt. Everest from Kathmandu or the nearest viewpoints. On this blog, I will be giving tips and information to those who want to see Everest from Kathmandu.

You can observe Mount Everest from Kathmandu or some of its nearest viewpoints. We can observe the panorama of the Everest range pretty good but the Mt. Everest itself will not be as spectacular as one would expect it to be. 

All of us have seen the pictures of Mt. Everest. It is quite disappointing to realize that it does not resemble those pictures when you observe it from  Kathmandu. Even if you get to see Everest, the sight will not be convincing enough to you I suppose, at least not when you try to click some pictures of it.

If you are in Kathmandu for a short time period yet want to observe Mt. Everest at its best I strongly recommend you to take the 'Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour'. It will provide you with a wonderful opportunity for sightseeing in the highest mountain (Mt Everest) with your limited time. It is only a  matter of 4-5 hours.

You might find this package a bit luxurious but after the completion of the tour around Base Camp, you will realize it was worth it. You not only get to see the best view of Everest but the breathtaking sights of other high Himalayas of the Himalayan range, green forests, rhododendron blooms, and the beauty of rivers and Sherpa villages.

 The best part of these helicopter tours is that they provide you with the landing facility at the Everest Base Camp(Kala Patthar). You will be thrilled to see the snow-capped Everest standing right in front of you.

Apart from all these thrilling and unforgettable experiences, the cost of these Heli tours is the thing to be concerned about. If you book a private helicopter tour, the price for you turns out to be quite expensive (around 4500 USD). But if you happen to share the chopper with other people or you do this tour in the group, the cost per individual drops to 1000 USD. Which is way too cheaper than the private ones.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is undoubtedly the best way to experience the heavenly landscapes of Nepal, mighty mountains covered with snow, the glacier is falling down these peaks. You will be taking this unforgettable and remarkable memory captured in your heart and in your cameras to share with your loved ones. 

If you want to book these trips, there are plenty of packages available for this Heli tour in Nepal. The sublime trails offer you a luxurious package for your Everest Base Camp Tour at an affordable price range.

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However, this is not the only option available for the EBC trip. There is an Everest regular flight available for you in a very short duration of time. This is a regular plane flight with no landing facility.

 You will get to see Mt. Everest from the window of the plane. You can take a picture or make a video from the plane windows. You can observe the Everest mountain range closely from the plane but you will not get to stop anywhere. 

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Nature gives us a sense of peace and relaxation. All of us want to escape from our daily hectic life at some point. Though we always dwell in nature technically, we take nature (forests, beaches, landscapes) as our escape. And Nepal best represents nature. 

Nepal, in fact, happens to be a paradise for nature lovers. With the Himalayas running across the entire northern region, landscapes are covered in greenery in the middle followed by the plane terraces of Terai. Nepal has a diverse range of variations in Nature.

Having most of the highest peaks in the Himalayas range, Nepal became a favorite destination for trekkers every year.  Everest Base Camp, offering a magnificent view of the highest peak in the world, and the Himalayan range, happens to be one of the most popular treks of all. 

The journey to the Base Camp is a strenuous one and demands above-average body fitness and health conditions. But why should the magnificent view of the Himalayas be limited to only those with excellent body fitness and with a handful of time? 

Mt. Everest base camp, helicopter tour makes this wonderful experience accessible to all. This flight is probably the best alternative to experience the thrill of the altitude without losing our comfort and spending much of our valuable time. 

This is a one-day trip to the base camp. It would otherwise take you at least 13 days to complete this trek from Lukla and about 22 days from Jiri. Which is certainly not an easy job to do. Hence it not only saves your time but also a lot of your effort. 

On your Mt. Everest base camp, helicopter tour, you will fly over the Sherpa villages with the glaciers glistening along the horizon at the level of your eyesight and below you- Everest (8,848m), Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Cho Oyu and several other white peaks located in the Everest region.

You will halt at the Basecamp, famous for the view of the Khumbu Glacier and Kalapathar, one of the major highlights of this trip for its breathtaking close-up view of the Everest peak and other adjoining ranges. On your way back, you will land at the Hotel Everest View, Syangboche for Breakfast. In the Duration of your flight, your professional pilot will help you identify the peaks as you fly over them. 



  •  In this helicopter trip, you will get to see Everest (8,848m), Mt. Pumori (7,156m), Mt. Nuptse (7,864m), Mt. Lhotse(8513m), Mt Cho Oyu(8,153m).
  • While flying from Kathmandu you will behold the wonders of green forests, rivers, Traditional villages of Sherpa’s, etc. 
  • You will get to and at Kalapathar, the foot of MT. Everest will be the best spot to observe all the Everest range.
  •  You get to breakfast at Everest Hotel View Hotel (The hotel situated at the highest elevation) while enjoying the scenic view of the Everest range.


 Tour Itinerary

After getting into the helicopter, you will set off for Lukla from Tribhuvan International Airport. Chopper stops for about 15-20 minutes for refueling.  After this short break at Lukla, you will get to Pheriche for the shuttle. Then the helicopter will take 2 or 3 people (depending upon the weight) and head out to Kala Patthar.

While going towards the Kala Patthar, the chopper flies over the Dudh Kosi River gorge. 

The Helicopter will then head towards Mt. Everest Base Camp from Tengboche. As the helicopter flies over the wonderful Khumbu valley,  you will land at Kala Patthar (5545 meters).

After stopping in Kala Patthar for 5-10 minutes, you will fly towards Everest Base Camp. The chopper will drop the people who made the tour at Pheriche and take the rest of the people to Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp.

When Chopper finishes all its trip to Kala Patthar, It will again come back to Everest Base Camp and take all the people together on a trip to Hotel Everest View for lunch/breakfast. After Lunch, you will get back to Kathmandu.

Scenic Mountain flights 

Another option to get an unforgettable close-up view of Mt. Everest is a mountain flight. This one-hour flight trip is a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayan range having the highest peak on the earth. Considering things like time limitations and health conditions of people, these plane flights are very easy and to get the close-up views of Mountain flights.

The Mountain flights begin from Kathmandu and fly over beautiful river valleys, the multi-colored roof of Sherpa villages, and stunning Himalayan peaks of the Everest region of Nepal.

This flight will take you close to the highest peaks of the earth including Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, and many others. It will be your once-in-a-lifetime experience to see them from the sky.

On the bright side, there will not be any risk of altitude sickness as you don’t have to land anywhere. You can enjoy the whole scenery sitting comfortably on the airline seats through the window.

During your flight, you are allowed to go inside the cockpit behind the pilot seat. From there you'll get a chance to have a cockpit view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest as you fly high up in the air which is also a great opportunity to view the scenarios, changing the perspective. 


Highlights of Mountain Flight

  • The stunning views of the world’s highest peaks from the sky (Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and many others)
  • Stunning view of the Khumbu region from up above the sky.
  • Enjoy incredible aerial mountain views just in an hour's flight.
  • Perfect photo opportunity throughout the scenic mountain flight.

Note: This mountain flight always operates in the morning as the weather on the Himalayas can turn around in just a second. Thus, you need to be prepared, the quality of the views depends on weather conditions. If the flight is canceled due to adverse weather conditions, then you can take a flight after the weather gets right. 



The Mt. Everest base camp helicopter tour is the best alternative to get the closest view of the highest peak in the world and experience such elevated altitude without sparing much effort.

Not everyone can afford to pull off 6-8 hours of walk in a day for about 13 days under extreme conditions. The constraints could be a time schedule or physical strength. With this tour package, any individual regardless of the physical conditions and time schedule can get a chance to experience the serenity and magnanimity of the white mountain ranges.

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Some viewpoints from where you can see the Himalayas and Mount Everest Near Kathmandu

Now coming back to Kathmandu, even though we don't get to see a clear and perfect view of  Mt. Everest, it certainly gives a distant view of the Himalayan Range. Those series of mountains faded on the horizon is also a sight to see. Here are a few viewpoints near Kathmandu from where you can enjoy such beautiful sights.


Chandragiri Hills

Chandragiri hills in Kathmandu offer an excellent panoramic view of the Everest range on a clear day. It is the best viewpoint to observe Everest range from Kathmandu(without going for a trek). We can see Mt. Manaslu, Mt Gaurishankar, Langtang range, and Ganesh Himal as well from here. Besides the view of the mountain range, it also offers a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley itself. 

Chandragiri is home to different species of wild animals and birds as well. Chandragiri trekking trail features 135 different herbs. Hence, for those who want to dive deep into nature, Chandragiri is the best destination.

The last destination of Chandragiri Trekking is the temple of Mahadeva situated at the top of Chandragiri Hill which is the sacred temple of Hindus. 

For you to enjoy the spectacular view of the mountain range better, there is also a view tower at the top of the Hill with a pair of Binoculars.


Highlights of Chandragiri Trekking:

  • Stunning view of the Everest Himalayan range.
  • Pair of Binoculars available for a closer view of the Himalayan Range. 
  • The joyous cable car ride over the green lush forests.
  • Fantastic view of Kathmandu valley
  • Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple
  • An amusement park for Kids


Activities in Chandragiri Hills:

The major activity around Chandragiri is Hiking. You can hike on the Matatirtha-Thankot hiking trail while exploring the wilderness of the forest. You can also go for a day trip to explore the Chitlang valley of Makawanpur district as well. Chitlang also serves as a great tourist destination. 


Getting to Chandragiri:

It is located southwest of the Kathmandu valley. It lies at an altitude of 2,540 m from sea level. It is 16 km away from the Kathmandu valley. It can be reached within half an hour on local transportation.

From Kathmandu, you can take a local bus to Thankot, Godamchaur which takes about one hour. From the Thankot base, the walking distance is about 20 minutes to the hill stations. From the hill station, you can reach Chandragiri Hills via Cable car.

Besides the local bus, you can also hire a private taxi or car via any car rental company. You can book a car for a half-day tour which takes approximately 3 hours. The cost ranges from US $ 20-25 which is quite reasonable for the comfort you’ll have throughout the ride.

You can also hire a motorbike if you are comfortable with two-wheelers. It is the best option to explore Chandragiri in my opinion. You can explore the places at your own pace while enjoying the ride. Plus it is not as expensive as hiring a car. You can rent a bike for around  USD 8-10 per day.

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Nagarkot is another great viewpoint to see Mt. Everest without taking an EBC trek. It is situated around 32 Km east of Kathmandu. It is one of the most scenic viewpoints around the Valley. It is widely famous for the incredible sunrise and sunset view along with the fantastic view of the whole Kathmandu valley.

At the elevation of 2195 m, you can get a spectacular view of the Himalayas including Mt Everest and other Himalayan ranges of eastern Nepal.

From Nagarkot, you can observe a total of eight Himalayan range which includes Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, and Mahalangur range(Everest range).

Besides all the fantastic mountain views, you’ll also get a mesmerizing view of the vibrant Kathmandu valley and Shivapuri National Park.

Nagarkot is just a ‘3 hours drive away from Kathmandu. It was once a retreat for the royal family before becoming popular as an international hill station.

There are several hiking routes that offer a great view of the Himalayas including Mt. Everest.

During the spring, autumn, and winter season, you are pretty much guaranteed to have good mountain views. However, during the monsoon, you might not get a clear view of the Himalayan range as they are obscured by clouds and fog. 


Highlights of Nagarkot

  • Phenomenal view of sunrise and sunset from the top of Nagarkot Hill.
  • Paranomic view of major peaks of the Eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Gaurishankar range.
  • Exploration of traditional Nagarkot village and learning about the old culture and traditions.
  • An excellent view of the Indravati river valley to the east.


Activities in Nagarkot

Hiking is the main activity, you can do around Nagarkot. It ranges from one hour to two days trekking. From Nagarkot hills, you can go for Chisapani hiking and Shivapuri National Park hiking as well.

Besides hiking, you can explore the Bhaktapur area which is one of the best heritage sites in Nepal reflecting the city's traditional culture, art, and architecture.


Getting to Nagarkot

Nagarkot is situated near the northeast of Kathmandu valley and connects via Araniko Highway. There are several ways to go to Nagarkot. You can take a local bus, hire a taxi/car or rent a motorbike. The best option to travel Nagarkot from Kathmandu is a direct tourist bus as it is the most comfortable way to travel at a reasonable cost.

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Ram Khadka

Ram Khadka

Hi there! I'm Ram Khadka, Founder of Sublime Trails Ltd. My main focus is to help travelers plan a perfect holiday in Nepal through trekking in sacred regions of Himalayas and tours in radiant cities with various historical and cultural sites. Besides, I am passionate about helping solo and guided travelers in Nepal find out about the best time, weather conditions and many more. Blogs I write are mainly about tips, facts, and suggestions about trekking in the Himalayas to help you make your trip a perfect one!