Everest Base Camp Tours by Flights

  • Ram Khadka
  • Feb 5, 2023

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Why Everest Base Camp Flights?

  • To reach Lukla, the gateway to Everest, in an hour instead of hiking for days after the drive.
  • Birds eye viewing of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and other regional mountains.
  • Tour Everest in a chartered helicopter with family members, including kids and older adults.
  • To get the once-in-a-lifetime Everest experience in the best possible way.

Kathmandu Lukla flight and the one-day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour are the two known Everest Base Camp Flights. The first, the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, takes you to where you'll start Everest Base Camp Trek or other Everest region trekking. The latter is a one-day awe-striking helicopter flight that takes you to Everest and Kala Patthar and offers the bird's eye view of most landscapes of the Everest region.

In this Everest Base Camp Flight blog, we'll guide you through these two topics in detail.

Kathmandu to Lukla Flight

The most affordable flight to Lukla on the Everest trek is a regular airline flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla airport. The 40 minutes scenic Kathmandu Lukla flight costs USD 200 at most for foreign nationals. And for Indian citizens, the cost averages around INR 10,000.

Three airline companies, Sita Air, Summit Air, and Yeti Air, operate Kathmandu Lukla flights during the Autumn and Spring. For the rest of the months, the weather of Lukla becomes unfavorable due to snowfall in Winter and rain and clouds in Summer.

As it's the most affordable way to reach Lukla, almost all Everest Base Camp Trekkers prefer this flight. Due to this, an individual trekker faces challenges in getting an airline ticket. And even if you get one, it'll be expensive for you.

Therefore, planning Everest Base Camp Trek with a local tour agency like Sublime Trails becomes a relief, especially while getting flight tickets. We guarantee your Kathmandu Lukla flight on the fixed departure.

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight

For many, Lukla airport is one of the deadliest and scariest airports in the world. The short runway and complex approach make the landing and takeoff at Lukla challenging. But there's nothing like an associated risk that you'll encounter an accident.

For those, who don't want to be on the flight and get scared for 40 minutes, Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight can be best. Unlike the Kathmandu Lukla flight, the helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla is expensive. The Kathmandu Lukla Helicopter flight cost can vary, and the approximate price ranges from around USD 500.

You can either fly on the chartered flight or join the group-sharing flight of your choice. The helicopter flight to Lukla offers the great prospect of the mountains of Langtang range and Everest range. Sightseeing by helicopter also becomes best, thanks to its expansive windows.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Everest Helicopter Tour is a 100% safe, secure, comfortable, and affordable one-day junket that offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

One-day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a landing at Kala Patthar is the ultimate private or chartered flight tour in the Himalayas. Now, you can fly on a helicopter near Everest and complete the sightseeing in just 4 hours, which trekkers complete in 12 long days.

The helicopter takes you from Kathmandu Airport to Lukla Airport on the first phase of the tour. From Lukla, the aircraft stops at Pheriche and carries only three passengers to Kala Patthar. After a five-minute stop for sightseeing at Kala Patthar, the plane flies back to Lukla airport or stops at Hotel Everest View for breakfast. The helicopter then flies to Kathmandu airport to mark the end of your Everest Helicopter Tour.

Everest Helicopter Tour flights are of two types, private and group sharing.

In private or chartered flights, you can have your personal space in the helicopter and fly with your loved ones, at most five. The private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is expensive and can go up to USD 5000.

The group joining flights is less expensive than a private flight to Everest. Here, you'll enter other passengers on the flight and accommodate the flight. The most you've to pay for this style is USD 1000. But, the fare lowers in peak Everest Helicopter Tour season in Autumn and Spring.

Kathmandu Lukla Flight now shifted

Unlike previous years, from October 1, 2022, the Kathmandu Lukla and Lukla Kathmandu Flights now take off from Ramechhap airport. There are only one or two direct flights from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Due to air traffic at Kathmandu airport, the flights to Lukla were affected to some extent. So, to make the flights in regular time without delay, Ramechhap airport has been the best.

Also, the flight time from Ramechhap airport to Lukla airport is just 15-20 minutes, reduced almost by half. And also, the cost of the flight is now reduced by 20-30%.

Ram Khadka

Ram Khadka

15 years of experience in Nepal Himalaya and worked as a trekking guide for 10 years. Managing Director at Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd.