Is it Safe to do Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • Saroj Dahal
  • Feb 5, 2023

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Safety on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour can be a significant concern for you as you'll be flying close to mountains. But, in reality, one day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a landing at Kala Patthar is one of the safest day tours in the Himalayas.

The elements like high altitude terrain, unpredictable weather, altitude sickness, and other associated risks can make you nervous about this tour. On top, you'll fly in a helicopter on the most remote terrain in the world. Getting some second thoughts before flying to Everest by helicopter is acceptable.

Thus, to appease your restless heart, we present some crucial topics here in this blog which elaborates on how safe Everest Helicopter Tour is and why it's best in 2023.

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Zero fatality recorded

Over two decades since Everest base camp Helicopter Tour introduced chartered and group-sharing flights, there hasn't been a single helicopter crash recorded. The statistics speak for themselves; it's a 100% safe one-day tour to the Himalayas, Everest.

Thanks to the high-altitude pilots with years of flying experience in the Everest region, they've been delivering the safest possible flights. The helicopter companies also house the latest helicopters to provide the safest flight services.

Let's elaborate on these two in detail below.

Industry Leading Pilots

The backbone of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour safety is the pilots flying the helicopters. And Nepali pilots flying helicopters in the Everest region are the flying beasts, technically gifted and seasoned.

Every pilot who flies the helicopters to Everest is a high-altitude trained pilot. They know every corner of the Everest region thanks to their continuous flying experience.

Every Everest Helicopter Tour pilot has more than 3500 flight times in their pocket and all on the world's most treacherous terrain. Every helicopter service provider in Nepal employs such pilots as they prioritise your utmost safety and turbulent free flight experience. Furthermore, some pilots even have more than 5000 hours of flying helicopters on high-altitude terrain.

You'll be in safe hands throughout the four-hour helicopter flight over the Everest region.

Latest Helicopters Models

The helicopters that fly to Everest Base Camp and land at Kala Patthar are mostly Airbus helicopters. Almost all helicopter companies have three to four Airbus AS350 B3e Helicopters, best suited for high altitude flying over 23000 feet.

The Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter landed at the top of the world eight years ago on Everest Summit, at 8,848 metres. The same model of the helicopter is more than 80% in number. Hence, you'll fly on the super-performing helicopters safely.

Besides Airbus, there are four Robinson R66 Helicopters, with expansive cabins and super-powered Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engines.

These helicopters go through regular maintenance by highly technical engineers and staff. Also, all these helicopters are brand new, probably five to six years old. These helicopters offer you 100% safety, comfortable flight, and a sublime sightseeing experience.

Supplemental oxygen

Supplemental oxygen works as the element for safety in Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. As the helicopter flies past Pheriche, you'll experience breathing issues. And as the plane lands at Kala Patthar, you may get altitude sickness due to the pressure difference between the cabin and low oxygen at Kala Patthar.

If you feel difficulty breathing, you'll get supplemental oxygen straight away. The helicopter houses bottled oxygen and masks to handle these situations.

Also, to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, you'll only have a five-minute sightseeing stop at Kala Patthar. You'll be more on a helicopter doing the sightseeing rather than stopping at places like Kala Patthar for a prolonged time.

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Flights in ideal weather conditions

The sightseeing experience on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kala Patthar becomes the best in ideal weather conditions. Hence, most flights to Everest by helicopter take place between March to May and September to early December.

These two ideal weather seasons in a year offer clear weather days with stable temperatures. And also, these months are rain-free days in Nepal. The 100% Everest Helicopter Tour departs from Kathmandu, reaches Kala Patthar, and returns.

Not only the sightseeing gets better, but flight safety also increases on a clear weather day. The utmost visibility with no clouds on the flight path ensures maximum safety. No rain, no clouds, no snowfall, no high-speed winds, and other factors in these months guarantee the security of the Everest Helicopter Tour.

Helicopter Flight Regulations

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour flight regulation states that a helicopter cannot carry more than 300 kg or three persons past Pheriche to Kala Patthar. The helicopter can't operate on its maximum liftoff weight as the air density becomes thinner at high altitudes.

Pheriche, at 4,371 metres altitude, is the second last stop for a helicopter from where a helicopter can only take three passengers at a time. The air density after 4,500 metres to 5,600 metres remains thin and becomes insufficient for a helicopter to make a significant liftoff.

Hence, to minimise flight crashes and to allow the flight to fly at average altitude, lowering the weight remains the only option. And this rule is strictly followed on Everest Helicopter Tour.

Final Thoughts

We're here at your service if you want to experience Everest on Helicopter. Our fixed departure Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours for Spring 2023 is now taking reservations. The 100% safety on Everest Helicopter Tour with the best rates on group joining trips awaits you.


Saroj Dahal

Saroj Dahal

Saroj Dahal is a part-time content writer at Sublime Trails Pvt Ltd. He helps adventurers and travel lovers by sharing his travel experience.