Is it worth doing Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • Ram Khadka
  • Feb 5, 2023

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The craze for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is growing like wildfire. People these days want to fly over, between, and adjacent to the world's highest mountain, Everest, along with other prominent peaks in the region.

The aerial sightseeing experience on the world's most beautiful landscape of Khumbu by flying on sophisticated helicopters and experienced pilots is now on everyone's bucket list. But is it worth it to take one day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kala Patthar in 2023?

This well-documented article will take you through some essential elements for which Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour can be your best pick for one day.

One-day tour - Best for time-bound travellers

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If you can and have adequate time, there's nothing like being on the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route for 12 long days. With acclimatisation at the most beautiful mountain villages, hiking through sub-tropical to alpine landscapes, and enriched Sherpa Cultures, trekking offers an immediate prospect to nature and mountains.

But, for some, time limitations restrict them from hiking Everest Base Camp even if they want to.

If you're such a traveller, even having a single day off, you can enjoy the ultimate glimpses of Everest, the world's highest mountain, and other prominent figures of the Himalayas. The four-hour Everest Helicopter Tour offers you every prospect of the scenic Khumbu region, where trekkers hike through.

Ultimate bird’s eye viewing experience

One day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a landing at Kala Patthar is the ultimate sightseeing tour to the Himalayas. More precisely, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your whole family on a chartered flight.

The actual mountain view appears as the helicopter flies past Pheriche. Before Pheriche, you'll get glimpses of Khumbila, Kongde, Ama Dablam, and Tawoche. But after Pheriche, you'll see mesmerising glimpses of mountains and the Khumbu glacier.

Lobuche Peak, Pumori, Cho Oyu, and Chola Tsho Lake appear as a helicopter crosses Lobuche. The three mountains to the China ridge also appear tall in front of the plane. Mt. Changatse and Lobuche Glacier, giant ice blocks about 12 km long, leave you awe-strike.

Before landing at Kala Patthar, the helicopter flies over Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Icefall, and Everest Camp I if the weather and winds become favourable. The 360 panoramic mountains from Kala Patthar are worth taking pictures of and satisfying viewing. 

You'll live the best moment of your life standing at Kala Patthar for a 5-10 minute sightseeing window.

Avoid altitude sickness

Those who fear getting altitude sickness and those who are susceptible to mountain sickness over 4,000 metres can pick Everest Helicopter Tour as their ultimate day tour to Everest.

While flying on a helicopter, you'll escape altitude sickness, a common issue among trekkers who hike to the base camp. The aircraft stops at Kala Patthar for five minutes for sightseeing. It's short to minimise the risk of altitude sickness among the passengers. Even if you find breathing difficult, you'll get supplemental oxygen immediately.

Many trekkers can't hike up to the base camp due to altitude sickness. But there's no record where a passenger on Everest Helicopter Tour has returned with altitude sickness symptoms. You can also use the oxygen as the helicopter flies past Namche Bazar.

100% safe day tour

One thing is evident; there's no tour safer than Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Various elements make it a 100% safe tour of the Himalayas.

First, you'll be on the helicopter flown by highly experienced pilots with more than 4,000 hours of flying experience in the most treacherous climate of the Himalayas, including Everest. During Spring and Autumn, these pilots fly almost daily to Everest Base Camp by helicopter.

Second, the helicopters and fleets used for the tours are the latest new models. The most prevalent AirBus H125 Helicopters make regular flights to Everest. Besides AirBus, Bell 407GXP and Robinson R66 offer turbulent free flights alongside 100% safe flights.

Last but not least, the oxygen supplement on the helicopter keeps you safe at high altitudes, especially at the Kala Patthar landing. The pilot gives you the oxygen to breathe right away whenever you feel difficulty breathing.

Private or Group Sharing Helicopter flights: Tour of your choice

Private and Group Sharing are two Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour formats with Kala Patthar landing. Private flights are often called Chartered flights, where private groups, families, and close friends fly together.

A group-sharing flight fits best for an individual traveller who wishes to visit Everest Base Camp on Helicopter. With group sharing, you'll be on the flight with some other passengers who love to behold Everest just like you. And, of course, from the sky, for the aerial viewing experience. On top, the group sharing Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour cost decreased with the number of passengers on the flight.

Some families want private space, especially while travelling to Everest by helicopter. Being close to close ones at the world's highest base camp, surrounded by surreal mountains and terrain, is everyone's dream. A chartered Everest Helicopter Tour can also be a dreamy flight, mainly when you're getting engaged with your loved one at the Everest Base Camp.

Private Everest Helicopter Tour lets you own private space and customise it per your requirements. You can also take the seat of your choice in the helicopter for the best viewing experience.

Breakfast at World’s Highest Altitude Hotel

While returning from Kala Patthar, the helicopter stops at the world's highest-altitude hotel, Hotel Everest View, in Syangboche, at 3 880 metres. This hotel offers mouth-savoury meals and dishes and a great viewing experience.

The courtyard of this hotel sits at an ideal spot from where you can see Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Kantega, Tawoche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Khumbila, and more.

With the best view in the backdrop, this last phase of one day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour excites your day, creating a wholesome Everest tour experience.

Find this blog useful?

After reaching this far and finding the Everest Helicopter Tour helpful blog, you may have one thing in mind; I have to go to see Everest anytime soon. For this, we, Sublime Trails, would be much happier to be your travel partner to the Himalayas.

With our best-selling Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you can join the fixed departure trips in Spring 2023. We offer both private and group-sharing flights regularly. Also, our trips are affordable and involve no hidden costs.

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.