What are the landing Places During The Everest Helicopter Tour?

  • Saroj Dahal
  • Feb 6, 2023

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Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Landing Places article gives you insight into places where the helicopter stops for various purposes while flying to Everest.

The most adored one-day mountain sightseeing tour, One Day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kala Patthar, takes you from Kathmandu at 1,400 meters to Kala Patthar viewpoint at 5,644 meters. And between these two places, the helicopter lands at Lukla for twice, Pheriche once, Kala Patthar once, and Hotel Everest View once.

In detail, let's take a closer look at these Everest Helicopter Tour Landing Places.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Landing at Lukla

  • Kathmandu Lukla flight time: 40-50 minutes
  • Lukla altitude: 2,860 meters
  • Stopping time: 10-15 minutes
  • Purpose: Refueling

With a 40-50 minutes early morning flight from Kathmandu, the helicopter you're in, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, lands at Lukla airport. Lukla is the first stopping point for the helicopter for refueling and flight briefing purposes.

Lukla is a beautiful Sherpa village in Sagarmatha National Park. Viewing the multicolor-roofed Lukla settlement from the helicopter's expansive window gives you a taste of the Everest region. It's also the gateway to Mount Everest and the  Legendary Everest base camp trek.

The helicopter approach of landing at Lukla gives you the thrill of being at the world's most dangerous airport. The Lukla helipad is on the left of the flight runway, a short 1,729 feet asphalt runway. The helipad at Lukla airport was recently constructed with a tarmac surface.

As the helicopter stops in Lukla for 10-15 minutes, you'll get an excellent window to view and capture the Kathmandu Lukla flight landing and departure from the Lukla airport. Not only flights, but you can enjoy frequent helicopter landings and takeoffs as well. Significantly, the helicopter takeoffs from Lukla airport worth watching as Nepali pilots.

In the meantime, while waiting for the helicopter takeoff to Pheriche, you can take hot drinks in the helipad boarding cafeteria. As there'll be other people waiting for the pickup, you can chat with them.

Landing at Pheriche Helipad

  • Lukla to Pheriche flight time: 20-25 minutes
  • Pheriche Helipad altitude: 4,371 meters
  • Waiting time: 15-20 minutes
  • Purpose: Waiting for helicopter pickup as helicopter can’t carry more than 3 past Pheriche

Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing

After the helicopter takes off from Lukla airport, you'll fly over beautiful villages like Phakding, Monjo, Jorsale, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Pheriche. You'll fly above the cascading Dudh Koshi, lush vegetation, inspiring landscape, and Tengboche Monastery. You'll also start seeing mesmerizing mountains like Ama Dablam, Kongde, Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.

Pheriche helipad sits at 4,371 meters altitude, some hundred meters from the settlements. The helicopter stops here due to weight limitations and airline safety protocols.

As the air pressure depletes and altitude rises, the helicopter can't lift off with its maximum carrying capacity. And the aircraft needs to ascend nearly 1000 meters from Pheriche within a short time; it can't fly with more than 300 kg weight.

Hence, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour helicopter carries only three passengers or weighs no more than 300 kg past Pheriche.

If you're on a group sharing Everest Helicopter Tour, you may need to wait for your turn for helicopter pickup. The helicopter first carries three passengers to Kala Patthar's viewpoint and returns to the Pheriche helipad to drop and pick up the remaining passengers. Waiting for helicopter pickup at Pheriche won't be boring as you'll see the mesmerizing glimpses of Cholatse and Ama Dablam.

At 4,371 meters in Pheriche, you may find difficulty in breathing. Stopping directly at this altitude can cause altitude sickness within minutes. Hence, you'll get an oxygen mask while waiting for the helicopter pickup to prevent altitude sickness.

Landing at Kala Patthar

Kalapattar helicopter landing point

  • Pheriche to Kala Patthar flight time: 20 minutes
  • Kala Patthar altitude: 5,644 meters
  • Stopping time: 5-10 minutes
  • Purpose: Sightseeing of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and more mountains

Kala Patthar, at 5,644 meters altitude, is often termed one of the best viewpoints in the world. And why wouldn't it be? The viewpoint faces the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest.

After leaving Pheriche, the helicopter flies over Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and Everest Base Camp and lands at Kala Patthar. Kala Patthar landing is the ultimate attraction of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Landing Places.

After flying over Everest Base Camp and close to Camp I of Everest, the helicopter stops at Kala Patthar for 5-6 minutes. Within this time, you'll view Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ridge to China, and other mountains in the Everest region.

Looking at the base camp, Khumbu Icefall, and the encircling panorama around Kala Patthar makes your time the best.

At this altitude, you may get altitude sickness or difficulty breathing. To keep you safe, the pilot provides supplemental oxygen for you. With the help of oxygen, you can live till your lungs fill with oxygen while sightseeing around at Kala Patthar.

And after sightseeing, a helicopter flies to Hotel Everest View for breakfast.

Landing at Hotel Everest View

  • Kala Patthar to Hotel Everest View flight time: 30 minutes
  • Hotel Everest View altitude: 23,880 meters
  • Stopping time: 30 minutes
  • Purpose: Breakfast & Sightseeing

After 25 minutes of flying from Kala Patthar, a savory breakfast awaits you in Hotel Everest View.

The Hotel Everest View sits at 3,880 meters, a one-hour hike from Namche Bazaar and Khumjung. Before landing, the helicopter flies over the beautiful village of Khumjung.

And the most exciting part, the landing at the helipads near this hotel, gives you a thrill. The helipads are near the edge of the hilltop, with a great panoramic glimpse of Khumbila, Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and Kusum Kanguru.

The world's high-altitude seated hotel, Hotel Everest View, is a great place to say by Everest and other mountains on one day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The courtyard of this hotel gives you a glimpse of Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, and Ama Dablam. On top of the breakfast, here are the delights of this one-day helicopter tour.

After breakfast at the hotel, the helicopter takes wings to Lukla.

Landing at Lukla and flight to Kathmandu

  • Hotel Everest View to Lukla flight time: 8-10 minutes
  • Lukla altitude: 2,860 meters
  • Stopping time: 10-15 minutes
  • Purpose: Refueling

After flying from Hotel Everest View, Lukla airport is the last Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Landing Place. The helicopter stops here only for refueling and some flight briefing.

You'll fly 40-50 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu, which marks the end of your one-day Everest Helicopter Tour with a landing at Kala Patthar.

Any plans for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour or the Everest Base camp Trek in 2023?

Spring months, from March to May, are the best time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kala Patthar. The aerial glimpses of snowcapped Everest and the entire landscape, inspiring terrain, and once-in-a-lifetime experience of this tour make it the best of all one-day times. In Meantime, we are also operating Everest base camp trek 5 days to Namche including Everest helicopter tour

Our Chartered and Group Joining Everest Helicopter Tour for Spring 2023 is now open for reservations. With regular departure at the best rate, we're ready to take you to the world's most amazing landscape, soaring on a helicopter like a bird over Everest.

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.