Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Overview

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the best-loved helicopter tour in Nepal. And why wouldn't it be when the tour takes you to the base of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest. And it lands you there!  This has to be the ultimate aerial sightseeing tour in the Everest region, if not the country. A once-in-a-lifetime thrill of flying close to Everest and other high Himalayan peaks.

With this trip you reach the breathtaking Everest Base Camp (5,364m)  in comfort and ease. Normally people only reach base camp by doing the Everest Base Camp Trek, which entails trekking for more than 10 days.  Hiking on steep, demanding and tiring trails for an average of 5 to 6 hours a day. Which, although maybe exhilarating for some, for others it means they reach Everest too exhausted to really appreciate its beauty.

But not so with this Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour! In a matter of hours and with no walking involved, you reach one of the most glorious places on earth.

The journey starts with an early morning helicopter flight to Lukla. Here we enter the Everest Region and land at Lukla Airport for refueling. Quickly we are off again and soaring over the region’s landscapes of vegetation, villages, monasteries and mountains. Then we reach Mt Everest.

We fly above Everest Base Camp to land at Kala Patthar.  Kala Patthar is also known as the viewpoint for Everest. This ridge, whose name translates to black rock, overlooks the mountain and is the closest you can get to Everest without scaling the world’s highest mountain! It provides panoramic views of Everest and its sister mountains.  We land here for around 10 minutes - which seems short but the high altitude makes it impossible to stay longer - but it is long enough to take stunning photographs and obtain never-forgotten memories. Then it's off to one of the world’s highest hotels, aptly named Everest View Hotel. Here we enjoy a delicious breakfast with an even more delicious view! Thirty minutes later we head off back to Lukla and onwards to Kathmandu.

In a nutshell, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Package is one of the best adventure trips in Nepal.  We believe doing the tour with the expert team of SublimeTrails, the best Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour company you could ask for in Nepal, is something everyone longs to do.

How cool would it be to fly on a helicopter close to Everest Base Camp?

The captivating vista of Everest and other mountains is the major attraction of Everest helicopter tours. The alpine landscape looks spectacular when viewed from this bird's eye angle.

Standing in front of  Everest, known locally as Sagarmatha (Goddess of Sky), at Kala Patthar makes your adrenaline pump. What’s more you'll fly near not just to Everest, but  Lhotse and Nuptse - among others. And if that is not enough to excite folks back home, you can tell them of your breakfast at  Everest View Hotel, surrounded by mountains, and lush forests. That would surely make you the coolest person at your family and friends’ gatherings!

What makes the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour the best?

I used to ask my clients how they felt when they experienced the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Most of them described the tour in a single word, SUBLIME. Some also mention, "Mr Ram, I can't express how I felt being close to Everest on a helicopter  and landing at Kala Patthar.”  To you, the reader, I would say you will only find the answer to this question when you go yourself.  

You might be wondering what makes the Everest helicopter tour package stand above the rest of the tours in Nepal. Like Mt Everest itself, many things contribute to making this the peak of tour experiences. 

First of all, this is a luxurious way to explore the Himalayas. In utmost comfort you can enjoy the 360 panoramic view of Mount Everest and its neighbouring mountains. The helicopter's wide and large windows makes the Everest viewing experience unmatched.

Taking off from Kathmandu travellers feel their excitement and anticipation rising - a fusion of thrills, fear, excitement and joy. Yes, this is the ultimate sublime experience.

Let the pilot be your guide

Your  Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kala Patthar will be guided by the pilot himself. Through headphones the pilot will give you tips of where to look for the best possible experience. This also builds a rapport between pilot and passenger.  As the helicopter flies lower you get to experience every detail of the Khumbu (Everest) Region more clearly, safe in his experienced hands.

Safety is number one priority on our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

This four hour helicopter tour is the safest Everest region excursion. While trekkers have to consider altitude sickness on their many days trek, this is highly unlikely when flying by helicopter. Of course, nothing is 100% guaranteed and for anyone who may need some support, the helicopter carries an oxygen supply with it.

As a bonus, no need for you to carry trekking gear!  Just take your camera and a warm jacket. Make sure your camera is well charged because there is plenty to shoot, from the multi-coloured rhododendron forests, to the snow-capped peaks.

What exactly is involved on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

An early morning helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla will give you a taste of what is to come. Lukla is one of the highest airports in the world and the surrounding scenery is stunning. Here we have entered the Everest Region and soon we will be flying over Sagarmatha National Park. After refueling we head across the Khumbu Valley with its villages, monasteries and beautiful landscapes. The landscape then becomes rugged and we cross Everest Base Camp and head towards Kala Patthar.

Here at Kala Patthar we land to unimagined beauty. The sight of Mount Everest, sitting proud among the other peaks of Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and more, simply takes your breath away. The photographs you take and memories you store away will last a lifetime.

Those few precious minutes at Kala Patthar go quickly but once we land at the Everest View Hotel we again come face to face with the beauty of Everest and other peaks.  Here we spend 30 minutes over breakfast in the courtyard and again marvel at the glorious mountain panorama.

Then we board our helicopter for the flight back to Kathmandu via Lukla. What a journey! What a sublime experience!

Everest helicopter tour

Major Highlights of The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Package

  • Start the flight from the historic city of Kathmandu.
  • Fly across Nepal; a beautiful mountainous country.
  • Spot the diverse landscapes of Nepal.
  • Experience the easiest way to reach Everest Base Camp.
  • Land in the Everest Region, home of Sherpas and several eight-thousander mountains.
  • Fly over hamlets and terraced fields on a helicopter to Everest Base Camp.
  • Enjoy being in the foothills of Mt Everest.
  • Touch down on Kala Patthar, the best viewpoint for Mt Everest and the adjoining peaks.
  • Observe the majestic peaks of Mt Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Nuptse, and many more.
  • View pristine lakes, glaciers, lush forests, broad valleys, winding rivers and more in comfort and safety.
  • Witness the ancient monasteries of the region, such as Tengboche Monastery, from above.
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel, one of the highest hotels in the world, and which offers breathtaking mountain vistas.
  • Celebrate your achievement.

Why Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour? 

To gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Landing in the front yard of the world’s tallest peak is a unique experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Definitely not something you do every day! This unique experience will stay in your memory forever.

The quickest way to reach Everest Base Camp

Via helicopter is the quickest way to reach Everest Base Camp. Yes, there is no speedier option than this. If you are short of time, this is the perfect itinerary to choose. In a matter of hours you will saviour some of the highest peaks in the world, while saving two weeks and a lot of leg power.

Breathtaking vistas of the world’s highest mountains

When you take a helicopter to the mountains in Nepal, you get jaw-dropping peaks to watch. But in the Everest Region it is more awe-inspiring. We are talking about the region which houses four of the world’s eight-thousanders and many other spectacular peaks. On the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, you will witness the mountains from a different angle and perspective. Everything else seems small and insignificant. This tour is a must if you want to see the most breathtaking vistas in the world.

Explore the Everest Region in a luxurious way

If you love luxury, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing is for you! This is the most luxurious way to go. Without walking, you will reach Kala Patthar to view the high Himalayas. And breakfasting at one of the world’s highest hotels surrounded by mountains is definitely a luxury not many have had. All of these make the tour a lavish one.

Flexible groups 

Everest Helicopter Tour is a flexible tour option. You have the choice of a private tour should you wish. If you want to have a private helicopter tour, it is possible to take up to 4 other friends. If you go for a regular tour, you will join four other people. Because of the altitude, the helicopter can only take 5 passengers, along with the crew member.

Avoid strenuous trails and possible altitude sickness

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the best option to avoid the trekking routes which can often be tricky and challenging. In place of 2 weeks of trekking, one can directly fly into the mountains - saving days of walking and avoiding the chances of altitude sickness. It is, therefore, suitable for all age groups.

Escape the crowded Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Region is very popular, particularly the Everest Base Camp Trek. So the helicopter tour is an excellent way to avoid the crowds. Fly over the heads of the trekkers and mountaineers below to reach Kala Patthar, no need to put up with the crowded routes.

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Detailed Itinerary of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The Everest Helicopter Tour is 4 to 5 hours long. The best 4 to 5 hours you will ever spend!

Below you will find the full itinerary.

Phase 01: Meet up at the Domestic Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport

After a light breakfast (or carry a packed breakfast - handy for any delays), we will escort you from the hotel to the domestic terminal of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Our representative will brief you about the trip - the necessary guidelines and codes of conduct of the helicopter tour. You will also get to meet the captain of the helicopter. By the end of this phase, you will have all the information regarding the helicopter tour. Lets board and go!

(Note: The flight to Lukla typically starts early in the morning, between 6:30 am to 7 am. However, the timing of the flight may be altered or delayed as per the weather condition. The crew member will do a thorough check of the weather before flying. Please don’t be disappointed if there is any delay or cancellation due to the bad weather.  We will reschedule. Safety is the first priority.)

Phase 02: Flight to Lukla (2,860m) and Refueling| Landing Time: 15 minutes

Flying over Kathmandu and the foothills of the Himalayas there are many sights to enjoy on the way. We fly over picturesque settlements, lush hills and mountains. But most notable are the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, and Ama Dablam.

Our helicopter will reach Lukla in  30 to 40 minutes.  Lukla Airport is actually called the Hillary Tenzing Airport after those who first summited Everest,  and is the entrance to the Everest Region. The airport is the refueling station for our Everest Helicopter Tour. We will stop for around 15 minutes, giving you time to take in the atmosphere and location of the vicinity. And get a few more photographs.

Phase 03: Flight to Kala Patthar | Flight Time: 15minutes

The next stop is Kala Patthar, the ultimate landmark on this tour. Flying above 5,500m the views are steadily getting better and better!

We see not only mountain peaks but more villages and beautiful landscapes. We fly over the famous hamlets you may have heard of, such as  Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, etc. We are in the heart of Sagarmatha National Park and the lower altitude vegetation is as lush as the mountains are high.

Kala Patthar sits at 5,644.5m, where our helicopter makes a smooth landing. Kala Patthar is the major highlight of this Helicopter Ride to Mount Everest as it is the best viewpoint for observing Everest. Not even at Everest Base Camp itself are the views so spectacular.

Phase 04: Photo opportunity at Kala Patthar | Landing Time: 15 minutes

Now we understand Kala Patthar’s legendary fame. The panorama of mountains is unbeatable!  Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Pumori, Chumbu, Kangtega, Taboche, Lobuche, and of course Mt Everest are right there in front of us. This is what we have been waiting for!

With only 10 minutes to enjoy the heavenly view, it’s important to make the most of it. If the weather is perfect and the crew is confident of the conditions, you may be able to extend the time on the ground for a few minutes more. Let’s hope for that! The reasons for the short landing time are weather conditions and the fact that we are now standing at 5,500m. Without the acclimatization we would have gained walking slowly into the mountains for days on end, to stay here longer may pose the possibility of altitude sickness.

But this is definitely enough time to take in the panorama and snap some amazing photographs.

Phase 05: Flight to Syangboche and Breakfast at Hotel Everest View| Flight Time: 10 minutes, Landing Time: 30 minutes

After enjoying Kala Patthar, it is time to fly to Syangboche for breakfast - another Everest Helicopter Tour highlight!  How could we have imagined having breakfast with such stunning views? We fly to the aptly named Hotel Everest View - one of the highest hotels in the world.

After landing, we'll climb the stairs to the hotel for the most picturesque breakfast ever. The glorious mountains, including Mt Everest and Ama Dablam are spread out around us. As we sip our coffee, we can hardly believe our eyes. In total we spend 30 minutes here before heading back to Lukla.

Phase 06: Flight to Lukla for Refueling and back to Kathmandu| Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Again we fly to Lukla for refueling. Following the same picturesque route, we spend 15 minutes at Lukla.

Once the helicopter is good to go, we’ll join the craft for yet more spectacular air time. The helicopter will fly over the stunning landscapes and Himalayas again. In around 50 minutes, we fly through the airspace at Kathmandu to make a landing at Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal. Wow! Did we really make that wonderful trip?

Best Time for a Helicopter Ride to Mount Everest

Although joining a helicopter tour is an exciting thing to do, picking the right time to do it is important.

In the case of the Everest Helicopter Tour, autumn and spring are the best times. But below we will explain the four seasons in detail.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing in Autumn

Running from September till November, autumn is the unbeatable season to visit Everest Base Camp. Whether by walking or flying, the season is great for adventures in the mountains. Why the autumn? The temperature is mild and warm throughout these months: the daytime temperature is around 15-20 degrees celsius. However, the temperature is cold during the night and early morning hours.

Moreover, autumn sees sunny days with excellent visibility. There are crystal clear mountain views all day and less change of changeable weather. Cloud, fog, and bad weather are not what autumn is famous for. Instead, it is known for clear and unobstructed mountain views. In this way, we recommend this as the best time for a helicopter ride to Mount Everest.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing in Spring

If there is any season that comes close to Autumn for travelling in Nepal, it is spring. The season lasts through March, April, and May, and is popular among visitors from around the globe. In fact, after autumn it is the peak season for travelling to Nepal.

Spring is the time when the landscapes of Nepal are full of colourful flowers and the temperature is also quite warm. The average temperature of the Everest Region in spring is around 15°C during the day, with a lower temperature at night and in the early morning.

The chances of rainfall and bad weather are similarly low like autumn. That means we shouldn’t face any weather problems during our Everest Helicopter Tour in the spring. Instead, we’ll observe the undisturbed views of Mt Everest and other peaks.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing in Summer

Unlike spring and autumn, summer is not the right time for an Everest Helicopter Trip. This is the time for heavy rainfall in all parts of the country. Most of the regions receive heavy rainfall and remain wet throughout the season. Summer runs from June, July, to the end of August and these are the wettest months in Nepal.

Due to continuous rainfall, the trekking trails of Nepal are wet during the monsoon season. Although the trails are less crowded during this season, the weather can be quite tricky. Clouds obstruct views, and rainfall, snowfall, and high wind can also occur. As a result, helicopter tours cannot operate freely during the summer monsoon period.   There are more chances of delays than usual and chances are Mt Everest will remain under cloud cover.

But there are some fine days in summer too and on those we will run the helicopter tour. If you are keen to come at that time we will do our best to find the right day for you.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing in Winter

December, January, and February are the three winter months in Nepal. If you travel to Nepal during these months, you will experience cold weather. Winter is about freezing weather and snowfall around the higher parts of Nepal. The temperature in the lower parts of the Everest Region remains around 5 to 10 degrees celsius.

People often feel winter as the wrong time for travelling in Nepal. But if you can handle the cold weather and the possibility of cloud, December and January can be good for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

This is the time of the year when Mt Everest remains white with newly fallen snow, making the views from Kala Patthar outstanding. Plus you can celebrate Christmas, New Year, and even Valentine's Day in the foothills of the world's most renowned mountain. That would be quite a memory!

So, what is the best time for the Everest Helicopter Tour?

 As mentioned above, the Everest Helicopter Tour is doable throughout the year. All it takes is one good sunny, and clear day.

However, if you want fewer uncertainties regarding the weather, autumn and spring are the best times for the tour. The chances of delays and cancellations are quite low due to the favorable weather conditions. Everything is just perfect during these two seasons for a helicopter tour.

On the other hand, if you have time and don’t mind possible delays, winter and summer give you a very different flavour from autumn and summer and are also recommended. Why not come more than once?

Overall, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is doable throughout the year. Just one fine day is all we need for your once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Travel Tips and Safety Measures for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Before Flight

  • Pack all the essential belongings that you may require on tour.
  • Do not carry heavy luggage.
  • Listen carefully to your crew and do accordingly.
  • Enter the aircraft by crouching.
  • Grab onto your caps and other loose items.
  • Do not run to catch the blown items by air.
  • If dazed by dust, do crouch and stop assistance while getting off.
  • Carry your bags below the waist.

During the Flight

  • Be seated on your seat throughout the airtime.
  • Keep your body hydrated.
  • Wear warm and comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Follow the code of conduct thoroughly.
  • Do not smoke inside the craft.
  • Keep your seat belts tight.
  • Do not change the seats.
  • Ask your captain for permission to do things inside the helicopter.

Some Important Information to know about Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp

  • The flight might get delayed, altered, and changed as per the weather conditions.
  • The weather in the Everest Region frequently changes.
  • The helicopter does not land unless the situation is favorable.
  • The helicopter does not land for more than 10 minutes in high elevation places like Kala Patthar.
  • Captain keeps the engine of helicopters on throughout the landing period.
  • The helicopters have emergency oxygen backup.
  • The captain may allow you some extra minutes to enjoy views as per the situation.
  • The captain entertains when and where to land in the case of emergencies.

Helicopter tour to Everest base camp

Other Helicopter Tour Services in Everest Region

Have a day left in Kathmandu and want to go to see Everest? Or already trekked to Lukla, Namche, or Gokyo and want to go for a fantastic Everest helicopter flight? If so, Sublime Trails offer these flight services on your demand. The flexible helicopter flight to Everest base camp from any point to Kala Patthar is available for you. 

Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour

The safety and luxury of the Everest base camp helicopter tour package make it a traveller's favourite outing in 2022-2023.

The entire Everest helicopter tour with landing at Kala Patthar is a four-hour long day tour when you start from Kathmandu. We at Submile Trails offer you this tour service to make your Everest visit elevated.

Throughout the scenic flight, you'll witness the gradual change in landscape and vegetation. The lush forests near Lukla disappear as you reach Pheriche and Kala Patthar. You'll get an aerial view of all the peaks standing close to Everest.

The chopper from Kathmandu usually carries five passengers. You have to share the flight with others. This round trip also includes a luxury breakfast at Everest View Hotel.

Lukla to Everest base camp Helicopter tour

Felt tired in Lukla before reaching Everest? If so, Sublime Trails offers an Everest helicopter tour from Lukla with a landing at Kala Patthar to keep your Everest sightseeing dream alive.

Travellers initially take flights to Lukla and a helicopter fly-out to Everest base camp. In this way, they save the helicopter flight cost from Kathmandu. But before even reaching Lukla, they get tired. Soaring altitude & the rugged Everest trekking trail are difficult for many. People often get vertigo when trekking to Namche and Pheriche from Lukla.

Moreover, altitude sickness and fatigue are also likely to occur as you start to trek past Namche, even getting acclimatised. For such issues, one best way of getting glimpses of Everest is a helicopter tour.

Four hour Everest helicopter tour from Lukla to Kala Patthar satisfies your Everest sightseeing craving. The flight time from Lukla to Kala Patthar is 15 minutes. Throughout, you'll get a bird's eye view of Namche, Pheriche, Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and several prominent peaks of the Khumbu region.

A 15-minute sightseeing window at Kala Patthar becomes a life enduring memory. In retrospect, you'll enjoy the joy of this outing for years.

Namche to Everest base camp Helicopter tour

Are you planning an Everest Base Camp helicopter tour while acclimating at Namche Bazar? If so, we at Sublime Trails provide a fantastic Everest base camp helicopter tour and sightseeing at your request anytime.

Alluring mountains, suspension bridges, and the Dudh Koshi river throughout the trail to Namche Bazar are joyous. Also, you'll have some good days of trekking experience till you reach Namche. Fatigue and altitude sickness with a continuous walk past Namche could be the issue. So, in this situation, an Everest helicopter flight to Kala Patthar stands as the best choice for you.

The group-sharing Everest helicopter tour from Namche is affordable, and that is for 15 minutes. You'll observe a striking Tobuche peak standing tall opposite Namche Bazar.

Everest View Hotel to Everest base camp helicopter tour

Everest View Hotel sitting 3,880 metres, offers minor glimpses of Everest, Ama Dablam, and several peaks.

Don't you want the bird's eye glimpses of Everest after being this close? It will be a blunder if you please yourself only with the minor glimpses of mountains from the hotel's courtyard.

Travellers take routine flights from Kathmandu-Lukla & hike to Everest View Hotel. Most people fly back to Kathmandu after spending a day or two here. To make the Everest region tour best, one day Mount Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is ideal.

Several things make the Everest base camp flight from Everest View Hotel a sublime tour experience. You'll get a bird's-eye view of Ama Dablam, Everest, and Cho Oyu as you soar past Everest View Hotel. The cost of an Everest helicopter tour from the Everest View Hotel to Kala Patthar is less than from Kathmandu.

Gokyo to Everest base camp helicopter tour

Don't you want a scenic Everest base camp helicopter tour for sightseeing of the Khumbu region and Everest after coming this far to Gokyo? Flying to Everest Base Camp for sightseeing is icing on the cake of your Himalayas sightseeing trip.

At 4,750 metres, Gokyo, a jewel of Khumbu, is the perfect Everest region trekking locale. It's a wonder of Sagarmatha National Park that lures thousands of visitors every year.

Gokyo Ri at Gokyo Valley is a place for viewing Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and several prominent peaks. But, you won't get the desired view of these peaks as you imagine them. Thus, Kala Patthar is a prime location for the best view of these mountains.

Reaching Gokyo by trekking makes you tired. You can continue the walk to Kala Patthar from Gokyo, but it will be strenuous. To make a one day Everest base camp viewing tour easy, you can opt for helicopter service from Gokyo valley. For you, Sublime Trails provides the helicopter tour service from Gokyo to Everest base camp at affordable rates.

Cost of Everest base camp helicopter tour

Everest helicopter flight tour is the most affordable tour package. The flight cost depends on the number of passengers flying.

Everest base camp on a private helicopter flight is a luxury flight. It is for people who don't want to share the tour with strangers but with their loved ones. It is a bit more expensive than a shared flight, but the private space and comfort make it the best. For the best viewing experience, you can desire a seat either in the front or by the window.

Also, the peak season and off-season vary the price for Everest base camp helicopter flights. Due to many groups flying to Everest in peak season, you may get a lower flight cost. But, in the off-season and with fewer travellers, Everest helicopter flight cost increases. Further, your urgency also makes the flight expensive.

Everest Base Camp helicopter tour: Private and Group Sharing

Tourists often think Everest Base Camp in a helicopter is expensive. But, your flight preference determines the cost of the trip. On sharing, the maximum flight cost is $1050 and a minimum of $950. If you wish for a private Everest base camp helicopter flight, the fare lowers to $850.

Let’s dive into the cost of sharing and private Everest helicopter flights and how suitable these are for your Everest tour.

Let’s dive into what sharing and private flight mean and how suitable are these options for your Everest outing.

Everest Base Helicopter Tour Cost on a Group-Sharing Basis 2022/2023

Group sharing Everest Base Camp helicopter tour allows you to share the seat with four other passengers. The max pax on the shared flight is not more than five. Thus, the cost depends on the number of people on the flight.

Affordable to many, this flight fashion is the favourite among individual wanderers. You can enjoy the best of the Himalayas at the most reasonable price, and as a visitor, you wish for things like this.

Let's break down the pricing and have a clear picture of the cost according to the number of passengers on the flight when sharing.

No. Of PeoplePrice/Cost in USD/ Per person
 1-2 1050 (Book Tour)
 3-4 950  (Book Tour)
 5 or More 900  (Book Tour)

Everest Base Helicopter Tour Cost in a Private Basis 2022/2023

Why not make the helicopter tour to Everest a sublime event in the family outing? 

When it comes to travel, people love to be around family, and they want to be together. Being close to family is also a matter of comfort rather than sharing a seat with someone else. For this reason, on your vacation with family in Nepal, a private helicopter flight to Everest would be a perfect choice.

Due to regulations, the helicopter can accommodate not more than five pax at a time. Thus, the outing to Everest by helicopter is perfect for a family of five or fewer. The four-hour-long excursion takes you to the most rugged yet alluring landscape of the world.

Most Popular Q&A of EBC Helicopter Tour

Where is Mt Everest located?
Mt Everest(8,848.86m) lies in the Mahalangur Range of the Himalayas in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The mountain’s location is right on the border of Nepal and Tibet.

Where are Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar located?
Everest Base Camp, the south base camp, is in Nepal at an elevation of 5,364m in the Khumbu Region. The base camp is in the foothills of the mountains and by the glaciers and lateral moraines. 

Similarly, Kala Patthar(5,644.5m) is on the south ridge of Mt Pumori in the same Khumbu Region. The distance between Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp is only 4.1km.  Remember that you will land in Kala Patthar on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The Everest Base Camp’s topography is not suitable for a smooth landing.

Is Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour safe to do?
Yes, an Everest Base Camp visit via helicopter is a safe thing to do. However, despite all the best work, things can turn nasty. The team is committed to giving its clients a safe and successful tour experience.

As you might know, we run helicopter tours only after thorough inspections of the weather. Once the team says it is safe to fly, we will board in, otherwise not. The crew captains for all the helicopter tours are fantastic at flying around the hills of Nepal. So there is no need to worry. 

Similarly, we take good care of our clients. You will avoid possible mountain illnesses and other problems with an excellent escorting team. Thus, you can believe it is entirely safe to do the tour.   

How long is Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing in Kala Patthar?
Altogether, the tour is about 4 to 5 hours long. The duration includes all the flight and landing duration of the tour. So in between those hours, you will do many things before summing up the tour.

Do we make a landing at Everest Base Camp on this tour?
As said earlier, the topography of Everest Base Camp is a little strenuous to land a helicopter. Thus, there will be no landing in the base camp area. Instead, we’ll land at Kala Patthar, a place higher than Everest Base Camp that offers breathtaking views of Everest.

What is the maximum height we reach during the Everest Helicopter Tour?
The highest point we will be touching on on the tour is Kala Patthar(5,545m). We will spend around 10 minutes in the place.

What is the best time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing?
The tour is possible throughout the year. However, if you do not want any delays and hassle, Autumn and Spring are the two rightful times for the tour.
What are the alternatives to helicopter tours to Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the alternatives to helicopter tours to Everest Base Camp Trek. It is a 14 days trek to base camp through the Khumbu Region. Another alternative can be a Everest Base Camp Heli Trek, where you will trek to Everest Base Camp and return on a helicopter. It is a mixup of both trek and helicopter adventure.

How much is Lukla to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Price? 
If you do it on a group sharing basis, it will cost $400 to 500 based on the. of people in your group. But if you do it privately with your group of five pax, the Lukla to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Price is around US$ 2000 in total, US$400 per pax.

 Who can do the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
There is no age limit when it is to joining a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp. Nevertheless, the passengers need to have a condition to cope with the high elevation and adventure of the tour.

What is the time length of the Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter tour?
The helicopter takes around 45 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu.

What is the flight duration from Lukla to Everest Base Camp?
In around 15 minutes, the helicopter can reach Kala Patthar(Everest Base Camp) from Lukla.

Are there oxygen backups during the helicopter flight?
Yes, our helicopters have enough oxygen backups for emergencies and unprecedented situations.

Will I get a meal to eat during Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
Yes, you will have dining at Everest View Hotel, one of the highest placed hotels in the world.   
The hotel offers a wide range of meals and drinks. However, you have to pay the cost; the meal’s cost is not included in Everest Helicopter Tour Cost.

Can we stay for more than 10 minutes in Kala Patthar?
Yes, but not more than 2 minutes. It is too risky to stay more than 10 minutes in Kala Patthar. The place is prone to constant weather change, which is also relatively high. A non-acclimated body staying at such a high elevation is dangerous. So it can provoke bad situations at any time.

Are the pilots of helicopter tours experienced?
Yes, they are. We only employ highly skilled and experienced people for our helicopter tours. The pilots are well aware of the topography of Nepal and the conditions up there. Proudly, the 100% successful work delivery of our skilled pilots has made us the best helicopter tour agency in Nepal for safe helicopter tours.

How long will you stay for breakfast at Everest View Hotel?
You will get 30 minutes to dine at the hotel. However, you can request some extra minutes from your pilot.

What are the stops of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?
“Kathmandu-Lukla-Kala Patthar-Syanboche Village- Everest View Hotel- Lukla- Kathmandu” is the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour route where the helicopter will land at these stops.
  
What if I want to cancel the flight? 
If the cause of the cancellation is genuine, we understand that and can easily cancel your tour. But you should inform us before 24 hours of the tour. And the cancellation will be made as per our booking terms and conditions. We hope you read that before reading this.

Do I need a permit for the tour?
Yes, Sagarmatha National Park Permit is a must for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The permit will cost you USD 300.

What are the chances of flight delays?
The chances of flight delay are probable when travelling to the mountains. We try to schedule tours at favourable times to avoid possible delays. But the weather is unmanageable. We have to manage the uncertainties by finding the next suitable time.

What happens if I get altitude sickness?
The chances of mountain sickness are pretty low during this tour. You will merely stay in the high elevation of Kala Patthar for 10 minutes. A fresh and hydrated body cannot succumb to mountain sickness in that much time. Even if you get it, we will provide essential treatment. We will fly back to Kathmandu for complete treatment if it is severe. 

Itinerary

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You will head out to Kathmandu's domestic air terminal to catch the helicopter early in the morning. The helicopter departs from the airport at 6:00 AM to Lukla airport. Our choppers will offer you cozy seats and large glass windows to sit back and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the mountains. You will behold the wonderful sights of mountain ranges like Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang and Jugal Himal ranges through the windows.

The more you get nearer to Lukla you will catch glimpses of the Sherpa Villages and the aura of their Buddhist tradition. All these rich and vibrant sights will make your heart content up with joy.

The chopper stops at  Lukla (2,820 m) 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. This gorge is carved out by two towering peaks of the Everest region i.e. Kwangde and Kusum Kanguru with Thamserku peaks.

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). Kala Patthar is a wonderful destination near Gorak Shep to view the mountains of the Everest region.

Stopping at Kala Patthar for 5-10 minutes, you will observe the majestic view of Mount Everest  (8848 m) at its closest. Apart from that, you will enjoy the view of icefalls, glaciers, and other adjacent peaks.

After stopping at Kala Patthar, you will fly towards Everest Base Camp.  You will get good views of the Khumbu Icefall and glaciers from the helicopter over the Everest Base Camp.

After this remarkable trip in the helicopter over the Everest Base Camp, you will go to Pheriche. The chopper will drop the people who made the tour and take the rest of the people for a trip to Kala Patthar 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, we will get back to Kathmandu with a heart full of memories of the heavenly place.

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Trip Map

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What's Included

  • Pickups from the airport and Hotel.
  • Ticket of the helicopter to Everest.
  • Salary, insurance, and meal to the tour crew.
  • Supplemental oxygen and medical help.
  • Visa fees, international flight ticket
  • Any form of meal other than breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel
  • Entry fee (permit) for Sagarmatha National Park
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reasons.
  • Travel gears
  • Personal expenses like phone, internet fees, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Tips to the pilot.

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FAQs

The highest point the helicopter will take you is Kala Patthar, which has an altitude of 5545 meters. Other stops during your tour will be Everest Base Camp (5380 meters) and Hotel Everest View (3880 meters).

Our flights have a provision of oxygen supply. The supply will be activated as soon as the helicopter hits the mark of 3000 meters.

The pilots that operate the helicopter during your helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp are extremely well-trained. They are some of the best in Southeast Asia who has established a reputation after years of flying over the Himalayas.

The costs of the entrance to National Parks fees are excluded from the cost. The expenses of the clothing you buy for this trip is also not included in the package. The costs of tipping are also excluded from the package.

Yes, it is certainly possible. Sublime Trails has a lot of options for the Mount Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. You can confirm the flights after contacting us. We can also help you to come back to Kathmandu after the completion of your Everest Base Camp Trek. Such a tour is called Short Everest Base Camp Trek or Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.  

The weather in the mountainous region of any part of the world is unpredictable. The same is true of the weather of the Everest region. However, we get updates about the weather from the meteorological departments. We also call our local people of the Everest region and get live updates. In the monsoon season, the weather might affect the flight. However, early mornings are always crisp and clear in the mountains.

 

If you decide to go to Everest Base Camp during peak seasons for trekking and mountaineering, the areas will be full of various camps. Despite the areas being full of travelers and camps, you will have plenty of landing time. You will spend around 10 minutes in Kala Patthar. You can also spend some time encircling the Everest Base Camp in a helicopter. In this time, you can also take some mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks, Khumbu Ice Falls and glaciers.

 

We have various models of helicopters for your tour to Everest Base Camp. The models of the helicopter we have are AS250 H125, AS350b3e, AS350 FX II,  BELL-Jet Ranger 206B III-9N-ALL.

Customer Reviews

  • Everest Helicopter tour dream turned reality

    - Anup, India

    Everest on helicopter was my dream tour. This year, I made helicopter tour to Everest and enjoyed every scenery it offered. I was with my friend and we opted group sharing helicopter flight.

    Sublime Trails was a recommend agency by another friend. The tour was affordable and also Me. Ram gave us some discounts. Pilot was awesome throughout the flight. The mountains were awe striking. Everest was at its very best. Enjoyed this trip wholly.

  • Came for two days trip to Nepal, went to Everest on helicopter for a day and completed my business meetings next day.

    - Thomas Mine, United States

    The Everest helicopter tour was a completely unplanned trip for me. I was in Nepal for my business meetings. But, one of my colleagues suggested that I go for a helicopter tour. He said he knew a tour agency that sells helicopter tour packages at affordable rates. It was Sublime Trails. Finally, all our friends joined the trip and we went to Everest.

    Mr. Ram came to our hotel when we asked him to feed us information on this trip. He explained everything in a good manner. We paid him the money in advance and confirmed the booking. The next morning's flight was awesome. We all friends enjoyed this trip the most. Also, our photos are too good infront of Everest. It was awesome. Thanks Mr. Ram for making our trip within a short time. Thank you pilot for excellent piloting work.

  • Limited with time but helicopter flight took me to Everest on one day. Wow!!

    - Rafael, United Kingdom

    It was my dream to see Everest, but I wasn't sure about doing the trekking or taking a helicopter flight. With research, I found Everest Helicopter Tour as the best fit for me. Since I had little time for vacation, one day helicopter tour was ideal for me. I booked this trip with Sublime Trails. I emailed to their tour manager and I got reply within an hour from Mr. Ram. I was amazed with such fast response.
    I flew to Nepal. Went to Everest on helicopter, returned back safely. The best moment for my life. I enjoyed every bit of aerial sightseeing. Truely, it was mesmerizing experience. Sublime Trails deserves all the credit and a good review about their service. Looking forward for other trips, hopefully.

  • From Haryana to EBC on helicopter ,fantastic moment of life

    - Niraj C, India

    I am elated to share my Everest helicopter tour experience with Sublime Trails. Their professional style of operating tour is admirable. Mr. Ram was very responsive with our emails.His team members were fantastic. Although the tour was in early June, the visibility was much better. There was no rain. Everest experience on helicopter was fantastic.I enjoyed every bit of flight. Pilot was fantastic. Tour went well as expected. I love mountains. I love Nepal. Cheers!!

  • No words, just amazing Everest helicopter experience

    - Guss G, Sweden

    I am pleased to write my experience with Sublime Trails during one day Everest Helicopter Tour. I felt like it was the precious time in my life. The mountains called and I went to it. I feel it this way.

    Early morning flight was doubtable but later the weather turned super crisp. May be I was destined to reach the base camp and Kala Patthar on helicopter. What a day! What a flight! Oh! I wish I could see mountain once in a week. Everest has to be the most frequenct. Haha!

    I'll come back Nepal next year and go for trek with Sublime Trails. They are one of the best company in Nepal. I just admire their service.