Everest Base Camp helicopter tour, a 1-day Everest heli tour with a landing at Kalapatthar, is a thrilling and scenic adventure to experience the beauty of the Everest region within an hour without undertaking a strenuous trek. It is the best and most luxurious way to explore the beauty of Mt. Everest and the Himalayan landscapes, including the beautiful Sherpa village and Nepal’s countryside landscapes, for those who have limited time and can’t walk for a week due to physical conditions and age factors. During the helicopter tour, you'll fly over the stunning landscapes, soaring mountains, deep valleys, and glacial lakes and get to see up-close views of some of the world's highest peaks, such as Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (8,201 m), Amadablam (6,812 m), and many other Himalayas, including Mount Everest (8,848.86 m), the world’s highest peak. It is also popular with different names, like Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing flight, Everest heli tour, Everest base camp heli tour, helicopter trip to Everest base camp, helicopter ride to Mount Everest, and Mount Everest helicopter tour among tourists. Whatever they look for, whatever they need, or wherever they look for information on the Mount Everest helicopter is the same as a 1-day Everest base camp heli tour.
The highlight of the Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing flight is the pristine bird-eye view of some of the highest peaks in the world and the local area, which includes excellent Sherpa settlements, ancient monasteries, temples, and some beautiful lakes. The focal point of the Everest helicopter tour is the Everest base camp. Everest Base Camp is the gateway to the Everest Summit. Summiting Everest once in a lifetime is the dream for every climber throughout the globe. So, many climbers, including thousands of trekkers, flock to EBC every year from all over the world. It has a long history of pride, glory, and tragedy. It is a convenient alternative for those travelers who have limited time or physical constraints but are interested in experiencing the grandeur of the Everest region without embarking on a multi-day trek.
Everest helicopter tour is a great way to experience Mt. Everest in a single day. The Kathmandu to Everest helicopter tour begins from Kathmandu Airport, flying towards the east to Lukla Airport for defueling, which is a beautiful Sherpa village and the famous airstrip in the lap of the Himalayas. Then, the helicopter flies over Everest Base Camp, the most popular trekking destination in the world, close to the high camp over the Khumbu galcier, and lands at Kalapathar for about 10–15 minutes.
The landing at Kalapathhar is for the grandest and most magnificent views of the world’s highest mountain and its adjescent Himalayas. Then fly to Syangboche to spend some time, about twenty minutes for breakfast, admiring the beautiful Himalayan vista. After this great experience, fly back to Lukla for fueling and return to Kathmandu, ending this amazing one-day tour of Mt. Everest on a helicopter. The entire day tour of Everest Base Camp in a helicopter provides a unique opportunity to not only reach the base camp of Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, but also get the best aerial views of Everest and the adjacent Himalayas in the Everest region of eastern Nepal.
There are two options for the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour, Private Tour, and Group Joining Tour. Although both options offer a unique and convenient way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and the iconic Mount Everest, except the price. A group-joining tour is less expensive than a private tour because of the sharing of prices among the group.
This is ideal for those travelers seeking more exclusive and personalized experiences who are not interested in sharing their trips with other travelers. Although it is quite expensive in comparison to a group-joining tour (fixed departure tour), with a private tour, you can customize the itinerary and have more flexibility in terms of timing and activities. It allows you to enjoy the trip with a group of your choice, such as family, friends, and colleagues. This is available throughout the year at your request.
It is suitable for individuals or smaller groups who are open to sharing the experience with like-minded travelers. It is a more affordable option compared to a private tour since the cost is divided among the group. However, it depends on the availability of the group on your preferred date for the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. Therefore, it needs to be checked for the availability of the group for a fixed departure. Usually, there is a regular helicopter flight to Everest from mid-September to December and from March to the end of May.
Important Note: Spending about 10–15 minutes at Kalapathhar will prevent you from getting altitude sickness. The helicopter will be on standby at Kalapathhar; therefore, it is technically impossible to spend more than the allocated time.
Lukla is a small Sherpa town located in the lap of the mountain and quite popular as a gateway to all the trekkers and summits in the Everest region, mostly Everest base camp trek. It has a domestic airport called Lukla Airport, built in 1964. It is one of the world's most dangerous airports, hanging on the lap of mountain cliffs and having a very short and sloppy airstrip or runway of about 520 m. It is also called Tenzing Hillary Airport. Because It was named after the names of the first two ascents of Mount Everest, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (Nepali citizen) and Sir Edmund Hillary (a US citizen). There are regular flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, especially in the morning. However, most of the flights are operated from Ramechhap in tourist peak seasons in Nepal due to heavy air traffic in TIA. It is the center of defueling and refueling for a helicopter ride to Everest.
Everest Base Camp is 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) above sea level in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. It is located in the northeastern part of Nepal, closer to the border with Tibet (China). Every year, thousands of tourists visit this place from all over the world. It offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including famous peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam, as well as exploration of the Himalayan Sherpa culture, monasteries, and unique flora and fauna along the trail. The most common way to reach Everest Base Camp is through a trek that starts in Lukla, a small town accessible by a short flight from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The trek is challenging and typically takes around 12–14 days, depending on the itinerary and the pace at which the trekker deals with weather and altitude problems. So, a helicopter tour is the best option to explore the beauty of the Himalayas within 3–4 hours.
Kalapatthar, which means black rock in the Nepali name, is situated at 5550 m above sea level and lies on the southern ridge of Mt. Pumori, just above Gorak Shep.
It is the perfect vantage point to have an ultimate up-close view of Mount Everest and other neighboring Himalayas like Mt. Pumori (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,855 m), Changtse, and Lhotse. It is also famous for hosting the first global ministerial summit on World Environment Day in 2015. The helicopter is landed over here for the ultimate view of the majestic Himalayas. The helicopter lands over here for about 10–15 minutes for the audio and video shoot for a lifelong memory.
A 10- to 15-minute landing of a helicopter in the switch-on condition at Kalapatthar is enough time due to the following reasons.
1. Our body can adapt to this altitude’s climate for a short time only because of the thin air (low oxygen level at this altitude). The longer the stay, the higher the risk of altitude sickness (AMS).
2. The helicopter is in switch-on mode because it needs certain air pressure to restart the engine, which is unavailable at this altitude.
The base camp is not allowed to land the helicopter because of topographic and environmental factors.
The terrain at Everest Base Camp is rugged and uneven, with a limited flat area suitable for landing a helicopter. The available space may not be sufficient for a safe landing and takeoff, posing risks of accidents or damage to the helicopter.
Everest Base Camp is located within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO-protected area of great ecological importance. Allowing helicopters to land frequently at EBC could have negative impacts on the fragile ecosystem, including noise pollution and disturbance to wildlife.
It is the highest-placed luxury hotel in the world, located at 13,000 ft above sea level. It was opened in 1971. It was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-placed hotel in the world in 2004. It offers a 360-degree view of the awe-inspiring peaks, including Mt. Everest. Taking a delicious breakfast with a cup of hot tea or coffee and enjoying the breathtaking view of the mountains and beautiful landscapes filled with evergreen fir trees, shrubs, and rhododendron forests makes for a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
The cost of an Everest Base Camp helicopter tour varies depending on whether you select a Private Tour or a Group-Joining Tour (fixed departure). A private group tour is more expensive than a fixed-departure tour because the group shares the cost of a group-joining tour as opposed to a private tour. For more information on our fixed departure tour and private group tour prices, please select the appropriate option and check out our cost details in the cost section.
The price of an Everest helicopter tour also depends on the number and weight of people aboard the aircraft. It is capable of carrying up to 500 kilograms from Kathmandu to Lukla and then Pheriche. And 250 kilograms from Pherich to Kalapatthar and back to Pheriche. In other words, a maximum of 5 people weighing no more than 500 kg in total can travel from Kathmandu to Lukla, then from Lukla to Pheriche, but only 2-3 people weighing no more than 250 kg can travel from Pheriche to Kalapatthar and back. The cost of a helicopter decreases with the number of passengers. For the best deal on the Everest helicopter tour, kindly get in touch with us via phone calls or social media platforms available in the contact details on our web page.
The Everest helicopter flight entails an ascent to a height of 5500 m. The weight capacity decreases with increasing altitude. Therefore, it depends on the passenger's weight when aboard. At about 4200 m in height, it can support 500 kg, and above this point, 250 kg. The number of passengers in a helicopter must be kept below this weight restriction. It can carry a lower number of passengers as altitude rises.
2-3 passengers with a combined weight of 250 kg flying from Kathmandu can fly directly to EBC without taking a shuttle. Additionally, a shuttle flight from Pheriche will be available if there are 5 passengers in order to keep the weight restriction based on elevation. It indicates that the helicopter will land at Pheriche to change the 250 kg weight restriction. After that, it will fly to the Everest base camp before returning to Pheriche to pick up new passengers by dropping off the old ones.
The maximum weight for an Everest helicopter ride and the number of passengers allowed, depending on elevation, are provided below for your best knowledge.
Maximum Number of People
Maximum Weight Limit
Up to 6000 m
The total duration of the helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp, starting from Kathmandu and going back to Kathmandu, is about 4 hours.
A helicopter tour of Everest Base Camp is offered all year. This is appropriate year-round because each season has its own charm. However, the aircraft will be at a high altitude, and the weather in the Himalayas is uncertain.
When taking a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp, the weather is quite important. Cloud cover, wind speed, and visibility are just a few variables that can affect how the weather affects flights. Your itinerary must be flexible in order to account for any potential weather-related modifications.
Of all the seasons, autumn and spring are the best. These times of year are ideal for viewing the Himalayan scenery since the sky is blue and the weather is almost always clear.
The Everest Base Camp Heli Tour runs from late September to early November, and it is one of the best times to go. The sky is typically clear during this season, with no clouds in the air, allowing for superb visibility of the mountains. Additionally, the daytime temperature is mild, making it a pleasant time for outdoor activities.
The period from March to May is another fantastic time to take a helicopter tour to Mount Everest. It's another best time of year for outdoor activities because the skies are typically clear and it's comfortable outside during the day.
In high altitudes, the temperature drops almost to freezing during the winter. Snow has completely blanketed the mountains of the Himalayas, as well as all of the vegetation. Everyone notices the wonderful white fog that blankets the valleys and gives them the appearance of a bed draped in a soft blanket.
In the summer season, the climate is warm, and the temperature is above freezing in the Himalayas. So you don't need to worry about the icy winds. The days are sunny, and the sky is clear. It provides a mind-boggling view of the majestic Himalayas and their surroundings.
Therefore, the optimum times for the Everest heli trip are in the autumn and spring, which are also the busiest travel seasons in Nepal. The months of June, July, and August are not advised for Mount Everest helicopter tours because they fall during the rainy season.
It's important to note that weather conditions is unpredictable in the Himalayas, so it's always best to check the weather forecast before planning your helicopter tour.
1. 05.30 AM - 06.30 AM : Pick up from the hotel at 05.30 am and drive to the airport for about 30 minutes.
Our company representative will pick you up from the hotel at 05.30 a.m. and transfer you to the TIA domestic terminal in Kathmandu, which normally takes about 30 minutes from your hotel if it is located closer to Kathmandu's surroundings.
2. 07.00 AM - 07.45 AM : Fly to Lukla at 07 a.m and land at Lukla airport around 7.45 a.m.
Once you arrive at the airport, you will proceed to security check-in, and then you will get the boarding pass. The airport officer will share guidelines and essential information with you, and then you will get in a helicopter. Around 7 a.m, the helicopter will fly to Lukla airport towards the east of the TIA domestic terminal and will land at 7.45 a.m. Lukla Airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world, hanging on the lap of a cliff at 2840 m above sea level and having very short runways or airstrips.
While flying to Lukla, you will witness the significant and diverse landscapes of eastern Nepal, from the cityscapes to the Himalayan landscapes, offering green hills, traditional villages, hilly terraced farmland, mountain rugged land, and stunning Himalayas from a bird's-eye perspective.
3. 07.45 AM–08.00 AM : Defueling at Lukla for about 15 minutes.
Once the helicopter lands at Lukla at 7.45 am, defueling is done, which takes about 15 minutes. Because the helicopter can't fly at high altitude with a heavy load. You will witness glimpses of local Sherpa culture and lifestyle. You will see many Sherpa guides and porters waiting for their guests.
4. 08.00 AM–08.15 AM : Fly to Kalapatthar at 8 a.m. and land at 08.00 a.m. via EBC.
After defueling at Lukla, the helicopter will fly to Kalapatthar at around 8 a.m., which takes about 15 minutes, passing over the EBC and Khumbu glaciers, providing a magnificent view of Everest, Pumori, and Lhotse Peak. The inflight commentary will describe the important things and the exact locations where you are.
5. 08.15 AM–08.30 AM : Exploration of Kalapatthar (5,550 m) for about 15 minutes.
The helicopter will land at around 8.15 a.m. at Kalapatthar for about 15 minutes with the engine switched on. Our body can’t adapt to the altitude climate for a long time, fluctuating from 1400 m to 5550 m within a short period of time. Get out of the helicopter and enjoy the magnificent views of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks. It is the best vantage point to have a grand view of Mt. Everest and its adjoining peaks. Take photos and videos that will create a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
6. 08.30 AM–09.15 AM : Fly to Syangboche at 8.30 a.m. and land at 8.45 a.m. for a memorable Himalayan breakfast at the Everest View Hotel for about 30 minutes.
After exploring Kalapatthar, fly to Syangboche at 8.30 a.m. and land at 8.45 a.m. The flight offers marvelous views of the Khumbu Glacier, Gorak Shep, monasteries, Chortens, and snow-covered peaks of the Everest region. Take a break for about 30 minutes for a hearty Himalayan breakfast at the Everest View Hotel. Everest View Hotel is famous for being the world’s highest hotel, located at 3800 meters above sea level. The view from here is so mesmerizing, blissful, and joyful that it washes away all the stress, tiredness, and anxiety and rejuvenates us. Enjoy the Himalayan breakfast with a cup of hot tea or coffee and breathtaking views.
7. 09.15 AM - 09.45 AM : Fly to Lukla at 9.15 a.m. and land at 9.30 a.m. for refueling.
After a memorable breakfast, fly to Lukla at 09.15 am, enjoying the stunning view of the majestic Himalayas, a beautiful Sherpa village, monasteries, amazing vegetation, glaciers, and rivers. The flight will land at 09.30 a.m. for refueling, which will take about 15 minutes.
8. 09.45 AM - 10.30 AM : Fly back to Kathmandu at 9.45 a.m. and land at TIA around 10.30 a.m.
After refueling at Lukla, fly back to Kathmandu at 09.45 am, enjoying the one last view of amazing landscapes for about 45 minutes. You will land at TIA around 10.30 a.m.
9. 10.30 AM–11 AM : Drive from the TIA Domestic Terminal to the hotel or lodging place at around 11 a.m.
Upon arrival at TIA in Kathmandu, our company representative will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or place of stay, waving goodbye.
A lifetime experience to have an up-close view of Mt. Everest (the roof of the world) and its surrounding mountains like Pumori (7,161 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Choyu (8,201 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), and Amadablam (6,812 m) within 3–4 hours from the capital city, Kathmandu.
Opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes of Nepal from a bird’s eye perspective, ranging from cityscapes to Himalayan landscapes, which offer aerial views of the capital city, green hills, forest, deep valleys, thundering rivers, scattered traditional villages, terrace farmland, rocky mountains, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains.
Offers to explore the world's most dangerous airport, Lukla Airport, the world’s highest altitude glacier, Khumbu glacier (4,900 m), and a relishing breakfast at the highest altitude hotel, Everest View Hotel (3940 m), with a 360-degree view of diverse landscapes.
The best, fastest, safest, most convenient, and most luxurious trip for all age groups and physical constraints without any risk.
The maximum number of passengers from Kathmandu to Lukla to Pheriche is 5, or the maximum weight restriction is 500 kg, and then Pheriche to EBC to Kalapatthar is 2-3, or the maximum weight restriction is 250 kg. It means the number of passengers decreases as the altitude rises.
If the total weight of the passengers exceeds 500 kg, a shuttle flight will be operated from Pheriche to EBC and back to Pheriche in order to maintain the 250 kg weight limit.