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Everest Helicopter Tour: A Spectacular Aerial Adventure in the Himalayas

7 Hours

An Everest Helicopter Tour is a thrilling and awe-inspiring adventure that offers a unique perspective of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, and the surrounding Himalayan landscapes. This exhilarating experience provides an efficient and scenic way to witness the grandeur of the Everest region, combining the convenience of a helicopter ride with the unparalleled beauty of the mountainous terrain.

One of the main attractions of the tour is the opportunity to get up close to Mount Everest. The helicopter may make stops at strategic points, allowing you to witness the towering majesty of Everest, as well as other prominent peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker looking for a thrilling aerial experience or a nature enthusiast eager to witness the world’s highest peaks, an Everest Helicopter Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime journey that promises unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas.

Overview

Everest helicopter tours are a popular and exhilarating way for tourists to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and get close to Mount Everest. These helicopter tours typically depart from Kathmandu and offer a unique perspective of the world’s highest peak and the stunning Himalayan landscapes.

Typically, the helicopter tours route will take you over the Khumbu Valley, offering breathtaking views of iconic peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse and of course Mount Everest. These tour includes a landing at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar, providing an opportunity for passengers to experience the high-altitude environment and take in the panoramic views.

Here are some key details about an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:

  • Duration: The tour typically lasts for a few hours, including the time spent in the helicopter and some ground time at the Everest Base Camp or a nearby viewpoint.
  • Scenic Flight: The helicopter ride itself offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and other peaks. You’ll get a unique perspective of these majestic mountains.
  • Landing at Base Camp: Depending on the weather conditions and the operator, the helicopter may either land at Everest Base Camp or at a nearby helipad such as Kala Patthar. The landing site may vary among tour operators.
  • Views and Photography: You’ll have the opportunity to capture stunning photos of the world’s highest peak and the surrounding landscapes. Be prepared for the thin mountain air and cold temperatures.
  • Everest Base Camp Visit: If you land at Everest Base Camp, you’ll have a brief opportunity to explore the area, interact with trekkers and climbers, and experience the unique atmosphere of this remote location.
  • Cost: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours can be relatively expensive, but they offer an efficient way to witness the grandeur of the Everest region for those with limited time or physical constraints.
  • Weather Dependency: The tours are highly weather-dependent, as the Everest region is known for its unpredictable and harsh weather conditions. Flights may be delayed or canceled due to bad weather, so it’s essential to have some flexibility in your schedule.
  • Safety: Ensure that you choose a reputable helicopter tour operator with experienced pilots and well-maintained helicopters to ensure your safety.
  • Permits: Be aware that you may need permits to enter the Everest region. Your tour operator can assist you in obtaining the necessary permits.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Itinerary for an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is essential for a smooth and enjoyable experience. The following is a sample itinerary for a one-day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu, Nepal:

5:30 - 6:30 AM: Hotel pick up and drop to the domestic terminal of International Airport, Kathmandu.
• Your Everest helicopter tour will start from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Early in the morning, our representative (Amazing Nepal Adventure) will pick you from the hotel and drive to the airport's domestic terminal.

6:30 - 7:00 AM: Preparation and processing to take your scheduled helicopter flight to EBC with a landing.
• Your guide will assist you with the check-in process and luggage. Make sure to carry your passport and tickets. After checking in, an airport officer will check your documents and ticket, and you will be ready to fly to Lukla.

7:00 - 8:00 AM: Fly to Lukla (2,845 meters)
• Once you complete your airport formalities, you will proceed to fly Lukla. As you begin to fly, you will be welcomed by the fantastic vistas of green hills, and passing through Dolakha village reaches Jiri village. Heli ride continues over the Lamjura-La Pass (3,550 m) covered in thick rhododendron forests.
• After 45 minutes, you will land at Lukla with magnificent views of the chains of the Himalayas. Lukla lies at 2,820 meters above sea level. Lukla is famous for Lukla airport, which has a small runway in the world.

8: 00 - 8:15 AM: Flight Refueling at Lukla Airport
• Once you land at Lukla, you will start witnessing the local Sherpa culture and lifestyle. At the airport, you will see many Sherpa guides and porters waiting for their clients. It will take around 15 minutes to refuel the flight.

8:15 - 8:30 AM: Fly to Kala Patthar (5,450 meters)
• After refueling at Lukla airport, you will fly to Kala Patthar. The inflight commentary will tell you exactly where you are, whether it's the legendary Everest Base Camp or the mighty Khumbu glacier. In the second half of the flight, you will get great views of the mountains such as Everest, Pumori, and Lhotse summit when flying over the Kala Patthar.

8:30 - 8:45 AM: Land and Explore around Kala Patthar (5,450 meters)
• This helicopter tour is more than just a flight where you can gawp at the breathtaking landscapes before you. The 3-4 hours Everest Helicopter tour lets you land in the Kalapatthar, where you will indulge in the view of the mighty, majestic peaks of the Khumbu region of Nepal. Fifteen minutes on the ground may not sound like a lot, but it's far enough to find out splendid views of the scenic mountain beauty.

8:45 - 9:00 AM: Fly to Syangboche (Everest View Hotel) (3,950 meters)
• Throughout this mountain flight, you will be accompanied by a guide who will tell you all you need to know about the sites you have a bird's eye view of as the vibrant colors of a sunrise in paradise merge into one. This short flight is bound to arouse your appetite for another helicopter tour.
• After enjoying the magical moments at Kala Patthar, you will fly to the world's highest situated hotel, Everest View Hotel, for a hearty breakfast. The flight offers marvelous views of Khumbu Glacier, Gorak Shep, monasteries, Chortens, and snow-clad peaks of the Everest region.

9:00 - 9:30 AM: Breakfast Time at Everest View Hotel
• Syangboche is well-known for Everest View hotel, famous for getting Mt. Everest’s view from every corner. It is an ideal place to get the mesmerizing scene of snow-capped peaks in luxury. You will have a hearty filling breakfast at Everest view hotel with splendid Everest view.

9:30 - 10:00 AM: Fly to Lukla and Refuel
• After having an excellent breakfast in the hotel, you will fly back to the Lukla with the astonishing views of the Himalayas. There is nothing more exciting than a clear bird's eye view of the Himalayas up close. Once again, the flight will land at Lukla for 15 minutes for refueling and fly back to Kathmandu.

10:00 - 11:00 AM: Fly back to Kathmandu
• Finally, before heading back to Kathmandu, you will see the full range of the Everest region landscapes' diversity as you look down on the Namche Bazaar, Lukla, and Phakding. After this exhilarating flight, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Please note that this is a basic one-day itinerary. The exact timing and activities can vary depending on your tour operator, weather conditions, and other factors. It's essential to be flexible with your schedule as weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and flights may be delayed or rescheduled. Additionally, if you plan to stay overnight in the Everest region, your itinerary will be different and may include additional days of trekking or exploring the area.

What is included in this tour package:

  • All ground private transportation
  • Chartered Helicopter
  • Passenger insurance
  • Airport tax
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses.

What is excluded in this tour package:

  • National park entry permit NPR. 5500 per person
  • Breakfast USD. 31 per person
  • Personal expenses - shopping, snacks, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, telephone call, battery recharge costs, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.

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Everest Helicopter Tour: A Spectacular Aerial Adventure in the Himalayas
From $ 1,400
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