Everest helicopter tour

Helicopter round at everest
Trip Information
  • Duration1 Hours
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude5,550 m
  • ActivityHelicopter tour
  • Trip StartKathmandu
  • Trip EndKathmandu
Highlights
  • Enjoy the change in the landscape as you board the helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • Enter the Khumbu Valley, the gateway to Everest, and have a birds-eye view of the Sagarmatha National Park and the Sherpa settlement.
  • A view of the Khumbu icefall and the trekkers preparing for the climb during the climbing season
  • Landing at 45 minutes to one hour for breakfast at the Everest View Hotel or Sherpa Panorama Hotel according to the choice
  • Aerial view of the whole Himalayan Mahalangur range: witness the mountains like Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Kangtega, Khumbila, Nupla, Cho Yu, and Makalu.

Introduction: Everest Helicopter Tour 2024-2025

The Everest helicopter tour is a package that involves flying a mountain flight of the whole Everest region, where our main target is seeing Mount Everest. In this package, we don’t talk and make bluffs about landing the helicopter in Kalapatthar or Everest Base Camp. We only land our helicopter at Namche in Hotel Everest View for breakfast, and that’s it. No confusion for anyone about anything.

At holiday tours in Nepal, we target making things more flexible and less complex, and we focus on the Everest region circuit through the helicopter rather than the landing, which is complicated and often brings a lot of issues.

For years, we have been conducting an Everest helicopter tour with a breakfast option at Namche, and luckily, we have not had any issues that speak to our reputation and safety.

How does the Everest helicopter tour begin and end?

The Everest helicopter tour is a one-day tour of the Everest region in a helicopter. The helicopter tour begins in Kathmandu, where our representative will take you to the domestic airport in Kathmandu. After getting inside the airport, our representatives will help you get the boarding pass, and soon you will board the helicopter. After boarding the helicopter, clients fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, which takes about 51 minutes in total.

Once the helicopter lands in Lukla, it will stop there for refueling for some minutes, and soon after that, it will take off. So after takeoff, we fly towards our primary target, which is the Everest. On the way, we will see more than 50 peaks and mountains and cross and fly over major settlements of Everest like Namche, Phakding, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Tengboche.

Once the mountain flight is complete, travelers will be taken to the Everest View Hotel at Namche above the Syangboche airport, where the helicopter will land. Soon after landing, travelers will come out of the helicopter and go toward the Everest View Hotel, where they can enjoy breakfast with the awe-inspiring view of Everest (8,848.86 m/29,032 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/22,349 ft), Peak 38 (7,590 m/24,905 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Kangtega (6,782 m/22,251 ft), and other neighboring peaks.

After completing the breakfast, travelers will board the helicopter and fly back to Kathmandu via the same route as Lukla.

Is the Everest helicopter tour safe?

The Everest helicopter tour is safe, and the best thing is that it's not complicated as we have removed the landing. Even the civil aviation of Nepal has banned and created very complicated rules regarding the landing. The other thing is that the helicopter doesn’t land at Everest Base Camp as advertised; instead, it lands at Kalapatthar.

So, when we take the landing out and select the best helicopter agencies like Air Dynasty and Mountain Helicopter Services, we get the best of the services from them as they have experienced pilots, which helps to maintain better safety and helps our clients to know that they are assured in good hands and can enjoy the trip comfortably.

How long does the helicopter tour last, and how many people are there?

It takes at least 45–51 minutes for the helicopter to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. The fly-over of the mountains takes approximately 20 minutes. After the flyover is complete, there will be a landing at the Everest View Hotel for around an hour. And flying back to Kathmandu via Lukla will take around 51 minutes, so the whole trip is going to be around 3–4 hours in total, and considering the price, it's worth it.

There are a maximum of 5 passengers in a helicopter while taking a helicopter tour of Everest on a sharing basis. If there are only two passengers, then the landing can be conducted at Kalapatthar as well.

What is the truth about landing the helicopter on an Everest helicopter tour?

The truth about landing the helicopter at Kalapatthar during the helicopter tour is very complicated. If there are two passengers, then the landing can be considered. For that, the cost must be covered by sharing by either two passengers or the helicopter must be privately booked by two passengers.

If there are more than two passengers, the landing cannot be conducted; there must be either a single passenger or at least two passengers.

If there are five passengers, and two of them want to conduct the landing and Kalapatthar, then they have to pay extra for the landing, which can be arranged on request as well.

What are the documents and permits required for a helicopter tour of Everest?

There are some documents and permits required for the Everest helicopter tour; some of those are:

  • Passport with a valid visa
  • 500 rupees must be paid as airport tax.
  • Sagarmatha National Park permit must be obtained.
  • Khumbu rural municipality permit must be obtained.
  • All the documents and permits are arranged by Holiday Tours Nepal in Kathmandu, except for the airport tax, which must be paid by the traveler at the airport.

What are the options for landing the helicopter at Kalapatthar?

The option for landing the helicopter at Kalapatthar is simple: there must be only 2 passengers, and the whole cost must be shared by the 2 passengers, or the 2 passengers must book a private helicopter for landing at Kalapatthar.

If there are 5 passengers and the landing wants to be conducted, then those 2 people must pay extra for the landing, and the landing can then be conducted at Kalapatthar.

In all cases, whether sharing or private helicopter, the landing at Namche Everest View Hotel or Sherpa Panorama Hotel is included for all of the passengers, which is not charged extra and is included in the Everest helicopter tour package.

What is the best time for an Everest helicopter tour?

Everest helicopter tours can be conducted throughout the year. However, there are some times when the mountains come alive with the view of snow-capped peaks. The best time for conducting the helicopter tour is in the spring, from March to May. The other best time for conducting the trip is in the autumn, during September, October, and November.

  • Spring season: during the spring season of March to May, the skies are clear. Guess what? This is also the climbing season, due to which at the base camp just below the Khumbu glaciers, tents are all set up. Climbers are preparing for the climb of Everest, which is a very beautiful time of the year. The forest blooms, the mountains are vibrant, the skies are clear, and the wind is less.
  • Autumn season: September to November is the popular season for trekking, during which trekkers from all around the world can be seen in the Everest region. The weather during this season is generally clear, and the visibility is excellent during this period.

Can travelers get altitude sickness during the Everest helicopter tour?

A sudden rise in elevation can cause a headache in the front of the head, which is normal. However, gaining altitude sickness during a helicopter ride is very rare, as the ride lasts for 4-5 hours max., but we always have an oxygen cylinder inside the helicopter, which will make it easy in case things go sideways.

What can we carry and the safest precautions for the Everest helicopter tour?

Certain things must be avoided, like sharp objects and lighters, which cannot be carried. Be aware of the loose items, as they may fly and collide in the rotor. Keep an eye on things like sunglasses, jewelry, and hats, especially during boarding. These items fly due to the wind that the rotor causes while boarding and landing.

Remember to follow the orders of the pilot and keep your seat belts and headphones on that are provided during the helicopter tour.

What are things that should not be done during the Everest helicopter tour?

There are certain things that, in any circumstance, must not be done.

  • Don’t disturb the pilot, and don’t speak on the headphones, as the microphones are connected and can disturb the pilot.
  • Don’t play with or touch the buttons that are placed in the helicopters.
  • Don’t open the door without the pilot's permission.
  • Don’t smoke or drink inside the helicopter.
  • Don’t use the camera for filming outside the window.
  • Don’t exit the helicopter unless the pilot gives the order.
  • Don’t use cellular networks, and please don’t shoot a live video for posting on social media.
  • Don’t ask unnecessary questions of the pilot; let him concentrate on his work.

How do I dress for the Everest helicopter tour?

During the helicopter tour, it doesn’t feel that cold inside the helicopter, but once we land at Namche, that’s when the temperature hits and we feel cold. So, dressing appropriately by wearing warm layers like trousers with fur inside, sweaters, t-shirts, base layers, warm shoes, merino wool socks, caps, gloves, sunglasses, and a down jacket or puffy jacket is recommended and required.

Cost Details
What's Included
  • Service of guides on Heli Tour, daily wages, medical insurance, meals, and other allowances.
  • Comprehensive medical kits and a first aid kit (for precaution against accidents and sudden illnesses).
  • Oxygen Cylinder.
  • Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges.
  • Heli flight lunch with stop at Namche Everest View Hotel.(The amount of lunch will be paid by the client.) Holiday Tour Nepal’s T-shirt, cap, and city maps.
Availability
  • The trip departs every day of the year.
  • The trip and trek are fully customizable. We can customize the trip according to the needs and necessities of our clients.
  • The trip is available for solo travelers, group travelers, and private travelers.
  • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a group of 100+ members as well.
  • If the given dates are not appropriate for the trekkers, the trip can be conducted on the customary date provided by our clients.
  • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time, especially sometimes in the mountains where the accommodations are booked prior, so prior booking helps a lot.
  • Contact us at [email protected], or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or+977-9818178630.  We are available 24/7 on WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat for additional information.

Add-ons & Options

A private vehicle arrangement for clients from airport to hotel, hotel to airport, or the desired location is available at an additional cost of $40. 

Useful Information
  • The trip departs every day of the year.
  • The trip and trek are fully customizable. We can customize the trip according to the needs and necessities of our clients.
  • The trip is available for solo travelers, group travelers, and private travelers.
  • We organize the trip for a large group and can provide service for a lage group as well.
  • If the given dates are not appropriate for the trekkers, the trip can be conducted on the customary date provided by our clients.
  • Holiday tours Nepal advises all our clients to book at least 7 days prior so all the arrangements can be done in time, especially sometimes in the mountains where the accommodations are booked prior, so prior booking helps a lot.
  • Contact us at [email protected], or send us a text at +977-9816710843 or +977-9818178630. We are available 24/7 on WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat for additional information.

Everest helicopter tour FAQs

  • We follow the safety-first norm, so only three passengers are allowed to fly by helicopter from Everest Base Camp, for more passengers, we must fly multiple times to Pheriche or a nearby helipad at a lower altitude. From Gorakshep, we can fly three passengers simultaneously.

  • In case the wind is too strong, landing at the Everest Base Camp or Kalapatthar will be skipped, and as we descend down, we will be landing at the Everest View Hotel at Namche for around an hour, but if the weather conditions get worse, the only option is to fly over and get back to Kathmandu or Lukla.

  • The average cost of a Mount Everest base camp helicopter tour with a landing flight is USD 1,099 per person, plus USD 30 per person for Everest National Park and USD 32 per person for breakfast at the Everest View Hotel.

  • From Lukla to the Everest Base Camp, it is a total distance of at least 90 miles (144 kilometers) or 45 miles (73 kilometers) each way. At least 11 days of hiking with two days of acclimation Do not continuously trek. Once you reach Everest Base Camp, we can fly you to Lukla or Kathmandu via helicopter. If you have less time and are interested in a day trip to Base Camp, you can reserve a private or shared helicopter.
     

  • For 10 to 15 minutes, just to experience the altitude on the ground and take in the magnificent close-up views of Mount Everest and neighboring peaks.

  • Depending on the company's rules and policies, yes, but a small fee will be deducted for transportation to and from the hotel airport, and vice versa if the cancellation is weather-related.

  • Aside from the body weight, try to keep a limit on the weight to a minimum of 5 kilograms, as during high winds, less weight gives the best balance and comfortability to the pilot.

  • 4-5 people can fly by helicopter to the Everest Base Camp or Kalapatthar while going on a helicopter tour to Everest.

  • It's called the Circuit Helicopter Tour of Everest because the trip is a full loop of the Everest region, which provides travelers with a view of the whole Everest region in a 360-degree loop.

  • Due to safety precautions, Everest Base Camp lacks a suitable or secure landing area. Due to the movement of glaciers, a small helipad that existed over the past several decades is constantly altering. At any time, rockfalls, landslides, and avalanches can occur. The other reason for the Everest Base Camp is that other peaks obscure the view of Mount Everest.

  • The shuttle flight occurs due to the weight limit for flying at high altitudes; the lighter the helicopter, the higher it can fly. With 4-5 passengers, the helicopter must depart from a secure altitude, such as Pheriche, which is just a 10-minute ride to the destination and the highlight of the journey.

  • Yes, we have a wide range of options to reach the Everest Base Camp by helicopter, and it is possible to arrange the flight from Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep or any place where there is a helipad or a flat place for the helicopter to land.

  • Minimum age of 5 and maximum age of 75, contingent on fitness and medical history background. In addition to possessing medical insurance,

  • Yes, helicopters are permitted to land at Everest Base Camp. The Air Bus H125 model helicopter has the best performance, and we use this model to fly to Mount Everest and land effortlessly, carrying three passengers or two hundred and fifty kilograms to the Everest Base Camp. Please contact us in advance to make helicopter landing arrangements.

    Depending on the availability of level space for a helicopter to land, it may be able to do so, but it will not be safe or secure due to the presence of large boulders, pebbles, and glaciers. Where rock falls and avalanches can occur at any time, this could cause havoc for both the helicopter and the occupants.

    We have a temporary helipad for expedition teams from mid-April to the end of May, but it requires regular maintenance as it is constructed on a moving glacier. We can land here for the unforgettable experience of flying to Everest by helicopter.

    Trekkers and experienced mountaineers, in addition to the local Sherpa, suggested that the helicopter land at Kalapatthar. Due to its close distance from Everest Base Camp, it offers superb views of Mount Everest and the adjacent Himalayas. It is also one of the finest and most secure locations for landing and takeoff.

  • Depending on the pilot's decision and the wind current and air pressure, there will be on average 2–3 people (250 kg) as per the size and weight of each individual. The rest of the passengers must remain on the ground at Pheriche, savoring leisure time and refreshments until the next round of shuttles arrives in order to view Mt. Everest up close

  • Yes, it is possible to make a 10-minute stop at Kalapatthar, contingent on weather conditions and the pilot's decision. Occasionally windy with a cold wind bite, especially after 11 a.m. Continue forward.

    It is the only location near Everest Base Camp that offers a breathtaking panorama of towering peaks and close-up views of Mount Everest. The most secure landing location with breathtaking views Prioritizing safety, it is preferable to spend less time traveling to avoid getting ill.

  • The only time one can swap seats is during landing, but the middle seat also offers clear views due to the helicopter's large glass windows. We split passengers at a place called Pheriche at 4300 meters (13000 feet). Once we do a double shuttle and fly 2 or 3 people, all passengers are guaranteed window seats for the base camp portion of this Everest helicopter flight excursion. Pheriche to Everest Base Camp is the principal mountain flight, and the passengers will be placed in the window seats.

  • The Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is extremely safe when conducted by Holiday Tours Nepal. However, it is essential to remember that helicopter excursions in mountainous and high-altitude regions, such as Everest Base Camp, involve inherent risks, and safety should be the operator's and passengers' top priority.

  • Holiday Tours Nepal employs well-trained, experienced pilots who are familiar with the challenging aviation conditions in the region. We use regularly maintained and serviced helicopters to ensure that they are in outstanding condition.

    • Weather Conditions: The weather in the Everest region is often unpredictable and unpredictably changing. We prioritize safety over profit and cancel or reschedule flights if the weather is unfavorable.
    • Precautions for altitude: Flying at high altitudes presents unique difficulties, including decreased air pressure and oxygen levels. We provide safety protocols to mitigate altitude-related dangers.
    • Briefings and safety measures: Holiday Planner Nepal will provide passengers with safety briefings and ensure they observe all necessary safety measures during the tour. Verify that the tour operator provides adequate insurance coverage for both the helicopter and passengers in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
    • Reviews and reputation: Check online reviews and testimonials from previous customers to determine the operator's commitment to safety and reputation.

    As with any adventure activity, there are inherent risks associated with Everest base camp helicopter tours; therefore, it is essential to be well-informed and make responsible decisions prior to booking one. Always select a well-established and reputable company that places a premium on safety to increase the likelihood of a safe and enjoyable experience.

  • The flying hours and brief stopover are entirely dependent on the weather and the pilot's decision, as Himalayan weather in the late afternoon can be unpredictable and windy. We will do our best to ensure that you have as much time as possible to witness the Himalayas and have a good breakfast with the best view at the Everest View Hotel, as specified above, during our helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp, which will last between four and five hours.

    Holiday Tours Nepal selects the best helicopter for the service. We use the helicopter model 9N-AFQ (350 fx ii), one of the safest and most modern helicopters in Nepal.

  • Priority number one on the Everest Base Helicopter Tour is taking precautions to ensure a safe and pleasurable flight. Having the most skilled and experienced pilots in the mountainous region and at Everest Base Camp. In addition to having professional pilots, the helicopters are of the most recent model, the 9n-AFQ (AS 350 fx ii), and have been rigorously tested before beginning commercial flights.

    The load limit and capacity are thoroughly taken care of and supervised before taking off from respective Helipads. In the event of an emergency, the pilot will make every effort to reach secure areas. The helicopter carries six passengers, including the pilot.

    • Always use a seatbelt when flying.
    • Don’t wear anything light that might fly due to the speed of the rotor blades.
    • Never depart from your assigned seat during boarding or during landing without the instruction of the pilot.
    • Occasionally, the pilot will reposition the helicopter after landing on the helipad for a safe landing and takeoff.
    • During flight, do not hurl any objects from the helicopter.
    • Never smoke unless the captain gives you permission to do so.
    • Do not take the GoPro camera or anything out of the window of the helicopter.
    • Don't try to approach the stern of the helicopter for any reason or location, as we do not shut down the engines at higher altitudes.
       
  • Yes, we will be back in Kathmandu by noon, so flights after 4:00 p.m. are ideal. The Everest Base Camp Helicopter voyage ends at noon. You can readily board any domestic flight after 2-3 p.m., but it is recommended to give prior notice about the flights to Holiday Tours Nepal, and we will happily take your luggage and stuff to the airport, so everything happens on time.

  • The Airbus Eurocopter 350 B3 demonstration flight landed on the summit of Mount Everest. Commercial flights land at the Kalapatthar viewpoint of Everest Base Camp, not at the summit of Mount Everest, after obtaining special permission; it also depends on the weather and best-stopping areas, as it can be difficult to land when the weather is windy and overcast. However, we will do our best to fulfill your promises and hopes.

  • The helicopter only landed for 10 minutes at Everest Base Camp, or Kalapatthar, and 45 minutes and 1 hour at Namche Bazar. During the peak climbing season, depending on the weather pattern and level of activity at Everest Base Camp, Everest Base Camp will be filled with shelters for various groups. Staying longer increases the risk of altitude sickness.

  • We have time for about 10 to 20 minutes, which is more than enough time to take in the breathtaking views of the rugged mountains and glaciers. Due to the danger at high altitude, an extended period of time is not advised. At the Everest View Hotel, however, we stayed for an hour.

  • If you’re taking a private helicopter tour, there can be a guide with you for the helicopter tour, but if you’re taking a shared helicopter, the pilot will be the guide and brief you about the tour.

  • The view from the breakfast point is magnificent, which draws a lot of visitors and is often packed due to the view it is famous for.

  • Holiday Tours Nepal provides a liter of bottled water per person before your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour to ensure that our guests stay hydrated throughout the journey.

  • According to the company's policies and standards, the excursion cost is reasonable, and there are no hidden fees.

  • Holiday Tour Nepal books a trip on your behalf once the trip is booked, 10 percent payment is made, and a passport copy is sent. The helicopter tour to Everest is confirmed by Holiday Tours Nepal. The helicopter tour might get rescheduled in case of a weather delay, so it’s better to keep some extra days for comfort.

  • Yes, a solo traveler can attend a group helicopter tour of Everest Base Camp. Just let us know the date, and we will arrange it all for you once the date is confirmed.

  • Yes, we can ride a helicopter to the Everest Base Camp and the Everest Region and land at Kalapatthar and Namche Bazaar after the helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu.

  • The helicopter flies above 3,000 m to 6,000 m, but only in certain circumstances. Due to the increased air pressure above 4,000 meters, the pilot can travel with fewer passengers, making the helicopter lighter to fly above the limit and average heights.

  • It's 5–10 minutes walking distance and around 3-5 minutes by car.

  • We offer a shared flight option for those who desire to split the cost, as well as a reasonably priced private chartered flight. Contact Holiday Tour Nepal's team regarding this flight price and information.

  • Yes, we will take you up from Everest Base Camp, Gorakshep, Kalapatthar, Lobuche, or any other location such as the Gokyo Lake region and bring you back to Kathmandu via Lukla, if desired, or even to Kathmandu. but prior notice is required before flying and at the time of booking.

  • Yes, we can coordinate rescue, air ambulance service, or helicopter charters from the Everest Base Camp Region, but the rescue operation cost must be paid by the client or their insurance company.

  • Yes, a portable and lightweight oxygen cylinder is always available inside the helicopter in the event of an emergency.

  • Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight lands at Kalapatthar (5644 meters), the highest point of the base camp. We then fly over the Khumbu Ice Falls, the region's largest glacier. For commercial considerations, there is no helicopter service to Everest's summit. For rescue purposes, we can fly to Mount Everest's second or third camp but the weight must be kept to a minimum.

  • Yes, we offer helicopter charter service to Mount Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar Gokyo, and any other region of our client's choice. Our price for a private helicopter is very equitable and reasonable. Our experienced pilots and guides assure the lowest prices and the highest quality of service.

  • Simply contact Holiday Tours Nepal, and we will coordinate and arrange the helicopter based on the situation and its availability.

  • Yes, after completing any trip in the Everest Region, trekkers can select the option of flying back to Kathmandu or Lukla from their desired pickup location.

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