Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight Landing Tour

Everest Helicopter Flight Introduction

Flying over the Himalayas and enjoying the views of world’s highest mountain like a bird is possible by helicopter flight. A scenic mountain flight by a helicopter on charter basis gives the immense opportunity to explore the world’s mighty Himalayas, landscapes and glaciers. Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing at Kalapathar hill is the world’s best helicopter riding tour.

The helicopter flight starts from Kathmandu, domestic sector of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and lands at the Kalapathar hill after the fuel surcharge in Lukla. Flying towards the eastern part of Kathmandu, helicopter flies over the village, agricultural farm lands, jungles, rivers and hills. It takes about 45 minutes for helicopter to reach the Lukla airport heli pad. After refilling the fuel, helicopter flies to Syangboche top at 3800m from sea level. The pilot balance the weight about 250 kgs of people inside the chopper and flies to Kalpathar which takes about 15 minutes from Syangboche. The helicopter follows the Himalayas upto the Everest Base Camp. During this time, you will enjoy the vistas of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Amadablam, Pumori and other several mountain peaks.

After landing the helicopter at 5400 meter at Kalapathar, you will have 5 to 7 minutes for photographs and sightseeing. You will enjoy the closeup views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori mountains. After the photo sessions, you will return by helicopter to Syangboche where you will have breakfast and tea-coffee break.

Hotel Everest View is the world’s highest 5 star hotel at the elevation of 3800 meter and offers the panoramic views of Himalayas. The helicopter flies back to Kathmandu and ends the Everest heli tour.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost

The trip cost for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour varies of the tour type. Private charter flights offers the cost as the total flight cost for your entire group. All your flight is private ad the helicopter flies for you. The maximum number of persons per flight is 5 pax in a single helicopter.

Another way to joining the Everest BC heli trip is on the group joining basis. We have fixed departure flight date for the Everest Base Camp. If you are single or couple and want to share the total cost of the helicopter by joining other, you can fly with other interested people on same flight. The group size is maximum 5 persons per flight and cost is on the sharing basis of total charter cost per head. Normally helicopter flights in Nepal charges US$ 1500 per hour. It takes about 3 hours for Everest Base Camp Heli Tour, so the charter cost per flight is US$ 4500 for max 5 persons. If you are lucky and the group joining flight has 5 members, then your per person helicopter tour cost is just US$ 900. Otherwise the cost might be bit expensive.

Everest Helicopter Tour Cost

Everest Charter Flight (Private Tour) US$ 4100 (Max 5 persons)
Group Joining Cost US$ 1200 per person

Best Time for Everest Heli Tour

Helicopter flights needs clear visibility. Also you want to enjoy the vistas of mountain by helicopter, so clear sky is the most important for helicopter tour. In Nepal monsoon season it rains heavily and in winter the snow falls in the mountain. However the flight can be possible by checking the weather conditions. The best time for the helicopter tours to Everest is spring and autumn season. Spring season falls in March, April and May and autumn season falls in September, October, and November.

Helicopter tour is possible during the year around but for the clear views and visibility, March – May, September – Early December is the best time. In the month of December, January, and February are the possible flight time.

In the best months, the helicopter flight early in the morning around 6 am from Kathmandu to Everest is consider as best time for sunrise views over the Himalayas. The helicopter flight is possible within the day light. It completes before the sun sets.

EBC Helicopter Tour Itinerary

The helicopter flights starts early in the morning. We take you to airport by car for helicopter ride. After the administrative process, we fly to Everest and the schedule is normally as follows:

6:00 am  – Kathmandu airport for helicopter ride

6:45 am – Lands at Lukla airport heli pad

7:15 am –  Landing at Kalapathar

7:20 am – Fly back to Syanboche

7:40 am – Breakfast at Everest view hotel

8:15 am – Fly back to Kathmandu

9:00 am – Kathmandu airport landing

The tour itinerary can be change or schedule as per your requirement.

Personal Checklist (Equipment) for Heli Tour

The following things are suggest for the helicopter tour to Mount Everest.

  • Waterproof down jacket (windproof) and trousers (be ready for freezing point)
  • Cap or sun hat
  • Scarf for cover your face from sun and dust
  • Sunglasses Goggles essential to get a pair which cuts out 100% UV rays
  • Sun Screen cream of above 20 ph
  • High protection factor [20 or higher] or high altitude glacier cream due to thin air the U/V is stronger in the sun.
  • LIP SLAVE/ LABISAN: Protection for the lips with a sunscreen
  • Water bottle with water
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera and gears such as batteries memory card, charger etc
  • Shoes with warm socks

Helicopter Flight Group Joining Dates

For the group joining helicopter flights, check the fixed departure dates schedule for the flight and the available seats. A flight can take upto 6 persons from Kathmandu. Normally 5 persons are comfortable in the helicopter. So check the flight schedule dates with local helicopter tour operators. If the time is similar with other travelers, then you can join in the date.

Also you have plan for the helicopter tour earlier than a month, you can offer for the other people to join in your date. Group joining helicopter flight is best for sharing your total charter cost. If you are in group then charter flight for your own group is the best.

Everest BC Heli Tour Booking

To make your tour guarantee departure, you must book your heli tour earlier with agency. Helicopters in the busy tourist season are difficult to arrange for your flight. So plan before a week and make your helicopter tour booking confirm for your date and time. It is compulsory to confirm your fight schedule for your heli tour.

Helicopter Fleet model

Two type of helicopter is use for the Everest helicopter tour. All these helicopters are run by private companies. The AS350b3e/ series of helicopters and MI seventeen helicopter. AS350b3e series helicopter are manufactured by Euro copter, France and are very popular all over the world. This model helicopter are suitable for mountain flights and rescue purpose.

Euro Copter Heli Features:

  • Comfortable Seating Arrangements – 5 seats excluding Pilot
  • Suitable for all types of helicopter missions
  • Can fly up to an altitude of 23,000 feet or above 7,000 m.

MI Seventeen Heli Features

The MI Seventeen helicopter is famous helicopter model made in Russian

  • Huge body, can carry 21 people or 309 tons of cargo
  • Can fly in high altitudes well in excess of 5200 meters
  • Famous to land at Everest Base Camp -EBC. Or Kalapathar

Safety Notes for Everest Helicopter Flight

You are suggested to use these safety notes for your safe and lifelong memorable Everest heli flight

  • Never leave the assigned seats during board.
  • Wear seat-belt during flight
  • Do not change or stand from your allocated seat because sometime pilot need to re-position the helicopter even after touching down the helipad.
  • Do not throw any objects from the helicopter during the flight.
  • Never smoke unless inside the helicopter
  • Use the head sets and follow the pilot instructions

Summary :

Everest base camp helicopter flight with landing at Kalapathar or base camp is the world’s best heli tour to explore the Himalayas. The tour is best in clear visibility and weather. Additionally the helicopter flight is totally depends on the weather, so may or may not fly on time. The flight is on private charter or group joining both tours are similar on cost but the paying calculation per person group joining trip saves your tour cost. The tour by helicopter is your lifetime memorable to see the world’s highest mountain in close-up.

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Nepal Helicopter Tour Package

Nepal Helicopter tour package offers an exciting and memorable heli ride tour above snow-capped mountains, glaciers, farmlands, valley, cities and green jungles. Nepal Helicopter tours are famous for the mountain views and charter ride to explore the beautiful hills and reach to the remote destination in short period of time.

Nepal helicopter ride tour packages such as Everest Base Camp Heli tour with landing, Annapurna Base Camp and Langtang are the totally mountain sightseeing tours while Simikot to Hilsa, Muktinath heli ride, Damodar Kunda heli ride and other temples and monasteries visits are religious tour. Those who are bounded by limited time but want to see the close up vistas of high Himalayas, these helicopter tour packages are best option. Private helicopter charter flights and group joining helicopter tours are the options to enjoy the Nepal helicopter tour in Nepal.

Nepal helicopter tour package are more frequent in the months of March, April, May, October, and November of the year. Private charter flight can be possible in clear days of any time in during the year. The helicopter tour packages are design on the basis of group size, tour itinerary, cost and weather conditions. All Nepal helicopter tour packages are weather dependent. Similarly for the mountain sightseeing, a clear visibility is the most condition.

Whatever the condition and other things, Nepal helicopter tour is not comparable any other aerial tours in the world. Nepal helicopter tour package is an opportunity to explore around the geographical territories of Nepal ranging from plain Terai region to the world’s highest Mount Everest range. The helicopter tour cost is expensive in compare to other kinds of tour package but the views you can enjoy is beyond the imagination.

Some of the most popular helicopter tour in Nepal are described below. Read out about these tours and enjoy your helicopter charter flight tour in Nepal to explore the beautiful and mighty Himalayas.

Helicopter Fleet Information

Fleet Model: AS 350 B3 E Airbus
Made By: Euro copter, France
Date of Manufacture January 2015
Seat Capacity 7 Persons (including pilot)
Tour Capacity 6 Person in low land
5 perons in high land
Fling Capacity: 1400 kg.
Landing Altitude: 23,000 ft. (7010m)
Weight: 2250 kg
Takeoff From: Kathmandu & Pokhara Domestic airport

Everest Helicopter Tour

Duration: 3:50 to 4 Hours

Everest Base Camp Helicopter TourEverest Helicopter Tour starts from Kathmandu and follow the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. It lands at Lukla for fueling and flies to Kalapather or Everest Base Camp. This tour is popular for landing at Kalapathar from where you can see the Mount Everest just in front of you in eye level. The several high Himalayas and glaciers are the major highlights of this Everst Heli tour. This tour is famous as Everest Base Camp Heli Tour with landing for photography. You can get several group joining Everest Helicopter tour if you are single and want to share the charter flight cost.

Annapurna Helicopter Tour

Duration: 3 Hours

Annapurna Helicopter TourAnnapurna Helicopter tour package starts from Kathmandu and Pokhara. From Kathmandu it takes around 3 hours and from Pokhara takes only one and half hour. Annapurna Base Camp is the final destination to land during this Annapurna Base Camp Heli tour. This tour is best for to explore the high mountains, deepest gorge, conservation area and scattered traditional ethnic settlements. The highest peaks above 8000m seen during the ABC heli tour is Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna I. The tour is now frequent from Pokhara.

Muktinath Helicopter Tour

Duration: 4 Hours

Muktinath Helicopter TourVisiting the scared temple Muktinath, this helicopter is best way for group travelers. Family pilgrimage tour is the most popular type of helicopter charter flight to Muktinath. The temple of Muktinath is the main attraction and the destination of this trip package. It has a Miracle burning lamp on the stream which is believed to be created by the Lord Brahma (god of creation in Hindu mythology).

Gosainkunda Helicopter Tour

Duration: 1 to 1:30 Hours

Muktinath Helicopter TourGosainkunda Helicopter Tour package is famous among the Hindu devotes to visit the scared lake Gosainkunda which is located to the north of Kathmandu which is close to the Tibetan border.

Langtang Helicopter Tour

Duration: 1 hours

Langtang Helicopter TourThe shortest mountain helicopter tour to Langtang valley is Langtang helicopter tour. This tour is best for those who want to see the beautiful mountains closer in very short period of time.

Upper Mustang Helicopter Tour

Duration:3 hours

Upper Mustang Helicopter TourUpper Mustang helicopter tour package takes you to the different types of land beyond the Himalayas where the age old tradition and culture is still live.  Upper Mustang is famous for unique geography and the local culture and lifestyle is similar to the Tibetans

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