Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

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1199 USDPer Person

Trip Detail:

Duration: 4-5 Hours

Starts/Ends: Kathmandu

Max. Group: 5 Persons

Route: Kathmandu - Lukla - Pheriche -  Syangboche - Kathmandu

Landing Places: Lukla, Pheriche, Kalapathar, Syangboche, Kathmandu

Highlights: Scenic Mountain Flight by Heli, Lukla Airport, Mt Everest and Kalapathar Overfly,

Experience Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing at Kalapathar on a private charter or shared heli ride. Book now for 2024/2025 in cheap cost!

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing for 2024/2025

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kalapathar is a perfect way to explore and enjoy a close-up view of Mount Everest. The helicopter tour package offers an opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring natural beauty, culture, and mighty mountains in Everest region in a very short period of time. Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour offers the best aerial view of the massive Mount Everest and other several peaks in the Khumbu region.

This tour is possible from Kathmandu and Lukla airport. However for group of 1-2 people, we can arrange the helicopter landing tour at Kalapathar and for group of 1-5 people only overfly of Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar is possible.

Kathmandu to EBC Helicopter Tour Program Step by Step:

  1. Kathmandu to Lukla
  2. Lukla to Pherice
  3. Pheriche - Overfly Everest Base Camp and landing at Kalapathar and back
  4. Pheriche to Syangboche for breakfast
  5. Syangboche to Lukla
  6. Lukla to Kathmandu

New Rules for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours with Landing

Nepal Helicopter Service is the leading company operating Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour packages with landings. We follow the every rules and regulations of aviation flight in Nepal. Safety is our top priority. We adhere to stringent safety standards to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for all passengers.

Some new regulations are applicable to ensure the utmost safety and enjoyment for all passengers on our flights. 

Please take note of the following guidelines for your upcoming adventure:

1. Limited Helicopter Flight Landings: 

To preserve the fragile ecosystem and minimize environmental impact, there are now restrictions on the number of landings permitted outside the airport. Each passenger flight is limited to a maximum of four landings.

2. Group Sharing Helicopter Flights: 

For group sharing flights, we will make a strategic landing at Pheriche to redistribute the total weight of the aircraft. From there, you'll enjoy a breathtaking flight over the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar before landing at the prestigious Hotel Everest View. Here, you'll have an hour of free time to savor a delicious breakfast with a stunning view of Mount Everest.

3. Private Charter Helicopter Tours:

If you prefer a more exclusive experience, we offer special private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours for 1-2 persons. Departing from either Kathmandu or Lukla, you'll have the unique opportunity to land directly at Kalapathar for 5-10 minutes. Please note that due to the lower air pressure at this altitude, we recommend limiting your time for quick photo and video opportunities to ensure your comfort and safety.

We're committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience while prioritizing the safety and well-being of all passengers. If you have any questions or would like to book your tour, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you on board for the adventure of a lifetime!

Standard Everest Helicopter Tour Program

Time Activity Location/Details
5:50 AM Departure Preparation Hotel to Kathmandu Airport Helipad
(Wear warm clothing, sunglasses
- Bring water, snacks, medication)
6:15 AM Airport Check-in Kathmandu Airport
(Passport copies required
- Safety briefing)
6:40 AM Flight to Lukla Elevation: 2,800 meters
(Views of Himalayan ranges
- Landing at Tenzing and Hillary Airport)
7:40 AM Refueling Stop Lukla
(Refreshments and restroom break)
7:50 AM Flight to Khumbu and Everest Base Camp Via Dudh-Kosi River
(Passing Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Phortse
- Split group at Pheriche if needed)
8:25 AM Overfly Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar Elevation: 5,250 meters
(Photo opportunity of Everest and surrounding peaks)
8:45 AM Visit to Hotel Everest View Elevation: 3,880 meters
(Breakfast and refreshment stop
- Views of Everest and Ama Dablam)
9:45 AM Return Flight to Kathmandu
(Possible stop at Lukla for refueling)
11:45 AM Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu Airport
(Transfer back to hotel)
1:15 PM Hotel Arrival
(Debrief and feedback request)


  • The itinerary may change based on weather conditions and air traffic.
  • Please prepare personally for a comfortable and safe journey.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour at a Glimpse

  • The tour starts in the East direction from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
  • The helicopter flight passes through many high mountains and hills of the Nagarkot by crossing the nearby Sunkoshi River.
  • During your flight, you will be able to view many villages located in mid-hills and a large number of farming lands. Particularly, you may get views of a few common things i.e. blue rivers and green hills, while traveling very close to the Rolwaling and Gaurishankar mountain ranges in the Himalayan region just above the Jiri Bazaar and Charikot of Dolakha.
  • Later on, you will cross the Lamjura Pass to enter the Everest region.
  • Our helicopter will land at Lukla to obtain the necessary fuel and after only a 10 to 15 minutes period, you may fly over Dudhkoshi River to reach Namche Bazaar, known as the capital of the Sherpa people.
  • The flight again lands at the hilltop of Syangboche and finally, you may fly to the Everest Base Camp.
  • During the entire tour, you will find major high mountain peaks, which are Kangtega, Kusum, Thameserkhu, Kangaru, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Nuptse, Island Peak, Pumori, Lobuche, Mera Peak, and many more.
  • Finally, the tour lets you view deep mountain rivers, turquoise lakes, and snow-capped hills.

This exciting helicopter tour lets you fly high over the lush hills and alpine forests of rhododendron with awesome views of the chain of mountains in the Himalayas. Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour can be idyllic for those adventure lovers who wish to gain an adrenaline rush and an adventurous experience.

Mount Everest (8848 meters) is the highest peak in the world. It is the dream destination for many people to see and explore Mount Everest. Even if some people have a great desire to visit Everest, they may not be comfortable with walking through the entire trekking route. Others may be limited by time or any health issues. This Everest Base Camp Heli tour is the perfect option for them too.

Mount Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is an excellent addition to the entire tour package for individuals in Nepal. Although it only takes a few hours, you can get all the way from Kathmandu to Mount Everest and back. This is one of the best alternatives to the Everest Base Camp Trek, especially for those who are limited by time.

At a glance, it can seem a little expensive but the Everest Base Camp Helicopter with flight landing is available as either charter or group joining which provides a very affordable price per person. The trip can be done solo or with 2pax, 3pax, or 4pax up to a maximum of 5 people.

Ask anybody who has done this EBC Helicopter Tour and they will testify that it is worth every penny. Every minute is memorable, starting right from Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Kalapathar Landing (for 1-2 Passengers)

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing at Kalapathar is possible for 1-2 persons on private charter flight. This private helicopter tour is  a single-day helicopter ride to view Mount Everest closely. The helicopter lands at Kalapathar (5545m) nearby EBC is no-doubt the best tour in your lifetime. The helicopter tour package completes within 5-6 hours.

Lukla to EBC Helicopter Tour with Kalapathar Landing (for 1-2 Passengers)

We offer Kalapathar landing private helicopter charter flight from Lukla airport also. It's the cheper option to land at Kalapathar for 1-2 persons. It takes about 40 minutes to complete the tour. You could make this ride more exciting by adding breakfast or launch at Hotel Everst View at Syangboche.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Overfly Kalapathar and Hotel Everest View Landing (for 1-5 Passengers)

Due to the new rule of maximum 4 landings besides the airport. We arrange group sharing helicopter flights without landing at EBC or Kalapathar. We will make a strategic landing at Pheriche to redistribute the total weight of the aircraft. From there, you'll enjoy a breathtaking flight over the Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar before landing at the prestigious Hotel Everest View. You'll have an hour of free time for delicious breakfast with a stunning panoramic view of Mount Everest.

Everest Helicopter Tour Package Highlights

  • Beautiful Aerial view of rhododendron and pine forests and lush valleys, villages, lakes, and rivers.
  • Experience the most spectacular aerial view of turquoise lakes, rivers, icefall, glaciers, beautiful snowcapped hills, and Sherpa villages flying over the famous Sagarmatha National park which is also listed asa UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Experience the spectacular views of majestic mountains, and picturesque scenery and feel the soul of the Khumbu region in no time.
  • Sit on the lap of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest and experience the unparalleled beauty of nature it offers.
  • Spectacular 360-degree views of awe-inspiring mountains like Kangtega, Kusum, Thameserkhu, Kangaru, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Tawache, Cholatse, Island Peak, Pumori, Lobuche, Mera Peak, and the Mount Everest.
  • Experience the exciting landing at the world’s high altitude viewpoint Kalapatthar (5,644.5 m (18,519 ft.)
  • Enjoy Delicious Breakfast with a 360-degree view of majestic mountains in Everest View Hotel, The highest place hotel in the world at 13000ft.
  • 100 % Full Refund guarantee if no flight made due to bad weather

Group Sharing Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost without Kalapathar Landing

How much is the helicopter ride to base camp Everest?

Group SizeCost (USD)
1 person$1,199
2 persons$1,190 per person
3 persons$1,180 per person
4 persons$1,175 per person
5 persons$1,150 per person

Private Charter Helicopter Flight with Kalapathar Landing Cost

Group SizeCost (USD)
1 -2 persons$4,900
3-4 persons$7,000
5 persons$8,500

Mount Everest Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu in Brief with Route Guideline

The Mount Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu takes off from Tribhuvan International airport and leads you east of the capital towards Nagarkot. The verdant hills and lush valleys with the occasional villages are soon replaced by the closer view of snow-capped peaks. These peaks include Jugal Himal, Langtang range, Gaurishankar, and various other peaks as you approach Jiri.

At Lukla, we stop for 10-15 minutes to refuel the helicopter and for some technical analysis of the helicopter. During the break you get to enjoy the first taste of the mountain air and scenery and refreshment with restroom break.

Lukla airport is the entry point for most of the treks and expeditions going further into the Khumbu region. The Tenzing Hillary airport is named after the legendary mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa who were the first to successfully summit Everest. The small airstrip here is also known to offer an exciting landing experience for those arriving on a plane. Soon enough, we will take off from Lukla and enter the territory of the Sagarmatha National Park.

The Himalayan vistas will be much better than before once we reach over the Namche Bazaar. Namche is a Sherpa market-town, known for being the economic hub of the region. Almost all travelers heading further into the Everest region pass through here, earning it the nickname 'gateway to Everest'.

During your helicopter ride, Mount Ama Dablam will likely be the most noticeable, among a number of other peaks like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, and Kwangde peaks at this point. Flying further past famous Sherpa villages like Syangboche (known for superb views of the Everest range as well as Everest View Hotel), Tengboche (home to the Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region), and Gorak Shep (final settlement going forward in the region), we will finally arrive at our main destination, the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier and Kalapathar top.

Situated at 5,380m below the dreaded Khumbu icefall, the Everest Base Camp is a dream destination to visit for so many trekkers and adventure lovers across the world. With our landing, we will have around 10-15 minutes to spend at the foothills of the highest peak in the world and fully savor the grandeur and magnificence around us. The base camp is surrounded by towering peaks offering you some superb views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and a number of other peaks and glaciers.

We will fly over the Everest Base Camp crossing the Khumbu glacier and Camp II and will land at Kalapathar (private charter flight of max 2 people). For those who wish to enjoy the scenery, this may be an even better option. Kala Patthar is famous as a photographer’s paradise and is one of the best viewpoints in the Everest region. Unlike the base camp where Everest hides behind the Lhotse Nuptse ridge, Kala Patthar sports a 360-degree panorama of the region including Everest. With favorable weather, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Khumbutse, Changtse, and Pumori among others.

After taking off from the KalaPathar, the next stop on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is at Syangboche. The Everest View Hotel near Syangboche offers a unique experience; a delicious breakfast at almost 3880 meters while gazing upon the world’s highest peak, Everest.

Our return journey continues after a pleasant 30 to 60 minutes stop here and our final stop is once again at Lukla. Say farewell to the Everest Region as you take off from Lukla and enjoy the final flight and aerial views over the Himalayas. In just less than an hour; we are back in Kathmandu and the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour will be successfully completed.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Flight Route

Kathmandu (TIA) – Fly, over Nagarkot – Jiri – Land at Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla – Refueling – Fly over Namche - Syangboche – Tengboche – Pheriche (land) – Gorak Shep – Kala Patthar –  Hotel Everest View – Fly to Lukla – Refueling – Return flight to Kathmandu.

Although the journey is only 4 to 5 hours, the flight to the foothills of the highest peak in the world at Everest Base Camp will definitely provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our Everest Base Camp Helicopter Flight Landing Tour lets you enjoy yourself for a full 15 minutes at the base camp or KalaPatthar in addition to the amazing flight experience.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes off from Kathmandu and heads east towards Bhaktapur. The flight first takes you over the hills of Nagarkot and Jiri before eventually reaching the first stop at Lukla. The brief refueling session is followed by the flight over Namche Bazaar, Syangboche, Tengboche, Pheriche, and Gorak Shep to the Everest Base Camp.

Note: The landing location at Kala Patter depending on the condition of the landing spot and weather.

The return flight route consists of a stop for breakfast at the Everest View Hotel in Syangboche.

After this, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour continues as you fly over Namche Bazaar and finally land at Lukla for refueling. Another half-an-hour of scenic heli flight over the Himalayas takes you back to Kathmandu and the EBC Heli Tour comes to an end.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour gives an excellent addition to the entire tour package of individuals in Nepal. This heli tour begins from the capital city of Nepal i.e. Kathmandu and later on, you have to fly eastward towards the beautiful village consisting of Sherpa people and the gateway to Mount Everest in Lukla. The helicopter flight from Lukla thus moves ahead to Syangboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, and Khumbu mountain glacier to reach the top of Kalapathar from where you can see the Mt Everest very close.

Facts about Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour

Trip Name: Everest Base Camp Helicopter  Tour
tour Type Charter Flight
Maximum Group 5 Persons
Maximum Elevation 5555 meter
Charter Cost US$ 5500
Cost for Group Joining US$ 1199
Flight Duration 4 Hours
EBC Landing time 10 Minutes
Maximum Weight 450kg (Up to Pheriche), 240 kg (Up to Kalapathar)
Best Season February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Helicopter Company Air Dynasty, Manang, Simrik, Heli Everest, Altitude, Fishtail, Mountain Air
Landing Points Lukla Airport, Pheriche, Kalapathar, Syangboche
Himalayan Sights Amadablam, Thameserkhu, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Kusum Kangaru, Khumbila, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Mount 32

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour gives an excellent addition to the entire tour package of individuals in Nepal. This heli tour begins from the capital city of Nepal i.e. Kathmandu and later on, you have to fly eastward towards the beautiful village consisting of Sherpa people and gateway to the Mount Everest in Lukla. The helicopter flight from Lukla thus moves ahead to Syangboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep and Khumbu mountain glacier to reach at the top of Kalapathar from where you can see the Mt Everest very close.

EBC Heli Tour Itinerary in Brief

5:50 AM: Begin with a transfer from your hotel to the Kathmandu Airport Helipad, dressed warmly and with essentials like water, snacks, and medication.
6:15 AM: Complete check-in procedures at the helicopter counter at Kathmandu Airport, including a safety briefing and document verification.
6:40 AM: Take off for Lukla, enjoying breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including a first glimpse of Mt. Everest and Lhotse.
7:40 AM: Stop at Lukla for a brief refueling, offering a moment for refreshments and restroom use.
7:50 AM: Continue the journey towards the Everest Base Camp, land at Pheriche for splitting the group if necessary for weight management at Pheriche and fly over scenic landscapes and famous Sherpa villages.
8:25 AM: Overfly Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar for an unforgettable photo and video session of the majestic peaks.
8:45 AM: Land at the Hotel Everest View for breakfast and refreshments, soaking in the incredible views of Everest and Ama Dablam.
9:45 AM: Embark on the return flight to Kathmandu, with a possible refueling stop at Lukla.
11:45 AM: Arrive back in Kathmandu, where a transfer back to your hotel awaits
1:15 PM: Return to your hotel, concluding the tour with a request for feedback on the unforgettable experience.

Note: The exact timing may vary depending on weather, air traffic, and other factors.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Itinerary in Detail

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Glimpse

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing takes you from Kathmandu to Lukla in just 45 minutes and then the Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar in 25 minutes. You are provided with almost 5 minutes of ground time at the base camp of the highest peak in the world, followed by the scenic flight back to Kathmandu. The total time for completing the trip is just 4-5 hours.

Pick up from the hotel and drive to Tribhuvan International Airport domestic terminal

The Helicopter Tour to the Everest Base Camp begins early in the morning (5:30 AM) as we pick you up from your hotel or designated meeting point and drive to the Tribhuvan International Airport domestic terminal.

Briefing on important safety measures and instruction guidelines and boarding on the flight.

Before boarding a flight a briefing on flight safety measures, and guidelines will be done by the flight instructor. After the briefing, you will be introduced to your pilot and then, you will get to board the helicopter.

Take off from Kathmandu to Lukla

After the seating arrangement, we will take off to the east of Kathmandu valley where you will get to enjoy the spectacular view of snow-capped peaks from Langtang range and Ganesh Himal to Manaslu and Gaurishankar peaks. Soon after flying past the green hills around Jiri in Dolakha, we will have our first stop at Lukla.You will also get to enjoy an aerial view of beautiful valleys and hills, Sherpa villages, monasteries, lakes, and rivers.

At Lukla refuel helicopter

Lukla (2,820m) and the Tenzing Hillary Airport serve as entry points for most treks, tours, and expeditions in the Everest region.It will take about 10 – 15 minutes to defuelour helicopter. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the scenic beauty and mountain views.

Fly from Lukla to Pheriche landing and Overfly Kalapatthar (5,644.5 m /18,519 ft.)

After refueling the helicopter, the Everest Helicopter Flight takes off and continues to fly over the Dudh Koshi River valley towards Namche Bazaar. Namche is the largest town in the region and essentially the economic hubof Everest Region. It is called the gateway to khumbu, because most of the travelers have to pass through Namche to enter the Khumbu region. On flying over this famous Sherpa settlement, we can enjoy spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Ganesh Himal (7,429m), Gauri Shankar Himal (7,134m), Shishapangma (8,013m), Gyachung Kang (7,952m), Pumori (7,161m), Lhotse (8,516m), Nuptse (7,855m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kwangde, Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku and other majestic peaks in the region. The flight continues over notable villages like Syangboche, Tengboche (home to the Tengboche Monastery), Pheriche, and Gorak Shep (final settlement going forward) to the Everest Base Camp.

Landing at the Pheriche (4,371 m.)

Landing at the Pheriche 4371 m. which is the highest point of the helicopter ride to balance the weight. You will get window seat for individuals with maximum 3 people together with flying above the Everest Base Camp (5,380m) is a once in a lifetime experience that countless people dream to experience. The base camp is located below the dreaded Khumbu ice-fall and surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world including Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Lobuche, and many more.

We fly over the Kala Patthar, an even better location in terms of scenery as it is one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region. Unlike, the base camp where the view of Everest is mostly blocked by the Lhotse Nuptse wall, Kala Patthar offers a 360-degree panorama of Everest as well as most of the region and its various stunning peaks.

Overflying the Kalapatthar 5,545 m.

Regardless of the location, you will have around 10 minutes time to enjoy the glorious scenery and magnificence surrounding. Make sure to capture these moments with a memorable photograph. Though we recommend you to be fully present at the moment and enjoy the scenic natural beauty. We will need to leave soon as staying at such a high altitude (5,380m) can be dangerous due to the possibility of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). After around 15 minutes, we will take off from the Everest Base Camp.

Pheriche to Everest View Hotel at Syangboche

After the glorious experience of overflying Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar, we will land at Pheriche to pick up all the passengers and heads to the Everest View Hotel at Syangboche for breakfast. This famous hotel offers you a superb close-up view of Everest, along with some delicious food too of course!

About Hotel Everest View and Breakfast

Everest View Hotel at 13000ft is the highest place hotel in the world which holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records. Here, you will get to enjoy a delicious breakfast with a 360-degree view of majestic mountains in the Everest View Hotel.
The ground time for breakfast in Everest View Hotel is about 30 minutes. Enjoy breakfast at almost 4,000 meters while gazing upon the world’s highest peak, Everest is like a fairy dream come true.

Fly back from Syangboche to Lukla

We will take off from Syangboche and fly over Namche once again before landing shortly after at Lukla. Where we will stop in Lukla for 15 minutes to follow the routine refueling.

Fly Back from Lukla to Kathmandu

After following the routine refueling stop of 15 minutes, we will take off for the final Helicopter flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy the stunning aerial views of the Himalayas and the breathtaking landscape for another 30 minutes.

After reaching Kathmandu, make sure to follow proper protocol and safely get off the Heli as instructed. We will have a vehicle ready to drop you off at your hotel. Congratulations on successfully completing the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour!

Everest Heli Tour Cost Includes

  • Airport transfer as per itinerary (Pickup and drop facility)
  • Life Insurance for all crews members and their salary
  • Passenger Insurance
  • Helicopter flight with overflying Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar for 4.5 hours
  • Service charge

Everest Heli Tour Price Excludes

  • Tea/coffee and breakfast
  • Airport tax in TIA, Kathmandu
  • Necessary permits and entrance fees
  • Nepal entrance visa fee
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Accommodation at Kathmandu

Major Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Kala Patthar (5,545 meters)

Kala Patthar, translating to "black rock" in Nepali, is nestled on the southern edge of Mt. Pumori, overlooking Gorakshep. This site is renowned in the Khumbu region as the premier spot for the closest and most magnificent views of Mount Everest. Standing at an elevation of 5,555 meters, Kala Patthar offers a breathtaking perspective that includes not just Everest but also a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks such as Mt. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse. The vista from Kala Patthar is truly unparalleled, providing an awe-inspiring panorama that is a highlight for many adventurers. The highest place of helicopter tour with landing is the major highlights of this heli ride.

Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)

The Everest Base Camp, situated in the heart of the Everest region, is a crown jewel, offering views that are just as mesmerizing from above. Perched at 5,364 meters, witnessing the sunrise from this vantage point can be a transformative experience. Annually, the base camp draws thousands of adventurers who embark on a 12-13 day trek, braving altitude and the elements, to reach this iconic spot. 

For those seeking a more direct route, a helicopter tour offers a swift and stunning journey to the base camp in about 3 hours, showcasing the majestic beauty of snow-clad peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and the Khumbu glacier. Normally, we don't land at Everest Base Camp during the helicopter ride.

Everest View Hotel (3,880 meters)

Positioned at 3,880 meters, the Everest View Hotel stands as one of the world's highest luxury hotels, located near the village of Namche within the Sagarmatha National Park. Guests are treated to spectacular views of Earth's highest mountain and beyond. The hotel is renowned for its exceptional service, exquisite cuisine, and warm hospitality, all of which enhance the overall experience. A brief helicopter ride not only showcases the stunning landscapes but also offers a glimpse into Sherpa culture and traditions. 

During the Everest Helicopter tour, you will have an opportunity to have the delicious breakfast with panoramic views of 360 degree from the Hotel Everest View.

Lukla Airport (2,860 meters)

Lukla, a picturesque Sherpa town, serves as the essential starting point for the thrilling Everest Base Camp trek. It is also home to the Tenzing Hillary Airport, known for its extreme conditions, making it one of the most challenging airports for landing worldwide. Regular flights connect Kathmandu with Lukla, primarily during the morning hours to take advantage of better weather conditions. Lukla Airport, recognized as one of the highest airports globally, presents a unique challenge due to its short, sloped, and uneven runway, set against a backdrop of dramatic weather and rugged terrain, earning it a reputation as one of the most formidable and hazardous airports globally. 

For many people, Lukla airport is a dream destination to fly in and explore around. Thousands of people visit this airport every year for the trekking, peak climbing and mountain expeditions of the high Himalayas.

Other Popular Everest Helicopter Flights

Lukla to EBC Helicopter Tour Package

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing at Kalapathar is a complete package from Kathmandu to explore the Everest region within 4 to 5 hours. This tour is possible from Lukla airport to Everest Base Camp with landing in Kalapathar at less cost and time. Lukla to Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is another popular tour program.

Namche to Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar and return to Lukla or Kathmandu:

Travelers who want to experience trekking in the Everest region start their walking from Lukla airport to Namche. It takes 2 days to reach Namche. If they want to shorten their trekking but want to experience the close-up view of Mount Everest and stand at Kalapathar top, then this Namche to Everest Base Camp overfly with landing at Kalapathar and return to Lukla to catch a regular flight or direct flight to Kathmandu by heli ride is wise option to save time.

This Namche to EBC helicopter flight is an ideal option to reach Kalapather within 15 minutes. It saves time and energy for the travelers and the most important is a lifetime memory of the aerial view of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, and views from upfront are bound to take your breath away.

Phakding to Everest Base Camp and Lukla drop or Kathmandu

Another popular helicopter flight in the Everest region is from Phakding to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla or Kathmandu airport. If a traveler can’t trek to Namche but want to explore the high Himalayas, this Phakding to EBC helicopter ride is a useful option full of amazing experiences.

Walking from Lukla, it takes about two to three hours to reach Phakding which gives a taste of the Mountain area. The cultural and natural introduction to the Everest region in a short period of time by walking to Phakding gives you the taste of trekking.

Most travelers stop at Phakding to spend their first night of Everest trekking. If they feel Acute Mountain Sickness; they are not suggested to walk over. So, flying by a helicopter from Phakding to Everest Base Camp and land at Kalapathar, and fly back to Lukla or Kathmandu to complete the Everest trekking.   

Best Season for EBC Helicopter Tour and Weather Information

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour can be performed at any time of the year since the tour takes only a few hours of time. However, the weather in the Everest region keeps on changing which can limit the possibilities of flying helicopters to Everest Base camp. Moreover, during the summer season, heavy rain and high humidity make it difficult to operate Helicopter flights.

In autumn and spring, the sky is clear most of the time and the rain is occasionally making it the best season for Helicopter tours in Nepal. Also, during the spring and autumn season, the visibility is very good and you will get to enjoy the spectacular aerial views and picturesque mountains vistas. The winter season can be another good option for those who are already in Nepal at winter. A clear day in winter can be the best day to go for a helicopter tour to Everest. In winters the mountains are fully covered with glazing snow glowing brightly in the sunlight. No season is bad for helicopter tours in Nepal. After allthe visibility and good weather during the flight day are what’s more important for EBC Heli Tour which is only a single-day flight tour.

In Spring Season

The spring season which lasts from March to May is regarded as the best season for the Heli Flight Tour to the Everest region. The lush green hills seem even more beautiful now as they are dotted with blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers. In spring the sky is clear which makes the mountains clearly visible.  Not just the hills but the view of the mountains is also spectacular during spring thanks to the clear skies. The temperature is also perfect during this time, clocking in at a moderate 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the daytime, which drops down and hovers around 0 to 5 degrees Celsius once the sun goes down.

In Autumn Season

September to December is the peak season for tourism and trekking in Nepal, and the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is no exception. This period is the autumn season which is known for the superb combination of pleasant weather, moderate temperature, clear skies, and breathtaking scenery. Like spring, the autumn season is a fantastic time to visit the Everest Base Camp. The temperature generally hovers between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius when the sun is up and stays around -5 to 5 degrees Celsius during night time. The sunlight and its UV rays are much stronger than you may expect at the base camp, so don’t forget to use proper sunscreen and protection.

In Summer Season/ monsoon

Monsoon is considered the off-season for trekking in Nepal. And, for tourism in general, monsoon offers an offbeat experience. The temperature is generally moderate like in the previous two seasons but the weather tends to be unpredictable. To visit the Everest Base Camp in the monsoon, especially with Everest Heli Flight Tour, you need to be patient to wait for the correct day with good weather. However, if you have enough time and patience to wait for the perfect day, then your experience will surely be unmatched. Thanks to the rain as it washes away all the dust and pollution, the skies are as clear as they can be. Aside from the amazing scenery, this is also the perfect time to travel for botanists or nature enthusiasts.

In Winter Season

The winter season in Nepal typically falls from December to February and it is a unique time to visit the Everest Base Camp. The temperature drops very low around -10 to -15 degrees, especially at high altitudes. This combined with the continual snowfall means that even lodging and accommodation can be hard to find during the winter. This is why Everest Base Camp Trek is tough to perform during the winter. In a sense, this makes winter an excellent time for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. You get to enjoy the breathtaking aerial view of the sparking peaks including Everest without any hassle while also experiencing the rich snowfall during your ground time at the Everest base camp. With clear blue skies, the mountain vistas are generally spectacular in winter as the beauty of sparkling peaks is further enhanced by the winter snow.

Clothing and Preparation for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour does not involve just flying at a high altitude but also landing at the Everest Base Camp which is at an altitude of 5,380m. Preparation and proper clothing are very important for a Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp. The sunlight and UV rays are much stronger than you may expect at such elevation, so proper sun protection and sunscreen are important. Very cold and chilly winds set in past the afternoon so, layering your clothing with windproof jackets on the outside is also necessary. Similarly, the temperature can drop quite low if the weather turns cloudy, so having a warm down jacket with gloves and hats is also useful. Below, we have listed the important items including clothing as well as other equipment that you will have to carry for the EBC Helicopter Flight Tour.

  • Windproof down Jacket (preferably waterproof too)
  • Warm trousers
  • Sunhat and woolen cap
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses/Goggles
  • Sunscreen (preferably of SPF30+ for full protection)
  • A bottle of water
  • Toilet paper and other necessities
  • Mobiles and cameras
  • Your passport or passport copy

Safety Notes for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

There are some important things to remember regarding safety and regulations as well as the trip in general for Everest Helicopter Flight Tour.

For starters, the total amount of places we visit and our landing spots (Everest View Hotel for instance) may change depending on the weather and other condition. Safety is our utmost priority, both for the clients as well as our crew. So, the final decision to make will be in the hands of our experienced pilots as they are the ones best suited to make this decision.

On our Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp, we will try to include all the important locations and highlights and give you as much time as possible to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and culture of the region. Some other important points to remember during the heli tour are listed below:

  • Always be in the line of sight of your pilot. Enter/exit the helicopter from the side or front.
  • Make sure you are wearing your seat belt properly.
  • Don’t leave your appointed seat until the pilot has signaled it is safe to do so.
  • Weight distribution is important in Helicopters, so we will try to arrange to seat accordingly. Please try not to change your assigned seats.
  • No smoking unless you have received permission from the captain.

Important Notes regarding maximum weight capacity per flight for landing in different places.

The maximum weight per flight for a helicopter tour is 450 kg as you take off from Kathmandu. The maximum landing weight capacity for all the places in highlands varies at altitudes and the air pressure differs at different places. The maximum weight of all the passenger and their belongings to land on Syangboche is 450 kg. This is where the Everest View hotel is located. Similarly, for Pheriche, the maximum landing weight is 420 kg, and for landing at Kalapatthar the maximum landing weight has to be 220 kg.
This is the reason why all 4 to 5 people in a group cannot be taken to Kalapatthar at a time. The helicopter needs to de an extra shuttle flight from Pheriche to Kala Patthar.

Information Regarding Helicopter and a maximum number of people that can fly in one helicopter.

Maximum, 4 or 5 people can fly in a helicopter including kids. The weight limit for people along with their belongings is 450 kg and so, we recommend you discuss your total weight beforehand.

Mount Everest Heli Tour Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Can I go to Everest Base Camp by helicopter?

Yes, you can go to Everest Base Camp by helicopter. This option is popular among those who wish to experience the beauty of Everest without the long trek. Helicopter tours to Everest Base Camp offer a quick and breathtaking way to see the Himalayas, including a close-up view of Everest itself. These tours usually depart from Kathmandu and include stops at or near the Base Camp for photos and to enjoy the scenery. However, it's important to consider factors such as weather conditions, which can affect flight schedules, and to choose a reputable company that adheres to safety regulations. Additionally, while helicopter tours provide a unique perspective of Everest, they also come at a higher cost compared to trekking.

How high does the Everest base camp (EBC) helicopter trip fly?

Starting from 2,000 meters, we will fly towards 5,500 meters high or sometimes more in some areas.

Does it land at the Mount Everest Base Camp or Summit?

It lands at Everest Base Camp, not at the summit, and also lands on Kalapathar viewpoint for a very short duration (approx. 10-15 minutes). The landing may also be affected by the weather condition as well as perfect landing areas. Sometimes avalanches, wind, and rock falls may obstruct the landing spot.
We will try our best to fulfill our promise from our side.

How many hours can a helicopter stay at Everest base camp / Kalapatthar?

It’s too cold in the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar and longtime landing in an extremely cold area may lead to the Helicopters engine off. So, to avoid such unwanted problems, we will land for a very short duration (enough time to explore Khumbu glaciers and Icefalls and capture them in your camera). Similarly staying above 5000 meters might be an altitude sickness problem.

Do we have enough time at Everest base camp?

Yes, you will get 5-10 minutes in Everest Base Camp which is quite enough time for you to enjoy the beautiful sight and scenery of rugged mountains and glaciers. Due to the high altitude threat, a longer time is not recommended.

Who leads the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour and are they well trained and experienced?

Without any doubt, all our pilots and guides are well trained with an experience of more than a decade in this line. Our tour leaders have experience in leading the tourists from all around the globe and showing the Himalayan wonders with full knowledge of flora-fauna, local cultures, and lifestyles and are very helpful.

They are always ready for your help in any kind of Emergency and well equipped to call for a helicopter in case of serious emergency for Helicopter evacuation.

How are the meals in Tea-house and Lodge in the Everest region?

As Everest Region is a worldwide famous trekking trail, you can expect great hospitality with multi-cuisine in the lodges and Tea houses on this trail. All the guest houses and lodges offer hygienic foods.

If we won’t get enough time to land and visit Tea houses, we carry packed Hygienic lunch to save time during the flight to Everest Base Camp.

How are the arrangements for safe drinking water on this trip?

On Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, we will carry boiled and cooled water for 100 % purity. As the purifying tablets don’twork best in the hard water of the Himalayas containing a high amount of minerals like manganese-bi-carbonate and iron. You can also buy bottled water but it is expensive and not good from an Eco-tourism perspective as plastic bottles makewaste in the Himalayas.

Do you offer Money Worth and Best Value Trips without Any Hidden / Extra Cost?

Yes, we offer you money’s worth and the best value trip without any hidden cost. However, each company has its own policy of dealing with worldwide customers regarding the price cost of the trip but more people in a group will be beneficial to both customers and the company.

In Everest Helicopter Tour maximum of 4 people can join as one group, this will reduce the chartered helicopter cost and lodging/food costs, too.

How do I book a Mount Everest helicopter tour with your company?

At first sending the advance trip payment to our company in our Bank account provided where you must fill forms with detail of your passport with expiration dates, most important the trip of your choice and then sending a transfer minimum of 50 % advance trip payment, which is non-refundable to secure you’re booking well in advance.

On receiving your details of the following document like a passport with scanned or photo-copy, along with booking forms, then we will send you a full confirmation letter with a deposit as well as receipt of advance trip payment.

You can contact us for direct transfer to deposit in our bank account and as well with Credit Card payment, we do accept Visa / Master Card or any other safe and widely used Credit Card with an extra 04 % surcharge as levy charge. We also accept PayPal and online payment as well.

I am a solo traveler; can I join a group for a Mount Everest helicopter tour? Or a helicopter day tour of Everest (stopping at the base camp)?

Yes, send us an email with your preferred flight date which will help us to join you in a group and share your costs of EBC Heli Tour.

Can you take a helicopter to Everest base camp? Or a helicopter day trip to Everest from Kathmandu?

Yes, we are always ready to take you to Mount Everest Base Camp by Helicopter. You can contact us for the best excursion to Everest in a Helicopter.

Can I/we Fly to Everest base camp by helicopter in the morning and take our international flight after 1 PM?

Yes, the EBC Heli flight finishes by noon then you can take an international flight after 2 PM.

How far is the Kathmandu International and Domestic Airport?

It’s only 10-15 minutes walking or 2-4 minutes’ drive from Kathmandu International Airport to Domestic Airport.

How much does it cost to fly to the Mount Everest base camp by Helicopter?

It depends on your group size, a group with 4 members will help to reduce your cost. Normally it starts from 900 U.S. dollars.

Can we pick up from Everest Base camp to Lukla by helicopter?

Yes, we pick you up from Everest Base Camp or Kalapathar or any other places in Khumbu Region like Gokyo Lake and Gorakshep, etc. and drop you at Lukla or Kathmandu as your wish.

Do you arrange helicopter rescue service by co-coordinating with our insurance company?

Yes, we can communicate with your insurance company and arrange rescue if any emergency occurs. We also provide air ambulance service and chartered helicopter service to Everest Base Camp.

Do you carry oxygen tanks in case of emergency?

Yes, we always have an oxygen cylinder for an emergency.

Is there any helicopter ride to Everest base camp and summit, landing on the ground of the peak?

Our helicopter flies over Khumbu glacier, the largest glacier in the region, and lands at Everest Base Camp. Kalapathar is the highest point where our helicopter lands and no helicopter lands on the summit of Everest for commercial purposes.

During an emergency, we can land on the various parts of Everest for rescuing.

Can we / I charter a private helicopter tour to the base camp of Mount Everest?

Yes, you can charter a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp. Contact us for a reasonable price and guaranteed service with experienced pilots and guides.
For lower cost please join a group of maximum 5 people.

Does weather affect the helicopter flight to Mount Everest Base camp?

The weather in Everest Region is unpredictable, so we call the local people for live updates and start our trip. The early morning flights are more pleasant.

Can anyone trek to Everest base camp and return by Helicopter either from Kalapathar or base camp or Gorakshep or Lobuche or Pheriche?

Yes, we can pick you up from Gorakshep, Lobuche, and Pheriche. Contact us if you need any Helicopter service in Everest Region.

Is it possible to take a helicopter flight from Lukla or Namche to Everest base camp or vice versa?

Yes, we have all the options of these flights on our scheduled flight dates and you need to confirm one day before the flight.

What happens if there is bad wind?

If bad wind- safety first so can’t land at Kalapathar or Everest base camp if the wind is worse. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Clients Reviews

The best experience of my life - visit of Mt Everest !


Our first trip in 2022, we decided to go to Nepal and, of course, visiting Everest Base Camp was a must.

We chose Nepal Helicopter Service for their dedication, flexibility, and professionalism. It's about flying with helicopters and reaching 5320m, which is why we need to find a trustworthy operator. This flight was fantastic ! It was an amazing experience I would recommend it to anyone. The views are stunning The helicopter ride was enjoyable and secure.

We went for breakfast in The Everest View Hotel, which was lifetime memorable one.

I would like to suggest anyone to visit Nepal. The people are very friendly and a visit to EBC is an absolute must. In this regard, Raj and his team at Nepal Helicopter Service are the top of the line.

Visiting of Everest by Helicopter flight and landing at Kalapathar within few hours is amazing dream come true.

Mike Piare

Amazing Helicopter tour to EBC


The service offered by Nepal Helicopter Services along with their attention to detail was impeccable. They called us themselves to clear any doubts and queries we had regarding the trip, which is surely beyond the usual call of duty. Once we were in Nepal, they swiftly arranged a flight for us the next day. On the tour day, the guide and pilot were clearly quite experienced with good communication skills. After the refueling and flight from Lukla, the weather unfortunately started taking a turn for the worse and we were unable to land at the Everest Base Camp. While this was a major bummer, the rest of the trip was very well organized. From the meal at Everest View Hotel to the land and air transportation to proper communication by the guides, everything was fantastic. I commend the Nepal Helicopter Services team for making the best of the situation for us despite the circumstances.

Kevin Houser
United States

Very flexible and responsive, fantastic trip overall


Our trip was excellently organized thanks to the superb response and flexibility of the Nepal Helicopter Services team. Even though the weather had been looking quite grim for quite a few days, our guides were patient and managed to find the perfect period for us to fly to Everest and enjoy its grandeur. The landing at 5,545 meters (Kala Pattar) and the delicious breakfast at Everest View Hotel will surely be a cherished memory for me and my friends. Considering how well they adjusted my trip to suit the variable weather conditions and the attentiveness they showed towards any issues I might’ve had on the trek, I would definitely choose Nepal Helicopter Services for any further tours in Nepal.

Artem Razgovorov

A lifelong dream accomplished


Getting to the highest peak in the world (Everest) and gazing upon it in person has been a longtime wish of mine. Unfortunately, medical complications in my left leg meant that I would never be able to achieve this as I can’t continuously walk for too many hours. Thankfully, a friend who had been to Nepal before tipped me about heli tours.

I had no idea it was possible to get so close to Everest and explore the breathtaking Khumbu region so easily. But of course, a big part of this amazing experience was played by Nepal Helicopter Services. They were amazing at organizing the trek, very responsive and always willing to help. Everything went flawlessly and we had a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we had a great time and never lacked anything. Great job, guys!

Sunny Lee
United States

Great experience, amazing close up views of the mountains


I was in a small tour group with a couple of friends and we decided to try out the EBC tour via Helicopter. An acquaintance recommended Nepal Helicopter Services for our trip. At first, the package seemed a little pricey but they swiftly managed to arrange a group joining tour with some locals which managed to fit the trip right under our budget. Both our tour guide-pilot as well as the Nepali locals joining us for the tour were super friendly and energetic. The close up view of Everest and other peaks amidst the clear and blue sky was a memorable sight too. It was a great experience overall and I would like to thank Nepal Helicopter Services for helping us to have such a remarkable experience.

John Sergides
United Kingdom

Good communication with a great pilot, all expectations fulfilled


Last year, I took part in the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour organized with the help of Nepal Helicopter Services. They took care of everything necessary for the tour, starting with picking me up from the hotel, concisely clearing all of my doubts and inquiries both before and during the flight as well as the delicious meals. The knowledge and experience of our pilot-tour guide was definitely impressive, as shown by his quick but thought-out responses. This was a great experience where all my expectations were fulfilled and I and would love to choose them for any Nepal based tours moving forward.

Erich Schneider
United States

Superb views and great experience overall in Nepal


The overall experience was fantastic. Nepal Helicopter Services picked the perfect day for us to tour through Everest. The views were truly amazing as we were able to enjoy aerial views of snowcapped peaks as far as we could see. The close up view of Everest from Kala Pattar was also an unforgettable sight. I would have loved to be able spend a bit more time there, but I understand that we had to leave very quickly for our own safety. Apart from that, the trip was flawless and I would certainly love to visit again.

Josue Salazar

Lifelong memory from Everest


Definitely, one of the best experiences of my life was the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour back in 2018. My holiday in Nepal was almost at an end but I had still not visited the crown jewel of trekking in Nepal, the Everest Base Camp. Upon consulting with my friends who had been to the Khumbu region before, they recommended exploring Everest via a helicopter tour.

I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first regarding whether I would be have the same enjoyment and experience from a chopper as I did from trekking. But this doubt was soon cleared as this trip turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Nepal Helicopter Services responded super quick and arranged a flight for me. I was able to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Everest region without a worry in the world as Nepal Helicopter Services took care of everything impeccably. I would certainly recommend them for anyone thinking of touring via Heli in Nepal.

Lauren Herrington

Great Everest Tour Experience thanks to Nepal Helicopter Services


We experienced Everest Base Camp Heli Tour with our two kids, both under 12 years of age. Despite that, Nepal Helicopter Services arranged an amazing family tour for us and made the whole experience very wholesome and memorable. They organized everything perfectly from land transportation to meals to safety checks and equipment and what not. This trait was noticeable even during our planning and booking stages, where we were really impressed by their timely and detailed response. The experience was similar during the tour itself, as they made sure to quell all our queries and worries with their knowledge, experience and attention. We would love to visit again and pick Nepal Helicopter Services without a doubt as our guides.

Wilaiwan Kanitjaratkul

Nice Helicopter Ride


We had a fantastic experience of the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour. The cost offered by them was also very reasonable compared to other companies. As we had contact with few other companies also, we made an inquiry before joining the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour but the service offered by Nepal Helicopter Services at the provided price is incomparable with others.

Bertie Watson

Amazing mountain views throughout the Khumbu region


I decided to check out the Everest Base Camp Heli Tour on the suggestion of the Nepal Helicopter Services Team and I am so glad that I went ahead with it. It was a very enjoyable experience and I must admit, the eagle’s eye view of the towering peaks across the Khumbu region was something else! I was able to fully admire the unforgettable scenery and beauty of the mountains without having to worry about anything else thanks to the flawless planning and organization of Nepal Helicopter Services team. I felt like my money was well spent and had a fantastic vacation experience in Nepal thanks to them.

Amy Bartlett

Extremely Nice Views of Mountain


One of the life time experiences of my life was Everest base camp Helicopter cheater day tour in Everest region. Mr. Hari Bhatta suggests me for this flight and it was extremely nice weather and the 

Mohamed Zaky
Arafat Street I Al Hamra Dist

Everest Heli Tour – lifetime story to share


This trip was a very last minute decision on our part, but Nepal Helicopters team were very quick to respond and accommodated our requests. Everything was simple and efficient.

Christopher Reeder
London UK

Fantastic Everest Helicopter Tour


We recently done the Everest helicopter tour organized by Nepal Helicopters. We had a good communication and was with us in every step of the way from initial planning to finish of the tour. 

Valence Armani
Sydney, Australia

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