Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Trip Facts
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Everest Region
  • Max. Altitude 5790 M
  • Trip Style Solo Or Group
  • Trip Type Tour
  • Best Time All season


  • Witness Mount Everest, the Himalayas' crown gem, up close.
  • Land at Kala Patthar for panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding peaks.
  • Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flight over the breathtaking Himalayan scenery.
  • Optional breakfast at the Everest View Hotel, the world's highest hotel.
  • Avoid the strenuous Everest Base Camp journey and visit Everest in a day.

Forget the weeks-long walk and get started on a thrilling adventure unlike any other! This Everest Base Camp helicopter trip transports you on a breathtaking adventure without the need for a strenuous physical climb. In a matter of hours, you'll be flying over the amazing Himalayan range, a stunning landscape carved by glaciers and crowned by Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. Experience the breathtaking panorama personally with snow-capped giants spanning as far as the eye can see. This remarkable experience allows you to witness the Himalayas' superior splendor from the comfort of a helicopter.

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary provides a general idea of what you can expect on your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Keep in mind that specific timings may vary depending on the operator and weather conditions.

  • Day 1:Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM: Pick up from your Kathmandu hotel and transfer to the domestic airport.
  • 6:00 AM - 6:45 AM: Check-in, security screening, and boarding procedures.
  • 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM: Scenic helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, offering breathtaking Himalayan views (approximately 45 minutes).
  • 7:15 AM - 7:30 AM: Refueling stop at Lukla Airport (approximately 15 minutes).

Optional Landing:

  • 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Breathtaking helicopter flight to Kala Patthar (5,643 meters/18,513 ft) for panoramic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and surrounding Himalayan giants (approximately 30 minutes). Spend some time taking photos and enjoying the incredible scenery (around 15-20 minutes).

Everest View Hotel Landing (Most Tours):

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Direct flight from Lukla to Syangboche (Everest View Hotel location) (approximately 30 minutes).

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Everest View Hotel, the highest hotel in the world, surrounded by stunning Everest panoramas (approximately 1 hour).

  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Relax and take in the unforgettable views from the hotel (approximately 30 minutes).

Return to Kathmandu:

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Helicopter flight back to Lukla for refueling (approximately 15 minutes).
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM: Scenic return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (approximately 45 minutes).
  • 11:00 AM: Arrive back at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel.

Total Tour Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours

Important Notes:

  • This itinerary is a guideline and may vary depending on the operator, weather conditions, and chosen landing options.
  • Be prepared for possible delays due to refueling or air traffic control.
  • The time spent at Kala Patthar or the Everest View Hotel may be limited due to altitude.

Enjoy your amazing Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour!


    • AccommodationHotel
    • MealsBrekfast
    • Max. Altitude5790

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    Cost Details

    • Roundtrip Helicopter Flight: Take beautiful flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
    • Landing in Kala Patthar (5,643 meters/18,513 feet): Stand at this landmark viewpoint to capture unforgettable photos of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the Himalayas.
    • Airport taxes and park entrance fees: All relevant government costs are covered, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
    • Gratuities for the helicopter crew and ground staff are optional. Tipping is considered a standard politeness in Nepal's tourism business. While not mandatory, it is a way to express gratitude for their service.
    • Weather conditions might affect helicopter trips, thus travel insurance is strongly advised to protect your investment in the event of cancellations or delays.
    • Personal expenses include meals (save for breakfast at the Everest View Hotel on some tours), drinks, souvenirs, and any other incidental costs you may spend during your trip.
    • Nepal Tourist Visa: You will require a visa to enter Nepal. The costs vary according to your nationality and length of stay.

    Essential Info

    Before You Book:

    • Physical Fitness: While you won't be trekking, helicopter tours still reach high altitudes. Consult your doctor beforehand, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Altitude sickness is a risk.
    • Weather: The Himalayas are known for unpredictable weather. Be prepared for possible cancellations due to strong winds, fog, or snow.
    • Clothing: Pack warm layers, even in summer, as temperatures can drop at high altitudes. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are essential.
    • Camera: Don't forget your camera with a fully charged battery and extra memory cards to capture those breathtaking views!
    • Permissions: Double-check visa requirements for entering Nepal.

    What to Expect on the Day:

    • Pick-up: Your hotel in Kathmandu will likely be your pick-up point for transfer to the airport.
    • Luggage: Due to weight restrictions, most tours only allow a small backpack on the helicopter. Check with your chosen operator for specific luggage limitations.
    • Flight Time: The total flight time can vary depending on the itinerary, but expect roughly 4-5 hours for the entire tour, including landings.
    • Landing at Kala Patthar: Time spent at Kala Patthar is usually limited due to altitude. Savor the views and take photos efficiently.
    • Everest View Hotel (Optional): Enjoy a unique breakfast experience  while surrounded by Everest's majesty.
    • Safety Briefing: A safety briefing will be provided before take-off. Pay close attention to instructions, especially regarding emergency procedures.

    Additional Tips:

    • Altitude Acclimatization: If you have extra time in Nepal before your tour, consider spending a few days at a lower altitude to help your body adjust gradually.
    • Hydration: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your tour to stay hydrated, especially at high altitudes.
    • Respect the Environment: Leave no trace behind. Dispose of any waste properly during your trip.

    By considering these points, you can ensure a safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour experience.


    • Q1. Is a helicopter tour the only way to see Everest Base Camp?

      No, the classic way to experience Everest Base Camp is through a multi-day trek. However, the helicopter tour offers a quicker and more accessible alternative.

    • The total trip typically lasts around 4-5 hours, including flight time, landings, and breakfast at the Everest View Hotel.

    • The Himalayas are known for unpredictable weather. While cancellations aren't common, there's always a possibility, especially due to strong winds, fog, or snow. Most operators will reschedule your flight if possible. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

    • Gratuities for the crew and ground staff (optional), travel insurance, meals (except breakfast at Everest View Hotel on some tours), drinks, souvenirs, and your Nepal tourist visa are not included.

      • Safety is a priority. Reputable operators use well-maintained helicopters and experienced pilots. A safety briefing will be provided before take-off.
    • While strenuous activity isn't involved, the tour reaches high altitudes. Consult your doctor beforehand, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Altitude sickness is a risk.

    • You'll need a valid passport and a Nepal tourist visa.

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