Everest base camp helicopter tour
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Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour With Landing

Mount Everest is a sight to see, a destination to explore and a journey to experience.

Deepak Raj Bhatta
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Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour takes you to the spectacular mountain range in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal. This convenient, accessible and luxury tour to the base of Mount Everest with an adventurous caress of high altitude is fascinating as it unveils the wonderful Himalayas of Nepal including the glorious Mount Everest itself. 

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is an aerial experience that lets you explore the beautiful part of Khumbu and Everest while allowing you to land in the base camp or Kala Patthar. The Everest Base Camp helicopter tour begins in Kathmandu. And it takes you towards the eastern part taking to the gateway to Mount Everest- Lukla, Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.

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    Highlights of Everest Base Camp Heli Tour

    • One of the most thrilling Airports in the world, Lukla Airport. 
    • Spectacular views of the Mahalangur Himalayan Range and corresponding Himalayan panorama. 
    • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel and explore the majestic Everest.
    • A quick peeks into the Sherpa culture and lifestyle. 
    • Adrenaline inducing aerial adventure to the Everest region of Nepal.

    Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour in Nepal

    The heli flight in the Everest base camp helicopter tour fly over some wonderful places such as Lukla, Tengboche, Dingboche, Gorakshep, Khumbu Glacier and the wonderful Namche reaching the mind-boggling Everest Base Camp, beneath the world’s top. You will have a few minutes at Everest Base Camp since the altitude is high there. 

    On the way back, you will land at Kala Patthar from where you can see the spectacular beauty of the glorious Mount Everest and other neighbouring mountains in the Everest region of Nepal. While returning, you will have around half an hour at Syangboche for tea and breakfast. Syangboche offers the excellent Himalayan panorama and Mount Everest itself. 

    You may have some time and Lukla if the helicopter requires some fuel. The fueling is usually done at Lukla Airport. After the fueling process at Lukla, you will return back to Kathmandu after the wonderful Everest Base Camp Helicopter flight in Nepal. 

    The total number of passengers who can travel in a Helicopter is 5 persons with a captain. The approximate weight of the humans in the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour should not exceed 500 Kg. If the extra weight is there, for security purposes, the Helicopter operator will run two shuttle flights from Pheriche by splitting body weight into two.


    The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing is a wonderful tour that takes you to the base camp on top of the world. You will be facilitated with the best experience with the finest Himalayan views in the Mountain region of Nepal.

    Further, you can have some experience of the Himalayan lifestyle while gaining insights into the living standards, meal selections and the climbing views of the mountains. You will get to see the front face of Everest from the southern part. The breathtaking experience with the Himalayan panorama will give you the best life experiences in Nepal.

    Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour Facts

    Flight type

    Helicopter Flight (VTOL)

    Flight Grade 

    Easy, Luxury

    Highest Elevation Landing

    5545 m. at Kala Patthar

    Landing points

    Lukla, Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp


    Everest Base Camp.
    Mountain view from Kala Patthar.
    Aerial views of Khumbu valley.
    Aerial view of the entire Everest region.

    What to see

    Aerial views of the Himalayas

    Total Time Duration

    Approximately 4 hours to complete

    Native people of Everest


    Culture and Traditions

    Highly influenced by Buddhist culture

    Best time for the trip

    Throughout the year


    How do we operate Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

    The wonderful aerial views of the Sherpa villages, astounding Himalayan peaks and the wonderful spectrums of the flora and fauna are the best part of the helicopter tour in Nepal. While you will enjoy most parts of the region, you will experience the change of climate and experience within a few minutes in this land of the Himalayas. 

    The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is generally operated in four phases. The first phase of the Helicopter tour involves a Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which takes around 45 min with a grounding time of 5 minutes. This process is for fueling Helicopters in Lukla.

    The second phase involves helicopter flight from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and landing at Kala Patthar. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Everest Base Camp from Lukla by Helicopter. You will have around 10-20 minutes in Kala Patthar from where you can explore the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas and mountains in Nepal. 

    Everest Heli tour

    The third phase of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour involves the Everest Base Camp to Syangboche flight. It takes around 15 minutes to reach there. And you will have around 30 minutes of ground time in Syangboche for tea and breakfast.

    The Last phase or fourth phase involves the returning Helicopter flight from Syangboche to Lukla and finally to Kathmandu. The flight time of the fourth phase is around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

    In this Helicopter flight Passenger Insurance, government taxes, and the cost of the Helicopter Charter is generally included (depending upon the contract). The National Park entry permit, Airport tax etc. are usually not included in the Helicopter Tour. Though the complete inclusion and exclusion depend upon the contract between the traveller and us, this is just a common practice of a Helicopter tour in Nepal.

    Helicopter tour to the Everest Base Camp

    The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour takes you to the world’s highest peak Mount Everest in Nepal. This Heli flight is a prominent option to explore the Everest Region of Nepal and is a wonderful opportunity to see the spectacular Himalayas of Khumbu.

    Everest Base Camp, being a bucket list choice of many people, is an adventurous terrain in the Himalayan settlement. The scenic helicopter flight is highly admirable as it takes you to the base camp in a luxurious way and lets you explore the beauty around.

    The Everest views with the finest breakfast in Kala Patthar is undoubtedly one of the best experiences to gain. Mount Everest Base Camp Heli tour is a wonderful opportunity that facilitates you with the diverse beauty of this region. 

    The Everest Base Camp Tour is completed in four phases via Helicopter. 

    Phase 1

    Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

    Phase 2

    Lukla to Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar

    Phase 3

    Kala Patthar to Syangboche

    Phase 4

    Syangboche to Lukla and Kathmandu


    The tour lets you explore the mountainous beauty in the extreme Himalayan terrain with high altitudes. The magnificent views from the windows of Everest itself are breathtaking. The further added landing plan undoubtedly put a wonderful experience to it. The major places where the helicopter landed are amazing attractions in themselves. 

    EBC Heli Cost Details

    The Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour highly depends on the number of people. The cost of the Chartered Helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is USD 4000. The per-person charge on a sharing basis is USD 1000. The cost is inclusive of flying charge, Airport landing cost, Airport pick up and drop off services and government tax. 

    No. of People

    Cost (USD)

    1 Person (Sharing Basis)

    USD 1000

    Charter Flight (4-5 PAX)

    USD 4000

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    About Us

    Lukla - Gateway to the Mount Everest

    Have you ever heard about Lukla? It is home to one of the world's most dangerous airports. The amazing adventurous landing of flights in Lukla airport of Nepal is highly adventurous yet prone to risks. However, the experienced pilots have all the things to ensure safety in the Himalayan terrain of Nepal, making it a safe land. 

    Lukla is a small town in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is also the starting point of the Everest Base Camp trek. The Lukla Airport is the major airport that makes the journey adventurous and lets you explore the breathtaking Everest region of Nepal.

    Some other sights to behold in the Everest region are Kala Patthar, Tengboche, Sangboche, Namche, Pheriche and Gokyo Lakes. Lukla acts as the major gateway to the Everest region of Nepal. 

    The Sherpa town of Lukla is a wonderful place. The lifestyle and culture of Sherpas, the inhabitants here are highly admired for their mountaineering skills and amazing cultural practices.

    Lukla has beautiful views and astounding sceneries to offer. The truly pristine Sherpa culture and their lifestyle is the major part to explore in this Sherpa Land. Yes, the weather is a little traumatic sometimes, but Lukla has some major insights to offer.


    Syangboche is one of the major places, followed by the iconic Everest Base Camp trail, to explore in Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 3841 m above sea level. Syangboche is also a most fascinating place from where you can have spectacular views of Mount Everest.

    Some other neighbouring mountains of the Everest region are also spectacular. Popular mountains seen from this beautiful village are Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam,  Tawache, Khumbila, Kusum Kangaru, Tashi Lhaptsa, Thamserku, Nangbala, etc. 

    Some arid areas and the lush green beauty in the Himalayan settlement is the best part of the Himalayas exploration. The clear mountain views and sceneries act as the major feature of Syangboche. The joyous and tempting Himalayan experience in Syangboche offers the best life experiences in Nepal.

    Another most prominent feature of Syanboche is the Sherpa lifestyle and culture. Most Sherpa villages around the Syanboche are accessible within an hour. So, this place’s aura empowered by the wonderful Sherpas is one of the best things you can explore.

    Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

    The Everest Base Camp is a world-renowned term. It has everything an adventure seeker wants to explore. The amazing Himalayan terrains, Snow Capped Himalayan beauty, the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the locals and the amazing natural beauty, everything here is worth some experience.

    The mind-blowing glimpses, just beneath the glorious Mount Everest is the best part of the Everest Base Camp. This is also the final destination of the highly popular Everest Base Camp Trek. 

    The Everest Base Camp in Nepal lies at an altitude of 5364 m above sea level. The high altitude variations make it a difficult yet adventurous choice for adventure lovers.

    Mount Everest

    The scenic beauty and the Himalayas from the Everest Base Camp are inexpressible as they can’t just be put into words. They deserve more and more human touch to the experience. The wonderful trails, full of spectacular Himalayan beauty, is one of the best features of Everest Base Camp. If you want to reach there on foot, you have to complete it on foot from the Lukla. 

    The Sherpas are the inhabitants of the Khumbu and Everest region. The expeditions also start from the Everest Base Camp.

    Everest base camp heli tour

    Helicopter tours in the Everest Region of Nepal

    Everest region boasts a variety of landscapes, scenic terrains and unique geography. Ever since the exploration of Everest, the entire region in northeastern Nepal in Khumbu is popular for trekking, mountaineering, and aerial tours. Sherpas of Everest are also popular for their unique lifestyle, culture and contribution to the mountain-related adventures in Everest. 

    A wide range of Heli tours can be operated in the Everest region. From places to places and origin to origin, the tour can be operated. 

    Everest Base Camp trek fly back by Helicopter

    Trekking to Everest Base Camp and returning via Helicopter is one of the good options to complete your Khumbu adventure. It blends the land and aerial adventure. Trekking has a unique touch to the core adventure and the aerial exploration allows you to witness the amazing panoramas and wide array of landscapes in the entire area. 

    The trekking to the Everest base camp encompasses a variety of experiences. Exploring the lifestyle of inhabitants, passing through the different villages and gazing at the spectacular Himalayas are the best part of trekking. A slow-paced walk in the mountains also helps you acclimatize to the climate resulting in better experiences. 

    The common fly-in-fly-out trip to Everest Base Camp begins from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. Also, with the base in Lukla, you can get a Lukla-Lukla Helicopter flight. 

    Everest Base Camp trek flying back by helicopter is mostly situational. Trekking to the higher areas where the oxygen level is low can result in difficulty. So, some people consider getting to the base camp on foot and returning from there via Helicopter. It is also a good option as you get to explore the Khumbu region in multiple ways. As the trail to base camp is the same and there’s no extra thing that you want to explore, getting a Heli flight while returning can save time but may not be efficient in terms of cost. However, experiences are all that matters in the mountains. 

    Khumbu glacier

    After trekking to the Everest Base Camp passing through the Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche, you will hike up to the Kalapatthar after requesting a Helicopter flight. You will explore the spectacular mountain panorama from the Kalapatthar top and a helicopter flight will get you back to Kathmandu. 

    Everest Base Camp trek fly back by Helicopter Itinerary

    Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

    Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2,840m) and trek to Phakding (2,610m)

    Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)

    Day 04: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

    Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m)

    Day 06: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m)

    Day 07: Acclimatization in Dingboche

    Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m)

    Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,180m) and hike to the base camp (5,364m)

    Day 10: Hike up to Kala Patthar (5,550m) and Fly on a Heli-flight to Kathmandu

    Day 11: Departure


    Lukla to Everest Base Camp by Helicopter

    Lukla to Everest Base Camp by Helicopter is an accessible way to reach Everest Base Camp via Helicopter. If you are in Lukla and wants to explore the Everest Base Camp quickly, getting a heli flight is one of the best options to explore the Khumbu region of Nepal. This trip is ideal for people with time constraints, people with disabilities and people who wants to avoid trekking and explore Everest quickly in a short time. 

    The Lukla to Everest base camp by Helicopter is operated in three phases. 

    Phase 1: Lukla to Everest Base Camp (Kalapatthar)

    In Phase 1, the flight time from Lukla to Kalapatthar is about 25 minutes and you will get a ground time of 7-10 minutes. 

    Phase 2: Everest Base Camp ( Kalapatthar ) to Syangboche

    Phase 2 has a flight time of 15 minutes and a ground time of 30 minutes in Syangboche. You can have your lunch or Breakfast at Syangboche and enjoy the beautiful sceneries around. 

    Phase 3: Syangboche to Lukla and Kathmandu

    It takes about 45 minutes to complete the flight from Syangboche in the third phase. You will arrive in Kathmandu and enjoy your remaining time. 

    Namche to Everest Base Camp by Helicopter

    Namche to Everest base camp by helicopter is also a good way to explore Everest base camp and return via Helicopter. It is ideal, if you are in Namche Bazaar and wants to explore the Everest Base Camp quickly and return. You can get a heli flight upon request from Namche Bazaar and explore the Everest region.

    Many people all over the world visit Nepal every year to complete their dream of getting to Mount Everest and completing their bucket list of trekking to the Everest Base Camp. Here, the helicopter waits for a while and returns to Kala Patthar. It is a risk-prone area and altitude variation makes it difficult for helicopters to hold on for a long time. Kalapathar lies at an altitude of 5644 m above sea level. It is the best place to see the beautiful Himalayas. Here the helicopter lands for a few minutes. 

    Moreover, the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is the best way to explore Mount Everest. If you are seeking a luxurious, convenient and accessible way, contact us to make your dream true of flying above the clouds, to beneath the top of the world.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is the Everest base camp helicopter tour worth it?

      Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is one of the most convenient options to explore the Everest region. It is worth it as it enables you to explore the aerial beauty of the Khumbu area. The incredible mount Everest and other neighbouring mountains can be explored easily via this Helicopter tour to Mount Everest. 

    • Can you take a helicopter to Everest base camp?

      Yes, Helicopter has been used in the Everest region for years for rescue and adventure purposes. The heli tour is also the safe, quick and most convenient option to explore the Everest region of Nepal. Many heli companies operate the Mount Everest Helicopter tour and we are affiliated with the service providers for the convenience of travellers. 


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