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Helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar

01 Days 5,545m/18,193ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 01 Days Trip Grading Leisure
Max Altitude 5,545m/18,193ft Best TimeMar-May
Sept-Nov
Group SizeMin 1
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Helicopter flight and Best Aerial View
  • Landing at Kalapathar
  • Best alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Spectacular closeup view of world's highest mountains. 

Need to see Everest and yet don't want to go through a week long trekking? Everest base camp helicopter tour is a perfect option for you and for people having limited time who wants to see the magnificent Everest from a close up view. Travelers around the world drool in the thoughts of simply undertaking a journey to the base camp of the highest peak in the world. Week's long trekking and trips finally take you to the case camp only after ample sweat and toil have been spent. However, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is one such travel package which incorporates the penultimate of the Himalayan panorama while not having to break a sweat. The overland tour to the paramount of all heights is remarkable, to say the least, and even to say so would be an understatement. Get the best alternative to Everest Base Camp Trek in a single day and get close the world's highest mountain. 

The glorious Everest heli tour to the duo of Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar begins as you board a helicopter from east helipad of Tribhuvan International Airport. This flight offers aerial views of the parade of glistening peaks as you begin the journey from Kathmandu airport. After a short break at Lukla for refueling and load management, you embark the journey to the predetermined destinations. A magnificent landscape reveals as your pilot slides the helicopter above attractive Sherpa mountain villages, bright green mountain glaciers, and a snow-white area of Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Khumbu Himal, Lhotse (8414m), Pumori (7165m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Mt. Everest (8848m) make the grand entrance in the scenic display of the Himalayas promising plenty more as you continue ahead. The grandeur of the Khumbu icefall and glaciers along with views of mountains neighboring the Everest (8848m) is nothing short of divine. Landing at the Kalapatthar helipad, you head to the viewpoint, often considered the best to view the majestic Mt. Everest (8848m). The massif of the Everest Mountains welcomes you with breezes of spine-chilling air and snowy fragrance spread over the region. Maximum 5 minutes of landing time will be given at Kalapathar due to the threat of altitude as we gain the altitude rapidly from Kathmandu (1,350m/4,415ft) to Kalapathar (5,545m/18,132ft). From Kalapathar, we fly to Everest view hotel, famously known for being the world's highest hotel which is at an elevation of (3,800m/12,500ft) for a breakfast. 45 mins of landing time will be given and whilst having tea and breakfast you can witness 360 degree view of the awe inspiring peaks. Afterwards we fly back to Kathmandu and our tour concludes. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is the best Ariel tour you can possibly do and it surely will be a lifetime experience. The feeling of the overwhelming joy is fabulous to enjoy as well. Relishing the spectacle of supreme quality, you fly back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu.

 We, Highland Expeditions, have been in this industry for a number of years and we have been ranked the best one among others. We serve to give you the best taste of Himalayas during your short visit to Nepal. We will make sure that this EBC and Kalapatthar Heli Tour will be a grand experience for you while also catering for your comfort and safety.

Everest Helicopter Tour (Half day) Itinerary: 

 Phase 1:  Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu East Helipad (1,350m/4,415ft)

 Total flight time: 45 Minutes and 10 minutes landing time for refueling

 Phase 2:  Fly to Everest base camp and Land at Kalapathar (5,545m/18,132ft)

 Total flight time: 30 Minutes and 5 minutes landing time at Kalapathar

 Phase 3:   Fly to Everest view hotel for breakfast via pheriche (In case of weight limit) 

 Total flight time: 10 minutes to Everest view hotel and 45 minutes landing for breakfast. 

 Phase 4:  Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,415ft)

 Total flight time: 45 minutes

FAQ? 

1. What kind of clothing do we require for the tour?

:  Spring (March to May) and Autumn (Sept to Nov) are the most preferred time for Everest Heli Tour. As the flights are conducted in the early morning giving the chance for good visibility, you can expect the temp to be sub zero at 5000m/16m400ft. For clothing we recommend, wearing warm clothes with a extra layer of windstopper for the upper body. A comfortable shoe will suffice but make sure the socks are warm enough. Warm hat, sunglasses, sunscreen are a must too.

2. What helicopter do you use?

: We operate Eurocopter AS350 B3 for our helicopter flight, with seat capacity of upto 5 passengers, this helicopter is best for aerial tour.

3. Can 6 people land at Kalapathar?

: Due to its higher elevation and thin air, the carrying capacity of helicopter decreases thus it can carry only 3 people at a time. From Kathmandu to Lukla, it can carry upto 6 passengers and from there to Pheriche, we will do shuttle service as it allows more space for you to enjoy the flight.

4. What time is the flight and when do we have to reach airport? 

: The flight time is at 7:00 am usually but this will be completely decided by the weather and other conditions. You need to be at the airport 1 hour prior to the flight time.

5. Are airport transfers included?

: Yes, we provide airport transfers to all our clients as per their flight times without extra cost. You will be picked up from you hotel as per your flight time and will be dropped back to you hotel after the tour. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Helicopter flight to Everest and surrounding

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your pilot and we have the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Helicopter flight to Everest and surrounding

    Early morning drive to airport and board a helicopter to Everest. Flight time is usually at 7am and you need to be at the airport 1 hour prior to the flight time. After check-in, we fly to Lukla which will take 45 mins. After refuelling at Lukla Airport, we take off for a scenic mountain flight and our real experience will begin. Witness the spectacular closeup view of world’s highest mountain right as we fly near Everest and land at Kalapathar for quick photo. Maximum 5 minutes of landing time will be given at Kalapathar due to the threat of altitude as we gain the altitude rapidly from Kathmandu (1,350m/4,415ft) to Kalapathar (5,545m/18,132ft). From Kalapathar we fly back to Kathmandu via Lukla. Everest Helicopter Tour is the best Ariel tour you can possibly do and it surely will be a lifetime experience.
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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07 Sep, 2019 07 Sep, 2019 USD 1,500 Available Book Now
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30 Nov, 2019 30 Nov, 2019 USD 1,500 Available Book Now
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2020 Departures
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01 Jan, 2020 01 Jan, 2020 USD 1,500 Available Book Now
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Cost Inclusion

  • Helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar 
  • Airport transfers before and after the flight
  • Government Taxes 
  • National Park and Rural Municipality Fees
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Passengers Insurance

Cost Exclusion

  • Meals, Drinks and Personal expenses during the tour program

Equipment Checklist

Being this a day trip you will not need to pack any clothings but however as the maximum elevation gain on this trip is 5000m+ and temp will be sub zero, we advise you to wear proper warm clothings for the tour.

Please refer below for the checklist:

  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves
  • Neck Mufflers/Buff
  • Sunglass
  • Warm Jacket
  • Warm pants
  • Shoes
  • Base Layers
  • Warm socks
  • Sunscreen
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