Travelers that are bound with time prefer to explore the Everest Himalayan range in a single day, which is exclusively rewarded by the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. You can enjoy the charismatic attractions of the Khumbu region with a short and scenic helicopter ride to EBC from Kathmandu via Lukla.
The entire Everest Helicopter tour is for 3.5-4 hours, taking off from the domestic airport of Kathmandu to EBC and flying back. During the trip, you will be landing at Lukla, Kalapatthar, and Everest View Hotel for refueling, exploration, and breakfast. Lukla is also a gateway of the Everest Base Camp Trekking at 2800 meters altitude. Flying from Lukla, the helicopter offers you the real charm of the Sherpa valleys around Dudh Koshi Riverside along with Namche Bazaar.
During the helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp, you have options of landing at Everest base camp or Kalapatthar. However, our recommended stop is at Kalapatthar (5545 meters), so you will arrest the breathtaking 360 degrees of Everest Himalayan views with your camera. After all, you will get an opportunity to explore the EBC part by helicopter.
- Kathmandu to Lukla: about 1 hour, stops about 10 minutes for refueling
- Lukla to Everest Base Camp or Kalapatthar: 20-25 minutes
- Kalapatthar landing time: 15-20 minutes (depending on weather)
- Everest Base Camp or Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel: 15 minutes
- Breakfast at Everest View Hotel (ground time): 30 minutes
- Everest View Hotel (Syangboche)-Lukla to Kathmandu: 1 hour 10 minutes
Taking a 15-minute helicopter ride back from Kalapatthar, you will stop at the Syangboche airstrip and head towards the Everest view hotel. The exotic breakfast at the Everest View Hotel (3962 meters) is an immense surprise for travelers during the Everest base camp heli tour. Having breakfast at the yard of the hotel, you will enjoy the enticing Everest Himalayan scenery.
The thrilling helicopter ride to EBC is not just exploring the dramatic Khumbu region, but also experiencing a luxurious trip into the Himalayas. So, this trip is suitable for all types of people- family groups with kids and senior citizens.
The maximum takeoff weight is 2250 KG, with 5 passengers capacity excluding the captain. The maximum altitude that the chopper ride can take you is 23000 feet. Above 4300 meters (Pheriche, only three passengers will be carried at once. So if you are more than 3, there will be a double shift.
What about the Himalayan Views?
The top of the world- Mt. Everest (8848.86 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Cho Oyu (8,210 meters), Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters) and the surrounding snowy peaks that are hidden, can be seen only from the helicopter ride.
EBC Helicopter Tour is itself a dream trip, where you avoid all the hurdles of up and down the route, challenging high passes, and safely landing at Kalapatthar, which is a noble viewpoint of the Everest Himalayan chain. Grab this dream; we customize the trip to your preferred schedule.
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Best Time/Season for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour can be done throughout the year, however, there is some special time/month/season that offers an amazing overview of the Himalayas and the surroundings.
Spring season (March, April, and May) is a wonderful time for the EBC Heli tour. The spring season offers great days with temperatures of 15-17 degrees during the day and around -10/-15 degree Celsius. The entire region to 3700 meters is dominated by lush woods and rhododendron woods. The landscape above 3700 meters is rocky terrain and looks dramatic in spring.
The autumn season (September, October, and November) is a wow season for the EBC Helicopter Tour. The weather often remains crystal clear which allows great pictures of the Everest Himalayan chain from a closer distance. If you want to know about the temperature, it remains around 20 degrees in the daytime and it reaches around -15 during night.
December January and February remain snowy and frozen in the Khumbu region. These months are tough for trekking and the trekking trail is often blocked by the snow. But definitely, EBC Helicopter Tour takes you to the bosom of the top of the world and the snowy surroundings around EBC and Kalapatthar. Winter EBC Heli Tour is bliss for travelers. However, you need warm outfits and stuff like warm hiking boots, woolen socks, UV ray-protecting glasses, woolen hat, and muffler, etc.
Safety in EBC Helicopter Tour
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is safe and sound in fine weather. Helicopters are friendly transportation in the Himalayas as weather changes may appear suddenly. Even while the airplane is not being operated. Helicopters are well-serviced and operated by professional (highly experienced) captains. We don't compromise in any safety matters to our clients and get proper weather information on the Himalayan terrain. On the other hand, the landing altitude is 5500 meters without stopping the engine.
Oxygen assistance is given on the helicopter ride to the Everest base camp. It avoids the risk of getting caught by high altitude sickness and breathing problems.