“Helicopter tours in Everest are for those who can’t trek”. This is a statement that has been falsified now as people who can trek are also going for helicopter tours to the highest mountain on Earth. Families, couples on honeymoon, and school children on trips all have enjoyed the trip to Mount Everest by a helicopter.
The helicopter tours in Nepal are operated with 2 types of helicopters, euro copter As 350 and Bell jet ranger. You can find the Russian MI-17 with some providers but they are mostly used for supply and rescue missions. Turbine-engine helicopters can reach around 25,000 feet. But the maximum height at which a helicopter can hover is much lower - a high-performance helicopter like the at 10,400 feet.
The best thing about the helicopter tour is it takes you to Mt Everest, but that is not the only reason to take a Helicopter tour in 2021 and beyond. The highest peak dominates the Himalayan mountain range that divides Nepal and Tibet as a natural border. The Sagarmatha (Nepali name of Everest) National Park’s towering mountains, vast glaciers, and remote snowfields inspire people to go for this trip of a lifetime. One of the must-do things when you are in Nepal. It is an opportunity to see Mount Everest in a matter of 3 hours without much hassle and having nothing to worry about altitude and time and a grumpy boss at work who gets upset every time you mention taking a break.
“Can we land the helicopter on top of Mount Everest?”
The answer is no but you will be landing the bird at the base camp of Everest. The Everest base camp is situated at an altitude of 5,464 m at Everest Base Camp and another vantage point here is the Kalapather at 5180m. The trip will give you time to explore the base camp as well so make sure you have a down jacket to keep yourself warm at the Everest base camp.
“How much does Helicopter tour in Nepal cost?”
- another question that often pops up in the mind of people planning a trip to the Everest base camp with a helicopter. The cost varies depending on the number of people so a minimum of US $ 1000 per person for a 3-4-hour trip.
“Is Everest base camp the only possible Helicopter tour?”
- Even though Everest base camp by Helicopter or Breakfast with Everest is by far the most popular Helicopter tour in Nepal but there are other possible tours such as Annapurna base camp by Helicopter, Langtang trip by Helicopter or a simple scenic trip to Nagarkot of one hour on a Helicopter. Like any other trekking or cultural tour in Nepal Helicopter tours can also be customized as per your need.
To better visualize the experience and the sight you get on this incredible trip you can check this video “A Luxurious Helicopter Tour to Everest Nepal”. This can give you a rough idea but until you do the trip you will not get the exact idea of how it feels. Most people have done this trip only say one thing “Great”!