Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast

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US$ 1,299 US$ 1,234 P/P

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    Kalapathar 5,600 m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Helicopter flight

  • Region/Type

    Nepal Package Tours
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast Overview

"There is no better experience than having breakfast in front of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest".

Breakfast in Everest is a special tour designed for those adventurers who don’t have much time to trek to Everest Base Camp. The approximately 4-hour program can be adjusted with your Nepal tour in one of the mornings. 

This 1 Day tour starts early from Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu taking you to Syangboche of the Everest region in about two hours taking a couple of stops, where breakfast is served in front of Mount Everest. 

The chopper tour itself is a great experience as you can witness some of the highest mountains on earth in a matter of an hour. The aerial landscape from Helicopter is exquisite as you will get a wonderful opportunity to witness the change in the landscape from vibrant lush green hills, terraced fields, and blossoming wild forests to coniferous forests, and rocky mountains accompanied by the backdrop of majestic blue sky.    

The chartered helicopter flies over the historical cities, beautiful valleys, picturesque villages, Georges, terraced fields, and dramatic landscape to the infamous Lukla airport, and land for re-fueling before heading up to Everest Base Camp via Pheriche. Lukla airport is one of the most thrilling airports in the world, recognized as the world's most dangerous airport by Forbes Magazine. What makes it the most dangerous airport is that it lies on the slope of the mountains and has an incredibly short runaway. It will be an amazingly thrilling experience flying to Lukla. 

We will stop at Lukla for about 10-15 minutes where we can enjoy the magnificent scenery standing in front of us. After taking the first taste of mountain air in Lukla, we will fly towards Pheriche for the shuttle. If the travelers are flying in a pack 5 then we will have to be divided into two groups to fly further because of the thin air pressure in the high altitudes of the Himalayas. 

From Pheriche, we will fly towards Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar literally translates to black rock. This mountain is decorated with the sublime panoramic view of the highest mountains in the world including the almighty Mt. Everest. 20 different mountains surrounding the beautiful valley of Namche in a bowl shape can be seen from here. Some of the mountains sitting upclose to Kalapatthar are Mt. Everest, Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Kusum, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangaru, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Mera Peak, Mt. Island Peak, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Tawache, and others. 

We will stop for 10-15 minutes in Kalapatthar and then return back to Pheriche. Because the group of travelers is divided, the group that flew to Kalapatthar first can fly back to Pheriche first and the second group that flew, later on, can fly second from Kalapatthar so that both the groups get equal time to adore the mesmerizing beauty of both places. 

After this, we will fly towards Syangboche enjoying the unique landscape, and an aerial view of the Himalayas, monasteries, and Sherpa villages. Everest View Hotel is located at Syangboche where we will enjoy delicious breakfast in the courtyard of the hotel and in front of us lies the shinning Himalayas. This experience is truly majestic and the view of the Himalayas is so captivating too good to be true. We will look around the area and the travelers might get an opportunity to interact with the local Sherpa community. We will stop by at Syangboche for 45 minutes to an hour depending on weather conditions and other issues. 

Another alternative to Syangboche is flying to Kongde. Kongde is just as beautiful offering an up-close view of several 8 thousanders. Yeti Mountain Home is located in Kongde where we can enjoy breakfast and roam around for a bit. But this alternative is a more luxurious option.  

After relishing in the tranquility of nature, we will have a short transit in Lukla and after refueling the helicopter, we will fly back to Kathmandu with incredible experiences filled with adrenaline. 

This approximately 4-hour journey is one of the best ways to get closer to Everest as it requires less time and effort for the best breakfast you will ever have in your life!

Note: If unfortunately, travelers face difficulties in breathing or show symptoms of altitude sickness then an oxygen cylinder with the mask is available at an additional cost in Everest View Hotel, Syangboche, Yeti Mountain Home, Kongde, and in the Helicopter, you are flying in as well. Additional costs won't be required in the Helicopter. 

Breakfast with Everest Helicopter Tour Highlights 

  • Exciting and thrilling helicopter flight from Kathmandu to the Everest region.
  • Sightseeing in the world’s highest national park, Sagarmatha National Park. 
  • Enjoy breakfast overlooking the highest mountains in the world. 
  • Enjoying bird’s eye view of the mesmerizing valleys, beautiful villages, landscapes, icefalls, glaciers, snow-capped peaks, rivers, and lakes. 
  • Experiencing the view from Kalapatthar, the highest viewpoint in the world standing at 5,545 m above sea level.
  • Panoramic and aerial views of snowy giants including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kangtega, Mt. Kusum, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangaru, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Mera Peak, Mt. Island Peak, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Tawache, and others.

Major Attractions About Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trip

1. Everest Base Camp Overfly 

One of the major highlights of this tour is to fly over the almighty Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world located at 8,848 meters above sea level and it is the dream of any traveler to encounter this peak at least once in a lifetime. Everest Helicopter Tour allows travelers to not only encounter this peak but also to adore its stunning aerial view including several other 8 thousanders. 

2. Kalapatthar 

Kalapatthar is a famous climbing mountain that presents a splendid 360 degrees and up-close view of Mt. Everest and twenty other mountains. It is also the highest viewpoint in the world standing at an elevation of 5,545 meters above sea level. Kalapatthar is the highest elevation one can reach without a climbing permit. It is also an alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek. Kalapatthar provides the best view of Mt. Everest and one of the most spectacular views in the world. 

3. Breakfast at Kongde/Syangboche 

Having breakfast in front of the world's highest mountain Mt. Everest and several other Himalayas is one of the major highlights of this trip. We will either have breakfast at Everest View Hotel in Synagboche or Yeti Mountain Home in Kongde as per the travelers' choice. 

Everest View Hotel is awarded as the highest placed hotel at an altitude of 13000 ft by the Guinness Book of World records in 2004. Both of these hotels are located in beautiful locations that offer picturesque vistas. But Yeti Mountain Home is a much more luxurious alternative for travelers who wish to experience luxury in the mountains.  

4. Khumbu Glacier

Khumbu Glacier is the highest glacier in the world standing at an elevation of 4,900 meters above sea level. It also is the largest glacier in Nepal. It lies between Mt. Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. It also consists of a large icefall known as Khumbu Icefall. Khumbu Glacier is the riskiest and most challenging part of Mt. Everest summit and the final trail to the base camp. But the helicopter tour to Everest allows us to relish the aerial view of this thrilling glacier without having to experience any risks or challenges. 

Things to know before doing Everest Helicopter Tour 

1. Packing list 

 - Full-sleeve shirt   - Pair of warm trousers   -Windproof down jacket  -First aid kit

 - UV protection sunglasses Sunscreen, moisturizer, and lip balm 

 - Scarf/Muffler  -Sun hat/Woolen Cap  -Toiletries  -Chocolate or energy bars 

 - Valuable items like Passport, wallet, camera, mobile phone, casual cash  -Bottle of water 

2. Best Time for Everest Helicopter Tour 

Since the Everest Helicopter Tour only takes a few hours, it can be done any time of the year. But Everest region is located at a high altitude and the mountain weather is unpredictable limiting the possibility of flying at any time. Although it matters to the weather and no season is bad for the helicopter tour, spring and autumn would be the best seasons if we had to choose. Below we have presented the experience of the Everest Helicopter Tour in different seasons. 

Spring - In Nepal, spring lies from March to May and it is one of the best seasons for Helicopter Tours in the Everest region. It offers pleasant weather, an awesomazing view of clear blue sky, lush green forests, blooming rhododendron, and several other wildflowers, and a crystal clear view of the soaring Himalayas. The temperature in the Everest region is moderate during spring ranging from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. 

Summer - In Nepal, summer lies from June to September. We have a summer monsoon so it often rains during this time of the year. The temperature is warm and moderate but the weather is very unpredictable. If it rains during the night then the mornings are bright with crystal-clear skies but during this time of the year, one must be very patient for the perfect day with nice weather as we do not take any risks during bad weather. 

Autumn - In Nepal, autumn falls from October to December making it another best season for Everest Heli Tour. Since autumn comes after summer which is also monsoon, the weather is fabulous with moderate temperature, lush green landscapes, clear skies, beautiful scenery ad breathtaking views of the Himalayas.  The temperature usually ranges from 15-18 degrees Celsius during the daytime. Although it is relatively colder after Christmas, the view still is spectacular making it worth your time, money, and energy. 

Winter - In Nepal, winter falls during January and February. While the view is still amazing and you might also get to experience snowfall, it is a comparatively less-suggested season for Helicopter Tour because of unpredictable weather and chances of postponing the trip. But if the weather condition is in favor, you can perform Heli Tour with the stunning aerial view of the snowfall over the mountains. 

3. Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is not mandatory for Everest Helicopter Tour but we recommend all travelers purchase a nice travel insurance policy for a secure trip. It is always better to have a travel insurance policy as it safeguards against any unforeseen contingencies. While purchasing a travel insurance policy, one has to make sure that it covers medical emergencies, medical evacuation, trip cancellation, delays and interruption, loss, and theft of personal belongings or baggage. 

4. Health and Physical Fitness 

Since the Helicopter Tour doesn’t require trekking or hiking, it is not required for travelers to be in great health and shape. But physical and mental fitness is still very important for this trip. Since we will be traveling to a high altitude, we do not suggest people with Asthma, Bronchitis, Heart, and other breathing problems perform helicopter tours without consulting their doctor.

Similarly, we also highly suggest people with acrophobia and aerophobia consult their doctor before the trip.    

5. Private flight vs. sharing flight 

A helicopter includes 5 commercial/passenger seats. While sharing the flight with other people is more cost-friendly, a private flight is more spacious and comfortable. The sharing basis is done by different individuals who wish to witness Mt. Everest, and we gather these individuals resulting in a group of individuals with the same purpose and dream. Hence, the helicopter flight departs in a certain timeframe and cannot be customized, whereas, a private flight, can be customized anytime if the weather is pleasant and clear. 

On a private flight, the travelers can choose to stop between a couple of scheduled locations like Syangboche or Kongde for breakfast, but on the sharing flight, one must follow the mentioned schedule. Besides this, if the travelers are interested in stopping at other spots besides the mentioned location, they shall present us their purpose and inform us in advance so that we can make it happen. But these locations should be chosen following the national park rules and regulations. Stopping at other places except the scheduled location is not possible on a sharing basis and it will also require additional time and cost. 

6. Weight capacity and maximum number of people 

4/5 people can fly in a helicopter with a total weight limit of 450 kg excluding the pilot. The maximum weight capacity of a helicopter is 450 kg excluding the pilot while taking off from Kathmandu. But the maximum weight capacity while landing varies from place to place owing to the differing altitude and air pressure of different places. 

The maximum weight capacity landing at Syangboche is 450 kg and landing at Pheriche is 420 kg. As for Kalapatthar, the maximum passenger weight capacity is 220 kg. Hence, although 4/5 people could take off in a Helicopter from Kathmandu, only 2/3 passengers can fly in a Helicopter to Kalapatthar. So, an extra shuttle flight from Pheriche to Kalapatthar should be done. 

7. Safety Measures 

  • The safety of our clients is our utmost priority. Below are some safety measures to follow for a fruitful and successful trip:
  • Please do pay attention during the briefing session by the captain. 
  • Make sure to properly fasten your seatbelt before taking off. 
  • Only enter the helicopter after the pilot has signaled and only leave your appointed seat after receiving the signal from the pilot. 
  • Do not approach the helicopter from behind. 
  • Smoking inside the aircraft is not allowed. 
  • Take proper care of your belongings. 
  • Carry a snack: chocolate/energy bar with you so that you can consume it if you start feeling dizzy. Always carry a bottle of water with you. 
  • Please do inform our crew members or pilot if you feel unwell.
  • Please acknowledge all the instructions for a safe flight. 

Itinerary in Details

1: Everest Helicopter Day Tour Route and Schedule

🕑 4/5 Hours Heli Flight Day Tour

Max Altitude: 5600 M

1st Phase:

  • Meet at 5:45 AM at the Hotel/Location and Transfer to Airport
    At 6:30 AM Helicopter flight from Kathmandu – to Lukla (refueling and short leisure)
    Flight time = 45 minutes.
    Ground time = 10/15  minutes 
  • We start our Everest Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu with a scenic flight overlooking the mesmerizing landscapes, historical landmarks, picturesque valleys, and alpine forests. Our first stop will be the world-famous, Lukla Airport, where we will stop for refueling purposes.

2nd Phase:

  • Heli flight from Lukla – Pheriche(4370 M/14340ft) Suttle 
    Flight from Pheriche - Everest Base Camp Overfly and  Kala Pathar (5600m) (short leisure) as per the condition
    Flight time = 25 minutes.
    Ground time = 10/15 minutes
  • From Lukla, we will overfly Namche, Tengboche Monastery, and Ama Dablam Base Camp and land at Pheriche for a shuttle. We will then fly to Kalapatthar after the shuttle and enjoy the panoramic vista of the high Himalayas.

3rd Phase:

  • Heli flight from Everest Base Camp/ Kala Pathar – Syangboche (short leisure & breakfast on the lap of Mt. Everest)
    Flight time = 15 minutes.
    Ground time = 45 Minutes - 1 Hour ( Depending on Weather and condition)
    Stroll Around Syangboche for Pictures and Views
  • The helicopter then takes you to Everest View Hotel in Syangboche where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast in the courtyard of the hotel overlooking the snowy giants. This experience is truly majestic.

4th Phase:

  • Heli flight from Syangboche – Lukla – Kathmandu
    Flight time = 1 Hour 20 minutes.
  • After breakfast in Syangboche, we make our way towards Lukla for refueling and then fly back to Kathmandu with joyous memories that last for an l    lifetime.  

Note:

  • We Offer Luxury Champagne  Breakfast at Yeti Home Kongde located at the elevation of 4250 M for the Special Interested Travelers/group.
  • Above mentioned/Given Information/Itinerary and price along with the inclusion is Designed to offer at Syangboche ( Everest View Hotel) for Breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Private Transfer to/from Hotel As per Itinerary
  • Chartered Helicopter Flight as per Plan ( Sharing or Private Chartered)
  • Flight Covers Kathamandu - Lukla - Pheriche- EBC Overfly- Kalapathar- Syangboche - Namche Overfly - Kathmandu
  • Flights Cover additional Gikyo lake, Glacier  Lake, Many Zigzag Corners of Himalayas and Kongde Suttle for Breakfast for Private Chartered in Additional cost
  • Domestic Airport Taxes in Kathmandu and Lukla
  • National Park Permit -Sagarmatha/Everest ( Depending on Trip and Condition Apply) 
  • Local Province Fees
  • Ground Charge for Helicopter
  • Travel Insurance During the Flight
  • Luxury Breakfast at Everest View Hotel with Mountain Views from Hotel ( On Request/Depending on Requirement)
  • All Applicable Taxes

Note: Champagne Breakfast at Kongde – Yeti Mountain Home (4250 m) and Everest View Hotel are Available in extra Services. We are happy to customize the trip according to travelers' Time, interests, and budget.

Excludes

  • International Airfare to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa ( Can be Obtain upon arrival)
  • Accommodations and Meals in Kathmandu
  • Any Other Activities not mentioned and included in the above Day package ( Can be extended at extra cost)
  • Personal Expenses such as Clothing and Equipment, Tipping, Travel Insurance Except Everest Flight
  • Any Cost Which is not mentioned in the Package

FAQ'S

Q. 1. Is Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast safe?

Yes, the Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast is safe. We will not fly if the weather is not favorable and the trip will be postponed. The helicopters are also in good condition and maintenance and repairs are done in a timely. A cylinder of oxygen with a mask will be kept in the helicopter for any emergencies. 

Q. 2. What is the maximum height that we reach during the Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast?

The maximum height that we reach is in Kalapatthar located at 5,545 meters above sea level.

Q. 3. Can children and elderly do Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast?

Yes, children and elders can do the Everest Helicopter tour but it is necessary for them to be in good health. We suggest you consult with the doctor first if they suffer from Asthma, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, or other heart and breathing-related problems. 

Q. 4. How long does the Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast take?

The Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast takes around 4-5 hours. We will spend 2-3 hours on the Helicopter tour and about 15-30 mins of break/layover in between. 

Q. 5. Can we land at Everest Base Camp?

It is better to land at Kalapatthar than the base camp because the view seen from Kalapatthar is better. The base camp is also very crowded with the summiteers and trekkers during the peak season making it quite not possible to land at the base camp. But, if the base camp is not crowded, it is possible to land at the EBC with prior information. 

Q. 6. Can we land at Mt. Everest summit?

It is impossible to land at the Mt. Everest summit. It is strictly prohibited because the thin layer of air at the highest altitude doesn’t allow the helicopter to push enough air for flight. 

Q. 7. Do I need a permit for Everest Helicopter Tour with Breakfast?

Since we will be flying over the Sagarmatha National Park, you will need Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit which costs USD30. 

Q. 8. What happens if there is bad weather?

The mountain weather is unpredictable and in case of bad weather, we will cancel the trip and postpone it for the next day or when the weather is favorable as it is very risky to fly during bad weather. 

Q. 9. Is Champagne included in the Breakfast?

The Champagne isn’t included in the package. It is added on request with additional cost. 

Q. 10. What is the actual cost of the Everest Helicopter Tour?

The price depends upon sharing basis or private tour. If you are doing sharing basis then it costs USD999 per person and for a private charter, it costs USD4000 but depends upon time consumed, breakfast location, additional activities, and so on. 

GearList

Planning a trip in a different environment and such an elevated area, one may have concerns about packing. Here, we have mentioned the essentials to pack for the Everest Helicopter tour. Please do make sure to pack lightly so that it doesn’t cause any inconveniences while traveling. 

  • Full-sleeve shirt
  • Pair of warm trousers 
  • Windproof down jacket 
  • First aid kit 
  • UV protection sunglasses 
  • Sunscreen, moisturizer, and lip balm 
  • Scarf/Muffler  
  • Sun hat/Woolen Cap 
  • Toiletries 
  • Chocolate or energy bars 
  • Valuable items like Passport, wallet, camera, mobile phone, casual cash
  • Bottle of water

Reviews

Emily Shaw

Australia

Fantastic Trip! Great View!

I coordinated a trip for 18 colleagues to visit Mt Everest Base Camp via helicopter and enjoyed a private buffet breakfast on a neighbouring mountain top.

I contacted Raj and he answered all my questions thoroughly, gave a competitive quote and was contactable at any time via WhatsApp. One of the most genuine tour operators I came across.

Overall the trip to 'base camp' was amazing, the view breath-taking and certainly once in a life time. Totally worth the expense- and probably the only thing worth doing in Nepal (besides hiking to EBC).

It was a great trip with many memories and some suggestions for Raj and his team.

Hope to see you soon in near future.

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