Everest Budget Helicopter Tour

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USD $ 999 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    5,545 m m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Car/Van/Bus

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Overview

Everest Budget Helicopter Tour is an excellent offer package from Himalayan Trekkers where your burning desire to see the world's highest peak can be completed with a few hours and that at a budget price. The magnificent rising hills decorated with farm fields and a backdrop of pleasing mountains are revealed in an aerial perspective from the helicopter. 

The biggest attraction of this Budget Everest helicopter tour is the opportunity to see the world's tallest peaks up close, as well as other well-known summits like Gaurishankar, Cho-Oyu, Lhakpa Dorje, and others. The natural splendor of the Khumbu region is best appreciated from above, where you can take in the complete panorama of the snow-capped Himalayas, glaciers, and Sherpa settlements. 

Our helicopter budget tour to Mount Everest begins from the airport in Kathmandu. As the plane takes off from the airport, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Kathmandu valley and many of its heritage monuments. The snow-covered peaks begin to appear in front of your eyes as the flight progresses towards the eastern side.

The chopper will land at an airfield for a short time to finish some of your trip's procedures. During the break, take in the sights of the Himalayan range that surrounds Lukla Township. The plane passes almost directly over the Khumbu glacier and Everest Base Camp. The helicopter lands at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar from where you will be able to see Mt. Everest, Nuptse West Face, Lhotse, Khumbutse, Pumori, and Ama Dablam up close and personal. 

Everest Budget Helicopter Tour Route

Kathmandu – Lukla – Everest Base Camp/Kalapatthar – Everest View Hotel – Lukla – Kathmandu 

Best Time for Everest Budget Helicopter Tour 

The climate and weather in the Himalayan region are usually unpredictable. They might rise and fall at any moment. But, helicopter flights to the Everest region can be done at any time of the year. Also, the weather is most favorable to the watchers in the morning time.  

Spring (March – April) and Autumn (September – November) are the greatest time to take helicopter flights to the Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. These seasons have more moderate temperatures, sunny skies, little to no rain, and a lower likelihood of snowfall days offering spectacular views of the Himalayas, and the colorful environment.

Flights are also viable in winter (December – February) since there is no possibility of rain and the days are clear. However, when the temperature drops and the winds pick up, the possibility of a flight cancellation increases. Temperatures might drop to dangerously low levels, so you'll need to be well prepared. However, the sky is usually exceptionally clear in the winter, allowing for spectacular mountain views.

Helicopter flight is feasible in Summer/Monsoon (June – August), however, it is risky.  In addition, constant rain increases the likelihood of aircraft delays or cancellations. There is frequent change in weather and the visibility is low due to heavy rains and clouds in this season and it is dangerous to fly in low visibility. The view of the Himalayas, which is the trip's main appeal, is obscured by heavy rain and clouds. So, a helicopter trip to Everest is not suggested. 

In conclusion, spring and autumn are the best seasons for Everest helicopter flights. Nevertheless, it is possible in the winter but monsoon is not recommendable.

Itinerary

1: A Full Day Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp Nepal

🕑 4Hrs in Total

Max Altitude: 5,600 m

6:30 AM: Hotel Pick up in Kathmandu, transfer to the airport & airport formalities

One of our representatives will meet you in the hotel lobby and transport you to Tribhuwan International Airport's domestic terminal.

7:30 AM: Fly to Lukla (2800 m)
Flight Duration: 40 minutes 
Fueling Duration: 10/15 minutes

Following the completion of airport formalities, you will board the helicopter, and the flight will depart in the direction mentioned, heading for Hillary Tenzing Airport, also known as Lukla Airport. Aerial views of Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh, Shishapangma, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam, as well as Sherpa communities, will be breathtaking during this 40 minutes amazing flight.

You can take some photos and get a peek of the Lukla town while we stop for refueling here for 10-15 minutes. 

(Note: A shuttle flight to Pheriche is required if the weight exceeds 220 kilograms.)

8:30 AM: Fly to Kala Patthar (5,545 m)

Flight Duration: 15 minutes 
Ground Duration: 10-15 minutes

After refueling in Lukla, the helicopter will take you to Kala Patthar. A remarkable difference in landscape and topography may be witnessed as the trip continues. You'll fly above Namche Bazar, the base camp for Mt. Everest. The beautiful hotel communities dotting the Namche Bazar are guaranteed to catch your attention. The helicopter will fly over Ama Dablam, a beautiful alpine peak. When we get to Kala Patthar, we'll take a 10-15 minute break.

9:00 AM: Fly to Everest View Hotel (3,950 m)

Flight Duration: 15 minutes 
Ground Duration: 45/1 Minutes/Hour 

From Kala Patthar, the aircraft takes off to the world’s highest hotel at an elevation of 3950 meters. You will get a gorgeous aerial view of the Khumbu Glacier, Khumbu Ice Fall as well as some snowcapped peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and many other small mountains. You will be treated to a delightful breakfast with a glass of champagne at the hotel along with a 360-degree close-up view of the Himalayan ranges.

10:00 AM: Fly back to Lukla

Flight Duration: 15 minutes
Fueling Duration: 10 minutes 

We depart the hotel after spending an ample amount of time admiring the view and the landscape. Our flight again lands at the Lukla airport for refueling and basic flight procedures.

10:30 AM: Fly back to Kathmandu

Flight duration: 40 minutes 
We take off from Lukla and fly over the towering Himalayan peaks, lush green landscapes, and colorful valleys on our way to Kathmandu. Once you land at the airport, you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Hotel transfers (pick-ups and drop-offs) on a private vehicle
  • Chartered flight from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu on sharing basis 
  • Airport tax and boarding pass
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel
  • A glass of Champagne
  • 15 minutes break at Kala Patthar
  • All government taxes

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, Wi-Fi, laundry, etc.
  • Any extra cost other than mentioned in the includes

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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