Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour With Landing: 1 Day

"Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing flight at Everest view hotel for at least an hour."
Good to Know
  • Duration 5 Hours
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 5545m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
  • Best Season Through out the year


Visitors can experience a close-up view of the Himalayan range, which includes Everest, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Nuptse, Lhotse, Peak 38, Makalu, Cho yuThameserku, Karyolunglingtren, Awi Peak, and Kusung kanguru during this exciting and beautiful Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Package. Here are some of the tour's major highlights:

  • Aerial View of the Himalayas: Let's get introduced to incredible panoramas of towering peaks covered in snow, deep valleys, and rugged landscapes as you fly over the gorgeous Himalayan range. 
  • Landing at Lukla: The Khumbu region's small town has been considered the entrance to Everest. To refuel, the helicopter will stop here, allowing you to have a closer look at the airports, landings, and takeoffs that are happening beside the tall, majestic peaks and experience the exhilarating takeoffs and landings on Lukla's renowned short and steep runway.
  • Flying Through Sherpa Villages over the Dudh Koshi River:  The helicopter will continue gaining altitude, passing through scenic villages like Phakding Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Thukla, Pangboche, and Syangboche on the way from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. Stunning vistas of well-known summits like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Nuptse will be available. Chance to set foot in the Everest Region at Kalapatthar as the helicopter lands there or close by at Everest Base Camp.
  • Views of the Khumbu Icefall: During the helicopter flight, a spectacular view of the Khumbu Icefall is visible, and we even see the camps getting set up for the summit and expeditions. The icefall is a maze of towering ice slabs and crevasses, and witnessing it from the air is truly a sight to behold.
  • Close-up Views of Mount Everest: The highlight of the tour is, of course, the chance to see Mount Everest (Lhotse nuptse choy u Makalu) and the 8000 peaks up close. You'll have the opportunity to see and witness the world's highest peak, an 8000-meter peak. The helicopter will hover near Everest, allowing you to capture stunning photographs and create lasting memories.
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel: Trekking Planner Nepal offers the option of a luxurious breakfast at one of the most luxurious high-altitude hotels, the Hotel Everest View in Syangboche. This allows the travelers to have some quality time in the mountains, enjoying the delicious meal while enjoying panoramic views of the Everest region.

Advantage of booking Helicopter Tour with Trekking Planner Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner's down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won't be any networking issues.

Important Notice

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has implemented new rules for helicopter landing at Kalapatthar. In a shared helicopter, there are either 5 passengers or 2 passengers, and the cost is split, and in the case of 5 passengers, the helicopter doesn't land. The cost must be split among two passengers for landing at Kalapatthar.

In a private helicopter, if there are 2 passengers, the helicopter lands, and in the case of 5, it doesn't land. There must be either a single passenger or two passengers for the landing at Kalapatthar.

In both sharing and private helicopters the helicopter lands at the Everest View Hotel for breakfast.

Introduction: Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour with landing at Kala patthar

Welcome to the breathtaking world of the Himalayas, where trekking planner Nepal brings a unique chance of flying over the Khumbu Region, the Himalayas, and Everest Base Camp with a helicopter tour that lands at Kalapatthar for close-up looks at the mountains, and at Everest View Hotel, which offers some extra time for the mountains and views, where we can even have breakfast and relax into the soaring beauty of the Himalayas! This extraordinary adventure offers you an unforgettable experience of exploring the majestic Himalayas and getting up close to the legendary Mount EverestAma dablam, NuptseLhotse, Thamsherkhu, Kantega, Kongde Ri, Peak38, Hilary Peak, and many more.

Located at the heart of the Khumbu Region of Nepal, Everest Base Camp is the starting point for mountaineers embarking on their journey to conquer the world's tallest peak. This Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour provides a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Everest region, including its tall, majestic mountains, rugged terrain, and picturesque valleys.

The adventure begins as you board a state-of-the-art helicopter, specially designed for high-altitude flights. As the rotor blades spin, you'll soar above lush green forests, traditional Sherpa villages, and ancient monasteries, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region.

As you approach Everest Base Camp, you'll be awestruck by the breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan giants, such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. The helicopter will make a thrilling landing at a strategic viewpoint, allowing you to step out and soak in the unparalleled panorama of the Himalayas.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand in the footsteps of legendary climbers and feel the exhilaration of being so close to the roof of the world. Take in the crisp mountain air, listen to the sounds of the wind whistling through the peaks, and capture stunning photographs that will leave you with everlasting memories.

You will be escorted by skilled pilots and informed tour leaders who will give fascinating insights on the topography, history, and mountaineering accomplishments of the area. They'll make sure you're secure and provide you with useful information on the amazing sights you pass along the way.

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing promises to be a breathtaking experience, whether you're an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a one-of-a-kind encounter. As you stand in the shadow of Mount Everest, get ready for a thrilling trip that blends the best of the outdoors, cultural immersion, and the height of achievement.

Where does the trip begin and end?

The One Day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing typically begins and ends in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. You will start your adventure by being picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu by Trekking Planner Nepal representatives and transferred to the domestic airport for your helicopter flight.

The helicopter will take off from Kathmandu and fly towards the majestic Himalayas towards Lukla, passing over stunning landscapes and traditional Sherpa villages along the way from Lukla to Kalapatthar. The exact route may vary depending on weather conditions and helicopter availability.

Upon reaching Kalapatthar, the helicopter will fly over the Everest Base Camp, just above Gorakshep. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the Khumbu glacier and the climbers getting prepared for the Everest summit, taking in the breathtaking views and capturing memorable photographs of the majestic views.

After spending some time at the Syangboche landing site, Everest View Hotel, land there, have some breakfast, spend some time again with the mountains, and come back to Kathmandu after having breakfast. During the flight back, you can continue to marvel at the incredible scenery and reflect on the awe-inspiring experience you've just had.

Finally, the helicopter will land at the domestic airport in Kathmandu, and you will be transferred back to your hotel by trekking planner representatives, marking the end of the One Day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing.

Please note that the specific itinerary, including the landing site and duration of the tour, may vary depending on weather conditions,air density, private or shared basis, and other factors. It's always recommended to check with Trekking Planner Nepal for the exact details of the tour before booking.

Mountains Seen during Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

While the exact mountains you see may vary depending on the route and weather conditions, here are some of the notable peaks you can expect to encounter during the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landings.

  • Mount Everest: The highlight of the tour is, of course, Mount Everest itself. As the highest peak in the world, standing at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), its majestic presence is awe-inspiring.
  • Lhotse: Located just next to Mount Everest, Lhotse is the fourth-highest mountain in the world and has an elevation of 8,516 meters (27,940 feet). It has a distinct pyramid shape and is an impressive sight to look forward to from the helicopter.
  • Nuptse: Situated in the Mahalangur Range, Nuptse stands at 7,861 meters (25,791 feet). Its steep and rugged appearance adds to the dramatic landscape of the region.
  • Ama Dablam: This iconic mountain is often referred to as the "Matterhorn of the Himalayas" by foreigners and the "mother necklace by the locals due to its striking resemblance to the famous peak in the Swiss Alps. Ama Dablam stands at 6,812 meters (22,349 feet) and is known for its symmetrical beauty.
  • Thamserku: Rising to an elevation of 6,623 meters (21,729 feet), Thamserku showcases a unique pyramid shape and is a prominent landmark on the trail to Everest Base Camp. The best view can be seen from Dingboche in a helicopter or from the Everest View Hotel.
  • Kangtega: Also known as the "Snow Saddle," Kangtega reaches a height of 6,782 meters (22,251 feet). Its distinctive double summit makes it a captivating sight and a view to see from the Everest View Hotel.
  • Cho Oyu: Although it's not as visible from the Everest Base Camp Route, Cho Oyu can sometimes be glimpsed on the horizon from Gokyo and the Everest Helicopter Tours. With an elevation of 8,201 meters (26,906 feet), it is the sixth-highest mountain globally.

These are just a few examples of the magnificent peaks you may encounter during an Everest Base Camp helicopter Tour. The unpredicted weather conditions and the specific flight path taken by the helicopter can affect which mountains are visible while taking the helicopter tour, but the overall experience is sure to be magnificent.

inside heli view

Is Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing safe?

With the right safety measures and skilled pilots, helicopter flights to Everest Base Camp with a landing can be quite risk-free. It's crucial to remember that any aircraft activity includes inherent risks, particularly in high and difficult terrain like the Himalayas.

Here are some factors to consider while taking an Everest Helicopter Tour:

  • Weather Conditions: The weather conditions in the Everest Region can change rapidly and be unpredictable, especially above 3500 meters. Poor visibility, high winds, or storms can pose challenges for helicopter flights and even delay them. Trekking planners Nepal closely monitor weather conditions, make decisions accordingly, and provide honest information.
  • Altitude Sickness: The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing takes you to a high altitude of about 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be a concern, especially for those who are not acclimatized to high altitudes and even due to the rapid ascent in altitude. It's crucial to follow proper acclimatization protocols, and helicopter operators typically have guidelines to minimize the risk of altitude-related health issues.
  • Landing Conditions: Landing at Everest Base Camp is a complex task due to the high altitude, limited space, and challenging terrain. Kalapatthar is the best destination for landing, and landing is often done at Kalapatthar and then near the Everest View Hotel for breakfast. Skilled pilots with experience in mountain flying are essential for ensuring a safe landing.

To moderate risks, it's important to choose a tour operator like Trekking Planner Nepal with a good safety record, experienced pilots, and modern, well-maintained helicopters. Additionally, it's advisable to consult with a travel or medical professional to assess your fitness for high-altitude activities.

Remember, while helicopter tours can provide stunning views and access to remote areas, it's important to prioritize safety and be aware of the potential risks involved.

Why doesn't a helicopter land at Everest Base Camp?

There are several reasons why helicopters typically do not land at Everest Base Camp (EBC) during the everest helicopter tour with landing and ther reasons are

  • High Altitude and Thin Air: Everest Base Camp is located at an altitude of around 5,364 meters (17,598 feet) above sea level. At such high altitudes, the air density decreases significantly, making it difficult for helicopters to generate enough lift to land safely, and the rough terrain makes it difficult for landing since there is no helipad at Everest Base Camp. The reduced air density limits the helicopter's performance, including its lifting payload capacity, maneuverability, and engine power, and even freezes the batteries, making the helicopters unable to start sometimes.
  • Limited Landing Space: The terrain at Everest Base Camp is rugged and uneven, with rocky surfaces and steep slopes. The area does not provide a suitable landing zone for helicopters, which require a relatively flat and clear area to land safely. The lack of proper landing pads and helipads makes it challenging for helicopters to touch down securely.
  • Wind and Weather: The Everest Region is renowned for its erratic and severe weather, which frequently includes strong winds, freezing temperatures, and heavy snowfall. Helicopter operations are significantly in danger as a result of these difficult weather conditions. It may be dangerous to try to land the helicopter because of the severe winds and gusts that could damage its stability and control.

Mount Everest is a popular climbing destination that draws lots of mountaineers and trekkers every year. However, there are safety issues and resources that are limited. Inadequate space and potential safety risks could result from allowing helicopters to land at Everest Base Camp.

Instead of landing at Everest Base Camp, helicopters are often used for aerial sightseeing tours, emergency rescues, and logistics support during mountaineering expeditions. They typically fly around the Everest region, providing aerial views of the mountain and assisting in rescue operations when needed. This can sometimes affect the trip time when helicopters are doing the rescue process.

What is the best time or month for a helicopter tour of Everest with a landing at Kala Patthar?

The best time to take a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp and land at Kala Patthar depends on various factors such as weather, visibility, and crowd conditions. Generally, the optimal time for such a tour is during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons, which are:

  • Spring Season (Pre-Monsoon): March to May is considered the spring season in the Everest Region. This period offers relatively stable weather conditions, clear skies, and excellent visibility, making it an ideal time for helicopter tours. The temperatures are also moderate, and the rhododendron forests bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape.
  • Autumn Season (Post-Monsoon): September to November is the autumn season, which is another popular time for helicopter tours to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. The weather during this period is generally clear; the skies are usually free from clouds, and the visibility is excellent. The temperatures are mild, making it comfortable for flying and trekking.

It's crucial to organize and reserve your helicopter tour in advance because the spring and fall seasons both draw sizable numbers of tourists, including hikers and mountaineers. It's important to keep a watch on the weather prediction and be ready for unforeseen changes because the weather in the Everest Region may be unpredictable.

Ultimately, when the weather is good, offering clear views of the mountains and a safe flying experience, it is the best time to take a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp and land at Kala Patthar. You can choose the best time based on the circumstances and your interests by speaking with local tour operators or helicopter firms.

What is the landing place, and how many minutes do we get during landing?

The exact landing place during the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour may vary depending on the tour operator, weather conditions, and other factors. However, typically, the landing site is a viewpoint near Everest Base Camp at the 360-degree view point of Kalapatthar, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

You'll only have a short window of time to explore and take it all in after the chopper arrives at the predetermined spot. The time it takes to land can vary, but it typically lasts around 10 minutes. You can stroll around, take in the ambience, snap pictures, and take in the breathtaking splendor of the Everest Region during this time. After landing at Kalapatthar, the helicopter ride takes you towards Everest View Hotel, where the helicopter will land again, where the travelers will have some time to have breakfast and enjoy the magnificent vistas, and after that, you fly back to Kathmandu domestic airport.

The exact duration of the landing will be communicated by Trekking Planner Nepal officials before the trip, and the pilot will ensure that you have sufficient time to enjoy the surroundings within the allocated timeframe.

Can we get Altitude Sickness while Taking a Heli ride to Everest?

Acute mountain sickness (AMS), often known as altitude sickness, can happen while climbing to high altitudes where there is less oxygen present. While taking a helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp does require climbing to higher elevations, the flight is only a brief distance, making it substantially less risky for altitude sickness than trekking to high altitudes.

The risk of altitude sickness is reduced during the Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp. In order to ensure a gentle rise and give your body time to adjust to the changing altitude, the flight path is carefully selected. Additionally, the journey is often shorter than a few hours, which lessens the possibility of suffering from severe altitude-related illnesses.

Nevertheless, it's crucial to understand that everyone reacts to altitude in a different way, and some people may still have moderate altitude sickness symptoms even while riding in a helicopter. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, and shortness of breath are some of the typical AMS symptoms.

It is crucial to alert the captain or other members of the crew if you begin to suffer any of these symptoms while the flight is in progress.

It is advised to drink plenty of fluids, refrain from strenuous exercise, and pay attention to your body's cues if you want to reduce your chance of getting altitude sickness.

Before taking the helicopter tour, it is essential to speak with a medical practitioner if you are worried about getting altitude sickness or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Overall, while the risk of altitude sickness during a helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp is relatively low, it's still important to be aware of the possibility and take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

What is the Difference between a Shared Helicopter and a Private Helicopter?

The main difference between a shared helicopter and a private helicopter lies in the level of exclusivity and cost. The difference is that in a shared helicopter, there are either 5 passengers or 2 passengers, and the cost is split, and in the case of 5 passengers, the helicopter doesn't land. The cost must be split among two passengers for landing at Kalapatthar.

In a private helicopter, if there are 2 passengers, the helicopter lands, and in the case of 5, it doesn't land. There must be either a single passenger or two passengers for the landing at Kalapatthar.

In both sharing and private helicopters the helicopter lands at the Everest View Hotel for breakfast.

What is a shared Helicopter Tour?

In a shared helicopter, multiple individuals or groups who have booked the same tour share the helicopter. The helicopter's capacity is typically divided among the passengers, and each person has a designated seat. The cost of the tour is shared among the participants, making it a more cost-effective option compared to a private helicopter. The difference is that in a shared helicopter, there are either 5 passengers or 2 passengers, and the cost is split, and in the case of 5 passengers, the helicopter doesn't land. The cost must be split among two passengers for landing at Kalapatthar.

Advantages of Sharing a Helicopter.

  • Cost-effective: Sharing the helicopter with other passengers allows for a more affordable price per person.
  • Social interaction: You have the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow travelers who are sharing the same experience.
  • Availability: Shared helicopter tours often have more frequent departures, providing more flexibility in choosing a tour time.

Disadvantages of Taking a Shared Helicopter.

  • Limited flexibility: The departure time and itinerary are predetermined, and you have to adhere to the schedule set by the tour operator.
  • Less privacy: Sharing a helicopter means you will be flying with other passengers, reducing the level of privacy during the tour.
  • Potential delays: If any of the passengers arrive late or encounter issues, it can cause delays for the entire group.

What is a Private Helicopter Tour?

A private helicopter tour offers exclusivity, where you and your chosen companions have the entire helicopter to yourselves. This option provides greater flexibility, privacy, and customization opportunities. 

In a private helicopter, if there are 2 passengers, the helicopter lands, and in the case of 5, it doesn't land. There must be either a single passenger or two passengers for the landing at Kalapatthar.

Benefits of Traveling to Everest in a Helicopter.

  • Flexibility: Private helicopter excursions allow for greater customization of the itinerary, departure times, and amount of time spent at particular destinations.
  • Privacy: You get a more private and intimate experience because there are no other passengers in the helicopter with you.
  • Personalized service: Private tours frequently include individualized services, such as specially tailored commentary, specific requests, and devoted crew attention.

Disadvantages of Taking a Helicopter Tour to Everest.

  • Higher cost: Private helicopter tours are generally more expensive as the entire cost of the helicopter and crew is borne by a smaller group of passengers.

Ultimately, the choice between a shared helicopter and a private helicopter depends on your preferences, budget, and the level of exclusivity you desire for your Everest Base Camp experience.

Is Trekking Planner Reputed Enough to Conduct the Helicopter Tour?

Standing out as the premier choice when it comes to conducting helicopter tours to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Renowned for its impeccable reputation and extensive experience in the field, Trekking Planner Nepal has established itself as a leader in the trekking and travel industries. Here are some compelling reasons why we are considered the best-reputed trekking and travel agency for Everest Helicopter Tours:

  • Experience and Expertise: With years of experience organizing treks and helicopter tours in Nepal, We possess in-depth knowledge and expertise in planning and executing these expeditions. They have a team of seasoned professionals who are well-versed in the nuances of helicopter tours to Everest and are dedicated to delivering top-notch services.
  • Safety First Approach: Our main concern is safety above all else. They adhere to the highest safety standards, ensuring that every aspect of the helicopter tour is meticulously planned and executed. From well-maintained helicopters to experienced pilots and expert guides, We leaves no stone unturned in ensuring the safety and well-being of their clients.
  • Customer Satisfaction: The positive reviews and testimonials from countless satisfied clients speak volumes about the commitment to customer satisfaction. They consistently strive to exceed expectations, providing personalized attention, excellent customer service, and a seamless experience from start to finish.
  • Professional Guides and Staff: Boasting a team of highly professional and knowledgeable guides who are passionate about the Himalayas and sharing their expertise with visitors. Their friendly and dedicated staff members go above and beyond to ensure that each client's needs are met, offering invaluable insights, support, and assistance throughout the helicopter tour.
  • Flexibility and Customization: Recognizing that every traveler is unique, Provinding flexible itineraries and customizable options for helicopter tours. Whether it's a specific request, an additional landing, or a tailored experience, they are committed to accommodating their clients' preferences to create unforgettable and personalized journeys.
  • Permits and Legal Compliance: Trekking Planner Nepal strictly adheres to all necessary permits and legal requirements, ensuring that their helicopter tours are conducted in accordance with the regulations set by the Nepal Tourism Board and the Department of Tourism. This ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience for clients, without any complications or delays.

When it comes to Helicopter Tours to Everest Base Camp, Trekking Planner Nepal's reputation precedes it. Their commitment to safety, exceptional customer service, experienced staff, and meticulous attention to detail make them the go-to choice for travelers seeking a truly remarkable and reliable experience in the Himalayas.

What is duration of the heli ride from Kathmandu to Everest and back to Kathmandu?

The duration of a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Everest and back can vary depending on several factors, including the specific route taken, weather conditions, and the helicopter's performance. On average, a round trip from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp and back can take approximately 3 to 4 hours.

The flight duration for the outbound journey from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp can range from 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on factors such as the helicopter's speed and the specific route chosen. The helicopter typically makes a stop at Lukla for refueling before proceeding to Everest Base Camp.

The duration of the return journey from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu is generally shorter, usually around 1 to 1.5 hours. It's important to note that these time estimates are approximate and can be influenced by weather conditions, air traffic, and other operational considerations.

The helicopter ride itself provides an incredible aerial view of the Himalayan landscapes, including panoramic vistas of the mountains and the picturesque terrain of the Everest Region. The flight time offers an opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking scenery and capture memorable photographs.

It's worth mentioning that these times are for a direct helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp and back. If you opt for additional activities, such as a landing at Kala Patthar or a visit to other nearby locations, the total flight duration may be longer. The specific itinerary and flight plan can be discussed and customized with the helicopter tour operator to suit your preferences.

What type of helicopter is used, and how many passengers are there?

The helicopters used for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours can vary based on the operator and availability. However, the most commonly used helicopter model for such tours is the Eurocopter AS350 B3, also known as the Airbus H125. This helicopter is preferred for its high-altitude performance, maneuverability, and reliability in the challenging terrain of the Himalayas.

The Eurocopter AS350 B3 can accommodate a total of five passengers, including the pilot. It features a seating configuration where passengers sit next to each other, typically in a 2-3 layout, allowing everyone to have window views of the stunning mountain scenery during the flight. The helicopter has large windows that offer excellent visibility, ensuring passengers can enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas.

It's important to note that the number of passengers allowed on the helicopter may vary slightly depending on the specific operator, the weight of the individuals, and any additional equipment or supplies being transported. It's recommended to check with the helicopter tour operator to confirm the exact capacity and seating arrangement for the specific tour you plan to undertake.

How does it feel after taking a helicopter tour that lands on Kalapatthar and Namche?

After taking a helicopter tour with a landing at Everest, individuals often experience a mix of exhilaration, awe, and a profound sense of accomplishment. Here are some common emotions and sensations that people may feel:

  • Awe and Wonder: Landing at Everest and witnessing the majestic mountains up close is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The sheer size and grandeur of the Himalayas, including the mighty Everest itself, can leave individuals feeling humbled and amazed by nature's magnificence.
  • Sense of Achievement: Standing on the iconic Everest Base Camp or at a nearby location like Kala Patthar after a helicopter ride can evoke a profound sense of achievement. It's a unique opportunity to be in the footsteps of the world's highest peak, even if not through a full trekking expedition.
  • Overwhelming Beauty: The breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan landscape, with its snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain, and pristine valleys, often leave a lasting impression. The sheer beauty of the surroundings can evoke a sense of tranquility and a deep appreciation for the natural world.
  • Thrill and Excitement: The helicopter ride itself is an exhilarating experience. Soaring above the mountains, witnessing sweeping panoramas, and navigating through the valleys create a sense of thrill and excitement. The adrenaline rush from the flight adds to the overall experience.
  • Gratitude and Reflection: Being in such a pristine and remote environment can lead to feelings of gratitude for the opportunity to witness such natural wonders. It's a time for introspection and reflection on the significance of the experience and the privilege of being in such a remarkable place.
  • Inspiration and Motivation: Being in the presence of the world's highest peak and experiencing the grandeur of the Everest Region can inspire individuals to push their limits, set new goals, and embark on further adventures or personal achievements.

It's important to note that individual experiences can vary, and emotions can be highly personal. Some individuals may have different reactions or feelings based on their expectations, personal connections to the mountains, or other factors. However, the overwhelming consensus is that a helicopter tour with a landing at Everest leaves a lasting impression and creates cherished memories of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What can we carry and pack during the EBC Heli tour? 

When preparing for an Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a landing in one day, it's important to pack essential items to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment during the experience. Here's a suggested list of items to bring:

  • Layered Clothing: Dressing in layers allows you to adjust your clothing according to changing weather conditions. Pack a lightweight base layer, a warm mid-layer (such as a fleece or down jacket), and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  • Comfortable Trekking Pants: Choose comfortable and quick-drying pants that allow for ease of movement. Avoid jeans or cotton-based pants, as they can become uncomfortable when wet.
  • Hat and Gloves: Carry a warm hat or beanie to protect your head from the cold, along with gloves to keep your hands warm during the flight and landing.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Protect your eyes from the glare of the sun with sunglasses that provide UV protection. Additionally, apply sunscreen with a high SPF to shield your skin from the strong Himalayan sun.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Wear comfortable and well-fitting hiking boots with good ankle support. Make sure they are broken in before the trip to prevent blisters or discomfort.
  • Daypack: Bring a small daypack to carry your essentials during the tour, including a water bottle, snacks, a camera, extra layers, and personal belongings.
  • Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated throughout the tour by carrying a refillable water bottle. Additionally, pack some lightweight, energy-boosting snacks, such as granola bars or trail mix.
  • Camera or Phone: Capture the incredible views and memories of your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour by bringing a camera or a smartphone with a good-quality camera. Ensure you have enough storage space and charged batteries.
  • Personal Medications: If you have any personal medications, make sure to bring an adequate supply. It's also advisable to carry a basic first aid kit with essentials like bandages, pain relievers, and altitude sickness medication (consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medications).
  • Travel Documents: Carry your passport, necessary permits, identification, and any other travel documents required for the tour.

Remember to pack light and only bring what is necessary, as weight restrictions may apply on the helicopter. It's also advisable to check with the tour operator for any specific recommendations or requirements they may have for the helicopter tour.

Lastly, make sure to check the weather forecast prior to the tour and adjust your clothing and equipment accordingly.

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    Important Notice

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has implemented new rules for helicopter landing at Kalapatthar. In a shared helicopter, there are either 5 passengers or 2 passengers, and the cost is split, and in the case of 5 passengers, the helicopter doesn't land. The cost must be split among two passengers for landing at Kalapatthar.

    In a private helicopter, if there are 2 passengers, the helicopter lands, and in the case of 5, it doesn't land. There must be either a single passenger or two passengers for the landing at Kalapatthar.

    In both sharing and private helicopters the helicopter lands at the Everest View Hotel for breakfast.

      Morning: 5–6 am

      You will wake up early and get a packed breakfast. As you wait in the hotel lobby, a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will pick you up in a private vehicle and take you to the domestic section of Tribhuvan International Airport for a scenic helicopter flight. You will board the plane according to the flight schedule, marking the beginning of the Heli Tour. The representative will help you pass the security check and handle all the logistics.

      Once the flight starts, you will take off from Kathmandu to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region.

      Morning: 7-8 am

      You will be on the helicopter, enjoying the views of mountain peaks and surrounding landscapes. Prominent peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and many more can be seen above the sky. Surrounding hilly landscapes with dense forests are visible throughout the journey. Similarly, glaciers, lakes, rivers, and traditional Nepalese villages and houses are seen during this epic journey above the clouds. The helicopter ride in Nepal from Kathmandu to Lukla lasts about 45 minutes. As the destination arrives, you will have a 10-15-minute tea break in Lukla, during which the helicopter will refuel. You can also explore the surrounding area; however, the exploration can be limited due to the limited time.

      Morning: 8-9 am

      As the tea break ends, you will rejoin the helicopter trip and fly towards Everest Base Camp from Lukla. The flight will take about 20 minutes. However, you will not land in the base camp. Instead, you will fly over the base camp and land at Kalapatthar if you do the private trip but if you do a group sharing flight they will fly over the base camp and Kala Patthar, and land at Everest hotel, the highest altitude reached during the Everest Base Camp trek. The flight from Everest Base Camp to Kalapatthar will be an additional 10 minutes, including another 5–10 minutes for landing. Upon landing at Kalapatthar, you can get the nearest view of the mighty Everest. Similarly, the sunrise will be a spectacular picture to witness at Kalapatthar, a key highlight in the Kalapatthar trek. The exploration continues at Kalapatthar with a view of Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall, the largest glacier in the Everest region.

      As the exploration of Kalapatthar is completed, the return journey continues.

      Afternoon: 08:45-09:45 am

      After a complete and mesmerizing journey to Kalapatthar, the helicopter tour proceeds towards the Everest View Hotel, far from Lukla. As you board the chopper, the flight will take about 10 minutes from Kalapatthar, and the landing time will be about an hour. Once you reach the Everest View Hotel, located under Sagarmatha National Park, you will see the Khumbu region from the viewpoint. You can have your lunch in a place with mountain peaks. Various dishes, as fascinating as the 360-degree view of the mountains, can be selected from the menu. The place is one of the most popular attractions among trekkers and mountaineers.

      Afternoon: 09:45-10:45 pm

      After a splendid time at the Everest View Hotel, you will return to Kathmandu via Lukla. You will hop back in the helicopter and return to Kathmandu along a similar sky route. The flight will take about an hour or more to reach Kathmandu. As you continue the last hour of the flight, you will savor every moment you spend in the Everest region. The site of the mountain region will cherish you again; however, this time, you need to bid farewell to the area. Once you reach Kathmandu, a representative from Nepal Trekking Planner will pick you up in the arrival section and drive you back to your hotel. After getting to the hotel, you will rest, marking the end of the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with a landing tour.

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      Trip Map
      Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour With Landing: 1 Day Map
      What's Included
      • Transportation to Kathmandu domestic airport from the hotel and back.
      • Our vehicle will be at your disposal waiting at the airport till you need for the transfer.
      • Service of guides on Heli Tour, daily wages-medical insurance, meals and other allowance.
      • Comprehensive medical kits and First Aid Kit (for precaution against accidents and sudden illness.
      • Oxygen Cylinder.
      • Government Tax and Fuel Surcharges.
      • Trekking Planner Nepal’s T-shirt, cap, and city maps.
      What's Excluded
      • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel and medical insurance.
      • Expenses of personal nature, gratitude (tips) hard/soft, and other major drinks throughout the flight and in Kathmandu.
      • Personal gear for the day ride (down jackets and personal belongings) medical kit.
      • Emergency evacuation and breaking away from the proposed duration flight where the refund will not be entertained, however, the office will issue a letter to claim from your valid insurance.
      • Applicable permits for the flight with Sagarmatha National Park / TIM (Trekking Information Management System) if required.
      • Airport Tax, Khumbu rural municipality fees must be paid by the clients.
      Departure Dates
      • This trip departs every day of the year.
      • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
      • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
      • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or with your family.
      • Have a big group? We can accommodate all of your needs.
      • We can help you make it fit your budget.
      • We accept instant bookings and online payment
      • If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US
      • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you.
      • We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us.
      • Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 9851071767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber
      Essential Info

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      Equipment and Gear List

      trekking iconGeneral

      • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
      • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
      • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

      HeadUpper Body

      • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
      • warm woolen hat
      • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
      • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
      • Polarized sunglasses


      • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
      • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
      • Fleece jacket or down jacket

      PantLower Body

      • thermals inner
      • Hiking pants at least 3
      • Comfortable pants for teahouses
      • Waterproof, windproof shell
      • Hiking shorts


      • Woolen gloves for the tea house
      • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk


      • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
      • Hiking socks
      • Liner socks
      • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
      • Crampons (For passes)
      • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
      • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

      UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

      • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
      • Sports bras (women)
      • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

      MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

      • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
      • Lip balm or Vaseline
      • ointment cream
      • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
      • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

      (Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

      Other essentialsOther Essentials

      • Passport
      • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
      • Reusable water bottle
      • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
      • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
      • water bladder for the day bag
      • small towel for personal use
      • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
      • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
      • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
      • Power bank or extra batteries
      • Cameras and mobile phone
      • Cards/book
      • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
      • Trekking poles
      • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
      • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
      • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
      • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
      • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
      • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
      • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
      • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
      • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
      • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

      Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

      • The cost of the helicopter tour can vary depending on the operator, the services provided, and the time of year. Generally, it is more expensive than the traditional trek to Everest Base Camp due to the convenience and luxury of the helicopter experience.

      • When choosing a tour operator, it's crucial to do some research and read reviews from previous customers. Look for well-established and reputable companies like trekking planner Nepal; with experienced pilots and a good safety record. Compare the services offered, prices, and customer feedback to make an informed decision.

      • Drones are not permitted in the Everest region due to safety and privacy concerns. It is strictly prohibited to fly drones within Sagarmatha National Park.

      • Altitude sickness can be a concern at higher elevations. In case of any signs of altitude sickness during the tour, the helicopter will immediately descend to a lower altitude, where you can recover from the symptoms.

      • There may be age restrictions imposed by the tour operators for safety reasons. It's best to inquire with the operator about any age limitations before booking the tour.

      • Yes, children can join the helicopter tour, but it's essential to consider their age and ability to handle the high altitude conditions. Consult with the tour operator to ensure the safety and suitability of the tour for young children.

      • Tipping is not mandatory but is a common practice in Nepal, especially when you have received excellent service. If you feel that the pilot and crew have provided a memorable experience, you can offer a tip as a token of appreciation.

      • Cancellation and rescheduling policies may vary among different tour operators. It's essential to clarify the terms and conditions with your chosen operator before making a booking.

      • Helicopters used for these tours generally have seating for 4 to 6 passengers, depending on the model and the weight distribution for safe flight.

      • No, there are no facilities for meals at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar. However, your tour operator will arrange a brief stop at a nearby lodge where you can enjoy some light refreshments like tea, coffee, or snacks.

      • Dress in layers and wear comfortable clothing suitable for the prevailing weather conditions. It's essential to bring a warm jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes.

      • Yes, trekking planner Nepal  offers a everest short trek with helicopter tour package that combine a helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp with a trek back to Lukla or other points in the Everest region. This option allows you to experience both the thrill of the helicopter flight and the adventure of trekking in the Himalayas.

      • Yes, weather conditions in the Himalayas can change rapidly, and flights can be affected or delayed due to poor visibility or strong winds. Safety is a priority, and if the weather is not suitable for flying, the tour may be rescheduled for another day.

      • While it is possible to arrange the tour on short notice, it is advisable to book in advance, especially during peak trekking seasons when helicopter availability may be limited.

      • The best time for the helicopter tour is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months generally offer stable weather and clear skies, providing the best visibility of the Himalayan peaks.

      • The helicopter tour is suitable for people of various fitness levels, as it does not involve trekking or strenuous activities. However, it's essential to be in good health, as the high altitude can affect some individuals. Consult with your doctor before embarking on the tour if you have any health concerns.

      • Heli Tour is a joy ride with a scenic flight on a chopper or Helicopter, Heli Tour can be for a short duration of less than an hour or more to 4-5 hours in the comfort of a spacious seated with glass windows for views of beautiful; mountains-green hills-valley and dales scenery.

        Heli Tour, at present getting much popular in Nepal where people with short duration of holidays and as well for people who are not interested in trekking but have the urge to see the Himalayas in comfort, this is a great opportunity to full scapes of the Himalayan chain of mountains.

      • The maximum altitude reached during the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is around 5,550 meters (18,200 feet) at Kala Patthar. This is a significant altitude, so be prepared for the effects of high elevation.

      • Yes, during the landing at Kala Patthar, you'll have some time to explore the area, take photos, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking surroundings. However, keep in mind that the time on the ground is limited to ensure a safe and timely return.

      •  In most cases, the helicopter will not land directly at Everest Base Camp due to the altitude and unpredictable weather conditions. Instead, it will land at Kala Patthar, a nearby viewpoint famous for its panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains.

      • Absolutely! The helicopter will have large windows, allowing you to capture incredible photos and videos of the scenery throughout the flight.

      • The helicopter flight offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many other stunning peaks. You'll also fly over picturesque Sherpa villages and the Khumbu Glacier.

      • Helicopter tours in the Everest region are conducted by experienced pilots and reputable tour operators. Safety is a top priority, and the helicopters undergo regular maintenance and inspections. Rest assured that you'll be in good hands throughout the journey.

      • Yes, you will need a special permit to enter the Sagarmatha National Park, which includes Everest Base Camp. Your tour operator will arrange the necessary permits on your behalf.

      • The total duration of the helicopter tour varies, but it usually takes around 4 to 5 hours from start to finish. This includes the time for the helicopter flight, the landing at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar, and a short stop for breakfast or tea/coffee at a nearby lodge.

      • An Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing is a thrilling adventure that allows you to experience the stunning beauty of the Everest region and get up close to the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. The tour typically involves a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp, with a stop at Kala Patthar or a nearby location for a brief landing.

      • As we are flying around the Everest region, where areas are well established to cater to the needs of all wide-world travelers, depending upon stops for lunch at higher altitudes like in Gorakshep lunch will be hot with Continental-Chinese-Nepalese meals.

        If it is in Namche or in Lukla much better meals as the places have good excellent restaurants with fresh bakeries also, one can order straight from Ala Carte' or just order a simple Nepalese / Sherpa style meal.

        (It all depends upon our pilot decision with limited time for stops and refreshments)

      • Heli will be pressurized like on international flights that fly high, in this case, Heli Tour will be similar with quite differences, during the flight you will be safe and secure without the chance of AMS.

        On landing someplace with a high elevation of above 3,000 to 4,000 m like in Everest base camp at 5,364 m / 17, 7012 ft high. it will be for only a short duration depending upon your fitness to cope with the altitude, if it’s a long walk from Helipad we will advice what's good for you to avoid High Altitude Sickness.

        Our Heli Tour lands for you to take photographs and marvel at the views of mountains and landscape scenery as well to witness local culture. So altitude will be not much of a problem in our fascinating and enjoyable Heli Tour.

      • Depending upon the areas of the Heli Tour and season, April to May is warmer during day time with a cold wind factor morning and late afternoon period, where the temperature drops down on shades, but air with the right pressure will be warm of normal room temperatures.

        However, we will suggest you proper gear a day ahead before your Heli Tour with the necessary warm gear to take and wear.

      • Most of the helicopters available in Nepal French built Fail with Safe Design - comfortable seating arrangements - 5 seating beside the Pilot and co-pilot - suitable for all types of helicopter flights and landing can fly up at an altitude of above 6,000 m / 19,000 or much higher.

        On this Heli Tour fly above 5,000m with close views of the mountains of the region and beyond other peaks of Himalayas.

      • First, enjoy reading our trip text of your interest, then if you are keen and interested book with Trekking Planner Treks & Expeditions by following E-Mails and Addresses at least a month ahead if you are booking from overseas home Europe-USA or other further East of Asia including Australia-NZ –Japan-Korea-China so on…..

        Forex Kathmandu can book with us minimum few days ahead so that we can arrange the right size of Helicopter for different size groups of interested clients.

      Client Reviews
      • rating star

        It was a life changing experience

        It was a life changing experience! Our guide Abhishek, Diksha, FT went above and beyond and were always ready to help with a smile. We could not have done it without this amazing team! Felt like a family and enjoyed every moment of this beautiful journey. We highly recommend this group of people.

        Pratik RayIndia,May 03, 2024
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        It is must do experience

        It is must do experience,I was bit scared to go in helicopter but safely standard was perfect. Breathe taking view of Mount Everest and Himalaya ranges. It seems bit expensive priced but not once you done it feels like absolutely worth it. This is once in lifetime experience so definitely call them and make booking without hesitation

        Krish ChudasamaUnited States,May 03, 2024
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