Helicopter Ride From Kathmandu to Lukla -40 min

"Taking a Helicopter Ride from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport"
Good to Know
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 2828m/9279ft
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Helicopter flight
  • Best Season Sept to June


  • A safe and convenient way to travel during the rush period. The helicopter is a safe and convenient way to travel to Lukla, as it avoids the long and bumpy bus ride in times of bad weathers and limited time frame.
  • A bird's eye view of the Kathmandu Valley. The helicopter ride also offers a bird's eye view of Lukla the gateway to Everest, including the Himalayan ranges and the various hilly area landscapes of Nepal
  • A best decision to take on the day when the flights are not happening.
  • The helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla takes about 45 minutes. It is a popular activity for tourists and trekkers who are visiting the Everest region.
  • Lukla serves as the starting point for treks to Everest Base Camp and other popular trails in the Everest region.

An advantage of booking a helicopter transport 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.

Here are some tips for booking a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla.

  • Book your tour in advance, especially during the peak season (march April-May, and September-October November, and December).
  • Choose Nepal trekking planner a company with a good safety record.
  • Be sure to bring your passport, visa, and other travel documents.
  • Dress in warm clothing, as it can be cold at altitude.
  • Be prepared for the ride, as the helicopter will be flying over mountains.

Introduction: Helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu 2024/2025

Trekking planner Nepal presents a package of flying to Lukla from Kathmandu in a helicopter. This helicopter package is designed to make transportation to Lukla from Kathmandu and back to Kathmandu from Lukla hassle-free. Trekkers who are in a hurry, have limited days, and want to reach the starting point of the trek in time to take advantage of the return flights must go for this option in case of bad weather, flight delays, or flight cancellations. This is the last air transport option to Lukla if the flight situation goes sideways. Trekking Planner has been arranging helicopter transportation to Lukla and other parts of the Everest region and all over Nepal for the past 12 years, making us one of Nepal's most reliable helicopter tour operators.

Best time for taking a helicopter ride to Lukla from Kathmandu?

The best time for taking a helicopter ride to Lukla from Kathmandu is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) months. During these times, the weather is generally clear and sunny, which provides stunning views of the Himalayas. The temperatures are also mild, making it a comfortable time to be in the mountains.

If you’re planning to just travel towards Lukla September October November and March April may be the best months all the best places are open and the positive vibe the place carries is enormous. During this period all the hotels’ resorts tea houses café bars and pubs are open and the region is full of travelers which makes it one of the best times for traveling.


The situation in which a helicopter ride should be taken instead of regular airplane flights?

There are certain situations where opting for a helicopter ride over a regular airplane flight can be advantageous for lukla from kathmandu. Here are a few scenarios where a helicopter ride might be preferred:

  • Urban travel: Helicopters are particularly useful for traveling within heavily congested urban areas. They can navigate through the cityscape more efficiently than airplanes, avoiding traffic jams and reducing travel time. Helicopter rides can be a practical choice for business travelers or individuals seeking to bypass city traffic and arrive at their destination quickly.
  • Point-to-point transportation: If you need to travel directly from one specific location to another without the need for an airport, a helicopter ride can be a convenient option. Helicopters can land at designated helipads, private properties, or other suitable landing sites, allowing for door-to-door transportation. This is especially beneficial in situations where ground transportation options are limited or time-consuming.
  • Time-sensitive travel: In time-critical situations, such as urgent business meetings, medical emergencies, or VIP transport, helicopters offer unparalleled speed and flexibility. They can fly at higher speeds than airplanes, take more direct routes, and often have the ability to land closer to the desired destination. These factors make helicopters an excellent choice when time is of the essence.
  • Special events or occasions: Helicopter rides can add a touch of luxury, excitement, or novelty to special events or occasions. Whether it's a romantic helicopter tour, a scenic flight to a wedding venue, or a unique way to celebrate a milestone, helicopters provide a memorable and extraordinary experience.
  • Remote or inaccessible destinations: If you need to travel to remote areas with limited infrastructure or difficult terrain, helicopters offer unparalleled access. Whether it's reaching a remote island, exploring rugged landscapes, or accessing off-the-grid locations, helicopters can provide the necessary transportation and flexibility.

It's worth noting that helicopter rides tend to be more expensive than regular airplane flights due to the higher operating costs. They also have limitations in terms of passenger capacity and luggage allowances. Additionally, weather conditions can impact helicopter operations more significantly than airplane flights. Therefore, when considering a helicopter ride, it's essential to evaluate the specific circumstances, cost factors, and feasibility of the journey.


How much weight can you carry during a helicopter ride to Lukla?

During a helicopter ride to Lukla, the weight that can be carried can vary depending on factors such as the type of helicopter, weather conditions, and other operational considerations. However, it's important to note that Lukla is a popular gateway for trekkers heading to the Everest region in Nepal, and helicopter services are commonly used for transportation.

In general, helicopters used for commercial flights to Lukla have weight restrictions to ensure safe operations and comply with aircraft limitations. The maximum payload capacity of a helicopter can range from around 300 kg (660 lbs.) to 500 kg (1100 lbs.). This payload includes passengers, baggage, and any additional cargo.

Keep in mind that weight distribution within the helicopter is also a factor, and the weight capacity may vary for different seating positions within the aircraft. The specific weight restrictions and regulations for helicopter flights to Lukla can be obtained from the helicopter service provider or tour operator you plan to use.

Note - If you are planning a helicopter ride to Lukla from kathmandu, it's important to communicate your requirements and discuss any specific weight considerations with trekking planner Nepal senior representatives. Trekking Planner Nepal will be able to provide you with the most accurate information regarding weight limits and any additional charges that may apply for exceeding the specified limits.    



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    It is better to book your Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight in advance to avoid the non-availability of tickets.

    1. Pick up from your hotel and drop off at the domestic airport. (Around 1 hour and 30 min before the flight time)
    2. Our airport representatives will take you inside the domestic terminals.
    3. Our representatives will ask for your passports and give them back to you.

    4. Get your boarding pass from our ground handling staff and proceed with checking.

    5. Fly to Lukla and land at the Lukla helicopter pad.

    The helicopter tour around the Everest region begins early morning. So, you will have to wake up early in the morning for breakfast or you can take a packed lunch. Afterward, you will be directed to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport where you will board the chopper and begin your sky tour.

    You will have a brief session for instructions about how the helicopter tour commences and about the safety procedures. Similarly, the helicopter tour will last around forty minutes and you will be traveling in luxury to the Everest region. Along the air route, you will get an opportunity to view magnificent mountain peaks and ranges all over the landscape. Be sure to capture this beautiful moment and take enough photographs of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    On the other hand, watch out for aerial views of prominent peaks like Ama Yangri, Chimisedan Lek, Langtang Lirung, Shalbachum, Langshisa Ri, Loenpo Gang, Shishapangma, Phurbi Chachu, Chomo Pamari and many more.

    Once you are done with the helicopter tour, the eggbeater will land at Lukla which is known as the gateway of Everest. You can spend quality time for a while in Lukla and explore the area including the famous Tenzing Hillary Airport which hosts one of the most thrilling flights in the world. As you explore the area your tour with Trekking Planner Nepal comes to an end. Best wishes for future travels.

    In what circumstances can a flight be canceled?

    If you're planning to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, it's advisable to keep in touch with the Trekking Planner Nepal senior representatives for updates on flight schedules and weather conditions. They will be able to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding any potential disruptions of the flights in case of emergency and delay. Many factors affect the delay or cancellation of a flight including weather conditions high winds, and poor visibility due to fog, rain, and snow. Similarly, other reasons can be technical issues, airport congestion, and regulatory restrictions while the main concern is for unpredictable mountain weather.

    Therefore, it is necessary to understand that delay or cancellation of the trip is more on the operator's side rather than the company's. However, Nepal Trekking Planner is in continuous connection with the helicopter company to get updates regarding the flight schedule so we will do our best to omit such circumstances. Even if such an occurrence is rare, it is advisable to stay patient with a positive attitude. Similarly, for the helicopter flight schedule and information contact the company rather than come to conclusions, and we will ensure you a hectic-free trip without a doubt.

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    What's Included
    • Transportation to Kathmandu domestic airport from the hotel.
    • Helicopter flight to Lukla.
    • Comprehensive medical kits and First Aid Kit (for precaution against accidents and sudden illness.
    • Government Tax and Fuel Surcharges.
    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.
    Departure Dates
    • This trip departs every day of the year.
    • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your needs, Please contact us.
    • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
    • If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with US (Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber) so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
    • 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 beautiful experience. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.
    Essential Info

    Everest Base Camp Trekking Tips for Females.

    • Ladies and women need to keep track of their periods.
    • After tracking the periods, always keep two packs of sanitary pads with you.
    • In the mountains, during the cold, you can feel cramps, and bleeding can be a little more than normal, so feel free to let the guide know about the situation and consume painkillers in case of cramps.
    • In case of bad weather conditions, the helicopter ride might get delayed or even postponed, and in case the weather gets bad after boarding the helicopter, the helicopter might return to the airport in Kathmandu or land somewhere safe. Be sure that in such circumstances, there are representatives of Trekking Planner Nepal who will guide you safely towards your destination.

    • Yes, reputed trekking agencies like Nepal Trekking Planner will help you with discounts when airplane flights are canceled; they take the refund amount and hand it over to their clients, which helps to deduct the cost of helicopter tours.

    • In case the domestic airplane flights are canceled and you still want to tour on the same day. Trekking Planner Nepal can arrange a helicopter for commencing the tour. We can manage a refund ticket for a mountain flight to the passenger and begin with a helicopter tour. However, it means that instead of 500 dollars or more, the passengers and clients must pay an additional amount of around 320–350 dollars or even 400 dollars for the helicopter. Depending on how much refund the airline provides for the flight ticket you will need to provide an extra amount and continue the trip on the same day.

    • Passports of the passengers are the only documents required when taking a helicopter flight to Lukla. However, there will be a thorough check of your luggage, which you will carry during the flight.

    • In cases of short delays due to foggy weather, there might be delays for an hour or two or even more. Sometimes, for bad weather conditions, the flight might be postponed, so you will have to have patience and wait for the reopening of flights. Similarly, in such cases, Trekking Planner Nepal will try its best to get your first flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

    • The cost difference between taking a helicopter ride to Lukla and an Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing is around 700 dollars, which will include landing at Kalapatthar for a ten-minute flyover of Everest Base Camp and the Everest region and then landing at the Everest View Hotel for around an hour. However, the Kalapatthar landing on a helicopter can be done by only two individuals which means for landing at Kalapatthar taking a private helicopter (one passenger) or splitting the cost by two passengers is only the option.

    • The cost difference between taking a helicopter ride and a domestic regular flight to Lukla is around 320 dollars with the cost of a helicopter being expensive.

    • Adventure-wise, taking a helicopter ride is the best. It’s a different experience than regular airplane flights, and the views seem much better. The domestic flight is a different experience with around 17 passengers and 3 crew members; the views might be limited, and the joy is not comparable to the helicopter ride, but it is around 320 dollars less expensive compared to the helicopter ride. So, those who are on a budget trek can take a mountain flight and those who want a luxury experience with no concern for money can take a helicopter flight.

    • Yes, we see a lot of mountains while going on a helicopter ride to Lukla, and while taking the helicopter ride, it is advised to sit on the left side for the best views. You can see various mountains like Sishapangma, Langtang Lirung, Chomo Pamari, Phurbi Chachu, and many more.

    • No, there are no hidden charges, but you, the passenger, must pay an aiport tax of Rs 500 to the Nepal government, for which they will provide a receipt, which is also called an aiport tax.

    • The helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla is around 47–53 minutes. However, due to the boarding and delays, it might take an additional 30-45 minutes in the airport before boarding. In the case of bad weather, it might take hours before the weather opens up. If the helicopter is coming from Lukla to pick you up, it will take around 2 hours in total to reach Lukla when the helicopter comes and you board it and go to Lukla.

    • In cases of emergencies and rescues, the helicopter gives the evacuation procedure top priority, due to which the helicopter flight might be interrupted. In bad weather, the landing points may vary depending on the ideal landing spot for that particular moment. But in case of evacuation, a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal will be on standby at the landing spot to safely escort the clients toward their destinations or the nearest medical facility.

    • The pick-up point is at the hotel or place where our clients are staying, and from there, we will head towards the airport to check in, aboard the helicopter, and after 50 minutes, land at Lukla airport which will be the drop-off point.

    • If someone has an appropriate amount of time and is in no rush, a domestic airplane flight is the best, whereas if you're in a rush or have limited time, the helicopter option is the best. The cost difference is around 320 dollars more for a helicopter flight.

    • Yes, helicopter flights are around 300–320 dollars more expensive than regular domestic flights in Lukla and are the ideal option during bad weather, emergencies, or an adventure ride.

    • The maximum weight that is allowed per passenger is 15–20 kilos. It's usually 15 kilos, but in cases of good weather and climate, around 20 kilos can be taken, and travelers will be charged extra beyond 15 kilos depending on the helicopter agencies. Make sure to ask a trekking planner in Nepal regarding the weight limit for flight before taking a helicopter ride.

    • The helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla is safe; the pilots are very experienced, and the helicopters are well maintained and always checked before getting flown. In case of bad weather, the flights get delayed sometimes, but it is for the safety of the clients and passengers.

    • The passenger capacity for a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla is six passengers, along with the pilot.

    • The most commonly used helicopter model for Kathmandu to Lukla is the Eurocopter AS350 B3, which is also known as the Airbus H125.

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