Days: / Difficulty: 1 of 5 (Easy)
The Helicopter Tour to Mount Everest Base Camp with landing offers some remarkable cinematics of the snow-capped Himalayan range. Ideally, it is designed for travelers who do not have the luxury to trek long hours for days. Likewise, people with physical disabilities and even the elderly can enjoy 4-5 hours of a helicopter ride to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. During the trip, one can observe marvelous peaks such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and some of the astonishing landscapes of the Everest region. Besides that, the helicopter trip is an incredible opportunity to learn about the culture and religion of the Himalayan people.
- Astonishing Helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp with the scenic Himalayan range
- Buddhist religion which is rooted in Sherpa culture and their norms
- Pristine ice lakes and glaciers with an aerial view of the green alpine forest blooming with rhododendron and pine trees
- Exploration of year-old monasteries and ancient architecture that carry high significance to the Himalayan people culturally and historically
- Exceptional Himalayan glacier range at Khumbu
- Breakfast/meal at the world’s highest hotel i.e. Everest View Hotel
- Outstanding panoramic views of the mountain range from Kala Patthar
- Exquisite helicopter landing at the world’s highest mountain base camp i.e. Everest Base Camp
- Sherpa settlements, their unique dresses, and the lifestyle at Himalaya
- Sight-seeing of vibrant topography and farming field through a birds-eye view
Detail itinerary of Helicopter Tour to Mount Everest Base Camp
A helicopter flight to the Everest Base Camp is one hell of an adventure but Simrik Air is more than just an adventure heli tour company, we represent a lifestyle. The type of lifestyle that serves you breakfast with champagne (upon request) at the highest placed hotel in the world i.e. Hotel Everest View. Feeling excited? Let’s dig into some details here.
Important: The flight usually takes place early morning between 6:30 am to 7 am. Flight timing may vary or delay depending upon the weather condition. Simrik Air pilots will thoroughly inspect requirements before taking off.
Meet up at Tribhuvan International Airport Domestic Terminal
One of the representatives from Simrik Air will receive you after you reach the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan International Airport. You just need to contact them in the provided contact details while confirming the booking.
Flight briefing with captain introduction and boarding
The flight instructor will run you through some important guidelines and safety measures during the flight. Then we will meet up with the captain and board the helicopter. During the meetup, we encourage you to clear all the questions regarding the flight so that you can cooperate and contribute to a sound flight.
Flight to Lukla and Defueling
The helicopter takes off from the airport and towards the Hillary Tenzing Airport also known as Lukla Airport situated on the east side of Nepal. The Lukla Airport is fairly small and lies at an altitude of 2,860m. On the way, you will find yourself eyeing the stunning mountain range, beautifully covered with snow. And of course, we can not miss the aerial view of Sherpa settlements, various monasteries, and stupas.
Some of the mountains that you get to observe include Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Ganesh (7,429m), Gauri Shankar (7,134m), Ganesh (7,429m), Shishapangma (8,013m), Gyachung Kang (7,952m), Pumori (7,161m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,516m), and Ama Dablam (6,812m).
From here, we will continue our flight to Lukla after a defuel which takes around 15 minutes.
Flight to Kala Patthar from Lukla
Altitude: 5,545m (Lukla)
After the refueling, we fly to Kala Patthar from Lukla Airport. The flight duration is approximately 15 minutes. At this point, we will be flying above 5,500m. By aviation rules, if the group consists of 4-5 people, it will be divided into two. However, we will fly over the infamous Namche Bazaar exploring all the hidden rivers and beautiful flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park.
Important: Since lading at Kala Patthar above 220kg is prohibited, a shuttle flight to Pheriche is required if the weight exceeds 220kg.
Sightseeing and stopover at Kala Patthar (If requested)
Upon reaching Kala Patthar, we will stop for a brief 10 minutes if requested. This is because our bodies can not adapt to the sudden transition from 1,400m at Kathmandu to over 5,500m in only a few hours. Nevertheless, it is more than enough to admire a close-up view of Everest and take some memorable pictures.
Important: Landing at Kala Patthar cannot exceed 10 minutes and the helicopter engine will not be turned off due to windy environment and high altitude.
Return flight to Hotel Everest View (Syangboche)
We return to Syangboche and head to the Hotel Everest View for breakfast. Syangboche is one of the major highlights of the tour. It allows some brilliant scenery with the Mt. Everest backdrop. The people here are welcoming and do not hesitate to have some interesting conversation.
Breakfast at Hotel Everest View
Ground Time: 30min
As a celebration for the completion of a dream trip, we enjoy a delightful breakfast at the Hotel Everest View. You might have heard it by now but it is indeed the highest placed hotel in the world and has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The champagne breakfast is very famous at Hotel Everest View followed by some delicate cuisines.
Flight back to Lukla and stopover for refueling
For some flight procedure, we stop at Lukla while on our way to Kathmandu. Meanwhile, the helicopter is refueled. We will stop at Lukla for approximately 15 minutes before finally taking off to Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu.
Flight back to Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Swirling above the verdant hills and along the Himalaya, we fly towards Kathmandu. Returning flight takes you over the Khumbu Glacier and splendidly crafted Tengboche Monastery. As we bid our goodbyes to the majestic Mt. Everest, we leave with a feeling of fulfillment and pleasure. Finally, our pilots will safely drop you at the domestic airport at Kathmandu.
Customer review regarding the flight
At the airport, we take some time to fill up a review form regarding the flight. Simrik Air is looking for ways to enhance the flight experience at all times. Your feedback will help us make changes and improve our services.
You have successfully experienced what millions of people crave and dream for i.e. to experience Everest from up close. The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Simrik Air is now over and after all the activities and a tiring day, you can now take a peaceful nap.
Customize Your TOUR: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.