Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Overview
Everest base camp helicopter day tour, apart from high peaks of Mt. Everest with other adjoining peaks where one can soak into natural beauty of country beautiful landscapes of rolling green hills covered with serene forest and valleys dotted by farm villages and well tended terraces and crops fields.
Certainly makes a wonderful picture to view of great contrast with high green hills in the shade of white snow capped peaks, a mind-blowing scenic air tour to enjoy your time and holiday in Nepal a country of Himalayan wonders.
Everest base camp helicopter day tour with time for short stops on route around nice and main villages where you can witness interesting and glamorous colorful cultures of the local native Sherpa, known as the highlanders of Everest.
Sherpa villages adorned with lively heritage and religion interwoven to Buddhism practice, where one can visit its old monastery of great charms and to observe amazing custom on this adventurous ride on heli day tour.
Everest base camp helicopter day tour, begins early morning depart from your hotels with early light breakfast or get packed, where one can have morning refreshment on route landing at wonderful scenic spot at Everest View Hotel
for breakfast and lunch.
From the hotel short drive to Kathmandu domestic airport and board in a small and comfortable seated helicopter greeted by airlines staff and Captain the main pilot to show you around beautiful place for a day.
As chopper lifts above from the ground at Kathmandu airport swirling higher with views of Kathmandu metropolitan city and its green valley rim witness spread-out rural farm villages along with views of Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal range.
Journey continues where pilot or guide will show you the peaks with names and heights as Helicopter slowly heads further north east to land at small airstrip in Lukla, a busy Sherpa town where airport named after late famous mountaineers Tenzing and Hillary the hero of Everest who first conquered to its summit way back in May 29th 1953.
At Lukla with brief stop for possible refueling the flying machine where you enjoy cup of warm tea and coffee observing local Sherpa culture and custom along with views of Kwangde and Naulekh Himal peaks seen from Lukla.
From Lukla flying above Dudh Kosi River gorge and valley with nice views of hills and villages including its green forest of tall rhododendron and pines with silver fir trees.
Heading higher above Namche Bazaar with colorful houses that serves as lodges and hotels then with close views of Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Kantega and Tharmarserku peaks with possible landing at Tengboche and its interesting monastery.
Tengboche surrounded by mountains with Everest and Amadablam located in the midst of alpine forest with time for short of the monastery and then continue air journey to reach at Everest base camp, where landscaped change to arid and dry country with remorseless fields of ice and glaciers.
At Everest base camp with time to marvel the great beautiful surrounding of high peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse with Lo-La with Everest hidden between high adjoining peaks with close views of Khumbu ice-fall and glaciers.
Enjoying mesmerizing time at the main highlight of the trip where return journey takes you back to Lukla and then back at Kathmandu, after a great experience on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour.
Flying hours and time duration
Take off by early 6 am or 7 am and landing by 1 pm or 2 pm.
Minimum of 4-5 hrs and Maximum 5-6 hrs.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour Routes
Kathmandu - Lukla - Namche - Tengboche - Dingboche - Pheriche - Lobuche - Gorakshep and flying over Everest base camp and then landing above Gorakshep at the base of high Kalapathar hill.
Useful information on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour is 60-70 kms approx air distance. This scenic heli tour generally takes minimum 4 hrs to maximum 5 hours stopping at villages like Namche, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche or at Lobuche and Gorakshep settlement. It all depends upon availability of time and weather conditions as well as pilot's decision.
Best possible spot on this air tour for breakfast / refreshment and lunch stopping is at high Everest View Hotel above 3,880 m where you can relax and enjoy meals with views of Mt. Everest and Amadablam.
Pilots and guide will provide you best services during this day tour. However, landing at Everest base camp depends upon availability of clear surface and space for Helicopter landing and parking.
Usually, it’s not possible for Helicopter landing and parking at Everest base camp due to movement of glaciers and rock fall from avalanches that occurs sometimes. Where at present most of the Helicopter landing takes place above Gorakshep and at the base of high Kalapathar rocky hill.
Base of Kalapathar offers enough landing space for chopper with marvelous close views of Mt. Everest than from actual Everest base camp where you can enjoy exciting panorama of peaks that encircles you on this scenic spot.
Best Season for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour can be done nearly all months of year round except the monsoon time of mid June to mid September when days are heavy with dark clouds that obstructs the views and pleasant Helicopter flights.
Best months for clear views and Helicopter tour is from March to May and mid September to mid December months with pleasant temperatures of minimum -05° C to + 5° Celsius in the morning and night as well in shades away from sun lights.
Day time with maximum +15° to 20° Celsius in the sun and depends upon elevation wise, higher can be freezing cold during morning and night time with bright sunny day for few hours where UV (Ultra Violet) can be strong. Thus sun block and hats are required.
Cold weather can occur during mid day sometimes where clouds can accumulate with cold temperatures without wind-chill factor. So, bring and be equipped as per season wise for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Day Tour.
Normally it's important to carry Down Jackets, light fleece jackets, comfortable boots or runners for short walks, sun hats and woolen head wear, gloves and mittens, scarf to keep the sun and dust away.
Type of Helicopters
Most of the Helicopters available in Nepal are French built. They are regarded as one of the most versatile helicopters and is suitable for mountain flying and all types of helicopter missions.
These helicopters are equipped with following features:
- Fail Safe Design
- Comfortable Seating Arrangements
- 5 seats excluding Pilot
- Suitable for all types of helicopter missions
- Can fly up to an altitude of 20,000 feet
Other different models are from Puma, Turbine Robinson R 66 Helicopter USA, H-125 or AS-350B3e built by Air-Bus Company, Airbus H125 with MSN 8477 Helicopter for commercial services with AS 350 B series of helicopters manufactured by Euro-Copter, France which is popular all over the world.