Most travel enthusiasts mark the Everest Region on the top of their list. However, many of us do not wish to trek 12 or 14 days to reach Everest for various reasons. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is for those who have always wanted to experience the best of Himalayas and specially Mt Everest but have limited time, travelling with children, difficulty trekking in mountains, accommodation or other problems. The tour offers for all as anyone and everyone can do it. It is also obvious that Everest Base Camp on a helicopter costs you more than treks but it is luxurious and saves time as in around an hour of leaving Kathmandu, you will be standing right in front of Everest.
Mount Everest (8,848m) lies in the Solukhumbu region. The region has many other wonders except Everest making it even more special. The wildlife, vegetation, terrains, rocky mountains, all add to the beauty of the region and you will be able to witness most of these.
Let’s get into more detail about the Helicopter tour. If you are planning for a helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp, then these are the things you need to know.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost
The EBC Helicopter Tour Cost is 5000 USD with Heaven Nepal Adventure and it may vary with other operators. It will cost less if you are in a group as the costs split among the heads of the passengers. The flight includes 4 or 5 people in a group. If you are alone then it is better to set dates through the company, and we will put you in a group. This following are the standard includes and excludes, offered by us. If you want to, we can add or remove services.
- Pickup/Drop to/from the airport
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Helicopter Fare
- 2 nights at 3-star hotel
- Personal expenses
- Additional drinks
- Wifi/hot shower
- Tips to the driver or crew
- International flight/ Visa
What about altitude sickness?
The elevation of the Everest base camp is 5,364m and the Kalapathar is 5,643m. The helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp takes you from 1000m to these altitudes within hours, and your body may not be able to acclimatize accordingly. This is why some people may feel nausea and headache with the rise in altitude. If such a condition appears, then you should move to the lower altitude for proper treatment. In case of less severe conditions, most flights do include preventive medicinal equipment and oxygens for altitude sickness.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing Itinerary
The itinerary may differ according to various terms and conditions of the company. And in most cases, you can customize the tour. Most companies, like us, offer the standard classic itinerary with options to customize mostly everything.
The EBC Helicopter Tour starts as we receive you at the airport and you will rest at the hotel. Next day, the actual tour starts. The time is always set for the morning as it is the best time for the view of the mountains. The boarding starts with crew members and we head for Lukla. In between, spectacular sights can be observed through the transparent glass. The chopper gets refueled and we stop for 30 to 40 minutes and in the meantime, you shall be served a fine cup of tea/coffee.
After that, it heads off to the main site, the Everest Base Camp. Most visitors head to the Everest View Hotel for breakfast and wander around the Tengboche monastery for a cultural experience. They capture photos and enjoy the stunning views of the high mountains and return back to Kathmandu by noon. The round trip usually lasts around 4 or 5 hours. You will then rest at the hotel. You can also add sightseeing around the valley to your Everest Helicopter Tour.
Things to pack for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
As it’s clear that unlike trekking, the trip won’t need much packing for this. You just need some warm and good quality clothes. Basic packing list:
- Inner and outer layer gloves
- Good insulators and down jackets
- Water Bottle
- Beanie and Sunglasses
- Dry snacks
- Warm Boots (preferably nice grip)
- Scarfs, shawl
The wanderlust of the heavenly land of Nepal is the Everest Region. The astonishing views of the mountainscapes of the world’s highest mountains is a rare scene. And on the top of that, getting the closer lookup from the Helicopter is truly amazing.
In case there are any questions you might have about the Everest Helicopter Tour, then feel free to drop ii in the comment section below.
If you wish to choose the tour in monsoon, then you will be facing heavy rainfall and cloudy skies and you will need to plan precisely. So, pre and post-monsoon are the best time if you are deciding to go on the trip.