Just land on Kalapathar (5545 m) and capture some outstanding pictures of the snow-capped towering peaks including the highest M. Everest (8848 m) and then return back to Kathmandu. Indeed, it is possible by Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour which saves your time and energy meanwhile you enjoy blissful and magnificent view of worlds’ tallest mountains.
Although the trekking in Everest Base Camp is worldwide popular, and many adventure seekers choose to trek, it is not that much easy to reach there. It requires 11 days trekking period to approach the base camp and requires your fitness and the willpower. Basically, Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a short scary flight to Lukla and then moves along the difficult routes. Meanwhile, high altitude also makes a troublesome on your trek. Alternatively, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is suitable and feasible considering the time duration and physical strength. Within a day, you will enjoy delightful helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp and return back to your Kathmandu hotel fulfilling your Everest dream. Comfortably, you grab your memories of Everest trip without a drop of sweat.
Either you are younger or older, you will be in a safe hands as the staffs will be well trained and experienced. We agree that Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is a quite expensive as compared to Everest Mountain Flight. But not any more, now it has been affordable as we have group joining program too.
How many members will be kept in a Helicopter ?
The helicopter can take off having maximum 5 members group toward Everest Base Camp. It is also determined after examining the weight of each member before beginning the tour. Therefore, we need you to provide your actual body weight while booking the tour.
Landing on Kalapathar (5545 m):
The helicopter will land on the highest point of EBC called Kalapathar which is situated 5545m above the sea level where you will spend average 10-15 minutes.
Why only 10 minutes’ landing ?
Because spending more time may increase risk of altitude sickness as you will not have well acclimatize with high altitude It is by the way a sufficient time to capture the pictures and videos with the mountains.
5:30 - 6:00 :- Pick up from hotel and drive to Airport
6:00 - 6:30 :- Boarding
6:30 - 7:15 :- Fly to Kathmandu to Lukla
7:15 - 7:30 :- Refueling
7:30 - 7:50 :- Lukla to Kala Patthar
7:50 - 8:00 :- Landing on Kalapatthar
8:00 - 8:15 :- Kalapatthar to Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort
8:15 - 9:00 :- Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50 :- Everest View Hotel or Kongde Resort to Kathmandu
9:50 - 11:00 :- Drive to hotel from airport
What's included !
- Breakfast set with the view of Mountain range including Mt. Everest (8848 m)
- Mineral Water
- Down Jacket
- Emergency oxygen cylinder
- KTM - Lukla - KTM domestic flights
- Lukla - Kogde Resort - Hotel Everest View - Kalapathar - Lukla: Helicopter Tour
- Heli Landing Permit on Kalapathar
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee
- All airport taxes
What's not included !
- Tips for staff
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.
Does the helicopter actually land on Everest Base Camp ?
No, it does not land on the Everest Base Camp. Instead you will land on the highest point of the Everest Base Camp i.e Kalapathar 5545m. Remember, you can not land on the both place. By the way, you only land on Kalapathar.
Which one is the best view point - Everest Kalapathar or Everest Base Camp ?
Kalapathar is the best view point of Mt. Everest which is situated on higher than the Everest Base Camp. You will view Everest closer from the Kalapathar than the base camp.
How long does Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour take ?
Normally, it is completed within 3-4 hours excluding your shuttle service from hotel to airport. The whole tour might take 5 hours approx.
What will be included in breakfast ?
You will be provided an option to choose where you can choose American or continental breakfast.
How many people will be flying in a helicopter
In an helicopter, there will be maximum of 5 members. It also depends on the weight of each member. But there will not be more than 5 people.
Does the weather cause the delay ?
Yes, there is a chance of delay due to the bad weather. If the flight is cancelled, you will be refunded full price.