Everest base camp helicopter tour or mountain flight (in local language) is on the bucket list of every individual who travels to Nepal to capture the mesmerizing landscape of the world’s highest peak; Mt. Everest (8848 m) from close.

 Mount Everest is also known as the mountain of the British as the first person to summit Everest was Sir Edmund Hillary from Britain and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Everest base camp helicopter ride is the best alternative to trekking, especially for people who want a quick tour of Everest but have a short time in his/her hand.

Everest base camp helicopter flight begins from Kathmandu towards the east. After some minutes of airborne, the verdant hills and lush valleys with the occasional villages are soon replaced by the closer view of snowcapped peaks including Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, Gaurishankar, and various other peaks as you near Jiri.

Lukla airport will be the first stop for refueling before heading towards the Khumbu region. The Tenzing Hillary airport (Lukla airport) is named after the legendry mountaineer Sir Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary who successfully summit Everest. Lukla airport is also considered as the world’s most dangerous airport due to the short runway, here you will get about 15 minutes to catch sight of scenery and mountain air. Soon enough we will be flying from Lukla towards Sagarmatha National park. You will be observing Namche Bazaar. Namche is the main trading center and the hub for the Khumbu region with many Nepalese officials, a police check, a post, a bank, and even a beauty salon. Almost all travelers heading further into the Everest region pass through here, earning it the nickname ‘Gateway to Everest’. The second stop of the tour root is at Pheriche, where we will drop 3/2 passengers due to the weight limit. With 2/3 passengers you will be flying above the base camp and taken as close as possible to Mount Everest for an aerial view. After the aerial view, we will fly back to Pheriche with a 5 minute stop at Kalapathar for capturing 360-degree panoramic views of Nuptse-Lhotse-Lola peaks with Khumbu Ice Falls, glaciers, and Mt. Pumori because of latitude and freezing climate. Taking off from Pheriche, the next stop on the Everest base camp helicopter tour is the Hotel Everest View near Syangboche. At 3,880m, the Guinness Book of World Records accords it the status of 'highest luxury hotel in the world'. Incidentally, the hotel also offers a view of the highest mountain in the world — Everest, or Sagarmatha (the forehead of the sky) as the Nepalis call it. Our return journey continues after a pleasant 30minute stop here and our final stop is once again at Lukla where we will be refueling before heading towards Kathmandu.

Tour package highlight

  1. Tour starts from Tribhuvan International Airport towards east.
  2. The helicopter flight passes through different high mountains and hills
  3. During the flight, you can observe different popular like Charikot, Jiri, Gaurishankar Mountain range.
  4. Our helicopter will land at Lukla for refueling, which takes about 15mintues
  5. While flying above Sagarmatha National park you will find major high mountains like Kangtega, Kusum, Thameserkhu, Kangaru, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Nuptse, Island Peak, Pumori, Lobuche, Mera Peak, and many more.

Facts about Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour

Trip Name:

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Tour Type

Charter Flight

Maximum Group

5 Persons

Maximum Elevation

18,225 ft.

Flight Duration

240 min (2 ways)

EBC Landing time

10 Minutes

Maximum Weight

240 kg

Best Season

February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Fly

Early in the morning

Landing Points

Lukla Airport, Pheriche, Kalapathar

Himalayan Sights

Amadablam, Thameserkhu, Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Kusum Kangaru, Khumbila, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Mount 32

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Flight Route

Kathmandu (TIA) – Flyover Nagarkot – Jiri – Land at Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla – Refueling – Fly over Syangboche – Tengboche – Pheriche – Gorak Shep – landing at Kala Patthar – Take off after 5 mins – Arrive at Hotel Everest View – Fly to Lukla – Refueling – Return flight to Kathmandu

Heli Tour Cost Includes:

  1. Passenger Insurance
  2. Ground time cost
  3. Departure fee

Heli tour cost excludes:

  1. Necessary entrance and permit fee like permit fee for entering Sagarmatha National park
  2. Drop and pick up from TIA
  3. Breakfast/other costs at Hotel Everest view
  4. Domestic airport departure tax

Clothing and Preparations

  • Windproof Down Jacket (preferably waterproof too)
  • Warm Trousers
  • Sunhat and woolen cap
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses/Goggles
  • Sunscreen (preferably of SPF30+ for full protection)
  • A bottle of water
  • Toilet paper and other necessities
  • Mobiles and cameras
  • Your passport or passport copy

Safety Notes for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours:

                There are some important things to remember regarding safety and regulations as well as the trip in general for Everest Helicopter Flight Tour. For starters, the total amount of places we visit and our landing spots (Everest View Hotel for instance) may change depending on the weather and other condition. Safety is our utmost priority, both for the clients as well as our crew. So, the final decision to make will be in the hands of our experienced pilots as they are the ones best suited to make this decision.
                   On our Helicopter Flight to Everest Base Camp, we will try to include all the important locations and highlights and give you as much time as possible to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and culture of the region. Some other important points to remember during the heli tour are listed below:

  • Always be in the line of sight of your pilot. Enter/exit the helicopter from the side or front.
  • Make sure you are wearing your seatbelt properly.
  • Don’t leave your anointed seat until the pilot has signaled it is safe to do so.
  • Weight distribution is important in Helicopters, so we will try to arrange seats accordingly. Please try not to change your assigned seats.
  • No smoking unless you have received permission from the captain.