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Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing

If you are not comfortable with trekking, or you are short of time but still have a strong desire to discover Mt Everest in the Khumbu region, it is better to book a helicopter tour.

A helicopter ride is the most comfortable and luxurious way to explore the Everest base camp.

But not all Everest base camp helicopter tours are the same – some offer you a landing while others do not. 

This article shares everything you should know before booking a helicopter ride with landing at the Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp by Helicopter + Landing + Breakfast

Breakfast at Everest base camp
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Get ready for an incredible heli tour with a landing at Everest Base Camp that promises unlimited fun and thrill.

Itinerary of the helicopter tour

The heli tour begins at 6.15 am and lasts around four hours.

6.15 am: Transfer from the hotel to Kathmandu Airport

6.30 am: Flight to Lukla 

7.30 am: Refuel at Lukla 

7.50 am: Flight towards Everest Base camp

8.25 am: Overfly the Everest Base Camp & Land at Kala Patthar 

8.55 am: Flight to Syangboche, Everest View Hotel & have the optional Breakfast

9.35 am: Ride back to Kathmandu pr may stop at Lukla for refuel 

12.50 pm: Arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport 

1.15 pm: Drive to hotel

The best part about this tour package is that it gives you the breakfast option.

Pick up point

Tribhuvan International Airport

Address: Ring Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal. Get Directions

The tour operator provides pickup facilities from hotels inside the city area in Kathmandu. If your hotel is far off, you can go directly to the Kathmandu domestic airport. 

While booking your chopper tour to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, give the tour operator the hotel name and address so they can pick you up. 

Tickets for Base Camp helicopter trip

The heli tour with Everest Base Camp landing tour costs US$1,600 per person.

You can book tickets for up to five passengers. 

The budget-friendly shared helicopter ride makes Everest even easier to reach.

Ticket inclusions

– Everest helicopter flight in a group sharing five passengers and a pilot
– Hotel pickup and drop-off 
– Fuel surcharge

Ticket exclusions

– Optional Breakfast of US$31 (NPR 4,108) at Hotel Everest
– National park, Airport tax & Municipality entry fees US$46 (NPR 6,096) per person pay local money

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From Lukla: Helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp

Lukla is the entry gate for most treks and tours making their way into the Khumbu region.

Booking an Everest base camp Heli tour from Lukla takes you to Mount Ama Dablam Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, and Kwangde peaks, all viewed from the top. 

You will soar across popular Sherpa villages like Syangboche (known for Everest View Hotel), Tengboche (home to the Tengboche monastery), and Gorak Shep.

Finally, you will make a short landing at Kala Patthar and witness the magnificence and magic of Mt Everest with your own eyes and savor memories for a lifetime. 

Itinerary of the helicopter tour

– Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2,845 meters): 45 minutes

– Helicopter flight from Lukla to Kala Patthar (5,550 meters): 15 to 20 minutes

– Fly from Kala Patthar to Everest View Hotel: 10 minutes

– Breakfast at the Everest View Hotel: 30 minutes

– Fly from Syangboche to Lukla for refueling: 15 minutes

– Fly back to Kathmandu: 45 minutes

Pick up point

This tour offers hotel transfer facility.

You will be picked up from your hotel and dropped back to it once the tour ends.

Ticket prices

Everest base camp Heli tour from Lukla costs US$1,690 per person.

You can book tickets for up to ten passengers. 

Ticket inclusions

– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Round-trip private transfer.
– Air-conditioned vehicle
– Private transportation

Ticket exclusions

– Drinks
– Breakfast / Food of US$35 (4,000 NRS)
– Airport tax of US$4 (500 NRS)
– National park fees of US$45 (5,000 NRS) per person

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Cost of Everest base camp helicopter tour

The cost of the Everest base camp helicopter ride depends on the following factors:

– The tour operator you opt for

– Number of passengers, their ages, and whether they are a couple or a group

– Length of the tour

– Whether you want a tour with or without landing on the ground

– Time of the year (tickets are costly during the spring and autumn seasons)

– Inclusion of breakfast or other food and drinks

It is better to plan your visit to the Himalayan Base Camp much in advance and book your tour online. Since they are in high demand, leaving them for the last minute is not a good idea.

Timings of the tours

Everest base camp heli rides with landing are operational throughout the week and usually take place in the morning.

They have a fixed-time take off at 6.15 am.

Restrictions strictly followed

Weight limits apply for safe and comfortable Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing.

A minimum and a maximum of passengers are required on these tours, failing which, they will be canceled.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.

Weather-appropriate dressing is strongly advised.

These tours are not recommended for pregnant travelers and people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.

No other animals except service animals are allowed onboard.

Infants must be seated in the caregivers’ laps throughout the flight.

You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

A valid passport or ID card is required.

Flight times are approximate subject to weather conditions.

Seating arrangements may often be in the hands of the tour organizers for a safe and stable flight.

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before your tour date. 

If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, a 100% percent cancellation fee is applicable.

No changes are allowed within 24 hours of the experience’s start time.

Helicopter tours require good weather. 

If the tour is canceled due to poor weather or non-fulfillment of the minimum number of passengers, you may be offered a different date or a full refund.

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