Discover highest peaks on earth on Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Everest Helicopter Tour

Do you want to see the summit of Everest (8848m), the highest mountain above sea level without hiking on a high-altitude trail?

Want to land on the viewpoint of Kala Patthar, the highest altitude that trekkers will reach on their trip to Everest Base Camp?

In just half-day…

Then taking a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu is perfect for you.

This short journey taking off from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp break into 4 phases:

  • Helicopters start flying high over the hill country to Lukla Airport, where it stops for fuel
  • The pilot who flies the helicopter will take you to several Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche towards Everest Base Camp where you get to see Khumbu icefall and glacier than to Kala Patthar where there is a helipad for landing
  • From Kala Patthar, helicopter fly to Syangboche Airport and stop for a breakfast in Everest View Hotel
  • Say goodbye to the Khumbu region, get on the helicopter and head back to Kathmandu









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Start your exciting helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp early as the skies are clear in the morning and the clouds usually come in the afternoon.

Be ready at 6:00 AM, driver pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport. Waiting for boarding and getting on a helicopter and fly east towards Lukla.

Enjoy the great view from the helicopter’s window along the journey:

  • Kathmandu Valley – the mandala shape of Bouddanath Buddhist Stupa appears down below
  • The green hill country with rice paddies and several Himalayan peaks of Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang in skyline ahead

After 45 minutes of flight, the helicopter land at Lukla airstrip at an altitude of 2,820m. This airport has another name Tenzing – Hillary Airport (Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to make it to the top of the world – Mount Everest on May 29th, 1953)

Helicopter park at Lukla Airport for refueling then depends on weather condition, aircraft prepare to take off for Kala Pathar

Average Driving Duration: 30 minutes

Average Flight Duration: 45 minutes

Average Landing Duration: 45 minutes


From Lukla, it takes 25 minutes for the helicopter to fly to Everest Base Camp and land in Kala Patthar.

Kala Pathar provides the best “helicopter pad” for a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. Helicopter land on the summit of Kala Patthar for 10 minutes

Why 10 minutes?

Since you reach an elevation of 5,555m in just a short time – you might get sick of altitude if you stay longer.

What do you see?

Several Khumbu settlements of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and the View of Mount Everest (8,848m) – earth’s highest mountain and Khumbu Glacier from the Kala Patthar summit

Note: Maximum of 3 people can be helicoptered between Base Camp and Pheriche as the helicopter is equipped to reach that height with a certain weight. You might need to split the group at this phase.

Average Flight Duration: 25 minutes

Average Landing Duration: 10 minutes


Leaving Kala Pathar, retrace your journey above the clouds back to Shyanboche airport with views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other Himalayan Peaks beside the famous Mount Everest and Lhotse.

Shyangboche airstrip (3,790m) was only built to serve the Hotel Everest View. At this elevation, it is too high for most trekkers who want to start their hike to Everest Base Camp.

So currently no airlines have planes climb to this altitude, most aircraft landing and departing at Shyangboche are helicopters

At Everest View Hotel, enjoy your breakfast and a cup of hot tea with a great Panorama View of Everest, definitely a highlight of the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour.

Average Flight Duration: 15 minutes

Average Landing Duration: 45 minutes 


Take a last look at Everest mountain and flight back to Kathmandu via Lukla

From Kathmandu airport, you can end your journey by going back to Hotel or continue a half-day tour visiting some UNESCO World Heritage Site that you have seen from a helicopter such as Boudhanath Stupa, Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Average Flight Duration: 1 hour

Average Driving Duration: 30 minutes

Payment conditions

Trip Information


AirBus 350 Series will be used for the tour, a powerful – lightweight helicopters which can:

  • Land up to an altitude of 7,000m/23,000ft
  • Take off and land easily in limited space 
  • The capacity of 1 pilot and up to 6 passengers 


You will face the cold when landing at Kala Patthar & Everest View Hotel. A large number of gears is not necessary but a few items:

  1. Waterproof/Windproof jacket
  2. Fleece jacket OR down jacket
  3. Sunglass & suncream
  4. Water bottle
  5. Camera and mobiles with extra batteries
  6. A warm hat, scarf, gloves (important for travel in winter)
  7. Your passport and passport copy


A helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp is possible from September to May with the best time falling into Autumn and Spring.

  • Autumn (September to November): brings the most stable weather, clearer skies, and magical views. The temperature in the early morning at Kala Patthar can range from -5 to -10 Celsius
  • Spring (Mar to May): Rhododendron bloom at the lower elevation you can see from the helicopter window between Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Weather is comfortable with 15 to 20 Celsius during the day and -0 to 5 Celsius at night time.
  • Winter (December to February): Best time if you want to see snow in the region. The cold can be an obstacle with minimum -20 celsius

Everest Helicopter Tour FAQs

No, the Helicopter is equipped to fly to a maximum altitude of 7,000m. More advanced helicopters can fly higher than the summit of Everest but making a landing at such altitude is tricky as helicopters can spark avalanches or landslides. [1]

In history, there is one test helicopter pilot, Didier Delsalle make the impossible landing on the summit of Everest on May 14th, 2005. The chopper then take-off after 3’’50’’ “on the summit. [2]

Tour starts at an elevation of 2,820m in Lukla Helicopter then it flies up to 5,000m or above 6,000m in some places, the helicopter land at 5,555m at Kala Pathar

No, Helicopter will fly above Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier and land in Kala Pathar, one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Everest. You only really see Mount Everest from Kala Patthar.

Yes, we have groups that depart regularly during the peak season. Please contact us for advice and confirmation of flight dates.

Yes, we offer a private helicopter service, quite reasonable price with experienced pilots. One helicopter contains up to 5 guests. Please contact us for a good price.

Yes, the weather affects the flight especially in the rainy season (June to August), the remaining seasons are quite stable but the weather on the mountain sometimes is not predictable, We always update the latest weather to ensure guests’ safety.

Depending on the circumstances. If the tour is canceled due to weather conditions before the helicopter takes off in Kathmandu, you will be refunded. If it has started, it is canceled part of the journey because of the weather conditions you will not be refunded

The total tour time is about 4-5 hours. Depending on the boarding time and weather conditions, the tour usually starts around 6:00 am and ends around 1-2 pm.

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