Everest Heli Tour

Trip Duration 1
Max Altitude 5364M
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit March to May, Sep to February

Trip Overview

Trip Introduction

Everest Heli Tour is a great way to experience Everest in just one day. We begin our helicopter tour from Kathmandu and fly towards the east to Lukla which is a beautiful Sherpa village. From here we fly over the Everest Base Camp which is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. From our helicopter, we also admire great views of the Khumbu Glacier which is ideally located between Mt. Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Next, we stop at Kalapathhar for the grandest views of the world’s highest mountain and it’s neighboring Himalayas. Then we fly to Syangboche and spend around twenty minutes at a hotel for breakfast while also admiring the beautiful Himalayan vista. We fly back to Lukla for fueling and return to Kathmandu and end our amazing helicopter day tour of Everest. The entire Everest Heli Tour gives us a unique opportunity to not just reach the base camp of Everest, the highest mountain on Earth but get the best aerial views of Everest and neighboring Himalayas on an exclusive helicopter flight.

Kathmandu to Lukla

Lukla to Everest Base Camp (flyover)

Everest Base Camp to Kalapathhar for magnificent views of the Everest panorama Kalapathhar to Syangboche (breakfast in Syangboche amidst the Himalayan vista) Syangboche to Lukla

Lukla to Kathmandu

Important Note: Spending only around five minutes in Kalapathhar will prevent us from getting altitude sickness. Our helicopter will be on stand-by at Kalapathhar, therefore, it is technically impossible to spend more than the allocated time.

Best Time to Travel

The best time to take this trip is from September to April. Although spring and autumn are Nepal’s popular tourist seasons, a helicopter day trip in the winter guarantees equally clear views that will have you mesmerized. However, being the monsoon season the months of June, July and August are not recommended.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.

 Trip Highlight

  • Experience a thrilling helicopter ride as you refuel and fly over Everest Base Camp, witnessing the dramatic change in topography from Namche Bazaar hills to the towering Himalayas.
  • Enjoy breakfast amidst the majestic mountains at Hotel Everest View, renowned for its breathtaking vistas of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks.
  • Indulge in delicious food while soaking in the panoramic views, creating an unforgettable dining experience at one of the highest hotels in the world.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Himalayan scenery as you savor your meal, surrounded by fellow trekkers, climbers, and Sherpas.
  • Fly back to Lukla for refueling, where you’ll have another opportunity to take in the stunning landscapes of the Everest region.
  • Take advantage of the short break in Lukla to stretch your legs and capture more photos of the Himalayan panorama.
  • Embark on the return flight to Kathmandu, relishing the final moments of aerial views of the snow-capped peaks and remote settlements below.
  • Reflect on the incredible journey as you touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, filled with memories of your Everest helicopter adventure.
  • Appreciate the safe and qualitative service provided by Friendship World Trek, ensuring a memorable and hassle-free experience.
  • Choose between private or group joining flights, with guaranteed best prices and special discounts available for both solo travelers and groups.
  • Immerse yourself in the camaraderie of fellow adventurers, sharing stories and laughter during the once-in-a-lifetime journey.
  • Capture stunning photographs of the Everest region from the unique vantage point of a helicopter, preserving memories to last a lifetime.
  • Feel the rush of adrenaline as you soar above the world’s highest peaks, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse.
  • Witness the resilience of human settlements nestled amidst the rugged terrain of the Himalayas, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Nepalese people.
  • Absorb the tranquility of the mountains, finding solace in their timeless beauty and grandeur.
  • Gain a newfound appreciation for the challenges and triumphs of mountaineers as you glimpse Everest Base Camp from the air.
  • Create bonds with your fellow travelers, united by a shared passion for adventure and exploration.
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment as you cross off a bucket-list item, having experienced the Everest region from a unique perspective.
  • Cherish the memories of your helicopter tour, recalling the exhilarating moments and stunning landscapes long after your return.
  • Depart from Kathmandu with a heart full of gratitude and a mind enriched by the indelible impressions of the Himalayas.


6:00 Am pick up from hotel.
A private vehicle for your group will be sent at hotel at 6 am. We then will move to domestic terminal of the airport and complete all the formality.

6:30 am – 7:00 am
Tickets, paper work, and weighting of passengers. Going on to helipad.

7:00 am—7:30 am
We will take off from airport and helicopter will take you to Lukla. You can enjoy the bird eye view of city as well as some scatter settlements of many place. You will also see many Himalayan ranges and amazing forests.

Rolwaling Himalayas During Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

8:15—8:30 am
Helicopter refueling and fly over Everest Base Camp.
Once you reach Lukla the chopper stops for refueling. The refueling usually takes about 15 minutes. After refueling you will fly towards EBC. You will witness change in topography as now you are flying above hills of Namche bazar.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Landing

8:30—9:30 am Hotel Everest view.
After being on lap of mountain for a while we fly to Hotel Everest View for breakfast. We also have amazing view from hotel. Admiring the Himalayan views with some food and beverage will be an experience of lifetime.

Breakfast time at Hotel Everest View. (1 hour).

Hotel Everest View is the renowned hotel in Everest Region. It provides breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and other surrounding peaks. The services and food provided are nice and tasty. You will order your breakfast and enjoy the mountain views with the breakfast. Many climbers and trekkers as well as the Sherpas of the Himalayas come to this hotel for the breakfast and to enjoy the scenic view. Having a delicious breakfast at this altitude will be the most exciting experience for you.

Everest Luxury Breakfast at Hotel Everest View

9:30 am- 10:00 am: Fly Lukla and refuel.

After an hour of breakfast in the hotel, you will then fly back to Lukla again with the amazing and thrilling views of the Himalayas. The helicopter will land at Lukla for 15 minutes for refueling and then will proceed to Kathmandu.

10:00 am-11:00 am: Return Kathmandu.

After refueling break, the flight will take off from Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. In 45 minutes, the flight will land you to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will notice the same mountain ranges and scattered human settlements while returning. A vehicle will pick you up from the domestic terminal and then drop you to your respective hotel.

(We, Friendship World Trek operate daily helicopter flight to Everest Base Camp in a safe and qualitative manner. Both private flight as well as group joining flight can book seats for the flight. Best guaranteed price and special discounts are provided to single as well as group with qualitative service

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Helicopter seats 5 people maximum in one Helicopter.
  • Airport Pick up and drop from Hotel.
  • Airport Boarding Pass and taxes.
  • Oxygen for quick evacuation if required in Helicopter.
  • 1 Hour break at Everest View Hotel.
  • Helicopter cost for the flight.
  • Government Tax & Fuel Surcharges.

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (unless specifically mentioned).
  • Meals other than breakfast at Hotel Everest View.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks or drinks, and tips.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Everest Entry Permit Fees.
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Visa fees for entry into Nepal (if applicable).
  • Additional costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays or cancellations.
  • Any expenses arising from medical emergencies or evacuation.
  • Any other items not explicitly mentioned as included in the trip cost.

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

Certainly! Here is some general information about an Everest helicopter tour:

Trip Duration: Typically, an Everest helicopter tour can range from a half-day excursion to a full-day trip, depending on the itinerary and preferences of the travelers.

Departure Point: The tour usually begins from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, where participants are picked up from their hotels or designated meeting points.

Flight Route: The helicopter flight takes passengers from Kathmandu to Lukla, then continues towards Everest Base Camp (EBC). Along the way, passengers can enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and surrounding peaks.

Helicopter Stops: The helicopter may make stops for refueling, typically at Lukla before or after visiting Everest Base Camp.

Highlight Stops:

  1. Everest Base Camp (EBC): The main highlight of the tour, where passengers have the opportunity to land and explore the base camp area. This includes stunning views of the Khumbu Icefall and surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  2. Hotel Everest View: A stopover for breakfast or refreshments, offering remarkable views of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains. It’s a chance to enjoy a meal amidst breathtaking scenery.

Tour Operators: Several tour operators in Nepal offer Everest helicopter tours, each with their own itineraries, pricing, and inclusions. It’s essential to choose a reputable operator with experienced pilots and good safety records.

Cost: The cost of an Everest helicopter tour can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the tour, inclusions (such as meals or additional activities), and the reputation of the tour operator. It’s advisable to inquire about the cost and what it includes (e.g., permits, taxes, fuel surcharges) before booking.

Weather Considerations: Weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and flights may be subject to cancellation or delays due to adverse weather. It’s essential to plan the trip during the best season for weather visibility, typically during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) months.

Fitness Level: Unlike trekking to Everest Base Camp, a helicopter tour requires minimal physical exertion, making it suitable for individuals with varying fitness levels and mobility.

Safety: Safety is paramount during helicopter tours, and operators adhere to strict safety standards. Pilots are experienced in flying in mountainous terrain, and helicopters undergo regular maintenance checks.

Before booking an Everest helicopter tour, it’s recommended to research different tour operators, read reviews, and clarify any questions or concerns regarding the itinerary, safety measures, and cost.

Everest Heli Tour Route Map

Everest Heli Tour


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