Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour - 1 day

Trip Facts
DestinationEverest Base Camp / Kala Patthar
ActivityHelicopter Tour
RegionEverest Region
Start / End pointKathmandu - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu
Duration1 Days
Max. Altitude5,555m at Kala Patthar
Meals IncludedNone
Group sizemax 5 persons
Nature of TrekHelicopter Tour
Best SeasonSpring (March - May), Autumn (Sept - Nov)

About the Trip

For those who do not want to trek to the Everest Base Camp for days to enjoy the views of Everest, Discovery World Trekking conducts Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour that lasts about five hours. This Everest helicopter tour is equally appealing to physically challenged persons who want to see Mt. Everest.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

  • Aerial views of lush forests, deep valleys, traditional villages, calm turquoise lakes, stunning glaciers, and raging rivers
  • Fly over the famous Sagarmatha National park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Experience the spectacular views of majestic mountains and picturesque scenery in the Khumbu (Everest) region.
  • Spend time at the Kala Patthar (5,555m). Savor the beauty of mt. Everest up close
  • Spectacular views of awe-inspiring mountains like Island Peak, Pumori, Lobuche, Kangtega, Kusum, Thameserkhu, Kangaru, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Tawache, Cholatse, Mera Peak
  • Delicious breakfast at Everest View Hotel (self-pay)

Benefits of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with DWT

  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • 100% refund in case of bad weather
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Quick response to all queries
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Over a decade of travel (trek/tour) service experience
  • Easy payment system. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, bank transfers, online payments, cash, and many more. 


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Comprehensive Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Overview

Your 1-day Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with a landing at Kala Patthar (5,555m) starts at Kathmandu. On your Mount Everest Helicopter tour departure date, we will transfer you from your hotel to Tribhuvan International Airport early morning to board a helicopter to Lukla. 

As the helicopter heads east to Lukla, you will enjoy the aerial views of Kathmandu Valley. Then you will get glorious views of snowcapped mountains, including Jugal Himal, Gaurishankar, and Langtang.

The helicopter will land for about 15 minutes at Lukla Airport for refueling, providing you time to enjoy the new landscape in the Everest region. Soon, your helicopter will take off and enter the skies above Sagarmatha National Park

The helicopter then flies over Syangboche, Tengboche, Pheriche, Gorak Shep, the Everest Base Camp, Khumbu glacier, and lands at Kala Patthar a popular viewpoint that provides breath-taking views of Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Khumbutse, Changtse, Pumori and summit of Lhotse

In rare cases, due to bad weather, your helicopter might not land at Kala Patthar for safety reasons.

After enjoying the views from Kala Patthar, you will fly in your helicopter to Everest View Hotel at Syanboche for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, your helicopter will take off and head to Lukla Airport, where it will refuel and then return to Kathmandu. As you return to Kathmandu your helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp will be complete.

The whole tour will last for around five hours.

Ideally, this is your schedule for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter day tour.

06:00 am: Pickup from your hotel or meeting point
06:15 am: Transfer to Kathmandu airport
06:45 am: Check-in to helicopter counter
07:00 am: Takeoff from Kathmandu to Lukla
07:30 am: Landing at Lukla for refueling
08:00 am: Take off from Luka, Landing at Kala Patthar
08:15 am: Takeoff from Kala Patthar to Syangboche
08:30 am: Landing at Syangboche, breakfast at Everest View Hotel
09:30 am: Takeoff from Synagboche, flight to Lukla
09:45 am: Landing at Lukla for refueling helicopter
10:00 am: Takeoff from Lukla, return flight to Kathmandu
10:30 am: Arrival at Kathmandu after successful completion of Everest Base Camp Heli Tour
11:00 am: Transfer to hotel

Your Mount Everest Base Camp helicopter tour with landing at Kala Patthar will end in Kathmandu at around 11 am. 

How safe is the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

The pilots that fly the helicopters are well-experienced and qualified. If the weather is unfavorable, the pilots will take the appropriate action after evaluating the situation. Hence, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour is very safe.

We advise all our valuable guests to arrive at Kathmandu before 3 pm, a day before heli-tour day, to participate in the tour briefing. During this briefing, we will provide you with vital information about the tour and ensure that you have everything you need for a successful one-day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.

Included in Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing

  • Free airport transfer during arrival and departure
  • Passenger helicopter insurance
  • Helicopter flight over Everest Base Camp/Kala Patthar and back to Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Necessary Sagarmatha National Park permits and entrance fees

What is excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee during arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast at Everest View Hotel
  • All things not in "Included in Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Landing" are counted as excludes

Route Map

Trip Information

Itinerary details

1. Pick up from your hotel (meeting place), drive to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), and flight briefing. 

We will take you to TIA early morning for a helicopter flight to Lukla. There will be a briefing from the flight instructor detailing safety majors and guidelines to follow just before the flight. Then, you will meet your pilot.


2. Take off from Kathmandu to Lukla

Your helicopter heads east of Kathmandu Valley, and you will be able to get glorious views of snow-capped mountains, including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Gaurishankar. You will also be greeted with fantastic views of beautiful valleys, traditional villages, calm lakes, and raging rivers. After flying over Jiri, your helicopter will land in Lukla. 


3. Refueling at Lukla

By reaching Lukla, you have entered the Everest region. Lukla is home to Tenzing Hillary Airport, where your helicopter will refuel. This process takes about ten to fifteen minutes. During this time, you can enjoy the Himalayan geography, perhaps, far different than the one you have ever seen or experienced.


4. Fly from Lukla to Kala Patthar (5,555m)

After refueling, the helicopter will start flying over the Dudh Koshi River valley to Namche Bazaar, an economic lifeline of the Everest region. From the helicopter, you will get breathtaking views of high Himalayan mountains, including Ganesh Himal (7,429m), Gyachung Kang (7,952m), Pumori (7,161m), Lhotse (8,516m), Gauri Shankar Himal (7,134m), Shishapangma (8,013m), Nuptse (7,855m), Ama Dablam (6,812m), Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, and Kwangde.

Your helicopter will take an aerial route over Syangboche, Tengboche, Pheriche, Gorak Shep, the Everest Base Camp, and the Khumbu glacier. You will see that the Everest Base Camp lies surrounded by high mountains, including Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, and Lobuche, just below the Khumbu ice-fall. 


5. Stop at the Kala Patthar (5,555 m)

After flying over the Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Glacier, your helicopter will land at Kala Patthar. However, please be cautioned that if the weather suddenly turns unfavorable, your helicopter may not land at Kala Paathar. However, this is very rare. From Kala Patthar, you can get a panoramic view of Everest standing together with Nuptse, Changtse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Khumbutse, Changtse, Pumori, and Lhotse. 

Since you will stay for a maximum of 15 minutes at Kala Patthar, we advise you to take enough pictures to relive the moment later. You cannot stay at Kala Patthar any longer due to the risk of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).


6. From Kala Patthar to Everest View Hotel (Syangboche) for breakfast

After enjoying the views from Kala Patthar, you will board the helicopter again. This time your helicopter will fly to Syangboche and land. By now, you might be hungry, and you can have breakfast at Everest Hotel (self-pay). This hotel, one of the world's highest hotels, also provides a fantastic view of Everest. 


7. Flight from Syangboche to Lukla (for refueling) and back to Kathmandu

The helicopter will make one last landing for about fifteen minutes to refuel at Lukla Airport before taking off to return to Kathmandu. The return flight will also be scenic and relaxing. After the helicopter lands in Kathmandu, we will drop you off at your hotel. We hope that your Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour was entertaining and refreshing.

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Trip Reviews


Based on the opinion of at least 1316 people.

5 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand


Written Feb 13 , 2023

The helicopter ride to Everest was an exhilarating and thrilling adventure. It stands out as one of the most remarkable and enjoyable trips I've had in my career thus far. The helicopter pilot and the other individuals on the flight were not only friendly but also displayed a genuine passion for their work.


Furthermore, Paul from Discovery World Trekking was an exceptional person, just like his remarkable tour operation. It was truly captivating and left a lasting impression. The cost of the tour was affordable and offered the best value for money. I opted for a group sharing flight, which added an extra element of excitement while still providing a satisfying experience.


The helicopter tour exceeded all expectations, and every aspect of it was top-notch. I can confidently rate it five out of five, as it truly was the best of the best.


Written Apr 10 , 2023

The Mount Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Discovery World Trekking was an incredible experience in my life. Witnessing Everest and other majestic mountains right in front of me filled me with excitement. Throughout the trip, Paul ensured that I had a window seat, allowing me to cherish breathtaking moments before my eyes.


The tour cost was reasonable, and to make things even more convenient, Paul arranged for a representative to pick me up from my hotel and drop me off at the Kathmandu airport. The flight briefing was thorough, and the entire journey went smoothly. The photos I took during this trip turned out to be extraordinary. I cherished every corner that I saw from the helicopter. It truly was the highlight of my life, and I felt alive.

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Nov 28 , 2023

Taking off on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Discovery World Trekking was one of the best decisions I made in my life. The excitement bubbled within me as we lifted off, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of anticipation for the journey ahead. It felt as though the mountains themselves were reaching out to greet us, welcoming us to see their beauty.

This was my first time flying on a heli. I was afraid but the pilot reassured me that it gonna be safe. He felt like a trusted companion guiding me through the skies. I am really thankful to him for boosting my confidence.

But it wasn't just the scenery that touched my heart; it was the warmth and kindness of the Discovery World Trekking team that truly made the experience unforgettable. From the friendly smiles of the staff to the thoughtful gestures throughout the journey, it was evident that they were more than just guides – they were friends, sharing in the joy and wonder of the adventure.


Jan 16 , 2024

We went on the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with Discovery World Trekking. Honestly speaking, it was an absolute marvel from start to finish. The journey was nothing short of spectacular, with every moment filled with awe and wonder.

Flying high above the towering Himalayas, each turn revealed breathtaking vistas that seemed straight out of a dream. The journey itself felt like a thrilling adventure, with the helicopter gracefully navigating through valleys and around peaks, offering us a bird's-eye view of the world's highest mountains.

The skilled pilot ensured a smooth and safe ride, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty and grandeur of the landscape below. Every second was filled with excitement and anticipation, making the journey an unforgettable experience that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Discovery World Trekking truly knows how to turn a journey into an extraordinary adventure! Thank you, Paul.





Based on the opinion of at least 174 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand



Mar 6, 2023

The Mount Everest helicopter tour had always been a lifelong dream of mine. Finally, in April, I turned that dream into a reality. And let me tell you, it was an experience that made me feel like I had lived the absolute best time of my life.


I discovered Discovery World Trekking and they offered an incredible package for the Everest tour. The entire experience was nothing short of splendid. I even had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the colorful tents of the climbers at Everest Base Camp. The atmosphere was truly indescribable; it was a sight that left me in awe.


I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Paul for his brilliant organization of my trip. He ensured that everything was arranged on time and constantly kept me informed about the weather conditions, which played a crucial role in making my trip 100% successful. For me, Discovery World Trekking provided an amazing service that exceeded my expectations.





Jan 23, 2023

Experiencing a helicopter flight over the magnificent Everest, the world's highest peak was undeniably one of the most memorable moments of my life. Opting for this adventure turned out to be one of the greatest choices I have ever made. The flight was organized by Paul from Discovery World Trekking, and it was surprisingly affordable. Additionally, I had the pleasure of sharing the flight with some wonderful individuals with whom I enjoyed engaging in conversations.


I was fortunate enough to secure a window seat starting from Lukla, which allowed me to witness nature's breathtaking creation up close. The sheer presence of those towering mountains filled me with a sense of warmth and awe. Every person on the flight seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the experience. If you plan on venturing into the mountains, I highly recommend including a helicopter tour in your itinerary. The unparalleled views and exhilaration it offers are truly unmatched. In particular, I urge anyone heading to Everest to consider this remarkable opportunity.


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