Everest Helicopter tour – private Ride in lowest cost
‘takes you high within the back drop of world highest Mt. Everest’
Highlights of helicopter ride tour to mount Everest base camp :
Breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks from the take off to landing point at EBC Kalapather.
Sweeping views of scenic landscapes of rolling hills dotted with farm villages and terraces
Probably the best ride with an adventure of lifetime experience landing at Everest base camp.
Glimpse of Sherpa cultures and it’s age-old heritage with colorful traditions of Buddhism.
Refreshing stops at high view points for grand views of Everest and adjoining giant mountains.
Safe and enjoyable ride on spacious chopper facing alluring scenery of world highest peaks”. Reviews regarding EBC helicopter.
Everest Helicopter tour ride has been designed and customized this awesome trip on spacious and safe take off and landing chopper, which is entirely built and made for this type scenic and glorious flights with expert pilots and guides to accompany you on this mesmerizing Everest Helicopter Tour.
Truly an adventurous Everest Helicopter Ride with amazing views of unique and dramatic landscapes of Nepal Himalaya range looking around beautiful rolling green hills dotted with farm villages and well tended row of terraces, along with deep dense forest of tall rhododendron (national flower of Nepal), magnolia, oaks, birch, hemlocks, pines and fir tree lines.
As the ride continues flying high above Kathmandu valley with sweeping panorama of the capital city and its wide valley with tiers of hills and views of Manaslu-Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal range of peaks and heading towards north east facing majestic Gauri-Shanker (where International Time Meridian or GMT zone passes through into Nepal via Gauri-Shanker Himal at the height of above 7,000 m high with Melung Tse peaks.
Starting early morning having breakfast at the hotel or with pack breakfast depending upon the Helicopter flight time and fineness or clearness of the day for taking a chopper ride, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport and then board in a small chopper, built for comfortable ride with 3-4 seated excluding Pilot and Co-Pilot seats.
Sometimes, with only one pilot to captain the flying machine where one can have a seat next to the captain facing immense views of scenery that surrounds you on this beautiful Everest Helicopter Tour, as the Heli takes you towards Nepal North Mid East past Kathmandu valley suburb and over green rolling hills and river dales to land at Lukla, a Sherpa town with a small airstrip at the height of 2,820 m high, where daily normal schedule flights takes off to and from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu of just 30 minutes scenic flight.
The airport of moderate size named after late Tenzing and Hillary in tribute to legendary climbers and mountaineers who first conquered Mt. Everest in May 29th 1953.
At Lukla with refreshing stops and a break for coffee or tea as well breakfast (depending upon the time of arrival), here with time for swift visit around its busy town, which is the gateway to many trekking and other adventure within high Khumbu and Everest region.
Everest Helicopter Tour continues from Lukla flying above Dudh Kosi river gorge with views of Kongde and Kusumkanguru peaks and past Phakding and Mono nice villages as Heli picks up altitude for short landing on top famous Namche Bazaar situated on U shaped or Horse Shoe positions with amphitheater of well built houses serving as lodge and hotels for travelers.
Namche Bazaar with several modern facilities of banks, ATM, post office with many good international restaurants and bakeries including shops and well stocked stores to cater the needs of the trekkers and mountaineers in this impressive large village or a town.
Namche Bazaar also holds once a week Saturday Market a busy colorful bazaar where one can witness the culture and custom of all hardy Khumbu Sherpa, the highlanders of Everest with their traditional costume on the market day of great interest.
Depending upon the weather and our pilot decision with time to explore Namche Bazaar located above 3,440 m high, where most of the trekkers and mountaineers takes a day break and rest day for acclimatization before heading higher areas, an ideal and best spot for spare day with much short activities that can be engaged on this nice and charming village and town of Namche Bazaar and capital of Khumbu Sherpa.
From Namche heading higher with bird’s eye views of the villages which includes Khumjung and Khunde higher above Namche located on glacial valley beneath the holy peak of Khumbila the patron God of Khumbu Sherpa.
View never ceases of high Kongde, Pachermo peaks towards west with Tharmasakrku, Kangtenga and Amadablam in the east including Mt. Everest-Nuptse and Lhotse within Northern direction.
Heading further North for brief stop at beautiful and scenic Thyangboche Monastery at the height of 3,867 m high with sweeping panorama of snow peaks with Everest and close views of majestic Amadablam one of the most magnificent looking peaks in all Himalaya, where name means Mother with Jewel Box.
Thyangboche Monastery situated on a high small plateau surrounded by alpine woodland of tall silver fir, pines and rhododendron with thick vegetations, here with time to visit its impressive monastery of great interest, where the main prayer hall decorated with religious painting know
As Thangka with idols of Lord Buddha and other great Gurus of Buddhism Mahayana sect of Buddhism which is much similar to Tibet culture and heritage, as Sherpa migrated from Tibet past 600 years, the name Sherpa means people from East in Tibetans as well in Sherpa where the language is very similar to each other and origin.
In the monastery within perfect ambiance and aroma of incense from here Everest Helicopter Tour continues bidding farewell to young monks and getting blessed from the high priest, where our ride takes off heading past tree lines to arid and barren country into arctic zone of remorseless fields of ice and glaciers around Everest Base Camp.
Enjoy unique landscapes views of rocky and snow clad peaks and scenic high valley of Khumbu as the chopper takes you to land at Gorakshep above 5,180 m high, a place on route to Everest and Pumori base camp as well for the climb towards a high rocky hill top of Kalapathar at the height of 5,545 a favorite among trekkers for grand vista of Everest and surrounding giant peaks.
Gorakshep with 3-4 lodges for travelers an amazing place to be where you can find warm and nice comfort at this high altitude, this place was once a base camp of Mt. Everest since early days of Tenzing and Hillary times till late 1970’s then as the glacier receded which made it possible to walk further to established at present base camp on the foot of Mt. Everest.
Depending upon fine and clear weather to land at Everest Base Camp at the height of above 5,364 m and 17,701 ft high, as well the landing location where movement of glaciers sometime changes the areas at base camp which is full of rocks, moraine, icebergs and glaciers.
However, if all is well with pilots right attitude a short flight to land at Everest base camp beneath the towering and world highest Mt. Everest with glorious and stupendous panorama of giant peaks, where Everest lies hidden between the peaks of Lho-la, Nuptse and Lhotse.
Huge tumbling Khumbu Ice Falls makes its ways towards base camp to feed the glaciers and rivers, after a fascinating time at base camp, then flying back to Lukla and back at Kathmandu, where the chopper leads into a gorge with last and final looks of Mt. Everest at its closest than heading above leaving behind arctic terrain for green hills to land at Lukla.
Before landing at Lukla for fuel break, we might stop at Khumjung and Khunde villages one of the most isolated and old permanent villages of high Khumbu areas, where late Edmund Hillary has put much effort to uplift the living standard of Sherpa, building one and only High School at Khumjung at present managed and run Hillary and Himalayan Trust and Foundation.
As per good time visiting its old monastery the place where you can witness a scalp believed to be of Yeti, kept in a safe glass box with some donations one can have a look, an old monastery of more than 500 years of history, from here a short ride to land at its upper village at Khunde at the height of 3,880 m where you can take a short walk to Khunde Hospital also built by Hillary way back in 1970’s, here acquiring information and history of the hospital then flying high and above Dudh Kosi River gorge.
Our flight proceeds with fantastic views of Kongde and other series of peaks above the villages of Monjo-Benkar and Phakding then a short stop at Lukla for refreshment while the Lukla crews of Helicopter fuels the engine.
From Lukla heading towards gorge and above the valley between hills and mountains over lower region of Everest known as Solu areas, then heading due west to land back at Kathmandu airport after a overwhelming experience of a life time on Everest Helicopter Ride.
After a safe and enjoyable ride of great thrill and excitement transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities or at leisure with fond memories of great Himalayan ride on Everest Helicopter Ride.
Other important notes and information regarding Everest Helicopter Tour:
Everest Helicopter Tour we operate and run throughout the year depending upon fine and clear sunny weather of Spring-Summer-Autumn to winter months of November to February.
March to May most of the morning is fine and clear with sunshine but can get cloudy and windy during afternoon time, where the day will be warm but can be cold in the shade without counting the wind chill factor which adds more cold to normal temperatures.
During this time day time from 15 degree to 21 degree Celsius in the sun, morning and late afternoon or evening and in the shade temperatures drops to below minus or just 5-10 degree Celsius.
We do not operate during June to mid September with monsoon wet season when the area will be overcast, and making the flight unsafe for landing as well blocking the views.
October to December as well January and February will pleasant with clear fine days but the sunlight hours are shorter during these months, however excellent views of mountains can be seen all day long on Helicopter flight. But can be cold and freezing in the morning and late afternoon or in the shade away from sunlight with temperatures during day time will be 15- 20 degree Celsius and drops to minus 5 to 10 degree Celsius depending upon the areas of landing.
March to May flowering times on hills from Lukla to Thyangboche Monastery areas, with rhododendron-magnolia in full bloom with other smaller flowers like primroses, violets and Himalayan lilies.
Area around Khumbu:
Khumbu and Everest region from Lukla onward protected by Sagarmatha National Park with an areas of 1,148 sq, kms (Sagarmatha for Everest in Nepalese and Sherpa of Tibetan origin calls as Chomolungma both names means Great Mother).
Sagarmatha one of the world highest national park which was added on the list World Heritage in 1979 the park covers world’s three highest mountains Mt. Everest-Mt. Lhotse and Cho-Oyu with other high 7,000 m and below 6,000 meters.
The main villages and towns are Lukla-Ghat-Phakding-Monjo-Namche Bazaar, Khunde and Khumjung, Thame in the west with last permanent Pangboche village beyond are temporary settlement to cater the needs of the trekkers and travelers on route Everest Base Camp.
Helicopters that we run and operate:
With two types of helicopters operating at present in private sectors:
AS 350 B series of helicopters which are manufactured by Euro copter, France and are very popular all over the world. It is regarded as one of the most versatile helicopters and is suitable for mountain flying and all types of helicopter missions.
Following are the features:
Fail Safe Design – Comfortable Seating Arrangements – 5 seats excluding Pilot – Suitable for all types of helicopter missions and can fly up to an altitude of above 5,500 m and 18,000 feet high.
Other helicopter is the powerful Russian made MI-17. This is a big bird, capable of transporting 22 passengers or four tons of cargo. MI-17’s can reach altitudes well in excess of 5.000 m and have been known to land at Everest Base Camp. They offer excellent utility and reliability under extreme conditions. These helicopters are usually charter for bigger groups or large cargo.
Besides scenic and cultural Heli Tour we run and organize Rescue Evacuation operation around Nepal Himalaya as well for ferrying cargo for expeditions and relief operation as well pilgrimage Heli Tour to Damodarkund-Muktinath and to Gosainkund and much more……………………
LUKLA – KATHMANDU HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
Lukla to Kathmandu, starting early morning with right fine weather to fly out from the busy Sherpa town at Lukla, the gateway to many various adventures around high Khumbu valley in the shade of Mt. Everest and other giant mountains.
Having early breakfast in your lodge at Lukla as per the time provided for Helicopter flight to Kathmandu, transfer to Lukla airport called as Tenzing-Hillary airport tribute to late legendry climbers who first summated Mt. Everest in 1953.
After getting on board greeted by expert Heli Pilot and Captain of the ship, then lifting off above Dudh Kosi River gorge facing awesome panorama of mountains with Mt. Everest includes views of dramatic country landscapes till the flight concludes landing at Kathmandu airport after an overwhelming experience on Lukla to Kathmandu Helicopter flights
KATHMANDU – LUKLA HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
Kathmandu to Helicopter flights, although taking a little more times than normal schedule flight on smaller aircraft, but an exclusive scenic flights on chopper with spacious seated on a smaller Heli suitable for 4-5 people at comfort.
Kathmandu to Helicopter flights starts early morning where you get transferred to domestic airport, where you will fly in a chopper welcomed by Heli expert Captain greeting you onboard for sweeping flights of 50 minutes to an hour to land at Lukla airstrip.
During air journey enjoy spectacular panorama of Himalayan range of giant white peaks with Mt. Everest then land at Lukla on a Helipad, the airport in Lukla named after famous late legendry Tenzing and Hillary first to conquer Mt. Everest.
EVEREST BASE CAMP – GORAKSHEP TO LUKLA HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
After amazing adventure and experience on Everest base camp or at Gorakshep, where you will be rewarded with a scenic an overwhelming short flight in the comfort of Helicopter, that takes you high above Khumbu valley and its scenic hills past beautiful Thyangboche Monastery and famous Namche Bazaar with ever present panorama of high giant peaks with Mt. Everest.
On landing at Lukla short airstrip transfer to lodge for refreshment or carry on with your journey on normal schedule smaller plane or in a Helicopter for onward flight to reach Kathmandu in the end of your fabulous adventure in Nepal Himalaya.