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EVEREST BASE CAMP HELICOPTER TOUR
‘Flight to enchantment in the close shadow of world highest Mt. Everest’
Everest base camp helicopter tour truly a flight of great enchantment facing world highest peaks within a stone throw distance, where one can join on this pleasant and scenic Helicopter tour.
A great opportunity and the very best way to view world highest peak Mt. Everest taking a chopper flight of more than few hours ride, for travelers with limited holiday duration.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour probably world most scenic joy ride where one can enjoy panorama of Himalayan peaks with Mt. Everest at closest distance in short distance of time.
Taking helicopter ride to Everest base camp and near about saves time and energy, where walk takes more than ten days with flight to and from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu.
Everest base camp the southern side is in Nepal while the north base camp falls across the border in Tibet a mere distance from Rongbuk monastery, and within massive Rongbuk glacier.
The most popular preferred route to Everest Base camp is from Nepal southern side base camp, where most expeditions also use the south col to reach the top of Mt. Everest summit.
Mt. Everest with several names in early days known as Peak XV until Andrew Waugh, the surveyor general of East India Company, proposed that it be named for his predecessor, Sir George Everest.
In Tibet called Chomolungma and in Nepal as Sagarmatha in both native languages means ‘Great Mother’, but the name Mt. Everest happens to be the most popular, where world-wide travelers knows by the name Everest.
Draws and attracts thousands of trekkers every season of the year and famous destination as well for a mountaineering expedition, where the route of the first ascent on top Mt. Everest was from high Khumbu in Nepal in the way back May 29th, 1953 the hero and conqueror late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary.
Besides mountaineering and trekking to Everest Base Camp one can take a super smooth flight in a chopper, the best and easiest way to views Mt. Everest and array of adjoining world highest peaks.
For visitors in Nepal with limited holiday times can book on this spectacular tour to reach at the base of Mt. Everest or just nearby, during an hour flight or more where one can view a panorama of the Himalayan mountain range all the way till it lands around high Khumbu with closest views of Mt. Everest.
Where the distance from Kathmandu city airport to Everest is about 160 k.m as crow fly, located Far North Mid-East Himalaya within Solu-Khumbu district of Nepal, flying in a helicopter saves time and energy and the cost almost comes to the same of trekking to Everest base camp from Lukla to Lukla.
Lukla a Sherpa town with a unique airport named after Legendary Mountaineers “Tenzing and Hillary” which was built by late Sir Edmund Hillary and his Foundation in 1964 but came into operation until the late 1970’s, the only national carrier Royal Nepal Airlines with STOL (Short Take-Off Landing) aircraft that fly in and out Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu taking approx. 45 minutes.
At present, there are several private airlines that fly to Lukla, with new types of smaller planes Dornier and Twin Otter or similar types of not more than 18 seated taking 30 minutes flight, where load capacity is very limited.
Lukla located at the height of 2,845 m and 9,334 ft a growing town due to its only busy and popular mountainous airport, where thousands of trekkers and mountaineers fly in out every season of the year.
Flying to Lukla is one of the major options to get close to Mt. Everest apart from Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, the other early route to Everest base camp is taking the original trail from Jiri, and this town is sometimes known as Switzerland of Nepal.
From Jiri takes more than two weeks to reach the base of Everest, wherefrom Lukla of less than a week and the fastest means is taking a chopper within few hours to Everest base camp or near about.
How and where to book for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour:
After checking various options to be close within the world highest Mt. Everest, the only solution was to take a swift chopper flight.
In Kathmandu various Helicopter companies offer flight to Everest and Annapurna base camp as well all around Himalayan destinations which comes almost the same cost of trekking to Everest base camp with normal flight in smaller aircraft to Lukla and back to Kathmandu.
Himalaya Holiday Service is one of the best local companies that one can choose for this marvelous Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, the booking was taken with great respect.
After booking the flight for Everest base Camp Helicopter Tour, and then receiving as well collecting all the needful details and information regarding Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour.
Where it is mentioned that the landing may differ although it says Everest base camp, it may or not actually land at base camp which makes sense, as previous helipad at base camp gets washed out by the movement of glaciers, and many good reasons.
As the area is very sensitive where avalanche and rock falls destroys the space of Helipad, and it is quite unsafe sometimes due to huge boulders of rocks, ice and moraine.
Well the Captain the pilot of the chopper knows the best as he takes huge responsibility making the flight safe and sound as well enjoyable to make every passenger happy with great smiles.
The landing often takes place at the base of high Kalapathar Hilltop which is also a trekker’s viewpoints for closest views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, and surrounding giant peaks.
Well the top of Kalapathar at present recorded at 5,614 m and 18, 514 feet earlier it was known to be at 6,545 m, where the Helicopter makes the landing is at its top base just above the glacial field of Gorakshep (which was the original base camp for Everest Expedition till the end 1970’s).
Gorakshep at the height of 5,180 m on route Everest Base Camp and Pumori base from Lobuche settlement, the landing is just at approx. 5, 340 m high where one catch incredible views and panorama of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest, Pumori, Lhotse and Nuptse at mere away within a stone throw distance.
It was the very spot in December 04th 2009, where Nepal Government delegation held their conference, which was the highest meeting ever held in the history of ‘World Environment Day’
A beautiful pleasant and scenic Helicopter flight:
In the morning skipping breakfast to catch early morning chopper flight wherein Himalaya the sooner the better, like the saying ‘early bird catches the worm’ same thing for travelers in Himalaya.
Where early trekkers or visitors get the chance to see stunning Himalayan panorama if Mountains, as Himalayan weather patterns can be unpredictable sometimes even in the best time of the year.
Well the right moment departing from the hotel by 5:30 a.m. taking a short drive of less than 30 minutes to reach at Kathmandu domestic airport, early morn where vehicle traffic is much less.
Getting inside the terminal and checking in where I was handed with boarding pass and soon entering for security (where matches, lighters, penknife, and sharp items are not allowed to carry in handbags or in personal day pack).
After going through the checking than a short drive to the Helicopter parking area, greeted by Helicopter airline staff and the pilot/captain (on high altitude flight where only the main pilot or captain fly the engine to make the weight loss as per the capacity of passengers).
It was a great opportunity to get the seat in the front seat next to pilot at the cockpit, where three other passengers of different nationality was nicely seated on the back with enough space for leg rooms.
Duration of 45 minutes to an hour flying above the Solu area to reach the Khumbu region of Everest at Lukla, a popular Sherpa town and gateway to many adventures around high Khumbu valley and Everest region, where all walks start and end at Lukla.
Lukla at the height of 2,820 m high with views of Kongde peaks and Kalo or Naulekh Himal in the north, a busy interesting town with a small airstrip called Tenzing-Hillary airport.
Helicopter flying to Everest base camp and around stops at Lukla for refueling and as well for rest and refreshment, before continuing the ride to various scenic destinations around high Khumbu valley.
B: HELICOPTER FROM LUKLA BASE CAMP:
After a refreshing break at Lukla helicopter swirls above Dudh Kosi River gorge past Phakding and Monjo village, heading higher close to Namche Bazaar a large town/village a hub of Khumbu Sherpa and as well for trekkers.
Flight carries on with views of Tengboche (time permitting landing at Tengboche
for scenic panorama of mountains and tour of its impressive monastery).
Leaving the tree lines behind heading higher towards Mt. Everest and then landing at base camp at the height of 5,364 m / 17, 005 feet depends upon the season and situation wise.
Base camp is filled with the rubble of rocks-moraine and glaciers where landing sometimes might be obstructed due to movement of glaciers every season as with rock falls and avalanche.
Once at Everest base camp enjoy superb views of surrounding giant mountains with massive Khumbu Ice-Fall and glaciers then fly back to Kathmandu via Lukla.
C: HELICOPTER FLIGHT FROM EVEREST VIEW HOTEL TO EVEREST BASE CAMP:
Landing at Everest View Hotel on its small helipad overlooking views of Tharmasarku, Kongde peaks with Amadablam includes grand scenery of surrounding areas and of Mt. Everest.
After breakfast and refreshment at Everest View Hotel which is at the height of 3,880 m within serene woodland of oaks, pines, rhododendron and fir tree lines.
Helicopter takes off from Everest View Hotel past scenic area of Tengboche Monastery to land at Everest base camp within moraine and glaciers.
Enjoying stunning views head back to Kathmandu with a possible stop at Lukla and flight continues to land back at Kathmandu.
Helicopter: AS 350 B series of helicopters of Euro-Copter, France popular all over the world and Ecureuil model or similar types.