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Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

1. Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Discover the majesty of the imposing Himalayas on this helicopter flight from Kathmandu. Stop near the Everest base camp and travel to the Hotel Everest View for an unforgettable breakfast on this thrilling mountain adventure. Be collected from your Kathmandu accommodation between in the early morning and transfer to the Tibhuwan International Airport's domestic area. Following about 30-40 minutes of preparation time, the helicopter will take off. Begin your 45-minute flight over beautiful hills and valleys to the famous Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport), which sits at an elevation of 2,860 meters. Land for 10-15 minutes for refueling at the Lukla Airport, before taking off again. Soar for 25-minutes over the Everest region Fly over the colorful settlements of Namche Bazar, Pheriche, the Tengboche Monastery, and Gorakshep. Make your way up to the famous landing spot of Kalapatthar, which is 200 meters above the Everest Base Camp. Have roughly 10 minutes to look around, take photographs, and absorb the magnificent views of snow-capped mountains from a close distance. Glidethorugh the skies for 12 minutes to Hotel Everest View, at an elevation of 3,880 meters. Sit at an open terrace for a delicious breakfast with breathtaking views. After this refreshing break of roughly 45 minutes, the helicopter will take another 80-minute flight from HEV, Syangboche, to Lukla Airport and to its final stop at Kathmandu Airport. Transfer from the airport back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Everest Base Camp Trek

2. Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is a remarkable adventure that spans approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) round trip. It typically takes around 12-14 days to complete, allowing for ample acclimatization to the high altitude. The trek starts with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, a small town nestled in the heart of the Khumbu region. From Lukla, the trail gradually ascends through picturesque Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. Along the way, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and, of course, the mighty Mount Everest itself. The journey not only showcases the natural beauty of the Himalayas but also provides opportunities to immerse oneself in the Sherpa culture. Along the trail, you can visit ancient monasteries, prayer wheels, and colorful prayer flags, gaining insights into the spiritual traditions of the region. As you ascend higher, you will reach the Everest Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). Here, you can bask in the extraordinary views of the Khumbu Icefall and the surrounding peaks, as well as witness the dedicated climbers preparing for their ascent to the summit. A highlight of the trek is also the hike up to Kala Patthar, a vantage point that offers unparalleled panoramic views of Mount Everest and the Everest massif. The sunrise or sunset from Kala Patthar is a truly awe-inspiring spectacle that leaves trekkers in awe of the majestic beauty of the Himalayas. Throughout the trek, trekkers stay in teahouses, basic but comfortable accommodations along the trail, which provide meals and a warm place to rest. It is important to pack appropriate clothing and gear to handle the varying weather conditions, as temperatures can drop significantly at higher altitudes. The Everest Base Camp trek is a physically challenging adventure, requiring a good level of fitness and stamina. However, with proper preparation and guidance from experienced guides and Sherpa porters, it is a feasible and immensely rewarding experience for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Overall, the Everest Base Camp trek is an unforgettable journey that combines the thrill of adventure with the beauty of nature, cultural immersion, and a profound sense of achievement upon reaching the base camp of the world's highest peak.

Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

3. Classic Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Hiking is one of the most popular treks in the world. It is a challenging but rewarding journey that takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in Nepal. The trek starts in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and winds its way through a series of Sherpa villages and high-altitude passes before reaching Everest Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet). The best time to go on the Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Hiking is during the spring (March-May) or fall (September-November) when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. However, the trek can be done year-round, and each season has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. The Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp Hiking is an unforgettable experience that will challenge you both physically and mentally. However, the rewards are great, and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayas and the satisfaction of knowing that you have accomplished something truly amazing. The lodges offer a taste of local cuisine, introducing you to the unique flavors of Nepali food. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life. Imagine sitting by the fireplace in the evening, sipping a cup of hot tea, and listening to the stories of the Sherpas.

From Kathmandu: Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

4. From Kathmandu: Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

If you are looking for Romance, Engagement, Propose, Anniversary or Birthday, this is great gift and surprise for your loved one. Get up-close-and-personal with the traditional cultures of the Himalayan people on a private Everest Base Camp helicopter tour that includes a privileged helicopter flight above Mount Everest and a trek to the Everest base camp. Get picked up from your hotel in the morning and transfer to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport to begin your flight over the world’s highest mountain range. Make a brief landing at Lukla to refuel before flying over Everest base camp and land at Kalapattar to admire 360-degree panoramic views of the world’s tallest mountains from ground level. After 5-10 minutes, head back to Everest View Hotel for breakfast before returning to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Adventure Tour

5. Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Adventure Tour

The tour begins with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. You will then board a helicopter flight from Domestic Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport to the ‘Hotel Everest View’ via Lukla. Hotel Everest is a five star rated luxury hotel located at the highest elevation in the world (3880 m / 12730 ft) situated within the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park in Nepal, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The hotel offers a 360 degree view of the awe inspiring peaks. ‘Hotel Everest View’ epitomizes the adventurous spirit of the Himalayas with a perfect view to explore the nearby range of mountains. The helicopter will then take you for a thrilling flight over the Everest Base Camp and land at Kala Patthar, a 360 degree viewpoint for Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Choyu and Mt. Nuptse among others. Here you will have a ground time for a maximum of 10 minutes. Outline Itinerary 06:00 AM: Tour begins from your hotel The tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. You will then be escorted to the Domestic Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. 06:30 AM: Board a 50 min helicopter flight to Lukla (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft) You will then board a 50 min helicopter flight to Lukla and land at Tenzing Hillary Airstrip. Lukla is the entry point for most of the treks and expeditions going further into the Khumbu region. The Tenzing Hillary Airport is named after the legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first mountaineers ever to successfully summit Everest. During the flight you will have an aerial view over Mt. Jugal, Mt. Gaurishankar and Langtang range. 07:30 AM: Fly to ‘Hotel Everest View’ (Max Altitude: 3800 m / 12467 ft) You will take a 15 min helicopter flight to ‘Hotel Everest View’ for a panoramic view of Mount Everest and its range. The five star rated hotel will offer you a 360 degree view of the surrounding range of mountains. 8:00 AM: Fly by Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar (Min Altitude: 5545 m / 18192 ft) For your own safety, the helicopters beyond this point are only allowed to fly with a maximum of four people onboard, pilot included. The remaining crew will wait here for their turn. You will therefore now get aboard for a 10 min helicopter flight to Kala Patthar from Hotel Everest View. On your way you will fly by via Everest Base Camp , many glaciers, icefalls and touch down at Kala Patthar, the highest viewpoint in the world. Here you will have a ground time for a maximum of 10-15 minutes. 09:00 AM: Fly back to ‘Hotel Everest View’ (Max Altitude: 3800 m / 12467 ft) You will now get back to ‘Hotel Everest View’ and wait for other crew members for their turn if they remain. Here you may enjoy the 360 degree view of the mountains while you wait. 10:00 AM: Fly back to Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft) You will now board a hour long helicopter flight from Hotel Everest View back to Kathmandu. A Cordial Trek representative will then escort you back to your hotel. Note: The flight time may change due to weather conditions .

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What people are saying about Lukla

OMG I cannot describe the feeling of flying to Kalapatthar and seeing the glorious Mount Everest !!! The trip started off with the uncertainty of the weather but we finally departed a bit later! The pilot of our aircraft MR Prakash was brilliant!! After we left Kathmandu and ascended over the valley I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! The experience of seeing us fly into Lukla and the take off again and then the landing at Pheriche was just surreal.We were split into a group of two and got around 15-20 minutes at Pheriche ….the feeling of being in the lap of the Himalayan mountains was just magical Then we flew to Kalapattar our pilot pointed out everything to us …the peaks …the Kumbhu ice falls ..the camps…then we landed at Kalapatthar…the view of Everest ,Nuptse were incredible….we just were so happy!!!we missed out on landing at Everest hotel as it started snowing but we can’t complain…we flew back safely and happy ….pl do this it is a dream come true !!A huge thanks!!!

excellent trip! the Driver picked Me up from the hotel and took me to the airport, where we met our pilot and the tour guide who was with us the whole way. the entire trip was worth every penny! we had an unbelievable view of Mt. Everest and we got to eat breakfast at a great hotel at 12000 feet!

I loved this tour! I was a last minute and Mukti and his team were very accommodating to find a spot for me and super nice and helpful. The views were just fantastic and it was more than worth the money as you are surrounding by stunning views for hours.

A fantastic hike, wonderful scenery and a breathtaking view of Mount Everest. First-class organization. I recommend this tour and the company.

This was definitely worth the cost!! One of my favorite things I’ve done. Highly recommend it. Left me smiling from ear to ear.