Best Time For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The best time for a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is generally during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), which coincides with the ideal time to trek to Everest Base Camp. It is when the sky is clear and the weather is pleasant, allowing you a perfect birds-eye view of the magnificent Everest region. However, the helicopter tour is possible in all seasons depending upon the weather condition. But, the enchanting view of the mighty Everest and the Everest region is enjoyed best during spring and autumn.

Heli parked in front of the Himalayas during the Best Time For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The exhilarating helicopter ride will take you to the height of 5,545 m (18,193 ft) in a day, flying over the diverse landscape and several tall-standing mountains along the way. You will experience the breathtaking panoramic views of rugged wilderness, from pristine glaciers to snow-sprinkled mountain peaks. And, as the helicopter lands at Kala Patthar, you will be in the presence of the unforgettable sight of the glorious Mt. Everest, soaring to the height of 8,848 m (29,030 ft). Nonetheless, everything about the helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp makes it once in a lifetime experience.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is the best way to enjoy the marvelous sight of Everest region in a short time. The day tour will take you to new heights within a matter of hours as you fly over serene galactic valleys and snow-capped mountains. The following are the major attraction of the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour:

  • Experience the up-close view of Mt. Everest and the surrounding snow peaks. 
  • Ascend from the 1,350 m (4,429 ft) to the high altitude of 5,545 m (18,193 ft) in a single day. 
  • Experience the unforgettable helicopter tour with landings at the thrilling Lukla airport and Kala Patthar. 
  • Mesmerizing panoramic view of the Everest region.
  • A captivating eagle-eye view of the Himalayas and the diverse landscape.

How to Get to Everest Base Camp?

Every year, Everest Base Camp welcomes thousands of visitors from all around the world. Some visit the base camp via trekking while some opt for helicopter tours. Whatever may be your choice of traveling to EBC, the ultimate goal is to experience glorious nature with the unforgettable sight of the mighty Everest. And, the sense of accomplishment will stay with you for a lifetime.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Nepal is best known for its adventurous high altitude trekking routes. Some of the most popular ones include the Everest Base Camp trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Upper Mustang trek, and so on. Trekking to Everest Base Camp might be the best option for you if you are looking for a profound experience of the Himalayas. The trekking route is moderately demanding and can take up to 12-16 days for completion as per our standard itinerary. 

Guests on the way to the Everest Base Camp
Guest on the way to the Everest Base Camp

It offers you an exciting journey through the nooks and corners of the high-altitude terrain. On your way, you will encounter the flora and fauna of the Himalayas and witness the culture and tradition of Sherpas. The trek can be strenuous at times, but the sight of the Everet from the base camp will be worth your effort. You can also check out trekking in Nepal for hiking & trekking related activities and discover more about the popular treks and hikes in the Himalayas of Nepal.   

2. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

If long tedious walks are not your thing, then exploring EBC via helicopter can be the best fit for you. Although you might not experience nature as profoundly as a trekker, you will be left with a memory of a lifetime. The helicopter tour allows you to explore the Everest region in a day and this short trip will save you time and effort.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour during the Best Time For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

It is indeed a perfect short tour to experience the mighty Everest with comfort. The journey begins from Kathmandu with a flight to Lukla airport and then to Kala Patthar. The flight will bless you with the best aerial view of Everest and the tall peaks in the Everest region. Therefore, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the luxurious tour. You may also explore Nepal luxury tour for more information on other popular helicopter tour destinations in Nepal.  

3. EBC Trek and Fly Back Via Helicopter

EBC Trek and Fly Back Via Helicopter

If you want to get the best of both trekking and a helicopter tour, this is the best way to travel to EBC. As per our standard itinerary, this hybrid package requires 12 days for completion. After your arrival at Kathmandu, you fly to Lukla airport via airplane. From Lukla, your trek begins following the regular trekking route to EBC. After reaching EBC, you hike to Kala Patthar and return to Kathmandu via helicopter.

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

The standard itinerary offered by Himalayan Glacier for the helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is of 4 days. During your tour, you will explore Kathmandu valley as well as the Everest region. The trip begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. 

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

The representatives from Himalayan Glacier will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and drop you off at the hotel. After a restful day, we will treat you to a welcome dinner.

Day 02: Sightseeing

The following day will be sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley and Patan area. You will be assisted by an expert tour guide along with the arrangement of a comfortable ride to explore the city. 

Day 03: Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp

On the third day, you will leave for Everest Base Camp early in the morning via helicopter. Within an hour, you will reach Kala Patthar. After landing at Kala Patthar, you will explore the region for a few minutes, witnessing the glorious sight of Everest. Then, the helicopter will take you to Gokyo Lake. During the trip, you will have your breakfast at Everest View Hotel. There you will enjoy your breakfast with the astounding sight of Everest. Finally, you will fly back to Kathmandu on the same day. 

Day 04: Departure

The fourth day will be the last day of your trip to EBC via helicopter. Our representative will help you check out from the hotel and will see you off at the airport for your departure.

Indeed, the short trip will fill you with a sense of accomplishment and the memory of a lifetime. Also, you can check out the Everest helicopter tour for a detailed insight into the itinerary.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

Almost all seasons are fit for the helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp. Being a short tour, the one-day helicopter ride is possible throughout the year. However, heavy downpours in monsoon can sometimes make the flight challenging. Regardless, each season allows you a unique experience of the Everest region. 

Heli parked in front of the Himalayas during the Best Time For Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour

1. Spring (March-May)

Spring in Nepal lasts from March to May and the weather condition during this season is moderate. Because of the pleasant weather and refreshing nature, this season is considered as the best time for Everest Base Camp helicopter tour. As nature is reviving from the cold harsh winter, you will experience the lush green forests and clear view of the Himalayas. 

2. Summer (June-August)

Summer lasts from June to August with extremely hot days during the peak summer. However, the weather condition at the base camp is tolerable. But, in Nepal, summer is also accompanied by monsoon with frequent heavy rainfall. Therefore, the weather is quite unpredictable, and flying on a rainy day can be a risk. But still, the helicopter tour is possible whenever the weather is clear for a flight. 

3. Autumn (September-November)

Autumn lasts from September to November and is another best season to make your trip to EBC. With the end of the monsoon, autumn comes with enjoyable weather conditions. The skies are clear, the temperature is pleasant and nature is at its best. With the holiday season beginning during autumn, the numbers of visitors in Nepal also rise quickly. Likewise, you will get to explore the Nepalese culture and tradition experiencing the festival celebration, Dashain and Tihar, during autumn. Therefore, it is a good time to plan for your EBC tour to make your experience even better.

4. Winter (December-February)

Winter lasts from December to February. Although the weather condition can be quite harsh during the peak winter, the view of the snow-covered Himalayas is outstanding. However, the weather might not be always favorable for a safe flight. The winter storm in the Himalayas and the foggy skies can sometimes prevent flight. However, on clear days, the view of the landscape and mighty mountains is phenomenal.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Route

The short day tour to EBC via helicopter fills you with a rich experience in one day. In just 4 to 5 hours of flight from  Kathmandu to EBC and back, you will be left with an experience like never before. The exhilarating flight to EBC takes you through the following route:

  • The helicopter takes off from Kathmandu, passing through Nagarkot hills and Jiri alpine forest.
  • The flight lands at Lukla airport for refueling and takes off through Namche Bazaar, Tengboche monastery, and Khumbu glacier.
  • Lands at Kala Patthar for sightseeing and takes off in 10-15 minutes.
  • After taking off from Kala Patthar, your fly through EBC and land at Everest View Hotel for breakfast and lunch.
  • Then, you fly back to Lukla Lukla passing through Namche Bazaar.
  • After refueling at Lukla, you head back to Kathmandu. 

What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

As the helicopter trip to EBC takes only a day, you can pack lightly. Because of the vast altitude difference, you must be careful about your clothing. You can carry a light backpack with some of the below-mentioned essentials:

  • A windproof jacket to protect you from the cold temperatures in the high-altitude region
  • Hats or caps to protect from sun exposure
  • Waterproof warm gloves
  • Sunglasses 
  • Waterbottle
  • Wear comfortable sneakers
  • Mobile and camera if required
  • Passport

Services Included in EBC Helicopter Tour

The services provided by your trip organizers may vary depending on the operators. However, as per our standard EBC helicopter tour itinerary, the following services are included in your travel package:

  • Accommodation in a 4-star hotel
  • The assistance of well-experienced local guides and supporting staff
  • Helicopter ride
  • Airport transfer and ground transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
  • Breakfast 
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan
  • Guaranteed departure

How Much Does Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost?

The cost for the EBC helicopter tour may vary depending on your group size and the choice of itinerary. As per our packages, on a sharing basis, the one-day trip costs around $1,100. And if you want to travel in a private setting, the cost might rise up to the range of $4,000 to $4,500 approximately. 

Likewise, for a four-day trip package, including services like accommodation and sightseeing, the helicopter tour may cost around $3,160 per person.  Similarly, if you are taking a ride from Gorakshep to Lukla, it can cost about $1,500-$1,800 for the helicopter charter. And, from Lukla to Kathmandu, it may cost about $2,000-$2,200.

Clients excited for the Flight to Lukla

How Safe is Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

The helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is a safe way to travel to the lap of Everest in a short time. The helicopter will ascend you to the Everest region in just an hour. It is obvious to be curious about the safety of the flight to such a high-elevation region. But, your safety is the foremost priority and the flights are carried out with strict supervision of safety.

The flight is conducted by well-experienced personnel who take responsibility for your safety. The factors such as weight limits, weather conditions, and so on are considered before the flight. Therefore, the helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is completely safe. 

Some important safety pointers during your helicopter flight are:

  • Make sure to fasten your seat belt carefully before your take off.
  • Do not open the seat belt during the flight. 
  • Stay in your seat and enjoy the view.   
  • Do not attempt to stand from your seat.
  • Do not throw anything out of the helicopter while in the air. 
  • Get out of the helicopter slowly and wait for the operators’ instructions.

Why Choose Himalayan Glacier?

If you are looking for an effortless trip to the highest peak of the world, the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour is the best fit for you. And, the selection of the right organizer will elevate your experience exponentially. 

Himalayan Glacier has been conducting numerous travel plans since 1992 with a success rate of 98%. Our extensive experience in this field makes us one of the most trustworthy and reputed travel operators in Nepal. Moreover, our dedicated team of experts goes above and beyond to make your journey an unforgettable experience. So, make your plan with us today and take a flight to EBC with us. If you are planning to join our upcoming group or looking for departure dates for Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour, just contact our team for inquiries. You can also connect with our team through Whatsapp (+1-410-307-0007). 

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