The Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour begins when we take off from the domestic terminal at Tribhuvan International Airport, in the Kathmandu Valley. Before heading to Lukla, the entrance to Mount Everest, the plane does a loop around the valley. The helicopter’s aerial perspective highlights the striking sceneries, beautiful rolling hills covered in farm fields, and pleasing mountains in the distance. Arriving at Lukla Airport further renews the flight experience. The aircraft does a brief spin before landing at the Lukla Airport’s airstrip to refuel. Here, you’ll get your first introduction to Sherpa culture. In the Everest area, Buddhism and associated traditions are practiced by the vast majority of the population.
We fly higher overflying Everest after a little break and a few flight procedures before landing at Kala Patthar as requested by the customer. Prior to ultimately touching down at Kala Patthar at a height of 5450 meters, our courageous pilots will check to make sure that all safety procedures have been done and will inspect the helipad. You’ll be met right away with a 360-degree panorama of the Nuptse-Lhotse-Lola summits, along with Khumbu Ice Falls, glaciers, and Mt. Pumori. You are welcome to snap photos to send home if you choose, but we advise our visitors to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and environment in person.
We stop for breakfast at Hotel Everest View at Syangboche, the highest hotel in the world, before taking off on our trip return to Kathmandu. We will stay at Syangboche for perhaps 20 to 30 minutes. After eating breakfast, we will return to Lukla Airport to refuel before continuing on to Kathmandu.