Mount Everest Heli-Tour
The Mount Everest Heli-Tour is one of the most exhilarating experiences possible short of actually standing on the summit of Everest itself. In what trekkers to Everest Base Camp take over two weeks to complete you can experience is less than a day in your personal heli-tour.
The tour usually starts early morning to deliver the best views of the Himalayas and enjoy clear skies for the flight up the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. The flight departs Kathmandu Domestic Airport and takes you east along the Himalaya foothills. To you left tower the ice-capped jagged peaks of the main Himalaya range stretching along the Nepal-Tibet border. To your right are the low-land plains of Nepal and northern India. Directly below you will cross countless terraced ridges and small villages. Depending upon the season the farm terraces stretching down the hillsides will be brilliant green with young rice crops or perhaps golden and heavy with rice at harvest time.
The first eastward stage of the flight takes about 40 minutes before reaching the main valley leading north into the Sagarmatha National Park towards Mount Everest. Your helicopter now heads north and starts to ascend up the valley. You will see fewer terraced hillsides and villages as you head north and gain altitude. The climatic conditions and extended wither snow cover at the higher altitudes make it increasingly difficult to grow crops and so small villages of livestock owners become more common. But soon you will reach Lukla at an altitude of 2,860m. This is the main airport servicing the region and the arrival and departure point for thousands of trekkers heading for Mount Everest and the lakes and high passes of the national park. Your helicopter will make a brief refuelling stop at Lukla to extend your flying time through the main valley of the park.
The second stage of the flight continues north and gains altitude with every kilometre. You will soon fly over the town of Namche Bazaar at 3,440m altitude and get a fantastic view of the town and the stunning peaks to its north, east and west. Your pilot will point out the stunningly beautiful peaks of Kangtega and Thamserku to the east and Cholatse to the north. But the best is yet to come as your flight heads north-east and ascend higher and higher up the valley towards the frozen river of the Khumbu Glacier that flows from Mount Everest itself. Along the way you will fly over villages such as Tengboche with its famous monastery and the high altitude trekking villages of Pheriche (4,240m), Lobuche (4,940m) and Gorak Shep (5,140m). Along the way you will pass below the towering ice-capped summits of beautiful twin-peaked Ama Dablam (6,856m) and Taboche (6,367m) and countless others. The view from the helicopter cockpit is just spectacular as you wind your way up the valley and along the Khumbu Glacier.
The highlight of the tour is the view of Mount Everest and the Base Camp region from Kala Patthar just a “stone-throw” distance from Mount Everest. This is considered by many to be the most spectacular vista point in the entire Himalaya Mountains – you will no doubt agree when to see the sight for yourself. The towering south face of Everest and the mighty Khumbu Ice Fall tumbling down the Everest-Nuptse valley are just stunning to behold.
Your flight then heads south and heads for the amazing Everest View Hotel. Your helicopter will land here and give you the opportunity to take a break over a hot coffee on the hotel terrace where you can view the summit of Mount Everest and take in more of the stunning Himalaya scenery that surrounds the hotel.
From here it is just a short hop and descending flight back to Lukla to take on additional fuel for the return to Kathmandu. Your flight of a few hours will return you to Kathmandu with the sights and experiences of the high Himalayas etched in your memory for eternity. This is one of life’s rare experiences that should not be missed. Talk with us now at Langtang Ri to customise the perfect Mount Everest heli-tour.