Exploring Everest Base Camp: The Ultimate Helicopter Tour Itinerary from Kathmandu and Lukla

Exploring Everest Base Camp: The Ultimate Helicopter Tour Itinerary from Kathmandu and Lukla. We have so many options for you when it comes to Helicopter visits to see Mount Everest or even trek to Mount Everest and return to Kathmandu by helicopter. Contact us to work out the best option for you. You can add a helicopter ride to any of our Everest Base Camp treks. Check out our upcoming trips.


Embarking on a journey to the majestic Everest Base Camp is a dream for many adventurers. While trekking remains a popular option, helicopter tours have emerged as an exciting and time-efficient alternative, allowing travelers to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Everest region in a matter of days or even hours.

In this article, we will delve into the best itinerary for helicopter tours from both Kathmandu airport and Lukla airport, offering a unique perspective on the Everest region’s unparalleled grandeur.

Trek to Everest and Helicopter Back

We specialize in running high quality treks to Everest Base Camp and won the International Tourism award in 2019. We have treks to Everest via Gokyo, the traditional EBC trek and even the option to sleep at Everest Base Camp.

On all these treks we have the option to helicopter back to Kathmandu via helicopter. With new taxes just introduced in Nepal this helicopter ride will cost around $1,300 per seat all the way back to Kathmandu. If you get the Helicopter back from Pheriche, Tengbouche or Namche it will be cheaper.

Kathmandu Departure

Kathmandu to Lukla

Your Everest Base Camp helicopter tour begins in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. After a scenic takeoff, the helicopter will soar towards the eastern Himalayas, offering picturesque views of lush valleys and remote villages like Goli where we have build four schools.

Beyond Goli and the lower Khumbu we approach the higher Himalaya, as you approach the legendary Lukla Airport nestled into the side of a mountain. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region, if you are lucky you’ll get a glimpse of Mount Everest. It is worth spending the night in Lukla to absorb a little of this famous region. You also have the option to hike to Namche Bazaar 3,440m/ 11,300 feet and helicopter from here.

Lukla to Namche Bazaar

From Lukla, the helicopter ascends higher into the heart of the Khumbu region. On route to Namche Bazaar, you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and the Dudh Koshi River snaking its way through the valleys. Namche Bazaar, a vibrant Sherpa town, offers a short break for acclimatization and a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture.

Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp

Continuing the journey, the helicopter takes you over the iconic Tengbouche Monastery, an ethereal sight against the backdrop of Mount Everest. As you venture closer to Everest base camp, you’ll witness the transformation of the landscape into a rugged and icy terrain. The helicopter will land near Everest Base Camp, allowing you to step onto the hallowed ground where mountaineers prepare for their ascent.

Kala Patthar Overflight

To enhance your experience, we include an optional overflight of Kala Patthar 5,645m/ 18,520 feet, a renowned vantage point offering unobstructed views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. This awe-inspiring moment provides an opportunity to capture the Himalayan giants in all their glory.

Return to Kathmandu

As the tour comes to a close, the helicopter retraces its route back to Kathmandu. This return journey grants you another chance to relish the Himalayan landscape you’ve grown to adore, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Lukla Departure

Lukla to Everest Base Camp:

For those seeking a shorter yet equally enchanting tour, departing from Lukla is a fantastic choice. The helicopter takes off from Lukla and directly heads towards the Everest Base Camp. This express route offers a concentrated dose of the region’s beauty, swiftly transitioning from Lukla’s rugged airstrip to the stark expanse of the Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp Exploration

Upon landing at the base camp, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area on foot, witnessing the intricate network of tents, flags, and climbers who have set out on their remarkable journey to conquer the world’s tallest peak.

Return Journey to Lukla

After soaking in the unparalleled views and the unique atmosphere of Everest Base Camp, the helicopter begins its return journey to Lukla. The flight back offers a chance to reflect on the experiences of the day, with the memories of the Himalayan vistas etched into your mind.


Whether departing from Kathmandu or Lukla, a helicopter tour to Everest Base Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that encapsulates the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Himalayas. We can design any itinerary that you require.

Our Helicopter tours to Mount Everest can also include a range of trekking options.

From soaring over terraced fields and traditional villages to landing at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain, each moment of the journey is a testament to the natural beauty and human spirit.

Regardless of the departure point, the Everest Base Camp helicopter tour promises an unforgettable experience that will forever remain a highlight in the journey of any adventurer. Get in touch with us today and we can tailor make a Everest tour for you.

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