The blades of the chopper begin to turn as you buckle into your seat. There are only five passengers on this helicopter along with a pilot, so you have a window seat for three to look down upon the incredible scenery below. The blades turn faster and faster as your pilot give you the “thumbs up” as you lift off into the sky.
The journey to and from Mt. Everest takes only four hours, but what an incredible four hours it is. The bird rises over Kathmandu and then flies eastward, following the backbone of the mighty Himalayas.
Taking pictures re-board the helicopter and fly around Mt. Everest by way of Gokyo Lakes and Valley. There is a stop at Mt. Kalapathar (Elev. 5,300 m) where the chopper stops for close-up pictures of the world’s highest mountain. After the sightseeing this trip stops for breakfast at the World Class Everest View Hotel where you dine with Mt. Everest standing majestically in the background. Once you finish your breakfast and the flight return to Lukla and then to Kathmandu.
It is the best way to travel as it is warm, comfortable and quick with the best scenery ever. Only from the air can you truly appreciate the immense size of these peaks, plus behold the incredible green valleys that dot the Himalayan landscape.It is a wonderful journey that will give you not only awesome pictures, but an experience of a lifetime. When coming to Nepal, why not make time to take the Everest Helicopter Tour? Even if you take a trek into the Everest region, you will find nothing quite surpasses a helicopter tour of the world’s highest mountain.
Day 01: Everest Helicopter TourDetails of Everest Helicopter TourThe flight beings in the morning as the skies are the clearest then, making for the best pictures. The bird lifts off from Tribhuvan International Airport and flies to the Everest airport at Lukla where it stops to refuel. Your representative at Himalayan Planet Adventures will pick you up at your hotel and take you directly to the airport.
As the chopper lifts off, it takes an easterly course, and within about few minutes, stops at Lukla for refueling. Here, stretch your legs as you gaze at the mighty mountains of the Himalayas. Re-board the helicopter and fly to Gokyo. After Gokyo overfly we landed at Pheriche to shuttle. We need 2 shuttles if the passengers are more than 3 persons for Kalapathar touch (max. weight is 240 KG to land at Kalapathar).
The flight begins again all passengers and head this time over the Gokyo Valley. This beautiful green valley features several turquoise blue lakes that are considered sacred to the people who live here. There are beautiful terraced farms that rise upwards on the lower mountainsides. How anyone could have made this region productive for farming boggles the imagination. The Sherpa people who call this land “home” have proven themselves to be amazingly resilient in their efforts to procure a living in this harsh land.
The flight continues past a number of high mountains before landing at Mt. Kala Patthar (Elevation at 5,300 m) which will offer you a wonderful close-up view of Mt. Everest to the northeast. The chopper circles Everest Base Camp and then returns to Pheriche for lifting another people and same sights again. After the sightseeing around, Everest Himalayas we stop for breakfast at Hotel Everest View, Syangboche together. Situated at 3800 meters, it is a World Class Hotel that features Mt. Everest for its backdrop. The food is fabulous at Everest View Hotel as you sip your hot tea or coffee while hardly taking your eyes off Mt. Everest. The breakfast time at hotel Everest view is about 45 minutes. Then we fly to Lukla for refueling once more. From here, it is back to Kathmandu.
The entire flying experience takes about 3.15 hrs but including breaks, it takes approx 4.35 hours. You leave at 7.30 am and return around 12.05 pm. It’s fast, easy but most especially, incredibly beautiful. There is no better way to see Mt. Everest than from a helicopter!
Note: It is a private trip and the given cost for up to 5 pax per helicopter.
WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER TAKING EVEREST HELI TOUR?
To fly over the amazing Himalayas is the most awesome experience one could hope for! This trip is for anyone. For some people, time may be a factor. For others, they may not be able to make the trek. And yet, other visitors will find that adding an Everest Helicopter Tour simply enhances their Himalayan experience. After all, who could refuse a chance to see these amazing snowcapped peaks from the perspective of an eagle?
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS
This trip covers your breakfast as the Everest View Hotel. It does include coffee or tea, but does not include things like alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, bottled water and any accommodation.
Whenever traveling in the world, travel insurance is always a great idea as it covers those unexpected things that can go wrong on any trip. From cancellations to lost luggage, emergency evacuation to illness, it’s all covered and at a very low price. Why leave home without it?
PILOTS, GUIDES AND STAFF
The Mt. Everest Helicopter Tour features excellent helicopters that are properly maintained and surpass all government requirements for aviation safety. Pilots have thousands of hours of flight experience in the Himalayas, knowing how to handle their craft in any kind of mountain weather. Pilot is your guide for this trip and he will brief about all mountains during the tour. You will coordinate at hotel and airport by our staff. When you fly with Himalayan Planet Adventures, you are in good hands!
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
Weather is always unpredictable in the Himalayas. Their massive size combined with the latitude creates its own eco-system. Sometimes flights are delayed or cancelled due to weather. Himalayan Planet Adventures pays strict attention to the weather conditions, always looking out for your personal safety.
Thus said, this flight can be taken any time of year. Summer monsoons (mid-June through Mid-September) may limit visibility from time to time, but if the weather is good, the choppers are flying.
HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORAMTION
Anyone can do this tour. The Mt. Everest Helicopter Tour is ideal for anyone, especially those who may not be able to make it any other way into the Everest region.
It is always a good idea before traveling to any place to talk with your doctor first before making a journey into a developing country.
PERMITS AND FEES
The tour covers your admission fee to Sagarmatha National Park.
Himalayan Planet Adventures goes the extra mile in order to take care of the fragile environment of the Himalayas. All plastics and other non-biodegradable items will be carried out. We leave no trash behind, respecting the unique eco-systems of the Himalayas. We work closely with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) in following the latest information about environmental protection. All of our guides and porters have been regularly briefed on the latest prefer to this is why we treat water in refillable bottles rather than buying mineral water as the plastic bottles greatly pollute the fragile environment.
There are very few travel and trekking companies in Nepal that can even come close to our customer satisfaction ratings. Since our inception, we have a 95+% satisfaction rating it means excellent in trip advisor by our clients. We have a high return of clients who come often to Nepal, relying on our expertise to make their Himalayan experience a true delight.
Please don’t take our word for it; inquire for yourself from our past clients who will tell you about their experiences with Himalayan Planet Adventures. We let them sing our praises for service well done over the last decade.
HOW TO BOOKOnce you have decided to do the Mt. Everest Helicopter Tour, please contact our main office in Kathmandu by either e-mail or phone to check availability of dates as well as to ask any questions you might have. Once you are satisfied, you will need to fill out the booking form as listed on our internet site (www.himalayanplanet.com) and submit to us. A 20% deposit is required, with balance to be paid upon arrival in Kathmandu. We accept Master Card, Visa as well as cash and bank transfer. Upon payment of your deposit as well as submission of the booking form, we will invoice you with the final payment which can be paid anytime up to the day of your arrival in Kathmandu.
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