Helicopter Tour Cost for Everest Base Camp

  • Feb 27, 2024
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Planning a flight tour to the world's highest mountain Base Camp? But, not sure about the Cost of the Everest Helicopter Tour. You have arrived at the right place, from where you can get the best deal for this. The Everest Base Camp Helicopter flight is a stunning aerial tour overlooking the snow-capped mountains in the Everest Region. The luxury tour is ideal for those who do not wish to trek the harsh terrains of the Everest Region or those who do not have enough time on their schedule.

Proper allocation of the budget is essential before you make the trip. You should also know about the Costs included in the package and those that are not. These will help you travel stress-free and without any hassle.

The trip begins with a representative picking you up from the hotel for the Helicopter Flight to Everest. The Helicopter arrives at Lukla for refueling after almost an hour of flight. The helicopter then flies over the unique Sherpa settlements of Tengboche, Dingboche, and Gorakshep.

The flight also moves above the Khumbu glacier and the magnificent Mount Everest. The helicopter lands at Everest Base Camp or Kala Patthar after a flight of 25 to 20 minutes. You can take stunning pictures of Mt. Everest and enjoy the magnificent Himalayan vistas.

If you take the group package, our Base Camp Helicopter tour costs USD 1200 per person. A group consists of a maximum of 5 people. If you wish to take the private Everest Base Camp Tour, it Costs you USD 5000.

You can choose private or group tours based on your desire and budget. The reasonable price tag also makes the tour appealing. Read further for the detailed Cost breakdown and other Cost-related aspects of the trip.

Everest base camp helicopter tour
Returning after base camp

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Cost Breakdown of the Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp

Visa Cost

You can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can also apply for a visa online before arriving in Nepal if you like to stay organized.

The Nepal government issues visas for 15, 30, and 90 days for $30, $50, and $125, respectively. For further information, you can visit the Department of Immigration’s official website.

Food cost

You will have a delicious breakfast at the Everest View Hotel during the trip. The Everest View Hotel, situated at 3880m, is the highest-placed hotel in the world. The price of the meal varies according to the Food Item on the menu and the time of the year.

Besides these, meals and accommodation cost in Kathmandu varies significantly as well. You can find decent accommodation in and around Kathmandu for $5-$35 a night. You can also stay at a five-star luxury accommodation that costs around $250 a night.

Travel Insurance Cost

Travel Insurance Cost is integral to the Everest Base Camp Helicopter landing Tour. You should get the best travel insurance package possible on your budget. It would be best to have an Insurance package to cover a height of 6000m. The Travel Insurance Costs around USD 120 per person. This amount also depends on the company’s policies and the trip duration.

Personal expenses

The Everest Base Camp Helicopter flight Tour package, does not include any of your expenses related to food, drinks, and tips in Kathmandu. Tipping is not mandatory, but people expect you to tip in the high mountains.

Permit Cost

The local area Permit Costs 2000 NPR per person. The Sagarmatha National Park entry permit Costs 3000 NPR per person. These are VAT-included fees; you can get them at the Nepal Tourism Board’s office in Kathmandu. Also, you must pay 500 NPR extra from Permits for the Airport TAX.

International Airfare

International airfare to and from Nepal is upon you, and you must bear all the necessary airfares. However, we can help you to get the best deals possible.

Total Overall Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trip Cost

The Everest Base Camp Heli Landing Tour Costs USD 1200 per person if you take the group package. You can join a group that consists of a maximum of 5 people. If you wish to take the private Helicopter Tour, it  Costs you USD 5000.

You should also check all the cost details to learn more about what gets included in the tour package. You can then separate Costs for other miscellaneous expenses not included in the package.

Everest Helicopter Tour Outline Itinerary:

Kathmandu to Lukla (50-55 minutes)

The Helicopter Tour starts with a pickup from the hotel in Kathmandu. You will get picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport, and then you can board the helicopter for a scenic helicopter flight to Lukla.

The total flight duration of Lukla Airport is 50-55 minutes. The helicopter will land at Lukla for refueling, which takes 10-15 minutes.

Lukla to Everest Base Camp/Kala Pathar (25 minutes)

The Helicopter flight proceeds to Everest Base Camp/ Kala Patthar from Lukla for a sightseeing adventure. The scenic 25 minutes flights give you an incredible insight into the Khumbu region. You will land at either Kala Patthar or Everest Base Camp.

The fantastic scenery of the Everest Base Camp will overwhelm you. You can explore the majestic place and take beautiful pictures.

Breakfast at Everest view hotel (40 minutes)

After exploring Kala Pathar, you will fly to the spectacular Everest View Hotel. The Everest View Hotel is the highest-placed hotel in the world, where you will have a satisfying breakfast with close-up views of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains.

The 40 minutes stay at the hotel is a lovely experience in itself. After a beautiful experience, you will fly back to Kathmandu after stopping at Lukla for refueling.

Syangboche to Lukla and then to Kathmandu

You will stop at Lukla airport for refueling and resume your flight back to Kathmandu. On your flight back to Kathmandu airport, you can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery for one last time.

What to Expect in the Helicopter Tour?

Everest base camp helicopter tour
View from Everest view hotel

  • Spectacular aerial view of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest
  • Awe-inspiring aerial views of Sherpa settlements and monasteries
  • Incredible mountain views of Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and others
  • Outstanding aerial views of landscapes of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagarmatha National Park
  • A safe and comfortable flight to the mountains
  • Overlooking the scenic glaciers, icefalls, and lakes of the Everest region

Helicopter Tour Cost Details

What’s included

  • Airport pickup to and from the hotel
  • Ground transportation fares, including a private vehicle ride to and from the hotel
  • Helicopter ticket for the flight tour with an experienced pilot
  • All government taxes

What’s not included

  • International airfare
  • All your meals and drinks in Kathmandu
  • Your Breakfast at the Everest View Hotel
  • Visa fees to Nepal
  • Travel and medical Insurance
  • Tipping fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Things that are not mentioned in the included section

When is the Best Time for Helicopter Tour to Everest?

The weather at Everest Base Camp is unpredictable, and thus the best time for the helicopter tour in the Everest Region is difficult to predict. The weather conditions affect the landing of the Helicopter at the Base Camp.

The Helicopter Tour in the months of (March to June) and (September to December) provide you with the best view and stable conditions. The weather mostly remains delicate, and the skies are clear and bright. There are fewer chances of rainfall and other weather changes during these months. The perfect views of Everest and the surrounding mountains are outstanding.

However, the weather changes within hours in the Everest Region every year. The weather fluctuates during the rainy season (June, July, and August), and there are frequent rainfalls during evenings and nights. The mornings are generally evident in Monsoon. The panoramic view of the Himalayas after heavy rainfall is spectacular.

There can be delays and cancellations of Helicopter flights based on frequent weather changes. The weather must be clear and stable to proceed with the helicopter flight. Overall, the weather is challenging to predict, but the months (March to June) and (September to December) provide you with the best chance to Tour the Everest Region.

What To Take for the Heli Tour?

  • Warm clothes, including thermals and a warm jacket for exploring Everest Base Camp/ Kalapathar
  • Sunscreen lotions and lip balms
  • A Camera to take beautiful pictures
  • Day backpack with some Light snacks, chocolates, dry fruits, and 2 Bottles of water

Safety Tips For The Flight Tour

  • Wear a seat-belt at all times during the flight
  • Do not leave your assigned seats during the flight
  • Do not stand or change your position
  • Do not throw any objects off the helicopter during your flight
  • Do not smoke until the flight captains signal it is safe to smoke

Helicopter Tour Cost - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I Book Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour?

You can follow the easy steps and book the Helicopter Tour online. You will need to provide us with the exact trip date in advance.

2. Are There Any Additional Costs?

There are no Additional Costs provided the itinerary gets followed.

3. Does the EBC Helicopter Flight Land at Everest Base Camp?

Yes, the EBC Helicopter Flight lands at Everest Base Camp. The weather conditions around the Everest Base Camp directly affect the landing. Landing at the Base Camp also requires special permission. The region's harsh winds, rainfalls, and avalanches also affect the landing.

4. Why is Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Costlier than other mountain flights?

The Everest Helicopter Tour is a scenic aerial tour featuring a landing at the Base Camp. The Everest mountain flight is a tour of the Everest Region, but the flight does not land at the Everest Base Camp.

The EBC Helicopter Tour also stops at Everest View Hotel in Syangboche. You will have breakfast at the hotel, which is the highest placed in hotels in the world. Hence, these factors make the Mount Everest Helicopter Tour Cost higher than other mountain flights.

5. Is a Private Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp Available?

Yes, the Private Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp is available. Our experienced pilots and guides provide the best services for a Private Tour.

You can also share the helicopter costs by taking the group to join the trip. A Private Tour to the Base of Mount Everest is ideal if you want to travel to the Base Camp independently.

6. What is the Cost of a Helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp if traveling with a group?

The Tour Costs USD 1000 per person if you take the group package.

7. How many people are in a group?

A group consists of a maximum of 5 people.

8. What is the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour Cost for a Private Tour?

If you wish to take the Private Everest Base Camp Tour, it Costs you USD 4000.

Why Book With Us?

  • The easy online booking process
  • Customizable departure dates
  • We prioritize your safety over anything else
  • We have 100% safety records
  • Our private and group flight bookings are available at reasonable prices
  • Easy payment and refundable policies
  • Excellent and quick services
  • Proper care during the flight
  • Medical assistance during flights, if needed
  • Round-the-clock service
  • Guaranteed departure on every booking (based on the weather conditions)

The Final Say

The Everest Base Camp Heli flight is a unique experience to observe the Himalayan vista from above the sky. The Tour is a perfect alternative to the Everest Base Camp Trek. You can observe the beautiful mountains without the hassle of trekking in the region.

Our Helicopter Tour with Landing Cost is reasonable, and we provide the best services too. You can customize your trip as there are both private touring and group tour options. Overall, the scenic mountain tour is a perfect way to explore the Everest Region and the Everest Base Camp in a day.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

You may find beautiful photos on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter. I have worked very hard to be in this stage after high school and dedicated my experiences to the people who would like to know about Nepal and Nepal travel.