2. Kathmandu: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Adventure Tour
The tour begins with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. You will then board a helicopter flight from Domestic Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport to the ‘Hotel Everest View’ via Lukla. Hotel Everest is a five star rated luxury hotel located at the highest elevation in the world (3880 m / 12730 ft) situated within the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park in Nepal, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The hotel offers a 360 degree view of the awe inspiring peaks. ‘Hotel Everest View’ epitomizes the adventurous spirit of the Himalayas with a perfect view to explore the nearby range of mountains.
The helicopter will then take you for a thrilling flight over the Everest Base Camp and land at Kala Patthar, a 360 degree viewpoint for Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Choyu and Mt. Nuptse among others. Here you will have a ground time for a maximum of 10 minutes.
06:00 AM: Tour begins from your hotel
The tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu. You will then be escorted to the Domestic Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport.
06:30 AM: Board a 50 min helicopter flight to Lukla (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)
You will then board a 50 min helicopter flight to Lukla and land at Tenzing Hillary Airstrip. Lukla is the entry point for most of the treks and expeditions going further into the Khumbu region.
The Tenzing Hillary Airport is named after the legendary mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first mountaineers ever to successfully summit Everest.
During the flight you will have an aerial view over Mt. Jugal, Mt. Gaurishankar and Langtang range.
07:30 AM: Fly to ‘Hotel Everest View’ (Max Altitude: 3800 m / 12467 ft)
You will take a 15 min helicopter flight to ‘Hotel Everest View’ for a panoramic view of Mount Everest and its range. The five star rated hotel will offer you a 360 degree view of the surrounding range of mountains.
8:00 AM: Fly by Everest Base Camp to Kala Patthar (Min Altitude: 5545 m / 18192 ft)
For your own safety, the helicopters beyond this point are only allowed to fly with a maximum of four people onboard, pilot included. The remaining crew will wait here for their turn. You will therefore now get aboard for a 10 min helicopter flight to Kala Patthar from Hotel Everest View. On your way you will fly by via Everest Base Camp , many glaciers, icefalls and touch down at Kala Patthar, the highest viewpoint in the world. Here you will have a ground time for a maximum of 10-15 minutes.
09:00 AM: Fly back to ‘Hotel Everest View’ (Max Altitude: 3800 m / 12467 ft)
You will now get back to ‘Hotel Everest View’ and wait for other crew members for their turn if they remain. Here you may enjoy the 360 degree view of the mountains while you wait.
10:00 AM: Fly back to Kathmandu (Max Altitude: 2800 m / 9187 ft)
You will now board a hour long helicopter flight from Hotel Everest View back to Kathmandu. A Cordial Trek representative will then escort you back to your hotel.
Note: The flight time may change due to weather conditions .