Enjoy the one day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with us if you want to experience its magnificent splendor, but are unwilling or unable to tackle the demanding trekking routes that achieve the same goal.
Landmark Discovery Treks has been leading treks to the Everest region for many years, and would now like to offer you the alternative possibility of experiencing the region by air!
We offer to make your land arrangements (hotel bookings, your Helicopter Adventure booking, will meet you on arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport and transport you to the hotel of your choice.
We will offer a full day city tour, with a professional guide to explore five of our unique cultural and architectural sites.
In addition, we can also recommend and offer guided tours to other places of interest throughout the country such as:
The majority of trekkers choose the 12 day trek and fly from Kathmandu (1 300m) to Lukla (2 800m). [Walk treks are also possible.] From Lukla, Base Camp is eight days away. This includes two compulsory rest days; the first at Namche Bazaar (3440m) and then at Dingboche (4 360m) to help them acclimatize to the increasing altitude towards Gorak Shep (5 160m), the highest village. To prevent altitude sickness above Namche, daily altitude increases should aim for 300m/day, and not exceed 450m.)
[At 5 000m, air contains only half the oxygen of air at sea level.]
To visit Base Camp (5 340m) for views of the Khumbu icefall is a tough two-hour afternoon trek, each way, from your hotel. The summit of Everest is not visible from Base camp, but the icefall is spectacular. An early morning 1,5 - 2 hours, 200m trek up Kala Patthar (5 545m), behind the village, offers magnificent sunrise views of Everest and a host of other peaks. The trek back to Lukla takes four, easier, days and a morning flight back to Kathmandu. [Base Camp is to be moved to a new site in the next couple of years.]
Early morning helicopter flights to EBC (to avoid late morning cloud) follow much of the route described above. From Kathmandu (1 300m), fly northeast to Lukla (2 800m) over farmlands and forested hills that rise towards the snow-covered ranges visible to the north.
Looking north, a wall of peaks surrounds the valley glaciers with Pumori on your left and the Everest (8848,86m) - Lhotse (8 410m) - Nuptse (7 861m) massif, et al, on your right.
The icefall and Base Camp are hidden behind a ridge. Your pilot will show you the icefall and current camping terrain before or after the landing.
The glacier field below the icefall is barren, populated only by small creatures and birds except for the influx of climbers and staff for three preparatory months around the mid May climbing season (when the the jet stream regularly moves further north for a few weeks, leaving the summit region “relatively calm”. (The speed of the jet stream over the summit moves from ~129 – 225 km/hour, and faster in winter).
Fly back (with views of the “other side of the valleys” to the Everest Hotel near Namche for breakfast OR directly to Lukla for refueling for the flight back to Kathmandu.
We will then meet and return you to your hotel. Rest of the day free.