Everest Helicopter Flight Via Kongde and EBC
Overview The Everest Helicopter Flight via Kongde and Everest Base Camp (EBC) is an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure that offers a unique perspective of the majestic Himalayas. This thrilling trip combines the thrill of flying in a helicopter with the opportunity to witness some of the world's highest peaks up close. The journey begins with a scenic helicopter ride from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, to Kongde. As the helicopter soars over lush valleys and remote villages, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. Kongde, known for its stunning panoramas, provides the first glimpse of Everest and its neighboring…
The Everest Helicopter Flight via Kongde and Everest Base Camp (EBC) is an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure that offers a unique perspective of the majestic Himalayas. This thrilling trip combines the thrill of flying in a helicopter with the opportunity to witness some of the world’s highest peaks up close.
The journey begins with a scenic helicopter ride from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, to Kongde. As the helicopter soars over lush valleys and remote villages, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. Kongde, known for its stunning panoramas, provides the first glimpse of Everest and its neighboring giants.
From Kongde, the flight continues towards Everest Base Camp. Flying above the iconic Khumbu Glacier and the renowned Khumbu Icefall, travelers can appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the Everest region. The helicopter makes a stop at Kala Patthar, a renowned viewpoint situated at an altitude of 5,550 meters (18,200 feet). From here, the vista of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and several other towering peaks is simply awe-inspiring.
After capturing these breathtaking moments, the journey continues to Everest Base Camp, where climbers prepare for their summit attempts. Though landing at the actual base camp is not possible due to safety and environmental reasons, the close aerial view provides an incredible sense of accomplishment.
During the return journey, the helicopter stops at Syangboche, where travelers can relish a delicious breakfast amidst the Himalayan wilderness. This provides a unique opportunity to absorb the tranquility of the mountains while enjoying local cuisine.
Conclusion and Summary
The Everest Helicopter Flight via Kongde and EBC is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, offering an unmatched perspective of the world’s highest peaks. It is an ideal option for those with time constraints or limited trekking experience, yet who wish to witness the magnificence of Everest and the Khumbu region. The trip is also a great way for experienced trekkers to augment their adventure and gain a fresh viewpoint of the Himalayas. Whether it’s the first or fiftieth time exploring the region, this helicopter flight promises an unforgettable journey filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty.
Today, we’ll take an early morning flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu. Our airport team will drop you at the airport. After doing the formalities at the airport, we begin our adventurous helicopter flight to Lukla. The flight is very scenic, and the flight route goes through high lush green hills and mountains.
We’ll spend the night in Lukla in Yeti Mountain Lodge. It is a luxury lodge with all the modern comforts, including free Wi-Fi and big rooms with comfortable mattresses & attached washrooms.
After scrumptious breakfast with a stunning landscape, we take a short helicopter ride from Lukla to Hotel Everest View. We take some time to explore this hotel before descending to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). Usually, trekkers hike to Hotel Everest View to acclimatize and witness breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc.
We spend the rest of the day in Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. We’ll visit museums (Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Culture Museum) and cafes around the village. Spend time with locals and explore the souvenir shops. Overnight in a luxury lodge
We trek to the village of Thame (3,700m). You will encounter very few trekkers on the trail as this is away from the main route to Everest base camp (EBC). The course takes you through some small villages, and forested areas, with Mount Kongde towering on the opposite side of the valley.
The trail then gradually ascends through lush forests to Kongde. Here, we spend the night in the same hotel chain, Yeti Mountain Home. Overnight in a luxury lodge.
Kongde day hike. We will take a short walk to the local peak of Farak Ri. We have a 400-meter gradual ascend across the wide slopes along the Kondge ridge. The expansive horizon offers vast panoramas of the entire Khumbu Valley and its renowned 8000m peaks; Everest, Lhotse Makalu, and Cho Oyu. Ama Dalam stands out majestically along with Mount Thamserku, Tawache, and numerous other peaks. We might spot some Himalayan Thar, lammergeier, and Tibetan partridge on the open field.
Our helicopter picks us up from Kongde, and we fly to Kala Patthar. It is the last day of our trip. We’ll begin the helicopter flight early in the morning to catch the gorgeous sunrise from Kala Patthar and avoid potentially unstable weather in the daytime.
The helicopter flight unfolds heavenly mountain views and presents a very close perspective of the giant Himalayan Mountains. We fly over Everest Base camp but do not land here. First, the idea of Mt. Everest is not seen from the base camp, and second, the landing space is insufficient.
We land at Kala Patthar for 10 minutes or 1 hour (extra cost) and fly back to Kathmandu. We fly over the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall on the flight back. We also see surreal views of the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Lakes.
- Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
- Licensed and trained trekking guides,
- potters for carrying goods and supplies,
- Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis during the trek
- 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed & Breakfast) on Twin Sharing Basis.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing Basis.
- All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
- Transportation to and from trail head by Private and Sharing Transport from Kathmandu to Ramechap to Kathmandu to Ramechap)
- All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
- National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
- Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
- Trekking staffs wages etc.
- Welcome dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
- Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
- Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
- All Government and local Taxes
- International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
- Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
- Domestic Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
- Domestic Flights for Trekking Guide.
- Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person
- International Airfares,
- Travel/Trekking Insurance,
- Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in domestic flights.
- Visa fees.
- Airport Departure Taxes.
- Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
- Tips for The staffs.
- Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
- Meals during stay in the Kathmandu
- Extra Domestic Ticket of Jomsom, Pokhara etc.
- Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Keep in mind that this tour is typically shorter than the traditional Everest Base Camp trek, and you won’t have the chance to trek to Everest Base Camp on foot. However, it allows you to witness the grandeur of the region and get close to the world’s highest peak in a relatively short period of time.
It’s important to note that weather conditions and other factors can affect the availability and feasibility of the helicopter tour. It’s advisable to check with reputable tour operators in Nepal for the most up-to-date information and to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
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