Everest trip makes a lifetime memorable travel history in your travel bucket list. If you can trek to Everest base camp with several days of hiking; this trekking option will certainly give you a lot about Mount Everest insights. But if you do not have time for that, then Everest Basecamp helicopter landing tour can be the best way to tick off the bucket list item.
But if you do not have time or if your personnel factor does not let you trek this long; there are convenient ways to get to Everest base camp. With that; it is possible to take a day tour to Everest base camp, in your short time frame of Nepal visit.
This tour can be an ideal choice for those who are looking for Everest base camp sightseeing tour in their short visit to Nepal or if your circumstances do not let you to trek to Everest base camp with a 2 week timeline.
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Everest basecamp helicopter landing tour vs. Annapurna base camp helicopter landing tour
Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. Annapurna is 10th highest mountain in the world. So the choice is yours, whether you land in-front of the tallest mountain or choose to go to 10th tallest.
Everest base camp helicopter landing tour starts from Kathmandu or from Lukla. Whereas for Annapurna base camp helicopter tour you will start your tour either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara. I do not recommend you to take a helicopter all the way from Kathmandu, this will be expensive. I recommend flying to ABC for a day tour to Annapurna with a helicopter which starts from Pokhara.
Among many differences, either ABC or EBC helicopter day tour are Himalayan base camp helicopter day tour in Nepal. But the elevation difference of these two famous base camps in Nepal can be a something one needs to consider, before choosing the best option.
It takes 30 to 45 minutes to get to Annapurna base camp by helicopter from Pokhara. For EBC helicopter day tour, more than an hour is needed to fly from Kathmandu.
Everest base camp day tour from Kathmandu by helicopter lands you at approximately 5400 meters or 17712 feet above the sea level. Whereas Annapurna base camp helicopter day tour will take you to 4120 meter or 13514 in feet on foot. Video Gallery
1. Luxury aspect
EBC day tour from Kathmandu can be a top luxury possible in Nepal. As in Everest base camp helicopter tour your breakfast point can be a star hotel and luxury will not be given up even higher in the mountain.
Whereas in the case of Annapurna base camp helicopter day tour, there are plenty of 5 star luxury hotels while in Pokhara or in Kathmandu. But once you land to Annapurna base camp your breakfast location cannot be more than a tea house restaurant. Your luxury will disappear here. But packed 5 star breakfasts can always be an option.
2. Mountain scenery
Even before getting to Lukla airport you will see an infinite range of mountains including Everest herself, in Everest base camp helicopter day tour from Kathmandu. In case, if you start the tour from Lukla the helicopter day tour to EBC will start already with the mountains. However you will be able to see the mountain from Kathmandu itself, but in a far distance. Once you start getting a closer view of mountains in Everest base camp day tour, the mountain scenery is overwhelming.
In the case of Annapurna base camp, a helicopter tour close to the mountain will only start after getting near Annapurna base camp itself. Although you will fly with the mountain view from Pokhara airport itself, this view is not a close view of the mountain in the ABC helicopter day tour program.
Important sights in Everest basecamp helicopter landing tour
- Mount Everest on sight (the tallest mountain of the world, top of mother earth)
- Scenery of infinite mountain range
- Mountain view already from Kathmandu airport
- View of Everest base camp, Everest summit, and Khumbu icefall, and Hillary step, South col of Everest and Khumbu glacier seen at once.
- Breakfast at Everest view hotel – a only star hotel in Everest
- Flying above Khumbu glacier, flying along the trail of Everest base camp and the top view of trekkers on ground
• Altitude - 5500 meters
• Special – view of Everest and other tall mountains
• Time – 1 hour 30 minutes of flight
• Activity – Flying in helicopter and landing to get close views of mountains