Helicopter Tours in Nepal – Nepal can be explored in different ways.
One can trek through the varying landscapes, travel by bus or other means of land transport to different places, take an airplane flight to major places, or take a helicopter tour.
Helicopter Tour can be a quick and comfortable way of exploring Nepal because you can reach a place and return back effortlessly within just a few hours.
Trekking is usually considered first when someone wants to explore Nepal, but it may bore you or you may not have enough time or you may not be a person who likes it.
That’s not a problem at all. You can opt to take a Helicopter Tour to a number of places in the country such as Mt Everest, Muktinath Temple, Langtang valley, Pokhara and Lumbini.
These are just the popular ones. In fact, you can book a helicopter tour to any location in Nepal.
Approximately it takes about 2 to 5 hrs for Helicopter tour in mountain territories of Nepal.
Best Helicopter Tours in Nepal
Helicopter tours to mountain regions are quite common because of their uneven and high altitude that makes it difficult to reach them.
Nepal has a trusted helicopter tour industry that provides service with safe helicopters.
Various models of helicopters fly in the Nepali sky providing excellent service.
We are presenting you a list of a few popular Helicopter Tours in Nepal.
You may want to go through them in order to understand more about helicopter journeys in Nepal.
Kathmandu Helicopter Tour
Imagine flying over the ancient Kathmandu valley with guides pointing you out the historical monuments such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan, and more.
That is what this tour offers.
You will also be able to have a view of high peaks such as Annapurna, Langtang, and Ganesh.
It takes more than a day to see all the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley if you travel by roads, but with the helicopter tour, it is a matter of just half an hour.
You can take the tour if you are short on time but still want to take a glimpse of the heritage sites which have been listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
The duration of this helicopter tour is 30 minutes.
Langtang Helicopter Tour
Langtang is a region in the Himalayas that lies north to Kathmandu and borders Tibet.
Langtang National Park lies in this region. Gosainkunda lake, a sacred lake for Hindus, lies within the national park.
You fly from Kathmandu to the terrains of Ghoretabala.
Ghoretabala is the place where you can start your trekking to Langtang valley.
You can observe the beautiful Langtang National Park, Gosainkunda lake, and Sherpa settlements from the air.
If you choose to trek alongside the Helicopter Tour, you can enjoy the local flavor of Langtang in detail.
You will be brought back to Kathmandu from Ghoretabala by helicopter. If you do not want to trek, you can fly over the Langtang area in the helicopter.
The complete helicopter tour duration (excluding trekking) takes around 2 hours.
The total cost for this tour is USD $2500.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
One of the most sought Helicopter Tour in Nepal, Everest Base Camp (5643 meters) is something that nobody would want to miss.
This tour is popular for a sole reason–Mt Everest (8848 meters).
It is obviously a lifetime experience to view the world’s highest mountain from its base.
After leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, you will fly over the hilly and mountain region of Nepal.
While on your way to the base camp, the helicopter will stop at Lukla airport for refueling.
The airport is considered dangerous for airplane flights, but you need not worry about that since you will be in a safe and trusted helicopter.
Landing at the thrilling airport itself can be an experience to grab.
The tour will give you a glimpse of the settlements of Tengboche, Dingboche, and GorakShep and also the Khumbu Glacier and Gokyo lake while on your way to Kala Patthar–the location of Everest Base Camp.
You will be given 10-15 minutes at Kala Patthar so that you can enjoy the still view of the gorgeous Mt Everest and the neighboring peaks including Lhotse (8516 meters), Nuptse (7861 meters), Makalu (8,481 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters), etc.
After your time at the Base Camp, you will fly to the Hotel Everest View–the hotel at the highest altitude in the world.
After having your breakfast at the hotel, you will return back to Kathmandu via the same flight.
The Everest base camp helicopter tour takes about 4 hours to complete and costs you $1,000.
Helicopter Tour to Everest region
Unlike the Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp, you will not land at the base camp during this tour.
The helicopter will take you from Kathmandu to Everest region in this tour, just the difference is that you will not land at the base camp and will be in the sky throughout the tour before landing back in Kathmandu.
You can see much of the things that you would see with the help of the tour to the Everest Base Camp.
Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Khumbu glacier and Gokyo lake can be seen during this tour as well.
You can also take photographs, although they might not be as good as those from the Everest Base Camp.
Notably, you will fly very near to Mount Langtang and Jugal himal which can provide you a unique experience.
This helicopter tour also takes 4 hours to complete and costs you USD $4500
Muktinath Helicopter Tour
Located in Mustang district, Muktinath Temple is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
The temple is situated at a height of 3800 meters from the sea level.
The temple has a flame which is believed to have been ignited by the Lord Brahma, the god of creation in Hinduism.
The temple also has three statues of Lord Vishnu–the caretaker god, Garuda–the carrier of Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi–wife of Lord Vishnu.
A bath at Muktinath is believed to free one from any kind of known or unknown sin.
Muktinath Helicopter Tour provides you an overall experience of seeing Annapurna region rather than just reaching Muktinath.
You will get a chance to see mountains such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri.
Apart from these, the thrilling view of deep gorges is something that might interest you.
This helicopter tour takes approximately 4 hours to complete and costs you …
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour
Annapurna Base Camp is the foot of Annapurna I (8091 meters)–the world’s tenth highest peak.
Trekking is usually chosen as a way to reach Annapurna Base Camp, but this helicopter tours in Nepal makes it easier to reach the base camp for those who are not fond of trekking or lack time.
The helicopter tour starts from Pokhara in the morning, takes you to Annapurna Base Camp, and brings you back to Pokhara.
The helicopter will land at Chomrong, a place at Annapurna Base Camp.
You can enjoy a spectacular view of mountains such as Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and Himchuli, among other that constitute the Annapurna Massif.
You will enjoy breakfast at the base camp before returning back to Pokhara.
Once you are in Kathmandu, we will manage your trip to Pokhara from where you can take a helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp.
The duration of the helicopter tour is approximately 4 hours and it costs US $450, excluding the cost of travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Chitwan Wildlife Tour by Helicopter
Chitwan National Park is one of the two national parks of Nepal enlisted in the world heritage list by UNESCO, the other being Sagarmatha National Park.
You will fly from Kathmandu to Chitwan to enjoy the wildlife of the national park.
According to the Chitwan National Park Office, a total of 68 species of mammals, 56 species of herpeto fauna, 126 species of fish and 544 species of birds have been recorded in the park.
The park is known for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile.
To witness the biodiversity of Chitwan National Park, you can take an elephant safari or jeep safari.
A guide will take you through the park before your return to Kathmandu.
The tour takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
You can take more time to explore the national park depending on your choice.
The price of this helicopter tours in Nepal depends on how much time you want to spend at the national park.
Pokhara and Annapurna Tour by Helicopter
Pokhara is a major tourist destination in Nepal with attractions such as Fewa lake, Davis Falls among others.
Imagine flying in the sky of the city of Pokhara as well as its surroundings.
And again think about flying to Annapurna after that.
What a great combination it would make!
This special tour will fly you over the numerous lakes of Pokhara–Fewa, Begnas, Rupa–which the city is known for.
Then you will reach Poonhill to enjoy the spectacular view of mountains of Annapurna range, namely Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, among others.
After having an experience of Pokhara and Annapurna region, the helicopter will take you back to Kathmandu.
You can enjoy watching the Trishuli river on the way back.
The tour takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
The cost for this helicopter tour is $600 to $800 per person