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Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight

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Good to Know
  • Duration 45 Minutes
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Trip Destination Tenzing Hillary Airport
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Lukla
  • Max. Altitude 2800 M
  • Trip Type Safe & Luxury Ride
  • Transport By Helicopter


  • 100 % safe flight
  • Inclusive with helicopter fuel surcharge
  • Easy and secure online booking system
  • Daily departure from and to Kathmandu (Sep, Oct, Nov, March, April, May)
  • Catch bird-eye views 
  • Great views of 18 different mountain ranges, including 4 with a height of more than 8000 m.
  • Greenery slopes and constant waterfalls 
  • Lukla airstrip is encompassed by high mountains, little cottages and houses, and snow-capped woodlands 
  • Fly over smog and high snowy scenery
  • Watch extraordinary, widely varied vegetation 
  • The minimal expense of flight tickets and air terminal costs

Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight is one of the best alternative ways to reach Lukla from Kathmandu besides regular flights. It is more comfortable and provides the best views of mountains and the environment throughout the helicopter ride.

We offer everyday departures from Kathmandu to Lukla by helicopter, which is most preferable at a reasonable and cheaper cost. For your trekking, peak climbing, expedition, or exploring the Everest region, a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla will be the best choice.

Kathmandu Lukla helicopter ride is an awesome ride towards the Mount Everest region in Nepal. Lukla is 136.17 kilometers away from Kathmandu, and with the helicopter flight, it takes only 45 minutes to complete the distance (with landing time). We operate both private helicopter flights to Lukla and group-sharing flights from Kathmandu to Lukla or back.

Lukla airport stands at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level, because of which the weather in Lukla gets bad sometimes in the main seasons too. Also, Lukla airport is in the lap of the Himalayas, and there is no certainty of fast wind flow in the region.

There are big hills and mountain rocks en route to Lukla Airport on both sides before landing. Because of the high mountain hills and their altitude, we can always see high chances of a strong wind blowing and uncertain weather changes.

So it is the major factor in the frequent cancellation of regular airline flights. In case of regular flight to Lukla cancellations, the helicopter flight will be the ideal choice for all the visitors who want to go to Lukla or return to Kathmandu from Lukla airport.

The helicopter can fly in low visibility. A small window is enough for a flight to Lukla by helicopter. However, regular planes or aircraft need clear weather to fly. Still landing at Lukla airport is scary, even in good weather for planes.

“The right solution to land at Lukla airport without fear is by helicopter flight.”

Know More about Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight

Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight is the perfect short helicopter ride package in Nepal. The heli ride from Kathmandu takes 45 minutes to reach Lukla airport, the gateway to the Everest base camp trek in Nepal.

It is also called Tenzing Hillary Airport, which was renamed in 2008 in honor of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzin Norgay Sherpa, who were the first people to climb the Mount Everest summit. The Lukla helicopter flight takes you to one of the snowiest and most dangerous airports in the world in no time.

En route, you will have an aerial view of natural and cultural architecture while helicopters pass through the ancient city, Bhaktapur, surrounded by cultural Newari temples, ponds (known as swimming pools of different kings of ancient times), and high northern mountains like Ama Dablam, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Shishapangma, Nuptse, Pumori, etc.

Nepal Trek Adventure not only operates Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight service but also offers Lukla to Kathmandu helicopter flight service. It will be best suited for all who are not able to take the regular flights (or for those who do not want to) to reach Kathmandu from Lukla.

Hence, it is a two-way helicopter service in Lukla. It means you can have both Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter pickup and drop-off and Lukla to Kathmandu helicopter pickup and drop-off service.

A scare-free flight to Lukla by helicopter with a safe landing

Kathmandu-Lukla helicopter flight is the safest way to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. It is suited for those travelers who are scared of joining a regular aircraft flight due to safety reasons. And also for those who do not want to carry the burden of regular flights being canceled.

Here, the weather condition is checked before boarding the flight, and if there is even a minor issue, there is a high chance that the regular flights get canceled instantly. Or, diverted to Kathmandu from the middle way.

However, this is not the case with a helicopter flight. You can easily fly to Lukla from Kathmandu in low visibility too. We, hereby, assure you of the scare-free helicopter flight to Lukla on the fixed departure dates (mentioned below) and also on the dates that you prefer to fly towards Lukla, Everest.

While on land, the helicopter will slowly stop at the helipad and maintain its fixed position. Then, the pilot (or crew member) will instruct you to come out of the helicopter, after which only you should board the helicopter. This is all for safety reasons, as your safety is our main concern before, during, and after the flight.

Major attractions of Kathmandu Lukla Helicopter Flight

  • Wonderful aerial views of Kathmandu valley
  • The marvelous Himalayas ahead or in front of you from the Helicopter
  • Lukla airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world
  • The snowy landscape and snowy mountain views of peaks and ranges like Ama Dablam (6812m), Ganesh Himal (7429m), Langtang Lirung (7234m), Gauri Shankar (7134m), Gyachung Kang (7952m), Nuptse (7855m), Pumori (7161m), Lhotse (8516m), and Shishapangma (8013m).
  • Aerial view of green hills, lakes, rivers, and city area
  • Passing through the clouds

Why to take Kathmandu to Lukla by helicopter flight?

If you are traveling to the Everest region at a scheduled time and are worried about the irregular flight, then the Kathmandu Lukla helicopter flight is the best option to choose. While taking helicopters, you don’t have to worry about irregular flights.

Though a flight also depends on the weather, helicopter flights are less canceled in comparison to regular flights. It is because helicopters used to have a high visibility level in comparison to regular flights. Similarly, flying from the temple city of Kathmandu to the snowy land of Lukla is a lifelong memory to keep.

Kathmandu-Lukla helicopter flights are not bound by Kathmandu-Lukla or Lukla-to-Kathmandu pick-up and drop-off services. You can take a heli ride to other places like Namche Bazaar, Pheriche, Dingboche, Pangboche, Tengboche, Gorakshep, Hotel Everest View, and so on. They are the conjoining helicopter flights from Lukla that you can take and enjoy the vista of northern mountain serenity.

We Give Most Priority to Advance Booking Passenger for Helicopter Flight

Most people plan helicopter flights at the last minute after their regular flights get canceled, which leads to a clear concern about not finding the right timing for their flight. If you plan the helicopter ride in advance, then we can hold the helicopter in advance.

There are limited helicopters in Nepal, and when there is high demand, your last-minute decision won't work. To be on the safe side, it is recommended that you plan ahead so that you will fly on time.

We usually get a lot of calls and messages after regular plane flights are canceled, and in that last-minute situation, we can't operate the helicopter at the right time. That is why it is recommended that you book the ride in advance to have a confirmed and guaranteed flight.

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Availability & Private Trip

We offer daily helicopter flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. If you can't find a suitable date for your flight, please contact us. Whatsapp: +977-9851017030 (Binod)

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Start DateStart: SundayJun 23, 2024End DateEnd: SundayJun 23, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: MondayJun 24, 2024End DateEnd: MondayJun 24, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: TuesdayJun 25, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayJun 25, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: WednesdayJun 26, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayJun 26, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: ThursdayJun 27, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJun 27, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: FridayJun 28, 2024End DateEnd: FridayJun 28, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: SaturdayJun 29, 2024End DateEnd: SaturdayJun 29, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed
Start DateStart: SundayJun 30, 2024End DateEnd: SundayJun 30, 2024PricePriceUS $550StatusStatusGuaranteed

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Safety notes for Kathmandu Lukla helicopter Flight

  • Tighten your seat belts on board
  • Do not stand up or exchange seats during a helicopter flight
  • Do not throw any waste or junk from the helicopter while flying
  • Avoid smoking during the flight
  • Stay calm and do not get in or out of the helicopter prior to the pilot’s signal

Nepal Trek Adventure and Expedition provides both charter and group joining helicopter flights to Lukla according to the comfort of travelers. Most helicopters carry a maximum of 5 people at a time in one helicopter.

We also operate 4-seater helicopters. It is easier to operate the Lukla helicopter flight for a private group. If you don’t have enough group size and still want to fly on a sharing basis, we also offer group joining helicopter flights to Lukla.

Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter Flight details:

  • Flight duration: 45 minutes 
  • Group size: Maximum 5 people in 1 Heli
  • Group sharing cost: $500 per person (Every day available in main seasons)
  • Private helicopter cost ranges from $2700 to $3000 for 1 helicopter
  • Weight allowance: 400 kgs + luggage (maximum of 500 kgs)

Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world and many people dream of reaching there at least once in a lifetime. Lukla is the first point where you will stop if you are hiking upwards in the Everest region.

Utilizing this helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (and Lukla to Kathmandu), you can explore the beautiful Lukla town and some uphill regions on Everest. 

Trekking all the way to base camp or vantage point – Kala Patthar is also admissible. But, for the best and most luxurious exploration of base camp or Kala Pathar and the authentic sight of surrounding mountain peaks and natural environment, we offer a direct Heli flight from Kathmandu to EBC and return back as well.

Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter Flight - group joining the flight

Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight with the group joining flight is operated on a sharing basis. We offer group joining dates as fixed departure dates for a helicopter flight and gather people to board the helicopter on a cost-sharing basis.

The total cost of the helicopter flight will be split among the group flying together. If you are single or have a minimum number of people in your group and want to fly by helicopter to Lukla on your desired date, then feel free to contact us for joining groups.

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Group sharing helicopter cost

Kathmandu to Lukla group joining cost

$500 per person

Lukla to Kathmandu group joining cost

$500 per person

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight - Private Charter Flight Cost

Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight on a private charter flight basis is the best and easiest way to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. A private helicopter flight is easy to operate on time because it’s your private ride and there will be no hassles like waiting for other groups, flying around on other’s interests, and so on. 

It is also regarded as the best option for this COVID-19 scenario in order to avoid social contact with unknown persons. However, the cost for private charter flights is higher than group joining flights. You can make your own group and contact us so we can manage your private helicopter ride on your preferred date and time.

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Private Group Helicopter Cost

Kathmandu to Lukla Private Cost

$2700 Per Helicopter (5 Seated Heli)

Lukla to Kathmandu Private Cost

$2700 Per Helicopter (5 Seated Heli)

Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Rental Services Information

Flying to Lukla by airplane is done on a regular basis (daily basis) but flying privately or in a group joining on a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla is itself an amazing experience.

You can have the view of an adjacent environment with comfort and ease with no hustle and bustle. For experiencing the Kathmandu Lukla helicopter ride, Nepal Trek Adventure offers an attractive proposal of helicopter rental service, by utilizing which you can easily mark your trip miraculously.

Nepal, the country of the Himalayas, is the most desirable destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It delivers a diversified ecosystem with its own excellent appearances that drive the mind of every visitor crazy.

As the choices of people differ, we provide suitable options for every seeker. Similarly, Lukla, the mountaineering hub, can be reached on foot, by land transport, or by flight. Flying to Lukla also has the option of taking either an airplane or helicopter.

Kathmandu Lukla helicopter rental service offers the best helicopter options along with a timely departure and arrival guarantee. By means of this service, you can take full advantage of the window seated view, proper relaxing environment, and luggage supportive container.

So, if you are planning to fly over the Everest region and reach Lukla, the Kathmandu Lukla helicopter rental service will be the best choice. Choosing this option will make your trip more exhilarating and you will not regret this decision of yours at all.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Q1. Why choose a helicopter flight to reach Lukla?

      Helicopter flights can be operated on your own schedule. Normally Kathmandu to Lukla regular airline flights are operated from 6 am to 10 am but sometimes the regular flight is operated till 3-4 pm. Regular airline flights are fully dependent on the weather. Regular airline flights need clear visibility to fly due to which it has high chances of cancellation due to weather changes. A helicopter has minimum chances of being delayed because the helicopter flies even in low visibility.

      Lukla Airport has a short runway with a small space to adjust airplanes with massive mountains all around it. The helicopter doesn’t need a long runway for its landing and it can also be landed in any random space so it won’t consume much time to land. Throughout the helicopter tour, you also can grasp the amazing bird-eye views of mountains, woodlands, and many more. 

    • Of course, you can, our operator operates helicopter standby but you have to inform us sometime earlier so we can manage all the flights on time. We also provide helicopters even in emergency cases.

    • We operate helicopter flights from Katmandu to Lukla on a daily basis in spite of weather issues. 

    • If the weather is clear and there won’t be a problem in landing then helicopter flights are available even after 3 pm.  

    • The average time to reach Lukla from Kathmandu is 45 minutes. It might take some more time due to some weather disruption. In case of some technical problems also flight might get delayed. 

    • You have to pay 2500 USD for 1 Helicopter, which can be shared by 5 people at a maximum. We are happy to find people if you don't have enough numbers in your group. Or you can book with us in advance for guaranteed flights on a group joining basis.

    • Yes, we have both back and forth Helicopter flight services available from and to Kathmandu every day.

    • It will take around 45 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. The ride will be very pleasant. There might be some delay if caused by any harsh weather hitches.

    • Generally, Helicopter flights have less chance of cancellation. The flight may be slightly delayed due to weather but the Heli flight being canceled is very rare. As, your safety is our top preference so, looking after the weather condition of both Kathmandu and Pokhara will be completed. Rather, flight postponement is possible in case of need

    • As soon as we finalize the booking, we share flight timing details. Accordingly, the helicopter will fly at the scheduled time. If there is any chance of delay due to technical terms and weather, there will be regular communication.  Moreover, the flight time will be provided 2 to 3 days before the departure date.

    • After your inquiry, we make sure of all the correspondence through email. And then confirm your booking. You can book helicopter flights directly from Book Now section. Or, you can reserve the seats via Book a Private trip Section too.

    • If you wish to travel in your own group (private helicopter flight), then there will be no other individuals rather than the pilot and your group members. But if you want to fly individually then group joining is to be done, in order to fill the optimal requirement of helicopter seating.

      • Don’t buy an open-ended return ticket. If the weather is bad and flights are canceled, you will be at the back of the queue for standby seats and could wait days. Get a fixed date or just buy a single one. It’s easy to buy a return ticket from Lukla when you are ready.

      • Sit on the left for the best views.

      • Take earplugs for the flight or use cotton wool.

      • Be prepared for a delay, take snacks.

      • Children’s tickets are cheaper than adults.

      • Carry your own kinds of stuff so that trip gets easier for you.

      • You are traveling at a higher altitude so be prepared.

    What Our Clients Say
    • R
      Riley WilsonUnited Kingdom,January 03, 2024

      Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight

      Celebrating a milestone birthday, I chose the Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight for a unique experience. Nepal Trek Adventure surprised me with a small celebration at their office before the flight. The scenic journey added to the joy, and I'm thankful to the team for making my special day even more memorable.

    • V
      Victoria RamirezUnited Kingdom,December 29, 2023

      Heli Ride to Lukla from Kathmandu after Weather Cleared

      Weather conditions in Kathmandu were challenging, but the Nepal Trek Adventure team kept us informed about the flight status. When the weather finally cleared, the helicopter ride to Lukla was awe-inspiring. The skilled pilot navigated through the mountains, providing an unforgettable journey. I appreciate the team's dedication and flexibility in ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.


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