Namche Bazaar to Kathmandu helicopter flight is the easiest way to reach Kathmandu from Namche Bazaar. It takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes to cover the distance between Kathmandu and Namche. This Heli trip is suitable for those who are short of time and want to reach Kathmandu as fast as possible skipping the trekking downhill to Lukla and catching regular aircraft flight to Kathmandu after completing the base camp expedition. Likewise, if you have been to Namche for its exploration and want to return back to Kathmandu in the shortest time, this helicopter tour is very effective.
Similarly, Kathmandu to Namche helicopter flight is equally obtainable. You can reach Namche from Kathmandu within around 1 hour and 15 minutes and continue the sightseeing or trekking adventure that your itinerary follows.
Namche Bazaar is a beautiful ancient Himalayan town in Nepal surrounded by the White Mountains and green hills all around. It is situated at an elevation of 3440 meters from sea level and is about 137 kilometers away from Kathmandu. Namche Bazaar is the first acclimatization point in the Everest region while trekking to the base camp or Kala Patthar. If you follow the regular Everest base camp trek itinerary, you will reach Namche Bazaar on the 2nd day following the trail from Lukla.
Namche Bazaar to Kathmandu Helicopter Trip Details
- Flight Duration: 30 minutes.
- Group Size: 5 people in one helicopter.
- Weight allowance: 400 kilograms + luggage.
- Minimum altitude: 1400 meters.
- Maximum altitude: 3440 meters.
- Private Helicopter Cost: USD 3500.
- Group Joining Helicopter Cost: USD 1050 Per Person.
Fun Facts about Namche Bazaar
- Namche Bazaar is the historical capital of the Everest region, also known as the administrative center of the region.
- It is the first acclimatization point for the trekkers heading towards the base camp of Kala Patthar.
- Before the Mount Everest expedition by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953, Namche was a yak cheese and butter trading hub, but, after the expedition, the town became popular. Now, hundreds of travelers pass through this town for trekking and sightseeing adventures.
- Centers Sagarmatha National Park's Visitor Center, which flaunts the unique and interesting photographs of wildlife found in the region.
- Major attractions of Namche Bazaar include the Sherpa Museum, Hall of Fame Gallery, Namche Library, Namche Monastery, Healing Centers, and Saturday Markets.
- Former president of United States, Jimmy Carter and his wife visited Namche Bazaar in October 1985 via personal chopper of late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, as part of the honorary visit.
Namche Bazaar to Kala Patthar helicopter tour
If you are in Namche Bazaar and want to explore more in the Everest region of Nepal with a closer view of Mount Everest, you can catch the helicopter flight from Namche Bazaar and fly up to Kala Patthar, explore around, reach Hotel Everest View, and return back to Kathmandu via Lukla. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Kala Patthar from Namche Bazaar. To know more about this trip joining the original helicopter circuit tour (that starts from Kathmandu), click here.
Note: You can also have the flyover helicopter tour to the base camp or Kala Patthar. You solely have the authority to decide what kind of tour you want - be it a flyover or landing tour.
The cost will be applied as per the client's requirements and the number of persons in the group.
Namche to Lukla helicopter service
Namche to Lukla helicopter or Lukla to Namche helicopter flights is mostly demanded services by the clients. It is because the uphill from Lukla to Namche takes 2 days. Trekking from Lukla to Namche Bazar is moderate in level. Spending a night at Phakding, the following day with 7 to 8 hours of uphill you will reach Namche Bazar. It is suitable for travelers who want to skip the trekking part and return back to Lukla via a scenic flight with no hassle.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla by bus
Travelers can complete the distance between Namche Bazaar to Lukla via trekking which takes 2 days via Phakding. And each day needs 4 to 7 hours of trekking. In this situation, the question may arise if you can visit Lukla from Namche or Namche from Lukla by bus! It is not possible yet because of the rough trails and landscape. But soon in the future, you will be able to travel between Namche Bazaar and Lukla by bus, car or other land vehicles.
Similar is the case with Kathmandu to Namche by road travel. There is no provision of by-road travel to Namche Bazaar from Kathmandu till now, but, in near future, it can be possible. However, you can utilize the airbus i.e. helicopter to execute the pick-up and drop-off service between these two places.
Group Joining Helicopter Flights
The Heli travelers can have a group joining facility in order to collaborate with others and share a journey. It reduces the cost too, which means it offers an adorable cost-sharing facility. Nepal Trek Adventure is willing to provide you the helicopter pickup and drop-off services within Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar under any condition. If you are 1, 2, 3, or 4 in number, then group joining would be best for you. It will not only bar your budget but also pledge timely flights.
Group Joining Helicopter Cost: USD 1050 Per Person
Private Helicopter Flights
The cost of helicopter service depends upon the helicopter charter flights (private flights) and group joining flights. Private helicopter flights are more comfortable as you will reconnoiter the attractive landscapes of the Everest region with your near and dear ones. So, the cost of hiring private helicopter flights is a bit more expensive in comparison to group joining helicopter flights.
Private Helicopter Cost: USD 3500 per flight
In the event that you take a private helicopter flight, you won't need to confront any superfluous flight postponements, and you will have a better and more protected flying experience with your own group.
Short Day Tours/Hikes from Namche Bazaar
Hike to Hotel Everest View
Hike to Hotel Everest View from Namche Bazaar is the best and most popular day tour from Namche Bazaar. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach the hotel from Namche. The hike starts from 3440 meters and ends at 3880 meters above sea level. The trail passes through the longer ridge towards the north side of the region. En route, enjoy the beautiful mountainous view of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, and other encompassing mountains. Hotel Everest View itself is a masterpiece in the Himalayas. It was visioned by Takashi Miyahara and designed by the Yoshinobu Kumagaya (a Japanese Architect) and was opened for outsiders in 1971. Explore the hotel area, enjoy the meal (if you want to), and hail down to Namche Bazaar cherishing the best Himalayan panorama.
Hike to Khunde and Khumjung
The villages of Khunde and Khumjung lie on the Green Valley and are popularly called twin villages. The villages are the residence of the Sherpa people and are less crowded. Khumjung village is around 2 hours and Khunde village is around 2.5 hours away from Namche Bazaar in walking distance. The trip offers a continuous view of the Thamserku and Ama Dablam mountains. The major attractions of the places include:
Khunde: Cave (It is known as the place where Guru Rimpoche used to meditate), photogenic gate, and Stupa with the mesmerizing eye of Buddha,
Khumjung: Khumjung Monastery (It is known to house the scalp of Yeti)
You can have a meal and hot coffee at the local tea houses and return back to Namche Bazaar continuing the main trail.
Hike to Kyangjuma
Kyangjuma is around 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) away from Namche Bazaar. It takes around 1 hour to reach Kyangjuma from Namche Bazaar through the Canyon above Dudh Koshi River. It is the viewpoint that offers the views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Kangtega alongside great photogenic scenery. You can reach Kyangjuma and enjoy breakfast and hot coffee, view majestic natural beauties, and return back to Namche Bazaar via the same trail.
Hike to Thame
Thame is the popular village in the Everest region and is the home to Apa Sherpa (a person who has submitted the Mount Everest 21 times). Thame is around 10 kilometers away from Namche Bazaar and takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete the distance via the best trail. The village houses the number of old monasteries and has skipped the crowd that trek to Everest.
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