Mt. Everest is a famous name that most people from the world are familiar with. There are lots of people dreaming to see this mountain and reach the base camp of this mountain.
There are 3 major ways to explore Everest Himalaya and reach the base camp. Trekking to the base camp is a common way that is using by a lot of trekkers from all around the world. Of course, it needs a long holiday for a trek but people with a short visit to Nepal also can see the Everest and visit the base camp.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekking to the Everest base camp has 3 different entries. A classical way is from Jiri which start with driving in a bus and trek around 3 weeks. Another way of the trek is driving to Salleri in a jeep and trek. It is a few days shorter than the trek from Jiri. The shortest way of the trek to reach the base camp is with a flight to Lukla and trek to the base camp.
Flying to Lukla from Kathmandu or Ramechhap and trek to the base camp is about 12 days journey including 2 rest days on the way up. You need to have at least 2 acclimatization rest days for the altitude practice on the trek.
The trek goes inside the Sagarmatha national park which is a natural UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. You will see lots of wildlife on the trek they come closer to you. You will enjoy the Himalayas, landscape, tradition, culture, religion and more doing a trek to the Everest base camp. But If you don’t have enough time for the trek and really would like to see this world’s highest mountain and visit the base camp, you have some other options. Let’s talk about those quickest options here.
Everest Mountain Flight
The Everest mountain flight is also known as scenic mountain flight. This is the fastest and cheapest way to see Everest and other big Himalaya. Everest mountain flight tour takes off from Kathmandu airport on a plane and lands back at the same place after a scenic flight. You only can see the mountains such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shanker and the Tibetan massif from the plane with this kind of flight but can’t land on the mountain land.
The plane for the flight will have single sitting seats and flies both directions so all the people from the plane will be able to see mountains. If you are looking for a flight with a landing on the mountains, you should take a helicopter flight tour to the Everest.
Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
The Everest base camp helicopter tour is a landing flight tour. Once you fly from Kathmandu, you will have several landings at different locations. This is also a sharing flight tour but you can take a charter flight also if you want.
One helicopter can fly with 5 people at one time from Kathmandu and lands at Lukla and Everest view hotel. Until the Everest view hotel, all the people can fly together but after here will divide into two different shuttles to Kala Patthar and base camp.
This flight is the quickest way to reach the base camp within a couple of hours from Kathmandu. The helicopter flight tour offers the best panoramic Everest, Langtang, Gauri Shanker and Tibetan Himalayan ranges with magnificent landscape and green hills.
You will land in high areas so it will be cold. You need to wear warm clothes and take some change Nepalese rupees with you for your breakfast in the Everest view hotel.
Besides the Everest base camp helicopter tour, you can do Gosainkunda helicopter tour and Annapurna helicopter tour if you would like to explore some other Himalayan region in Nepal.