Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight


  • Duration: 1 Days
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Destination: Everest Region
  • Starts/Ends: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Time: All around the year
  • Travel Style: Helicopter Tour
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,860m.


  • An easy and comfortable alternative to regular nerve-racking flights offered by the local airlines to Lukla airport
  • Breathtaking aerial mountain panorama- better than standard commercial flights
  • Safe flight with a rare chance of cancellation & delays
  • Full window seat for all passengers
  • Can fly up to 5 passengers at a time, which results in lower per head price overall
  • No waiting like a regular flight

Whether you are going on a trek, peak climbing, or expedition, the Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight lets you have a terrific beginning to your journey. The commercial Kathmandu Lukla flight is nerve-racking and can get overwhelming for some travelers. The regular flights to Lukla from Kathmandu operated by local airlines- Yeti Airlines, Tara Airlines, etc are known to be one of the most extreme flights on Earth.

Lukla airport is small at 2,860 meters (9,383 ft) from sea level. Only small, fixed-wind, short takeoff & landing aircraft land at this airport along with helicopters. So, the best alternative to a regular flight to Lukla is Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight.

Luka airport is the gateway to many adventurous treks & expeditions in the Everest region (like Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Lakes Trek, Three High Passes Trek, Island Peak climbing, EBC heli trek, etc). The travelers have to pass by Lukla to explore the Everest region, and the only way to reach this place is via the Kathmandu Lukla flight as there are no roadways.

Escape the overwhelming Kathmandu Lukla regular flights and fly to Lukla airport comfortably with us by joining our Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight.

Our Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight offers an easy and safe ride to Lukla airport. Moreover, the helicopter flight to Lukla offers jaw-dropping aerial views of the Himalayan mountains, which is much better than the regular commercial flights. The flight tends to be 45 minutes long, and the experience is once-in-a-lifetime.

Helicopter Flights to Lukla

A helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu can accommodate up to 5 people with a full window seat. The flight offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Gauri Sankar (7,134 m), Shishapangma (8,027 m), Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Pumori (7,161 m), etc. The journey already gets phenomenal even before you hit the trail.

Who can go on Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight?

Anyone thinking to travel in the Khumbu region can choose Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight. We drop you at the Lukla airport from where the trek begins towards the famous Sherap town Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) and further ascend to the basecamp Everest and other corners of the Khumbu region.

We provide transparent and genuine Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight cost in the market with special discounts on large group joining. As we specialize in helicopter service in Nepal, all of our flights are very safe and well-maintained.

Below are some of the conditions in which you can join the Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter tour:

  • If your regular Kathmandu Lukla flight gets delayed or canceled because of bad weather, you can opt for a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla to be on your itinerary.
  • If you are afraid of the standard commercial flight between these two places, then a helicopter flight makes a great restful alternative.
  • If you wish to travel comfortably, enjoying luxury perks in one of the remotest regions of Nepal, then the helicopter ride to Lukla from Kathmandu is the perfect option.
  • A helicopter ride to Lukla is also ideal for elderly travelers or people who cannot handle the thrill provided by regular flights.

Lukla Airport & Regular Airlines Flights Delays/Cancellation Reasons

Lukla airport is also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport. The airport is located at 2,860 meters in north-eastern Nepal. The airport has a very short and steep airstrip, which makes landing & takeoff comparatively more complicated than other airports around the world.

The flight route of Lukla also involves passing by giant rocks, hills, and mountains on both sides before landing. Therefore, the pilots have to be very skilled and acquainted with geography.

At the same time, the unstable weather of the Himalayas also makes it difficult for commercial flight operators to offer guaranteed regular flights. Sometimes, the weather gets disturbed even in the peak traveling seasons.

Above mentioned things are the major factors that frequently cancel regular airlines flights to Lukla from Kathmandu. However, with a helicopter, the flight cancellation chances are very low because the choppers can withstand the adverse weather of the Himalayas and still offer a very safe journey.

Kathmandu to Lukla distance

The Kathmandu to Lukla distance is 136.17 kilometers. The regular flight takes 35 minutes to reach Lukla airport from Kathmandu, whereas a helicopter flight takes 45 minutes.

Lukla Helicopter Flight Cost

With Everest Experience and Assistance, you will get the best Lukla Helicopter flight cost. If you are joining us in a group, the helicopter flight costs USD 500 per person. The flight is shared between 5 people, so the per head costs get very low and affordable.

Likewise, for private charter, the Lukla Helicopter flight costs around USD 2,900. You can fly solo or with your loved ones. We make it very easy for solo travelers to join Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flights because we have regular flights. You can join as per your requirements.

*Note: The cost of the Lukla to Kathmandu helicopter flight is the same as the cost of the Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight. Therefore, if you are already in Lukla and want to come back to Kathmandu by helicopter, contact us anytime.

The benefit of Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter flight

  • You can reach Lukla even if the standard airline flight gets canceled because of disturbing weather and air traffic.
  • The helicopter flight between Kathmandu and Lukla gets less affected by unstable weather.
  • The views during the helicopter flight between these two places are 100 times better than the regular commercial airline flights.

Are there chances of helicopter flights to Lukla being canceled?

We say NO as our answer. The Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight cancellation chances are rare. Unless the weather gets extremely unfavorable and may risk the safety of our guests, we don't cancel helicopter flights to Lukla. Sometimes the flight may get delayed for a few minutes.

Additional Helicopter Ride from Lukla Airport

Apart from the mentioned helicopter flight from Lukla, we also organize tailor-made helicopter flights almost everywhere in the Khumbu region. From Lukla airport, we have the following helicopter flights that you can take further:

  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Pheriche
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Everest Base Camp or Gorak Shep
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Gokyo Lakes
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Hotel Everest View
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Dingboche
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Lobuche
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Chukkung
  • Helicopter flight from Lukla to Khare


We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the domestic airport terminal. We go through the securities. Our flight instructor gives a quick briefing, and you meet with the pilot.

    We'll get the boarding passes and go ahead with a check-in once the chopper is ready. The helicopter takes off from Kathmandu domestic airport and flies to Lukla airport above lush green hills, valleys, rivers, mountains, and gorges.

    • 2,860 meters
    • 45 minutes

    We land at the Lukla airport helipad. You can exit the helicopter on the mark on the pilot and go with your day.

      Essential Info

      Group Joining Everest Helicopter Tour

      Whether you are a solo traveler or traveling in a group of 2/3 people, you can take a helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla with us. Our group joining has very flexible and straightforward clauses. All you have to do is choose your departure date and pay the fee to join the Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight.

      Our representative will do all the necessary paperwork for you, and you can just relax & relish the ride. In group joining, all the participants share the helicopter flight costs, so per head gets affordable.

      For more information about Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight group joining, you can talk to one of our consultants at +977-98510 60902. We have WhatsApp & Viber at the same number.

      Private Helicopter Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

      To book a private flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, all you have to do is select your departure date and inform us. We'll get back to you as soon as possible and begin the booking process.

      To book a private Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight, we need 30% of the package cost and some of your basic details. As mentioned earlier, private helicopter flights are perfect for solo travelers or anyone traveling in a group of 2 or above people.

      How to Book Kathmandu to Lukla Helicopter Flight?

      To book Kathmandu to Lukla helicopter flight, you have to send us the booking deposit, which is 30% of the total flight cost. You can book the flight directly by reaching us at Everest Experience & Assistance contact info on our website.

      Or we also have a safe payment gateway on our site. Choose one of our departure dates that best suits your timing, do the payments with one tap of your finger, and wait for a confirmation mail from our side.

      We accept Visa/Credit Cards, Master Cards, etc. We recommend you book early for a high chance of trip confirmation, especially if you are a solo traveler.

      Safety Notes for Kathmandu Lukla Helicopter Tour

      • We request you to be attentive to the commands of the pilot. Enter & exit the chopper only after the signal of the pilot and follow his instructions during the flight.
      • Do not move around during the flight. If you feel uneasy, then inform the pilot and do as he/she says.
      • Do litter the chopper or throw anything out of a helicopter while flying.
      • Fasten your seat belts properly.
      • Do not smoke inside or around the chopper.
      • Do not approach the chopper from behind.

      Tour FAQs

      • Q1. How much is a helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla?

        A helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Lukla costs approximately USD 500 per person in a group joining and USD 2900 in a private charter.

      • From Kathmandu, you can reach Lukla in the following ways:

        • Standard commercial flights
        • Helicopter flight
        • Drive to Jiri and trek for 4-6 days to reach Lukla
      • To get to Lukla by flight, you have to be present in Kathmandu on the day of your flight. The flight takes off from Kathmandu's domestic airport and flies to Lukla airport.

      • Frankly, if we speak statistically, then given the elevation, weather & size of the Lukla airstrip, flying to Lukla is more dangerous than any other commercial airport around the world. However, on average, 20 to 30 aircraft land and take off from Lukla airport in peak season. Above hundred thousand trekkers/climbers fly to Lukla annually for their ventures in the Khumbu region. So, we can say flying to Lukla is quite safe.

      • Lukla airport is at 2,860 meters at 9,383 feet above sea level. It is one of the highest airports in the world.

      • Lukla airport is famous for its location and thrilling landing/takeoff from a tiny airport. Apart from this, Lukla airport is the starting point of the famous Everest Base Camp trek and other trekking routes in the Everest region, which has also made this airport famous.

      • Yes, solo travelers can book a private helicopter flight to Lukla with us.

      • Yes, we can arrange a helicopter flight to Lukla on the same day if your regular flight gets canceled. We have multiple departures on a regular basis during the peak trekking season in the Himalayas. We keep helicopters on standby in the peak season to provide urgent pickup and drop service between Kathmandu & Lukla.

      • Yes, in peak seasons - spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November), we have everyday helicopter departures from Kathmandu to Lukla.

      • Yes, you can get a helicopter flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu after 3 PM. The weather should be clear though. For more information, you can reach out to us freely.

      • It takes around 45 minutes to reach Lukla from Kathmandu by helicopter. If the weather disturbs the flight, it can take a few extra minutes.

      • Yes, we provide a helicopter from Lukla to Kathmandu and many other places too, like EBC, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, Khare, Pheriche, etc.

      • Unless not get affected by poor weather, helicopters fly at the scheduled time from Kathmandu to Lukla. Also, sometimes there can be small delays because of technical issues.

      • It depends whether there will be other passengers on your flight or not. If you are flying privately, there will be no other passengers in your flight other than you and your loved ones (if any).


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