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Mt. Everest Tours from Kathmandu

Mt. Everest Tours from Kathmandu

Standing 29,030 feet (8,848 meters), the iconic Mt. Everest, which sits on the Nepal-Tibet border, is the tallest mountain in the world. Catching a glimpse is a high priority for many travelers to Nepal, and you can do so several different ways from Kathmandu. From easy to strenuous, here are a few options.

Day Tours

The only way to see Everest on a day trip from Kathmandu is to take a scenic flight. Sightseeing airplanes run when the weather is good, and offer beautiful views of a large sweep of the Nepali Himalaya. For safety reasons, though, you can’t fly too close to Everest in a plane. For a real close-up, take a helicopter tour, some of which stop for breakfast on the way in small settlements in the Everest region.

Multi-Day Tours

No vehicular roads lead to Everest on the Nepal side of the border—the only way to reach the mountain is to trek there on foot. The most popular route is the Everest Base Camp trek: fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek for about 12 days there and back. On the way, you’ll stop at Sherpa villages such as Namche Bazaar and Khumjung. Quieter alternatives are the Three Passes trek and the Gokyo Lakes trek, both of which offer views of Everest. If you’re short on time, you can trek one way, then hop in a helicopter back to Kathmandu.

Things to Know

  • Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepali, and Chomolangma in Sherpa.
  • As the crow flies, Everest is only about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Kathmandu; however, many hills and mountains sit in between. It’s rare but sometimes possible to see a sliver of Everest from Kathmandu on clear days.
  • The most common ethnic group in the Everest region are the Sherpa people, Buddhists who originated in Tibet. You’ll see Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and prayer walls along the trekking route to Everest Base Camp.
  • If trekking to Everest—or taking a helicopter that stops en route—know the symptoms of altitude sickness. Be prepared to turn back at any point, as altitude sickness can turn deadly.
  • Although it’s not mandatory, it’s a good idea to trek with a guide in Nepal. They can keep you safe, secure your accommodation along the way, and tell you about what you see.
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Everest Scenic Tour by Plane with Hotel Pickup

Everest Scenic Tour by Plane with Hotel Pickup

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Not many people can claim to have reached the top of Mount Everest. During this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime flight from Kathmandu, soar over the Eastern Himalayas, getting a bird’s eye panorama of the world’s tallest—and most legendary—mountain chain, including Everest. Enjoy the magic of the world-famous summit without the struggle to make it to the top. Tours include private hotel pickup and drop-off and a celebratory glass of sparkling wine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$185.00
Price varies by group size
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$185.00
Price varies by group size
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The most Captivating Everest Scenic Flight

The most Captivating Everest Scenic Flight

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A scenic flight is the best way to catch a glimpse of Mount Everest for travelers who don’t have time for (or interest in) trekking all the way to Base Camp. You’ll be picked up from your hotel so you don’t have to worry about getting a taxi to the airport. On board, enjoy sweeping views of the Himalayan range, and information about all the mountains you’ll see—including the tallest in the world.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

Everest base camp Landing Helicopter Tour

Everest base camp Landing Helicopter Tour

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Live out the dream of visiting Mt. Everest's base camp with this half-day helicopter tour from Kathmandu. If you're not the climbing type or just don't have a ton of time in Nepal, this tour allows you to see the majesty of Everest or Kalapathar in just a short half-day. Learn about the history and geology of the region through guided commentary and get unparalleled photo opportunities from the windows of the helicopter.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,340.00
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$1,340.00

Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter flight with landing from Kathmandu day tour

Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter flight with landing from Kathmandu day tour

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Discover the Himalayas by helicopter on a private 4-hour tour from Kathmandu. Complimentary land and air transportation from your hotel allows you to visit the Everest Base Camp and return to Kathmandu in time for lunch. Enjoy views of the mountains from your guaranteed window seat on the helicopter to Lulka Airport. Reach 17,700 feet (5,400 m) by helicopter, then explore Base Camp for an hour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,200.00
Price varies by group size
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$2,200.00
Price varies by group size

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime dream of many travelers to Nepal, so it’s important to do it right, with a knowledgeable guide to keep you safe. Take the stress out of planning such a big expedition by joining a guided trek. Focus on putting one foot after another and admiring the views while your transport, accommodation, meal breaks, and other logistics are take care of.
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  • 12 days
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$1,200.00
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Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Short Everest Base Camp Trek

Get the experience of Everest in a shorter trek version on this 12-day excursion to the Everest Base Camp from Kathmandu. With an experienced guide in the lead, you can safely and comfortably navigate this epic mountain. Visit landmarks such as Lukla, Namche bazaar, Gorakshep, and Everest Base Camp. Learn about the history, geology, and lore surrounding the world-famous mountain through guided commentary. Round-trip flights from Kathmandu and nightly accommodation make this a door-to-door all-inclusive experience.
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  • 12 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,245.00
Price varies by group size
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$1,245.00
Price varies by group size

Everest Heli Tour with Breakfast in Hotel Everest View

Everest Heli Tour with Breakfast in Hotel Everest View

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If you want to get up close to the mighty Mount Everest but don’t have the time (or the desire) to trek all the way there, this helicopter tour with a breakfast stop in Syangboche is ideal. You’ll see spectacular views of Nepal’s hills, valleys, villages, and mountains, which can only be had from the seat of a helicopter. Enjoy breakfast with an unforgettable view, before being conveniently returned to Kathmandu in time for lunch.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,150.00
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$1,150.00