How much does it cost for a Helicopter to Lukla from Kathmandu?

By Tika Prasad Regmi

How much does it cost for a Helicopter to Lukla from Kathmandu?

There are regular flights by plane to Lukla from Kathmandu during the low trekking season (December to March and June to September). But during the high trekking season (October/November and April/May) all Lukla flights are from Ramechap (Manthali Airport) which is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu. To avoid the long drive, there is a Helicopter flight to Lukla which is the easiest way and in fact, the most popular way to get into Lukla where Everest Base Camp Trek begins. Lukla is a Sherpa village which is known as a gateway to Everest. Everyone has to be in Lukla to start their journey to Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Valley, Everest Three High Passes, Island Peak, Amadablam Base Camp, Kyajo Ri Peak, Lobuche Peak and many more in the Everest region.

 

There is a big question and the most common question people ask about the cost of a helicopter flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The Helicopter flight cost is not the same. It depends upon the demand. When there is bad weather, the demand for helicopter flights is high. Especially during the peak trekking season, the helicopter flight cost goes up. There are 2 ways you can plan to ride a helicopter to Lukla from Kathmandu. One is a charter flight where up to 5 people can book privately which costs USD2950 per flight (not per person). This is the best if you are traveling in a group of 4-5 or a family trekking together. If you are not traveling in a group or have a small number then still you can book a charter flight by sharing the cost. If you are single or small group below 5 people then you can go for a shared helicopter that costs USD400-USD500 per person. You should note that shared helicopters are available during the main trekking season (October and November or March and April) only. Trek Ways Nepal offers helicopter flights to Lukla either private or shared. Please, contact us if you need such services.

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