Everest by Private Helicopter - The ultimate thrill ride & the EASY way to see Everest
There's special and then there is SERIOUSLY SPECIAL - Now you can get 'up close and personal' with mighty Mount Everest, then land high in the Himalayas & celebrate with a Champagne Breakfast at the Everest View Hotel- 3980 metres
By: Snow Cat Travel
Specialist Nepal Tour Operator Snow Cat Travel now offer what must surely be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. A trip by private helicopter right into the heart of the Himalayas to see Mount Everest in all its glory.
Whilst there have been daily flights in small aircraft to view Everest from a distance, the experience of flying to Everest in a private helicopter is infinitely superior, as Mark Knowles- Sales Manager of Snow Cat Travel who has done both explains.
"The views you get of Everest from a small window on a plane are nothing compared to the 360 degree view from the cockpit of a helicopter. From a helicopter you see everything, particularly the sense of scale and just how big Everest is".
"But, more importantly a helicopter gets you much, much closer to Everest. In fact you can get right up to Everest Base Camp and hover above it. Planes can't get anywhere like as close as a helicopter is highly manouverable"
In fact on a private helicopter flight to Everest it can take you in just a matter of 30 minutes from Kathmandu to the classic trekkers Everest view points of Gokyo Ri (5360m) and Kala Pattar (5500m), which otherwise would involve many days of hard trekking to reach.
As Mark elaborates, "the helicopter not only takes you to these hard to reach, high altitude vantage points. It can hover high above them, meaning you can take great photographs of Everest, but without any of the effort or hardship".
A typical private helicopter flight would take off early morning from Kathmandu, then fly alongside the magnificent Himalayas affording great views of giants like Gauri Shankar (7134m) and Melungste (7181m) as well as Shishapangma (8027m). The helicopter then takes a left turn to follow the main valley that leads to Everest, affording superb views of iconic Ama Dablam (6812m) and within 20 minutes of take off the summit of distant Everest rising above the Nuptse Ridge comes into sight. Taking a short detour up a side valley you're soaring above the glittering turquoise glacial lakes of Gokyo in seconds for one of the classic views of Everest dark and brooding black pyramid and then in what seems like an instant you're above Everest Base Camp and surrounded by glorious, spectacular Himalayan peaks before heading to what is perhaps the most famous of all Everest views-from Kala Pattar.
Because this is truly a very, very special experience, as Mark says that many customers like to end it in style, "I like to call this 'Everest for Breakfast', as after seeing Everest so close you feel that you can touch it, I always recommend that before returning to Kathmandu that you should opt to land at the Everest View Hotel just above the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. At just under 4000 metres, it's not called the Everest View Hotel for nothing. There are outlandish views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam and the best place to enjoy this view is by taking breakfast on the hotel's panoramic terrace. We can even arrange Champagne too and you'll still be back in Kathmandu in time for lunch".
"It's obviously a great way of seeing Everest, as well as a once in a lifetime experience. It's certainly up there as the ultimate gift contender too".
For more information, additional images etc please visit: http://snowcattravel.com
Or contact Mark via the details below.
Mark Knowles- Sales Manager
Snow Cat Travel