Everest Experience is a close-encounter mountain flight-seeing tour which you cannot miss if you are in Kathmandu, Nepal. After all, a trip to Nepal would be incomplete without truly understanding what really makes it beautiful. Just 16 people max on the flight in a small aircraft and everyone gets a window seat.
Mount Everest Flight is operated from Kathmandu International Airport by various domestic airlines. The flight usually starts early in the morning at around 6 am which lasts between 50 minutes up to an hour. Mt. Everest will be only 20 miles from your window seats. We recommend you to take the flight on a clear sunny day since you will be able to clearly observe and locate all the Mountains. However, sometimes due to the unfavorable weather, flights cancellation can occur.
After your flight takes off from Kathmandu, within five minutes you will start to see the ranges. You will witness the beauty of following mountains while you are on this flight: Mount Everest (8848 m), Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), Cho Oyu (8201 m), Lang tang Lirung (7227 m), Shishapangma (8013 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6966 m), Phurbi Ghyachu (6658 m), Gaurishankar (7134 m), Melungtse (7181 m), Karyolung (6511 m), Gyachung Kang (7952 m), Nuptse (7861 m), Chamlang (7319 m), Choba Bhamare (5933 m), Numbur (6958 m), Pumori (7161 m), Chugimago (6259 m), Makalu (8481 m), etc. They will also provide 'Himalayan Peaks' map while on board which contains information about the different peaks you will see during the mountain flight. You will also get a briefing from flight attendant of the visible mountains but it is up to you to remember. The pilot and the co-pilot will allow you to take pictures from the cockpit as well.
As the aircraft lifts up and heads towards the east, passengers don’t have to wait too long to find out what is in store for them. There they are – the mountains, as they always have been. First to their far left visitors see Gosaithan, also called Shishapangma, standing at the majestic height of 8,013 meter. Immediately to the right of Gosaithan, there appears Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), a mountain that looks like the number 8 lying down and covered with snow. To the right of Dorje Lakpa is Phurbi-Ghyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley. As the plane moves along, the mountains come closer and closer. Next on the vision is Choba Bhamare, the smallest one at the altitude of 5,933 meters but singularly stubborn as it has never been climbed. Further, there appears the mountain that is not only prominent in sight but also in spiritually Gaurishankar. Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri are said to protect this mountain, at the proud height of 7,134 meter and the summit had a history of unsuccessful attempts till 1979.
Gaurishankar is sharp and very conspicuous during the mountain flight. As the plane moves towards the land of the rising sun, the eastern Himalaya a succession of glorious mountains follows. Melungtse, a Plateau – like mountain stretches up to 7,181 meter. Chugimago at 6,259 meter is still a virgin, waiting to be climbed. Standing at 6,958 meter, Numbur Mountain resembles a breast, maternal source in the sky providing pure milk to the Sherpas of the Solu Khumbu. Next is Karyolung, an intensely white mountain that at 6,511 m gleams with the rising sun. Cho-Oyu is the eighth highest mountain in the world.
Reaching a height of 8,201 meter, it appears stunningly beautiful from the aircraft. Next on the menu is Gyachung Kang, at a majestic height of 7,952 meter, is considered an extremely difficult Mountain to climb. To the right of Gyachung Kang is Pumori (7,161m). As passengers get closer to Everest, there’s Nuptse (7,861 m), which means West Peak, signifying its direction from Everest. Finally, there’s Everest (8,848m) itself, known as Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. Much has already been written about Everest, but to actually witness it face to face during a mountain flight is something else. Even while it looms there in front of the eyes, it remains an enigma, this highest spot on earth.
The best season for a mountain flight tour is from mid of August to December and March to May. Whereas during the monsoon season (June & July), and winter season (January to mid of February), flight cancellation usually occurs due to fog and other climate issues so we do not recommend to take a flight in this seasons though some airlines operate a Mountain flight tour in this season too.