Do you want to see Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks so close that you can almost touch them and without any physical exertion? We did just that.
Our trip in Nepal was not long enough for us to do long treks to or around the Himalayan peaks. However, we found an alternative way to enjoy a close encounter with the glorious Himalayan peaks without trekking. We booked a scenic mountain flight over the Himalayas dubbed as the “Mt. Everest Experience.” Aside from Mt. Everest, we also observed many other grand Himalayan peaks during the flight. It was spectacular.
It was a beautiful clear day and we could see the sheer beauty of the valley, the rivers, the glacier mountains below and ahead of us.
And finally, the mother of all mountains came within our view. Mt. Everest is the majestic one on the left. Just behind it is Lhotse, the 4th highest mountain in the world. The high peak on the right is Makalu, the fifth highest in the world.
This shot was taken from the cockpit of the plane. Each passenger was allowed to step into the cockpit one at a time for an opportunity to get an optimum view and shot of the Everest.
Contrary to what some people believe, the mountain flights do not fly “over and around” Mt. Everest. It only hovers over the south side of it. Going around it means encroaching over Chinese territory and the flights are not permitted to cross the border.
- There are several airlines that offer scenic flights over the Himalayas. We took Buddha Air, which has been known to be one of the most realiable. They offer flights everyday all year round (weather permitting). There are several departures in the morning starting ag 6:30 am. The current rate for the flight is $193 per person, plus additional $20 if you need hotel pick-up and drop off.
- You can book the flight directly through Buddha Air’s website or you can book with travel companies in Kathmandu, but they may charge higher rate.
- Avoid the middle seat on the plane. The tail can obstruct the view.
- The best time to take the scenic flight is between September and May when the sky is at its clearest.