Everest Flight

When we first talked of traveling to Nepal, we had talked of doing the Everest Base Camp hike. Well after more research we discovered that well…it takes a long time. As much as I love the outdoors, 19 days of hiking is a little intense for me, so is the $1,000 price tag for each of us. And while I admire those who choose to hike, Jeremy and I looked for another option to see the infamous Everest in our time frame and price range. Which led us to taking a an Everest flight which would take us up in a plane for 50 minutes circling a portion of the Himalayas; seeing Everest in the midst of it from the air; and return to the airport.

flight to everestmount everest flightWe arrived at the airport for our 7am flight which we picked because we were told that the earlier flight provided better views and less of a chance there would be a delay due to weather. The views part was true but unfortunately the delay part was not…not even in the slightest. I’m just glad we came prepared with snacks and there was coffee. Which came in more use than we thought since no heat in the terminal plus a huge hole in the window and no coffee would have been a dangerous combination. So after what seemed like eternity but what was actually just two hours (which let’s face it…is eternity in airport time) they called our flight. So in other words, dress warm, pack food and prepare to wait! But not to worry, once you start climbing altitude, it will be well worth the wait.

everest flightWe were taken up in a 20 seater plane with a all window seats and shown a long stretch of the Himalayas including the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest just 20 miles away. heading to the mountain range we passed over large areas of ‘smaller’ mountains, still high above the city. On top of several of them you could see flattened areas, farming land with only a few houses speckled here and there. With thin roads winding up and down the mountains, just inches from a steep drop off, we were reminded of a simpler way of life. Where things are traded, people fully rely on the land and where the phrase ‘I’m heading into town tomorrow for supplies’ is still undeniably in use.

As we neared the infamous Mt. Everest, we all took turns heading up to the cockpit with the pilots (whose windows were by far the clearest of them all) so they could point out Mt. Everest. Although it does not look as majestic as I had imagined due to a similar (albeit, shorter) peak in close proximity, it was a must see on any bucket list to see the tallest place on Earth and an Everest flight is the perfect way to see it.

  • http://guntersabroad.blogspot.com/ Jamie @ Gunters Abroad

    Oh wow, this is fabulous! I can’t get over the price….what an amazing deal :)

  • http://inkandadventure.blogspot.tw/ Jamie | ink + adventure

    sounds much easier than the hike!

  • http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Susannah

    What a fabulous way to see the mountain! :-) I think the price and time frame is so much better!

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  • http://lovecartista.com/ Carla Louise

    I had no idea a flight to Mt. Everest existed! This looks like a ton of fun! You and your hubby always look like you guys are having a blast together. I’m glad you guys made it there safely!

  • http://www.sunshine2thesquareinch.blogspot.com/ Beka Johnson

    I’d for sure go by air too. Just looking at people hike to Mt. Everest looks like pure torture to me. 50 minutes? Much better!

  • http://www.ssjess.com/ Jessie Frederick

    I had no idea a flight to Everest existed! Seeing the highest peak in the world – or at least reaching a base camp – is definitely on my bucket list, but I’m not into camping/hiking/backpacking at all, and it’s always been in the back of my mind how I would see Everest and really feel like I could check it off my list. It’s a relief to know that a flight like this is a real alternative. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!

  • theegetawaygal

    Wow, $191 sure beats $1000 so I’d say that was a great choice! Sounds like it got off to a rough start but in the end was exactly what you hoped for. I admire the courage some people have to climb that peak but I would have been thrilled with a seat next to you!

  • http://thethreadaffect.com/ Megan

    My husband and I took the flight over to start our hike to Base Camp and it we had the same issue with delays (except we were delayed two whole days) and the scariest flight of my life (scary winds, turbulence, and the shortest runway known to man), but boy were those views worth it!

  • http://www.iris-hanlin.com/ Country Girl’s Daybook

    How beautiful. Looks like a great time. :) Wish I was there…

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  • Laura

    Beautiful! Sounds like a wonderful experience! I hope to get to Nepal and Everest one day!

  • http://themovetoamerica.wordpress.com/ Molly @ The Move to America

    This does sound like a great bucket list item – what a great opportunity!

  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    How incredible! And now you can say that you’ve “seen” the top of Mount Everest! :)

  • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    What a great option for those who don’t have the time (or skill) to hike Everest! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Kelly

    This sounds amazing! I would love to do this sometime.

  • http://www.piesandtravel.com/ Muriel

    I’m definitely adding this to my list. I’m pretty sure 19 miles of hiking, while it would be such an accomplishment, would be so exhausting.