Mt Everest Khumjung Reviews
One-hour flying over Mt Everest, very affordable Jul 09, 2014
I had always wanted to see Mt Everest but due to time constraints and maybe endurance issues (haha), I didn't think I can go up physically....So I was happy to find flights that were strictly for viewing Mt Everest from only US$170 upwards!
I had my flight booked on July 2014. The airport was a small one in Kathmandu and I woke up at about 5 AM to get there at 6 AM. However, our flight was delayed by about 45 minutes. At boarding time, we boarded a bus to the small plane and there were probably about 15 of us from different countries. The interesting thing about the small plane is that each seat had a window - nice :)
My airline was Air Buddha which was unfortunately involved in a crash in 2011: "Buddha Air Flight 103 was a sightseeing flight which crashed at Kotdada Hill, Nepal, on 25 September 2011. All 19 passengers and crew on board died. The aircraft involved, a Beechcraft 1900D, was operating a Buddha Air scenic flight to Mount Everest out of Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. It crashed while attempting to land in bad weather."
In all flight tours, there is always that danger of a crash but during my flight in July, the weather looked "okay", a bit cloudy in Kathmandu but no rain. The plane was small and I think I was assigned 4D which was directly over the wing, so I was thinking I might have an obstructed view. But later on, as you can see, I did get nice pictures by moving to my co-passengers' window. Most were nice and would let me take pics, haha
During the flight, they do take you to the pilot for picture-taking and also the pilots point out where Mt Everest is - we were taken TWICE to the pilot - two rounds :) The stewardesses were very professional and will call you when it is your turn to see the pilots.
Despite the cloudy weather in Kathmandu, it was nice and clear when we saw the views of the Himalayas. So, I got really good pictures, using my zoom camera :) Would I recommend this flight despite the history of an air crash? Yes, as long as the weather is good :)
There is also a helicopter ride that goes and lands in base camp which I also considered but this trip costs about $2500 up (maybe $1800 when "on-sale") The helicopter ride covers more hours, but very costly and helicopters scare me more though, haha :)
Part of the My Kathmandu, Nepal Experiences travel blog
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