“Would you be interested in going on a scenic flight tour to Mount Everest?”, the gentleman asked.
I was in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a conference and I was just milling about just after my presentation when this gentleman approached me. I was stunned by his query. You see, it has generally been a dream of mine to see Mount Everest, at eight,848m (29,29ft), the world’s highest mountain. I knew I would by no means scale it – Everest Base Camp would be as higher as I could possibly see myself going to – so the other, far more appealing option was to hop on a Mount Everest scenic flight tour!
“Are you kidding? YES!!!”, was my response. I didn’t need to have to believe twice. When I was a kid, an aunt of mine (who had just returned from a trip about South Asia) told me about her trekking adventures in Nepal and seeing the view of Mount Everest from the plane window. That image stuck in my thoughts and the believed that I was going to knowledge it myself created me tremble with excitement!
The following day, I created my way to Kathmandu Airport’s Domestic Terminal. I looked at the Departure screens and saw several scenic flights with location ‘Mountain’. Yet another location caught my eye: Lukla. Now that is a different flight I’d enjoy to take 1 day. It is reputedly 1 of the most perilously-situated airports in the planet, with a brief runway that drastically slopes down the side of a mountain and disappears off a plunging cliff. The gateway to Everest Base Camp, Lukla Airport is regularly voted as 1 of the most unsafe airports in the planet to fly to!
I checked in at the Yeti Airlines counter and received my Everest Express boarding pass. Yeti Airlines is a Nepalese airline that operates domestic as effectively as scenic flights to Mount Everest with a fleet of turboprop aircraft. As I waited for the boarding get in touch with, I looked about me and sensed the excitement of the individuals. I was just as excited!
I boarded the plane and identified rows of 4 seats in a two-two configuration. Each passenger was offered a window seat, leaving all aisle seats empty. Boarding was swift and we have been in the air at six:45am. The views of Kathmandu speedily unfolded.
The plane broke by means of a layer of clouds and the peaks of the Himalayas, glistening in the morning sun, have been quickly visible. I pinched myself as we approached the mountains. It felt so surreal! I reminded myself that I was seeking at the view from my plane window of the Himalayas – the highest mountains in the planet! It was a dream come accurate!
The view of Mount Everest
The flight attendants dropped by consistently to point out the various peaks we passed. Just just before we reached Mt. Everest, the passengers have been invited into the cockpit to verify out the views. The captain mentioned that Mt. Everest would quickly come into view on the left. I hurried back to my seat and quickly sufficient, it appeared as we cleared some clouds. There have been several peaks in view and the flight attendant pointed at the lone peak sticking out above the clouds. “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, THAT is Mount Everest!”, she announced. I pinched myself once more. It was undoubtedly 1 of the most majestic mountain views I’d ever observed!
Back to Kathmandu
The plane banked to the left and gradually created its way back to Kathmandu. The mountains seemed somewhat closer now. I realised how fortunate I was with the climate, and the truth that the flight wasn’t complete permitted me to delight in the views from each the appropriate and the left side of the plane.
To celebrate seeing Mt. Everest, the flight attendants came about with glasses of champagne – a beautiful touch!
We landed at Kathmandu Airport specifically an hour just after we took off. Everybody was handed a certificate of the flight as a memento – a different beautiful touch. This flight was such a treat and a dream come accurate for me! If you are going to Nepal, I can certainly advocate this scenic flight tour to Mount Everest! Verify out my brief video under of the whole knowledge:
A couple of notes
The very best time to view the Himalayas on this scenic flight tour is among September and May perhaps. I went in June, the start out of the monsoon season, and was pretty fortunate with the climate. Climate circumstances may well force flights to be cancelled. Really should this occur, guests can opt for a flight the subsequent day or ask for a refund. Passengers on the left (row A) get to see the peaks on the flight to Everest while passengers on the appropriate (row D) see the peaks on the return to Kathmandu. If feasible, ask for a seat behind the propellers. Specially on the flight back to Kathmandu, the sunlight reflecting off the propellers creates a flickering impact, impacting photographs and videos (you will see this impact in my video above).
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Note: a massive thank you to Yeti Airlines for inviting me on this flight. As generally, all views expressed above are mine, and mine only.