Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency is the pioneer for helicopter sightseeing tour in Nepal. Helicopter tour itinerary is designed for those travelers who are travelling in Nepal within the limit of time or who don’t like to stroll upward and downward in the difficult Himalayan trails. Helicopter tour can be run to shorten the trips, which otherwise may take longer days. Since, the chopper needs only a small landing space, it can be hired to take tourists to whichever destination at any time they are willing to go. No wonder chartering a helicopter for sight-seeing / heli-trip have become a popular tourist activity in Nepal.
There are two types of helicopter currently operating in private sector: AS 350 B3e series of helicopters which are manufactured by Euro-copter, France and are very popular all over the world. It is regarded as one of the most versatile helicopters and is suitable for mountain flying and all types of helicopter missions. Following are its features:
Fail Safe Design
Present arrival: Ecureuil, AS 350 B3e
Made: Eurocopter, France
Date of Mfg: January 2012
Seat Capacity: 06 Pax (Excluding Pilot) in low land
Sling Capacity: 1400 kg.
Landing Altitude: 23,000 ft.(7010m)
Max. Take off Weight: 2250 kg
Empty Weight: 1285 kg
Internal Load: 900 kg
Other helicopter is the powerful Russian made MI-17. This is a big bird, capable of transporting 22 passengers or four tons of cargo. MI-17's can reach altitudes well in excess of 5,000 m and have been known to land at Everest Base Camp. They offer excellent utility and reliability under extreme conditions. These helicopters are usually charter for bigger group or large cargo.