We wanted to see Mt Everest close from the base camp without the 14-day trek. And this is the most exciting way to go, by helicopter. Early morning start from Kathmandu (1364m) to Lukla airport to refuel (altitude 2860m) and then to the Everest Base camp 5290m with great views of Mt Everest and the Himalayas. Then to Hotel Everest View for a meal (3880m) and finely a flight back over the Himalayas back to Kathmandu all in a day. A wonderful experience and a really great view s of the mountains. Worth every dollar, lifetime experience, and special thanks to the pilot.