I was a bit disappointed with the flight. First, the flight, Buddha Air 600 was delayed by one hour and took off at 7:30am, instead of the schedule of 6:30am. Weather was perfect so this wasn’t the cause of the delay. We only boarded the bus for the plane at 7am after waiting inside the terminal for more than an hour. However, instead of bringing us to our plane, we were kept inside the bus until 7:15am. I could see the plane we used was being repositioned as well as other planes around it. Meantime, no explanation was being given as to the cause of the delay. The sad part was instead watching the beautiful sun rising over the Himalayas as advertised, we watched it inside the airport terminal due to the delayed flight. The flight took only 45 minutes instead of the 1 hour mentioned in brochures. As soon as the plane caught sight of the Everest peak, the pilot started turning the plane back to Kathmandu. Finally, the pictures shown in ads makes it appear the plane flies over the Himalayas. In reality, the plane flies above green mountains where the various Himalayas mountain peaks can be viewed.
I was to late to go with My Group it was 15.00 hours I was so upset it was a Bank Holiday in Nepal Travel Agent's closed , I just went on line and Viator came up a Name I knew ,so I booked it Pick up and drop off from My Hotel , Dilip imkhada the Driver came right on time Everything from then on was just Perfect The Weather was so clear up in the clouds Thank You Viator
Our flight was canceled twice due to normal weather conditions experienced in September. Most times we were taken care of with five star treatment from the hotel and returning to the hotel. Our mountain flight schedule with Sheehan airllines operate a regional jet allowing us to get above the clouds which many of the smaller sightseeing planes were not able to do. We had 15 passengers on the regional jet and we’re allowed to move from side to side and spend as much time in the cockpit as we wanted.
I thoroughly enjoyed flying by Everest. While the plane didn't get as close to the mountain as I expected, it was still awesome to see the highest place on earth. The champagne that the crew offered was a nice touch.
When I purchased this excursion, I had no idea what to expect. Viator assigned me to a local tour operator at Kathmandu called Himalayan Social Journey. Upon my arrival at Kathmandu hotel, HSJ were very easy to contact over WhatsApp and immediately informed me of the trip logistics. We left hotel at sharp 5:30 am and arrived shortly at Kathmandu airport's domestic terminal. The ticketing, check-in, security check process was a breeze, and within 15-20 minutes we were off in a bus headed to the plane on tarmac. There were about 20 people in the group and all had window seats. The Yeti Airlines flight is about 45 minutes duration and people from both sides of the plane get to view the entire mountain range consisting of many well-known peaks right up till reaching Everest. One thing to be aware of about the flight is that you will not be flying over or around Everest, but will be seeing it from a distance. With a good camera zoom, the pictures can still be clear enough to impress anyone. For a solo traveler like me who is happy to simply see Everest with my own two eyes, the experience was worth the price I paid. The trip is short and sweet and I was back at the hotel at 8:30 am. Well done to Himalayan Social Journey who made it such a pleasant experience.
There was No confirmation so I called and the person did not speak English. My husband felt very uncomfortable (it was a surprise) and since he’s in the aviation business I went with his gut and didn’t go. The same morning of our flight the newsapaper delivered to our hotel room stated that the safety record of the sight seeing planes are very questionable. Viator should not offer this tour and refund my money.
Being a first time traveller to Nepal, and only having a few days to explore, this was an excellent way to experience something on my bucket list - seeing Mt Everest! The experience was totally worthwhile. After having been to Nepal I now know that it is pretty easy to make your own arrangements to take this flight which is a bit cheaper than this option, but I enjoyed the hassle free excursion. My one recommendation to the company is that it would be good to get confirmation of the pick up from your hotel the day before, as reassurance that all is in place to have a great adventure the next day!