Is it possible to take a helicopter ride to the top of Mt. Everest?
- jpm896Lv 510 years agoFavorite Answer
Most helicopters can't go above 8,000 ft. Many jet planes, however, can easily fly at 30,000 feet.
On May 14th, 2005, an Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 helicopter operated by Eurocopter was reported to have landed on Mount Everest (29,035 feet). The landing is in dispute. The listed service ceiling of the rotorcraft is between 17 and 18 thousand feet, which is considerably short of the summit altitude.
An unmanned high altitude helicopter is nearing completion. TGR Helicorp in New Zeland has designed the "Alpine Wasp" specifically for rescue evolutions on Everest. The machine's diesel engine will give it an operating ceiling in excess of 30,000 feet.
The CH-47 Chinook twin rotor helicopter is used by the USAF to rescue climbers on Mount Denali (McKinley) in AK. It can reach an altitude in excess of 19000 to land at an elevation of around 18000. The biggest problem at that point is restarting the engines, so a special storage device directs pure oxygen into the engine inlet to restart
- Anonymous10 years ago
The limited service for a high altitude helicopter is 18,000 feet. They cannot even retrieve people from te top of the USA'a highest mountain, Mt. McKinley so Mt. Everest which is 29,035 feet in altitude would certainly be impossible. Their is just not enough air to provide lift for a helicopter at that altitude.Source(s): MSc
- ColeLv 410 years ago
no. there is not enough air (the atmosphere is too thin) to give a helicopter any lift. they can make it partway up the mountain-I doubt they can go any farther than the first camp area (first stop for most people climbing Everest)
- mattinglyLv 43 years ago
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- DaveSFVLv 710 years ago
No. A helicopter cannot even make it to base camp.
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