Flying A Drone At Everest – Himalayan Aerials

World exclusive high altitude aerial cinematography with a remote controlled drone quadcopter with footage of Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Ice Fall, Cho La Pass, Renjo La Pass, Gokyo as well as flights over Kathmandu, Nepal.

In May 2014, we trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal with two drones: a DJI Phantom and a TurboAce Matrix. This was my 7th visit to Everest and once again it was the adventure of a lifetime!

The resulting aerial footage in this video is the culmination of nearly a year of training, planning, crashing, experimentation and exhilaration. The ability to capture these unique views with a drone was amazing. Perspective changes everything.

When we arrived at Everest Base Camp it was mostly deserted due to the tragic April 18, 2014 avalanche that killed 16 Sherpa and Nepalese guides, and the subsequent cancellation of the Spring climbing season on the South Side of the mountain.

Many thanks to my incredible staff of Sherpa guides and porters who made this trip possible and hand carried the fragile aircraft and support gear over these high altitude passes as well as up to Everest Base Camp. I could not have accomplished this goal without their generous help, hard work and sincere friendship.

Thanks also to my wonderful 2014 Himalayan Workshops clients for their enthusiasm and support as I was constantly repairing, charging and obsessing over the drones. Sharing the experience with them made it so much richer.

For more information on my equipment and process, please listen to Chris Marquardt’s Tips From The Top Floor podcast where we discussed my plans for this trek:

Behind the scenes video coming soon!

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  • Aung Zhi Shen

    do you need a permit to fly drones on the trek?