Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days

All-inclusive trek, safe itinerary, experienced guide and pilot, personalized service, small and private group

Activities:Trekking and Hiking

Duration

8
Days

Facts

  • Group Size: 1-12 People
  • Min. Age: 8

Accommodation

  • 3 Nights 4* Hotel 
  • 4 Nights Best Available Teahouse

Meals

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners

An amazing Everest Base Camp helicopter trek clubbed with an inspiring Everest Trek. This Everest Base Camp heli trek offers you a rare opportunity to walk under the foothills of some of the world's highest peaks and enjoy a luxurious helicopter flight over the Gokyo Valley. Visit picturesque Sherpa villages carved on mountainsides and step inside some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region. Stay at cosy traditional teahouses run by Sherpa families and trade stories with other travellers from the world over. Board a helicopter and fly over Everest Base Camp. Hover close to Mount Everest and other 8000 and 7000 metre peaks. Gokyo, with its mesmerising landscape and emerald lake will leave you awestruck. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patthar.

Trek to Namche and enjoy an aerial exploration by joining our amazing Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Helicopter Tour. Before heading off to Everest you explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Walk through the medieval palace square in Patan, a kingdom of the Malla rulers, and discover exquisite works of Nepalese art and architecture.  Visits to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, the two important Buddhist and Hindu spiritual centres in the city, will touch your soul. In Boudhanath, stand at the giant mandala and gaze at the compassionate eyes of the Lord Buddha. Witness Hindu devotees paying obeisance to the Hindu god Lord Shiva at Pashupatinath Temple. The temple is one of the most ancient and important shrines in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Additionally, take a Gokyo Lakes tour by helicopter and fly over the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp. Enjoy spectacular aerial vistas of the turquoise lakes and frozen Himalayan peaks.

What awaits you at the world's highest trail?

Your Everest Base Camp Trek with helicopter tour begins from Lukla. Walk across Sherpa settlements before reaching Namche, the economic hub and the Sherpa capital of Khumbu Region. Spend a day here soaking in the mountain views. Explore Everest Base Camp via helicopter. Our Gokyo Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour allows you to fly close to Mount Everest (8848m) and other 8000 meter peaks. Moreover, a brief stopover at Kala Patthar (5550m) and Gokyo will let you soak in some of the most beautiful sights in the planet. Fly high above the jewel-like Gokyo Lakes and icy glaciers. Enjoy the stunning landscape from the comfort of the helicopter. Before the helicopter lands in Lukla, you get a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque Sherpa settlements and Sagarmatha National Park. Finally, celebrate the completion of your Everest adventure in Lukla with your teammates and local crew.

A tough heli trek and an easy heli tour - Are you up for it?

If you want to continue trekking up to Everest Base Camp and later fly back to Lukla by helicopter, you can choose our Everest Base Camp Heli Trek of 12 Days. If you are only interested in an aerial tour of the Everest region, then we recommend you to try out our Everest Heli Tour

Lukla Flight Alert: As there's too much traffic at the Kathmandu airport during high season (Spring- March, April, Autumn - October, November) flights scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport. The airport lies 132km (4hrs 30mins drive) from Kathmandu. However, most airlines will operate their first and last flights directly from Kathmandu and Lukla (KTM-LUKLA-KTM). If you make an early booking, we can try to secure a place for you on the direct flight to Lukla (KTM-Lukla).  It will be easier to fly directly from Kathmandu instead of making that additional journey to Ramechhap.  Helicopter Flights to Everest Region will continue to operate from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 

Why Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek?

  • This trip is ideal for those who want to visit Everest Region but are not able to do so because of a tight schedule or have problems walking beyond the 4,000 metres mark. The trek ends at Namche(3,440m) and lasts for just 3 days. 
  • Heli tour over Gokyo Lakes- the world's highest freshwater lake system and Mount Everest- the world's highest mountain. Brief stopover(5-10 minutes) at  Kala Patthar (5550m) and Gokyo.
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Trek through charming Sherpa settlements & experience Sherpa culture.
  • Get close to the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest
  • Aerial views of Mount Everest(8848m) and other 8000m and 7000m Himalayan peaks

 Is this trip suitable for you?

  • This trip is a combination of moderate trekking and heli tour in Everest Region. If you enjoy good health, can walk and climb stairs without any difficulty, you can easily do this trek. 
  • You trek for three days on an up and down trail through Sherpa villages. Maximum time spent walking on the trail is 6 hours and minimum time is 3 hours.  
  • You have to cross high metal suspension bridges spanning deep river gorges. 
  • While trekking, you will stop for food and shelter at local teahouses. The teahouses have western style flush toilets and offer hot water showers .There is internet connectivity up to Everest Base Camp. Teahouses may charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot. 
  • From Namche you board a helicopter and fly over Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes. You stop briefly at Kala Patthar(5,550m), the highest point on your trip. The helicopter is equipped with supplementary oxygen, in case you find it difficult to breathe in the thin air. 
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Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,428ft) expand

Our airport representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After a brief rest attend a pre-trek briefing. Meet your trek leader who will apprise you about the condition of the trail, how each day of the trek is going to be like and the basic dos and don’ts. If you have any questions you can ask your trek leader.

Check your gear for the final time.  If you have forgotten any item, you can buy or hire it from any of the shops selling trekking gear. You won’t have to go far as you will find such stores lining the streets of Thamel.

We make your first day in Nepal memorable by inviting you to a authentic Nepali feast. One of our representatives will be joinging you for a Nepali traditional dinner and culturl programme at a Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 2:

Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Trip Preparation expand
Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square

Take a guided tour of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. After breakfast you get on a private vehicle with your guide and head to Boudhanath.

Located towards the north-eastern part  of the city, Boudhanth Stupa is an important centre of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the biggest stupa in Nepal and according to local legend the remains of Kasyapa Buddha (an incarnation of Lord Buddha) lies beneath the stupa.

Boudhanath consists of a huge white dome placed on a representation of a giant mandala. On the top is a gilded square topped by a tapering tower. The four sides of the square ,painted with the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, looks out in the four cardinal directions.

Also visit Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest and the most important Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in Nepal. The Hindu cremation site of Arya Ghat lies next to the temple, on the banks of the Bagmati River.

From the eastern side of the river one can see the last rites being performed by the relatives of the dead as the corpses are lit on the funeral pyres. One can’t help but ponder on the transitory nature of human existence while watching such scenes.

Your last stop is Patan. A medieval kingdom of the Malla kings Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the ‘City of Artisans’. Make your way to Patan Dubar Square and discover exquisite creations crafted on stone, wood and metal by the medieval artisans.

Explore Krishna Temple, Patan Palace Museum, Kumbeshwar Temple, Golden Temple (Hiranyavarna Mahavihar), Mahabouddha Temple etc. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft): expand
Duration: 35 minutes flight, 3-4 hours (8 km) trek

Catch an early flight to Lukla and fly east. From the window of your plane get a glimpse of undulating chain of mountains stretching as far as the eyes can see. As the plane approaches Lukla you get to see the real giants, the eight thousanders. Brace yourself for an exciting touch down at the narrow runway.

After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport meet other members of the crew. Sort and pack your belongings and get going. Make your way through the bustling Lukla Bazaar and head down a trail that leads to the Dudh Koshi River Valley.

Walk carefully as you share the trail with mule trains and porters carrying heavy loads. Walk past mani stones inscribed with sacred mantras, chortens (Buddhist shrines) and colourful prayer flags. Mountain folks believe that these protect the travelers from harm. Cross a metal suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River to arrive at Phakding. This is a charming settlement filled with traditional cottages and teahouses. H

ead to a teahouse and after a brief rest explore the village. Down the village, the milky white river of Dudh Koshi flows downstream. Surrounded by green hills and forests this is a scenic spot, an ideal place to take pictures. Afterwards get back to the teahouse, have dinner and retire for the night. Overnight in Phakding.

Accommodation: Hotel Sherpa
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) expand
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10.7 km) trek

From Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar. Head up on an easy trail, past forests of pine and rhododendron. Make your way across pristine glacial rivers via metal suspension bridges swaying gently as people walk to and fro. The walk past the Hillary  bridge, the highest suspension bridge in Everest Region, is an expereince to remember. Y

ou make your way through the ecologically rich Sagarmatha National Park.  A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site the park is home to Himalayan flora and fauna and some of the world’s highest peaks. The final leg of today’s trek takes you on a steep ascent all the way to Namche Bazaar.

Get the first view of Mount Everest before entering Namche.  The sight of the snowy Himalayas soaring so close makes you forget your aching limbs. Namche, the largest Sherpa settlement in Khumbu Region is cut deep on the mountainside, like a bowl. The town offers a range of accommodation choices, from high end chalets to budget teahouses. Make your way to a teahouse where your guide has booked a room for you and get refreshed. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft) expand

Spend an extra day at Namche Bazaar. Coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, internet cafes, ATM booths  and souvenir shops line the lively bazaar.

You can hike up to Hotel Everest View, a popular Everest viewpoint that lies just above Namche. To reach the viewpoint you need to walk past Shyangboche, which has one of the highest airfields in the world at 3780m. From the vantage point you get close up views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse.  

You can also take a walk to the Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung. The settlements of Khumjung and Kunde are two of the oldest Sherpa settlements in Khumbu Himal.

While Khumjung has a monastery that houses the scalp of a Yeti (the abominable snowman), Kunde’s popular landmark is the hospital established by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first mountaineer to scale Mount Everest.  After the excursion, head down to Namche again. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation: Hotel Namche
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Heli tour of Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) Gokyo Lakes (4,790m/15,715) and Kala Patthar (5,550m/18,209ft) expand

Pack your things and get ready. After breakfast you will be embarking on one of the most unforgettable adventures of your life, a heli tour in Everest Region. 

The helicopter takes off as soon as you are comfortably seated. The experienced pilot flies the chopper close to the mountains allowing you to view 7000 and 8000 metre peaks from a close range.

If your trip falls during the climbing season you will see climbers scaling the snowy cliffs looking like ants. At Everest Base Camp, the frozen landscape will be filled with colourful tents. From the comfort of your helicopter watch the spectacular Khumbu glacier and Icefall.

Enjoy a brief stopover at Kala Patthar(5550m) and Gokyo. The time will be enough for you to soak in the views and take pictures. Before heading to Lukla, the helicopter flies over the Gokyo Valley.

The stunning Gokyo Lakes and glaciers flanked by an undulating line of the highest peaks in the world are a feast for your eyes. Enjoy this heavenly spectacle before the chopper heads down to Lukla. Prior to the final landing enjoy aerial views of Sherpa settlements and the Sagarmatha National Park. Overnight in Lukla.

Accommodation: Lukla Numbur Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,428ft) expand
Duration: 35 minutes flight

Leave Lukla behind and fly to Kathmandu. From the aircraft’s window bid goodbye to the mountains under whose shadows you had walked the past few days. On reaching Kathmandu, check in to your hotel and take rest.

No activities have been planned for the day. If you want to explore more of the city you can do it on your own or book a guided tour at an extra cost. Go souvenir shopping at Ason Bazaar or Thamel or visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a guide.

Celebrate the completion of your amazing holiday with a complimentary farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

Final Departure expand

Our staff will drop you at the international airport three hours before your flight departs. Let us know if you want to extend your trip and visit more places. We run tours all over the Himalayas- Bhutan, Tibet  and India

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast


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Inclusions

What's Included

  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Lukla flight, total 20kg
  • Helicopter Tour as per the itinerary
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized care
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Fee and Community Fee
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee (15 kg Baggage allowance for Lukla flight, 10kg check-in baggage + 5 kg hand baggage – for extra baggage it will cost around USD 1 per 1 Kg)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

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Accommodation

 During your  Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek, you spend 3 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, thi ...Read More

 During your  Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek, you spend 3 nights at Hotel Shanker, a four star hotel in Kathmandu. A heritage hotel, Hotel Shanker is housed in a 19th century palace. Keeping much of the original charm, this magnificent palace has been renovated and fitted with modern conveniences.The hotel is centrally located, close to Thamel. The establishment offers luxurious rooms with en suite bathrooms, spa, restaurant, swimming pool, bar, cafe and a spacious garden.

While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. These are run by locals and are a source of livelihood for Sherpa families. At Lukla, Phakding and Namche you will get rooms with attached bathrooms and can enjoy free hot showers.  
 
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. A single room will be available on request, at an added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are very few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season. 
 

Meals

In Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners.

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided while trekking. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).

Best Time To Travel

 The best seasons for  Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek in Nepal are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November). Trekking in Autumn (post-monsoon) promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) the alpine meadows are covered with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms. But since global warming is changing the weather patterns in the Himalayas, from our experience we can say that this trip can be done in Summer(June and July) as well as Winter(December to February). During Summer, it will be a bit wet and foggy but the trail will be walkable. In Winter the skies remain cloudless giving you crystal clear view of snow covered mountains. As both these seasons are off-seasons, the trail will be less crowded and quiet during these months. 


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Richard cooper
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Apr 30, 2019

Trek and Helicopter - Good Combination, amazing trip

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We finally hit the last home run when we completed booking our trip with Third Rock Adventures. This was our first time in Nepal and we were expecting snow and mountains right away, but Kathmandu was completely opposite to what we imagined. Getting away into the mountains was again another story, everything was well organized and we were taken care as promised in the emails. This trip was amazing and TRA made it even more exciting and fun.
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Robert Altherr
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Feb 08, 2019

A memorable trip to Everest

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We wanted to trek to Everest but had very little time to spare. So the consultant at Third Rock Adventures suggested that we had do the Everest Heli Trek. Though the trip was a bit expensive, we felt we got our money’s worth. The team was open for suggestions and tailored our itinerary as per our needs. We loved trekking through the villages and pine forests. The scenery was stunning and our good natured guide patiently waited for us while we stopped every now and then to take in the mountain views. The helicopter ride was a wonderful experience. We could only watch in awe as the helicopter flew us past the majestic Himalayan peaks. It was one of my life’s best experiences. I wish I could take the ride again. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures, our trip was planned and organized impeccably. We had nothing to worry about and we had an enjoyably trip. I highly recommend this trip and this company!
I liked the itinerary.
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Because we wanted to trek in the Everest region.
The helicopter ride and the trek to Namche.
Don't think about the cost. This is a once in a lifetime journey.
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Valerie Evans
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Sep 10, 2018

We hiked and flew to the 'Top of the World'!

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This was an incredible trip. We (my friends and I) really enjoyed it. The team at Third Rock Adventures were flexible to our wishes. They tailored our itinerary according to our needs. The trekking was awesome. This was our second trek to the Everest region. Though we had already done the EBC trek in 2016, we felt there was still so much left for us to experience . So we returned again this year and trekked the same trail once again. The views were awe-inspiring as always. The highlight of our trip was the helicopter ride from Namche to EBC, Kala patar and the Gokyo Lakes. We were like a bunch of excited kids taking a joyride. It was breathtaking to fly so close to the mountains. The views were awesome and incredible. I shall never forget the helicopter ride above all those towering peaks, glaciers and the beautiful lakes. The guides and porters were competent, helpful and friendly. Thanks to Third Rock Adventures for this memorable trip!
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We chose this trip because we wanted to visit Everest region again and we liked this itinerary.
The helicopter ride.
Contrary to what others say, an Everest trek is doable. You just have to set your own pace. Instead of hurrying up, you should go slow and allow your body to get used to the rarefied air.
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Werner Berger is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the oldest person in the World to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven (7) continents (incl. Mt. Everest).

I am Werner Berger and my "claim to fame" is probably best defined as being in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world to have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest.

Little did I know my life was to change forever on my first trek into the Himalaya in 1992 at age 55. It was the beginning and just a matter time before I realized I could combine my leadership and climbing skills to create a program in which people could explore their own possibilities.

So, in 2010, I began leading Transformational Life Experiences, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp and other high places.

One of the earliest keys to success is to find a company with the right mix of professionalism, support, and, of course, experience. I have used Naba Amgai and his teams on all my Nepal trekking adventures.

Naba's caring and climber support, is second to none. In my estimation, Third Rock Adventures is one of the very best in the business, in or outside of Nepal. They know the mountains. So you can relax, enjoy and transform.

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