Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek - 8 days

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  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 12
  • Max. Altitude : 5550m / 18209 ft

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An amazing Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Helicopter Tour clubbed with an inspiring Everest Trek. This trip 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.


Explore Kathmandu's cultural gems before heading to Everest region

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

Best Time To Go

The best seasons for Everest Trek and Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour in Nepal arepre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (late September to December). During Autumn (post-monsoon) the skies are clear and one can savour stunning mountain vistas. In Spring (pre-monsoon) trek across alpine meadows covered with flowers and colourful rhododendron blooms. The higher you go the colder it’s going to be. Above 4000 metres, you can expect snow and temperatures to plummet below zero degrees. Nighttime temperatures can drop as low as -10 degrees.

Notice :  Flights (fixed wing) scheduled to and from Lukla will operate from Ramechhap Airport  from October to November 2019. The airport lies 132km(4hrs 30 mins drive)  from Kathmandu. But Helicopter flights to Everest Region will continue operating from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 

Why Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek?

  • Heli tour over Gokyo Lakes, EBC & Kala Patthar
  • Brief stopover at Gokyo & Kala Patthar (5550m)
  • 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 some of the highest peaks in the world

 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 and amazing mountain scenery. You will have to cross metal suspension bridges spanning deep river gorges. 
  • Each day’s trek lasts for 4-5 hours. Our experienced guide will let you walk at your own pace.
  • While trekking, you will stop for food and shelter at local teahouses. The Everest Region is one of the most developed trekking regions in Nepal. Most teahouses have western style flush toilets and offer hot water showers (at an extra cost).  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(5,555m), the highest point on your trip,  to take pictures and enjoy the Himalayan panorama. The helicopter is equipped with supplementary oxygen, in case you find it difficult to breathe in the thin air. From aboard you get an aerial perspective of some of the highest peaks in the world. If you suffer from acrophobia, this trip might not be for you. 
  •  This trip is suitable 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(3,400m) and lasts for just 3 days. 
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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) & Trip Preparation 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 and other people who will be trekking with you. Your trek leader 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. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meal Included :
  • Dinner

DAY 2:

Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Patan expand
Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath 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 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.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

DAY 3:

Fly to Lukla (2,840m/9,318ft) Trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft): expand
Distance 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours 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. Head 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.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,286ft) expand
Walking Distance: 11km. 5 - 6 hours

From Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar. Head up on an easy trail, past forests of pine and rhododendron. After walking for some time you enter 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. Make your way across pristine glacial rivers via metal suspension bridges swaying gently as people walk to and fro. The final leg of today’s trek takes you on a steep ascent all the way to Namche Bazaar. It’s tiring but 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.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,400m/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.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Heli tour of Everest Base Camp (5,365m/17,602ft) 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. 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.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu expand
Distance: 35minutes 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. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meal Included :
  • 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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Inclusion

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • Helicopter Tour as per the itinerary
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • 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
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • 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
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • 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

Accommodation in Kathmandu and on the trail is included in the cost.Spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at the luxurious Hotel Shanker. A four star hotel, Hotel Shanker was the former residence of the Rana aristocrats who wrested power from the Shah rulers and ruled over Nepal. The hotel features tastefully decorated rooms, spa, swimming pool, restaurants, bar etc.

On the trail you will be staying at Mountain Resort in Phakding, Hotel Namche in Namche, and Lukla Nombur Hotel in Lukla. The rooms are comfortable and come with attached bathrooms. Hot showers and wi-fi will be available at extra cost. 

 

Meals

Meals on the trail is included in the package cost. While in Kathmandu enjoy free breakfast at your hotel. Welcome and farewell dinners are also complimentary.

On the trail you can sample local food or choose an international platter. Items include local dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread, chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, toast, noodles etc.  Enjoy a complimentary welcome and farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.

Kathmandu has a range of top-notch restaurants serving international cuisine. If you need our help in choosing a restaurant, feel free to ask. We will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

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This Gokyo lakes Everest Base Camp via Helicopter Tour takes you to Everest Region, a high-altitude area and home to some of the highest peaks in the world. It would be wise on your part to read as much as possible about this region and keep yourself informed. We have provided as much information as possible about this trip on our website.

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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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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.

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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