An amazing Everest Base Camp helicopter trek clubbed with an inspiring Everest Trek. This Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter 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 ancient Buddhist monasteries in the Khumbu region. Stay at cosy traditional teahouses run by Sherpa families and trade stories with other travellers from around the world. 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 lakes will leave you awestruck. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Himalayan giants from Kala Patthar.
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. Your Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Trek 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. 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 local crew.
If you want to try out our other heli treks then we suggest you to check our other popular Everest helicopter treks - Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-11 days, Everest Base Camp Short trek Heli Return-12 days and our one day heli tour, Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. If you are interest in a pure trekking experience we recommend you try out any of our Everest Treks - Everest Base Camp Trek - 14 days, Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass Trek -14 days, Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek - 15 days and Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes- 18 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
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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.
In Kathmandu, enjoy breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners.
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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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When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget
These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occasional spring shower and hazy weather during spring. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperature dips after sun down.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.
There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
You can either buy bottled mineral water or fill up a reusable water bottle with boiled or sterilized water. During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. A liter of water would cost anything between 1 to 4 USD. As you go higher the cost of all commodities, including water, increases. But do note there is no dearth or scarcity of drinking water at teahouses. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. You need to drink at least 3-4 litres of water each day to stay hydrated at higher altitudes. Keeping your body hydrated helps you to keep away the symptoms altitude sickness.
No, the company won’t provide drinking water or any extra drinks or beverages other than the ones that are specified in the trip cost.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination are required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.
Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.
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.
- Werner Berger