Helicopter tour of the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes is a highly recommended adventure, one that you cannot miss when you are in Nepal. This 8-day long trip combines sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu with a short trek in the Everest region followed a thrilling helicopter tour of the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Lakes. The helicopter tour is the main attraction of the trip, however, visiting various religious and World Heritage Sites in the capital city, getting to know the diverse culture of the different groups of people and their lifestyle truly completes this trip.
Our journey starts from Kathmandu where you’ll visit World Heritage sites like the Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley. Each of these sites defines the history of the diverse culture that makes Nepal so unique from other countries. We then take the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which offers views of Himalayan ranges. Our short trek in the Everest region starts once we land at Lukla.
We cross many high ridges with picturesque views of Everest and other mountain ranges to reach Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital. We spend a day in Namche to acclimatize, and the next day we board a helicopter to Everest Base Camp. The chopper stops at Kala Patthar and Gokyo Lakes allowing us to spend some quality time at these locations. From Kala Patthar, enjoy an excellent 360-degree panoramic spread of mountains like Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) and Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029 ft.)
At Gokyo, we enjoy the tranquil emerald waters of Gokyo Lakes, taking a dip is highly advised against, the extremely cold waters can have the severely adverse effect on your body. We will also enjoy the sights of the Khumbu glacier and Icefall region, and the stunning Khumbu Valley during our helicopter tour.
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Heli-8 Days is an ideal trip for those who want to experience trekking in the Everest region and step foot on its major landmarks-Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo valley, but do not have the physical strength or the time for it.
For those who want more of a trekking experience in the Everest region but also a helicopter tour of the Khumbu Himalaya, Everest Base Camp Heli Trek-12 Days is a good option. Everest Helicopter Tour-1 Day is an excellent option for those who want to get to see the Khumbu Himalaya in a single day.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, we set off to a sightseeing tour of some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, historical places like the three Durbar squares in the valley, Asia’s largest stupa, Boudhanath, another Buddhist Stupa, Swayambhunath famous as ‘Monkey Temple’ and the holy Hindu temple, Pashupatinath. We will also discuss on the vitalities of the trek that starts tomorrow. Your trekking leader will introduce you to the team and, inform you of all requirements.
We fly a Twin Otter place to Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. It is a 35-40 minutes long flight. Upon arrival at Lukla, we will have breakfast and then descend towards Cheplung village. From the village, it takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach Phakding passing through the village of Ghat (2,550m/8,366 ft.) on the way. Overnight at Phakding.
The most challenging part of the tour is today. Our destination is the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. We start by following the trail along the banks of DudhKosi. Crossing the river multiple times on the suspension bridge we’ll pass the Chumao and Monjo village to reach the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. The path is steep from here onwards with breathtaking views and if the weather permits you’ll get the first views of the mighty Mt. Everest. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. The Sherpa townhouses many restaurants, shops, ATMs, and lodges. We stroll around the Bazaar admiring the beauty of this mountain town. After lunch, we will explore the Sherpa Culture Museum. We then hike to Syangboche Airstrip from where we can gaze at views of mountains like Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Kongda, and Everest. We also visit the Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Centre where the local flora and fauna are on display along with the Khumbu Sherpas’ culture. Also, we’ll take a hike to Khumjung(3,780m/12,402 ft.) one of the traditional Sherpa villages. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
The highlight of this tour is the helicopter ride over the Everest base camp. And, today is the day for it! After breakfast, we’ll board a helicopter to start the aerial sightseeing trip. We fly over the gorgeous Khumbu Valley and the Everest Base Camp. We make a stop at Kala Patthar which welcomes us with 360-degree panoramic views of Khumbu Himalayan spread, including Nuptse (7, 861m/ 25,791 ft.), Ama Dablam (6,812 m/ 22,350 ft.), Lobuche (6,119m/20075 ft.) and Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,029 ft. ). Next stop is Gokyo where we’ll lay eyes on the impeccable emerald colored Gokyo Lakes. Also, enjoy the view of the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall region. Our final stop is Lukla where we stay overnight.
We board an early flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in the capital city, you can rest the whole day, or you can stroll the streets of Thamel to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home, we can facilitate you with a guide. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be hosted celebrating the completion of the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Heli Tour. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The 8-day-long Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Helicopter comes to the end today. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport according to your flight timings.
Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$2500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.