Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Tour by Heli

Duration: 8 Days

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 Patan 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-11 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.

Trip Highlights:

  • Getting acquainted with the diverse culture of Kathmandu
  • Visit World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley
  • Fly to Lukla, one of the most adventurous mountain flights in the world.
  • Trek in the Everest Region.
  • Stay in Namche Bazaar, the capital of Khumbu.
  • Helicopter ride to Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar and Gokyo
  • 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. ) from Kala Patthar, views of Gokyo Lakes and Khumbu Icefall from Gokyo.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Cultural sightseeing tours and trek preparation
  • Day 03: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding - 40 minutes flight and 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek
  • Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar 11km
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar: acclimatization
  • Day 06: Heli tour of Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, and Kala Patthar.
  • Day 07: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Day 08: Final departure

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights with breakfast
  • Best available teahouse accommodation during the Everest trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla including airport departure tax
  • Helicopter/Chopper expenses as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their salary, food, accommodation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).
  • Trip Duration 8 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Easy
  • Trip Style Tour
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