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Gokyo Lake Heli Trek is an exciting combination of a classic Himalayan trek with a scenic helicopter ride for the return. Not only does it help to shorten the trekking time, but adds an exciting adventure full of surprises and different perspectives. The highlights for the Gokyo Lake Heli Trek are Gokyo Lake, and views of the enormous mountains, including sunset from Gokyo Ri (5360m) that will surely be unforgettable.
The Gokyo Heli Trek passes through rhododendron and pine forests with spectacular mountains in the background and idyllic Sherpa villages that have a unique culture all their own. The experience of the unquestionable beauty of Gokyo blended with that of culture and awe-inspiring views is the greatest thing any trekkers could ask for. The pristine emerald color Gokyo Lake (4870m) is stunning. The Gokyo trail passes the ridges of the Ngozumpa Glacier located to its west and is the longest glacier witnessed from this trek. From above the ridges of Ngozumpa Glacier panoramic views of mountains such as Mt Cho Oyu (8,153m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,414m), and Makalu (8,481m) are visible. In addition, the trek offers hiking up to Gokyo Ri (5386m). Luckily the Gokyo Lake Heli Trek is not as popular so the trail is quiet and allows for wonderful solitude. All these views provide picture postcard scenes of lakes, mountains, and landscapes that make this trek unique and amazing. For the adventurer with limited time but desires to escape to magnificent mountain landscapes, the Gokyo Lake Heli Trek is a perfect fit.
Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition is one of the best trekking and adventure organizers. We offer our customer a complete suite of services from private transportation and Heli rides, to lodging, food, and facilities.
One of our representatives will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and transport to the hotel. Night-stay in Kathmandu.
Traveling private vehicle and tour around the Kathmandu UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, an important Tibetan Buddhist site, as well and Pashupatinath Temple; biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. Later on, we will begin trek preparation and provide a short briefing about the tour by the guide.
The day starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The flight will be amazing with the scenery of the river valleys, and terraced mountainsides. Then we head towards Phakding (2,610m) where we encounter the Sherpa community with their distinct mountain culture.
Today the trek heads to Namche Bazar (3440m). Considered a tourist hub and the real beginning point for expeditions to Mt. Everest. This is where we also enter into the Sagarmatha National Park where our guide will facilitate our entry. Namche Bazaar is a trade area for people, offering Saturday morning markets. It is also the first acclimatization point to facilitate adjustment to the altitude. We can see the snow- capped mountains from here such as Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8414m), and Thamserku (6623m). Stay overnight at Namche Bazar
The fifth day of the trek, we rest at Namche Bazaar. Acclimatization not only can help make the rest of the trek more comfortable physically, but it also is vital to allow the body to adjust to the change in altitude. You can enjoy the local food have some small conversations over tea with the locals.
We initiate the trek to Dhole by passing a steep trail with numerous frozen waterfalls followed by a rhododendron and oak forest. We can explore the hilltop of Mong La. After crossing Dudh Koshi we reach Tenga which is the check post of Dole National Park. Ten walking ahead we will pass Tangwa Kharka and we finally arrive at Dole.
On this day, we will pass through local villages like Kela and Luza along with lovely cultivated fields. Here we can witness the daily activities of the local people and then be continuing on the trail we finally arrive at Machhermo. Stunning views of Mt. Kyajo Ri (6186m) are available from Machhermo.
We will head towards Gokyo we pass Phangga village. As we continue on walking ahead, we will get the first views of the beautiful Lake Longponga (4710m). Then walking ahead past the Ngozumpa Glacier we arrive at a second lake, Taujung Tsho (4740m). We have time to cherish this incredible landscape. Finally, we arrive at Gokyo and have some rest with a soothing hot cup of tea.
During this, the last day of the trek we explore Gokyo Lakes. First, we will visit Gokyo Tsho (4870m) which is the main attraction of the Gokyo region. Then we hike up to Gokyo Ri where we can have panorama views of the mountains Mt Cho Oyu (8,153m), Mt. Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,414m) and Makalu (8,481m) as well. If we have enough time, we can hike to another few lakes then we return back to Gokyo.
Day 10 is the exciting flight from Gokyo back to Kathmandu. The mesmerizing scenes of Khumbu Region seen from the helicopter is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity, one you will never forget. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening is yours to relax or enjoy the streets of Thamel.
Today is the final day at Nepal. After breakfast, our team will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled time. Farewell!
What's included in the Cost ?
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Lukla -Kathmandu)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek guide)
- All government and local taxes
What's excluded in the Cost ?
- Nepalese visa fee
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
We would like to enlist necessary equipment that is required during the trek in Nepal so that you can have comfortable trekking experience. You can buy this equipment as per your need. We will also share with you the specific equipment list as per the nature of the trek once you confirm your trekking package with us.
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Sun Hat and woollen hat
- Trekking pants and full-sleeved t-shirts
- Hiking boots and hiking socks
- Climbing gears
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Sleeping bag (provided upon request)
- Towels and undergarments
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Water Bottle
- Money belt
- Walking pole
- Binoculars (optional)
- Notebook and pen
- Aspirin, band-aids
- Camera with extra batteries
Boarded to the north by the mighty Himalayan Mountains that sweep down to the great Gangetic Plains of the south is an enigmatic country called Nepal. A small, landlocked country, it lies between China and India and holds an incredible wealth of diversity both cultural and natural. Its unique geographical position and the range of elevation produces some of the most incredible Eco regions in the world containing an abundance of natural resources.
This extraordinary range of elevations is compressed within 200 km north to south, and 800 km east to west, and is divided into three regions: Himal or mountains, the hilly regions, and the Terai. The Himal region, comprised of the Himalayan Mountains in the north, holds some of the tallest mountains in the world, including the tallest of them all, Mt Everest at 8,848 meters above sea level. The hilly region is the transition from mountains, to the Terai of the south which is a low flat area of mostly grasslands and waterways with smaller hills before reaching into India and the Indo-Gangetic Plain.
This remarkable change in elevation has enormous effects on climate, biodiversity, and even populations of people. Nepal experiences weather from cold alpine conditions in the north to incredibly hot temperatures in the south during certain seasons. The Himalayan Mountains to the north block much of the cold winds from Central Asia, and the warm moist air from the Indian Ocean of the summer creates monsoons that sweep up from the south. Nepal has all four seasons: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. Most travelers enjoy visiting during the spring and autumn due to the low rainfall, and generally warm temperatures. These two seasons are also the most favorable for traveling and trekking in the Himalayas.
The diversity of the flora and fauna create astonishing ecosystems housing habitat for some of the rarest wildlife on earth such as the Snow leopard, Red panda, Indian elephant, and One-horned rhinoceros among many other species. The country also is home to many ethnic groups and the Nepalese people are not a homogenous population, though the harmony within the country is astounding considering the variety of languages, cultures, and religions residing within the small boundaries. The historical significance of Nepal is also reflected in the myriad of designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, most of which can be found in the ancient city of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley.
The spectacular natural beauty, the rich cultural and historical value, and the incredible mountain scenery all create a truly exceptional and irreplaceable country. For these reasons and more is why Nepal consistently rises to the top of must-visit places for world travelers.
Quick Facts about Nepal
- Motto: Mother and Motherland are Greater than Heaven
- Largest City and Capital: Kathmandu
- Official Languages: Nepali (official at national level), Maithili, Bhojpuri, but English is widely spoken and is used for legal documents.
- Religions: Hinduism and Buddhism are the two most predominant religions.
- Area: 147,181 km2
- Population: 28,982,771 (2016 estimate)
- Drives on the: Left
- Calling Code: +977
How to Get to Nepal
- The only international airport is the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) located in Kathmandu
- Nepal dos not lie on any major transit routes, thus direct flights from Europe or the U.S. are not available, and however there are direct flights from most major Asian, and Middle Eastern countries. During peak travel seasons (October to November) flights can be expensive, so budget travelers may fly into India then overland to Kathmandu (the major tourist hub). This will incur its own visa requirements and may end up costing almost the same as a flight into Kathmandu.
- Air Arabia (www.airarabia.com) serves the Gulf States and Russia.
- Air Asia (www.airasia.com) Budget flights throughout Asia via Kuala Lumpur.
- Air China (www.airchina.com) Daily routes to Lhasa, Chengdu and around China.
- Air India (www.airindia.in) serves the subcontinent, including Kolkata and Delhi.
- Bhutan Airlines (www.bhutanairlines.bt) serves Paro several times daily.
- Biman Bangladesh Airlines (www.biman-airlines.com) Daily flights to Dhaka.
- Cathay Dragon (www.cathaypacific.com) Four to five flights to Beijing per week.
- China Eastern Airlines (en.ceair.com) Serves Lhasa, Kunming and Shanghai.
- China Southern Airlines (www.flychinasouthern.com) Serves Guangzhou and Lhasa.
- Drukair (www.drukair.com.bt) Serves Paro daily.
- Etihad Airways (www.etihad.com) Daily connections via Abu Dhabi to the rest of the world.
- Fly Dubai (www.flydubai.com) several flights per day.
- Himalaya Airlines (www.himalaya-airlines.com) reaches the Gulf and Malaysia.
- Indigo (www.goindigo.in) the budget choice for Delhi.
- Jet Airways (www.jetairways.com). Daily connections to Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
- Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com) For Kuala Lumpur.
- Malindo Air (www.malindoair.com) For Kuala Lumpur.
- Oman Air (www.omanair.com) For Muscat.
- Qatar Airways (www.qatarairways.com) Daily connections through Doha, with excellent onward flights to the USA and Europe.
- Sichuan Airlines (www.sichuanair.com) For Chengdu and Lhasa.
- Thai Airways (www.thaiairways.com) provides the most popular Southeast Asian route to Nepal via Bangkok.
- Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) Daily connections via Istanbul.
- Most travelers may be able to acquire a visa on arrival, and easily cue up at one of the kiosks immigration to enter their information and have their picture taken. There are exceptions so it is vital to check the Nepal Immigration Website for the most up to date information.
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months and have one free page
- SAARC and China nationals require a visa, but it is free
- Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter
- Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares
- Pashupatinath temple
- Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
- Boudhhanath Stupa
- Changunarayan temple
- Bardiya National Park
- Chitwan National Park
- Sagarmatha National Park
- Khaptad National Park
- Everest Base Camp
- Upper Mustang
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Langtang National Park
- Rara lake
- Makalu Base Camp
- Annapurna Conservation Area
- Langtang valley via Gosaikunda
- Manaslu Conservation Area
- Annapurna Circuit
- Narphu Valley
- Tsum Valley
- Travelling once you are in Nepal is reasonably priced and can be done by both land and air. Air can be an excellent way to travel longer distances as the road system in Nepal is of poor quality. Bus transport in general can be of two varieties, the tourait class buses which are comfortable and usually air conditioned, and the local microbus which are overcrowded, uncomfortable, and slow.
- The currency is Nepalese Rupees, and in cities, and even larger villages in the countryside there are currency exchange counters. The daily budget can be anywhere from US $50 to US $150, but of as always you can spend more or less per day depending on where you at, how you travel, and accommodations.
- Wi-Fi is widely available. You would be hard pressed to find a hostel or hotel in any village or city without it. Surprisingly even at Everest Base Camp there is 4G!