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    Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      11 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Easy to Moderate
    • Activities
      Trekking/Heli Ride
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Max.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
    • Best Time
      March - May and Sept - Dec

    Message Regarding flight to/from Lukla

    During the peak seasons for the Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek (March to May and September to November), all the Lukla flights will be operated from the Manthali Airport due to congestion at Tribhuvan Airport.

    Trip Overview

    Do you want to trek to Gokyo Valley for your next vacation? If so, we want you to look at this trekking package- the Gokyo Lakes Heli Shuttle Trek. The journey will take you to the beautiful lakes of Gokyo and the glaciers. 

    The 11 days journey in the Khumbu Valley serves serene nature’s beauty and an adventurous hike.  The journey takes individuals through small villages that are friendly and nice at the same time. Learning about their life in the Himalayas, away from modernity, will be interesting to observe and experience.

    Additionally, this trail is a fantastic alternative for any crowded trail in Khumbu Valley. Hence, we welcome you to join the trip and spend your vacation beautifully. 

    Highlights of Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek

    • A thrilling flight to Lukla Airport overseeing the massive cliffs, deep gorges, and valleys.
    • Indulge in the culture and local cuisines of the ethnic Sherpa groups. 
    • Stroll around the alleyways of Namche Bazaar and explore the town. 
    • Visit the Sherpa Museum and have a close look at the old artifacts. 
    • Get acquainted with the bravest community of the Sherpas and learn about their lifestyles. 
    • Enter the Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy the flora and faunas 
    • Hike to the Everest View Hotel and get lost in the 360-degree views of the snow-capped mountains 
    • Relish near the beautiful Gokyo Lakes and take beautiful pictures beside the lake. 
    • Walk up to the Gokyo Ri and watch the spectacular views of Mount Everest,  Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, lakes, and large glaciers.  
    • Enjoy the grand feeling of being in the Khumbu region. 

    Route Overview 

    On the first day, you’ll be welcomed by our staff at the airport and transported from the Tribhuvan International Airport to your designated hotel. Then, we’ll board an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The mountain flight will be a thrilling experience for you; make sure you take the window seat! 

    Upon your arrival at Lukla, you’ll start a short hike to Phakding, a small local village. After Phakding, a hike will start at Namche Bazaar. You’ll come across several pine trees and cross high bridges decorated with Lungdar( prayer flags). 

    The day will be an acclimatization day for you. On this day, a short hike is organized to ensure your body is set to the altitude. Then you’ll hike to Phortse Thanka, Macchermo, and then Gokyo. 

    During your stay in Gokyo, you can stroll around the valley and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake. 

    After breakfast, you’ll head towards the Cho-Oyu Base camp the next day. Afterward, you’ll walk towards the next fifth lake or Ngozumba Tse. 

    The plans for the other day will be a hike to Gokyo Ri, which is situated at 5,357m. After the hike, you’ll return to Gokyo, where a helicopter awaits you. You can hop on the helicopter and enjoy the ride back to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla, you can rest there for the night and enjoy the last day in the Khumbu region. 

    In the morning, you’ll take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy your flight back to Kathmandu, rest for the night, and prepare for a nice farewell. 

    Best Season for the Trek

    So, you have finalized the trek but are confused about when to trek in this region? We understand your concern and want to address it in this section. 

    The best time for the Gokyo Lakes Heli Shuttle Trek is from March-May, and September- November. These months lie in the seasons of spring and autumn. 

    The spring season ( March-May) welcomes trekkers with vibrant and warm weather. You will enjoy the hike in these months, and the skies will be clear. The clear weather will highlight the highest peaks. You’ll be refreshed and energized in this season. 

    In the autumn( September-November), the sunny weather wipes off the footprints of the rainy season. Hikers can take joy in the relaxing and breezy weather. Additionally, on your flight back and forth to Lukla and the helicopter ride back to Lukla, the views will be splendid as the weather clears out. 

    In the winter season, you can trek to the Gokyo Valley, but the lake will be frozen, so there is not much to see. 

    Difficulty Level

    Regarding difficulty, the Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek can be graded as moderate. There are steep uphill and downhill paths that will demand good physical fitness from the trekkers. 

    Moreover, in this trek, you’ll be reaching up to a maximum of 5360m height. To successfully complete the trek, you must be acclimatized to the altitude and avoid getting sick from the high altitude. 

    Hence, you must maintain a good physique, include cardio exercises in your daily routine, and also be mindful of your walking pace. You don’t need to worry much about acclimatization as our trekking guides will provide you with instructions about the high altitude, carry medicines and check your oxygen level every day. 

    Alternate Treks 

    If you still want to look for more trekking packages, we want to suggest you some of our packages. 

    These packages are in the Everest region and are slightly similar to the Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek. 

    Our first one is the Everest Base Camp Heli Shuttle Trek. This journey takes you to the ancient routes of the Khumbu region. You’ll be exploring the Everest Base Camp, hiking to the highest hiking point of Kala Patthar, and enjoying the helicopter ride back to Lukla from Gorakshep. 

    The next one is Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle. It is a 15-day trek, where you’ll take a helicopter from Gokyo to Lukla.

    Whether you choose the first or second trek, we will happily organize it for you. Our experienced guide and trekking leaders will ensure that you get the best services in the Himalayas. 


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transports in private vehicles including airport transfers
    • Two nights (twin sharing beds) accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek, we provide you attached bathroom with a hot shower at Lukla, Phakding, and Namche
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla, and Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
    • Service of Heli shuttle from Gokyo Lake to Lukla.
    • Duffle bag for the trekking
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required
    • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medicine kit with an oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat during the trek.
    • All required trekking permits including Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fees.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Cold drinks Inc. coke, water, Fanta, etc.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek except for Phakding, Namche and Lukla
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet during the trek
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and driver

    Cost and Date

    Start Dates refer to your arrival date in Nepal. End Dates correspond to your return date from Nepal.

    The Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek set departure dates are tailored for the group joining option. If the -days Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek departure dates don't fit your schedule, we can include alternative dates that better suit your needs.

    February, 2024


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