Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek

  • Duration
    11 days
  • Trip Grade
  • Max Altitude
    5360 M
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax
  • Best Time
    March - May and Sept - Dec
  • Accommodation

Trip Overview

Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek is a beautiful 11 days journey in the Khumbu valley that serves, serene nature’s beauty and exciting helicopter ride. The journey takes individuals through small villages that are friendly and nice at the same time. Getting to know their life in the Himalayas away from modernity will be interesting to observe and experience.

Similarly, the journey also allows individuals to taste what it’s like to do trekking in Nepal and take an extremely scenic helicopter journey. Also, if you find a regular trail to Everest Base Camp too busy or jam-packed, a journey to Gokyo Lake is absolutely the trek you should be on. It is crowd-free and at the same time absolutely filled with incredible sceneries that are simply breathtaking. Additionally, this trail is a fantastic alternative for any crowded trail in Khumbu valley.

Highlights of Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek

  • An exciting flight to Lukla airport from Kathmandu overseeing the massive cliffs, deep gorges, and valleys.
  • Exploration of the small villages of ethnic Sherpa groups.
  • Spend the quality time strolling around the alleyways of Namche Bazaar.
  • Take the pleasure of exploring tranquil Gokyo Lakes including Fourth and Fifth Lakes.
  • An exhilarating helicopter rides back from Gokyo to Lukla.


Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek climbs the valley to the west of Everest to the village of Gokyo and five sacred lakes on the moraine beside the Ngozumpa Glacier. This trekking venture not only allows trekkers to taste the grand essence of Gokyo lakes and enjoy amazing helicopter rides. In this trek, one also visits Ngozumpa glacier, which is one of the longest glacial lakes in Nepal. The glacier lies just below Mt. Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world standing tall at 8210 m above sea level. The journey is also about having scenic experience. All through the journey, super mountain vistas shall accompany as a silent yet amazing companion.

Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek trails follow the EBC trekking route up to Namche and afterward branches off the main valley to the Dudh Koshi. The trail eventually reaches the source of emerald green lakes along the moraine of the Nogzumpa Glacier and reaches Gokyo Valley. From Gokyo valley, you can climb Gokyo Ri (5360m) for a heart-stopping view over Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. After appreciating the view, continue north along the valley to the highest of the sacred lakes. Sequentially, explore all the forth and fifth lakes and treasure the beauty experienced here.

Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Lake is a stunning short trek that is completely pleasing. You can also combine the treks by walking to Everest Base Camp and taking the Heli Shuttle flight from Gorak Shep to Lukla. All in all, it is a rewarding trek and we assure you will cherish your experience collected in this journey.

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel

At the airport, our office delegate will be there to welcome you. He will similarly guide you to the trip hotel as well. At the hotel, we shall conduct a small meeting to explain the trip and after that, there are no arranged plans for the afternoon/evening, so you may take a rest. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 - Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m/8699ft) Walking Distance - 8 km, Duration: 3 hours

We’ll wake up early and drive to Kathmandu airport for a flight to Lukla. The flight path is bewildering as you ride through huge cliffs and deep gorges. Upon entering Lukla, you’re going to trek to Phakding. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 03 - Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11283) Walking Distance - 10 to 12 km, Duration: 6 hours

We navigate the route along the Dudh Koshi, steadily rising through the pine and cedar woods of the Himalayas, to the well-known town of Namche Bazaar. Namche remains the focus general store in Khumbu, which draws out merchants in the Himalayas and swamps. You’ll spend two days in Namche for acclimatization, visit neighborhood locations, and spend your time acclimatizing to the surroundings. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 04 - Acclimatization Day – Hike to Everest View Hotel (3,962m/12995ft) Walking Distance - 3 to 4 km, Duration: 3 to 4 hours

This day is allocated as a rest day to acclimatize with the surrounding. You can use this day not doing anything, or strolling around the town. Or you may opt for a simple hike to Everest View Hotel via Syangboche Airport (3700m). Everest View Hotel is famous for offering promising sights of Ama Dablam, Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many more.  Overnight guesthouse breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 05 - Trek to Phorste Thanka (3800 m / 12465 ft) Distance –  6 to 7 km, Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Heading north from Namche, you will reach Sansa which leads the way to reach Gokyo valley. After passing Mong-La and witnessing wonderful vistas of Cholaste, Tawache, Ama Dablam, you will eventually reach the village of Phorste Thanka. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 06 - Trek to Machhermo (4400m/14432ft) Walking Distance – 10 km, Duration: 6-7 hours

It will take about 5 hours to reach Machharmo. You will bypass Dole village which is one of the popular spots for a stopover during Gokyo Lake Trek. The path goes through dense forests of tall, old pines and rhododendrons backwoods. Overnight guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 07 - Machhermo to Gokyo Lake (4700m/15416ft) Walking Distance – 7 km, Duration: 4-5 hours

We climb an edge for a fantastic view both down the valley to Kantega and up towards Cho-Oyu (8201m). Past the edge of the valley broadens as the path goes through Pangka at (4390m) at that point plummets to the riverbank before starting to get on to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It’s a precarious move up the moraine, change backing close by the stream to the main little Lake at (4650m), where a group of green Brainy ducks dwells. Overnight at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 08 - Hike to fifth Lake (4980 m/ 16335 ft) Walking Distance – 11 km, Duration: 6 to 7 hours

After our early morning breakfast at the Gokyo village, we head toward the Cho-Oyu Base camp. We reach Fourth Lake i.e.  Thonak Tse on map (14695ft) and continue following the route leading up to the next Fifth Lake or Ngozumba Tse. En route you will see the beautiful views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang as well as Ngozumpa glacier. We return to Gokyo Lake around the noontime. Today’s walk approx. 11 kilometers for round trips. Overnight at the guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 09 - Hike to Gokyo Ri – Back to Gokyo Village then Lukla, 3 hours hike and 15 min. Heli Ride to Lukla  

Early in the morning, we’ll hike to Gokyo Ri (5360 meters) for an amazing view of Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Tawache, Makalu, and Cholaste. After enjoying the view, we’re going down to Gokyo Valley and we’re going to get on the Heli and ride back to Lukla. Overnight at the guesthouse in Lukla, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 10 - Fly to Kathmandu by Place (30-minutes) then Transfer to Hotel

We will take an early flight from Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu, savoring the magnificent sights one last time from the window seat of the plane. Upon reaching the hotel, get fresh and take rest. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

Day 11 - Departure

Around three hours before your scheduled flight, our office delegate will be at the Hotel to assist you on the way to the Airport. Breakfast included.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle 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 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 & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

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