Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek

Gokyo Lake Heli Shuttle Trek

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

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.


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu (30-minutes) then transfer to Hotel

Day 11: Departure

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


  • How do I get Visas to Nepal?

  • Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

  • Do you offer Airport Drop Off?

  • Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Which hotel you use in Kathmandu? Can I extend? And how much does it cost?

  • Can I upgrade my trip Hotel to Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu?

  • Where am I supposed to store my stuffs that are not required for the trek?

  • Do I need to bring any official document papers for the trek?

  • Are all the departure dates guaranteed?

  • I am a solo traveler; can I join a group?

  • Can I do a private trip?

  • What sort of accommodation conveniences is available during the trek? And what about showers?

  • Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms during trek? If so, how much extra will this cost?

  • What type of toilet/bathroom facilities available during the Trek?

  • Where do we go to toilet along the trail?

  • Is there any means of Communication and Internet access while on trekking?

  • What kind of food can I expect during the trek?

  • Is it safe to drink water in the Everest region? And drinking water included in your package?

  • How much spending money do I need for each day on the trek?

  • How is the Typical Trekking Day like?

  • Are credit cards accepted on the Trail?

  • Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?

  • Can we get laundry service during Trek?

  • Can I recharge my electronic gadgets and what kind of plugs, adapter/converter should I use to travel Nepal?

  • When is the best time to do the Trek?

  • What is the weather and temperature all year-round during trek?

  • What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

  • Are your guides qualified to handle medical emergency?

  • What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

  • What immunizations will I need?

  • If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day rest?

  • Do you guys have a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)?

  • Are your guides certified by the government of Nepal?

  • Have trekking guides received first aid training for high altitude?

  • Do I need to tip my guide and porters?

  • Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

  • What are the recommendation if we have multiple free days?

  • Is it necessary to make a down payment to the reserve a spot in a trek? And how to proceed?

  • What is the cancellation policy of Nepal Hiking Team? Can I postpone the trip without penalty?

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.


Mike, USA I went with my girlfriend to the Everest Base Camp with a guide and porter from Nepal Hiking Team. Right from the pick-up from the airport, we felt like valued clients, and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed in an otherwise hectic city. From the moment the trek started, our guide Bheg ensured we were comfortable and constantly checked on our physical state throughout each day and provided advice and assistance where we needed it. Overall, the experience was one I'll never forget, primarily because I proposed at the top and because the Nepal Hiking team made the experience as stress-free and as organized as possible, all with a smile on their face at all times. I highly recommend NHT.
Megan Y., China Ganga, Balaram, and the team were fantastic; even when we had a 24-hour flight delay, they re-scheduled everything without fuss or fee. We had an excellent driver for just us (and guide where we had them). We even changed things along the way, and whether the driver, guide, or agent, they were more than willing to help and be flexible. :) The trip took in some hiking, some sightseeing, some relaxing, the jungle, and for each occasion and location, we were provided a specialist guide for the event/location. The hotels they chose for us were precisely our requirements based on the activity we were experiencing on any given day. Balaram even met us many times in person to round off the experience and ensure all was well and take honest feedback in person - the personal touch makes you feel even more appreciated and welcome as a customer. We would recommend anyone contact the team if they are planning a trip to Nepal. Thank you, guys, for a memorable vacation.
Jonathan, USA The team NHT provided the best possible service. They were attentive in every aspect in the months leading up to the trek through emails and were responsive and thorough in addressing my questions and concerns. During our tour, Bheg (our guide) and our porter were there to take care of our (myself and one other trekker) needs and always smile and graciously. I have used other more expensive and well-known trekking teams in the Himalayas in the past and would rank NHT on an equal or higher plain. Bheg has many years of experience, as did our porter, and was very competent in their roles and Bheg in his knowledge of the area and the trek. Though our porter did not speak very much, Bheg was kind enough to translate when asked, and our porter was equally attentive in assisting Bheg and us to ensure a successful trek. Very competitive price and an excellent team and experience. I highly recommend them.
Marcello, Brazil Nepal is one of the places in the world everybody MUST go. I've been to Nepal 3 times in just five years. Living in Brazil, so far away from Nepal, I wouldn't travel so much to the country had I not enjoyed the place very much. It's the best place in the world for trekking, and the people are amazing, the food is delicious, and the views of the Himalayas are gorgeous. I book my tours with Nepal Hiking Team, which is a reliable company. The first time I visited Nepal, I booked my trek to Annapurna Base Camp and an overland tour to Tibet. Everything was previously arranged. Nothing to worry about. They applied for the permits, put me in a group (we are requested to join a group to enter Tibet), and booked a perfect hotel in Kathmandu. One month ago, I traveled to Nepal to trek the Annapurna Circuit and the Nar-Phu trek. For the second time, I booked my tour with Nepal Hiking Team. I went trekking in a very remote area with scenic spots and charming villages. In the middle of the trek, I began to feel a little uncomfortable by the cold weather, and my left foot was in pain, so I had to finish my hike earlier than expected. I told my guide I was not feeling good, and then Nepal Hiking Team gave me all support I needed on my way back to Kathmandu. NHT care of everything, so you can enjoy your trek with no worries. From the moment you are picked up at the airport to the moment you leave the country, you are in good hands. Their representatives will greet you at the airport, and you'll soon be briefed on everything about the trek you are going to enjoy. Guides from the Nepal Hiking Team are helpful and speak excellent English. I especially recommend Raj, a friendly guide, and Lalman if you want to request a Porter. Both do an outstanding job. So, if you're going to have a great time in Nepal, be sure to choose Nepal Hiking Team as your local travel agency from beginning to end. It's a reliable company, and I recommend it.
Sara, sweden We went on Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lake back in March of 2019. When I first contact NHT, they were so nice enough to have an hour long chat on what’s app arranging a trip for us for late autumn of that year. However, due to personal reason, we decided to go on a trip earlier than the planned date. NHT had only few weeks to make all the preparations. But they managed everything smoothly. From our hotel reservation to flight tickets and guesthouse on the trek, everything was planned out carefully. We were thoroughly impressed with how they organized everything in a short notice. Ganga, was very polite and always accessible to have chat whenever we were on the trek. From the beginning to the end of our trek, Ganga made sure everything was Ok with us. Also, we cannot forget Bhim our guide on the trek. He made us laugh all through the journey. He is very skilled and has lots of knowledge about mountains and about the people and culture. Because of him and his good network of people, we were able to enjoy the local experience of the Everest region. Also, our porter, who spoke who very took good care of us. Whenever, we stopped on the trek, he always asking if our bag were heavy on us. Everything went well on the trek because of these two amazing people. If our friends or relatives ever decide to visit Nepal, we will strongly recommend them to go with NHT and to choose Bhim. I am forever grateful towards everyone involved in organizing our trek. We completely enjoyed our trek and had exceptionally wonderful time in the Himalayas. These people are professional and know what they are doing. So if anyone is looking for a reliable and a good travel agency in Nepal, they should not hesitate to go with Nepal Hiking Team. They really are the best!