Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Tour 8 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation rivate Vehicle, Domestic Flight and Shared Helicopter Ride
  • Activity Cultural Tour, Trekking and Helocopter Ride
  • Best Season Feb-May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 1 ,Max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,550m/18,208ft

Highlights

  • Exploration of the Hindu and Buddhist cultural sites in Kathmandu
  • Rewarding Himalayan flight to and from Lukla
  • Foothill journey experience from Lukla to Namche Bazaar
  • Picturesque switchback trail in the Sagarmatha National Park
  • The bustling trade town of Namche Bazaar
  • Incredible cultural attractions around Khumjung village and the tale of Yeti Sculpture
  • The hidden scenery of alpine Lakes, snowy pinnacles, and the landscape from the eagle eye view
  • Take a round around the Everest Base Camp and above the Khumbu ice fall zone
  • Landing at Kalapatthar and explore the dramatic vistas of Mt. Everest and surrounding peaks
  • Landing at Gokyo valley and enjoy the magical scenery of the huge turquoise lake

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Tour Overview 

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Tour- 8 Days customize the amusing foothill trip in the Khumbu region with a rewarding helicopter tour, which lands at Kalapatthar and Gokyo Lake. The thirst for trekking on the epic trail through the Sherpa communities from Lukla to Namche Bazaar is the first impression of the trip. The trip allows witnessing the Tibetan Buddhist cultural aura around Khunde and Khumjung. A Shared Helicopter ride Tour from Namche Bazaar eventually offers some of the hidden territories of the Khumbu region with an ariel tour above the Lakes, and Glaciers. However, covering the extra cost to charter a private helicopter is still possible with prior information to us.

As the helicopter lands on Kalapatthar and Gokyo Lake, you will get an opportunity to feel the elite setting along with the Himalayan views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the surrounding peaks. The duration of landing will be around 15 to 25 minutes at each destination, but it entirely depends on the weather and temperature condition. The trip of eight days itinerary is designed for those who can manage time even for trekking, but if you still want to shorten the schedule, you can enjoy a single-day Everest base camp helicopter flight landing tour directly from Kathmandu/Lukla.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Tour in Nutshell 

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Helicopter Tour combine different experiences of the Himalayan trekking and a paramount helicopter tour of Gokyo Lake and Everest Base Camp. The moderate trek up to Namche Bazaar from Lukla ultimately takes a splendid form of a shared helicopter ride to the most vantage viewpoint of Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar along with the landing at the emerald-colored Gokyo Valley and Lakes. It is an incredible opportunity to quench your trekking thirst in the Everest region and complete a tour to EBC and Gokyo Lake with a shortly customized itinerary.

A sightseeing day prior to the trip to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Helicopter Tour enriches your cultural expectations in Kathmandu, roaming around the Hindu and Buddhist sites. The initial experience is a foothill excursion, which begins from Lukla, after taking a 40 minutes Himalayan flight from Kathmandu. The enticing trail to the trek is dotted with Buddhist cultural sites like Mani Walls and Chhortens. Heading along the scenic trail above the Dudh Koshi River valley the route directs through the Sagarmatha National Park.

Namche Bazaar and the surrounding alpine hamlets offer a different experience while exploring around during the acclimatization hiking. The trade town of Namche, the mystical Khumjung village, and a hike to Everest View Hotel adjoins the cultural aura of the Himalayan views of the surroundings of Mount Everest and the panoramic surroundings.

A helicopter tour from Namche to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake uplifts your excitement to have 360-degree views of the Himalayan aura of the Khumbu region. A helicopter tour is highly rewarding to explore even the hidden peaks and the peaks of the Tibetan terrain, which is not possible to explore with a trekking option. Landing in a couple of places like Kalapatthar (5545 meters) and Gokyo Lake (4750 meters), you get an opportunity to explore the dramatic vistas of the towering peaks, and surrounding landscape and explore the huge turquoise Gokyo Lake.

If you feel the itinerary of Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Tour- 8 Days is still not suitable, we can customize the trip with a full helicopter tour option from Kathmandu. Please, check out: Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. Adventure Club Trek operates the trip with a professional team of trekking and helicopter tours. Please, let us know about your further queries to accommodate the trip to your schedule.

How difficult is Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek /tour?

Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek /Tour is a moderate trip; however, the maximum elevation is 5545 meters. It is due to its walking and flight schedule. The trek begins from 2800 meters altitude (Lukla) up to around 3500 meters altitude (Namche Bazaar and Khumjung valley). The adventurous excursion in the alpine valleys will be skipped with a helicopter ride from Namche Bazaar, which eases your journey from adventure to a luxury trip.

When is the best time for Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek?

Generally, two seasons are mentioned as the best seasons for trekking and tour in the Everest region. However, if you have a helicopter ride tour option above the Namche Bazaar, winter is another wonderful time to enjoy the Everest Base Camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek and tour.

Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek in Spring:

Spring is an ideal season for trekking activities in the Everest region. It is the first season of the year which welcomes thousands of trekkers on the Everest trekking trails. The magnificent temperature with warmer walking days allows trekkers to enjoy the trip. However, nights are cold even in spring.

Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek in  Autumn/Fall:

The autumn season is just an incredible time to hike in the Khumbu region. The days are warmer but slightly colder than the spring season. During the night, the temperature falls to the ground level and also to minus. But the accommodation on Everest Base Camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek/tour, you sleep at 3440 meters as the highest altitude, which releases you from worrying about colder nights. But the weather allows exclusive Himalayan views of the Everest region peaks and land at Kalapatthar and the Gokyo Lake.

Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek in Winter:

Winter is an excellent time to get impressive views and trek with a less crowd. Trekking all the way to Everest base camp will be ultra-challenging in winter, but trekking up to Namche Bazaar is great in winter. Taking a helicopter riding tour from Namche Bazaar, the snowy landscape around the alpine Khumbu valleys and the breathtaking Himalayan views of the Everest chain surpasses your imagination.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWlcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupatinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, with fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,428ft

In the early morning, you will be driven to the domestic airport to fly to Lukla. The 40-minute flight offers splendid views of mountains till landing at Lukla (2,800m) airport, the gateway to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The air route is considered majestic as high peaks are a joy to behold from closer. In Lukla, you will have time for tea while our guide would engage himself in dividing a load of baggage to be carried by porters. Now the trekking starts through the pretty well-off Sherpa village. You will cross several tributaries down the trail. The splendid views would go on revealing the natural beauties as you make it to a small settlement of Phakding (2,650m). Here, you have options either to take a rest or go for a short hike to a nearby monastery or just stroll around to get a feel of the land. Overnight in Phakding.

Note: Sometimes, due to the maintenance of the domestic airport of Kathmandu, the flight takes off to Lukla from the Manthali airport of Ramechhap. It's about a 4-hour road trip, which begins early in the morning (around 3 am). Driving early, you don't have to face traffic and catch the flight on time.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse./Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,651m/8,700ft

After breakfast, we begin the foothill excursion through the startling route. Passing Manjo, the impressive diversity of the Sagarmatha National Park begins to appear, which is a point to exhibit the permits. A couple of bridges guide the route via Jorsalle, stop for lunch, and head straightforwardly to the beautiful town of Namche Bazaar, which is a central town and a trade center in the Khumbu region. The first sight of the world's tallest peak- Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam entice us. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse./Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280 ft

Acclimatization is very important for trekkers hiking at high elevations to get used to the climate and situation. For the speedy adjustment to the higher altitude, we hike to Syangboche and further ascend to the Everest View Hotel which is considered to be located at the highest place. From the hotel, we get a splendid view of the Himalayas; Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and others. After having a tea or a coffee break, we gradually descend to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung where we will have lunch. You may also visit the Khumjung Monastery. The legend has it that the monastery houses a Yeti’s scalp.

When we return to Namche, we may choose to relax or enjoy roaming about the town. You may visit the Sherpa museum to learn about the Sherpa culture and the history of mountaineering, or nearby Thame, a historic village. It is worth visiting the school established by Sir Edmond Hillary, the first person to climb Mt Everest.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse./Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,438m/11,280 ft

The dream is about to turn into a magnificently incredible reality to witness the charming Himalayan sceneries of the Everest region from a closer distance. Having breakfast at Namche, we take a shared chopper ride to the most loved viewpoint of the Khumbu region- Kalapatthar, which is located at 5545 meters altitude after exploring above the Everest base camp and Khumbu glacier. The mighty Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Pumori, and the surrounding pyramid-shaped peaks. Spending a while landing at Kalapatthar, we fly towards the emerald-colored Gokyo Lake and the pristine Gokyo valley. With the admiring setting at the core below the Himalayas, we take a look around by landing at the valley. Regarding the destinations today, the tour can be done and vice versa. Spending a quarter of an hour, we fly back to Lukla, where the helicopter tour concludes.

The helicopter flight is on a sharing basis. It’s not a private charter flight. If you want a private ride, please contact us for the price. Please note that in altitudes above 4,500 meters, the helicopters can land but can’t take off with more than 3 passengers. So, if there are more than 3 people, the helicopter will take 3 people in the first shuttle and drop them off at a designated point below 4,500 meters. The point is usually the village of Pheriche. Then, in the second shuttle, the helicopter will transfer the remaining passengers from Gorakshep; it will stop at the designated point to pick up the first three passengers and take all of them to Lukla. The helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla takes about 15 to 25 minutes depending on the weather and the number of passengers. Overnight in Lukla.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse./Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude5,550m/19,220 ft

Taking an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu of 40 minutes, we receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It's time to release the tiredness, enjoy walking around the local market and buy souvenirs in the afternoon. Overnight at a hotel.

Note: In case of a flight delay, either you will have to stay in Lukla till the weather becomes clear or you have the option to take a helicopter ride. In case of maintenance of a domestic airport in Kathmandu, you may have to fly from Lukla to Manthali Airport and drive further to Kathmandu. The 4 to 5-hour drive may extend due to the traffic congestion.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Our Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Helicopter Tour 8 Day ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, RaftingBungee jumpingand paraglidingYou may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (3nights).
  • Best available teahouse accommodation during the Everest trek
  • All meals with tea/coffee (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.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation.
  • International airfares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
  • 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).

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 17, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdaySeptember 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2100
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 20, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdaySeptember 27, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $2100

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and a guesthouse/teahouse during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Adventure Club Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also, note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower altitudes but, it might be complicated to find them at higher altitudes.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

This is the list of guidelines to help you pack what is needed to bring in on the trip. The packing list may vary depending on the season you set off on the journey. Please take note that a trekker's luggage should not exceed the limit of 11kg as there will be one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers. Apart from the luggage, each trekker will have to carry a day-pack including valuables or what is important. It will be better if you pack only the items that are necessary for you.

  • The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags.
  • Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

  HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visa for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 15kgs/33lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

During your trek on the Everest region, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydro power, and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon(June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Communication On Trek 

On the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitude, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 16 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek /tour?

    Everest base camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek /Tour is a moderate trip; however, the maximum elevation is 5545 meters. It is due to its walking and flight schedule. The trek begins from 2800 meters altitude (Lukla) up to around 3500 meters altitude (Namche Bazaar and Khumjung valley). The adventurous excursion in the alpine valleys will be skipped with a helicopter ride from Namche Bazaar, which eases your journey from adventure to the luxury trip.

  • Yes, a representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and also see you off at the airport during the departure.

  • Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons but during the off-season, we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures. Once you make the deposit, we will certainly organize the trek for you. Your departure can also be scheduled.

  • You can pay the balance with a credit card or in cash (we accept all major currencies) before making the departure on the trek. This is to inform you that we charge 3.5% fee for credit card payments. So, it’s up to you to choose the modes of payment.

  • It is sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case, please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

  • Generally, two seasons are mentioned as best seasons for the trekking and tour in the Everest region. However, if you have a helicopter ride tour option above the Namche Bazaar, winter is another wonderful time to enjoy the Everest Base Camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek and tour.

    Spring:

    Spring is an ideal season for the trekking activities in the Everest region. It is the first season of the year which welcomes thousands of trekkers on the Everest trekking trails. The magnificent temperature with warmer walking days allows trekkers to enjoy the trip. However, nights are cold even in spring.

    Autumn/Fall:

    The autumn season is just an incredible time to hike in the Khumbu region. The days are warmer but slightly colder than the spring season. During the night, the temperature falls to the ground level and also to minus. But the accommodation on Everest Base Camp Gokyo lakes helicopter trek/tour, you sleep at 3440 meters as highest altitude, which releases you from worrying about colder nights. But the weather allows exclusive Himalayan views of the Everest region peaks and land at Kalapatthar and the Gokyo Lake.

    Winter:

    Winter is an excellent time to get impressive views and trek with a less crowd. Trekking all the way to Everest base camp will be ultra-challenging in winter, but trekking up to Namche Bazaar is great in winter. Taking a helicopter riding tour from Namche Bazaar, the snowy landscape around the alpine Khumbu valleys and the breathtaking Himalayan views of Everest chain surpasses your imagination.

  • Due to adverse weather condition or other technical issues, flights may get cancelled or delayed to and from Lukla. In such a case, we can rebook your flight for the next day. In order to deal with such an unpredictable situation (adverse weather condition, flight delay), we recommend you to prepare and schedule a couple of extra days for the trek.

    Alternatively, there is an option to charter a private helicopter to ensure you do not miss the deadline for the trekking or the scheduled international flight. The helicopter takes 4 to 5 passengers at a time. A chartered helicopter flight will cost an extra USD 2,500. On a sharing basis, it costs USD 500 per person. The trekkers will have to bear and share the cost of the trekking guide also for the helicopter ride. The price is applicable during emergencies.

    As there are a limited number of helicopters that are also engaged in other activities in the mountains, you will have to be in a queue to get the helicopter flight. The possibility to get the helicopter flight at the requested time is less. So, earlier you book the flight, earlier your turn comes to get the helicopter flight. (Case: Trekkers are liable to the post-trek expenses)

  • You don’t need to have any previous experience for this trek and tour. This trip is a mixed form of trekking and helicopter ride tour. Therefore, having moderate physical fitness supports for a trek from Lukla to Namche Bazaar. If you are prepared with some sorts of fitness, hiking, and outdoor activities, that will be excellent.

  • We provide all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

  • Yes, cell phone networks can be found on the trail of Everest Base Camp trek. Most of the places get cell phone coverage either by Nell or NTC networks. However, at certain areas, there may be no coverage at all.

  • During your trek, electricity is available to recharge your phones, laptop, iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels on a paying basis. As for Wi-Fi, there are no hotspots along the trekking trail after Namche. The only two places offering free Wi-Fi are Starbucks coffee in Lukla and Everest Bakery in Namche. At other places upwards, you need to pay for using internet services, which increases gradually with the altitude.

  • operate the trek with our guide and porters (1 porter is provided for 2 trekkers). It avoids the burden of carrying your stuff during trekking. However, you will be carrying the day pack with your essential stuff like a water bottle, camera, and other miscellaneous items that are significant to you.

  • Adventure Club Trek prioritizes the safety of our clients. We provide professional guides and porters. They bring a first aid kit along to respond to the primary treatment in case of necessity. We emphasize acclimatization, which makes it easy to adapt to the high altitude. There will be a supplementary oxygen system in the helicopter as this trip is a combined form of a trek with a helicopter tour.

  • Our group size ranges from individual trekkers to large groups. But, to make it easy, we customize a group with 12 people, which makes the trekking easy going with the services. However, we also accept the group exceeding 12 people. But the helicopter tour should be divided with 5 people up to 4000 meters and above it, there will be 3 people in each ride.

  • We operate both, the group joining and private trekking on Everest and helicopter ride tours. To assure your date, please, have a look at our fixed departure dates. For a private trip, we can customize our itinerary, which makes you convenient with an easy-going schedule. You can get more information with a quick contact with us.

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