Ebc Trek via Gokyo Lake and Heli Return to Kathmandu

Trip Overview
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous or Grade C (***)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • Trip Start & Endkathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionNamche, Gokyo, EBC, Kalapathar
  • Maximum Altitude5365 Meters
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn

Highlights

  • Everest base camp and Gokyo lake visit 
  • Trek to two of the best viewpoints (Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar)
  • Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu with aerial View of Everest region
  • Namche and Machermo acclimation day
  • Trek via charming Sherpa settlements
  • Experience Sherpa culture in Namche Bazaar
  • Get close to tallest peak, Mount Everest

The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek is like hitting two birds with one stone. You can experience the best of both worlds by visiting the Everest base camp and the stunning Gokyo Lakes, all in a single trek with a helicopter return back to Kathmandu. It's a compelling alternative to the regular Everest Base Camp Trek.

You can witness the majestic beauty of the world's highest mountains during this trek. You'll also get a glimpse into the traditional Sherpa culture, which is undoubtedly fascinating. And here comes the best part, where you'll have an unforgettable helicopter ride back to Kathmandu.

Talking about the highlights of our treks and heli tour, you will conquer Gokyo Ri, a breathtaking peak at 5,357m/17,575ft tall. Continuing, we'll go through the thrilling Cho La Pass at 5,420m/17,783ft, which connects the Gokyo and Everest valleys. Of course, we can't miss the iconic Everest Base Camp at 5,364m/17,559ft and the majestic Kalapathar at 5,545m/18,193ft. These viewpoints offer mind-blowing panoramas of Everest and its neighbouring peaks. All these peaks we see during our trek are as famous as Everest. 

In addition, you will get a treat with the mesmerising sight of the Gokyo lakes alongside the magnificent Ngozumpa Glacier. And when it's time to end our adventure, we'll take on a helicopter and enjoy a scenic ride back to Kathmandu from Periche. 

Also, let's not forget the incredible mountain views we'll encounter. The awe-inspiring presence of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Thamserku, and many more greet us. And while we're exploring the Sherpa homeland, spot some fascinating flora and fauna.

Why is This trip unique than Regular Everest helicopter and Gokyo Lake trek?

The Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek are mind-blowing trips. This trek is guaranteed to leave you in awe. Instead of trekking down to Lukla to catch a plane, this adventure offers a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. 

After exploring the Everest region's main attractions: Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, and Kalapathar. In just 15 days, you'll trek to the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world. Also, marvel at the stunning Gokyo Lakes, soak in breathtaking Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar views, and hop on a helicopter to head back home. We've even scheduled two days for resting and acclimatising at Namche and Machermo so you can enjoy this incredible journey fully.

This trek in the Everest region is super adventurous! We'll follow the high route pass of Cho La (5330m) to reach Mount Everest's Base Camp. We'll trek through the Dudh Koshi and Khumbu valleys, home to the awesome Sherpa people. The Gokyo valley is next on our list, where we'll witness stunning views of four massive 8,000m peaks: Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and the biggest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier. Don't forget; we'll also visit the beautiful turquoise Gokyo lakes! After that, we'll cross the high route pass of Cho La (5330m) and descend into the Khumbu Valley, eventually reaching the base camp of Mount Everest.

Summary of Gokyo valley Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Itinerary 

The Gokyo Lakes trek is an extraordinary 15-day adventure. Out of those 15 days, you'll spend 12-13 days trekking. Begin your trek with a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This flight takes about 45 minutes) or walk in from a lower altitude (just let us know, and we'll give you the details). 

Once you reach Lukla, get ready to follow the Dudh Koshi River valley and make your way to the vibrant market town of Namche Bazaar. The atmosphere is fantastic. Also, you'll have many chances to soak in the breathtaking mountain views. 

From here, you will continue to trek deeper into the Khumbu Valley. Here you are greeted by the awe-inspiring sights of some of the tallest mountains, equally beautiful as Everest. After trekking to Gokyo and enjoying the stunning Gokyo Valley with its picturesque peaks and serene lakes, it's time to make your way back, following the route through Everest Base Camp. 

Moreover, we will climb Kalar Pattar for an up-close view of Mount Everest. During the trek, we'll take two rest days at Namche (3,450m/11,319ft) and Machermo (4,470m/14,665ft) to acclimate to Cho La Pass and Everest Base Camp. 

Once we cross the pass, we'll join the main trail leading to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar. After visiting these incredible spots, we'll retrace our steps to Periche and catch a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu, making for an unforgettable journey. 

The Gokyo Lakes trek will have you reaching new heights, quite, with Gokyo Ri standing at 5,483m, Cho La Pass at 5,330m, Everest Base Camp at 5,360m, and Kala Patthar at 5,545m. Starting from Lukla, you'll gain a total of 2,679 meters in altitude, and from Kathmandu, a whopping 4,145 meters. But don't worry; the ascent is gradual, allowing for excellent acclimatisation.

Why Trek With Mountain Rock Treks?

At Mountain Rock Treks, our main goal is to give you a fantastic holiday in our part of the world. We want to ensure you have a worry-free trip with minimal risks, whether about money, physical well-being, or emotions. We'll handle all the logistics before you arrive, so you don't have to stress during your trek.

Your trek will be led by an experienced guide who knows their stuff and has medical training. We prioritise your safety, so all our Everest Base Camp Gokyo heli trek groups have extra oxygen, oximeters, and medical kits. We offer great ideas, whether just you or a group of 20 or more.

Moreover, your three times meals and accommodation are included in the trek. To make your trek more convenient, we organize our itineraries carefully planned with acclimatization and real-life experiences in mind. And don't worry about gear like a sleeping bag, down jacket, or waterproof duffel bag – we'll provide those for you.

When you book a trek with us, you can organize it according to your preferences. So even traveling solo, you can plan your trek for any available date with us. Alternatively, we also offer fixed itineraries if you prefer to follow a set schedule. Let us know how many days you have in Nepal, and we'll create a customized itinerary suitable for your interest. 

We believe in giving you a fair price for your amazing trekking adventure in Nepal. We strive to maintain high-quality services throughout your entire experience with us.

Is This Trek Right For You?

The Gokyo Valley Everest Base Camp Heli Trek and Lakes Heli Trek take you to an elevation of 5545m, where you can find renowned mountaineering base camps. During this trek, you must spend a few days sleeping at a height of 5000m. 

It is a physically challenging journey, requiring an average daily trek of 6-8 hours. While previous trekking experience is unnecessary, it will be better if you have moderate fitness levels, enjoy walking, and can adapt to high-altitude conditions.

The trail followed during the trek is well-established, although some sections can be rocky and uneven. There is no need for rock climbing or mountaineering equipment as the entire trek involves walking. However, certain hills can be steep and seemingly never-ending. In case of bad weather, the Cho La pass can become slippery. Carrying simple boot spikes (not crampons) can benefit in this scenario.

Trekking poles can be helpful, especially if you have knee problems or prefer using them. The open slopes and moraine may provide additional stability with a pole at higher altitudes, but the trail is relatively easy to follow.

The highest ascent of the trek before reaching Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Ri, is relatively easy but can be slippery at times. For the Gokyo Lakes trek, trekkers should wear lightweight hiking boots with high ankles to protect against ankle injuries. Heavy boots can be hot, burdensome, and uncomfortable. Cross trainers are a popular alternative, although they may feel cold in the mornings at higher altitudes.

What Accommodations Look Like During Trek?

During the trek, you'll be accommodated in comfortable lodges managed by Sherpa families, formerly known as tea houses. Or you can upgrade your accommodation to a luxury one. These lodges feature a central communal area with a large stove, providing warmth and a cosy ambiance. 

You'll find books to read and numerous people to converse with. The unheated bedrooms have two beds, including mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Bring a sleeping bag (a 3-season bag should suffice), and consider bringing a pillowcase.

The lodges typically offer gas-powered showers. And they have sit-down flush toilets, although some also have squat toilets on basic ones. The food provided during the trek is of excellent quality. It has a delightful blend of local Nepali/Sherpa cuisine and Western recipes. 

Standard meal options include burgers, chips, and dal bhat with rice. You'll find many choices at the lodges and shops, ranging from fresh pastries to beer, stir-fries, to deep-fried Mars bars. Nepal offers various shops selling beverages, snacks, sweets, and chocolate. However, the main challenge will be resisting the temptation of unhealthy foods and adhering to a simple diet of rice and dal!

Cost of Ebc Trek via Gokyo Lake and Heli Return

1-1pax ------------------ USD 3000

2-6Pax ...................... USD 2900

7-12 pax..................... USD 2800 

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Itinerary

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Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, navigate the visa formalities and retrieve your luggage. Once you have completed these tasks, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. There, you will find your trip leader eagerly waiting for you. 

Keep an eye out for a placard displaying the name "Mountain Rock Treks" at the exit of the arrival hall. Upon reaching your hotel, you will be welcomed with refreshing drinks. 

Later in the evening, your trek leader will brief you about your upcoming trip in the hotel lobby. 

  • Kathmandu Elevation- (1350m/4455ft)
  • Accommodation- Hotels
  • Airport to Hotel Driving Distance- 30-45 Minutes
  • Kathmandu
  • Breakfast
  • 45 Minutes
  • 1350 Meters

So, our adventure to Everest Base Camp begins with an excellent flight to Lukla. We gather and start the trek once we touch down at Tenzing Hillary Airport. 

Since it's our first day, the trek will be quick, allowing us to adjust to the altitude. We'll pass through Chaurikharka Village, make our way down to Dudhkoshi, and finally reach our destination for the day, Phakding. We'll have some spare time in Phakding to explore, and we're definitely checking out Rimishung Monastery. It's going to be a fun day!

  • Lukla Elevation: (2,850m / 9,350ft)
  • Phakding Elevation: ( 2,650m / 8,562ft )
  • Flight Duration: 30-40 minutes
  • Trekking Distance: 6.2km / 3.8miles
  • Trekking Hours: 3- 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Pkhakding
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 2850 Meters

We will proceed northward along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River, which grants us magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks in every direction. Our path will encompass numerous suspension bridges, including the renowned Hillary Suspension Bridge. Having traversed these suspension bridges at various points and passed through quaint settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, and Chumoa, we will ultimately arrive at Monjo. Beyond Monjo lies the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, a dedicated sanctuary for preserving and conserving the peaceful mountain environment.

At this point, we will complete the necessary permit registration and ascend through the dense forest, where the initial glimpses of Mt. Everest comes into view. We will continue trekking and reach Namche Bazaar. 

  • Namche Bazaar Elevation: (3,440m / 11,285ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 3- 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 3440 Meters

We will stay in Namche for another night to get used to the high altitude. Namche is a shera village tucked away in a big protected hollow. After breakfast, we've got many choices: maybe we could hike up to Everest view hotel, Khumjung, and Khunde, or take a stroll towards Thame (3810m) along the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley. Or, we could hoke to the National Park Headquarters to check out some fabulous displays about Sherpa's lifestyle and culture.

Namche Bazaar has many cafes, restaurants, and hotels with wifi and souvenir and gear shops. And if that's not enough, there are plenty of other things to do, like visiting the Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center, exploring traditional Sherpa settlements, checking out Hillary School, yak farms, and even Buddhist monasteries.

  • Namche Bazaar Elevation: (3,440m / 11,285ft)
  • Accommodation: Teahouses
  • Attractions: Hillary School, Sherpa Settlements, mt Everest View, Shera Museum
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 4 hours
  • 3440 Meters

This is where our journey takes a different route from the usual Everest Base Camp hike. Instead of going to Tengboche like the classic EBC trek, today we have a challenging uphill climb from Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma Village. At Kyangjuma, we can take in the breathtaking views of Thamserku, Kantega, and Ama Dablam. 

We will contnute to treka nd reach Mong La whihc is the most challegingpart of the day. Mong La is a stunning place on the side of Mt. Khumbila, so you can see many mountain views. 

 In the middle of Mong La, an ancient Chorten adds to its historic charm. We'll spend some time at the top of Mong La, marveling at the snow-capped mountains and valleys while enjoying a delicious lunch. Today's trail highlights abundant plant and animal life, with vibrant wildflowers and Rhododendrons dotting the way. We might even catch glimpses of pheasants, mountain goats, and the elusive musk deer.

Along the way, we'll be treated to amazing views of Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m / 22,349ft) and Mt. Khumbila (5,761m / 18,901ft). As we continue, the trail leads us downhill through forests filled with pine and rhododendron, eventually reaching the riverside village of Phortse Tenga. But we will continue there; we'll keep going until we reach our destination for the day, Dole. We'll trek through more forests, passing waterfalls and bridges, until we finally arrive at Dole, a cozy little village with a handful of teahouses.

  • Dole Elevation- (4,040m/13,255ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 4- 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 4040 Meters

We're leaving Dole and going higher, reaching these beautiful meadows where yaks hang out. And You'll spot some cool shrines and colorful prayer flags too.

Today's hike is short but starts with climbing out of the small Dole Valley. Then we continue upwards, following the Dudh Kosi Valley, which is way above the river. The walk is easy, but even the tiniest hill might make us feel the effects of the altitude. 

The scenery is quite different here, with only a few bushes and shrubs in the alpine landscape. It contrasts sharply with the stunning snowy peaks and the deep blue sky above. After about two hours, we'll arrive at Luza (4360m), and just another hour of walking will bring us to our cozy lodge in Machhermo (4465m), where we'll spend the evening. 

Moreover, you can take a little adventure after lunch and explore the rocky moraines near Kyajo Ri (6168m) and Machhermo Peak (6073m). Overnight will be at ne of the tea houses at Machermo. 

  • Machermo Elevation- (4,470m/14,655ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 3- 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 4470 Meters

On the seventh day of our journey, we allocated time for acclimatization at Gokyo. As we approach an elevation of 4500m, allowing our bodies to adapt to the increasingly thin air at higher altitudes is crucial. 

This day offers us the opportunity to explore the charming village of Machermo. Numerous captivating attractions surround the campsite. A breathtaking panorama unfolds just beyond the village, showcasing the majestic Cho Oyu, a colossal mountain reaching an impressive height of 8210m, along with the neighboring peaks adjacent to the Ngozumpa Glacier. 

  • Machermo Elevation- (4,470m/14,655ft)
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 4470 Meters

After acclimatizing for a day, we continued our trek toward Gokyo. Our goal for the day was to reach Gokyo and experience its beauty. We started by climbing up a hill with a Chorten, which offered breathtaking views of the valley below and Mt. Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of Cho-Oyu, a massive mountain standing at 8153m. 

After crossing the ridge, the trail led us through another Chorten, and we arrived at Phangka, a place situated at an altitude of 4480m, following a short and easy hike. 

Next, we will descend to the river bank before beginning a challenging climb up the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. The ascent was steep, but we persevered. After crossing an iron bridge over a stream, the trail leveled out as we continued along the valley, passing by the first lake named Longpongo, located at 4690m. Here, we were lucky to spot footprints left by Lama on a stone. As we marveled at the breathtaking sight of the second lake, Taboche Tsho, its shimmering turquoise blue water sparkling in the sunlight, we couldn't help but be amazed. 

Just a little further, we reached the third lake, connected to the second one by a vigorous stream. Gokyo village, situated by the third lake with the magnificent Cho-Oyu Mountains in the background, provided us with stunning scenery, a perfect setting to capture mesmerising moments on our video cameras. After a satisfying lunch, we eagerly explored more of the third lake, Dudh Pokhari.

  • Gokyo Elevation- (4,800m/15,750ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 5- 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 4800 Meters

Get up early and hike to Gokyo Ri, a small hill above Gokyo. You can soak in the fantastic Gokyo Lakes, and the Nzogumpa Glacier views from there. Since Gokyo is near the Nepal-Tibet border, you'll also get a close-up look at the stunning Tibetan peaks.

Marvel at the mind-blowing sights of four massive peaks above 8000 meters - Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu. Plus, you'll catch glimpses of numerous 7000 and 6000-meter peaks, all illuminated by the beautiful morning sunlight. Snap some pictures and then make your way back down. Grab some lunch and continue to Thagnak, following the Nzogumpa Glacier and heading towards the eastern part of the Gokyo Valley. Once you reach Thagnak, find a cozy teahouse where you can bask in the warmth of the communal fireplace.

  • Gokyo Ri Elevation- (5,357m/17,575ft)
  • Thagnak Elevation- (4,750m/15,584ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 5- 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 4780 Meters

Today's trek will be a real challenge as we tackle the mighty Cho La, a high mountain pass. Starting from Thagnak will be a constant uphill battle for Cho La. The path is crazy steep and full of rocks, so watch your step and don't slip on the slope. Once we reach the top of Cho La, you'll be greeted with a snowy wonderland and jaw-dropping views of the majestic Himalayan range. We'll then make a steep descent and walk alongside a glacier. 

As we climb up, we'll reach the base of Awi Peak, and the trail will take us along its lower side. Prepare to be awestruck by the spectacular views of Himalayan giants like Tawoche and Cholatse. After a short descent, we'll finally arrive at Lobuche, where you'll find a cluster of cosy teahouses waiting to welcome us.

As we move forward, the icy terrain transforms into lush pastures, and that's when we'll reach Dzonglaa nd spend the night. 

  • Chola pass Elevation- (5,420m/17,783ft)
  • Dzongla Elevation- (4820m/15,814ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 7- 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 4820 Meters

Starting from Dzongla, we ascend further to the treacherous moraine of the Khumbu glacier, crossing a series of stone monuments erected in honour of Sherpas and Climbers who lost their lives during mountaineering expeditions to Mt Everest. Moving onward, the path descends and runs along the valley's western edge towards Lobuche. Witnessing the sunset over Nuptse from this vantage point is an awe-inspiring spectacle.

  •  Lobuche Elevation- (4,910m/16,109ft)
  • Trekking Hours: 6- 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 4910 Meters

We will wake up early and trek to Everest base camp today. It will take a few hours of trekking through icy peaks and those deep cracks in the Khumbu Glacier. But don't worry; we'll have a quick lunch break and some rest before continuing on the trail. And the trail takes us through what used to be a vast lake called Gorak Shep.

But the real deal is when we finally reach the Everest Base Camp. That's when we truly appreciate those brave climbers who take on the dangerous Khumbu icefall. You can spot their colourful tents against dull grey surroundings, especially in the spring. And hey, we'll have amazing views of Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori mountains from the base camp.

On our way back, we can take a higher route for an even better view of the Khumbu icefall and the path to the South Col. When we're done, and we'll head back to Gorakshep and have a  night to rest up.

  • Everest Base Camp Elevation- (5,364m/17,559ft)
  • Gorak Shep Elevation- (5,140m/16,864ft)
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch -Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 5140 Meters

Start your day by waking up early and heading to Kala Patthar, the premier vantage point in the Everest Region. This spot also marks the highest elevation you'll reach during your trek. You'll be treated to a 360-degree panoramic view from Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and Changtse.

We will return to Kathmandu via a sharing helicopter flight, treating us to breathtaking views of the mystical mountains as we depart from Gorakchep. Witness the awe-inspiring mountain ranges up close during the flight. After landing at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport, you will be transferred directly to the hotel. Take the day to relax and allow your tired limbs to rest, promoting a sense of tranquility. You will Spend the night at one of the best hotels in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 4 Hours
  • 1350 Meters

Our representative will take you to the airport precisely 3 hours before departure. If you want to explore additional Nepal destinations or visit Bhutan or Tibet, kindly inform us. We have meticulously designed itineraries that may capture your interest.

  • No
  • breakfast
  • 30 Minutes
  • 1350 Meters

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: SundayApr 28, 2024
Ends: SundayMay 12, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$3000

Essential Info

Gokyo valley Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Route Map

We have been generously provided with an exclusive A3-sized high-quality map of the Gokyo Valley Everest Base Camp Heli Trek Route by the esteemed Map House. This exceptional map comprehensively represents the precise trail route leading you to the captivating Gokyo Valley and the renowned Everest Base Camp. 

Moreover, besides the conventional Lukla to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Valley paths, several alternative itineraries exist within the Solukhumbu region. Our map encompasses all these potential routes in the Everest Region.

If you desire to fully immerse yourself in the splendours of trekking in Nepal, this map is an invaluable companion. To zoom in on any map section, double-click the right mouse button. 

Note:- All information and instructions on the map are presented in English for your convenience.

Gokyo valley Everest Base Camp Helicopter Ride Back

Helicopter tours are the easier way to explore the beauty of the Himalayas. They provide a fresh and unique perspective that Trek only can't match. 

So we have included a Heli return ride to Kathmandu from Pingbiche to make your journey more one of a kind. 

If you have always dreamed of trekking in the Himalayas but have been held back, as it's a demanding trek? Then a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu from Dingboche is the perfect solution. It saves your knees, shortens your travel time, and allows you to engage in other activities in Nepal. 

Moreover, the aerial views from the helicopter will rival those seen in magazines.

If you find any of this even remotely fascinating and have Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes on your travel wishlist, it's time to start planning for this incredible opportunity. 

The fall season is quickly approaching and is usually the busiest time for tourists. Nepal generally receives the most visitors from September to November. Alternatively, spring is also a splendid time to visit, with slightly fewer tourists between March and May. 

Regardless of the season you choose, the Gokyo Everest Heli treks promise to be one of the most unforgettable and enjoyable ways to explore this truly magnificent country and witness the grandeur of the world's highest mountain. 

Prepare to soar above one of the most beautiful places on Earth and experience Everest in a way that few others have. Come and witness the vibrant beauty of Nepal and all that an Everest Gokyo Heli trek has to offer.

If you find any of this even remotely fascinating and have Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes on your travel wishlist, it's time to start planning for this incredible opportunity. 

The fall season is quickly approaching and is usually the busiest time for tourists. Nepal generally receives the most visitors from September to November. Alternatively, spring is also a splendid time to visit, with slightly fewer tourists between March and May. 

Regardless of the season you choose, the Gokyo Everest Heli treks promise to be one of the most unforgettable and enjoyable ways to explore this truly magnificent country and witness the grandeur of the world's highest mountain. 

Prepare to soar above one of the most beautiful places on Earth. And experience Everest in a way that few others have. Come and witness the vibrant beauty of Nepal and all that an Everest Gokyo Heli trek has to offer.

How Fit Do I Need To Be for Gokyo valley Everest Base Camp Heli Trek?

We highly recommend starting a comprehensive fitness program at least six weeks before your trip, especially for beginner trekkers. This program should improve overall endurance and strengthen specific leg muscle groups. 

Engaging in hiking with a backpack is an unparalleled training method, so spending as much time as possible in hilly terrains is our best advice. During your trek, you will likely carry around 5 kilograms in your day pack, so working with this weight during your training sessions is beneficial.
 

If you prefer using a gym, prioritise step machines that target your thigh and calf muscles. Aim to elevate your heart rate to 50% above its resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is beneficial, but keep in mind that swimming alone will not adequately train the specific muscle groups required for trekking. 

It should be complemented with other exercises to be effective. Exercise classes such as body pump, Pilates, and aerobic workouts are all excellent preparations for a trek like this, particularly those emphasising core strength, balance, and stability.

FAQs

  • Q1. Should we expect a Rough flight to Lukla due to rain, clouds, or snow?

    It's best to be prepared for anything when you're in the Nepalese mountains. Lukla's weather forecasts are often unreliable, and different sources provide conflicting information. If the weather is terrible, the airlines may cancel the flight, requiring you to wait until conditions improve.

  • Communication options are available in the Everest Region in case of an emergency. Obtain a local SIM card (Ncell or NTC) and utilize your mobile phone for easy Communication. Although most areas have a reliable network for internet and video calls, our climbing guides are equipped with a Satellite Phone specifically for emergencies.

  • The best time for the Gokyo Valley Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the weather is generally favorable, with clear skies and stable temperatures.

  • Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk. Acclimatizing correctly and following experienced guides' guidance to minimize the risk is essential.

  • Accommodation options along the trail range from teahouses to lodges. These provide basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and meals.

  • Yes, most teahouses and lodges have charging facilities available for a fee. It is recommended to carry a universal adapter and spare batteries.

  • Most teahouses and lodges offer Wi-Fi facilities for a fee. However, the internet connection may be slow and unreliable due to the remote location.

  • Packing warm and layered clothing suitable for varying weather conditions is important. Essential gear includes sturdy hiking boots, a down jacket, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and a trekking pole.

  • Hiring a guide and porter is highly recommended for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. They provide valuable assistance and local knowledge and help carry the load.

  • Yes, most tea houses and lodges offer vegetarian and vegan food options. However, the variety may be limited in remote areas.

Client Reviews

  • Awe-inspiring Views

    Trekking through the stunning trail to Gokyo Lakes in the Everest Region was the highlight of my 15-day adventure. The breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including the majestic Everest, left me awe-inspiring. 

    Though I wished to linger, my itinerary demanded otherwise. Thankfully, I had expert assistance from a Mountain Rock Treks consultant, who crafted a personalised itinerary for me. My cheerful guide ensured a seamless experience throughout the journey, and I encountered no issues in the mountains. The food was delicious, and after a few hours of trekking, I enjoyed a restful sleep. The hotel owners were incredibly welcoming and supportive.

    R
    RahulIndiaApril 26, 2023
  • From Lakes to Peaks

    I had the pleasure of visiting Nepal for the third time, specifically the Everest region. It was a fantastic experience exploring the stunning Gokyo Lake. Accompanied by my guide Dawa, we conquered Gokyo Ri and took a helicopter ride from Periche to Kathmandu. The view from up there was simply breathtaking. Kala Patthar truly offers the best panoramic view in the Everest region. Finally, we returned to Kathmandu by flight. This itinerary spans around 15-11 days and promises an enchanting journey you won't forget.

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