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Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek

Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

9 Nights 10 Days

Difficulty Level

Difficult

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

5360 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • One day guided tour around major religious and historical sites around Kathmandu
  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Observation of unique and culturally rich Sherpa lifestyle
  • Pleasing view of mountain peaks all along the trek
  • Enjoying the exotic beauty of Gokyo valley with a number of beautiful lakes
  • Climb up to Gokyo Ri for the magnificent sunset view
  • An exciting helicopter ride from Gokyo to Kathmandu offering the best aerial view of Gokyo valley and surrounding peaks

Gokyo Lakes Heli trek is one of the short and exciting trips around Khumbu region. This trip majorly focuses on spending most of the time around Gokyo Lakes after trekking from Lukla. The beautiful Gokyo Valley with a number of placid and pristine Gokyo Lakes is a major attraction here. In addition to enjoying the beauty of the lakes, this trip also offers a great chance to view the number of gigantic Himalayan peaks. This trek is also gaining popularity as it is the part of the extended trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). In this trek, you will reach as far as Gokyo Ri and enjoy the nice sunset view. In choosing this package you will get the first-hand experience of trekking around Everest region. Also, you will be benefitted with comfortable helicopter ride directly to Kathmandu from Gokyo and hence will not have to trek all the way back to Lukla. This will save a lot of your time and energy.

The journey begins with a tour around Kathmandu valley where you will visit the major religious and historical sites. On the next day, you will fly to Lukla. The trek on foot begins from Lukla.

The trail passes through traditional Sherpa villages where you can know more about Sherpa’s festival, culture, tradition, and lifestyle. You can also enjoy local traditional dishes at tea houses during the trek. You can also relish the beauty of rhododendron, birch and pine forest all along the way. You will walk through Namche Bazaar, Dole and Machhermo before reaching Gokyo valley.

The main highlight of this trek is Gokyo Valley with a number of freshwater lakes situated at the highest altitude. There are six major lakes around the valley. Both national and international tourist visit here every year to enjoy these unique beauties. Additionally, these lakes also have religious significance. Both Hindus and Buddhists consider the lakes holy and pay their visit during their major religious festivals. After spending enough time around the lakes, you will climb Gokyo Ri to enjoy the best sunset view. On a concluding day, you will directly fly back to Kathmandu through a chartered helicopter enjoying the best wide view of Gokyo Lakes, number of peaks and stunning landscape.

 

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Itinerary

We receive you from the Tribhuvan International Airport with a warm welcome and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. After getting fresh and taking some rest, we host a welcome dinner for you at the finest restaurant in the city with Nepali cuisine. We brief the team of trekkers about the trip and take you back to the hotel for the night’s sleep.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

We take a trip around the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu, which are the major attraction points. Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the areas we will be roaming around for the day. These religious sites and revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. During the major religious festivals people from all over the country as well as from other Hindu and Buddhist nations visit these places. The sites are also equally rich in art and architecture and hence an ideal place for tourists and art lovers. They also tell ancient history of Nepal. We will also visit many small temples around these sites and spend our day thus. In the evening we return to the hotel and pack our bags with proper clothing and trekking equipment. We stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

We begin the day with the flight from Kathmandu to Luka. The flight lets you enjoy the beauty of green hills with a background of snowy mountain peaks. The flight to Lukla is taken to be most thrilling and exciting as the pilot gracefully flies between hills and lands on a small strip atop a hill. The trek begins from Lukla and we head towards Phakding. First we will be passing through the Cheplung village enjoying the sight of Mount Khumbila. We will further move downhill and finally reach Phakding village. We are welcomed by the grand sight of mountain Kusum Kangraru. We can get a sense of increasing tourism business in the village as there are number of lodges and tea houses serving the guests. We stay for the night at Phakding.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Flight / Walking

Moving ahead from Phakding, we take the trail ahead and cross the Dudhkoshi river several times by suspension bridges as we pass through the Sherpa villages of Tok Tok, Benkar, Monjo (from where Sagarmatha National Park area begins). We will take care of all the required formalities at the entrance) and Jorsalle. From here, we ascend the valley gradually to the foot of the steep climb to Namche Bazaar. In the halfway up this climb, we may get the first view of the Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse and Mount Lhotse. A final 1 hour climbing takes us to the Namche Bazaar, the land of Sherpas, where we spend our night.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walkling

We will go for an acclimatization hike this morning, ascending out of Namche past the world highest airstrip at syangboche, to the Everest View Hotel, from where we can have a great panoramic view of the highest peaks on earth - Mt.Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Thamserku, everyone's favorite mountain Ama Dablam and many other Himalayan giants. This spectacularly located hotel with stunning view of the highest peaks on earth is an amazing place for a short tea break. We will then be descending through the Syangboche airstrip to the National Park head quarter where there is a statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest along with Edmund Hillary and there is also the Sherpa museum. We spend some time to visit this wonderful place. We then return to Namche Bazaar and stroll around the village and visit ancient monasteries. We stay overnight at Namche Bazaar.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take the trail uphill from Namche Bazaar and walk ahead towards Kyangjuma. From there you get to have spectacular sights of mountainous beauty. Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Mount Ama Dablam and various other peaks can be viewed up close from Kyangjuma. Then we take a trail uphill through rhododendron forest and towards Sanasa village. We then reach a junction and take the stone step trail and continue walking through Mongla pass until reaching the bank of Dudh Koshi River. We leave the bank of Dudh Koshi River and hike toward Dole through pine and rhododendron forest. We spend the night in a lodge at Dole.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We take a walk uphill from Dole passing through local tea houses where we can rest and enjoy the scenic beauty. We then head north and can view snowy peaks around. The vegetation and human settlement in this area is sparse and surrounded with rocky peaks. We then do some uphill and downhill climbing and reach Ngozumba glacier. The trail ahead takes us to Machhermo which has few human settlement areas. We take good night’s rest at Machhermo.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The day’s destination is Gokyo valley where the trek passes through uphill and flat walk to the base of rocky mountain. We then cross the bridge and reach the first Gokyo Lake: Longpunga Tsho. We take the trail ahead towards second Gokyo Lake: Taujung Tsho. We then take a walk ahead through the glacier area and reach third Gokyo Lake: Gokyo Tsho. Various lodges are scattered around the lakeside. We take a rest enjoying the breathtaking view of landscapes around. We will spend the time exploring the lakes and glacier and spend our night at one of the lodges in Gokyo.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

We spend the day exploring the valley and adjusting the body to the changing environmental situation and increasing altitude. We take photographs enjoying the spectacular snowy beauty around. We will spend some time around the lakes. Then we will hike around the glacier and up to Gokyo Ri from where we can view six beautiful Gokyo lakes. The sunset view from Goyo Ri is extremely amazing. We will enjoy our time till sunset and then return to the lodge and spend the night there.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today we will bid goodbye to beautiful mountain landscapes and Gokyo valley. We will take a helicopter flight from Gokyo to Kathmandu. The majestic beauty of Gokyo Lakes, number of surrounding peaks and stunning beauty of landscape can be enjoyed from the flight. Once at Kathmandu you will be escorted to the hotel where you can get a nice rest. Spend the night at the hotel.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Dinner

Transportation
Helicopter

Nepal Ascent Treks will make all the necessary arrangements for you on the departure day. We offer you the facility to drop at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We exchange final greetings and wishes and hope to see each other next time as well. We wish pleasant journey and bid the final goodbye. If you like you can also continue your stay in Nepal and choose the next trip.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).

Accomodation

  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).

Staffs & Crew

  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu-Lukla flight tickets.
  • Sharing helicopter from Gokyo to Kathmandu.

Permits & Paperworks

  • Airport tax
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit

Complimentary Extras

  • Local sim card
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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