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Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek - 14 Days

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Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek features the best of the Everest & Gokyo region in a single trip with a helicopter return all the way to Kathmandu from Gorkshep.


Trip Highlights

– Best of Everest in a single trek
– Two of the best viewpoints (Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar)
– Helicopter flight to Kathmandu from Gorkshep
– Rest and Acclimatization at Namche and Machhermo
– Get close to the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest
– Views of Mount Everest (8,848m) and other 8,000m, 7,000m Himalayan peaks

The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek combines a single trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes and is an exciting alternative trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek includes stunning views of the world’s highest mountains and offers a glimpse of traditional Sherpa culture with a scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu. Highlights of our trip will be Gokyo Ri (5,357m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), Everest Base Camp (5,364m), and Kalapathar (5,545m). The trek offers awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest and nearby peaks, the beautiful Gokyo Lakes besides the Ngozumpa Glacier, and finally a scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.Our all-inclusive trek includes two spectacular views of Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar and a thrilling high pass, the connecting Cho La Pass (5,420m). Mount Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Heli Trek has views of the mountain including Mt Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Thamserku and many other peaks. This extraordinary trek offers an opportunity to see the flora and fauna surrounding the homeland of the Sherpas and their magnificent monasteries.The Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek begins with a beautiful morning flight to Lukla, from where our trek begins. We then enter the Khumbu region via Namche Bazaar, a lively market town, following the ancient Gokyo Valley surrounded by continuous views of the peaks and Lake Gokyo. Our itinerary includes 2 rest and acclimatization days at Namche (3,450m) and Machhermo (4,470m) before heading up to Cho La Pass and EBC. After the pass, we connect to Everest Base Camp and the main trail at Kalapathar. After visiting EBC and Kalapathar we will return to Kathmandu by chartered helicopter flight.

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek is a spectacular trip that will surely blow your mind. Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lake and the two major sites of the Everest region (up to Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar). Board the plane and return to Kathmandu. In 14 days, trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, visit Gokyo Lake, see panoramic views from Gokyo Ri and Kalapathar and return home.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla then trek to Phakding 3/4 hrs
Day 03: From Phakding to Namche (3,440m), 6 hrs
Day 04: Acclimatization day (explore Namche Bazar)
Day 05: From Namche to Dole (4,040m), 5/6 hrs
Day 06: from Dole to Machhermo (4,470m), 4/5 hrs
Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization day
Day 08: Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800m) 4/5 hrs
Day 09: Climb to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) then trek – Thangka (4,750m) 4 hrs
Day 10: Traverse Chola pass (5,420m) then Dzongla (4,820m), 7/8 hrs
Day 11: From Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910m), 4 hrs
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to EBC (5,364m) then retrace back to Gorkshep (5,140m)
Day 13: Climb to Kalapathar (5,545m) then Fly back to Kathmandu on a chartered helicopter
Day 14: International departure

HOW MUCH DOES-EVEREST BASE CAMP GOKYO LAKES HELI  TREK COST?

All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 3,840 per person
This cost includes permit, guide, porter, airfare, transport, helicopter fare, accommodation and food. But the cost varies according to the size of the group, customize your trek: this is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” individually. Trek packages can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste.
Tell us about your travel needs. We will work together to customize your trip to meet your exact needs so you have a memorable trip.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK THE EVEREST REGION?

Mid-September to November (autumn) and March to May (spring) are the best seasons for teahouse/lodge treks in Nepal.
June to August (monsoon) are the rainy months. Very difficult but the weather is perfect for keen botanists and the skies are sometimes clear.
During the trek, it offers a magnificent view of rhododendron flowers blooming in March, April and May.
We do not recommend the trek in winter (December February). But if you trek to your liking, the morning temperature is cool but not unbearable and it warms up during the day trek with clear skies on most days.

TOOLS AND GEARS

When deciding what to pack in your bag, it is important to check the features of the trek as well as the season/month you are coming to Nepal. If you’re wondering what to pack, here’s our recommended packing list and tools.
Check the equipment checklist.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla then trek to Phakding 3/4 hrs

After breakfast, we take flight from Kathmandu to Lukla at 2860m. The airstrip, built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s, has a flight time of about 35 minutes. After landing we will have time to explore the village while the porter team loads the trekking equipment in order. Then, we start the trek, and where we go to the main trail of Namche Bazar above Chowrikhark. We descend to Dudhkoshi river. The walk is easy and after passing the small village on the ghat it is a short walk to Phakding where we will stay for the night.

Day 3
From Phakding to Namche (3,440m), 6 hrs

Our last day of Everest trek to Lukla via Dudhkoshi river. After our descent from Namche, it is just a slow walk along the banks of the Dudh Kosi river. We have lunch on our way and we make our final ascent to the Lukla airstrip. The rest of the day is free and you can relax under the warm sun and reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking these massive mountains. Later we celebrate the successful completion of the Everest trek with our Sherpa guides and porters who we have come to know well and are now good friends. It is a pleasure to end this wonderful journey on a happy note. Then we fell into a blissful sleep.

Day 4
Acclimatization day (explore Namche Bazar)

We spend the second night in Namche to create an environment suitable for high altitude. Namche is a prosperous village, situated on a large protected moat. After breakfast, there are several options: climb the beautiful Bhote Khola river valley towards Thame (3810 m), or visit the National Park headquarters to see interesting displays of Sherpa lifestyle and culture. There are mountaineering demonstrations and descriptions of the park’s flora and fauna. Your guides will be there to advise and help you along the way. And in the evening we also explore the market town of Namche. And overnight at the lodge.

Day 5
From Namche to Dole (4,040m), 5/6 hrs

Our trek today is an uphill climb from Namche market to Gyeongju village. In Cangjuma, we can contemplate the terrible scenes of Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dabalam. Today’s tough part is sure to be the ascent of Mong La, a very charming place perched on a spur of the Khumbila Mountains. A medieval historic chorten stands at the heart of the settlement of Mong La. We spend some time at the top of Mong La to enjoy the view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while enjoying lunch. The most attractive feature of today’s trail is the wealth of plant and animal flora we see along the way, including wildflowers and rhododendrons. We can also spot wildlife like pheasants, mountain goats and subtle musk deer. Continuing our trek through forests, some waterfalls and bridges, we reach Dol, a small village with some teahouses.

Day 6
From Dole to Machhermo (4,470m), 4/5 hrs

Today is a short day that starts with a climb through the small Dole Valley and gradually climbs up the Dudh Koshi Valley above the river. Walking is easy, but we will still feel the effects of altitude even on small hills. The barren alpine scenery with small clumps of scrub juniper is a stark contrast to the snow-white peaks and deep blue sky. After two hours, we arrive at Luja (4360m), and after another hour of walking, we reach our lodge at Machermo (4465m) where you will spend the evening. After lunch, there is an option to cross the rocky moraines at the base of Cajo Ri (6168m) and Machermo Peak (6073m). Anyway, keep your eyes open for it! Here, in 1974, three quadrupeds were killed and a Sherpa girl was injured while trying to fight off a hairy, monkey-like intruder that might have been a hungry grizzly bear!

Day 7
Rest and Acclimatization day

We have reached an altitude of 4500 meters, so we reach Machermo for an extra day to acclimatize our bodies to the thin air as we climb up. Around the camp, there are plenty of outlets for exploration and just above the village, there is a beautiful vista overlooking the mountains flanking Cho Oyu and Ngozumpa Glacier at (8210m).

Day 8
From Machhermo to Gokyo (4,800m) 4/5 hrs

Today we climb from Crest Chortan from where we enjoy the main views of the valley below and Mt Kangtega, Thamserku, and the northern part of Cho-Oyu (8153m). Beyond the ridge the valley opens up as the trail passes through Chorton and after a short gentle hike reaches Phangka (4480m). Phangka is an area where an avalanche killed 40 people in 1995. We descend to the river bank before beginning the climb to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. It is a steep climb on the moraine. After crossing the iron bridge over the river, following the valley next to the first lake known as Longpongo at an altitude of 4690m, the trail levels out, where we have a chance to see a lama’s footprint in stone. As we glimpse the second lake, Taboche Tsho, we marvel at the sparkling turquoise blue body of water glistening in the sun. Just before the second lake, we reach the third lake, connected by two heaving streams. Gokyo Village is neatly placed next to the Third Lake and the Cho-Oyu Mountains stand tall in the background, setting stunning views, an ideal location for our video cameras to go into overdrive in this amazing area. After lunch, we further explore the third lake, the milk pond.

Day 9
Climb to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) then trek - Thagnak (4,750m) 4 hrs

Today we climb Gokyo Ri early in the morning to witness the spectacular sunrise over Mt. Mt. and surrounding peaks. Then we headed back to Gokyo for breakfast. After a warm breakfast, we proceed to Thaganak for overnight scaling on the second side of the lake; The route across the glacier has been identified by Cairns and is well defined. We climb over the glacier from a small house called Thagnak and follow the lower valley to our camp from Little Khark.

Day 10
Traverse Chola pass (5,420m) then Dzongla (4,820m), 7/8 hrs

Today is the hardest day and we have to start early (4-6 am) compared to other days in the journey. The pass itself is not difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the east side. We have to be careful as the trail is steep and the snow-slick rocks make the treks slippery. Trekking along a frozen lake we reach the top of a pass decorated with prayer flags. The pyramidal Ama Dublam presides over a range of mountains to the south while Cholatse rises to the west and Lobuche rises sharply to the east and Baruntse to our right. We have to cross a few khats before reaching another beautiful spot, Jongla, with a perfect view of Mount Cholatse, Mount Ama Dublam, Lobuche Peak and Feriche village below.

Day 11
Trek from Dzongla to Lobuche (4,910m), 4 hrs

From Jongla, we climb up the beautiful perilous moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, passing a chain of stone monuments built in memory of the Sherpas and mountaineers who died on the Everest expedition. From here, the trail narrows and heads down the west side of the valley to Lobuche. It is a wonderful sight to watch the sunset at Nuptse from this point.

Day 12
Trek from Lobuche to EBC (5,364m) then retrace back to Gorakshep (5,140m)

Getting to Everest Base Camp requires a real early start. The trail takes several hours as it weaves its way past the icy peaks and the craters of the Khumbu Glacier. After a short lunch and rest, we drive to Everest Base Camp via the once huge Gorak Shep Lake. We truly appreciate the Everest climbers who trek the perilous route through the Khumbu Icefall only after reaching Everest Base Camp. The climber’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of the gray surroundings (especially in spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains can be seen from the base camp. On the return leg, we can take the high road for a magnificent view of the Khumbu Icefall and the route to the South Col.

Day 13
Climb to Kalapathar (5,545m) then Fly back to Kathmandu on a chartered helicopter

Today is the most important part of our journey. We start early in the morning to see the dramatic views from Kalapathar, seeing the first light of day glimmering on Mount Everest. Be prepared in advance for departure in the morning, with dark and cold temperatures (-5 to -10 degrees Celsius). Also, there is always the possibility of cold winds which are very common. Although the familiar peaks like Lingtrain, Khumbutse, and Changtse Tower in the east appear between the summit of the west shoulder and Nuptse. After 2 hours of climbing, we reach Kalapathar. From here, we shake off to climb a rocky outcrop near the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on black rock cliffs and our eyes take in incredible Himalayan views, rolling from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as possible with our cameras so they last a lifetime. Total up and down will take 3 hours on average.
After this, we make our way back to Gorekshep for breakfast and then board a helicopter flight all the way back to Kathmandu. Once the helicopter lands at the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 14
International departure

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

COST INCLUSION

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu Airport are mentioned
  • Twin shared accommodation in Kathmandu 3* hotel
  • Comfortable lodge / tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals from the first day of the trek to the last day of the trek
  • All ground transport and listed activities
  • Kathmandu-Lukla flight ticket - helicopter flight from Gorkshep to Kathmandu
  • All necessary paperwork. (Entry Permit and Trekkers TIMS Card)
  • (licensed by Govt.) Experienced and Qualified Trek Guide
  • With 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for guide and porter which includes their emergency rescue
  • Staff salary, food and accommodation during the trek
  • Essential equipment for guides and porters
  • A comprehensive first aid kit for the trek
  • In case of emergency during the trip, a helicopter will be arranged by AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. that will be paid for by your passenger’s insurance company.
  • You are advised to add a day after the trek as flights to and from Lukla may sometimes get canceled due to weather. However, there is an option of a helicopter, the cost of which has to be paid by the customer himself. If not cancelled, the day can be used for sightseeing or rest day.

COST EXCLUSION

  • Nepal Visa and International Flight
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any drinks on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Expenditure on personal toilet paper, medicine and confectionery etc
  • Any other else not mentioned in "price included"
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes Heli Trek

Trip Facts

  • 13N/14 Days
  • Difficult- Strenuous
  • 5,545m/17,594ft
  • September - Mid December / March - Mid May
  • From Kathmandu
  • Departs, Kathmandu
  • Flight & Helicopter
  • Hotel/Teahouse
  • 3 Max 12

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