Everest Region

Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes - 2 Days

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NPR 49,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

Price is per person for a group of 4 people. INCLUDES Both way Kathmandu-Lukla Flights (fixed-wing) Heli Flyover of Kala Patthar & EBC with Touchdown at Gokyo Lakes Accommodation & Guided tour at Lukla 1 Breakfast

INR 31,999

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

Price is per person for a group of 5 people. INCLUDES Both way Kathmandu-Lukla Flights (fixed-wing) Heli Tour to Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Accommodation & Guided tour at Lukla 1 Breakfast

USD 599

Flexible Cancellation Policy & Fair Prices

Price is per person for a group of 5 people. INCLUDES Both way Kathmandu-Lukla Flights (fixed-wing) Heli Tour to Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Accommodation & Guided tour at Lukla 1 Breakfast

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Without trekking, see Mount Everest, Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp, and Gokyo Lakes up close.
  • Dip your feet at the clear turquoise blue Gokyo Lakes.
  • See Ama Dablam, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, and other mountains up close.
  • Get a bird’s eye view of the entire Everest Region, Everest Base Camp, and Khumbu Glacier from above.
  • Unwind for the night at the Sherpa village of Lukla.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Easy
  • Total Length
    Not available
  • Highest Altitude
    5,644 meters
  • Elevation Profile
    Not available
  • Start location
    Lukla
  • Finish location
    Lukla
  • Permits
    Sagarmatha NP Permit, Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit.
  • Best Season
    March to June. September to December.

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

A quick heli tour to see Mount Everest, Everest Base Camp, Khumbu Glacier and Gokyo Lakes up close is a perfect getaway for those who really want to see Everest, but do not wish to walk eight days for it. Also, as you will only be exposed to high altitude for a very limited time, the altitude related risks are also very limited on this tour.

Even for those who have walked this route, this tour can give a completely different bird's eye perspective of the Everest Region. This will be especially true when the heli crosses the famous Cho La Pass enroute to the Gokyo Lakes.

DAY 1 ~ Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (25 min). ~ Check in to Hotel at Lukla. ~ Take a helicopter from Lukla over the Dudhkoshi, past Namche Bazaar to see Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier up close. ~ After a close flyover on the Everest Base Camp side, we cross the Cho La Pass to touchdown at Gokyo Lakes for 10 minutes. ~ And then we return to Lukla. ~ After lunch, there will be a guided tour of Lukla village. ~ Overnight at Lukla.

DAY 2 ~ Early morning flight back to Kathmandu. (25 minutes)

Please note that we will be more than happy to help you tweak this tour to your liking. Some popular changes are: ~ Breakfast at Hotel Everest View: + NPR 5,000 / INR 3,500 / USD 40 (per person, including breakfast and 30 min ground time for breakfast) ~ If you are a group of 4 people, we can also create custom tours with overnight at Hotel Everest View and Namche Bazaar.

In case you have any questions, feel free to Call / WhatsApp / Email Ashish at +977-9841370673.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS Includes ~ Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla ~ Accommodation at Lukla on twin sharing basis ~ 1 Breakfast ~ Heli Tour as mentioned in the itinerary ~ Guided tour of Lukla

Excludes ~ Meals (NPR 600 to 1000 per meal) ~ Airport Tax for Heli Tour NPR 200 ~ Tips for guides and porters (15% of wages is considered fair) ~ National Park Permit (NPR 100 for Nepalis, NPR 1,500 for South Asians, and NPR 3,000 for all others) Learn more. ~ Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit (NPR 2,000 for all non-Nepalis) ~ Drinks, Travel Insurance, and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions.

Relevant Links: Best Time and Weather / Packing List / Accommodation / Lukla Flight / WiFi, Mobile Network, and Electricity / Food and Drinks / Sherpa Food / Wildlife / Flowers / Birds

IMPORTANT NOTE Any flight in the high mountains is weather dependent and the captain of your helicopter has the last word on what is safe and what is not, regardless of what is mentioned in the tour outline. Any additional cost incurred due to weather disruptions will be the responsibility of the traveler.

FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9841370673 or email Ashish at honeyhunter@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKOS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes