|Starts at: Kathmandu||Ends at: Kathmandu|
|Trek Region: Langtang||Transport: Helicopter|
|Duration: 1 hours||Trip Grade: Easy|
|Max Altitude: 4,380 m / 14,370 ft||Accommodation: None|
- Time-Saving Luxury: Skip the long trek and reach Gosaikunda Lake in comfort and style with our helicopter tour, perfect for those with limited time or seeking a unique experience.
- Exclusive Aerial Panoramas: Witness breathtaking views of the Himalayas, glacial lakes, and remote landscapes that are exclusively accessible from the vantage point of a helicopter.
- Unforgettable Memories: Capture stunning photographs and create lasting memories of your once-in-a-lifetime helicopter adventure to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake and its majestic surroundings.
- Tailor your Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour to your preferences, with options for extended ground time, additional exploration, or private charter services.
Mythology and Mystery
Situated very close to Kathmandu is Gosainkunda Lake. Lying within the Langtang National Park, this mystical lake and beautiful landscape do not attract many trekkers, perhaps because of the logistics of getting there. Of course, it is easy to get there by helicopter.
If you are interested in mountains and lakes as well as Buddhism and mythology even older than Buddha himself, you will love this helicopter tour to Gosainkunda Lake.
Gosainkunda Lake is a freshwater lake and a UNESCO Ramsar site, meaning it is a wetland of international importance. But what is more exciting is that it is considered a holy site by both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus believe the lake was formed when Lord Shiva thrust his trident into the mountain to get water. Mainly a quiet area, it comes alive at the full moon in August. Known as Janai Purnima, this festival attracts thousands of pilgrims who come to bathe and worship at the lake. If you don’t mind the crowds, this is a particularly colorful time to visit.
The helicopter tour leaves Kathmandu in the morning and takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach Langtang National Park. You will see mountains in the Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang Lirung, and some Tibetan peaks. Below lie the three lakes, Saraswati Kunda and Bhairab Kunda – named after gods and Gosaikunda Lake.
From the helicopter, you get fantastic views of these mountains and the landscape below, something you will never forget. Flying over Tokha, the Trishuli River, Dunche,, and Chanda Bari to finally reach Gosaikunda, the views from the helicopter of these landscapes below are astounding. And, of course, the majestic mountains surround you as you fly through the clear blue sky.
The helicopter lands at Gosainkunda Lake for around 20 minutes,, so you can take in the atmosphere and gather plenty of footage and photos.
Cost for Langtang Valley Trek
There are two choices when it comes to helicopter tours; you can reserve the whole helicopter or just a seat on a group flight. The basic costs are given here, but seasonal costs may differ.
- It costs USD 1,500 to charter the whole flight
- It costs USS 350 per person on a group flight
*Please note that it is only possible to obtain a seat on a group tour to this area during the busy Janai Purnima festival time (August). Therefore, we recommend that if you require a seat on a group flight at any other time of year, you book for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The EBC Helicopter Tour is more popular, and there are more flights departing regularly, so it is easier to obtain one seat.
Gosaikunda Lake Helicopter Tour Itinerary
5:45 to 6:00 am: Drive to Tribhuvan International Airport Domestic Terminal.
6:00 to 6:30 am: Boarding to the Helicopter
6:30 to 6:50 am: Kathmandu to Gosaikunda Lake Flight
6:50 to 7:20 am: Landing at Gosaikunda Lake
7:20 to 7:40 am:Gosaikunda Lake to Kathmandu flight
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- Cost of helicopter tour – either per seat or per helicopter.
- Ground charges for helicopter landing in Gosaikunda Lake
- Insurance for Helicopter
- Pick up and drop to hotel
- Airport tax
- National Park Permit at Rs3,000 per person
- Personal insurance
What happens if there are not enough people to make up a group trip?
It is not just our clients who go on these tours so we can source another helicopter for you. But please keep in mind for the Gosainkunda tour, group tours are only available during the Janai Purnima festival, which takes place around the full moon in August.
On a chartered flight, how many people can the helicopter hold?
If you charter the helicopter, you can have all the seats for your people. The helicopters hold 5 or 6 people depending on weight.
Can I go any time of the day?
The best time in terms of weather is to go in the morning.
I am interested in going during the Janai Purnima; is that possible?
This is a very busy time for pilgrims and locals and a popular time with tourists. We recommend you book as early as possible for this tour.
Will a guide go with us?
Due to the size of the helicopter and the demand for seats, no guide will go with you. However, the pilot will explain the landmarks to the passengers. If you decide to charter a helicopter and if there is a seat available, you can hire a guide to take with you. Please talk to us about that.
What do I wear on the helicopter tour?
Please wear something similar to what you would wear for trekking. Trousers that are easy to move in (we don’t recommend tight jeans), a warm jacket, and walking shoes. A hat would be good for both sun and the cold.
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