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Gosainkunda Helicopter Tour

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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal


The Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour in Nepal starts from the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The round trip to Kathmandu to Gosaikunda takes approximately 1 hour.

After the briefing from the captain, the helicopter takes off leaving the airstrip behind and heads to the north. As we fly over the dense city of Kathmandu, we enter Langtang National Park in just a few minutes of take-off. Swirling above the scattered Tamang settlements and flying beside the giants of verdant green hills, we will reach the Gosaikunda Lake after approximately 15 to 17 minutes.

Upon landing at Gosaikunda at an altitude of 4,380m, we will be greeted with the backdrop of a massive Langtang mountain range right in front of us. As we would have ascended to 4,000+m in only half an hour, spending more than 30 minutes could result in altitude sickness. However, it is very unlikely. So, to make the most out of our limited time, we start touring the location. The Gosaikunda Lake looks unreal in-person and it gives out a peaceful aura with the soothing sound, enough for you to let go of everything and just be present at the moment. You will find yourself surrounded by the giant mountains of the Langtang range. The weather at Gosaikunda can go from sunny to snowy real quick. The surrounding is usually very cold with a chilly breeze and thin air. After having breakfast at the famous tea house of Gosaikunda, the tour comes to an end as we fly back to Kathmandu airport.

Trip highlights

  • Witness 360-degree Himalayan views of the whole Langtang region
  • Fly over Gosaikunda trail through beautiful Langtang valley and land Gosaikunda Lake
  • Magnificent views of Ganesh Himal (7,422 meters), Langtang Lirung (7,246 meters), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966 meters)
  • Aerial view of the dense forest of Pine, Maple, and Rhododendron

Detailed Itinerary

Phase I: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport- Fly from Kathmandu to Gosaikunda Lake

The helicopter will take off from the domestic terminal of TIA with an eye-catching aerial view of the Kathmandu Valley. Slowly the helicopter moves forwards; you will get the view of green hills from the sky with impressive snow-capped mountains in front of your eyes. Then, you'll get the picturesque sight of the vast expanse of Gosaikunda Lake from above the ground. This heli tour is a real treat. Bringing you from the aerial scenes of dense forests, popular Langtang trail, Langtang National Park, wildlife to grand majestic mountain views, this heli tour is something you cannot miss. You'll also get a glimpse of a series of lakes from the sky, including Gosaikunda, Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Naga Kunda. Enjoying the breathtaking scenery, you'll land at the bank of Gosaikunda Lake.

Phase II: Land and Explore Gosaikunda Lake

Flying above several Tamang settlements and giants of verdant green dense hills, you will reach the Gosaikunda Lake after approximately 18-20 minutes. Once you land at Gosaikunda Lake, you can worship and take a holy bath at the lake.

According to Hindu mythology, there is a large rock in the center of the lake, which is the Lord Shiva shrine. Also, nine other frozen Kunda (Lakes) surrounds the main Gosaikunda Lake. The main lakes are Bhairab Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Dud Kunda, Nau Junda, Raja Kunda, Rani Kunda, Batash Kunda, Surya Kunda, Ama Kunda, Ekle Junda, Tinchuli Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda.

Besides, due to its altitude, the weather at Gosaikunda Lake is totally unpredictable. One moment it's a bright and sunny day, the next, you are covered in snow. So, you'll spend half an hour as spending more time might result in consequences which ruin this whole thrilling heli journey. However, it is more than enough to admire the pure and peaceful environment and even take some beautiful pictures with astonishing backdrops. After enjoying the moments, you'll return to the helicopter and prepare to get back to Kathmandu.

Phase III: Fly Back from Gosaikunda Lake to Kathmandu Valley

Having a glorious moment at Gosaikunda Lake, you'll get back to Kathmandu, where you'll get one last chance to enjoy the aerial view of lakes, mountain ranges, and unique landscapes. After half an hour, you'll land at Kathmandu International airport.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 1 day
  • Grade : Easy
  • Activity : Heli Sightseeing Tour
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude : 4380 m

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