Gokyo Ri And Gokyo Lake Cost

Gokyo Ri And Gokyo Lake Cost

Gokyo Lake, a.k.a Gokyo Ri Trek, is the most popular highlight of the mainstream Everest region right after the Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters). The exploration of these pristine lakes, the highest freshwater system on earth, is a tranquil experience. Route to this hidden enchanting valley of the most popular trekking destination in the world takes you across the serene trails filled with wonders of wilderness within the Gokyo Valley.

If you are considering this iconic trekking adventure in the eastern Himalayas and wondering about the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Cost, you have landed on the right page. Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek, which last around 11 days to 16 days, cost approximately around US$ 1,250 to US$ 1,700. There are various factors that influence the cost of the trekking package, and you also have to be careful about various aspects of the package before buying it.

In this article, we will discuss all the major components that the standard Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost will get you, what kind of services/amenities you can expect from your package, and some helpful tips to properly allocate for this classical Himalayan endeavor. Understanding these aspects of the package will help you to choose the most ideal deal for your trek and, of course, assist you in properly allocating the budget if you are managing the trip on your own by evaluating inclusion and exclusion elements.

Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Cost- Overall Package and Duration Overview

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The standard Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek can last somewhere between 11 days to 16 days. If your trekking package handles all your itinerary plans during your stay in the country, it might be lengthy. In case it just handles your adventure on the mountain, then it can be comparatively shorter. The overall number of acclimatization periods and side detours around the region also affect the duration of your trekking package.

Generally, the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost for a standard trekking package ranges from around US$ 1,250 to US$ 1,700. Your overall Gokyo Lake Trek cost will be influenced by various factors, including the length of your trip, route taken, highlight exploration, quality of the offers, services/amenities, and cost inclusions. Great Adventure Treks offers this wonderful trekking experience in the most popular trekking destination in the world with our 13 Day Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek at just US$ 1,290.

This is a fully guided trekking adventure where we will take care of all your itinerary plans from your arrival date to departure. We guarantee a safe, exhilarating, and remarkable experience in these pristine glacial lakes of the Everest region with our exciting trekking package.

If you are wondering whether you will get some sort of discount or not in your Gokyo Ri Trek cost, we offer a discounted rate for group travelers on the pre-determined package cost. For instance, if you are planning to take part in this exploration, you will have to pay US$ 1,290. However, if you are partaking in this adventure with friends or family, a group size of 2 to 4 can buy this package at just US$ 1,265.

Similarly, if your group size is 5 to 10, then you can do this trek at just US$ 1,230. The heaviest discount we offer is for the trekking group with 11+ members; the trekkers in this large group will have to pay only US$ 1,199 each. For any kind of question regarding the trekking package or booking our service, please get in touch with us via our Contact Page.

Package Inclusion and Exclusion- Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Cost

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When buying any kind of trekking package, you have to consider the cost inclusion and exclusion factors of the package. Just going for the packages with cheap face value can be disappointing when you learn about the expenses heads that your package doesn’t cover. Thus, the best way to buy a trekking package is to only check out the package offered by the registered trekking agencies in Nepal instead of booking through a third-party platform.

Also, if you want to avoid paying extra costs for the same packages, avoid the middle person. Only Nepali companies are allowed to operate for the trekking routes in Nepal, you will be just paying extra for the same service if you book through a middleman.

Here are some insights into what the general inclusion and exclusion are of the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lakes cost. Understanding these included and excluded factors of the general packages will help you to choose the most ideal package for you. Also, understanding these cost factors will help you properly manage your budgeting during the trip or if you are managing the overall adventure on your own.

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Package Includes of Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek

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Permits for Trek

Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek take you across the thrilling Himalayan trails that pass across the protected and restricted areas of the region. This should be the foremost priority for your Himalayan trek, even if you’re managing the trek on your own. You will not be able to access the conserved and restricted areas in this mainstream trekking destination without the required permits.

You will basically need to collect three permits for this thrilling Himalayan endeavor:

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit– costs about US$ 20
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit– costs about US$ 30
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card– costs about US$ 17

You can collect the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card at the Nepali Tourism Board Office located in Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu. You can also get the national park entry permit at Monjo after landing in Lukla. However, for the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit, you can only get it at the Sagarmatha National Park Counter in Monjo.

Note: Great Adventure Treks handles all the permit requirements for this trip and will collect them on your behalf so you can enjoy a seamless journey.

Meals

You need to eat a well-balanced diet during your Himalayan journey to fuel yourself with enough energy to trek for long hours. Generally, the standard Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost package covers the expenses of all the standard meals throughout the trekking period. Your trekking package will get you three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, during your stay in Kathmandu, your package will not cover your lunch and dinner costs.

During your stay in Kathmandu, you can enjoy a diverse range of delicacies that fit your palate. Also, as the Gokyo Lake Trek takes you across the mainstream Everest region trail, you can expect a moderate to luxurious level of food and accommodation facilities. The teahouses/lodges prepare healthy and nutritious traditional dishes that keep you warm and energized throughout the trip. Similarly, other Asian country specialties and Western menus are also available at the teahouses.

Cost of Standard Meals in Kathmandu: around US$ 10 to US$ 20

Cost of Standard Meals at Teahouses/Lodges in Everest Region: around US$ 10 to US$ 15

Accomodation

In your Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek, you will spend around 10 nights at the teahouses/lodges on the mountain and around 3 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu. As you will stay at a star hotel during your stay in the capital city, you can expect an extensive and luxurious set of amenities. Similarly, as this trekking journey takes you across the charming trails of the mainstream region, the teahouses/lodges on the mountain also offer moderate to luxurious levels of facilities.

During your Himalayan journey, you can rest at warm and cozy teahouses/lodges that are mostly run by the natives of the region. You will also be able to use all types of services, from the internet, charging, shower, laundry, etc at the lower region; however, as you navigate to higher remote regions, the facilities are rather limited.

Cost of Accomodation in Kathmandu: starting price at US$ 20

Cost of Standard Meals at Teahouses/Lodges in Everest Region: starting price at US$ 10

Transportation

If your trekking package is a fully-guided adventure like our 13 Day Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek, it will take care of all your land transportation as well as the cost of the two-way flight in Kathmandu-Lukla flight. Transportation is one of the significant expenses head of the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost as unlike other trekking destinations that can be reached by road, the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is the only viable and convenient option on this route.

This package will take care of all your land transportation needs, i.e., airport pick-up and drop-off, hotel pick-up and drop-off, as well as the comfortable touring bus or convenient van during the sightseeing day at Kathmandu. So, even if you are managing the trek on your own, you have to appropriately budget the transportation aspect of the Gokyo Lake trek cost. You will fly over a total distance of 135 km to reach Lukla from Kathmandu, and the flight will take approximately 45 minutes.

Cost of Transporation in Kathmandu: starting price at US$ 10 (for city areas)

Cost of Transportation (Kathmandu to Lukla Flight): starting price at US$ 180 (for one-way)

Guide and Porter

It is not possible to do the high altitude treks in Nepal without guides anymore. Since 1st April 2023, the Nepali Government has made it mandatory for travelers to trek with government-registered trekking guides. Due to the alarming rate of rescue and search operations required for the high-altitude trekkers in the Himalayas, the government made it compulsory to trek with a professional guide to enhance the safety features of the travelers.

The journey also becomes more immersive and informative if you trek with guides. They are familiar with the region like the back of their hand and will ensure a safer, comfortable, and memorable adventure. Your guides also take care of your health and all the logistic details of your overall trip so you can just enjoy the exploration without worrying about anything.

Similarly, the porters are also the backbones of the trekking and mountaineering industry. These helpful and strong professionals assist you with your luggage throughout the trip so you can travel more lightly and relish the experience rather than despairing about the heavy load. P.S. porters are generally the natives of the region, so you can count on them for helpful tips, exploration of hidden gems, and more interactive communication with the locals.

Gokyo Lake Trek Cost for Guide: US$ 30 to US$ 35

Gokyo Lake Trek Cost for Porters: US$ 20 to US$ 25

First-aid Kit

While doing remote explorations, especially high-altitude treks, it is important to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. You will navigate the remote, rugged, and uneven trails of the Himalayan region to reach the pristine lakes, so it is necessary to carry all the first-aid boxes along the trip for immediate care if you sustain any minor injuries. Similarly, you will also traverse the remote and physically demanding landscapes of the region for well over a week.

Thus, you should also take care of your general health, so the medications that care of minor health issues should be on your priority list as well. As you ascend to significant altitude points in this trek, it will be a wise move to pack altitude sickness like Diamox. If you trek with Great Adventure Treks, we will provide a comprehensive first aid kit with an oximeter to your trekking group.

Furthermore, your team will also be guided by our expert and licensed trekking guides, who have also received certifications for high altitude and first-aid response training. So, you will be able to enjoy your once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan journey without worrying about anything.

Cost of Comprehensive First-aid Kit: US$ 150 to US$ 200

Package Excludes of Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Trek

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International Airfare and Visa

Even if your trek is a fully guided adventure, it will not cover the expenses of the international airfare and Nepali visa factors of the Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost. As the cost of international flights can differ depending on the distance and the trekker’s preference, trekking agencies don’t cover this expense factor of the Gokyo Ri trek cost.

Similarly, the Nepali Visa cost can vary depending on the intended period of stay which can vary. Thus, you will need to manage both of these expenses on your own. To get the Nepali visa on arrival, you can either fill out the form at the airport or submit it online prior to your departure.

There are generally three variants of Nepali visa that you can get on arrival. The cost of the visa varies with the valid duration of the visa.

Cost of Nepali Visa

  • Nepali Visa with 15-Day Valid Period– US$ 30
  • Nepali Visa with 30-Day Valid Period– US$ 50
  • Nepali Visa with 90-Day Valid Period– US$ 125

Note: You can also extend the visa if you plan to stay longer in this Himalayan country. You can get a minimum of 15 days visa extension which will cost about US$ 45.

Entrance Fees at Cultural Sites

During the sightseeing day that takes place a day before the start of this exciting Himalayan journey, you will explore some of the fascinating cultural, religious, and historic sites of the capital valley. Although your trekking agencies will handle the cost of the transportation for the trip, you will have to pay for the entrance fees by yourself.

The activities travelers prefer inside the sites may vary i.e., some may want photography permission, some may prefer guided trips, museum entry, etc; thus, agencies generally don’t cover this expense factor of Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost.

Cost of Entrance Feess in Kathmandu: US$ 2 to US$ 15

Snacks and Drinks

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Your trekking package does take care of all the standard meals during your trip i.e., breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, the cost of snacks, desserts, and drinks beyond the mentioned itinerary plans should be covered by you. You will be able to enjoy a wide range of snacks and desserts during the trip on this mainstream route, especially in major towns like Lukla and Namche Bazaar.

Still, it will be best if you pack your favorite snacks before your trek and buy them at Kathmandu, as the cost can be high on the mountain. As for the drinks, it is okay to drink refreshing cold or nourishing warm beverages, but you should steer off alcoholic beverages as they can put you at risk of altitude sickness.

Cost of Snacks/Dessert in Everest Region: cost starts at US$ 2

Cost of Beverages in Everest Region: cost starts at US$ 5

Tips

Although tipping isn’t mandatory during your trekking adventures in Nepal, like any other service industry, it is expected. Your Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake cost doesn’t cover the tipping for the staff of your trekking team. There isn’t any specific amount set for the tipping, and you can pay them considering the experience of your journey. Take it as a way to thank them for their service, as they add value to your experience.

Remember, just handing out the tip may feel a little disrespectful, so the best practice here would be to present them with an envelope. Feel free to put the tip you feel fit for the experience you had during your journey; these down-to-earth professionals won’t complain about it.

Most of professionals in the trekking industry rely on this season’s business, so definitely your tipping will certainly mean a lot to them. Moreover, it also contributes to the development of the region, which ultimately comes back as more comfort to the trekkers.

General Tips Margin for Guides in Everest Region: around US$ 5 to US$ 10 per day

General Tips Margin for Porters in Everest Region: around US$ 10 to US$ 15 per day

Other Personal Natured Expenses

Although the personal nature of expenses may not feel significant initially, in the long run, they take up a major portion of your budgeting. You will spend 10 nights and 11 days on the mountain during your trekking adventure. Miscellaneous expenses head of Gokyo Ri Trek cost like charging, hot shower, internet, drinking water, personal trekking gear (if you are renting), etc, you will have to manage them on your own.

Your trekking package doesn’t cover these personal natured expenses in the standard mode. The luxurious or custom-tailored packages do offer these expenses head for absolutely free, including the heated bed.

Cost of Miscellaneous Personal Natured Expenses in Everest Region: US$ 2 to US$ 5 per service (depending on the altitude)

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Tips for Efficnitely Managing Gokyo Ri and Gokyo Lake Cost

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  • Always check package inclusion and exclusion to avoid any kind of hidden cost
  • Instead of buying water bottles, use reusable bottles and fill the bottles at clean stations or at teahouses
  • Optimize your luggage and pack efficiently; if you have to hire an extra porter, the general cost and tips can affect your overall budget
  • Be more attentive to your hygiene and sanitation; falling sick on the mountain can be both risky and costly
  • Plan your trip ahead so you can take your time and won’t have to rush with high-priced booking
  • Buy snacks and your favorite energy bars at Kathmandu; they can be costly on the mountain due to all the extra transportation cost
  • Eat healthy and filling food that nourishes you for long trekking hours; don’t just value the taste
  • Convert enough cash to local currency at Kathmandu; you may have to pay a higher rate on the mountain
  • If you are an avid trekking lover, you should consider buying trekking gear instead of renting them; it more beneficial in the long run
  • Tek in groups to get the best-discounted price
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