Gokyo Lake Trek takes you to the remote Gokyo Valley with abundant glacial turquoise lakes. You can enjoy panoramic mountain peaks, beautiful lakes, and glaciers. For a successful trek, you must also plan for its itinerary, seasons, and cost. In this blog, we will be discussing the budget required for the Gokyo Lake Trek.
Gokyo Lake Trek is the most popular trek of the Everest Region, coinciding with Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek takes you along Ngozumpa Glacier to Gokyo Ri Summit, over 5000 m altitude. During this trek, you can enjoy the summits of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.
This trek is quieter than the Everest Base Camp Trek. Few trekkers trek this region in comparison to Everest base Camp Trek. This trek starts from Lukla. After a scenic flight from Kathmandu, you will reach Lukla. Then, following the typical EBC trekking route, you will reach Namche Bazaar within the first three days of the trek.
After acclimatization in Namche, you head northwest through the towns of Dole and Machhermo to the heavenly destination, Gokyo Lake. You also pass through the Sherpa town of Khumjung with the most welcoming people.
The cost of the Gokyo Lake Trek depends on many factors. It depends on the number of people in your group, the season you choose, the distance you travel, modes of transportation, the lodging you prefer, food choices, and additional services. You can book a package from a travel agency that includes most of these factors.
The total cost for trekking Gokyo Lake is around USD 1200 to USD 1800 per person. Let’s see how this cost is divided into services such as accommodation, permits, transportation, food, drinks, travel insurance, and equipment.
This cost varies from city area to remote area. If you book a package, accommodation cost is included in it. If you book a luxury package, you will be provided with five-star accommodation. If you book a standard package, you will be provided with three-star accommodation. The hotels in Kathmandu cost from $20 to $250.
If you trek independently, you can find decent and comfortable lodging in the lower region. But after ascending to a certain altitude, lodges are limited. Teahouse trekking is the best option for this trek. You can find many tea houses along this isolated journey. The cost of a night stay is $4 to $5. The prices are more reasonable during the season.
If you choose a package booking, you won’t have to worry about accommodation in higher regions. The travel agency will pre book the accommodation along the trail and ensure your safe return.
Transportation requires more expenses than other services. The starting point of this trek is Lukla. You can choose a flight or a road journey to Lukla. Your package includes all your domestic transport expenses except for international flights.
If you choose a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, it costs USD 150 per person. But if you choose road transportation, you can choose a public bus or a private jeep. The cost of one-way local buses ranges from USD 10 to USD 12. It takes 6 to 9 hours to reach Lukla by road transport.
You can also choose a helicopter ride up to Lukla. However, it is very expensive. You can select any transportation according to your comfort. You can discuss with your travel agency to help you decide the way of transportation.
Food and Drinks Cost
The cost of food and drinks varies according to altitude. In lower altitudes, foods are cheaper with many choices, while once you reach high altitudes, your choice is limited and quite pricey.
You will have many food options in Kathmandu, costing USD 5 to USD 10. There are multiple food choices for veg as well as non-veg. If you want a fancy dinner, it costs from USD 25 to USD 50.
Due to the transportation issues, you must survive in Dal Bhat on the whole trail. Dal Bhat is a traditional Nepali dish made of rice and lentil curry. You can have tea, coffee, and soft beverages in tea houses.
Permit is mandatory for trekking Gokyo Lake. Two permits, called Sagarmatha National Park Permit and a local permit, are needed to complete this trek.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit costs USD 30 and is available at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and the entrance of Monjo.A local permit costs USD 20, which can be obtained from the entrance gate of Monjo.
Travel Insurance Cost
Travel Insurance is mandatory for trekking in Nepal. This service is not included in your package. You have to get travel insurance from a trustworthy travel insurance company. It is best to get from your country before your Nepal flight.
You can encounter many dangerous situations during this trek. So, your travel insurance must cover medical emergencies, evacuation, and elevations up to 6000 m. You can also check if it covers trip cancellation and luggage loss. The cost varies according to policy and length of the insurance. But on average, it costs around USD 120 per person.
To have a comfortable trekking journey, trekking gear is really necessary. You need tools, warm clothes, and hiking boots. You can rent high-quality trekking gear from a reputable rental shop, such as poles, crampons, weatherproof coats, tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags.
Renting these equipment costs from USD 1 to USD 10 per day. The price depends on the tools and the caliber of goods you choose.
Hence, you can enjoy your journey to Gokyo Lake, a valley of Glaciers. This journey is going to be the most memorable journey of your life. Book your package after planning a trek from an authorized government-registered travel agency.
If you book your package, you can pay the travel agency a total sum. But if you want a rough idea about the costs or want to trek individually, the above details will help you.