You must always figure out your budget and expenses before any treks or travels. Trekking requires many things- physical fitness, mental preparedness and of course a fancy budget. The Everest Gokyo Ri trek is no different. Everest Gokyo Ri Trek cost depends on a number of factors.
Nepal is a quite affordable country to travel to. It is quite easy to gather up the budget as the daily expenses aren’t sky high. You will easily be able to travel (if it is low-key and not luxurious) with a couple hundred dollars (excluding flight fees).
Excluding your daily personal expenses, if you decide to book your travel through an agency, your travel package will cover your travel expenses.
Most packages usually cover the cost of accommodation, meals, transportation as well as hiring guides.
However, most packages, will not cover your travel expenses. Such as the permits, visa, and international transportation.
Internet usage, a bucket of hot water to shower with or a flask of hot drinking water may also be some of the other expenses. These expenses you may have to personally pay for in the trekking trails.
Here is a detailed explanation of the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek Cost.
In order to complete the Everest Gokyo Ri trek, you will require travel permits issued by the government. The permits are set as a requirement as they allow the government to improve the places you visit and develop them.
To trek The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek you will have to get two permits. Local Area Permit and the Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit. The latter permit will allow you to enter the Khumbu National park.
You can get the Local Area Permit at the entry point of Sagarmatha National Park, Monjo for USD 20 per person.
And the Sagarmatha National Park Entry permit will take you back about $30 (including VAT).
Transportation costs may take up one of the biggest parts of your budget. Your traveling costs start right from the beginning. Here is an idea of how much transportation costs will be:
The package you choose will most probably cover the national transport. But, if you are traveling without one, here is an idea about on the Everest Gokyo Ri Trek cost.
There are two ways to start your Everest Gokyo Ri trek. The first one is a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and the other is travel by road in local vehicles.
The flight is the most preferred option as it provides the chance to see the majestic mountains in all their glory from an eagle eye point of view. The 30-minute flight will cost about $150 for a one-way ticket.
Another alternative which is traveling by road, this is quite a treat too. It may leave you a little tired but if you are traveling with a big group the road trip is sure to bring you closer.
You can either hire a small vehicle for your group for about $150-$300. Or take the local bus for $10 to $12, each way. It will take about 6-9 hours from Kathmandu to Lukla if you travel by road.
Another option is a helicopter ride which will, however, be a bit more expensive.
If you want to take the helicopter ride, be sure to talk with your guide or travel agency in advance.
The package you choose will include the lodging cost. You will get the chance to stay in 3 to 5-star hotels if you take the luxury package. If you choose the normal package you will be still accommodated in the best hotels available at the price point.
The Everest Gokyo Ri trek follows many remote trails so you will also be staying at plenty of teahouses. The cost of one-night stays in most of them are very affordable and cost about $3 up to $ 5.
The Tea houses offer basic living essentials like two single beds with pillows and some warm blankets. Your room will have the basics like hooks on the wall, a small bedside table.
If the beds are a concern then you can carry your own bed sheets. It is also better if you carry a sleeping bag with you which will come in handy.
The toilets are usually outside and are for common use. These are squat toilets and please be sure to carry your own toilet paper. You will only have access to bucket water in the lavatory.
If you do require warm water you can always ask the kitchen who will gladly provide it. But you may have to pay with a dollar or so, for it.
The food cost similar to other costs will get more expensive as you climb to higher elevations. The usual rice, lentils, and vegetables along with pickles will be the staple food served throughout the Everest Ri trekking trail.
In addition to the staple, you can also order foods such as pizza, noodles, fries, and dumplings in many of the hotels.
The price of western food can start at $5 (which the package may not include). And you can also find some mouth-watering pastries and cakes at Namche Bazaar.
Your average food cost per day will probably amount to about $20 to $30.
If you want to make most of your Everest Gokyo Ri trek and trek freely you may want to hire a porter. The porters here are quite experienced an will help you carry your heavy luggage.
Some porters will charge you by the kg and some with a pre-discussed price. But, the standard rate is $20-$30 per day excluding tips.
Travel Insurance Cost
Your travel package in Nepal will not cover your travel insurance. It is best to travel with a reliable travel insurance, please make sure you get insured in your home country.
Opt for insurance for basic travel as well as medical emergency and evacuation insurances. Further, you can check in for baggage coverage and trip cancellation insurance to remain on the safe side.
The travel insurance should cost you around $120 per person.
The Everest Gokyo Ri trek does not require any technical climbing but you will require proper equipment to complete your trek. The equipment does add up to quite a large amount. You may want to separate a budget for them.
You can bring certain equipment like clothes and trekking boots from where you are traveling but you will still have to buy some of the others. You can get pretty good deals in Nepal too.
An alternative is that you can also rent equipment in Nepal.
There are a lot of places that offer good quality trekking gear. The price ranges from USD 1-10 a day and varies on the equipment and quality you choose. Trekking poles, crampons for winter, waterproof jackets, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags are some of the few things that you can rent.
There are bound to be some miscellaneous expenses in your trek. And these should be a part of your budget. Here are few miscellaneous expenses that may occur during your trek.
Tipping is not a big part of Nepal’s culture and it is not mandatory in hotels and restaurants. But, it is customary to tip your guide and porters.
The amount you tip is up to you but we suggest about $15 for guides and $8 for porters, per day.
Extra services may be something that you have to pay out of your own pockets. For example, you may get free wifi in some places but might need to pay extra to use wifi services. The price for wi-fi is about $2 on average per hour.
You may also use wifi using your sim card if you have one. You will get a 100MB data pack priced at $3. You should get one as it will allow you to keep in touch with your traveling group.
You will have to pay around $1.5-$3 for a small flask of boiled water. A bottle of mineral water costs from $1 in the lower regions and will increase as you ascend. It is quite logical if you carry your reusable bottle and ask for a refill.
You will also have to pay for warm water for taking a shower which you will get upon request. You may have to pay about $2 to $3 dollars for this.
You will obviously be carrying some gadgets with you. Cameras, phones, rechargeable lights among others. There is a high chance that you will have to pay around $2-$5 per hour for charging your phones or other gadgets. This is applicable as you reach remote areas. Normally in the lower regions, this isn’t the case.
After your trek, you will be returning to the capital where you may want to buy souvenirs. You will most probably also be indulging in food after the trek. So, keep a part of your budget for these too.
Your Everest Gokyo Ri trek may come to about $2500 to $3000 per person. The cost is very affordable and worth every penny.
Having a budget set for your trek is the best feeling. It is better to prepare yourself as you can fully immerse yourself in the amazing trek and enjoy it fully without having to worry too much.
The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek is an affordable trek that offers you with immense beauty and the experience of a lifetime.
It offers an adventure of a lifetime and a chance to trek through the many of the highest passes and hills in the world.
Including the Chola Pass and Gokyo Ri itself. In addition to the passes, the beauty of the cobalt blue lakes will take you aback as they are a treat for themselves.
The Everest Gokyo Ri Trek allows you to get closer to the various cultures of the region and understand the locals better. Including the life of the legendary Sherpas.
If you have any queries about the trek or want to book the trek be sure to contact us.