As you have to spend much time above 4000m altitude while trekking, We say it’s moderately complex. However, Gokyo Valley trekking doesn’t need any technical skills to climb. It involves 5-7 hrs of daily walking and crossing Rocky terrain at high altitude areas, thus increasing Gokyo Trek’s difficulty. Gokyo Ri summit, Cho La Pass, Everest Base Camp, and the Kala Patthar are areas above 17000 ft, and you have to trek at this altitude.
Gokyo Trek Difficulty
Weather is another determining factor in the Everest Gokyo trek difficulty. The weather during the winter season becomes harder for regular trekkers. Cold wind with snowfall causes problems during the trek. You have to wait for the regular season for your trek, which is around autumn and spring.
Gokyo trek altitude: Altitude sickness is another probable cause that limits your Gokyo Lakes trek. At higher altitudes, oxygen composition in atmospheric air becomes thinner, which can cause altitude sickness to trekkers. Before trekking this Gokyo Nepal, you must consider these difficulties and challenges. Walking a couple of hours during preparatory phage daily and physical training is crucial for you.
Some people begin to feel sick around 3000m. Symptoms may be dizziness, nausea, and headache. Drinking plenty of water and tea can improve your ability to face altitude sickness. You can also go down to a lower altitude and wait overnight. Before trekking, you can consult your doctor and do physical exercise daily.
Everest Goky Trek Distance
Everest Gokyo trek distance is about 100 km. As it has a longer trekking route, you must walk around 5-7 hr daily. Among 13 days of the total Gokyo Ri trek, the trekking days are about 8kms. This means you will be walking 12 to 15 km each day, and even for a very experienced trekker, getting to Gokyo and back demands about ten days of walking.
Best Time for Gokyo Trek
Choosing the best time for the Gokyo trek prevents you from dealing with unfavorable weather. Trekking during autumn and spring, i.e., around October and April, is the best time for the Gokyo village trek. During this season, you can explore clear mountain views with stable weather. But in the winter, you must face cold weather with frequent snowfall. Read the full article for the best season for trekking in Nepal.
Lukla to Gokyo Trek Cost
The cost of the Gokyo Ri trek depends upon things such as mode of transportation, accommodation, guide and Porter, food, permit cost, etc. An average of around 1200-1800$ per person is required. MyEverestTrek Gokyo Trek’s price is only $1199, including food, transportation, guide, porter, and permit costs. It’s cheaper than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek.
The cost of Lukla to Gokyo Ri for Independent trekkers can be divided into the following Category.
Transportation cost: A flight from Kathmandu to Lukla costs around 180$ per person one way. If you have plenty of time, taking a bus to Jiri from Kathmandu is another option that charges around 15-20$. Helicopters to Gokyo charge you more as compared to local buses or jeeps.
Cost of food and drinks: In Kathmandu, it costs less than in Gokyo Valley. You have many options to choose from, and it costs around 5-10$.
But at a higher altitude, you have to pay higher for the food as lower options. For single meal costs around 6-7$ up to Namche, and as you go higher, the meal cost becomes more expensive. A single water bottle can cost around 2-3$.
Cost of accommodation: Around 5-7 $ per bed per night
Cost of guide and porter: A trip without a guide and porter saves around 40-50$ per day. But hiring a guide and porter is crucial for you, as they help you navigate and identify mountains, peaks, and monasteries you pass through. You can have the option to hire a porter-guide, one who does work as a guide, and a porter.
Everest Gokyo Trek Permit
First and foremost, you need your visa to Nepal (except for Indians). You can get a one-month Nepal Travel Visa at TIA for $40 (Free for SAARC counties and Chinese). To go Gokyo Ri trek, you must receive two trek permits to Everest: the regional government and the national parks issue.
Local area permit
Earlier, the Nepal government issued TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) cards for trekkers in Kathmandu. But after 2018, the permit has to be replaced by a local area permit that can be issued in Lukla. After landing at Lukla airport, the officers ask for your visa and photo to give you the paper immediately. The Gokyo Trek permit costs $20, and you need to carry it throughout the journey. This Gokyo Lakes trek permit for the local area goes for the promotion of tourism on Everest.
Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
At the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, you must issue another permit for the Gokyo trek. This National Park is home to the Gokyo Lakes and Mount Sagarmatha, along with much unique flora/ fauna. The 30 USD + government tax you pay goes for nature conservation. It’s money well spent. Our agency arranges all the permits while you enjoy the entire journey.
- A local area permit costs around 20$ per person
- Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, which costs about 30 $ including VAT.