Everest Base Camp Trek Cost
Everest Base Camp trek is listed as one of the best trekking trails of the world by various travel magazines, websites, and reviewers. It is affordable and accessible to many. On a plus side, Everest Base Camp trek cost is within reach of most travelers. We have a USD 1285 EBC trek package for you.
The breathtaking scenery, adventurous trail, friendly people and relatively easy hike makes Everest Base Camp trek top all the charts. Two weeks long trek offers best of everything a trekker wants in a hike.
The trail that makes you set your foot below the world’s highest mountains is on the bucket list of mountain lovers all around the world. After your successful trek to Everest Base Camp, you can proudly brag about your achievement. Everest Base Camp is higher than most of the mountain peaks of the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
The local month of Autumn (September, October, November) and Spring (March, April, May) are the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek. This season has the best temperatures and views for the trekkers. But, if you prepare properly and keep a check on your packing list for the EBC trek, then this adventurous hike is doable throughout the year.
Trekkers of any age with good fitness can trek to Everest Base Camp. The trail is moderate to strenuous grade trek and does not require any specialized gear. Everest Base Camp trek is difficult only in terms of altitude. Altitude sickness can be easily avoided with little preparations and cautions taken to acclimatize during the trek.
For those who want to rach to the Everest Base Camp but do not want to do the two week’s long and strenuous trek, then we have the option for the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour as well. The cost is USD 1175 with which you will get to stand at the base camp of Mount Everest in an hour without any sweat or lethargy.
Cost of Trekking to Everest Base Camp
When you pay USD 1285 for our 14 days Everest Base Camp trek, then it will cover the total cost of your food, accommodation, permits, transportation, guides and porters and so on. Also, with this amount, we will arrange everything for you regarding the legal matter for the trek.
Here’s a break down of the costs that incur during the Everest Base Camp trek.
Food is easily available along the Everest Base Camp trek route. There are a number of tea houses and lodges in throughout the trail. These tea houses are positioned within a few hours of trek apart. You do not need to carry a lot of food. But having some light snacks high on energy on your backpack comes handy when you need it most.
Tea houses and lodges offer a variety of food including local Nepali delicacies and continental cuisines. The cost of food is reasonable at the lower altitude. The price increases with the altitude as they have to carry food from lower elevations. In high altitude villages very little can be grown.
Normally, a meal cost ranges between USD 5 to 15 depending on the food items and place where you are staying. It is recommended to allocate around USD 600 for food for the entire trek.
As stated earlier, the Everest region has plenty of tea houses and lodges. It wouldn’t be extremely difficult to find a room during the offseason. However, the peak trekking season might get a bit crowded. For such times, booking a package with Exciting Nepal in advance would be the best way of trekking without worrying.
There are lodges of different quality. Staying at a basic tea houses costs USD 5 per night. These basic lodges have clean rooms with beds. Here, toilets and bathrooms are usually outside. There are also some luxurious lodges that offer more services at a higher price. Such lodges and hotels may charge you up to USD 150 per night.
Nights get colder as you climb higher. If you need extra blankets, you can have at a nominal additional charge.
The basic lodges and guests usually charge you for charging your electronic devices like mobile phones and cameras. The price may range from USD 1 to USD 3.
Taking hot showers will cost you in the range of 2 to 6 USD.
As you will be trekking, you will be walking on your feet to get from one place to another. Getting to the trailhead from Kathmandu requires a short flight to Lukla. One way flight costs you around USD 180.
It is always recommended to book your flight in advance. Due to weather conditions, the flight may cancel for the planned days. You may have to go through a hassle to get your money refunded. So, we recommend you to book through a trusted travel agency. When you book with us, we will make sure to arrange another flight the next day or get your refunds if you have to cancel the whole trip due to time limitations.
We advise you to have a few days as a buffer to reschedule treks in case your local flights are canceled.
Cost of Guide and Porter
Everest Base Camp Trek can be done without a guide, and it is not mandatory to hire a guide. But, we recommend hiring a trekking guide for Everest Base Camp trek for some compelling reasons.
Trekking in Everest region is physically and mentally challenging. Having an experienced guide will give you extra comfort and makes the trek stress free. S/he will not only help you navigate the trail. They will take care of your safety and security and be a first responder during an emergency. They will inform about major attractions, introduce local culture and be your friend.
Hiring a guide for Everest Base Camp trek costs USD 30 to 35 per day. Porters cost USD 20 to 30 per day. While porter guides will cost you USD 30 to 35 per day. While hiring a guide or a porter, make sure they are experienced, registered and license holder guides and are insured.
To reduce the individual costs on hiring guides and porters, you can, instead, hire a porter-guide for USD 30-35 per day. They will help carry your load and guide you throughout the trail. They do the work of both guides as well as a porter. So, it’s up to you who you plan to hire for your adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp Kala Patthar.
Permits and Entry Fees
To trek to the Everest Base Camp trek, you will enter through the Sagarmatha National Park and enter the Everest region. So, they need two different permits. They are Local Area Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.
Each trekker has to pay entry fees for entering into Sagarmatha ( Everest ) National Park. The entry fee is NPR 3390 (3000 plus 13 percent tax) which is approximately 30 USD for foreigners. For trekkers holding a passport of SAARC member countries, the fee is NPR 1500 which is approximately 14 USD.
The entry permit can be either received at Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or at national entry park entry point at Monjo.
Additionally, you will need to get a Local Area Permit enforced by the local government. You will pay NPR 2000, approximately 18 USD at Lukla. This is a new provision to replace the earlier provision of Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) for Everest Base Camp trek.
Both the permits are a one-time payment. They will remain valid for your entire trekking duration.
Cost of Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must for the high altitude treks like the Everest Base Camp trek. It comes handy when you get into certain challenges, difficulties, or unexpected happenings while on the trek. A 30 day Travel Insurance costs of USD 150 and it covers the emergencies up to the height of 6000 meters. Before you buy the travel insurance policy, make sure that you choose the policy that covers up to the height of 6000 meters and offers immediate helicopter evacuations in case of emergencies.
Tips for Guides and Porters
Tipping guides and porter is not mandatory in Nepal however, it is customary. There is no fixed rate for the tips but you can give as per your choice. Generally, tips are given after the completion of the trek.
Cost of Trekking Gears
You will need different clothes and trekking essentials for the trek to Everest Base Camp trek. But you do not have to buy everything new for the trek, you can use things you already have. Also, you can rent some trekking gears in Thamel for which you have to pay from USD 1-10 per day depending on which gear you rent.
While on the trek, you will visit several monasteries, local schools, and villages. You may want to donate some money there. This is a completely personal choice and is not included in our EBC trek package cost.
Cost-related Advice for the Everest Base Camp Trek
- Once you leave Kathmandu, then you will not find reliable ATM in the Everest region. So, it is a good idea to carry enough cash in hand before you leave for the trek.
- Our package covers the cost of the meal for breakfast and dinner. But you need to pay yourself for lunch.
- Most of the teahouses accept cash in Nepali denomination, so you must carry sufficient Nepali cash during the trek.
- The cost of snacks, chocolates, drinks goes higher as you land in the Everest region. So, it is a good idea to buy them at Kathmandu or your home country at a relatively cheaper price.
- As you ascend higher on the trek, you may have to pay a certain amount to charge your electronic gadgets like mobile phone, camera batteries. To manage this cost, you can carry power banks.
- Do not forget to buy general medicines while at Kathmandu before you leave for the trek. You may not find them once in the trek.
- Instead of over-spending on drinking water bottle on the trail, you can bring water purifiers or purification tablets and use water from local sources.
- If you do not want to spend money on guide and porter, then solo trekking to Everest Base Camp is also possible.
All Inclusive Packages of Everest Base Camp by Exciting Nepal
You can purchase all-inclusive trekking packages from us. We offer Everest Base Camp trek packages starting at USD 1150. The price may vary depending on the number of trekkers in the group, route plan, and nature of services preferred. The package includes all basic services required during the trek along with a guide, food, lodging, flight to Lukla and back, permit and documents.
For more details, contact us for specific queries. You can also book you Everest Base Camp trek online here.