Bunk off the city and weave your way around the Himalayas for the relentless adventure and most picturesque views. If not, rove for the jaw-dropping vista of Mount Everest or the visionary valleys and magical forests that allures travelers.
The Himalayas boasts numerous trekking destinations that stand out with its hovering mountains, medieval villages, and thriving forests putting forth lovely sights. Nevertheless, Everest Base Camp tops the chart for most trekked destinations following a majestic view of snow peaks and diverse landscapes.
Even on the gloomiest day, Everest Base Camp continues to ablaze with its brightly colorful valleys, glimmering glaciers, and towering mountains. Its electrifying trails with vivid green meadows add further charm to its beauty.
Budget Everest Base Camp Trekking is the smartest choice for any day backpackers who wants to offset the costs and explore the base camp with ease. The package is dedicated to keeping the trip under budget without hurting the bank account of hikers.
The trip to Everest Base Camp starts with an easy flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then trek to Phakding. The trail from Phakding winds through the juniper forests and Dudh Koshi River valley to reach Namche Bazaar.
Passing over the sanctuary, you can see quite a few Himalayan wild animals and birds. The trail from Sherpa village till Everest Base Camp is mostly uphill with a rugged surface. With the start of the trail from Namche, the path rises and winds its way into Tengboche and Gorak Shep.
The course has you walking over the old wooden bridge, upland, and rocks, emerging above the foothills. After Gorak Shep, the trails are a bit rugged with stones and cliffs but rewarding. It provides a mesmerizing view of soaring peaks, traditional Nepali villages, and a luminous terrace.
There are multiple selections in meals item in Everest region trekking. But, it can be basic and may not have choices in menu some of the rest places.
Mountain Guide and Potter
Taxes and Entrance Fees
Travel insurance (compulsory), personal expenses, tips, drinking water, cold drinks, hot drinks, shopping, laundry, internet, phone, bar bills.
Arrival in Nepal
According to your arrival itinerary in Nepal, Good Vibe Adventure welcomes you at the entry point or at the airport and takes you to the hotel. We also brief you in short about the programs.
Tourist vehicle to airport drop and pick up/ round flight trip KTM - LUKLA - KTM.
Food/ Water and Accommodation on Everest Base Camp Trek
During the trekking, we bring to breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch on the trekking trail. We recommend you to bring water purification pills, but you have options of buying bottled water or boiled water as well. And best available lodge in the trekking. Lodges with basic facilities are available in Everest Base Camp trekking.
Luggage on Everest Base Camp Trek
During the trekking, your bag pack will be carried by the porter and you can use your belongings at your desired time. You can just carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. Except the necessary things, you can deposit your belongings to the hotels locker.
Communication, Electricity and Battery Charge on Everest Base Camp Trek
Despite some areas, there is network coverage of mobile phone in almost the places. The landline phones are also available for the communication. Electricity or solar powers are available for the mobile charge. It is better to have a spare battery.
It is better to consult with your doctor before going to the Everest Base Camp Trekking. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)/ High Altitude Sickness can occur during the trekking so proper acclimatization is needed. Please, take your required medicine with you.
Insurance help you to get a quick rescue and the medical expenses. It is an expensive operation from the higher altitude in helicopter. It cuts your economic burden if some accidents happen. Insurance should be done by you.
Best Trekking season for the Everest Base Camp
Autumn and spring are the best seasons for Everest Base Camp Trekking. Days are warm and nights are chilling. Mornings are usually clear and fine weather. It can be cloudy around the afternoon and evening. The winter season is more challenging due to the heavy snow fall.
Booking and Payment procedure
10% payment should be paid in advance while you book the trip. It should include Passport copy and flight detail. The rest of 80% payment is payable at your arrival in Nepal. You can pay by your credit card and deposit into the bank account of Good Vibe Adventure from your country and can pay cash after your arrival.
In addition of Everest Base Camp Treks, we can also extend the trip to jungle safari, Lumbini Tour, Nepal Tour, Rafting along with tour activities in Tibet and Bhutan. Please, let us know earlier if you want to extent your trip either inside Nepal or outside of it according to your time management.
General Cost Details During the Trek
The cost of Everest Base Camp Trek relies on the itinerary you pick and the service you preferred. The longer you decide to stay in the region, the more it’s going to cost you which can put a lot of pressure. However, with budget Everest Base Camp Trekking, you won’t have to be deeply concerned or bother thinking about it.
Following the Budget Everest Base Camp Trekking, we get to explore the campsite at a fair price. The cost of an Everest Base Camp trek typically ranges from US$9,00 to US$1,500 based on the length of your stay.
Food and Accommodation
Accommodation in Everest Base Camp trek varies from extravagant hotels to lodges and guest houses right around the corner. However, after coming high above the lowlands, the accommodation option prunes with mere some tea houses and trekking lodges available
Tea houses are increasingly common on the way to Everest Base Camp as they’re more comfortable, cozy, and best-priced. Its service may not meet those standards of a high-quality restaurant but the facilities provided cover the bare necessities.
At the cost of US$3 to US$5, you’ll get a good set-up room with a single or double bedroom. Along with it comes a wooden bed, a clean bed sheet, a pillow, and a bedsheet which is optional in some places.
Food items, especially for dinner, don't have much variety. You’ll often have to settle for the typical Nepali food, rice, vegetables, pickles, and a few other side dishes. The is believed to be more healthy and supply more energy as compared to other food items to walk the steep trail.
Every day trekkers are provided 3 meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner which costs between US$25 to US$30. You can also have other savory dishes like flatbread and curry, noodle soup, and pizza in western cuisine.
Guides and Porter Cost
It’s really hard to put up with the trail of Everest Base Camp without being rightly guided and backed. Therefore, hikers entrust themselves with the local guides and porters in the region who are always forward to assisting every guest.
They make the travel incredibly easier and comfortable for trekkers by carrying the weight. While the trekking guide helps guests in navigation and discovery of new places, porters as well as serve hikers by carrying as much weight as possible.
Guides in Lukla cost around US$20 to US$30 per day whereas the porters charge US$20-US$25 depending on the weight. Usually, a porter helps two trekkers at a time with no more than 30 kg weight which means each person can scrap up to 15 kg load.
Budget Everest Base Camp trek also includes transportation cost which includes
Excluding the international flight, you have to pay for the domestic airfare to and fro Lukla. You’ll be charged around US$140 however, the price may change over the course of time.
Cost of trekking gears
Everest Base Camp trek is multi-day hiking from plains to mountain sitting at 5,364 meters. With the rising altitude, the temperature varies and so does the weather. This is why you'll need appropriate trekking gear for the base camp hike.
Winters are tremendously cold at the campsite thereupon urging you to get warmer clothes. Insulated mountaineering boots with puffy jackets, woolen gloves, and winter caps well-tuned to impede the frigid weather of Everest Base Camp.
You might also need crampons to walk the snowy terrains in winter. It provides a good grip so that you can easily walk on the trail without slithering. The approximate cost of trekking gears for Budget Everest Base Camp trekking can be somewhere between US$1,500 to US$2,000.
However, if you want to minimize the cost and keep it as low as possible, then better rent the equipment. There are lots of shops in Thamel that lease every hiking gear including tent, sleeping bag, trekking poles, and climbing backpack. Some of the hiking equipment you’re going to need for Budget Everest Base Camp trekking are.
Clothing & Footwear
Travel Insurance Cost
It may not be legally mandated but it’s always better to have travel insurance for your own security and self-assurance. It’s done to protect yourself from unforeseen mishaps including emergency flight, immediate medical service requirement, and stealing.
Given the steep trail of Everest Base Camp, there is a real possibility of altitude sickness. In that case, the travel insurance will cover your cost for aero-medical evacuations. The cost of an insurance policy varies, pricing from US$150 to US$200.