Scaling the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest is a dream for many adventure enthusiasts. However, the thought of the high costs involved in such an expedition can be daunting. But what if we told you that you can experience the thrill of Everest without breaking the bank? Yes, it’s possible! The Everest Base Camp Trek is an affordable and equally thrilling alternative to the expensive expeditions to the summit. This trek will take you through the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas, past glaciers, icefalls, and Sherpa villages, all while getting you up close and personal with the towering peak of Everest. In this guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about planning a budget-friendly Everest Base Camp Trek, including the best time to go, what to pack, and how to prepare for the journey. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on a budget!
Before planning any trip, it’s essential to understand the costs involved, especially when it comes to an adventure like the Everest Base Camp Trek. While the trek is relatively affordable compared to a summit expedition, there are still costs to consider.
The first cost to consider is the flight to Nepal. The majority of trekkers fly into Kathmandu, which has an international airport. The cost of the flight can vary depending on the time of year and where you’re flying from. The second cost to consider is the trekking permit. To trek in the Everest region, you’ll need a permit from the Nepal government, which costs around $30 per person per day. Lastly, you’ll need to factor in the cost of a trekking agency, which can vary depending on the level of service you require.
When planning your budget, you’ll also need to factor in additional costs such as accommodation, food, and gear rental. However, these costs can be kept relatively low if you’re willing to rough it a bit.
Budgeting for the Everest Base Camp Trek is crucial to ensure you don’t overspend and end up cutting your trip short. The first step in budgeting is to decide on your level of comfort. If you’re willing to rough it, you can save a lot of money on accommodation and food.
It’s also essential to plan your trip during the off-season. The peak trekking seasons are from March to May and September to November, which can be more expensive due to high demand. Planning your trip for the off-season, such as December to February or June to August, can significantly reduce your costs.
Another way to save money is by booking your trek with a local trekking agency instead of an international one. Local agencies often offer lower prices and can provide a more authentic experience.
The best time to go for the Everest Base Camp Trek is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons. These seasons offer the best weather conditions, with clear skies and mild temperatures.
However, if you’re looking to save money, planning your trip during the off-season (December to February or June to August) can be a great option. During these seasons, the trails are less crowded, and you can experience the beauty of the Himalayas without the crowds.
It’s important to note that weather conditions can be unpredictable in the mountains, so it’s essential to prepare for all types of weather regardless of when you plan to go
The Everest Base Camp Trek is a physically demanding trek that requires a good level of fitness. Before embarking on the trek, it’s essential to prepare physically and mentally.
To prepare physically, it’s recommended to start a training regimen at least two to three months before the trek. This should include cardiovascular exercises such as running or cycling, as well as strength training to build up your leg muscles.
Mental preparation is also crucial. The trek can be challenging, both physically and mentally, so it’s important to prepare yourself mentally for the journey. Practicing meditation or mindfulness can help you stay focused and positive throughout the trek.
Choosing the right trekking agency is crucial for a successful and safe Everest Base Camp Trek. It’s essential to do your research and choose a reputable agency that has experience in organizing treks in the region.
When choosing an agency, consider factors such as their safety record, level of service, and price. It’s also important to choose an agency that supports responsible tourism and has a positive impact on the local community.
Packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek can be a daunting task, but it’s essential to pack the right gear to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. The key is to pack light and only bring the essentials.
Some of the essential items to pack include a warm sleeping bag, a good quality down jacket, waterproof and breathable hiking boots, and a sturdy backpack. It’s also important to pack warm and breathable clothing, a hat and gloves, a headlamp, and a first aid kit.
Accommodation options on the Everest Base Camp Trek can vary from basic teahouses to more luxurious lodges. The teahouses are basic but comfortable, with shared bathrooms and communal dining areas. The lodges offer more amenities such as private bathrooms, hot showers, and Wi-Fi.
The price of accommodation can vary depending on the level of comfort you’re looking for. Teahouses are the most affordable option, with prices ranging from $08 to $12 per night. The lodges can be more expensive, with prices ranging from $20 to $200 per night.
Food options on the Everest Base Camp Trek can vary from traditional Nepali dishes to Western-style cuisine. The teahouses and lodges offer a variety of dishes, including dal bhat (a traditional Nepali dish), pasta, pizza, and fried rice.
It’s essential to choose food that’s easy to digest and provides enough energy for the trek. It’s also important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to prevent altitude sickness.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek that requires careful planning and preparation. It’s essential to take safety measures to ensure a safe and successful journey.
Some of the safety measures to consider include acclimatizing properly to the altitude, staying hydrated, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s also important to follow the guidance of your trekking agency and guide, as they have experience in organizing treks in the region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu), our representatives from Everest Trekking Routes will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2610m): 4 hours
After the breakfast in the morning, we will transfer you to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for the scenic flight to Lukla which is the gateway destination from where our trek starts. After a dramatic 40 minutes of flight above beautiful mountains, we reach the Lukla airport. After meeting our crew members at Lukla, we start trekking to Phakding and stay overnight there.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours
Today, after taking our morning breakfast, we walk through the pine forest along the Dudh Koshi River. On the way, we enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Thamserku. We come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park via the settlements of Benkar and Monjo. Passing through the village of Jorsale, we finally reach at Namche which is the gateway to Mount Everest. We stay overnight at Namche.
Day 04: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Today will be our first day of acclimatization. You are suggested to stay active and moving during rest days. So, we either spend a taking a day’s hike to Thame village of Khunde. We can explore Namche bazaar itself either. Namche Bazaar is the main center of Everest Region has many government offices, Banks, ATMs, restaurants, Internet Cafes and many more. We stay overnight in the hotel at Namche.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phorste Tenga Village (3800m) 5-6 hours
Today, after taking our morning breakfast, we set out towards Phortse Tenga. We will be enjoying superb views of Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse and the close up views of Thamserku. Following the trail with few ups and downs, we reach Dukh khola to cross the bridge, We can spot various wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and Multicolored Pheasants en route. Passing through Sansa, we reach Phunki Thenga for our lunch. Then, we gear up for a slightly difficult climb through the pine forests which eventually leads us to the village of Phostse Tenga Village.
Day 06: Trek from Phorste Tenga Village to Dingboche (4360m) 5-6 hours
After taking our morning breakfast and visiting the Real Sherpa Village and spectacular views, we start our journey today. We move through the upper trail to Pangboche. En route, we pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. Enjoying the fantastic views of Mount Amadablam, we enter Imja Valley. We then descend into the Lobuche river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day upto Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful fields. We stay overnight at Dingboche.
Day 07: Rest Day at Dingboche
Today, we will spend our second acclimatization day at Dingboche. We will enjoy the refreshing and admiring views of Amadablam from Dingboche in the morning. For the better views of Amadablam and other peaks, we climb the ridge on the north behind the village. From here, we can see three of the world’s highest peaks including Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Oyu. We also enjoy the beautiful views of Cholaste Peak and Taboche Peak. Lobuche East and Lobuche West peaks are the most dominant along with Lhotse. We stay overnight at Dingboche.
Day 08: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m) 3-4 hours
We climb up the seep terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier beyond Dughla today. Passing through Chupki Lhara, Khumbu Glacier moraine, we will witness several wonderful views of snowcapped peaks including Khumbutse, Pumori, Lingtren, and Mahalangur Himal. We will also witness Mount Nuptse to the right. We eventually reach Lobuche for our overnight stay.
Day 09: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorakshep: 8-9 hours
Today, after having our morning breakfast, we follow our trek to Gorakshep through the lateral morain of Khumbu Glacier. As we reach Gorakshep, we find snowcapped mountains around us including Mount Everest. Then, we make our trek to EBC. After enjoying the beautiful surrounding views from Everest Base Camp, we stroll back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 10: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) to Pheriche (4280m): 8-9 hours
Today, we will start our trek up the best viewpoint of Kalapatthar. We will catch the dramatic views of mountains including Lingtren, Mount Everest, Khumbuste, and Changste among others. After enjoying wonderful Himalayan panorama at Kalapatthar, we descend down to Pheriche for our overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3440m) 6-7 hours
Today, just after the start of our trek, we cross Khumbu Khola. We then follow the Everest trail down the beautiful valley. We will be passing through the villages of Tsuro Wog, Shomare, Orsho, and reach Pangboche and Tongboche Monastry with bast view of Amadablam. Crossing the bridge over Imja Khola, we pass through Deboche Village and then continue to Tengboche and Nameche Bazaar. We then follow our trail to Kyangjuma. We stay overnight at Namche.
Day 12: Trek from Namche to Lukla: 6-7 hours
Today we descend to Lukla from Namche. On the way, we will pass through the forest of rhododendron and pine. We will be walking through the Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries. We finally reach at Chheplung and then to Lukla which marks the end of our EBC Trek. We stay overnight at Lukla.
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla
Today, we will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. We will again have a dramatic 40-minutes flight over the high Himalayas. Upon reaching at Kathmandu, you can take the time for exploring the city or you can go for last minute shopping. We celebrate the farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 14: Final Departure
You are saying good bye to the Kathmandu as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We will transfer you to the airport for your returning flight.