Highlights

  • ​​35 minutes of Kathmandu-Lukla flight full of scenic views of the landscapes
  • Explore the unique and vibrant Sherpa tradition and culture
  • Trek inside the Sagarmatha National Park habitat of exotic animals like Musk deer, Himalayan giant Thar and Snow Leopard
  • Stand at the foot of the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest
  • Catch the outstanding view of sunrise over Mt. Everest from Kalapatthar
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of mountains like Ama Dablam, Cho  Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lobuche, etc. along the way

About Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is a bucket list adventure for people all around the world. But, for some people, the cost to complete this trek is a bit higher than their budget. Have no fear, the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek is a flexible option for those who prefer not to pay the full price for the Everest Base Camp Trek. On the budget trek, you can reduce the trip cost by choosing how you want to spend your money. Everest Base Camp trek in one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal, offering outstanding views of nature and a great sense of adventure and achievement as you stand in front of the world’s highest peak - Mount Everest. Not only that, but it is also a chance to have a different insight in life by living a Himalayan life in such an isolated place with people of an amazingly unique culture, tradition, food and day to day life.

The experience you will have during these 14 days of trekking in the Everest region is sometimes tough, but with preparation and preservation, you are bound to collect some awesome memories. During the trek, you will walk along the Dudh Koshi River, amongst oak and rhododendron forests and encounter various animals, birds, plants and trees. You will be trekking inside the area of Sagarmatha National Park which is also home to some rare flora and fauna like Lesser Panda, Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Monal, Musk Deer, and more. 

Mountain views are the highlights of Everest Base Camp Budget Trek especially when you are at the famous viewpoint Kalapatthar, which has the best view of Mount Everest in the region. But that’s not all, you will also be part of unique Sherpa culture while you stay at these traditional villages. In each village and especially at Tengboche Monastery, you will learn about Tibetan Buddhism and the people who follow it. The combination of wildlife, mountains, culture, tradition, and isolation from the rest of the world makes this trek unique from any other trip. Especially when you have Budget Everest Base Camp Trek which lets you take control of how much money you want to spend. We help you make the most of your trip within your budget constraints.
 

Who should choose Budget Everest Base Camp Trek?

If you think you can manage or even save some money being in charge of your expenses like food, then Budget Everest Base Camp trek is the perfect option for you. You can also reduce the cost of your Everest Base Camp trek by not hiring a porter and carrying your stuff by yourself. However, you still get the benefits of planning your trip with a company and trekking in the Everest region. Sublime Trails offers you guide, accommodation, airport pick ups and drop offs and all other necessary arrangements. Our experienced guides make it their highest priority to make your trip safe, comfortable, and memorable. 
 

What type of food and accommodation can be found during the trek?

While you are in Kathmandu, you will be provided with three-star hotels for accommodation. As the food is not available in our package, you can explore different cuisines available in the city on your own. During the trek, tea houses will be available for the accommodation. These teahouses may not be luxurious but will provide you with the basic services. Common local and modern dishes such as noodles, pasta, vegetables, dal & bhat, fried rice, eggs, soup, etc. will be available in the Everest region. The food gets expensive as the altitude increases. You can choose to avoid any fancy food and drinks.
 

How difficult is Budget Everest Base Camp trek?

Everest Base Camp trek is itself a strenuous trek and it can get a bit difficult, especially when you are also constantly thinking about managing your budget. You will also carrying your own bags, so this can be a bit demanding. The duration of this trek is 14 days, including 2 days for acclimatization rest. For 9 days, you will be walking an average of 6 hours a day. While there is always a possible risk of altitude sickness. While trekking in higher places, proper acclimatization and keeping yourself hydrated helps a lot. The trekking terrain changes a lot and you may also have to walk on moraine and cross a glacier. Several uphill and downhill climbing with some steep uphill can make it exhausting and you need to proceed carefully. 

Note: Physical preparation like cardio exercises, hiking, strength-building exercises, etc. before the trip can help you a lot.

Itinerary

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When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will come to pick you up with your name on aboard. Then you will be transferred to a hotel where you will take a rest for a while. Later in the afternoon, you can go shopping for trekking gear if you haven't already, get a permit, etc. You can stroll around the streets and have fun in the evening.

Early in the morning, you will have a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. After completing almost 35 minutes of thrilling flight, you reach Lukla. Your trek begins from here as you walk almost flat terrains that lead to Phakding. You will be walking alongside the Dudhkoshi river. After walking for 3/4 hours, you will reach Phakding where you spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful landscapes. You will stay overnight at a tea house.

You will start your day-2 trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. You will have to cross the Dudh Koshi River via a suspension bridge and follow the trail in between the pine, oak and rhododendron forests to get to Monjo valley. You can have your lunch here and get the permit to Sagarmatha National Park if you haven’t already. You will enter the park as you ascend towards Namche. While walking upward, you might encounter many porters and yaks carrying goods for Namche Bazaar. You will also get to see many mani walls and prayer flags along the way. After a few hours of ascending, you will reach Namche from where you will be greeted with the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Spend the rest of your day at Namche Bazaar. 

As you reach Namche Bazaar, you will have crossed the safe elevation mark (3000 m) for altitude sickness. It is necessary to take acclimatization rest in order to avoid the sickness. You can spend the day any way you like, You can hike to the nearby places to get a good view of the mountains and the landscapes. You can hike to the places above villages to get a good view of the sunrise and sunsets. You can stroll around the market and buy any missing things as it will be your last chance. You can interact with local people and explore their lifestyle etc. You will stay overnight at a tea house.

On the fifth day of your trekking journey, you will trek to Tengboche from Namche Bazaar. As you complete a few ascents and descents, you will get the amazing views of the landscapes and mountains such as Everest, Nuptse, Lobuche, etc. Tengboche is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Everest region to behold the mountains. You will get a spectacular view of Ama Dablam from here accompanied by other mountains. You will also get to explore the biggest monastery of the area, Tengboche Monastery. After enjoying the breathtaking view and exploring the Tengboche village, you will stay overnight at a teahouse.

On this day, you will walk to Dingboche from Tengboche. The trail passes through rhododendron and oak forests. On the way, you can see barley farms and stone walls to protect the crops from harsh wind. You will pass through Pangboche village where you can also visit Pangboche monastery. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Dingboche. From here, you will get the mesmerizing view of the landscapes. You will stay overnight at a tea house.

You will spend the 7th day as your second acclimatization day at Dingboche. On this day, you can explore the nearby places of Dingboche. You can have a hike to Chhukung Ri, high passes of Amphu Laptsa and Makalu Barun National Park. You can climb the Garstang Hill to get an amazing view of the mountains or you can stroll around the village and spend time with local people. You will spend the night at a teahouse. 

As you go upward from Dingboche, the route becomes more challenging. You will ascend the steep ridge from where you can see the memorials dedicated to the departed climbers. You will then walk through the moraine valleys and rocky terrains till you get to Lobuche. You can get a spectacular view of the mountains such as Mt Lobuche, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Mt Nuptse, etc. However, the Everest is hidden behind the Lhotse and Nuptse. You will stay overnight at a teahouse.

Today is the day you will get to your final destination, the Everest Base Camp. After waking up early and having your breakfast, you will head towards Gorak Shep. The trail to Gorak Shep is comparatively easy and you will have your lunch there and move forwards towards the Everest Base Camp. Then comes the challenging part of walking through rocky moraines and crossing the Khumbu glacier.

After completing that, you will finally reach Everest Base Camp, where you will see prayer flags, mani walls and brilliant views of mountains like Lhotse and Nuptse. Though you can’t see that amazing view of Everest from the Base Camp, you will trek to Kala Patthar tomorrow for that. Depending on the season, you may also see expedition groups acclimatizing there for their Everest climb. Now, you will return to Gorak Shep and rest at a tea house.

Kalapatthar is another highlight of the Everest Base Camp trek as this place offers the best views of Mt. Everest and other peaks. From Kalapatthar, mountain views look amazing during sunrise or sunset. According to our schedule, you will wake up early and chase the sunrise and reach the top of Kalapatthar, also the highest elevation you will conquer during this trek. The Everest looks mighty and outstandingly beautiful from Kalapatthar, you will also get to catch glimpses of Khumbu Icefall. After collecting beautiful memories there, you will now descend towards Pheriche where you will spend the night after dinner.

Enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Everest region, you will descend towards Namche exploring an alternative route. The green forests of Rhododendron, oak and pine trees accompanies you in each step with the chance to encounter various exotic animals. Along the trail, you will walk past several Sherpa settlements and villages. You may meet other trekkers who are walking towards Everest Base Camp or the Gokyo lakes with whom you can share your experiences. After reaching Namche, you may rest for a while, freshen up and have your dinner. 

Today you will walk downhill towards Lukla from Namche. As you turn back, you will see that the snow-peaked mountains that once seemed so close are getting further. After crossing several scenic villages, you will finally reach Lukla where you will book tickets to Kathmandu. Lukla has some amazing places where you can go and refresh your mood and relieve your fatigue. After that, you can rest at a tea house after dinner.

This is your last day to spend in the lap of Himalayas as you will now prepare to return back to Kathmandu. The same 35 minutes flight that brought you to Lukla will take you back to Kathmandu by once again letting you enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Everest region. After reaching Kathmandu, you will check into your hotel and rest. You may also roam around the streets of Thamel to buy souvenirs or handicrafts. In the evening, you can enjoy yourself in a bar, restaurant, spa or just rest at your hotel.

After spending amazing two weeks exploring Everest regions and various places, your trip concludes today. After waking up and having your breakfast, our representative will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport after our crew wishes you farewell.

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What's included

  • Accommodation
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 11 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
    Domestic Flight to Lukla and back
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Any meals during the trek
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Availabilities

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Good to know

How is the budget Everest Base Camp trek different? 

Budget Everest Base Camp trek allows you to take control of your expenses. There are some expenses like flight to/from Lukla, paperwork costs, etc which are inevitable and are included in this package. But, you can choose to spend your money on food and accommodation the way you like. 
 

Are guides and porters included in the budget Everest Base Camp trek package? 

You will be provided with a guide per two people but there will be no porters. Since there will be no porters included, it helps to pack wisely and only bring things that are absolutely necessary. If you want to hire a porter, you may need to pay extra.
 

How can I save more money during my Everest Base Camp trek? 

Internet, hot shower and an upgrade in service can cost increase your expense a lot while staying in the Everest region. This is because most of the route lies in an extremely rural area with no easy access to the rest of the world. Even buying bottled water and snack can cost you a lot. If you want to trek with only simplistic services and bring your own snacks from Kathmandu, use water purification tablets to use tap water, it can help you keep it low budget. If you are okay with no internet and modern devices for 14 days, you will save yourself some good money. 
 

While I’m budget trekking, should I skip tips? 

Your guides, porters, and people who provide you extra assistance along the trek expect a tip from you. While it may seem like a good idea, it may only cause these people to feel sad.

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Budget Everest Base Camp trek allows you to take control of your expenses. There are some expenses like flight to/from Lukla, paperwork costs, etc which are inevitable and are included in this package. But, you can choose to spend your money on food and accommodation the way you like. 

You will be provided with a guide per two people but there will be no porters. Since there will be no porters included, it helps to pack wisely and only bring things that are absolutely necessary. If you want to hire a porter, you may need to pay extra.

Internet, hot shower and an upgrade in service can cost increase your expense a lot while staying in the Everest region. This is because most of the route lies in an extremely rural area with no easy access to the rest of the world. Even buying bottled water and snack can cost you a lot. If you want to trek with only simplistic services and bring your own snacks from Kathmandu, use water purification tablets to use tap water, it can help you keep it low budget. If you are okay with no internet and modern devices for 14 days, you will save yourself some good money. 
 

Your guides, porters, and people who provide you with extra assistance along the trek expect a tip from you. While it may seem like a good idea, it may only cause these people to feel sad.

Customer Reviews

  • Budget trek to EBC

    - Virgil Kemmer, Romania

    Awesome tour in Nepal with Sublime crew. Thanks for everything guys. The food, the place, the people everything was amazing. I hope I can return to Nepal someday. It was my first visit to Nepal and everything went smooth without any trouble. 

  • Budget trek to EBC

    - Virgil Kemmer, Romania

    Awesome tour in Nepal with Sublime crew. Thanks for everything guys. The food, the place, the people everything was amazing. I hope I can return to Nepal someday. It was my first visit to Nepal and everything went smooth without any trouble. 

  • Surreal landscapes

    - William Skipper, France

    Trekking in Nepal was always on my budget list and I decided to go for it this year. Me and my friend went to Everest Base Camp and the place was much more beautiful then I'd imagined it would be. Those mountains and landscapes were just soo beautiful! The people we met along the way were amazing, king and friendly. The trail near Everest Base Camp was a bit difficult we almost felt like giving up but other than that everything about this trek was amazing! Thank you Sublime Trails for providing us amazing guide and services!