Everest Base Camp Budget Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Everest Base Camp
  • Trip Style: Active Adventure Trekking
  • Age Group: 16 or Above
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking Confirmation
  • Max. Altitude: 5367m
  • Best Season: March - May and Sep - Dec
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Everest Base Camp Budget Trek - Chepaest EBC Trek - Meals Excluded

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 is 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 into 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 the unique Sherpa culture while you stay in 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.

Everest Base Camp Budget Tre 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

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 the 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 and 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 the 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 be 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

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Arrival in KathmanduAltitude: 1350 m
  • Day 2:Flight to Lukla and trek to PhakdingAltitude: 2652 m
  • Day 3:Trek from Phakding to Namche BazaarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 4:Acclimatization Day at Namche BazaarAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 5:Trek from Namche Bazaar to TengbocheAltitude: 3870 m
  • Day 6:Trek from Tengboche to DingbocheAltitude: 4400 m
  • Day 7:Acclimatization Day at DingbocheAltitude: 4400 m
  • Day 8:Trek from Dingboche to LobucheAltitude: 4900 m
  • Day 9:Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorak ShepAltitude: 5180 m
  • Day 10:Trek from Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar and back to PhericheAltitude: 4371 m
  • Day 11:Trek from Pheriche to NamcheAltitude: 3440 m
  • Day 12:Trek from Namche to LuklaAltitude: 2800 m
  • Day 13:Flight from Lukla to KathmanduAltitude: 2652 m
  • Day 14:Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1350 m
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel

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.

Day 2:Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding

  • Max Altitude2652 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 3:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTea 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.

Day 4:Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 5:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

  • Max Altitude3870 m
  • AccommodationTea 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.

Day 6:Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche

  • Max Altitude4400 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 7:Acclimatization Day at Dingboche

  • Max Altitude4400 m
  • AccommodationTea 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.

Day 8:Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche

  • Max Altitude4900 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 9:Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorak Shep

  • Max Altitude5180 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 10:Trek from Gorak Shep to Kalapatthar and back to Pheriche

  • Max Altitude4371 m
  • AccommodationTea 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.

Day 11:Trek from Pheriche to Namche

  • Max Altitude3440 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 12:Trek from Namche to Lukla

  • Max Altitude2800 m
  • AccommodationTea House

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.

Day 13:Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude2652 m
  • Accommodation3-Star Hotel

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.

Day 14:Departure

  • MealsBreakfast

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

What's not Included

  • 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

Additional Information

Everest Base Camp Trek takes at least 12 days to complete, with two essential acclimatisation stops. The starting cost for this trekking is around $1200. The cost of the trek increases further if you prefer luxury tea houses and porters. Due to the expensive cost of this trek, trekkers often look for the Everest Base Camp Budget trek, which costs lower than the classic trek.

Here is some essential information you must remember if you plan for a budget-friendly Everest Trek.
 

Guides and Porters

Everest trekking costs increase as you carry heavy backpacks and extra baggage. If you can have your heavy loads on your own, you don't require to hire a porter to carry the luggage. But, if you can't take your backpacks, you need to hire a porter for this trek.

When you purchase the Everest Base Camp Budget Trek package, it only covers the cost of the trek guide. We provide a focus on a 1:2 ratio, one guide for two trekkers.

Therefore, you must have a clear idea of what to carry and what not to carry to lower the backpack weight and avoid the cost of hiring a porter.

Porter typically carries 15kg per person and charges around $15 daily. Hence, with ideal backpack planning, you can save up to $150 by completing Everest trekking.
 

Safety and Security of Trekkers and Guides

Whether a standard, luxury, or budget trek to Everest Base Camp, Sublime Trail commits to 100% safety and security of clients on the trip. We value every client joining trips with us and guarantee the utmost protection throughout the trek.

You may suffer from altitude sickness at some stage of this trek. At such times, our trek guides with you on this trip will take care of and treat you with available resources. If needed, they'll take you to lower regions and call helicopters in emergencies.

Other risks include theft and robbery, which are almost zero in the Everest region. Everyone you'll meet on the trail will cheer you for successful trips. Hence, you can travel without any bother of possible theft. If you want, you can carry locks on your backpacks.
 

Travel insurance for emergency health issues

You can't miss buying decent travel insurance as a trekker and traveller to the Everest region. It will help if you have travel insurance bearing helicopter evacuation expenses.

The risk of altitude sickness and injuries hinders your trek, and you may need medical attention. If you recover, it'll be best for you to restart the hike to base camp. But, if injuries and altitude sickness symptoms grow serious, you'll need helicopter evacuation. Hence, to call a helicopter on time, only travel insurance can get you one on time and not at your expense.

We encourage trekkers to join our Everest Base Camp Budget trek in Autumn 2022 to buy travel insurance. We don't buy one for you but can recommend where to buy one, on request.
 

Backpacks and trekking gears 

Even on the Everest Base Camp budget trek, you'll hike on the standard route for nearly 12 days. The alpine, trans-Himalayan rugged landscape, arid with strong wind speed, and cold at night make the time challenging. Hence, you must carry essential items, including wearable gears, boots, gadgets, and documents.

Wearable includes:

  • down jackets, trekking pant f
  • Fleece, sleeves, waterproof and rainproof jackets C
  • Caps, scarfs, socks, innerwear, gloves
  • Decent trekking boot
  • Lip Balms, sunscreen, lotion
  • Toothbrushes, toiletries, and wet wipes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camera, sunglasses, binoculars, mobile phones, and books

Read the Everest Base Camp trek backpacking list to know further about the gears you need to carry on this trek.
 

Flight delays and transportation

As you land at Kathmandu airport, a Sublime Trails representative will pick you up and drop you at the hotel. To reach Lukla, you'll have Kathmandu Lukla flight. The flight takes 40 minutes from Kathmandu to reach Lukla.

After you land at Lukla, you'll start hiking for 12 days. As you return to Lukla, you'll get a Lukla Kathmandu flight, including Everest Base Camp Budget Trek.

Lukla airport at 2,600 metres is very unpredictable to weather conditions. The weather often turns terrible out of nowhere on a clear weather day. Thus, in such situations, the flight gets delayed.

The Everest Base Camp Budget trekking tour generally operates in Spring and Autumn. Hence, there's less chance of a flight getting delayed. In case of such delays, you must wait at the airport until the weather clears.

Sometimes, the rain delays the flights and often leads to the cancellation for several days. In such conditions, you must plan for buffer days. 
 

Route Elevation

You'll hike on the classic Everest Base camp trek for 12 days. You'll stop at multiple places for lunch, dinner, and overnight sleep.

Lower regions on Everest base camp trekking include Lukla (2,850 metres), Phakding (2,610 metres), Namche Bazar (3,440 metres), and Hotel Everest View (4,880 metres). The traditional route to the base camp is a pleasant trail to trek to Namche and beyond.

The second phase involves a moderate to difficult walk to Tengboche (3,860 metres), Dingboche (4,410 metres), Lobuche (4,940 metres), Pheriche (4,371 metres), and Gorak Shep (5,164 metres). The hike is enjoyable because of the beautiful mountains, including Ama Dablam, Imja Tse, Pumori, and others.

The traditional 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek concludes with a hike to Kala Patthar at 5,644 metres and Everest Base Camp at 5,364 metres.
 

Tipping for Trek Guides

Since you are on an Everest Base Camp Budget Trek, we only provide trek guides as inclusive of the package. But, if you want extra comfort, you can hire a porter on your own.

At the end of the trek, your trek guide expects a tip from you. The manual does everything right for you during the trip to ensure your safety and make the journey successful.

You can tip your trek guide at Lukla before departing for Kathmandu. With your tip, the focus can earn a decent sum from the end to support his family. There's no specific fee as a dedicated tip, but tipping 10% of the trek cost to guide is the standard practice in the Everest region.
 

Respect the ethnic culture and community

Everest trekking route is home to Sherpa, the legends of the Himalayas. People here have enriched cultures, traditions, lifestyles, festivals, religions, and values.

The intact ethnic values here are a joy to witness. Trekkers even plan trips to Everest Base Camp during festivals like Mani Rimdu and others. These values deserve respect and protection, locally and globally.

Hence, respecting local Sherpa cultures and values contributes to its preservation and continuity. Pass a smile to locals, and they'll greet you back. It is the joy of Everest Base Camp trekking. Give respect and take respect.
 

Baggage weight limit for Airlines and Porters

In the Everest region, porters carry at most 15 kg of one trekker. Also, two trekkers can share a porter with a combined weight of less than 30kg. 

You won't get the porter service in the Everest Base Camp Budget trek package. If you want to hire a porter, you must pay the additional daily cost.

Since you're on a budget trek, we recommend you bring only the necessary things. Unnecessary gears only add weight, making it arduous for you to carry all the weight and pay the porter. 

The Nepal airlines that fly to Lukla offer 15kg as a free baggage weight limit to trekkers. You can carry 10kg baggage, and 5kg in your hand carry luggage. If your baggage exceeds 15kg, you must pay additional charges per the airline policy.

 

FAQs

  • 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.

Clients Reviews

5.0based on 2 reviews
  • Virgil Kemmer
    Virgil KemmerJune 26, 2019
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    Budget trek to EBC

    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.

  • William Skipper
    William SkipperAugust 15, 2017
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    Surreal landscapes

    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!

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